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     If you’re troubled at all about the state of our country, and even your own small role in it, you might be asking yourself whether the people running things have any idea what they’re doing. Some of these doings happen in the metaphysical realm of finance, for instance America’s national debt ($34-trillion and going up like mad), and the death of the US dollar, along with the bonds that underwrite it. Or the game of hide-the-salami with the repo and reverse repo markets played between the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury to give the broken banking system the appearance of stability when it is actually in deepening ruin.

      Did you understand any of that? Probably not, but not because you’re dumb. It’s because all that action is meant to be incomprehensible even to people who went to grad school. The news media only amplify the mystification. The net effect is that increasingly nothing in the life of our nation is real. Every action taken is a swindle of one kind or another, a cavalcade of switcheroos aimed at zeroing out the consensus about reality.

    What trickles down from all this cosmic activity is the dwindling possibility of a fruitful life for most Americans. You cannot make a living. You can’t fix all the machines in your life or get new ones. You can’t get married because there’s no way you can fulfill your end of the contract. You search in vain for something purposeful to do. You are eventually faced with the choice: surrender to depression and hopelessness, or revolt against a ruling blob that is only good at one thing: depriving you of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

     What also trickles down from on-high is the increasing dysfunction of all the systems that evolved to serve American life on-the-ground. For instance, the supply chains that stuff the gigantic merchandise marts from sea to shining sea. The trucking industry is falling apart. The industry can’t find enough workers to load the trucks. They call them “lumpers” in the trucking biz. United Parcel Service (UPS) is hurting so badly for lumpers that they now make the drivers load and unload the brown trucks and have to pay them double overtime for it. The fruit and vegetables that have to make a truck journey thousands of miles from the sunshine lands to the icy north sit rotting in the warehouses because there aren’t enough lumpers on the loading docks — in case you’ve noticed that the produce in your supermarket is looking wilty and gross.

     All the systems that move stuff around this big country are wobbling. Many trucking and logistics companies went out of business in 2023, led by Convoy’s bankruptcy in October due to a “an unprecedented freight market collapse” and inability to get financing. UPS has not recovered from the big drop in shipping that followed the end of Covid lockdowns — 1.2-million packages per day in lost volume — nor adjusted to its new contract with the Teamsters Union, a 46 percent cost increase for drivers in the first year. UPS CEO Carol Tomé even took a pay cut: $19 million this year, down from $26 million (including stock packages) in 2021. Federal Express also saw a sharp drop in package deliveries and in September yanked its full-year profit guidance. The FedEx share price dropped 20 percent in one day. Consider, too, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations aimed at a “zero carbon emissions” goal in 2035, legislation guaranteed to first paralyze and then kill trucking in that state, including trucks delivering into and out of California. Good luck with that.

     Then there is the good US Postal Service, a crypto-public/private corporation cobbled together back in the 1970s supposedly because mail delivery was losing money. While our Constitution stipulates that the government “establish post offices and post roads” with the implied authority to carry and deliver the mail, the Constitution never said that the post office had to show a profit any more than the Army or the Navy does. These days it looks like our country is just about done with the mail business. Been to your local post office lately? Ours is looking like an old soviet DMV. . . a few part-timers on duty. . . mail delivered when they feel like it. . . an odor of rot in the building. . . . Consider that the post office is one of the few places where we citizens actually interface directly with the government’s workings. So, how does it look like it’s working to you?

    Christmas, 2023, will be a test of how all these crumbling services and wobbling business models are affecting the people who live in the outfit known as the USA. Initial reports of empty Walmarts and maxed-out credit cards don’t paint a pretty picture. The Yuletide potlatch will not look like it used to. At some point, the activity on-the-ground — or eerie absence of activity — might ordinarily be expressed in the stock indexes — but these strange days the markets seem to be hostages of some algorithm cult that operates in a mystical vacuum where nothing matters. When it gets to the point where famished Americans start eating each other to stay alive, will we see another S & P record high?


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686 Responses to “Bidenomics in Action”

  1. Alfred December 4, 2023 at 9:48 am #

    The hardest part of the collapse is watching the faces of those who still believe everything is going to be ok, when they’re experiencing the cognitive dissonance that overwhelms them when faced with reality.

    They twist their souls trying to understand.

    • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

      no–I feel for the homeless, the crazies [all over el ay], the poor.

      when I see latinos living on the street, I wonder how bad their life was south of the border since they chose to go el norte.

    • richsob December 4, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

      No. The hardest part of the collapse is watching the faces of those who know what is happening and are unable to prepare for what is coming. Nobody should care about the deliberately stupid people. They can get it in the neck when the SHTF. Spend your energy being concerned about the people who deserve better instead of the morons and losers.

      • Mac December 4, 2023 at 6:04 pm #

        When government fails, the American people always step up the best they can- churches, food banks, etc. Those human resources will dwindle over time. We will have the privilege to pay for worthless government and to pay to fix the problems.

      • Alfred December 7, 2023 at 10:32 am #

        Well, I agree with on the one hand, on the other – and perhaps I should have explained it better – it’s the faces of the ones I love.

        They can’t really come to terms with all this. Their entire world view is upside down as all the lies they’ve grown up with fade away to reveal the evil they concealed. The banality with which the blob goes about it’s evil way creates the dissonance between what was and what is.

        And what it is ain’t right. And everyone can feel it.

  2. tom clark December 4, 2023 at 9:54 am #

    Too many Amerikans expect deliveries right to their doorstep now. It’s little wonder “just in time” trucking is on life support.

    • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      It’s been purposefully destroyed.

      • mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 11:27 am #

        We are both in agreement as to intention. The difference is you believe its entirely malevolent, while I understand the underlying driver.

        If we simply eliminate that variable, then we’re left with an elite cadre determined to (re)exert their tradtional role as masters, briefly interrupted for 200 years by the advent of firearms and free energy.

        Absent that power and availability, one nuetered by total pysche, surveillance, and message control, the mitigated by simple physics of resource limitations, one can complain, but they cannot prevent.

        The smart person, as in chess, recognizes the inevitable outcome, and chooses to play the facts as they exist to their own personal benefit.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

          Both of you share an effete fear of recognizing that the most significant driver of all these processes is simply a colossal clusterfuck of bread-and-butter, class-immune human stupidity.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:21 am #

            Stupidity, greed, and cruelty: the calling cards of humanity.

        • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

          Good point Mitch,

          But lest we not forget nor ignore the bastion of the current malaise: “I know you know what I need.”

          It’s benign despotism wrought by compassion on the serfs. Not new. But more effective with carefully manipulated social media.

        • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

          Nah, just another Big Lie. Every mafia tells big lies, wheter the Great Reset crowd with the Covid Hoax and climate change, the DeBeers mafia, Bechtel and Nestle with water, etc.

          It is all for power and control.

          I posted this in last week’s entry, and it seems worth reposting given that it was at the very tail of the comment section and is entirely relevant:

          Jerome Corsi on the Jerm Warfare podcast:

          “Oil is not running out. In fact, oil is one of the most abundant liquids on Earth. Jerome Corsi argues that oil is abiotic and not scarce.”

          https://jermwarfare.com/podcast/jerome-corsi-oil

          Audio/podcast at bottom of page.

          • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

            Why am I not surprised that you believe in abiotic oil, given all the other crazy things you believe in..? Shortly, no doubt, you’ll have irrefutable proof that the Earth is, in fact, flat and that you’ve invented a perpetual motion machine.

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

            As usual, evidence for items that go against the power structure draws out Mike Sherman (multi-banee) like a moth to a flame.

            And he pulls flat earth out of his Shareblue handbook.

            LOL.

          • wokethis December 4, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

            So, if oil is not abiotic, (and in fact is under high pressure) why could they not shut off the Louisiana gulf oil spill a few years back? Why did Chevron spend one billion dollars drilling a well in the Gulf of Mexico about ten or so years ago, and then when asked why they didn’t build a pipeline to recover it they said “too expensive”? Asking for a friend…

          • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

            Once again, the nasty little Night Gnat comes out swinging with his ad homs, rather than defending his abiotic oil position, which – let’s all face it – is as crazy as the flat earth theory. What a loser…

          • jackrabbit December 4, 2023 at 10:18 pm #

            Thank you Mike Sherman for injecting some sanity into the usual insanity that takes up residence here at CFN.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 5:21 am #

            wokethis,

            Yes, the 2010 fiasco..

            BTW, a million barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf last week. Didn’t know of it until doing some digging on other oil matters. I guess the U.S. election circus was more important to communicate.

            Then there’s Deep Jack about 10 years ago. Remember that? Promises — I shit you not — of oil discoveries from that one deep drilling area that was supposedly going to fuel the entire planet for the next 200 years. Time magazine cover story was rapturous.

            They drilled, and their drilling equipment broke with their hopes. They couldn’t even locate the find accurately, also couldn’t drill deep enough — sweet spot doesn’t go past 15,000 feet anyway, due to changes in sedimentary formations, those formations, only, making biotic oil possible which is how 99% of oil is formed, despite the theories of a distinct minority of Russian geologists, and the acolytes (Jerome Corsi, e.g.) of Thomas Gold in the 1980s.

            And, fourthly, keeping with the Gulf of Mexico, how is Jack/St Malo doing lately? Its 2004 “find”, which started the whole money-raising spiel in 2006, successful in the way of speculative mining start-ups, promised — and again, I shit you not — that eventually they would be powering along at 15 billion barrels total. In 2014, the company “revised” their outlook somewhat downward — 500 million barrels total in the two fields’ lifetime (estimated at 40 years — no abiotic illusions for these hard core geologists). In 2022, the total recoverable was a pathetic 56,000 barrels a day. No mention of the ER0EI. I would predict it was an energy sink. Hey! But it got a few salesmen and saleswomen rich. Even if you believe their probable “creative” accounting, their assets minus liabilities total a puny $150,000 in the year 2022. This, after 17 years and of a $7.5 billion start-up fund.

            This is the world of oil investment and discovery, in black and white. One doesn’t even have to go down the rabbit hole of abiotic fantasy.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:33 am #

            He’s got his sock in now.

            Good times are here again!

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 8:25 am #

            “This is the world of oil investment and discovery, in black and white.”

            Well, you certainly have not proven that, but you are free to think this way.

          • Islander December 5, 2023 at 10:05 am #

            Ragradless of whether oil is of biotic or abiotic origin, the US gummint seems to think there is enough of it to fight over it, and to waste a hell of a lot doing so.

            What do you think the Gaza genocide is actually about?

            You have heard of the enormous gas deposits of the coast of Gaza—which belongs to the Pals, not the Zionists—and the projected Ben Gurion canal, intended to bypass Suez and put control of transport between Asia, SW Asia, SW Asia, and Europe in US-Zionist hands.

            Oh., you hadn’t heard of those underlying drivers of the Gaza genocide?

            Jeez, “our” gas (gas we need to sell to Yurp at top dollar after gaslighting Europe about the toxicity of Russki gas) is underneath Gazan offshore territory, and their territory is an obstacle to the Ben Gurion Canal project. Not to mention the oil deposits under the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

            Who’da thunk it. Seems like no one around here.

            httpZ://english.almayadeen.net/articles/analysis/-israel–destroys-gaza-to-control-world-s-most-important-shi

            httpZ://unctad.org/news/unrealized-potential-palestinian-oil-and-gas-reserves

            Pepe Escobar agrees with me. And adds some interesting time-line data points to the Al Aqsa Flood incident.

            httpZ://rumble.com/v3z09h1-geopolitical-storm-brewing-from-palestine-to-ukraine.html

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 11:52 am #

            No, regardless of whether oil is abiotic or organic, the US government knows it is limited and is willing to kill millions to get it under control of the Empire.

            If oil was limitless, the US would not bother attacking Russia, Iraq, Libya, Iran, etc., and wouldn’t bother occupying Syria and stealing their oil.

            No oil company would bother drilling out in the middle of the ocean, or up in the Arctic, if oil was limitless.

            It’s just common sense. Back when you could drill a hole in Texas and have a gusher spout up, did anyone go out into the Gulf of Mexico and try to drill?

            Jeez, people, use your brains.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

            “If oil was limitless, the US would not bother attacking Russia, Iraq, Libya, Iran, etc., and wouldn’t bother occupying Syria and stealing their oil.”

            Yes they would. The sites where the unlimited oil resides is worth fighting over.

            Diamonds are also quite abundant and not worth what the market says they are worth, but DeBeers owns all the sites, and they killed lots of people to acquire them.

          • furyus December 6, 2023 at 5:23 am #

            I’m surely not as edumucated as a college person, but I’d spekalate that big ol’ far in the middle of the earth has sumpin’ to do with makin ole. Shoot! Ain’t no dinosaurs turn to ole!

          • Qwibqwib December 6, 2023 at 7:17 pm #

            Sherm – you posted “with his ad homs, ” I have a question for you.

            How is accusing someone of flat earth not “ad homs”?

    • 4014HAMPHEDGE December 4, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

      “Just In Time” hand in glove with inventory tax… helpful City/County revenue add-on along with Ike’s “National Defense Highway” bill in 1956- lotsa trucks coming and local roadwork outstripped ability of the jailed black transient populations to maintain! Hold on a minute;

      See “Socialisthater” down at 12:02- nice summation of the food production and distribution vulnerabilities pointing at, er, Cannibalism… Coincidentally, scuttlebutt on the ISIS elements drifting up via the Mexican Gang venues includes mention of hands-on tutoring in the details of human meat cutting and meal preparation. Islamist literature allows consumption of enemies- not making this up.

      Now then, this writer is back to the usual “Parallel Bar Therapy (railways}” rant- California’s idiot savant Governor has Diesel trucks not allowed in California’s future but has not spelled out a cogent plan to supplement loss of truck capacity & reach with a robust program for rebuilding once far-reaching rail branch lines reach running far & wide into the Great Valley breadbasket districts. These branch lines flourished until 1956 when Ike and his freeways, plus Midde East US bases, came on heels of the Suez Crisis, The Muslim Jew haters are aways there when needed to crank up the munitions industry… See the “Pacific Fruit Express” story.

      “Socialisthater” narrative (12-4-2023 12:02 PM) gives good account on suicidal Natural Gas policies, needs more on destruction of Ukrainian fertilizer production, large enough to bring 3rd world famine in 2024. Running overlong- please see July 1838 USA Congress Bill declaring ALL RAILROADS to be “Post Roads”, including local service (Post Offices) guarantor/facilitator of the UNION of STATES. Railway Redux obviously essential after the collapse-should we begin now while we witness the trucks needing shoring up?

  3. izzy December 4, 2023 at 9:56 am #

    “Free shipping” must be one of the most audacious cons yet.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:36 am #

      “Free returns” are worse. You end up spending money just to try things on, because they deduct the cost of return the article out of your refund.

      I see a lot of athletic brands of footwear are trying to normalize buying footwear through the mail.

      You see, from the same manufacturer, comments like “runs small, order one size up” on some styles.

      If a size 8 won’t fit a size 8 foot, why isn’t the sneaker that will fit a size 8 foot labeled size 8?

      • megabeth December 4, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

        Don’t get me started on shoe sizes. I’m a diminutive person with very wide feet. Hobbit feet, basically, but minus the hair. For me, wide sizes are a hollow laugh and mail order is like Russian roulette with 5 chambers loaded. Can’t even find a good fit at the shoe store, usually. I can’t wait for the reappearance of cobblers.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

          That’s a common complaint I see online, that even among the brands that offer wide width, it isn’t actually wide.

          They used to measure the length of one’s arch, in shoe stores. For a reason.

        • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

          Anyone who buys shoes through the mail is certifiably insane – unless you have “your brand” that you know very well. Every company measures shoes differently. And that’s good thing. Imagine being stuck between sizes in a universe of Platonic shoe sizes, with all the companies exactly the same.

          Having a Company and a Brand are a godsend. True betrayal is them changing it all up.

          Sad that you aren’t able to comb your feet….

          • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            Ive done well with thru the mail for shoes.

            the brand is GDEFY or gravity defy.

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

            Not true. The international standard is to check how long the shoe is in cm.

            The only variance is in the actual size designations, but if you check the cm measurement, you will never have a problem.

          • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

            Who made that standard? The EU?

            English sizes are completely different than American. We hold to the sacred inch, yard, pound, and mile.

            Damn Huns…..

          • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

            And that’s good thing. – Jar

            ============

            A typical start of the week for Jarek, a sentence with a missing word.

            And that’s [a] good thing.

            But no matter, we knew what he meant.

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

            It is international Jarek. English shoes usually don’t do half sizes, which is why you check the size in CM and get whatever is closest to your measurement.

            Are you this stupid?

          • Groundhog December 4, 2023 at 5:35 pm #

            All this shoe conversation is nonsense. Post collapse, trade with China will vanish because China won’t trade for dollars after that. And who makes around 80% of all our shoes? China! You’ll be walking around barefoot in summer and wearing rags on your feet in winter for a couple of years before America figures out a way to make shoes here at home.

          • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 12:39 am #

            What if some English has size 10 and a quarter? What then “genius”?

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:31 am #

            You really are this stupid.

          • Islander December 5, 2023 at 10:20 am #

            I buy a lot of English shoes, and they do half sizes—at least, the brand that I buy.

            Marked on the shoes:

            UK: 6.5
            US: 8.5
            EU: 40

            It ‘s the EU that doesn’t do half sizes, in my experience.

            Once you find a brand and style that you like, you can probably find them on eBay for very cheap. Often close to new or actually new (who knows where these come from—maybe people getting a poor-fitting size).

            If you are unsure of the size, check out comments at Amazon first.

            I recently bought some very good tap shoes on eBay. The Amazon consensus was to buy a whole size up with this brand (Australian). Turned out to be correct.

            This country desperately needs a franchise for replacing the soles of athletic and other shoes shoes where the upper is still perfectly good but the sole is some synthetic material fused to the upper, not sown.

            With leather shoes and soles, it used be easy to resole them and a good pair of leather shoes could practically last a lifetime.

            Think Cary Grant in North by Northwest. (I really worried about his footing in the Mount Rushmore scenes though. Eve Kendal sensibly took off her shoes to scramble over Jefferson’s nose.)

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

            Islander, most of my shoes are size 10.5 or 10.

            I get around the standard sizing confusion by doing as I said: I look for 27.5 cm.

            You can’t go wrong as long as you get the cm measure, which is on the tag for most shoes.

            Many shoe makers (Adidas for example) have you measure your foot in cm as a sizing aid when ordering online.

            It isn’t hard to understand.

        • beantownbill. December 4, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

          @megabeth:

          From the male (and mail) POV, I have problems with shoes, too. I have uncommon feet. First, my feet are poets – they’re Longfellows. Second, each foot is a difference size. Third, they’re very narrow. Standard shoes don’t work for me, I’ve tried.

          This affects my balance. Because I can’t get a good fit, moving is problematic. People see me as an old man and think I’m losing it. If I turn around a little too fast, my feet slide around in my shoes and I have trouble keeping my balance. It’s not age, it’s shoe fit. I’ve gone to some shoe stores and the sales staff try to take these factors into account, but I just can’t fit my feet in properly.

          My wife says Nordstrom’s can sell me shoes, each one with a different size. That would take care of the size difference, but not the shoe width issue. It looks like I may have to go to a place that makes custom-made footwear. That’ll cost me around $3-400. Ridiculous.

          I never had these issues before. I don’t think one of my feet grew and became larger than the other one. I don’t think my feet got too narrow as I aged. I believe shoe manufacturers don’t use the same standards as they did in the past.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

            I see women reporting that they bought the same style in the same brand and the same size they bought before, and finding it doesn’t fit.

          • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

            ” It looks like I may have to go to a place that makes custom-made footwear. That’ll cost me around $3-400. Ridiculous.

            Why is that ridiculous, beantownbill?

            How can you complain about your fucked-up feet (which aren’t the fault of the shoemakers out there) when the option you’ve already identified is right there for you?

            For $400, you’d have bespoke shoes and not “look like an old man losing it”. Surely your vast portfolio of stocks must spit out the odd divided that you can apply to this extremely personal issue? Quit whining and sort it out.

          • Islander December 5, 2023 at 10:21 am #

            A podiatrist should be able to write you a “prsecription” whereby you can deduct such a cost from your health insurance.

  4. Bill of Rights December 4, 2023 at 9:59 am #

    If today’s essay wasn’t depressing enough, take a look at Jim’s eyesore of the month page.

    • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 10:25 am #

      Wow, you are right, that is a freaky thing to behold! I can’t believe someone would actually waste money on that, let alone be so crass to display it in their yard.

      Like the veggies at the local market, America is definitely far fast it best by date.

    • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 10:27 am #

      I saw that very thing in my local Home Depot. I remember thinking “gross” when I saw it. Now even Christmas is becoming a horror show for the profit mongers. Even worse is there will be people who will buy this garbage and proudly display it on their lawn next to the Nativity scene. Awful.

      • megabeth December 4, 2023 at 10:50 am #

        A new house in my town promptly filled its yard with inflatable santas, elves, etc., but they are usually sprawling deflated in the yard. Looks like Jonestown at the north pole.

        • hmuller December 4, 2023 at 11:03 am #

          “Jonestown at the North Pole” – funny. I’m imagining Santa (acronym for Satan) making the elves drink the poisoned eggnog. It’s always the true believers who get most fucked over.

          • IamTheTool December 4, 2023 at 11:35 am #

            You mean anagram.

          • hmuller December 4, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

            Yeah, that too.

          • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 5:05 pm #

            it’s an anagram, not an acronym.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:40 am #

      That’s Gavin Newsom.

  5. oldandtired December 4, 2023 at 10:15 am #

    JHK : “ The fruit and vegetables that have to make a truck journey thousands of miles from the sunshine lands to the icy north sit rotting in the warehouses because there aren’t enough lumpers on the loading docks — in case you’ve noticed that the produce in your supermarket is looking wilty and gross.”

    Yes, Jim. And perhaps the fact that there might be problems with the backhauls, too? Reefers carry produce in one direction, then go back with dry goods in the opposite direction. Who is going to deadhead thousands of miles? Diesel fuel is expensive. The Class 8 rigs used to pull the trailers cost as much as a house. And how about parts availability for the eventual breakdown of the rig? Even if the truck is still under warranty, no water pump on the parts room shelf puts the whole rig bad order.

    Maxed out credit cards? I can believe that. I don’t eat out very often- personal preferences- but the cars parked at all of the restaurants show that I am an exception. How do people afford to eat out-with their families- several times a week? This past spring 4 of us sat down for lunch at Black Bear Diner in Woodland, California. Two of us had burgers, one a sandwich, and the fourth had a salad. Three waters, one soda. With the tip it came to $100.00. A hundred bucks for lunch.

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    • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      Debt, debt and more debt. I read somewhere that even in Weimar Germany, during the hyper inflation nightmare then endured, the restaurants were always full. Perhaps that is what is happening here. People sense things are bad. People know in their guts that things are not as they should be. So they say “to hell with it” and whip out that plastic for a nice meal knowing it may be the last time they get to enjoy it. I don’t know.

      What a do know is we are the precipice of incredible change. Incredibly bad or incredibly good. Who knows.

      My wife and I eat out once a week and to keep costs as well as our waistlines down, we buy one meal and split it between the two of us. Believe it or not, we always leave the joint very full and satisfied.

      • beantownbill. December 4, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

        We don’t eat out unless we have to, to meet up with friends and relatives. We buy our food from Whole Foods, but it’s not called ‘Whole Paycheck’ for nothing. We could eat much more cheaply at the typical restaurant or grocery, but we think they are unhealthy, so it’s a tradeoff: save money or save health.

        • Groundhog December 4, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

          Restaurant foods are loaded with seed oils. Very very bad for your health.

