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Allegorical Intermezzo

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     Imagine that on an April evening in 1912, the captain of the RMS Titanic had announced a grand ball at which the male passengers were asked to wear their wives’ clothing and vice-versa…. That was approximately the condition of Western Civ verging on springtime in 2023: preoccupied with silliness while the iceberg awaits.

      But who would have thought the sinking of civilization would occur with such fantastic comic ornamentation? Men, in more ways than mere costuming, pretending to be women… incompetence honored, feted, even worshipped… intellect reduced to anti-thinking… anything of value thrown overboard in some weird post-modern potlatch ceremony of twisted moral righteousness…? But the hour is late, the party is near its end, and the iceberg is struck. The rest of the story will be you holding onto a few valuables, including your life, while the lifeboats get lowered.

     From here forward, things get pretty interesting. And from here on, nobody is really in charge. The vacuum of leadership we’ve been living in becomes impossible to ignore, and nature (it’s rumored) hates a vacuum. For the moment, circumstances are in charge, not personalities.

   Look no further than the fiasco in Ukraine, engineered by geniuses of the US foreign service in some daft exercise to show the world who’s who and what for. And, remind me: what was the basic idea there? To hamstring and hogtie Russia so badly that her people would overthrow the only rational head-of-state in Christendom, a figure who makes the presidents, chancellors, and prime ministers of Western Civ look like a troop of gibbering mandrills, with painted faces and blue butts, the ass-clowns of geopolitics?

    Something tells me that this gang will not make it to the lifeboats. They’ll be left on deck gripping bottles of single malt scotch whiskey, singing Don’t Cry for me Argentina as the band plays, while the whole wicked colossus slides beneath the moonlight-tinted green waves. All of which is to say: these perilous and confounding times we live in are coming to a climax. Events are afoot now, choices must be made, truths will emerge, no one will be untouched, be careful who your friends are.

     We’re waiting for financial markets, banks, and monies to blow, as an engine will when submerged in water. It can’t not happen, though every known device has been deployed to keep up appearances. The credibility of finance was thrown overboard a long time ago. Capital was sloshing around in the bilges as the ship heaved and pitched in the angry waters, and it had to go somewhere. The next turn will be when you go looking for where it went and you discover to your nauseated chagrin that the capital is just… gone! Through some legerdemain of physics, it disappeared… turned into a kind of anti-matter… fell through a black hole (possibly ripped by that iceberg), or up the smokestacks, like it was never there at all.

     When that happens, our collective attention finally gets galvanized as by no shock before. When capital is truly gone, transmogrified into a whole lot of nothing, the time for standing by making faces and whining is over. By the way, this is the way the world ends for the vacuum known as “Joe Biden” and the Party of Chaos he is propped up to represent. Chaos, we will be astounded to learn, is not your friend, is not the solution to anything, least of all a polity that is floundering in lifeboats over cold, dark, deep water a thousand leagues from dry land. What’s more, there are no ships coming to the rescue. Guess why they put oars in the boats. Get set to pull, me hardies!

     Yes, we’re at sea now, without a compass. Yet the stars sparkle dazzlingly above, and some aboard can actually read what they say and what they point to. If safety and sanity will not find us, maybe we can pull together toward wherever they wait. My gawd, it’s going to be a long haul, but have a little faith — remember what that is? (It’s the conviction that all of us together stand in some meaningful relation to existence.) Even if you’re too mentally drained to believe it, act as if it is so. Or, in post-modern parlance, fake it till you make it.

     Didn’t think it would come to this when you signed on to the voyage? I guess so. You were comfortably ensconced one winter night in the mini-McMansion, on the overstuffed sofa, entertained by some Netflix inanity, scarfing down the microwaved cheeze morsels… when the wife said, “Hey, let’s book a cruise!” Seemed like a good idea at the time, which is what everything in the annals of history is and was. And now, look at where you are!


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1,110 Responses to “Allegorical Intermezzo”

  1. AVictoriaVT March 6, 2023 at 9:02 am #

    Where is John Galt?

    • Minnie Van Horne March 6, 2023 at 9:21 am #

      John Galt has just noticed the crown lying befouled in the gutter and is wondering to himself,
      “Hmmm, I wonder if that is in my size.”

      • DaveO907 March 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

        @Minnie—-

        “And the sky is dark and still now, on a hill where the angels sing…

        Ain’t it funny how an old broken bottle, looks just like a diamond ring.”

        But it’s far, far, from me.” ~ John (I miss him so) Prine

        • badberries March 6, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

          I had the great good fortune of seeing him live in a very small venue. “Lake Marie” was always a favorite. Thanks for the reminder.

      • draupnir March 6, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

        This article puts me more in mind of needing a Captain William Bligh. When he and his loyal crew were put in the Bounty’s lifeboat after the mutiny, he brought his starving and dehydrated crew, by sheer force of will, from the middle of nowhere in the Pacific safely to land. There were losses along the way, and great suffering for all, but he accomplished an astounding feat. The tale of Fletcher Christian and the mutineers is more romantic, but William Bligh, despite, or maybe because of his flaws, is the real hero of this old story.

        • ATM March 6, 2023 at 6:19 pm #

          Puts me more in mind of John Maynard Keynes when he wrote this:

          Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security but [also] at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth.

          Those to whom the system brings windfalls, beyond their deserts and even beyond their expectations or desires, become “profiteers,” who are the object of the hatred of the bourgeoisie, whom the inflationism has impoverished, not less than of the proletariat. As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.

          Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

          In the latter stages of the war all the belligerent governments practiced, from necessity or incompetence, what a Bolshevist might have done from design. Even now, when the war is over, most of them continue out of weakness the same malpractices. But further, the governments of Europe, being many of them at this moment reckless in their methods as well as weak, seek to direct on to a class known as “profiteers” the popular indignation against the more obvious consequences of their vicious methods.

          These “profiteers” are, broadly speaking, the entrepreneur class of capitalists, that is to say, the active and constructive element in the whole capitalist society, who in a period of rapidly rising prices cannot but get rich quick whether they wish it or desire it or not. If prices are continually rising, every trader who has purchased for stock or owns property and plant inevitably makes profits. By directing hatred against this class, therefore, the European governments are carrying a step further the fatal process which the subtle mind of Lenin had consciously conceived. The profiteers are a consequence and not a cause of rising prices. By combining a popular hatred of the class of entrepreneurs with the blow already given to social security by the violent and arbitrary disturbance of contract and of the established equilibrium of wealth which is the inevitable result of inflation, these governments are fast rendering impossible a continuance of the social and economic order of the 19th century. But they have no plan for replacing it….

          The inflationism of the currency systems of Europe has proceeded to extraordinary lengths. The various belligerent governments, unable or too timid or too short-sighted to secure from loans or taxes the resources they required, have printed notes for the balance. In Russia and Austria-Hungary this process has reached a point where for the purposes of foreign trade the
          currency is practically valueless. The Polish mark can be bought for about [three cents] and the Austrian crown for less than [two cents], but they cannot be sold at all. The German mark is worth less than [four cents] on the exchanges….

          But while these currencies enjoy a precarious value abroad, they have never entirely lost, not even in Russia, their purchasing power at home. A sentiment of trust in the legal money of the state is so deeply implanted in the citizens of all countries that they cannot but believe that some day this money must recover a part at least of its former value…. They do not apprehend that the real wealth, which this money might have stood for has been dissipated once and for all. This sentiment is supported by the various legal regulations with which the governments endeavor to control internal prices, and so to preserve some purchasing power for their legal tender….

          The preservation of a spurious value for the currency, by the force of law expressed in the regulation of prices, contains in itself, however, the seeds of final economic decay, and soon dries up the sources of ultimate supply. If a man is compelled to exchange the fruits of his labors for paper which, as experience soon teaches him, he cannot use to purchase what he requires at a price comparable to that which he has received for his own products, he will keep his produce for himself, dispose of it to his friends and neighbors as a favor, or relax his efforts in producing it.

          A system of compelling the exchange of commodities at what is not their real relative value not only relaxes production, but [also] leads finally to the waste and inefficiency of barter. If, however, a government refrains from regulation and allows matters to take their course, essential commodities soon attain a level of price out of the reach of all but the rich, the worthlessness of the money becomes apparent, and the fraud upon the public can be concealed no longer.

          The effect on foreign trade of price-regulation and profiteer-hunting as cures for inflation is even worse. Whatever may be the case at home, the currency must soon reach its real level abroad, with the result that prices inside and outside the country lose their normal adjustment. The price of imported commodities, when converted at the current rate of exchange, is far in excess of the local price, so that many essential goods will not be imported at all by private agency, and must be provided by the government, which, in re-selling the goods below cost price, plunges thereby a little further into insolvency….

          The note circulation of Germany is about 10 times what it was before the war. The value of the mark in terms of gold is about one-eighth of its former value….

          It is a hazardous enterprise for a merchant or a manufacturer to purchase with a foreign credit material for which, when he has imported it or manufactured it, he will receive mark currency of a quite uncertain and possibly unrealizable value….

          It may be the case, therefore, that a German merchant, careful of his future credit and reputation, who is actually offered a short-period credit in terms of sterling or dollars, may be reluctant and doubtful whether to accept it. He will owe sterling or dollars, but he will sell his product for marks, and his power, when the time comes, to turn these marks into the currency in which he has to repay his debt is entirely problematic. Business loses its genuine character and becomes no better than a speculation in the exchanges, the fluctuations in which entirely obliterate the normal profits of commerce….

          Thus the menace of inflationism described above is not merely a product of the war, of which peace begins the cure. It is a continuing phenomenon of which the end is not yet in sight.
          —————————

          You can replace what Keynes refers to as Europe and the entire globe today. The dollar is the world’s currency and it is backed by the biggest debtor nation the world has ever seen. The dollar has value because no one can believe that it doesn’t. And it won’t.

          Everything we are seeing right now is explained in Keynes writings 100 years ago. well everything but the evil, planned murder of 90% of the world’s inhabitants. That is merely Satanic and those evil fuckers infest the US government the most.

          • draupnir March 6, 2023 at 8:35 pm #

            The causes are well-established and apparent to anyone who uses logic. The metaphore is spot on. As our host states, the Titanic has been hulled below the waterline and is sinking fast. For those who make it into a lifeboat, there will be no land in sight and no Carpathian steaming to the rescure to pluck you out of the unforgiving sea. It all depends on who you’ve got in your lifeboat.

            There’s an article in the Gateway Pundit today that states that the South African electric grid is about to fail (they’ve been suffering rolling blackouts for months), and it looks like civil war is breaking out. Several people I care about live there and have not, to this point, made any attempt to leave.

          • Connie VanPeebles March 8, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

            This is excessive

    • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 9:46 am #

      John Galt remains in the pages of a very long, difficult to read, but an amazingly prophetic book by dear Ayn Rand. Her story is pleasant in the fact that those who create and build are able to escape the yokes of the sellout scumbags that control them and not only deprive the scum of their services but create a world of their own made by hand. Back here in American reality, the builders are all either sold out as well, or simply no longer here or no longer able to mount an offense.

      We are on our own without any oars, compasses, or even the wills to attempt to make a change in course. A dead society walking.

      • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 9:53 am #

        The fish rots from the head down, although the rot is now completely pervasive.

        • DaveO907 March 7, 2023 at 11:37 am #

          Not to be a shit, but that is the most incorrect ‘truism’ ever.
          A fish rots from the stomach, especially if having a full belly when caught. The acids at work will burn right through the belly if left un-iced in short enough order.

          The oilier parts of the fish, the collar (at the pectoral fins,) the belly and the head do go rancid sooner than the rest of the fish however.

          Anyway, that’s one that bugs me after over a half century of commercial fishing.

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 10:21 am #

        The division of labor has gotten very specialized. One gadget can have parts made in 25 different places around the world. How’s that going to work out when the financial world stumbles, international payments become difficult to impossible, and supply chains collapse.

        Got gold? Maybe China and Russia will let you play in their sand box.

        • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 11:32 am #

          A really good point.

          Is this the real reason supply chains are failing. Are the PTB globally manipulating the production of everything?

          • abbybwood March 6, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            Just wait until Toria Nuland and Jake Sullivan and Tony Blinken and “Joe Biden”’s brain decide to “sanction” China for being best buds with Russia!

            Wait! What do you mean China is cutting off our Tylenol and antibiotics?!

            Of course the US can go in and occupy a third of Syria and steal their oil. Who will sanction the US? Micronesia??!

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

            Never Micronesia! They are a reliable member of the International Community that votes with the US at the UN.

        • elysianfield March 6, 2023 at 11:39 am #

          Muller,
          …would you rather have gold or a machine shop?

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            Funny you should bring that up, Elysian. My uncle started a tool and dye shop over fifty years ago. He died two years ago – filthy rich. His widow still holds onto the business – a gold mine.

            But technology changed during those years. Today the work is done via computer programming an advanced piece of equipment. They have a really hard time finding qualified people and pay well.

            But I’m wondering if such a sophisticated operation could continue in a world made by hand.

          • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

            I think machine shops are here to stay, Muller. Maybe CNC and CAD machining will go by the wayside, but lathes, milling machines, drill presses etc are always useful. A few years back I worked part time for a millright who had a business moving & setting up machinery; some of the shops we went in were using Bridgeports from the 1940s. I remember talking to some of the guys in there, they told me those machines will last forever all you gotta do is keep them maintained.

          • justanotherguy March 6, 2023 at 2:29 pm #

            i have a machine shop with both manual and CNC equipment. i plan on being here hell or high water. built my own diesel 7.5kw generator that can run all of it.

            as for the rest, unfortunately lost in a boating accident…

          • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

            Perhaps in the future, combination blacksmith/machine shop, pretty much meet the hardware needs for the entire village.

      • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 11:40 am #

        And the head of the fish are the real rulers, the bankers and super rich. Close thy Atlas Shrugged and open your Iron Heel (by Jack London).

        Love of money is the root of all evil. Though to be fair, Ayn Rand did say it should be real money, gotten by real goods and services. And though naturally she was enthralled by genius and the works of genius, she made a point of saying the same principle applied at all levels. And when the good Capitalist Elite were ruined by the bad ones, the good ones were willing and able to support themselves in a humble fashion until Galt’s Gulch was able to accommodate them.

        I question how many such good Capitalists are left now at this late date in our corrupt civilization, given the corrupting nature of money. The Iron Heel is more on target, even if simpler.

        • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

          As you pointed out, Jarek, Ayn Rand did distinguish between the “good capitalists” who believed in producing things of value and being fairly paid. Versus the bad ones who just want to grab wealth by any rotten means possible, e.g. Warren Buffett versus Jamie Dimon.

          In our America the Dimons predominate and suck the lifeblood out of society like a plague of vampires. The solution is harsh and clear.

          • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

            Buffett is a good capitalist?
            LMAO
            What does he produce? Returns?

            The same lad who promised his estate to Gates upon his passing?

            Who donates to the Democrats? Who wants to pay more in income taxes?

            The kid selling lemonade on your cul de sac is the best you’re going to get and even then she’s probably mixing your lemon sugar slurry with the garden hose

          • justanotherguy March 6, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

            the art of these so-called capitalists is to confuse all of us regarding what “productive” means.

            centuries of guaranteed returns for those at the top is theft. socialize the losses, privatize the gains and all.

            anybody that really believes that there really is such a thing as “financial products” is not a capitalist – they are tyrants with modern tools.

            maybe there really is nowhere to invest that truly increases wealth instead of just shuffling it up into the waiting hands of the elite. maybe the notion of wealth is about to be radically redefined, and human progress is just commencing on progress with a very different vector.

            i sometimes feel that there is a master fulcrum out there, that some small action can have a butterfly effect and cause a cascading phase change in all this. hopefully away from the waiting dystopia….

            where should that lever go?

          • wokethis March 6, 2023 at 6:01 pm #

            Buffett is an establishment shill. Please pay attention.

          • Uncle Bob March 6, 2023 at 9:18 pm #

            All Buffett is, is a weasel who allied himself with the Party of Chaos decades ago, and was rewarded for his fealty by being called “The Oracle of Omaha.” He paid cash for BNSF, saying it was undervalued, just before his buddy The One cancelled the Keystone pipeline. Guess how the oil was shipped? On tank cars originating on BNSF. There has been speculation for years that the mismanagement of the other three US railroads (Onion Pacific, CSX, and the Atlanta Derailment Experts, aka NorFUCK Southern) has been kabuki theater, a contrivance to see which one Buffett will buy up for a song (with federal regulatory approval, of course). Right now, the best guess is NS, but if CSX dumps an ethanol train in the Port of Albany and vaporizes New York State’s capital, they could yet win the contest.

            What a fucking sick joke this country has become.

      • DaveO907 March 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

        It’s been a long, multidecadal series of rabbit punches with a number of knockdowns this century past. All since the inception of the Federal Reserve, including the two world wars, and the Viet Nam 60s and their domestic assassinations—all below the belt and of course, not called by the ref.

        Round 15:
        An enormous centrifugal arc of a telegraphed KO-haymaker is in our vision field as it comes closer to consummation. As if in a slow motion dream, most just stand there resigned to kinetic fate, panting and wheezing, unable to lift their arms.

        Most. But not all.

        • justanotherguy March 6, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

          not all at all.

          as the sheep will follow a disguised wolf, they will also follow true shepherds once the costumes come off and the fog clears.

          • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 7:30 pm #

            If the ‘noble’ sheep have the discipline and work ethic of grandfather sheep.
            I see the day when the Wall St. and Zuckerberg/Apple/Google/Microsoft geniuses will be begging the food cart entrepreneurs for a cold falafel.

      • Nigel Tufnel March 6, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

        I was fortunate to grow up in a house that had both The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. I read them both when I was 12, and they were instrumental in giving me permanent antibodies to bullshit.

        These should be required reading in middle school – would help set kids free from group think.

        Great post Mr. K. thank you.

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

          Correct-O-Mundo…Better Atlas and Fountainhead than gender correction indoctrination. Have we all gone mad?
          The soppy immoral immature spoiled minority has determined the fate of mankind.
          Are there any men with ‘balls’ out there?
          Time to take (at least) our country back from the Sodomites. And whatever it takes. Even Trump!

        • Uncle Bob March 6, 2023 at 9:23 pm #

          Yeah. But why would the important people want to raise children who’ll grow up to become intractable enemies when they reach adulthood? Better to teach them that boys can get pregnant by beating off, and all girls are weak unless they become lesbians or undergo sex change operations, and that the most important thing is to fuck anything that moves because doing so will give them warm memories in their forage. That way, the threat is extinguished, and the PTB remain unchallenged.

        • Q. Shtik March 6, 2023 at 10:21 pm #

          I was very favorably impressed by Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal by AR.

          It would prolly make Jarek’s head explode.

          • Anthea March 7, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

            Any discussion about capitalism needs to be preceded by a definition of capitalism. Otherwise we might just as well listen to the wind blow.

            Also, it would be useful to have a clear definition of what we mean by a non-capitalistic society. What would it look like? Jarek advocates a system in which government control business–presumably instead of vice-versa. So, what exactly does this mean? What would government decide, in such a case? How many toasters you can manufacture? What kind? How much (and of what kind) corn you’re allowed to grow? We need some specifics here.

            Jarek also seems to hold the view the business itself is an evil. I hold the view that I am really grateful that someone has opened a tire business in town. I like being able to buy new tires when I need them. Likewise, I am grateful that there is an auto parts store, a grocery store, a few restaurants, a bakery, a hardware store, etc. A person who starts and runs a business is performing a service. Jarek’s view that business is evil seems to be predicated on the belief that the owners of Walker Tire, Bill’s Automotive, The Mixing Bowl Bakery, and the Black Box Coffee House, in Odessa, Missouri, are plotting to become Wall Street moguls or some such crap. Actually, they’re probably plotting to buy ten acres in the country and raise goats.

            Independent business where you provide goods or services that other people want and for which they will voluntarily pay you. The most convenient way for them to pay you is in dollars. If you are a good businessman or woman, you have priced your product or service so that you can make a living providing it.

            The dictionary defines capitalism as the private ownership of the means of production. The means of production, as defined by fundamental economists, are land, labor, and capital. Who the heck SHOULD own the means of production? Government? While the means of production should not be owned by monopolists (which comes to about the same thing as their being owned by government), certainly they should be privately owned by private individuals, and said ownership by private individuals should be as widespread as possible, and preferably universal.

          • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 12:13 am #

            You’re a vicious dummy, Ant. I’m not anti-business. I’m anti letting business do whatever it wants. Big Business ends up running show unless monitored and controlled. Small and middle sized can do less damage and yes, much good. I’ve said this repeatedly. You’re just trying to smear me.

          • Linda March 8, 2023 at 6:24 am #

            I liked that one too. I also liked For the New Intellectual. Her play called The Night of January 16 is very interesting. Twelve people are chosen from the audience who will act as the jury. The play is based on a murder of a businessman and whether his assistant/secretary killed him. Rand wrote two endings for the play. One for a guilty verdict and one for an innocent verdict. I’ve seen the play have both endings and I’ve read the book.

            We the Living is also a good read and is a autobiography (somewhat) of Rand in the USSR.

          • Anthea March 8, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            You have repeatedly stated that you are opposed to capitalism. The dictionary definition of capitalism is “the private ownership of the means of production.”

            Ergo, if you are opposed to capitalism, you are opposed to the private ownership of the means of production. In which case, you should explain who you think SHOULD own the means of production. It can be either “the people” or “the government.” So which is it?

            Also, the last time I got involved with you in a discussion of “capitalists,” you explicitly stated that the goal of the small businessman or woman was to grow ever larger and morph into Multinational Conglomerated, Inc. This is manifestly not true.

            Does your supposed ideological distaste “capitalism” perhaps arise from your family’s expectation that you get a job? Or start a business enterprise of some kind? A pretended opposition to capitalism allows you to pretend that doing anything at all is against your principles, and thus works as a defense when people accuse you of being an idle, lay-about kind of guy. You can retreat into pretended moral superiority.

          • Anthea March 8, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Get wise to yourself.

          • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 8:19 pm #

            The vast majority of businessmen are obsessed with growth. More, always more. I admit there must be exceptions, but as Buddha said, there is no end to desire. And as Christ said, love of money is the root of all evil.

            Business is a necessary evil to avoid a greater one, that of Communism.

            You didn’t even know the difference between interest and usury so you aren’t the one to correct me.

          • Anthea March 9, 2023 at 10:05 am #

            @ Jarek:

            “The vast majority of businessmen are obsessed with growth.”

            No they aren’t.

            The vast majority of small business owners are people who are seeking econommic independence from the corporate world. They have discovered that that have a particular skill or passion, and that engaging in this activity gives them joy. They are aware of being able to make a special contribution to their communities, and able to provide their communities with things they want and need.

            The baker knows that he or she can make real bread, so that the people in their community don’t have to eat Wonder Bread. They can offer cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, etc., that would otherwise be unavailable to them, so that they have no other choices than Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

            They know that their community needs auto parts so they can fix their cars, or they need a good, honest mechanic.

