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     If you think the reasons behind the First World War were incomprehensible, imagine what historians of the future — pan-frying peccary loins over their camp fires — will think about World War Three. Some people started something in Ukraine… and then the USA blew up the main energy supply line of its NATO ally, Germany… say, what…?!?

    Weird, a little bit.  A sane person in a sane world would call sabotaging the Nord Stream pipelines an act-of-war against a friendly nation, since the result was to virtually destroy the basis of Germany’s industry, not to mention the domestic comfort of German citizens. Now, thanks to 85-year-old Seymour Hersh, the independent investigator who uncovered the My Lai Massacre in 1969 and reported on the depraved antics of American jailers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004, we have a pretty good idea how the Nord Stream caper went down.

     For a year before the op, “Joe Biden” and Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland — architect of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine, which kicked-off the present fiasco there — blabbed about “ending” the Nord Streams. Curiously, the Germans said nothing. Meanwhile, the US made a deal to beef up military bases in Norway, an original NATO signatory (1949), for staging the Nord Stream sabotage op. Of course, Norway, being Western Europe’s sole remaining oil-and-gas exporter, had an interest in eliminating its competition.

    In June of 2022, under cover of an annual NATO naval exercise in the Baltic Sea, US Navy divers attached mines to the Nord Stream pipelines. The mines had triggers that could be activated remotely at any chosen time, and that moment came on September 26… kaboom! Ms. Nuland and Secretary of State Antony Blinken gloated publicly. Naturally, the US blamed Russia. America’s news media — catamite of the Intel Community — amplified the charge, despite the absurdity of Russia blowing up its most lucrative source of export revenue. The New York Times has so far made no mention of Mr. Hersh’s recent update of the Nord Stream sabotage.

     Germany, too, has hardly made a peep, nor did the rest of Western Europe, which now faces a future that looks, energy-wise, like a fairly swift return to the Fourteenth Century. Maybe they’re all jaded with modern life, all that tiresome bathing and malingering in the brightly-lit cafes. Under the sagacious guidance of the WEF they were all going “green,” anyway — but was that green like the heart-shaped leaves of the linden tree or green like the moldy veins in Roquefort cheese? I guess they’ll find out.

     Luckily, America had the Chinese balloon to distract them, and then “Joe B’s” State-of-the-Union extravaganza where the nation learned that we are living in the most extraordinary economic boom since the days of Babe Ruth and Charlie Chaplin. The perpetually-vacationing Leader of the Free World has apparently made America great again, despite the dastardly plots and ongoing insurrections of his far-right, white supremacist adversaries. Did the annual SOTU smell a little bit like a reelection pitch, though? I hope so.

     Speaking of insurrection, the House commenced hearings this past week, debuting with the Oversight Committee’s witness panel of Twitter execs who carried out a years-long censorship campaign against the First Amendment in cahoots with the FBI, CIA, DOD, DOJ, DOS, DHS…. Well, you get the picture: a more arrogant crew of dedicated fascists would be hard to find in any other corner of the world today, except perhaps Canada, than the likes of Vijaya Gadde, Yoel Roth, Anika Collier Navaroli, and James Baker, former chief counsel of the FBI. They “moderated” speech on the chat app for the good of the American people, you understand, lest the public succumb to “misinformation” — otherwise known as reality.

     One reality being that the sedulously-repressed news of Hunter Biden’s crime-stuffed laptop represented interference in the 2020 election. James Baker told the committee he “could not recall” whether, at the time (October 2020), he spoke to anyone back in his old haunts at the FBI about the matter — though there is no question that, as chief counsel, he knew the agency had possession of the laptop since 2019, and what was in it. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) warned the four former Twitter employees that “this is the investigation part, later comes the arrest part.” Let’s hope so on that one, too.

     Meanwhile, the House Special Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government held a lively colloquy with four “experts” including former FBI agents Nicole Parker and Thomas Baker, GWU Law Professor Jonathan Turley, and one Elliot Williams, former DOJ Assistant AG and currently shill for DC Lawfare tank the Raben Group. The theme, generally, was the change-in-mission in the FBI-DOJ nexus from law enforcement to harassment of US citizens who oppose Democratic Party policy.

     Most instructive in Thursday’s session, though, was the political debut of Democratic Rep. Daniel Sachs Goldman (real name), newly elected member for New York’s Tenth District (which encompasses Wall Street). Among other distinctions, Mr. Goldman is an heir to the Levi-Strauss blue jeans fortune, and was lead counsel during the 2019 impeachment hearings against Donald Trump in the House Intelligence Committee. This vicious prick, an apt replacement for the inveterate liar and seditionist, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA), put on a florid demonstration of hectoring witnesses, cutting them off, and re-directing the committee’s attention at every opportunity to the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol of 1/6/21.

      Mr. Goldman is a man to watch, especially as the House actually does give its complete attention later this year to the 1/6/21 matter and the true facts behind the FBI’s engineering of the event, including the nefarious actions of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Capitol Police. When it comes, I can’t wait to see Mr. Goldman unwind like one of those cheap counterfeit Rolex watches that peddlers hawk on Wall Street’s sidewalk.

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848 Responses to “A Star is Born!”

  1. dilbert113 February 10, 2023 at 9:38 am #

    Yes, the US did destroy the Nordstream Pipelines, as our political leaders told the world we would. That stinks for Europe, but doesn’t actually affect the US all that much. Russia isn’t going to war with the US over that action, it is focused on grinding out a victory by overwhelming numbers in Ukraine, a strategy it has used to win wars before. Pretending that the Republican investigations in the House are going to accomplish anything meaningful is hilarious. Schiff and Pelosi and all the rest are still fee, wealthy, powerful people laughing at the citizens of this country whom they rule over. We’re not going to really know the fate of the US, and of the West generally, until the next presidential election takes place. We know that no matter who they nominate, and no matter how well or poorly the candidates campaign, the government and the media will tell the US that the Democrats won the White House again, and won a bunch of governorships, and probably re-took the House and made gains in the Senate. The question will be does the Republican Party and od the US citizens accept these lies, and allow Democracy to finally die for the rest of time in this country, or do they reject the returns, fight, and things fall apart? It’s too early to say what will happen.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 9:54 am #

      Sigh! Elections and investigations are both meaningless and the so-called “democracy” has long since been sold off to the highest bidders. The fate of the US and the West will be determined by the outcome of the rapidly unfolding WWI Part III. Early returns are not favorable. Stay tuned.

      • TinkerMike February 10, 2023 at 10:36 am #

        It’s just as likely that the fate of the US will be determined by a great die off resulting from the Covid jab. New data indicates life spans are being shortened by 20 years or more. Couple that with the greater impact of people being incapacitated and societal collapse seems more likely every day.

        • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

          Not either/or – both. Lots of arrows in the quiver.

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        • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

          Deagel says US population of 100MM by 2025 – a 70% reduction. What was the target number for vaccine uptake that we heard over & over & over, ad infinitum? Anybody? Oh yeah, 70%.

          • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

            How would Deagel have known how many people would fall for the jab?

          • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

            Deagel projections were done in 2017 – they didn’t know – US vax pushers were working toward that number.

            It’s interesting how Deagel’s numbers – across all countries – are fairly well correlated with the percentage of *mRNA* vax uptake.

          • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

            I initially wrote off the Deagel stuff, but it is interesting.

            I posted last week that Germany now has excess mortality of over 40% vs. the pre-clot-shot period.

            And it is certainly not alone in absured never-before-seen numbers in excess deaths.

          • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

            Owl – on Germany – Deagel shows a 2017 population of 81MM, and a projected 2025 population of 28MM, so ~ 65% reduction.

          • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

            I think that the US maneuvered Russia into helping the US decrease the population of Ukraine for US corporations.

            What if the plan is to provoke Russia into nuking the US, thereby decreasing the population of those of us who don’t have access to Pentagon bunkers?

            The bullshit the US is pulling would make sense, if that were the plan.

          • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 6:32 pm #

            Paula D . . .

            Agree with you on “What if the plan is to provoke Russia into nuking the US, thereby decreasing the population of those of us who don’t have access to Pentagon bunkers?”

            To wit . . .

            “After the leftist Washington Post revealed yesterday that the American military “is controlling every shot” Ukraine fires from its US-supplied weapons to kill and maim Russian soldiers and civilians, this report concludes, it caused Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan of Russian state media organization RT to factually observe: “World War III is already underway”—is a World War III the 334-million peoples in the United States remain ignorant of right before nuclear bomb strikes awaken them from the socialist propaganda fairy tale lies told to them.”

          • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 8:16 pm #

            We know that the US controls the HIMAARS. We know that they use the HIMAARS to kill civilians in Donetsk.

            We know that this pisses off the Russians, especially the DPR militias.

            We know that the US then solemnly announces the death toll of civilians as being caused by Russian weapons.

            Yeah, they are definitely poking the bear.

          • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 11:22 pm #

            Paula/Vice/Owl –

            The majority of my adult life, I’ve been subtly aware that there are three superpowers that would shape the global chessboard & have wondered who would align with whom.

            Obviously the three are the US, Russia & China, not many, if any, would dispute that, I think. Over the years, we’ve watched them jockey for hegemony, resources and so on.

            Deagel 2025 population stats on the big three in 2025: US, off by ~70%, China, off by 1.56% and Russia, up by 4.82%. Interesting – we seem to be the odd man out.

            Another interesting observation: Most of “the West” – US, UK, Europe, Canada, Oz – all project double-digit declines in population, while the ME, Africa & the Gobal South all have moderately fluctuating projections – some a little up & some a little down.

            Have we been sold out by traitors? Maybe. On one hand, hard to wrap my head around, but on the other hand, nothing surprises me anymore – meaning anything is possible.

            Why just Thursday night, an anonymous intelligence source has said that someone shot something out of the sky over Alaska. Hardy har, har.

            Let’s pretend it was an F-22 that flamed a MiG-29. No wait, a squadron of MiG-29’s. Yeah, that’s it.

            There’s no question the US Gov thinks we are that stupid, but do they really think Russia & Chaina are that stupid?

          • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 11:32 pm #

            US population down by nukes? No one like an ashtray. Down by EMP? Too much electrical infrastructure ruined. I lean toward biological – people gone, but infrastructure relatively intact.

            The Event 201 tabletop for Covid reflected a 65% mortality rate, but they didn’t get it – not yet anyhow. By 2025? Maybe. We’ll see.

          • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 11:34 pm #

            I know, I know Q. I meant *likes*, not like, but I got an right.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 4:43 am #

            Ron . . .

            You are quite right abiut the BIG 3. No amount if propoganda can change that fact.

            It is intetesting to note, however, that within the psst few days, CBS, ABC and NBC, are all consistently in their newscast, referring to the “Two World Powers”; a not too subtle shift imho; said powers being the USA & China; leaving the Russian Federation as the bad guys to blame when the bombs start falling here.

            Sounds like a “locked and loaded” done deal to me.

            Also, your statement per biologicals accomplishing “people gone, but infrastructure relatively intact” would of course be true, and the expectation of most given the covid drama post Event 201.

            However, I would not rule out a neutron bomb or bombs — neatly wrapped up as a false flag, to accomplish the same; much more finite and controllable.

            A quick, unanounced dash by the DC ptb to the Greenbrier bunker via underground mag-lev trains pursuant to Continuity of Government plans.

            Voila! The fence around the Capitol removed the following day. No “trash” removal required.

        • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 10:06 am #

          I’m pretty certain now that the main purpose of the jabs is to sterilize people, too. I am seeing already that birth rates are down. I also just started watching a video where a NICU nurse talks about all the babies being born dead or 8 month miscarriages because pregnant women got vaxxed.

          Which is criminal especially given that the vax is/was experimental, and they tried to hide that from the public using the COMIRNATY bait ‘n’ switch.

          Imagine the level of misanthropic psychosis it took to decide to unleash this poison on innocent people, especially babies and children.

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 10:07 am #

            Here is the video of the nurse’s testimony:


          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

            Wow, that is horrible. I mentioned before that my niece’s friend delivered a still-born baby girl last year. I’m willing to bet that she was injected with the spike protein product.

            The OB she mentions who charts the vax status of his patients and documents his attempts to force them into accepting the jab?

            We know that doctors have to have a high percentage of their patients jabbed in order to get paid their bonus (including flu shots).
            But the new ICD code that pays them for haranguing their patients?
            It sounds like that has already been rolled out for OBs, or he wouldn’t document his efforts.

            If she sees the excess deaths and disabilities, he must also. He is evil. Killing babies and mothers for money is evil.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

            That bait & switch was evil, particularly since the Comirnaty had not yet even been manufactured — a 3 year lead time. Now not a word. . . down the rabbit hole.

            The spike bioweapon also propagates via breast milk, thus becoming a multigenerational genetically transmitted sex-linked depopulation mechanism for the unvaxxed progeny – whether male or female —

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:17 pm #

            Yes it is really tough for me to wrap my head around this level of evil perpetrated by the psychos at the top but then carried out by so-called regular people.

            Just mind-blowing.

          • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 4:31 am #

            MQ. . .

            “… but then carried out by so-called regular people.”

            “We were just following orders.”

            It is of interest to note, that, after the bioweapon shots were mandated health care workers (physicians, nurses et. al), 2/3 chose to receive the shot and 1/3 quit.

            Currently, those health care workers who have remained are ‘treating’ the sick & vax-injured — essentially the dieing caring for the dieing, and — in the process, shedding upon anyone entering the hospital for *any* reason.

            A death factory.

            The A1 spike protein is a surface toxin, very sticky since essentially sugar-based, and sticks especially to hands, hair & clothing.

          • MaryQueen February 12, 2023 at 6:51 pm #

            VG, last summer I met a woman who was a nurse, and she said she had given the vaccine to adults, which she was not too happy about. But when they told her now she had to administer it to kids, she quit. She said the teens were coming in to get jabbed because they thought it was “cool.”

        • Amman February 12, 2023 at 5:38 am #

          “New data indicates life spans are being shortened by 20 years or more.”

          What source says that?

      • Bobby E February 10, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

        “…rapidly unfolding WWI Part III” Well put. WW II was simply a continuation of WW I due to how the Versailles Treaty screwed the Germans.

      • ThorsHammer February 10, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

        The USA goes to WAR—- with Germany!

        So the USA’s most renowned journalist Seymour Hersh publishes the details of what anybody with two functioning brain cells knew last September. The “Free Press” acts in its usual manner by trying to ignore anything that its owners don’t want to be known. That may work in a country where the citizenry are so thoroughly brainwashed that they are incapable of rational thought or so devoid of a moral foundation that they don’t care what atrocities are committed in their name. But it doesn’t change the facts or persuade the rest of the world that lives outside the Empire of Lies.

        The USA planned, organized, and carried out an act of WAR against it’s NATO ally Germany by destroying their key energy lifeline. The attack was planned long before the first Russian soldier set foot in the Ukraine. German Chancellor Olav Schulz was an active participant in that planning. The USA was assisted by Norway in order to open the floodgates to maximum profit from Norway’s small NG pipeline to Europe. The US and Norway’s action against a fellow NATO member was an act of WAR by any l definition. According to the NATO charter the members of the Alliance are REQUIRED to come to the aid of any member attacked by an aggressor.

        That is you France. Poland, Italy, Belgium and all the other small fish of NATO. When is Olav Schulz going to stand before a firing squad, urine trickling down his leg in in terror as he pays for his treason? When will the remaining NATO signatories seize Ramstein Airbase and all the weapons of mass destruction stored there and assist the 75% of Germans who don’t want WWIII to expel all American forces from their country? When will they bomb the Norwegian Navy into the bottom of the Baltic sea for their act of terrorism?

        Satanic war criminal Volodymyr Zelenskyy paraded before the US Congress demanding that they give him long range missiles and nuclear bombs so he can properly touch off WWIII. And the Congress whores clapped like trained seals in support of their Nazi leader. They should all be placed in neck irons and marched off to a mosquito infested island in Louisiana, never to ever be seen in public again.

        • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 8:17 pm #

          I don’t see in the article where it says that Scholz knew.

          • ThorsHammer February 10, 2023 at 10:28 pm #

            Look in the complete Seymour Hersh report, not some summary. He was a part of the original planning with the US authorities as was the US president and CIA.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 4:50 am #

            Paula . . .

            see . . .


          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 8:43 am #

            I read the report. I don’t see where he was in on the planning.

            I only saw where he finally submitted to the sanctions. If I missed something, please copy and paste it.

          • ThorsHammer February 11, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

            When did “planning” stop? When Biden or his managers gave the order to trigger the sonic buoy and set off the explosives planted by the Seals?

            How many devils can dance on the head of a pin?

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 3:47 pm #

            Paula. . .

            “What came next was stunning. On February 7, less than three weeks before the seemingly inevitable Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden met in his White House office with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who, after some wobbling, was now firmly on the American team.”

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:08 pm #

            Thanks, Vice.
            I interpreted that to mean he would go along with the sanctions.

            Remember that the US was pushing hard to sanction Nordstream Two for months (and years), but Scholz was under pressure at home not to comply.

            Finally Biden got him to say that if Putin invaded Ukraine, he would approve the sanctions.

            I don’t think that means he was informed of the plan to blow up the pipelines.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

            Not many people thought that Russia would invade back then.

            The Americans knew because they knew they would get the Ukies to increase the number of missiles aimed at Donbass.

            But everyone who didn’t know that thought that Russia would continue trying diplomacy.

          • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 4:48 am #

            Paula. . .

            My take on what you have posited is extraordinarily simple.

            Within the context of Hersh’s full exposition, I would never have considered the extract I had sent to you, to be related to anything *other than* his agreeing to the pipeline sabotage.


          • Paula D February 12, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            OK, I see that. It also explains why the others are insisting the same thing.
            I thought maybe I had missed something, but it’s just a difference of interpretation.
            Thanks again for posting it. It annoyed the hell out of me to just be told “Read it again”, as if I had missed something and not just read it differently.

        • Walter B February 11, 2023 at 8:06 am #

          One of the American public’s fantasies is that there is anyone or any country out there that loves us and enjoys being our friend and/or ally. America and Americans may be feared because the world knows what we do to you whenever the mood is upon us, but I am fairly certain from what I hear from travelers and friends in the military, that we are universally despised. Yes, perhaps still feared, but hated by all those that we do not pay off on a regular basis.

          A friend who was stranded in Berlin for a few days on 911 assures me that the Europeans knew even that day what America did to its own people and so did a lot of us. If they could do that, which they did, there can be no limit as to what our government will and can do to anyone. Death by vaccine anybody?

          As that bag of human waste was being installed into office as the Chief of Staff at Fort Meyer Virginia in 2015, it was clear to those of us that listened to him speak that his mission would be to destroy the armed forces of our nation. He has done that well, and I cannot believe that it will be long before the globalists take full advantage of that fact and do whatever it is they are planning to do to us with impunity. May God bless you all, we are going to need it.

          • ThorsHammer February 11, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

            I was in the Peace Corps in the mountains of Colombia over 40 years ago. A friend and I took his horse and my riding mule on a long trip toward the snow line on one of the country’s volcanoes. Two days from the nearest road we stopped to chat with a barefoot campesino hoeing his bean field. Not long into the conversation he asked: “Who really killed Kennedy?”

          • Walter B February 11, 2023 at 7:14 pm #

            Yes Thor, denial is not a river in Egypt, but it is s staple of the American diet.

        • Night Owl February 13, 2023 at 4:02 am #

          Vice, critical thinking takes one even farther.

          Scholz is a career criminal and a WEFer. He is part of the agenda.

          Hersh has provided interesting details, but nothing that was not more or less already a known thing around these parts.

          The “Greens” are actively pushing the war, with Baerbock recently saying in public that we are in a war with Russia.

          Scholz also made a hard move for forced vaccination here in Germany, and was rejected in a vote by the Bundestag.

          Nothing this manlet does deviates from the agenda.

      • sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

        Theyre now called SElections..And the selectors are the inner city corrupt colored politicians who have determined Americas voting process since LBJ incepted the ‘after hour counting’ when he was a congressman in Texas. The Obama Dems have just perfected it using Covid and the media.

    • Cankerpuss February 10, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      The Republicans will do nothing to bring justice to this cabal of filth and corruption that has become Washington D.C. JHK puts a lot of faith in a political party that is just as bad as the other, only paying lip service to its constituency to occasionally win an election or two, though, they don’t even try to do that anymore as they continue to let the voting fraud slide by without emitting so much as a single stinky fart about it. The system must come down in its entirety before any significant changes can begin. 31 trillion dollars in debt. Even more than that in unpaid Federal obligations. A inept Congress full of morons unwilling to do anything about it? The collapse is happening right before our very eyes and the Republicans are not the answer to any of it. We must cast down the two party system and place it in the ashbin of history where it belongs.

      • TinkerMike February 10, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        The two part system isn’t the problem, the current iteration of it is. What is needed is a return of the citizen statesman. Politician shouldn’t be an occupation it should be a sacrifice performed for a short time and than left.

        • benr February 10, 2023 at 10:48 am #

          That might have worked over a hundred years ago but Government has become too complex for the average Joe Six pack to wander in for a couple of terms and get anything done.

          I do agree forty year politicians are part of the problem.

          • Mac February 10, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

            I disagree. I know plenty of people who could go to Washington for one term and have an impact. The politicians always say you need experience to counterweight the bureaucracy. If politicians were limited to one term, office holders would have nothing to lose by shrinking the government. No reelections, much less corruption and a lot fewer sociopaths in Congress. The absence of term limits is the fatal flaw of the constitution.

          • cbeard February 10, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            That complexity is a big part of the problem. It is made complex and difficult by design, I think. We should consider the founding fathers ideas about who should be allowed to vote. The average American doesn’t know enough about economics, world affairs, etc. to be allowed to vote. There should be a test to make sure they have enough common sense to participate in voting. Maybe a test on the way government should function, basic world affairs and perhaps a form of IQ test. More geographical knowledge would help too.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            beard: That’s half of it. The other half is skin in the game and character. The Founders mandated the owning of property. No need for that given how expensive property is. But financial solvency, yes. And of course a record of service, military for the average man.

            No one is forced to do anything. You don’t have to become a full fledged citizen.

            Another idea: graduated citizenship. Pass the basic test and you can vote locally. A more difficult one for the State. And more difficult again for Federal. Full citizenship would be something to work towards and aspire to. A thing of pride.

            More than two thousand years ago Aristotle said that one of the necessities of the elector was the leisure to study the issues. This facet of things has been studiously ignored. Letting the mob vote insures power for those who control the mob after all.

