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     You may have noticed that our country, formerly a republic of sovereign individuals, has become one great big racketeering operation run by a mafia-like cabal with Marxist characteristics — or, at least, Marxist pretenses. That is, it seeks to profit by every avenue of dishonesty and coercion, under the guise of rescuing the “oppressed and marginalized” from their alleged tormenters. Apparently, half the country likes it that way.

     Much of the on-the-ground action in this degenerate enterprise is produced by various hustles. A hustle is a particularly low-grade, insultingly obvious racket, such as Black Lives Matter, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and “trans women” (i.e., men) in women’s sports. Some of the profit in any hustle is plain moneygrubbing, of course. But there’s also an emotional payoff.  Hustlers and racketeers are often sadists, so the gratification derived from snookering the credulous (feelings of power) gets amplified by the extra thrill of seeing the credulous suffer pain, humiliation, and personal ruin. (That’s what actual “oppressors” actually do.)

     Categorically, anyone who operates a racket or a hustle is some sort of psychopath, a person with no moral or ethical guard-rails. Hustles are based on the belief that it is possible to get something for nothing, a notion at odds with everything known about the unforgiving laws of physics and also the principles of human relations in this universe. Even the unconditional love of a mother for her child is based on something: the amazing, generative act of creating new life, achieved through the travail of birth. Have you noticed, by the way, that the birth of human children is lately among the most denigrated acts on the American social landscape?

     The flap over Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, is an instructive case in the governing psychopathies of the day. I wish I’d been a roach on the tray of petit fours and biscotti brought into the Harvard Overseers’ board-room when they met to consider the blowback from Ms. Gay’s unfortunate remarks in Congress, followed by revelations of her career-long plagiarisms. The acrid odor of self-conscious corruption in the room must have overwhelmed even the bouquet of Tanzanian Peaberry coffee a’brew, and not a few of the board members must have reached for the sherry decanter as their shame mounted, and the ancient radiators hissed, and their lame rationalizations started bouncing off the wainscoted walls.

      Apparently, Ms. Gay did not miss an opportunity to cut-and-paste somebody else’s compositions into everything she published going back to her own student years in the 1990s. She even poached another writer’s acknowledgment page. This is apart from the self-reinforcing substance of her published “research” justifying the necessity for DEI activism, for which she has become first an avatar and now a goat. The dirty secret of this perturbation — and the whole Harvard Board knows it — is that Claudine Gay’s career has been about nothing but careerism, and that this is also true of so many on the faculty and administration at Harvard, and surely at every other self-styled elite school from the Charles River to Palo Alto that had joined in the DEI mind-fuck.

       It’s all one big status-acquisition hustle, the seeking of hierarchical privilege by any means necessary, including especially deceit, the politics of middle-school girls. Thus, you see on display both the juvenility of elite higher ed and its use of the worst impulses that prevail in social media, stoking envy, hatred, avarice and vengeance as the currency for career advancement. Claudine Gay was notorious earlier, as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, for wrecking the careers of faculty members (Ronald Sullivan, Stephanie Robinson, and Roland G. Fryer, Jr.) who refused to play the game like middle-school girls. She had no mercy.

      The mental pain endured by the Harvard bigwigs must be excruciating, and of course they have themselves to blame because they walked right into the Woke hustle with their eyes wide shut. They bargained away their dignity, and the university’s honor, for mere brownie points in a fool’s game called Win big prizes pretending to care about your fellow man. The cognitive dissonance must be like little nuclear reactor meltdowns burning through the lobes of their brains. They’ve run out of a safe space to play “victim” in. The world sees them for the coddled, malicious fakes they are.

     Cutting Claudine Gay loose is the unavoidable play now or Harvard will be stung by so many lawsuits from students previously punished for academic mischief that all the alumni lawfare attorneys in the cosmos standing snout to tail will not be able to staunch the hemorrhaging of the school’s endowment and then the fire sale of its chattels to satisfy the aggrieved plaintiffs’ pain and suffering. The Harvard board is just trying to ride out the holidays. Their prized participation trophy is coming off the mantlepiece. There really is no other way. Now, stand by and watch the rats rat each other out. And so ends the era of pretending about everything.


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667 Responses to “And So Ends an Era”

  1. Paul December 25, 2023 at 9:06 am #

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Kunstler! To you and yours on this glorious, dark and silent Winter morning! American scholarship will come around right, in due course.

  2. CrosstimbersOkie December 25, 2023 at 9:10 am #

    Teenaged girl behavior. You hit the nail on the head. The worst aspects of female nature unrestrained and on display. And these are the pitiful creatures who usher in our destruction. To allow ourselves to be ruled by such losers, we deserve our own destruction.

    • AmericanObserver December 25, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

      Feminism will be recorded as the death of Western civilization. At least we got some ironic moments out of it.

      Who thought “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” would turn out the end result of men wearing dresses and winning women’s cycling events? Apparently women are quitting the sport because they’re racing for third if they’re lucky.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

        Middle-school girls have acted like middle-school girls since there have been middle schools.

        Feminism has nothing to do with it.

        We had feminism long before we had any Claudine Gay types at Harvard, or any Claudine Gay types, for that matter.

        She’s only where she is because some man decided she should be.

        • pyrrhus December 25, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

          Merry Christmas to all!
          Yes, Claudine, like almost every other DEI appointment, plagiarized and in some cases faked her data…Harvard had to know that, at some level, and they went ahead anyway to get the Pokemon diversity points.

          The only thing she did right was failing to endorse Israel’s sickening genocide of thousands of children, doctors, journalists, and aid workers in Gaza…

          • Uncle Abraham December 25, 2023 at 6:23 pm #

            According to you. Reality is, every drop of blood shed in Gaza is on the heads of Hamas and its supporters/enablers. October 7th was enough to warrant the war response, but Hamas has been a perpetual repeat offender – supported by the public they use as human shields. That’s the context, not the lie that Israel has been perpetrating genocide and running a prison camp. Unfortunately for Israel they didn’t deal with the malefactors and criminals as needed long ago.

          • Socrates-Detroit December 26, 2023 at 11:20 am #

            @Pyrrhus

            Exactly as you say! Ms. Gay’s history was probably known.

            Notice that one of her loudest detractors, one Bill Ackman, billionaire (some kind “equity manager”–the kind of grift that skims a little, or a lot, off everyone and enriches him) didn’t say anything when US cities were burning in summer 2020, about Gay being the beneficiary of “affirmative action”. But, because she did not demonstrate the necessary fealty to Israel, she must be gone.

            @Uncle Abraham

            How should they have dealt with the “malefactors and criminals”? Kill them all?

            Tell us, what did Israel do wrong before? Was it letting the Palestinians have water in the West Bank for too many days (3 or 4, perhaps it should be one or none?)

            Was it letting food go to Gaza? Should they have tried to starve to death? Your friends said “we don’t want to starve them”.

            Your Israeli friends are dealing with them now, killing them all.

            AND, American taxpayers are paying for it!

            Merry Christmas buddy, enjoy!

            Have you heard of Nat Turner? I suggest you research him. He was a African-American slave who went rogue.

          • JackStraw December 26, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            You anti-Semites really need to look up the term “genocide”, because you sound like absolute morons every time you misuse that word.

        • Anthea December 25, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

          These remarks remind me that one of our esteemed commenters on here keeps saying that the women need to demand that the men be moral, honorable, and responsible–and that the reason the men lack of social, sexual, and financial responsibility is because women don’t demand this of them. (I think the theory here is that women could subdue the men’s baser instincts mainly by being chaste.)

          Thus, it appears to me that blaming women for men’s lack of morals and quite frankly insisting that it is woman’s duty to bring the men to heel amounts to an admission that the men want to be ruled by women–and in fact demand it.

          The insistence that it is women’s responsibility to be the “gatekeepers” of morality also amounts to an admission of moral inferiority on the part of the men–or, at the very least, a pleading that morality (among the other virtues) cannot be expected of them, I guess due to their being too debased. Either that, or the men feel that they are entitled to be immoral and lackig in virtue, because that’s just the way men are.

          You guys are demanding to be ruled by women.

          • AZJJ December 25, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

            Bullcrap.

            A large percentage of liberal “women” (mostly obese, ugly and unbearably “woke”) have become so masculinized as to now be somewhere in-between on the gender scale… obvious by the promotion of tranz-freak surgeries for minors, the insane joke of DEI, support of rabidly anti-America groups like the BLM, antifa, ALCU, SPLC, NAACP and the DNC.
            What man, but a lefty/libturd soy-boy eunuch would ever want to be “ruled” by such beasts?

          • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

            Yep, Anthea. Good job.

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

            That is Cank’s Achille’s heel. The ancients knew better. The Muslims said woman is nine parts desire. And the Christian Father said, If not for a certain shyness on the part of women, no flesh would be saved, such being their lust.

            No that all restrain is lifted, women are being less chaste than men. Why? Well in marriage, most women can’t get the man they want. So they end up settling and resenting the hell out of the man they settled for. So they use the cuck to pay the bills, while they keep looking for someone to give them the thrills. If they find one who is better in both regards, they’ll dump the cuck in a heartbeat.

            As you know, paternity fraud is massive. We need mandatory testing at birth and prison sentences for women who try to perpetrate this most vicious fraud.

            To Cank: You’re not entirely wrong. In a functioning society, chaste women are our first and best line of defense against feminine misbehavior. They love nothing more than coming down on other women. This is long gone, friend. Mrs Natural reigns now.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

            We don’t know that paternity fraud is massive. First of all, looking at the percentage of fraud found among those who are testing due to suspected fraud has already skewed the results.

            No wonder people fell for the vaxx scam.

          • redbrick December 25, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

            I have to side with Jarek on this. Hypergamy is a real thing and just because denying basic biology is in fashion these days, it does not change this. This is all coming back into focus for a number of reasons but one big one is that we now have “big-data” via the dating apps to show how the females of the species are behaving.

            As far as the actual paternity question, it is open for dispute, but it is certainly significant, even if only in the 2-10% range vs. older estimates of around 30%.

          • Cankerpuss December 26, 2023 at 10:39 am #

            BS Anthea. You can claim that women have no role in preserving morality. You can argue that women have no part to pay in the ailments that face our society today. You can pretend to be the ostrich on Looney Tunes and stick your head in the sand in hopes that all will go away. But you are wrong.

            Women are the gatekeepers of morality whether you women agree or not.

            It is the men who do the asking and the women who say “yes” or “no.” It is the women who spread their legs and let the man spread his seed inside of her knowing damned well she could get pregnant by doing this. It is the woman who screws around with this sacred power and then uses abortion as a means of birth control.

            Men are pigs. I don’t deny that. They are.

            My comments to this subject are related to biology. Men, naturally, are the more aggressive of the species. Females are the less aggressive. There is a balance there. Men haven’t changed, they are still the aggressive of our species. Women, however, have changed, thanks to the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s. Now we have both men and women being sexually aggressive and the result is rampant households of children being raised by single parents, impoverished mothers becoming wards of the Government and men now competing in women’s sports.

            You women need to pull your heads out of your asses and realize that what is happening to your gender is not a good thing.

            I stand by what I say. Women ARE gatekeepers of morality.

      • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

        Responsibility is feminine kryptonite. Even the Radical Feminists, who saw the danger first, take absolutely no responsibility for it. Indeed they were the most strident in their denunciations of men and intrusion into male spaces. But they bear no responsibility. None! The very idea is insane to them.

        Power without accountability is a recipe for madness. Aristotle said many people are natural slaves. Refusing accountability is part of slave nature. And I assume he was talking about men when he said that. That women should have no power was obvious to him. He would be amazed that anyone thought twice about it.

        Obviously women are capable of paying their own bills, signing contracts, etc. But somehow their personal responsibility doesn’t seem to scale upwards, either into their relationships with men or being viable citizens.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

          What the heck are you even talking about, Jarek?

          I get it, you hate women because someone done you wrong. Why not just say that?

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            Well of course they’ve done me wrong, like they do most all men wrong. That’s the point. Things have to change. Thus the marriage strike by men until the laws are changed.

          • messianicdruid December 25, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

            Until hearts are changed.

          • TPTB-USA December 26, 2023 at 12:11 am #

            Jarek, find a lady that is your age, crazy in love with you, that has an open mind, is on the same frequency, and willing to take-on whatever life throws at you.

            There is plenty of beauty out there, and when your focus is on helping each other get to the finish line, you will find it.

            The Morning Side Of The Mountain ~ Tommy Edwards
            youtube.com/watch?v=T1WxFjGH3vA

          • Cankerpuss December 26, 2023 at 10:58 am #

            I don’t think Jarek hates women anymore than I do. I love women and I am married to a very good woman. I think Jarek hates feminism and what feminism has done to women and in turn has done to men. It has ruined society by taking both sexes out of their biological roles of fatherhood and motherhood, critical to the nurture and upbringing of a healthy generation to replace us.

            Women don’t seem to understand this.

          • TPTB-USA December 26, 2023 at 11:44 am #

            So, disregard the dominant vocal radicals, and narrow ones assessment to the moral respectful group.

          • TPTB-USA December 26, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

            Focus on the big picture, and don’t get lost in the “noise”.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 9:45 am #

          I completely agree.

          The confirmation is seen in the ubiquitous howls of rage and indignation as the denials come flowing in from the Universal Sisterhood of Unaccountabilty.

          This will never change. It is fundamental to female nature. Men in matrimony were titled “husbands” for a logical reason. Women must be governed. First by their fathers. Then by their husbands. Otherwise the vast majority fly off the rails and become unmanageable menaces to society.

          • Cankerpuss December 26, 2023 at 10:49 am #

            And the evidence is what has become of our society today.

            Jarek, above, stated that women can pay their bills and sign contracts. He’s right, MANY women can and do such things. I have a sister who has never married. She is very successful and takes care of herself without a man. She is also a moral woman and doesn’t sleep around, get pregnant and then get on welfare for her sustenance.

            Jarek is right, but he didn’t state that many women CAN’T pay their bills. Thus they end up on welfare. It is well known that many women have multiple children from different scumbag fathers just so they can collect more welfare.

            Women are not made to rule over anything. They were made to have and nurture their children. Their very physical bodies are literally incubators and sustenance machines for their offspring.

            Women have only fought against the laws of their biological nature. Now look at them. Pathetic wretches. They support men invading their sports and locker rooms. They screw any guy they can find without commitment and are left alone raising his child in poverty. They are embraced wholesale murder of their own children in the form of abortion. They can’t find men to marry and become cranky old nagging lesbians. When they do get married they bitch and moan until the poor bastard that married them walks away leaving them yet alone.

            I feel sorry for women. I really do. Once you get past the lip rings, the nose rings, the tattoos and the green hair you see a daughter of God who is desperate for someone to love and cherish her the way God intended for them.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

            With a nickname like Cankerpuss, can we really be surprised by your questionable content?

      • Pat Ormsby December 25, 2023 at 9:50 pm #

        I’m not surprised to see this reaction. In times of war, women have always tended to wind up hustled back to the kitchen. In times of peace, idealism prevails, but it is the sociopaths who manage to win the competition. And they really stand out.
        I felt just as much loathing toward Madame Clinton as any pick-up driving, redneck with three rifles, mouthing quotations from Q-Anon. Her cruelty was simply awe-inspiring. It’s a testament to the dynamics of human society that female rulers find more of a need than men to revel in cruelty. But that has a lasting impact, leading to bouts of misogyny. A profound drag for everyone involved.
        Long ago in Japan, they divided gender roles into political leadership for men and religious leadership for women. Even as of the Heian era, women enjoyed quite a high position in society despite the importation of continental values with Buddhism centuries earlier. It was when the civil warring era started about 700 years ago that women lost all power in that society.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

          …female rulers find more of a need than men to revel in cruelty.” ~ Pat Ormsby

          I wasn’t aware of that and unsure it’s true.

          But in any case, anarchist here: IOW, to hell with all rulers– men or women.

      • Cankerpuss December 26, 2023 at 10:32 am #

        Yep, and the stupid women are supporting this. This is why women should have never been permitted to sit in leadership positions or even vote. The majority of women, not all, but the majority of them are just plain nutso. They desire only to be protected and provided for and after they have cast down the patriarchy they look to Government to fulfill those basic biological urges.

        I don’t blame the “fairer sex” for all of what we have become but I blame a great portion of it on them. They have abrogated their sacred duties as mothers of the next generation, nurturers, and gate keepers of morality. All in favor of “I am woman hear me roar.”

        Look what that got them. Now crazy men are getting their revenge by beating the socks off them in cycling, swimming and soon basketball and volleyball. Their locker rooms are invaded by these crazy men.

        And the crazy women still sit by and applaud this despicable behavior.

        Got my point?

        • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

          The majority of women, not all, but the majority of them are just plain nutso.” ~ Cankerpuss

          I think some of your commentary is just plain nutso.

          The recently-departed MaryQueen and Disaffected are probably better off for their departure. I hope for their mental health sake, they haven’t bothered returning under different pseudonyms.

          • Uncle Bob December 28, 2023 at 9:08 pm #

            I wondered what happened to MQ.

  3. Dr. Coyote December 25, 2023 at 9:28 am #

    Yes, and still the hustle continues, unpunished. It is as if we’re caught in the midst of some giant lemming-fest, being jostled towards a cliff by the 70% who go along with this nonsense. In 2023, at least we began to see people like Gay called out. Will 2024 be the year of actual consequences? Will it be the start of an age of reform? I certainly hope so! That would be the best Christmas present of all.

    Merry Christmas, to Jim and to all who commentate here.

    • Alfred December 25, 2023 at 10:33 am #

      The hustle continues in all walks of life. In every corner of the fortune 500. Fake directors, fake managers, fake programmers, fake testers.

      Then there’s the fake news, fake doctors, fake lawyers, fake cops, all the way up to our fake president and our fake foreign policy.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        This is why we don’t get the real research done for the real problems we have.

        It looks like more and more children have autism. Why?

        Why do so many people have auto-immune disorders?

        Then there is the morbid obesity.

        Billions of dollars go to researchers who don’t do real research and many don’t even know how.

        The proposed solution to the Higher Ed racket is nobody go to college.

        Isn’t that what the “elite” want?

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 9:52 am #

          No research required. Millions are losing a lot of excess weight and resolving auto-immune diseases by switching away from the toxic Standard American Diet to a Carnivore diet.

          I can personally attest to this after adopting this dietary regimen last summer.

          There is a reason no caveman ever painted a picture of a salad on a cave wall in prehistoric times. Think about that. It is the proper human diet to only eat meat. It is the Proper Human Diet.

          Anyone who is curious about the zero carb lifestyle only needs to go to YouTube where there are plenty of videos on the subject.

          Best wishes and good health to all of you in 2024!

      • WadeWaters December 25, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

        “Fake, fake, fake, and fake.” – Elaine (from Seinfeld)

        • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

          Wade,
          Exactly! That accounts for one of my GLiT points….

  4. Not_GeorgeT December 25, 2023 at 9:40 am #

    Yet another example of ‘Making It in Massachusetts’.

    Merry Christmas and thank you to JHK for his gifts of thought and insight presented throughout the year

    • happiface December 25, 2023 at 10:06 am #

      yup –this article is at the top–wow–amazing

  5. LagingRunatic December 25, 2023 at 9:48 am #

    Merry Christmas Jim, commentariat.

    Now it’s back to lurking.

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  6. tom clark December 25, 2023 at 9:52 am #

    Whew! Jeanne C. Riley would be proud of this one. The day Jimbo socked it to the Harvard Board of Overseers. Merry Christmas, CFN.

    • Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      Well, yeah.

      JHK has a pretty big chip on his shoulder re the whole state of Massachusetts, so there’s that .

  7. Nick Reynolds December 25, 2023 at 9:56 am #

    Merry Christmas to all! And a safe 2024.

  8. stelmosfire December 25, 2023 at 9:57 am #

    “perhaps even a dram or two of grog in your coffee. . . ”
    I suspected someone was in the kitchen lurking this morning .

    ‘Making It in Massachusetts’. Yes I am of the freedom fighters who fired the “Shot heard ’round the world”
    Do not lump everybody in one basket. The hills and mountains of western MA ( Berkshires) are full of citizens who believe in the Constitution. . Life begins again west of I-91. Except of course the 5 college area.

  9. Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for that excellent article Mr. Kunstler.

  10. Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 10:05 am #

    Excellent summation of the Claudine Gay issue and the scandal of academia in general.

    I came here prepared to bring up the the topic if it fit in, but Mr. Kunstler has done it so well I think I’ll just steal this piece and pretend I wrote it.

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    • JohnAZ December 25, 2023 at 10:40 am #

      And have a Gay old time.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

        Take back the night; take back the gay!

        I don’t know about you but I feel totally GAY today!

        Let’s all be gay together! Okay?!

        Yay!

        Gay!

        Olé!

        😀

    • pyrrhus December 25, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      It’s everywhere…The highly credentialed President of Stanford, a top Alzheimers researcher, was also forced to resign when it became known that he had faked much of his research, and made underlings fake their own……

      • Anthea December 25, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

        Quite a few years ago, one of my daughters worked as a scientist at a large pharmaceutical company. A university professor claimed to have developed a vaccine for a virus that was decimating farm animals. He sold this research to the pharmaceutical company, and my daughter was tasked with proving up his research by reproducing it. After having no success in reproducing the professor’s results, she called him up a number of times for clarification. It eventually became clear that he didn’t really know anything about any aspect of this vaccine’s development, as the work had been done by a graduate student. After a few discussions with the graduate student, it became clear that the claim to have developed a successful vaccine was a pure scam.

        I have a feeling this happens all the time.

        • CirclesnCircles December 26, 2023 at 10:41 pm #

          Yep, if some of them aren’t pulling pure scams, many of them are truly inept. I think that’s why some guys (like above) are so angry in this era. Because they’ve been found out, Anthea.

          Used to be that the boy network would often cover for the weak efforts or results of their bros. Then, when more competition came into play via females in the workplace, they started circling the wagons even more because it’s not about the best work being produced, it’s about protecting their egos and turf (seen that 1000 times). Well, fast-forward to the 21st century and they, and everyone, now knows that lots of women put forth solid work product and plenty often it’s better than their male counterparts.

          So, the scams and ineptitude has been made plain to see and the dudes are very triggered about that. Hence, all the irrationality, lashing-out, blame gaming, projection, ETC. They can’t get away with so much fake or slacker effort anymore. So, learn to improve their game then? No, no, it’s much easier to whine and point the finger elsewhere than do that (see this comment thread). I read those kinds of comments *every single day* all around the internet. It’s bad enough to read/hear women whine endlessly – when men carry-on like that, it’s downright insufferable.

          I guess they’re having personal reckonings now in realizing they were never as good or competent or honest as they thought they were. They bought into their own legends. For a hundred+ years, men were too busy slapping each other on the back, covering for each other and running plenty of crooked, backroom deals to grasp that that was a house of cards that would eventually keel over. And so it has.

          Your comment up thread is very much spot-on. Naturally, the knee-jerk reaction you get here is resistance to it. It’s too true and the truth is a harsh master. People don’t like it. Do you think the truth cares about their feelings?

        • C.O.Jones December 27, 2023 at 10:06 am #

          Anthea is describing how a certain republican candidate rose to prominence and credibility.

          1. Purchase the rights to a drug that has failed 4 times to gain certification. Be sure to buy the test data with it.

          2. Get your mom to re-write the test data.

          3. Use mom’s re-write to sell stock in the “promising new drug” promised by your bio-tech startup.

          4. Right before the final re-submit for certification of the drug, sell all your stock while it’s at it’s highest price, knowing full and damn well the drug will fail again because you did not bribe the right people, choosing instead to keep the money all for yourself.

          5. Declare yourself a bio-tech billionaire and run for (vice) president, desperately smooching the glutes of the guy everyone presumes will win the nomination.

          ‘Merkins have fallen for it so far.

          • CirclesnCircles December 27, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

            We are a captured nation but most Americans don’t seem to actually understand that.

            They’re too busy chugging MSM, watching other people play sportsball, decorating their homes and eating rotten food. Hey, they’re too busy to notice!

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

      Not gay btw, despite her lezzy look. She has a White cuck husband.

      • Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:29 am #

        So . . . .?

        Ever hear of a beard

  11. izzy December 25, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    As usual, a treasure trove of literary craft.
    However, “And so ends the era of pretending about everything” may be a bridge too far just yet. The best we can probably hope for is the beginning of the end, and even that is still very tentative. The collective psychosis runs deep.

    • loosethedogs December 25, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

      Izzy: ??

      • loosethedogs December 25, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

        Izzy: TWO THUMBS UP!

    • pyrrhus December 25, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

      The collective psychosis began with Brown vs Board of Education, and has gobbled up our Constitution and our whole society…It will take a long time to leave…time that we don’t have…

      • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

        We are going to have to deal with Black IQ. Otherwise they’re going to keep screaming about why Blacks can’t get into the best schools, starting with elementary all the way to Elite Universities. If we all have the same IQ, then it must be discrimination.

        • WadeWaters December 25, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

          Scott Adams has the most pragmatic idea for dealing with Black

          IQ. Just stay away from that sorry excuse of a sub-culture.

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

            The “get of my lawn” approach. Won’t work unless it’s the White House lawn. They’re everywhere – coming to a suburb near you. Rural? They’re gonna use the Browns for that.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 10:01 am #

          This is the great tragedy of American history. The whole trajectory of our republic would have been radically changed if the Founders could have managed to find a way to emancipate and repatriate the negro slaves back to their African homelands at the conclusion of the American War for Independence.

          Both the black and white descendants of these 18th century inhabitants of the United States would have benefitted greatly from that separation. The IQ and achievement gap was too great then and remains too great now to allow these two races to live cheek to jowl in real harmony. History proves this to be true….no matter how much the equalitarianism Left continues to cover their eyes and plug their ears while screaming that it is not so.

          • Cankerpuss December 26, 2023 at 11:03 am #

            And any time there is a black fellow who attempts to live check to jowl with a white man in peace and harmony he is degraded by his own race as an “Uncle Tom” and denigrated and shamed. They don’t want success. They don’t desire success. It is beyond their genetic composition to comprehend such things.

  12. Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 10:27 am #

    Perfect quote from VDH to introduce this piece. It has become quite clear by now, if anyone didn’t get it back in 2020 with the covid scamdemic, that the goal has been the destruction of Western civilization.

    The pro-Hamas organized protests? Marxism and its new initiates who don’t know they have been initiated.

    At least people who join cults know what cult they have joined.

    What frustrates me so much is that the choices we have of people who are aiming to fix this, don’t have the slightest idea what is going on.

