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     The American Revolution was a long emergency, too. Try to see past the elegant uniforms, the dashing horsemen, and the beautiful, unspoiled country to imagine the darkness of uncertainty those people lived in, trying to go their own way against an implacable, distant authority. This holiday we admire the birth of that new nation, though it has aged into a monster repudiating its finest achievements: liberty and the rule of law. The DC Blob is the new distant, implacable authority, and many of us are not happy with it.

     By happenstance lately, out and about, I met up with several old friends and attempted to check-in with where they stood on these matters — how are things going in our country? The phrase our country seemed to make their heads snap back a little and their eyes goggle. Their answer, uniformly, was “Trump, Trump, Trump,” issued as a sort of barking. Trump’s criminal insults to democracy must be stopped, was the drift.

     My next question was: How’s “Joe Biden” doing? (They didn’t see the quote marks, and I didn’t use my fingers to signify.) “He’s doing pretty well… accomplished a lot,” they said. What’d they make of the developing bribery scandal? “Huh… the what?” Raking in all that money from foreign governments when Joe was Veep, and then after. “Oh… right-wing talking points… baseless….”

     This is what my old friends think. Quite a few of them are aware that I write this blog. They don’t actually read it; they seem to just hear about it. The old community of Boomer friends thinks I’ve “gone off the deep end.” One thing these encounters taught me is how successful the censorship and propaganda campaign of the Blob has been. These were people, you understand, who came of age believing in free speech, freedom of the press, respecting civil rights, decrying political persecutions, and, most of all, being against hegemonic wars — which, back in the sixties, was called imperialism.

     These days they’re all for a righteous defense against misinformation that threatens our democracy, meaning: censorship. They wouldn’t call it that, exactly. They consider it a battle against right-wing extremism, white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, the usual bugbears. It never occurs to them that the Blob lies to them continually, remorselessly, promiscuously about everything.

      They apparently believe what comes out of CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, et cetera. They were told to go get vaxxed. They went and got vaxxed. Some are not looking too good. They don’t seem to know that the vast machinery of public health in our country has been marshalled to do them harm, that the people running that machinery were well-aware that their vaccines did not get properly tested, and the little testing that was done did not turn out very well. Those agencies lied about it and worked strenuously to prevent the duped and vaxxed-up public from learning what had been done to them.

     What we’ve got, then, this Fourth of July holiday, 2023, is basically the pro-Blob Americans against the anti-Blob Americans. It’s a vicious conflict with no sign of resolution. No amount of factual disclosure — no Durham report, no fruitless Mueller report, not any number of whistleblowers, no alt news — can persuade the pro-Blobbers that their beloved Blob lies and deceives. And no degree of coercion or punishment will convince the anti-Blobbers to fall into line and just do what they’re told. I think my old friends are insane, and they think the same about me.

     Everybody knows that the tension building is unendurable, that eventually things will break, and we all worry what kind of country we will have when the breaking ends. I’ll tell you what it will be: it will be a country without a Blob. The Blob thrives on money, and one of the first things to break will be our money and all the operations that generate, multiply, and move it. For years, we anti-Blobbers have been on the receiving end of punishments doled out so liberally by the Blob and its followers. Soon, all the lying, including the lying about our money, will bring on events that’ll deprive the Blob of its nourishment. It will shrink and desiccate into a fragile little nugget of residual malevolence that can be put down like a small, rabid animal.

     There will be fewer of us around then, and I think you know who that will mostly be — if the Blob doesn’t do something desperately stupid and suicidal in its agonizing demise, like provoke a lobbing of nukes around the world (as it is currently threatening to do). Otherwise, those fewer of us will then inhabit a land in recovery from a long list of injuries, bad choices, and insults. We’ll know what lying sounds like and there will be a lot less of it because you will no longer be able to pretend that it’s for our own good.

     Hard times will produce strong men and women with a bias toward reality, which naturally tends to comprise things that are truthful. Untruth will be consigned back to its traditional category: Evil. It will be shunned, as it should be. Nations come and go and perhaps America, as a federation of states united as one, will go. Many of the self-evident truths that were born with her will remain to be honored one way or another, in some region of this large land-mass, or another. Events await. Facing our time of dark uncertainty, we have a lot to think about this Fourth of July, a very solemn holiday.


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944 Responses to “Blobocracy”

  1. messianicdruid July 3, 2023 at 9:03 am #

    Babylon is fallen, is fallen.