            In my case (soap making–from which I am retired), I know that commerical “soaps” and shampoos are really synthetic detergents, and that I can provide them with a quality product that would otherwise the unobtainable to them, even at health food stores. There’s a lady down the road from me who raises goats and makes artisan cheese. There is an elderly couple who recently retired from beekeeping and selling honey.

            Most small business are not “scalable,” for a variety of reasons. It’s usually quite a struggle to get a small business to the point where it produces even a modest living. But if you start when you’re young, keep at it for 40 years, and make some wise investments, you could do all right.

            Even big businesses have a tough time of it. Most big businesses aren’t really even businesses. Probably the main way to “go big” is to have an operation that depends on government subsidies or other government funding. For example, my daughter has some friends who got rich installing solar panels–a business that is subsidized out the wazoo. The husband happened to have the required skills and knowledge, and you might say he stumbled upon a gold mine. But my point is, if your business is government-dependent, you aren’t running a business.

            Most farming is the same way. The big corporate farms are not really businesses. They are, in effect, government operations.

            To be brief, you have no idea what you’re talking about, as usual. And since you have never done anything, it is impossible that you could know what you’re talking about.

          • Anthea March 9, 2023 at 10:37 am #

            @ Jarek:

            And do, please, lay off the “Buddha says” bullshit.

            As always, you use (or misuse) philosophy to explain why you, personally, refuse to grow up, and either can’t or won’t do anything at all.

            Further, I rather doubt that laying on your ass and not giving a shit about anything is a teaching of authentic Buddhism–though that seems to be the view of the few (supposed) Buddhists I have encountered: “I have found peace and happiess by not giving a shit about others–and their needs and sufferings.”

            I do sometimes think that I’m being a bit hard on you. There are some very strong indications that you suffer from some kind of disability. (Autism?) Likely, you are genuinely unable to do much of anything. Generally, autists are not able to do even the most menial jobs, due to temperamental issues. I know one guy (or rather his mother) who can do simple farm work that can be performed alone

            If you are on disability, you have been diagnosed. If you haven’t been diagnosed, it would be best for you to seek a diagnosis, so that you can take a realistic view of your prospects in life.

          • Paula D March 9, 2023 at 11:23 am #

            People who provide services for others are not capitalists, they are small business people.

            To be a capitalist you have to employ labor. There is no capitalist without labor exploitation. Your teenagers don’t count.

            You can own a small business and employ labor without being a monopoly capitalist. You are then a petty capitalist.
            Most likely a chain will come into your town and put your small business out of business, no matter how much you cheat your employees.
            My daughter owned a small bookstore without employees, but when Barnes and Noble came into town, she ended up out of business and in debt.

            That’s just how it works.

          • Jarek March 9, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

            Paula: So could we say entrepreneurs are small but want to be big? Capitalists in the making?

            Anthea: You make your small town America sound very ideal indeed, alas it is ruined by small minded people like you. Thus the best and brightest flee to the cities to escape the carping criticism of your kind.

            If you had found a way to scale up your business, you would have done so. All of us are vulnerable to the desire for MORE.

          • Anthea March 10, 2023 at 12:36 am #

            @ Jarek:

            There’s nothing wrong with scaling up a business, if you can. Perhaps you can cite the way in which doing so is morally objectionable. What “scaling” means is that you’re providing more of your product to more people. This is a good thing. It also will require greatly increasing your work load. I have no problem with people making money, as long as it’s made honestly.

            So what’s your problem with that? Buddha has a problem with people baking excessive cookies or something?

            There are two main reasons why most small businesses aren’t scalable. One of them is that you can’t afford to hire help, as profit margins are too slim. The other issue with employees is that they can’t do what you do without long-term training, as it is a skill that’s developed over time. In my case, I often puzzled over which tasks could be delegated to an employee, and about the only tasks they could perform without a lot of training were washing up the dishes and sweeping the floor. It would have taken months to get an employee up to speed on producing the products, during which time you would have been paying them to do nothing–and actually paying them for the priviledge of being educated. And they’d probably quit in a couple of months, after you’d been paying them for doing nothing. Most small businesses just don’t have the capital for that.

            Another problem with scalability being able to capitalize an expansion–which is very risky. With soap making, you’d need a phsycial plant, considerably more equipment, and employees.

            Soap making can be automated to some extent. If you look at the Zum bars in the health food stores, you can see that they’re a quality product in most ways. At least they’re real soap, and not synthetic detergents. Most health-food-store soaps are made mainly with palm oil. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s not exactly anything high quality about it. (I think you would have to greatly simplify your formula–and use the cheapest fats and oils–to make it more feasible to capitalize your business.) Now, Zum bars have “swirls” in them, in imitation of artisan soaps, but they are pretty obviously machine made. Swirls look a LOT better when they are done with skilled human hands and the colors are selected by skilled human eyes.

            To factory-produce soap, you have to reduce the job to a manufacturing job that can be done by relatively unskilled labor. And even then the cost of the unskilled labor could very well bankrupt you, along with your other capital investments.

            Actually, I think Dr. Bronner’s has the right idea; they make liquid soap–and it’s real soap. This eliminates endless problems–and makes the production relatively unskilled.

            My go-to auto mechanic for the past 25 years told me several times that he really needed to hire some help, but whenever he got a job applicant, he quickly discovered that, “They can’t do anything.” The only way to scale a business related to car maintenance/repair is to open something like a Jiffy Lube, where you can train employees to do ONE job. And it had better be one simple job, and you’d best pray they don’t screw it up.

            You can’t do much in the way of scalability with any artisan product, though a bakery seems to be one business where you can employ several people. But you can’t really get big without your overhead costs (and issues related to automation) forcing you to compromise your product.

            Most small business make only a very modest living–and in fact most of them fail within the firsrt year or two,,during which they make no profit at. When I first started making soap, my profit was about $20 a week. You’d be better off getting job as a cashier in a gas station, at least at first.

            I know quite a few people who run small business. One of my former neighbors (before I moved) started a small home business as a confectioner, but even after about two years, she has been unable to quit her day job. Another couple who are former neighbors have made a modest living for twenty years or so making jewelry. One woman makes cheesecakes out of her home. Then of course there is the car mechanic, the artisan cheesemaker, and the two market gardeners. One woman makes baked goods for farmers’ markets. One of my former neighbors is a licensed grower of marijuana. He is highly skilled, a really amazing guy. The husband of the cheesecake maker has a full-time job but also moonlights as a musician. Those are just the ones that I know (kinda-sorta).

            All of them are people who are providing outstanding products or services who are doing an immense service to the community. That’s what small business is.

          • Anthea March 10, 2023 at 1:01 am #

            One thing that I have probably mentioned here in the past is that, up until about 1910, no self-respecting adult aspired to get “a job.” They aspired to start a business or run a farm. Getting “a job” was for two types of people: the rather “slow” or unmotivated, or for young people who were just starting out in life, who would get “a job” in order to learn skills and save to capitalize their own business or farm.

            Because, at that time, most people of normal intelligence were either business people or budding business people, almost everyone understood the realities of business. They could also do basic arithmetic. No one had to explain to them why they didn’t get paid much to be a bell-hop, because they were planning to open their own hotel and knew perfectly well that you couldn’t pay a bell-hop a “living wage.”

            Since around 1910 it has become very difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to start a small business. Most of the reason that this is so is due to government intrusion and over-reach. Another reason is that about half the people in the US work for the government.

            IMHO, most big corporations could not compete with small businesses on a level playing field. You could level the playing field simply by getting rid of government as completely as possible. We could thus go back to the times when the US was prosperous–and the food was good, and the doctor made house calls. The degradation of almost everything you can buy, from food and medical care to manufactured goods, lies at the door of government, which it has achieved chiefly by impoverishing the nation through outright theft.

            If you look at architecture alone (as our host is wont to do), what you see is impoverishment. The churches that used to be fine buildings are now pole barns. Homes are no longer well built. Why are people so poor, compared to 100+ years ago? The government stole everything that wasn’t nailed down. And then they came back and stole that.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 9:51 am #

      Oh brother! There’s always some sophomoric Ayn Rand fan who thinks this is some profound statement.
      We’re doomed

      • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 9:57 am #

        Yes, we are doomed and no, I’m not an AR fan, just responding to a reference. I am, however, one of those who not only spent a career building but was engaged in the political morass on the inside, so I know what I am talking about when I say that we are toast.

      • RD March 6, 2023 at 9:59 am #

        As the story goes, Murray Rothbard and his wife were at a get-together with Ayn Rand. Rand starting frothing at the mouth and became furious that Murray would not denounce his wife for being a Christian. Murray grabbed his wife by the arm and said “Joey, lets get out of here. This lady is nuts.”

        • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 10:29 am #

          I never heard that story before. Thanks, RD. Yes, Ayn Rand was a character, probably an alcoholic (which contributes to outlandish behavior). But often the creative minds are plagued by a lot of ugly baggage, what we metaphorically call “demons”.

          Do you think she and Alan Greenspan ever did the big nasty?

          • RD March 6, 2023 at 10:37 am #

            The idea is nauseating. It gives a whole new definition to “bumping uglies.”

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 11:43 am #

          Israel is now 8% Christian. But what kind? Therein like a coming tale.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

            A lot of Israel today is a rather hedonistic beach culture.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

            How many are traditional Arab Christians and how many are recently converted “messianic Jews”?

          • Lyndy33 March 6, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

            and 34% Muslim.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

            correction: lies a coming tale.

            Yes, to all of you. Jew, Christian: Traditional and Zionist, Muslim, and Pagan hedonism.

            Who will bring it all together?

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

            IDK why, but Israel is one place that I could for which I could not be less interested.

            I find virutally nothing about it interesting, attractive, or even worthy of my time.

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

            Strike “that I could”

            Phone probs.

          • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

            Night Owl, best keep an eye on Israel what with it being right there in the Cradle of Civilization, where the real action takes place and always has, especially since Netanyahu is back in power and pushing the Noahide Laws. Check in with Stephen Ben Nun on “Israeli News Live” for updates as things progress, especially the construction of the 3rd temple.

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

            Sure, Walter. It is the cradel of civ. I just have no interest in modern day Israel.

            Not saying it is logical. It just is. Have travelled extensively and I am a student of history, but Israel just never drew me in.

          • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

            The 8% will fuck it up, mark it. Of course, accompanied by the young higher educated Jews who have co-opted American hedonism and moral debauchery.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 8:23 pm #

            Is this anti-Semism by NO? Or a profound if unconscious instinct for survival?

            The more one looks, the more one will see and more one will be seen.

            The Israeli Christians will greet the Antichrist as if he was Christ. Not the Traditionals, at least one would hope not.

      • Minnie Van Horne March 6, 2023 at 10:01 am #

        What in particular did Ms. VanPeebles find to disagree with in Ayn Rand’s prophecy?

        • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 10:27 am #

          She was a comic book writer, with comic book heroes, with fantastical comic book endings.
          Another example of sublimating philosophy through fiction and mistaking the result as fact. She even had a comic book philosophy to go along with it.
          She can be forgiven however. History is replete with works of fiction being interpreted as fact.
          Fantasy can live in the world of the mind but Rand cannot exist in the world of reality.

          Her comic book fans with their simpleton’s take: let business people and innovators do what they want! Hands off!
          Look where that got us: a cabal intent on ruling the world free from the government s of the lowly.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 10:44 am #

            You must be a left winger, Connie, because you have everything ass backwards.

            An unholy marriage of elitists and government is enslaving us. They are able to do so by private institutions (called Central Banks) printing as much money as required to control everything, including politicians. Fiat money is the fraud which enables evil doers to make us debt slaves, using the equivalent of faerie dust.

            Via alternating cycles of boom and bust, which they control, they bankrupt the honest entrepreneurs and pick up assets cheaply.

            You are mistaking our dystopia for capitalism. Ayn Rand saw the difference. Clearly, you have not read her work, or read it thru a distorted, socialist lens.

          • K-Chien March 6, 2023 at 11:45 am #

            If she is a left winger, you are a wing nut.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            Well said. Capitalist can’t be allowed to do whatever they want. The want to make money, first and foremost. For many, there’s little or nothing else. To that end, they will employ all means be they fair or foul.

            To true believers: study the long struggle against child labor, pollution, or just giving workers any rights whatsoever.

            Capitalist philosopher, John Locke, studied the issue with great attention and came to the conclusion that it would be wrong to deny children their right to earn money. He was a genius and probably didn’t know any children. A natural born Kesan or follower of Kesa (who doesn’t believe that children really exist. They’re just adults in small bodies and deserve to be FREE!)

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 11:52 am #

            Honest entrepreneurs! And what do these stalwarts want more than anything? To become big. And then? To become bigger. To become those whom the pretend to hate.

            To Christ’s love of the money is the root of all evil, add Buddha’s there is no end to desire.

            Such men will always exist and they have rights – just not the right to rule and ruin us. Better men must keep them in their place. As usual, the Vedic civilization got it right. Of the four castes, businessmen are the second lowest.

          • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

            Yeah I’m a left winger because I’m not in the Ayn Rand cult.

            You people need to come up with a “you’re a left-winger if” bit.

            You like trees? Commie!
            You eat vegetables! Commie!
            You don’t believe in altruistic billionaires?
            Commie!
            You don’t think profit driven industries should be answerable to the citizenry?
            Commmmmmiiiiiiieeee!

          • justanotherguy March 6, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

            jarek – you’re confusing money and wealth.

            its that creation of wealth without an enforceable moral foundation that got all this sideways.

            the money people have chipped away at moral foundations for centuries.

            capital, like a rifle, has no moral quality of its own. it acquires the character of the one wielding it.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

            This Connie character reminds me of Redneck Liberal, angry and spitting bile. Perhaps they are one and the same.

          • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

            Well you remind me of my ass. I can’t always see it but it’s there, and I’d rather it be quiet than start making noises that only serves to embarrass everyone who hears them

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

            “This Connie character reminds me of Redneck Liberal, angry and spitting bile. Perhaps they are one and the same.”

            I still suspect it is Carghoul going for a long-term troll op.

            He knows he can’t come out with full blown BlueAnon twaddle right out of the gates, so he has opted to pretend he is a reasonable, middle-of-the-road kinda guy, building credibility while slowly transitioning toward his talking points.

            This is how the good paid trolls do things.

            That said, they are still easy to spot.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 8:26 pm #

            Love of money is the root of all evil. No distinction is made between wealth and money.

            That being said, being poor in spirit does not mean being poor. One could be poor and not be poor in spirit. And one can be rich and be poor in spirit – but alas, it is hard, harder than for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle (one of the gates of Jerusalem.

            The camels had to get down on their knees. It was a defensive measure I imagine.

      • Hereward the Woke March 6, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

        Connie, I’ll take AR over Pink Floyd any time. With the 50th anniversary of their turgid, pretentious “Dark Side of the Moon” album, all the Bobos are coming out to say how “far-sighted” it was. Yawn.

        • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

          That’s good to know. How did you possibly reckon I give AF?

      • Nigel Tufnel March 6, 2023 at 11:17 pm #

        Your fake exasperation is boring. Have you ever read Rand?
        And, by the way, there is Hope. But not for you.

        • Connie VanPeebles March 7, 2023 at 6:46 am #

          Are you being ironic? Just reread what you wrote

      • Jimpa March 7, 2023 at 8:02 am #

        It is profound and life changing when you read it in your teens. Stepping out of the miasma and realizing that your mind and reason have validity. Being inspired by heroes, as fictional as they may be.
        Yes there is much more, but it’s not a bad opening.

        • Paula D March 9, 2023 at 11:30 am #

          When I was a teenager, a friend recommended a Rand book to me, so I read it.
          It was about a narcissistic architect, is all I remember. I thought it was stupid. I never read another of her books.

          Obviously, your milage varied. Jake, is that you?

  2. NMG March 6, 2023 at 9:16 am #

    You have outdone yourself this week. Thank you.

    • joeo March 6, 2023 at 9:31 am #

      Maybe the best of all.

      Nearer to God are We

    • shotho March 6, 2023 at 10:07 am #

      Yes, I agree. This is a very clear description of where we are as a civilization. But he prompts us to . . . . have a little faith. Faith in what? That is always the perennial question.

      • happiface March 6, 2023 at 10:41 am #

        jesus saves–just ask the 122 passengers on the airliner as it slammed into the mountain,every one praying like the end was near..it was ….keep the faith baby….

        • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 10:52 am #

          Theodicy is a topic which greatly predates you, happiface. Volumes have been written.

      • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 11:36 am #

        Certainly not the Deep State which spends all its time stealing from us, our livelihoods, our kids, and our lives.

    • Woodchuck March 6, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      Maybe, maybe not. There are many different stories out there about what happened on the Titanic. For example, let’s take a look at what the man known as the “Godfather of rap” has for us regarding this famous sinking. It’s from the poetic comedian Rudy Ray Moore:

      httpX://youtu.be/Cj-FPJIlboQ

      • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 11:57 am #

        One Randean Superman got his family to the boats – like all the other male tycoons did. Unlike them though, he didn’t just retire to ballroom and wait for the end while stupefied on gin. He got to an opportune spot and leapt. He made it to some debris and hung on until rescued.

        He was savaged by the press for surviving instead of dying like a gentleman.

        • mrs_saj March 6, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

          Anyone who can survive the Titanic without taking up a seat in one of the lifeboats is a hero in my book.

          It’s funny the changing mores over time, isn’t it?

          • justanotherguy March 6, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

            hollyweird will shortly be bold enough to remake titanic the movie with an update “for modern audiences”.

            hilarity ensues.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

            Back then it was ‘save the women and children first’. I wonder about today’s priorities with all the racial and sexual identity victims.

            Does a black man who identifies as a woman in order to play basketball count for more than an Asian lesbian? The ship would sink before they sorted it all out.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

            Until we get chipped and can get the right signal, people will have to a tattoo that indicates their probably pronoun, but more importantly, their status.

      • Islander March 6, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

        I have heard a conspiracy theory about the sinking of the Titanic. Related to insurance issues, I think.

        Has anyone else heard of this?

        • AmericanObserver March 6, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

          The iceberg denied any prior knowledge of a plot and was never seen again.

          • Ron Anselmo March 6, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

            Or the iceberg could not comment at the time because it was an ongoing investigation.

          • hmuller March 7, 2023 at 10:21 am #

            Under the bright lights of police interrogation, the nervous iceberg began to visibly sweat.

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

          Connie says they had weather machines back then too. Ice makers!

          • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

            The rumor is that three opponents to the Federal Reserve were aboard.

            Fire and Ice Jarek?
            always at opposition
            It was fire not Ice that sank the ship jarek, but as Billy Joel said, “we didn’t start the fire”

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

            Conspiracy, Peebs? From you? I thought conspiracies were only for wackos.

          • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

            Degrees Ja’rule.
            Small margins. Ask the camels with the broken backs.

            What does it take for one to believe that Fauci was hiding the virus origins as opposed to believing that the U.S. used an earthquake machine to punish Turkey?

            Are those small margins? Or gigantic leaps?

            You’re on the spectrum, you should know.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

            Well said, Peebs. All lies in jest. Or is it. all lies and jest? In any case, the words of prophets are seldom written on the subway walls, much less in rest rooms.

          • bill7424 March 7, 2023 at 1:36 am #

            If the ship would have had watertight bulkheads (walls reaching all the way to the overhead) in each compartment it probably would have suvived.

          • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

            If the engine had not been put in reverse (which slowed the turn), maybe it could have avoided the iceberg.

            And once hit, some say if the Titanic had made for the Californian at full speed, many lives might have been saved.

  3. zappalives March 6, 2023 at 9:17 am #

    Sage advice……..knowing who your REAL friends are’
    Beware of your democrat fam/friends !
    They possess the mindset of snitching to the authorities if we go full blown tyranny.
    As usual another brilliant piece Jim.

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 11:58 am #

      Somebody mentioned a sister in law who called the police to tell them that that sis had gone to January six.

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

        I wouldn’t want to join that family for the holidays!

      • DaveO907 March 6, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

        hxxps://scheerpost.com/2023/03/05/chris-hedges-lynching-the-deplorables/

    • Starman March 6, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

      As a Newby here to Responses, I’ve been reading CFN for over at least five years. I decided to register today so that I could say that I thought Jim’s piece today was one of his best written I’ve seen. Loved the wrapup at the end:

      You were comfortably ensconced one winter night in the mini-McMansion, on the overstuffed sofa, entertained by some Netflix inanity, scarfing down the microwaved cheeze morsels… when the wife said, “Hey, let’s book a cruise!” Seemed like a good idea at the time, which is what everything in the annals of history is and was. And now, look at where you are!

      • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:11 pm #

        Did you see the movie, Starman, Starman?

    • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

      Like Germany in the 30’s. Their self righteous indignation will overtake any sense of morality and human equilibrium. Thank you mass media, Hollywood and higher education.
      More violence is performed by leftist ideologues than any ‘Trumper’ or conservative. But ‘they/them’ will never let America hear it.

  4. John K March 6, 2023 at 9:23 am #

    “We’re at sea now.” Yeah, until we’re beneath it. The elites get the lifeboats. The rest of us are locked down in steerage.

    • mrs_saj March 6, 2023 at 9:29 am #

      The Uber elites seem to think their compounds and security will be their life boats.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 9:52 am #

      No, they’re on the mega yachts

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        And we’re Leonardo DiCaprio holding onto some flotsam for dear life. He didn’t make it, as I recall.

  5. dowd March 6, 2023 at 9:27 am #

    Too bad more don’t realize the fix we’re in. I blame the MSM.

    • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 9:39 am #

      “Faith — remember what that is? (It’s the conviction that all of us together stand in some meaningful relation to existence.)”

      Does the American public really have any ‘Faith” in anything at all anymore? Far too many cannot even spell the word, much less articulate what the concept even is. No dowd, the MSM was only the tool utilized by the demons that lead us (to our own demise btw), it is US(A) that has earned the punishment that we are all in the process of receiving, for as our host noted:

      We “were comfortably ensconced one winter night in the mini-McMansion, on the overstuffed sofa, entertained by some Netflix inanity, scarfing down the microwaved cheeze morsels… when the wife said, “Hey, let’s book a cruise!””

      Those who cannot swim are best served by avoiding the deep water at all cost. We screwed ourselves and we are now going to get what we deserve.

      • Pondernot March 6, 2023 at 9:56 am #

        One of the great delights of Kunstler days is reading your beautifully crafted, articulate and thoughtful replies, Walter B. Together, your words and JHK’s provide an unfailingly accurate assessment of where we are, whence we’ve come, and where we’re bound. Thank you.

        • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:06 am #

          I second that sentiment.

        • Daddyotis March 6, 2023 at 4:06 pm #

          Fully agree, Pondernot

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 7:55 pm #

          Ditto….However, I believe there is still a tiny bit of rope left for America to pull us away from the degenerate visions of Hollywood woke corporations, the media and the droll like metaphorically fat hedonistic ‘couch potatoes’ that binge on Netflix and Facebook. I just hope there is someone out there that can motivate us to pull the rope before it really is too late.
          But I’m ’rounding third base’ now, so my suffering may be shorter than most. I hope and earnestly pray that we ‘turn it around’…

      • Cankerpuss March 6, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

        Walter, I’ve been saying the same thing for a long time. America’s problems are of her own making. A righteous people would have no tolerance for an unrighteous Government. Our Government is nothing more than a bright reflection of the people.