    EvenDonald Trump. He knew what, but he didn’t get the why part.

    As with NATO. He knew we were being ripped off, for starters. That was a concrete thing, and a builder knows concrete.

    Bobby Jr. He still supports Affirmative Action. Affirmative action was never fair, it may have helped a handful of individuals, but it didn’t do anything for blacks as a class.

    Even the people who pushed it, and still believe in it, have recognized that what we used to call AA is gone, baby gone.

    Everyone except Junior.

    I’m going to put a lengthy X post by Wesley Yang here, because it explains what went on at Harvard, and this is not atypical.

    This is not your father’s Harvard.

    “Carol Swain grew up in a shack without running water with 11 brothers and sisters. She was much feted in academia upon her emergence but quickly engaged in heterodoxies that got her blackballed and went on to become an evangelical Christian and a Trump supporter. That’s why her outraged demands for accountability for Claudine Gay stealing her work carry no weight with anyone that matters. She lacked the implicit knowledge of how to stay within the right-thinking consensus that Gay learned at Exeter and therefore became a pariah while Gay made a rapid ascent to the very pinnacle of all academic leadership.

    Roland Fryer was abandoned by his mother early and his abusive father was convicted for rape, leaving him to fend for himself in the streets as a teenager. He righted himself and became the youngest tenured professor in the history of Harvard University, a favorite of the then-President of Harvard Lawrence Summers, and one of the most productive scholars at Harvard University, studying subjects seeking to find ways to ameliorate the condition of the black underclass.

    Soon after publishing a study demonstrating that police officers were slightly more likely to shoot white suspects than black subjects, he became the subject of a sexual harassment investigation. He ended up suspended for a year and the lab where he studied ways to ameliorate the condition of the black underclass was shuttered — despite the fact that the female best friend of his accuser told investigators and went on the record with the press that his accuser was typically the instigator of the sexualized banter that occurred in Fryer’s lab.

    The dean of Harvard College who delivered this punishment was — Claudine Gay.

    Gay is the scioness of one of Haiti’s wealthiest families and a graduate of Exeter. She obtained tenure at Stanford on the strength of four published papers, and was poached by Harvard. She has gone on to publish a total of eleven research papers and no books — a record that a professor told me was easily in the bottom 5th percentile of all professors employed at peer institutions. Seven of those papers have been shown to have violated Harvard’s rules on academic citation.

    All of these professors are beneficiaries of affirmative action — Swain and Fryer overcame great adversity and disadvantage to do high level academic work that was generally regarded as of the first rank by their peers. They fulfilled the promise of that policy by taking opportunities granted to them on the basis of considerations beyond the strictly academic, given the diminished opportunities available to them in youth.

    Gay is a child of privilege who learned how to play the game among other elites — she stole from Swain and shut down Fryer on her path to the presidency.”

    – Wesley Yang

    • JohnAZ December 25, 2023 at 10:48 am #

      A real problem here is the public’s belief that these academicians know much of anything about the real world. The strength of America through the generations are advocates of hard work, not the bullshit pushed by the hangers on in the universities. The Dems court these losers, present their bullshit as fact and hand out to the public,

      Woke, BLM, indoctrination in the schools, the vaxx, cook book medicine, and LBGTQ+.

      Again, a very stupidified public makes this all possible.

      • neurodoc December 25, 2023 at 3:00 pm #

        AZ: At least a dozen ‘high prestige’ med schools are starting a parallel curriculum that focuses on woke bs (i.e. diversity, equity, inclusion, probably CRT, et al) on equal par to ‘medical sciences’ and medical practice. Eventually, if present trends continue, we’ll actually get the medical center scene on “Idiocracy,” showing a dazed girl pushing buttons with pictures of heart, lungs, kidneys, nose, etc to perform a ‘medical history.’ via computer. Before I resigned from hospital teaching/consulting several years ago, the mba ‘managers’ had introduced into Internal Medicine (formerly the scion of medical intellectualism), attendings and residents, an Ipad like device (developed by drug companies and claimed to be ‘AI’) that allows one to enter symptoms and it leads you to several possible diagnoses and the BRAND drugs you need to prescribe to treat each of them. Very close to Idiocracy.

        • neurodoc December 25, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

          Big pharma is teaching med students and residents that generic drugs are bad and ineffective, while BRAND drugs are the best thing since sliced bread; both are total and outright lies that get perpetrated on the public.

          • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

            They’re probably all made in the same Indian factory.
            Just different labels.

        • C.O.Jones December 27, 2023 at 10:22 am #

          neurodoc, your post ties in well with that of Alfred ^ about fake everything.

          What’s the difference between a computer operator and an attending physician?

          The same difference between a computer operator and a pilot, if you’ll allow me to qualify that statement with the term modern-day.

          Look at the computer screen, enter data that is “your truth,” get the results and make your diagnosis/control correction. When it goes sideways, blame it on the software.

          Far too many “doctors” enter data and prescribe whatever the computer tells them to. If you can’t analyze test results, you have no business being an MD. If you can’t fly an airplane by the seat of your pants, you have no business being a pilot.

          “Fake programmers and Fake testers.”

          I sound like a curmudgeon, don’t I?

          • CirclesnCircles December 27, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            No, you sound rational.

            I’m thinking that no computer anywhere could have landed that huge plane in the Hudson River, after both engines failed from bird strikes, the way that Capt Sully Sullenberger did.

            That was acquired expertise and excellence by a human that saved all those people.

          • C.O.Jones December 27, 2023 at 10:48 pm #

            Oh yeah – you’re spot on, Circles.

            Sully is a hero – still to this day. He exhibited judgement and decision making abilities that saved the lives of everyone on that plane. That is not going to come from a computer.

            He still had to defend his decisions at the inquest.

    • loosethedogs December 25, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

      An old saying & still true: “Scratch a lie, find a thief”…

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

      Done nothing for Blacks? The entire Black middle class and much of the upper is a result of affirmative action. They know that even if you don’t – and they will fight to the death to keep it.

      There was a small Black middle class before the onset of the race madness. Some say it was slowly growing….

      • Mac December 25, 2023 at 4:13 pm #

        Jarek- The black middle class was growing fine before 1964 according to data published by Thomas Sowell. The Dems just figured out a new way to create a plantation.

        • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

          Published by Sowell? I saw it myself in real time. It was a lower middle class, but it existed for many.

          • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:42 pm #

            I had a black facebook friend who went back to visit the neighborhood where she grew up.

            She said that when she was a kid, a Sunday (that’s the day she went) would have been full of men outside mowing the lawn, women cooking dinner, people sitting on porches and other people visiting for a spell after church.

            She said that it was gone. There were a few yards kept up, but there were no people out and about, and there was a general feeling of disarray.

    • CirclesnCircles December 26, 2023 at 11:00 pm #

      Beryl – About 2/3 of the way through reading Yang’s piece, I said to myself, “I’ll bet she’s a spook and that’s why the way was paved for her”. Both of those schools, Stanford and Harvard (amongst others) are known to be fertile CIA recruiting grounds.

      It also explains how she could, seemingly effortlessly, float that high without possessing the actual competence to do so and also why she’s totally on the woke program.

      Because she’s a marionette, like so many others.

  13. RaymondR December 25, 2023 at 10:28 am #

    Merry Christmas James and to all the commentariat.

    One suggestion, the proper coffee for the Harvard Overseers is Kopi luwak, a.k.a. cat poop coffee. It’s the perfect accompaniment to their grift, expensive luxury that comes out of animal’s rear end.

  14. Uncle Bob December 25, 2023 at 10:29 am #

    In a rational society, Gay’s career would be ruined. But The One, the Hawaiian terrorist sympathizer who thinks even Almighty God must kneel before him because he’s wiser and more just than even Marx, Mao and Stalin, apparently contacted Harvard and told the leadership not to fire her crooked, plagiarizing ass, or else. I suspect they’ll do as they’re told by The One, for fear that minority brats/students and BLM will burn the place to the ground.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 10:44 am #

      It’s a wonder that foreign students get special treatment for being a minority at Harvard.

      • ATZ942 December 25, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        Very good analysis of academic corruption in action. This is an excellent indictment of the Koch Brothers and the Republican establishment. Gay is a corrupt Democrat and Trump is a criminally corrupt Republican. Gay is a small fish. Trump, unfortunately, threatens the republic.

        • R Montanari December 25, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

          atz, can you be more specific, or is “threatens the republic” something that everyone is supposed to know?

          • neurodoc December 25, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

            Sounds like TDS to me. Boy needs medication.

          • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

            Name brand only.

        • devnickle December 25, 2023 at 5:12 pm #

          TDS much bro?
          Democrats are the threat. Jim is spot-on.

        • Grandpa December 26, 2023 at 12:34 am #

          “Criminally corrupt”. Please cite examples of actual crime. I am always excited to learn new things. Like what garbage folks have swallowed in their hope to somehow blind them to the truth that is evident to so many here.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 10:20 am #

          Trump threatens nothing except perhaps your own mental stability.

          Time to take your TDS meds again.

    • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      This Claudine Gay chap is the Gold Standard ~ lesbo, black, and with heritage in the great center of western civ & higher learning, Haiti.

      What other qualifications do you need to be President of Harvard?

      • loosethedogs December 25, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        BRH: you also have to be approved by the Pilgrim’s Society

      • Brandon Laskow December 25, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

        Not a lesbo. Married to a white academic named Christopher Afendulis. They have a mulatto teenage son.

        • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

          Unless he is just her “beard” or Stepford Husband.

        • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

          I stand corrected, sir.

          I just looked at the haircut and general demeanor … and jumped to conclusions.

          My apologies to Ms. Gay.

          • JackStraw December 26, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

            You weren’t wrong. She’s definitely a lesbian regardless of the fact she has a “husband”.

          • Ron Anselmo December 26, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

            ^True^

  15. devnickle December 25, 2023 at 10:39 am #

    The Haaavard saga, is a microcosm of the grifting wokeism of the Democrat party, and the Rino simps who enable them.

    ALL of them deserve the retribution coming from DJT for the hijinks of the last eight years and running.

    I’m here to help cut through the bullshit.

    At your service Commander.

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    • Uncle Abraham December 25, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

      Welcome aboard!

  16. mitchellc December 25, 2023 at 10:45 am #

    After all that has been endlessly discussed here, people revert – literally snap back into position – to beliefs that were instilled when they were children.

    Once again, a working, functioning society based on merit, achievement, laws and regulated norms consumes *energy*.

    Think big people: how do you stop/retard civilization’s headlong rush into resource depletion, population overshoot and environmental degredation?

    First, you must kill the foundation of how societies self organize to extract optimal efficiencies; you must corrupt and destroy the system itself.

    Everything follows this prime directive. JHK et all really seem to believe that a collective mania for self destruction simply arose from the ether.

    • mitchellc December 25, 2023 at 10:51 am #

      The broader picture is now being openly considered and discussed in general media; why is CFN still behind the curve?

      youtu.be/CQmoQEeNYrs?si=dNDaB2TpSRLlvJTY

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 25, 2023 at 11:39 am #

        Just because there is some logic to “elite” accelerationism doesn’t mean that logic is that well-fleshed or its proponents worthy of any respect or acquiescence, brother.

  17. Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 10:49 am #

    “Win big prizes pretending to care about your fellow man.”

    At least they had a chance, or thought they had a chance, and those prizes.

    It amazes me, the number of people who repeat the latest mantra, bend the knee, for what?

    The approval of their stupid friends who also demonstrate how in touch with the latest wokism they are?

  18. Ishabaka December 25, 2023 at 10:55 am #

    I’ve been wondering whether the delirious joy with which the Woke have celebrated the medieval barbarity of Hamas will be a tipping point.
    If you’ve ever wondered how the emminently sensible Germans could have brought forth Nazism, well, now you’ve seen how right here in the good ‘ol USA.
    Merry Christmas to all.

    • pyrrhus December 25, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

      Israel is out-Nazing the Nazis with its endless slaughter of civilians, especially children, while accomplishing nothing against Hamas…
      BTW, the IDF, not Hamas, has admitted to killing many of the people who died on Oct.7…

      • Uncle Abraham December 25, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

        How often must it be said? All bloodshed in Gaza is on the heads of Hamas and its supporters/enablers. Is that you, pyrrhus?

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:41 pm #

      The Jews did so much for the Blacks. Gratitude? Zilch. Of course the Blacks say that they were being used as a weapon against the Whites. That’s true too, of course. There is much blame to go around. Including Whites. We could have said no, no and fuck no to all of it – from both of them.

      But we were weak, greedy, lazy, and stupid and let them get away with it.

      • Uncle Abraham December 25, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

        Are you saying the Jews used the blacks as weapons against the whites? If so, that’s some messed up heil Hitler shit.

        • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

          You’re supposed to capitalize Blacks according to the New York Times. But not Whites…..

          Who founded the NAACP? The Blacks?

          • RD3 December 25, 2023 at 11:59 pm #

            The NAACP was/is office buildings full of Jewish lawyers. David Horowitz admitted this. Marcus Garvey gave first hand testimony that when he visited NAACP headquarters he didn’t see any black people, just Jewish lawyers.

        • RD3 December 25, 2023 at 11:56 pm #

          David Horowitz acknowledged that his father and other Jewish activists used blacks as an all out assault on white America, and Christendom, in general. Its not really up for debate. They acknowledge it, and many are still proud of it.

          • RD3 December 26, 2023 at 12:07 am #

            In regard to the American South, Jews went to war against white America over the Leo Frank case. Jews in the South had been treated more than fairly since Colonial times. Frank was justly lynched and Jewish lawfare set about to destroy the people who had protected them for decades. Paul Gottfried has said that Frank was most likely guilty.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 10:30 am #

            Correct. This is pretty well settled historical fact. Pointing it out always provokes the usual name calling from Leftists, but facts are immune to name calling.

            In any event, things have now come full circle and the black Leftists have now turned on the Jewish leftists in recent years. Much of this started with Farrakhan decades ago. Back then he was considered fringe. Then Obama legitimized him and the black Leftist antisemitism has rocketed off the charts since then.

            I expect to see a bit of a shift in Jewish voting patterns next year as some disillusioned Jewish voters wise-up and figure out that Trump is their true friend….not Dementia Joe and his regime of Woke, Marxist, pro-Hamas, sociopathic, Obamacare-treads.

          • Uncle Abraham December 26, 2023 at 11:09 am #

            I call bs. Provide the quote by Horowitz in context and I will prove you’re a liar.

          • Uncle Abraham December 26, 2023 at 11:33 am #

            Also, it’s widely known that, as reported in The Tennessean, “The testimony used to convict Frank was perjured and the real killer of the 14 year old Mary Phagan was the man who gave that false testimony…”

            The witness who reported what he saw and heard from the real killer came forward with nothing to gain other than unburdening his conscience of what he knew was the truth but as a frightened youth didn’t report at the time, also under the advisement of his parents. This witness passed both a lie detector and psychological stress test requested by The Tennessean.

            I suggest anyone interested look up the article – there is more corroborating evidence that Frank was framed.

            The commenter who calls this a justified lynching is an irresponsible instigator of hate through lies and calumny.

          • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

            That figgers.

          • Socrates-Detroit December 26, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

            If it wasn’t for CFN, specifically JHK’s comment about how Jewish-Americans were soooo important to the US Civil Rights movement, I wouldn’t know. Thank you JHK.

            Now, I’m sure there are several American Jews of principle who see what the Israelis have been doing to the Palestinians, even before this latest war, and don’t agree.

            One of them, one Rachel Corrie, was bulldozed to death..that was 20 years ago.

            But to me, it seems most American Jews seem to buy the story that “Hamas started this on Oct 07”.

            During the Civil Rights movement, Israel did not occupy millions of Palestinians (though Israel had REMOVED hundreds of thousands of them in the Nakba).

            So it wasn’t really too hypocritical of American Jews to support oppressed African Americans.

            In any case, as others note above, I think African Americans were making (slow) progress, and Civil Rights laws in the 50s and 60s helped remove obstacles (which is not the same as giving a boost)

            The Palestinians in occupied Palestine since the early 1980s (aka since the US bought off Egypt) had it much worse than blacks had it in the South under Jim Crow before 1950.

            And there are no lawyers, Jewish or otherwise, to help them. The US Federal government helped blacks–it is not only NOT going to help Palestinians, the US is providing the weapons to kill them–free of charge.

            Can you imagine giving Bull Connor tanks to replace his dogs and telling him “We support you. Here are tanks and machine guns. Take care not kill or wound civilians, but we are 100% behind you restoring law and order, and you do whatever it takes”. That’s the US government now:)

            And that’s just reality.

            Palestine is small piece of land. That’s another piece of reality. Thanks to the US, it looks like, for the near term anyway, Israel is going to succeed with their Final Solution, and take it all.

            Now, in my opinion, the two things that did the most to divide the American public (and perhaps it was never as united as I idealize it) were Civil Rights and Vietnam.

            Both made people question authority, the government, the mainstream churches, as the felt the government had lied, or was hypocritical.

            This Israeli genocide that is unfolding in front of the whole world is going to have a similar effect in Israel.

            And it will affect the US, though this is an already divided country.

            Just look at the commentariat here. COVID–most CFN comments align with JHK. Ukraine. Many align–a little division.

            But Palestine–there, you’ve fractured the CFN consensus.

            And the global fallout from this Gaza war is going to be like throwing gasoline, lots of it, on the dumpster fire of ills that afflict the US, that JHK enjoys telling us about, from DEI, to resource constraints, to non-sustainable growth, to debts that cannot be paid.

          • RD3 December 26, 2023 at 10:43 pm #

            Uncle A,

            You’re just wrong. There was very little “anti-Semitism” or even anti-Catholic “bigotry” in the South before the Frank case. Jefferson Davis’s cabinet included a Jew and a Catholic, which would have been verboten in the North at the time. What we are dealing with an an irreconcilable conflict that was born at the foot of The Cross. Jews killed the Logos incarnate and they have been at war with Logos since that time. No matter where they are, they always seek to undermine and destroy the established culture.

          • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            RD: From what I’ve heard, you’re right about the South and Jews.

            And the guy behind the Reconciliation statue was one, Moses Ezekiel, the first Jewish graduate of West Point.

            Was he an ardent patriot, or a knowing or unknowing servant of the dark powers? Don’t know. Just found out about him the other day.

  19. BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 10:56 am #

    The Post ran excerpts from one of Claudine Gay’s academic papers; invariably, it was about racism. She only published 11 tomes in her entire career and apparently they were in some shape or form all about racism. How much more is there to say about the subject of racism? It’s a subject that has been beaten to death. Gay had to plagerize as she had nothing new to add. Nobody does.

    It occurs to me the US, the UK, and possibly Germany, where college, first & foremost, teaches young people to hate their own countries, their own heritage, and themselves. Nations we are in direct competition with — China, Russia, India — do not do this. Who then does the future belong to?

    • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

      BRH,
      Saw a picture of a bumper sticker, and thought of you;

      “Gentlemen do not motor about after dark – Lucas Electric”

      • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

        E. I finally got my Royal Enfield running after 2 years of trouble shooting & f#kkng around with it. It was at the end of the season; now winter is here are there are no guarantees it will start in April.

        • Grandpa December 26, 2023 at 12:39 am #

          …if it is anything like my Norton Commando; no, it won’t.

          • elysianfield December 26, 2023 at 1:18 am #

            Grandpa,
            I once had a 750 Norton Commando, but had to sell it as I was not man enough to kick the damn thing over.

          • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

            Jag u ar. . .

  20. Zoltar December 25, 2023 at 10:57 am #

    I moved to this smallish city with its own prestige university in 1978. At that time it had seven “vice presidents.” It now has fifty-five – all engaged in reciprocal makework for each other, as they maneuver toward their next career move through the higher education ecosystem.

    The recently-apointed university president – a woman, of course – has been discovered to have little interest in actual education, but is keenly engaged in coercive identity politics.

    Pehaps by coincidence, or not, the school plummeted out of the ranks of the elite this year (dropped twenty spots!) and thoughtful observers anticipate that nouveau riche fathers in China will accordingly decide that seventy thousand dollars per year tuition money might be better spent elsewhere.

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    • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      Zoltar, I think that’s the story of the majority of our large institutions … they’ve morphed into one big Circle Jerk grifting operation, specially at the top. Another example is the US Armed Forces. In WW2, in all the services combined, we had 8 four star flag officers; currently we have 44.

      • Zoltar December 25, 2023 at 11:17 am #

        Heckler

        The degradation if American higher education is inexorably revealing itself as graduates join the workforce.

        That of our War Marchine remains sheltered until one Big Day when it will suddenly prove disastrous.

        • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

          “The degradation if American higher education is inexorably revealing itself as graduates join the workforce.”

          Zoltar,
          Perhaps…perhaps Zaz would like to provide a cut and paste comment?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 10:08 pm #

            I like to back up my comments sometimes and at the same time don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel, especially when we are sitting atop the world’s largest communication-multimedia engine-cum-library, AKA, the internet.

            Why don’t you sit atop a hill and make smoke signals? Or not concern yourself with words and letters?

    • Soul Forensics December 25, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

      “nouveau riche fathers in China will accordingly decide that seventy thousand dollars per year tuition money might be better spent elsewhere.” — Zoltar

      Even more importantly, gov’ts in Arab nations will pull the plug on huge donations when they find out that the internal recruitment and (former) prestige of a uni degree craters.

      “Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 mandates that universities report twice each year foreign gifts and contracts of $250,000 or more. For years, universities paid scant attention to the obligation and the DoE did not enforce it. Hence, we sometimes only learn of contributions and contracts if they are publicized by the university.”

      “A combination of more conscientious reporting and a significant increase in foreign gifts is reflected in the most recent DoE report which indicate that between 1986 and June 1, 2021, 258 universities received 7,713 contributions (gifts and contracts) worth $8,444,579,595.”

      “Three countries contribute more than 80% of all Arab funding. Qatar is the leading source of funds – $4.3 billion (51% of the total), followed by the Saudis – $2.1 billion (25% of the total), and the UAE – $1.1 billion (13% of the total).”

      — from Mitchell G. Bard

      The universities, as now constructed, are a twilight industry. The good news is that universities (sooner than later) will become what they were founded on, and what made them valuable: an extremely demanding and accountable broad-based intellectual curriculum offered to highly intelligent, tested-for students who passionately want to learn, and will defer at all times to their expert instructors.

      Funding? Administrators will be very few, and subservient to the professors. That in itself will slash the vast majority of the budget.

      From that corrective, innovation, morality, and intellectual courage and truth will improve dramatically, and there’ll be a direct accountability pushed from the academic world on to the political realm.

      Call me a dreamer, but it’s an inevitability. Our host often gets derided for his optimism, but it’s not optimistic, just a return to Truth, which always wins out.

      • Mac December 25, 2023 at 4:20 pm #

        The simple fix is to end all federal student loans and deregulate higher education. The academic bureaucracy would vanish.

    • neurodoc December 25, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

      Most colleges and universities now have deans, associate deans, assistant deans, and vice deans, and multiple assistants/minions, for topics such as: affirmative action, diversity studies, native amerikan studies, black studies, feminine studies, alternative studies, hispanic studies, as well as fields like website construction, internet communication, and basket weaving. I am quite sure that China, Russia and Indian don’t engage in such stupidity.

      • neurodoc December 25, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

        I meant India, not indian in the last sentence. spchecksucks

      • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        University seemed like a joke when i was18.

        Im 65, it was. Nothing more or less than a way to ease middle school brats OUT. Turned psycopath run day care.

  21. Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 11:15 am #

    Currier & Ives isn’t PC. Remember PC, the precursor to Woke?

  22. Bill of Rights December 25, 2023 at 11:25 am #

    Pretty painting Jim. Thanks.

    Talking of hustle:

    Germany’s present government has several examples of plagiarists and some with no degrees but claiming to have earned degrees such as their Secretary of State. Some dropped out of vocational schools and hold top party positions.

    • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 11:43 am #

      I’ve been listening to Christmas for a couple of weeks now, and I note that they are heavy on horse-drawn sleighs, and bells.
      Also walking, both in the winter wonderland and on city streets as the bells ring.
      So we have the knowledge within our cultural memory, of living without driving.

      But here on CFN, most of the commenters insist that life without cars and planes is unthinkable, impossible, and therefore will never, ever happen. They demand loudly that their overlords provide them with more cheap gas, because they deserve it.

      Interesting.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        Cars are horseless carriages. We never lived without some kind of driving or conveyance in modern times.

        We could figure out the automobile problems if we put our best minds on it, but the people pushing the no planes, no cars agenda right now are big fat lying elitists and communists as well as demented nutjobs like Al Gore who have no intention of living the way they tell us to.

        And Great isn’t autistic she’s retarded but thinks she’s smart.

        • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

          Speed racers in biz jets.

      • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

        Paula,
        Do you listen to IHeart Radio? I do, almost exclusively. I searched, as I do every year, for “Classical Christmas music”…not “classic Christmas music”, but classical…Symphony renditions of the liturgical music of the culture…choirs, etc.”. The search offered about 8 different radio selections, and each offered no Christmas music at all…just songs by different artists.

        Over the last several years, I have always found the Classical music that I sought. This year…not at all.

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

          No, I’ve never heard of it.

          That is an interesting observation, and I’m sure it means something. Probably something bad (or maybe that’s just me.)

          I was watching Alex Christoforu this morning and he mentioned Rand Paul issuing a list of fed gov boondoggles.

          One of them was the US federal government paying to boost the popularity of hip hop stars who have lost audience.
          I posted a YouTube video which glamorized and instructed about violence, which had 6 million views and is still up. I questioned why that is.
          Now it turns out that the government is literally functioning as a press agent for hip hop artists?

          So take off classical Christmas music and push violent hip hop music. Sounds……odd.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

            Hip hop has been declining in popularity and 2023 has been a particularly bad year for the genre.

            So, our government thinks we need to keep it around?

        • Soul Forensics December 25, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

          elysianfield,

          I seldom tout yootoob, but I go there mostly for music of all kinds. They have a treasure trove of classical Christmas music, including video concerts of all kinds. The Choir of King’s College immediately comes to mind, but there are many more, including some highly talented amateur soloists and small chamber groups playing everything from secular Christmas Carol chestnuts to long compositions of the divine.

      • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

        It’s not that life without cars is unthinkable, Paula. It’s that the highly paid Climate Change Elite & EPA Commissars will be cruising the streets in $200,000 Lucents while the rest of us Proles ride on stinking buses with vagrants, criminals & drug addicts. That’s the way its shaping up.

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

          I think it’s unthinkable for many people.

          They literally cannot picture it, although it is within our cultural memory, which was my point.