    • Velarde July 3, 2023 at 9:14 am #

      No Jim, you are NOT insane. I consider myself a “progressive” on many issues. But many friends have disowned me for not being a “true believer” in Uncle Joe. A substantial percentage of them no longer have any grip on reality.

      • happiface July 3, 2023 at 9:38 am #

        same here–they(friends) have just gone away–i would send them JHK excellent article but they would just 100 percent dismiss it..hopeless

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 9:57 am #

          Ditto. It’s very hard for most people to admit that their worldview is not only wrong, but causing tremendous damage to society. It’s easier to persecute critics as “haters,” “bigots,” and “un-American.”

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          • WilliamShatnersPants July 3, 2023 at 11:48 pm #

            But, Uncle Bob…that’s what the lefties think about you and your friends.

            “I think my old friends are insane, and they think the same about me.

            This is the quandary the whole world is in. Unfortunately for the ‘right’ (as opposed to ‘correct’) they look and sound like they ARE insane…spitting out unproven talking point accusations that they cannot even explain. Pretty fucking stupid is how it looks

          • Ron Anselmo July 4, 2023 at 12:46 am #

            LOL WilliamShatnersPants. Maybe you can get Scotty to beam your head out of William Shatner’s ass.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 8:07 am #

            Maybe WilliamShatnersPants can tell us what part of the leftist agenda he finds appealing. Is is Drag Queen Story Hour for children? Sex-change surgeries and puberty blockers that mutilate mutilate children? Aborting babies? Looting and other lawlessness? Economic policies that cause runaway inflation and will destroy the dollar? The war in Ukraine? Forcing everyone to use fanciful pronouns (descriptive of their sexual fetishes)? Giving job preference and college entrance preference to morons who claim to be disadvantaged? Discouraging merit in all things?

            Heck, maybe he believes in global warming or that “slaves built this country,” as per the 1619 Project. Sure. The US was built by a very small population of half-witted darkies.

          • Fnfcst1 July 4, 2023 at 11:29 am #

            Speaking of haters, have you heard the MI state legislature just passed a “hate speech” law. You can be prosecuted, charged with a felony for using the wrong pronouns.

          • WilliamShatnersPants July 4, 2023 at 6:50 pm #

            @ Anthea

            There you go. You assume several things:

            1) that the right-wing culture war talking points are all that matters; and

            2) that all those who aren’t ‘conservative’ are for those outlier issues of which you complain so vehemently. That is simply not so.

            The vast majority of people (including you & yours) will probably never encounter a trans person or know anyone who is having their child physically mutilated because of some ‘woke’ idea of how the world works.

            No. The part of the leftist agenda he finds appealing is the doctrine of FAIRNESS and compassion, such as illustrated by the provision of high-speed broadband finally dragging Buttfuck Arkansas into the 21st century; the 36,000+ infrastructure projects – roads, bridges, airport upgrades, rail restoration, the return of high-value manufacturing to the US and so on – all being constructed NOW, as you read this, all of which is going to make a real difference in the lives of ordinary people providing income and dignity – whether they’re MAGAs or not.

            The ‘moderate’ left is NOT the enemy you all seem to have decided to create in your own minds, egged on by so many rogues – FOX, Trump himself, Bannon, MTG, Lauren Bobert, Jordan, Comer, Gaetz, and …blah, blah – I could go on and on.

            The ‘right’ is way more insane on a generalized basis than the ‘left’. Both have their extremists (who are embarrassingly stupid) but with 40% of Republicans supporting Trump for the 2024 nomination, I can only say you guys have way more of them.

          • Anthea July 5, 2023 at 6:39 am #

            @ WilliamShatnersPants:

            Welp, I suppose that I’ll have to go over your reply point by point.

            1) that the right-wing culture war talking points are all that matters; and 2) that all those who aren’t ‘conservative’ are for those outlier issues of which you complain so vehemently. That is simply not so.

            Firstly, to label such issues as Drag Queen Story Hour for children, sex-change surgeries and puberty blockers that mutilate mutilate children, aborting babies, looting and other lawlessnessm, economic policies that cause runaway inflation and will destroy the dollar, the war in Ukraine, forcing everyone to use fanciful pronouns (descriptive of their sexual fetishes), giving job preference and college entrance preference to morons who claim to be disadvantaged, and discouraging merit in all things are not “peripheral issues.” I could add several other items to this list, such as overt government censorship, and pornographic materials, bizarre gender theories forced on schoolchidren, and, of course, the various covid measures that deprived the people of this country of several of the rights enshrined in our Constitution.