          • Anthea December 6, 2023 at 9:05 am #

            @ Groundhog:

            I read labels, and I’ve noticed that many prepared foods are loaded with seed oils. They’re in mayonnaise and salad dressings, some canned goods, and even some spice blends.

            It’s even more frustrating to try to avoid sugar. Quite a few kinds of canned vegetables contain sugar. Hot dogs contain sugar. Most canned spaghetti sauce contains sugar. There are a lot more. I’ve put countless items back on the shelf because they contained sugar or seed oils, or both.

    • cbeard December 4, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

      I am a retired trucker. Sounds like you may have been, or still in the business too. Today, I’m glad I’m retired. I spent about 40 years on the road. When I first started, I really enjoyed the work and travel. A lot of those people buying the $100 lunches are living on borrowed money and time with mortgages, car payments that cost as much as my long paid off mortgage. I’m just waiting to see how bad things get. When the SSI, welfare and food stamps go away, it will be insanely ugly.

      • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

        You have “Republicans” in Congress actively working on that ugliness, cbeard. Hope you didn’t vote for them.

        • Mac December 4, 2023 at 6:12 pm #

          Mike- You are such a clown.

        • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 8:11 am #

          @ Mike Sherman:

          The expected “ugliness,” should welfare, SSI, and food stamps go away, is merely a matter of the money “running out.”

          The “money” cannot, of course, “run out,” since it can be “printed” to infinity. It effectively “runs out” by becoming worthless.

          You seem to be indicating that you believe the Democrats are less improvident. I’m not seeing it.

  6. Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 10:19 am #

    Somebody must have pooped in JHK’s pudding this morning. He is usually hopeful and positive but this one, well, when people start talking about cannibalism it makes me feel good to know that if it gets to that point, I’ll eat the muzzle of a gun. I usually find myself hoping that Jim will be right in all of his predictions and musings. Today I found myself hoping, desperately hoping that Jim will be wrong.

    However, I think he is right. I bought a bag of mini peppers at the store just two days ago. Opened them up today and they were all moldy. Opened a bag of mini cucumbers and the ends were wilted and soft. The broccoli is rubbery now.

    I’m an avid gardener but I don’t produce nearly enough food to keep my family and I alive.

    Depressing.

    • thirdcoastlegend December 4, 2023 at 10:51 am #

      Canker-

      My gut says the lunatics in charge are going to do so much damage as we collapse that even the Amish and hardcore preppers are in for a rough time.

      The rest of us may as well enjoy the short window of relative peace and prosperity left.

      • hmuller December 4, 2023 at 11:05 am #

        If I were one of the unarmed Amish, I’d be worried.

        • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          hmuller,

          A one-armed, unarmed Amish even worse….

        • hmuller December 4, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

          Let us create a creature to defend the Amish. And we shall call him ‘Golem the Goy’ so as not to be confused with the Maharal of Prague’s work.

          • messianicdruid December 4, 2023 at 6:00 pm #

            Kinsman Redeemer aka the Messiah [ Christ – anointed ] .

        • Anthea December 4, 2023 at 11:05 pm #

          I’m not so sure the Amish are unarmed. Some time ago, someone in the comment section of some blog I frequent (can’t remember which) stated that the Amish’s favorite firearm was the AR-15.

          I would assume that the Amish hunt, and the AR-15 is, I think, the prefered hunting rifle in the US (for deer).

          A person can’t live in a rural area and raise chickens and other livestock and not have a gun. You can’t even have a garden unless you’re able to shoot rabbits–though a .22 will suffice for that. Also, the normal way to butcher a cow is to start off by shooting it.

          • benr December 7, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

            Believe it or not a .223 round is nothing but an over powdered .22 round ballistically it’s only a little larger.
            Most cows are not killed with a bullet fired with gunpowder but with a slug in a piston powered by high pressure air and in the Amish case nothing more than a large spike and hammer to the skull or a throat cut and a bleed out.

      • Cactus Girl December 4, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

        There’s a really good book titled “After the English Fall” about the Amish after the SHTF. Amish are never armed, unless they hunt, I guess. They don’t believe in violence. In the book, the remaining “English” (that’s what they call us, sort of their version of goyim) make a pact with them to protect the Amish in exchange for food and teaching.

    • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 11:51 am #

      I’m old enough to remember when Americans ate what was in season.

      Peppers and cucumbers are out of season now.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        I remember when people in the Midwest would drink orange juice that came out of a can.

        • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

          Tang is what the astronauts drank.

      • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

        Paula,
        I can remember that, in the fall and winter, all chickens sold in the markets were “stewers”. Friars arrived in the spring/summer.

        • Ron Anselmo December 4, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

          E – when the friars arrived in the spring/summer, what were their options for seasonal foods & beverages?

          • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

            “Fryers”

            Chicken scratch, bugz, and water, I recon….

    • mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

      You may have inadvertently nailed it: “Depressing”.

      The boys over @ MOA – including B himself – are apparently going through the same coping process. (Those guys really seemed to believe the moment was at hand when 10k years of demonstrated power dynamics would finally be overturned to usher in a new, wonderful utopia of fairness.)

      Here, I’ve noticed MQ and Dis have seem to disappeared, perhaps suffering from a similar affliction.

      Let’s go over the 5 stages once more: denial, anger, bargaining, *depression*, acceptance.

      Now, what/why would someone be engaged in ‘denial’ in the first place? Isn’t that merely opposition of learned behavior to actual factual information?

      If we elminated artificial mental implants, and allowed one to simply grow, evolve and learn in an environment devoid of both fantasy and corrupt players trying to gain influence for personal gain, how would one view the world today?

      Most likely, you’d be like me. Well, it may be a long journey, but if you’re willing to keep plugging away, eventually you too can finally break yourself free of the mental prison imposed by a cult no diffiferent than any oppressive religion.

      Once free, what was always there right in front of your face can now be clearly seen. But what of the unstated side benefit, the look back over your shoulder at the masses of poor, deluded fools left behind?

      I’ll tell you how it goes, you too will privately utter those immortal words of Scarlett O’Hara. “I’ll never go hungry (be fooled) again.”

    • beantownbill. December 4, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

      I didn’t know the muzzle of a gun was edible.

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

      I don’t produce nearly enough food to keep my family and I alive. – Canker

      ==========

      my family and me alive.

      • pranah December 4, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

        Q. Shtick

        =========

        Cue stick

        😉

    • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 8:20 am #

      @ Cankerpuss:

      We’re avid gardeners, and I think we could produce enough food for ourselves, supplementing only with grains (which we don’t grow). My grandparents grew enough food to feed a large family, supplementing only with flour and baking soda. (Maybe sugar.) For meat, eggs, and milk, there were cattle, hogs, and chickens. It can be done. As it is, we don’t exactly labor at farm work from “cain’t see to cain’t see.”

  7. cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 10:23 am #

    I think an excerpt from The Turner Diaries nicely sums up the problems currently facing our nation:

    “Liberalism is an essentially feminine, submissive worldview. Perhaps a better adjective is infantile. It is the worldview of men who do not have the moral toughness, the spiritual strength to stand up and do single combat with life, who cannot adjust to the reality that the world is not a huge, pink-and-blue, padded nursery in which the lions lie down with the lambs and everyone lives happily ever after.”

    • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 10:32 am #

      And hence the reason why I believe the Founders had it right when they denied women the right to vote. Yes, I said it ladies. Things in this nation started going nutso when the women started casting ballots and putting themselves in political office. Women by nature are appeasers, anxious to solve everyone’s problems and nurture them. Women by and large have a hard time simply saying the simplest word in the English language….”NO.” The biggest nutjobs in our Congress today are women.

      It also doesn’t help that men are now essentially females with testicles. I look at men today and I see pussies (not the genitalia). Guys who can’t comb their hair, who splatter unrecognizable tattoos over their bodies to make themselves look tough, guys who wear skinny jeans, who don’t want to work, who are submissive to their bitchy women. Nothing offends me more when I hear a person of the male persuasion refer to his wife as “the boss.”

      • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 10:42 am #

        I see guys who go to the gym to pump themselves up to look tough but can’t handle a job loading boxes into a truck.

        I see guys who when they have a disagreement with an associate that rather than confront the individual they go to social media to bad mouth them.

        I see guys who drive big Dodge trucks that spew diesel exhaust to make themselves look tough but who can’t handle the rigors and responsibility of fatherhood.

        I see men who worship booze to feed their ever growing guts making them fatter and fatter and fatter.

        Men who buy a shirt with a number and the name of some other dude emblazoned thereon that they wear with pride as if they are part of the team. Men who sit in their couch guzzling beer but refer to the performance of the teams in terms of “we” as if they are included because they have the teams shirt on.

        Men need to become men again and take back their societal roles that have been decimated by feminism.

        • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 10:43 am #

          And my favorite. I always enjoy shaking hands with another man who has warm, sweaty, silky soft feminine hands.

          • thirdcoastlegend December 4, 2023 at 10:52 am #

            The kind of dead fish handshakes that make one’s skin crawl!

          • stelmosfire December 4, 2023 at 11:18 am #

            Handshakes are so pre-Covid. When offered a fistbump I give a good sharp rap on the knuckles. We used to call it “matching knuckles”.

          • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

            “Matching knuckles”

            Saint,
            On the left coast, the best coast, we call it “pounding one out”

            Yeah, I know…in Jersey it has a different meaning….

        • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 11:12 am #

          CP,

          I see guys who drive big Dodge trucks that spew diesel exhaust to make themselves look tough but who can’t handle the rigors and responsibility of fatherhood.

          I…I did not know that about myself…. In my defense, it is a One ton Dually, manual trans, with a screaming turbo Cummins.

          • stelmosfire December 4, 2023 at 11:21 am #

            Manual trans? what’s that some sort of queer code word?

          • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            Code?

            Saint,

            Well, yes and no. Confucius say that man who drive auto trans. have son who grow up to be shiftless bastard….

            Manual Trans. is Jose Trans’s brother….

          • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

            Do you actually use it as a truck or just to drive around and intimidate all of we Tacoma drivers 😉 Of course there are deviations from all assumptions.

          • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 8:16 pm #

            CP,
            A second vehicle used for hauling. It has a hydraulic dump bed, sides remove for flatbed use.

            20 MPG Cowboy Cadillac.

        • Anthea December 4, 2023 at 11:33 pm #

          @ Cankerpuss:

          “Men need to become men again and take back their societal roles that have been decimated by feminism.”

          It seems to me that this is a “chicken-or-the-egg” thing. Which came first? Soft, lazy, effeminate (and cowardly) men, or feminism?

          Based on my experience, it was the first.

          Modern men and women–unlike the generations that lived through the Great Depression and WWII and before–did not grow up with an awareness that life is simply tough, and that it takes considerable courage and resolve to live your life reasonably honorably, go to work every day, and take care of the people you love and are responsible for.

          Women (again, in my experience) will generally find the courage and resolve, while men have a tendency run away.

        • benr December 7, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

          I once worked at a UPS hub in Sylmar loading trailers not the little brown trucks for local delivery but the large trailers that went to other hubs.
          There were on average 1800 boxes an hour coming at you all different shapes, sizes and weights that had to be put into orderly rows with room to throw the bags behind them and not crush anything.
          Some of the little boxes where the worst as they were stuffed with ball bearings or something.
          Woah unto you if you loaded the boxes wrong or handled them wrong I watched people lose fingers to packing straps or get them crushed and the UPS union was worthless with labor disputes.
          Lasted almost a year before I decided I wanted to beat up one of the plant managers for being a complete jack ass and quit.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 10:47 am #

        Where did they deny women the right to vote?

        Everyone I know who voted for Biden is a guy.

        • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 11:35 am #

          Oh no, Beryl, women are on the hook for this one.

          The widest margin of victory for Biden was with suburban women.

          Two issues, Trump’s playboy past and abortion. Two real issues that the conservative right needs to address with women.

          One other comment, we have friends who are Jewish and she is a confirmed Democrat,

          No matter what.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            Most women aren’t suburban women, and how did suburban MEN vote, John?

            I have seen more MEN screaming about Trump’s cheating than I have women.

            No we are not “on the hook” for the MAN in the White House.

            In a stolen election, don’t you dare tell me it was an itty-bitty demographic who may or may not have cast a vote for Biden is at fault.

            81 million votes. Quick, how many American women live in the suburbs?

          • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            Real feminists disagree:

            https://philanthropywomen.org/political-struggle/what-if-only-women-voted-in-the-2020-election/

            Surrender Dorothy. You are stuck in no person’s land. Either become a real feminist and help destroy America, or become a masculinist and help us take it back.

          • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

            I stand corrected on suburban women, however not women in general. The reason, minority women.

            I was surprised at some of the data I got from pew research.

            2020 data. Biden. Trump

            Men. 48. 50
            Women. 55. 44

            WM. 40. 57
            WW. 46. 53

            BM. 87. 12
            BW. 95. 5

            HM. 57. 40
            HW. 61. 37

            Men overall were slightly more for Biden than 2016. Women slightly more for Trump
            Surprise!!! Even amongst whites.

            Education

            Post grad. 67. 32
            Coll Grad. 56. 42
            High school. 41. 56

            The more education the more liberal, not a surprise. 2016 to 2020. Not much change

            Age

            18-29. 58. 28
            65+. 48 52

            Drift left with youth. Little change 2016 to 2020.

            Locale

            Urban. 66. 33
            Suburban. 54. 43
            Rural. 33. 65

            Obvious, however a big change in suburban. 45. 47. To 54 43 in 2020.

            Religion

            Attend monthly. 40. 59

            Attend yearly or less. 58 40

            Little change from 2016.

            Why Biden won?

            Minorities and kids and suburbs.

            Cities run the country, along with their resident minorities. The suburbs may have cost Trump the election, but little difference between men and women.

          • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

            One comment

            Cities would be the easiest place to corrupt the results. It is interesting that the areas where more votes are cast into more efficient voting systems are always getting their critical vote totals in last, and usually favoring the Democrats by slim margins.

            Paper ballots and finger dye, no more mail-in ballots. Oh so easy to cheat.

          • Cactus Girl December 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

            “Oh no, Beryl, women are on the hook for this one.”

            @JohnAZ: you have surpassed your usual level of inane stupidity with this one. I love the way that men (JHK, Cankerpuss included) blame women for all their own failings. Some things never change. When we couldn’t vote and couldn’t support ourselves, we were a burden. Now that we can, we’re “emasculating men”. Oh please.

            Do you honestly believe that more than 5 people voted for that brain dead corpse in the Oval Office? Someone who didn’t even run for office, but was inserted rather late in the game? Someone who “ran” his campaign from his basement? I think I have a bridge for sale that will suit you just fine…

          • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

            Cactusgirl. See my comment above. I blast men A LOT.

            I just note that much of our problems really started about the time women’s suffrage came about and women started getting into politics.

            Of course men bear their share of blame in what ails the world.

            I’m a dinosaur in this world. I wish I lived in a world where women were proud to be women and have and nurture their children and men were the providers and protectors of their families. Things seemed to be a little better back when that was the case. Not so anymore.

            You have to admit, the biggest nuts in Congress are women.

          • Anthea December 4, 2023 at 11:51 pm #

            @ Cankerpuss:

            “I wish I lived in a world where women were proud to be women and have and nurture their children and men were the providers and protectors of their families. Things seemed to be a little better back when that was the case.”

            The problem is, that was never the case for a very large percentage of women, probably at least half.

            I grew up in the 1950s, before feminism and before women joined the workforce in numbers. Just based on the block in the small town where I grew up, there were serious problems in almost half the families, in the way of alcoholism, domestic violence, abandonment by Dad, and/or non-support.

            Several of the women with young children were working. Two were divorced (alcoholism in one case, abandonment in the other), one was a well-to-do widow, and the fourth was married to a guy who wouldn’t work to support his five children.

            All of these women would have shared your desire to see a world in which “men were the providers and protectors of their families.” But that world did not exist, even then.

        • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:26 pm #

          Correct me if I am wrong, but originally, only land owning white men were able to vote. Women’s suffrage didn’t come about until Wyoming opened the can.

          So they may not have denied women the right to vote but they certainly didn’t give them the right to vote either. In fact, even many men weren’t permitted to vote. Only those who had a financial stake in the Government (taxpayers) were permitted the vote.

          Again, correct me if I am wrong. I will admit I am not an “expert” on this.

        • Anthea December 6, 2023 at 9:13 am #

          @ Beryl of Oyl:

          I don’t talk politics with much of anyone, so I have to go by my Facebook feed. The only Biden supporter there was a guy. He kept posting, “I’m ridin’ with Biden,” apparently believing that this was a persuasive thing to say. (This guy is probably 60 by now.)

          • benr December 7, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

            He was being ridden by biden not much else.

      • Mac December 4, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

        Women, in general, crave security, which is antithetical to freedom. “It’s a Republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.”

        • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 8:29 am #

          @ Mac:

          What women actually crave is for their kids to have three meals a day and a roof over their heads. When their children’s father fails to provide this, the women will favor having the government do so.

          Where there is a failure of “social power”–people providing for each other and meeting their obligations to each other and leading moral lives–there will be a demand for government to step in. The government gains more and more power and a society becomes more and more disordered.

    • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 11:55 am #

      This is a fine example of Double Think, the ability to hold two conflicting views in the mind at the same time, without a hint of cognitive dissonance.

      The elections are a farce. They always were, because our ruling overlords control the candidates presented for “selection” by the “voters”.

      But now that they openly steal the elections, they are even more farcical.

      So knowing that the elections are rigged, but still pointing fingers at a segment of the “voting public” as the problem, is Double Think.

    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

      Women have no interest in nurturing men. They are interested in crushing us once they are given their freedom.

      That was a huge mistake.

      • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 12:00 am #

        @ Jarek:

        I think that’s just you.

        And what’s with this bullshit of expecting to be “nurtured?” Of course it’s quite in character with your attitude that male-female relationships are supposed to be baby-mommy relationships.

      • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 12:02 am #

        @ Jarek:

        You don’t get to be the patriarch of the family when you have insisted on taking the role of a child.

      • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 12:42 am #

        You make my point. Love is only children and animals, maybe other women. Men deserve nothing.

        She does this all the time. Tries to disagree with me but just reiterates my point.

    • Groundhog December 4, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

      There are two kinds of feminism – toxic and non-toxic. The toxic variety attempts to psychologically neuter people, and this process starts in childhood and has infected the entire school system. Toxic feminism got started in my own extended family starting back in the 30’s.. Most every one of them is obsessed with academic garbage and enormous pressures are placed on all family members that they *must* go to college or they’ll be failures. What’s happened is I’m the black sheep that everyone gossips about, and the rest of the extended family has bad family problems, divorces, various form of mental issues etc. And all of it got started by a few females who took over and dumped all the poisonous garbage they’d learned into their children’s minds.

      I think the orignal source of America’s problems has been toxic feminism. That opened the doors to a whole host of other demons.

  8. dilbert113 December 4, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    So three days ago this blog breathlessly told us: “The whistleblowers are popping out all over now. We’re approaching the magic moment when the whole blob army flips and rats out each other in the attempt to save their asses. Wait for it.” But this morning, we’re about to cannibalize each other. Which is it? Oh, and yes the economy the post office various industries always do badly under a Democratic President, but rebound and do well under a Republican one. That’s nothing new, at all.

    • hortonz December 4, 2023 at 11:00 am #

      Does anyone remember that prediction from JHK’s The City In Mind where he wrote that in the future the Caesar salad that travels 2000 miles from California to Atlanta will be a distant memory when all the national and international supply chains break down and every place is forced to re-localize their economy? How about that JHK”s warning from the now-distant America of 1999 that once the link between the life that’s considered normal and the complex energy supply chains that make that life possible are severed, civilization as we know it will over and autarky will be the order of the day? It’s all happening now at once just as the situation in the middle east spins out of control like it was predicted in the Book of Revelations. At least Israel’s leadership has a grasp on where things are headed because I don’t see the West emerging from all these crisis without the outbreak of civil war.

      • Lyndy33 December 4, 2023 at 11:28 am #

        One reason UPS is hurting; Amazon came out with their own delivery business. I see ‘SMILE’ delivery trucks often enough that deliver stuff to my door. It is competition, not breakdown that is hurting UPS.

        • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

          Just got a package from UPS the other day. The delivery was on time and only took a couple of days. Seems like they are doing as they usually do. But what do I know?

      • Groundhog December 4, 2023 at 5:55 pm #

        ” I don’t see the West emerging from all these crisis without the outbreak of civil war.”

        It takes men to fight civil wars. We don’t have very many males around capable of fighting such a war.

        • Qwibqwib December 6, 2023 at 7:44 pm #

          3%

    • Lyndy33 December 4, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      Hannibal Lecter Quote: “If you have to cannibalize, pick a vegan, they are grass fed.” JHK has been a little extreme since ‘Peak Oil’ when I first started following his books and weekly writing. I even contribute a token to him via Paypal so as to continue his excesses. Anyone not prepared is a fool but then there are extreme fools also.

    • neurodoc December 4, 2023 at 11:33 am #

      Linear thinking about the future is a delusional disorder. Take your meds!!!

      • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 6:51 pm #

        Eat some lead, neurodoc! Sel-administered…

    • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 11:54 am #

      Turnings

      Dem. Get elected when the ‘cuts’, actually less spending, hit welfare and the gimmes react to vote Dem.

      Then pressure to spend to get votes increases, money is doled out to people who did not earn it.

      Inflation rises.

      When inflation approaches 10% or so, the Fed finally does something about it. Dem. Political pressure has suppressed Fed action until then.

      GOP starts to get elected to quell the rising prices.
      The interest rates increase until economic activity is curtailed and labor rates level off. Over reaction will cause a recession and layoffs become an issue. Wages stabilize in an atmosphere of continuing inflation at lower levels, 3-5%. Hard core Fed, Volker for example, will hold rates high until inflation goes below 2%. Unemployment goes up, but prices stabilize. When unemployment gets to 10% or so, here comes the Dems.

      And round and round we go. I have witnessed the circle four times in my lifetime, and it is amazing how similar they are.

      One thing I believe has distorted the cycle now is the Bush administrations being way too liberal economically. And they’re keeping the border open.

      Econ 101 talks about guns and butter being the cause of inflation. Our Dem. brethren must have skipped that class.

      • hmuller December 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

        There is no longer a way to achieve a healthy economic balance. We are past the point of no return with exponentially climbing debt than can no longer be carried and serviced. Hyperinflation will hose those turds out of the monkey cage, and we can have the fun of soiling the place all over again.

        Save yourself and those you love. See you on the other side. Maybe

  9. BigJake December 4, 2023 at 10:40 am #

    “You can’t get married because there’s no way you can fulfill your end of the contract.”

    Marriage is a covenant not a contract. It’s this view of it as the latter that’s brought us to the point where Atheists have a lower divorce rate than Christians (as one example).

    • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 10:46 am #

      Well, the world of profit has no moral center, and much of Western society has been without a moral center for quite some time.

      • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        So you finally admit that Corporations shouldn’t run the world? That they must be guided a la Fascism?

        • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

          The classic Jarek straw man.

          You are free to post where I said corporations should run the world.

          You should know better than to try this with me.

        • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

          If “profit has no moral center”, what should we do to make them act morally? Nothing? Do you deny that they have undue influence?

          You have the floor, champ.

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

            Put on your thinking cap and tell us what to do.

          • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

            No, you raised the problem of “profit having no moral center”, and then rejected my solution. So what yours?

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:59 pm #

            You have not provided a solution.

            Literally all you do is lie.

            LOL.

          • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 12:43 am #

            Coward.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:29 am #

            All out of bullshit, I see.

            LOL.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 10:48 am #

      There’s a contract in there.