          Not my concern. I quit flying after 9-11, and I drive very little.
          I filled my tank up 3 times this year.

          I deliberately moved close enough to town to walk, although I usually drive. But it doesn’t use much gas. That was a choice I made. Others make different choices. OK, but then to rely on your ruling overlords to provide you with the means to continue?
          LOL, not bloody likely.

          It’s not as difficult for me to picture a different life, especially because when I grew up it was that way.

          No point in arguing with people about it, though, if they have an emotional attachment to the current modes of transportation.

          • Socrates-Detroit December 26, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

            I think life without cars is unthinkable for 90% of suburban/urban Americans

            With one exception, everywhere I’ve lived in the US, like without a car would be impossible.

            Here, life without a car is viable…barely. Kind of ironic, since I’m in the Detroit area, but an older area, with sidewalks, and with some (not all) useful businesses, groceries within a 10-15 minute walk.

            Even in a small southern town in NC, I needed a car.

            Of course, if society implodes, then there won’t be any viable businesses to walk to…

          • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

            My grandmother lived in a small town in Utah, population 100.

            When I was a kid, there was a general store there, with a gas pump outside, and the post office inside.
            Anyone in town could walk there within minutes, and get basic supplies.

            But then later, it folded. The people in the town now had to drive 20 miles to a grocery store or gas station. No more walking to the local store.
            The post office moved to a small trailer outside a woman’s house, who became the postmaster.

            Now I hear that the town has exploded in population. The NSA headquarters in Provo are over the mountain, and people now think nothing of driving over the mountain twice a day to go to work.
            I’m sure that they would scream “There is no other way to live!!”

            But there is. Driving over that mountain used to be a literal pain. I did it once, as a child (in the backseat). The road was narrow and deeply rutted. You couldn’t go any faster than 10 mph. It took us most of the day to go over the mountain.
            But I’m sure that the NSA employees can’t picture that now, and feel completely entitled to live in another valley from the one that they work in.

            One more thing: there was an old lady in town who told me how she used to ride her horse to the mountains on the other side of the valley.
            Of course, as a kid, I thought that was really cool.
            But my dad told me that she rode with her dad in the fall to a coal mine called Winter Camp, in which farmers worked during the off season.
            She led his horse home, and then the family went without their man for the winter. In the spring she would lead his horse back to Winter Camp and he would come home for the summer.

            That is how people lived. And now the humans of today can’t even imagine it.

          • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

            The road is better now, Paula, but general point taken.

          • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 8:14 pm #

            Yes, the government spends billions making roads better, so that people can live far from where they work, and they can then bitch and moan about how there is no other possible way to live.

        • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

          BRH,
          In the bad old days in Oakland, there allowed sworn members of the OPD to ride free on buses within the city…no uniform, just a badge shown to the driver.

          …You would only do so if you were looking for trouble.

          • GreenAlba December 25, 2023 at 7:37 pm #

            I go everywhere on the bus – holidays by train. Our buses are great – and everyone uses them, even people with cars, because parking in the city centre is a pain in the arse.

            If you want to find people like yourself on the bus, you’ll all have to take the flippin’ bus, on a regular basis Then the demographics of bus travel will be the same as general demographics. But all the ‘nice’ folks eschewing the bus and then complaining that only the lower orders are to be found on the bus is a numpty argument, sorry.

            Not directed specifically at you, EF.

          • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 8:38 pm #

            Alba,
            The demographics of the bus, in Oakland, did indeed mirror the general demographic of the city. I do not know what a “numpty argument” is, but please take a moment and look at crime statistics on the BART system in Oakland.

            The decision not to take the bus was not a decision based on class, but rather safety.

            To put a fine point to the situation, if any OPD personnel were to become involved in an incident on the bus, he would undoubtedly be questioned as to the reason he was on the bus…and would need a damn good reason to have been there.

            His judgment would be in question.

          • BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 7:26 am #

            With all due respect GA, but don’t think you have any idea what it means to ride on a city bus in in South Philadelphia, Camden, NJ, or Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

          • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

            Does Alba realize that Blacks assault, rape, and kill at seven to ten times the White rate?

            She doesn’t accept the IQ difference, so why would she accept these facts either?

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

          The elite have four or five fully-staffed mansions, equipped with helipads to chauffer them from their private planes.

          Meanwhile, millions of Americans live in their cars or under bridges. That’s actually worse than cutting off the oil, imo.

          I see no sign that the unfairness of that will change. Therefore, I have no problem believing that they will keep their private jets (I don’t think they’ll be in cars at all), while the rest of us learn how to get around other ways.

      • devnickle December 25, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

        Why should we live without cars and planes if we don’t have to?

        You do know CO2 is what plants breathe, right?

        The climate cultists make it sound like soot. It’s not.

        Without CO2, life on this planet would cease. We learned this in 5th grade biology class.

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

          You do realize you’re commenting on a Peak Oil blog, right?

          • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:26 am #

            And you call me an asshole….rotflol

        • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:25 am #

          You are correct we don’t have to.
          We might need to revisit what powers our planes, trains and automobiles.
          Brazil has made a go of switching to ethanol at the expense of air quality.
          A good case to be made to switch to diesel hybrids using seed oils, algae oil and ethanol.
          As far as peak oil goes every time they look they just keep finding more huge pools of the stuff.

          I had an experience with a man sitting in his almost brand new Tesla waiting for a charging spot.
          Went into the local Vons and noticed him red faced and obviously talking to himself using choice words better left unsaid around kids.
          Came out a half hour later and the same guy was still sitting in his car even madder.
          I asked him if he needed help to which he replied he had been waiting over an hour for a charge spot to open up and he was afraid to go to the next spot out of fear of running out of battery power.
          He literally said he was charging his car and returning to the dealership to get rid of it and buying a gas powered car.

        • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

          As my grandkid spent 5th grade locked out of school during some phony psyop.

  23. Paula D December 25, 2023 at 11:36 am #

    I don’t think that justice is finally being done, nor do I think that the scam is about to unravel, although I also wish it were true.

    Plagiarism is just another tool in their basket for getting rid of those who have outlived their usefulness.

    If she were male, it would be an accusation of lewd behavior 20 years ago, or child porn found on her computer.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 11:47 am #

      That’s what they did to Roland Fryers. They didn’t get rid of him, they just basically canceled him.

      Sexual harassment that he possibly even did was what they used against him, but it was alleged to have gone on for some time, and it wasn’t until he produced some results from actual research that threatened the power structure at Harvard that they stuck him in a corner somewhere.

      • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 11:55 am #

        Was it sexual harassment, or flirting?

        It all depends on whether they want to cancel someone or not.

        • Ron Anselmo December 25, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

          Exactly Paula. Or simply to say something nice. Telling the 76 year-old cashier at the grocery store (working to make ends meet) that I like her nail color, just to get a smile – I’m sexually harassing her. Not to her, but according to others. Give me a fucking break.

          This from the 40 year-old woke bitch behind me in line – the one trying to look 20 – and pissed because I wouldn’t give her the time of day.

          • GreenAlba December 25, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

            When I was still at work, a very clothes-conscious female colleague was hauled over the coals by a senior male colleague for telling a visiting male colleague from another office that his shirt was nice and colourful.

            Equal opportuniteis fuckwittery.

        • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

          A female reporter bumped into Corey Lewandowsky and claimed assault. Why not claim sexual assault too?

          Women are not moral beings for the most part. No guilt but they can be shamed. Therefore they must be.

          • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:16 am #

            Bullshit.
            Most of the women I know are far more moral than their counter parts.
            They are however prone to getting more emotional and making mistakes as a result.

        • Jarek December 26, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

          Usually, it all depends on whether she likes it and him, or not.

          Of course if he doesn’t call back after a night of passion, then it could become rape in her mind. Or if powerful people can convince her to see it that way.

          The woman who was “raped” by Assange saw that she had just downed the world’s greatest whistle blower. She recanted when she began to become a pariah. If that hadn’t happened, she would never have felt any remorse. They operate on shame not guilt.

          Sometimes they feel it, perhaps when it is induced by shame. It’s like an alien force from outside. One time a girl was out past her curfew so she told her parents that the cab driver had raped her! Months after he had gone to prison she confessed, no doubt screaming and weeping as if she was a victim of some monster. To her it felt like that – a Monster from her subconscious called conscience.

  24. shovedhead70 December 25, 2023 at 11:43 am #

    The other day I found a collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings at a local Goodwill. Harvard edition. I feel like Emerson would have been appalled by the dynamics of much of the Ivy League and its professors.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

      A nice find. I can’t go into a place like Goodwill or I will come out with a bunch of crap.

      • malthuss December 26, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

        goodwill in el-ay very pricey..i need to give them some more things. 23 clean up before 24.

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

      Get the Dover edition about his son. He told Ralph Waldo, I don’t want to go. Ralph Waldo said, You’re going.

      Indeed when the Elite stopped sending their sons to war, that marked the end of the Republic. Vietnam certainly. Earlier? BRH?

      • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

        Nobody was too enthusiastic about Korea.

        Quite suddenly, after being an ally for 4 long years 1941-1945, Communism was the enemy.

        • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 7:15 pm #

          But did the upper class go as usual?

          • BackRowHeckler December 25, 2023 at 9:14 pm #

            Largely, no. They figured they’d done their bit in WW2, which had ended less than 5 years previous.

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

            No draft at that point?

          • BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 7:27 am #

            College deferments.

        • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:14 am #

          It always was and always will be the enemy.
          After they mopped up the Fascists, they should have purged the commies.

  25. Paula D December 25, 2023 at 11:53 am #

    Get ready for a year of the most incredible hypocrisy and double standards ever displayed by our overlords.

    There are 50 elections coming up next year, including Taiwan in January and Russia in March.

    The pro-unification party in Taiwan is projected to win, and so is Putin in Russia,

    Want to take bets that both of those elections will be declared rigged? Both of them declared unacceptable? Color revolutions unleashed in both countries?

    We already see it happening in Serbia, even if the election was just held, still in 2023.
    Riots and violence, which are supported by the west, because……”democracy”,

    Other countries voting in 2024 include Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States of America.

    Which elections will be declared rigged? Which will be decried for discriminating against opposition candidates? Which ones will have “problems with voter access”, and “lack of diversity in candidates?”

    And which one will be declared open and transparent, beyond all criticism, and a triumph of democracy?
    Also, which one will throw people into jail for questioning the results?
    Spoiler alert: the same one.

    People sickened by hypocrisy and double standards will spend the next year throwing up in their mouths, every time they see a msm “news” report.

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    • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

      Paula,
      The year upcoming will be sporty. I’m not a person of religion, but to quote Christ;

      “…Sell your shit and buy a Glock”- Jesus (paraphrased).

      • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

        Cue Jarek to cite the chapter and verse.

      • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

        Paula doesn’t care about the Palestinians. No objective standard of morality with women. It’s all about the feelz. She’s imprinted on Russian Communism – thus her unwavering loyalty to the Jews since they were behind that. And thus to Israel. Links in a mind forged chain welded together by feelz.

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 4:20 pm #

          I meant chapter and verse of the Bible, not the Men’s Rights Manifesto.

          Try harder.

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

            Oh now she likes the Bible! Better than her medicine in any case.

        • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:13 am #

          You have often made this claim but the proof is rather short.
          Blaming a couple of Jewish guys is like saying all the west is guilty of the opium wars.
          A view it would appear China believes and is in the process of paying us back with massive fentanyl chemical exports and a literal mass murder of western people we are at an average of 150 people a day.
          Day in and day out.

          Over a quarter of a million Americans have died from a fentanyl overdose since 2018. Home / Health / Articles / Are fentanyl overdose deaths rising in the US? In 2022, 73,654 people died from a fentanyl overdose in the US, more than double the amount of deaths from three years prior in 2019.

          Why are we worrying about a tribal people in the sand box when a 1/4 of a million people have been tombstoned right here in the USof A?

          • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

            Who exactly is grabbing people, holding them down and forcing dope into them?

            Videos. . .links. . . Cmon . .

            What did those OD people live for and look forward to ?

            Fentanyl.

            So whats the problem?

            Theyre still rockin in a free world as its been said.

            How to force subhumans to give a care for themselves is beyond my pay grade.

          • benr December 26, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

            @rw

            Except they are putting that poison into all the other poison.
            People think they are buying blow and they are getting blow mixed with synthetic opioids.
            Same with an equally obnoxious toxic slurry called meth.
            I am hearing they are even putting it in weed now.
            The easiest question to answer is the why.
            It’s cheap, it’s everywhere and it is addicting as hell.
            You might not care but you will when it hits close to home.
            In San Diego they are finding at least two bodies a day on average from overdosing on this garbage.
            You might not care until you accidently get exposed to a microgram of this garbage while at a park with your kids or grandkids from the last addict using on a park bench or at a movie theater or while using a public restroom.

            Get it you don’t have to be a drug addict to get caught up in this mess a single piece of this no larger than the head of a needle is lethal.

  26. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth December 25, 2023 at 11:55 am #

    At the same time as limbs were flailing and hospitals were being bombed, I did take comfort that our esteemed Congress pulled 3 Ivey League presidents into their chambers to get to the bottom of the of the true atrocities. Yes, that University students were not curtailing their speach on genocide in a respectful manner.

    Claudine Gay is a complete fraud, but these were little fake triumphs for the masses and smoke screening for the professional victims.

    Yule Tidings and Merry Christmas to all. There is light in the darkness.

  27. crudgemudgeon December 25, 2023 at 11:55 am #

    Excuse me, but would any of Ms. Gay’s career been scrutinized had she used her position to excoriate the pro-Hamas protesters? I think not. She’d just go merrily along rooting out systemic racism for another twenty years. Nothing’s really changed here.
    Merry Christmas and happy Hannuka (sp?) and whatever my friends.

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 2:54 pm #

      Ah, the inner Truth. Whites are the most oppressed group, not the Blacks, much less the Jews.

      The Blacks are trying to take the magic wand from them, the rod of power that assigns place in the hierarchy. The Jews have no intention of ceding that.

      The hapless Whoopi “Goldberg” (a made up or stage name) said that the struggle between Whites and Jews was just a struggle between two groups of Whites. They didn’t like that and rapped her on the snout with the wand.

      • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:06 am #

        Whoopie is a loudmouth idiot.

        • beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

          @benr:

          We ought to refer to her by her real name, Caryn Johnson.

          • Ron Anselmo December 26, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

            Just like Big Mike – she may very well be carrying a johnson.

      • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

        RCA The masters voice

  28. liber8tor December 25, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks Jim . Best wishes to all.

  29. Merkwurdiglieb December 25, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

    I am currently travelling to DC on an Amtrak train. If someone unfamiliar ever wanted a succinct, visual statement of the condition of America at this point in history, all they’d have to do is ride this thing for a few hours. It’s absolutely appalling. I’m ashamed to be known as an American. But it’s still better than driving. And now, on towards our nation’s capital (capital punishment, capital crime, capital murder). Merry Christmas to all.

    • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

      And you end up right across the street from the Capitol, without having to worry about parking.

      Look on the bright side.

      • Merkwurdiglieb December 25, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

        I agree Paula. Hey, let’s also all look on the bright side of this entire mess. In due time, the entire nation can enjoy a rat roast. If Jim is right, we can watch academia, the social justice warlocks, the deep state etc.. all roast its rats in a giant bonfire of self preserving, St. Vitus shivering double bubble speak as they awaken to the fact that no longer will they able to hoodwink Deploraville.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

        Just don’t accept any offers of a free tour from the Capitol Police.

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

          I saw that meme!

          • Beryl of Oyl December 25, 2023 at 4:48 pm #

            Someone should put it on a DC billboard.

        • benr December 26, 2023 at 8:05 am #

          Another travesty!
          Americans held for many months without due process and jailed for less than an actual crime.

          • Ron Anselmo December 26, 2023 at 10:29 am #

            Yes benr – what we allow becomes acceptable. There will be more political prisoners in the near future. This is what we allow, until we don’t.

          • beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            @ benr:

            And that is one of the reasons I will never vote for Trump. He should have made a major stink about the illegally incarcerated 1/6 prisoners.

          • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

            The crime being that of showing up NOT wearing horned headdress.

          • Ron Anselmo December 26, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

            Bill – with all due respect, “major stinks” do nothing. When are we going to learn? What is so hard to understand? The political prisoners need to be freed – by force if necessary.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 10:47 am #

          …or free accommodations of indefinite duration at the DC Gulag!

    • Slugoon December 26, 2023 at 6:02 am #

      What do you see out of the window? (For an Englishman.)

      • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

        It depends on where he’s coming from. From the north, it is a beautiful ride through the Adirondack Mountains. (For a sample, look at JHK’s paintings).

        From the south, you go through the Appalachian mountains, also beautiful, but without the picture perfect Currier and Ives farms.

      • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

        Of course as you go through the old industrial cities, which we call the Rust Belt, you see the effects of deindustrialization firsthand.

        Crumbling warehouses with boarded-up windows, abandoned rusted out factories, boarded-up downtowns….it’s pretty bleak.

        Welcome to America!

        • Slugoon December 26, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

          Thanks for the imagery. I think I would like to take a ride. There an intense beauty in entropy.

    • malthuss December 26, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

      walk or drive los angeles.

  30. JohnAZ December 25, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

    A huge hole in the Left’s agenda is that as much as they hate the United States Constitution, they have absolutely nothing to put in its place.

    The only thing they actually do in power is spend money to buy votes. Period. There is no humanity there, no common sense, all emotion, totally power motivated which invariably leads them to be champions for totalitarianism.

    The Dems got their adherence from the unions in the 20th century. Remember how corrupt the unions became when their mandate passed and politics were the only thing they did? Well, looks like that corruption they spawned is still with us.

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  31. bobfitz03 December 25, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

    Lenin and Stalin saw the practical application of intelligentsiya as managerial overseers in the Workers Paradise. They also saw what a pain in the ass entitled “intellectual elites” become in very short order.

    When the Harvard brain trust finally comes calling with a deeply regrettable Writ of Cancellation, will Ms. Gay’s privilege secure a one-way ticket on a Philosopher’s Boat to exile? Or will her obstinance require midnight knock for a cattle car to the archipelago?

  32. JohnAZ December 25, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

    In the last blog, Jarek posted an excellent article on the effects of the vaxx on cancer survivors. I added a post today before I realized it was Monday post time, dumb!!!

    Here goes.

    I have three questions about what the vaxx is doing.

    1. If cancer survivors lose their remission by s protein carnage in their immune systems caused by the vaxx or the disease itself, what prevents healthy folks from developing cancer as their protective screens fail?

    2. If the Vaxx causes the creation of permanent influxes of s proteins that cause damage to the immune system, what does a heavy dose of s proteins from the virus itself get for you. Does medicine need a s protein destroyer? Would that help long covid folks?

    3. Is the Vaxx mRNA, forget the s protein for a second, causing problems, like DNA modification. Liver cells have been shown to have DNA modified by the vaxx. Does that mean that those cells might produce s proteins in perpetuity? Could the cells be precursors of liver cancer, or cirrhosis or hepatitis? Is chronic inflammation of the liver, heart or other organs a result of the vaxx or the disease? Medicine owes us answers, but the rotten politicians will block them.

    Yesterday, I noticed a you tube post saying that many organs are affected by the vaxx. More to come, I would bet.

    The injection itself may be spreading the poison throughout the body by entering blood vessels at the injection site. IMHO, this is impossible to prevent.

    Lastly, what to do with the Capstone liars and charlatans, the 21st century editions of “snake oil salesmen”?

    • Ron Anselmo December 25, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

      What to do with them? In addition to “Death from Above”, as the 82nd Airborne used to say, “Kill them all. Let God sort them out”. Works for me.

      • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

        Where they the ones who used their bayonets on White students protesting desegregation in Little Rock?

        • Ron Anselmo December 25, 2023 at 11:49 pm #

          No, that would have been the Arkansas National Guard – mobilized under their Commander-in-Chief – the Arkansas governor at the time.

          The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, expressly prohibits US Forces (82nd Airborne) from engaging in civil law enforcement.

          This is also why Blackwater – NKA XE – a private military contractor (read mercenaries) was tasked with unconstitutionally disarming American citizens right after Hurricane Katrina.

          For US troops to do so, would have violated Posse Comitatus – the federal government always has a “workaround”.

          OG needs to add the Katrina “Response” (2005) to the GLT.

          • Ron Anselmo December 25, 2023 at 11:56 pm #

            OK. If OG adds the Katrina “Response”, put me down for an 11.

          • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

            Agree, Ron. That was mind-blowingly oppressive.

            On Monday, I heard that FEMA was stopping all relief from entering New Orleans, and not allowing the Red Cross to feed the people in the Superdome.

            I went to work and reported that to my co-workers, all of whom scoffed. “Why would they do that?”
            I said, “well, they say it’s so the people will be hungry enough to leave”, which brought another round of scoffing.

            But by Friday, they had all bought into it! Yes, of course the people should not be fed. Then they won’t get on the buses!

            Wait! Don’t you remember your views on Monday? No, of course they didn’t.

            Later I had a friend go to work for Homeland Security and she said that Russel Honore came to give a speech to them.
            According to him, he wasn’t assigned to go, but he went anyway. And as the highest ranking officer on the ground, he had influence.
            He told them that as they went door to door, trying to get people to leave, they could not use force, and they could give them water if needed.

            Believe it or not, the original plans appear to have been worse than what happened.

            .youtube.com/watch?v=kf8trl69kzo&t=6s

          • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

            Anyone can look at that news clip video and see for themselves if US soldiers would go against American citizens.

          • elysianfield December 26, 2023 at 4:38 pm #

            Ron, In 2010, a bill was passed through Congress giving the president the power to suspend the Posse Comitatus act. When signing the bill into law, Obama promised never to use the law for evil….

          • elysianfield December 26, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

            …I remember the debate, and Obama’s comments when signing the bill, but I cannot find a reference on the internets…Sooo, who knows?

          • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

            E – Thanks for the education.

            “When signing the bill into law, Obama promised never to use the law for evil….” ~ elysianfield

            Sounds just like The Magic Negro and his intentionally flawed logic.

            If the law was never to be used for evil, one can only infer that the law will be used for good.

            What possible good could come from – now woke – US military forces putting down American citizens?

            The Magic Negro is a liar – always has been.

      • elysianfield December 26, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

        “Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.” is a phrase reportedly spoken by the commander of the Albigensian Crusade, prior to the massacre at Béziers on 22 July 1209. A direct translation of the Medieval Latin phrase is “Kill them. The Lord knows those that are his own”. Wikipedia

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

      If we hadn’t learned to deal with coronaviruses we wouldn’t be here. Yes, perhaps they could make a super deadly one, but remember, that would take them down too. The Vax is the thing to catch the conscience and the bling. Do it for others! Help make your killers rich.

      The Vax isn’t for the Virus. The Virus is for the Vax. Reversing cause and effect, they have tricked the masses. Like they do with so many things. Create (or allow) a problem, then use your planned solution.

      • JohnAZ December 25, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

        I do agree with you. I believe that the vaxx was developed with the covid virus, how else could they known the sequencing for the Vaxx so quickly?

    • TPTB-USA December 26, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

      “1. If cancer survivors lose their remission by s protein carnage in their immune systems caused by the vaxx or the disease itself, what prevents healthy folks from developing cancer as their protective screens fail?

      2. If the Vaxx causes the creation of permanent influxes of s proteins that cause damage to the immune system, what does a heavy dose of s proteins from the virus itself get for you. Does medicine need a s protein destroyer? Would that help long covid folks?” ~ JohnAZ

      My 2 cent observations/suggestions (from a medical dunce).

      As gustafson.robert.22 pointed out “if you weaken the body in any general way, any previously weakened situation is likely to flare up”.

      Early on, many other medical professionals (perhaps even Fauci) were advising that the focus should be on protecting the fray and the elderly.

      A healthy immune system can protect a person from the s proteins.

      For those that are vulnerable, as in the case of cancer relapse, treatment (ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine?) to help combat the s proteins, and treatment to deal with issues like the liver not being able to cleanse the dead s proteins cells fast enough?

      And a key ingredient, is for the patient to not place a heavy emphasis on a professional definitive cancer diagnosis, when the medical establishment is paid not to think and is not knowledgeable about the covid interaction/presentation with cancer, but to stay as healthy as possible, mentally and physically, and fight to the finish.

    • Rain Waters December 26, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

      Put em on a diet of pure CBD.

  33. jsommer December 25, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

    Merry Christmas sir (and all others) and thank you for your unique thinking!

  34. JohnAZ December 25, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

    One more, thanks for your patience.

    Inflammation

    The body actually turns down inflammation, the immune system at the end of an infection.

    Inflammation, the attack on foreign, non-self things in the body, destroys the attacker, but also destroys the “self” cells, not a good thing. That is why having s proteins floating around from perpetuity cells triggering inflammation in the heart, kidneys, lungs or whatever is a very serious condition. Myocarditis or pericarditis are not the only inflammation organs, you can bet on that.

    First do no harm!!! I wonder if the Leftists rewriting the Constitution are also rewriting the Hippocratic Oath?

    People blocking research on inflammation and the vaxx need to be drawn and quartered. If all the people involved were punished, would we need a Designated Survivor?

  35. benr December 25, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

    I flew across the country last week and as I was flying, I started wondering how much longer flights anywhere will be affordable or even possible.
    Jet fuel is after all a petroleum product one of many Joe Biden and the miserable globull warming crowd wish to do away with.
    The list is very long if you start thinking about all the things made from petroleum products.
    Plastics
    Cafe standards in cars require lighter cars which heavily leverage plastics.
    Electricity and all things that require it even the now failing EV market heavily leverage petroleum products.
    That computer is buzzing away using evil electricity.
    All people complaining about the US policy for supplying cheap oil benefit from this and are complete hypocrites…you know who you are.

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    • Blackbird December 25, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

      I expect that airline travel will be an anomalous blip in human history. However, it also seems to me that airline travel is very efficient. I have often thought while sitting in one of those over-crowded plague tubes, how much more fuel would be used if all of us passengers drove to our destinations rather than flying.

      So I finally decided to look it up (Wikipedia…). It turns out that most airlines average between 60 and 70 passenger miles per US gallon. Try that with a Prius or even a squeaky-clean Tesla. Some models are even more efficient. Airbus A380: 78 passenger miles per US gallon. Airbus A321: 110 passenger miles per US gallon. “Jet airliners have become 70% more fuel efficient between 1967 and 2007.”

      But let’s not allow facts to get in the way of the approved narrative. We must crawl through the mud, holding our breath, to save the planet (for the rich fucks who flit around in private jets).

      • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

        Civilized countries use train travel. It is the most efficient.
        I don’t know about Amtrak. The tracks are old and the trains are slow.
        But damn, they still hold a lot of people. I just picked up my son and grandson at the train station a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing how many people that train held, and how quickly they evacuated the train. Even though there were probably hundreds more people than there are on a plane, they evacuated much, much faster.

        • benr December 26, 2023 at 7:42 am #

          Trains are great for short trips but for people who don’t have an extra couple of days to travel across a country like the US they don’t work.
          Another fact even though most trains are actually electric now they still use huge diesel generators so same problems as planes massive fuel consumption.
          Even worse the US has ripped up many tracks across the country and turned them into hiking trails.

          • Socrates-Detroit December 26, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

            @blackbird That’s a great little factoid. I’ll take your word for it.

            2011 Chevy Malibu, 250 mile trip, car got 32-34 mpg, so for two people that’s 66-68 passenger-miles per gallon. In quiet, air conditioned comfort, with a stereo, averaging 70mph.

            In mixed commuter driving, one person, a typical car goes 2/3 as far on a gallon of fuel (or it goes 50% further on freeway driving), so the old Malibu got about 23-25mpg.

            @benr

            Freight rail is very efficient. I recall reading that a diesel-electric locomotive can haul the equivalent of 10,000 pounds 400 miles on one gallon of diesel.

            It was in a print ad somewhere, but I’m sure the claim has some truth.

            A tractor trailer getting 7mpg is hauling 80,000 pounds 7 miles. So if the train needs 8 gallons for 400 miles for 80,000 lbs, it’s getting about 50mpg.

            Trains for people sound good, but… if you have not mass transit or can’t walk when you get OFF the train, it’s no good.

            Ditto if you don’t have that, or parking at the station, to get ON the train.

            We do have a lot of sprawl in the US, but I think the freight trains are relatively efficient AND keep a lot of stuff of the roads. My opinion–I really don’t know about that, and welcome informed comments.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 26, 2023 at 10:55 am #

          I like trains, Paula, and would happily utilize them in America if modern and privately owned rail systems were deployed in this country. Amtrak….sadly….really majorly sucks. I’ve ridden on it from DC to Philly a couple of times and it was just so-so. Trying to use it to go to somewhere lovely like Yellowstone is impossible.

          So I’m still largely a “road trip” kind of guy. My Toyota 4Runner takes me everywhere in comfort and privacy and has been doing so without mechanical failure for 17 years.

          • Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

            I don’t think that any country has private corporations running public transportation. I could be wrong.
            I know that when Chicago turned over the ticket system for the CTA to JP Morgan, it got more expensive, less efficient and more wasteful (they made you buy a new plastic card every time.)

            The US did have a healthy rail system until the Feds starting pumping trillions into the road system instead.
            I think we should count the EMS system in the costs.
            Trauma focuses mainly on car crashes, and the ensuing destruction. Cleaning up road kill is expensive.
            And then there’s the cost of the paraplegics, brain damaged, quadriplegics and other consequences of our reliance on car travel.

      • stelmosfire December 25, 2023 at 6:26 pm #

        BB, I had a ’71 Ford Econoline, 240 straight six, 1 barrel carter carb,3 on the tree,That square box would get about 18-20 mpg with 7-8 stoned skibums “loaded” in it from western MA to Stowe .VT Loaded being the key word. I figure that’s 7.5 x 19 mpg = 142 passenger miles per gallon. 1970’s tech. Sure it took 4-5 hours to get there but it was hours of fun and frivolity. I would think with modern technology these numbers would certainly improve.

        • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:51 pm #

          I got 13 people in my VW one time, for a short drive.

          Can’t remember now how we did it, but I remember that we did.

          And I got around 30 mpg.

          • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

            I’ll see your VW and raise you a minibus. I once spent about an hour riding in a minibus (the size of a VW van) along the coast of Mozambique. About a dozen people got on with me, then at every stop, more people got on. I was able to count 21 people in front of me, but could not turn around to count those behind me.

            Interesting cultural factoid: I had a large dry bag filled with scuba gear and clothes, as well as a soft case containing my underwater video housing and camcorder. As the minibus creaked and groaned, scraping its frame on the pot-holed road, I just knew all my expensive gear was going to be crushed by the dozen or so people packed around it. But whenever I was able to get a look forward, I’d inevitably see the passengers nearest my luggage contorting themselves uncomfortably around it to avoid sitting on it or even leaning against it. Not the slightest bit of damage, not even scuff marks on the outside of the bag. Try that in the US…

          • gilbert December 28, 2023 at 7:27 am #

            13 is a lot of people squeezed into a small space — and I thought 9 in a 1964 Chevy Belair was impressive. (7 in the cabin and 2 in the trunk). When one is young and foolish anything goes.

        • Socrates-Detroit December 26, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

          That’s the key–lots of people in the old van.

          If cars had 3-4 people in them, there would be 1/3 to 1/4 of the cars on the road, and they’d use about 30-36% of the fuel used by single drivers.

          The motor vehicles available in the US in 1965, domestic and (most) imported, were pretty good by then. That’s one of the last years before regulation. They started and ran well (needed maintenance).

          40-50 years later, by 2005-10, that’s “peak car” IMO, cars were much better. MUCH more efficient. But some of that efficiency has been absorbed by bigger, heavier cars and trucks.

          So today, we have more comfortable, better, quieter quicker cars that use less fuel. A lot less than the 70s, but not all that much less than 80s/90s cars.

          Pick-up trucks are much improved from the 70s thru early 90s. But not that much better than 15 years ago. But they are BIGGER than 15 years ago

          • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

            Hitchhiking needs to come back.

            I think that TPTB scared people into stopping hitchhiking because they wanted to be able to keep better track of us.

            No driver’s license, no registration, no tracking, but you could go anywhere, if someone would pick you up.

            So they killed a couple of hitchhikers, and a couple of people that picked up hitchhikers, hyped the hell of it, and pretty much put a stop to it.

          • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 4:22 pm #

            Not true.

            Modern cars are far more efficent than cars from the 80s.

            My 5 Series with an M-Performance upgrade pack has 360 hp, AWD, and weighs nearly 4,000 lbs.

            It gets about 38 mpg on the Autobahns here. Mixed driving nets about 32 mpg.

            That is black magic for a petrol R6 with those numbers.

          • stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 9:05 am #

            Yes true NO. but 360 hp? who needs it beside car guys? Or someone working it with a trailer, boat or plowing. Do you put 2000 kilos of loam in the high speed cruiser? If I could get a three cylinder diesel,standard transmission, with heat and roll up windows.geared low, with no stereo, I’d buy one. I would assume the powers could build it inexpensively and they would sell millions,. Thing is we can’t get these in America. I’ve met the nicest people hitchhiking. Also if your cruising the country many hitchhikers can give you the scoop on all the local hotspots. I picked a Vietnam vet up recently. He had a walker. Even after we got to his place we shot the shit for 1/2 hour.

          • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

            Stelmo,

            The post is not about what horsepower anyone needs or wants, it rather concerns the point that a car that weighs 4,000 lbs, has a large engine with a lot of power, and gas-sucking AWD still gets quite good gas mileage.

            Check out what the average turbo 4-cylinder in a lighter car gets.

            Modern cars are extremely efficient.

          • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

            One other item to consider is safety. Most of the weight and complexity in modern cars comes from improved suspension systems with more adjustment, as well as safety gear.

            There has never been a better time to purchase a quality motor vehicle.

          • stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

            Tell me about it. We used to peel people out of cars dead after a crash. Jaws of life shit.Now you can wrap a car around a tree at 60 mph and open the doors. I f the passengers are strapped in they walk away. Modern physics

          • stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

            I had a guy at work. Bought a humvee for his wife. He said he wanted a big heavy vehicle to keep his family safe. I told him he was better off with a mercedes or volvo with good crumple zones. A full frame truck is the worst. 60 to zero in 10 inches. Ouch!!. It’s not the fall that kills ya. it’s the sudden stop at the end. It’s all physics.

          • Night Owl December 28, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

            Most of the mid-size Euro chassis are incredibly safe these days.

    • Slugoon December 26, 2023 at 5:59 am #

      I won’t be encouraging my son or daughter into the profession for that very reason. I think their will still be aeroplanes during their lifetimes used for various tasks but mass air transport certainly has its end looming. Yet it still seems to get busier and busier with each passing year.

      I wonder whether we have reached peak air travel yet. The top of the Wright Brothers’ curve. Back there in the rear view mirror. Which you don’t generally get on civilian planes. Maybe on stunt planes.

      • Slugoon December 26, 2023 at 6:00 am #

        …’there’ will still be… (for Q)

        • Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

          Where is Q, anyway?

          • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

            Hope he’s OK, but he may consider his job here, done.

            Slugoon and Night Owl both, have self-corrected.

            Just like those who censor, once we start to self-censor, their job is done.

          • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

            I have always occasionally self-corrected.

            Correcting is my job, so it bugs me too if i type something out too quickly and make a dumb error.

            Q never catches most of my errors anyways. He is not even aware that most said errors are errors.

          • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

            Owl – I do the same thing – it’s a Type A thing. I only used it as a weave into the more chilling habit that we can never get into – self-censoring.

            You’ve probably seen it, and I know I have – someone wants to say something, but hesitates, considering the fallout.

            Words are simply a verbalized thought. Once self-censoring sets in, the tyrants’ jobs are almost done.

            When people become accustomed to self-censoring, divorcing the original thoughts is not far behind.

            Then it’s over.

            Hope your Christmas was merry and hope you and your family have a safe and Happy New Year.

          • Night Owl December 28, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

            Yes, Ron. It is the thought that counts.

            A (belated) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, too.

  36. Roundball Shaman December 25, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

    “… a merry Christmas to all. . . and here’s something else to think about this morning…”

    ‘Peace on Earth. And Good Will toward All.’

    We’ve all heard these thoughts countless times. These words hardly even register in our minds anymore as they seem like just so much background noise during a season where our minds and pocketbooks are assaulted like no other time during the year. And who really believes in peace on Earth and good will during a time of viral Wokeness and increasing nastiness among the Peoples of the World. We don’t often find peace within our own families and with our significant-others, for god sakes.

    But these words do require closer scrutiny. Because they do reflect something important that we should pay better attention to.

    Look, we will never have peace on this Earth. The Predator Leadership Class won’t allow it. But we CAN have peace in our own personal lives. That is always within our grasp because it is always our own choice to have it and make that so. We can break through and find work-arounds past all the problems of the day that come our way. Not only will we have happier and more fulfilling lives in the process… but this is also our way of prominently displaying our middle fingers toward that same Predator Class that continues to find ways to try to make our lives hell. So, a double-win for us.

    “Much of the on-the-ground action in this degenerate enterprise is produced by various hustles.”

    So, the sound track for the Spirit of our Times is ‘Do The Hustle’ by Van McCoy. Except we have a different appreciation for the sentiments of these words now in The Woke Century than we did when the song first came out 50 years ago.

    “Cutting Claudine Gay loose is the unavoidable play now or Harvard will be stung by so many lawsuits…”

    I say, leave her where she is. Let her stand (or ‘strike a pose’) as a very public display of Terminal Wokeness and institutional idiocy and depravity. Let her continue to learn the finer skills of cutting-and-pasting and using AI to promote herself as the new template for how one prospers in our ongoing Woke Century of Madness and Finding Cheap Shortcuts to Professional Success. (I think there’s a new kind of ‘Majors’ Study there for the taking).

    And who knows. Maybe she’ll come out with a new article in which she proudly pens the words, ‘No Peace on Earth until DEI is the New Global Constitution. And Good Will But Only For Us Woke.’

    Those words might ring a bit familiar to our ears. But give it another holiday season or two… and we’ll be tuning them out just like we tune out the old Biblical words now.

    Diversity… Equity… and Inclusion are fine sentiments in theory. But not when they have been appropriated to take a wrecking ball to the best within legacy Western Civilization and the erasure of Light-Skinned People. For if this keeps us… there will be no room for White Folks in the Inn – or anywhere else on this Planet.

    • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

      The Angels actually said, Peace on Earth to men of goodwill.

      Not the same thing at all. As for the rest? May the Saints make war against them.

      • Roundball Shaman December 25, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

        Jarek: “The Angels actually said, Peace on Earth to men of goodwill.”

        The Angels needed some help with this. It’s easy to wish Peace upon those of goodwill. But Peace should be wished to All. And then it is up to each individual to decide whether or not to take up that generous offer. The Angels had a good idea here but just didn’t take that far enough.

        “As for the rest? May the Saints make war against them.”

        No one has to make war against them. Their own actions will doom them as a result of their sowing their own bad seed. And they will damn sure need Angelic help when that time comes.

        • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

          Pacifism or “I am the body” is of Satan. Or as Niranjana Swami used to say, Krishna’s blows and his caresses are the same – both for the betterment of the soul.

          • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

            ” Or as Niranjana Swami used to say, Krishna’s blows and his caresses are the same –”

            Jarek,
            Yeah, try telling that to your wife, or the police….

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

            Well we aren’t God, are we? Since you don’t believe in God, you must become God! No, that’s Tusc’s schtick. You just mock.

            Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;
            Mock on, mock on; ’tis all in vain!
            You throw the sand against the wind,
            And the wind blows it back again.
            And every sand becomes a gem
            Reflected in the beams divine;
            Blown back they blind the mocking eye,
            But still in Israel’s paths they shine.

            The Atoms of Democritus
            And Newton’s Particles of Light
            Are sands upon the Red Sea shore,
            Where Israel’s tents do shine so bright.

            William Blake

          • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

            Yeah, well, I would invite Blake to kiss my big black ass.

          • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 6:55 pm #

            See? I knew you could quote Scripture to back up Christ the Killer King, two-fisted gun slinger.

            But I should have known that faced with a choice,
            1) Use religion to back militarism or
            2) Trash women,
            you would pick Trash Women.

            The Struggle Is Real. But easily predicted.

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

            I quoted Blake anent Ely’s spiritual state. So wrong on all accounts.

          • tucsonspur December 25, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

            J, referring to my beliefs as a ‘schtick’ is inaccurate and belittling. Shall I say that yours are just a muddled pile of manufactured manure? Although in that case it would be belittling, but not inaccurate.

            And no, my belief is in a ‘God’ just different than yours.

            Blake does have a way with the theopoetic.

          • Jarek December 25, 2023 at 9:28 pm #

            Yes. I believe and you don’t. Different. You try to dress it up with reams of cosmic symbolism and interpolation. And how you are greater than Moses! (remember that?). But in the end, you are an atheist or at least an agnostic.

        • Blackbird December 25, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

          In my opinion, wishing peace upon the evil is nothing more than cheap virtue signaling: “I’m only capable of good thoughts and positive vibes, man.”

          So…

          “Peace on Earth, and absolute, eternal damnation to those of ill will.” And don’t attempt to cross the street in front of me, my poorly-maintained brakes might fail.

          • Roundball Shaman December 25, 2023 at 4:01 pm #

            Blackbird: “In my opinion, wishing peace upon the evil is nothing more than cheap virtue signaling: ‘I’m only capable of good thoughts and positive vibes, man’.”

            That misses the deeper meaning.

            The Master (who was not a big fan of virtue signaling) said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
            (Matthew 5 – Sermon on the Mount)

            ‘Loving’ your enemies might be too ambitious. Maybe something like, ‘Wish that your enermies might find their way to true Peace?’

          • GreenAlba December 25, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

            Exactly what I was going to say, RS, but you said it more eloquently than I would have.

    • Soul Forensics December 25, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

      ” “Cutting Claudine Gay loose is the unavoidable play now or Harvard will be stung by so many lawsuits…”

      I say, leave her where she is. Let her stand (or ‘strike a pose’) as a very public display of Terminal Wokeness and institutional idiocy and depravity. Let her continue to learn the finer skills of cutting-and-pasting and using AI to promote herself as the new template for how one prospers in our ongoing Woke Century of Madness and Finding Cheap Shortcuts to Professional Success.” — RS

      No.

      Fire her ass immediately.

      Leaving her in power only consolidates the fact that the entire enterprise is feckless and corrupt. And why should she continue to collect lucrative paychecks for her perniciousness?

      Send a direct message — again, immediately — to all other parasitic administrators that the jig is up.

  37. stelmosfire December 25, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

    Up-thread somebody was looking for Classical Christmas, I don’t know if this is Christmas music but it sure isn’t Hip-Hop.

    youtube.com/watch?v=mAZC4oe9VM0

    • Paula D December 25, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

      That was purty.

    • elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

      Saint,
      Excellent! The beauty of the female vocalist was/is intimidating.

      The big guy in the back with the Mohawk is the absolute spitting image of my son, who would be 50 on this day.

      • stelmosfire December 25, 2023 at 6:57 pm #

        Born on Christmas? Always ripped off. The guy looks like a badass. What I want to know is does the singer have a sister?

      • stelmosfire December 25, 2023 at 7:57 pm #

        EF, would be 50 ? or is 50? none of my business but curious.

        • stelmosfire December 25, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

          My son left the building in ’15.

          • elysianfield December 26, 2023 at 1:14 am #

            Saint,

            He died 18 months ago. Heart problems brought on by immoderate use of energy drinks, and the covid shot finished him off (by his own account).

      • benr December 26, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

        I’m sorry my Borther in law was taken to soon by energy drinks and his love of heroin.

    • WadeWaters December 25, 2023 at 11:25 pm #

      Classic.

      .youtube.com/watch?v=sKKxtY2te4A

  38. dilbert113 December 25, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

    So Harvard creates a “golden parachute” and pays their President off, and she goes away. . .that’s not a big deal. ..deals like that happen all the time, and not just in academia. It won’t change a thing.

    • Soul Forensics December 25, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

      Of course it’s a big deal. Psychopaths like Gay are all about power, and wielding that power for their own benefit and malicious glee (as Jim so rightly outlines).

      Other power players will take note when one of their own is turfed. No position, no title, no power. Simple.

  39. Puffin December 25, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

    Just to chime in….

    To my mind there is nothing that emanates more stench and does more damage these days, than a white race hustler. And in my experience, this sort of person is always a major-league psychopath. The damage such people have caused in my “profession” – public school administration – is enormous, pervasive, frightening. Their effectiveness at manipulation and self-aggrandizement is frighteningly good. And Jim’s assessment is right – these creatures truly enjoy and revel in bringing about pain and ruin – to oppress. In the end, it’s all simply about POWER and CONTROL. It is scary, sickening, dangerous stuff. The Gay debacle, and also other recent episodes that reveal the manipulation, fraud and corruption of the woke beast – give me a glimmer of hope that the regime of subjugation wrought by the evil Blob, has peaked and is beginning to implode. Even so, it is VERY evident – just look at the Harvard Board of Overseers’ cover for Gay – that the Blob will go to extremes in order to maintain its hold on POWER at all levels, in its many forms. The push back is, and will be, huge. To say that 2024 will be challenging and difficult, is a monumental understatement. But here’s to hoping hard, that a few of the psycho hustler people begin to be outed and get some comeuppance in the year ahead – starting with Gay.

    • Ron Anselmo December 25, 2023 at 11:19 pm #

      Agree, but…

      “But here’s to hoping hard…” ~ Puffin

      No sense in hoping harder – hope is not a plan.

      They don’t need comeuppance, they need to be put down like rabid dogs.

  40. Hardrock December 25, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

    JHK: Some of the profit in any hustle is plain moneygrubbing, of course.

    Yes, it’s always a case of “follow the money” Here’s my take on it – excerpt from BorderlandJournal:

    Advocacy for Increasingly Fringe Elements
    April 4, 2022

    Progressivism implies progress toward some utopian goal that is just over the horizon. History is the record of humankind’s halting journey toward that promised land of freedom, equality, and justice for all. There have been many successes and many setbacks on this 5,000-year trek.

    Self-awareness and consciousness in prehistory eventually led to codification of morality, ethics, and laws. Our philosophers and theologians have delved into the fundamental questions facing our species and these questions have become increasingly nuanced while the sins we commit against each other do not change. Human nature does not change so we continue to suffer from the same old failures laid out in our oldest sacred texts. Whether we speak of murder, torture, or simple unkindness, we have not changed, and we will be plagued by our natures for as long as humans exist.

    Tribal societies and early civilizations understood that a unified population had a better chance of survival than those less bonded by culture. Leaders arose who strengthened these cultural ties and punished all who broke them. For thousands of years, humans prized uniformity. When political or theological schisms split populations, whole groups were slaughtered, persecuted, and ostracized to preserve the purity of the ideology….think – the inquisition.

    Fastforward to the 19th/20th century, the birth of Marxism, the era of big government, civil rights, and the promise that we can fix every inequality and injustice with legislation. No one would argue that there were societal failures and that reforms were necessary.

    BUT….but, once we hopped on that reform train, did anyone ask just how we would define arrival at our destination? If your goal is complete equality, how will you measure it and are we talking equality of opportunity or equal outcomes? And which outcome do you measure? Do you demand that every worker has exactly the same take-home pay? Or is it enough to give everyone the same educational opportunities and then let nature take its course?

    Clearly, it doesn’t require much thought to conclude that equality of outcomes would probably NEVER occur and even the attempt would mean an authoritanian/repressive government the likes of which the world has never seen.

    So, instead, we have the present paradigm in which a utopian goal is just over the horizon and constant legislative changes promoted by advocacy groups and lobbyists promise to bring us ever closer to the latest societal reform. But, when these reforms are achieved, a curious thing happens….a new goal is erected and the advocacy groups and lobbyists start a new capital campaign and donations pour in to secure “rights” for increasingly fringe groups.

    Take the present fixation on “trans-rights.” Once gay rights and same sex marriage were accepted by a majority of the US (or at least tolerated), the people whose income depended on a new “goal,” (the folks working at the non-profits) realized that a new cause was required and so a small subset of the gay community was identified as oppressed and in need of funding, legislation, and public relations to insure its protection. So, the donations roll in to maintain an administrative bureaucracy dependent on a new and tiny minority of victims that we must save from injustice.

    You can extrapolate this scenario to every non-profit, advocacy, and lobby group tasked with correcting any of societies perceived inequalities. It’s just unfortunate that they miss many of the root causes of disparate outcomes suffered by minority groups of all kinds.

    And the question still remains….do any of these social justice warriors tell us when we arrive at our goal? Do they ever say in their mission statements, “we will shut our doors and revel in our victory when we achieve our goal of ___________.” No because of the one truth always in play where humans are involved…..”follow the money.”

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    • Slugoon December 26, 2023 at 5:49 am #

      This is brilliant and along the lines of a conversation I was having with a colleague yesterday. The people who shout loudest about equality don’t want equality. They enjoy being the victim, and wallowing in victimhood. It gives them purpose, keeps them relevant, and allows failure to be passed off as anybody else’s fault but their own. I’m sure we can all think of ‘groups’ that fit this pattern.

      And don’t get me started on equity. Again, why are those who shout loudest about it not bemoaning the lack of female bricklayers, refuse collection workers,or even that a disproportionate number of men are dying on various battlefields around the world, and we really should engineer it back to 50/50. That’s equity, isn’t it?

    • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 4:25 pm #

      Indeed. Follow the money (and it’s near-equivalent “who benefits?”) are about all you need for navigating politics these days.

      • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

        typo: “its” before some retard pipes up.

  41. Nathan December 25, 2023 at 6:09 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
    Jim’s been dissecting The Blob over the past months. I’ve found that interesting and accurate. Years ago I stumbled on an obscure out of print little book that exactly explains how and why blobs grow, though it stops short of proposing what can be done about it. Essentially the book concludes that only revolution resets things for a time. It explains the bloat of the Federal govt, Academia, military forces etc.
    https www goodreads.com/book/show/2076416.America_by_the_Throat?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=yi75hVJYkD&rank=1

    Well worth chasing a copy down in a library somewhere near you.

  42. elysianfield December 25, 2023 at 7:37 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    Scott Ritter, former USMC Colonel and Un Arms Inspector, has been going off on the internets lately. Very emotional, mostly negative, and of late, has been targeting Zionists with a heavy hand. In the pinned video, he says things that are very rude about American Power, American Prestige, and Zionist’s ongoing war with the Houthis. He states that Zionists consider Arabs to be animals, and everyone else to be subhuman…and he said it real loud….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoIgloYGSTs

    You might take what he says with a grain of salt….

    • tucsonspur December 26, 2023 at 3:06 am #

      Thanks, Ely. I had forgotten about Jonathan Pollard. Scott deservedly crushes Netanyahu. Good stuff about the military realities.

    • Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

      It’s a gain of salt and light.

      Are ten thousand Houthis marching to Gaza? Can Hezbollah take northern Israel “any time they want”?

  43. kidseyedoc December 25, 2023 at 8:52 pm #

    It is clear why Claudine Gay ended up as President of Harvard University. She fulfilled the essential woke criteria: She is Black, and she is a woman.

    Were I applying for college, I would not attend Harvard University under any circumstances, even if offered full scholarship.

    But then again, it is highly unlikely I would ever be accepted at Harvard. I am White, and what is worse: I am a male.

    • malthuss December 25, 2023 at 10:34 pm #

      She is Black, and she is a woman. THATS CALLED A TWO FER.

      If she were also lez thatd be a three fer..like chicgo mayor and haitian in black house..shes immigrant so 4 fer.

  44. redrock December 25, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

    will Ketange give up her robe?

  45. KL Cooke December 26, 2023 at 12:23 am #

    “The acrid odor of self-conscious corruption in the room must have overwhelmed even the bouquet of Tanzanian Peaberry coffee a’brew, and not a few of the board members must have reached for the sherry decanter as their shame mounted, and the ancient radiators hissed, and their lame rationalizations started bouncing off the wainscoted walls.”

    That’s a good one.

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    • tucsonspur December 26, 2023 at 2:16 am #

      Absolutely wonderful, and yes, the coffee cherry fully directs its love towards its only child!

  46. tucsonspur December 26, 2023 at 2:01 am #

    ‘Yes. I believe and you don’t. Different. You try to dress it up with reams of cosmic symbolism and interpolation. And how you are greater than Moses! (remember that?). But in the end, you are an atheist or at least an agnostic.’ J

    Wrong again, J. Try to clear up your thinking. No, I just believe in something different.

    I consider myself the equal of Moses. Like him, I carry a powerful staff.

    You dress it up with cosmic reams of fantasy and fabrication and delusion, with a draping camouflage of quotes of the mystics or prophets, many of whom have a spirituality akin to my own.

    Better to describe me as a seeker of truth, of the good that man is capable of.

  47. benr December 26, 2023 at 7:51 am #

    The face and voice of true idiocy.