            It is astonishing that you would refer to these as “peripheral issues” or “talking points.” All of these are matters of existential importance. One really must be a liberal to think that the Ukraine War is an inconsequential matter, or that mutilating children and forcibly exposing them to porn are matters of no account. The looting and burning of our cities and their outrageous levels of violence and lawlessness are perhaps, in your view, fairy tales. And it is perfectly okay to place large populations under house arrest (without due process), close churches and social meeting-places (in abrogation of our right to freedom of assembly), close businesses (the unlawful taking of private property without compensation), deny our people the right to travel (as guaranteed by the Constitution), undertaking a vast program of government censorship to prevent people from sharing information about the deleterious (or murderous) effects of the vaccines, as well as the relatively innocuous nature of covid itself, and force many to undergo harmful medical treatments (as outlawed under the Geneva Conventions)–which was attempted by force and without either disclosure or consent. Hey, no biggie. Neither is the brutal murder of tens of thousands of infants–if you’re a liberal.

            To view such issues as “peripheral” or “conservative talking points”–as is presumably the position of “moderate liberals” suggests that said “moderate liberals” suffer from a level of moral deformity and degradation that is literally incomprehensible to a normal human being. This is monstrous.

            You second statement, “that all those who aren’t ‘conservative’ are for those outlier issues of which you complain so vehemently. That is simply not so,” may perhaps have some truth to it. That has not been the experience of most of those commenting here. Liberals typically espouse all these views. And further, as I stated above, to trivialize these issues is in itself a syptom of procound moral deformation and degradation.

            Futher still, all of the above policies are aggressively promoted by liberals in government. Parents who object to schools presenting pornographic materials to young children are labelled “domestic terrorists”–for example. All of the above are explicit liberal POLICIES.

            Moving on, you state that liberals espouse “the doctrine of fairness.” Perhaps you could give an example of an instance in which liberals espouse “fairness.”

            In reality, “fairness,” to a liberal, is a mere slogan, and one that generally means the opposite of fairness: Looting and burning is “fair” to minorities. Murdering unborn children is necessary in order to be “fair” to women. Promoting pornography to young children is required, in order to be “fair” to gays and transvestites. All standards of merit must be discarded in the schools and the workplace in order to be “fair” to those who are…ahem…not very “able.” It is, after all, important that ones ex-wife who is retarded may enjoy her God-given right to be a pilot. These policies are not “fair”. They are abusive to those who are their victims–in many cases, murderously abusive. But, if you’re a liberal, the abusive of the innocent–even the murder of the innocent–must be enshrined as policy and an as explicity articles of “the faith.”

            Drag Queen Story Hour for children? Sex-change surgeries and puberty blockers that mutilate mutilate children? Aborting babies? Looting and other lawlessness? Economic policies that cause runaway inflation and will destroy the dollar? The war in Ukraine? Forcing everyone to use fanciful pronouns (descriptive of their sexual fetishes)? Giving job preference and college entrance preference to morons who claim to be disadvantaged? Discouraging merit in all things?

          • Anthea July 5, 2023 at 6:57 am #

            @ WilliamShatnersPants:

            Moving on, I see that your sole claim to a liberal accomplishment is the claim that they have undertaken some infrastructure projects. Perhaps you can cite a few such projects, as I know of none. Nor would I imagine that such projects would originate uniquely among liberals.

            As for the return of high-value manufacturing to the US, it appears to me that there is not much of that going on. Once again, it would be helpful if you would cite a few examples. Nor would I suppose that such projects would be uniquely liberal, if they are in fact real.

            Maybe you could also cite some examples of liberal projects and policies that provide “ordinary men and women with a real income and dignity.” I know of no such projects.

            Liberals are of course notorious for greatly expanding government, along with government employment. Government employment, and the deployment of government money does NOT make for economic expansion. Economically speaking, government costs and expenditures are inflationary, in that they are an overhead expense (a tax) on the productive economy and almost always of negative marginal utility. Government costs, when not directly funded by taxing the productive economy, fall upon the productive economy and ordinary men and women in the form of inflation.

            So, yeah, you can give a lot of people government jobs, and you may make them more prosperous. But the money to pay their salaries comes out of someone else’s pockets and impoverishes those persons whose productive incomes have been confiscated. So, let’s rob one person to pay another person and call it “fairness.”

            Incidentally, your claim that people who oppose the various abuses that I enumerated in my previous post are “insane” is risible.