        1. Our government is buried by debt. So are most Americans.
        2. Our government is obsessed with control over others. Americans too are obsessed with forcing other Americans’ behaviors (see covid mania).
        3. Our Government is obsessed with illegal warfare. Americans are in support of all of our wars, all soldiers are put on pedestals, etc, etc, etc.
        4. Our Government administers death without ceasing. Americans fight for the right for women to butcher their own babies.
        5. Government doesn’t obey its own laws. Do Americans obey the law? Not on the Interstate highways they don’t.

        I could go on but I am sure you get the point.

        I only hope JHK and you are right and that the big correction is finally upon us. Seems like it is only ever kicked down the road over and over and over again and nothing ever happens. The news media is still spouting lies. Corporations still rake in billions in profits. Disney still makes shitty movies and TV shows. Anthony Fauci is loving a posh retirement instead of swinging on a lamp post. Nothing ever changes. Justice never comes.

        Best,
        CP

        • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

          You are kind, thank you, and quite correct. The need for the Big Correction is certainly upon us, though Jim and I probably have different ideas as to what form that will take. My assessment is that our host retains hope that there are forces of good intent that can and will (or may) be able to effect correction and bring this boat back on course and still afloat. No fault in that.

          I on the other hand have always believed that the real power is in the people, so if the people degrade to a point that they cannot even look into their own underwear and determine what sex they happen to be, well there ain’t enough power there to float even the smallest vessel.

          My belief is that things have been degraded by spirits of malevolence and evil that are so powerful that only a superior force of spiritual being can and will remove them from this place, and dispose of them properly, so MY hope remains in He Who Shall Return.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 9:54 am #

      I blame stupid people.
      They’re the reason for most of the mess we consistently find ourselves in.

      • RD March 6, 2023 at 10:01 am #

        I’d like to dig through old footage of the “civil rights” marches, find the dumb boomers who are still living and throw them in Gitmo.

        • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

          A good idea but not so possible as they are the ones running Gitmo these days. The first generation to totally sell out all of the values they. once held dear, though a few of us, and our host, have remained true though outcast by the sellouts.

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:03 pm #

          LBJ fucked America with his Great Society bullshit. 22 Trillion has been spent since 1965 on racial imbalance and forced equity results. The programs and ancillary expense would astound all.
          And those ‘dumb boomers’ then, had the kids (and grndkids) who are the woke assholes now that force complicity of government and corporate America to embrace every vacuous feel good policy that is destroying the very fabric of America.

      • Islander March 6, 2023 at 10:03 am #

        Stupid people who think they are smart.

        Spinning threads of “reason” until they have wrapped themselves and those around them in an impenetrable cocoon of self-conviction.

        Sure they are right.

        Their logic always leads them to the same place—the place they started.

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:05 pm #

          Correct-o-Mundo!
          ….wrapped themselves and those around them in an impenetrable cocoon of self-conviction….

          LOVE IT

      • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

        That’s what is wrong with the IQ test that many hold so dear.

        I submit that such a test is nearly useless. Not completely, because they do still use it as a basis for figuring how retarded you are.

        I say this because no one has come up with a measurement of how stupid a person is, and we all jut saw and are still seeing that some people who would rate above average on an IQ test also have a heapin’ helpin’ of stupidity, which cancels out any intellectual advantage one may have.

        Also gullibility is not linked to IQ.

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

          Yes, mediocre people are often wiser since they have no interest in extravagant theories of how the world works or should work. Thus do the brilliant end up stupider than the stupid.

          And the Xhosa tribesmen, IQ around 70, out thought the people behind high tech (nuclear power) White South Africa.

          Low IQ doesn’t preclude cunning after all. Yet high IQ idealists often eschew such things, especially when it comes to their beloved non-Whites. And the Xhosa were helped by international Capitalism/Communism who are both high IQ and very adept at trickery. .

          Did Islander believe that South Africa was going to become a multicultural, high tech paradise once the Blacks took over?

          I would be my life on it. She’s one of the idealists.

          • Islander March 8, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

            Jarek just making up shit.

          • Jarek March 9, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

            So you didn’t support the Blacks against the evil Whites?

            C’mon girl, let your hair down.

        • ViceGrip March 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested on April 5, 1943, and was imprisoned in Berlin.

          Following the failure of the attempt on Hitler’s life on July 20, 1944, the discovery of documents linking Bonhoeffer directly to the conspiracy led to his further interrogation and eventual execution by hanging.

          Bonhoeffer had a most interesting theory with regard to stupidity and it’s propagation

          m.youtube.com/watch?v=ww47bR86wSc&feature=youtu.be

          • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

            That shows to me why we need to throw out anybody in public office who finds a reason to exceed their constitutional limits on their powers or the duties of their office.

            Given the chance, they will always do something stupid.

          • AKlein March 6, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

            Dunning-Kruger effect.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

            Hitler was democratically elected making Bonhoff an insurrectionist. Well said, Berryl.

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:04 am #

        And who are these stupid people, Connie? Aren’t they the ones who believe government propaganda and the MSM which faithfully upholds it.

        Covid, Ukraine, Russiagate, Hunter Biden, CRT and woke thinking, the Nordstream Pipelines destruction, etc. We are fed so many clear-cut lies. Do you see it, Connie?

        • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 11:17 am #

          Speaking of the MSM, I missed it when Bobby Jr. said Rolling Stone’s editor is a spook.

          That explains a lot.

          Here are the links to articles about that:

          Part 1: CIA’s Extraordinary Role Influencing Liberal Media Outlets Daily Kos, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone

          Part 1 of a two-part series takes a deep dive into the history of the CIA’s central role in orchestrating news and editorial coverage in America’s most influential liberal national media outlets — and its continued hold today.

          https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/cia-liberal-media-outlets-the-real-anthony-fauci/

          Part 2: The Belly of The Daily Beast and Its Perceptible Ties to the CIA

          Part 2 of a two-part series takes a deep dive into the history of the CIA’s central role in orchestrating news and editorial coverage in America’s most influential liberal national media outlets — and its continued hold today

          https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/the-daily-beast-ties-to-cia/

          • RD March 6, 2023 at 11:28 am #

            And, of course, they controlled (and possibly still do) National Review. Its all a front: left, right and up the middle.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:30 am #

            Anderson Pooper is also one of “them”.

          • mrs_saj March 6, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            Beryl,

            Thanks for the links. I’ve just read part 1. Its very interesting. I have not read much about the Daily Kos before.

            Given the author, Dick Russell’s, twenty year history with RFK Jr (they even wrote a book together), this quote leaves me scratching my head:

            “I am fully vaccinated and a believer in the efficacy of the vaccines.”

            Did he not read RFK Jr’s book? If he is that in tune with the reach and grasp of the US government’s tentacles and is willing to publish writings about it, how did he miss that the plandemic is a psy op?

          • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

            Those are good questions, mrs.

        • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

          I’m stupid. And I know it.
          Knowing that I’m stupid and ignorant I know that I have to delve into things, read-up on things, educate myself before I make a determination or form an opinion.
          I feel uncomfortable assimilating someone’s opinion as my own. It feels lazy and fraudulent.
          I know we stupid people are nurtured and inculcated that way: presented the work and research of others and told this is the consensus. And we believe it.
          How many times in polite company do you hear, “wasn’t it Voltaire who said…”
          I don’t know! I wasn’t there
          But that’s what THEY told US

          • crudgemudgeon March 6, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

            Connie, you’re killing it today. I never read Any Rand but if Milton Friedman liked her, she probably sucks. The Free Market™ made China powerful in their quest for cheap labor and cheap consumer goods. Now we see how that worked out.

      • Cankerpuss March 6, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

        So do I, unfortunately, stupidity is endemic to humanity. As long as humans exist there will be stupid ones. Nature figured out a way to get rid of the stupid, called Natural Selection. Humanity has managed to save and preserve the stupid and now their genes are flowing through the gene pool.

        That’s the only explanation that makes any sense to me. That or television induced hypnosis.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

      The MSM believes its own fake reporting.

    • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 11:43 am #

      The entire Deep State is the problem, the MSM is only the propaganda area of it.

      Did you know that intense pressure is being put on Fox management to stop the conservative bias and the Libs are trying to kill Newsmax.

      Free press? This is a Uniparty oligarchic state right now.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

        Speaking of Deep State, I have come to the conclusion that the single most responsible individual for inflicting the scamdemic on America is Mike Pompeo.

        I’m wondering why we call it the Deep State when it is right out in the open.

        Which is how Pompeo did it, right out in the open.

        • Hereward the Woke March 6, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

          The people responsible for inflicting the scandemic to happen were the millions who let it happen. It takes two to be oppressed.

          • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:04 am #

            The Covid Hoax was the ultimate IQ test.

            IMO, it should replace the standardized IQ test.

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

        Speaking of FOX News. I recently watched Hannity for the first time in years. His neocon, jingoistic support for the Ukrainian war is sickening. I think they call swamp creatures of his kind “controlled opposition”.

  6. mrs_saj March 6, 2023 at 9:27 am #

    Great post, Jim.

    My favorite phrase:

    incompetence honored, feted, even worshipped… intellect reduced to anti-thinking…

    • C.O.Jones March 6, 2023 at 9:44 am #

      Easily the best writer on the net!

      He left out the obvious part about those who are capable of thought being castigated, vilified, cancelled and reviled.

      • zappalives March 6, 2023 at 9:59 am #

        Agree………been reading Jims weekly missives for 15 years ???

        The other brilliant essayist I used to follow is Jim Willie.
        His hardcore writings got him banned in the alt media many years ago.

        • RD March 6, 2023 at 10:04 am #

          When Tom Fleming ran Chronicles, his invective was worth reading as well. Sadly, he’s become an anti-conspiracist and saw no problems with the 2020 election and the “vaccines.”

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

            His philosophy of “every day life” and the discipline of community was great. But he himself was always a blowhard, hating all Whites who had any racial pride. As if the Founders weren’t more like them, and not him.

            Did they kick him to the curb? Tucker sometimes has a Hispanic guy on who is very good. A White Hispanic. Think his name is Raimondo perhaps.

          • RD March 6, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

            I no longer read Chronicles, but I believe you are referring to a fellow named Pedro Gonzales. I don’t know much about him. Justin Raimondo was an anti-war homosexual who died of cancer a couple years ago. He had a monthly column in Chronicles.

            I actually identify somewhat with Fleming’s racial views, which can be summarized as “Race isn’t everything, but its not nothing.” I have always viewed Jared Taylor and E Michael Jones as representing the poles of thought on the right. To Taylor, race explains everything. To Jones, religion explains everything. To Fleming, and Sam Francis, it was a combination.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            Thanks.

            Taylor was going to debate Jones before the Pandemic stopped everything. He would have wiped the floor with him.

            We believe race is very important but not everything. No blonde or red beaded Muslims need apply. In contrast Jones and his secular opposite numbers believe culture is everything and race is absolutely nothing.

          • RD March 6, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

            They did debate. I watched it on BitChute.

        • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:07 am #

          I love listening to Jim Willie. But I can’t swallow everything he says. Vladimir Putin is a team of clones? C’mon man.

          • WadeWaters March 6, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

            Never heard him say that about Putin. But clones of Hillary and Dementia Joe are possible. Obama and Michael Robinson, too.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

            And that’s another thing. People with magnifying glasses examining pictures of Michelle Obama’s crotch to find evidence of a penis. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to run with that crowd. Although, there are plenty of laughs.

          • mrs_saj March 6, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            hmuller,

            I’ve never understood the Big Mike theory either. I haven’t seen the crotch shot photo (I’m not interested), but I have seen an old photo of Michelle Obama that was touched up to give her more masculine features.

            I think its a very hateful campaign to wage against someone. I loathe her husband’s politics, but let’s take on his policies and his business dealings. This is not the way.

            Michelle’s enjoyment of the perks her husband’s career provided is fair game. Her job as vice president for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center is open for critique. She earned a huge, huge salary for doing not a lot, because Obama was an IL state senator. The hospital was so enamored with this position that the moment she resigned to go be FLOTUS, they never filled the position again. Giving her the job was part of the goody basket of being an IL state senator. But challenging someone’s gender? Nope, at least not for me.

          • WadeWaters March 6, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            There’s plenty of evidence that Michelle Obama is a tranny and a former Michael Robinson. And that Barack is as queer as Dick’s hat-band.

            Joan Rivers died under suspicious circumstances shortly after she outed Michelle as a tranny.

          • WadeWaters March 6, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

            Michelle is a tranny and a former Michael Robinson. And Barack is as queer as Dick’s hat-band.

            Joan Rivers died under suspicious circumstances shortly after she outed Michelle as a tranny.

        • DaveO907 March 6, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          @zappalives—
          Jim W. made a two part appearance on Chris Marcus’s “Arcadia Economics” on EeewToob last week. Got things rawkin’ as usual.

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:18 pm #

          Thers always Alan Chartock!

      • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

        Yes Jim is excellent and has an entertaining way of shining the light on the cockroaches in charge.

        I wonder what the Watchers think of his work. Will they allow him to continue to speak freely and openly when the Great Clamping Down is initiated? Does the hope of which he always writes serve their purpose and keep the herd from stampeding or turning against those who are deceiving us, or do they fear that he may awaken too many before they are ready to spring the trap?

        Time will tell.

  7. stelmosfire March 6, 2023 at 9:44 am #

    Am I not a vacuum? Nothingness, Stardust, a nucleus with some sort of proplasm? Look at the universe folks. We-re shit man. Negative waves again baby.

    • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:10 am #

      Weltschmerz is best treated with donuts, the sweeter the better.

      • Q. Shtik March 6, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

        Weltschmerz is best treated with donuts, the sweeter the better. – hmuller

        ===========

        Weltschmerz: German for low blood sugar?

      • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:20 pm #

        Or watching the Oscars aka the NAACP

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

      Well at least you have the sense to see it as negative. Many people believe life is just meaningless matter – and think that that is great.

      Stephen Hawking comes to mind saying that he hoped there was no God. Nothing must interfere with the sublime meaninglessness!

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

        I gather Hawking preferred to believe a meaningless universe crippled his body rather than a God with a who-knows-what agenda. His choice. I still think donuts would have helped.

  8. BULLITT March 6, 2023 at 9:52 am #

    I woke up this morning fearing enemies both foreign and domestic. At this point I fear our Commander-in-Chief more than I fear the likes of Putin or Xi.
    We have a Country that is now out of control. I see a Summer of fighting going on in two fronts. While our people are destroying the streets, foreign enemies who flow across the border will be taking away our infrastructure and destroying supply chains.
    By the end of the Summer this Country will be in ruin. People will suffer and will be wondering when BUILD BACK BETTER will begin.

    • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 9:56 am #

      I don’t see any fight left in the people. Defeated resignation seems to be the mood of the day, with most taking comfort balled up in the fetal position.

      • steppingup March 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

        Desperate people do desperate things. And when the cheese doodles stop, people will get desperate. You will be surprised just how quickly defeated resignation will turn to despair, even more quickly to desperation. I’m putting my money into rat and long pork futures. What a shame.

        • happiface March 6, 2023 at 10:49 am #

          when people have nothing left to lose they lose it–i think we have a couple more years–Martin Armstrong is my timing guru–his record is 2nd to none-he says by 2032 our goose is competely burnt

      • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 10:29 am #

        Bingo! The rollout of “Toxic Masculinity”, the advancement of the Transsexual Agenda, and the constant assault on the youth of our nation by the mainstream and social media has mollified the general public and seriously reduced or maybe even eliminated our ability to fight or resist.

        A longtime analyst friend of mine with a doctorate in Poly-Sci who works for and reports directly to the Secretary of Defense once told me during a discussion on the issue that the root cause of our societal decay is that America is no longer raising men. Love ’em or hate ’em, there is good and bad in all, but when women and men with morals and decency work together, societies and empires are built and sustained. When they war against one another, it all crumbles. The music may have already stopped. Best find a chair and quickly.

        • WadeWaters March 6, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

          Best find a chair and quickly.

          But is it on the deck of the Titanic?

          • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

            Probably, but at least in sitting down in a chair one can slide down the deck into the bone chilling cold rather than bouncing your way off the railings and door jambs!

        • Rowdypiglet March 6, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

          “Faith — remember what that is? (It’s the conviction that all
          of us together stand in some meaningful relation to existence.)”

          Our host, I think, is prophetic this morning. There are so many elements in play at the moment. The bizarre trans antics, toxic masculinity, etc. All of these things will reach a point of implosion, but the question is: when will that point be reached and what will happen afterwards?

          There are really only two sets of people to be found in our country at present. The first set is useless in every possible way. They have no skills, no knowledge, no wisdom, and a weird collection of beliefs that are in direct opposition to reality. They cannot and will not do any sort of work, even the least demanding.

          This set of people has only two options once their world falls apart. Some will make a quick and desperate adjustment to reality and begin doing what their betters tell them to do – simple tasks that require neither skill, nor intelligence, nor common sense. If they make themselves useful and learn to be obedient, they may survive. If they do, they will be unrecognizable within a few years and their prior existence in Upside Down World will be a dim memory.

          The rest of the useless group, who are fundamentally feral, will refuse to work or to give up their world view. They’ll attempt to survive by preying on those who produce things, but they’re not good at that either and will soon be picked off, having lost their special status and protections. They’re violent, but they’re also stupid and unable to cooperate. Those who are destined to survive will treat them without mercy.

          That will leave group two, consisting of all the people who recognize reality and operate within its confines, the people who make things work, have skills, fix things, invent things, show up reliably at their jobs, contribute something of genuine value. Someone who carefully and scrupulously sweeps the floor all day will be (justifiably) valued more than a thousand social influencers and gender studies students who will go the way of the Dodo bird.

          Group two consists of a greater number of people than you might think. They’re, for the most part, people who are absent from social media, who do real work and raise families. You don’t hear much about them, but they create and maintain the comfortable world that the woke have been taking for granted. They’ll keep making a liveable world, but at a different level of existence than we’re used to. They know how to adapt. They won’t whine and refuse to play, they’ll make a world their children can live in. It will take a while, and its birth will be ugly and violent, but this too shall pass.

          • Cankerpuss March 6, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

            “when will that point be reached and what will happen afterwards?”

            As a person of faith I senses the old order of things is on its last legs and a new, greater order is soon to be upon us. As a believer in Christ it is my sincere hope that the “afterwards” as you suggest, will be the millennium of peace prophesied about in the holy scriptures.

            Of course, “no man knoweth the hour…….”

    • benr March 6, 2023 at 10:19 am #

      The parts of the country that may be in ruin by the end of this summer are already well on their way.
      Democrat cities like LA, Portland, Seattle, Baltimore, Newark, Detroit, Chicago, Saint Louis, New Orleans, and of course the very worst one DC.

      I suspect no one has learned the hard lessons of allowing people to loot and pillage freely as of yet.

      • mrs. theolddays March 6, 2023 at 11:01 am #

        Drove through Portland last year, couldn’t believe all the tents along the freeway. Used to be such a beautiful city.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 11:20 am #

          Somebody wants it that way. The better to herd people into their 15 minute zones.

        • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          San Francisco ruined as well.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 11:37 am #

          I have some family in Portland. Last visit I couldn’t help but ask about all the tents on the slopes to the freeway. I was told, “It’s been a problem, but the city is finally taking care of it.”

          Apparently they’re taking care of it by giving them free money, needles, tarps, and designated campgrounds. Okay.

          But some people still set up a tarp shanty leaning down the hill right to the freeway (sounds safe!).

          Portland is a really cool place. But I’m glad I get to just visit.

          • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 11:57 am #

            Okay, Jarek, you are right on the mark for blaming capitalism for what is going on. These cities being mentioned are the collection points for the fallout of the capitalist system, bad capitalism. Capitalism provides incentive with competition. At first though, there has to be a playing field that is large enough to keep everyone occupied. That is what the Bushes and Obama did to us by allowing corporations to move middle class jobs offshore. Today when someone is fired, or let go, there is little expansion for them to move into. Hence, long term or permanent unemployment. BTW, this group is not even included in the unemployment figures. The long term unemployed are accumulating so fast and the drug and homeless problems are solid indicators of the economic malaise that exists.

            Just watch the cities, they are the best measure of the failure of bad capitalism, crime, homelessness, riots are all caused by the hopelessness that our government has caused.

            The Democratic Party wants dependent people to feed its socialistic machine. Right now they are as happy as a pig eating shit with what is going on. The hopelessness of bad non competitive capitalism turns into socialism and ultimately either fascism or communism with very little problem.

          • Islander March 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

            “That is what the Bushes and Obama did to us by allowing corporations to move middle class jobs offshore. ”

            It started big-time in the Clinton administration.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            No John, you still don’t have it. Capitalism is about making money. Period. The ideology that the invisible hand will save everyone is the lowest form of crap. An invisible secular god, basically. The dialectic for suckers of the capitalist persuasion. Countless people were ruined and destroyed and are being ruined and destroyed.

            Competition? Really? It’s a sin in late stage Capitalism. I’m sure it was real (and ruinous for the defeated) in mid stage Capitalism. Mid-stage Capitalism leads to late stage Capitalism – so how good could it have been?

            It might have been fine – but it wasn’t gong to stop itself from becoming late stage. That has to be done by men of the higher castes. In your terms, that means a Government stronger than the Corporations. Yes, that means big Government!

            As Islander reminds us, the Corporations offshored our industrial base – to China! And the remaining jobs? They brought in countless third worlders to undercut American labor. Simply put, they are traitors and deserve the gallows.

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

            It started in the 80s, under the Evil Reagan.

            But under Clinton the whole traitorous enterprise became legal and encouraged, with NAFTA and the WEF.

          • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

            Jobs were sent overseas and factories shuttered beginning under Reagan in the early 1980s. It destroyed many small cities and towns, especially in “flyover” country.

            It’s sad to look at photos and videos of those bustling towns in the midwest in the 1960s that had lovely town centers and their own downtowns with shops and restaurants that weren’t big chains. They had local color and uniqueness.

            Under Reagan they were brutally destroyed. Most of them are still decrepit and have never recovered.

          • Socrates-Detroit March 6, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

            I was born in the US, but left at age three, and didn’t return until 1977, age 12.

            The way I saw it as a (geeky) kid, and still see it, as a geeky older man, is that America had declined, objectively (unemployment, foreign cars and goods, the US, trade deficit, budget deficit) and subjectively (crime, drugs, the behavior in the 1977 NY blackout vs 1965).

            I see PaulaD and MaryQueen’s points about Reagan. The 1980s poured fuel on the “financialization” of the US economy,that started in the mid/late 1960s.

            Even if this had not happened, American factory workers and factories would have face a big adjustment, in my opinion, due to foreign competition. Still, FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) made it worse.

            In many metrics, on paper, “on average”, “overall”, the US never had it so good as 1992-2019, but I don’t buy it.

            I think before I was born, Americans were optimistic about the future. JFK’s assassination, the Vietnam War, the race riots, inflation, the energy crisis, unemployment, pick one, or all, eroded that.

            Optimism is very important.