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

      Marriage is a covenant not a contract. – BigJake

      ==========

      cov·e·nant
      /?k?v?n?nt/
      noun
      an agreement.
      “there was a covenant between them that her name was never to be mentioned”
      Similar:
      contract
      compact
      treaty
      pact
      accord
      deal
      bargain
      settlement
      concordat
      protocol
      entente
      agreement
      arrangement
      understanding
      pledge
      promise
      bond
      indenture
      guarantee
      warrant
      undertaking
      commitment
      verb
      agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract.
      “the landlord covenants to repair the property”
      Similar:
      undertake
      give an undertaking
      pledge
      promise
      agree
      contract

  10. BackRowHeckler December 4, 2023 at 10:47 am #

    Article in the NYPost yesterday claims that the IRS is going to begin cracking down on gig workers & waitresses for missed quarterly tax payments, or quarterly tax payments that prove insufficient at years end, laying on an 8% fee plus possible fines & other penalties. How sweet it must be if you’re an Federal Agent & you get one of these hapless waitresses in your crosshairs who missed a quarterly estimated tax payment, start laying on the levies and watching her squirm, and showing her who’s boss around here.

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    • thirdcoastlegend December 4, 2023 at 10:49 am #

      BRH-

      They want soft targets.

      They tried going after billionaires.

      The billionaires hired so many lawyers the IRS gave up.

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        Not only that, the lawyers called lobbyists create new tax laws giving favorite status to their wealthy bosses. The tax laws are what cause distortions in the economy and “preserve and protect” the big corporations.

        Other example of our bought and paid for government.

        • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

          They are your heroes. They run things. Of course they aren’t bound by the same rules as you, peon.

    • stelmosfire December 4, 2023 at 11:53 am #

      Last week I got a tax bill in the mail from the state tax office. Seems I was short in 2019 and an audit just caught the mistake. I brought it to my tax guy. He says he’s seen a bunch of people come in with them. He thinks it’s because the states broke. The governor has declared a state of emergency because the immigrants are breaking the system. It was “only” for $299 and I was just gonna pay it. Who wants to risk a full blown hassle for that. Most people will just pay and the state knows it. “Easy marks” is what I think the middle class are called by the Gov.

      • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

        I had similar, 2 years in a row.

      • Anthea December 6, 2023 at 9:26 am #

        This past spring I got a bill from a collector for not paying for a bussiness license for the city of Kansas City. The bill was for several hundred dollars. Thing is, I had not applied for a business license, as I did not intend to continue doing business there.

        Silly me, I assumed that if I didn’t apply for a business license, they wouldn’t bill me for one. Interestingly, they never sent me a bill at any point. They just turned the unpaid bill over to collections.

        I called the collection agency to inquire what I was being billed for, and the notice had not made this clear. The lady at the collection agency said that they city turned over a bunch of bills of this kind over to them every year, and they were all for the exact same amount. She was thus able to deduce that it was for a business license. She said to call the city to resolve this.

        So I called the city and explained that I was no longer in business, and they removed the charge. Probably a lot of people just pay.

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

      How sweet it must be if you’re an Federal Agent – BRH

      =========

      a Federal Agent

      • benr December 7, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

        Jesus give it a rest.

  11. thirdcoastlegend December 4, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    Anyone else been having trouble with their debit cards lately?

    I initially had issues visiting my folks a coulple states away for Thanksgiving.

    This past Saturday I had two cards timeout waiting for a connection at a 7-Eleven. This is in a large exurb of a 1 million+ metro.

    This is with chip cards. My taps haven’t worked for months.

    Glad, I still carry a decent wad of cash.

    • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 11:22 am #

      I have had varied results with the credit card tap method. I think the machines that work this magic and the chip in the card itself as both for shit, and nothing is working as it should. Cash is still king, although at a small microbrew I visited the other day I bought a $12 bottle of beer and wanted to pay in cash. They said they only take credit though, so on the card it went. Crazy!

      • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 11:58 am #

        You should have walked out. Not taking cash is illegal, so they should not get away with it.

        • thirdcoastlegend December 4, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

          Large sportsball events hide behind the point that cashless is typically faster because the workers don’t have to make change.

          That doesn’t really invalidate the fact cash is still legal tender.

          Normies don’t care because they want to be given convenience or given death.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

            Well then hire another worker.

        • RocketDoc December 4, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

          I explained this to a bakery in Dallas. They listened politely. The next day at the register they had a big prominent sign saying credit card purchase only. No cash. Willful stupidity, bad hearing, or boss that makes the rules… Who puts a $3.75 blueberry muffin on a credit card?

          It might be interesting to just leave them the cash at the counter and walk out…..

          • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

            It is extremely stupid, as well as illegal.

            Every purchase made with a credit card gets 3% to 5% taken by the bank.

            So every $100 they take in by credit, they lose $3 to $5.

            It is beyond stupid for them to insist on enriching NY banks, instead of circulating cash within their own city.

          • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

            I dealt with this at a bus station in LA and a museum in Austin.

            I threw a fit both times. The woman in LA didn’t care. The young man in Austin not only agreed with me, he came up with other reasons that going cashless was bad on his own.

            My husband has a credit card, so he came to the rescue both times. I really needed that bus ticket, and I wanted to go to the museum with my grandson.

            But when I went to a restaurant in Austin that only took cash, it was easy to walk out.
            So why was I the only one to do it, while the other11 members of my family submitted?

        • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

          The Costco gas station ONLY takes credit or debit cards.

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        Wait one.

        The resorts in California are credit card only now.

        Illegal?

        • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

          the local yogurt shop is cash only.

          • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

            A local Brand X gas operation in central NJ ( with maybe 50-100 stations) takes either cash or credit card but charges 10 cents per gal more if you use credit card.

          • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

            They should. Credit cards cost them money.

        • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 4:50 pm #

          Look at your money, JAZ. It says right on it, legal tender for all debts.

          • RocketDoc December 5, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

            Paula- People cannot be forced to enter a contract (unless you’re gay and want a wedding cake) so if the specification BEFORE purchase is CC only, it is probably not illegal. However, if you go to a credit card only resort and rack up $800 in charges and at check out say here are your 8 Benjamins, then you can say, I have legally attempted to pay my debt with legal money and if you do not accept it, the debt is null and void. I suspect that they will take it rather than taking you to court.

      • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        Bell,
        No. Paying 12 dollars for their swill is crazy.

    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

      Credit cards are better protected. I would never use my debit cards like that.

  12. teddyboy46 December 4, 2023 at 10:51 am #

    One point JHK may not have considered is . The millennials and those who came after have rejected materialism. they want ear buds not big stereo systems. small fuel efficient cars . Because of their crushing student loan debt they can not have what their parents have so they have turned their back on it. this is killing a economy that runs on consumption.

    • thirdcoastlegend December 4, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      I’m an Xer and I’m so impressed with modern earbuds and headphones I no longer want a monster stereo.

      One of the things that impresses me most about my new to me SUV is that it easily averages 32-35 mpg at highway cruising speeds.

    • dilbert113 December 4, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      That’s good point. Children never want what their parents wanted, or value what their parents valued, or at least not precisely. Computers and stereo systems that used to be quite large, expensive, and of low quality are not small, cheap, and excellent. As to the student loan “debt”. . .they’re not repaying that. Don’t kid yourself. That bad “debt” just inflates the dollar.

      • Mac December 4, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

        They also don’t like “brown furniture,” i.e. wood furniture. Many good furniture makers have been crushed by IKEA and plastic over fiberboard crap because it’s cheaper. I tell my kids to either buy something you can pass down or something you can throw away someday. Smaller abodes will create a glut of used dining room tables when the boomers pass on.

    • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

      They did not reject it. Millenial hipsters are just if not more materialistic than Gen X and the rest.

      It is simply reverse snobbery. Live in a minimalist apartment in an expensive, trendy part of town with a 4k MacBook pro and various other “acceptable” expensive items.

      Many of these types are trust-fund babies as well.

      • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 8:55 pm #

        @ Night Owl:

        Yup. I think that there are also some travel and entertainment expenses in there.

        • Night Owl December 6, 2023 at 7:52 am #

          😀

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

      this is killing a economy that runs on consumption. – teddyboy46

      ==========

      this is killing an economy

      Another person who does not know when a or an is appropriate.

    • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

      Our stereo system broke, so we went to Best Buy to get another one.

      All we wanted was a radio and a CD player. All they had were radios with game options. I don’t do Call of Duty. Give me a damn CD player.

      The Gen Zer worker looked at us like we were asking for a turntable or a Victrola, or something.

      Best Buy has no CD players available.

      • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

        Ha. Try buying a standard DVD player. My old DVD player went out. I couldn’t find one at the store so I had to buy one online. Streaming is killing the DVD just as Pandora killed the CD.

  13. neurodoc December 4, 2023 at 11:04 am #

    FYI: Gold spiked up to $2140.00 (from $2040) overnight (see Kitco’s charts), breaking strong upside resistance levels; it has fallen back now due to obvious selling pressure but remains over critical resistance, now support levels. This is a major upside breakout IMO, suggesting that SHTF is about to occur. Just say’in. Not financial advice, just my opinion.

    • dilbert113 December 4, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      Yes, the awful collapse is always “about to occur” but somehow it never happens. A bad economy under a Democratic president is as predictable as the tide. Nothing new.

      • neurodoc December 4, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        Gold spiking is more likely to be predicting warfare and chaos rather than a ‘collapse.’ Read a book.

        • dilbert113 December 4, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

          Respectfully, I read lots of books on a variety of subjects. Chicken Little always says the sky is falling, but the sky never falls. Might the US blunder its way into yet another pointless war in the Middle East, to distract folks from Biden’s poll ratings? Sure, they might. It is all quite predictable and boring. Remember, the US arms and funds both sides in these fake wars. Chaos, well, if you define that as high crime and a bad economy, we are intermittently always in a state of chaos under presidents like Biden and Carter, and even Obama in some of his bad years. It’s just not that big of a deal.

          • drhooves December 4, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

            Many of us buy into the idea that the U.S. Empire and Western Civilization is in the process of collapsing. This is not necessarily a fast or linear process, and the art of surviving and adapting usually keeps the nimble too busy to declare a point or event where the sky actually fell.

            But, the sky does fall. Just like it did for the Romans, the Church, the Confederacy, the Nazis, and so on. Just like it will for the American Empire. The end of the era of cheap energy will usher new systems of civilization, and like Jim has pointed out – on a much smaller scale.

            So the news of today is not so hopeless or grim. It’s confirmation that the process of collapse and rebirth is working as it must.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

            Good take, hoof-doctor!

        • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          whats the diff iyo tween chaos n collapse?

        • Yirgach December 4, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

          Well the long term trend for gold has been and will continue to be UP. Because the country is dead broke and the fiat dollar is always worth less.

          Look at the trend charts at Jesses crossroads cafe.
          You will learn a lot about gold and the direction it’s headed.
          I’ve personally made a lot of money by buying based on the gap filling identified on these charts.

          • TrickCyclist December 4, 2023 at 7:08 pm #

            “…the long term trend for gold has been and will continue to be UP.”

            Except for when it isn’t, right? Who recalls when gold hit $800 an ounce (early 1980s) after which it dropped back to the $200-$300 range for the next 25 years.

            Still, the key point is that an ounce of gold, at $2100, will buy you approximately the same thing as a Roman could get with it: a reasonable toga/suit, a belt, and a good pair of shoes. This is a demonstration of how gold holds its value over time.

          • Yirgach December 6, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

            @trick

            25 years is nothing in the long term trend.

            Do not fight the trend!

            You are totally correct about gold being a store of value.

            As a hedge, gold is insurance, as an investment however it is awesome to behold.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

        Thirty seconds after any pessimistic prediction is made:

        “See, nothing’s happening. You were wrong.”

        • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

          Islander said, He’s not going to invade. Eight hours later he invaded.

      • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

        collapse or death to USA by 10,000 cuts?

        In our lives [the 40+ folks] have seen spectacular collapse in QOL.

        5g
        chemtrails
        gmos
        wetbacks
        inflation of essentials like houses n food.

        SO THERES YR COLLAPSE U SAY DIDNT HAPPEN.

      • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

        I disagree with any claim that this collapse will happen suddenly. I believe the PTB behind all of this are very patient, generationally patient.. We are witnessing a very slow dismantling of the US and the west. Intentionally slow so that the masses don’t see it happening. As long as they can watch football, download their porn, fornicate, adulterate and do their drugs they won’t notice the Government pilfering our savings accounts through the silent tax of inflation. And they are right. Most people don’t know what inflation is. Most people don’t have a fucking clue that the Federal Government ALONE causes inflation. The Federal Government is the only one that makes money. The people don’t print money. Businesses don’t print money. Only the Federal Governments prints money and only the Federal Government causes inflation. Most Americans don’t understand this.

        • RocketDoc December 5, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

          Everyone can create money to the limit of what they are allowed. CC purchases ‘create’ money. Theoretically, I could max out my credit line and not pay. Business have a higher credit limit. JP Morgan has a really high credit limit. It’s true the Feds have an unlimited line of credit and are mainly responsible for inflation.

    • neurodoc December 4, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      Also, on a totally different note, I just reviewed one of the Pfizer post marketing data sheets (Pfizer document BNT162b2) and it shows that the Cov ‘vaccines’ cause mycoplasma pneumonia. What a business model: a hyped up cold/flu ‘requires’ a vax that causes mycoplasma which needs another vax, all made by Pfizer.

      • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

        That is interesting.

        I remember a drug insert which said that their drug (can’t remember what it was) had influenza as a side effect.
        How could a drug cause a viral infection? They didn’t explain that.
        It baffled me.

        • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

          I can see that a “vaccine” that lowers immunity could have a bacterial infection as a side effect, though.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

            That’s what killed my brother.

          • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            Yes!!!

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        Oh ho, Neuro doc.

        It looks like our prolonged cough that both of us are suffering is mycoplasma pneumonia bacteria jut in the trachea and upper bronchi.

        The PA told us today that loads of folks have shown up with it after trips both domestic and abroad and it is common. I got mine in Scotland and my wife in Chicago. Maybe the airplanes both trips.

        Long duration and inability to stop it with antibiotics are signs. Mine has lasted for ten weeks now and is abating slowly, my wife is in week five and still coughing quite a bit. Mine is very wet with tons of mucus, my wife’s is dry.

        Work-ups are continuing and hopefully will get this licked.

        There is no vaccination. Multi antibiotics and time.

        Your Elderberry helps to slow things down a little.

        We got ours from traveling.

        • neurodoc December 4, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

          Sorry to hear about your and your wife’s troubles.
          Try Kicking the elderberry dose up to 6-7 capsules of 10-1 concentration, 4-5 times daily. Worst case is expensive urine, as it is h20 soluble. Add Zinc 50mg and 3000mg of liposomal Vitamin C 4 times per day and see if that helps (Amazon has liposomal C in 1500mg caps). Liposomal formulation allows high dosing without GI symptoms or stone formation (I learned about that the hard way, not in med school; 🙂
          Good luck.

          • TrickCyclist December 4, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

            “Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria commonly cause mild infections of the respiratory system (the parts of the body involved in breathing). Sometimes these bacteria can cause more serious lung infections that require care in a hospital. Good hygiene is important to help decrease the spread of M. pneumoniae and other respiratory germs.

            Where’s the vaccine for this, neurodoc? As it’s bacterial, I’d expect it cannot be vaccinated for (against).

            JohnAZ, I wouldn’t be taking prescriptive medical advice form a snake-oil salesman, if I were you.

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

            You have got to be kidding. Not only are there vaccines for bacteria (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, for instance), they are pushing to get people vaccinated with ineffective vaccines for the bacterial diseases TB and anthrax.

            Of course they will push for a vaccine, even if it doesn’t work.

            Have you lived under a rock for the last 3 years?

        • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 8:46 pm #

          @ JohnAZ:

          I seem to have caught a cold–lots of sneezing with a wet cough.

          My go-tos for colds are Airborne (gummies from Walmart) and NAC (you have to order online). I’ve had good luck with elderberry juice in the past, but I always forget that I have it. I have about a dozen pint jars that I canned two or three years ago. When you’re sick, the last thing you feel like doing is crawling under to bed to look for the elderberry juice.

          I’m also taking Ivermectin this time. The last time I had a cold–only a couple of months ago–Ivermectin cleared in up in three days, though I continued to feel run-down for awhile.

          I think the last cold was due to “double-whammy” eye surgery–two surgeries in two days. These insults to your system make you vulnerable, I think.

          Anyway, I’ll see how the Ivermectin does this time. I just started it yesterday.

          • Yirgach December 6, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

            @Anthea,

            Hope you are feeling better.

            Try mega dosing VitC 5000 mg+ (or use liposamal C per Neurodoc). Also Vit D3. Takes a while, but it works…

      • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

        Break windows at night. Then go back the next morning and sell burglar alarms door to door.

        • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

          This is your concept of how capitalism works, right?

          • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

            Your inability to learn anything from me is simply amazing.

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

      Just say’in. – neurodoc

      =========

      OK, in.

  14. Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:12 am #

    We laugh at those who got the covid shot, got sick anyway, and repeat the mantra that it would have been worse had they not gotten the shot.

    How do they know for sure what would have happened, when they only certainty is what did or did not happen?

    We see the same “logic” being proudly proclaimed when it comes to female voters though.

    “It got SO much worse because women vote.” Oh, so we know what would have happened if women has still been denied the vote? How is that?

    If feminism and female voters ruined things, how is it that we still have had only MAN presidents, in our entire history? Women are a slight majority.Have we ever had a majority in Congress?

    Wouldn’t you say that it’s the MAN presidents, such as Obama, causing the problems?

    No. It’s always the woman’s fault. It’s our fault, because we vote for the wrong MAN.

    That makes sense.

    • RD3 December 4, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      It’s your fault going back to the garden.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:18 am #

        Thank you.

    • elysianfield December 4, 2023 at 11:18 am #

      Beryl,
      The root of our problems? Women! Goddamned women
      who drive Diesel Trucks. Big, black Jewish women who….

      • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:50 pm #

        Hahahaha

    • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

      The most frustrating thing to me throughout this Covid debacle is that claims on both sides are continuously being made with very little to substantiate one side or the other. The very obvious collusion between the government and the pharma industry blocks any real investigation or research on the vaxx or the virus itself.

      So most of the things we hear are opinions and conjecture based on the scarce bits of data that exist.

      I remember the claims in mid-2020 that the vaxx was as safe as the flu shot and just as effective.

      BTW, did the side effects chart ever get published from the 42000 person trials that the Consortium bragged upon, or has any follow-up been done to see how many got the disease or died?

      I thought not!!!

      • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

        Did you see where the person in charge of New Zealand’s vaxx database is under arrest for reporting an unusual number of deaths in people who just got the death jab?

        That sort of thing has a chilling effect on giving out information, wouldn’t you say?

        • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

          What the fuck are you talking about?

          The guy in question was not “the person in charge” – he was a low-level employee of the Ministry of Health and he illegally accessed a database so he could disseminate enough raw data for himself and his CT Nutjob collaborators to re-interpret to fit their nutjob narrative, which was pretty much what Tucker Fecking Carlson did with the J6 video footage. Absolute nonsense from Beryl of Oil (again).

      • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

        They destroyed the control group, remember?

        They gave the “vaccine” to the control group after a couple of months.

        So the only control group now is those of us who refused the “vax”, but no one is following that.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 7:32 pm #

          Control-group-subject 45983 reporting-in here… Never been healthier!

    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

      Google, What if only women voted. See the MAPS, woman.

      Don’t hate us. Hate your own fallen nature.

      • RD3 December 4, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

        If only women voted, there’d be a nuclear winter by the end of the year.

        • stelmosfire December 4, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

          That’s a Nikki Haley campaign pledge. “A nuclear winter to combat global warming!”. That lady is batshit crazy.

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

      so we know what would have happened if women has still been denied the vote? – B of O

      ==========

      had

    • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:43 pm #

      My co-worker, an attorney who is quite intelligent, has received all of the covid vaccines and boosters. I think six of them. He just got over his fifth and WORST bout of covid a week or so ago. He praises the vaccine, claiming that he’d be dead if he’d not taken it. I am amazed that someone so intelligent could be so stupid when it comes to this “vaccine.”

      Men bear a lot of the blame, Beryl, for what ails our society. But you cannot deny that what ails us has strangely coincided with the rise of feminism and the dismantling of the nuclear family. Or is this just a random coincidence?

      Women are the gate keepers of morality. They always have been. It was women who tamed the wild west. It is women who control the men by demanding more of them before they let the dude screw them. Not so today. Women no longer control morality. They hop in the sack and screw whatever man will have them then they are left with the offspring after the dude bails. Women cannot raise young men to be men. Period. Don’t care what the feminists say. Young men need fathers….alpha males…..to become good men. Not all, but most do. Women have abdicated this sacred responsibility to be the gate keepers of morality. Men don’t do it and if women don’t do it the result is what we are seeing. No morality whatsoever from anyone.

      Women need to pull their heads out of their asses and get back to what God intended them to be. Good mothers who love their children and be a help meet to their men.

      There, I said it.

      • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 12:47 am #

        You expect far too much from them. Men impose a moral structure and when things are working well, women will viciously shame other women into keeping it. Our first line of defense. But in and of themselves, they are mostly going through the motions. Shame not guilt.

      • Anthea December 6, 2023 at 9:57 am #

        @ Cankerpuss:

        In saying that women are the gatekeepers of morality and, if I remember your previous posts right, that men should not be expected to conform to standards of sexual morality, what you’re really saying is that men are, by nature, morally inferior to women. Being weaker and less able to exert self-control, it would thus be unreasonable to expect moral and honorable behavior from men vis-a-vis women. Men are just a lower order of being, and women ought to accept that, realize that the onus of training (or forcing) men to behave decently and honorably falls entirely on women.

        I’d say this is a poor argument for patriarchy–wanting the morally inferior and innately dishonorable half of the species to run things.

  15. mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 11:14 am #

    “Surrender to depression and hopelessness, or revolt against a ruling blob that is only good at one thing: depriving you of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    This type of heuristic is related to repeated, insistent claims of agency. It’s all very childish and juveline, a belief in myths and fantasies inculcated from the womb.

    Actual reality – as expressed by Rove’s immortal words of wisdom – is exactly the opposite of these hopes and desires. Remember, if wishes were horses, peasants would ride.

    The US dollar isn’t going anywhere as along as NATO + E Pacific alliance control the sea lanes and petroleum. Sure, CVBGs can be sunk, but then the opponents find themselves in WWW3 territory.

    The loss in Ukraine has demonstrated that while we may have failed at securing *new* resources, the victory in Israel has imprinted the fact that we still control *existing* resources.

    The $USD could literally be backed by 1 quadrillion in debt as long as everything is indexed to a standard metric which keeps the relative prices exactly in line to actual values as today.

    Most people – myself included – used to dismiss MMT as a novel theory that required an entirely closed loop in which to function. Well, guess what, the proponents of that system never said the quiet words outloud; duh, of course it would required a closed loop, no one ever mentioned how it would be accomplished.

    I still admire Jim’s writing style, but he has really begin to out himself as a limited thinker, someone who has the horsepower to “get it”, but simply cannot get past the conventional brain implant of the traditional, boomer mentality, as if they ever had any say or influence.

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    • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

      1 quadrillion?

      What about the creditors wanting their money when they need it with the hard times coming?

      Debt is bad news no matter how much it is. It makes folks pay usury instead of new products or investment.

      As we approach 1 trillion dollars a year in debt interest payments, how much more can be sucked out of the expenses pie chart before national needs are affected?

      Just print more greenbacks, right? Uh-huh.

      • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 7:27 pm #

        Who are these creditors, JohnAZ? Belgian dentists, still? Japanese housemamas?

        You will find that most of the ‘debt’ is actually owed to the American people in the long run, as money is created by the Fed/Treasury. BTW, it’s not given directly to the ‘gimme’ crowd but to the large, fat international bankers. You can only get really rich if you’re close to where the money is minted.

        • Anthea December 6, 2023 at 11:06 am #

          @ Mike Sherman:

          The creditors are the buyers of US treasuries, obviously. Tthe buyers of US treasuries are:

          Foreign buyers
          The Fed
          US banks
          US government entities, like pension funds

          Some private individuals do buy US treasuries. I think many people buy through Treasury Direct. This has probably become more common as interest rates have risen. I.e., if you have money you need to park, it makes sense to park it somewhere where it will earn interest, and your local bank will barely pay you any interest at all.

          Your statement that the debt is owed to the American people is odd, in that and debt is always owed to the creditor, and no one else.

          Historically, Japan has been the largest holder of US treasuries, though I think even Japan is starting to dump them. China also holds a lot of treasures. So (duh) that’s mainly who the money is owed to.

          My understanding is that it’s getting to where it’s hard for the US Treasury Department to sell treasuries to anyone. Foreign buyers have been declining to do so of late, and are even dumping their current holdings. They will naturally tend to do this slowly, so as not to render their treasuries worthless by flooding the market.

          When there is a treasury auction and foreign buyers don’t buy, treasuries will be purchased by US banks and by the Fed. The US banks are the “primary dealers,” and they are required to bid on treasuries. The Fed is stuck with the rest.

          Actually, for things to deteriorate to the point where the Fed has to buy treasuries is not a good sign. It obviously means that no one else wants them.

          Anyway, in the latter two cases, the creditors are US banks and the Fed, and thus that’s who the money is owed to.

          Only in the case of pension funds and purchases by private persons is the money owed to “the American people.”

          I’m not sure why you would have trouble understanding that debt is owed to the creditors, as opposed to random people–which is what you seem to be asserting.

    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

      Many things must be done to maintain a society – things that cost a lot and don’t give back direct profit. Like street lights.

      The lights will soon be going out all over the West. They will not be relit in our lifetime. And the night will be long and full of terrors.

    • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

      From the guy that admires the “genius” of a set of criminals who want to cull 6 billion people.

      Good old Mitch.

      • mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

        First of all, I believe the target is 7.5b

        Second, the genius lies in the wonderfully devious plan, not the objective.

        • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

          “Wonderfully devious plan”

          Hopefully it sucks you in too, should it come to fruition, Soylet.

          • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

            You just gotta be an asshole, at every opportunity, don’tcha?

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:28 am #

            “You think you’re hot shit, don’t ya?”

            Skippy?

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

      juveline – mitch

      ========

      It didn’t even occur to me that juveline was supposed to be juvenile until I googled juveline to see what the eff it meant.

      • crudgemudgeon December 4, 2023 at 9:44 pm #

        You guys are making poor Q work overtime today, huh, Q?

    • Rain Waters December 5, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

      Victory in Israel ?

      Who won what ?

  16. Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:17 am #

    They took away the more affordable shipping option for sending mail overseas, to coerce Americans into buying from Amazon in the various countries, with traceable, non-cash transactions.

    You end up paying more to ship a gift than to buy it or make it, if you want to select something yourself and wrap it too.

    That’s one reason you see fewer people in the Post Office.

    • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

      It is all about the logistics side of the business that made Amazon a success. If Sears would have figured out the complete model of top to bottom logistics, they would probably still be in business and giving Amazon a run for their money. The Sears catalogue had everything you needed and more!

      • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

        including houses in kits. 2k per.

        • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

          We had a few of those Sears houses in my neighborhood when we lived over in the City of New Britain. I think they were from the 1920s. They were solid.

          • stelmosfire December 4, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

            I’m getting the “Torrington” Seven rooms, 2 baths,garage and dining room. A little pricey at $3100 but hey the Wife will be happy. That’s about $70K in todays dollars.

            searsarchives.com/homes/images/1933-1940/1934_3355.jpg

      • TrickCyclist December 4, 2023 at 7:40 pm #

        So, Cowbell – if Sears could have sorted out its systems, we could have twice as many warehouse drones with no pee-breaks?

    • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

      More to transport than to manufacture?

      Will that bring manufacturing back to the USA?

      • Groundhog December 4, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

        Only the failure of the dollar will bring manufacturing back to the USA. When the dollar is completely rejected by China and other large overseas manufacturers, then we will have some years in the USA with no new shoes, clothing, underwear, car parts, you name it we won’t have it because nobody wants our money. So we’ll either go about with our feet wrapped in rags and wearing worn out stained underwear – or we’ll remove all the rings from our noses, quit smoking pot and dying our hair etc and get to work learning some practical skills. Skills like learning carpentry, welding, roofiing, pouring concrete etc. to repurpose vacant factories or even build new ones so we can have things like new shoes again.

  17. Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:31 am #

    Whenever I have made a point of learning about something that I find confusing, such as health insurance, mortgages, financial matters in general, as I get into the subject I think that I must be doing something wrong, because people who hold themselves out as knowledgeable, “experts” say things that are contrary to what I think I’m seeing.

    • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

      Beryl

      For every thought or belief you have. There will be an “expert” who will contradict them

      Believe in your own common sense, these expert idiots are paid for what they spout off about.

      • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

        No such thing as an “expert.” Just a person who is paid to argue for one side or another. Nothing more.

    • Heartlander December 4, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      Covid taught us that many of the so-called “experts” are either: 1) not even minimally competent in their supposed areas of expertise, OR, 2) they know their stuff but they get paid to spout bullshit that they know is not true.

      One or the other.

      Covid opened my eyes to the corruption of medicine, as the “climate change” con opened my eyes to the corruption of science more generally. So it makes perfect sense to me that, similarly, most “experts” in finance, economics, and the markets could be either morons or crooks, or both.

      • mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

        Duh?

        OK, now what are you going to do about?

        Stand around holding your pud in your hand and complaining, or figure out how to play the game?

        • RD3 December 4, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

          I’m probably just going to stand around. There isn’t really anything to be done.

        • crudgemudgeon December 4, 2023 at 9:54 pm #

          Mitch, play the game too?
          I figure I could grow herbs and sell it to the suckers too. You know, the herbs they call Purple Amnesia Cookie and other exotic names. But then again, there’s always the chance that the Bible is right and there will be a judgement, and selling Hairy Delusion Bud might not be cool in the end.
          I was reading Hebrews 11 last night. How did those Iron Age folk come up with the idea that the seen world is made up of things unseen? As far as I know Atomic Theory wasn’t around then. Pretty amazing.

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            Who has seen the wind?
            Neither you nor I
            But when the trees bow down their heads
            The wind is passing by.

            They also figured out that sick people could make other people sick, although they didn’t know how.

            Amazingly enough, many people today in our “advanced” societies have rejected such knowledge, in favor of a spontaneous generation theory pushed by charlatans, in order to make sure that their 300+ gain-of-function bioweapons research labs can continue unscathed.

    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

      Remember your credit is another’s debit. They want what’s best for them. They will lie to get you to think that it is best for Jane Q Public. That’s why we can’t be ruled by Capitalists. They’re scum by and large.

  18. Jo-G December 4, 2023 at 11:34 am #

    From talking to small business people about their inability to find competent workers I get the impression that competent workers achieve the financial ability to retire sooner than incompetent workers and the increasing craziness of the last decade pushed them to quit early rather than put up with the nonsense – coerced participation in medical experiments, dealing with affirmative action hires, etc. At the other end of the pipeline our education system is reducing the pool of talent to pot-head slackers who don’t want to learn from the few older people left. They expect a job where they have to put in no more effort than what is required to play video games. One business owner told me he can’t find anyone under 50 years old who will just show up on time and follow along with the rest of the crew. I knew a guy years ago who decided he liked being a “lumper”, he called it working the loading dock. He was a disappointment to his parents who had a college fund for him. He said he was content going in doing his job and then going home to drink beer and smoke a bit of weed. They gave in and let him use the college fund to buy a cheap prefab house. He must be over 50 now. If his body has held out he’s a valuable worker now. He shows up and does his job!

    My rule of thumb when I need help from someone is “Look for the old white guy with a beard.” Not Santa Claus.

    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

      Mexicans are said to be good workers too. Blacks? Horrible.

      A good lumper is a joy forever. A sudra who knows his or her place. They should not be oppressed but valued. Thank you valuing them. Else they become lumpen proletariats.

      • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

        latinos males may be good at manual labor.
        not so much skilled labor.

        • crudgemudgeon December 4, 2023 at 9:57 pm #

          Malthus, don’t kid yourself. They do all kinds of skilled labor from concrete work, tile, roofing, to dentistry. You know dental tourism is a thing, right?

      • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

        Sudras, eh? God bless ’em!

        Take out your wallet and see if you have a dollar bill. Got one? Turn it over and look at the Pyramid. Is it broader on the top or the bottom? The bottom. Those are the sudras, the majority. Trying to put them at the top a la Marxism is like inverting the Pyramid. Not very stable.

        But they are to be honored. Thus at a breaking ground ceremony, instead of just posing with a shovel, Hitler began to work with it. In the warm spring sun, his shirt began to darken with sweat. Everyone was shocked. He began to laugh joyfully. People began to join in. They realized he was teaching them about the sacredness of labor – all labor, including the manual.

      • Mac December 4, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

        One wonders how hard-working Mexicans would be if so many of them weren’t living in the shadows. My guess is they would be just like everyone else if they could get something for nothing.

    • Yirgach December 4, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

      I’ve been hired as a “grey beard” consultant more than a few times by startups who had to deal with under-experienced staff and needed to get stuff working in a hurry.

    • Groundhog December 5, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      ” At the other end of the pipeline our education system is reducing the pool of talent to pot-head slackers who don’t want to learn from the few older people left. They expect a job where they have to put in no more effort than what is required to play video games. One business owner told me he can’t find anyone under 50 years old who will just show up on time and follow along with the rest of the crew.”

      And this is why I wrote before that the future lives of the average US citizen will include going about in used, patched, and stained clothing (including underwear) – and wearing old worn out shoes or even little more than rags wrapped around their feet in winter. Asian clothing and shoe manufacturers will certainly not work for us for free, and they will not accept worthless dollars in exchange for goods like shoes and clothing. And that’s just one of a long list of basic living necessities we’ll be doing without after the dollar dies. We’ll do without basic needs until the younger guys find their manhood, get off their asses, learn something, and be productive again.

  19. RocketDoc December 4, 2023 at 11:37 am #

    My contribution to this depressing discussion is the Grid, border control, and air traffic control. I’ll start with the latter. The NY Times a couple of days ago lamented the FAA inability to train new controllers. Just can’t get enough people to do a job with a high six figure income and early retirement. Last year they added a net 6 people to a workforce that is 15% understaffed. There are approx 14,000 employees and they need 1,500/yr. to fill the gap. That seems like a very doable number but instead I read about “crisis” in the NYTimes. I won’t repeat what the Unz Review says about it.
    The Grid. Let it be said that without electricity there is no civilization. (At least for the next several years). Spend whatever money it takes to have a stable, resilient electricity grid. I don’t care about Lockheed’s need to sell some F-35s.
    The border. A majority of the population wants controlled immigration. This basic governmental responsibility has been ignored for 50 years. We know why and it’s apparently not going to change. What do I do about the nice Mexican who is blowing the leaves off my neighbors lawn at 110 decibels? I don’t know-I quit going to Mexican restaurants but more are popping up like dandelions. Are they money laundering fronts or do they actually make money selling food?
    I’ll close my rant. I had a good family Thanksgiving and Christmas is in the air…

    • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

      I wondered about the money laundering myself.

      There is a strip mall near me that raised their rents so high that a redneck restaurant closed its doors and quit.

      It has been replaced by a Mexican restaurant. True, the parking lot is now always fuller, but enough for them to make money?

      And the same bunch has moved into the old Mailbox storefront, and the old Chinese restaurant space, with Mexican groceries. How is this possible?
      So yeah, I wonder also.

    • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

      the facts [if true] that US citizens want any immigration here [other than the style japan has] shows how out of it these people supposedly are.

      no immigrations good immigration.

  20. Jo-G December 4, 2023 at 11:43 am #

    Along the lines of my previous comment I just found out about a business whose model is to re-integrate retirees back into the workforce. It seems like they are placing experienced people in back-office type positions. For now, their business is growing quickly. The CEO told me they identified a huge need for people who will do the mundane stuff and matching the early retirees who are bored and want extra money.

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    • Mister Roboto December 4, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

      Somehow I doubt that there will be requirement that these newly-recruited retirees be fully Covid-vaccinated. 😉

  21. Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:53 am #

    I’m making a guess that the shortage of lumpers is concentrated in the areas where you see the biggest problems with homeless drug addicts on the streets.

  22. Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 11:56 am #

    Speaking of hard to understand, what just happened with the student loans and the Biden Administration?

    Anybody understand that?

  23. Mister Roboto December 4, 2023 at 11:57 am #

    I know this is a very Captain Obvious sort of question, but I can’t help but wonder how much of this trucker shortage is being driven by vaccine injury or death?

    • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

      Good point.

      I have to say that I took a long distance drive to Texas earlier this year, and I noticed no shortage of trucks, including trucks with empty flatbeds.

      • Mister Roboto December 4, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

        Okay, but keep in mind that JHK was discussing recent developments.

      • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:54 pm #

        Yeah, try driving on I-80 across Wyoming and Utah. Clogged with semi trucks. My favorite is when I get stuck behind “dueling semis” for ten miles. Just my observation. Still see lots off trucks out there on the road. They must be hauling something.

    • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

      Maybe the price of diesel fuel has something to do with it?

      • Mister Roboto December 4, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

        Or maybe both of those things?

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

        What about electric semis coming down the pike with 40,000 lb. batteries on roads that have an 80,000 lb limit? It doesn’t leave much room for the payload. Nikola promised the hydrogen powered truck, but it turned out to be a fraud. Imagine rolling on the interstate in a massive vehicle full of highly explosive hydrogen, the thinnest element in the universe that is very hard to contain in tanks?

        • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

          Don’t worry, they’ll designate such accidents as a “national health crisis” and that should about take care of it. Much like racism is a “national health crisis”.

  24. socialisthater December 4, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

    Tens of millions of Americans–that would be the stupid oafs who still vote Democrat–are so ignorant that they can’t figure out their Democrat scum leaders are on the path to murder tens of millions of Americans. How? Well, that’s easy. You starve them. That, as it turns out, is not hard to do. As it stands now, and will for any foreseeable future, about 40% of world food production is reliant on ammonia-based fertilizer. Nearly all of that is manufactured using the Haber-Bosch chemical process. The main resource input to that process? Natural gas, and lots of it. So, if you want to starve millions upon millions of people, just enact policies to decimate the natural gas production industry, make stupid regulations at the same time to make electric generation utilities burn more natural gas to make electricity (including having to make electricity to power EVs and the electric appliances replacing efficient gas appliances that are being regulated out of existence). Natural gas shortage = food shortage = a lot of people starve to death.

    Then there is the issue with diesel fuel. Every new restriction on energy production and every new diesel emission regulation make diesel fuel and any diesel-powered equipment much more expensive to run, if fuel even remains easily available. Once again, there are no easy alternatives to replace diesel equipment, and–thanks to Bidenomics–no capital available for most diesel equipment users to be able to afford to replace the equipment. Once again, leftist f-tards are too stupid to know that nearly every single that they eat, drink, wear, live in, even smoke requires diesel fuel somewhere–usually many “somewheres” in its production, transportation, storage, use, or disposal cycle. So, the simple formula is: No diesel fuel = Death. And, once again, Biden and the Democrat scum are making dead sure that production of diesel fuel will decline and end.

    Biden and Democrat scum are determined to continue to play “God” at the expense of American lives. And, when it comes to playing “God,” they are really shitty at it. Time to fire the Democrat scum–and prosecute them for the multitude of crimes that they have committed against the American people–including murder.

    • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

      Well, just yesterday Heels Up Harris gave a speech at COP 27 in Dubai announcing the Biden Admins efforts to choke off US energy supply, crack down on agriculture, hasten the ‘Transition to Renewables’ grift, and promote electric cars.

      They’re certainly not trying to hide what they want to do. On the contrary they’re proud of it.

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        Just plain simple, BRH.

        Their plan is failing and they have no alternative to it.

        I predict they will try to force some form of coercion on the people to make changes or else.

        In the past, that has made a change of party happen. Not any more after the ascent of the uniparty mentality in DC.

        • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

          Once a government loses the trust of its people it has lost its authority and is no longer a legitimate Government. It then must resort to coercion to exact obedience from the governed. When that happens the people resist even more and then it is over.

          I think we all know where the good ole US of A is in that process. They have already lost their authority, now they are resorted to coercion. The people just haven’t started resisting enough yet.

      • Heartlander December 4, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

        Well, Chinese military leadership did say, years ago, that their goal was to acquire the North American landmass… MINUS the people who currently live on it.

        • neurodoc December 4, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

          Heartlander: Perhaps that’s the biden/obama assigned task, and they’re doing quite well at it.

          • JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

            It certainly seems like it.

        • Ron Anselmo December 4, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

          Deagel Projection: US Population in 2025 – 100MM, a 70% reduction.

        • Paula D December 4, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

          Do you have a link for that? I find that hard to believe.

          • Not_GeorgeT December 4, 2023 at 10:07 pm #

            From 2012, updated in 2020.

            I don’t have the link handy. However it was a quick search to yield a bunch of info.

          • Ron Anselmo December 5, 2023 at 12:06 am #

            Paula – are you looking for the Deagel Projection(s)?

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

            No, Heartlander claimed that the Chinese miliary said that they wanted to kill most Americans and take the country.

            Not even Lindsey Graham or Nikki Haley would say something so bold and outrageous, so I would like some proof that an actual Chinese general said such.

            I doubt there is any, though.

  25. ATM December 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

    The stock markets do not reflect the value of the companies any longer. They simply are the most visible reflection of the destruction of the dollar.

    Well that and the price of gold. Well, not the price of gold because everything is actually priced IN gold, not the other way around.

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  26. Paula D December 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

    Dave is still missing, and I have to say that I miss him. But I saved his explanation of the Post Office woes.

    Post Office by Dave

    “This end run to kill the USPS started with Rep Henry Waxman-D California, and Maine’s finest Susan Collins-R in a joint bill to “reform the U.S. Postal Service’s pension plan,” a bill that has Ben Franklin’s favorite federal institution under gross attack. Forward-funding USPS workers’ pensions 75 years was the goal stated. Nobody else in the bureaucracy, just our mail carriers and their fellows. At the expense of the service we had come to expect since 1794, iirc.

    DeJoy, made Postmaster General by the US Postal Board of Governors under Trump, went on a gutting spree destroying automatic mail sorting machines and other essentials in this ongoing attack to undermine the USPS in order to suffocate it for the likes of FedEx, UPS and DHL.

    DeJoy at the time had a net worth of $678 million (iirc) from his own shipping business, and surprise of surprises, despite long and loud efforts to get rid of him during Trump’s term, well by golly, there he still sits, overlooked and unnoticed by the President, and the entire U.S. Congress. Guess who is now the Postmaster General of the USA?

    Do you ever get the feeling….
    ‘Get Used To Me’: Louis DeJoy Says He Has No Plans To Leave Postal Service
    httpx://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/02/24/louis-dejoy-says-he-has-no-plans-to-leave-postal-service-house-oversight-hearing-board/?sh=3db4c5414b92

    “DeJoy did not deny a Washington Post report that he will be imposing changes at the agency that could result in slower and more costly mail delivery, but said his planned reforms for the agency are still being “finalized.” ~ Forbes Feb 24, 2021

    Why we are soo phckt. Pick an agency, any of them, and see what you find.”

    • Mister Roboto December 4, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

      Biden is on record as saying that DeJoy has his full faith and confidence. And of course, this was after his campaign sent out a tweet during Election Season 2020 expressing grave disapproval over what was happening to the USPO under Trump. The cynicism of this administration is just a wonder to behold.

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

        Amazon will be taking over the USPS in the not too distant future.

  27. docmartin December 4, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

    It’s impossible to control any population with a wide open internet. It is a double edged novelty that will be capped soon. The human species is not designed to have millions of screaming voices in its ears . I expect the PTB will finally get a handle on it in a few years. The vast majority of our lives were better off living in a world of general consensus , true or false. I said the MAJORITY, not ALL!

    • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

      “It’s impossible to control any population with a wide open internet”

      It’s not and never has been.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

        Throughout the long 23-yer history of the internet?

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

          year

        • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

          Yes. Been surfin’ since 1993.

          • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

            Actually downloaded a JPG from the University of Budapest onto my DoD computer in Ohio in 1993 of a wolf-human surfing the internet that I re-colorized as my background.

            That you think the internet is just 23-years old (not 30+) supports my claim that the current denizens can be led to believe anything via the narrative.

            Thank you for outing you.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

            It wasn’t widespread till a few years later.

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            There’s a difference between the internet and social media.

            It was social media that made it possible for millions of people to easily communicate with each other, and spread information horizontally.

            Our overlords prefer that we remain isolated and ignorant, receiving the “information” (propaganda) they want spread from the top down, beamed into each house or phone, with the recipients unable to communicate their disagreement or skepticism to anyone else.

            As they said, it is more efficient to run the country that way.

      • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

        He doesn’t like free speech and wants to end it. It’s a threat to “Democracy” or people voting the way they’re supposed to.

        • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

          Jarek,

          Which “He?”

          Kinda lost in the reply stream….

          On an aside… the US is a republic with a democratic vote. If your scare quotes are supposed to imply that, please include with your response.

          • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

            Doc.

            President Jackson (Trump’s favorite) gave every man the franchise. He opened the White House to the new citizens: They got drunk and trashed it. Shades of things to come. The Beasts of Ephesus should not have the right to vote. Then we don’t have to worry about them voting correctly.

            The franchise should be for the few. Which few? The Qualified.

      • Yirgach December 4, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

        It almost got out of control in the early 80’s as the commercial interests began to emerge on-line. At that time I was working on inter-networking protocols designed to connect all the disparate corporate LANs. That was about the same time the NFSNET interconnects were made available for commercial access and the dial-up hackers became aware of USENET.

        It really was the wild, wild west.

        All the copyright violations certainly got the attention of some large corporations and then of course the gubmint. A few years later the MIME protocol was developed which is the backbone for all the multimedia today.

        At that time I wrote some of the software which allows sending binary attachments by email. Also developed one of the first commercial products which used what I called port-multiplexing, nowadays known as NAT (Network Address Translation).

        I look at what;’s happening today and just smile and shake my head. People have a problem of just being people.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

      That reminds me, my post on Elon Musk from the other day disappeared.

      • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

        Ethernet or Ether-net.

        What doesn’t last doesn’t exist. While there will always be archives replete with data… there will always be more novices vacuous of knowledge.

        This comment thread is not immune… yet not as blatantly complicit.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

          “there will always be archives replete with data…”

          No.Servers will quickly go the way of attic wiring that’s seen 50 winters or a set of needle-nosers left in the grass for two weeks.

  28. JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

    Good post as always, but you missed this one by a mile…

    JHK: “You are eventually faced with the choice: surrender to depression and hopelessness, or revolt against a ruling blob that is only good at one thing: depriving you of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    Think Jews in the cattle car circa 1942. They were not depressed. They were not hopeless. They actually believed those that told them to get in the cars. It cannot be explained any other way.

    The current majority that blithely goes along to get along will do exactly the same.