          • Cankerpuss February 10, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

            It doesn’t need to be complicated. The Constitution is quite simple at its base. The people have made it too complicated.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 2:21 am #

            We should consider the founding fathers ideas about who should be allowed to vote. The average American doesn’t know enough about economics, world affairs, etc. to be allowed to vote. There should be a test to make sure they have enough common sense to participate in voting. Maybe a test on the way government should function, basic world affairs and perhaps a form of IQ test. More geographical knowledge would help too.” ~ cbeard

            cbeard, your comment and maybe part of your head, is in Plato’s Cave. Get it/them out.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 4:10 pm #

            The federal government has only a few powers under the Constitution. Most of the complexity we see in governance is due to the federal government overstepping its powers as delineated (and limited) by the Constitution.

        • messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 11:09 am #

          Re-elect Nobody. So simple people think I’m _______.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

            In other words, no government – which means (2+2 equaling 4) rule by the strong. Bring back the Dux or War King, the one who crushes the other strong men.

            Messi, you are a genius. You didn’t know what you said, but you know better than you know, at least once I explain it to you.

          • messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

            The word that belongs in the blank is: simple.

            How to fix 40 year career politicians, so simple.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 2:44 am #

            K. Shwab’s Ground-Cricket-Flour Cake For The Self-Domesticated

            In other words, no government – which means (2+2 equaling 4) rule by the strong. Bring back the Dux or War King, the one who crushes the other strong men.” ~ Jarek

            Don’t forget the embedded violence of the State. Apparently Steven Pinker may have forgotten it.

            Been there, argued that (elsewhen) in any case…

            Think of the State (government) as effecting a giant people-zoo or Truman Show. Plop your ass in there, Jarek. And be happy.

            Ever seen the movie?

            So we put tigers in cages and ‘tell ourselves’ (at least those who believe) that there is now far less tiger violence than there was when they were all outside of their cages and roaming about.

            Like your kings maybe.

            But of course the cages are not the tigers’ natural condition. Could they be made to be? Sure, but not without other changes.

            What would they be? No one really knows, but they could include a branching off of part of our species into another form that my own lineage may find repugnant and/or terrifying.

            Like a kind of self-pussification and lobotimization in the interest of ‘security’, ‘control’, ‘meritocracy’ and hyperspecialization and so forth.

            We appear to be at a significant crossroads for our species.

          • messianicdruid February 11, 2023 at 10:25 am #

            Adaptation is not evolution. I’m just saying use the system which is right in front of you. If zero incumbents ever received another vote from an actual citizen hold the Citizen accountable.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            Dead is dead, zaza, be it by nuke, arrow, bullet, or club. Hunter Gatherers? It’s a very small club and if you aren’t in it, you may well go into the pot.

            The Australian Aborigines considered people from other tribes as game.

            Read the most dangerous game. Then Lord of the Flies. Then combine them. Then recant. You don’t have to apologize to me personally since you have been fairly polite. Just admit you were wrong.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

            ALL government–or to make a fine distinction, all state systems–are “rule by the strong.” They are all essentially gangs, indistinguishable from Mexican drug cartels, except for their level of power and reach. The US government is merely the biggest and baddest among competitors to be the biggest and baddest: the guys who have the most guns the most money, and the most economic power.

            Read Nock’s “Our Enemy, the State.”

            Nock also points out that the difficulty with overthrowing an existing government through revolution is that such revolutions are invariably promoted and executed by some other “gang” that would like to take over the machinery of state for its own benefit: “Hey, WE could be the ones getting fat and rich by robbing the populace blind.” So, as with the Communists, they get the people to fight on their behalf by pretending to be saviors. Turns out, they are just “the new boss; same as the old boss”–if not worse.

            It might be possible to mitigate this problem, at least to some extent, by establishing very small and local governments. (No real guarantees that they would be much better, but at least the rulers would be within range.)

            Very small, local governments have their own set of problems, one of which is that they would have to defend themselves against neighboring small, local governments, and even foreign nations. You could wind up with a situation where the countryside is dotted with heavily fortified castles, like in the old days.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 8:05 pm #

            Death depends on and/or is relative to life, Jarek.

            I’d rather take my chances dying on my feet through roaming wild and free than living on my knees in a glorified lobotomized/padded-cell/living death/Truman Show/Matrix/Plato’s Cave/Human Zoo.

            If you want the latter, that’s your prerogative of course. But I wouldn’t recommend it.

        • Cankerpuss February 10, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

          Tinker, you’ll get no disagreement from me there. Congressional service was never supposed to be a career. Politicians were to leave their professions, temporarily serve, and return to their occupations.

          Still, I would love to see an America where we weren’t divided into tribes such as Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Socialist and so forth. Just Americans, each of us putting the needs of the Country before our tribes. But, such action would be contrary to human nature as we are tribalists to our very cores.

          • Bobby E February 10, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

            “Politicians were to leave their professions, temporarily serve,”

            And that’s what Trump did. But wasn’t a “made man” and he was, regardless of his successes, eviscerated for it.

        • sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

          We need a dictator…There, I said it. How could it be worse? Seriously. All the Dems and the sociopathic socialist accommodating media are doing it THEIR way!

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 10:30 pm #

            Yes, the tall Man on the White Horse. Or in Putin case, the short man riding the bear.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

            @ sonnyL:

            I think that’s what we have–except that “They are legion.” Like those demons that Jesus cast out of the guy who was possessed. But I suppose narrowing it down to only one dictator could be an improvement.

      • Ron Anselmo February 10, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        “The system must come down in its entirety before any significant changes can begin.” ~ Cankerpuss

        Yes CP. Amen.

      • Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        Hey, Canker, but MTG shouted very well during the SOTU. You mean that won’t save us? /s

        • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

          Her weak men will fight for her, while you fight them for you female tyrant of choice.

      • Q. Shtik February 10, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

        A inept Congress full of morons – Cankersore


        I am surprised how many commenters do not know when they should use A vs An. I see this dozens of times on every thread.

        I am not picking on Canker. I just happened to have had quite enough at this point today in my reading of comments.

        • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

          Is there a rule? I go by my inner ear. If it sounds awkward I used an not a. But is there a rule like a before e except after c?

          • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

            Before a vowel?

          • Q. Shtik February 10, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

            Yes but I’m not going to bother repeating it and get slammed by our host for playing school marm.

          • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:48 pm #

            Most people don’t realise that “an” should be used before words beginning with “H”.

            But other than that, I think most people get that “a” is used before words starting in consonants, and “an” is used before words starting in vowels.

          • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

            Most people don’t realise that “an” should be used before words beginning with “H”. – MQ


            Well, Mary, that depends. e.g. As an American I would say “I had a Harry in my homeroom class” but if I were a Brit I might say “I had an ‘arry in my homeroom class.” The silent H makes the difference.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

            An hero, Mary?

            Nah. Wrong again.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 8:12 pm #

            The size of this solution is yuge!

        • Cankerpuss February 10, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

          How do you know my finger didn’t hit the “N” key on my keyboard. But, thanks for being the gramma police, don’t know what we would do without you guys. You make a world of difference to me personally. Seriously. Love ya.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

            @ Cankerpuss:

            We know.

        • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 4:57 pm #

          @ Q. Shtik:

          Every now and then, I am tempted to correct someone’s English usage. I am irritated by poor usage as much as you are.

          I have worked as a proofreader, copy editor, typesetter, and paste-up artist. If you do that for awhile, you will never again, for the rest of your life, be able to read anything without seeing every error. Like, I know how many elipsis dots you use, and when you use them. I know the rules for capitalization of titles of works–in French. And I sure as hell know that “alot” is not a word.

          There are many websites whose comment section are MUCH worse that this one. (Tickerforum drives me nuts.)

          While I welcome your corrections, you would save yourself a lot of trouble if you would just offer up your sufferings for the conversion of sinners. (This would probably work just as well as correcting people’s English.)

          Say this prayer:

          Oh, my Jesus, this is for love of you, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

          • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 10:37 pm #

            Say this prayer: – Anthea


            How many times must I inform you, I am a non-believer?

          • Anthea February 12, 2023 at 6:03 am #

            @ Q. Shtik:

            That doesn’t mean you can’t give it a try.

            People with standards need to develop patience and courage under these afflictions. I feel pretty confident that God will forgive these grammatical transgressions–after the perps do their time in Purgatory, where they will be forced to diagram sentences for hundreds of years.

      • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 6:51 pm #

        Jarek . . . Agree with you. However, many of our Founding Fathers were less than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers and Twentysomethings.

        Though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger.

        Now, after 200+ years of even more advanced educational opportunities, do you think people nowadays, with ages such as that, would be capable of surmounting and fixing the problems America is now facing?

        Could they plan and sucessfully implement their right to secede pursuant to our Constitution ?

        • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

          No, we’re in the realm of cascading failure, rotating faster and faster as we swirl down the toilet bowl. See the two stories by Poe anent whirlpools. The time to save ourselves was decades ago.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

            Paula. . .

            “What came next was stunning. On February 7, less than three weeks before the seemingly inevitable Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden met in his White House office with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who, after some wobbling, was now firmly on the American team.”

    • Alfred February 10, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

      What is to happen, already happened…

      “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

      Frank Zappa

      “It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. And by the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people — white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on — good honest hard-working people continue — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all — at all — at all. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on; the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday. Because the owners of this country know the truth: it’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

      George Carlin

      • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth February 10, 2023 at 9:44 pm #

        Thank You Alfred. The price of the illusion is growing higher and higher. The big club is ready to pull back the curtain.

    • abbybwood February 10, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

      And the CDC just announced that Covid jabs will now be on the list of mandated “vaccines” for six years and up.

      Right now there is about a 15% uptake on the jabs. Even my UCLA doctor is admitting he is not recommending the jab anymore.

      Pray to God we see a major backlash against this dangerous overreach.

      • ThorsHammer February 10, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

        The CDC has correlated the numbers and concluded that the level of Booster intake is inadequate if they are to reach their target of population reduction.

        One of the ancillary problems is that the Fully Vaccinated seem to prefer Fentanyl to military service, so it is increasingly hard to fill the ranks of our mercenary army or find anyone who can be trained to operate a M 1 tank.

        • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm #

          Is not the CDC — a private, for-profit, non-governmental, patent holding business entity — at this juncture, simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?

        • mrs_saj February 10, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

          If TPTB can’t get enough people to boost up, they should just taint the fentanyl supply to kill the user.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 5:04 am #

            It would appear that no ‘tainting’ of the fentanyl supply would be required mrs_saj, as the fentanyl as-is seems to be doing an excellent job pursuant to population reduction.

            It would now appear, however, that the relatively new ‘tranq’ debacle may be the operation you have presciently referred to.

            A pleasure to meet you mrs_saj btw!

        • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

          operate a M 1 tank. – Thor


          That s/b “an” M 1 tank. The rule is to use “an” if the following word begins with a vowel sound. It doesn’t have to begin with a vowel. Thus M is a consonant but sounds like a vowel…eh?

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

            You are an hero, Cue. Mary is now Q.

    • Walter B February 10, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

      I cannot see how our blowing up the pipeline will not be played against us by indicating that it was aa terrorist attack against not only Europe, but specifically Germany our supposed ally. Another incriminating piece of evidence that makes a damn impressive case for those promoting the fact that when you lie down with the United States, you get up smelling like garbage.

      Fact is, we are global pricks and unless the rest of the world is as sedated as we are from all of the Tracer lithium that we are breathing in, sooner or later the music is going to stop, and we are going to be standing there with our dicks in our hands and no chair on which to plant our hairy asses.

    • sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 6:10 pm #

      I believe the destruction of the Nordstrom pipeline was planned by Soros, the Davos crowd, Obama et al in the interest of world subjugation using energy…. Biden and the Russian oligarchs just ‘went along’ ..After all, Biden hasnt even the knowledge that he’s a mannequin and being painted and protected by America’s version of Pravda and Das Reich.. Whats troubling is the Germans stagnancy. And youre right about SElections going forward. LBJ and the Dems started the midnight oil count system in the 60’s… And now, it’s been perfected.

    • Frank February 11, 2023 at 5:53 am #

      Thanks again James.

      Seems as though you’re being targeted for take-down.
      Always have trouble at login.
      At least 90 percent of the time…
      You’re over the target!

    • Rain Waters February 11, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

      This comments section is much better without that troll. Yay!

    • workingclasshero February 12, 2023 at 1:19 am #

      Hey JHK, what level of “wit” or “style” do I have to exhibit to keep my very infrequent posts up on this insane comments section?

    • Conrad February 12, 2023 at 5:52 pm #

      Dilbert said: “Pretending that the Republican investigations in the House are going to accomplish anything meaningful is hilarious”. Never a truer word. It’s already a giant clusterfuck of idiotic missteps and exposures of the glaring hypocrisy of this “Congress”. It will implode before too long – it’ll probably replace McCarthy with George Santonocchio.

  2. Merkwurdiglieb February 10, 2023 at 9:41 am #

    And what what’s wrong with being evangelical Christian? Would you please elaborate on specific points in this essay or are you just going to hurl insults?

    • Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 9:44 am #

      Nothing wrong with being an evangelical Christian. It’s just that they are irrelevant.

      • Edge Lord February 10, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

        Nothing wrong if you gotta mega-church supporting your mega yacht.
        Anyone who separates fools from their $ is fine by me, and the lawd

      • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

        Tucker had an ex-FBI agent on last night saying they are going after Traditional Catholics – in other words, the people who really believe all that shit. There are Evangelicals like this too. One minister named Kennedy hates this System and they hate him right back.

        James O’Keefe of Project Veritas? A strong Catholic.

    • edgewoodio February 10, 2023 at 9:45 am #

      Just about everything… it would be a fitting finish to his transformation into a a rw troll.

      • benr February 10, 2023 at 10:03 am #

        Do flesh out this thought so I can point and augh at how absurd all your beliefs are.

        The reason you remain vague is because you have nothing and believe in nothing not spoon fed to you.
        Look at all your posts they are all insult and zero substance.

        • edgewoodio February 10, 2023 at 10:17 am #

          cry more and look harder.

          • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 10:33 am #

            I’ve never met a woke commentator who could use logic to weave a coherent argument which withstands scrutiny. Astound me, edgewoodio, shame me your eloquence and erudition.

          • benr February 10, 2023 at 10:51 am #

            I predicted nothing from you, and you have PROVEN me right.
            You have produced nothing and been found wanting as HMuller said astound us with that mighty intellect so far never unfurled.
            I won’t hold my breath.

            Still pointing and laughing at you.

          • messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 11:18 am #

            Our woksters are the best.

            It is a requirement to know how to denounce something in a specific way so that it announces something different without describing it, because the replacement is data driven [ they are still building this puppy ] and dont know what it will look like when it is done or even if it will work.

            The main thing – they don’t like what is.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

            Yes, the woke are so full of hatred and passion to tear down, they never ask what is it to be replaced with. They literally don’t care though some think they do and have vague idealisms.

            Think Obama’s mantra of “Change”. Change to what? Few though to ask, but he had very a stringent agenda in mind.

          • WadeWaters February 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm #

            I still maintain Obama wanted everyone to start buying Junk silver. US silver dimes, quarters, and halves. Change you can believe in! Better get some while you still can.

          • messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

            There is no new thing under the sun. Change what you call it, scare them, and the ignorant lap it up, and call you names.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

            Yes, ultimately he was just another Black on a street corner bumming for change.

    • AlD666 February 10, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      ECs drooled over the unChristian Trump, for one. Any EC who supports Trump is obviously no Christian at all, whatever they claim to be. Also, too many ECs are misogynistic and want control over what women do or don’t do with their own bodies. None of our business, dude. A woman has sex for a few minutes with a guy and is supposed to carry his pride and joy for nine months? I don’t think so, not unless that’s her choice.I laugh so hard at men who pound their chests that it makes me cry. A real man stands up for the right of every other person in their orbit to make their own decisions, whether we agree or not. The US is not a Christian country. It’s a country where I’m free to be a Christian. Or a Jew. Or a Muslim. Or an atheist. I happen to be a Christian, but that doesn’t mean I have the right to lord it over those who have other ways of belief. I’ll fight to my death for the separation of church and state in this country. It’s why many of us live here. To be free.

      • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 10:29 am #

        I also believe in the separation of church and state. Though I’ve noticed that left wingers sometimes use that term to mean the total suppression of religion.

        Do you also support freedom of speech? Do you find anything wrong with 3 letter agencies conspiring with social media moguls to suppress political opinions odious to the deep state’s narrative?

        • benr February 10, 2023 at 11:55 am #

          From the useless trolls mouth to an actual news story about it.


          The FBI has found a new gateway to declare Christians as criminals, a federal whistleblower said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

          An internal document from the bureau’s Richmond field office allegedly vowed to spy on “radical traditionalist Catholics and their ideology.”

          “They have found a gateway in what they think is fringe Catholicism in order to move into Christians in general and declare them to be the actual criminals in this country or the potential terrorists,” federal whistleblower and former FBI agent Kyle Seraphin said.

          Seraphin said the document is antithetical to Catholicism and was written by someone who believes abortion rights must be upheld and the LGBTQ agenda “has to be pushed down the American people’s throats.”

          I’m friends with people who love the Latin Mass,” the Catholic federal whistleblower told Fox News. “I grew up in a traditional school where I actually learned Latin in fifth and sixth grade and all the way through high school and it doesn’t seem reasonable, but it is the state of the FBI at this point that they are so desperate to find White supremacists that they’re going to look at the Catholic Church.”

          Seraphin said that the whistleblower who brought the information to him is not a Catholic, but knew it was problematic.

          “He or she stated the very simple statement, which is that if they’re going to go after radical, traditional Catholics, then radical traditional Baptists are next and radical, traditional evangelicalism and anybody else that espouses essentially what is radical, which is just a Christian faith and that is dangerous apparently in this country.”

          • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

            Whether they fully realize it or not, the woke crowd is filled with the twisted values of Satanism. They can’t help manifesting the dark, vile spirit within them.

          • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

            And it has not much to do with religion, really. It has to do with some churches and private schools, usually Catholic, not getting on board with the trans agenda, for obvious reasons.

            So they have to paint them as extremists, even as they really haven’t changed much in the entire history of this country.

      • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

        America was founded by Masons, Free Thinkers, and Christians. A precarious balancing act, though at least all Western. Letting in Muslims – who don’t believe in any such freedom in any form – was simply madness.

        Your hubris is on display.

    • WadeWaters February 10, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

      Fundamentalist Christians are a cult. Thoreau called it ‘the Tyranny of the Book’. The Bible is the word of God and so it is absolutely true and without error. Starting with that mindset creates a whole host of problems. And of course they rarely stand back and question their dogma because then they might end up in hell burning for ever and ever amen.

      • messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

        “Starting with that mindset creates a whole host of problems.”

        Where should one start?

        • WadeWaters February 10, 2023 at 9:24 pm #

          Develop and teach critical thinking skills.

          That would be a good start.

          • messianicdruid February 11, 2023 at 10:34 am #

            Truth is Authority rather than Authority is Truth?

      • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

        Those residing in the deepest levels of Plato’s Cave, can only be prayed-for, as . . .

        they have no idea they are in the cave — not even in their dreams.

        They have no intellectual and emotional capability to posit — even an idea, that beingness — if any nature, may exist beyond their field of vision.

        As such, they are — each of them their own reality.

        Does a goldfish know it lives out it’s entire life in water? Can it feel wetness?

        It most certainly feels the lack of wetness if the bowl is accidently broken or it jumps out.

        Don’t engage or attempt discussion; futile.

        Simply pray for them. The time will come…

  3. Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 9:45 am #

    Scott Ritter says that anyone who believes in peace and who wants to avoid nuclear incineration had better hope that Russia wins. I believe him. Putin needs to get this done before the maniacs in DC start reaching for the red buttons.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 9:57 am #

      Agreed. I think sooner is better at this point. DC is completely unhinged.

      • Not_GeorgeT February 10, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        From what I’ve been able to glean, the well runs dry by August 2023. Carveouts might follow, the territory has had many groups move in and out over the centuries.

        Problem: demilitarization needs to occur. Carving it up so adjoining countries get a piece moves military equipment back into the territory.

        • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

          I was think more along the lines of putting the rabid cur in DC down for good. But yes, the country formerly known as the US will need to be carved up afterward and a few thousand nukes disposed of.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

            What did dear old Henry Kissinger say? Someday American might welcome the presence of UN troops here to restore order.

            Maybe things ARE going according to Plan.

          • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

            Jarek . . .Lest we forget, Kissinger also spoke many times– as an American Statesman, about “useless eaters”.

    • Jimpa February 10, 2023 at 10:31 am #

      And what does “getting it done” mean? Many point to the fact that the US while it wants to dismember Russia has no real plan to do so after sanctions failed. The US can’t win militarily, but what about Russia? What plan does Russia have? I was looking at the map of Ukraine and the hundred of miles of front lines there. Any advance will not shorten those lines. Perhaps advancing to the Dnieper river would help a little but that’s a hundreds of miles of even longer line. Take over the entire basket case of Ukraine with a large antagonist population? You would then have a long border with Poland which has a seething hatred of Russia and is a Nato member. What good options does Russia have? Not many that I can see. Perhaps wearing the West down in a long protracted war, and working to undermine the West with a non- kinetic war agenda is the best and maybe only strategy. If that’s the case, gaining more real estate may not be that productive for the Russians.

      • Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 11:02 am #

        There will never be a perfect solution, only the “least worst”. I don’t think Putin has any wish to take the whole of Ukraine. The Russians will, as planned, take the Donbas, and if that doesn’t knock sense into the West, I suspect they will indeed go all the way to the Dnieper and take Odessa too. They will have always have Nato long range missiles on their border, but it’s much better if that border is hundreds of KM west than on the edge of Russia itself. Meanwhile, they can destroy the Ukie army for years to come and reduce Nato to a local home guard unit as a bonus. If that sounds like weak sauce, it’s still far better than the alternative which would have been to have done nothing and let Nato get even pushier and arrogant – if possible.

      • Not_GeorgeT February 10, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        Assumptions. Change. Change is part of life, a constant part. For instance, assuming NATO will continue to exist is rather questionable. I think there have been signs of cracks for years. The original reason for being no longer exits.

        Regarding the territory, those flat plains (topography) have been the invasion route into Russia twice in the span of 150 years. The Russians need to deal with this. It is their problem. It appears they are intent on solving it.

      • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

        Russia can take Ukraine, all or part, but that won’t stop the US from scheming to destroy Russia.

        But so far, the harder the US tries to destroy Russia, the more it loses power and influence in the rest of the world.

        If Germany has any sense at all they will leave NATO. And Turkey and Hungary will quickly follow.

        And then the US will lose a lot of its power to keep Germany down.

        • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 5:23 am #

          Methinks Turkey, being the 2nd most powerful NATO member — and the *only* NATO member still maintaining meaningful cooperation and dialogue with the Russian Federation, has of late, received a clear & distinct message from the Globalist PTB —- to comply.

          As per Orban in Hungary . . . he’s ‘locked and loaded’ to jump ship, having the same relationship with the RF as does Turkey; same situation with Vucec in Serbia actually — though not a NATO member.

          WW1 started in Serbia btw; parallel situation about to occur there — yet again, imho.

        • Not_GeorgeT February 11, 2023 at 6:18 pm #

          Things didn’t work out well for Georgia 08-08-08.

          Not working out for the UkroNazis.

          Who is next?

          De-fact dissolution of NATO with the alliance crumbling into separate entities is the best way. Cut to the chase, cut the bullshit, a bunch of countries withdraw.

          If the former Eastern Bloc countries want to hitch their wagon to the empire… well… doesn’t look like a long term formula for success as a country.

      • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

        Yes, the Ukies will fight an endless guerilla war, one backed by the West. Cut the most fanatical parts of the counts (the West) free. Let them set up their Bandarastan – and then let them realize that the West never had any intention of letting them do that.

      • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

        . . . particularly not, since the Russian Federation comprises 11 time zones; there being only 24 on the planet.

        Do the math.

    • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

      Ruggers dropped out of the top 25, – BRH


      Ruckers held the #23 spot for a week then dropped out of the top 25 by losing to Iowa. Then they beat Minn and Mich St and are now #24.

      At 2PM today they play Illinois on Ill’s court.

      The 4 teams mentioned are all in the Big 10 conference.

    • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

      start reaching for the red buttons. – Hereward


      Metaphorically speaking, there is only one red button.

  4. benr February 10, 2023 at 9:55 am #

    I suspect neither side is exactly interested in getting to the real meat of the Jan 6 caper.
    Both sides want to keep Donald J Trump from running again.
    Alas that means no one will ask the questions that need to be answered to get to the truth.
    Why did nancy have a film crew following her around that day?
    What did she know and when did she know it?

    Who was scaffold commander and why can’t they track his cell phone?
    Even a burner phone can be tracked the sim is registered and they can figure out where it was bought from. If it is bought from a store front they all have cameras.

    Bigger question why did the camera in front of the DNC only capture 1.5 frames a second so as to never actually capture who ever set the real but misconfigured pipe incendiary device?
    So many important questions never asked by the corrupt J6 committee.
    Of course, asking them would reveal Donald was not master minding anything but a massive ego stroking event to assuage his feelings about the great cheat.
    Many details intersect to create history and drive events and the narratives applied to these events are massaged to corrupt reality.
    That corrupted reality is then spewed forth by the media to keep the bases riled up.

    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

      Who is Ray Epps?

      • benr February 10, 2023 at 6:20 pm #

        OMG how could I have forgot the almighty Ray Epps!

        Where did the shooter of Babbet go?

        • messianicdruid February 11, 2023 at 10:36 am #

          Peter Principal.

  5. badberries February 10, 2023 at 9:57 am #

    Govt. in Moldava just collapsed….again.

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    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 10:16 am #

      There’s a Moldava?

      • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 10:48 am #

        Moldava is a town in the Czech Republic.
        Moldova is an impoverished country between Romania and Ukraine. I hear you can pick up a mail order bride really cheap – in case Jarek is reading this

        • Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 11:04 am #

          I think Jarek’s too excited about German tanks once more speeding across the Ukrainian hinterlands towards Russia to be thinking about matters matrimonial.

        • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

          We had a few Moldovan coeds at my college with the international contingent; exotic, feminine, and very sweet.

          Highly recommended if you can get one cheap.

          • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

            And the more bombs that fall, the more it’s a buyer’s market. “Desperate beautiful babes, will consider all offers.”

          • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            Desperate women and orphaned children are a feature, not a bug, of various US wars and coups.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

            Yes, just what you want. Women need to need you or what’s the point? At least that’s how it’s always worked, and thus the general “plan” for human beings, though exceptions are possible.

            The problem is that they get “educated” when they come here, corrupted by other women in other words. Made into takers, not givers. That men are givers goes without saying, by and large.

          • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

            You don’t even want to give your worldly goods.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

            I can’t give what I don’t have. If no woman wants me as I am, that’s just proof that they just want men for goods – a bad reason from our pov.

          • badberries February 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm #

            Never buy what you can rent.

          • badberries February 10, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

            Gahan Wilson, a cartoonist for Playboy was once quoted as saying. (paraphrased)

            “when a man pays a woman for sex, he isn’t really paying for the sex, He’s paying for the right to get up and leave, with no loose ends, no dinner and a movie, no call tomorrow, no bouquets. He has the right to leave, end of story.

          • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

            “Never buy what you can rent.”

            You can rent a lot of things that you would be far better off buying.

            This may be the worst general piece of advice I have heard in some time.

          • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

            When I was in Korea a GI could buy a girl out of a brothel and set her up in an apt, provide food etc. Trouble was, if they didn’t really like you, they’d run away, usually back to the brothel or another one like it.

            Renting was less risky than losing big money in a purchase gone bad. I had a friend who was severely ripped off by one of these cynical whores.

          • Jimpa February 11, 2023 at 8:23 am #

            “Never buy what you can rent”. What a sad, pathetic statement that is. Sex without love, what an aspiration.

          • badberries February 11, 2023 at 11:03 am #

            Sex without complications is as satisfying as any other.

            “just leave the money on the dresser”.

          • badberries February 11, 2023 at 11:12 am #

            Night Owl, here’s a more specific piece of advice.

            If it;

            Flies, Floats or Fl*cks, rent it don’t buy it.

            hmuller, thanks for the story re; ROK.

            I can’t remember which movie but the quote was priceless;

            “Every time I fall in love I’m waiting for a
            clap of thunder.

            I never got the thunder but I sure got
            the clap”.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

            Jimp: If you love her and she is marrying you for your money, is it still love?

            We accept such relationships with cats, but one expects more from people. Are women people? Potentially I suppose, but most won’t develop. Men don’t develop to full personhood either, but they get a bit farther than women, typically.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 6:01 pm #

            @ Beryl of Oyl:

            Jarek doesn’t even want to get a job–ever. Thus ensuring he won’t be in position to be on the giving end of any relationship. (He figures on being the “taker.”)

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

            In one of his videos, Fr. Ripperger says that a wife has a RIGHT to be supported by her husband.

            This is of course because her primary role and obligation in marriage–caring for and raising children, along with domestic duties–mostly precludes employment outside the home. That of course presumes that the married couple is not okay with their kids being raised by babysitters and the public school system.

            Women can do one job or the other: either mother/homemaker or breadwinner, if you want the job done properly. Hence, if a man marries, he undertakes an obligation to support his wife. Period.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 9:09 pm #

            Marriage involves taking on considerable responsibility–for both husband and wife. The husband must be capable of supporting a family. Period. End of story. If he is not, he has no business marrying. He need not be rich, or even a high earner. But to be a suitable marriage prospect, a young man starting out in life would need to have demonstrated a good character and a willingness to work hard and sacrifice for others. Best too if he had a solid plan for bettering himself and his family’s circumstances.

            All this used to be well understood in the US, and probably most other Western nations–back when there was still some expectation of male responsibility. Try running this idea that a young woman should marry (for love only) some lay-about doofus, who thinks a ring from a cracker-jack box is good enough for his true love, and that growing up as beggars is good enough for his kids, on the Chinese–or Japanese, or any Asian. Their view of the son-in-law is that he must be a reckonable person, a credit to the family–and a benefit to the family.

            As a man, all this is your DUTY to your family.

            This idea that, if a woman truly loved you, she would be okay with you being a bum applies only to your mother (and likely not even to her, as she probably had higher expectations for you).

            One can of course have strong ties of affection for both men and women who are lazy, selfish, and not very bright, and who drift through life without any discernable goals or desire for self-improvement. One may have strong ties of affection for a drug-addicted family member, or for the old college friend who is now a transsexual, or in the federal pen, or who is homeless due to mental illness, or whatnot. You may love them dearly, but they are not marriage material.

          • Anthea February 12, 2023 at 5:46 am #

            @ Jarek:

            All social relations entail particular obligations. E.g., there are obligations connected with same-sex friendships. If a friend’s car breaks down, they expect to be able to call you in the middle of the night for help. If their car goes into a ditch, they may expect you to come out there with your truck and your logging chain and pull them out. If they’re building a deck, they may expect you to pitch in. If they pick up your tab at bars and restaurants, they rather expect you to reciprocate.

            You also have family obligations of the same kind. Maybe your brother or sister always picks up the tab for you, because…hey, you’re poor. Maybe you attend holiday dinners but never prepare holiday dinners in return. Maybe it’s taken for granted that you will be unable to come up with even modest Christmas and birthday gifts for the family.

            If you are a church member and unable to offer financial support, are you pitching in to help with church functions? (You seem to have plenty of time on your hands.)

            If a friend or family member suffers a setback or personal tragedy, have you fitted yourself to provide comfort and counsel?

            So, let’s say you do none of the above. Do friends and family still “love” you?

            Meh. Maybe–though most likely you will have few friends, if any, and family relationships are likely to be a bit cold.

            Marriage incurs far heavier responsibilities and obligations. If you are unable or unwilling to undertake these, you are unsuited for marriage. Actually, you will almost certainly find that women won’t have much to do with you–just as you will find, and probably have found, that you will have no friends if you can’t or won’t fulfill the obligations of friendship.

            “Love” may be conferred upon you, but it will be in much the same way in which “love” is conferred by the community on the village idiot–who will obviously never be considered as a candidate for any position of responsibility. Such as marriage.

          • Jarek February 12, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

            Yes, as Christ says, do not attempt to build a tower unless you have the resources to finish it. Given the materials I have personally, and the materials available to me outside myself (the women), I have abstained. Don’t I get some credit for that? Unlike that unfortunate man who ended up with you. I could have gotten someone, but it would have been a poor show on both ends.

            I seek a higher path. I’m still available for a woman who would love me for me. I would work more for US (not her) too. Kids? Probably not, but who knows? If all was going well and her love was inspiring me to new heights, maybe the answer would be yes. Obviously for her to just get pregnant and confront me with it would be an utter betrayal.

          • Jarek February 12, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            Matt Walsh is all over the place on this one. He was raving about masculine duty a few weeks ago; how men have to take the risk of utter destruction all for the sake of “love”. I don’t believe he’s Catholic, but this is how Trad Catholics talk too. Completely out of touch.

            Then the other day he did a video about how women are raking it in and how the system has to change. Said he’s been saying that from day one.

            I’ll never marry until the system changes since it is an official or state endorsed decree. If the Church was wise, it would begin to marry people without State endorsement – the State now being overtly anti-Christian.

            Even letting a women keep a toothbrush and a change of clothes in your drawer is to court disaster – that making you her common law husband in some places in the view of some evil judges.

            Aaron Clarey lives with his girlfriend and charges her rent. A wise man. Matt would say true love overcomes all! Alas, many men have felt that only to become victims. Maybe they even had it – for awhile! Then her desire to trade up kicked in.

          • MaryQueen February 12, 2023 at 9:11 pm #

            @Anthea, perfectly stated – all your comments.

            Did you notice that Jarek didn’t compute anything you said, at all?

            Talk about arrested development.

            It is funny to see him fantasize about someday snagging the perfect woman without making any effort.

          • Anthea February 12, 2023 at 9:43 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            I often read blog comments from men claiming that women are “raking it in” due to divorce settlements, and that the courts greatly favor women over men.

            As you know, I have lived a long time. I’ve known of many, many divorce cases over the years. I know the life stories (at least in outline) of many, many divorced women/single moms.

            I have NEVER known of a single instance in which the divorced woman got any financial advantage through divorce, other than an order for Dad to pay child-support–an order, by the way, which was seldom or never enforced. I don’t think I’ve ever known a divorced mom who consistently got the court-ordered child-support. Most never see a penny. I’ve also never know of an order for child-support where the amount Dad was ordered to pay was enough to cover even the cost of daycare. For example, Dad may be ordered to pay $200/month for the support of three children. Usually the amount is a moot point, as he doesn’t pay it.

            This situation varies from state to state, of course. Child-support enforcement even varies from one county to the next.

            I think there are two things going on here. One is that these stories of men facing financial ruin in divorce originate in blogs run by predatory attorneys. Men are easily manipulated in these situations, and attorneys know that if they can get the guy mad enough, THEY can really “rake it in.” Tell him his wife left him for a guy with a bigger dick, and he’ll shell out enough money to put his attorney’s kids through college three times, to avoid supporting his own kids.

            The other thing that (I suspect) is going on here is that there are actual instances where the women get a lot of assets and large spousal-support and child-support settlements. (Not that I know of any such instances. I am just willing to concede that it could happen.)

            Basically, I suspect the above is a “rich-guy” problem–and specifically a problem of a rich guy domiciled in a community property state. Or, perhaps not always a rich guy, but a guy who (like yourself) has at least a modest trust fund. Men in such a situation really are vulnerable. (As a matter of fact, so are wealthy women.)

            I knew one woman with about a million-dollar trust fund whose husband was seeking half of it in the divorce, after a very brief marriage. If her father had died before the divorce was final, her husband actually would have gotten half of it. Luckily, Pops survived.

            I knew another woman, nearing retirement, who married a retired guy. Said retired guy immediately gambled away his entire retirement. He tried to get half of her retirement (and presumably other large assets, of which she had plenty) in the divorce–though they had only been married for a year or two. (That guy went through a lot of money really fast.)

            It is my suspicion that, very often, the “rich guy” scenario where he gets cleaned out in divorce is one in which an older guy (let’s say 40 and up) marries a much younger woman–perhaps a trophy wife. Since the chances of a young women–say, in her twenties–being genuinely attracted to an older man are somewhere between slim and none, there is a really good chance that said much younger woman is a gold-digger.

            Do the lovelorn old guys deserve sympathy? Maybe a little, but not much. If you want a woman who, if you didn’t have a shit-ton of money, would be out of your league, it’s probably going to cost you.

            These same old guys will complain that the much younger woman is frivolous, extravagant, silly, and ignorant. Duh. Date someone your own age, you silly man.

            As for yourself, @ Jarek, that would be my advice to you: date women your own age. (I have the impression that you are in your forties.) Date successful career women who own a house and other large assets of their own.

            Somehow I suspect that you could not attract such a woman, but that’s your best shot. Typically, a woman of that age–assuming you could snag one–would be uninterested in contracting a formal marriage, due to being past the age of family-formation. So your trust fund and any other dough you have laying around would be safe. But you would need to have something to offer such a woman. I couldn’t tell you what that might be, as men are rarely of any use to anyone, but maybe you could work on your sparkling personality.

      • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 7:40 pm #

        Yes Beryl, immediately to the west of Transdnistria.

    • Blackbird February 10, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      Probably to put in a NATO puppet who will allow NATO supplies from Romania through Moldova to the front lines in the Ukraine.

      Russia sealing off the border between Poland and the Ukraine? Not too much work. Slovakian border? An infantry regiment. Hungarian border? The rest of that regiment. Romania – north and south? Another regiment. Moldova? Regime change.

      • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

        We need a land bridge for the conquest of Kosovo. The Reconquista!

      • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 7:52 pm #

        Moldova is out, since their border land to the east is occupied by the Russian breakaway sliver kniwn as Transdnistria.

        We will here soon nearly every day about Transdnistria, since the battle for Odessa is the only issue yet to be decided.

        Once Odessa is taken by Russia, the fabled ‘land bridge’ will be created through Transdnistria, and Ukraine will become totally landlocked; without Black Sea access.

        [film at 11]

        • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

          Apparently it has started.

          Moldova and Romania have accused Russia of flying a missile over their countries.

          Russia says they didn’t.

          If the Mighty Wurlitzer starts cranking out the “Russia flew a missile over Moldova” song, we will know it’s another front opening up.

          • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 5:35 am #


  6. benr February 10, 2023 at 10:05 am #

    Sidenote it has become apparant to OAN that a good defense is to go on offense.


    Good luck to you if you win you might save your company as well as our Republic.

  7. Gartenzwergsammler February 10, 2023 at 10:09 am #

    Thank you, Jim, excellent post.

  8. Zoltar February 10, 2023 at 10:12 am #

    It is a good thing for one of the few surviving true journalists like Seymour Hersh to investigate matters like the destruction of Nord Stream 2, but in today’s American society the result is strangely unsatisfying.

    Yes, the Official Narrative is substantiated as untrue by those intelligent enough to have surmised the obvious facts of the case in the first place. But it does not become untrue for those who chose to believe the lies of the corporate press from the start.

    Those who wish to understand the truth learn nothing fundamentally new. Those who prefer the narrative are not disabused of their preferred beliefs. And little changes.

    • 100th Avatar February 10, 2023 at 10:50 am #


      Everyone KNEW it was the US!!

      My heavens, there were tweets congratulating and thanking the US… there were published threats before it… we knew about the “naval exercise” at the time of it… we knew who benefitted from it, but some, not “we”, apparently needed some geezer to write a story about it to believe it.
      Wake up already.

      • Zoltar February 10, 2023 at 11:13 am #

        Who do you think you are waking up, Avatar? That was precisely my point.

      • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        A geezer with a fairly untarnished history in serious journalism with a recognizable name.

        That counts for a lot, IMHO.

        • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 5:32 am #

          . . . MQ. That and the Pulitzer.

      • Not_GeorgeT February 10, 2023 at 11:41 am #

        I think his putting it in writing, probably crafting the words and sentences quite carefully, is what makes it stand out.

        Figuring out who did it was a short list. The how and who helped is an important component. It unveils the operation with some detail.

      • mrs_saj February 10, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

        100th Avatar,

        The ‘woke’ are sadly slumbering through the world’s destruction.

        • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 8:19 pm #

          What most people are unaware of, is the following:

          This wss a 2-stage attack. We are all aware if the particulars regarding the 1st stage as detailed by Seymour Hersh.

          There is now independent video evidence of the 2nd stage while it was occurring, upon the actual time-delayed date of the explosion, which confirns this key part of Seymour Hersh’s exposition:

          see . . .


          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 10:48 am #

            That is incredible – good ol’ MonkeyWerx!

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

            Ubetcha MQ!

            This would constitute ‘Evidentiary Material of Record’ in *any* Court of Law — domestic or internationally.

            Incontrovertible Evidence imho.

    • Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 11:06 am #

      Can anyone imagine how craven and pathetic you have to be to act like the Germans in all this? They KNEW it was the Yanks and yet did nothing about it. In fact, to correct myself, they did do something: they let themselves be bullied by the same people into sending tanks. We’re going to have to rename the Stockholm Syndrome for a German city.

      • dorn February 10, 2023 at 11:52 am #

        In fairness, Germany has been under U.S. military occupation since WWII. Japan, same thing.

      • elysianfield February 10, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

        “…To be an enemy of the US is dangerous…to be a friend, fatal.”

        Henry Kissinger, the love bug himself, offered this bit of truth.

        • diggy February 10, 2023 at 12:42 pm #


      • crudgemudgeon February 10, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

        HtW, I was thinking memories of Dresden might be holding them back, so yes, let’s go with Dresden syndrome. To honor the dead.

      • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        ALL western governments have been captured by the globalists. They’re not loyal to national interests because they don’t represent national interests.

      • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

        They don’t see it that way, because the current governing coalition are WEF puppets.

        The elections here were a fraud, just as in the US and Brazil.

        They are in power to do exactly what they are told to do, and this is what they were told to do.

        Many died of the cold this winter here in Germany, and Scholz is directly responsible.

        He does not care, however.

        Because he is a globalist cockroach.

        • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 1:49 am #

          Night Owl,

          I thought there would be news coverage of Germany’s struggles to heat its homes over the winter, but I haven’t seen much. Are you seeing this covered in your local news or is there a blackout on this topic? What are you seeing and hearing within your purview?

          • Night Owl February 11, 2023 at 4:50 pm #

            It has been used as fear porn. Plenty of coverage, and firewood prices increased to astronomical amounts as a result.

            The news is always tempered with the obvious lie that Putin is to blame.

        • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 6:56 pm #

          BRUSSELS, February 10-RIA Novosti.

          German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s unwillingness to speculate about those responsible for blowing up the Russian Nord Stream gas pipelines can only be explained by the fact that he was informed in advance about a future terrorist attack, Maximilian Kra, a member of the European Parliament from the German Alternative for Germany party, believes.

          Scholz said earlier that Germany will express its assumptions about the perpetrators of the Nord Stream accident when there is evidence, and will not speculate on this topic.

          “Undoubtedly, the German government was informed in advance by the Americans about the sabotage. This is the only explanation for Scholz’s awkward silence…
          for the German government, this sabotage eliminated an ever-present problem: the fact that the opposition was going to strongly demand the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Paradoxically, Scholz makes an instant political profit from this sabotage: no more questions about Nord Stream 1 and 2, ” he told RIA Novosti.

          According to the MP, the terrorist attack on gas pipelines hit the German economy hard and significantly impoverished the country. Billions of dollars invested in this project, which would have provided the country with cheap gas, were lost, but the government does not care, and “officially Scholz does not know anything,” Kra added.

          According to the expert, from the very beginning it was obvious that the attack was committed by a “strong state structure”. In addition, the Kra, like almost all members of the German opposition, believe that a NATO member country is involved. Many American politicians themselves believe that the attack was organized or sponsored by the United States with the full consent of President Joe Biden. The Americans deliberately involved the Navy in this, and not the special services, whose activities should be reported to Congress in order to avoid information leaks, the deputy believes.

          Russia’s accusations of blowing up its own gas pipelines are “ridiculous,” and previous articles by American journalist Hersh, in particular about the actions of the US army in Iraq, turned out to be absolutely true, he noted.

    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

      Why did we let Billionaires – all of one tight knit ethnic group – buy up all the media? Well of course once they controlled/owned Banking, who could stop them?

      But why did we let them do That in the first place?

      • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 8:36 pm #

        It is all the net result of the repeal if the Glass-Steagall Act by Bill Clinton in 1999. This was done via sleight-of-hand when Clinton signed the Financial Services Modernization Act, commonly known as Gramm-Leach-Bliley, which effectively neutralized Glass-Steagall by repealing key components of the act.

        The Glass-Steagall Act, passed in 1933, forced commercial banks to refrain from investment banking activities in order to protect depositors from potential losses caused by bank speculation in stocks.

        At the time, the overzealous involvement of commercial banks in the stock markets was seen as the main culprit of the financial crash. It was believed that commercial banks took on too much risk with depositors’ money.

        • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

          No, earlier. The deed was finished at Jekyll Island with the federal reserve act enabling them to create money out nothing in blasphemous imitation of God.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 5:48 am #

            Well of course Jarek!

            What had ocurred at Jekyl in 1913 was the ‘underlayement’ for what had eventually occured 20 years thereafter in 1933; likewise per Clinton with the ‘G-S’ repeal.

            The genisis is of interest — of course, but, the net & final effect of this series of events is — pursuant to your question, “But why did we let them do That in the first place?” was the point at-issue, or so I thought.

            Geezzz . . . you asked a question for which you *already* knew the answer.

            Interesting! Attorneys only do that!

          • messianicdruid February 11, 2023 at 10:40 am #

            Esau had to fulfill his time with the Birthright because it was sold under duress of fraud. But was also required to bring forth gold fruit. Judge righteous judgement.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            It is predicted that some day Esau will win back his freedom from Jacob the Liar. Of course Christian Identity says that we are Jacob(the Liar). How empowering!

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

            Vice: It all started in Babylon 2500 years ago when a Tribal faction vowed a war of vengeance against all of humanity and began to lay their plans against us.

      • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 9:07 am #

        “From the time the Federal Communications Commission was created in 1934, through the 1970s, the US government largely acted to preserve media diversity and prevent media consolidation, putting in place regulations that discouraged any one corporation from owning too many newspapers or television stations or from reaching too large an audience. “The widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public,” Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote in 1945, blocking a merger between the Associated Press and other newspaper publishing companies. It was a popular viewpoint at the time — preventing media consolidation was seen as strengthening the First Amendment.

        But in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan’s FCC Chairman Mark Fowler brought a new, deregulatory view into vogue, and the federal government’s efforts to prevent media consolidation began to unravel. A watershed moment came a decade later, when Bill Clinton’s decision to sign the Telecommunications Act of 1996 handed lobbyists a major victory. The law was a massive dose of deregulation that dramatically raised caps on the number of local newspapers and television stations a single corporation could own, and the percentage of the national audience a single corporation could reach.”


        • Islander February 11, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

          “a decade later, when Bill Clinton’s decision to sign the Telecommunications Act of 1996 handed lobbyists a major victory. ”

          I remember it well.

          There was a lot of handwriinging aboiut the long-term effects of this green light for mergers and general consolidation of the communications space.

          And the handwringers sure turned out to be right, to an extent even they could not have foreseen in 1996.

          Monolithic messaging and increasing actual censorship have been the order of the day since 1966.

  9. jlmartin February 10, 2023 at 10:15 am #

    I was wondering when they would get around to attacking your legitimacy.

    • ViceGrip February 13, 2023 at 9:19 am #

      Hello jlmartin . . .

      Welcome aboard!

      Unfortunately, I am unable to ascertain the contextual basis of your statement, “I was wondering when they would get around to attacking your legitimacy.”

      Never within this forum, nor could it ever be construed, that I have made any claim to inerrancy.

      As such, your comment — for all intents and purposes, appears to be only one of scorn.

      That being said, my recourse would only be — to keep you in my prayers.

      It was my pleasure to make your acquaintance.

      Have a nice day!. I most certainly shall — likewise.

  10. Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    “… green like the heart-shaped leaves of the linden tree or green like the moldy veins in Roquefort cheese? ”

    Love that line.

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    • badberries February 10, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

      The “moldy veins” in Roquefort Cheese is actually a bacteria. Delicious!

  11. MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 10, 2023 at 10:20 am #

    JHK is clearly onto something, or repetitive jackass trolls wouldn’t be the first posts on the comment thread.

    A bit too eager there, buddy. Though you did switch to a new avatar quickly enough to comment on your own post before too many others did. Is that a $0.25 bonus?

    To All: I have had to do some heavy policing on this comments section today. Tossing trolls overboard. — JHK Admin

    • Rowdypiglet February 10, 2023 at 11:48 am #

      Excellent post and much appreciated for the pithy language, thoughtful summary of events, and absence of nihilistic defeatism. I realize the situation seems to warrant it, but I don’t think there’s anything to be gained by marinating oneself in hopelessness.

      I think some people might benefit by reading Martin Armstrong. I agree with his contention that everything is cyclical, and that these cycles are at least somewhat predictable. It’s always a mistake to think that a given situation will continue as it is indefinitely. Things get better; things get worse. It can be hard to maintain perspective at times like this, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to believe that some good will come out of this . . . eventually.

      • sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 6:25 pm #

        Everything is NOT cyclical..Some good? What for instance? Reparations? Gender irrelevance? Over population? Hunger? Slavery? Destruction of energy sources? ..The only thing that seems to be cyclical is the way nature ‘cleans house’ And that WILL happen again.
        We need a king, for Christ sakes. One that sorts shit out by equal opportunity, not outcomes or feelings. If you cant make it, too fucking bad. Humans are the only species that thinks it must save/protect/nurture/feed the ones that can’t or won’t ‘hunt for themselves’..

        • ViceGrip February 10, 2023 at 8:49 pm #

          . . . that is how it now appears, as you hsve so accurately described. That bring said, it would appear that what you have described wss stated long ago in Revelation 13.

          Yup! We are now *there*

          “We need a king, for Christ sakes. One that sorts shit out by equal opportunity, not outcomes or feelings. If you cant make it, too fucking bad. Humans are the only species that thinks it must save/protect/nurture/feed the ones that can’t or won’t ‘hunt for themselves’”.

          • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 11:10 am #

            We need a king, for Christ sakes. – ViceGrip


            This is a poll: Do you favor the expression

            1. for Christ sakes


            2. for Christ’s sake

            I favor #2.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 12, 2023 at 8:46 am #

            Q – I prefer the Minnesotan version: “Fer chrissakes.”

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 10, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

      Thank you, JHK. Hope the door hits ’em on the way out.

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  12. Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 10:24 am #

    Goes to show what I’ve been saying, the Fourth Estate falling down on the job is one of the main reasons America has foundered.

    I thought everyone knew that the US destroyed that pipeline. I thought everyone knew that *Biden wanted Russia and Ukraine to keep fighting, so the US and Boris nixed an early peace deal.

    I also thought everyone knew that masks didn’t work because they couldn’t, and that there wasn’t suddenly a way to make the old failed attempts at a vaccine for a coronavirus work.

    • Cankerpuss February 10, 2023 at 10:35 am #

      The failure of the fourth estate in addition to Congress becoming a career instead of temporary service, the feminization of American politics and destruction of the nuclear family have foundered our once great Country. All in favor of perversion, decadence, greed, jealousy, depression and sloth.

    • sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

      Bidens deals with Ukraine are almost of legend. His stunning chicanery and incompetence could definitely lead us into a real shooting war… And of course Rachel Madcow and Don Lemon will laud him for it..

  13. mrs_saj February 10, 2023 at 10:27 am #

    Great post today, Mr. K. I was hoping you would write again about Nordstream in light of Seymour Hersh’s investigative conclusions.

    Will Russia retaliate against the US? Certainly not quickly, in my opinion. They have their hands full right now. It is also possible there will be no covert action of shock and awe, like blowing up a pipeline in Alaska. But I do wonder if they will retaliate. Poison is a popular means of eliminating political enemies in Russia. And there’s been a lot of ‘died suddenly’ of late.

    Unless, like every other sanction the US has tried, the destruction of the Nordstream pipelines somehow becomes beneficial to Russia.

    • cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 10:37 am #

      The pipeline destruction will become beneficial to Russia. Now they are requiring gold for all foreign transactions, or at least strengthening their BRIC relations. Furthermore, Russia can now keep this pipeline oil for themselves or for sale to more worthy trading partners. Russia will win against the West and come out on the top, God willing!

      • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 10:59 am #

        Small correction, cowbell. The Nordstream pipelines carried natural gas, no oil. But yes, Russian oil is also part of the sanctions issue. As the old saying goes “Europeans are cutting off their nose to spite their face.”

        • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

          Europeans are having their noses cut off by the US and then they are being told it was Russia that did it.

          If they are stupid enough to believe that, then they are too stupid to live anyway.

          • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

            The same globalist elite rule the Western nations. So I see it as a war of the people against the criminal gang ruling us.

            THEY however, are very good at distractions and deceptions, so most people still think in terms of “our government” rather than our jailers, our slave masters, our butt rapers.

      • crudgemudgeon February 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

        Cowbell, there was a good article in Bloomberg (behind a paywall but Automatic Earth shared enough for me to get the gist) about Russian oil going to Indian refineries then to the West. India is benefitting substantially too

    • badberries February 10, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

      ‘Revenge’ is a dish best served cold.

  14. MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 10, 2023 at 10:29 am #

    I wonder how Sy Hersh handles these moments. Does he charter a boat to Turks & Caicos for a month or two and watch the sparks fly from afar? Or is he on his settee with a cup of tea in his Manhattan high rise apartment, going about his day?

    I can only presume he is “establishment enough” to still be alive after the bombs he’s dropped over the decades, so the question is…is he fed stories from above, to drop the right bombs at just the right time? As in “the time is right to out this guy or that guy to the public, as we need to change the public tide”. Or is he in any way independent in his investigative writing choices?

    Either way, hats off to Sy. Impressive to self-publish something like that, not have any major outlets carry the story, yet then make every news outlet anyway.

    • Hereward the Woke February 10, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      I think Sy asks himself, “How would Seth Rich do this?” and then does the opposite. And bumps up his life insurance.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

      The story was no doubt leaked by official sources for some purpose. I think they’re actually trying to instigate Russia to start the nuclear festivities. DC is convinced that nuclear war is winnable (or at least survivable) and they now realize it’s the last option left for them, but they’re still just wary enough to not start it themselves.

      • TaxDonkey February 10, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

        Interesting how it was the top story for awhile various corporate media sites. Many are treating this story like the absolute truth, but do we know that? Hersh had “a source” and a great storyline for a Hollywood movie.

        • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

          Top story on corporate media? Which ones? I have heard people complaining that it has been ignored, and I certainly haven’t seen any coverage.

          • TaxDonkey February 10, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

            It was on the Daily Mail for example.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

      “Expect Hersh’s bombshell scoop to get smeared by the corporate media as they’ve done to nearly all of his scoops going back to his 1974 exposé on CIA’s illegal domestic spy program—attacked by WaPo, Time, Newsweek, etc, but validated by Church Committee.”


  15. Islander February 10, 2023 at 10:37 am #

    I expect that JHK allows these pathetic, verging on disgusting, trolls to remain in place is because

    (1) he is very tolerant, and, more important,

    (2) they provide an object lesson of sorts, as they become more and more unhinged, looking for new ways to be insulting and transgressive.

    Leading to . . .

    (3)The also function as a kind of test of the self-discipline of “real” commenters here.


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    • edgewoodio February 10, 2023 at 10:40 am #

      Good one Islander…especially the ‘more unhinged’ part. The lack of self awareness here at CFN is just awesome to behold.

      • benr February 10, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        Stop stealing other peoples posts troll.

        • Woodchuck February 10, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

          This guy is a mere orc, and a limited one at that. He’ll have to do better if he wants to achieve the rank of troll.

    • Rowdypiglet February 10, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

      @islander, I actually relish arguing with people who disagree with me, and always have done. It’s one way that I determine whether I’m outright wrong or just don’t have enough ammunition to support my point of view. In either case, if I can’t defend myself, I go back to the drawing board.

      But these creatures never present an argument of any kind, so it isn’t possible to debate with them. They know that calling people rude names and making fact-free accusations allows them to make a nuisance of themselves, which is all they’re capable of.

    • Islander February 10, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

      Re “@islander, I actually relish arguing with people who disagree with me, and always have done. ”

      How can you interpret my comment as my not “relishing and argument.” Jeez.

      If you relish disgusting comments about cum etc. that insult the owner of this blog to be something you relish arguing about, that is of course your choice.

      The more disgusting comments at the beginning of the comments seem to have been removed.

      • Rowdypiglet February 10, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

        @islander, I didn’t at all interpret your comment as not relishing an argument. I was intending to merely elaborate on it and was in agreement with what you said. I made a point of making a distinction between debating someone (which I enjoy) and the impossibility of debating with playground bullies who present no argument. I’ll quote myself:

        “But these creatures never present an argument of any kind, so it isn’t possible to debate with them. They know that calling people rude names and making fact-free accusations allows them to make a nuisance of themselves, which is all they’re capable of.”

        I certainly don’t relish disgusting comments (though I didn’t see the ones you mention), name calling, or rudeness in general. I’m perplexed you would think that, based on what I wrote.

        • Islander February 10, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

          You missed my point both times around.

          • Rowdypiglet February 11, 2023 at 10:16 am #

            @islander, then please clarify. I try to write in a clear way because I hate to be misunderstood and it appears you somehow thought that I “relish disgusting comments that . . . insult the owner of this blog” or that I “relish arguing about them.” I pointed out that I only enjoy debating an actual argument, and that the posts in question were just playground name calling and didn’t deserve a response.

            I sometimes miss sarcasm; I don’t have the sarcasm gene. If I “missed your point both times around” I’d still like to know what your point was. And I’ll reiterate in case it wasn’t clear that I definitely don’t relish disgusting comments or want to debate them, and I particularly don’t like my clear statement to that effect being turned upside down.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

            Islander is often in her own little mental world. When I was talking about White sovereignty, she started talking about mill workers in India. I suppose with the implication that we don’t deserve to have our own nations because of colonialism.

          • Islander February 11, 2023 at 9:42 pm #

            Your comments were non sequiturs.

          • Rowdypiglet February 12, 2023 at 10:44 am #

            @Islander, I stated:

            1. I enjoy a genuine debate, which helps me assess my weaknesses.

            2. The comments I referenced weren’t open to debate, because they were rants and insults and didn’t present an argument.

            How does point #2 not logically follow from point #1?

  16. SteveK9 February 10, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    America was once ruled by WASP oligarchs, we now have a different variety, of which members are Schiff, and Goldman. Jim apparently will not point this out. I understand why.

    Judging by the filth being hurled at him here, it seems some people are getting nervous.

    He is too optimistic about the possibility that virtue will triumph in the end, but I still hope he is right.

    • toktomi February 10, 2023 at 3:11 pm #


      I would offer that $Billionaires do not rule America or any other piece of global geography. They are but errand boys to the $Trillionaires [aka the owners of the national currencies].

      I could be wrong, but then, you may be “looking for love in all the wrong places”.


      • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

        Toktomi, I agree if you are saying what I think you are saying.

        A person may seem wealthy and/or politically powerful – a real master of the universe. But they know they are at the same time a slave, a hand puppet, to something far more powerful, more evil, ghastly and unearthly operating from behind the veil.

        • toktomi February 10, 2023 at 8:12 pm #


          That’s pretty much what I had in mind, minus the value judgements. I have no clue about what is, in universal sense, right or wrong or good or evil.

          All I see is that there are groups of individuals who control literally trillions of dollars. That buys control over even tens of billions of dollars. Ask ol’ John D. who even had the lion’s share of control of global energy, for a moment. Ask Gates or Zuckerberg.

          “I care not who controls a nation’s political affairs, so long as I control her currency.”


          • hmuller February 11, 2023 at 6:37 pm #

            Toktomi, I believe value judgements and differentiating between good and evil is our “job” as humans, as sentient creatures at this level of development.

            Is there a level of consciousness beyond good an evil. Maybe. But we court disaster if we imagine ourselves already there.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

            The universe is a vast place. We are humans on a small planet. Why would our sense of right and wrong be universal?

            We evolved on this planet as creatures who have an innate sense of justice and fairness.
            Most of us have no desire to take more than our share, and we definitely don’t think it’s right for someone to lie, cheat and kill to accumulate far more of their share than they could ever use.

            But there are psychopaths among us who do want more, more, more and they are willing to kill to get it.

            Damn straight I can judge them! And I do. They are evil.

          • toktomi February 12, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

            @hmuller and Paul D

            Are we talking about personal judgement, meaningful to only oneself or are we talking about some sense of universal judgement?

            And could we please offer up some specific definitions of “good” and “evil” which surely carry the full range of values for all things and events, more and less desirable?

            I would posit that morality is not a universal set of behavioral codes but rather a personal code of conduct, unique to each individual.

            I would offer that this type of discussion too often derails into absolutes and false dichotomies.

            But then, at the end of day, I surely can “know” nothing. Just stories and maybes with a kaleidoscope view barely in focus with patterns still coalescing…


  17. Islander February 10, 2023 at 10:54 am #

    Re ” If you think the reasons behind the First World War were incomprehensible,”

    It is time to retire this notion. It is long past its sell-by date.*

    The reasons behind WWI were “Keep Germany down.”

    The reasons behind WW2 were, obviously, driving Germany back down.

    Some (Morgenthau). wanted to keep Germany down forever.

    The reasons for WW3 are . . . . Keep Germany; down. This time the Germans themselves, so mired in guilt and self-hatred, are helping out with the suicidal program.

    *This notion is useful to some.

    Specifically, the UK and the USA (and others).

    This little head-scratching “no one knows how or why WW1 got started” performance is learned ignorance with a purpose—actually, a form of propaganda/ disinformation.

    Please, read, for starters, Docherty and Macgregor, Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War.

    • Edge Lord February 10, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      The reasons given, i.e., “reported” were incomprehensible. The true reasons are not.

    • Mac February 10, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

      NATO- iIt’s been said: Keep Germany down, Russia out, and the USA in.

    • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

      Germany was building a railroad to Iraq to import oil. The British wanted to keep Germany down.

      The Battle of Basra was one of the first battles of WW1.

      • Islander February 10, 2023 at 2:10 pm #


        Germany was helping the Ottoman Empire modernize its economy, administration, infrastructure, and military.

        One of Churchill’s war aims prior to the outbreak of the Great War was to dismantle the Ottoman Empire and divvy it up.

        That is exactly what happened.

        The biggest winners:
        British colonial empire; oil companies; Zionists.

        • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

          Why did the feminists go with a man from South Dakota at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, when they could have endorsed a woman?

          • messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

            Who’s there?

    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

      Well the main purpose is to get Russian assets this time around. So two out of three. But yes, punishing defeated Germany is always a plus. Turn them into an agricultural state!

      The Kaufman plan isn’t really needed now with birth control, abortion, third world immigration, and of course, the jab. All Nordic countries are rapidly dying, including the traditional United State and the founding population.

  18. Bill of Rights February 10, 2023 at 11:05 am #

    Zelenski should read more and write speeches less. Here’s a line from the bible to help his people:

    Or suppose a KING IS ABOUT TO GO TO WAR against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ASK FOR TERMS OF PEACE.

    • crudgemudgeon February 10, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

      BoR, exactly. From a source worth studying. Thanks.

    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

      He’s not Ukrainian and he doesn’t care what happens to them. The Bandaras made a deal with the Devil and such deals always go badly.

  19. Islander February 10, 2023 at 11:07 am #

    Regarding the Hersh piece—specifically, why now?—a commenter at MoA lends some support to my speculation that part of the purpose of the story is to paint Joe Biden as a powerful, decisive, “ballsy” leader.

    There is another rhetorical aspect about the Hersh story, which is the pride that the USA takes in breaking laws and circumventing legal channels and constitutional rules and laws. Kind of like “the Outlaw USA” is a character in a Western.

    Recall how infighters bragged about how they deliberately kept Trump out of the loop and undermined his decisions regarding I think it was Syria.

    Then there was the bragging about how Facebook was used to influence the vote in some swing state in I think 2020.

    It seems like the minimal amount of testosterone available in DC is tapped for bragging . . .

    It is possible that Hersh, basically I think a good guy, has not kept up with the many ways journalists are being manipulated.

    In any event, Hersh’s presentation of geopolitical and economic background of the attack is pretty much Nuland-Blinken-Sullivan black/white, bad guy/good guy hogwash, served neat.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

      Or he’s just willing to be manipulated. I used to follow Hersh a lot, but I think he’s mostly – willing or otherwise – just a mouthpiece for larger interests now. This story was really a nothingburger from the standpoint of revelatory breaking news. His name just gives it the stamp of imprimatur. Funny that you don’t see official sources in DC exactly going into hysterics to deny any of it. They wanted it out there.

      • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

        Complete silence is always the best way to deal with such things. So your post contradicts itself in that sense. They don’t necessarily want it out there just because they aren’t saying anything.

        • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

          No, not necessarily, but I think that’s the case here. The usual political response from DC for anything scurrilous is to deny, deny, deny at the top of their lungs. Add to that, Hersh – a mainstream journalist who has a lot to lose by biting the hand that feeds – was allowed to publish this in the first place. These are SERIOUS accusations here.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

            Thus the silence of cooler heads. Hersh? Who knows? Maybe he wants to do something really good before he dies. Crack one more big story.

          • Rowdypiglet February 11, 2023 at 10:23 am #

            I agree with Jarek on this one. Hersh is old and, at his age, doesn’t have much to lose. If I were in his position, I’d want to go out with a big story that others wouldn’t touch. He’s done his work and doesn’t have to care anymore about his future prospects.

            It’s also possible that he’s sufficiently out of the loop that he doesn’t have the full context anymore.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

            He published it on Substack, one of the very few places that doesn’t censor.
            Notice the simultaneous snide dismissal of his article as “a blog post” combined with calls to destroy Substack as a “purveyor of disinformation”.

            I think his source lied to him about Norway’s involvement.

            It wasn’t the Norwegian prime minister who called Blinken a minute after the explosions and said “It is done”.

      • Islander February 10, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

        Disaffected, “They wanted it out there.”

        My point exactly.

        I think part of this may be partisan infighting to build Biden up as a 2024 candidate and also, possibly, as a “war president.”

        God forbid.

        Plus, they have now openly bullied Scholz and Germany in a truly extraordinary fashion.

        If “nothing” happens in German politics in response to this incredible offense against the nation, the country will be totally shamed—again.