            But my views are evolving too, now. The older I get, the less I realize I know, and what I do know has been “framed” a certain way.

            In the 1950s, if one was willing to work hard, most of the time, for most people, America was the best place on earth. True. Mostly. I know many people who were not born in the US who did very well here. And I know many native-born Americans who did well too, and got into the middle class–or better.

            But why? Was it because of the US’ superior form of Constitutional governance? Was it because this country was very blessed with natural resources? Was it because it had no serious enemies at its borders? All of the above?

            Was it because English settlers won “the lottery” and left drab and grey Britain, survived in the harsh sunny AND snow new world, were able to prevail against their French and Spanish rivals, as well as the Native Americans, and gain access to all of the above, to a virgin country, and didn’t fumble the bounty they got? (other than one bloody Civil War)

            In the 1950s, in the developed world, the USA really was the only game in town. The rest of the developed world was bombed out, in ruins, or broke financially. As the world recovered, inevitably America’s overwhelming dominance would not continue.

            But still, it seemed wrong to me that so many people in the US (at least in greater NYC) drove foreign cars, had Japanese TV sets and electronics in the 1970s.

            Hard times make good men, good men make good times, good times make bad men, bad men make hard times.

            The “good times” of the 1950s and 1960s poured fuel on the future decline with the baby boomer generation, the most spoiled group ever.

            So know we find ourselves in this place.

            But maybe it’s bigger than everything I just wrote.

            Maybe it’s the latest chapter, the beginning of the final chapter, in a war that predates the USA.

            The war that started about a thousand years ago, between the West and non-West. Between people who write in Latin letters and those who do not.

            There have only been two major “NON-Western” white/European powers in history: the Byzantines, who ceased to be a major power long before the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, and Russia.

            (We’ve had many Western Powers: Venice, Genoa, Sweden, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Britain, Austria, Prussia/Germany)

            The Christian Orthodox empires used Greek, and later Cyrillic (which was invented by Orthodox monks, Saints Cyril and Methodius, to give the Slavic peoples North of the Byzantine Empire an alphabet so they could read the bible and practice Christianity).

            One could say, and I don’t know enough about this, but it is plausible, that the West in general, and capitalism in particular, are built on the dead bones and looted gold the Crusaders took in 1204 from Constantinople, on the way “back home” after their failed Crusade to expel the Moslems from the Holy Land. The Byzantine Empire never really recovered from this “stab in the back” by the Catholic West.

            The Catholic West gave birth to Protestantism and all its various denominations; to Communism, the virus injected into Russia by the Germans (who logically, wanted Russia out of WW1), and secular humanism. The USA itself is a creation of the West, as is Latin and South America.

            The plunder from Constantinople, which in 1203 was arguably the richest, most sophisticated city in Europe and the middle east may have provided the “capital”, in the form of gold, for fractional reserve banking and begun the transition to capitalism.

            Capitalism was key in leveraging knowledge and science to create new products and processes that made life easier, and more importantly, enriched people, and most importantly perhaps, enriched those who could marshal and control money (capital), and make money with money.

            And this catapulted the West forward.

            And the money powers decided they could rule from behind the scenes by pulling the monarch’s strings using money and debt, and in this way, essentially rule. And THAT is where we have been for centuries, certainly since the 1890s.

            See Dr. Carroll Quigley’s “expose”, “Tragedy and Hope”.

            The Western Elite, those who write with Latin letters, want to dominate the world, by any means. They hate Russia for numerous reasons: Russia is not subordinate to the US dollar; Russia doesn’t have to be, since it is the most self-sufficient nation on earth; it has strong military; it is not Western, and it is Christian. All reasons to take it down. And that is what this war in Ukraine is about–the West’s attempt to weaken and subvert Russia. One year ago, Putin said “enough” and the Russian troops rolled in…

            Russia’s recovery from the implosion of Communism during the 1990s, when life expectancy dropped to 59, is itself a miracle.

            The US/West is not going to “win” this round called the Ukraine War against Russia.

            And this loss will make them angry and desperate, and their policies of “sanctions” and control, overt or covert, and using weaponizing the dollar, will have a backlash in the other 80% of the world, who will accept the support of that OTHER elite that today simply want to not be controlled by the West, but tomorrow may want to rule the planet themselves.

            The other elite are the leaders of China, the descendants of the far eastern version of the Roman Empire. They of course have a totally different alphabet.

            We’ve seen, and see every day, the US/Western Elites have no scruples. The US incinerated tens of thousands of civilians in WW2; rather than “‘peacefully” starve the Japanese with a blockade, the US nuked them. Vietnam. Serbia, Iraq. Libya.

            Closer to home: the COVID fiasco and the mRNA vaccines.

            That does not mean I consider the Chinese leadership to be virtuous. I do not. They want what THEY want. They also push vaccines. The Chinese have the “Social Credit Score”.

            So, the Western Globalists and Chinese leadership both seek to control their populations first, and the West seeks to then expand their control to others.

            If I was half as good a writer as JHK, and knew more, I might pull this all these thoughts together more coherently.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 7, 2023 at 7:49 am #

            If I was half as good a writer as JHK, and knew more, I might pull this all these thoughts together more coherently.

            Enjoyable and well-written post.

          • Paula D March 7, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

            I think that you nailed two reasons that the US working class did well in the 50s and 60s, Socrates. One is that the rest of the industrialized world was demolished, and the other is that the US still had plentiful resources.

            I would say that another reason the US working class did well is that capital had been reined in and labor had been legalized to have interests of our own.
            Income taxes were high on the wealthy and corporations paid over half of the revenue that ran the country.
            The incentive was to improve wages and benefits rather than to siphon off all wealth in the country to the top 1%.

            I don’t think it had anything to do with earlier capitalist plunder. The working class of England (where my ancestors lived) in no way benefited from the ocean piracy of their rulers.
            And the Enclosure Acts threw them off the land and into the mines. My great grandfathers went into the coal mines at ages 6 and 8. Now they try to tell me that capitalism benefited them?
            Yeah, no. My grandfather and his brothers helped organize the UMW in the 30s. THAT is what benefited them, not the owners.

            There was a brief time in US history when workers were fairly well off, but the Empire struck back, and now here we are, living off the dregs of what our forefathers built, while stepping over bodies living on the sidewalks, subjected to endless propaganda pushing more wars, from our TVs and our phones.

            I am not impressed.

          • TPTB-USA March 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

            Socrates-Detroit, If you are looking to make sense of it all, I would suggest a free book that Dalio posted online, one chapter at a time starting in 2020. He paints the big picture, and gets into the details of each brush stroke that make up the big picture. I found the correlations fascinating.

            The Changing World Order
            linkedin.com/pulse/changing-world-order-ray-dalio-1f

          • Anthea March 8, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

            The US has a unique history–at least unique for modern times. We had a long history in which land was available for free, or almost for free, or at least cheap. We also had vast frontiers where a person could be genuinely free, even if at his peril. Free enterprise was almost completely untrammeled.

            In situations where people can enjoy the fruits of their own labors (as opposed to being robbed of them by government), they become very industrious. If nobody is telling them what they can and can’t do, and how they can and can’t do it, they become very innovative.

            Few other nations have enjoyed this level of freedom. Not only did our nation get a taste of freedom, it’s enshrined in our Constitution and our traditions. So we’re quite a bit more troublesome to the PTB most other nations that have never experienced an era of freedom–at least not since the Stone Age.

          • Jarek March 9, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

            Well said, Ant. And that’s over now. It was a temporary situation. There only so much land after all – and much of it is if not utterly worthless, good for only grazing cattle or sheep.

            Of course we could open up all public lands and parks for another bonanza. That would be temporary too – and we’d be left with no parks.

            Now we have to manage what we have. Balance public and private. Corporate greed heads aren’t going to do that. The WEF will do it, but in a way that only benefits them and the Corporations on board.

            Sorry, a struggling family business that just wants to cut down all trees it can for lumber isn’t the highest moral authority in the world. People like that aren’t bad, but they do have to be told No sometimes.

            BRH also loves the opening of America, focusing on the fighting and adventure. He overlooks the amount of mental illness endemic in the lonely lifestyle of these men. And of course the vast amount of crime also endemic in the Old West.

            No system is more sensitive to consumer demand. Or more effective in meeting that. I acknowledge that. You can’t have the ladies all wearing the same five dresses or everyone wearing wrinkled gray pyjamas. Properly controlled, Capitalism adds to the joy of life. And it gives people their independence as you have said.

          • Paula D March 9, 2023 at 7:06 pm #

            I read all of the Little House books, as a child. It didn’t sound very idyllic to me, no matter how hard they worked.

            Maybe that’s why by the time I was a teenager, Ayn Rand seemed stupid to me.

      • zappalives March 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

        Hope your right but wont hold breath.

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 11:48 am #

      bullitt – People will suffer and will be wondering when BUILD BACK BETTER will begin.

      Easy. Two months before the 2024 elections.

      • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 11:59 am #

        What is the difference between MAGA and Build Back Better?

        BBB is a facade!

        • Walter B March 6, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

          And what is the same with the two of those concepts?

          Neither one can or will be accomplished. How’s that Roman Empire doing these days? How well are those waves ruled by Britannia? It was a good run while it lasted but its time has passed.

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

            Carthage will never die!

            Oh, wait….

        • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:07 am #

          No it isn’t. It is another case of inversion.

          All of the digital infrastructure they are putting in place to lock you out of the society is BBB.

      • cbeard March 6, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

        The Clintons, Bushes, Obama and add Ronnie Raygun to the list too.

        • mary.m March 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

          Yes. I remember my boss talking about the brilliance of off-shoring in the late 80s. When I responded by asking how the resulting unemployed would purchase our products, she started screaming crazy at me.

          So tbe planning for it & early stages were underway under Reagan.

        • Jimpa March 7, 2023 at 9:06 am #

          Yes, I can can remember going into a Savings and Loan in the 80’s when Reagan was President and signing a petition there against having to submit your Social Security number before opening an account there. Before that time you didn’t need the SS# to open an account. How much has been lost……

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

      But minorities will suffer more. That’s all that matters.

      Before one builds, one destroys. People are dull indeed not to catch that.

    • mrs_saj March 6, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

      Bullitt,

      I am interested in all theories. Mine is that nothing happens this summer. Who knows? Walmart just closed their last two stores in Portland because of the massive thefts (its called shrinkage in the retail biz).

      The debt ceiling doesn’t reach the wall until Sept 30th this year. And I think, like they have before, Congress will stage kabuki theatre and then raise the ceiling on Sept 30.

      I just don’t see a catalyst for this summer. But who knows? Nobody foretold that the death of a high-as-a-kite counterfeiter (George Floyd) would wreak all the havoc that it has.

      • TXRancher March 6, 2023 at 8:58 pm #

        mrs-

        The debt ceiling was reached on January 19,2023. The Treasury Department will begin using accounting tools at its disposal, called “extraordinary measures,” to avoid defaulting on the government’s obligations, which Secretary Yellen indicates should allow for continued borrowing until at least early June 2023. At the point of exhaustion of those measures, absent a new agreement to either raise or suspend the debt ceiling, the Treasury will be unable to continue paying the nation’s bills and the U.S. will default.

    • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:22 pm #

      Fetterman-Biden 2024….Our last chance at salvation…

      Yeeehaw…..

  9. MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 9:55 am #

    Traditionally it is not considered a good place to be when faith is what is left to call upon for strength.

    I think the world could do with some of it right now though, at least to give perspective as to how far we’ve slipped and why.

    Godless, hedonistic, self-serving, habitual failure is not exactly conducive to a strong society. I’ll gladly take a healthy dollop of faith that we and our actions mean more than nothing…

    We always have, and they always have…we’ve just collectively and joyfully heaved the “antiquated farce” of faith out a third-story window like so much dishwater of late.

    Best of luck this week, all.

    • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 9:59 am #

      Agreed with all. The phrase “In God we trust” on the US dollar says it all, with “God” in this case being the dollar – money – itself. When that faith is gone, faith in everything else will soon follow.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 10:10 am #

        Hadn’t really thought of it that way before. But it makes a whole lot of sense.

        I have a side client that is wanting to pay me in gold ounces for my work. I said hell yes.

        That can’t be deleted.

      • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

        Dis

        Americans have had faith in what they believe is God’s plan for us.

        What has evolved in this perverted country is definitely NOT God’s plan

        Have we been cast adrift just waiting for the iceberg?

      • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

        Yes, Christ asked whose face is on the coin.

        Caesar’s, the man answered.

        Christ: Therefore render unto Caesar’s what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.

        More: Since the money is false, created out of nothing is blasphemous imitation of God, it is cursed.

    • happiface March 6, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      jesus saves–just ask the 122 passengers on the airliner as it slammed into the mountain,every one praying like the end was near..it was ….keep the faith baby….

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        Hmm. Would you prefer they said, “Eh, who gives a shit?” as they slammed into that mountain?

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:24 pm #

          Sit in the back of the plane

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:34 am #

        Yes, we heard you the first time.

      • mary.m March 6, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

        It’s what happened after their physical bodies died that matters. The fate of our souls is what matters.

        Our physical bodies all die sooner or later. Better suddenly & unexpectedly than one excruciating piece at a time. See Maddie Degaray, for example.

      • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

        What did Gandhi say when shot? Hey Ram. Oh God. When do people say during orgasm? Oh God. What will you say (hopefully) with your last breath? Hey Ram. Oh God.

        To Him we do return. Or we can go elsewhere. There are many elsewhere. But He is best, yea, He is best.

  10. Zoltar March 6, 2023 at 9:58 am #

    A great line: “anything of value thrown overboard in some weird post-modern potlatch ceremony of twisted moral righteousness”

    • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 10:14 am #

      Yes, a great line.
      I have felt for some time that I personally made it into the lifeboat, but where i go from my relative safety is anybody’s guess.

      Things of value being thrown overboard?

      The Republicans at CPAC decided that school choice was more important than the other issues we face.

      Not wrenching back our public school system, once the greatest in the world, from the communists at their front men in the trans movement.

      Duh! Congress, who would never deign to send their own kids to the same schools as the masses do, would love to have the taxpayers pony up for a fraction of the steep tuition they pay for their children’s high-toney private schools.

      • Graham March 6, 2023 at 10:49 am #

        I’ve a cabin in my backwoods you’d be most welcome to inhabit while you decide your next move.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 10:54 am #

          Thank you, but woods scare me at night.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            That’s what the over/under is for!

      • JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

        School choice is the attempt to break the Woke teacher’s unions from indoctrinating instead of educating.

        First thing though must be elimination of the Department of Education.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

          Yes. The solution to the problem in the schools isn’t more top-down control.

          The way to stop the indoctrination is to stop the indoctrination.

          You don’t burn down the house to get rid of the roaches.

          What makes anybody think that private schools don’t support a woke curriculum?

          What makes anybody thing that a school that receives taxpayer dollars won’t be subjected to government ordering them what to teach?

          Haven’t we seen that already in our universities?

          Who benefits most from the destruction of our public schools?

          • Islander March 6, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

            The thing is, public schools are still primarily funded by local taxes and state subsidies.

            So the local level is actuallya good place to start fighting. That is why school board elections have become political hot spots.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

            Yes, Islander. People don’t understand much about school funding or about property taxes either, for that matter.

        • sonnyL March 6, 2023 at 8:30 pm #

          1000% correct. Teachers unions in America have more power than almost any corporation, religious order or charity. A travesty that has corrupted American education for the last 40 years. Look at our worldwide scholastic scores.
          Ask any teacher, union head why dont tey allow cameras in the classrooms? Think about it.
          The most overpaid underworked employees in America. Think I’m wrong? Do some research on the pension holdings of teachers unions. Wonder why our school tax is astronomical?

        • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:10 am #

          You are quite right, John.

          A case example is how the system here in Germany is run.

          It is impossible to home school your kid, or choose an alternative school other than a Waldorf school.

          Break the rules and the fines start piling up, and, ulitmately, your child could be taken from you.

          Things one learns as an ex-pat.

      • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

        School choice is the only way left to do that. That and homeschooling.

        The old intellectual elite warned us about public schooling. They were right – as usual.

        You want Blacks to “pass”, right? Get into high school and then college? Then basically no standards is the only way to go. You’re on both sides of this issue since you believe that every one is equally smart. That’s cultural or pop communism btw.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

          School choice isn’t a fix, is what I am saying.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:18 pm #

            There is no fix as long as you believe in equality and consent to having it mandated since the opposite (reality) is “racism”.

        • WadeWaters March 6, 2023 at 4:25 pm #

          Homeschooling has many good results.

          Mozart, for example, was home schooled.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 7, 2023 at 7:59 am #

            Then again, he died broke at 35. Okay, not broke. He had plenty of income. He just owed more than he made.

            Not saying homeschooling had anything to do with that. But no matter the reason, the end result was a brilliant career followed by living far outside his means, also likely gambling, and then his kidneys exploded.

          • Islander March 8, 2023 at 11:09 pm #

            “Then again, he died broke at 35.”

            Why not inform yourself of how much Mozart earned, and HOW HE DIED?

            Recall, there was no such thing as copyright in those days. Mozart was a creative entrepreneur who, whenever he organized a public concert, had to compose some new pieces to perform.

            Mozart died in agony, of an infection that became systemic and could not be stopped. There was no penicillin, remember?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 9, 2023 at 8:17 am #

            I did inform myself on the topic. No one knows for sure what killed him given the time period and exact medical details available, but based on the described symptoms, some modern doctors/historians have speculated kidney failure at least played a role.

            I did say he earned a lot of money. Also that he owed more than he made when he died. That equals broke, even if he was being paid handsomely for his work.

            Technically copyright laws did exist in 1791 (albeit barely), just not for his business model (benefactor/commission/performance buyout). He didn’t live long enough to benefit from the new laws that were being implemented for creative rights.

            What did I miss here?

  11. Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    I am unsure if I am actually entertained by the Net + flix inanities. They mostly pass the time.
    Our civilization in a microcosm: waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    This is not to suggest that the global elites are not working on a brighter future for themselves, but we folk, in steerage, we’re all programmed to wait to see what they have in store for us.
    Like cattle in the chute at the processing facility.

    We react, not even that. We have no plans for ourselves, our station, our socio-economic class.
    Tell me, what are our goals?
    Who represents us?

    We are pieces on the board. One group wants us dead, reduced, curtailed, and locked down and the alternative wants us in 15 minute cities.

    We are phucked

    • RD March 6, 2023 at 10:08 am #

      Yes. When Der Schwabenklaus informed us that in 10 years we will own nothing and be happy, why was he not asked what he will own at that point?

      • Frank Buttitch March 6, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        He will own everything you once had, and he will be happy.

    • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 10:14 am #

      Less and less of my friends are allowing themselves to be drugged by Netflix programming and cutting back on TV and CIA entertainment in general.

      Once you understand that it is all programming, it’s kinda hard to enjoy it.

      People who coined epithets like “boob tube” and “idiot box” were spot on.

      For the general public who is still asleep, I would guess that paid streaming would be one of the first things to go when money for food gets tight… but of course I could be wrong.

      • Woodchuck March 6, 2023 at 10:43 am #

        I’m trying to quit eating sugar and I’m watching you tube videos about how dangerous the stuff is. Doctors on videos are telling me I’ll be feeling completely different and much better after I cut it out of my diet. Well, I’m working on it.

        But I have managed to cut tv out of my life completely for about 30 years now. I have no cable tv, no Netflix, no nothing except for internet, and that’s a bad enough time waster as it is. When I’m out and about and in other homes, I do watch tv out of curiosity, some people have these things going constantly. Tv comes across as being really weird and fake as well as being embarrassingly stupid. A while back I was watching a very popular show at a neighbor’s house called “Yellowstone”. The scenery was great but the story lines were nonsense. People don’t act like that in rural Montana or in any other rural areas. The shows are just as silly and unrealistic as the old black and white tv Westerns.with all the endless gratuitous violence and guns coming out at the slightest provocation. And then after the shootout, the combatants dust themselves off, laugh, and go enjoy another round at the bar. .

        • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:30 am #

          Good for you getting rid of sugar, and not addicted to TV, either!

          You will feel better. Refined sugar is poison. It’s fine in very small doses but most stuff that is sugary has too much.

          I use honey or maple syrup when I want to sweeten something. And eat fruit, and you won’t crave sugar.

          YouTube is great for stuff like that. I watch documentaries, old movies and informational programs like what you mentioned. I watch several psychiatrist channels. All very helpful, and not time-wasting garbage.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

            Are humans meant to eat honey and maple syrup?

            Make your case, sugar.

          • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 9:32 am #

            Hey Jarek. There’s a big difference between how refined sugar behaves in your body and how natural sugars in honey, maple syrup, sugar cane etc. work in your body. Refined sugar is lacking all the other ingredients present in foods like honey. Those other natural ingredients reduce the toxic effects of the sugar itself.

          • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            Maybe. Bears eat honey! But only occasionally. Every day? A jar per month habit, Woody?

            At AA they fully indulge in sugar to make up for the loss of a more refined sugar, alcohol. Are you going to do the same with honey and maple syrup?

        • Rain Waters March 6, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

          Was raised on it. TV boob toob idiot box. Till 78. Went thru 20 yrs of none cept X files.

          After 98 chose other distractions and preoccupational sensory stimulants. All the same thing.

          Watching TV constantly or total abstinence makes no differrence.

          Unless I choose judgemental ignorance.

          Then I can gaslight myself as somewhat superior, evolved, enlightened, awake, aware or whatever else my ego chooses to hide behind.

          F**k that!

          Human beings can believe or not whatever we choose.

          • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 9:51 am #

            I wasn’t raised on tv and my parents refused to purchase one and told us the programming was garbage. My dad and mom had come to this conclusion in the 50’s after they’d seen an episode of “Pinky Lee” somewhere. I had to go down the street to somebody else’s home to watch tv. When myself and my siblings grew old enough to make our own money by mowing, raking leaves, yes – even shoveling snow – we were told that if we wanted a tv we could buy one of our own but it had to stay in our bedrooms and wasn’t about to become a permanent fixture in the living room. Allowance money came via hard work, and my money continued to be spent on stuff like bb guns, baseball gloves, fishing rods, bicycle accessories etc. I never was able to save up enough to buy my own tv. They weren’t cheap in the 50’s. I finally got my own tv in 1960 when a relative died and willed their tv to us, feeling badly that we didn’t have one. My parents went to their graves never owning one, and yes, that first tv was still banished from the living room.

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

          Montana and I assume Wyoming are under intense attack. People are being guilt tripped for being White and living among other Whites.

          Do you understand this? If you change the people, you change everything.

        • badberries March 6, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

          I was born and raised close to Helena. My summers were spent at “the ranch”. I know Montana pretty well.

          People ask me if I’ve watched the Hollywood sagas Yellowstone or 1923, (my mom was born there 1922) I generally tell ’em I haven’t the need to watch it, I’ve lived it.

          I miss the mountains but I don’t miss the idiots who transplanted.

    • mary.m March 6, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

      I have 1500 sq feet of fenced garden space. It used to be mud season paddock for my 2 horses, so is a foot+ deep in compost. I already have garden space up by my house filled with (so-far) self-sowing kale.