    Al Gore: We Need To Break Through Fossil Fuel Industry Blockade

    12:15 PM – Monday, December 25, 2023

    Failed 2000 Democrat presidential nominee Al Gore has claimed that the fossil fuel industry is stopping its progress.

    Sunday on CNN, the former vice president sounded his despair at the continued use of fossil fuels.

    Gore’s comments come following the latest climate conference where they proposed, but failed, to adopt a measure ending the use of the high-density energy sources worldwide.

    This is a video and Al is in true form!

    Shades of stupidity like “the planet has a fever” and “the oceans are boiling”.
    He claims all sorts of things that have zero proof and even lamer require massive amounts of energy to create.
    Electric cars do not actually stop co2 release as they require electricity to be generated, he goes on to claim solar energy cells will solve this issue while ignoring the fact solar cell production is not only toxic but has its own massive C02 release.
    Everything is a lie from these idiots.

    • benr December 26, 2023 at 7:53 am #

      The link…

      \\\https://www.oann.com/newsroom/al-gore-we-need-to-break-through-fossil-fuel-industry-blockade/

    • benr December 26, 2023 at 7:54 am #

      *the fact solar cell production is not only toxic but has its own massive C02 release during production and is an energy sucking endeavor in and of itself.

      • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 10:25 am #

        The entire renewable energy industry is a crock of kaka, just another way for the government to run our lives. As November draws near, I expect the crud in the Deep State to really put the hammer down on climax change infrastructure and FF curbing.

        39% approval rating, 10% increase in prices, high interest rates curbing growth, layoffs in the hi-tech industry, 100dollar dinner dates, Gen Zers bitching about inflation, yadda yadda.

        Just love those Bidenomics. The idiots in DC think they can eliminate the debt with higher inflation. Huh? Do they not realize that increased inflation and pricing just makes expenditures more expensive and thus runs up the debt even more?

        Bidenomics is the best stimulus package the CCP ever passed. Just like Ukraine is the best stimulus package for the Russians. Note both stink of Biden family corruption.

        Hmmm!!!!

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 10:29 am #

      Not idiots, Benr. Dirty rotten connivers that want more control of you and me. Al Gore has been made a fool of for thirty years, predictions of disaster not happening.

  48. BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 9:48 am #

    On the ‘Brighter’ side we gained 1′ of daylight today, as the sun’s declination moved up a few clicks (from 23 s 20 to 23 s 18, about 2.3 miles)

    We’re headed in the right direction!

    • BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 9:49 am #

      9 06 of daylight instead of 9 05.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 10:14 am #

      Hey, BRH, depends on your location. Winter is a break for us down here.

      • BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 11:50 am #

        I envy you JAZ.

        • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          You won’t in June, July, August and September.

          This year we had 100 degree weather in October. I do believe in the world’s atmosphere getting warmer, our heat season has extended by a month since we moved here in 2004. I say atmosphere, but the oceans actually run the weather show, think El Niño.

          When we moved here, for a decade the hot season was 115+ in June, 105 in July and August, due to the monsoon, then slow cooldown and below a hundred by the end of September.

          Not anymore. June 110, July 110+, August the same, both due to drier monsoon season, September 105+, October a few 100+.

          I used to facebook my outdoor thermometer when it hit 120. Haven’t seen that in the last few years.

          Tucson is about five degrees cooler on average, right Spur?

          It gets very old by September, but we live here for the rest of the year’s moderate temps.

          Watching the effect of El Niño next summer.

          • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

            I’m watching the effect of El Niño this winter. Fifty degrees F at Christmas (warmer outside than inside my house!). Barely dipped below freezing all month. And this in southern northern lower Michigan.

            However, my observation after ~8 years back in the Wolverine State is that it used to get hotter back in the 70’s – mid-90’s. (It also seemed more stable back then.) I don’t think it has hit 100 F since I have been back, when it used to hit 100 at least once or twice per year.

            However, pt. 2, I do think that human activity has probably had a net warming effect on the planet, particularly through deforestation. Deforestation has also resulted in the loss of topsoil and reductions in the volume of surface and groundwater. But no, let’s not be distracted by reality, the only problem is evil carbon.

            I’ll end this post with a little humor from YouTube: “Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, mainly caused by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.” (Italics mine)

            Yup, we humans – ok, only the evil white people – have been screwing with the weather for the past 3.5 billion years – if not before!

          • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

            Oops. Shouldn’t have been so quick to claim those italics…

    • Paul December 26, 2023 at 10:29 am #

      Little things mean a lot!

  49. JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 10:13 am #

    All you ten GLters, and everyone else,

    Check out Wikipedia

    Third Party Evidence for Apollo Landings

    Many confirmations from independent sources of the equipment left on the moon, and a few footsteps also.

    Unless NASA sent all those pieces up there to fake everyone out, still does not explain the footfalls.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 26, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      Cowardly blanky-holders, unite.

    • OG December 26, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

      And nothing says “truth” quite like Wikipedia.

    • OG December 26, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      As an engineer, JAZ, does it not seem quite implausible that they went 6-0-1 putting men on the moon (with coloured ladies doing the math behind the curtain (and perhaps hanging with the Wizard of Oz?)) with 1960s technology while we can’t do that today?

      And, if you’re able to choke down that bullshit, do you not demand that our loveable knuckleheads over at NASA be held accountable for losing the technology that we had (with US taxes) 50 years ago?

      ***
      “But Wikipedia says …”

      Lying 101 & Bullshitting 201 indeed.

    • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

      You must be joking, John.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 9:08 pm #

      Well, like I have said, I am always looking for alternative explanations for the photos the article shows, and not from NASA. Waiting——.

      You GLters always talk about Black ops yet never produce counter evidence showing opposite evidence. Always take our word for it.

      I will tell you, the directive from Kennedy about getting to the moon was paramount in the sixties, Johnson made sure of that. You are probably right about our technology then, I think Apollo 13 showed that, so each of the guys who got in that capsule showed a lot of guts. IMO.

      And no NO, I am not joking.

      Did you even look at the article?

      • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 4:42 am #

        Don’t start including me in that OG twaddle.

        There is a mountain of evidence that we never went anywhere. And the entire thing was a propaganda show that the Soviets also took part in.

        You tend to almost always take the mainstream story at face value, and if there is anything you should have learned from the past four years or so, it is that most of the messaging you receive is designed to make you think how your rulers want you to think.

    • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

      We have telescopes that allow private citizens to see footprints on the Moon?

      “Many confirmations from independent sources…” We Moon Landing skeptics have “Many confirmations from independent sources” too.

      And of course Johnson was going to push forward Kennedy’s agenda at any cost, such a loyal subordinate was he. I can just hear him, “Goddamnit I ain’t about to allow Johnnie to be robbed of his legacy!”

      Sadly, it was only during the Nixon administration that we made all those “Moon landings”. Guess Nixon was a secret Kennedy lover too.

  50. Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    “Claudine Gay was notorious earlier, as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, for wrecking the careers of faculty members (Ronald Sullivan, Stephanie Robinson, and Roland G. Fryer, Jr.) who refused to play the game like middle-school girls. She had no mercy.”

    I have no idea what this alludes.
    Is there any info out there?

    Why the dual mention of “middle-school” girls (used to be junior high) as the essence of evil?

    If only.

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    • Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:37 am #

      I just now saw Beryl’s post above with the Wesley Yang statement.

      Thanks for that.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

      Islander

      It might be referring to the fact that girls, in those change of life years, accommodate to the male superior role, like in mathematics and science.

      Why can’t people just do the things they enjoy?

      • Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

        “It might be referring to the fact that girls, in those change of life years, accommodate to the male superior role, like in mathematics and science.

        Why can’t people just do the things they enjoy?”
        ===========

        Huh?

        Total gobbledy gook.

        But if you enjoy dressing up more than math and science, go for it, kiddo!!

  51. Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:18 am #

    “They bargained away their dignity, and the university’s honor, for mere brownie points in a fool’s game called Win big prizes pretending to care about your fellow man.”

    Oh, I don’t think so.

    It’s all about the Benjamins.

    Jewish donors run the show, and the administration, of course.

    Eliot Cohen, ha ha.

    • Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

      Scott Ritter: Their biggest threat is, “We’ll primary you.”

      Run another candidate, backing them to the hilt while smearing you. If you survive, your war chest will be empty and you’ll lose against the other party.

  52. JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 10:55 am #

    Talking about the good and bad of trains?

    It is like energy.

    We need increases in the renewable energy sources, ASAP.

    We also need increases in fossil fuels, ASAP.

    The climate gurus cannot handle that last statement, the fact that to supply this planet with energy, we need it all. Specifically, renewables will NEVER supplant FF, the increasing production of oil that Gore decries is proof of that.

    When I saw the extent of the wind farm off the east coast of England, miles and miles, hundreds, and then read that at completion it would supply 26 million homes, it really hit me how futile the renewable efforts are. 26 Million homes, a mere bagatelle. It is a source of energy we need though, but just wait until the idiots find out it costs more to maintain them than it is taking to build them. Same thing with computers and wireless, maintenance is destroying the increase in productivity.

    Both sets of salesmen, IT and renewables are snake oil salesmen, selling managers and governments on the “goodness” of both. The world will just see a faster decline of its economy as a result of both.

    Trains are needed and more of them and faster on long hauls. Look at the cancellations and delays happening now because the skies are too crowded. Have you seen the status pictures of the US where there are so many planes that it blacks out the map? We needed trains yesterday.

    Take a flight from Denver to Chicago. Two hours at the airport, two hour flight, and an hour to get to the destination in town. Five hours.

    A high speed train 200 mph, does it in 5 hours and deposits you in city center.

    We need to make trains faster and more convenient, not to compete with aircraft but to supplement them.

    JHK told the story of how, in America of early 20th century, you used to be able to board a train near your house, ride to city center and get to all city centers anywhere in the US. We need that again.

    36 trillion dollars in debt and this damnable government has not provided the US with a transportation system worth a hoot. Just too busy paying welfare, I guess.

    • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 11:26 am #

      I was just outside. Dead calm and about as gloomy as it gets around here.Foggy, cold, and miserable. Not only are the days short, but this time of year we can have weeks of dark weather. Good luck with those wind turbines and solar panels. I know people are all NIMBY about the shit but what we need is high tech nuclear plants. Small and safe. I think the USN has been running them since the 50’s. Benr’s a navy guy and he does not like nuclear. I think it is the solution.

      • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 11:36 am #

        Give me a 50 G’s a month and they can put one out back with a 5 G tower on it. The fear factor runs deep against modern tech. A bunch of Luddites I say. People bitch about modern tech and walk around with a microwave transmitter glued to their ear. The depth of their ignorance astounds me. DEW death weapons??? hahahahaha. The death weapon is in your hand.

        • elysianfield December 26, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

          “The death weapon is in your hand.”

          Saint,
          Well, not so much after I turned 70….

          • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

            Taterhead says,” C’mon man! You know the thing!”

        • OG December 26, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

          Of course, in the real world, they are both death weapons.

          ***
          “Cell phones are bad for you. Therefore, DEWs don’t exist.”

          Not exactly Einstein.

          • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 2:41 pm #

            Lahaina was a wildfire, get over it GLITSTER.

          • OG December 27, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

            A wild fire that melted auto-glass but left tree palms unharmed while FBI grad/Vegas Turkey-Shoot Incident Commander [whatever the flip that is!]/Maui PD Chief/Coroner John Pelletier barricaded approx. 10,000 rightful land-owners and rightful land-heirs into an area which a claimed 100 died [and 9,900 never mentioned again].

            Doubts.

      • BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        One does wonder how much longer this ‘Transition to Renewable’ delusion can be kept going? Probably until there is no more govt funds to be grifted out of it. At some point reality — based upon the hard laws of thermodynamics — comes a callin’.

        Just read that here in Ct a sh#tload of state money was granted to an organization of ‘Climate Scientists’ and engineers who are exploring ways to run commercial aircraft on batteries & electric motors. I’d be curious to learn what these ‘scientists’ & ‘engineers’ do all day in their ‘lab’. (Probably sit around playing video games & eating Chinese takeout)

        • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

          BRH, I was just doin’ a little research. My ’96 Suburban gas hog weighs 5000 lbs wet with 42 gallons of hydrocarbons on board. Good for 6-700 miles. A new Ford Lighting F-150 is pushing 7000 lbs. My question is, “does it weigh more with a fully charged battery as compared to a dead battery?” Do all those electrons weigh anything? Curious minds want to know.

          • Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            Why do gases weigh anything? Because they’re under pressure and not just floating free?

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            Charging any battery just moves electrons over to an electrode and sticks them there. During discharge they just disperse back into the medium. No change in the amount of mass. During charge, not much current flow either.

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

            Jarek

            Gases have mass so they do weigh something.

            At sea level, about 14 pounds per square inch.

            An interesting corollary, a white dwarf star has so much density that a tablespoon of it weighs 2 tons.

            Matter, at our level is mostly empty space.

            A black hole’s density is infinite. Time stands still at the event horizon of a black hole. It is black because its gravity is so strong, light cannot escape.

            Interesting? Check out the stuff they are getting from the Webb telescope on You Tube.

            Mind blowing and somewhat spiritual.

      • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

        You are right, considering the limitations of renewables, and Peak Oil by 2100, we need a real alternative to both.

        Fission and hopefully fusion in the next fifty years.

        It takes thirty years to build and certify a nuclear plant, we better get busy.

        France has the ticket, build all the plants exactly the same and use that learning curve. French folks will be nice and toasty will Germans will be shivering.

        Want a use for space shots? How about sending all the nuclear waste into solar orbit?

        • OG December 26, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

          You never cease to amaze me, JAZ. Litter our solar system with nuclear waste! What will you think of next?

          • benr December 26, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

            Not if it was shot into the sun.
            But what to do when that rocket explodes before exiting our atmosphere?
            Then you got big dirty bomb.
            No that would not be good.
            Terrible idea in fact.

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

            OG The reverse is the same. Listen to you and we will be in the Stone Age in a hundred years. Okay, the teeny tiny amount of mass that would be put into space would be a BB in not a boxcar, but a BB in the mass of the sun. If that scares you, maybe we shoot it into the sun?

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

            Well, right now it is being used as propaganda to stop the advance of reactors. Pretty soon, if we really convert to fission, we will run out of space to put rods that last for Centuries with heavy radiation.

            Why not bury it? Hmmm, think fracking leaking into groundwater, think headlines starting to show up showing the ground cracking because water and oil are being drained from it.

            So folks, come up with another alternative, I am sure that containers that protect the fissionable elements could be used to stop the dirty bomb situation from happening.

            My problem is that the Left has a very effective stoppage of any activity dealing with nuclear.

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

            HA. Also, I wonder how many asteroids out there are composed of radioactive materials now?

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

            You are worried about nuclear waste in the solar system? Is that anything like the solar wind and its huge amounts of radioactivity? Nice try at being your typical devil’s advocate.

          • OG December 26, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

            Listen to you and we will be in the Stone Age in a hundred years.

            What makes you say that, JAZ?

            Explain or that is one bizarre ad hom.

            ***
            Nuclear waste is a massive problem with nuclear power. I think that littering our solar system with nuclear waste is a really bad idea that would undoubtedly result in unintended, bad consequences.

            ***
            I find this idea similar to you stating on Dec. 23: Even a bad solution is better than no solution.

            and

            From my engineering days, even a bad solution is better than no solution. At least you learn something from it.

            Tom Edison
            I learned two thousand ways how not to make a light bulb, before the break through.

            I then countered with:

            That trial-and-error approach works fine for engineering a light bulb but not so well when engineering a society.

            Edison’s failed lightbulbs were Hitler’s Germany and the Holocaust.

            You then never responded because clearly I am right.

          • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

            OG, you watch too many internet crack-pots. Nuclear waste would disappear in a stable seismic zone.Really, plate tectonics is actually old science. Slow and steady. Half lifes and all we can bury this shit for millions-billions of years. Drop it in a subduction zone . Bye-bye to the center of the Earth .Back where the shit came from. You are aware that the center of the Earth is warmed by nuclear fission aren’t you?

          • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

            You never cease to amaze me, also, OG. Your ego is enormous. You have a personal idea of what your world is and if anyone perturbs that image, well they just do not know what they are talking about. Your setting up GLT is a grand example, don’t you dare disagree with my 10 ideas of governmental malfeasance. I respect your opinion on many issues but when you stoop to name calling and ridicule, you are crossing a line.

            IMO, many things are going to change in the next 20 years as the truth comes out about the state of affairs with energy production and many ideas will be explored. some good some bad. There will be more medical Vaxx episodes as humanity fights back against the microbiome that continuously tries to eat us. As JHK stated in his books, nuclear fission is the future with an assist from fuel cells “sparked” by the reactors. As resources run out, there will be no choice. So the problem of spent rods will need to be solved, bury them or send them into space, there will be an answer. Your concept that they will be litter in space is ludicrous, the dimensions of our solar system are so immense that sending some rods out there won’t even be noticed. Especially as they will be included into a morass of radioactivity compliments of our star.

            Yeah, I hope you enjoy putting down the ideas of the future, putting them into your GLT listing. Yes, if we do not do something about substituting for the resources we currently over use, we will go back to a stone age, AKA The World Made by Hand.

            I never responded because clearly you are wrong. Just because the mighty Poobah, OG, says something does not make it right, the Truth. More is learned from making mistakes than anything else, stopping progress by not taking chances is a fool’s errand.

            I enjoy bouncing ideas off the members of CFN. I enjoy reading other’s ideas. I can always count on you for a caustic reply. How about bouncing a few ideas off the blog, instead of constantly criticizing others?

            And by the way, you cannot prove any of your ten GLT items, one way or the other. They are just controversial items that the government has or has not successfully buried. Your opinion.

          • OG December 26, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

            Elmo, please pay attention. JAZ suggested that we litter our solar system with our nuclear waste. I opined that I believe that that is a really bad idea.

            Then you start arguing a bunch of things that I’ve never, ever said a word about. Please smarten up.

            ***
            JAZ,

            Listen to you and we will be in the Stone Age in a hundred years.

            What makes you say that, JAZ? What would one hear listening to me that could, if followed, lead us to a Stone Age?

            Explain or that is one bizarre ad hom.

            Explanation or withdrawal. Pretending that this does not exist is not an option.

            ***
            Your ego is enormous.

            So? What of it?

            ***
            You have a personal idea of what your world is and if anyone perturbs that image, well they just do not know what they are talking about.

            That’s not true. In fact, we are discussing your idea right now. If your idea is good, it will withstand scrutiny. If it is not, it will be rejected. That’s simply how things work among the thinking.

            Your setting up GLT is a grand example, don’t you dare disagree with my 10 ideas of governmental malfeasance. I respect your opinion on many issues but when you stoop to name calling and ridicule, you are crossing a line.

            It’s a free country, JAZ. We have everything from 10s (BK et al) to 0s (tom clark). All are welcome to share their GLT score with the board.

            You know what I think? I think that the GLT is so despised by the bashful because it really does simply display one’s level of gullibility as our government regularly fucks us over big-time. That’s what I think.

            People hate facing the truth thus they hate the GLT thus they hate me.

            “Forgive them, Father. They know not what they say.”

            ***
            Your concept that they will be litter in space is ludicrous, the dimensions of our solar system are so immense that sending some rods out there won’t even be noticed. Especially as they will be included into a morass of radioactivity compliments of our star.

            No. Is a plastic straw in the Pacific Ocean litter? Of course it is.

            I tell you that I think that your idea is bad and you know why I think that without me ever saying? And I’m arguing unfairly? Yeesh!

            Yes, if we do not do something about substituting for the resources we currently over use, we will go back to a stone age, AKA The World Made by Hand.

            Huh? I said that I think that littering our solar system with our nuclear waste is a bad idea. The rest is just you arguing with your assumptions of what I think. C’mon, John – you’re better than that. Truly.

            “We must litter our solar system with our nuclear waste or be in a new Stone Age by 2124.”

            Uh … no. That’s the lamest binary ever.

            I never responded because clearly you are wrong.

            That is a bizarre discussion m.o. How am I to recognize when I’m wrong versus you’re avoiding because you’re wrong? They look identical to me. Right?

            Just because the mighty Poobah, OG, says something does not make it right, the Truth. More is learned from making mistakes than anything else, stopping progress by not taking chances is a fool’s errand.

            Engineering light bulbs and engineering societies have vastly significant difference when trial-and-error results in the inevitable errors. D’uh!

            I am right and you are wrong. You make global statements and do not even consider the differences between the things that you blindly globalize.

            Saying, “Edison failed 2,000 times before he finally succeeded in inventing the light bulb. Therefore, we should go in the wrong direction politically and learn from what happens” (presumedly for 2,000 times) is foolish. That’s hardly my fault.

            I’m not right because I said it. I’m right because I’m right.

            I enjoy bouncing ideas off the members of CFN. I enjoy reading other’s ideas. I can always count on you for a caustic reply. How about bouncing a few ideas off the blog, instead of constantly criticizing others?

            The GLT was my idea and I’ve got your feedback.

            I, of course, will share other ideas to improve the world when and if I have one. I can’t spit them out on command and in haste lest I suggest that we litter our solar system with launched nuclear waste.

            And by the way, you cannot prove any of your ten GLT items, one way or the other. They are just controversial items that the government has or has not successfully buried. Your opinion.

            Exactly. The GLT is a Sociology test measuring the subject’s opinions (i.e. his/her ability to swallow copious amounts of government-issued, fresh, steaming bull shit).

            The reactions of the bashful, however, make us all realize how truly effective the GLT is, imho.

        • Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

          The problem with shooting nuclear waste into space, through our atmosphere, is that it might blow up in our atmosphere.

          Space X can show you how that “works”.

      • Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        Why not a nuclear reactor in every home? Nay, every car!

        Seriously, I think you are right, despite its risks. All of life is a risk. Freezing to death with Green Power isn’t a threat, it’s a promise.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 26, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

          A despised and maligned stone age will return and take you all.

        • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

          I would put a small scale steam generating fission reactor in my basement if the regulators would allow it. I have a microwave oven in my kitchen that drills my head with radiation every morning when I warm a cup ‘o coffee. Than I text my friend and really pump up the radiation levels. Get a clue Janos.

          • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 4:17 am #

            Yeah, it’s good for you. Like the guy in the movie Repo Man says. You have to be willing to mutate. Are you?

      • benr December 26, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

        @stelmosfire

        I don’t like nuclear because the spent fuel is a huge problem and remains so for lengths of time that defy generations of humans.

        No matter how safe they tell us it is there are still way too many accidents.
        An oil spill is an issue for a couple of years a nuke spill is an issue for thousands.

        How long will Chernobyl be radioactive?
        How Long Will It Take For Ground Radiation To Break Down At Chernobyl? On average, the response to when Chernobyl and, by extension, Pripyat will be habitable again is about 20,000 years.

        There is no real safe option for storing spent waste for the required period to make it safe.
        Many nuclear sites store it in lead lined cement coffins right onsite which is why the Fukishima accident was so bad.
        Fukushima is the most radioactive place on Earth. A tsunami led to reactors melting at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Even though it’s been nine years, it doesn’t mean the disaster is behind us. The Japanese government is actually thinking about dumping radioactive water in the Pacific.

        What is the most radioactive lake in the world?
        Lake Karachay
        Lake Karachay is the most radioactive lake on planet Earth. Its waters are so extremely irradiated, an hour of sunbathing on its shores would be enough to kill a human. The radiation-ridden lake is found in the southern Ural mountains of central Russia.
        What is the most toxic lake in the world?
        Extreme Lakes – Lake Scientist
        Lake Karachay
        Lake Karachay in Russia is considered the most polluted spot on Earth. The lake was used as a dumping site for Soviet radioactive waste for decades.

        What is the most radioactive town?
        What is the most radioactive place on Earth, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, Chernobyl, Runit Island, or somewhere else? The highest background radiation in an inhabited area on the Earth is Ramsar Iran. People in Ramsar Iran live with background radiation >30x greater than than the typical level of

        What town was abandoned due to radiation in the US?
        There are even some towns on the American continent that have been abandoned due to radiation. Atomic City —the name says it all—, in Idaho, suffered a nuclear accident in 1955; and Idaho Falls was the victim of another nuclear accident in 1961.

        • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

          Looking for alternatives.

          As the easy stuff peters out, we are looking for alternatives. A great chapter in The Long Emergency!!

          Instead of building solar and windfarms out in the barren, UNOCCUPIED desert, why not nuclear plants? Create great distribution systems running the grid from Nevada, western Utah, the Colorado strip of Arizona, and western Arizona and Eastern California.

          Just do not build the future reactors on the Pacific coast and the middle of cities.////////////////////////////////////////
          BTW, that was my cat’s input.

          • benr December 29, 2023 at 6:36 am #

            Or in the mid-west because of tornadoes.
            East coast because of hurricanes.
            Anywhere it snows because well snow is bad for electric grids.

    • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

      “We need more renewable energy sources. We need more fossil fuels.”

      How about we need to use/waste less?

      Expecting exponential growth in a world of limited resources is a recipe for disaster.

  53. anmariwakaranai December 26, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

    In the name of peace I sent everyone in Israel and Palestine a Christmas ham.

    • Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

      Hilarious. What an insult to Jews and Muslims.
      Those are fighting words and she doesn’t even know it.

      • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

        Oh, I think she knows exactly what she said.

        And I agree!

    • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

      I’m in Palestine I didn’t get a ham. What a rip-off. All I got was a trainload of toxic chemicals. Bummer

      • beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

        That’s because you didn’t identify with the Abrahamic god. Serves you right.

        • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

          Well, it’s a big club and and I ain’t in it. Maybe next Christmas.

          • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

            My fingers are crossed! Wish me luck!! 2024 here we come!!!!

  54. Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

    from the Jewish Virtual Library’s entry, Joseph Goebbels: The Big Lie

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    This is an excellent definition of the “Big lie,” however, there seems to be no evidence that it was used by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, though it is often attributed to him.

    The original description of the big lie appeared in Mein Kampf. Adolf Hitler applied it to the behavior of Jews rather than as a tactic he advocated. Specifically, he accused Viennese Jews of trying to discredit the Germans’ activities during World War I. Hitler wrote of the Jews’ “unqualified capacity for falsehood” and “that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation…. From time immemorial, however, the Jews have known better than any others how falsehood and calumny can be exploited.”

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      Good post.

      I think a required course for Poly Sci majors should be Lying 101 as a prerequisite for Bullshitting 201.

  55. Jarek December 26, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

    cbc.ca

    In recent weeks, a Yemeni rebel group, the Houthis, have been targeting vessels on the southern Red Sea and in a narrow corridor between Yemen and Africa called the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The group has fired multiple projectiles from Houthi-controlled territory at ships.