    The actual choice they will make is what is easiest. The soft-despots know this. Read some ‘refereed” articles from Behavioral Health Journals through the years where they transitioned from individual behavior to group behavior. Very enlightening.

  29. liber8tor December 4, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

    My fathers was in the Marines WWII. His favorite saying was, “the only that flows downhill is brown and smells bad”.

  30. stonned December 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

    There ARE answers AND solutions.
    NONE of which will come without a VERY big price tag.
    Measured mostly in blood.

    But the REAL question is … just whose blood ?

    The gangster oligarchs who own and run this joint already KNOW their answer….and in time, YOU will too.

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    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

      We’ll all be Irish Palis soon. The color is green is sacred to both. We just have to convert them to Catholicism – the Irish first.

      • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

        Irish Palis…. ROTFLMAO

        You think too hard, sometimes. 🙂

      • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

        Michael Brendan Dougherty

        @michaelbd
        Finally, it occurs to almost nobody in Ireland that only a few years after the celebrated tearing down of Catholic influenced censorship and anti-blasphemy laws, the state is erecting new ones to defend a new orthodoxy with the same or more censorious means.
        7:56 AM · Nov 28, 2023

      • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

        Same means. So that means they’re the same? Communists use guns and Fascists use gun – same, right?

        Thugs use knives and Surgeons use knives: Same!

  31. malthuss December 4, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

    meanwhile in the going to the dogs column,

    Pit bulls kill more people in the USA than every other type of animal combined. Including actual wolves, cougars, and bears. Including insects. Including domesticated animals.

    Since 1970 all wild animal attacks killed a total of 299 people. In the same time period, pit bulls killed 616 people. Since 2005 pitbulls have killed over 65% of all dog attack fatalities.

    Pitbulls should require the same constraints that any other dangerous animal requires. They are the most dangerous animals around. There is absolutely zero reason to keep one of these animals as pets.
    / a wolf hybrid just killed an infant.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

      Unusual for humans to come into proximity with wolves.

      • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

        Sacarsm or bait?

    • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

      I tried that with the, “he’s just so nice” crowd. Doesn’t work, until he’s not.

      When I ask the pit bull owner how many mauling deaths are reported from other breeds, all I get is, “Not my dog! That’s hype”

      Kinda like talking to an ABB (angry brown babe) about their three babies’ three daddies.

      • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

        There are threads that last weeks with thousands of entries about this. It’s all very simple: They’re different with different people. He may be your baby but a terror to others. People often can’t get outside themselves.

        There’s a similar breed called the American Bully. Some similar genetics and it looks much the same. Also very dangerous. Sometimes the pros say triumphantly about their dog, It’s not a Pitbull!

        They do sometimes hurt or kill people that they know well. Pitbulls can be good pets, but there is a strange instability in the breed that manifests in some of them.

        And cunning: Some victims claim that they were attacked even as they Pit was smiling and wagging its tail.

        When the Daily Stormer had a comments section, there was one guy who only commented when Pitbulls was the subject. He raged how he would kick their ass if attacked.

        I’ve had some close calls. One charged me and knocked down its owner who was holding the leash. Thankfully she held on despite the shock of being knocked down.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 4, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

          The numbers are skewed by the fact that pit bulls became the favored breed of the sort of people who beat their dogs, allow them to run loose, and put them in fights with other dogs.

          Naturally you will see more attacks from the animals bred and raised for cruelty.

          In my neighborhood I see a trend of older people adopting pitties.

          Number of attacks so far, zero.

          • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2023 at 5:24 pm #

            Packs of ferocious pit bulls roam the streets of Hartford like predators from hell. They are bred to fight in death matches held in wasteland neighborhoods where bets are made & money changes hands; losers are abandoned, turned loose on the city.

          • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 6:44 pm #

            Why did they become the favored breed? Because they’re the most docile and won’t fight back against being beaten?

            How easily the female mind goes astray. Nurture is always 100% with them. And Nature is as nothing.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 1:26 am #

            BRH,

            Star NFL quarterback Michael Vick was convicted and jailed for arranging and staging pit bull fights for gamblers.

  32. Jimpa December 4, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

    Wow, I don’t know. Things are good where I live in rural NC. Gas is cheap, below $3 a gallon. Property can still be affordable if you know where to look. Food has gone up, but you can still shop around and do ok. The IGA has awesome fried chicken lunches with veggies and fried catfish on Fridays for under 8 bucks. Paying my son six figures to be a computer modeling machinist and my grandbabies are the love of my life and precious beyond words. So much to be grateful for. Things nationally are insane and not good, but locally? Not too bad. Will they stay that way? Nothing is a given I guess.

    • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

      Alright, I’m coming to the holler out your way to get some of that fresh fried catfish. Sounds good to me!

    • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      Gas is cheap, below $3 a gallon.
      — It’s over $5 on the left coast and headed up. Read more.

      Property can still be affordable if you know where to look.
      — Affordable in the sticks in flyover country. Read more.

      Food has gone up, but you can still shop around and do ok.
      — In the past three years
      — Ground beef is up 50%
      — Canned vegies are up 80%
      — Cooking Oil is up 100%
      — Excuses are up 1100%
      Read more

      Paying my son six figures — for a job that can be automated. Read more

      So much to be grateful for.
      — So much to be ignorant of. Read more.

      • malthuss December 4, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

        yes…prices up. rent. food. illegals get 2k a month?

      • Jimpa December 5, 2023 at 8:40 am #

        Well, let me see….
        Bought two houses together and two acres three years ago for 175k. Put 50k into them and now have granite counter tops.
        I like to grocery shop, and yes prices have gone up, but if push comes to shove, I can buy meats and veggies locally. Collards anyone? We’ve had a freeze, they’re sweet, and the size of bushes.
        Can still get a haircut here for 15 bucks and that includes tip. Usually takes a couple hours though with all the locals there. Some just come to talk. We let the younger working men jump the line so they can get back to work. I can go to the hardware store or even the barber shop and often times pick up produce there. My two chickens are free loaders, not laying eggs because they’re molting. We had four and that was more than enough eggs. A hawk got one, the other died of this summer’s heat.
        Until the machines can maintain themselves and not go bat shit crazy when programmed wrong, I think my son will do ok. Lots more to say but not in public.
        All that being said, I went to Wilmington yesterday and went to a movie. Hadn’t been to a theater in a couple of years. Traveled on a brand new highway with expensive high density homes on the side and went to this brand new shopping center where the movie was. I felt like I was on a different planet. I think 90% of the stores were selling women’s apparel and there were tons of stores. The movie theater had a few older folks at the matinee I was at. When I came out, everyone and I mean everyone, in the lobby was young. I found this very odd and remarked to my wife about it.

        • Jimpa December 5, 2023 at 9:24 am #

          Oh, and about reading…among other things, I read Lew Rockwell which also posts JHK’s missives. I am well aware of the insanity out there and have a good dose of heartache too. Who can’t in this crazy fallen world? I pray everyday, and try to have an attitude of gratitude when I can. I can wallow in the mire and often do. I just thought a more positive note would be a good thing here today.

        • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 9:07 am #

          @ Jimpa:

          I have that same feeling of being on a different planet whenver I go “up to the city”: eight-lane highways and endless towering office buildings. Also endless shopping malls and endless parking lots.

          To me, suburban tract homes do not look like places I would like to live. (I’ve lived in one and didn’t like it.) Nor do the apartments.

          Cities are essentially marketplaces. There is literally nothing to do in a city but buy and sell. Cities offer almost nothing in the way of the enjoyment of life, other than buying stuff, and buying stuff is pleasurable mainly as an ego-boost, whereby one shows that one has some money-power. This is a poor substitute for joy.

          • Jimpa December 7, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            Yes, I agree. Couldn’t imagine living in those places.

    • Yirgach December 4, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

      @Jimpa

      I shook hands with the president and the pope in Rome
      I’ve been to parties where I had to be flown
      This told me everything is sacred, nothing is profane
      And money is something that you throw off of the back of a train

      Always keep a diamond in your mind
      Always keep a diamond in your mind
      Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam
      Always keep a diamond in your mind

      Tom Waits – Diamond in Your Mind

    • Cankerpuss December 4, 2023 at 6:05 pm #

      Same out here in Utah, Jimpa, other than property values, that is.

      • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 7:18 am #

        The same in Missouri, too.

  33. Jarek December 4, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

    Adam’s first wife was Lilith – a monster of lust and cruelty. God got rid of her to save Adam, but a few of them are still around today.

    God gave him Eve – a moody, doubting trouble maker. Adam went with Eve and thus Eve is the model of women today. If Adam had held out for a better model, would he not have received better?

    About 10% of women are capable of seeing men as people, and not just walking wallets, handymen, etc.

    • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

      Is that why they used the name of Lilith for the first wife of Frasier Crane on “Cheers”/””Frasier” sitcoms? She was certainly a devil of a woman!

      Maybe if Adam held out longer God would have blessed him with no woman to contend with at all, making the human race strictly male and self-replicating? Or the apple would have never been consumed and man would be blessed with immortality.

    • mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 2:56 pm #

      Duh?

      Again, what is with the constant complaining? When are people going to finally internalize the essential truths and act accordingly?

      • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 7:24 am #

        @ mitchellc:

        Jarek doesn’t know any women. As far as that goes, he probably doesn’t know any men either. He lives in a fantasy world, probably spends most of his time watching porn, and acquires his opinions from online blogs run by predatory attorneys.

        • malthuss December 5, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

          Screw u

  34. Roundball Shaman December 4, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

    “If you’re troubled at all about the state of our country… you might be asking yourself whether the people running things have any idea what they’re doing.”

    No, we don’t ask this question. This question has been long settled in our minds. And ‘They’ keep confirming that our answer is always correct.

    “Did you understand any of that?… give the broken banking system the appearance of stability when it is actually in deepening ruin… all that action is meant to be incomprehensible….”

    It’s not that difficult to understand. United States Incorporated has been in deep bankruptcy for a very long time. The ‘Economy’ — such as it is – keeps running because everyone pretends that pieces of paper or digits on a computer screen have actual value. ‘They’ make it… we pretend it is worth something… ‘They’ conjure more of it… we keep pretending… and The Economy keeps moving. And ‘They’ keep conjuring obscenely more and more of ‘it’… and we all keep on pretending. Just another form of Mass Delusion Psychosis.

    “… increasingly nothing in the life of our nation is real.”

    Something is quite real. The peril that we are now in. And the deepening levels of delusion to keep things running.

    “You are eventually faced with the choice: surrender to depression and hopelessness, or revolt against a ruling blob…”

    Why is this a choice? Why can’t we have both? Can’t we be utterly hopeless and still be mad as hell at the same time?

    “Been to your local post office lately? Ours is looking like an old soviet DMV…”

    This is yet another outside sign of the decay of United States Incorporated. Post Offices from the early to mid part of the 20th Century LOOKED LIKE Post Offices. Impressive buildings with lots of service windows and nice folks who lived to serve you. (Well, some of them did). And now? Looks like a corner space of a seedy strip-mall that can’t keep the building filled with sucker… I mean, tenants. And next to a failing nail shop or tattoo parlor.

    “When it gets to the point where famished Americans start eating each other to stay alive, will we see another S & P record high?”

    You’d be surprised at just now good anything tastes with enough Tabasco sauce on it. And yes, S & P will be skyrocketing while the fortunes of Americans keeps sliding further into The Abyss.

    The value of stocks is phony. Just as America’s ‘money’ is phony-funny-money conjured out of thin air. (Actually, The Air is of much greater inherent value than America’s ‘money’.)

    Just more scenes from, ‘The Indispensable Nation’.

    But you know what? We’re all going to have a great Holiday Season anyway. Even if this time of year isn’t your thing… have fun anyway as a form of sending a great big Eff You to all those who created this National catastrophe.

    And enjoy those digits and pieces of paper while you can. Spend ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. Even mass delusions have a shelf-life.

  35. cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

    “When it gets to the point where famished Americans start eating each other to stay alive, will we see another S & P record high?”

    Don’t forget that in The Turner Diaries it was the Blacks that turned to cannibalism when times got tough.

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  36. cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

    World’s first tampons for men are an ‘insult’ to women

    httpsXX://news.yahoo.com/world-first-tampons-men-insult-171617972.html

    • malthuss December 5, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

      clown world

  37. bobfitz03 December 4, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

    Consumerism, fiat currency, central planning, and debt have all been around for centuries. None of these strategies lead to long-term economic stability. In fact, after some very brief short-term benefits, they all lead to economic collapse.

    Somehow, after careful consideration in banking boardrooms and the hallowed halls of academia at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the managerial class decided to combine all of the above with a twist – globalism.

    Civilization would be based on consumerism with all global resources (especially human resources) managed from ledgers and directed by the mandatory dictates of profit. Central banks would print money based on nothing of value and loan the paper at interest…forever.

    Any country who failed to get with the program would be taken over and their assets assigned to more agreeable managers. Troublesome issues like supply shortages or defaults would be “managed” distributing burdens globally mitigating any threat to stability. Humans would be groomed to remain docile, compliant units of production and consumption as balance sheets required.

    Our civilization is learning a valuable lesson. When you abdicate responsibility for governance to soul-dead bankers and zealous bureaucrats, a soul-dead society emerges where the control caste privatize gain and socialize loss. They win and everyone else loses.

    Sooner or later reality catches up, however. Things that cannot go on, cease to continue. No matter how we mashup the failed programs of the past, there comes a reckoning.

    • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

      If you are hoping that a search algorithm matches your post and elevates it to the first three pages… well… good on you for trying. That takes money and you ain’t offering any.

      Other than that, you read like an AI agent attack.

      My hunch is the latter. Easy for a latent learner of critical thinking to identify after review. Far easier for those without such skills to make the reader think the prose are anything but artificial. [caveat: Facebook is the echo-chamber for narcissists where this type of shallow effluvium is omnipresent] Go back to your Socially engineered sites.

      jcp

      • bobfitz03 December 4, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

        Whatever, dude.

        • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 8:42 pm #

          “Whatever, dude.”

          Revised: Weak minded AI agent attack.

  38. gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

    “Oil is not running out. In fact, oil is one of the most abundant liquids on Earth. Jerome Corsi argues that oil is abiotic and not scarce.”

    Each field Corsi showcases has long since peaked, and recent slightly slowed declines are completely attributable to temporarily effective extraction-technology developments (fracking, etc.).

    Pitiful that anyone would be gullible enough to drink up the shill of two-penny long-term hydrocarbon cornucopian propagandists like this bloke.

    • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 3:37 pm #

      To say there is no more is to say you are abiotic… Think about it…

      I know. You can’t get past the copy-paste-vitriol of those that fund the content.

      Doubt anyone here could either.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

        Unable to translate.

        • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 5:24 pm #

          Well….

          Unable to be surprised by that self-effacing inability. Lotta dumb here.

          I’d rather point-counter-point with Jarek than a casual copy-paste from the AI morons attempting to portray cogence.

    • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

      I just read the book “The Precipice” and the author made a claim that somewhere in Wyoming there is an open pit coal mine with coal reserves in it that would last for something on order of the next 300 years. So, we have that going for us.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 3:52 pm #

        Yeah, we’ll have coal a while. Just no economy.

        Though probably not that long once the liquifaction programs start, buying another decade or so.

        • cowbell81 December 4, 2023 at 4:10 pm #

          The point was that mankind and civilization would at least still be able to proceed at some level with the coal, just not at the level we are currently accustomed to. Think blacksmiths using the coal to produce metal chassis, horseshoes, etc.

          The point was made that our old inner cities will be ripe with opportunity to salvage for old scrap structural steel and the like. In a future WMBH it will be much easier to have steel and other metals recycled from old buildings than to start from scratch mining the ore, smelting, etc.

          In terms of historical evolution, Mankind is still essentially in the cradle of its infancy. We are a spoiled little tot that blows things up if we don’t get our way. We proceed apace with actions before thinking though all of the ramifications.

          Read this book “The Precipice” if you get the chance. It surprised me at how optimistic the author actually was towards mankind’s future. But only if we can get through the next 100 years without effing everything up.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

            Hey, thanks for the rec.

            “But only if we can get through the next 100 years without effing everything up.”

            Yeah, we’d have to ride the rapids of some kind of large contraction-event.

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

            In WWII, since the Germans had no real sources of oil of their own, much of the German Wehrmacht’s machinery ran on oil made from coal in a process developed by two German scientists.

            How “Cornucopian.”

            LOL.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 5:39 pm #

            We could easily liquify all remaining coal reserves in not that many decades in the absence of oil if we were still trying to perpetuate current economic trajectories.

            Is one really even a cornucopian when refusing to devote brain cells to realistic scenarios further than 200 years out?

            LOL.

          • Night Owl December 4, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

            Now we are 200 years out.

            Hahahahahaha!

            You are one of them, Gus.

            This is polar ice cap level idiocy.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

            Two hundred years of continuity 1) is not long (main point), and 2) would end uglier and quicker than a shorter timeframe for collapses.

            Even three or four hundred years is nothing… and perhaps very marginally possible with high nuclearization and high bug consumption, etc. I’ve repeatedly taken relatively “long” views on full collapse in posts here.

            Point was, your sense of timescale-relevance is myopic and childish. Thank you for confirming.

            And why would you even address the bogus oil-well regeneration claims of your linked podcast when, like the podcast guest, you aren’t serious on the subject..

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:27 am #

            Model it out on a computer for us, Gus.

            I am sure CNN will have you on. Perhaps the Wellcome Trust will fund you and you too can finally own something.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 5, 2023 at 8:55 am #

            Address something specific, like fact that Prudhoe Bay, Cantarell and East Texas oil fields, which this Corsi brother in your posted podcast yaps show evidence of refilling, have done no such thing (take a look at the production-records).

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

            Yes, Gus.

            The numbers.

            Cantarell, once the Earth’s 2nd biggest supergiant field, was at 2.1 million barrels per day at its peak in 2004, then immediately and sharply began to decline. It’s now at 358,000 barrels per day.

            Where’s the abiotic ‘refill’?

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

            Corsi covered these, though you disingenously act as though he has not.

            East Texas was thought to be depleted in the 60s, and the claims that it was going downhill had already started in the 30s.

            It never ran out.

            Same for Cantarell. Was said to be about dry in the early 2000s.

            I guess we can just keep moving the dates like Al Gore and co.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

            Where’s the abiotic ‘refill’?

            Where is the proof it is not refilling? What is the rate of the potential refill?

            Why would you claim refilling is impossible simply because the record yields were not sustained? If I drink your milkshake and you have a second straw in the cup refilling it as I drink, what makes you think the rate of refill will match the rate that I guzzle it down.

            Science. LOL.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 5, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

            As extraction techniques are perfected, the yields for all these fields still drop yearly. Even with fracking help.

            Cantarell has dropped yearly since the early ’00s peak of 2 million barrels in a year to around 150k barrels per year and still falling. Every other field is the same. This is the way fields decline.

            Let’s suppose there is some floor below which a field’s yields never drop because the abiotic replenishment maintains it… the history of field decline proves categorically that this floor would have to be extremely low. So low that it would be industrially insignificant in the context of our system.

            Only explanation for resisting any fact this plain is cowardice.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

            First you’d have to prove that oil is abiotic. There is either none (overwhelmingly) or very little hydrocarbon (abiotic) matrix found in oil.

            The few Russians (and even fewer Americans) who promote abiotics claim that’s because we haven’t drilled in the good areas yet, or that the technology isn’t developed enough to go that deep.

            Wrong on both counts.

            Geologists have scoured the Earth since the companies that employ them have been desperate, for a long time, in finding and producing more oil. The outcome is depressing and uncontroversial.

            To the second point, those same Russians convinced the higher-ups to spend big rubles in the late 80s in order to dig deeper for their abiotic ‘finds’. They discovered oil — 80 gallons of it. And that was the end of that experiment.

            Furthermore, technology has vastly improved in the 35 years since that drilling. I touched on that in my first post re Jack/St Malo. Leaving aside the tremendous output of energy needed to do this, they can now drill 17 miles into the ocean bed, yet they still come up with minimal oil, minimal in the sense that it doesn’t make a dent in world usage.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

            I don’t have to prove oil is abiotic as I never made a definitive statement.

            I don’t believe it is not, however, as you can’t prove that either.

            That is rather the issue. No one knows, but the stuff keeps flowing.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 6:46 pm #

            Any ‘refill’ is from natural oozing coming down (or up) from layers where pressure releases (after an earthquake, just as one example). Theoretically and technically, the refill could happen 100%, but it would take 56 ice ages and a few dozen or hundred millennium for it to do so.

            There is copious and highly technical detail on all this from an overwhelming community of geologists.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

            BTW, you’re in contradiction with Jerome Corsi’s core view.

            Corsi stated that there was no such thing as biotic oil. So you don’t believe his definitive statement either?

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:55 pm #

            “There is copious and highly technical detail on all this from an overwhelming community of geologists.”

            There was copious and highly technical information about the safety of the “Covid-19” shots as well.

            Maybe “all 17 intelligence agencies” also agree?

            LOL.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 7:08 pm #

            “BTW, you’re in contradiction with Jerome Corsi’s core view.

            “Corsi stated that there was no such thing as biotic oil. So you don’t believe his definitive statement either?”

            Not sure what you mean by “either.” A rather odd inclusion.

            I have never taken a position, because not even the oil industry much less academia knows the answer.

            Which means you don’t either–though you appear to have a very definitive position.

            As you like.

          • Soul Forensics December 6, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

            OK, so you disagree with Corsi then on his certainty. Because he’s adamant that biotic oil isn’t a thing. In that case, I wonder why you’d link him, and support his overall spin?

          • Night Owl December 7, 2023 at 5:43 pm #

            Because he makes an excellent case for abiotic oil, which I (unlike you) am not making claims about.

            The logic and science seems sound for it, however.

      • malthuss December 5, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

        do the chinks own it? if not will they buy it?

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

      Used “shill” meaning “swill.” Whoopsie.

    • Mike Sherman December 4, 2023 at 7:55 pm #

      @Gus:

      This is not the first time the Night Gnat has tried to spread this particular brand of bullshit…which is ironic because he has so many topics on which he already provides the very best bullshit (by far!):

      > No such thing as COVID
      > Bioweapon vaccines
      > WEF instituting the NWO
      > Trump was going to be reinstated a few years back, on the back of “alternate slates of Electors”

      …and so on (and on and on…)

      • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:40 am #

        All four false.

        Back in reality:

        “Trump told me to drink bleach”

        –Mike Sherman

    • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

      Peaked? What relevance does that have?

      If the well does not regenerate, it will peak once, but if it does regenerate, it may still peak once or maybe not–as you don’t know the rate at which it fills.

      This is such a basic point that the arrogance in your post is even more amusing.

      If you were around in 200 years you’d tell us it will all be gone in 400.

      Our own Albert Gore.

      LOL.

    • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

      Peaked?? What relevance does that have?

      If the well does not regenerate, it will peak once, but if it does regenerate, it may still peak once or maybe not–as you don’t know the rate at which it fills.

      This is such a basic point that the arrogance in your post is even more amusing.

      If you were around in 200 years you’d tell us it will all be gone in 400.

      Our own Albert Gore.

      LOL.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 6, 2023 at 4:22 am #

        No well has refilled at all, at least to any degree that is anything close to definitive proof of refilling. That means the rate of any supposed complete refill must be at LEAST

        AT LEAST

        several times our rate of extraction from very high supply to very low and still decreasing output… a rate of say 50-75 years to significant depletion. Once every well reaches any possible optimistic “floor” to depletion rates,

        In all that time, NO refilling. Even as production levels got very low… in East Texas’ case almost 100 years.