      My pullets started laying in a week earlier than expected, and so far are laying more eggs than expected in their breed. They are a rare breed developed in the Great Depression by a woman for women, who did most of the hen-keeping back then. Very self-sufficient foragers in spring, summer & fall. They also are “mousers” so should be able to stay mouse-free. I have a rooster for their protection, they tend to hang close to the horses & at night they roost 8′ up, so they should be pretty safe from 4-footed & winged predators. 2-footed are a different problem, but hopefully sharing extra eggs will dissuade would-be hen thieves.

      My 2 horses will be transportation when there is no gas. I’m looking for reasonable harness & cart now to provide taxi service. An additional plan for them is to offer labor-free, garden “rototilling & composting” to neighbors by putting them in temporary paddocks during spring & fall mud season.

      My neighbor across the street is a problem, but his mother just died do there is a chance he will move into her house. Fingers crossed.

      So yes, sone of us have plans. An awful lot depends on quality of neighbors. Unfortunately, my best is 100 years old & has been sick off & on ever since he got jabbed last year.

      • badberries March 6, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

        I realized long ago that the word “neighbor” is sometimes the ugliest word in English and sometimes the loveliest.

        We have a beautiful stand of “Old Growth” Red Oak. Our neighbors’ stand started dying of “Oak Wilt” (a fungus transmitted by root grafts). Over the years, I offered him mature maples to replace his losses if he would cut the trees and burn the stumps (must be burned). He declined. I offered to pay someone he chose to harvest the trees, he decline. I offered him $1,000 cash, he declined.

        Once, all of his trees were dead and ours were infected, he cut down his trees so he could build a garage, which was the plan all along.

        • elysianfield March 6, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

          Berries
          What of making him an offer he couldn’t refuse?

          A friend of mine in the 90’s used to have poker nights at his home, one’s which I attended. A neighbor impugned the City council to have him stop due to traffic. (12 or 13 vehicles a night, probably) I suggested to him that he have a chat with his neighbor, and suggest that if he continued his attacks, that my friend would then move, and rent the house as an AID’S Hospice, or some other horror.

          The issues were resolved.

          • badberries March 6, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

            Thanx for the suggestion but, there are complications to that approach.

            I’ll tell you what I am going to do.

            Some years back it rained and rained and rained, 8″ in 24 Hrs.

            It flooded 1/2 of my backyard but it flooded the neighbor up to the foundation, backed up the septic tank and flooded his basement through the floor drain with 2 feet of poop water. – wasn’t anything to be done until it receded, about 10 days later. Cue – black mold, everywhere.

            There was no professional remediation, he just tore out the sheet rock and replaced it. I’ve got pictures that will be useful to whomever is listing the property or interested in buying it.

            As I’m sure you already know, revenge is a dish best served cold.
            Nyuck Nyuck.. Har!!!
            .

          • elysianfield March 7, 2023 at 10:50 am #

            importuned, of curse….

      • elysianfield March 6, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

        “hopefully sharing extra eggs will dissuade would-be hen thieves.”

        Mary,
        I guarantee you…GUARANTEE YOU,,, that it will do nothing of the sort.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

          That’s what those mean dogs that come running at you when you approach a farm are for.

      • Rowdypiglet March 6, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

        @mary.m, I grew kale the year before last. It was great, but lots of insects liked it too and ate quite a bit of my crop. Last year I grew Swiss Chard, which can be used pretty much like kale or spinach. It grew like crazy and the insects didn’t bother it at all.

        • Anthea March 7, 2023 at 9:52 pm #

          @ Rowdypiglet:

          Around here, we harvest kale and collards till some time in June, when the cabbage worms start to eat them up. Thing is, they complete their life cycle after a couple of months, and the kale and collards resurrect, so we can harvest them from about September until a hard freeze. (They like a little frost.)

          We freeze a lot of kale and collards for the times when you can’t cut them fresh.

          I don’t like chard very much. I do love beet greens.

      • Jimpa March 7, 2023 at 9:17 am #

        Lost one of my hens to a hawk. Thought the chickens were too big to be killed and flown away. The hawk just killed it and started eating it in place.

        • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 12:17 am #

          There are special jersey with eyes for hens. It scares the raptors.

  12. MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 10:07 am #

    Best Titanic analogy for our current situation yet! Thanks, Jim.

    “Even if you’re too mentally drained to believe it, act as if it is so.” This is what I endeavor to do, and has become my daily intention. What helps is the realization that the PTB/monsters in charge want us to lose our minds in the chaos. Knowing that gives me resolve not to let them get their way.

    Rectenwald does great work. Yet another professor who was pushed out of academia in the early days of the woke scourge. His quote is apt: If we are destined to be ruled by elites, let’s at least get rid of the current ones, and replace them with something less grotesque and psychotic.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      The thing about believing something might get fixed is, if we keep going, it could happen.

      If we give up, it won’t.

      • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:30 am #

        Exactly.

        I am going down fighting. That is for sure.

  13. lizharmon March 6, 2023 at 10:12 am #

    Thanks to the Covid lie, I decided to adopt a whole food, plant based diet in my old age. I could no longer trust healthcare to save me, and so I had to save myself. It made sense. That was two months ago at the start of the year. I’m still on it. Can’t stand the taste of meat now…or anything the corporate monsters package as food. I don’t eat it and I save hundreds of dollars a week. Weird. Weirder, still, I’m discovering that everything these assholes peddle is a lie, and so I’ve sworn off the rest of it, too. Easy to do, because I traded in my suburban life for a small town out in the middle of flyover. Here I live in my $90,000 house with my low property taxes and utilities and wood stove and a forest across the road that has more deadwood in it than Washington DC. I guess what i’m saying is that we all make choices. I’ve made some pretty good ones before they were made for me. I have adapted and ot only is life very good, it’s actually better than it was before. Best of all, it was my choice, not theirs. Live free or die,Bitches.

    • mrs. theolddays March 6, 2023 at 10:53 am #

      amen, Liz! My family and I are in a similar situation, small town, low cost of living, and low stress. Made the choice to homeschool last year because of what we saw during the “pandemic”. Best choice ever!

    • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:32 am #

      Well done, Liz!!

      Isn’t it amazing when you eat whole foods how much better you feel? And also when you try to return to any sort of junk it is gross and unappealing.

      Our bodies really know what we need.

      I envy you your setup. I am hoping to get something like that before it’s too late. We’ll see.

      Congrats on getting out…

    • WadeWaters March 6, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

      At the same time a little meat once in a while is quite good for you.

      Recently made a big pot of venison stew. Mostly potatoes and carrots,

      but that little bit of meat made for several hearty cold weather meals.

    • Jimpa March 7, 2023 at 9:20 am #

      Hear ya. Me too. Been planting fruit trees too. Hope I’m around to get some fruit.

  14. neurodoc March 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

    To add a quantitative twist to JHK’s very eloquent blog this morning, banking insiders are reporting that the Fed is putting 1-2BILLION$ patches (via reverse repos printed out of nowhere) into the banking system NIGHTLY to keep it afloat, Credit Suisse (one of few banks of banks) is having a run w/ 100Billion+ withdrawals in the past 30 days, Blackstone has defaulted on a 600Mil$ building complex in NYC, and China has just terminated 53.6BILLION$ in loans to US gov and companies, to name a few. Also, as most know by now the US Corp defaulted on its loan payment pkg at end of Jan, and many many countries, even Turkey, have applied for membership in the BRICS system. But hey, party on bros, just don’t expect a livable pension or other USD$ based entity that can actually buy anything of value. Just say’in.

    • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

      Ya know, a $Billion here and a $Billion there; before ya know it we’re talking real money!

    • badberries March 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

      When the pension plans start to fail, the governing bodies, at whatever level, will seize and auction your tax delinquent properties.

      Rest assured, by that time, you will be tax delinquent, by plan.

      • neurodoc March 6, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

        You may be correct, and, if so, such may be the stimulus for pitch fork time with the people. Taking one’s property is near the top of the authoritarian scale. Then again, recently they have taken one after another totalitarian actions by govmint scum and sat on their butts. Who knows?

        • badberries March 6, 2023 at 4:06 pm #

          At that time, there’s nothing left to lose so you got nothing left to lose. Is that redundant?

    • mrs_saj March 8, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

      neurodoc,

      Thank you for your post. Keep reporting on this. I know you and I don’t interpret the financial news the same way, but it is still really important for the group to hear. I am more optimistic about how long the US$ can limp along. Will it fail some day? Yes. There’s no doubt in my mind. But will it be this year or next? I just don’t see it. Maybe you can see things that I cannot.

      Credit Suisse needs a bailout and the ECB just may do it. Their stock is in free fall and has been for the last ten years at least. Investors and depositors have lost confidence.

      As a country, we’ve watched the kabuki theatre of the US debt ceiling crises before. We have a very inverted yield curve at present; more so than the various times this has happened before. There are all sorts of dislocations happening in the credit markets, many of which we’ve seen before.

      Keep sharing what is happening and your take on it. Part of prepping for a different way of life is making decisions about how your capital is stored. Most people have almost all of the their money held in their native country’s currency (whether in cash or domestic stocks). Weimar was a great lesson on how that is not always a good idea. This is one example where diversity just for diversity’s sake can be a strength. And since we know history rhymes rather than repeats, present day situational awareness is crucial.

  15. toktomi March 6, 2023 at 10:22 am #

    “And from here on, nobody is really in charge.”

    🙂

    And yet, everywhere to be seen is perfectly controlled demolition.

    ~toktomi~

    • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 10:26 am #

      Massive computer hardware and simulation algorithms with billions of variables, flipping switches

      ~toktomi~

      • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 11:15 am #

        Operation Looking Glass?

        • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

          @hmuller

          had to Google it.

          Looking Glass is still probably one small pixel in the overall picture.

          I mean, are we not talking about a global strategy and operations to scale down the entirety of the industrial society for the sole survival of perhaps, 20,000 among the ruling elite plus their help staff of say 500 million?

          It is what I would probably do if I was in possession of $Trillions if for no other reason than to save the Biosphere from continuing to degrade to the point of becoming toxic to living organisms.

          ~toktomi~

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

            I saw today that every year in Japan 800,000 humans are born and twice that number die. S. Korea, China Russia, most of Europe, lots of countries are declining in population.

            You can probably thank the dramatic worldwide declining sperm count. What causes that? There’s lots of “conspiracy theories” on why and how, but it’s definitely happening.

            The Elitists are getting what they want. Will they think up some nasty ways to hurry along the process?

          • Paula D March 7, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

            Japan had 40 million people in 1900. That is likely far more sustainable than the 125 million it has now. But we’re supposed to wail and rend our garments if the Japanese don’t start pumping out more babies to keep the population growing?

            The US had 76 million in 1900. Do you really think that our country is better off now?

  16. Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 11:01 am #

    Since we are talking about literature, has anyone else here read You Can’t Go Home Again?

    Man! What a shock!

    I heard of it, heard of the author, of course, and I finally got around to reading it at the time of the last great financial meltdown.

    A real eye-opener.

    Not the main story line, all the rest of it.

    • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

      Yes, and the latest news from Asheville, NC, is all about cartels, street crime, Spanish speaking gangs vs black gangs, urban decay etc.

      Check out who the Mayor & City Council is, which explains a lot.

      Thomas Wolfe is all but forgotten, just another White author kicked off campus.

  17. Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    Speaking of microwaved foods, I think that much of the microwaved convenience foods and snacks are having a major impact on Americans’ health.

    You can look at the labeling and these things don’t say they are especially high in calories, sugar, or carbohydrates, but people who consume a lot of that stuff will often gain weight.

    • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 11:28 am #

      I read about a study in which they gave 2 groups of people the same amount of calories, protein and carbohydrates, but one group got all processed food and one group got regular food.
      Same calories, but the processed (super processed, as in extruded food-like substances, not just cooked) food eaters gained weight and the other ones didn’t.

      Then they switched the groups and the group that had been eating food was put on the extruded and shaped food-like substance diet and the other one put on regular food.

      The same thing happened, so you know it was the actual stuff they were eating, not personal body metabolism.

      • gustafson.robert.22 March 6, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        Diet is 90% of health.

        • Rain Waters March 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

          Dead wrong.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            Ever watch the “Devil’s Reign” with Ernest Borgnine?

          • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

            @Rain

            Care to offer any evidence for that quip?

            ~toktomi~

        • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

          100% correct.

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

          You are what you eat. If you eat chicken, you take on the characteristics of a chicken. Thus did the ancients wish to eat the heart of a brave enemy.

          • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

            @Jarek

            comic relief?

            But I must admit I may be beginning to look a lot more like a cross between a bean stock and a rice reed.
            [black beans and brown rice diet, in case the reference was too vague]

            ~toktomi~

          • Paddys Lament March 6, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

            Nobody looked more like a chicken than Frank Perdue.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 4:48 pm #

            Conrad Stalin, I have good news and bad news. A million of our peasants have developed a mental illness, thinking themselves to be chickens. But egg production is exceeding all expectations.

          • SpeedyBB March 7, 2023 at 12:03 am #

            (Tofu-Boy nods sagely in agreement with Janos, cleans the 30.06 sniper rifle his daddy got off a hungry kraut in 1946.)

          • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 1:31 am #

            He ate the Kraut and you benefited from that. Now you have philosophical indigestion.

          • SpeedyBB March 8, 2023 at 7:26 am #

            Alas, Vlad, you may have a point. It is moot as I lost the Mauser when Indonesian Customs had an X-ray snooper checking bagging coming off an aircraft. I loved that weapon; used to fire it on Denman Island, driving the dreamy hipsters into an unbecoming hysteria. (What will the flowers think?)

            As I recall, my dad, from a Captain to a Master-Sergeant after the Reduction In Forces (RIF) at the end of the war, exchanged a carton of American smokes for the rifle.

            RIF: pencil-pushers back at the Pentagon go “Thanks for fighting and dying. War’s over so you can either shove off or take four reductions in rank.”

            There’s nothing like gratitude.

          • Q. Shtik March 8, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

            Reduction In Forces (RIF) – SpeedyBB

            =========

            I entered the Air Force (USAF) via a college ROTC program (as a second Louie). I was a non-flying officer and my service commitment was 3 years. The 2nd Lts who would become trained pilots had a 5 year commitment.

            My 3 years would have ended in early July 1965 but along came a RIF and I was discharged April 15, 1965. I think they called it an “Early Out” program. The next day after my discharge the US bombed North Vietnam and all military discharges were halted. I started my first post-service job on May 1st. as an itinerant auditor for the Sperry and Hutchinson Company (aka S&H Green Stamps).

            For some people a RIF is a good thing, for others not so much.

        • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

          I agree, Robert. I spend more money on food than most people, but I don’t spend any money on doctors, so I come out far ahead.

          Food, exercise, sleep, sunlight, laughter….it’s all good medicine.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

            Regular hours are way more important than most people acknowledge.

            The irregular work schedules younger people have had to deal with for decades now probably have a lot to do with all the obesity, hormonal issues, and mental health problems they suffer from.

            Congress thinks trying to pass idiocy like the Sunshine Protection Act gives us more daylight.

            Here’s a study that addresses “social rhythm”.

            https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27338753/

            Actually they just did a major study on the whole world, when you think about it.

            Actually they just did a major study

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 5:18 pm #

            Yep, Beryl. I worked graveyard shift for 10 years and it about killed me.
            Gave me a real appreciation for the blessing of sleep.

    • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:36 am #

      It’s all complete junk.

      It does horrible stuff to your body, the processed crap.

      Also if fat has been reduced or removed from a food that it’s supposed to be in, stay away! They usually replace the fat with sugar, which then metabolizes into fat.

      I have long suspected that radiating our food is probably not a good idea (microwave).

      • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

        Michele Obama got the fat out of school lunches.

        “Her” guidelines allow for all kinds of crap though.

        That business about microwaving food, I have heard that too, but it seems to me that it would be easy enough to gauge the nutritional value of foods pre-and post-microwaving, and to compare it to the same foods pre-and post- cooking or reheating by other methods.

        Kids and adults too tend to stand right in front of the microwave until their food is done.

        I’ve been reading up on resistant starches and how foods such as rice and pasta can be converted to resistant starch.

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

          Who can forget her and the girls working in the White House garden. It’s like they were our share croppers or somethin.

      • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

        I used to work with an incredibly fastidious lady a few years back in the 20-teens who swallowed the mainstream media take on fat, low cholesterol, and all that.

        For one reason or another we were discussing the benefits of low or no fat dairy and I told her that the verdict was in on all that. Eat the full fat versions and avoid the sugar if you’re going to consume dairy products at all. Her head damn near exploded, but busy little bee that she always was, she went home and researched it that night (she was so conscientious that she refused to use her work computer for simple internet searches if they weren’t directly work related), and the next day she came in contrite and chastened. Said she never would have believed it, but yes, the full fat, no or low sugar added versions were the preferred versions for those consuming dairy.

  18. Paula D March 6, 2023 at 11:09 am #

    This has happened before. But people back in the 30s were not universally selfish, only the rich. And we also had more resources.
    But still…..

    “Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.
    “True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

    The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”

    • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 11:10 am #

      “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

      Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.”

      • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        Who are you quoting?

        Well said.

        • K-Chien March 6, 2023 at 11:53 am #

          Franklin D. Roosevelt,, First Inaugural Address (1933)

          If you want it well said try this:

          True happiness does not come from merely possessing money; it stems from the satisfaction of achieving something and the excitement of being creatively productive. The current obsession with fleeting profits should not cause people to forget the joy and moral stimulation of work. These difficult times will be worthwhile if they teach us that our true purpose is not to be served but to serve ourselves and our fellow human beings.

          As we recognize that material wealth is not the only measure of success, we must also abandon the mistaken notion that public office and high political positions should only be valued for their prestige and personal gain. Furthermore, we must put an end to business practices that have too often betrayed the trust of those who have placed their faith in us. It is not surprising that trust is in short supply when it relies on honesty, honor, the sanctity of commitments, faithful protection, and selfless effort, and these values are often absent. Without them, confidence cannot exist.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

            The things that bring lasting happiness are also things that require a lot of effort.

          • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

            Yet, the Roosevelts were pretty rich, if his mansion on the Hudson River is any indication of wealth. That’s one historical site I have visited and it was pretty impressive.

          • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            That’s what we call ‘Old Money’. New money is my neighbor 50c garish mansion with 2 Escalades parked out front with the shiniest rims and biggest wheels you ever saw.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            He was a liasion between the Capitalists and the Communists, knowing full well that the Capitalists were in charge and that Communism was their weapon against the world.

            Freedom thru work! As George Bush said at one of his rallies when a woman said she worked three jobs: “Uniquely American”. What was that strange smirk on his face about I wonder?

            W.C Fields: Never give a sucker an even break.

          • elysianfield March 6, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

            “my neighbor 50c garish mansion with 2 Escalades parked out front with the shiniest rims and biggest wheels you ever saw”

            BRH,
            You have my sympathy.

            But I have to ask;

            “How do you like it now, Gentlemen?”

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

            Yes, he came from wealth. That is why he said that true happiness comes from being productive and serving your fellow man.

            He didn’t have to, but he thought it was worthwhile to do.

          • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

            E. I came into possession of a Marlin Goose Gun, 12 guage, bolt action, 36″ barrel. (My cousin gave to me, complaining it won’t fit into his safe, or any safe) I don’t know what it’s be good for, maybe shooting down drones.

            I don’t hunt geese.

          • elysianfield March 6, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

            “I don’t hunt geese.”

            BRH,
            Then start doing so. Does this look familiar?

            https://www.hakes.com/Auction/ItemDetail/99483/ICONIC-BLACK-PANTHER-POSTER-FEATURING-IMAGE-OF-HUEY-NEWTON-WITH-GUN-AND-SPEAR

          • Anthea March 7, 2023 at 10:02 pm #

            Huey Newton looks to be about 14 in that picture.

        • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

          Yes, Mary, FDR.

          Can you imagine Joe Biden giving a speech like that?

          Or any politician nowadays?

    • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

      @Paul D

      In one of my stories [since I possess no knowledge], I theorize no incompetence but rather, genetically predisposed to greed [busted satiation genes] and to a lack of empathy [aka psychopathy] [busted empathy genes].

      …predominant conditions among European and North American white populations exacerbated among the ruling elite from generations of inbreeding.

      I could be wrong. I’m just a story-teller with no followers and no believers.

      ~toktomi~

      • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

        Incompetence? Where did I imply I think our problems come from incompetence?

        I agree that our system is set up to reward (very handsomely) the greedy and evil.
        If we don’t change it, it will continue.

        • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

          @Paula D

          “Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence,…”

          I would offer that you did not simply “imply” but rather, stated unequivocally.

          oh, my

          ~toktomi~

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

            You are right. He did say that. I didn’t read it carefully enough when I copied and pasted.

            I still agree with your points, though.

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 6:18 pm #

            All you do is copy and paste.

            Lass uns auf Deutsch unterhalten, Du lächerliche Fotze.

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

            I copy and paste information that is useful or ideas that are intriguing.

            You, on the other hand, prefer hit-and-run dumbass assertions that you demand people respond to – “I’ll wait”.

            But no one bothers to respond to your dumbass assertions, they just roll their eyes and move on.

            Go ahead and mutter to yourself in German, maybe it will keep you occupied.

          • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:11 am #

            Tell me again about politics in Germany.

            Or climate change and carrying capacity.

            Your thoughts are deep and rich.

          • Paula D March 7, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

            Go ahead and wait.

          • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

            That’s right, run along now.

  19. JohnAZ March 6, 2023 at 11:28 am #

    Tone optimistic about the future, you have to believe that someone somewhere I’d on America and it’s people’s side.

    This is not the case. Our number one enemy is our government, the illustrious Deep State. The Mob is out to get every bit of capital away from the middle class. They are global, they deal with our enemies, we really have no Allies, to steal money from Americans. Think not? It is what the climate change program is all about. It is the basis of the WEF great change. It is now number one as the Covid attempt failed.

    BTW, I wonder what the labs are cooking up now.

    The Uniparty is our enemy, period. Joe Average has no one watching out for him, his family, his community or his state. Right now,he is on the Titanic and the lifeboats were all cast off with the crew aboard.

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

      The upper class women and children got into the lifeboats. They refused to row back to pick up men in the water. Such is woman. Would poor women have been any better? Maybe. Why? An interesting question. Goodness uncorrupted by money? Or because they actually needed their husband while rich women knew they would get the assets if he was dead?

      • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

        I guess the Titanic is all you’ve got.

        newscientist.com/article/dn22119-sinking-the-titanic-women-and-children-first-myth/

        “Sinking the Titanic ‘women and children first’ myth”

        Where does the notion arise that, when a ship sinks, women and children come first?

        It appears to have started when the HMS Birkenhead ran aground off South Africa in 1852, but the notion became widespread after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The captain explicitly issued an order for women and children to be saved first. As a result, the survival rate for women was three times higher than for men.

        This idea of chivalry at sea has gained mythological status, but you’re the first person to examine if it’s true for many other maritime disasters. What did you find?