          • Jarek July 5, 2023 at 11:51 am #

            Bill took a dump in his pants and Anthea had to clean him up.

            She did so. A vigorous and comprehensive repudiation of the modern liberal position.

          • WilliamShatnersPants July 5, 2023 at 9:13 pm #

            Hi again Anthea

            That’s quite a rant (in two parts no less)! Quite repetitive and entirely predictable as it STILL focuses on the Culture Wars that you committed ‘conservatives’ find so enraging.

            I’m surprised you ‘don’t know of any infrastructure projects’…but then you did say you don’t ‘read the news’ anymore. I’m guessing you get your information from all sorts of ‘alt-news’ websites, run by rogues and grifters who will exploit your vulnerability to an outrageous story. That and divine messages from God, I guess (like Bobert’s Crusade to impeach Biden).

            Here’s a list of the 25 largest current infrastructure projects underway now, many of them in “Red” states. I don’t know where you live but I’m guessing there will be one near you. These projects employ many people and pay a decent wage to boot. And the richest thing is so ironic – all the House &Senate GOPers who voted AGAINST the funding bill are still happy to show up and take credit when these works begin, the two-faced hypocrites…

            forconstructionpros.com/infrastructure/article/22592035/dodge-data-analytics-top-25-us-infrastructure-projects-ongoing-and-planned

            As for Manufacturing RETURNING to the US, you plead further ignorance – so read this:

            businessinsider.com/made-in-america-companies-bringing-manufacturing-back-to-us-2022-7#

            As for broadband expansion, think of it like the rural electrification project of the 1930s under FDR. The Market was not about to bring that service because the cost was too great, so federal funding was utilized to establish the infrastructure so that private businesses could operate on the flashy new network. The same principle is being applied here, now. On the other side of the equation, access to high-speed broadband will only encourage the growth of small private enterprises, aka The American Dream, right?

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Broadband_Plan_(United_States)

            apnews.com/article/broadband-biden-bead-harris-highspeed-470fe2b44a6e62d8b2ea3eca3272e210

            Your raging about abortion is interesting. Like you (from what I can gather) I am a Catholic. I have seven younger brothers. I would never support abortion in my own life – it simply wouldn’t happen. But I am not about to tell anyone else how they should deal with the question. As a ‘liberal’ I say it’s a personal issue and each person has the free will to do what they believe is right (which is exactly what you’re doing isn’t it?)

            Ukraine? Yawn. It really doesn’t matter in the greater scheme of things, what with The Apocalypse coming and all. Drag Queen Story Hours? Yawn again. A passing phase, and I wouldn’t take my own children to see one (when they were kids). Trans kids surgery? If you can show me some evidence that this is being done on a regular basis (as opposed to some screaming nutjob on a nutty right-wing website having a rant on it), then I’d be ready to listen. I’d also agree with you that it is madness, on the face of it, but put yourself for a minute or two in the shoes of a parent who is facing the issue with a child they love. Think it’s easy?

            There are a lot more Newsmax/Warroom/Infowars ‘talking points’ in your diatribe, but I really cannot be arsed arguing any further, especially as I know it won’t change your mind and that you won’t even look at the links I’ve provided (at your request, sarcastic as it was).

          • benr July 6, 2023 at 8:33 am #

            @ant
            third paragraph err sentence is a douse!
            One hell of a run on sentence even I could be proud of that one.
            Run on sentence side 100% agree with the post.
            Good job and the unmasking of Bill as the legion has been done.Our faux New Zealander is back and in full Marxist shit for brains mode.

      • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 10:53 am #

        The majority of people have no grip on reality anymore and that is by design. People are manipulated and brainwashed by the beast that inhabits their living rooms. The television. Decades of indoctrination in front of the beast has had its rewards resulting in a non-thinking population, unable to see reality for what it truly is.

        It’s fascinating really. A man who forbids the use of foul and offensive language in his home permits that same language to enter via the beast. A man who teaches his children to abstain from sex until marriage permits messages endorsing fornication and debauchery into his home via the beast. A man who tries to teach love and respect in his home permits endless messages of violence, racism and hate into his home via the beast.