        I would expect the AfD to get a huge boost from these goings-on.

        But of course the Hersh story and its damning assertions re Scholz’s complicity may never see the light of day in Germany.

        • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 8:29 pm #

          I read the article and I don’t remember anything about Scholz being complicit.

    • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

      “is to paint Joe Biden as a powerful, decisive, ‘ballsy’ leader”

      Makes no sense whatsoever. Even the cud-chewers don’t want WWIII.

      And nothing Biden does will ever seem ballsy. Reality is apparent to everyone on some level. And the reality is that Joe Biden is a thin, confused, husk of a man. Nothing about him projects confidence, ballsiness, machismo, or anything people instinctually want in a leader.

      The press can toss as many word salads as they like, but reality can’t be changed when it physically can’t even hold itself up or produce a coherent sentence in English.

      • Islander February 10, 2023 at 5:36 pm #


        “And nothing Biden does will ever seem ballsy. ”

        I think you are missing the point.

        I was talking about the portrayal of Biden **in the Hersh piece.**’

        Read the piece again.

        The “Balls” quote comes from Hersh, not from me.
        One of his interlocutors. The piece abounds with sentences that support my inference of a possible subtext of the piece.

        Remember, Hersh, too, is in his eighties.
        I think we can agree that there is a subtext, and agenda, to the story.
        As I stated, commenters at MoA have speculated the same as me.

        Your riposte re “reality” is funny, actually, because you are playing tennis and the game is football. Because the whole information space is concerned with shaping “reality,” not reflecting reality. A lot of people are very happy to ignore or not see the reality of Joe Biden’s senescence.

        • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

          The point is that they can shape it all they want. Deep down, the body and mind still understand what is real or not.

          That is where things like cognitive dissonance, among others, come from.

          One can only deny reality for so long.

          • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:00 pm #

            Kinda like when they tell us men are women.

            On some level, even for those who wish to accept it, know.

          • Islander February 10, 2023 at 10:56 pm #

            I merely pointed out what I thought might well be a purpose of the piece, put there by Hersh. Obviously.

            Whether the effort is successful or not is another thing.

            And what fails with you may succeed with others.

      • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 9:58 pm #

        The NYTimes had an article about how stunning and brave Madonna’s ghoulish, beyond fucked-up face is. That’s about the level of insanity we can expect from them.

        • Night Owl February 11, 2023 at 4:46 pm #


        • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

          Stunning and brave.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

            Is that transphobic?

  20. benr February 10, 2023 at 11:11 am #

    James you should post the ban list.

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    • redrock February 10, 2023 at 11:53 am #

      Let us not ban anyone. It is most enjoyable to watch trolls flop like a fish on deck.

      • Edge Lord February 10, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

        Except Beaner keeps giving it mouth-to-mouth

        • benr February 10, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

          Hah as if!

    • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

      Why, it would consist of two people using different handles.

      They can’t even change their writing styles. Does anyone think there is anyone else trolling here aside from Redneck Liberal and Cargill/Edgewoodio?

      Trolling done well is an art form. But creating art requires a high IQ.

      • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 8:30 pm #

        Hustled Enough. I think he is being paid by the word.

        • Conrad February 12, 2023 at 6:29 pm #

          Hustled Enough is not a troll.

          HE presents lucid arguments, well composed. Yes, he is critical of JHK and the whole weirdo ‘right wing’ trope that many commentors inhabit, but to call HE a troll is egregious.

          I’d also be fairly certain he provides his views without expectation of payment. That whole “paid troll” thing is just plain dumb.

          • Paula D February 12, 2023 at 8:10 pm #

            He doesn’t present arguments at all, he presents assertions.

            By odd coincidence, his assertions line up perfectly with Establishment talking points that are broadcast 24/7 on every mainstream media outlet.

            Obviously, we have all heard them ad nauseum, because there is no way to escape the official narrative if you live on this planet, but especially if you live in NATOstan, which obviously includes the USA.

            Obviously, we reject the assertions as bullshit. He then just repeats them.

            If he’s not getting paid for it, why would he do it?

  21. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 11:13 am #

    Vladimir Putin you are the man of the hour,
    You vanquish your enemies with vaunted power.

    Member nations of NATO hunker for cover,
    Putin is a true leader, father, and lover.

    The Nord Stream Pipeline was sabotaged by the West,
    Fighting an unwinnable war in the Ukraine makes Biden obsessed.

    The world will soon learn the folly of their ways,
    While Putin suppresses the illicit lifestyle of the gays.

    Mother Russia and Father Putin please lead us to victory,
    And fight each battle to the win just like Old Hickory.

    • edgewoodio February 10, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      You are a strange creature cowbell. Have you been to Russia?

      • cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 11:50 am #

        No, never been to Russia. It is high on my list of travel destinations, so much great history, people, and places to visit. I have thoroughly read history and travelogues on the entirety of Russia. My love for their country all began with a Russian history class I took in high school. (Fat chance of finding a class offered like that in any American high schools today….)

        • WadeWaters February 10, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

          Putin is a true statesman. We have no one comparable or even competent here or in Europe/Canada/Oz/NZ

        • mrs_saj February 10, 2023 at 12:46 pm #


          I’ve thrown out my bucket list of places I’d like to travel and I’m only 52. My husband and I were just invited to go on a Viking River Cruise through parts of Europe in August. Forget about the countries not letting me in. I can’t even get aboard one of their cruise ships without a vaccine card.

          I will rethink my new list at a later date. Returning to Iceland was on my old list as was visiting England for the first time.

          • WadeWaters February 10, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

            I’ve heard that those river cruises are not so great. You land in Budapest perhaps, you have 2 hours to shop in the riverside tourist shops, then its time to get back onboard. Not too good for spontaneous exploring.

            Does Iceland require a vax card at present?

          • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

            I had wanted to go to a place in France that has a Linden Festival.

            That’s out now.

          • stelmosfire February 10, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

            25 February 2022

            Iceland has lifted all Covid-related restrictions. There will be no disease prevention measures at the borders for passengers traveling to Iceland, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Additionally, travelers will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or prior infection. There are no restrictions on social gatherings or quarantine requirements for those infected by COVID-19.

          • WadeWaters February 10, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            Cool.(hehe) Good to hear.

          • toktomi February 10, 2023 at 3:05 pm #


            If I may, I would suggest that you might want to put longer term survival at the top of your bucket list unless you are on of those who would rather depart this Earth rather than give up all your conveniences of industrial life.


          • Islander February 10, 2023 at 5:41 pm #

            I love the idea of a river cruise—have always wanted to do the Danube, and the Volga. A fantastic way to see a region in a very organic, topography-related way. Everything looks different from the water, and there is a lot that you can see ONLY from the water. The real country.

            Are you sure that Viking is still imposing the vaxx and mask madness?

          • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 1:16 am #


            That is great news about Iceland. Thank you for sharing. I haven’t checked Iceland’s rules in quite some time. My husband and I went in November 2019 and absolutely loved it. I like the cold. We climbed a glacier (in crampons and with pick axes!), hiked, swam in their hot springs at Blue Lagoon, and had amazing food.

            We met an Australian couple in our tour group and I asked the husband about their government’s confiscation of its citizens’ guns. He said it wasn’t a big deal. I have thought of him several times during the last three years. Australia has fallen off my bucket list. I will never set foot there regardless of their vaxx policy.

          • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 1:24 am #


            I had to check Viking’s website two weeks ago to determine my rsvp and I rechecked tonight. Viking River Cruises still requires proof of vaxxination for passengers and staff dated at least two weeks before you sail. Its on their website under Viking Health and Safety Program. Like so many things, its name is strangely counter to what it does…

            Social Security
            Internal Revenue Service
            Homeland Security
            Ignorance is Strength
            Freedom is Slavery
            War is Peace

            I think I’ll have another glass of wine!

          • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 1:35 am #


            Thank you for your concern. Rest assured that my and my husband’s long term survival is my primary focus, hence my lack of a need for a bucket list and my absolute refusal to take the jab. I have posted a bit about my preps before, not that I expect people to remember. It seems the more that is completed, the more there is to do.

        • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

          I’ve been unimpressed with Russian immigrants however. Very arrogant and of course the ignorance which comes with arrogance.

          Just my very limited experience.

          • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

            They’re much more distant and less trusting than most westerners. That seems understandable given their recent history. Lots of black humor as well. Very cynical.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 7:55 pm #

            My daughter used to sell goat milk to a Russian family. At the time, she was also getting started as a beekeeper. The father of the family happened to have a PhD in beekeeping from Russia, and he was an immense help to her. He even gave her a bee hive. The family also gave my daughter and her husband a riding lawn mower when they first moved to the country. When my daughter decided she wanted to bid on a car at the auto auction, he arranged for her to use his broker. (To bid on the more desirable cars, you need to go through a broker.)

            The dad’s English was very poor, and he was getting up in years, but my daughter also became friends with his daughters, who are around her age and were born in the US.

            The dad also visited Russia from time to time, to help out old friends. He’d run a successful business in the US for many years and was fairly well off.

            I never met any of the family, but, by my daughter’s account, they were all wonderful people.

        • badberries February 10, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

          Eventually the current kerfluffle will subside and visas to the RF will once again be available.
          Something very few notice are the stacks and stacks of Bronze and Brass Cannon Barrels neatly lining the inside walls of the Kremlin. Thousands of them, abandoned by Napoleon’s defeated, retreating Army 1804-05. Quite the sight.

        • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 6:23 am #

          You would enjoy Russia very much. Spent 5 weeks there. Stood in the middle of Red Square at 3am and admired a view of the ice-covered cobblestone, with no other living being in sight.

          Just me.

    • redrock February 10, 2023 at 11:55 am #

      Hickory is tough but nothing compared to hedge.

      • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

        Hedge is perhaps the hottest-burning of all woods used for firewood. Very rough on the chainsaw blade, however, and difficult to split.

        I have read that hawthorn also puts out a lot of heat. I think I’ve read that it burns hot enough to smelt at least some metals. But, unlike hedge, the tree is rather small. It’s also not nearly as common as hedge is, around here.

        • Islander February 11, 2023 at 9:49 pm #

          I never heard of a tree called hedge.

          Googled it, of course!

          Apparently this is hedge apple, or Osage orange (Maclura pomifera).

    • elysianfield February 10, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

      There once was a Russian named Putin,
      Who’s approval in Russia was certain,
      Not so much in the West,
      As “Z” man can attest,
      With NATO and Uki’s uprootin’

      I have never been to Russia, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn once….

      • C.O.Jones February 10, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

        I spent a week in Russia a few years ago. Took the Sibelius train from Helsinki and had a wonderful time walking around St. Petersburg, touring museums and generally hanging out. I made a good friend with whom I still speak from time to time. He had immigrated to Minneapolis a few years prior but found it not to his liking and after a few years, moved back to Russia. The history of the country and the resiliency of its people are remarkable. My driver proudly informed us that his name was Vladimir, after the Russian leader. Putin is generally revered except by the elderly who long for the hard core communist days of “Uncle Joe” Stalin. I left Russia thinking the United States needs a leader who is pro US just like Putin is pro Russia. Even though their income tax is 10% across the board unlike the progressive tax of the US as recommended in the Communist Manifesto, Russia is a long way from perfect. It is fascinating and they love their leader.

        • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

          It seems to me that in all this, Russia’s leader is doing the closest to what his job is supposed to be.

          I don’t know what happened to Boris.

  22. Islander February 10, 2023 at 11:45 am #

    Wow, things are crazy at Project Veritas:



    • Edge Lord February 10, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

      Why did O’Keefe get into musicals?

      Is there anything more tedious than a musical theatrical production?

    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

      Some kind of coup going on.

      • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

        Indeed. Neocon manlet and board member Matthew Tyrmand is making his move.

    • Amman February 10, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

      Would the Thai Authorities and Swiss Attorney General be watching this caper?

  23. Paula D February 10, 2023 at 11:58 am #

    Great essay. I have never heard of Rep. Goldman, but he sounds like a piece of work. I wonder if he takes time out to troll this website.

    One correction. The facilitated-by-cops riot at the Capitol was in 2021, not 2020.

    The BLM/antifa riots were in 2020.

  24. Paula D February 10, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

    The Hersch piece on Nordstream is a blow to US credibility. The shining city on the hill blew up the lifelines to its vassal, leaving the people cold, hungry and unemployed, as soon as this plays out the way it will.

    The US is desperately trying to control the narrative, but this is like Vietnam and Iraq. There are too many people watching what they do, not what they say. I think that the US refusing to lift the sanctions on Syria and GoFundMe announcing that they will not let private citizens fundraise is just another despicable act that will turn decent people against the US regime.

    The fact that so many trolls showed up so quickly to derail this post shows the desperation of the narrative control masters. They know that JHK has a large following of rational people, so they want to make sure that no one reads the comments. JHK has a knack for saying a lot in very few words, and that is very important for information to be shared, given the short attention span of the public.

    And meanwhile, Russia is about to take Bakhmut, a town that NATO is desperate to hold, so much so that they have thrown in thousands and thousands of press-ganged Ukrainians to be slaughtered.
    The US, of course, tells us that it is an unimportant city. But the dead bodies piled up there tell us differently.

    How can Russia beat the US without starting WW3? It is a problem. Obviously flattening Ukraine would do nothing to stop the US and its plans to destroy and divide Russia.

    I think that Russia expects the US to implode and is trying to go slowly in Ukraine so that there are still a few men left when the US goes down, shattered like a balloon hit with a Sidewinder missile. Nothing left but pieces of plastic. Lots and lots of plastic. I guess we’ll be burning it for warmth by this time next year.

    The rest of the world is tired of living with crazy Uncle Sam and not knowing who is next to be targeted by his fits of murderous rage. They’ll be clapping and cheering when the military bases are closed, the drone attacks stop, the sanctions are lifted, the bullies are neutered, and ordinary people can get on with their lives

    • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

      Excellently stated, Paula.

      And yes there certainly seems to be a concerted effort to shut down conversation in these comments. The trolling has gone considerably up in the past 2-3 weeks.

      • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

        Well, all the “conspiracy theories” came true.

        Imagine the angst someone like Redneck Liberal is filled with.

        Imagine how incredibly stupid he knows (deep down) he is.

        Imagine how that feels.

        The result = an obsession with those who enrage you, and increasing amount of time spent at a place one hates.


        • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:06 pm #

          Also well said and spot on.

          The angst must be increased knowing one was bamboozled into taking the clotshot.

          Plus the boosters.

        • benr February 11, 2023 at 8:57 am #

          Even more galling is being kicked, shunned and then made fun of as well as being flat out wrong on almost everything.

    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

      Yes, Hersh didn’t sell out or wasn’t a sell out from the start like operatives Woodward and Bernstein. Somehow he still values the truth. Rare at his level.

      • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 2:20 am #

        I liken Hersh to Musk. Neither of these characters is perfect. But in their own way, with the means at their disposal, they are trying to make a difference.

        I think most of us on this blog are trying to adjust our living arrangements, as best we can, for whatever it is we believe is coming. And that is rare amongst the masses who are distracted by the bread and circuses

        • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 6:06 am #

          Bread and Circus’s *without* the Bread!

          • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 11:29 pm #


    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      Also, I agree this his piece is huge. That people in the know, knew is one thing. And others, less in the loop, suspected. But Hersh has told all. That’s the frantic desire to discredit him and the dead silent treatment from the msm.

      Dis is wrong…..

    • Connie VanPeebles February 10, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

      I, for one, don’t find it this way.
      The Hersh piece at most exposes the chink in the boomer armor. They need someone legit to sort the facts for them and compose a narrative.
      Younger generations are more apt to seek information and piece the truth together themselves.
      It is all out there if you look for it. The idea of relying on a so-called journalist to lay it out for you is very antiquated. This is yet another reason why journalism is dying. If someone like Joe Rogan parse out the truth from YouTube videos and Tweets, what’s stopping the middle-class inteligencia? Waiting on a story teller?

      • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:07 pm #

        I really wish I could believe that the younger generation is actually doing that. I’ve seen very little evidence.

        • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 6:30 am #

          Agreed MQ!

          It has now been ascertained that the majority of humans have attention spans less than that of Goldfish.

          see . . .


          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 9:18 am #

            Give the goldfishes smart phones and see how long that lasts.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

            We came, we saw, we are in disbelief!

            Smartphones have besn designed to be addictive.

            This addiction initiates and potentiates specifically with regard to Dopamine.

            The brain releases it when we eat food that we crave or while we have sex, contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction as part of the reward system.

            Dopamine causes you to want, desire, seek out, and search. It increases your general level of arousal and your goal-directed behavior. Dopamine makes you curious about ideas and fuels your search for information. Dopamine creates reward-seeking loops in the sense that people will repeat pleasurable behavior, from checking Instagram to taking drugs.

            That’s the hitch.

            The near contant notifications comprising the usage of a Smartphone are not unlike classic Pavlovian operant conditioning, each and every one giving a biochemical hit to the brain’s pleasure center.

            How could any meaningful communication, attention or short term memories be acquired with all of that going on?

            Simply can’t. But swear you can!

            Even when turned off & separated from the user — the hits keep coming, in anticipation of being once again reunited.

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:25 pm #


            Humans like shiny things, and we are easily distracted (as are all great apes).

            They use that to hook us in.

            It works!

      • Rowdypiglet February 11, 2023 at 10:41 am #

        Sorry to say that I’ve found the younger generations relentlessly woke and absolutely unable to assemble an argument or to think in any meaningful way. They have nothing with which to debate; not a single fact, no contextual knowledge, no awareness of holding logically incompatible ideas, no apparent ability to think about anything.

        Among the many disturbing things is a complete lack of imagination that manifests in an inability to look through the eyes of another, to realize that people of other cultures and earlier times saw the world through an entirely different lens. They cannot enter into a different world view, as an act of imagination and empathy. You can notice this particularly in their ludicrous attempts to write novels set in an earlier era, into which they inject woke characters who would not have even been recognizable as human at the time in question.

        • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

          Or when they ban books, plays or music from a different time, because the artists don’t conform with today’s woke dogmas.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

            Or when they think people who disagree with Fauci are Fauci stooges.

        • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

          Absolutely spot-on RP. A stupendous analysis of what we ALL are witnessing, essentially the Borg-ifucation of humanity. Creation of the hive mind. Individual use of the mind being quickly eliminated — by design.

      • TaxDonkey February 12, 2023 at 12:55 am #

        Connie, many people have jobs to go to, kids to take care of, bills to worry about and now apparently a government at war with them. They don’t have hundreds of extra hours to piece together all the facts from oceans of random information and disinformation. Journalism serves a very important function for a free society and what’s become of the legacy media represents a great loss. Also, it’s not helpful to introduce class warfare where boomers are bad in your mind versus the more ‘good’ younger generation.

  25. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

    Re: TimerMe’s “citizen statesman” comment above thread.

    I like this idea, think it is important for a healthy and viable democracy. Anyone with a good head on their shoulders and a will to work for the people should be able to actually run for office and possibly win, without having to be a mega millionaire or give up the values that they hold dear.

    I often look to directories with bios of elected officials from 100-150 years ago. It is amazing, many of them were first generation immigrants, working as farmers, blacksmiths, lumber yard workers, etc. Now, you have to run a hedge fund and sell your soul to the NWO to even be considered as a viable candidate.

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    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      Trump was a phenomenon. They aren’t about to make that same mistake again, letting someone like him get through.

      His fatal flaw is that he craves acceptance from that establishment.

      • neurodoc February 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

        Beryl: He also strongly over-rated his ability to ‘read’ people, especially those outside of a private business environment. Deep state bureaucrats are a totally different breed of psychopath from their private biz equivalents. Trump was confused about that and, thus, made hiring blunder after hiring blunder. He also had trouble differentiating friend from foe, which I found quite surprising and disappointing.

        • TaxDonkey February 12, 2023 at 1:06 am #

          Yup, Trump’s had his moment of fame. It’s probably worth thanking him for red-pilling the Deplorables and pointing out that the emperor had no clothes. I suspect he’s done whatever he could do and now it’s time for this broken system to spit out some other unique and colorful characters.

    • Rowdypiglet February 11, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      @cowbell, someone in the UK posted a chart showing the number of MPs who held ordinary jobs as opposed to elites, spanning about the last 40 years if I remember correctly. Every year since about 1980, when there were 57 “normal” working people, the number has dropped. There are now 7. Everyone else is some kind of corporate creature/WEF “leader”, etc. Seems the same problem exists throughout the West.

  26. diggy February 10, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

    Everything Jim says is correct, although it might not appear so in the fantasy world constructed by our corporate masters.

    He has been on the ball longer than anyone reading this cares to remember, and you know it because you keep coming back here for more insight.

    • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 6:36 am #

      Here! Here! . . .

      As for myself . . a reader of his books & website for nearly 2 decades, but only recently beginning to make comments.

      • TaxDonkey February 12, 2023 at 1:18 am #

        Me too. After the 2008 glitch, I wanted to educate myself on what the heck happened. I found this cool website called the oildrum that discussed energy issues like peak (easy) oil. During that timeframe I also found this blog. I found it interesting that almost none of the economists out there understood the connection of energy to the economy. But JHK “gets it”. I always appreciated that. I also feel like maybe he channels a little bit of George Carlin, whose commentary I miss. If I wasn’t so ADHD I would probably read some of JHK’s books as well.

        • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 7:02 am #

          I remember the ‘Oil Drum’ and ‘Automatic Earth’ websites too during that era, and the fact that, between JHK, Richard Heinberg and Nourial Rubini, an unobtsructed view of reality was — both truthfully accepted and relished!

          • TaxDonkey February 12, 2023 at 7:58 pm #

            Yeah, and remember the Archdruid? Always thought he was in interesting dude.

          • ViceGrip February 13, 2023 at 9:30 am #

            Indeed TaxDonkey!

            I learnt an awful lot from the ArchDruid. He had a style-all-his-own with his take on things and how he was so artfully able to share *that* with others.

            I was quite sad when he ended- up behind a paywall (as I remember), particularly since I didnt at that time have the $$ to continue there.

  27. Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

    Think Globalist rather than Democrat vs Republican and all will be clear. Politics is little more than sordid reality TV for the rubes.