        We went through a list of over 100 major maritime disasters spanning three centuries to see if we could find data on survival rates of men and women. We ended up with data on 18 shipwrecks, involving 15,000 passengers. In contrast to the Titanic, we found that the survival rate for men is basically double that for women. We only have data on children for a limited number of shipwrecks, but it is evident that they have really bad survival prospects: just 15 per cent.

        What about the noble ideal that the captain and crew put the passengers first and go down with the ship?

        What we can see clearly is that the crew were more likely to survive than passengers, with 61 per cent surviving, compared to around 37 per cent of male passengers. On average, the captain was more likely to survive than the passengers.

        So this notion of chivalry at sea is a myth?

        Yes. It really is every man for himself.

        Why do you think we bought into the “women and children first” belief?

        The Titanic has been so extensively studied and it confirmed the myth. There was little empirical evidence against it. Lucy Delap of Cambridge University argues that this myth was spread by the British elite to prevent women obtaining suffrage. They said, look at the Titanic, there is no reason to give women the vote because men, even when facing death, will put the interests of women first.

        In fact, you’ve found that, in general, women fare worse on British ships?

        Yes, It has been claimed that “women and children first” is just a British phenomenon. But we found a lower survival rate for women on British ships than on ships of other nations.

        • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

          ‘Such is man’, it would seem.

          • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

            Well done, GA.

        • Hereward the Woke March 6, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

          Now, it would be “Those who identify as women, and children first”.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 4:38 pm #

            Indeed, Mr M. Can you imagine any man who is willing to compete in women’s sports being chivalrous in a shipwreck, even towards children?!

          • Suburban_elk March 6, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

            Men didn’t used to compete in women’s sports. And conversely, women didn’t used to compete in men’s sports.

            Women shouldn’t compete in their own separate leagues, and that would solve the problem, on both ends, right quick.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 5:11 pm #

            So, if women shouldn’t compete in their own separate leagues, does that mean the stratification in men’s boxing should be eliminated as well?

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

            GA, the Biden administration includes a high ranking health official (Richard/Rachel Levine) who identifies as an overweight woman in an admiral’s uniform. I’ll concede the first of those three points.

            No, I’m not kidding. Google the picture. Warning; some things once seen, cannot be unseen

            Now, that ought to be worth both a seat in the lifeboat and a Gilbert & Sullivan musical.

            ” I am the very model of an admirable admiral,
            I’ve pumped vaccines from Boston to Cape Canaveral,”

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

            As to your last point, GA. Logically, if a 250 pound bruiser identified as a bantam weight in his own mind, he should be allowed to pound the shit out of the little guys.

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 5:56 pm #

            By “logically”, of course, I mean using woke logic.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 7:05 pm #

            hm – I’ve seen Richard/Rachel and can confirm that his/her/their image can’t be unseen, by virtue of the fact that I think I’ve only seen the image once but can recall it to my mind with much horror but no difficulty.

            This is ours – and she’s all woman. 🙂

            pbs.twimg.com/media/Ek4L3YMWAAAgA8a.png

            Admittedly that’s the worst photo of her, (probably in existence) but still.

        • Suburban_elk March 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

          The methodology in that article is suspect, for them to conclude that women and children first is just a myth.

          How many of those 100 shipwrecks, from which they conclude that women and children are not valued above the lives of the men and crew, (by the men and crew) — how many of those shipwrecks, going down, even had the opportunity to allow for anything other than “every man for himself”?

          That’s a totally central question and they don’t even touch it, they just take it for granted that in every one of those wrecks, from whence their data, there was time for an orderly evacuation.

          I bet when most of those ships went down, there wasn’t time for an orderly evacuation and so naturally, the strongest and most seaworthy, starting with the crew, were more likely to survive.

          Men do place women and children first, by the way, in all sorts of comparable situations. How this dynamic messes with women in combat roles, is a familiar meme.

          tldr– during shipwrecks, how often is there time for a discussion about how to proceed, and who gets a seat on the lifeboat; and if there is not time for that discussion, then it’s an apples to oranges comparison, and data drawn from same doesn’t support the conclusion that women and children are not more likely to be given seats, if there is time to decide

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

            The author specifically said that on the Titanic the captain gave an order for the women and children to be saved first (well, the first-class ones anyway). We cannot possibly say what would have happened had he not done that – we can only surmise. Perhaps the old would have given way to the young. Perhaps it would have been a free for all. We just don’t know.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

            And the fact remains that it’s a bit disingenuous to create a myth on the basis of one shipwreck.

            And since the Titanic is largely the origin of the myth, it is disingenuous of Jarek to repeatedly harp on about the boats not going back to the site of the shipwreck when he has no clue if the boats would have gone back if they contained only men. Who’s to say men in a boat wouldn’t have been afraid of other passengers sinking their lifeboat? It’s all based on supposition, and, in Jarek’s case, prejudice.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

            Also, while I don’t doubt that some chivalrous men still exist, I do recall a young female former colleague of mine not just being left behind on a platform while trying to board a busy commuter train, but being actively shoved to the ground by a man so that he could get on. Times have changed.

        • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:25 pm #

          It’s hard to kick against the pricks, is it not meine Frau?

          You don’t like what women are, but feel you must defend them because you’re one!

          Stop identifying with your body and you will see the Truth.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

            I don’t like what women are? Women are just like men, some good, some bad, some atrocious.

            I just get sick of listening to you recycling your tired incel memes, which have no basis in provable fact.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

            Who would you give up your seat in the lifeboat for, Jarek?

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 6:29 pm #

            Women are just like men. Blacks are just like Whites. There’s no high or low or medium. Everyone is the same except for the paint job and genitalia.

            Culture Communism. What need for any nations?

            Why should men give up anything to people who are just like them? Marriage? What for?

            As the song 2525 says:

            Get you son
            Get your daughter too
            From the bottom of a
            long black tube.

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

            Stop being a disingenuous pricklet.

            I said women were just like men in that there are good, bad and atrocious ones, not that women are just like men, period.

            You aren’t that stupid.

            But you are that devious.

            And all to avoid saying that there is no-one you’d give up your seat in the lifeboat for.

          • stelmosfire March 7, 2023 at 11:11 am #

            Remember the Sultana! Huge wreck many people hardly know about. The poor souls went through the Civil War,starved and died from disease at Andersonville Prison Camp, and adding insult to injury. burned and maimed in a gigantic ship explosion on their way home to get back to their families. I knew all about it but my wife had never heard of it. Mostly white boys I guess. Overshadowed by the shooting of the rail -splitter.

    • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

      @JohnAZ

      Yours observations here might be spot on.

      They’re just a little too myopic and parochial for my taste.

      ~toktomi~

    • mary.m March 6, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

      “BTW, I wonder what the labs are cooking up now”.

      Their latest pandemic tabletop, Catastrophic Contagion, features SEERS (Severe Epidemic Enterovirus Respiratory Syndrome). It starts in Latin America in ’25 and targets children.

      • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

        More absurdity they will push on us. Enteroviruses target the GI tract.
        But their new bioweapon will be an enterovirus that targets the lungs???

        They know that people will believe any bullshit they are fed, if enough news readers repeat it.

  20. docmartin March 6, 2023 at 11:39 am #

    New Rule: only Mr Kunstler is allowed to make pronouncements, readers are only allowed to make comments on his pronouncements.

    • K-Chien March 6, 2023 at 11:55 am #

      When did you become the boss of me. Who do you think you are. Ayn Rand?

    • gustafson.robert.22 March 6, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      You already broke your new rule, doc..

    • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

      @doc

      I’m perceiving way too much irony and humor in your pronouncement of this rule.

      So, here’s mine. STFU!

      kidding, of course.

      ~toktomi~

  21. stelmosfire March 6, 2023 at 11:44 am #

    Things will get ugly and fast. get a patch and put in some seeds. right quick. problem is saving and protecting said produce.make sure you have a couple rounds for your loved ones an pets. sounds cruel but life is a cruel teacher.. Death is not so bad. Face the sun and get a tan. Darkness comes at sunset. Oh boy. Ouch!!

    • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

      @stelmosfire

      Absolutely, get those seeds in, especially if you live within a half mile of any neighbors, cuz they’re gonna be hungry and out their lookin’ for some grits.

      Oh, and be sure that your seeds are from high producing hybrid stock. Don’t bother to read up on any of the science of seed saving; it’s not nearly as complicated as some would suggest.

      Thanks for the life-saving advice.

      okay, so I can be a sarcastic asshole when confronted by ignorant arrogance.

      But on a sincere note, I would offer that death is indeed bad if you subscribe to the definition of “bad” as being simply what one dislikes.
      I am literally dying of a brain affliction, and I can attest to its detestable nature.

      ~toktomi~

      • Paula D March 9, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

        Obvious solution to that problem….don’t plant grit seeds.

  22. Cavepainter March 6, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

    It’s a simple concept bound in so many others offering explanation of human cognitive dissonance: Difference in “tolerance for ambiguity” explains why dogmatic beliefs persists without objectively reasoned basis.

    • Islander March 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

      One of the local papers has announced a new comments policy.

      One of the new rules?

      “We won’t allow comments that simply are not true, such as climate change denial.”

      Where to begin.

      This new policy of truth detection would seem to eliminate the need for juries and science—just for starters.

      I have seen a few absurd “simply not true” accusations and fisticuffs already in comments.

      The birth of the a new rhetorical weapon, the SNT-bomb.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        That climate change scam has fallen apart. It’s only the MSM and John Kerry and Al Gore that believe it.

        • ViceGrip March 6, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

          Total biosphere degradation is already “baked into the cake”.

          Those alarmists regarding ‘Global Warming’ are dumb as stumps, having no knowledge whatoever of the actual science.

          To wit:

          All of their agenda and arguments are based solely upon atmospheric phenoma, such as greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, blah, blah, blah.

          What very few actually understand is the following:

          1. Water vapor is also a ‘greenhouse gas’. No one screaming about that.

          2. Molecule-for-molecule, Methane is 30x more efficacious in terms of atmospheric heating than Carbon Dioxide. All are screaming however about CO2 — aka plant food.

          3. The effects of anthropogenic (man-made) ‘global warming’ [hereafter ‘AGW’] we have thus far been able to measure pertain to atmospheric effects only.

          4.). 80% of total AGW thus far, is not even discernable. That ‘invisible’ percentage of total planetary AGW-induced latent heat is stored in the oceans.

          5.) Read 4.) again — slowly.

          6.). This being the case, we have thus far only seen the measurable effects of only 20% of total heating effects of AGW to the planet.

          6.) Nothing thus far has been done to remediate the measureable 20%. Simply not possible. Thus all the theatre.

          7.). The ‘hidden’ 80% of the stored latent heat from AGW is now beginning to be discharged from the oceans to the atmosphere.

          8.). This process is known as ‘abrupt climate change’.

          9.) Due to abrupt climate change, currently 80% of arable land on the planet (land upon which food is able to be grown) is either too wet, too dry, too hot or too cold for viable food production. Plants aka animal/people food.

          10.) The maximum temperature at which human beings are able to survive is 35 degrees C Wet Bulb.

          11.) Your individual mileage will NOT vary

          12.) Photosynthesis stops at 40 degrees C.

          • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 10:10 am #

            I’m having a bit of fun imagining all the severe cognitive dissonance that must be going on in the minds of climate alarmists everywhere in Southern Ca who are snowed in at the moment, shivering in the dark with snow piled up to their roofs and food unavailable. Whatever happened to Al Gore’s predictions about being “snow free” by this time. Instead, we can find news and information online like this:

            “Record Cold And Snow To Persist Across U.S.

            This has been a winter to remember for many across the United States–and Canada, too.

            Even now, large swathes of Northern California remain under winter storm warnings, with residents in southern parts of the state still pleading with authorities for help following the latest round of record-setting snowfall.

            “We’re stranded,” one Crestline resident told CBS News. “We’re imprisoned. We can’t get down.”

            Another local waited three hours in a food line: “The neighbors across the street, they have two little kids,” she said. “They need some milk.”

          • hmuller March 7, 2023 at 11:01 am #

            Vicegrip inadvertently let’s slip the weakness with the AGW dogma.

            If it’s too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry, too windy, too calm. If there’s any kind of weather at all, it proves them right.

            Furthermore, anyone who talks of AGW climate change without mentioning the damaging programs of geo-engineering is not being honest with us.

            A sincere person exposes the nefarious actions of those in power. A shill just repeats their tired propaganda.

        • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

          It has somewhat fallen apart, but there are many younger types who believe it.

          As well as a sea of lefties who now support international corporations in their fight against “global warming” and “hate.”

          We are still quite a way off from victory.

        • Woodchuck March 6, 2023 at 10:24 pm #

          I’m certain that there are leftist global warming alarmists (Ca is full of them) in the Southern California mountains that are whining right now – help us! They are buried under snow, roads are impassable. and people are running out of food. Al Gore told us snow was to be a thing of the past in the 2020’s. How could this have happened? Why is it that the warmer it gets the deeper the snow is and the colder the temperatures are?

          • hmuller March 7, 2023 at 11:05 am #

            If I’m not mistaken, the snow was forecast. Why are so many people so unprepared for a few days of isolation. The big breakdown is yet to come. Some people need to wake the fuck up.

          • Anthea March 7, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

            The normal procedure is to stock up with supplies in the fall, in the event of being snowed in or having power outages during the winter. If you have plenty food that requires only heating up before eating, some candles and kerosene lamps and extra kerosene and matches, and–preferably–a wood stove and firewood, you can be quite comfortable. You should also make sure you have plenty of dog and/or cat food, cigarettes, coffee, or beer (if you indulge).

            If you don’t have a wood stove, you should have some other plan, such as a kerosene or propane heater.

            I don’t think I’ve ever lived anywhere where the grocery stores weren’t mobbed every time there was a forecast for even snow flurries.

          • Anthea March 7, 2023 at 10:52 pm #

            One winter–I think it was in 2002, when there was a devastating ice storm in Missouri–we had a power outage. It only lasted one day, as we had underground power lines there. We were warm and well fed. My youngest daughter even said she wished we could live that way all the time.

            In Japan, the traditional heating method before they had central heat was the kotatsu. Everyone sat around a low table with a small heat source under it. The table was covered with a heavy comforter, and the lower half of your body was covered by the comforter, with you feet and legs under the table. This was the ONLY heating method. Traditionally, the heat under the table was provided by a little charcoal-burner, but nowadays a person could save on their electric by putting a space heater under whatever table is your customary sitting place. It would be good to have a plan to rig up something like this, in case of a power outage.

      • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        Most ‘local papers’ are near bankruptcy, or are already bankrupt. Good riddance to them. They did it to themselves.

        • Islander March 6, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

          Actually this is a pretty successful local independently owned paper.

          They just changed editors, and I wonder whether the new one isn’t behind this (or perhaps it is the owner?).

      • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

        People won’t put up with that bullshit. They will just stop commenting. And then they will move onto places they find that still allow their voice to be heard.

        MSN is the worst. Nearly anything I’ve ever bothered to write violates their community standards. They use bots. And there is no rhyme or reason to the censorship. I wrote “I disagree” and it was banned for violating community standards.

      • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

        That’s actually kind of funny that a newspaper on an island would forbid climate skepticism.

        Shouldn’t they be moving off the island if they are True Believers?

        They will be underwater soon.

    • toktomi March 6, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

      @Cavepainter

      I wonder if an “[in]tolerance for ambiguity” does not explain “why” dogma persists so much as it substantively defines the very nature of dogma.

      It has seemed to me over some time that dogma and intolerance of ambiguity are most often programmed into individuals throughout childhood. Would that not be “training”.

      I like to think training as learning the answers and education as exploring the possibilities [ambiguities, if you will].

      I like your post.

      ~toktomi~

      • Cavepainter March 6, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

        Toktomi, thanks for engaging on the question of whether-or-not does exist a psychological threshold against dialogue threatening to individual base requirement of “certitude” (conjured, fictive or otherwise). That is, one’s requirement for outcome predictability. Again, tangentially nodding to Mattias Desmet’s discussion on Mass Formation Psychosis.

  23. BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

    German Chancellor Sholtz warns China against sending weapons to Russia. “There will be consequences”. I’m sure Xi Jinping is shaking in his boots lol. What consequences? Little pissant Germany, with its LBGQT laden military, feminist foreign policy, and lack of petroleum and natgas, isn’t in any position to lay down conditions on anybody. In fact, energy sparse Germany, right now attempting a brave experiment to ‘Transition to Renewables’, and run an industrial country on solar panels & wind turbines, will be lucky to keep the lights on and houses heated above 52°F, and not return to the living conditions of say, the Thirty Years War, when 40,000 ‘Witches’ were burned at the stake, and 5 million citizens starved to death in their huts in the countryside.

    • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

      I love it when western leaders get all dead serious and start throwing around the word “consequences.” Always consequences, but for whom? Ask not for whom the bell tolls, and all that. Credit to Putin and Xi for suppressing their urge to laugh out loud. It must make for some very lively table talk at night over shots of libations with the boys.

      • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

        The consequences are for us. Bad enough that Germany and the rest cut off their access to Russian oil and gas (made permanent by the US blowing up their pipelines).

        The US is now pushing to put sanctions on China, meaning cutting off the supply of goods that China produces (thanks to our capitalists moving production to China).

        The US and NATO countries are the ones who will cut off China. Most of the rest of the world is rolling their eyes at us, and continuing their trade.
        So it is Americans and Europeans who will find ourselves without our usual supply of stuff.
        Our overlords will blame it on Russia and China, of course. And the terminally stupid will believe them.

        • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:25 pm #

          Germany never stopped buying Russian oil or gas. Which you might know if you read German.

          The entire thing is a charade engineered to lead to war and to reduce the living standard of the population here.

          The Greens and SPD are in league with WEF and co.

          You often act like you are in the know on many things lately, attacking long-time posters with a good track record.

          Perhaps time to go a little more low key.

          • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

            Your arrogance is only outmatched by your ignorance.

            What is it the kids say nowadays? Oh, yeah. Fuck off.

          • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

            Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

            My ignorance.

            LOL.

            You are the ultimate Johnny Come Lately, except you also believe in climate change.

    • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

      It is mind bogglingly hypocritical for the western countries to hold entire conferences where they brag about how many weapons they are sending to Ukraine and arm twist other countries into participating, and then turn around and threaten China for something they aren’t even doing- arming Russia.

      And THEN announcing that they will send weapons to Taiwan!!

      Worst. Hypocrites. Ever.

      • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:13 am #

        How would you know if China is arming Russia?

        By all means, educate us.

    • Islander March 6, 2023 at 8:55 pm #

      The Sorcerer’s Apprentice . . .

      Things get out of hand for Mickey . . .

  24. neurodoc March 6, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

    Data coming in from the St. Louis Fed (the main site for the FED’s statistical analysis and reports) shows that in the most recent sale for 10 year US TBonds at 4.001%, there were ZERO bids, where in months/years past there were myriad bids from all over the world. NO ONE in their right mind wants US Dollars or USD$ denominated assets; Now ‘we’ had to buy them from ‘ourselves.’ Can you spell WeimarAmerica? Coming imminently soon to a town near you.

    • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

      That’s what happens when you steal money from people, they quit giving it to you to hold.

  25. Roundball Shaman March 6, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

    “But who would have thought the sinking of civilization would occur with such fantastic comic ornamentation?”

    United States Incorporated has always had a flare for the dramatic… things like a Revolutionary War and dropping atomic weapons on helpless people and shooting rocket ships into the sky and funding grand World Plandemics. So if US Inc. is going to lead the downward spiral of Western Civ… it’s going to be done with flare and with sickly comedic precision.

    “Men, in more ways than mere costuming, pretending to be women.”

    Think back to Monty Python’s Lumberjack Song. They saw all this coming 50 years ago…

    “I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK
    I sleep all night, I work all day
    I cut down trees, I skip and jump
    I like to press wild flowers
    I put on women’s clothing
    And hang around in bars
    I cut down trees, I wear high heels
    Suspenders and a bra
    I wish I were a girlie
    Just like my dear papa…”

    “The vacuum of leadership we’ve been living in becomes impossible to ignore, and nature (it’s rumored) hates a vacuum.”

    There is no vacuum. The Deep Dark State is firmly in charge. And has never been happier and giddier than with today’s results.

    “Didn’t think it would come to this when you signed on to the voyage?… Hey, let’s book a cruise!”

    Not sure any of us booked ‘this’ cruise. More to the point… most of us were shanghaied aboard by parents and grandparents who themselves had already suckered on to the inbound-plank with promises to enjoy their captive adventures on the ‘Good Ship of Freedom and Democracy!’ It was too late when they found out it was really a Pirate Slave Ship run by Multi-National Ne’re-Do-Wells and Thieves who had long thrown the real Captain overboard and who were pretending to run a Good Ship Lollipop with false generational narratives and endless conjured currency.

    So as times get tougher… just put on your fake smile and proudly wear your Lumberjack shirt. While you roll up your right arm sleeve and put on another layer of lipstick.

    And remember… that plank your parents walked upon works in TWO directions.

  26. Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

    I told y’all:

    offthepress.com/spielberg-ufos-are-time-traveling-humans/

    Steve knows the deal.
    They can’t interact with us for good reason

    • hmuller March 7, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      Sometimes I don’t know if you’re serious or just jerking our chain.

      • Connie VanPeebles March 7, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

        I am serious, as far as explanations for the unknown.
        Steven frames it correctly. If we can theorize that we may be a part of some future being’s simulation, then we can also be a part of some future being’s past.
        That it is revisiting.

        500K years from now. What if a future species can time travel?
        Don’t want to upset the continuum. What if they already did?

        • hmuller March 7, 2023 at 6:54 pm #

          I just can’t figure out why the aliens are abducting us at night to launch anal probes. I mean, once you’ve seen one asshole, you’ve seen them all.

  27. badberries March 6, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

    Snow bound southern California is a good analogy for what is to come.

    People are dying in Cal. because they didn’t have the common sense God gave a piss-ant!

    Piss-ants are smart creatures, they know (learned or instinctively) that easy times are sometimes interrupted by famine, war, invasion, death of the Monarch and bad weather.

    When the two legged vermin living in the mountains of S. Cal. are finally ‘rescued’ (alive) or ‘recovered’ (tits up), I think we’ll see the piss-ants weathered the storm just fine.

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

      People like to take off all of their clothes. They can because they go from heated home to heated car to heated office. But what if the heat goes out or the car breaks down? It’s good to have an old coat in the trunk. And lots of warm clothes in the trunk at home. Sometimes it gets so cold that it’s hard to keep the house warm even with the power on.

      • Paddys Lament March 6, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

        I wonder how many cases of “paradoxical undressing” they’ll uncover (no pun intended) after it thaws in the mountains.

    • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

      Like dozens of frozen corpses (formerly intrepid mountain climbers) up on Everest, maybe the bodies will be left behind. 50 ft. of snow in the towns around Tahoe, it might never melt off. It’s a new Ice Age.

    • elysianfield March 6, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

      An Ode to the lowly Pismire;

      Rejoice in the little piss-ant;
      Attempts what it can, avoids what it can’t,
      Untroubled by ideas of Camus and Kant,
      Never indulges in things deviant,
      Sleeps well at night (if pismires sleep)
      (lessons to humanity that should make you weep).