        I went to Church yesterday and part of our meeting involved members of the congregation standing and “bearing testimony” of what they care about. Many speakers stood and spoke gratitude for the freedoms we have in America and living in a free nation. I so desperately wanted to stand and shout at the top of my lungs that it was just two years ago that the government of this “free” nation was forcing people to stay home, wear face diapers, close their businesses and even get vaccinated with an untested poison or lose their jobs. I wanted to stand and shout that these people should try NOT paying property taxes on land they have paid off and supposedly own free and clear. Nobody owns their land in this Country, we will always pay rent (property taxes) to our overloads for the right to live on our own land. Free country? These people wouldn’t know freedom if it bit them on the ass and the wound became infected.

        Humans, it seems, can’t let go of what they hope for, and care very little of reality. This way of living is so engrained in our deep psyche that no amount of abuse from our Federal overlords will change their views. These people really believe there was a dangerous virus and that the things our overlords did to us was necessary, good, decent and had our best interests at heart.

        How do we solve this? How do we convince people to turn off the beast and ignore the rhetoric. How do we convince people to stop supporting the monsters with our dollars?

        I don’t know.

        My only hope is that at $31 trillion in debt and counting that the solution will eventually be forced upon all of us, the knowing and the un-knowing, and at that point, we will all become very keenly aware of the awful situation our “leaders” and our “representatives” have put us in. Only then, when forced to awaken, will the idiots turn off the beast and come back to reality. Even then, I still have my doubts.

        • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:33 am #

          Officially now $32 trillion.

          • SW July 3, 2023 at 11:59 am #

            Add another trillion to that if student loan debt is forgiven.

          • benr July 6, 2023 at 9:16 am #

            If student debt is forgiven?

            Not by the resident in the whitehouse he does not have the authority.
            Congress WILL not do so.

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 11:33 am #

          All doubt will disappear when they’re being judged by God, when they’ll truly learn the meaning if “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. “

        • So many liars July 3, 2023 at 11:46 am #

          “My only hope is that at $31 trillion in debt and counting that the solution will eventually be forced upon all of us, the knowing and the un-knowing, and at that point, we will all become very keenly aware of the awful situation our “leaders” and our “representatives” have put us in. Only then, when forced to awaken, will the idiots turn off the beast and come back to reality. Even then, I still have my doubts.”

          Unfortunately, no. In a crisis, people don’t think, they panic. They’ll turn to those very same “leaders” and “representatives” to save us. That’s when we’ll be forcibly introduced to central bank digital currency, re-education, and other fun stuff.

          • Ron Anselmo July 3, 2023 at 11:59 am #

            “That’s when we’ll be forcibly introduced to central bank digital currency, re-education, and other fun stuff.” ~ So many liars

            Speak for yourself my friend.

          • Daddyotis July 3, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

            Agree with Ron. They can try all they want to “forcibly introduce” me to these evil sacraments, but they’re likely to get some “forcible Pb pushback” for their trouble.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 11:51 am #

          Wait, you think you shouldn’t have to pay taxes? Even in a good society you will have to give back – and part of that is in the form of taxes. Or do you want something for nothing?

          How about death? Do you think you own your own body? You’re just renting….

          • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

            I understand that taxes are a necessary evil in society. Police have to be paid, roads have to be built and our shit has to go somewhere. I understand that. Please note that I was only referring to property taxes. I would pay a greater sales tax or even a higher income tax if I knew that I owned my land free and clear from the the intrusion of government. My point is that we never actually own property in America. It all belongs to the Government.

            As a man of faith I cannot argue with your point. You are correct, we are temporary passengers on this wobbly blue marble passing through space. We are renting everything and truly own nothing.

            Even the billionaires eventually leave everything behind.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            Thank you. If you talk loosely you’ll find yourself in with a horrible band of grifters called “Libertarians”.

          • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

            “I understand that taxes are a necessary evil in society. Police have to be paid, roads have to be built and our shit has to go somewhere.”

            In the pioneer days of the old West, police weren’t there to help when you called them – because there were no phones. People were armed and they protected themselves, they didn’t depend on police for protection. It’s all a part of being what’s called “self sufficient”. Back in the 1800’s most people rolled up their sleeves and went to work for a few weeks digging a shit pit and constructing an outhouse over it. And it worked just fine, they didn’t need sewage treatment plants. That’s also a part of self sufficiency. Roads? Back long ago there were private roads not built by governments and you paid a toll to use them. That’s called “private enterprise”. And that’s how it just might be during the Long Emergency. Imagine being self sufficient and living without Big Brother. It can and it will be done again sometime.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 6:09 pm #

            Jarek has their head up their ass, Cankerpuss.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 6:11 pm #

            “All political systems that I know of, and most kings, have moved their whole nation to desert. And the things that we saw as most proud– the cities and the canals and irrigation and so on– are the things that killed their cultures. And it continues, unabated. If people don’t seize power back, and make their own gardens, and sit in their own gardens of Eden, then we’re all doomed, and the whole world ends in dust.” ~ Bill Mollison

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:15 am #

            So in your anarchist society, you won’t have to give? Everyone has to give in one way or another. If you don’t, you can leave or be ignored. And that can be a death sentence.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 4:13 am #

            Ask the ‘parasite 1%’ about ‘giving’.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

            So because they only take you think you should do the same thing? That’s the welfare mentality, the smash and grab mentality, the riot mentality.