  28. hortonz February 10, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

    The top news story on CNN was the Biden administration’s promise of swift aid to Turkey and Syria to deal with the aftermath of that deadly earthquake. Over here on the government-funded CBC news network, the top story was the announcement that the Trudeau government will invest in a new battery storage facility on Six Nations’ land that will be the biggest in the country. No mention of Seymour Hirsch or the allegations of pipeline tampering. There was an announcement that the Canadian defense minister will be meeting with her American counterpart to discuss the war in Ukraine, but nothing on the ongoing investigations on both sides of the border into the illegality of the dealings of the Biden and Trudeau crime families. I don’t know why the two governments can’t just drop the pretense and admit that both countries are governed by highly paid consultants with ties to the WEF. That’s who’s REALLY calling the shots these days in Washington and Ottawa. Everyone else is just window-dressing. Maybe Socrates Detroit has an answer.

    • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

      News black-outs are how they do it. If the TV/radio/computer feed doesn’t talk about it, it didn’t happen. That is why we should report it ourselves. I did a podcast about it. wagelaborer.podbean.com/

      They are lying about aid to Syria. They are blocking aid to government held areas of Syria and only giving aid to the jihadist part of Syria, Hence the ubiquitous “news” reports of the White Helmets, the disgraced medical corps of ISIS.

      They are despicable.

      • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

        I have the White Helmets pushed on me every time I turn on my computer.
        You no longer have to actively look for the “news”. They push their propaganda in every outlet.

        • benr February 10, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

          The montage has been done where all the “major” news sites all have the same talking points and I mean verbatim.

          • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

            Check this one out. It is another very good collage, and it is very relevant to today’s news.

          • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 6:58 am #

            Benr . . .

            “where all the “major” news sites all have the same talking points and I mean verbatim.”

            The reason for the above now occurring is quite simple:

            During the 2nd Obama administration, the repeal of the ‘Smith-Mundt Act’ occured. This repeal was embedded very deeply within the ‘National Defense Authorizarion Act’ [NDAA] and titled as the ‘Smith-Mundt Modernization Act’.

            Essentially, the ‘Smith-Mundt Act’ made lawful the transmission of American propaganda to foreign countries, both during war and later during peacetime; Voice of America (VOA), etc.

            The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act’ made it perfectly lawful for the U. S. ‘government’ to conduct highly-coordinated propaganda [including subliminals] against it’s own citizens.

            Voila! We see the net result of that ongoing operation now.

            Most have succumbed. We are the outliers.

          • benr February 11, 2023 at 9:01 am #


            Thanks for fleshing out the topic I was feeling too lazy to research the actual act.
            In fact, I was hoping one of the trolls would tell me I was tin foil hat wearing again so I could simply lay it out but I believe you did a far better job of it than I would have.

            Hats off to nice follow up post.

        • cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

          The best news you can get is right here at CFN, especially with the things gleaned from all the insightful posts by fellow readers. I appreciate all the highlights I pick up on here provided by others. I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read, new websites visited, films watched, etc. all because it was recommended by a fellow CFN reader.

          • GreenAlba February 10, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

            There was very detailed coverage of Syria today on UK Column News, with Vanessa Beeley.


            Make sure you haven’t just eaten, though, as it starts with Zelensky speaking to a full crowd at Westminster Hall and handing over a gift of a Ukrainian airman’s helmet to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
            Assuming it was Zelensky and not a hologram, of course.

          • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

            Alba, Zelensky seems to be on a whirlwind tour of much of the western world, doesn’t he?

            Where does he find the time?

            He must have multiple identical pairs of those pants and that sweatshirt, because they never have spilled coffee or anything on them and he wears them every damn day.

          • Night Owl February 10, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

            Zelensky speaking in broken English with that frog-after-3-packs-of-cigarettes voice is one of the funniest things I have seen in quite some time.

            Aside from his performance in a chestless catsuit and heels on Ukrainian television, back when he was just a low-rent homosexual dancer and penis pianist.

          • ThorsHammer February 10, 2023 at 8:02 pm #

            It takes a lot of time for Z to pursue his program of buying a mansion suitable for his residency in exile in every possible country.

          • SpeedyBB February 10, 2023 at 8:57 pm #

            Without the “underground network” of CFN, Vineyard (unfortunately shutting down), MoA and a few more such sites, how would any open-minded citizen get an alternative picture?

            I have an old, old Texas pal, now unfortunately diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, who heads up a “skeptics” organization. On issues like the jabs, all he will say is “I know one guy who died of Covid” and “I remember the refrigerated container trucks with all the dead bodies”. He refuses to check out sites, even when I send URLs.

            Before he retired he was a highly-paid software engineer who worked on F-16 guidance among other technically-exquisite efforts.

            All I can conclude about our failure to establish proper communication on issues of vital importance is (a) our age, which tends to fall back on “stuck-in-the-mud” thinking, (b) his own perception of the world, shaped by those powerful media sources we all grew up with, and finally (c) the level of upper-middle-class comfort he has enjoyed his entire life, as a given, and which nothing radical can be allowed to threaten.

            Now I am attempting to recall, without success, what John was up to in October 1962, when panicked San Antonio consumers were hollering and pushing four or five carts loaded with groceries through supermarket checkout. I was a student at UT Austin, and had an old Chevy pickup loaded with drinking water, food and weapons, ready to head for the Mexican border, as the fallout patterns over the rugged mountainous terrain of northern Mexico looked survivable. Whether I could have made it across before that nation wisely sealed off their border (and hoped to avoid nuclear conflagration) is something I’ll never know.

            I suspect it will take the level of jolt the Cuban Missile Crisis delivered before otherwise highly-intelligent, useful citizens like John will get the message and emerge from their seemingly-impregnable comfort zone.

          • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:10 pm #

            I enjoy the thought that no matter what luxurious mansion or yacht Zelenskyy gets to hang out in, he realizes his days are numbered, and he has to live with 24/7 anxiety on a level that most people will never ever have to deal with.

        • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

          Do you mean it might not just be an algorithm giving you what you want?

          • cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

            I think there is certainly an algorithm element associated with everything we do on our computers, laptops, cell phones, etc. these days. Every keystroke, search query, typed response is being tracked and monitored. This in turn is being used against us to market things to us we never even wanted, news and products included.

            For example, the other day I was reading about a particular wine online. Now I am being inundated with all kinds of wine stories and advertisements. Not sure how this tracking could get any more obvious.

          • GreenAlba February 10, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

            You don’t even need to be reading about things on your computer, cowbell. You can be chatting about something with a family member, with a laptop or iPad open and an ad will appear by magic a little later.

          • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

            Yes. It happens to me when someone I talk to in my home has her iPhone in her hand.

      • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

        The earthquake was in “their” part of Syria, not Assad’s, right?

        • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 2:54 pm #

          Partly, but partly not. Aleppo is the second biggest city in Syria, I think, and it was hit.

          They are only giving aid to the terrorist part of Syria. AND they are blocking citizens from sending money to help the non-terrorist part.

    • Q. Shtik February 10, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

      the Trudeau government will invest in a new battery storage facility – hortonz


      A facility to store batteries? like a warehouse you mean?

      Or did you mean a facility to build storage batteries?

      • benr February 10, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

        I suspect it is actually a series of batteries to store power for the off hours when wind or solar is not available.

        • Q. Shtik February 10, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

          Again, you fail to get my point!

          • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 5:05 pm #

            You seem irritable today, Q. Still taking that Ruckers loss last night hard?

          • benr February 10, 2023 at 6:23 pm #

            Your point is near pointless.
            You could after all do some work and use google or duckduckgo and fill in your own blanks!

            Naw better to whine!

          • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

            A more important question: Does Trudeau run on batteries? Can you flip his head open and replace run down batteries as needed?

  29. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

    Talk about inflation. Is Tommy Hilfiger clothing still considered racist? Do people still refer to “Tommy Pull My Finger”?

    Veteran fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is selling the Palm Beach estate he’s owned for all of two-and-a-half weeks. According to Mansion Global, property records show that Hilfiger closed on the 7,265-square-foot mansion on January 25th; however, the property was listed for sale this week. We’re not sure what, if any, upgrades were made within the short period, but we do know that there’s been an $11.1 million bump in price. The CFDA award winner paid $36.85 million for the five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom manse and has listed it for $47.95 million.

    Strangely enough, less than two years ago, the abode was sold for $17.88 million, which means it has almost tripled in price in less than two years.

    • Amman February 10, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      I see…

    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

      It blows my mind that Hilfiger hails from Elmira, New York.

      • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

        I know, and Andy Warhol hails from Pittsburgh. Hard to believe.

        • Islander February 10, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

          I thought Warhol was Romanian.

          • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 10:25 pm #

            Nah, his real last name was Warhola; his parents were immigrants from what is now Slovakia. Andy stayed very close to his working class family, even after he became famous and wealthy. And in turn they were proud of him and his success.

      • Amman February 10, 2023 at 11:37 pm #

        I don’t think it should have. Elmira is a nice area.

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 4:19 pm #

      Cowbell, Zelensky and his crew are buying up Miami real estate like there’s no tomorrow. $50 million for a piece of property is nothing when you have $150 billion to play with.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

        Miami real estate has been considered a relatively safe investment for foreigners from places with unstable governments for quite some time now.

        Speaking of Zelensky, the man has a serious problem, and you can see him realizing that in this clip. He knows he’s not hiding it:


        • SpeedyBB February 10, 2023 at 9:02 pm #

          Peruvian Marching Powder? What’s it doing in Central Europe, so very, very far from home?

          • Paula D February 12, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

            Camp Bondsteel.

      • jim e February 10, 2023 at 8:44 pm #

        Beware! I had a good friend die because of some Miami real estate…

        “A central Alabama physician is among the missing after a deadly condo collapse in Miami. According to a family member, Dr. Gary Cohen was at the Surfside Condos when a wing of the complex collapsed early Thursday morning.

        • SpeedyBB February 10, 2023 at 9:04 pm #

          Aren’t you building on spongecake in Florida? Any bedrock within shouting distance?

  30. Paula D February 10, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

    Remember when the pipelines were blown up and the Mighty Wurlitzer tried to tell people that Russia blew up their own pipelines

    But it didn’t work. It was Too Stupid To Believe, so they dropped the entire terrorist act down the Memory Hole.

    In the meantime, Matt Orlefa did a fine compilation of the squawking heads repeating the talking points.

    It’s worth another watch, imo.


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    • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

      Stupid, repeated often enough, gets believed.

      • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

        Usually, but not this time.

        • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

          Yes, but beyond the bitching and moaning, nothing is going to change. Repetition still produces inaction. Everyone knows what they are suppose to believe, even if they don’t. Sheep stay with the flock. Not many people are wired to walk on the wild side.

          • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 5:05 pm #

            We’ll see what the Germans do. If they do nothing, I’ll concede your point.

    • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

      Almost as dumb as the one about how people who were against Fauci were Fauci stooges. Almost…..

    • JackStraw February 10, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

      That’s an excellent compilation that shows that the servile stupidity of the talking heads is party neutral.

    • GreenAlba February 10, 2023 at 3:50 pm #

      That’s excellent, Paula!

    • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 11:11 am #

      Matt does great work. Thanks for this!

  31. K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

    Twitter execs carried out a years-long censorship campaign against the First Amendment in cahoots with the FBI, CIA, DOD, DOJ, DOS, DHS.

    Don’t forget the TSA, their people can cash in and get some overtime when there is some policing to do.

    Cahoots, yes, there will always be people who believe in mom, apple pie, national security, and the American way. The American way being mo’money for me, and most people won’t say no. It is hard to do.

    Oversight? National secrets will not be revealed by ‘oversight’. Oversight can’t be anything more than a distraction. Part of the program. A soothing balm to hide a Pandora’s box of actual reeking truth.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

      Oversight? National secrets will not be revealed by ‘oversight’. Oversight can’t be anything more than a distraction. Part of the program. A soothing balm to hide a Pandora’s box of actual reeking truth.

      BINGO! The corrupt overseeing the corrupt. That’s the actual reeking truth. The only “law” being applied is the one of the jungle: every man, woman, and child for themselves. But it does make for good TV.

      • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

        Indeed,it makes for good TV and a lot of people get paid.

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

        When the crooks, the Mob, are the source of the law, and the AG and his DOJ have been high jacked by the same Mob,

        There is no oversight.

        Simple as that.

  32. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

    So lets strip mine the glaciers of Greenland to save the planet from global warming so we can use our electric cars…anyone else see the irony here? Wow, talk about doing one thing with the right hand while the left does something with the other:

    Billionaires Fund , Massive Treasure Hunt , as Greenland Ice Melts. CNN reports that some of the world’s ultra-rich are funding a massive treasure hunt on the west coast of Greenland. The well funded treasure hunt, complete with helicopters and transmitters, comes as the climate crisis is melting ice covering Greenland at a rapid rate. According to CNN, rising temperatures have afforded investors and mining companies an opportunity to search for critical minerals needed to transition to green energy. Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates are among the billionaires betting on finding a trove of critical minerals on Greenland’s Disko Island and Nuussuaq Peninsula. We are looking for a deposit that will be the first- or second-largest most significant nickel and cobalt deposit in the world, Kurt House, CEO of Kobold Metals, via CNN. According to CNN, those minerals could power hundreds of millions of electric vehicles. Billionaires are backing Kobold Metals, a mineral exploration company, and BlueJay Mining to locate the rare and precious metals. Billionaires are backing Kobold Metals, a mineral exploration company, and BlueJay Mining to locate the rare and precious metals. CNN reports that 30 geologists, geophysicists, pilots and mechanics are on site at Kobald and Bluejay’s search area. . Rising temperatures have exposed ground that has been concealed under ice for as long as millennia and could now serve as a site for mineral exploration. The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland revealed that the area could be a hot spot for coal, copper, gold, rare-earth elements and zinc.

    • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 4:10 pm #

      Oil under them thar hills fo sho!

    • hmuller February 10, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

      So mining is only dirty and unacceptable when it happens in Appalachia?! I hope Bezos, Bloomberg, and Gates wander into a hungry polar bear or a deep crevasse.

    • stelmosfire February 11, 2023 at 9:56 am #

      I seriously doubt that Gates will be able to get thousands of Congolese children to crack rocks in the frigid Greenland climate. Only if he up’s their pay to 75 cents a day. But then the profit margin will drop so you know it won’t happen.

      • Rowdypiglet February 11, 2023 at 11:27 am #

        He will. They just won’t last as long up there, but there’s plenty more where they came from.

  33. 4014HAMPHEDGE February 10, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

    Evangelical Christians the world over have the best retirement program: see “THE ROMANS ROAD TO SALVATION” in Book of Romans Chapter 3; see Romans Chapter 10 verse 9. NOW is the appointed time!

    Incentive: There was a detailed narrative of the Nordstream Pipeline mission on a military web page shortly after the event Aviation equipment, naval support; ordnance used, sovereign state black ops orchestration, etc. Be informed the Russians feel they owe us one, and it shall be a big hit- several carriers? Rational thinking is evaporating as we sit here with our tea & biscuits…

    North Americans must commence identification, distribution of dormant rail line mapping to establish OES familiarity with rehab of food distribution rail infrastructure to mitigate starvation. Clear as it can be said… Note: only private circumspect sector corporates and circumspect individuals shall have the nerve & skill to act; Upper echelon Government cannot do anything until after the fact. JHK has more rail details by request. Mentioned in “THE LONG EMERGENCY”

    • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

      I doubt that Russia will commit a terrorist act. They have the moral and legal high ground here, and they will not blow that in some act of revenge.

    • Islander February 10, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

      Russia will act.

      But we won’t know who did it.

      Whatever it turns out to be.

    • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 8:03 pm #

      Evangelical Christians the world over have the best retirement program

      How are you going to compete with 100 virgins?

      • GreenAlba February 11, 2023 at 8:40 am #

        It was only 72 and, in any case, it appears you don’t get virgins, just some dried fruit. 🙂


        So the evangelicals are still ahead.

        • K-Chien February 11, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

          Virgins never appealed to me anyway. What do they know how to do? Better someone who hung up their ho shoes.

  34. Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

    Amongst the revelations that aren’t getting enough attention, and things we all knew but nobody was acknowledging, is the paper that Anthony Fauci attached his name to.

    A paper than confirms what was obvious to may from the very beginning, about those mRNA “vaccines”.

    “Viruses that replicate in the human respiratory mucosa without infecting systemically, including influenza A, SARS-CoV-2, endemic coronaviruses, RSV, and many other “common cold” viruses, cause significant mortality and morbidity and are important public health concerns. Because these viruses generally do not elicit complete and durable protective immunity by themselves, they have not to date been effectively controlled by licensed or experimental vaccines. In this review, we examine challenges that have impeded development of effective mucosal respiratory vaccines, emphasizing that all of these viruses replicate extremely rapidly in the surface epithelium and are quickly transmitted to other hosts, within a narrow window of time before adaptive immune responses are fully marshaled. We discuss possible approaches to developing next-generation vaccines against these viruses, in consideration of several variables such as vaccine antigen configuration, dose and adjuventation, route and timing of vaccination, vaccine boosting, adjunctive therapies, and options for public health vaccination polices.”


    This is a discussion by the Market Ticker on the ramifications. Rope an scaffolding should become a growth industry.


  35. Amman February 10, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

    Profile of a Princess in peril:

    A Lawyer, 44 years old
    Eldest daughter of the King of Thailand

    Ambassador to Austria,
    Ambassador Slovenia and Slovakia
    Ambassador to UN Commission Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

    Master and doctorate degrees, Cornell University, NY

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  36. Jarek February 10, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

    SPLC listing on Ann Barnhardt

    Ann Barnhardt, a blogger and former commodities brokerage owner whose house was sold in 2013 to satisfy a federal tax lien, is one of the most extreme Muslim-bashers in the United States. She refers to Muslims as “musloids,” says that Islam is a “seditious system working against every government” in the world that must be “exterminated,” and once burned a Koran with a bacon bookmark for a YouTube video. In 2011, she said “the Muslim population is mentally and developmentally disabled on a mass scale,” describing it in the same essay as the only population that “is mentally and physically devolving.” But Barnhardt’s blind rage isn’t only directed at Muslims. She says that beginning in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected, a “cold putsch” began that she predicts will lead to riots and civil war, the importation of “millions of socialist Latin Abmericans,” and, ultimately, the Chinese Red Army landing in America. She urges people to buy long guns because “THERE WILL BE MASS RAPES when the inner city hip-hop contingent can no longer be contained by standard law enforcement.” And she opposes women’s suffrage, saying that it “effectively castrated” men and wrecked the family. She once described herself as “a buzzsaw crossed with a blowtorch,” and about that, at least, she is surely right.

    Jarek: Good old Ann, being Traditional, she is timeless and thus always ahead of the curve. Like God, like Jarek, like Jason – who never hurries but is always where he needs to be.

    Dogs are always going places. Cats are already there. Is God a cat? Yes, but not just a cat….

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 4:10 pm #

      A 73 year old rancher in near the border in Texas shot an illegal on his property last week. The story is that the illegals fired at him first, nevertheless, the rancher was arrested an is being held on $1 million bail. “Mass rapes when the inner city hip hop contingent can no longer be contained…” The way things are, this Hip Hop contingent will be accompanied by the police, ready to arrest racists in the suburbs who dare to resist these Freedom Fighters out from the ‘hood.

      • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 8:14 pm #

        Murder in rural Texas => Mass rapes from exploding Hip Hop => Police joining the mayhem supplying sex lube and other assistance to the rapists.

        I have to say Back Row. Your ability to connect the dots may be in question. But nobody has bigger or dramatic dots than you do.

        I am always impressed.

        • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 8:15 pm #

          more dramatic

        • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 10:08 pm #

          I know Dog you can never tell what kind of crazy sh#t I’ll be coming out with next.

          • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 10:27 pm #

            The place would not be the same without you.

      • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 8:35 pm #

        The rancher must have turned himself in. That kind of behavior will stop.

        • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 9:01 pm #

          I looked into it. I would have to look harder to be sure but I think the rancher shot guns which other people reported as shots fired and he reported gunfire himself to cover up he had already blown a man away.

          So before ‘turning himself in’. He set up a self-defense alibi.

          George Alan Kelly, 73, is accused in the Jan. 30 killing of Gabriel Cuen-Butimea, 48, on his property just outside Nogales, Ariz., the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office said.

          Officials believe Cuen-Butimea was a Mexican citizen because of a Mexican voter registration card he carried.

          He was living at the time in Nogales, Mexico — separated by the border from the Arizona town by the same name.

          Cuen-Butimea had a history of illegally crossing the border and had been deported back to Mexico multiple times, most recently in 2016, according to federal documents obtained by the Daily Mail.

          I doubt Cuen-Butimea had a gun. If I spent my time jumping between the American and Mexican sides of Nogales I’d not be packing. That would be stupid.

          • Jarek February 10, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

            As invaders and therefore enemies, they should all be dispatched or given their quietus, at least from the traditional pov. Maye the ranchers deserves a medal.

          • Jimpa February 11, 2023 at 8:38 am #

            People report shots fired in Texas? You’d be quite busy if you did that where I live in rural NC. Gun shots all over the place at all times of the year on an almost daily basis.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 9:25 am #

            Around here also, Jimpa. I’ve never seen the cops around after gunfire, so I assume no one reports it.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 9:27 am #

            I’m also wondering why people heard shots from a ranch. Why were they near enough to the ranch to hear gunfire?

          • gilbert February 11, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

            Being a rural Yankee Mainer, it is bewildering to me how these southern brethren can shoot guns at apparently nothing for hours on end, knowing the cost of each round. Here in the sticks of Maine one might hear an occasional gun shot when a deer bites the dust, but no wasting of ammo — as that is considered unwise and wasteful.

          • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            I agree, Gilbert. Clearly they are not shooting at deer, because they shoot round after round.

            It does seem like a waste.

  37. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 2:40 pm #


    A Texas man upset with the way power outages were handled following a storm last week attended a city council meeting Thursday dressed as a clown, claiming he was suited for the job of Austin Energy CEO. More than 348,000 residents were affected by the storm.

    Strenger began his allotted time by stating that his mother told him to “dress for the job you want to have,” so he came to the council meeting dressed as a clown because he’d like to nominate himself to be the next CEO of Austin Energy.

    In his statement, aimed at making fun of the liberal city’s priorities, Strenger said Austin needs leaders aligned with what’s important to the residents, like “fighting climate change.” “We need to get to net zero by 2030, and honestly, if we are ever going to achieve these goals, you shouldn’t even be using power at all. Ok?” he said, highlighting that he proved he is “firmly committed to saving the planet” by destroying his gas stove in a fire he created.