    Jarek: We heard endless blather about the Strait of Hormuz, but nothing about Bab al-Mandab. Was this a desperate attempt at misdirection? The former is no doubt important to the countries on either side of it and Iraq at the end of it, but Bab al-Mandab leads to the Suez Canal, thus having global significance. A trip from Singapore to Rotterdam is almost 40% longer if it has to go around down below South Africa and then up the Atlantic coast of Africa to Europe.

    “Maybe if we keep talking about Hormuz they won’t know the power they have in holding Bab al-Mandab.” No dice. They do know.

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    • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 3:50 pm #

      As I pointed out last post, which you ignored because a woman said it, the Houthis are not a rebel group.

      They control the Yemeni government, and they are called Ansarallah, not “Houthis”.

      They are controlling the Strait because they have the power to do it, because they are the government.

      This is an example of the double standards of the Mighty Wurlitzer.

      In 2014, when the US backed the violent coup in Ukraine, the legally elected president ran for his life, and the US announced that very day that he was therefore no longer president. They they put in a puppet government, which they have called the legitimate government ever since.

      The next year, in 2015, the Ansarallah movement overthrew the government of Yeman, and the president fled.
      The Mighty Wurlitzer of propaganda still calls him the legit president even though he also fled for his life.

      And they still call the Ansarallah government “the Houthi rebels”, even though they have been in charge for 8 years.

      Why fall for the spin?

      • Islander December 26, 2023 at 10:49 pm #

        “Why fall for the spin?”

        Ignorance is bliss,

        whether about the Houthis or about disposing of nuclear rods.

        • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

          Why do you think Paula takes Israel’s side? Is it because of her commitment to Russian Communism?

      • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

        Paula you are a victim of two allied mind viruses, Feminism and Marxism. It is hard to read you because your viewpoint is so skewed. You make good points (as above) but will lie like a rug when your programming demands it – as with the Holodomor.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

      I wrote a post about the six critical passages that shipping must transverse today. The “rebels” of the world know these and will take full advantage of their strategic value.

      Suez Canal Egypt, much to Britain’s chagrin
      Panama Canal China buying influence
      Malacca Strait Indonesia
      Bab al-Mandab Yemen
      Hormuz Strait Iran
      Straits of Gibraltar Britain

      Add one that concerns Russia,

      The Bosphorus Turkey

      Shut down these and world trade takes a huge hit. The US is going to find out, soon, what took out a government in Britain, that they cannot control these waterways any more. It will be another inflationary hit as shipping will route around these key waterways to avoid trouble.

      Another problem with the Suez – al-Mandab – Hormuz alternative. If shipping has to go around Africa, oil predominately, do not forget our friends in Somalia.

      The “little People” of the world are starting to flex their muscles, how far will the US Europe axis go to preserve the status quo?

  56. malthuss December 26, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

    Sounds like Meher Babas description of creation,

    A black hole’s density is infinite. Time stands still at the event horizon of a black hole. It is black because its gravity is so strong, light cannot escape.

    Interesting? Check out the stuff they are getting from the Webb telescope on You Tube.

    Mind blowing and somewhat spiritual.

    • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

      OG says the Webb telescope is a Black op. No. 3 on the GLIT score.Fake pics. Space does not exist.

      • stelmosfire December 26, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

        Crack-pots gonna Crack-pot.

        • OG December 26, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

          And strawman-builders are gonna build strawmen, eh Elmo?

      • SpeedyBB December 29, 2023 at 12:41 am #

        Upon reflection, I realize that I never cared for the “space” epithet. How very presumptuous. There’s nothing spacey about it: it’s riddled with multiple flavors of radiation, hard chunks whizzing hither and yon – not to mention the unnerving cornucopia of new stuff turning up so often. Like black holes.

        It is evidently acutely unfriendly to human organisms as well. All in all, not a very appealing deal. I say enjoy the fun attractions of the biosphere and be satisfied with it.

        Then die and move onward.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:26 pm #

      malthuss

      That is what is being explored right now by cosmology, the Big Bang is being disproved with no alternative right now. There is actually a picture of “something” out there that is captioned “God”. Another group is saying we live inside a black hole. The most interesting is parallel, even mirror universes that we may be seeing visitors from. That one certainly opens up possibilities.

      • messianicdruid December 27, 2023 at 8:03 pm #

        Another group is saying we live inside a simulacrum, which is the most interesting.

  57. beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

    @OG:

    The solar system out to Pluto’s orbit has a volume of about 65 billion cubic miles. The volume of the Earth is about 260 million cubic miles, or about four tenths of one percent of the SS. Even if the Earth was a pure ball of radioactive material, which it obviously isn’t, and it exploded through the solar system, it would hardly pose a threat to any life in the rest of the SS.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

      Right!!!!! Not only that, radiation from the solar wind would sniff at any thing we could add.

      • OG December 26, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

        Bundling up our nuclear waste and regularly littering our solar system with it is a bad idea with undoubted unanticipated consequences. That is my opinion and it is a valid opinion given how many times that man has screwed the pooch in the past. End of story.

        • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

          And I did spend six years of my life defending your right to your opinion.

          Just do not stomp all over everyone else’s.

          • OG December 26, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

            I thank you for your service, good sir.

            As for my opinions on others’ ideas: “I calls ’em as I sees ’em.”

        • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

          What is a weed? Something intrinsically bad or just a plant where you don’t want it?

          Similarly nuclear material (waste) is bad in an ecosystem but it’s fine in outer space. The Sun in a nuclear reactor. And parts of the Solar System are full of radioactivity.

          The best argument against putting it there is the danger of accidents.

          • OG December 27, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

            Sure. And this isn’t a competition for a gold medal. That is, accidents in storing, gathering, transporting, packing, launching plus all other arguments of unintended consequences post-“successful” launch are cumulative.

            If something can go wrong, it will.

            Add in costs and I reasonably think that it is a really bad idea.

          • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

            So what should we do? Coal? We have lots. Enough for centuries. Pretty dirty though.

            There are processes to make it cleaner. How much energy do those take?

          • messianicdruid December 27, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

            Energy is arranged behind a tollbooth with fences on both sides. This is the problem.

  58. Paula D December 26, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

    It’s amazing how many people fall for the climate change narrative.

    Al Gore led the US delegation at the Kyoto Accords in 1996. What did he do there?
    He kept the US military (the biggest single user of oil) out of the Accords, AND he turned the planet’s environment over to Wall Street, with the cap-and-trade agreement.

    Obviously, a man who actually thought that global warming was a thing would not have done that.
    Obviously, a man who cared about the environment would not have done that.

    Now we have US forests being clear-cut to send to the UK to be burned for electricity, and under the rules that Al Gore negotiated, that counts as “carbon neutral”.
    We have the scam known as carbon offsets being traded on the stock market.
    And we have cap-and-trade, which leads to untold destruction of the environment.

    Meanwhile, the actual environment is being destroyed at an ever greater pace.
    Clearcut forests and send them across the ocean to burn? On what planet is that considered rational? Only on Wall Street, which Al Gore helped deregulate.

    So on one hand we have Greta and her gang, and on the other hand, we have the “I hate Al Gore” people who froth about losing their access to cheap oil, “because we can’t live our present lifestyle without it”, and who want to destroy every last open space, drill every last piece of ocean, pollute every aquifer and river, blow up every mountain that has coal, and strip mine vast sections of farmland in order to get every goddamn last piece of fossil fuels and burn it now.
    Cause that’ll teach Al Gore!
    Also, Cause Fuck The Kids.
    Also, Conservation Is Not An Option.

    • Paula D December 26, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

      If the Democrats actually cared about climate change, or the environment, they would not have open borders, since each person in the US uses far more resources than people in other places. As soon as they move here, their resource use skyrockets.

      Therefore, they do not care. Look at what they do, not what they say.

      • beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

        I would hope that this is obvious to most of the CFN commentariat.

        • Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

          You would think it is a no-brainer. Maybe it is, which doesn’t say much for those who can’t grasp it.

          Who raised these people? My Depression-era parents taught me early to turn off lights and shut the door, because we’re not paying to heat the outdoors. Everyone I knew was brought up with that wisdom, now lost.

          I used to get annoyed when illegal immigrants would show up at the ER in winter and take off their coats, revealing that they were wearing only T-shirts.
          In the winter.
          That means that they had the thermostat cranked up at home, instead of dressing for the weather. No common sense at all.

      • beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

        @Paula:

        Environment, shmenvironment. Why conserve when we will soon live on the Moon and Mars? How long would it take to pollute them, anyway? Certainly not in our remaining lifetime (unless big pharma can save us with new vaccines that can extend our lifetimes). /sarc.

      • WadeWaters December 26, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

        If the vaccine was actually for helping your immune system fight off a virus then they would have all been jabbed at the border as well.

    • benr December 26, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

      As she types on a computer while spewing co2 into the air!
      As her heater is running full blast.
      This one is throwing cinder blocks while living in a glass skyscraper.
      HYPOCRITE award of 2023.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

      Also, conservation is not an option.

      Absolutely correct.

      One of the dumbest concepts of the control the get- the- car tribe was the HOV lane. It was supposed to get us all to car pool.

      It sure worked well. BTW, if it had, the left lane would have been jam-packed. OG An experiment that failed, right? So what next?

      • stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 9:35 am #

        My gas hog truck gets about 8-10 mpg. Of course I just had it inspected and put on nearly 400 miles last year. All on the same tank of gas. Do I get a Horseface bobble doll to stick on my dashboard? Kerry burns that much fuel in his Gulfstream V by the time he can shit out a french pastry.

      • OG December 27, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

        I’m not sure, JAZ. Definitely not gathering and packing our nuclear waste onto rockets to launch it all into being toxic litter in our solar system! Definitely not that, imho.

        ***
        Why did you float your idea if you cannot withstand criticism of your idea? Why didn’t you just tell your dog?

        “At least I had an idea on how 8B+ people can all thrive on this planet! Where are your ideas for the same?”

        “I believe that we are on the cusp of war, postulants, famine and death. Therefore, I do not spend my time trying to come up with lame-ass ideas to facilitate 8B+ people all thriving here in this evil realm. I will present no such ideas and it is wrongly presumptive of you to think that I should.”

        “Oh. That makes sense. Gotcha.”

        • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

          Those damned, demanding postulants!

          But alas, “The postulants ye shall always have with ye.”

  59. Mister Roboto December 26, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

    Have you noticed, by the way, that the birth of human children is lately among the most denigrated acts on the American social landscape?

    I’m not so sure about that (maybe that’s true to some extent in the big coastal cities), but I do know that having children has become prohibitively expensive for a large portion of the non-affluent people of this country.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

      Yeah, like the immigrants streaming in? Who is going to take care of the baby boom that is coming?

      • BackRowHeckler December 26, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

        ‘Latest Migrant Caravan 15,000 Strong Headed for the Border”-NYPost

        Should be arriving sometime after New Years Day.

        • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

          15k That’s a division. We’re letting in about 146 divisions per year – almost one every two days. That should work out alright…

    • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

      It is because the global population is in decline, and your WEF Malthusian overlords want it that way.

      500 million are much easier to manage than 8 billion.

      Particularly with digital tech.

      No doubt one of our resident “resource-scarcity experts” will correct me.

      😀

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 26, 2023 at 10:33 pm #

        Earth to Owl, come in please. Global population is growing. Only possible way to think otherwise is to live in a closet with 8 screens all playing Neil Oliver videos exclusively, 24/7.

        • OG December 26, 2023 at 11:04 pm #

          It will grow until it peaks and then shrinks, Gus. That is statistics.

          Calculus is important. The rate of increase is decreasing. Excess deaths are now increasing. Average lifespan is decreasing. That is, peak population is near. We are one black op away from decreasing population.

          Then, what the little fraulein says, is correct.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 26, 2023 at 11:16 pm #

            One more black op away, sweet Jesus,
            One more black op away
            from catastrophic global depopulation.
            One more black op away.

          • OG December 27, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

            Indeed. Kind of like the Minnesota Vikings offence back in the 1970s.

            “Handoff to Chuck Foreman for three.”

            “Foreman for four.”

            “Chuck Foreman has another four. First down.”

            They have methodically marched the ball down the field.

            ***
            Sheep can’t believe in black ops because they cannot fathom being a black operator. They think in terms of, “OK. We got away with 9/11 – we had best lay low now.”

            Sheep cannot see that black operators view each black op as a Chuck-Foreman handoff. It is another necessary step towards eventually driving the ball into the end-zone for a touchdown.

          • OG December 27, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

            And, btw, kudos for the improvised lyrics. Well done.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

            Our biggest difference of opinion, OG, is that I don’t think there is any possible “touchdown” for any possible black operators.

        • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 4:45 am #

          The Malthusian cultist attempts humor.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 5:25 am #

            OG got facts correct. You should dabble in them occasionally. They’re good for backing up smugness, for credibility and such.

            On a more monitored blog, you’d have been long banned for too much inanity.

          • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

            Only on the blogs you frequent, Gus.

            And why would anyone want to frequent those?

        • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

          Birth rates are down – in many countries below replacement rate – everywhere except Africa.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

            These are the developed countries in most of which liberal immigration policies are mitigating the drop very effectively.

            Global population is nowhere near any immediate peak, much less any actual drop.

  60. beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 4:14 pm #

    Re: shooting nuclear waste into space

    IMO, there’d always be a non-zero probability that such an insertion would fail. Do we even know the probability of that happening? Even if low, do we want to take that chance? I’m not one of those that don’t ever want to use nuclear fission, but I think we ought to look at the numbers before making any final decisions.

    The one negative I have is that there’s plenty of possible nuclear material such that we would have enough supply for centuries. That’s a negative to me because I think I know human nature well enough that such an approach would stifle research in fusion. Nuclear fusion is a much better ultimate source of energy for reasons that have often been enumerated. If it’s possible – and it is – then it will happen someday. I just want that to be ASAP. Fission should always be a last resort, useful but long-term dangerous.

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    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

      Problem is, what do we do in the meantime? The pressure to innovate is starting to build as the price of oil continues up and the world geopolitics continue to deteriorate.

      Our country is reactive not proactive, it is in our Constitutional bones.

      So as resource emergencies arise, will our ways or socialistic ways handle the changes better. Yet to be determined.

      Will the US and Europe deteriorate along with the availability of oil, lithium and cobalt, all subject to geopolitical perturbations?

      IMHO, China is in the driver’s seat now and we are having conniption fits over that domestically.

      What, we are not exceptional any more?

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:56 pm #

      Fission should be the last resort?

      Jane and Michael would be proud to hear that.

      What if it becomes the only resort? Whoever controls the technology will control the world in that case. Right now, people are working under that idea. Iran has learned much from the civic side of its nuclear weapon development. China is trying to get fusion, but I wonder how much effort is being given to fission.

      Prophets surmise that the energy situation, at least the FF part will become critical by the end of the century. IMO, they are optimistic. Nuke plants take decades to build, we had better hurry. Can you imagine? France being the world leader because it looked to the nuclear future and did something about it.

  61. Soul Forensics December 26, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

    Only 364 more shopping days until Christmas!

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

      A true marketeer!!!!!!!!

    • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

      The key is to simply live your life in line with your beliefs.

      This sort of cynicsm may lead you to embracing pod life, bug diets, and mass murder.

      The utopia you seek is never coming, but hell on earth might.

    • beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 7:40 pm #

      365 more days as 2024 is a leap year.

      • Soul Forensics December 27, 2023 at 12:25 am #

        I stand corrected.

      • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

        I have a feeling that the last thing 2024 needs is an extra day.

        • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 3:37 pm #

          Screw you Blackbird – I was born on February 29th, and I’ve been waiting four years for my birthday.

          • Blackbird December 27, 2023 at 9:33 pm #

            Hey Ronnie, you only age at one-quarter the rate as the rest of us. But no, that’s not good enough, you need a birthday every year – accurate recording of time be damned. Sad…

          • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 10:17 pm #

            A joke. Lighten up Francis.

          • Blackbird December 28, 2023 at 10:41 am #

            Francis? Now ya gone ‘n’ done it! Yeah, I’ll light ya up buddy!

            I was joking too – was…*

            A good rule of thumb: If you ever find yourself inclined to disagree with me, just assume I’m being ironic (some folks call it sarcastic, I call it a Kaiser blade). That, or accept that you are wrong and that I have, once again, airlifted you from the Valley of Ignorance.

            But hey, no (lasting) damage done. Since the intertubes will be taken down by then (damn you fake Iran!), let me wish you a premature Happy Birthday!

            *Still am?

          • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 8:28 pm #

            My nephew and his wife have a baby due March 4th.

            I’m hoping for a Feb. 29 birthday. So cool!

  62. OG December 26, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

    Murphy’s Law:

    If something can go wrong, it will.

    • Night Owl December 26, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

      Something could go wrong at any time, and it usually doesn’t/

      Murphy was mentally retarded.

      • OG December 26, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

        You apparently do not understand the law, little girl.

        Read the law again … and then think of your silly response.

        You can do it.

        • Night Owl December 27, 2023 at 4:43 am #

          Whatever you say, Hogg Man.

    • stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 9:48 am #

      So I was in the driveway yesterday teaching my nephew how to do the brake pads on his car. It was a typical grey/drizzly December day in these parts and everything was wet. The old shaky jack I was using to hoist the car suddenly slipped. The car dropped on my head and all my brains were scattered across the driveway. My nephew let out a hearty guffaw and proclaimed. Ha,Ha,Ha you look like OG.!

      • Night Owl December 28, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

        Uff, dat wuz gud!

  63. Qwibqwib December 26, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

    Did you guys see the Catherine Herridge interview on CBS “face the nation”? She said she is predicting a “Black Swan” event. She means false flag tho. She is using the term “black swan” incorrectly.

    Could something like this really happen:
    – The united states initiates a first strike nuclear attack on Russia and china. The domestic population is unaware of this.
    – Rus and chine respond in kind, devastating parts of the usa. Because the people were not informed of the preemptive attack, they are left to think that rus/chine launched the attack. They have no idea they are the center of a false flag designed to kill off as much of them as possible.
    – Most of the missiles launched against Russia and china are destroyed by anti missile defense. The populations of both of these countries are saved by a combination of bomb shelters, anti missile defense and early warnings. This is not the case in America and large chunks of the population are doomed.
    – What little missile defense the usa has is turned off prior to the event to maximize domestic casualties. There is no early warning and most americans first realize something is wrong when the bombs go off and most of them are either killed by the explosions or are exposed to radiation poisoning.

    Go see Barack Obama’s movie “Leave the world behind” and marvel at the possibilities…

    • Qwibqwib December 26, 2023 at 7:15 pm #

      OBTW, don’t you think Catherine Herridge looks like a Vampiress in this interview? She looks like the undead…

    • Islander December 27, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

      “She said she is predicting a “Black Swan” event.”

      Isn’t that an oxymoron?

      Isn’t a black swan event unpredictable by definition?

      • OG December 27, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

        Good point.

        It sure does look like pre-programming – not a black swan but a black op.

        I believe that 2024 will make 2023 seem like Kindergarten.

      • Qwibqwib December 27, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

        LOL, I made that point in my first sentence…

    • Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

      Without electricity and the internet, Americans would be impossible to propagandize.

      Our built environment depends on them beaming the propaganda into each house, car or phone. We cannot ever change that.

      It doesn’t really matter, though, if they can’t blame Russia or China for nuclear war. They are clearly deadset on blowing us up even if we blame them for it.

  64. King of Comedy December 26, 2023 at 8:39 pm #

    Meanwhile in the world of reality where real people make real decisions based on real factual considerations:

    Israel’s government agreed to give Intel (INTC.O) a $3.2 billion grant for a new $25 billion chip plant it plans to build in southern Israel, both sides said on Tuesday, in what is the largest investment ever by a company in Israel.

    In addition to the grant that amounts to 12.8% of the total investment, the chipmaker also committed to buy 60 billion shekels ($16.6 billion) worth of goods and services from Israeli suppliers over the next decade, while the new facility is expected to create several thousand jobs.

    Intel, one of around 500 multinationals in Israel, established a presence there in 1974 and now operates four development and production sites, including its manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat called Fab 28 that produces Intel 7 technology, or 10 nanometer chips, and employs nearly 12,000 people in the country while indirectly employing another 42,000 more.

    The Fab 38 plant is due to open in 2028 and operate through 2035.

    It sure sounds like Intel is not all that concerned about that end of Israel thingie which not a few of the lesser lights here are very fond of prophesying. It also sounds like Intel couldn’t give even half a shit about the world opinion that supposedly is perpetually turning against Israel . My guess is that Intel realizes that when push comes to shove the world cares way more about semiconductors and the myriad technologies they make possible than it does about genocide fantasies pimped by the Axis of Flatulence.

    It’s not a total loss for the Palis though. Word is that Harvard is going to see Intel’s ante and open a Gaza campus (redundant though it may be) where prospective students will be able to explore cutting-edge career pathways at the newly minted Claudine Gay School of Intellectual Integrity and the George Floyd School of Recombinant Pharmacology.

    • JohnAZ December 26, 2023 at 9:21 pm #

      Almost every complex machine that is built today has a microprocessor in it. Everything!

      He who controls chip building controls the world.

      I did it. I was a process and product engineer for a captive semiconductor house. Not near as important then. But consider that the number one country right now for semiconductors is The Netherlands. Could it be that all the countries with the means are going to produce their own chips, especially for weapons systems, just like corporations used to do with their captive houses.

      BTW, I lost my job there when the parent sold the technology to China.

    • BackRowHeckler December 27, 2023 at 11:09 am #

      KoC, good luck to the Harvard University branch in Gaza; in nearby Beirut, Lenanon, American University, founded by missionary US Protestants in the 19th century very similar to the founders of Harvard in the 17th century, has been the target of numerous car bombs, suicide bombs, drive by shootings, kidnappings & arson attacks, all since the early 1970s. The new Harvard campus in Gaza would probably last about 3 weeks. I can picture gay lefty professors, fresh from Boston & wearing their Shemagh they bought at the airport gift store protesting loudly — “hey, I’m down with the struggle. Free Palestine! Free Palestine! From the river to the sea.” as Hamas militants drag them from their Harvard classrooms & up to the 10th floor to toss them off the roof as an example of what they think of degenerate western culture.

  65. BULLITT December 26, 2023 at 9:47 pm #

    As I read all the comments above, I get the funny feeling that nobody has the answer. We are just the poor souls who try to survive the day in, and day out lies that everyone promotes.
    We have no idea what will happen. I can agree that we all have that gut feeling that something is wrong, and we feel as though we are helpless.
    What we are living through is a master plan and we don’t have a copy to read.
    Do we have the leadership in this Country for a quick fix? Answer, no!
    There will be many changes coming some good and some not so good, but remember, we don’t own a crystal ball.
    All I have is a gut feeling that tends to bother me daily.

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  66. beantownbill. December 26, 2023 at 10:30 pm #

    @ Ron Anselmo:

    I agree with you that Trump making a big stink wouldn’t help free the 1/6 political prisoners with the Dems in power, but people’s memories are short and they have forgotten about the poor bastards.

    Trump making a big stink would help bring the situation to the forefront. He may have a big lead in the Republican polls, but that’s obviously not a guarantee he will be president again in 2024. What if he loses and the Dems remain in power? Then the prisoners will be stuck in jail for another 4-8 years at least, assuming elections will still even be held.

    I believe if Trump wins and serves a second term, he would pardon the prisoners but we don’t know that for sure, so anything that could possibly help them ought to be done now.

    I guess by now you realize this is a sore point with me. Unjust is something I despise. Can’t help it.

    But I thank you for your polite response. That’s how disagreements ought to be handled.

    • Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

      Inspired by my previous conversation with EF and Beryl, I spun an elaborate conspiracy theory to my husband, about our owner’s deliberate push to coarsen Americans through the music they push onto us.

      My husband’s first reaction was “I disagree.” Must be a male thing.

      Anyway, he gave his reasons why he disagreed, and I countered with my reasons, and we discussed it for a while and then moved on to more pleasurable things. He didn’t insult me, or tell me that women are unable to think, or try to bully me into agreeing with him. He just gave his opinion.

      And that is the difference between the incels around here and happily married men.

      • benr December 27, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

        Or he knows he has to climb in bed with you later this evening and knows when to just let it go before you won’t.
        We on the other hand don’t care if you get your nose bent out of shape when we tell you you’re wrong or don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

        Many wives are actually husbands at this point. They abuse their effeminate male wives and then destroy them with divorce.

        Even masculine men live in fear of their “wives”.
        Signing that contract is signing your life away. It’s a slave contract….

        A single swallow doesn’t make a summer. If you two are an exception, fine. That doesn’t change the reality. Most women find being with a man who makes less than them unbearable. You don’t. That speaks very well of you. Just don’t pretend that it proves most women aren’t as they are.

        You really don’t see any problem with our family court system and the current marriage laws?

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

          All true, but why marry then, when the situation is so obvious from the start? These are free choices.

    • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

      Bill – your points are well-said and well-taken, and I appreciate your courtesy. You’re more of a relativist, and I’m more absolute. In a relative sense, your suggestions will help.

      I just see the world in the simplest terms: We have a way of life, and our only two choices are defend it or lose it. To me, it’s that simple – no use making it any more complicated than that.

      In preserving our way of life, we have to do whatever is necessary to defend it, no matter how seemingly extreme, or we’ll lose it.

      We have that power and we have that choice, but we get lost in the complications and “what-if’s” – but primarily it’s due to our collective fear, which is a disease. Talk about a pandemic.

      All just my two cents, and that’s all it’s worth.

  67. CirclesnCircles December 26, 2023 at 11:59 pm #

    My money says Ms Gay is a CIA-recruited spook from way back.

    It explains so much about her easy ascension, fake credentials and on-board woke compliance. There’s often a pattern to these people.

    Oh look, and another spook, Obongo, recently came to her defense. Color me not shocked.

  68. Billingsgate December 27, 2023 at 1:13 am #

    Having been at the receiving end of academic elite nastiness and then consigned to the basement of their stinking hierarchical edifice, despite stellar achievements, there are no words to describe my pleasure at reading this piece Just delicious.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 5:30 am #

      We live in a true age of martyrs, I think.

    • SpeedyBB December 29, 2023 at 9:25 am #

      Out of the clear black sky (nightfall among the WestJava volcanoes) it occurred to me, having just watched Prez Gay get scorched on the telly, that no matter what comes to pass, she is going to be a hard act to follow.