            I hope you’re just being reactive and don’t really believe this.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

            Cank: Good distinction. Yes, it would be nice to just own something free and clear, at least to the extent anything can be owned. Owing God is one thing. Owing the state quite another.

          • Woodchuck July 4, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

            “Lifelong immersion in fantasy has caused most of us to lose all contact with objective reality, and the traditions of Western Civilization that gave us the tools for engaging with reality are being destroyed.”

            Objective reality is something we all encounter while traveling on horseback or on two wheels. That’s why loss of the car culture will do wonders in helping people to have experiences again in the real world. Surburban homes and automobiles are all built to isolate and disconnect people from reality. If your environment is entirely climate controlled in your homes and cars then reality is shut out artificially, and you are instead living in some sort of teletubbie world. That’s why so many woke suburbanites are so upset about “global warming”. They don’t have a clue as to what the weather is like outside because they are never in it. They get all their information about the outdoors second hand.

            But nothing immerses a person into reality more than say – a multi-day motorcycle trip. Maybe you are cruising down the road in summer and a wasp splats into you and is now inside your jacket. It’s stinging you multiple times while your are frantically checking your mirrors and downshifting. Motorists passing by are amused and puzzled to see a biker beside the road ripping his jacket and shirt off and beating himself repeatedly in the shoulder. This can happen on anything from a moped to a superbike. Or when you get caught in a thunderstorm in the mountains and a really hard rain at 65 mph starts stinging any exposed flesh. You actually can smell those storms coming before you are into them. You are right there, not inside a big can of recirculated air on four wheels. Or reality is experienced when you lowside on wet leaves and get some road rash and a few bad burns from a hot exhaust pipe. But you pick yourself up and keep riding, trying to ignore the pain as best you can.

            If you are using horses for transport – shucks, they’re just about as dangerous as motorcycles. Lots of people get bucked off and hurt, even killed by horses. See how you feel if you are in the middle of a bunch of horses and a horse fight erupts and you’re standing in the wrong spot.
            That’s how it was in the 1800’s, horses, bicycles, mules, or rickshaws. Reality isn’t safe, nor is it comfortable. Safety and comfort comes after we pass away, not before.

          • Woodchuck July 5, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            @ Vegan Shark

            “God help me but I like traveling by automobile instead of a motorcycle belching smoke and roaring like souls in hell experiencing a bad-hair day. Digging pits for outhouses is not, as a rule, inspiring. Reading or listening to Beethoven via (eww) technology beats mediating a horse fight by a long stretch in my way of thinking.”

            The motorbikes that belch both smoke and noise are the old 2 cycle machines that were banned years ago for street use because they don’t pass any emmissions rules. In my wasted youth I had a few of these with mufflers removed and custom racing exhaust installed. On one of them the crackling noise was so god awful even I couldn’t stand it, so the factory pipes went back on. Modern bikes don’t make smoke but many are modified deliberately to create noise. The excuses range from “loud pipes save lives” to “I get more horsepower!” For many younger males, these loud and very fast machines serve the same purpose that the kalideoscope tail feather display serves for the male peacock. Look at me!

            Squaaaaaaaaaakkkkk! Squaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkk! goes the peacock, you’ll hear him and see him.

            None of these things will be happening during the Long Emergency. Motorbikes will be smaller, quiet, and used for serious daily transport. People won’t be riding them much for recreation. They won’t be destroying their machines in street races. Recreation will be second in importance when it comes to motorbikes.

            Anyone wishing to see for themselves just what this new motorbike system during JHK’s LE will look like – well – you need to check out Itchy Boots channel on you tube. She is in Sierra Leone now and filming the street scene. You’ll see what was occuring in that country just a few days ago. Some of it might scare Jarek, especially at the beginning of the video when there’s a big scene at the gas pumps with a large group of bikers. Vegan S and Jarek you watch this and git skeered! I double dog dare ya!