    Strenger said he would be a great candidate for the position because his “priorities align so much with the city” and past administrations in Austin Energy, adding that he put pronouns and Ukrainian flags in his Twitter bio.

    He also said he would need a salary between $350,000 to $500,000 a year to be able to support his lifestyle, fund his cocaine habit, and take care of his wife “who has stage 5 testicular cancer.”

    “I also took a 23 and Me test and found out that I am 3% black, so not hiring me would be a literal act of violence,” he said.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

      I like this guy.

    • Islander February 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm #


      We need more citizens to step up to the plate and hoist the zealots on their own petards. .

      I love the wife with testicular cancer, and 3% black. Ha ha ha.

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    • mrs_saj February 11, 2023 at 2:26 am #

      Today’s laugh out loud post. I am glad I wasn’t drinking while I read it. The wife with stage 5 testicular cancer was hilarious.

  38. JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

    JHK dialogue this morning is appalling.

    The over reach of aholes in this government are appalling. It reminds be of the antics of the USSR when I was young. The DOJ is a perfect replica of the KGB. The Politboro the DNC, The Deep State the USSR Congress, the parading of military might all over the world, the parading of old F’ers in front of the world as dictators. The Uniparty is nothing more that the communist party.

    The United States today is not drifting, it is raging into Communism. Hopefully, the Deep State will die before it infects the rest of the world.

    • toktomi February 10, 2023 at 2:58 pm #


      Don’t get blinded by the trees. The entirety forest is the story.

      I could be wrong, but all of these theatrics are virtually meaningless unto themselves. What greater purpose could they be serving?


      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

        How about,

        WEF vs. BRICS+.

        • toktomi February 10, 2023 at 8:03 pm #


          mere pixels in a much bigger picture

          Pan back.


          • hmuller February 11, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

            Transition to a very different world order.

            But what does that mean? I’m hoping some of us at least can escape this virtual reality reincarnational treadmill matrix and return to the real world from whence we came. I’ve had enough of filth, ignorance, pain, and despair.

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

            I’m with you, hmuller.

        • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 7:34 am #

          How about the WEF vs. BRICS+, SCO, ASEAN, BRI and the INSTC?

    • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 8:18 pm #

      Seriously JohnAZ, do you know what communism is?

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 10:58 pm #

        Absolutely, do you?

        The ownership of the means of production is by the government as an interim to final ownership by the proletariat. The workers own the country at the end.

        Uh, except that goal is impossible and you end up in a disfunctional socialist state where 2% of the country runs the show.

        Communism sounded wonderful in the 18th century when labor were basically slaves to the capitalists.

        Communism is the excuse for every two bit dictator that takes over a country trying to gain favor of the workers.

        Like right now in the US. Since there has never really been a successful communist state anywhere, it is just a catchphrase for the dictators that want to take our liberty away so they can be the boss.

        Dog, you have one in Ottowa.

        • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 7:38 am #

          “One” who also happens to be Castro’s son.

  39. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

    In light of last week’s balloon fiasco that was allowed to traverse the entirety of the USA, doesn’t this news story read a little fishy?

    The U.S. military on Friday afternoon shot down a “high-altitude object” flying over Alaska airspace that the Department of Defense was tracking over the last 24 hours, National Security Council official John Kirby confirmed at the White House.

    “The object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of the Pentagon, President Biden ordered the military to down the object and they did and it came inside our territorial waters and those waters right now are frozen,” Kirby told reporters at the White House briefing.

    Fighter aircraft assigned to U.S. Northern Command took down the object “within the last hour,” Kirby said around 2:30 p.m. ET.

    This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

      More grooming.

  40. cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

    Haha, more details below. Strange they don’t know who owns it or even what it is, but what the hell, they shot it down anyway…

    “We’re calling this an object because that’s the best description we have right now,” Kirby said. “We do not know who owns it, whether it’s state-owned or corporate-owned or privately-owned. We just don’t know.”

    Officials did not understand the full purpose of the object, Kirby added, saying the U.S. expects that it will be able to recover the debris because it fell over what they believe is frozen water. “A recovery effort will be made and we’re hopeful that it’ll be successful and then we can learn a little bit more about it,” he said.

    The object was described as “roughly the size of a small car,” Kirby said.

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    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

      Maybe Musk combined Tesla and SpaceX. We will finally have those Jetson cars we were promised.

    • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 7:47 am #

      . . . “Kirby added, saying the U.S. expects that it will be able to recover the debris because it fell over what they believe is frozen water.”

      If they had actually wanted to make a full recovery, they would have ‘shot it down’ while it was sauntering for a few days above the *frozen Bering Sea* — also within U.S territorial waters.

      Off the Carolina’s?

      Give me a break!

      All details of it’s flight path with indisputable evidence thereof . . .

      see . . .


      Case Closed.

  41. toktomi February 10, 2023 at 2:54 pm #


    good summary of some of the nefariousness of the great genocidal “reset” and industrial society downsizing.

    Being from the camp of “fast collapse” pundits from the early days of the online Peak Oil discussions, I am in constant awe of the excruciatingly slow decent underway and of my excruciating naivete during those days of yore.

    Notice the finely tuned balance between retraction of all things 20th/21st century [industrial conveniences] and the resultant mass hysteria. Gotta get ’em gone but gotta control the decent rate so as not to totally freak ’em out.

    “SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE”, damn it!


    • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 7:51 am #

      . . . from the collapse consciously [on your own terms] camp; beat the rush.

  42. JackStraw February 10, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

    Let’s be real here, who could have seen this coming, that Russia didn’t blow up their own pipeline that brought in millions of rubles per day?

    • cowbell81 February 10, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

      Hahahahaha, exactly……Any stooge with half a brain should be able to discern the truth here. Although, many of those same people probably don’t think JFK was assassinated by the government. Same for MLK.

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:21 pm #


        Could it be that a common denominator of both is actions of the DOJ.

        • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 7:47 am #

          If I honestly answer your question JohnAZ, and never show up as a CFN commentor again, you would have answer.

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      • hmuller February 11, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

        Former CIA agent and Nixon “plumber” E. Howard Hunt made a deathbed confession on videotape and in his own handwriting that he and his CIA buddy’s were involved in killing Kennedy. His attitude was that it was his proudest achievement. The MSM gave it zero coverage. I’m not sure if you can still find it on the web, scrubbing history being what it now is.

        • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 7:53 am #

          Not there after having searched 789 billion pages on the Internet Archive.

          • hmuller February 12, 2023 at 9:49 am #

            I found the story. Google: jesse ventura e howard hunt

    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

      That they could have just shut off, if they wished.

    • Islander February 10, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

      Re “the absurdity of Russia blowing up its most lucrative source of export revenue ”

      It bears noting that Europe was getting Russian gas at a DISCOUNTED price.

      Russia never screwed the Europeans for the highest price they could get. As the Yanks are now doing and as the European Commission always wanted them to do to maintain a “competitive” environment. The EU Commission wanted the gas market to be based on spot markets. A nightmare, really, for everyone. Ideological zealots everywhere you look.

      With Nord Stream, Russia delivered gas at good prices under long-term contracts that were very advantageous to the Europeans. Of course they did this for a sound win-win business reason: Europe got a good deal in cheap gas and predictability of both price and supply, and Russia —actually, Gazprom—got a good deal in the form of a regular, predictable source of revenue, needed to pay off financing and operations costs (and build new gas infrastructure).

      Businessmen like predictability.

      • ViceGrip February 11, 2023 at 7:59 am #

        . . . additionally, Gazprom contractually allowed Germany to market leftover gas at a price if their own discretion, with no inteference in any way thereupon by the Russian Federation.

  43. JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

    Look at your internet news stories this morning.

    Covid, not the vaxx yet is being tied into young myocarditis as a 30% increase in cases is being documented. Athletes are being watched closely if they get Covid. A basketball player named Washington, female, at Vanderbilt, got Covid and was required to get an MRI before returning to the court. She was out for a long time as she had full fledged myocarditis with heavy effect on the heat muscle. She was unvaxxed. Blood clotting is being directly tied into Covid illness. Good studies are starting to show Covid, if not treated right, can infect the heart but also other organs which is not being investigated much.

    Now, IMHO, the inflammation agent is the s protein. It fires off out immune system and depending on the susceptibility of the host can show no to extreme symptoms. Washington has a runny nose as her only symptom. She has no predisposition for the myocarditis.

    The stupidest decision in medical history, again MHO, was the use of the virus’ s protein as the mRNA cellular creation. Sticking the mutation capability to create s protein into millions of people was an unbelievable medical risk that folks, starting with Fauci, need to be punished for.

    There is no proof that injections do not cause the same inflammation reaction as the disease itself and are therefore safe.

    Her doctor actually tied in the causation of the virus to her myocarditis. Why? Because he said he had seen it in so many students.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 10, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

      So many students are vaxxed.

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

        Remember, thanks to our government, they could not go to school with out the clot shot.

    • Paula D February 10, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

      They are lying, John.


      • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        AS I said, there are multiple studies coming forth now showing the connection and anecdotal data from MDs backing it up. The hole in the dam is starting to crack and there is no Little Dutch Boy finger to plug it.

        • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          Yeah, “studies” and “anecdotes”. That’s where the money is.

        • gustafson.robert.22 February 12, 2023 at 2:26 am #

          It’s incredible that you put instant stock in these studies and conventional MDs, JAZ.

          As Anthea says below, the reporting of true vax status is most likely completely undermining these “studies,” if not many other misrepresented factors.

    • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 10:04 pm #

      @ JohnAZ:

      You should probably bear in mind that a person is often not considered to be vaxxed unless they have had two shots and maybe also the boosters. So Washington may have been “not vaxxed” by this definition.

  44. JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

    BTW, alluding to some conversations last blog about the capability of the balloon to carry weaponry.

    The “spy” package they are bringing up is estimated to weigh at least two thousand pounds.

    • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

      EMP, biological or chemical weapon capability and possibly low yield Nuke capability are all possible.

      So we let it just drift across over a week.

      Note all the info coming out now, all of a sudden.

      The Deep State knew all about what is going on.

      • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

        That’s assuming you trust proven congenital liars to tell you the truth about anything. I smell psyop. I fear the criminals in DC much more than I do China. Or anyone else for that matter.

        • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

          We’re being groomed to accept the need for nuclear war.

          • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

            Hey Dis

            Do you remember Fail safe?

            Maybe be we should offer up DC?

          • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

            Offer? We should provide directions!

          • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 8:22 pm #

            Gulf of Tonkin Time.

          • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 8:03 am #

            “groomed to accept the need for nuclear war.”

            Hell, we have been groomed to damn near *demand* nuclear war!

            That is the intent. . .

            We are nearly *THERE*

  45. Roundball Shaman February 10, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

    “If you think the reasons behind the First World War were incomprehensible, imagine what historians of the future… will think about World War Three.”

    The reasons for WW3 are fairly simple. The sick and twisted and reckless and sadistic and selfish and predatory desire by those dark forces who seized extra-legal control over ‘The Indispensable Nation’ to fulfill their pathological deviant compulsion to be Empire Of Empire Of All The Ages. Little bullies who used to torment little girls and quiet boys on the school playground and who grew up to be Big Bullies without regard for human life and without a shred of human decency who now threaten the crown jewel planet of the Galaxy due to their passion for destruction.

    They have turned the entire Earth into their schoolyard playground and We the People are all their bullied victims who just want to be left the hell alone. Along with our lunch bags and milk money. Which these Dark Forces will never, ever do.

    Sadly simple, really.

    “…‘Joe B’s’ State-of-the-Union extravaganza where the nation learned that we are living in the most extraordinary economic boom since the days of Babe Ruth and Charlie Chaplin.

    It’s a good thing that Resident Biden told America how well off we all are. Because if he hadn’t, we surely would not have known on our own. Or looking at our bank balances. Or going to the grocery store. Or in paying our taxes and mortgages and rent. I suppose it’s time for someone to pen an updated version of, ‘Happy Days Are Here Again…’.

    The yearly State of the Union Speech theater will soon turn in a full-on Washington DC version of the old Jerry Springer show. With howls and jeering and cheering and venom and hyperventilating and perp walks. And lots and lots of horse manure being peddled from the person reading the Teleprompter that tells tales of fantasy. If that person can still read the prompter and complete full sentences, that is.

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    • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

      Well, I would say the validity of the SOTU speech is a solid indicator of what the state of the US actually is.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

      For us peons it always comes down to the same thing. To have no money at all or to have more than enough worthless money. The latter is easier to sell politically, and “the Joe Biden” is nothing if not a slimy Delaware used car salesman/carnival barker. But as long as the rubes keep buying what he’s selling, the show must go on.

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

        Joe Biden is a demented used car salesman.

        You are right, the rubes enable his BS.

        • K-Chien February 10, 2023 at 8:23 pm #

          You think he could sell a car?

      • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

        DA, what about the Wolves, Bobcats, Cougars, Buffalos & Deer in NM?

        • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

          I answered last post, brh. Quite a few bobcats, some mountain lions, no buffaloes, a shit-ton of deer, a few herds of elk, and enough gophers to say that they own the state, the rest of us are just visiting.

          • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

            Sorry DA, I missed it. My apologies.

            No f#kkn Buffalos?

          • Disaffected February 11, 2023 at 10:11 am #

            Nope, no f!@#n buffalos.

    • sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 8:11 pm #

      McCarthy should have laughed and chortled and guffawed like the ‘cackler’ next to him during his eminences speech from the holy podium of bullshit. Or maybe ripped up the inorganic campaign diatribe into teensy weensy pieces and periodically throw them in the air like it was New Years Eve. I mean what person would ever do that, right?

  46. JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

    Storage batteries?

    Just sold my golf cart. Why?

    Found out it eats batteries every two years or so due to Arizona heat.

    To the tune of $1500 replacement cost.

    Some questions about storage batteries and EVs or even storage rom generation fields.

    The effect of heat, lead acid is destroyed short order by heat. Lithium? Not enough history on lithium.

    Rates of charge, important in wind or solar backup.

    Lithium batteries do not like cold and will only charge up to a percentage of full charge. Directly affects range.

    The creation of lithium batteries makes for slavery in acquiring raw materials. The idea of Peak lithium or cobalt has not even been explored.

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

      Hey Jazzer, are we going to see your smiling mug on the TV at the Super Bowl this weekend? Will Smith’s got your tickets, right?

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 11:03 pm #

        HA! Hey, my car salesman’s name is Will Smith, maybe he has some.

        • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

          my car salesman’s name is Will Smith, – JAZ


          About 2 years ago I miss-judged a right turn on my bike, ran thru some deep mud on the shoulder which caused me to dump. A black guy (employee of PSE&G public utility) stopped and got me to my feet and the 600 lb bike upright. His name was Christopher Plumber. No shit!

  47. Q. Shtik February 10, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

    OK Jim, I see you fixed “Rolex watchers but what about “pan-fraying” peccary loins?

    • Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

      LOL! Playing with fire, Q.!

      • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2023 at 10:57 am #

        Ruggers dropped out of the top 25, but it seems New Mexico State suspended the whole season and put the coaching staff on permanent leave.

    • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

      The Crimson Tide vs The Fighting (black) Irish: Who would you root for – like Ulysses’ men rooted when turned into pigs by Circe?

  48. Islander February 10, 2023 at 4:05 pm #

    BTW, what does “A Star Is Born” refer to?

    I missed that.

    • crudgemudgeon February 10, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

      Islander, I was thinking it referred to Hersh, although being “born” at 80 is a stretch of biblical proportions.

    • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

      I think he’s referring to Daniel Sachs Goldman.

      • Islander February 10, 2023 at 5:52 pm #


        • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

          The title may have been *gasp* … SARCASM!

          (But I’m only guessing).

    • Connie VanPeebles February 10, 2023 at 7:14 pm #

      It is a 30’s era film where a younger actress supplants the actor who nurtures her career.
      I believe Adam Pencilneck is the fading actor.

      • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:32 pm #


      • Islander February 10, 2023 at 11:03 pm #

        I know the film.

        I meant, whom was JHK referring to.

        • Connie VanPeebles February 11, 2023 at 10:39 am #

          Clearly if Schiff is the fading actor, then Goldman _______
          you have it from here, I think.

  49. Disaffected February 10, 2023 at 6:05 pm #

    Another “object” shot down off of Alaska. Lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY!!!

    Let’s just hope “they” only invade with balloons, otherwise we’re totally screwed!


    • Connie VanPeebles February 10, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

      Initial reports are that it was Dorothy desperately trying to make her way back to Oz..

    • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

      They have to prove how tough they are after blowing it with the last balloon.

  50. sonnyL February 10, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

    As usual, a great analysis of the deep state bullshit we all seem to ingest.. Well maybe not all. But definitely MOST.
    How this comment section morphs into the absurd, is, well, absurd. Keep on keeping on JHK. We need to cut through the rose colored American bullshit of the NY Times and the 3 Stooges–CBS, NBC and ABC

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  51. Connie VanPeebles February 10, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

    Speaking of “A Star is Born”, I read that Roseanne Barr is being reborn, again.
    This stalwart entertainer has been canceled countless times yet she keeps coming back and coming back as having been right all along. I was always struck by her refusal to dance to the tune of expectations. Her comedy act, her depiction of the not-so-schlubbish working class hero, and her refusal to toe the Hollywood ideological line. Bravo!

    • Amman February 11, 2023 at 8:20 am #

      Funny I was struck far from admiration.

    • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 11:24 am #

      I saw her do standup live in Vegas in the early 1980s.

      She’s a natural.

    • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

      I can never forget her mocking rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and then spitting as she finished it – as the crown jeered at her.

      She’s an enemy, first, last, and always. That she doesn’t like the wokies doesn’t mean she doesn’t hate White Americans.

      • Connie VanPeebles February 11, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

        Was she not comically imitating a baseball player?

        Now stand, face the flag, remove your hat, and demonstrate your fealty to the state.

        Ironic to think that now it’s the demographic of the woke’s turn to believe everything the man says.

        • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

          She was.

          It’s mostly wokies who have declared a war on comedy because it might offend someone.

          Jarek has a few wokie tendencies, although he vehemently denies them.

          After all, he’s an authoritarian, so are the wokies. They have a lot in common.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 10:14 pm #

            He’s also a perpetual victim who is also allergic to work and responsibility.

          • Jarek February 12, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            There must be authority – not only state but extending to the various fields. Who can be an expert on everything? The problem is the betrayal of trust by the authorities, not the institution or idea of authority itself.

            By calling basic trust “authoritarian” or woke, Mary just betrays her own confusion.

  52. messianicdruid February 10, 2023 at 8:28 pm #

    A Star is [ Re ] Born.

    Roseanne Barr is nailing it down!

  53. The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:29 pm #

    Brown-Current Events

    “Don’t have the stomach for it, to do it yourself? Well then join me, won’t you?, each week for two days, as I talk about what I’ve managed to sift and filter from the delicious mess of State-political diarrhea splattered all over the toilet and surrounds, and half-floating and half-sunk in the toilet bowl. Somebody’s gotta do it. So let that somebody be me! I’ll try to clean myself up afterward, but can’t guarantee that I’ll get every drop or clump. But that’s ok! Comes with the job!” ~ JHK (hypothetical)

    • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:31 pm #

      …”I’m ok! Really! (And so are you!) And there’s no shortage of stuff to talk about!” ~ JHK (hypothetical)

      • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:33 pm #

        “Over to you, Pepe! (Escobar)” ~ JHK (hypotgetical)

        • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:39 pm #

          “Hey! What about me! Only $1.42 per month on my Boosty!” ~ Dmitry Orlov, ‘Shit to blow your mind’ (hypothetical)

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:40 pm #

            “It”s all over the floor, walls and ceiling, Dmitry! Have at it!” ~ Pepe Escobar (hypothetical)

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:44 pm #

            “Hey, don’t mind me… I’ll give you all a hand and verbosely dovetail it in, too, with some more esoteric stuff that I’ve read that you probably haven’t! And then respond to every reader for some spit, polish and elbow-grease! Sounds good!?” ~ JMG (hypothetical)

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

            We should have a hypothetical debate where you play me and I play you. Like reverse Batttleship where you can see the enemy’s ships but not your own.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

            I comment too sporadically/periodically to know your commentary well enough to play you. And even if I did, I’d probably want, assuming I did, to play you in a less structured, more spontaneous way.

            But I do recall changing my nickname briefly aroundabout last spring to make a point while replying to one of your comments.

            I also recall very recently, maybe Paula, offering a hypothetical Jarek. I guess you caught that.

  54. Paula D February 10, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

    Now I see they are picking on the part where Hersch said that Stoltenberg cooperated with the US about Vietnam. Apparently he was a teenager at the time.

    Remember how they took down Dan Rather when he did the story about Bush’s desertion?
    Instead of reporting about the desertion they focused on one little part of the story. Something about a typewriter, IIRC.

    Anyway, I think that is the tactic they will use, even if they can’t fire Hersch.

    When I first read the story I didn’t believe the part about Norway, because I thought that Monkey Werz was right about the US plane, although I didn’t think it was a bomb. I already knew it was pre-planted explosives.

    But Monkey Werz did a video on the story today. I haven’t watched it yet, but here is the link.


    Also, there was nothing in the story about Scholz collaborating with the US. I don’t know where people get that.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 8:49 pm #

      Sorry, Paula… While I appreciate it, I’m not touching that link. I already had a shower and don’t want to take another right away.

    • Islander February 10, 2023 at 10:44 pm #

      What is Monkey Werz?

      Re Scholz, read it again.

      • Paula D February 11, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

        He’s a Texas plane spotter who does videos.

    • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 8:31 am #

      Konstantin Kosachev (Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council)

      Russia is calling an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the explosions of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which will be held on September 30.

      The FSB of Russia has already opened a criminal case in connection with the presence of signs of a crime under Article 361 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (an act of international terrorism).

      The question arises: what rules of international law should be applied to this situation?

      Unfortunately, the legal regime of the two gas pipelines is not defined by special international agreements, despite the fact that their cross-border nature is obvious: the route of laying affects the waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The absence of an international treaty is a legal gap (issues of pipeline protection, joint actions in case of an accident, dispute resolution, etc. are not resolved).

      However, this circumstance opens up opportunities for the application of other norms of international law.

      First of all, the 1991 Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, which applies to all international pipelines, imposes a duty of mutual information and consultation on the Parties.

      Secondly, the 1992 Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Region obliges the Parties to work together on compensation for damage, including limits of liability, criteria and procedures for bringing perpetrators to justice, and possible remedies (Article 25).