  28. dale March 6, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

    Brilliant as usual. Thank you

  29. richsob March 6, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

    Having done business in Russia for years and spent a lot of time there….having friends who are near and dear to me in Russia and an understanding about Russia that is better than most people even in our Federal government, it baffles me how seemingly bright people fall for the “Putin is Good/Christian/Innocent” nonsense. The squirt is a thug. If you study his background about who he and his circle look to for their history and justification for their current actions you would discover that a lot of it is satanic; it is NOT Christian. Of course the U.S. has mishandled the whole thing and we are going in the wrong direction with our ridiculous unlimited financial assistance but stubbornly excusing Putin’s stupid decision to invade his neighbor is going to lead your conclusions in the wrong direction.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

      Russia didn’t survive as an independent nation this long for nothing.

      No nuchs, no cucks. The only business you did in Russia was in a stall on your layover in Sheremetyevo

    • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

      LOL.

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

      Christianity per se (as such) is an otherworldly religion. It couldn’t last a day based on the teaching of Christ in and of themselves (per se).

      Thank God for the Doctrine of Just War developed by St Augustine and others. Or for the Old Testament and its example.

      Christ told his disciples to buy swords. Then he chastised Peter for using his sword, cutting off the ear of the Temple Guard.

      We have no idea what he wanted in this regard. And nobody bothered to write down what he thought about it, assuming he ever did.

      • hmuller March 7, 2023 at 7:02 pm #

        Putin is about as Christian as the Pope. No shit. So what else is new?

    • Socrates-Detroit March 6, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

      I don’t know what Putin really believes, only Putin knows.

      But, he does respect the institution of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      As for his “stupid decision to invade his neighbor”, are you saying the smart thing to do was wait until the Ukranian government eventually annihilated the Russian-speakers in the Eastern part of “Ukraine”?

      Would it have been smarter for the Russian to wait until Ukraine formally joined NATO, so the US could park missiles that are 7 minutes away from Moscow?

      Are you saying the Russians need not worry about an expanding NATO? About NATO putting missiles in Rumania and Poland?

      Putin is a thug? Why? Because you say so?

      What about George W. Bush? Is he a thug? Thanks to him, the Christian population of Iraq is now a fraction what it was before the US attacked the country. Thanks to Bush and the US, and the American war, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died, and millions were displaced.

      Putin is probably a Christian, but whether he is or not, in this world, his actions are rational and logical, and even if they are self-serving, they are serving the interests Russia and the Russian people much more than any US President in my lifetime–or even before.

      • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

        Yeah. That’s about what I was trying to say but not quite as eloquently.

      • DaveO907 March 7, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        Amen

    • cbeard March 7, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

      I call BS. If I was a richsob. I wouldn’t advertise it. Especially at this point in time.

  30. redrock March 6, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

    Idiots are everywhere. 75,000 for a Jeep or Bronco? 120,000 for a big pickup truck? All engineered to fail and depreciate like crazy? The list of stupid shit is endless, problem is they surround us like Wagner in Ukraine. To many do gooders let to much slide for to long. When the vermin come to my house no quarter will be given. Won’t be a stretch.

    • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

      And for all that money you get the privilege of going on a two year waiting list. Artificial shortages are useful for stimulating demand, and more importantly, prices.

    • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

      75k for a Jeep or Bronco?

      You could get an M550i for that, son.

      American cars. LOL.

      • benr March 7, 2023 at 8:39 am #

        Just get a toyota!
        300K miles by just changing the oil and doing very basic maintenance.

        Got a sexy midnight blue 40 year anniversary ecition 4runner and with luck will be the very last car I buy for myself.
        Mine did not include the very ugly orange and white stripe.

        netcarshow.com/toyota/2023-4runner_40th_anniversary/

        • MaryQueen March 7, 2023 at 9:39 am #

          I don’t like the orange and white stripe, either. Ew.

          Nice ride, otherwise!

        • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

          Toyotas have their place. But I need RWD, a low center of gravity, and some M Power.

      • benr March 7, 2023 at 8:58 am #

        About that M550i the roads in San Diego have become so bad you almost need a truck or four wheel drive vehicle to drive down them.
        I watched a prius hit a pothole the other day that blew the tire and bent the rim. It was two feet wide on all sides and at least a foot deep.
        Americas finest city is falling apart and our loser mayor knows it.

        cbs8.com/article/news/local/working-for-you/what-you-should-do-if-your-car-is-damaged-driving-over-a-pothole

        • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 10:23 am #

          As cities and various governments go bankrupt everywhere it’s only natural that resources for things like fixing roads won’t be available anymore. This means that highway speeds will be drastically reduced and travel time will take a lot longer in the future that’s coming. Asphalt is made from what’s left in refining petroleum, and concrete from nat gas. Take away those two inputs and your roads will someday be made from dirt and gravel, like it is in most all third world countries. That’s why a motorbike or mountain bike is in everyone’s future. You easily go around potholes on a motorbike going at reasonable speeds. Not so easy with a car.

          • messianicdruid March 7, 2023 at 9:21 pm #

            Ok then, 2 cycle, 4 cycle or diesel. How about something like the Oblivion bike:

            httpX://grabcad.com/groups/electric-motorcycles-electric-bicycles/discussions/oblivion-movie-electric-motorcycle

          • Woodchuck March 8, 2023 at 11:14 am #

            In situations with unreliable electric grids or with rationed electric power, what if electric energy is unavailable for the time being? You are stuck with your bike where you are with it. If it’s in your garage no problem. If it’s beside the road or at a motel somewhere what to do? Call a tow truck? What if the tow guys are occupied towing other EV’s that are “out of gas”. Call your friends to come pick you up at great expense to them?

            On the other hand, what if you have the latest model Honda 125cc Super Cub that gets 188 mpg? In a temporary electric breakdown situation, I think it will be easier to find someone willing to sell you a gallon of spare gas that had been stored for lawnmower or other use. Easier than finding someone with an off-grid electric system willing to sit around with you while your electric motorcycle charges. Right now by using the latest tech from Japan, small 4 cycle motorbikes will be the most practical. Those and bicycles. A mountain bike can go pretty fast and it runs on beans and taters that you can produce at home. People will use a bike like that most of the time for dodging potholes and doing shorter runs around town. People everywhere assume that we’ll be propelled about by motors from here to eternity. I don’t think so, and most of our future transportation will require our own legs for a power source. Don’t like it? Go talk to yer ancestors who squandered it all in a huge blow out orgy of consumption, leaving you with the meager scraps remainiing.

          • Paula D March 9, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

            Not my ancestors. It was the military who blew through most of the oil in this country, and they sold it to other militaries in the first two world wars.

            As Lord Curzon pointed out about WW1, “the allied cause floated to victory upon a wave of oil.”

        • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

          I understand. When I lived in DC, I actually thought about moving to an SUV, despite my love for hairpins.

  31. DaveO907 March 6, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

    Prescience, sentience, and sanity, a much needed interlude served up twice a week.
    I thankee, JK, sir.

  32. BackRowHeckler March 6, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

    More frontline video of the battles around Bakhmut seems to be available; the whole city is wrecked, appearing like Ypres in 1916. Another thing, Russian & Ukrainian soldiers look alike, Slavic types, you can’t really tell them apart. The languages are very similar too. Its uncanny, this is almost like a Civil War.

    • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

      It is exactly a civil war. The war started when the US overthrew Ukraine’s elected government and the people in easter Ukraine refused to go along with the government picked by the US.

      Most of last year the fighting was done by the militias of the DPR and LPR trying to liberate their oblasts from the 200,000 Ukie soldiers and mercenaries entrenched on their land, not Russian soldiers, except for Chechens and Wagner.

      So literally a civil war.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 4:04 pm #

      Imagine the US having a civil war these days.
      A bunch of people who look nothing alike fighting a bunch of people who look nothing alike.
      Except maybe their tattoos and waist sizes.

      • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

        IDK. Most of the prepper types who would actually fight look quite fit to me.

        Perhaps you need to expand your worldview.

        • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

          As if! All the preppers at wal-mart buying ammo look like their freezers are stocked with hungry man Salisbury steaks

          • hmuller March 6, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

            Oh Connie, body shaming is so unwoke of you.

          • benr March 6, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

            That shows how little you understand the American preppers.
            It stands to reason since you are probably the imbecile that keeps getting booted from this site and simply makes another name.

          • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

            In your Stephen Colbert bubble, perhaps.

          • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

            Do you run monthly drills? Make the old lady debase herself?

            “Listen babe, you’re going to lay covering fire, just make the ‘pew-pew’ noise ’cause I ain’t got simunition, and then get to your Highlander, meanwhile, I’m going to jump into my ghillie suit and hope they don’t suspect a muffin-topped viburnum ninja-rolling across the front lawn, stop at the Wingerson’s mailbox, more covering fire, I get in… we extract to Shoney’s. I’m timin’ ya so don’t mess ’bout”

            I can see her on a call with your sister-in-law, “Yep it’s Dewey’s time of the month again.. what? I have no idea fer how long he gonna keep this shit up, but he promised me a suite next time in Pigeon Forge, so you know”

    • Paula D March 6, 2023 at 8:51 pm #

      Check it out, BRH. Even a combatant got mixed up.

      ” The other day a fighter came to our positions to shoot a cigarette. He was no different from the Wagnerites, treated himself, lit a cigarette … And then the enemy rolled over. Everyone rushed to repel the attack, and the guest also grabbed the machine gun, pointing it at the “enemies”. Managed to destroy seven attackers. After the heat of battle, they sat down to fill the magazines with cartridges, and then our hero suddenly realized that he had gone into the wrong trench. And he repulsed the attack not “orcs-Muscovites”, but their brothers. The fighter of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was praised and even promised to be presented for a reward for such performance. And sent to the rest of the prisoners.”

      • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2023 at 11:53 am #

        Yeah, I can believe it, like at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, when a Confederate Infantry Regiment from western Tennessee squared off against a Union Infantry Regiment from eastern Tennessee.

  33. Yukon Tom March 6, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

    Great essay Jim. You are right, no ships in site to save the souls on this modern Titanic. In 1912 the RMS Carpathia came to the rescue. Today the inhabitants of Carpathian Ruthenia in southwestern Ukraine, many being ethnic Hungarians are too busy trying to avoid being drafted and sent to the charnal house that is eastern Ukraine. The other ship of note in 1912 was the SS Californian. California a bellend then, a bellend now!

  34. anmariwakaranai March 6, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

    Them there green tinted waves paragraph did it for me today jhk. Beautious.

  35. JackStraw March 6, 2023 at 4:19 pm #

    Speaking of Argentina, they’re making waves again over that barren piece of rock in the south Atlantic known as the Falklands.

    There could be a whole new distraction coming our way if the Brits are dumb enough to go to war over it again.

    • Disaffected March 6, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

      The Brits? The Mouse that Roared.

    • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 4:57 pm #

      Can you imagine Rishi Sunak conducting a war?

      Anyway, British soldiers will be needed for quelling British civilians in the mother country. Doubtless the WEF will get around to spraying the Falklanders with something in due course, if they want the islands for some purpose. Or they could run them as a folk museum.

    • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

      Prince Andrew famously lost his sweat glands in the last Falkland war, little known fact.

      • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 7:14 pm #

        Haha, so he did!

        • MaryQueen March 6, 2023 at 7:47 pm #

          That Hindenberg of an interview was one of the most entertaining things I saw that year. When was it, 2019 or so?

          • GreenAlba March 6, 2023 at 8:23 pm #

            I don’t remember but it was hard to believe he could have so little self-awareness that he thought it was a good idea.

            The other gem was that he went to a pizza take-away in Wokingham with his daughter (as if) and neither of them was recognised or remembered (as if, again).

      • stelmosfire March 7, 2023 at 11:28 am #

        I think I found them, I sweat like a Sami in the Sahara.

        • stelmosfire March 7, 2023 at 11:31 am #

          My family hails from the Alps actually. White, bright, and not too light.

      • Disaffected March 7, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

        Had to Google the interview. Priceless!

    • badberries March 7, 2023 at 9:35 am #

      One Mirage with one Exocet. Buh Bye HMS Sheffield.

  36. docmartin March 6, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

    What’s all the fuss about? This country has been getting by on bandaids, bubblegum and temp fixes since the 1930s.And yes, Klaus is right about owning nothing in the future( just look at home and car prices). Only the corporations and the elite will “ own” anything in the future.Tbe good news is that slavery is making a comeback, an all inclusive one with lots and lots of equity.

    • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

      Get out of here with that black pill shit.

      They have a 50/50 chance.

      The Cabalsters are few. And the closer they get to end game, the more the mask drops.

      I feel far more positive about the future now than at the start of the Covid Hoax.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

      Don’t call it a comeback, it’s been here for years

      rockin’ my peers, puttin’ suckers in fear
      Makin’ the tears rain down like a monsoon
      Listen to the bass go boom
      Explosions, overpowerin’
      Over the competition, its towerin’

      Klaus said knock you out
      Biden gonna knock you out

      • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

        Tell us how you really feel, Cargill.

        • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

          He said slavery is making a comeback so I played around with LL Kool Menthols lyrics

  37. Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

    ” Look no further than the fiasco in Ukraine, engineered by geniuses of the US foreign service in some daft exercise to show the world who’s who and what for. And, remind me: what was the basic idea there? To hamstring and hogtie Russia so badly that her people would overthrow the only rational head-of-state in Christendom, a figure who makes the presidents, chancellors, and prime ministers of Western Civ look like a troop of gibbering mandrills, with painted faces and blue butts, the ass-clowns of geopolitics.”

    Great paragraph. I had to look up mandrills. 😀

    • Anthea March 7, 2023 at 11:26 pm #

      If you’ve ever read any William Burroughs, you’ll see that purple-assed baboons figure prominently in his writings. (Not that I particularly recommend Burroughs.)

  38. Pucker March 6, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

    What exactly is the likely Outcome of a persistent, intractable “Real” Inflation Rate of 9% – 10% in which Costs to businesses and the working class roughly double every 5 to 7 years? The healthcare Inflation Rate in the US is much higher now….

    According to Chris Martenson in his excellent book “The Crash Course” (Revised Edition), since the 1960’s, the U.S. government has progressively so debased the CPI as a meaningful indicator of the Inflation Rate that the CPI as measure of Inflation bears no relation to Reality. So, even if The Fed hits its target of a 2% Inflation Rate, the real Inflation Rate will be much higher. The real Inflation rate in the US is around 9%, which means that prices double every 7 to 8 years. Eventually, most businesses won’t be able to operate….

    The politicians will pretend that the Inflation Rate is 2% and everything is normal, but the Reality is that businesses will be swamped by costs…. The House burns down while the firemen ignore the fire and the smoke….

    • Pucker March 6, 2023 at 5:41 pm #

      Is there such a phenomenon as “Relative Inflation” in which the Inflation Rate as measured in U.S. Dollars is lower in different countries because of government subsidies and currency devaluations?

      • Pucker March 6, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

        Living in Europe would be “OK” as long as you’re paid in U.S. Dollars or gold?

        • Night Owl March 6, 2023 at 6:19 pm #

          The euro and dollar have been near parity for quite some time, with minor fluctuations.

          I have avoided moving any money out of my US accounts for years as a result.

          • stelmosfire March 7, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

            So I have some income producing real estate. I guess you could call me a landlord. My rents are way below market. My wife would like to sell. I think my tenants like me. I pretty much take care of everything for them. I turn a good buck and it gives me something to do. If I sell I’m stuck with cash. Conundrums abound. I ask my wife, “What would we do with the money honey? . It’s only going down in value every year? Rents and property values go up it seems. Water source ,some fruit trees,, a little land. I pretty much have all the stuff I want or need. Well I don’t have an island in the Caribbean, a Gulfstream V or a spread like Elysianfield. but that’s not happening anyway. Perhaps a 23 YO Brazilian model. That’ll eat up some cash.

    • Pucker March 6, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

      The Problem with the “Experts” is that the “Experts” for political reasons don’t use honest numbers?

      • Paddys Lament March 7, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

        The ‘numbers racket.’ It’s called “Pollyanna Creep” by some economists.

      • Disaffected March 7, 2023 at 9:10 pm #

        Experts – especially academics – are just like everyone else. They depend on someone to fund their work. As the old saying goes: “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” Experts are just hired guns with “credentials,” which are usually bought and paid for as well. Note the explosion of “think tanks” in the past 30 years or so. All basically intellectual brothels.

  39. Pucker March 6, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

    According to Chris Martenson, the Russians and the Saudi’s have recently hit “Peak Oil” production in which they cannot further increase Oil Output. American Shale Oil production will probably hit “Peak Oil” in 5 years and decline thereafter. So, this means one thing, right? WAR…..

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 7:00 pm #

      Well, they got a plan for that, but instead of dinosaurs they’ll be relying on the buried vaxxed & boosted to make more oil.

    • JohnAZ March 7, 2023 at 11:42 am #

      I do not believe Russia is at Peak, because they have not hardly scratched the Arctic zones, and they are definitely finding oil and gas there, just like Alaska. Remember when Trump wanted to buy Greenland? That area is loaded with resources.

      The rest of the world has not even considered fracking, I wonder how large the “hard” oil areas are.

      We will have diminishing oil capability for a while, world wide. Then coal. By then, I hope they find some asteroids made of petroleum. Uh huh.

      Saudi Arabia has been backfilling its fields with water for a while, so peak there is probable.

      To all the abiotic folks, is there anywhere where oil has been replenished to any measurable degree. Abiotic oil does not even deserve the word hope to be attached to it.

      Finally, we will be running out of human opportunity and cheap fresh water before oil.

      • Anthea March 8, 2023 at 4:05 am #

        I’m just guessing, but my guess is that there is plenty of oil left in the world–it’s just that most of it is in Russia.

    • bigcollapso March 7, 2023 at 11:54 am #

      It’s true that gross “oil” is peaking about now. But if you take out the non oil in the quoted numbers (like Ethane), we are passed peak. Then realize that more and more of our energy is going to produce energy leaving less for the non energy economy. We are clearly on the down slope of the fossil fuel era.

      This explains why the debt is blowing up, politics is tense, etc.

  40. Alfred March 6, 2023 at 6:46 pm #

    From here on in…

    Hmmmm, should I file my taxes?

    At some point writing rational, or whatever, view points based on what is actually happening in the world begins to piss you off, so you just write some stuff.

    Oi!

  41. Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

    Cue the music!

    Carmen, GB 9, Act II: Entr’acte/intermezzo

    Enter stage right, the regal ponce Don Jarek Jose to center stage where he finds Conniemen.

    ‘tralala’ is all he can elicit, but nothing is over for Don Jarek Juan, not until death in some future afternoon.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

      youtu *dot* be/vSHnYqA0dhU

    • Q. Shtik March 7, 2023 at 11:57 am #

      Is it Hozay or Wahn?

      • Connie VanPeebles March 7, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

        The character in Carmen is Don Jose, but the implication is that Jarek is a Don Juan, a lothario, a seducer, until a death in the afternoon, not Bizet’s Carmen, but Hemingway’s Joselito

        We clear?

  42. KesaAnna March 6, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

    ” A natural born Kesan or follower of Kesa (who doesn’t believe that children really exist. They’re just adults in small bodies and deserve to be FREE!) ”

    I dare say there really is no end of people claiming to care about your children.

    But I would confidently bet my last nickle that your children will not be recieving so much as a dollar Christmas card and a thirty cent stamp from those people in 25 years —

    — or a year from now.

    — or one month from now.

    It’s a big show when the cameras are pointed in that direction.

    But the minute the cameras leave ?

    They don’t know you.

    I’m the one person in the room who says that’s all bullshit ,

    that they are YOUR kids ,

    and it’s none of MY fucking business.

    But I’m the one you knock.

    I’m the threat.

    I’m not the one claiming you are crazy.

    I’m not the one claiming you are stupid .

    I’m not the one claiming you’re a monkey who needs be led by the nose in your own kitchen.

    The truth is that I’m not the one who handed your kids over to Drag Queens , Drug Lords , Brown people on another continent , or Bill Gates.

    You did.

    😛

    • gustafson.robert.22 March 6, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

      Haha.

    • Jarek March 6, 2023 at 8:39 pm #

      Calm down, Kesh. It’s just a literary conceit for me to lionize you as a famous philosopher – with John Locke (who lived before you) being one of your followers.

      You are not a threat, just the old ideas that you hold. Six year old working 16 hours a day. Their little hands were good with the machines until they fell into them as they fell asleep.

      Not as harmful as letting children determine their gender of course. Letting children be exploited is small compared to that. If you let them choose their own gender, get rid of all laws against them having sex too. That’s small compared to changing their gender with their “consent”.

      • badberries March 7, 2023 at 9:40 am #

        Leave the Slubbers do their job – Sadler report on conditions in the weaving factories. c.1870

    • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

      Scrooge: You were always a good man of business, Jacob.

      Marley: Mankind was my business!

      Jarek: A repudiation of the Kesan Darshan (Sanskrit: view or outlook)

      They wouldn’t let little Kesa smoke two packs a day when seven. Or open us shop. She burns with fury thinking of the lost wages. She wants revenge.

      They saved her from herself in other words…..

  43. jim e March 6, 2023 at 8:05 pm #

    “From here forward, things get pretty interesting. And from here on, nobody is really in charge. The vacuum of leadership we’ve been living in becomes impossible to ignore, and nature (it’s rumored) hates a vacuum. For the moment, circumstances are in charge, not personalities.” JHK

    Abhors?

    • SpeedyBB March 7, 2023 at 8:02 am #

      Nature abhors a vacuum salesman.

      • stelmosfire March 7, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

        You can never go wrong with a Kirby!

  44. Jarek March 6, 2023 at 9:00 pm #

    Will Williams (from the comments)

    Dr. William L. Pierce was a bona fide rocket scientist, a tenured Physics professor at 30 who left academia to work designing rocket systems for NASA — then he met George Lincoln Rockwell, got serious, put his successful career behind him and went to work with Rockwell, working full time for the preservation of our race.

    Those of us who were old enough on the day of the moon landing remember where we were; I was at my Special Forces B-Team in SE Asia that day watching it on a small black and white TV with some teammates. C-C readers may be interested in what Pierce had to say about it that day. Our National Office has Pierce’s handwritten personal journal in which the very first entry is this:

    20 July, 1969 — 80th year since the birth of the Leader

    TODAY Aryan man reached the moon. I found myself profoundly moved by the moon landing. Since the age of 12 (23 years ago) I have dreamed of this.

    Space travel was, in fact, my first dream. Somewhere around the age of 20 it got sidetracked — although I had still entertained romantic notions along this line years longer.

    My second dream, which began first to take form at the age of 30 [1963], is to help build a National Socialist world order. This will remain the goal of my life. I have considered starting a journal for some time. If my life’s work yields any result, then such a record will have great interest and value later…

    More about that, here: William Pierce on Apollo: First Step on an Infinite Journey | National Vanguard included there is this short article that Pierce wrote the following month:

    Moon Landing a Triumph of Aryan Genius
    by Dr. William L. Pierce

    JULY 20, 1969, will certainly go down in the history of our race as one of the most significant dates of all time. For the moon landing is the culmination of a centuries-old dream – a dream which has always been peculiarly Aryan.