            Xttps://youtu.be/eg2t5vvGfcs

        • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

          “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

          • Vegan Shark July 4, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

            Woodchuck,

            What a romantic fantasy you have of the “good old days.” Along with a pinch of masochism.

            Yes, it would be wonderful if everybody would peel themselves off their attachment to mobile phones and TV screens, rediscover the value of real-world interaction in lieu of Zoom meetings and virtual everything. And resolve to think for themselves instead of soaking up media and ideological propaganda.

            But while the primitive life that dazzles you might make for strong backs (when it doesn’t break them), it’s hardly likely to lead to understanding beyond the minute-by-minute basics of life. Getting up at 5 am to milk a congregation of cows every day (cows don’t take vacations) doesn’t encourage philosophical reflection.

            God help me but I like traveling by automobile instead of a motorcycle belching smoke and roaring like souls in hell experiencing a bad-hair day. Digging pits for outhouses is not, as a rule, inspiring. Reading or listening to Beethoven via (eww) technology beats mediating a horse fight by a long stretch in my way of thinking.

            “Reality isn’t safe, nor is it comfortable,” you say. Well, safety and comfort are unavailable in absolute terms. But I’ll take them as partial relief from the pains and tragedies that befall all of us in life.

          • Anthea July 5, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

            @ Vegan Shark:

            I think your rather bleak view of the “simple life” omits a contrary rather bleak view of modern life. For example, while few of us are “getting up at 5 am to milk a congregation of cows every day,” um, what are we doing for sustenance instead? Most people in the working world are getting up at 5:00 am (or maybe a little later) to commute for an hour so they can sit in a cubicle all day. While what they do all day in that cubicle varies a great deal, none of it is very pleasant or engaging. Or maybe you work in a factory, or maybe you’re a schoolteacher (blech!). Maybe you run a cash register all day. Whatever.

            Many people–though maybe not you, necessarily–would rather be milking cows for a couple of hours in the morning on their own small farm before returning to the house, where the wife has a fine breakfast waiting. So after breakfast, you move on to various other farm chores (there is an endless list of them). The wife, instead of dropping the kids off at daycare to commute an hour to her own cubicle, works at the usual household chores, gathers the eggs, feeds the chickens, tends the garden, cans whatever produce is ripe, home-schools the kids, and gets some biscuits baking to go with the venison stew you’re having for dinner.

            Now, first-off, no farmer milks “a congregation of cows,” (one cow will have you drowning in milk) unless he is a dairyman, in which case he’d be getting up quite a bit earlier so he could deliver milk in the wee hours. Or perhaps he doesn’t deliver milk because he’s an artisan cheesemaker. Or maybe he does both.

            The typical successful small farm today has multiple revenue streams: row crops, market gardening, jams and jellies or canned foods (which nowadays require a licensed commercial kitchen), baked goods, etc. Maybe someone in the family tends a small greengrocer store in town. Or maybe Mom has an egg route, or maybe she loads up the kids and goes to market one or more days a week. (I know small farmers who attend three or four markets a week.) In the fall, Mom roots elderberry cuttings and ships elderberry plants to her customers. In winter, she may engage in various marketable crafts. Soapmaking is a good one, but there are many others. A couple of years ago when we had a very hard winter, I commented that someone could have made a killing selling balaclavas that year. If you do a lot of selling to customers, there is no need to wonder what they want; they are always asking if you have such-and-such.

            In any case, such work is self-directed, extremely varied, and highly skilled. It beats hell out of customer service–or worse, customer retention, or running a cash register. And people are always complaining about the soul-killing nature of the corporate world.

            I guess there are some people who would rather do a drone job, possibly because self-direction is not their forte and they resist learning skills.

            Anyone who has ever worked at a desk job will tell you that there is nothing as debilitating. Turns you into a couch potato with no strength or energy. The human body is designed for physical activity and exertion; the body will languish and deteriorate without it. The human body is also designed to become acclimated to the weather (within limits) and rejoice in sun, wind, rain, and snow.

            My mother, who grew up during the Depression often commented that, “Things are not better now; they’re just different.” I had an old lady neighbor back when I was young, who spoke of her youth and childhood on a small farm in glowing terms, saying, “Oh, we had such a GOOD time in winter,” or, looking at my little garden patch, would say, “Oh, we made a BIG garden!”