        The rate of the most absolutely rosy picture for any total refilling MUST, mathematically be centuries, if you assume the rate is steady.

        If you think the rate of refill might be inconstant, and there’s a chance at any moment that a complete well’s worth might arbitrarily shoot out and refill a well in minutes out of the blue, then you haven’t read the Russian abiotic material, which describes specific conditions for oil’s formation as a liquid, which require time. Anything that shot out quickly would be gas.

        These wells had eons to form. The likelihood is it takes eons to form tbem at the size we found and mined them, similar to any other mined resource.

        But all that matters industrially is what we have just proved for ourselves over the last century and a half. Wells do not refill fast enough to create a continuity of supply that can run the present and still growing industrial system continuously. There would be at least multi-century gaps in supply. Only possible sustainable level of oil production in this rosiest of abiotic scenarios would be orders of magnitude lower than industrial civ’s usage rate. Any possible straw spitting into the milkshake operates a heck of a lot slower than we’ve been sucking on the straw.

        And this is the absolutely rosiest picture possible given what is known with certainty about oil. The true likelihood of it being fact? Almost zero. Meaning the likelihood of any refilling being much slower than whatever is mathematically “possible” given current well-depletion data… is very high. All the best assumptions point to a much slower rate than that dream rate, which is already much too slow for continuity of industry.

        Your position’s as principled as the guy’s who said: “Let’s bet the house, wife and kids on one hundred straight-flushes in a row. No one can prove we won’t win.”

      • Night Owl December 6, 2023 at 7:54 am #

        “No well has refilled at all”

        Prove it. Many wells that were said to be nearly dried up dozens of years ago are still producing.

        Show that they are not refilling. Remember, claims require evidence.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 6, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          No significant production increases after decline in 150 years of drilling.

          Refilling means FILLED again anyway..

          Not even any convincing permanent leveling-offs at some low production rate. Just continued declines occasionally slightly slower than some predictions, most attributable to fracking.

          You should get real. All evidence points to relatively permanent declines.

          And returning to the point you skirt, any (remotely) possible refilling is at a rate that’s just too slow to matter. That’s your best-case scenario not completely divorced from any possible reality, as a refiller cultist or decline skeptic.

          • Night Owl December 7, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

            So you cannot show us that they are not refilling?

            I am shocked I tell you.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 8, 2023 at 6:11 am #

            Why does he post with so little to say? Does anything penetrate his skull? These are the mysteries of the Night Owl..

          • Night Owl December 8, 2023 at 6:24 am #

            Just as with “carrying capacity,” you cannot name any hard numbers or show us any evidence.

            If the refill rate is slower than extraction it is still refilling.

            A statement so logical that only you would try and obfuscate it in such a manner.

            Your arguments are typically defeated within two posts.

  39. jim December 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

    “You search in vain for something purposeful to do.”

    One of the activities which gets me out of bed in the morning is an ever ongoing re-evaluation of the various theoretical frameworks I use to try to explain the world.

    I’m an old guy who long ago gave up on the assumption that I had cracked open the truth about economics, politics, or culture. This was caused by very painful experiences of defeat which finally transitioned into some kind of realization that my favorite interpretations of reality were simply opinions.

    These opinions (in whatever arena) consisted of a series of assumptions which prioritized some items and downplayed or ignored others–it’s worthwhile to get such items identified.

    It is also worthwhile to continue to evaluate the causal mechanisms in each particular theoretical framework you use (what causes what or does it?)

    Finally, it is worthwhile to search for historical and empirical data which lend support or tend to undermine the key assumptions and causal mechanisms you use.

    This is a project for a life-time and very humbling.

    • tom clark December 4, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

      “I shall pass this way but once. Therefore any good that I can do, or kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.”

    • mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 6:25 pm #

      +1

      Exactly

  40. malthuss December 4, 2023 at 5:18 pm #

    Jarek

    was Andrew Jackson the prez who said ‘The only good injun is a dead one?’.

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    • Jarek December 4, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

      But he is also the president who are he lay dying said, I will see all of you in heaven, both Black and White.

      There no race in Heaven, just greater and lesser degrees of glory. I suppose we quantify the levels and call them race though.

  41. mitchellc December 4, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

    NO, you keep trying to claim some kind of a-ha moment, as if 200 years was sufficient time in which to re-engineer humanity towards a balanced, steady state economy.

    First, that’s not how nature (physics) operates as all life forms compete over scarce resources. Second, this growth imperative is confronted with the fundamental fact that you cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet.

    I’m not sure what your game is, perhaps you’re a bored contrarian troll, but it’s banal and obvious.

    The basic core fact is that everything – including universes- go through a birth, development, maturation and death cycle.

    So, the name of the game is to objectively assess where one lies on their particular life cycle (personal, national, global) and live accordingly based on *real* opportunities and constraints.

    Within this miasma and cacophony of competing interests, players, con artists, victims and other associated losers are attempts towards constructing a rational, cohesive and successful plan for navigating and avoiding becoming a statistic.

    It’s really just that simple, but the personal journey towards a level of enlightenment that enables this level of clarity is difficult, especially if one has been subject to intense brain washing that first must be confronted and neutered.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 4, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

      We’re all statistics. Best we can do is maybe strike a few nice chords on our way to “just-another-number”-dom.

    • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 2:31 am #

      Good post, Mitch. It really does come back to the basics of nature and physics. Just another species.

      • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:37 am #

        Only our species is capable of the sort of manipulation one finds in the Covid Hoax or climate/resource grift.

        • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 10:06 am #

          I’m thinking more of hard physical limits, and although I agree with you on most things, I don’t share your views regarding resource limits and an exponentially growing population.

          I’m not sure there is a hard limit as such. The quality of our lives is inversely proportional, on average, to the number of humans we’re competing with. It’s a movable value. I don’t think it takes a genius to work out whether adding 740,000 people to the UK this year (I’m sure they’re all doctors and engineers that will provide a net benefit, lol) is going to (a) improve life here, or (b) make it worse.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

            Good post. I don’t think there are no limits, and I have explained this before, but no one has shown any convincing evidence that we are anywhere near a limit on anything.

    • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 8:40 am #

      I think part of the general angst here is that, with most people, the mind rebels against the idea (or realization) that life is a struggle–that it is, or could become, very tough. (Actually, most here seem very comfortable.)

      There have been many, many times and places in history that were much worse. We’re really very lucky.

      It’s possible that, in the near future, it could become challenging to keep the house warm in winter and put food on the table. While this may be a big problem, it’s not exactly unique to human history.

      Most of us here will not be writing a new Constitution for a new republic. If times get tough, we’ll probably be wondering if we could get away with shoplifting a bunch of parsnips (because “parsnips are what make the soup good”). The reason I mention this is because, many years ago, a woman about my age told me how her mother–a single mom during the 40s or 50s–had once been caught shoplifting a bunch of parsnips, for the above reason. It was intended to be a funny story–a couple of decades later.

      Thus, I think most of can expect our struggles to be humble. That doesn’t mean that we need not understand what’s going on, of course. But we’re likely to be like the Amish young man who saw the letters “PC” in the clouds and believed it meant he was being called to “Preach Christ.” The elders of his community explained to him that it meant “Plow Corn.”

      If you can meet the requirements of your situation, you will have done well.

    • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

      What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.

      Jesus Christ

      Poor Mitch can’t even enjoy a simple walk in the woods without calculating the price of lumber. Slug looks up as he comes and says, Hi Mitch!
      Mitch steps on him and walks on. He’s just a statistic. Slug says, Oh well. I’m just another species and a statistic.

      • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

        Slug got plugged with a slug?

      • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

        That actually gave me a good giggle. You should be a playwright, Jarek!

        You might imagine me to be the death of a party with my views. A miserable ascetic. Far from it. I’m full of wonder for the world. I just don’t need religion or the universe to tell me I’m anything special to enjoy it.

  42. JohnAZ December 4, 2023 at 6:58 pm #

    Cactus Girl et al

    Please go back and read my data on the elections, my mea culpa.

    Men vs. women made little difference.

    Locale rural vs, city, minorities, age

    The biggest shifter between 2016 and 2020 was the suburbs, not male vs, female. In four years, what changed in the suburbs?

    • JC Penny December 4, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

      What changed was the ability to vote from the couch. Those that could vote from the couch did. Hence the plurality for more POTATUS chips, aka, Biden.

    • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 8:53 am #

      My guess is that government jobs in the suburbs became more plentiful. IMHO, liberals are almost always government employees/retirees.

      I used to live in a rather “snooty” suburb, back when it was mostly conservative. I understand that it’s now leaning far more to the left. I think this is probably because there are a lot more people now whose bread is buttered by the left.

      • Groundhog December 5, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        So when the gov’t fails – suburbia will be failing right along with it?

        • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 9:20 am #

          @ Groundhog:

          The last time I saw statistics on this about 20% of the workforce was employed directly by government, at the federal, state, county, or city level. If you included everyone who is employed indirectly by government–the biggest chunk of which would be health care (employing another 20%)–you’re up to 40%. On top of that, there are endless government contractors in a whole range of fields. Military contractors are probably the biggest. Besides that there are all the sectors of the economy that get subsidies, such as agriculture.

          Then, on top of that, you have government retirees. Then there are the people on welfare, EBT, and Medicaid.

          If the government fails, pretty much the whole country will be a smoking ruin.

  43. mr mowm December 4, 2023 at 7:12 pm #

    As if I didn’t have enough concerns, I now have to worry about how Carol Tome is going to get by.

  44. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth December 4, 2023 at 10:25 pm #

    Jim, Thanks for keeping up with the swindlers. No insider’s gonna take a loss that’s for sure. Losses are spread amongst the plebes.

    Don’t forget our fine defense industry, designing for built in profit, high maintenance and early obsolescence.

  45. Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 2:37 am #

    On the subject of weak, brittle, effete personality structures, here’s one leader who doesn’t qualify, Mr V Putin:

    Immigrants who come to work and live in Russia must comply with its laws and respect its customs and traditions, including learning the language, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

    “We need to attract such labor resources that meet the interests of the Russian economy,” the president said. “This means that [these] people must be prepared from a linguistic, ethnocultural point of view. They must know our traditions and so on.”

    The interest of Russia and its citizens “must be put first,” the president insisted. All immigrants and visitors also “must comply with Russian laws,” Putin clarified. “And, of course, we, as a civilized country, must also ensure their rights.”

    I wish he was running my country.

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    • Groundhog December 5, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

      If I were a young man I’d be taking courses in Russian. I did take a year of Russian language courses in college a very long time ago, and it was fun but a lot of work learning how to make all sorts of new sounds and learning a new alphabet. There’s also cursive Russian writing to be learned as well. Might be a good skill to have in your ultimate survival toolbox. If all else fails with the prepping etc. – just bail out and move to Russia so one can enjoy living in a sane and relatively prosperous country.

      • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

        I believe that a number of years back you could take a plot of land in eastern Russia and if you could make it work for two years, something like that, you got to keep the land and a place in the country.

        If I didn’t have dependents I would seriously consider it. I visited for a few weeks in the 2000s and it left a positive mark on me.

      • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        I think the point is that Russia has border control, and doesn’t let just anyone in.

        • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 3:54 pm #

          But they sure don’t mind letting people out to infect other countries. See the recent Russian tactic of sending their unwanted Muslims to breach certain border crossings into Finland.

          • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

            I think Moscow has a large Muslim population and from what I gather they have integrated quite well.

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

            There are a lot of Muslims left over from the Ottoman Empire still in Europe and Russia. That’s part of how the US broke up the country of Yugoslavia.

            I haven’t seen anything about Russia sending their Muslims to Finland.

            Got a reason why? Other than Putin Bad?

  46. tucsonspur December 5, 2023 at 4:57 am #

    1.The basic core fact is that everything – including universes- go through a birth, development, maturation and death cycle.

    2.So, the name of the game is to objectively assess where one lies on their particular life cycle (personal, national, global) and live accordingly based on *real* opportunities and constraints.

    3.Within this miasma and cacophony of competing interests, players, con artists, victims and other associated losers are attempts towards constructing a rational, cohesive and successful plan for navigating and avoiding becoming a statistic.

    4.It’s really just that simple, but the personal journey towards a level of enlightenment that enables this level of clarity is difficult, especially if one has been subject to intense brain washing that first must be confronted and neutered. mc

    This type of grandiose philosophizing sounds great, but lacks any real, practical, productive substance. Most people with common sense are already busy assessing their current job situation, finances and future prospects. Many, if not all, give no thought to their location on a ‘national or global life cycle’, whatever that means. Where they are in their lives is mostly self-evident, e.g., “I’m 30 years old, working two jobs, have children, vote, say, Democrat, want to travel, love women and sports, hate fast food, realize that the world’s resources are diminishing as the global population continues to increase, etc., etc.”

    They’re simply citizens, nationally and globally.

    The inherent attributes (mental, physical, spiritual and so on) of any individual will place him or her in a wanted or unwanted position. Again, with common sense, from there one can navigate one’s abilities or lack thereof.

    1 and 2 above are basic simplicities with added overblown scale. In 3 above, the thought is confusing in that you call 1 and 2 a ‘miasma and cacophony of competing interests’ to ‘objectively assess’. How is self-assessment competitive? The latter part of 3 is just the common sense I mentioned above, and I guess you mean avoid becoming some kind of negative statistic. Remember, ‘we find our destiny on the road we take to avoid it’.

    As for 4, you don’t show much in the way of clarity or enlightenment, so I guess you’re still on the journey. Don’t complicate the simple, you do better when you don’t.

    • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 5:25 am #

      I think you’re basically in agreement with mitch: understand the reality of who and where we are, our limitations, and live accordingly to the best of our ability.

      • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:36 am #

        Mitch is here to demoralize you.

        • Slugoon December 5, 2023 at 10:00 am #

          I’m afraid the whole Covid saga did that.

        • mitchellc December 5, 2023 at 10:00 am #

          Says the pimp to his hoe contemplating escaping the business, “No baby, I love you, don’t leave – he’s [the rescuer] only lying to ‘demoralize’ you”.

          Keep everyone in the fold, right fat man? LOL

          • Islander December 5, 2023 at 10:29 am #

            “hoe”?

          • stelmosfire December 5, 2023 at 11:41 am #

            hoe= Whore, Ebonics

          • Groundhog December 5, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

            Hey Q. Schtik!

            which is it?

            “hoe” or “ho”?

          • Q. Shtik December 5, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

            Hey Q. Schtik!

            which is it?

            “hoe” or “ho”? – Groundhog

            ==========

            From google:

            ho (also hoe) informal, derogatory “A prostitute”; 1960s representing a dialect pronunciation of whore. Other user stated though: Ho(e) originated as a variant of whore (just like mo’ is a variant of more), but their meanings have diverged somewhat.

            BTW, you misspelled Shitk.

          • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

            So did you, Q.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

            Uh, oh. Cracks in the Mitchster’s facade.

            See Mitch? I knew we’d get here eventually.

          • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm #

            It’s “ho”.

            Q: What’s the difference between Tiger Woods and Santa Claus?

            A: Santa Claus stops after three hos.

        • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

          Luke 12: 16-21

          “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17“And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18“Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

          • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 9:27 am #

            I wonder what course of action the rich man should have decided on, upon finding himself in this terrible fix in which he was afflicted by this great abundance.

          • Jarek December 7, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

            Well poor doesn’t automatically mean poor in spirit. On the other hand, Christ clearly thought that riches were an obstacle as per the young man who would follow him and the parable of the camel entering the eye of the needle (the narrow gates of Jerusalem in which camels had to get down on their “knees” and crawl.

            Not impossible as per Joseph of Arimethea – just unlikely.

    • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

      I think this may be simpler.

      This year the people of this country have a choice.

      The electorate is split about 50-50 right now but 30 percent of the electorate is independent, and swingable.

      So, by the end of this year, many questions may be answered.

      If Trump is elected, a big if considering what he is facing, a conservative brake will be put on the Liberal nuts in the government. I believe that this time he will not try to depend on Deep State ideologues that he will make a deal with and will clean house in the executive branch. If the Congress remains in Liberal control, Trump will be nullified.

      If Biden runs and wins, our goose is cooked as he will be a lame duck and will do everything he can to forward the socialist agenda. What is left of the manufacturing side will jump ship and China will take over as number one as BRICS++ will accelerate.

      All we can do is vote and hope enough conservatives vote to offset the Liberal swing that the Uniparty has been able to pull off. Enough vote margins to offset the urban cheating too.

      If the people vote in the losers, the leaders of many failing policies, again this fall coming, the end of America is a given, the vote will no longer have meaning as a choice between ideals or a balance between liberal and conservative.

      Simple, Trump (or his designee) wins, we have a fighting chance to right the ship
      Biden wins, BRICS++ wins, the gimmes win and America loses.

  47. everonward65 December 5, 2023 at 6:53 am #

    Postal employee for 35+ years.
    “Everything woke turns to shit”
    Truer words about the USPS were never spoken!

    • cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 9:20 am #

      Ever read “Post Office” by Charles Bukowski? It’s a classic of craziness if there ever was one.

      • Paul December 5, 2023 at 9:25 am #

        I can’t remember the quote, but it was like . . . “L.A. was just as mean, but twice as rotten . . . “.

        Classic. I miss the guy, dirty-bastard.

  48. Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 8:12 am #

    All those awake to the 2030 agenda and the various strands of fraud the perpetrators are trying to spin into our societal hangnoose may want to check out this beast of an account I recently came across on Twatter:

    https://twitter.com/EWatchin1

    This guy has a number of excellent videos that cover the agenda in great detail and might be quite useful for the midwit or slowly awakening person in your life who just doesn’t have the time (or wherewithall) to educate themselves.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 5, 2023 at 9:37 am #

      Put a male with a dark beard behind camera and mic, and Night Owl’s ears twitch with desire. It doesn’t matter if the speaker’s voice sounds like a seventeen-year-old’s.

      • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

        If only you could challenge a mere 1/4 of what he presents.

        I know it hurts.

        😀

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 5, 2023 at 4:22 pm #

          Not sure I’d disagree with anything. Just noting your beard fetish and this guys millenniallish voice.

          • Night Owl December 5, 2023 at 6:42 pm #

            Spin it now.

            That is about all you can do.

  49. Paul December 5, 2023 at 9:21 am #

    In September, I was driving around in suburbia in the neighbourhood where I used to live when I spied one of those “FREE” piles out in front of a recently sold formerly single-family houses which is likely now a tear-down — to be replaced by 4 row-houses in the 19th Century British Industrial style.

    Out front was a 1970’s chest freezer, which nobody wants anymore. I stopped, and working alone, I managed to wrassel that think to the back of my pick-up truck and lever-it into the box. Later that week I drove back to the place we live now, about 300 miles away, in a rural municipality, in a techtonically-quiet area, quite far away from seaports, cities, shipyards and other military targets.

    Back home, I wrassled the freezer into my garage and plugged it it. As I expected, it worked fine. I let it run empty for a week and checked its temperature daily with a thermometer I trusted. It kept things nice and frozen, just like a deep-freeze should.

    I was given absolutely no grief by anyone at home, even though we already had three freezers running, all full of good food we’d purchased at discount prices months ago.

    With all this extra capacity, we now have room to store even more of the Summer crops we’d grown in our Spring/Summer/Fall garden, and we’ve been gradually filling it up.

    Since then, we’ve been eating meals mainly out of our stored supplies as we eschew the greed/shrink-flation prices evident everywhere.

    Tonight, we’re going to have a nice Squash Chili. Everybody here is invited to our house for a nice sit-down, home-cooked meal. Sorry, I don’t have enough beer or wine for everybody, but feel free to bring your own if you have some — but if you tend to lose-your-shit while drinking, you’d best not.

    In case you’re not able to make it, here’s the recipe:

    Winter Squash Chili

    1 Winter Squash, about 2 pounds
    1 large onion, chopped
    1/2 a pound mushrooms, quartered or cut into 1/2” pieces
    4 cloves of garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon thyme
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 pinch of cayenne
    2 cups boullion or homemade vegetable broth
    1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2” inch pieces
    1 can of red or pink beans, (or any other beans), drained & rinsed
    2 cups frozen baby lima beans
    2 cups frozen corn
    2 tablespoons cider vinetar, or to taste
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Cooked barley or other whole grains of your choice.

    Method:

    Pierce the squash with a knife in 2 or 3 places. Set him in a microwave dish and irradiate him on high for 3 minutes. When he’s cool enough to handle, (he will be, I promise), cut him in half and scoop out his brains. Return him to the microwave and cook him for another 8 minutes or so, or until his flesh easily strips off his body.

    In the meantime, do the usual thing with the onions, mushrooms, garlic, spices and boullion, bringing them to boil in a large pot. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or more, or until the lima beans are cooked. Stir in the corn and vinegar and adjust the seasonings. Serve over the cooked whole grains.

    Serve as the main course; elaborate with extras like home-made bread, and dessert. (Avoid these if you’re trying to lose weight).

    Enjoy!

    • Islander December 5, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      I wish our supermarket stocked lima beans.

      • elysianfield December 5, 2023 at 11:40 am #

        “I wish our supermarket stocked lima beans.”

        Islander,
        During the Vietnam Conflict, field rations sometimes offered a can of ham and lima beans;

        “Ham and Motherfuckers” as sometimes referred to.

      • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        lol girl you must live in bfe

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 11:46 am #

      I’m not a big squash fan but sounds nice. You didn’t include directions in the post? Hmm. It just wasn’t thorough enough but the thought was there. That counts for something. Maybe lol.

    • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

      What’s your source of power for when the lights go out? And what’s your fall back for when the jennie runs out of fuel?

      Got a roots cellar?

      • Paul December 5, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

        Sorry, SoftStarLight, that the method wasn’t complete enough. I haven’t made it yet, but I’ve got all the ingredients. Lately I’ve been having a lot of success with mainly plant-based meals that are baked, not boiled, so that’s what I’ll probably do tonight: gently saute the onions and garlic until they are soft, then carefully combine them with the other ingredients in a casserole or bean pot.
        I’m fortunate this year to have harvested the onions, garlic, squash and corn from our own garden; only the Lima Beans and red or pink beans will need to be store bought.

      • Groundhog December 6, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

        “What’s your source of power for when the lights go out? And what’s your fall back for when the jennie runs out of fuel?

        Got a roots cellar?”

        Well, I’ve got a root cellar built into my basement wall. This small “cellar” has a door and is entirely enclosed by dirt held back by cinderblock walls. Right now I’ m using it for processing sweet taters I grew this year. You keep them at around 80 degrees F for two weeks at 100% humidity. That changes the starches into more sugars instead – makes ’em taste much better.

        Source of power for lights out? Candles, battery powered leds, a gasoline generator, etc. for more short term outages. Long term there are candles and lanterns. I can cook on my woodeater as well as place huge pots of water on it to make water for both bathing and washing dishes etc if need be. There’s a very large spring with a creek around 1/4 mile away I can use as a water source. I can jump in the creek and bathe in it as well in warm weather if I like – or I can just stink – but I do have a choice. No fuel for the jennie or my car?. If I absolutely must drive maybe I can weld up one of those wood smoking contraptions you can place in back of a truck to provide incompletely burned wood gases that are combustible enough to pipe to the intake manifold of an old motor vehicle. You can get up to 30 mph or so. Dunno what sort of miles per cord or rick you get. The nice part of a wood smoke powered vehicle is you can stop along the roadside somewhere to gather more fuel if you run out.

        • Jarek December 7, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

          Ma and Pa Kettle time!

    • Anthea December 7, 2023 at 9:29 am #

      I’d put in some cumin. Cumin is what makes chili taste like chili.

  50. Beryl of Oyl December 5, 2023 at 9:31 am #

    Just dropping by to mention that the CIA is now suggesting that it would be a good idea if President Donald J. Trump were to be assassinated.