    Not only have all the great dreamers of space flight been men of our own race – men like Oberth, Goddard and von Braun – but so have the daring space adventurers themselves – the Gagarins, the Glenns and the Armstrongs.

    The other races have lacked either the creative genius or the driving spirit of adventure or the lofty, non-materialistic outlook of the dreamer and innovator which have all been combined by Nature in Aryan man. This unique combination of qualities has been the indispensable human prerequisite for the great feat of July 20.

    And the moon landing is more than the culmination of a dream. It opens a new era for our race. The Aryan has always been a creature with a driving need for something that other races seem to be able to get along without – the challenge of the unknown, of physical adventure, of new worlds to conquer. On the rapidly shrinking Earth, new frontiers for adventure and exploration have become scarce.

    Now, however, we have opened the door to a vast unknown in which new frontiers without limit lie before us. Now the whole of the starry Universe awaits Aryan man’s eternal quest.

    Jarek: Is the Conspiracy born of envy and hatred against Aryan man and his genius? With the Russians focused on hatred of the key German contribution?

    Gustaph sharpens a stick at both ends. He’s hungry. Meanwhile the progenitor of both Ape and Man kills another Ape Man with an improptu club. In triumph he tosses it into the sky. It becomes a space ship. Gustaph snarls as it goes by far above.

    • Connie VanPeebles March 6, 2023 at 9:32 pm #

      Christ, I need a bookmark for this entry

      • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 1:40 am #

        Who are you really? You’re are changing before our very eyes. No matter, I will change with you.

    • gustafson.robert.22 March 6, 2023 at 10:02 pm #

      Ape-Gustaph laughs when spaceship lands and no one’s on it. All it emits is HAL’s voice saying, “Hello? Hello? Hello?” like an old, broken “Speak-and-Spell” children’s toy.

      • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 2:02 am #

        Do you not long to walk on other worlds?

        That’s why we came here. Have you forgotten our home? Do you not long to trod the shores of orange lakes cool?

        • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 4:23 am #

          This is our world. The glimpse at others was nice, maybe (maybe) even worth the insanity it took to acquire it… although we already had all the sense we needed of these other worlds long before teloscopes, I think. We should be satisfied with our scientific escapades and successes now, and get back to our own world before we absolutely lose all grip on it. Anything else is demonic and dumb, my opinion.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 4:24 am #

            telescopes*

          • messianicdruid March 7, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

            Mow your yard and clean the gutters. Sweep your own doorstep before you sweep the neighbors.

            Use your own garden hose to siphon his gasoline, at night.

        • SpeedyBB March 7, 2023 at 8:19 am #

          “…walk on other worlds…” might indeed be a practical objective for Future Man. From what I have read, the human organism is not particularly suited for lengthy periods exposed to the vastness beyond the biosphere.

          h??ps://www.nasa.gov/hrp/bodyinspace

          Then there are the ceaseless reports of encounters with beings apparently not born on this world.

          I harbor doubts as to whether homo sapiens sapiens has the will power, not to mention the bravery, to face off with such vastly more intelligent beings who have come to this planet for inexplicable reasons. (Amusingly, some UFO researchers warn against accepting what at least one tribe of ETs communicate, stating they are big liars.)

          Read abductees’ accounts, as recorded and analyzed by the late Dr. John E. Mack, an eminent Harvard professor who started off as a doubter but soon came to realize that, well, the explanation for what the many abductees he interviewed was try to explain was not that simple.

          Unless you are like the Mexican scientist who said famously (in the same context of UFOs): “If I cannot measure it with my instruments, it does not exist”.

          The overriding emotion Dr. Mack encountered in practically all those who claimed to have been taken by ETs – even citizens who fervently believed the Visitors’ mission was noble and humanitarian – was deep distrust. And fear.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 8:22 am #

            Yeah, no.

          • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            Swedenborg said many of the spirits were liars. When the aliens arrive, they’re going to talk about gay marriage, the right of women, trannies, and Blacks, etc.

            They might as well be demons if they aren’t in fact.

            Where is the honest Klatu and his faithful servant, Gort?

          • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

            Aleister Crowley was fascinated with the process of contacting alien intelligence’s. And he certainly made a show of being a loser, a heroin addict, and of ruining some of the people around him. Yet one of the USA’s premier pioneering rocket scientists, Jack Parsons, was a Crowley disciple, a sex addict, yet also dreaming of building rockets to go “walking on other worlds”. One biographer noted that Parsons was so interested in making contact with the evil beings he encountered via Crowleyanity that he wished to travel to where THEY were instead of trying to get them to manifest on planet earth, Jack wanted to go over to their planet. Twilight Zone stuff fer sure. Yet Jack Parsons was one of the three men who founded the famous Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena. And a company started by Parsons is still in business today, they made the solid fuel propellants for the space shuttle.

            The other sex addict and bon vivant who was also a rocket pioneer was Von Braun. Until he got married, no woman was “safe” around him – and it seems the ladies started a lot of it. Women behaved around him like a bunch of rock n roll groupies. Wikipedia says that when he was in college in Berlin getting his PhD, that a Von Braun date often consisted of multiple women in tow, out on the town for some fun in a night club or theatre in “Babylon Berlin”. Apparently he did a lot of partying in addition to getting the top degree at a young age of 21. After marriage and family, he eventually became a conservative evangelical Christian. Looks like the Bible Belt ruined the poor dude eh?

          • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 12:22 am #

            Crowley contracted a being called “Lam” – whose sketch resembles a Grey Alien.

          • SpeedyBB March 8, 2023 at 8:07 am #

            Woodchuck – when he was dying of cancer, von Braun confided in the woman taking care of him that there would in the near future be confirmed contact with ETs – but the MIC would immediately twist this into an invasion and demand more goodies to go fight them in space.

            Look at what they call the group begrudglingly set up by the warmongers in the Pentagon: “Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) as the successor to the U.S. Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.” They pretend that they can get a handle on it, figure it out and then whack it if necessary. At least they pretend they pretend.

            Anybody with half a brain – even a career officer – can quickly conclude that any object capable of cartoon-style maneuvers defying the so-called “laws of physics”, zipping from Mach 7 to a dead stop and then spitting ninety degrees to port is not going to be particularly concerned with kerosene-powered turbines lumbering after them.

            I found it intriguing to read that while the Soviets used to scramble fighter jets to challenge anything coming into their airspace, so many aircraft and pilots were lost that the order then went out to turn tail and head for the base if they saw them.

            One Russian psychic who claimed to be attuned to the beings piloting the craft explained it this way: “The energy field enabling our ships to defy gravity dissolves your aircraft’s metal skin”. Oops.

        • badberries March 7, 2023 at 9:47 am #

          I do, but first we have to figure out how we moved those megaliths on every continent except (as far as we know) Antarctica.

          No sense in trashing another planet when we don’t understand this one. I think there are only more questions out there.

        • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 10:28 am #

          “Walking on other worlds” currently requires vast amounts of liquid oxygen and hydrocarbon fuels. Building the facilities to launch giant rockets also requires huge fossil fuel inputs. The long term prospects of space exploring don’t look good at all.

          • Jarek March 7, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            Do you not find yourself longing to walk the shores of orange lakes cool? Our Home world is beckoning us back. The air itself is intoxicating, no drugs needed there what to speak of equipment.

            Next December 8, be on a hill top above the tree line to await pickup. Hold up a Confederate flag so they know it’s you.

          • Woodchuck March 7, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            One dark night when all was bright
            Two dead dudes went out to fight
            Back to back they faced one another
            Drew their swords and shot each other.
            A deaf policeman heard the noise
            And came to arrest the two dead boyz
            If you don’t believe my tale is true
            Ask the blind man
            He saw it too!

          • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 12:26 am #

            Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

  45. Pucker March 6, 2023 at 9:00 pm #

    After reading his excellent book, “The Crash Course” (Revised Edition), I may become a subscriber to Chris Mortensen’s Peak Prosperity website?

    As Jules would say: “Chris is one smart MuthaFucka.”

    • malthuss March 7, 2023 at 10:23 am #

      he was so concerned about covid?

      never mentions chemtrails.

      never mentions the 3rd world invasion.

      • Disaffected March 7, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        I think he’s mostly just focused on money. Outside of that, he’s fairly mainstream.

  46. Pucker March 6, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

    Barack Obama is so worried about Global Warming and Climate Change that he’s building his new $40 million mansion in Hawaii right up on the beach.

    • malthuss March 7, 2023 at 7:26 pm #

      typical. lying politician.

      one rumor is michelle was tempted to leave him early on because he wasnt rising politically fast.

  47. MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 6, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

    Fascinating interview with Sy Hersh By Gerald Celente…listening to a grandpa tell tales of what it used to be (and should still be) like:

    youtube.com/watch?v=7axxPYB5Ed4

  48. Islander March 6, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

    I always read Tom Luongo if his stuff turns up not behind a paywall.

    This is quite interesting—a continuation of his hypothesis and discussion that the Fed is NOT on board with Davos;

    httpX://www.zerohedge.com/markets/luongo-war-dollar-already-over-part-i

    • kiwi456 March 6, 2023 at 10:44 pm #

      Tom Luongo is deep-state honey pot

      Zerohedge is owned by ABC-MEDIA-LTD, which is SERCO-UK they are private prisons and air-traffic-control worldwide; Serco-UK used to be called RCA-UK, owned by BUSH in 1920’s UK and supplied electronics to HITLER besides bringing him to power;

      WEF is a joke, its just to entrap elite with pedo sex acts, its also to distract the chattering class from the real decision makers

      The real deal is bilderberg and CFR & tri-lateral, they run the show
      Here in USA bilderberg is ran by Peter Thiel who is president of bilderberg-usa and is also Trump campaign mgr 2024, and was bag-man for trump 2018

      • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 2:43 am #

        WEF is their public face in which they interact with the lower levels of the ownership class, like the big consultancies, world leaders, and various corporations.

        A joke?

        Perhaps time to choose your words more wisely.

      • malthuss March 7, 2023 at 10:16 am #

        where do ya get your information?

        which 1920 Bush?

  49. kiwi456 March 6, 2023 at 10:36 pm #

    Somebody was asking, “How did Homo-Wokism’ take over high-tech and become the main religion??

    Well it goes back to flaming groomers like Sam Alman, multi-billionaire silicon-valley glory boyz

    Flaming HOMO that would bring in high-tech kids all over the USSA to his stanford campus to turn them into little entrepreneurs, but in fact these guys were grooming long before it even became fashionable

    Another note-worthy flaming homo groomer is Peter Thiel, owner of PALANTIR(CIA), and “Human Vampire” google parabiosys, peter thiel

    It’ not clear what became first inQtel (CIA TAKING OVER silicon valley) or the homo grooming? I can remember when most high-tech bay-ahrea nerds were conservative, as liberals tend to be dumber than a bag of rocks; Like Facebook, largely like Microsoft what the GOV (CIA/NSA) did was steal all the tech from real conservative guys, and then setup faux gay entrepreneurs who would only hire liberals, making the liberals rich; MS was stolen in Seattle, Gates didn’t write MSDOS he stole hit, same for Facebook it was stolen, every fucking block-buster in silicon valley was stolen on behalf CIA, and then transferred to a woke corporation where they nurtured future groomers to rule the world

    • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 8:10 am #

      Actually, it’s as simple as, “civilizations which extract obscene surpluses and call it ‘wealth’ will manifest as obscene societies of obscene individuals.”

      • Disaffected March 7, 2023 at 8:34 am #

        That’s a great summation! Did you come up with that or read it somewhere else? Either way, spot on!

        • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 8:42 am #

          Thanks, Disaffected. I’m codifying biblical Jesus quotes here. “Don’t store food in barns. Look at the birds of the field. Your heavenly father clothes and feeds them.”

          Barns lead to Babylon.

          • messianicdruid March 7, 2023 at 9:45 pm #

            God feeds the birds but He does not put worms in their nest.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 10:02 pm #

            No, but he has worked it so that if certain birds (early ones?) start killing piles of worms a day and hoarding the carcasses, these birds will eventually overwhelm the ecologic processes encouraging worms to flourish in the area, and in this way, the birds will undermine their own existences and livelihoods, and die.

            But, in the interim, these birds will call themselves “the greatest of all birds, the eternal lords of Earth and sky.”

            The recommendation is, “go collect God’s gift of sustenance for the day, and do not test him on tomorrow by orchestrating artificial surpluses.”

          • Anthea March 8, 2023 at 4:54 am #

            One of Henry George’s more profound statements was that human life (like all other life) is, and always has been, hand-to-mouth. All the necessities of life must continually be created, recreated, and maintained. It is not possible to store up life’s necessities for more than short periods of time. Hence, beyond a very limited time, there is no such thing as a stored surplus.

            E.g.: Food crops have to be produced every year. Clothing wears out. Houses must be continually maintained, and they eventually become not-maintainable and must be replaced. Everything must be constantly replaced by means of labor.

            It’s a good idea to store up some surplus for the proverbial “rainy day.” It’s good to have savings, particularly for when you need to buy a car or a house. But you might also have large, unexpected expenses (or sort of unexpected expenses). You might have to pay for someone’s funeral or burial expenses, for example.

            So why is it that most people think they can store up enough of a surplus to last a lifetime, or even to last their children’s lifetimes?

            The reason is because money can be stored, thus creating the illusion that real wealth can be stored indefinitely. It’s probably not wise to imagine that fiat is storable, of course. Now, PMs are storable more or less indefinitely, but they are still not real wealth, since “real wealth” consists of the necessities of life. Even PMs “storability” depends on the availability of real wealth for which it may be exchanged. So even PMs, like fiat, are nothing more than an IOU whereby one may make a future claim on the labor of others. So collecting a surplus of either fiat or PMs is nothing more than collecting IOUs on the future labor of others. This could be kind of a precarious proposition. What if there is little or nothing being produced, or no one will sell it to you at any price?

            So, the idea of storing up a surplus remains an illusion–at least beyond a very limited period of time. You could even go so far as to say that anyone who believes this can be done is about half crazy.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 8, 2023 at 7:26 am #

            That’s too abstract, Anthea. Growing crops creates a surplus that lasts a year and more. That’s already too much, allowing a 365 day “holiday” during which unstable wagers are placed on the following year (a “loan” has been taken out from the Earth, on which temporary growth can be based). The cancerous cycle has begun.

          • Woodchuck March 8, 2023 at 9:49 am #

            “Barns lead to Babylon?”

            Maybe, maybe not. For example, “barn dances”. We had those long ago in rural TN, back in the days when country music was genuine and farmers lacking tv sets might be gathered around radios listening to the Grand Ole Opry. That was before my time. In the 50’s it was “sock hops” and rock n roll dances in more conventional buildings. “Babylon barns?”. Well, yeah…….. You see, with pre-teens and teenagers, a lot of parental activity in the old days consisted of trying to keep raging hormones and natural curiosity about sex under control. And you can control teenagers easily when they are inside your home. You’ve got the rule with your sons that no females their same age are to be in any bedrooms. Socializing will take place in the parlors and living rooms under a parental eye and more formal circumstances.

            Unfortunately for those parents they had a lot less control over what might happen in barns and haylofts. I’m only bringing this up in that we had a few barns left in the 50’s neighborhood that us kids played in. They were no longer in use for cattle or horses, but there was still some hay left in one of them and plenty of secret hiding places for inquisitive youngsters. We’d hide things in the barn that we didn’t want anybody else seeing. We also did things in barns that we didn’t want anybody else seeing. Yeah, barns can lead to Babylon in certain circumstances but what can a poor parent do?

            Don’t forget the story of Joseph in Egypt and the Pharaoh’s troubling dreams. Egypt needed to store food for a famine that was on the way. In times of famine, a barn can be a lifesaver and part of the process of providing and storing food for an entire small community. Egypt was advised to build the equivalent of barns, and when Joseph’s family was in trouble and traveled to Egypt, they encountered the brother they’d abandoned. There’s animal feed stored in barns, and those animals will be feeding you and even providing transport as well. That mule that Jesus rode into Jerusalem was a borrowed mule and it probably spent time in barns. I doubt if Jesus went around preaching against barns any more than he did going around preaching against sex. .But what do I know, I was never in His audience.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 8, 2023 at 11:51 am #

            Good stuff, Woodchuck.

            Remember, pre-Joseph, when the Israelites were pastoralists in conflict with Egypt, the agricultural power choking them? Joseph’s success resulted in Israel’s enslavement by and incorporation into Egypt’s triumphant agriculturalism.

            That famine, like most famines, was almost certainly a result of agricultural overdependence and/or agriculturally-caused ecological degradation in the region.

            Have you heard that only 3% of mammals by mass are wild animals today?

            Humanity has been in the process of killing itself via agricultural “progress” for 10k years now. We need to go back even further to look for proper models remedying the situation.

          • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

            Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream about the good years followed by seven years of famine. Knowing the weakness of man, he instituted a tax on grain to support the people for the seven bad years to come.

            BUT instead of honoring this public pledge, he made the Egyptian buy back their own grain just to live, finally selling their homes and even themselves into slavery.

            Then he invited his kinsmen down to live off the the downtrodden Egyptians. Luckily a new Pharaoh arose “who knew not Joseph” and put an end to his vicious shenanigans.

            A clear analogy to us having to pay to use our own money. We don’t have a barn problem, we have a bank problem.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 8, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            The barn is the original bank, storing credit from the soil to use today what was meant for tomorrow.

            In the end, the wealth (grain) of Egypt didn’t serve either people well… created the derelict Egypt and diasporic, landless (that techno desert the Israeli state calls home doesn’t count) Israel of today.

          • gustafson.robert.22 March 8, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

            The original fiat currency was the idea that future stores of resources could be tapped today at no future consequence. Grain is a fiat currency, a store of declared value rather than actual.

          • Jarek March 8, 2023 at 8:26 pm #

            The grain, if fairly distributed, can save many lives. The proto-Hebrew pastoralists wanted in to get some of this magic.

            But you don’t want to save lives, being a “naturalist”. You need your own show to be another Marlin Perkins.

  50. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth March 6, 2023 at 11:02 pm #

    Great post Jim. To think that the US won’t be lucky enough to be anyone’s dog like the British have been for the US. They’ll be no young nation on the rise to come to the rescue when America bites off more than it can chew, taking on its rivals. No the allies of US grow weaker and weaker. Will Japan filled with frail centennials and burdened by a zombie economy help us vanquish China? Will the EU and Great Britain with their small militaries and depleted inventory of weapons take on the battle hardened Russians with us, after we destroyed their energy sources and helped fill their governments with Greens.

    Maybe this is by design. Maybe the only the choices will be desperate, blasphemous and imoral. Kind like unleashing a vaccine that kills millions of hopeful people

    • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth March 6, 2023 at 11:10 pm #

      I’m not giving the vaccine zealots a pass but you have to marvel at sadistic nature of locking people down for months and showing them news of people dying 24/7 and then telling them the paralyzing fear will be over. That they can hit the lottery and take back all the normalcy that they’ve been denied by queuing up for a miracle drug

      • gustafson.robert.22 March 7, 2023 at 4:28 am #

        The general gullibility was also absolutely marvelous. The most marvelous thing, to me.

      • MaryQueen March 7, 2023 at 9:50 am #

        MKUltra torture/programming. Textbook.

        • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

          Did you ever hear the Podesta abuse tapes, Mary? Sourced via the Darkweb.

          If so, do you think they were real?

          • MaryQueen March 7, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

            I heard them but there is no actual video, so it can’t be proven it’s him. Were I to guess, I’d say it is. But impossible to vet.

            And it’s been a couple of years. It’s obvious he and his brother are pedos from the art in Tony’s house, and plenty of reports from formerly trafficked people.

          • MaryQueen March 7, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

            Oh and of course from the exposed Wikileaks emails where they plan their little “outings”.

          • Night Owl March 7, 2023 at 6:10 pm #

            Yes, I agree on all points.

    • elysianfield March 8, 2023 at 11:37 am #

      Degrowth,
      Well, sometimes the “Nuclear Option” is actually the nuclear option.

      Maybe coming to a neighborhood near you….

  51. SoftStarLight March 7, 2023 at 1:34 am #

    I hope the allegorical intermezzo lasts a little bit longer than a typical intermezzo because this is a very inclement time and it is very tiring and draining. And you know I continue to wonder who in their right mind would sail a ship so damn far north it would hit a big chunk of ice. Those waves are green because that is the reflection of the aurora borealis. So that tells you that all of these people are crazy. The sinking ship metaphor is a lot to deal with when one is trying to organize one’s self for an apocalypse I’ll also have you know. But the metalesson is invaluable so I do appreciate it very much. Life is what happens when you’re making other plans. And no amount of planning can take all factors and variables into account. So these people who make themselves like the action figure gods of the Earth are very limited in reality. Don’t get distracted by them when a chunk of ice is about to hit you in the face.

  52. SoftStarLight March 7, 2023 at 1:49 am #

    I also struggle when the elites are compared to mandrills. What an insult to such a handsome and beautiful creature.

    • MaryQueen March 7, 2023 at 6:10 pm #

      I agree, they are amazing creatures.

  53. MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 7, 2023 at 7:16 am #

    Drudge:

    “Michelle O ’24?”

    Errkay. Might as well get it over with.

  54. MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 7, 2023 at 9:41 am #

    Oh, for the luvvachrist…c’mon, MN:

    alphanews.org/100-million-reparations-bill-calls-for-formal-apology-to-family-of-george-floyd/

    These people (dem house/dem senate/dem governor) have wasted no time in overstepping any and all logic in forwarding their agenda. Two months in, everything is now on the table, each item more unnecessary and mind-bending than the last.

    George Floyd died, that is a bummer. But George Floyd was an established piece of shit, and would’ve probably died that day (or soon after) anyway. And his family was paid 20+ million dollars already, notably paid out a week before the officer was even found guilty by jury.

    Jamar Clark grabbed a cop’s gun. We’re supposed to canonize him? His family got a couple hundred thousand in a settlement.

    Philando Castile didn’t deserve to die, he had a permit to carry a gun, but he did repeatedly ignore police commands to not reach for it when he was pulled over. His family received $3 million.

    Either way, ALL of these people have already been paid out due to criminal and civil cases. Why in the actual eff are they trying to extract even more money from the public who had nothing to do with any of this…to pay people who already got paid?

    Formal apology? Done many times over. Formal Acknowledgement of systemic racism in MN? Wha? Many more whities are shot by cops than these trophy deaths that won’t go away. And most of the whities should’ve expected it for their actions, much like Floyd and Clark.

    Anyway, I am clearly getting tired of this crap. This state can’t become OR or CA fast enough. “Everything I do is always someone else’s fault! Pay me! With someone else’s money that did nothing wrong!”

    Sheesh…Governor Walz is a freaking spineless clown.

    • MaryQueen March 7, 2023 at 9:53 am #

      Why aren’t the taxpayers rebelling? Too afraid to be labeled as a racist bigot white supremacist?

      If so, you’re sunk. That means the brainwashing is complete.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder March 7, 2023 at 10:05 am