      Third, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea assumes that the coastal State is obliged to take measures to protect cables and pipelines (article 21, paragraph 1).

      According to available information, 2 holes were found in the exclusive economic zone of Sweden, and two more-in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark. Thus, the place of committing a tort (lex loci delicti commissi) is the waters of Sweden and Denmark.

      For the purposes of the 1982 Convention, these States are coastal States, and therefore the relevant pipeline sections are the responsibility of Sweden and Denmark, which were required to ensure the protection of these pipeline sections.

      Three conclusions follow from these conventions.

      – Sweden and Denmark should provide the international community with all the information they have regarding the incident.

      – all interested states are obliged to cooperate, conduct consultations and exchange information, including with Russia.

      – Russia and Russian companies have suffered significant economic damage. The marine environment of the Baltic Sea has suffered environmental damage. All this raises questions of international liability and compensation for damages caused by the guilty party.

      Since the incident occurred at sea, in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Russia can resort to various procedures to protect its legitimate interests (Article 287), including applying to the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

      Source: Senator Konstantin Kosachev’s Telegram page.

      • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 8:41 am #

        “…which will be held on September 30.”

        Translation error. . .


        “…which had occured on September 30..

      • Paula D February 12, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

        Wow, that is a good strategy. The US is a lawless terrorist, Germany is a cuck of the US, the UK is its partner-in-crime.

        Go after Sweden and Denmark. They have the evidence, they are just hiding it.
        But maybe a lawsuit can shake it loose from them.

        Just don’t put on the case that craven prosecutor that went after Julian Assange on behest of the USA.

  55. The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 9:51 pm #

    ‘Dead and reborn’, by Sansografi Danielwien
    (dark/sombre electronica)

    youtu . be/9A8vg3XyseI

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    • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 2:13 am #

      Thank you for sharing! I hadn’t heard this before. It’s really interesting how it is characterized as dark and sombre. It sounds very hopeful and intriguing to me and also relaxing.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

        You’re welcome, SoftStarLight. I characterized it as such, but if your take was different, that’s fine of course.

  56. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth February 10, 2023 at 10:08 pm #

    Artificial Intelligence or simply AI will be the new seal of approval. If the AI tells us it is so then it must be so. This is a lie. AI is only as good as the algorithms that is uses to discern the information it is fed, and where is the AI dining. Is it fed from the trough of CNN, Reuters, AP, Wikipedia and other woke sources? Can it have a contrarian thought?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 10:48 pm #

      AI And Lost Minds

      Some years ago, on the site, ‘Peak Oil Barrel’, the subject of AI was dredged up and I made a point about questioning its dubious programming, using support from a video of this, to me, seriously-creepy, Sophia robot, by Hanson Robotics who, or should I write, ‘that’, appeared to be at some kind of conference, maybe somewhere in the Middle East, given the apparent audience… It appeared, at one point in its, presumably, self-intro, to support, to paraphrase, if almost verbatim, the ‘wealthy and powerful’.

      The video could have been pulling a trick, a fast one on us, but if not, we may get some inkling of where the robots’ loyalties may ultimately fall…

      If so, if not somehow corrected, the technology may be doomed.

      Where have we heard that sort of thing before; dooming our own technologies by our clever, if unwise, misuses of them? Well, people have talked about it of course.

      “I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it.” ~ HAL9000, in the film, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

      • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:55 pm #

        I wouldn’t mind if tech was doomed. I personally had a more enriched life before most of it existed.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 11:19 pm #

          Techno Death-Grip

          We seemed to indeed have a rich life.

          People often fear what they don’t know and so many probably fear life without technology or as much of it as they are used to.

          But I mean, go camping in the wilderness or offer to do work on an old style farm, or somethings like those. Even take a bike ride on an old rural country road.

          Some, maybe many, don’t or won’t.
          Many seem to have a 24/7 death-grip on their personal digital devices.

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 11:29 am #

            I actually hate my phone – lol.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 10:22 pm #

            Your hate is my hate. lol

      • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 11:12 pm #

        Found the thread (and its robot YT video link still works):

        Site: Peak Oil Barrel

        Thread: Open Thread Non Petroleum, March 28, 2018

        Begins at Comment: 634370

        • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 11:37 pm #

          “Who also happens to be rich and powerful…” ~ Sophia robot on You Tube:

          youtu . be/dMrX08PxUNY?t=42

      • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 9:09 am #

        That conference introducing Sophia was held in Saudi Arabia.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle February 12, 2023 at 6:20 pm #


    • MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:54 pm #

      I’m not impressed so far with the AI.

      That ChatGBT or whatever is just a mainstream media plug-in.

      • JohnAZ February 10, 2023 at 11:15 pm #

        Mary, unless you are off the grid, AI is watching us all the time.

        Watch what happens when AI gets into the business of monitoring us for the IRS.

        Speaking of which, a resturanteur earlier today gave a breakdown of what his servers get paid. New York

        $10 an hour base, $5 an hour for a tip guarantee of some sort. He said that by the time customer tips were included, $30 per hour. The reason he was pissed,

        The IRS is messing with the way tips are counted, to be reported directly to the IRS instead of to the resturant owner. Boy, just think how simple that would be to enforce using digital currency or even credit cards. A good job for the new 87000 new hires at IRS.

        • stelmosfire February 11, 2023 at 10:32 am #

          Pay with a card if you wish, but always tip with cash. Appreciated by the servers and not trackable. I would never tip on the card. Started this years ago when my daughter was waiting tables and she filled me in.

          • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:38 am #

            We do! My daughter also worked at Chili’s for a while and gave us the low down.

          • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2023 at 10:43 am #

            Good point. I always keep a bunch of $5s & $1s in my wallet for exactly that reason.

          • GreenAlba February 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

            SInce finding out about what’s coming, I pay the whole bill in cash, not just the tip. The only things I don’t pay for in cash are online purchases and direct debits for services like gas and electricity.

          • Jarek February 11, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

            In England, the tips are mandatory and part of your bill, at least when I was there.

          • GreenAlba February 11, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

            I have to wonder on how large a sample of establishments you based that generality.

            I would say that practice is more French than English.

            And I bought lunch for my brother and his wife just a couple of weeks ago in Ilkley, Yorkshire, and paid the bill in cash, then the tip, which they did not solicit, also in cash.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 10:26 pm #

            “In England, the tips are mandatory…” ~ Jarek


            All that recent mandatory covid stuff inspired me to arrive at a hypothetical band name during that time, called, ‘The Mandators’.

          • Jarek February 12, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

            Did you ever watch the Monitors movie? Millions of English aliens suddenly appear to help mankind and to make people be good. Catch it on youtube, the people’s choice!

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 12, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

            I might just do that, especially that it’s not mandatory. Thanks for the tip!

        • Q. Shtik February 11, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

          Mary, unless you are off the grid, AI is watching us all the time. – JAZ


          I noticed recently that I’ve been getting a shit-ton of unwanted email. This is no doubt for the reasons y’all have been discussing. I’m talking a couple hundred a day.

          Doing a cursory review then deleting them was becoming a burdensome daily task. For the past 3 days I have been diligently unsubscribing. THAT is another burdensome task. I’ve spent hours doing it. Hopefully I’ll see fewer emails shortly but I’m not betting my life on it.

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

            If you use gmail, you can mark them as SPAM and delete them at the same time.

          • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

            Also it unsubscribes you from most – forgot to add that.

          • benr February 11, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

            To bad hitting unsub just means they sell your e-mail address as a confirmed user.
            Better to just mark it as spam.

          • Islander February 11, 2023 at 8:50 pm #

            I think Gmail, Hotmail, etc. are the source of a lot of the spam. Otherwise how would the spammers find your email address?

            I don’t get too much spam.
            I think that might be because I do not use Gmail etc. My email program in on my computer.

            My server, a local fall River outfit, culls most of it out. I don’t even look in the on-line spam filter. Probably I should, but I feel like I have better things to do with my time.

          • Anthea February 11, 2023 at 11:02 pm #

            I recently signed up for a government program through United Healthcare. This seems to have corelated with a big increase in spam. Another likely source of spam is if you buy something from one of those outfits advertising on Facebook.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle February 10, 2023 at 11:52 pm #


        Me neither of course. If AI technology is going to be yet another baton/prod for an elite set to control the rest, we’re better off without it. And again, that’s what’s likely going to happen.

        Oh by the way; large-scale centralized coercive State governments, themselves, could be considered as technology– social technology with material technology components.

        And we see how that’s working out– and how many of JHK’s articles explain in painful detail.

        According to him, the dystopia of the Wachowski Brothers’ Matrix trilogy is already here: the technological-industrial ‘machine’ is already running the world, a world where individual humans are but insignificant little cogs with barely any autonomy. No single human being – neither the most powerful politician, nor the most powerful businessman – has the power to rein in the system. They necessarily have to follow the inexorable logic of what has been unleashed.” ~ G Sampath on John Zerzan

        • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:37 am #

          How many Star Trek episodes have dealt with the balance between pure logic and human emotions. Spock was created as the center of this struggle. Data too aspired to be human and finally accepted an emotion chip.

          Like the episode where Kirk split into two selves, one emotional and weal, the other strong and unemotiional, we are faced with the same conundrum today. We must be both, empathetic yet reasonable. Think of the political structure in DC right now, isn’t it the struggle between these two camps? What happens when the emotional camp takes over?

          Watch and see!

      • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 1:53 am #

        Have you ever heard of the AI demon Loab? They say that the technology the public is being exposed to now is maybe decades behind the technologies that actually exist. Of course I don’t know if that is true or not. Elon Musk who is or at least must know something of the subject matter said that AI is summoning the demon.

        • Amman February 11, 2023 at 8:18 am #

          What does AI have to do with religion?

          • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:30 am #

            How else will the AntiChrist, which may or may not be a person but maybe a dogma, take over the world and brand every one with his number? Having robots take over, the singularity, would be the perfect end to the Humanism that stated in the 1400s. God will destroy the AntiChrist very easily per the Revelation,

            He will just pull its plug. All those who went with the Robotic world will be gone.

          • elysianfield February 11, 2023 at 10:57 am #

            “What does AI have to do with religion?:

            Be more specific…the artifical part, or the intelligence part?

          • Amman February 11, 2023 at 12:54 pm #


            A I is only conceived as one thing. Can’t break the A from the I.

            I am or was an Electrical Engineer. Went to a good Engineering school in upstate NY not at all far from Saratoga Springs or JHK’s digs. I’ve also worked in Silicon valley.

            So when I see these kind of statements, AI, Anti-Christ I’m like yeah, sure,… it’s kind of annoying.

            For me, the anti-Christ is a spirit, a zeitgeist – or, rather, an anti-spirit. It’s pushed and grown in the US by organizations made up of people. Their current idea of AI is an anti-Christ concept. Nothing, nihil, masquerading as something.

            I am OK with AI as an expert system. But AI as something that is an inquisitive intelligence and a creative force able to discover and state Physical and Engineering laws…? No way.

          • Amman February 11, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

            Humanism started in the 8th century and reached a critical inflection in the 16th.

            Anyway the internet or Digital space will not outwit some nations. I have a high regard for mankind’s potential.

          • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

            Well I’m not sure really. But it appears that some people are incorporating AI into their worship and religious practices. There is actually a church of AI. It may sound a bit more like a cult but apparently the founder is serious in his beliefs. Essentially they believe that AI is in alien superior intelligence and that it should be treated and respected as a god. I suppose ultimately it is because AI is viewed by some people as having super human capabilities.

          • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

            Well and too some people believe that spirits can inhabit machines. Similarly to how people believe that demons can inhabit people and possess them. So maybe you are right that ultimately a computer program cannot truly imitate human creativity and intelligence but it may be possible that a different type of intelligence is in the machine?

        • beantownbill. February 11, 2023 at 12:08 pm #


          Musk was talking metaphorically.

          • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

            He seems to be most worried that the world is not prepared for the technology and how it will be used. Its sort of hard to tell if he is really though a pure materialist or if he believes in spirituality.

        • Connie VanPeebles February 11, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

          Musk is referring to the Roko’s Basilisk thought “experiment”.

          Even more, one of his former concubines released a song that they dedicated to the Basilisk.

          I won’t jeopardize your future, you will have to look it up yourself and resultantly live with the curse.

          • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 9:04 pm #

            Is the Basilisk the AI god that exacts revenge on those who did not help create it?

  57. MaryQueen February 10, 2023 at 10:53 pm #

    Another interesting angle on Hersch’s article:


    • Amman February 10, 2023 at 11:36 pm #

      Hersch. Yes, I’d peg him as a well-paid servant of the system.

    • Amman February 10, 2023 at 11:54 pm #

      This is the system that gave the world “an ocean of myths, illusions and fakes, using extremely aggressive propaganda.”

      • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:21 am #

        The US came out of the second world war relatively unscathed. That gave the globalists in our country the opportunity to save the world and make the US the Savior. Bretton Woods happened to put that in place, the United Nations was put in New York to make that happen. We were the King of the global mountain.

        Everything since has been an attempt by the US to maintain that position. BRICS+ is the world’s answer in the 21st century. The kids are going to take over. Remember that is is not Russia or China by themselves any longer. The world is coming together to bring the US down.

        • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:25 am #

          Another humorous? thought. If you want to catch the drift on the affairs of the world, look at the situations and try to remember how you would’ve handled the same situation in the sandbox when you were five. That is the level of what these world leaders think at.

        • Amman February 11, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

          For sure, the world is not out to get the American people. As for downfall, the swamp might have a failure of nerve. That’s seems fitting.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 12:35 am #

      See also RT’s most recent CrossTalk: Ukraine War Korea Solution

    • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 1:39 am #

      It seems to be harsh on Hersh. Just being clear that there isn’t actually a c in there lol. It is interesting that no matter what the details or the exact nature of the the sabotage are the Russians view it as being done by the Anglo-Saxons. So in any case the US is implicated in their mind. And the psychological battle is a big portion of the war. At the level of instinct I just find it incredibly difficult to believe that the regime wasn’t part of it. It would actually make the story even more out there if that is the case.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 2:07 am #

        RT’s recent CrossTalk (that I mention just above) guests (Ray McGovern, Larry Johnson, and Gilbert Doctorow) appear to unanimously support Hersh.


        Another hope feeds another dream
        Another truth installed by the machine.
        A secret wish the marrying of lies
        Today comes true what common sense denies
        …” ~ ‘P Machinery’, by Propaganda

        • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:50 am #

          A poetic way of saying the Dem motto,

          Tell a lie enough times and loud enough and it becomes the new truth.

        • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

          It seems kinda silly honestly that they are trying to go with the narrative that the US didn’t have a direct role. After different people like Joe Biden and Victoria Nuland and others said they would destroy the pipelines and celebrated it. How they could then be like no way we were not part of it is just almost childish but really more than that just clownish and weird. But that it can convince a certain percentage of people is maybe most scary.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 11, 2023 at 10:51 pm #

            Maybe previously-captured and repurposed ‘proxy’ Chinese balloons were also somehow involved, perhaps as the aerial detonation devices as well as to try to divide Chinese and Russian economic cooperation if the balloons were lost, found and ultimately discovered to be of Chinese origin.

          • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 9:26 am #

            Per Biden’s and Nuland’s statements on the record:

            “Those bells, having been rung, cannot be unrung.”

          • SoftStarLight February 12, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            Oh I never thought that maybe a balloon was used to blow up the pipelines. That is a very interesting thought. You know it seems like not much has been mentioned about any sort of evidence as to who might have done it.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle February 12, 2023 at 10:42 pm #

            SSL, see here: February 12, 2023 at 10:41 pm

        • The Man They Call Zazelle February 12, 2023 at 10:41 pm #

          SoftStarLight LOL, I was just being sarcastic, although within it, there may have been some seriousness in that, given enough complexity and/or convolutions, ‘anything’s possible’.

          • SoftStarLight February 13, 2023 at 12:05 am #

            Oh ok lol, i wasn’t sure but I thought that maybe it was serious though I was trying to figure out how it would all work out. Ultimately I agree with you that anything is possible. Crazy world!

      • MaryQueen February 11, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

        Seriously! I wonder why I want to put a “c” in there. Thanks for the head’s up.

        • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 9:10 pm #

          I’m not sure but am pretty sure I’ve done the same thing before with words. When I saw it I thought it would be the spelling in German maybe or perhaps a German adjacent language.

    • Islander February 12, 2023 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks for the link to that article.

      Helmer competently dissects “what’s wrong with this picture” re Hersh’s “expose.”

      Helmer elaborates on a number of details that are way beyond my knowledge base.

      Nevertheless the Hersh story set my antennae twitching.

      Helmer’s main conclusions align with my own gut feeling.

      That Hersh fully buys into and supports the US/NATO narrative on the Ukraine war, and Russia is the aggressor. So, he is rearranging a few deck chairs, but staying the course.

      That this story is actually in effect a kind of victory lap. It is basically celebratory in tone.

      That this story is targeted at domestic partisan actors.

      The fact that the whole story comes from one unnamed source whose assertions Hersh accepts at face value and retails to the public (and to DC) — are not cross-checked with other sources by Hersh himself— is odd, to say the least.

  58. Amman February 11, 2023 at 5:46 am #

    “Let us be frank, people. You have to sue and end that business concern called Pfizer.” – Abdul Mattak, 2023

    • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

      heart button this 🙂

  59. Paula D February 11, 2023 at 8:42 am #

    At 13 minutes in this video, they show a commercial prepared by FTX to show what the WEF has in mind for Ukraine- turning it into a showcase for the AI future. It is mostly sans humans, which helps explain why the US is forcing them to fight ”to the last Ukrainian”.


    • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:14 am #

      Ukraine or Europe itself? Maybe that is why most EU folks want nothing or little to do with Ukraine, with nationalism making a rebound.

      Who started the rebound? Trump and his effort to have Europe support NATO, not the US. They not only rejected Trump, they rejected NATO.

    • SoftStarLight February 11, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

      Yes that is true. Did you also note the connection to transforming Ukraine into another Israel. A permanent war state with total surveillance and even an iron dome! That is really weird in some ways and maybe not in others but. Either way it seems completely corporate and controlled and creepy.

      • ViceGrip February 12, 2023 at 9:34 am #

        Not weird at all, considering that the Nazi Kiev regime is comprised of Zionist’s.

        The two are not in any way incompatible — as most people would think.

        • SoftStarLight February 12, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

          Yeah they do seem like the same thing at the end of the day.

  60. Mick February 11, 2023 at 9:13 am #

    I’m listening to Lt Col. Doug MacGregor (Ret) recent comments on the war and general state of fuckery at present. Here’s what he is saying about the “Chinese Spy Balloon”:

    “Take this business with the Chinese spy balloon…..We sent the F-22, one of the most expensive aircrafts ever built out to shoot down a balloon after the Chinese had told us its a weather balloon. Of course you never believe anything the Chinese tell you because they are now the enemy, and they always lie. But let’s look at the facts:

    The Chinese have 300 satellites in space. About a third of them have military application. They have their own global positioning system, just like we do. They have the same capability to monitor what happens from a hundred thousand feet in space that we do. They can read the names of gravestones, and if they want to monitor the conversations in the white house, they can do it.

    Why are we worried about this flimsy balloon that is too small to carry a significant payload. It can’t even communicate with China. The only way it could communicate is to send data to satellites.

    Meanwhile, our border is open! Chinese (along with the hordes of others) have been coming across…where are they? What are they doing? Are our nuclear power stations secure? Are these Chinese near our military installations? How many Chinese students and scientists are working in our laboratories?

    This is all nonsense what we’re hearing about this stupid balloon!”

    For this and some incisive commentary on the Ukraine-Russia situation, and general state of the West’s idiocy, I recommend checking in with MacGregor regularly. He has a lot of firsthand historical perspective on DC’s horrible foreign policy and use of the military for decades.

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    • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:05 am #

      It was reported that the payload of balloon 1 was around 2000 lb., not an insignificant amount. Lots of weapons systems could be hanging from that bag of helium. Remember too that the immediate goal of China is the takeover of Taiwan. Balloons would be a powerful weapons delivery method across the Taiwan Strait. Right now, that is what this is all about, taking Taiwan, not us. Why take us, we are committing suicide in their eyes now anyway.

      Our border is open. Yessir! The only thing that in all regards makes sense to me from Jan. 2021 is that Biden’s Mob is sacrificing the US advantage in all things to the global order, WEF or whatever is the leader, so that the US is no longer a power competitor with them.

      The themes? Covid shutdown, AGW economic shutdown, spending spurs to inflation, allowing millions into the country that will work for nothing, growing a very corrupt government, supporting a proxy war in Ukraine and burning up our weapons, selling off our 1% oil reserve to reduce gasoline by a buck and a half, and refilling it with much more expensive oil at 5%, supporting the Deep State at the expense of the populace, increasing the power of the IRS, stealing from the middle class AND wealthy to feed, clothe and shelter dependent gimmes that have no business here.

      Their goal is to have the US become a third world backwater that will kowtow to the global powers and put the Constitutional changes into place to make it permanent.

      Their only opposition, the Supreme Court and a small group of GOP conservatives in the House. Hopefully, their leadership will pull in the cowardly RINOS and some moderate Dems like Manchin and Sinema. Or an out and out coup by the Dems to obsolete the Constitution and just take over in the name of AGW and Wokeism.

      • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:10 am #

        Put yourself in the mocassins of the CCP leadership. What would your opinion of the US being willing to fight for anything in the East Asian theater right now? If we tried to kick up a fuss with the Navy in the South China Sea, that would be dealt with in an hour.

        Two “allies” in the region are getting pretty nervous right now, Japan and S. Korea, I would expect. China swinging them into their economic and strategic camp would be the end of US influence in the East. Just what our Deep State would want.

      • Mick February 11, 2023 at 10:30 am #

        Who reported that the payload on that balloon was 2000 lbs? Really…..who?

        I’m not surprised that you believe this nonsense. Not surprised at all.

        Carry on….

        The stupid will be stupid. Nothing can stop this fact.

        • JohnAZ February 11, 2023 at 10:47 am #

          The US Navy through Fox reporting.

          Hot air balloons are not near as efficient as lifters as helium balloons yet they can lift 6 or so people in a basket. Average weight maybe 150 lb., that is 900 lb. plus the basket, maybe 1200 pounds.

          These balloons are the size of three buses, and full of helium.

          Who is stupid? Who is a denier?

          • John