      Whoever the [accident-prone] Board inserts in the empty executive socket, he, she, they or IT is going to be in somebody’s aggrieved sights.

      Smug & sleepy & entitled Harvard has made their bed. Now sleep in it.

    • SpeedyBB December 29, 2023 at 9:26 am #

      Exactly, Bill.

  69. stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    US Debt Clock, $33,950,000,000,000.00 at 10 AM 12/27. Will we make 34 trillion by the new year? One can only hope.

    • OG December 27, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

      But the people who ended up with all that wealth don’t have and use DEWs, right Elmo?

      • stelmosfire December 27, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

        Not sure OG. I’m not really into debt. I have lots of good equity, Tools, rental real estate, canned goods, home made wine/beer,Motorcycles, gardens, etc, etc.I even have silver and gold coins. If that shit will buy me anything who knows? I suspect my deep mechanical knowledge base and my ability to repair real things may be the ace in the hole. Of course you always have your Bay Street 7 bagger bullshit money to fall back on.

        • OG December 27, 2023 at 7:17 pm #

          First of all: No I do not. My 7-bagger is purely academic as crooked lawyers and random Finkles now have my life’s work.

          Secondly, it is great that you have all of those things. I believe that you are correct: those assets and skills will be valuable.

          Finally, what a tangent! I asked you about the people who snarfed the $34T you brought up and the likelihood of their possessing and deploying DEWs.

          • stelmosfire December 28, 2023 at 8:05 am #

            OG, you spout endlessly about DEW weapons. Tell me, What wavelengths do these weapons use? Frequencies and such? Will they penetrate, fog, smoke, cloud cover, etc. Are they visible at night to the human eye or can only insects see them? Microwaves, ultraviolet. low infrared, gamma rays? Your whole hypothesis is full of shit.Where does this immense thermal energy come from? Certainly not out of Jon Kerry’s ass even though you wish that were true.

  70. Islander December 27, 2023 at 11:27 am #

    Back to Malone vs. Everyone:

    httpZ://www.zerohedge.com/sponsored-post/dr-malone-versus-world-why-he-war-everyone

    Very interesting account of all of Malone’s attacks.

    Certainly reinforces my early-on inference that Malone is the one who is a CIA or other-agency cutout of some kind and his mission is to try to descredit real scientists and physicians and destroy what could be called the general covid/vaccine/health/truth/pushback movement.

    He started out this new job by aligning himself with Desmet, who has no expertise in any relevant field except “exploitation of the Holocaust” to coin banalities that sound profound to the ignorant.

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  71. elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 11:38 am #

    CFN’rs, gather close…

    The Situational Awareness, this AM, has reported that Anarchists are at work, torching a Benz dealership, cause, you know, they sell trucks to the IDF, and, you know, Palestine….

    (8) ANARCHISTS TAKE CREDIT FOR PORTLAND CAR LOT ARSON: A group of anarchists claimed responsibility for a fire set at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Portland, OR on 11 December, in an email to multiple far left websites.
    The anarchists said the arson was an “act of economic sabotage against a corporation that develops military vehicles for the Israel Defense Forces and profits from the dispossession and occupation of Palestinians.”

    Police are currently looking for a “person of interest” who is described only as “The man they call Zazelle”…

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

      Real anarchists would support Israel in Gaza because active war in the ME is the correct choice for general promotion of anarchic conditions.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 10:26 pm #

        Robert, you’re not making much sense– you and the rest of my groupies.

        The wars you’re talking about have nothing to do with anarchy and everything to do with the State, except maybe that the State is currently killing a lot of people and maybe there are some anarchists among them.

        How much of your taxes are being skimmed to aid and abet your State murder and do you feel you’re getting your money’s worth?

        Anarchy is not your worry; the State is.

        “The measure of the state’s success is that the word anarchy frightens people, while the word state does not.” ~ Joseph Sobran

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 11:25 pm #

          I would love to cut every Nation-State at the knees, Zaz. One real-world way to do that is to encourage expression of the ample latent destructive chaos within the current State paradigm.

          Opposing “state oppression” by protesting for peacenik causes like opposing Israel in Gaza has the practical effect of entrenching current state structures.

          One of the ways to blow up the statist paradigm is to encourage states to act out and cannibalize each other. The real anarchist wants the bombs to go off. The real bombs, in a major way. They are not caught up in “individual human rights” crusades. They are too busy encouraging the kind of seismic chaos that would topple states and encourage restructuring that would actually make a difference towards freedom from statism.

          This would be a practical, effective anarchism as opposed to the hipster fashion-forward teen-friendly “free-Palestine” anarchism of the car-lot torchers.

          The real anarchist constantly asks, “How does this ACTUALLY become dismantled?”

    • BackRowHeckler December 27, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

      “Enough talk. Time for direct action”-Zaz

      Zaz is getting back to his Anarchist roots ~ arson, murder, bombing.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 10:17 pm #

        I don’t recall ever writing that and have never bombed, murdered or committed arson, nor advocated for it, nor would.

        But your comment fits antithetically-well with JHK’s ‘anything goes and nothing matters’ bit.

        If you, personally, BackRowHeckler, can’t find it in your heart to bomb, murder and commit arson, maybe you can continue to fund them anyway through your tax dollars, say, to Israel and/or Ukraine/NATO and frame people and lie on the side and stuff like that.

        Cuz that’s what’s happening anyway.

        • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2023 at 6:52 am #

          No matter how hard you try, Zaz, you cannot deny the bloody, destructive history of Anarchism. These are your people, this is your history.

  72. Paula D December 27, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    My husband got a call from another friend who lost a 39 y.o. daughter recently.
    Meanwhile, someone sent me a post from a sketchy website saying that the CDC has put out an alert that young people are at a higher risk of dying since 2021. Say what? They’re admitting it?

    So I tried to google a more reputable source about this CDC statement. The actual statement didn’t show up, but a “Science” website referred to it, so I clicked on that. I wanted to send it to my son, to make sure he doesn’t take any boosters.

    Guess what they are blaming the death increase on?
    Fentanyl overdoses.

    How are Fentanyl overdoses sudden and unexpected? Sudden, yes, but if you overdose, death can be expected.
    Plus, a Fentanyl overdose is not “baffling” or unexplained.

    There is a category for overdoses in the death statistics of the USA. If the rise in the death rate of young Americans could be explained by overdoses, it would have already been promoted.

    Therefore, it looks like Fentanyl is going to be used for yet another propaganda push.

    It was used originally to take the US population’s attention off the heroin overdoses that soared after the US invaded Afghanistan and restarted the heroin trade. (First the blamed the Sacklers, of course, but they needed more than that.)

    Fentanyl was perfect. First they blamed it on Mexico, back when they were contemplating invading Mexico again. (They’ll bring that back if they decide to do it.)
    But now they blame China. Perfect! Get the proles all riled up for war with China. Taiwan probably isn’t enough for most Americans to break out the flags and bumper stickers.

    So, I couldn’t find a “reputable” source that made the obvious connection between the rise in “sudden and unexplained” deaths in the last three years.
    It looks like a continued cover-up.

    • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

      Paula – see “Cause Unknown” recently written by Ed Dowd. Send a copy to your son. Dowd wraps up the “sudden and unexplained” deaths very tightly with a bow on top.

      Short, extremely informative read. Dowd states his thesis and backs it up with irrefutable evidence and data. The data is out there, but they are doing their best to disperse it. The “vaccine” is the killer.

      They will pay.

      • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 8:33 pm #

        Thank you, His birthday is coming up.

    • benr December 27, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

      I believe I explained this upthread to someone else.
      That toxic shit is winding up in some very strange places where one will never think hey if I touch this, I am going to die of a drug overdose and in drugs that have zero to do with opiates.

      • JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

        Extend that, Benr.

        What if:

        The drug Aspirin 81 mg dose, used by a huge contingent here was suddenly laced with a lethal dose of fentanyl? Half the US population could die in one day. NBC warfare should be NBCD warfare.

        • JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

          Just a thought.

          As easy as it might be to spike common drugs, or hack the energy companies or hack into government systems, or EMP or whatever, why don’t they do it. Do not think for one moment that our intelligence agencies are keeping them at bay, they are too busy trying to tear down Trump.

          I have seen reports of how BRICS++ basically are going to try to influence the election this fall. I wonder who they want to win the government, not just the President?

    • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      Covid, right Paula?

      • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 8:34 pm #

        No. The rise in death rates is also not covid. They admit that.

    • JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

      Couple of comments, Paula.

      Xi, thus China’s defense has been that the US is the problem with fentanyl as the USA is the market. IOW, drugs are demand driven instead of supply driven. He is right. The destruction of a meaningful economy, putting people to work is destroying the morale of this country. As people become more dependent on the government, the Dem’s dream, they lose hope, the perfect grounds for drug abuse. It is our government that is destroying Gen Z’s hopes for the future.

      Also, Xi basically told Biden that Taiwan was going to be part of China and soon. I have heard that polls on Taiwan show that the people want to join China now. We will do nothing is a plebiscite shows they do want to join the Mainland. Another swipe at Biden. Would you have any confidence in the USA if you lived on Taiwan?

    • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

      Fentanyl overdoses are actually a really bad problem. Like over 100,000 people a year are od’ing on fentanyl and dying. But I think they are trying to cover up the deaths from the jabs and boosters too. So it looks like both rather than one or the other.

      • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 8:37 pm #

        I understand that fentanyl overdoses are a problem, just like heroin overdoses were, earlier in this century.

        My point is that they are lying about the rise in death rates that are NOT attributable to known causes, which have categories.

        Overdose is a category, covid is a category, suicide is a category.

        These are “We are baffled” deaths, because they don’t want to admit what is causing them.

  73. The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

    Finland Solved Homelessness: Here’s How (Spoiler: It’s More Than Housing First)

    youtu.be/0jt_6PBnCJE?si=e5FnYmRldJOeRd-L

    “Finland’s remarkable success in reducing homelessness is often credited to the innovative Housing First approach. This model offers stable housing as the primary intervention, complemented by essential support services to address the root causes of homelessness and help individuals rebuild their lives. Amid the escalating homelessness crisis in the United States, evidence-backed solutions like Housing First often take a back seat to counterproductive measures like criminalizing poverty and conducting homeless sweeps. While skeptics argue that Finland’s achievements cannot be replicated in America, Invisible People embarked on a transformative journey to Helsinki, Finland, to explore the potential of implementing the Housing First approach on a large scale in the United States. What’s even more striking is that Housing First was born in America. Yet, Finland has embraced it and witnessed an incredible reduction in homelessness, plummeting from over 20,000 homeless people to less than 4,000 in just a decade.

    Countless media outlets have highlighted Finland’s achievements in homelessness reduction, with the Housing First model at the forefront. However, our investigation uncovered that the Finnish approach goes beyond Housing First. Finland’s strategy involves prioritizing the development of affordable housing and cultivating a culture genuinely dedicated to improving homeless services to house people quickly and permanently. While Housing First has played a significant role in their success, it’s just one piece of the puzzle.

    Unlike the United States, where the emphasis often lies solely on housing placement, Finland recognizes that people need more than just a roof over their heads to thrive. In Finland, they prioritize placing the individual within the housing unit, ensuring that they have a sense of purpose rather than merely survival.”

    • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

      Yeah, it makes no sense that we have homeless people here. There are so many abandoned buildings and houses which could be renovated for one. And second its like no matter what or who like in this country people literally do not want there to be big social investments. That’s what it seems like to me.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

        Yes it appears so…

        I suspect my ‘bee-in-bonnet groupies’ hereon (chuckle) would do well to worry more about getting their State House(s) in order before they worry their little bonnets about their relatively-phantom ‘anarchist’ closets & dust-bunnies. What do you think?

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

      I think the homeless are the real anarchists these days.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 10:39 pm #

        Most people are anarchists, otherwise they’re more along the lines of the sociopath.

        Anarchy is practically sociopathy’s opposite.

    • BackRowHeckler December 27, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

      Finland has a population of 5,5 million, 95% ethnic Finns, almost 100% Protestant (except for a few stray Muzzies who have recently broken in)

      Zaz, do you think Finland’ ethnic & religious homogeneity has anything to do with their ability to address whatever social problems might arise?

      • Soul Forensics December 27, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

        Exactly, BRH.

        More than just homogeneity, though. Some ethnicities are just smarter and more moral than others.

        Good news out of Finland is not surprising. It took them less than 50 years to go from brutal famines, serfdom, and centuries of oppression to a model of (true) progress and innovation, with (it must be added) nary a peep of whining victimhood.

        • BackRowHeckler December 27, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

          I grew up around a lot of Finns, would attend their (Lutheran) Church services occasionally, which was very similar to my mother’s German Lutheran and my father’s Congregational church. They were exceptional people. Most of them worked in the metal trades as skilled machinists. Their homes were meticulous and their property well kept ~ and even in town their places would have a rural touch with apple & pear orchards, a few cows, or some chickens.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 10:55 pm #

        It’s a good question, but whether we agree or not, Finland’s demographics may be changing along with Europe’s in general, war refugees and all that.

        If you note in the video, they did have greater homeless problems before, irrespective of their ostensible demographics. So one can rationalize away something and make excuses for not tackling it or one can at least try and see if demographics or whatever makes a difference or not.

        In any case, the State, via their wars, seems to have created their own refugee crises and addressing homelessness in the way Finland seems to have may also have the side-benefit of addressing certain refugee problems to boot.

      • malthuss December 30, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

        sorry rade is error RACE

  74. The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

    Theory of Anarchy
    Edward Abbey

    “Government is a social machine whose function is coercion through monopoly of power. Any good Marxist understands this. Like a bulldozer, government serves the caprice of any man or group who succeeds in seizing the controls. The purpose of anarchism is to dismantle such institutions and to prevent their reconstruction. Ten thousand years of human history demonstrate that our freedoms cannot be entrusted to those ambitious few who are drawn to power; we must learn–again–to govern ourselves. Anarchism does not mean ‘no rule’; it means ‘no rulers’. Difficult, but not utopian, anarchy means and requires self-rule, self-discipline, probity, character…

    Instead we see the realization of the scheme devised by Madison and Hamilton: a strong centralized state which promotes and protects the accumulation of private wealth on the part of the few, while reducing the majority to the role of dependent employees of state and industry. We are a nation of helots ruled by an oligarchy of techno-military-industrial administrators.

    Furthermore the whole grandiose structure is self-destructive: by enshrining the profit motive (power) as our guiding ideal, we encourage the intensive and accelerating consumption of land, air, water–the natural world–on which the structure depends for its continued existence. A house built on greed will not endure. Whether it’s called capitalism or socialism makes little difference; both of these oligarchic, militaristic, expansionist, acquisitive, industrializing and technocratic systems are driven by the same motives; both are self-destroying. Even without the accident of a nuclear war, I predict [this essay was written in 1988] that the military-industrial state will disappear from the surface of the earth within a century. That belief is the basis of my inherent optimism, the source of my hope for the coming restoration of a higher civilization: scattered human populations modest in number that live by fishing, hunting, food gathering, small scale farming and ranching, that gather once a year in the ruins of abandoned cities for great festivals of moral, spiritual, artistic and intellectual renewal, a people for whom the wilderness is not a playground but their natural native home.

    New dynasties will arise, new tyrants will appear–no doubt. But we must and we can resist such recurrent aberrations by keeping true to the earth and remaining loyal to our basic animal nature. Humans were free before the word freedom became necessary. Slavery is a cultural invention. Liberty is life: eros plus anarchos equals bios.

    Long live democracy.

    Two cheers for anarchy.”

    • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

      Unless we stop the Mexicans, nothing else we do matters.

      Ed Abbey

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 6:01 pm #

        I’m aware of that one, Jarek. And I was selective in my quote.
        But if you threw everyone out with the bathwater, you’d probably have no one left in the bath, including yourself. Be honest.

        As I’ve said before, there are natural migration patterns and then there are State socially-engineered migration patterns. Big difference. And that difference is along the lines of a planet versus a pen.

    • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

      Abbey was a man of the Far Right! Not socialist, but a National Socialist – that has always had a profound commitment to and love of, the Environment.

      • BackRowHeckler December 27, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

        Abbey was branded ‘Racist’ by the environmental left because he opposed unlimited immigration from the 3rd World.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

          The environmental left that has since essentially dropped any real “environmental” pretext.

        • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

          Now and then he referred to the Mexicans as an inferior race, scandalizing his followers. Was he just being funny? He loved to outrage.

          In any case, he was dead serious about being against mass immigration, if not for our sake, for the animals and plants.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

            Well shit, Jarek, what the hell have you said for the past 10 years on here, some of which I’ve highlighted?
            And how many times hereon have you been bounced by the host? Why give a toss about anything you have to say? Because maybe just maybe it has some validity or merit or somesuch? Of course.

            How was midnight mass by the way? Does the father of the church know what you’re about or do you keep much of it to yourself?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 6:33 pm #

            ‘Cast the first stone.’

    • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

      Zaz,
      Two cheers for Anarchy! How about an anecdotal reading of anarchy in real time? Chiche? Riiiiight….

      “Until my health intervened, I worked as an attorney as an extra gig on a class action lawsuit against a Department of Corrections for three years – reviewing hundreds of thousands of incident and investigative reports from about 100 prisons.

      Your article is excellent. Many times on this site, I rang the alarm bell to advise my fellow intellectual seekers that fleeing the USA would be better than landing in a US prison.

      While common back in the day, it’s been largely eradicated through PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) and current prison culture.

      Sadly, this is far from true.

      PREA has just become a poster they put on the walls with a phone number which is torn down within hours. PREA “investigators” are overwhelmingly black females. Affirmative action hires who have low IQs and buckets of entitlement.

      They are illiterate, hateful blobs of stinking weaves and stupidity who could not investigate a bubble gum heist- let alone a sexual assault. Save one or two out of thousands, the white DOC staff are just as disgusting and sadistic as their black coworkers. There is no one to enforce PREA.

      Rape is the standard tool of the blacks against white inmates. White inmates are currency to black inmates.

      These are the top sexual attacks I have read about- thousand of times:

      1. Calling white inmate’s family members and stating their son/husband/grandson will be raped if $500 in not placed on their commissary

      2. After paying the ransom, still raping the white inmates and forcing the inmate to call their family back to ask for more money or the rape will continue

      3. Holding white inmates hostage and allowing a train of fellow blacks, OR opposing gang members, usually Bloods, Crips or Black Disciples, to rape the white inmates as “payment.” I have read about rectums that are so disfigured and destroyed that inmates had to be LIFE FLIGHTED out- if they were lucky enough that another inmate banged on the main door for 12 hours hoping a guard would com.

      It would be helpful here to explain the lay out so you understand the true horror of being in an US prison.

      Imagine a school gym. There is a main door. Inside the ‘block”- there are hundreds of bunk beds with letters and number. Inmates, against policy, hang sheets around the beds for “privacy”. In the back are the wet rooms- toilets and showers. The camera here never work. Remember the main locked door? This is the only way out. Guard are sitting outside. However, these are predominantly black guards. They are sitting in a cubicle, talking, eating, sleeping.

      There are cameras in the block. Most don’t work. The guards are supposed to watching the video feeds that do work- but they don’t. Both white and black guards ignore the surveillance videos.

      Inmates are taken in the back- to the wet rooms- where they are raped- both orally and anally. I had read reports where the black inmates will interrupt a man who is using the bathroom – #2- and rape them- right there.

      Black inmates will reach around and masturbate the white inmate while they are raping them anally.

      The only hope a white inmate has is that a decent inmate, and I have seen blacks inmates help other inmates – usually older- run to the main door and bang on the doors….FOR HOURS..and beg the guards to open the door and stop the rape.

      Remember- the guards can see them. They all know something is going down in the back. Why don’t they get up?

      Because they are lazy disgusting creeps who should be executed. They are there to collect a check and that’s all. I have read reports of a young man being beaten for 6 hours- he died- and there were 6 guards outside the main door- cutting up, laughing, eating and getting paid….BY US.

      You know how students gather around a fight in middle school? They do the same of the mouth of the wet room. I have reviewed the videos. The guards can see them watching…they know it’s not a hopscotch tournament.

      It is Hades. It is Welcome to the ThunderDome. It is depravity and misery and where all hope is lost. God cannot hear you. It is a scourge on civilization. It is a sewage running under every facet of America.”

      Zaz, I expect you are a recent product of our educational system…my sympathies.

      • Soul Forensics December 27, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

        Anarchist ‘solutions’ during the Spanish Civil War.

        BTW, the great Luis Bunuel may have inspired anarchist acts, but, like Nietzsche before him, his art was antithetical to it. (Just watch The Exterminating Angel to get a glimpse of what happens with the breakdown of civilization.)

        ANARCHISTS AND THE FINE ART OF TORTURE
        (by Giles Tremlett)

        A Spanish art historian has uncovered what was alleged to be the first use of modern art as a deliberate form of torture, with the discovery that mind-bending prison cells were built by anarchist artists 65 years ago during the country’s bloody civil war.

        Bauhaus artists such as Kandinsky, Klee and Itten, as well as the surrealist film-maker Luis Bunuel and his friend Salvador Dali, were said to be the inspiration behind a series of secret cells and torture centres built in Barcelona and elsewhere, yesterday’s El Pais newspaper reported.

        Most were the work of an enthusiastic French anarchist, Alphonse Laurencic, who invented a form of “psychotechnic” torture, according to the research of the historian Jose Milicua.

        Mr Milicua’s information came from a written account of Laurencic’s trial before a Francoist military tribunal. That 1939 account was written by a man called R L Chacon who, like anybody allowed to publish by the newly installed dictatorship, could not have been expected to feel any sympathy for what Nazi Germany had already denounced as “degenerative art”.

        Laurencic, who claimed to be a painter and conductor in civilian life, created his so-called “coloured cells” as a contribution to the fight against General Franco’s rightwing rebel forces.

        They may also have been used to house members of other leftwing factions battling for power with the anarchist National Confederation of Workers, to which Laurencic belonged.

        The cells, built in 1938 and reportedly hidden from foreign journalists who visited the makeshift jails on Vallmajor and Saragossa streets, were as inspired by ideas of geometric abstraction and surrealism as they were by avant garde art theories on the psychological properties of colours.

        Beds were placed at a 20 degree angle, making them near-impossible to sleep on, and the floors of the 6ft by 3ft cells was scattered with bricks and other geometric blocks to prevent prisoners from walking backwards and forwards, according to the account of Laurencic’s trial.

        The only option left to prisoners was staring at the walls, which were curved and covered with mind-altering patterns of cubes, squares, straight lines and spirals which utilised tricks of colour, perspective and scale to cause mental confusion and distress.

        Lighting effects gave the impression that the dizzying patterns on the wall were moving.

        A stone bench was similarly designed to send a prisoner sliding to the floor when he or she sat down, Mr Milicua said. Some cells were painted with tar so that they would warm up in the sun and produce asphyxiating heat.

        Laurencic told the military court that he had been commissioned to build the cells by an anarchist leader who had heard of similar ones used elsewhere in the republican zone during the civil war, possibly in Valencia.

        Mr Milicua has claimed that Laurencic preferred to use the colour green because, according to his theory of the psychological effects of various colours, it produced melancholy and sadness in prisoners.

        But it appears that Barcelona was not the only place where avant garde art was used to torture Franco’s supporters.

        According to the prosecutors who put Laurencic on trial in 1939, a jail in Murcia in south-east Spain forced prisoners to view the infamously disturbing scene from Dali and Bunuel’s film Un Chien Andalou, in which an eyeball is sliced open.

        El Pais commented: “The avant garde forms of the moment – surrealism and geometric abstraction – were thus used for the aim of committing psychological torture.

        “The creators of such revolutionary and liberating [artistic] languages could never have imagined that they would be so intrinsically linked to repression.”

        • BackRowHeckler December 27, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

          I learn something new on this thread every day, SF. I’d never heard about this. It seems as tho Spain during the Civil War was an an incubator for any number of interesting diabolical innovations. For example, the first European gas chambers/crematorium operations were built in Spain ~ by the Soviet NKVD. They were used not on Franco’s men, but on Trotskyites, Anarchists & Socialists, fellow leftists who did not toe the Stalinist line. Another ‘first’ in the Spanish Civil War was the Luftwaffe aerial bombing civilian targets. The Spanish Civil War was a trendsetter in many ways.

        • tucsonspur December 27, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

          ‘Bauhaus artists such as Kandinsky, Klee and Itten, as well as the surrealist film-maker Luis Bunuel and his friend Salvador Dali, were said to be the inspiration behind a series of secret cells and torture centres built in Barcelona and elsewhere, yesterday’s El Pais newspaper reported.’

          Many paintings by these artists would be welcome on my prison cell walls. To find inspiration for torture cells in these works is a devilish, twisted depravity.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

            Klee especially, was fine, spiritually sincere and positive; on the better end of the modernist artistic spectrum.

        • Jarek December 28, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

          They killed ten thousand priests and nuns in a matter of a year or so, if memory serves. After burying them, they would dig them up and put obscene signs near the bodies that the faithful would see as they walked by.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

        Only this isn’t anarchy. It’s the State. Rape is coercion. That’s not anarchy.

        You are talking about a State prison system system, yes?, and what goes on it it?

        Did you get your jollies writing it?

        You are actually making, and in repugnant fashion, my case for me and the case for anarchy.

        Anarchy is non-coercive equity. It certainly isn’t rape in a State prison.

        Unsure some of you are playing with a full deck, but that’s no surprise.

        • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

          “Anarchy is non-coercive equity”

          Kumbaya, M’Lord, Kumbaya….

          Non-coercive equity? Jesus, Zaz how old are you?

          Explain for the assembled readership, where you find …non-coercive equity in real life.

          Please avoid a cut-and-paste answer, unless you have no other option, or ability.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 9:17 pm #

            No one needs to kumbaya. Do you do that at home or do you abuse your family or loved ones, assuming you have any?

            Kumbaya is just a silly extreme/false dichotomy, along with your repugnant prison analogy, along with the inferred nonsense that I cut and paste. It’s just disingenuous dirty tricks.

            We have general peace in everyday life, otherwise you have micro-hospitals at every corner and something like that Star Trek evil universe that I’ve analogized where everyone’s stabbing everyone else in the back.

            Or maybe you don’t have relative peach at your place and you beat the members of your family. How old are you? 77? Tragic that at your apparent age, you can’t figure one simple concept out and how we need to transcend the State or it’s collapse collapse collapse.

            Can you offer any alternative arrangements than the coercive/illegitimate centralized State? I can. Because it seems our host ain’t too pleased with it either. Or do you want to continue to jerk off online and add to the idiocy of the threads?

          • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 11:22 pm #

            “Kumbaya is just a silly extreme/false dichotomy, along with your repugnant prison analogy, along with the inferred nonsense that I cut and paste. It’s just disingenuous dirty tricks.”

            Zaz,
            You? Cut and paste? Where would I get that idea?

            At 77, I have no one else to beat.

            I feel that the state is corrupted to it’s core, and is irredeemable. Cultural Marxism runs rampant in the country… our institutions and values are being shredded. Of what solutions there are, only the kinetic, I would expect, would suffice.. I want to see the government changed, not removed. Your continued use of “anarchy” as a viable option is a misnomer. If you are a true anarchist, you are part of the problem, not part of a solution.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 11:50 pm #

            I’m fine with cutting and pasting, though– and despite your aping of Soul Forensics, and speaking of ironies– because I can also talk the talk and walk it as well.

            How about you?

            Change government you say? Oh do tell. I mean, at 77, your time for telling’s ticking short, yes? How’ve you been doing up to now with that sort of thing? That changing the government or writing a book about it or something? I mean, aside from your online bullshit with me?

          • elysianfield December 28, 2023 at 12:13 am #

            “Change government you say? Oh do tell. I mean, at 77, your time for telling’s ticking short, yes? How’ve you been doing up to now with that sort of thing? That changing the government or writing a book about it or something? I mean, aside from your online bullshit with me?

            Zaz,
            Ticking short, indeed. At my age, I can, with some comfort, become a witness to history, and with some wry amusement. The game is over for all of us. I am not messianic, but, perhaps you are. Good luck.

            And I remain…in my place (which is 20 minutes from a quart of milk)…you?

        • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

          Zaz,

          No, it is a state that abrogates it’s responsibilities, and allows anarchy to exist.

          You might not be interested in coercion, but coercion may be interested in you….

          Please explain how your principles of anarchy might work in the above described situation.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 9:42 pm #

            What above described situation? Your gross/nauseating prison analogy that I’m unsure even happens, at least as a rule?

            It’s a State prison. And you’re making my point for me, and keep doing so, oddly enough.

            Many, including myself, have argued that it’s the coercive State that creates the conditions for poverty, homelessness and crime in the first place. It’s a conflict of interest.

            IOW, the State creates its own prisoners/criminals, especially the USA apparently, as I’ve just noted in another comment.

            We cannot continue with the State as it is currently. It’s that simple. How we transcend it is another matter, but it is doubtful you will be leading that charge.

          • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 11:10 pm #

            “We cannot continue with the State as it is currently. It’s that simple. How we transcend it is another matter, but it is doubtful you will be leading that charge.”

            Zaz,
            We can agree on the dysfunctional state of our current government. I may or may not be leading a movement to change, but if I were, I would not be calling myself an “anarchist”, and neither should you.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 12:17 am #

            There are plenty, and around your apparent age too, who bill themselves as anarchists. I’m also a permaculturalist, or thereabouts, and it is suspected that most, if not all, are anarchists.

            That you might have some kind of State-conditioned ‘anarchophobia’ seems neither here nor there.

            In any case, we seem in a paradox, as I’ve said before, and if we cannot transcend it, and effectively, then it’s down we go– yet again…

            We appear good at crashing our civs.

            And as I’ve also said before, I’ll likely get my relative anarchy one way or another, either when/if State goverments collapse under their own corrupt weight or when/if governments become enlightened enough long the lines of pure/direct democracy, and therefore closer to anarchy.

            Time will tell. Maybe we’ll be alive to see it.

          • elysianfield December 28, 2023 at 12:17 am #

            “Your gross/nauseating prison analogy that I’m unsure even happens, at least as a rule?”

            Zaz,
            You have lived a coddled and protected life…celebrate that fact.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 2:59 am #

            As North Americans, it may be that we have the greatest heights to fall(/decline/collapse) to join our brothers and sisters elsewhere.

            That’s ok, because celebrations make more sense and/or are more fulfilling to me where they are shared.

    • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

      “remaining loyal to our basic animal nature.”

      I like that. It was the most poignant part of the essay, imo

    • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 8:02 pm #

      ” keeping true to the earth and remaining loyal to our basic animal nature. Humans were free before the word freedom became necessary.”

      Basic animal nature;

      Greed,
      Sloth,
      Covetness,
      Envy
      And a lack of empathy.

      Governments were created, in part, to protect the weaker members of society from the stronger. They are a civilizing influence. Keeps the wolves from the sheep.

      Zaz, you obviously believe you would prosper in such an environment. Are you a wolf? eros plus anarchos equals bios. Are you one of those that the wolves will allow to breed?

      All the ills you speak of, all governmental issues, are failures of the system, not integral parts as designed. The same reason governments become corrupt will occur, only faster, in your wilderness utopia…basic human nature.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 10:03 pm #

        Government and the State are not the same thing for one and for another, simple anarchic principles may actually help correct what you might call ‘integral parts as designed’, depending on what you mean exactly.
        If we have, as you write, ‘failures of the system’, they may actually be traced to fundamental, ethical flaws in your ‘integral parts’.

        The quality of the torque of a bolt can mean the difference between an engine running fine and and one that throws a piston rod and breaks the engine. I say this from personal experience.

        Anarchy, or relative anarchy (since there’s little in the political regard that’s pure) doesn’t have to be devoid of government, either, as long as government is legitimate, maybe in part opt-in and opt-outable at whim by the sovereign individual as JHK may have just wrote above.

        • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

          “Government and the State are not the same thing for one and for another”

          Zaz, I disagree, the terms are virtually interchangeable in common usage.

          “Anarchy, or relative anarchy (since there’s little in the political regard that’s pure) doesn’t have to be devoid of government, either, as long as government is legitimate, maybe in part opt-in and opt-outable at whim by the sovereign individual as JHK may have just wrote above.

          Your qualifiers indicate that you are not an anarchist, but rather a believer in personal freedom and limited government. In this we are in accord.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 12:43 am #

            WRT to our convo, I’m unsure ‘common usage’, even if we agree, is relevant.

            I’m also unsure those committing ‘common usage’ quite understand the distinctions between the State and government.

            If you do a simple online search with keywords, like ‘government State differences’, you should get many informative hits that speak of their differences.

            Anyway, to qualify; an airline pilot or a parent are sorts of legitimate ‘government’ so to speak, as are organizations that are set up because certain tasks that people can choose or not choose to fund or otherwise help with, perhaps like civil engineering, might require them. This is of course very different from current State government setups.

            But this is the sort of way we speak when hashing out how we might be able to float this sinking ship. Maybe not all of us everywhere, but maybe some of us somewhere.

  75. Forced-to-subsist-on-small-game December 27, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

    There is no choice “between civilization and its destroyers” because we are all complicit as its destroyers. The Left, the Right, and everything (or as may be more accurate, nothing) in-between.

    The mores of the old Hollywood western are still alive and well. “If that’s the bad guy on the left, then that’s gotta be the good guy on the right!” If only real life worked like that.

    The reality is, the civilization we would choose is rotten to the core, on all sides and levels, and collapsing. There’s nothing to choose. Only endured, or not.

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    • Jarek December 27, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

      The two hands. The right hand of friendship and the left hand of punishment.

      See Sir Arthur Keith’s Law of Amity and Enmity. You must love your people and hate their enemies. The two moralities. Universal morality is for those who have renounced the world, the dead (actually or spiritually) or the soon to be actually dead.

      Xenophobia? Natural and necessary, at least to a degree.

      Xenophillia? Mental illness. In the case of a civilization? Terminal.

      • JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

        Jarek

        IMHO, God, Nature created Xenophobia, AKA, ethnocentrism as a defense mechanism to prevent humans of different philosophies from getting over populated in an area causing the sort of upset we see in the USA right now.

        Different Strokes for Different Folks does not work. An article I saw yesterday criticized the West or thinking that all problems have solutions. They do not.

        If I disagree with you, one of us needs to leave.

        In the old west, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us”.

        The coming failure of the USA will be just another example of the fact that you cannot mess with Mother Nature.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

      Yes. Dreams of “White Hats” are just that. Reality is requiring us to look deeper, and it’s not happening.

    • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      I don’t feel like I’m complicit in anything. I do find it unfortunate that so many people simply can’t do things in a correct manner. It’s actually very simple and easy but people tend to have to require ever expanding complexity and nuance. And before long you realize that because of it we’re in a jam. It sounds like you’re saying that ultimately we’re in a big endurance test. I’m so tired of all these tests. I thought this was the holidays and it was like a break.

      • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 2:41 pm #

        Never fear – stay dreamy, Dreamy.

        • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

          lol ok, I can do that. How was your Christmas, Ron? I hope it was merry and bright 😉

          • Ron Anselmo December 27, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

            You’re sweet for asking, it was merry and bright, and quiet and uneventful – just the way I like it. Hope yours was too, and hope you have a Safe & Happy New Year down on the bayou.

          • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

            Good, i’m glad to hear that! Yeah, it was nice here too. Thank you Ron, and happy New Year to you too! Cheers to more dreams in 2024. ting!! 🙂

          • Ron Anselmo December 28, 2023 at 10:24 am #

            Yes, Dreamy, cheers!

  76. OG December 27, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

    @Gus,

    Deagel’s Depopulation Forecast confirmed by Heavily Censored Pfizer Documents

    expose-news.com/2023/12/24/deagels-depopulation-forecast-confirmed-by-pfizer/

    A controversial forecast by Deagel, a global intelligence and consulting firm, gained attention in 2020 for its startling prediction of a significant depopulation event across the Western World by 2025.

    This was a very bold claim to make.

    ‘Your Government is trying to kill you’ is even bolder.

    But unfortunately, these bold claims are now backed up with a mountain of evidence, and most of that evidence can be found in the confidential Pfizer documents that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has been forced to publish by court order.

    And sadly, the evidence strongly suggests that Covid-19 vaccination is causing mass depopulation.

    • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

      I was just reading about the excess deaths still being reported out by life insurance companies. I think that basically the excess deaths are still really elevated now and are particularly concentrated about the youngest age brackets within the working adult demographic. We are losing more people each month than we were during wartime during the Vietnam war. Places like The Hill try to talk about like diet and health which we know are definitely factors but when it comes to the jab they don’t say alot other than there can be adverse reactions to it or sometimes long term health issues because of it.

      • JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

        SSL

        Until we see proof that S proteins go away, that cells are not DNA modified to perpetually produce S proteins, and to what degree S proteins forces inflammation in the body, the government will be able to hide what is really going on.

        I cannot believe the number of people who just go get the mRNA poison on a regular basis because the government told them to.

        Hey, how come all the government jerks are not wearing masks, isn’t the MSM trying every trick to convince us we have another epidemic going on.

        • SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

          Do you think someone can shed S proteins if they just took one shot back in 2020? Like they didn’t get the second injection and then they also did not get any of the boosters. What do you think their prognosis is? Like. Are they still shedding basically?

          • messianicdruid December 28, 2023 at 8:40 am #

            Excellent questions. I have been wondering about this too.

          • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 9:14 pm #

            neurodoc answered that question last post. Research shows that the shedding subsides after some weeks, I think 4-6.

            You could go back and look.

        • Soul Forensics December 27, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

          “I cannot believe the number of people who just go get the mRNA poison on a regular basis because the government told them to.”

          John, just to add perspective, only 15% of all Canadians and Americans are getting the latest booster. The tide is definitely turning, though who knows what damage will continue from past jabbing.

      • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

        They blame diet and health?

        Well, the one I looked at blamed fentanyl, allow there are categories for overdoses.

        They will say anything in order to keep from saying the obvious.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

      What evidence (for effective depopulation)?

      • JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

        Gus, I would guess that Gates and all the other de-population folks are very disappointed that Covid was a very benign virus. Next time they need to try Diptheria or Pertussis, much more bang for the buck.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 4:53 pm #

          Maybe so. But, in that case, I am anxious to see the public managed effectively in the face of some significantly (statistically, very noticeably) lethal event. It would be a very different scenario.

          Would either of those pathogens even be that lethal, in the overall statistical sense?

        • OG December 27, 2023 at 5:53 pm #

          I would guess that Gates and all the other de-population folks are very disappointed that Covid was a very benign virus.

          Au contraire, JAZ. Covid served its purpose for them – it resulted in billions jabbed. Think: The poison is the poison.

          • Slugoon December 28, 2023 at 1:40 am #

            And a lot of behavioural insights into how craven, stupid and easily manipulated people are.

  77. SoftStarLight December 27, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

    “I wish I’d been a roach on the tray of petit fours and biscotti brought into the Harvard Overseers’…”

    LOL too funny Mr. K! It is a real shame on a lot of levels, but even at a simpler level it is too bad that we can’t have actual elites at our elite institutions. Like right now you just look at these people and say y’all are really stupid. We seriously do need a big refund as a society for the inconvenience of these rogue individuals and cliques. That’s why I’ve never dismissed the idea of reparations. Give the context a bit of a tweak and it may make everything right as rain.

  78. anmariwakaranai December 27, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

    Sweet one Jim.

  79. JohnAZ December 27, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

    GA

    I have a question for you. I have said how I got Pertussis in Inverness, I can track it to a single person who with hindsight now definitely was Whooping up a storm, four rows behind us in a bus. It was miserable for eleven weeks. My wife got it five weeks later, probably from me, but why five weeks later? The son of friends of ours was in London when we were there and also came home with Pertussis, he is still coughing up a storm. Thanks to vaccines, hardly anyone gets Pertussis now, thank God, Covid is a mere bagatelle in comparison.

    My question, I have read that UK has an epidemic of Pertussis now. Are you aware of it, is the NHS saying anything? I tell everyone, if you do not remember when you got your last tetanus shot, get one.

    • Slugoon December 28, 2023 at 1:38 am #

      I’m not aware of any such epidemic in England but I don’t watch the news or read the papers. After all, Covid was a media pandemic. Were it not for the media I’d have had no idea that Covid was a thing because absolutely nothing changed in the health of any person I ever came across or knew in two whole years.

    • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

      I don’t know why your wife got it later, but from the CDC…

      ”The incubation period of pertussis is commonly 7 through 10
      days, with a range of 4 through 21 days.”

  80. The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

    Anarchism In Israel

    “Anarchism has been an undercurrent in the politics of Palestine and Israel for over a century. The anarchist ideology arrived in Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century, carried by a big wave of emigrants from Eastern Europe (Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland). The ideas of Peter Kropotkin and Leo Tolstoy had remarkable influence on famous exponents of some Left Zionists. Anarchists organized themselves across Israel and Palestine, and influenced the worker movement in Israel. Anarchists often call for a zero state solution, to the Palestinian Israeli conflict, in reference to a complete abolition of the states of Israel and Palestine.” ~ Wikipedia

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    • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 6:12 pm #

      Translating the bold print:

      “Anarchists often call for an entirely fictitious solution and offer not the slightest ghost of a practical blueprint towards realizing that fiction.”

      • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

        Actually they do, and you would know that if you did some research, but that’s not really their job, certainly at least not for those who want to defend an indefensible/abusive relationship and one that JHK of course laments bi-weekly. Why even participate hereon? Why not join the Woke/Statists?

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 7:07 pm #

          If there are practical plans, I would love to encounter them. Point me to one?

          If they are realistic, they will involve encouragement of most violent political conflicts (state-destabilizing), depopulation programs, rigid ecological guiding principles and an anti-technological bent.

          • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 7:47 pm #

            Zaz,
            Would you like me to remain in my place and shut my mouth? I would genuinely like to understand your premise. If you could, at least, state the basic requirements for your system to exist, I would like to consider them.

            List them, and I will return to the rock I lie under, and will shut my goddamned bacteria ridden, tooth bereft mouth. Convince me.

            Teach me, please….

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 11:14 pm #

            “If they are realistic, they will involve encouragement of most violent political conflicts (state-destabilizing), depopulation programs, rigid ecological guiding principles and an anti-technological bent.” ~ gustafson.robert.22

            Ok well it looks like you’re continuing to shoot yourself in the foot insofar as you don’t really appear serious about, as you write, ‘practical plans’.

            You only seem interested in trashing anarchy or any effort or direction along similar lines. That’s not going to get us anywhere. As I’ve said before, that makes you part of the problem.

            I could give you examples of relative anarchy-in-progress, but my resentment is currently getting in the way.

            Why don’t you answer your own question as a gesture of good faith?

            Indulge us. Try it on for size. Show us what you’ve got between your ears. If you agree we have a problem, the what do we do to fix it? Trashing or otherwise undermining others’ efforts doesn’t count.

            And I say this to my other groupies as well.

          • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 11:36 pm #

            “I could give you examples of relative anarchy-in-progress”

            Well Zaz, you have been asked by myself and others to do exactly that.

            Indulge us…please (your resentment notwithstanding)

            “And I say this to my other groupies as well”

            Zaz, you have “groupies” because you have failed to present a viable definition of “anarchy”, you have not provided for precursors to a viable human civilization under “anarchy”, and you have failed to provide us examples, scalable, of anarchy in human history.

            Your post apocalyptic view of survivors scrounging for berries and rodents, returning yearly to the destroyed cities to dance around a maypole and breed, is sophomoric in the extreme.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 27, 2023 at 11:43 pm #

            I did check-off some “real-politik” strategies for undermining state power right there in what you quoted at the top. A perfect tool for undermining state power would be public acknowledgment of overshoot and support for intentional population-reduction. Organized anarchists could join me in promoting ideas of intentional economic contraction and ecology-conscious and energy-limits-conscious intentional depopulation strategies.

            But, organized so-called anarchists would rather whine luxuriously about AWFUL state oppression than dig deep into any real solutions, I sense.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 2:05 am #

            elysianfield, be our hero or a hero.

            At an apparent 77 years of age, kindly tell us what you have done to avoid and/or get us out of the sorts of pickles that this blog is often on about?

            @gustafson.robert.22, we’ll continue this later if you’re game.
            I seem to recall you mentioning some ideas in that regard that might align with my own. Stay tuned. Maybe early next year.

          • elysianfield December 28, 2023 at 10:53 am #

            “At an apparent 77 years of age, kindly tell us what you have done to avoid and/or get us out of the sorts of pickles that this blog is often on about?”

            Zaz,
            It is my honest belief that there is nothing you can do to get yourself out of the “pickles” you hint at. My avoidance began at a ripe age of 25 years old, when I began my retreat from the obvious societal failings I observed. In my current decrepitude , I live in a very remote area…very rural, closest neighbor 3/4 of a mile distant. I retired at 39 years of age, and indulged in various avocations, reading, woodworking, machinist, mechanic, inventor, beer maker, and long range precision shooter.

            But, on second thought, I do have a suggestion for you;

            Join a group of like minded people. A club…an Anarchist Club! The Junior colleges must be a fertile ground for such to exist. I can see it now, a small room off the cafeteria, sign that proclaims “Anarchist club…no girls allowed!” About a half dozen pear shaped males hunched over laptop computers, playing Dungeons and Dragons, each with a whisp of facial hair and a man bun. one of the morbidly obese members brought a fantasy sword to the meeting…two of the older members in the back of the room furiously masturbating to a bust of Emma Goldman….

            Yeah, it’s up to you to save the world with your “new” paradigm…I pass the mantle to you.

          • Paula D December 28, 2023 at 9:24 pm #

            Agree, Gus. Zaz is right that the vast majority of humans throughout time on this planet lived without a state.

            They also lived in small tribes, and were related to everyone else in the tribe.

            This is not reproducible with 8+ billion people on this planet, but the irony is that if you point out this obvious fact, people accuse you of advocating genocide.
            It is wrong, you see, to point out reality.

            “Facts are stupid things” Ronald Reagan

        • elysianfield December 27, 2023 at 8:05 pm #

          “Actually they do, and you would know that if you did some research,”

          Zaz,
          Research? My ass…I’ve done the Lab work.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 11:16 pm #

            Sounds more like you’re sitting on your thumbs.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 11:35 pm #

            …But it doesn’t really matter except insofar as you take your State/State government(s) off me and those who don’t want it. And there are plenty of us.

            You’re free to live your life with the State/State government(s) and its prisons, bio-warfare research labs and military industrial complexes and/or whatever else, but you’re not free to foist it on those who don’t want it.

            Otherwise, it’s war and everyone gets dragged down with it.

            If you can’t fix it or don’t want to, then that’s pretty much what’s going to happen, has happened, and appears to be happening already.

            War and collapse.

            So you’re on this blog and what are you talking about exactly? What’s your point or points?

          • elysianfield December 28, 2023 at 12:01 am #

            What are my points?

            Human nature.
            History.
            Full Stop.

            Your benign form of anarchy cannot work because it involves humans. It is entirely utopian. It is simplistic. It is the fevered imagination of a 16 year old who has no wisdom.

            What you end up with is a hegemon of one type or another. Power abhors a vacuum. Your system cannot work on any measurable level…it will not and cannot scale.

            War and collapse is a probability…but what will result will have nothing in common with your vision of utopia.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 12:59 am #

            You are a fish in the primeval oceans telling me, another fish, how naive it is to think that, depending on what we do and how we do it and change our habits and so forth, we are going to eventually evolve outside of the water and on land, breathe air with lungs and ultimately maybe go to the moon.

            So here we are at this point in our evolution, having done all that as, and along, a chain of species.

            The point I’m trying to make should be obvious.

            And what I’m proposing is much easier and shorter.

            But maybe you’d rather remain a coelacanth. That’s ok, they might outlive us, even our anarchists’ offshoots.

          • Slugoon December 28, 2023 at 1:34 am #

            There’s no foresight in evolution, Zaz. I think that’s a bad comparison.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 2:17 am #

            Slugoon,, it’s an allegory for the idea that the supposedly impossible or next-to-impossible can be possible– especially by particular comparisons, and given shifts in behavior and so forth.

            Again, it’s not for everyone/every species… Not all fish got out of the water, while some, what are now, whales, got back in.

            Let’s face it: It is about a kind of evolution, but a social one.

            We seem to be at a crossroads in that regard.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle December 28, 2023 at 2:23 am #

            …LGBT+, black-white, men-women and covid19 vaccine issues, while important in some senses, also seem like side-shows, distractions in the bigger picture.

          • Slugoon December 29, 2023 at 4:32 am #

            As skewed as things are getting from the natural order, Zaz, I am pretty sure that at some point they will return, which gives me comfort. At the end of the day, and it’s been said so many times here by Jim and others, it will start to happen as we wind down to a world made by hand.

  81. The Man They Call Zazelle December 27, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

    Good Ol’ Down-Home Uncle Sam Mom-&-Apple-Pie Statism

    Aiding & Abetting Murder:
    We’re #1: The U.S. Government is the World’s Largest Arms Dealer

    forbes.com/sites/williamhartung/2022/03/18/were-1-the-us-government-is-the-worlds-largest-arms-dealer/?sh=3cf2c73a5bb9

    “The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) came out with its annual analysis of the global arms trade this week and as usual, the United States was the number one weapons exporter by a large margin. For the five years from 2017 to 2021, the U.S. accounted for 39 percent of major arms deliveries worldwide, over twice what Russia transferred and nearly 10 times what China sent to its weapons clients. In addition, the U.S. had far more customers – 103 nations, or more than half of the member states of the United Nations.” ~ Forbes

    The United States has the highest prison population per capita in the world, with approximately 1.68 million people incarcerated in 2023, according to Statista.1 The natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the US tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.2 However, in 2009, the US had the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, at 754 per 100,000, but following over a decade of decarceration, the prison population had declined from a 2008 peak of 2,307,504 to 1,675,400 (500 per 100,000), resulting in a decline to the 6th highest incarceration rate of 505 per 100,000.3 The prison populations in each US state vary from one to the next, with the highest rates in Louisiana and Oklahoma.” ~ Brave search engine’s Summarizer

    • messianicdruid December 28, 2023 at 8:35 am #

      Man’s “justice” is based on punishment. God’s justice is based on restoration.

      • messianicdruid December 28, 2023 at 8:43 am #

        “The right hand of friendship and the left hand of punishment.” as Jarek says.

        • messianicdruid December 28, 2023 at 8:56 am #

          “Anarchy is non-coercive equity. It certainly isn’t rape in a State prison.”

          Christian anarchists [ that teach us God’s law was nailed to the cross ] seem to believe that this serves as a deterrent, thus fear of being raped becomes God’s work.

          • messianicdruid December 28, 2023 at 9:10 am #

            “But we must and we can resist such recurrent aberrations by keeping true to the earth and remaining loyal to our basic animal nature.”

            We live in a world system corrupted by violence of one who hates man-kind by making us enemies [ haters – despisers ] of one another.

          • messianicdruid December 28, 2023 at 9:34 am #

            “Only a reprogramming of the entire democratic collective mind in regards to the missteps will solve anything.”

            “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

            Our only real hope.

    • malthuss December 30, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

      “The United States has the highest prison population per capita in the world, with approximately 1.68 million people incarcerated in 2023, according to Statista.

      / due to crime from NAMs. USA is not Norway.

  82. Jarek December 27, 2023 at 6:11 pm #

    Quotes from Deep Ecologist Pentti Linkola, an Arne Naess without the silly pretensions of Democracy.

    Linkola writes

    I find it almost inconceivable that, despite all contrary evidence, an intelligent individual might still have faith in man and the majority, and keep banging his head against the wall. Why won’t such a person admit that the survival of man – when nature can take no more – is possible only when the discipline, prohibition, enforcement and oppression meted out by another clear-sighted human prevents him from indulging in his destructive impulses and committing suicide? How can such a person justify democracy? (p. 139)

    And here is an even stronger statement:

    Stupidity reaches a climax among those people who argue – without having learnt a thing from history or being able to read a single sign of our times – that man knows what is good for him: “the people know.” From this absurd assumption derives a suicidal form of government, parliamentary democracy, born among the tyrants of mankind, the West. Alas it looks like the bubble of democracy will never burst: as we struggle to enter the new millennium, we can abandon all hope. (p. 159)

    And I cannot resist quoting a third, magnificent passage:

    Democracy is the most miserable of all known societal systems, the building block of doom. Under such a system of government unmanageable freedom of production and consumption and the passions of the people are not only tolerated, but cherished as the highest values. The most serious environmental disasters occur in democracies. Any kind of dictatorship is superior to democracy, for a system where the individual is always bound one way or another leads to utter destruction more slowly. When individual freedom reigns, humanity is both the killer and the victim. (p. 174)

    Americans remain blissfully ignorant of the fact that the European Right has always been “environmentalist” (a position they associate exclusively with leftism). “Eco-Fascists” have been around for a very long time. It is one of Linkola’s great virtues to show unequivocally that the approach of the Left, with its emphasis upon democracy, egalitarianism, and multic