    RFK Jr. has his CIA daughter-in-law running his campaign, you can’t can’t tell me he’s unaware of this development.

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    • tom clark December 5, 2023 at 11:46 am #

      Source for the first statement?

      • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

        Washington Post, for one.

        No, you don’t get a link.

        Here’s the thing- if I know this, Kennedy’s DIL knows this, and she knows how to find out for herself all the places this is coming from.

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      I see you still have that RFK Jr. animosity thing going. He is running for president you know.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        Is he really? You don’t say!

        Someone holding himself out as the man who can fix things needs to BE that man.

    • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

      He betrayed Beryl. Hell hath no fury like a Beryl scorned.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        Betrayed is close, Jarek, but it isn’t entirely accurate because it isn’t as if I trusted the guy, I don’t even know him.

        It’s the lying to my face. A lot of people lie to our faces these days, but don’t pretend you are on a holy crusade while you are doing it.

        Pretending to be unaware of things I know damn well he’s aware of is lying.

        I would say that I expected better from him, but that’s not it either. I’m holding him to a higher standard, maybe.

        Isn’t that what he’s been asking us to do?

        • Jarek December 7, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

          Yeah, he’s a mess. He’s done great work on covid but he can’t be trusted with our country any more than the rest of them.

  51. mitchellc December 5, 2023 at 10:28 am #

    Upstream on a prior post, with the support of media and educational institutions amplifying the approved narrative regarding ‘climate change’, I suggested leadership is probably expecting somewhere in the range of 65%+- compliance and acceptance.

    OK, then that leaves around 35% who are no longer “alergic to conspiracy theories”, but rather are curious (or obstinate) enough to begin questioning, let us say, certain inconsistencies in the story. (See JHK’s own personal journey towards enlightenment.)

    Now, as most people know, I do love me some gameplaying, so in this situation, as an elite thinker, would you allow the 35% to go unmolested, or, at the very least, remain relatively anonymous – duh, socially, not officially. Of course not – you’d want to ID & punish those stupid enough to out themselves in some quixotic quest towards justice.

    Now, if you follow my advice, you’d assess the overall situation* and determine that it’s best to lay low, withdraw from all public & private political discussions/activities, and simply and quietly pursue preparing for the what’s coming down the pike. (*Resource depletion, environmental degredation, population overshoot.)

    But what of the sirens singing their sweet promises of cornucopia and plenty? That there was more than enough to go around, in fact such amazing surpluses that everyone could be sated and rolling in clover.

    Then why all the world’s troubles? Well, that was strictly the result of a small cadre of evildoers hell bent on depriving your ‘Merican right life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And if that’s the case, then how does one combat them? That’s right, organize, agitate, write to your Congress person, and of course, get out and vote! IOW, self ID yourself as a potential person of interest.

    See how beatiful it all plays out? Now, who still does not appreciate the genius of how these designs are planned and executed? So, it certainly appears that NO may not only be a bored contrarian troll, but might actually be engaged in a more sophisticated operation.

    I mean, the mere fact that someone keeps repeating the same nonsense assertions regarding basic physical properties should be enough to discount any/all input.

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      Oh yeah wow, genius and beautiful. I mean killing and stealing wow that is so innovative and unimaginably smart. Who woulda thought! Did you kiss their statues at their temple this morning when you were genuflecting in awe and obeisance lol?

    • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

      What do you think of Sid Meire’s Civilization? Is it Zionist?

    • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

      mitch,

      Even if your wild theory is true — itself a demented paranoid conclusion if entertained seriously, that N.O. is a secret agent for the PTB (lol) — why would powerless commentators on a blog who keep to themselves, and can’t even influence their own families to stop taking the jabs, be any kind of credible threat to those powers? It seems you contradict yourself, and don’t give those at the pyramid’s top much respect for their punch.

      I think it more likely that you’d be a power broker or power wannabe, trolling us suckers into saying something illegal (incitement, etc).

  52. SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 11:29 am #

    Wow I haven’t been to a post office in forever. The last time I went to one I noticed how it was really dirty. But then if you think about it, all of those letters and packages sitting in there collecting dust and grit and being touched by all them hands of unknown origin and cleanliness. It was enough to give me the heebie jeebies.

    It doesn’t feel like Christmas at all this year. I guess those big, industrial personality superstructures of steel and concrete aren’t enough to put the blob out of its grotesque misery and coax Santa into visiting. None of it makes sense. If the money is sort of just made up instruments or whatever then why should there be repercussions for going into “debt”. People need to get real and start thinking about this.

    • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      Commercial real estate is way down. Why not house immigrants there in liminal space?

      • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

        I’m not sure if you noticed it but like a couple of months back I posted about the backrooms and the liminal spaces craze. Basically a genre that spontaneously developed in the social media space like youtube and stuff. I’ve kinda gone down that rabbit hole and I find the concept of the backrooms really interesting. The videography so far is pretty amateur because its like hobbyists and gamers putting it together but. The story behind the backrooms is that like in the 80s and 90s scientists were experimenting to create an alternate reality of space for people to live in because of the population explosion on the Earth. And so the idea is that people could live in the backrooms. But the backrooms actually are kinda like an alternate universe. With its own living entities etc. So its not ideal for humans in many cases because many entities are weird, scary and dangerous. But literally like that is the idea behind its creation.

        So long story short lol, yeah, that’s a great idea!

        • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

          I remember. Everything!

          • SoftStarLight December 7, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            Really? Hmm

  53. Islander December 5, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey, let’s talk about Bidenomics instead of the Gaza genocide!

    Uh, no, let’s not.

    Today from MoA:

    “Who Is Really Behind The Mass Slaughter In Gaza?

    Who is really behind the Israeli mass slaughter of the people of Gaza?

    Here is the answer to that question:

    Israel’s dependence on the United States was stated bluntly by retired IDF Maj. General Yitzhak Brick in an interview earlier this week.

    “All of our missiles, the ammunition, the precision-guided bombs, all the airplanes and bombs, it’s all from the U.S. The minute they turn off the tap, you can’t keep fighting. You have no capability. … Everyone understands that we can’t fight this war without the United States. Period.”

    Period.
    Posted by b.”

    Of course this gross waste of materiel, destruction of lives and of reputation is all part of “Bidenomics,” Ho ho ho.

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

      It seems to me like people would be better off attempting to source lima beans rather than fretting or worrying about what is happening thousands of miles away that they can’t control and won’t be able to even if they protest everyday for five years until they finally have a depletion spiral. I didn’t vote for Joe Biden and I didn’t vote for Israel either but the circumstances thrust themselves upon me. The blob is dying and it will take some time. And soon the war machine will be dead.

      But then my suspicion is that another one will quickly take its place and be just as merciless and horrendous as this one is because after all killing and stealing is genius and miraculous and awe inspiring. And then you’ll have another genocide to complain about all day. Meanwhile your still not able to find lima beans.

      • stelmosfire December 5, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

        Who wants lima beans? 20 lbs for 37 bucks. Free shipping if you have an account. That will generate enough gas to heat the house all winter. Although that will PO horseface Kerry. Two birds with one stone.

        webstaurantstore.com/dried-large-lima-beans-20-lb/111LARGELIMA.html

    • Anthea December 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      @ Islander:

      Thus Israel will be in a tough spot when the US can no longer effectively support them. (Israel also gets economic support from the US.) Maybe they have a plan for this eventuality, but I’d be curious to know what it is.

    • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

      A good question, Islander, might be how much of the Democratic Party’s capital base is owned by Jewish-Americans and Israel, How many US Treasuries are owned by Israel?

  54. malthuss December 5, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

    bitcoin up

    gold up

    food up

    rent up

    crime up

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

      But the big question is are you riding the curve with your investments lol

      • cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

        Keep investing in cans of lima beans, those will be the real form of exchange once SHTF.

        • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:24 pm #

          After 14 days in a row of eating lima beans, most North Americans will go insane with bitterness, and exchange their remaining cans for the real black market business to get into — whiskey.

  55. BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

    Have you ever seen anybody go into a mattress store? I mean to buy a mattress. We have a mattress store in town here that I frequently drive past; never seen a car in the lot or a customer entering or leaving, and they’re open 7 days a week. It’s been this way for years. I was curious what the deal is so I asked my neighbor, who was a prosecutor. “Its a money laundering joint” he told me. “The Mob out of New Haven owns those mattress stores in order to have a legitimate storefront. It’s not a real business.” I might go in to check the place out, see if they have any mattresses on hand. Probably freak ’em out if I ask to order a mattress. “Get the f#kk outa here kid before we have to hurt ya,”

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    • cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

      Yes, there are those 100% employee free stores, where the doors lock and unlock on a timer. I was wondering, since there are no employees ever there to man the place, what is keeping someone from spending the night in there after hours when the doors lock? Could you take all of the display mattresses without anyone stopping you?

    • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

      There was a used car lot at the end of my street for years. I wouldn’t have noticed anything, but they had a purple Mustang that stood out.

      It never sold. Weird way to hide a money laundering place.

      Anyway, they had a pick-up truck that caught my eye and I stopped to inquire about it.
      They made it very clear that my interest was unwanted.

      OK, then.

      By the way, I think the dude was from the middle east, not Italy.

      • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

        Now it’s a tiny pharmacy.

        Really? The CVS across the street went out of business, but this place can sell enough drugs to stay in business?
        Or maybe it sells a bigger variety of drugs than CVS.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

          We had a Wendy’s where you could get coke at the drive-through.

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

      Yes, I have been into a mattress store and I have purchased a mattress. No big deal. The one I went to was not a money laundering front. The people working in there were regular Americans so.

      • cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

        Does anyone think a group could get together in one of these unmanned mattress stores and have a rocking orgy in there? Sounds to me like a perfect place for a fun time….lol

        • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

          CB, it sounds like any place is a perfect place for a fun time in your mind

          • cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

            What, why no winky face in your response? 😉

          • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

            Some things are better left unsaid. Its more exciting that way. 😉

          • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

            Have you seen Ozark?

            I really wonder how much of what is left of the American economy is illicit? What would happen if the FBI did their job and shut down parts of the illicit? Close the border no. 1.

            What would happen? Would the House of Cards collapse?

      • BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

        SSL are you certain it wasn’t a front for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello’s outfit, a hideout, a place to stash weapons, a safehouse, a tax scheme where mobsters worked no-show jobs, a haven to fence stolen property, to hide bodies, to hold card games, to eat pasta & drink red wine, plan scores, conduct shakedowns, do loansharking & racketeering, and make threatening phone calls to corrupt politicians & union officials … and, just for appearances still kept a few mattresses on hand just in case a customer like yourself walks in wanting to buy one?

        • stelmosfire December 5, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

          Sonny Corleone,

          ” No more meetins, no more discussions, no more tricks. Salazzo wants a war? Well,we’ll go to the mattresses!”

          • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

            Sonny Corleone = Hunter Biden

            Vito Corleone = ? Guess.

            The big question? Who is Michael Corleone?

    • Paul December 5, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

      We have a full, below grade basement which serves well as a root cellar and a good pile of cured firewood.

      Still, I’d like to have both a root cellar as well as a steam-jenny hooked up to a wood boiler. There is still lots of free wood to be gathered in these parts and lots of hog-fuel available from the local mills.

      • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

        You have exposed the fly in the ointment here.

        You want to make an improvement to your place that involves wood usage or even other bio-fuel. What happens when the population of, say, Milwaukee wants to move in and use your biomass for their homes?

        Biomass is the most fallacious renewable alternative for energy.

  56. cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

    So, there was recently a 3.6 earthquake reported in the LA area, and now a 5+ quake recently in Hawai’i. What do you think the chances are that the ring of fire might finally be working up the effort to unleash its full fury?

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

      The entire ring? Unlikely to be all at once but that would be pretty cray cray if stuff happened all along its perimeters at the same time!

    • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

      3-5 Richter scale earthquakes happen hundreds of times a day in the Pacific rim. No big deal.

      That said, it’s estimated that the Big One — 8+, possibly 9+ — has a 33% chance of happening before 2050. (Straight from geologists in this field.)

      • BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

        Somehow, Richter Scale Earthquakes are the result of Climate Change,

        Name something bad that isn’t caused by Climate Change.

        ITS THE SCIENCE!!!

        • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

          It’s all that hot air emanating from the CC proponents, BRH!

      • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

        To be more precise, I’m talking about the Cascadia fault line, which is where I live.

  57. cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

    I guess the terrorists really have won: “White House Cancels Hanukkah Celebrations”

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/white-house-response-to-canceled-hanukkah-celebrations-sparks-fury/ar-AA1l2LLp

    • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

      Israel has clearly fallen out of favor. First the change in propaganda, now this?

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

      Well when there all one and the same no one needs to win. Their all on the same team.

      • Q. Shtik December 5, 2023 at 5:35 pm #

        Well when there all one and the same no one needs to win. Their all on the same team. – SSL

        ===========

        Well when they’re all one and the same no one needs to win. They’re all on the same team.

        You didn’t yoosta make these kinds of errors.

        • SoftStarLight December 7, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

          Did my errors rivet you, Q? We get so few chances to communicate.

    • Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

      Is there still going to be a huge Menorah on the White House Lawn? If not, good news – the Satanists have won!

      Just kidding. Both sides are bad news for us.

    • BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

      Rest assured Biden and Heels Up Harris will be going balls-in for Ramadan, with 30 days of fasting, prayer rugs strewn all over the south lawn, maybe a few beheadings, & the Call to Prayer broadcast across DC eight times a day. (But the Call to Prayer stirs up the natives, resulting in copious gunfire, specially in the Anacosta neighborhood)

      Biden needs that Muzzy vote, which is slipping away as he plays both sides against the middle.

      • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

        They should extend Ramadan for another three months. One certain way to stop further conflict.

      • Paula D December 5, 2023 at 6:45 pm #

        Ramadan isn’t until March.

        • Soul Forensics December 5, 2023 at 8:29 pm #

          Well, starting in March then.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 11:58 am #

      Gavin Newsom ducks protesters by canceling in-person Sacramento tree-lighting ceremony

      Sacramento Bee
      ANDREW SHEELER
      December 6, 2023 at 7:55 AM

  58. Jarek December 5, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

    Robert Kagan

    Let’s stop the wishful thinking and face the stark reality: There is a clear path to dictatorship in the United States, and it is getting shorter every day. In 13 weeks, Donald Trump will have locked up the Republican nomination. In the RealClearPolitics poll average (for the period from Nov. 9 to 20), Trump leads his nearest competitor by 47 points and leads the rest of the field combined by 27 points. The idea that he is unelectable in the general election is nonsense — he is tied or ahead of President Biden in all the latest polls — stripping other Republican challengers of their own stated reasons for existence.

    […] Are we going to do anything about it? To shift metaphors, if we thought there was a 50 percent chance of an asteroid crashing into North America a year from now, would we be content to hope that it wouldn’t? Or would we be taking every conceivable measure to try to stop it, including many things that might not work but that, given the magnitude of the crisis, must be tried anyway?

    Will those who balked at resisting Trump when the risk was merely political oblivion suddenly discover their courage when the cost might be the ruin of oneself and one’s family? (more)

    Jarek: The rest is behind a pay wall. He doesn’t say anything about assassination, at least not in these paragraphs.

    Can’t they stop Trump through trickery as before? Pizza boxes and hidden figures? Polling machines hooked up to the internet!? C’mon Bob, why so glum?

    • cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

      There will be pipe bursting water leaks galore in every courthouse throughout the land come election day.

      Anyone else looking forward to the Democrat convention in Chicago? It is going to be one hell of a scene. Steer clear that week because the whole city might end up going up in flames.

      • BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

        Yes, far worse than ’68. In 1968 nobody resorted to to gunfire, and I believe there were only two KIA. This time around the gloves will be off .., on both sides.

        • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

          I wonder how many Soros bucks are going into Chicago right now, drumming up business for the riots sure to come. The Chicago Convention will be broadcast to the world and will be propaganda for the BRICS++ folks.

          The disunion of the USA will be under full display, especially if Israel is still battling Hamas.

          • BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

            I think Israel will have matters under control by then, JAZ. IDF is talking about flooding the tunnels with fire hoses & washing Hamas vermin out into the Mediterranean, which should go a long way to finishing them off once & for all.

        • chimayred December 6, 2023 at 5:50 am #

          Re the tunnels -in the pacific theater WWII some of the islands we took had extensive tunnels where the Japanese hid.
          Solution was to pour gasoline in and ignite it. Just sayin…

          • BackRowHeckler December 6, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            … ignite those tunnels with flame throwers, which the Marines did in Iwo Jima,

    • JohnAZ December 5, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

      OMG.

      I just do not get it.

      We had 4 years of Trump and there was never a hint of socialism, dictatorship associated with him. There was a feeling of equanimity about him as minorities made massive employment advances as the return of manufacturing started, the surge of full employment happened and the advance of our adversaries was slowed as transparency increased due to his international deal making.

      Look at us now after only three years of Uniparty control. We are racing towards socialism, the Congress has lost its leadership. In every way possible the mob is extorting control of the country, we are inundated by illegality that makes Trump look like an angel. Immigration has just about turned the country into a third world country just with demographics. The WEF has taken control of urban judiciaries thanks to Soros, only to find out that BRICS is after their butt. Ukraine, Biden’s personal cash cow has turned into a humanitarian disaster just down the road from the disaster in Afghanistan. Government spending has ignited inflation that have increased borrowing cost from 1 to 8% which is about to bankrupt the Feds.

      Robert Kagan has his head in his ass. When I think of the Deep State dash toward totalitarianism, if it would be worse under Biden or Trump, the answer is so obviously Biden based on their records.

      One very obvious difference is the attitude about the power of Congress. Trump followed the rules, got impeached twice by the Mob in the House, and his use of the EO process was a pittance of what Biden has done to undermine the Congress. Just look at the stonewalling that has been done by the FBI and CIA relative to Biden activity, especially Hunter.

      The old argument still rings true:

      Were you better after four years of Trump, or after four years of Biden? The answer is so obvious. The fact that so many people follow Kagan’s viewpoint is the evidence of how stupidified and brainwashed this country’s people are. Our people are no longer the “cream of the crop”, providing leadership to the world. Why? Immigration has made us the same as the rest of the world, and our Indoctrination system, used to be education system has convinced the youth that the USA is an evil place to live.

      Excellent job of “change” in three years by a very evil uniparty in its quest to make the US into a socialistic dictatorship.

      • Mike Sherman December 5, 2023 at 8:47 pm #

        “We had 4 years of Trump and there was never a hint of socialism, dictatorship associated with him. There was a feeling of equanimity about him as minorities made massive employment advances as the return of manufacturing started, the surge of full employment happened and the advance of our adversaries was slowed as transparency increased due to his international deal making.

        Huh? Does the air in Arizona have something in it that prevents you local denizens from accessing reality, JohnAZ? Holy snappin’ assholes! This analysis of the 2017-2020 years of Drumpf is so delusional it’s probably the basis for an SNL skit.

        • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 12:26 am #

          Nothing like a good word about Trump to bring the Liberals out of the cesspool.

          Opinions are like assholes and so forth

          I would imagine that you think the last three years of decline have been just hunky dory.

          HAhahahahahahaha!

          • Night Owl December 6, 2023 at 7:50 am #

            Well, by Mike’s own admission, Trump told him to “drink bleach.”

            Perhaps he did?

          • Mike Sherman December 6, 2023 at 8:19 pm #

            What decline, JohnAZ? What decline?

            Record employment & job growth, a record increase in US-based manufacturing, inflation lowest in the OECD, infrastructure finally getting DONE rather than just talked about as with Drumpf, your Medicare can now negotiate drug prices with Pharmas…whether you can admit it to yourself or not, you loves you a little socialism, don’tcha?

  59. cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

    How’s the economy doing? Let’s just say that even in college I did not eat Ramen noodles. Now as a grown ass adult I have started the practice. Actually, with the variety of flavors they have, it is a nice warm meal for these colder pre-winter days. It is a shelf stable product, and the price per meal is dirt cheap too.

    • BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 4:48 pm #

      We had a Japanese restaurant open here; never been in one, I decided to check it out.

      Most dishes involved Ramen Noodles, They weren’t too bad.

      • tucsonspur December 5, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

        From the web:

        Ramen is actually of Chinese origin, with most historians agreeing that it was brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants living in Yokohama in the late 19th century. Today, ramen restaurants offer a variety of styles and toppings, but early iterations of ramen were simpler—wheat noodles with Chinese-style roasted pork.

        True?

        Anyway, those wheat noodles with that roasted pork sounds tasty!

  60. cowbell81 December 5, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

    Schiff said that the Fed will respond to the coming fiscal crisis the same way they responded to the financial crisis, “by printing money, creating inflation, and then the bottom’s going to drop out of the dollar. Inflation is going through the roof, and gold is going to be leading the way.”

    He was adamant that the time to buy gold is now. “Now that we’ve taken out this resistance, if you haven’t already bought your gold, buy some,” he said. “If you have gold but you can buy more, if you don’t feel like you have a strong enough position, you can add to it.”

    Schiff said that he believes silver is an even better buy at current prices. “It’s still around $25, it’s still half of its 52-week high,” he said. “In fact, silver traded at $50 an ounce back in 1980. Think about what’s happened in the last 44 years… how many things could you buy today at the same price as 44 years ago? If you don’t have any silver, this is definitely the time to buy.”

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    • tucsonspur December 5, 2023 at 7:23 pm #

      Gold is for the well off. Most people can’t even afford an ounce or two.

      Silver may be around $25/oz., but try buying it at that price, markups will put the price much closer to that $50 figure you mention, when the Hunt family just about cornered the silver market.

      The book ‘Beyond Greed’ (1982) by Stephen Fay gives one a good sense of how the big boys play with metal.

      • beantownbill. December 5, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

        Currently, silver is around $24.50/oz. At Gainesille Coins a 2024 uncirculated Silver Eagle 1 oz coin is selling for around $29.50, hardly near the $50 level, although the mark-up is around 25%. That’s high, but it’s been at that mark-up level for years.

        • tucsonspur December 6, 2023 at 2:39 am #

          Yes, I must be remembering incorrectly, but they say every cloud has a silver lining. Even $30-35 is still way off.

          Some metals forecasters see it going near $100 per by 2027.

          I wonder if Buffet still has his 130,000,000 ounces. What a windfall if he does.

      • OG December 6, 2023 at 11:54 am #

        Gold is for the well off. Most people can’t even afford an ounce or two.

        I’d wager that most CFNers could, today, start liquidating US$100k of stock-market bank digits meant for retirement and buy 50x 1-oz. of physical gold coins to preserve a portion of their wealth.

      • WadeWaters December 6, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

        Today you can buy Britannias at SDBullion for $27.61 an ounce That’s a long way from $50.

  61. BackRowHeckler December 5, 2023 at 6:26 pm #

    Meanwhile, on the west coast .,,

    CRACK HEADS ARE STEALING EV CHARGER CORDS FOR THEIR SCRAP COPPER VALUE

    Rendering at least 75% of EV charging stations useless at any given time in major Cal cities.

    Imagine this. Your 20 year old daughter is driving home from college in her new Rivian EV; she calls to inform you the vehicle is low on juice & the closest charging stations are either in the Tenderloin District in SF — fentanyl central — or on a remote section of US 1, Zodiac Killer Country. The app on her phone tells her both stations are vandalized and inoperable, but there might be one working in the squalid ratlands near the Oakland waterfront. That’s where she’s headed; the charge takes 6 hours so that’s where she’ll be spending the night.

    Welcome to the EV Revolution.

    • tucsonspur December 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

      Dudes gotsta make a buck.

      Dial 911. No tazer, concealed carry? Then pray since you are prey most vulnerable.

    • JimInFlorida2.0 December 6, 2023 at 9:22 am #

      Just as a can of gas can be used to put enough fuel into an empty gas tank to get to a gas station, the day will come when we’ll see modified charge packs that are designed to kept like a spare tire in the back.

      When your main battery is flashing a low charge warning, just pull the spare pack out, plug into the charge port, and that should get you enough range to get to a charging station. The EVs computer will sense that the emergency charge pack is installed and will turn off all accessories and greatly reduce the power output to maximize the range.

      It would be a money maker for auto parts places. Somebody comes in because their EV is dead or almost there. He buys an emergency pack off the shelf and plugs it directly into the car and he is on his way.

      • stelmosfire December 6, 2023 at 10:09 am #

        JIF, gasoline has an energy density of approx. 13 megajoule/Kilogram. A lithium battery is about .5 under ideal conditions, perfect temp etc., a gallon of gas weighs about 6 lbs. a comparable Li battery would weigh 156 lbs. You gonna carry that back to your car so you can limp to a charging station?

        • stelmosfire December 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

          The solution to this EV crap is standardized battery packs. If your on the road and running out of juice. You pull into the battery service station, get out to take a leak, the robot swaps out the battery, cleans your windshield, checks your tires, tells you you need new shocks, and your on your way. All in about 3 minutes. We only need to build millions of stations and a billion or so batteries charged by who knows what energy source. All by 2030. Horseface has it all figured out.

          • BackRowHeckler December 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

            Those battery packs are heavy, the bp in the Ford Lighting weighs at least a ton. You’ll need special equipment and a full crew to get the dead battery out & the new battery in. It’ll cost you.

          • stelmosfire December 6, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            Mechanized. It will pop right in and out like the battery pack on your leaf blower. They should standardize those smaller batteries also. Right now every manufacturer has their own battery style and many voltages to choose from. It just creates a huge waste stream of toxic crap.

          • stelmosfire December 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            Battery on the Lightning weighs between 1800 and 2200 lbs.depending on capacity. Smaller battery range is 230 miles in perfect conditions. Add accesories like heat and AC and cold conditions you’d be lucky to go 150 miles. Never mind trying to tow a boat or horse trailer. A full tank of fuel in my truck weighs about 250 lbs and I can make Daytona Beach FL on less than 2 tanks of gas with a few gallons to spare. Lots of energy wasted in an EV just to haul the battery around. Imagine a semi-truck. People pushing this crap must know that it can’t work except for around town and short haul stuff.

          • BackRowHeckler December 6, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

            Even more absurd is the idea of hydrogen powered semis. I still see articles hyping hydrogen as the “fuel of the future.” You’d think that after the enormous scam that was Nikola the public would have put the concept of hydrogen powered vehicles to bed. But no, in fact Nikola is still in business, and still promising delivery of one of their trucks sometime next year. It’s always next year.

  62. tucsonspur December 5, 2023 at 6:55 pm #

    NY Post

    ‘Loud fart sound erupts during John Kerry’s speech at climate panel.

    John Kerry might need to cut back on his own emissions.

    The Biden Administration’s climate envoy was discussing US policy on coal power plants at the Climate Change Conference in Dubai on Sunday when Kerry may have unleashed a burst of wind energy.

    The former secretary of state was speaking next to Becky Anderson, Managing Editor of CNN Abu Dhabi, and Fatih Birol, Executive director of the International Energy Agency, when a Bronx cheer suddenly erupted midsentence.

    CNN’s Anderson — sitting to Kerry’s right and within striking distance of a potential bodily function — quickly jerks her head aside and inconspicuously places her hand to her mouth, possibly in the event of any stench permeating the climate panel.’

    • stelmosfire December 5, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

      I read that Horseface has a wind turbine in his ass and was just charging his phone.

      • tucsonspur December 6, 2023 at 2:47 am #

        Yeah, he must have mistakenly opened the diverter!

  63. beantownbill. December 5, 2023 at 9:53 pm #

    The thing about gold and silver is that you can’t do anything with them on a practical day-to-day basis. You can’t eat them, you can’t plant them to grow food, you can’t heat your house with them. Unless you’re the Lone Ranger you can’t make bullets out of them, nor can you make weapons out of them.

    But I’m not saying you shouldn’t own some. They’re great as a money substitute. What I am saying is that before you stock up on gold, silver and other precious metals, you ought to have your important physical preps in order first. Right now a silver eagle coin sells for about 5 cans of good quality tuna or 3-5 loaves of whole grain bread.

    What if you have your precious metals but can’t find bread or tuna anywhere? I suppose you could break down that silver coin and use it as a silver sub with mayo on it.

    If you have all the bread, bullets, bandaids, drinkable water and other necessary supplies you need, then go ahead and purchase gold and silver. But until then……

    • JimInFlorida2.0 December 6, 2023 at 9:12 am #

      This is why Gold is the money of kings and not of peasants or even noblemen.

      IMO, gold is best used as insurance between governments on a trade between countries. Both countries put their gold in escrow until the trade is delivered and all funds are paid. Then the gold can be released and returned.

      • Paula D December 6, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

        As David Graeber pointed out in “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”, thinking that gold is worth something all on its own is delusional.

        If gold were so valuable on its own, why didn’t kings just hoard it all, like Scrooge McDuck?
        Why go to the trouble of minting coins, and passing them out, and then demanding them back in taxes?

        Because you can’t have a market system without a means of exchange.
        There is no such thing as supermarkets that take barter, and there never were, even though people insist that after the collapse, they will waltz down to Kroger’s with their gold coins.
        Kroger’s will still be full of goods, (even though no one else has money), in their fantasies, and there will be a cashier there willing to take a gold coin for the basket of food they have picked out.

        Not Going To Happen.

        Look around at down town, or the mall, or the strip malls. See all those empty storefronts? See the cardboard in the windows of former local businesses or even chain stores?

        That will be Krogers and Lowes, as well. They aren’t going to keep their store open and stocked and staffed for those people with gold coins stashed under their beds.

    • OG December 6, 2023 at 11:16 am #

      Americans who lived the straight and narrow can’t even fathom a functioning black market. They imagine the Lone Ranger making bullets out of silver coins when they should be thinking of cigarettes in prison.

      Au for wealth storage (king through peasant) and Ag for currency. It has always been that way – these past 52 years of fiat petro-dollar world reserve currency hocus pocus is the anomaly.

      Once people won’t even wipe their ass with fiat US$, silver will be the standard form of currency outside of the Beast System (i.e. you had best have some to save your soul).

      Diversification is a good thing. Au & Ag should not be considered last in a portfolio of bread, bullets, bullion and bibles.

      • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 11:29 am #

        Think we will ever see a silver certificate again? Ones with actual metal value? Nah.

        If you compare the value of a dollar to fifty years ago, the disaster has already happened, its inflation corrected value is somewhere around a

        Paper money was a convenience always, light and easily stored. It was worth a metal value at one time but that went away.

        It still all depends on the faith of the people using it. Do you think people today even understand the concept of money? So maybe ignorance before faith?

  64. Night Owl December 6, 2023 at 7:44 am #

    So Steve Kirsch (MIT), Kevin McKernan and a few others have record-level data from the New Zealand whistleblower showing that the shots are killing people at a rather frantic pace.

    There are calls to get Jacinda Ardern back to NZ, take her passport and begin a through investigation against what most of us know is one of the most notorious WEF-owned mass murderers in this whole debacle.

    Kirsch spoke before MPs in England the other day, along with Robert Malone and others.

    Floodgates are just about open methinks.

    • Night Owl December 6, 2023 at 7:46 am #

      Almost forgot, David Martin (who has been interviewed here, IIRC) was also in England.

      https://twitter.com/SaiKate108/status/1731921253026656632

      • GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 11:14 am #

        NO, I presume you saw that Mike Yeadon is being censored now, even by his own side. Very worrying. I think his video contribution was omitted from Andrew Bridgen’s meeting, and his speech (to rapturous applause) was not included in footage of presentations hosted by Christine Anderson’s folk (don’t recall if it was in Croatia or elsewhere – I haven’t seen any of it yet).

        Seemingly there’s a feeling that he’s too extreme and will startle the horses, but nothing he says is any more startling than what David Martin says, which makes me wonder how Steve Kirsch seems to be a bit anti-Yeadon but is sitting there listening to David Martin.

        • Night Owl December 6, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

          I did, yes.

          He’s the guy who truly gets it all. He makes people very uncomfortable.

          I admire Kirsch, Malone, and co. for all they have done for all of us, too, but the censorship levels Yeadon receives shows one just how much the perpetrators fear him.

          • GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 6:55 pm #

            mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ex-tory-mp-invites-discredited-31528637

            The Daily Mirror’s hit piece on the meeting. It’s almost a ‘how to do a hit piece’ piece. Stll on about ‘Americans swallowing horse-deworming paste’.

    • OG December 6, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      Floodgates are just about open methinks.

      And the WEF knows it.

      That is: Massive false flag coming soon!

      • GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 11:22 am #

        Cyber-attack time? 2024 (which will get the WHO Treaty in under the radar too). Then it will be polycrisis time, including food shortages.

        I expect I’ll be gone by the time they bring in the aliens.

      • beantownbill. December 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

        @OG:

        What will the FF be, you think? Not disagreeing, just wondering.

        • OG December 6, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

          That is the question, Bill. Whenever us high-GLT folk look towards the future, we understand the accuracy and even the omnipresence of Bush the Lesser’s Administration’s pronouncement:

          The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ […] ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do’.

          TPTB hold all the cards. We are left to simply react to their false flags after they happen. And they are so ever patient (notwithstanding understanding that Satan’s time is short).

          ***
          I suspect that much will happen this winter. After this time of year in 2021 and 2022 President “Joe Biden” we had warnings of “a dark winter” [from Nazi-lit staging, no less!]. This winter … no warnings of “a dark winter.” They’ve already warned us (i.e. covered themselves karmicly) so now we get it.

          I suspect something bigger than 9/11 or, even, 10/7. I suspect multicrisis: cyber/power, Plandemic II, WWIII, the works.

          • beantownbill. December 6, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

            Where I agree with you is that there will be multi-crises or failing that, some very surprising news. 2024 is going to prove the Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

            Politically, whoever ends up running for the presidency is going to be surprising. I think it won’t be Biden on one side, or possibly not Trump on the other, with several other options. That’s just one area of interesting times.

            Energy is another. The normal flow between oil producers and oil consumers could be disrupted. The ME is a very unstable place, where anything could happen.

            Russia, too. Putin could go in a variety of ways. Then what would happen?

            You never know what China might do. They really, really want to takeover Taiwan. What happens if the Chinese see that Biden or a non-Trumpian is going to win the presidency?

            2024 will be the year of world-wide political unrest, I think.
            Plus Earth changes could occur. For example, what’s ultimately going to happen with the trillion ton glacier that recently split off from Antartica? How bad will the forest fire situation be?

            And one major FF probably will be related to new diseases and/or outbreaks, which will give TPTB more and more authority to squelch the public.

            The only good thing about all this is if one is a curious person, they won’t be bored.

        • benr December 7, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

          Yemen!

          Look for boots on the ground in Yemen in the next six months.
          Once that happens Iran is on the table. (If we don’t already have some there.)

          I will be flopping around in the south China sea in 2024.
          I suspect China will act up when Yemen lights off.

          • benr December 7, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

            @og

            Dark winter is a training exercise involving yet another plandemic.

            The Dark Winter exercise, held at Andrews AFB, Washington, DC, June 22-23, 2001, portrayed a fictional scenario depicting a covert smallpox attack on US citizens. The scenario is set in 3 successive National Security Council (NSC) meetings (Segments 1, 2 and 3) that take place over a period of 14 days.

    • stelmosfire December 6, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      How come I didn’t see anything about this on CNN?

      • OG December 6, 2023 at 11:20 am #

        You’re a funny guy, Elmo.

        • tom clark December 6, 2023 at 8:18 pm #

          Bill and OG…did you just write Jimbo’s 2024 prognostications for him?

          • OG December 6, 2023 at 8:37 pm #

            Grist for the mill.

    • Mike Sherman December 6, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

      “There are calls to get Jacinda Ardern back to NZ, take her passport and begin a through investigation against what most of us know is one of the most notorious WEF-owned mass murderers in this whole debacle.

      Who is calling for this? You?

      A truly paranoid rant here, Night Gnat (and with the mandatory spelling error…you rarely disappoint).

      • benr December 7, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

        @DARK OPERATIVE

        You have to be one of the most head in the ground uniformed people on this entire planet.
        Do you see an ostrich when you look in the mirror?
        I guess when all you watch is CNN and the view anything that gets out of that very narrow talking point land is strange alien and very scary.

        Broaden your horizons if only to see what the enemy is talking about.

      • benr December 7, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

        \\\\https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/24/anti-covid-vaccine-mandate-protesters-chase-new-zealands-jacinda-ardern-outside-school

        \\\\\\https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-64366087

        She was NOT popular.

      • Night Owl December 7, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

        Aw, Muh Jello.

        Her name is Liz Gunn. She worked with the whistleblower in your corrupt health system.

        Together and with MIT’s Steve Kirsch (among others), they showed us the record-level data proving that your hero is a mass murderer.

  65. GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 11:30 am #

    “US-based genomics scientist Kevin McKernan [who found and publicised the plasmid DNA contamination in the ‘vaccines’] says he has lost an estimated US$200, 000 worth of research data after his account on file hosting service MEGA was deleted overnight.

    It appears that McKernan’s account was deleted by MEGA in response to an urgent injunction granted to New Zealand’s (NZ) Ministry of Health (MOH) to prevent the sharing of anonymised data leaked by whistleblower Barry Young.”

    lionessofjudah.substack.com/p/breaking-kevin-mckernan-loses-entire

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  66. JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 11:33 am #

    Hahahahaha!

    The DOJ filed war crime charges against four Russian soldiers for torturing an American citizen in Ukraine.

    Whoa, watch out Russia. Putin is scared to death as he visits his BRICS++ allies in the Middle East. Russia has succeeded in getting Iran and Saudi Arabia to work with each other after millennia of contention.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

      There has been yet another confirmation that the US would not allow Zelensky and Putin to continue with their peace plan.

      • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

        Hell of a note for Zelensky. He has, under US domination, killed thousands of his people in a useless cause. Just like Afghanistan, the US will play with a country until it s not “fun” any more and just leave.

        Ukraine, unfortunately, will be better off in the BRICS++ sphere, which IMHO they will end up.

        Interestingly, Trump hires and fires like his Apprentice program and really pisses people off , vengeful people when he does it. His administration was full of it.

        America is the same way. No wonder BRICS++ is as popular as it is becoming.

  67. Paula D December 6, 2023 at 11:54 am #

    The beautiful post offices that people remember were not built in the 19th century, they were built in the 30s, as a way to put unemployed Americans to work building public infrastructure. They didn’t just build post offices, they commissioned artists to paint murals of the local history on the walls.

    The New Deal also built roads, bridges, and tunnels; city halls, libraries; hospitals, schools and auditoriums; dams, water works and sewage systems; and airports, parks and military installations. They planted three billion trees, making parks and saving land from erosion.
    Some of the infrastructure is still in use today, but the post offices have been sold off for a few decades.

    Our current ruling overlords don’t think that regular Americans should have nice things.

    Dianne Feinstein’s husband was one vulture capitalist who profited from selling public assets to private interests.

    //accuracy.org/release/nyt-report-on-selling-post-offices-and-sen-feinsteins-husband-profiting-from-manufactured-crisis/

    • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

      Our courthouse painted over one of those murals.

      • Paula D December 6, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

        Art is not for peasants.

      • Paula D December 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

        I’m guessing it was a mural that is now considered politically incorrect?

        Can’t be showing actual history, doncha know.

      • Jarek December 6, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

        Paula likes Communist art or art for peasants.

    • stelmosfire December 6, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

      Over in the nearby big city there are several beautiful buildings. The library especially. Built by Carnegie. Wiki tells me he built over 3000 libraries in the US and other countries. What has Gates built for the plebes lately?

      • GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

        A digital prison.

      • Paula D December 7, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

        GMO injectables.

      • Paula D December 7, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

        Bioweapons.

  68. Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

    Diversity Assistant AF for civil rights at the DOJ never heard of Missouri v. Biden.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 6, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

      “AG” not AF. AF is what Kristen Clarke is stupid as.

  69. rube-i-con December 6, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

    If you are at this site then you are sufficiently intelligent to understand that the destruction is planned.

    Move to another country if you at all have the ability.

    If you do not, if possible move to more rural environs & establish mutual protection-assistance ties with like-minded individuals.

    Prepare financially.

    They are out for blood.

  70. Soul Forensics December 6, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

    Montreal mayor Valerie Plante collapsed while giving a speech.

    Probably from too much vigorous gardening.

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    • GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

      Climate change is making lots of people keel over just now.

  71. BULLITT December 6, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

    Lots in the news today. It looks like some of the rats (KEVIN MCCARTHY) are bugging out before the shit hits the fan. By years end, the Republicans will not have a majority. The RINO’s are being bought into retirement. If the Democrats don’t win at the ballot box, they buy out the RINO’s who are in Democratic States…think about it!
    BTW…I had an appointment with my eye doctor today, a bright young lady in her early forties. She was wearing a mask. I asked her why. She said she just had a double mastectomy. I asked her if she had her COVID vaccine done at the local hospital. She indicated that she did. I told her that research has shown that the local hospital had given BAD batches of the PFIZER shot. She wasn’t aware of this or the VAERS Report that spells out issues with the COVID shot.
    In my case, I ended up with Crohn’s from a bad batch. If you do the proper search by ZIP code, you can find out if your batch was bad. Batch number is on your shot card.
    As a population, we were duped and are now in danger of a short painful life. The likes of FAUCI, Gates, and those in the Government health administration should be prosecuted to the extreme. There’s a story out there on New Zealand. Read it!

    • JimInFlorida2.0 December 6, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

      IMO, there were no bad batches of the mRNA shots. That smells like a fake story to draw attention away from the real thing.

      The reality is much closer to placebos being randomly distributed to lessen the impact of the real shots. What percentage of the shots were real vs placebo will never be known. The placebo shots would obviously result in 0% damage. The real shots are the variable and how many took 1,2,3,4, or more COVID shots.

      I’m sure some statisticians and number-crunching computers can get a pretty close estimate on placebo vs real and how evenly both were distributed.

      BTW, look at the Jews in high places who also had the most influence and impact on this attempted mass murder.

      • GreenAlba December 6, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

        “IMO, there were no bad batches of the mRNA shots. That smells like a fake story to draw attention away from the real thing.”

        Not something an opinion really works for.

        See Sasha Latypova at 31 minutes. Her data shows no placebos, just batches of varying toxicity.

        live.childrenshealthdefense.org/chd-tv/events/on-guard-for-the-liberty-of-mankind-event/on-guard-for-the-liberty-of-mankind/

        Batch story is a few minutes in. Also discovered separately by Craig Pardekooper, pharma student who had to quit because of mandates. Discussed in depth by Mike Yeadon and in Reiner Fuellmich’s Corona Investigative Committee in Germany.

        Sasha and Craig P created a dedicated site from the VAERS data called ‘How bad is my batch?’.

        • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

          GA

          I wonder, does bad batch means it was stored incorrectly. I seem to remember that mRNA has to be stored at low temperature. I will guarantee you that the logistics has allowed warm ups in the millions of doses given.

          What happens to shots that reached room temperature or even higher during storage? Do they become worthless or even toxic? Do you think anyone ever asked the question or that anyone knows the answer?

          Just like giving the IM shot right into an arteriole in the muscle during a “normal”vaxx. What variability did that give to a shot that is designed to not go into the bloodstream and distribute throughout the body?

          • GreenAlba December 7, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

            John: Ingredients appear to vary enormously according to the batch/vial that is being analysed by the various teams of scientists around the world (all illicitly because Pfizer’s contracts stupulate no government analysis of the contents). So, I don’t know – and don’t know if anyone knows – how much of any of it is affected by transport and storage conditions.

      • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 7:09 pm #

        I doubt if the data even exists for the statisticians to crunch, it would have taken longer to get the vaxx to the panic stricken public if they had done the job right.

        Let’s also look at the Catholics, Protestants and especially Leftist atheists that contributed, if we want to look at those statistics.

        • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 7:09 pm #

          For Jim.

      • benr December 7, 2023 at 8:30 pm #

        Then why did Israel get the most percentage mRNA shot of ANYONE in the world?
        Them pesky JOO’s they keep messing up the white power anti JOO belief systems.
        Got some bad news for you it ain’t them JOO’s you should worry about it’s the cabal of devil worshippers.

    • Q. Shtik December 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

      The RINO’s are being bought

      they buy out the RINO’s who are

      By years end – BULLITT

      ==========

      The plural of RINO is RINOs, not RINO’s

      years end should be possessive (year’s), not plural

      But we knew what you meant.

      • BULLITT December 6, 2023 at 8:04 pm #

        Shtik,
        Since you were reading my info close enough to find a few grammatical errors maybe what I wrote sunk in your English teacher brain.
        So will Newsome replace McCarthy with a Democrat? I don’t know. There are situations where special elections must be held.
        I’m sure this is all planned out.
        As for COVID, start doing some research before you criticize my info. There are sources on the internet that indicates those medical facilities who administered vaccine by zip code. The same site indicates how many negative reaction per thousand that certain vaccine lots created. This info was submitted to the Government in the VARES Report. (VACCINE ADVERSE REACTION)
        There’s a number of ways that batches could have been contaminated. I know I got a bad one!
        Rather than reading and writing poetry do some research or if you wish, drink the cool-aid!
        Keep listening to Lester Holt and Company at 6 o’clock. He will give you the truth…LOL!

        • JohnAZ December 7, 2023 at 12:42 am #

          Contaminated?

          By what?

          This gives the Pharma boys a way to justify what they did,

          Well, there is nothing wrong with the technology or the shots, we just had some bad lots.

          Bad? Define please.

          • GreenAlba December 7, 2023 at 6:38 am #

            It’s not justified. If you find bad lots, you withdraw the ‘vaccine’ with immediate effect and investigate (in old-normal world). These ‘bad batches’ (all are bad – some are just more toxic than others) have been known about for the best part of a couple of years. Are you suggesting the companies don’t know? And the authorities don’t know?

            They withdrew the 1976 flu vaxx after serious adverse reactions in (initially) about 28 people. This one is reckoned to have caused 13-17 million excess deaths worldwide.

        • benr December 7, 2023 at 4:13 pm #

          @bullit

          You miss the point Q is not absorbing what you posted he is merely nit-picking grammar and spelling.
          He couldn’t care less about actual content or even thought provoking ideas.

    • BackRowHeckler December 6, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

      Bullitt, I believe the Republicans will still retain a majority in the House after McCarthy leaves, but its pretty slim.

      Does Gov Newsom appoint a new Congressman to fill the seat? When Sen Diane Feinstein died Newsom replaced her with some black lesbian (what else?) Does anybody remember her name?

      • benr December 7, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

        @brh

        There was a really serious mix up during the Obama era roll out of vaccines and they almost released some live H1N1 flu but at the last minute QA tested it on some poor animal just before shipping it out the door and it killed them all.

        There were serious problems with this version and the entire thing was canX’ed but they now say it was a complete success much like everything Obama did.
        Miserable failure in almost everything but held up as almost magical in nature.

    • JohnAZ December 6, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

      Bullit

      It just struck me with your post.

      Bad batches, how the hell do they know? Were they bad at the onset? How did they know and when that they were bad? Did they index “bad batches” into the injection lines, knowingly?

      What d