            Mark Twain wrote an account of Missouri farm life in the 1800s, in which he speaks of it as almost paradisical. (I haven’t been able to track down this account for a long time. Wish I could.) Twain was quite the hard-headed realist, but he also rejoiced in difficult, demanding, and highly skilled work–such as being a riverboat pilot.

          • Woodchuck July 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            @ Vegan Shark

            “But while the primitive life that dazzles you…………..

            Digging pits for outhouses is not, as a rule, inspiring. Reading or listening to Beethoven via (eww) technology”

            I’m not sure how I’m giving the impression that I’m dazzled by “primitive life.” What I’m trying to suggest here is that we will ultimately have the lifestyle we can afford long term. The lifestyle we are collectively living at the moment depends on borrowed resources that sometime soon might be unavailable. That’s called “shit hitting the fan”. Then we all have only the lifestyle we can afford, not the lifestyle we desire. The rest of the world won’t be loaning us money anymore and the result of this could involve many millions of automobiles being parked and eventually sold overseas or scrapped. These events will happen regardless of what we feel about them.

            “Digging pits for outhouses is not, as a rule, inspiring. Reading or listening to Beethoven via (eww) technology”

            Digging outhouse pits might not be fun, but it’s a job that a small group of people can accomplish with shovels and picks in a week or so, and then you’re done. It’s no big deal. After that, you can look forward to spending years of relaxation and reading – or even listening to music inside the little old shack out back.

            I’ve posted this before, but it bears repeating. Here are the lyrics to a popular early 60’s song.

            They passed an ordinance in the town
            They said we’d have to tear it down
            That little old shack out back
            So dear to me

            Though the Health department said
            It’s day was over and dead
            It will stand forever in my memory

            Don’t let ’em tear that
            Little brown building down
            Don’t let ’em tear that
            Precious building down
            Don’t let ’em tear that
            Little brown building down
            For there’s not another like it
            In the country or the town

            It was not so long ago that
            I went tripping through the snow
            Out to that house behind
            My old hound dog
            Where I’d sit me down to rest
            Like a snowbird on his nest
            And read the Sears and Roebuck catalog
            I would hum a happy tune
            Peeping through the quarter moon
            As my daddy’s kin had done before
            It was in that quiet spot
            Daily cares could be forgot
            It gave the same relief
            To rich and poor
            Now it was not a castle fair
            But I could dream my future there
            And build my castles to
            The yellowjacket’s drone
            I could orbit around the sun
            Fight with General Washington
            Or be a King upon a golden throne

            It wasn’t fancy built at all
            It had newspapers on the wall
            It was air-conditioned
            In the wintertime
            It was just a humble hut
            But it’s door was never shut
            And a man could get inside
            Without a dime

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 11:38 pm #

            @ Woodchuck:

            I’ve cut firewood in the snow with a group of friends. (We used chainsaws.) It’s one of my happiest memories. I’ve double-dug garden beds. I’ve pulled up water from a cistern with a bucket. I’ve stoked a wood stove. I’ve hung wash on the line to dry. Most physical work is pleasurable.

            None of these activities is a hardship, or are they drudgery. In many cases, especially when you’re working with friends, they are joyous occasions. When I cut firewood in the snow with some neighbors, we would work for an hour or two and take a break indoors to drink coffee and chat, then go back outdoors.

            Doing this kind of work in no way prevents you from listening to Beethoven or reading fine literature. J.L. Hudson, who likes to intersperse his seed catalog with good quotes, once said, “It is possible to dig potatoes and listen to the birds sing.”

            And I’ll tell you what IS drudgery and a hardship: It’s sitting at a desk all day doing meaningless paper-pushing or talking on the phone to disgruntled customers. Actually, it’s almost any modern day form of employment.

        • Chris July 3, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

          Well put, Cankerpuss. Much of TV is bad information or downright propaganda. My wife and I have decided to turn off the beast and read to each other much more.

          • abbybwood July 3, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            The beast in my room went black the day Tucker Carlson got fired (with an attempt to contracturally muzzle him until 2025).

            So now the beast is reserved for “Bluey” and “Ben and Holly” for the grands.

            When I grew up, lying was the worst sin one could commit. Now the lying from “the authorities” has grown into a cult.

            For me, rejecting the Covid mandates came naturally because, as a nurse, I know how sneaky those tiny, invisible monsters are. I knew the masking and standing six feet apart was a joke. Especially when we’d be taken to a restaurant table. THEN we were “safe”. Nonsense.

            I once asked: “If we were all suddenly ordered to walk three steps, then turn around and hop once, how many in the cult would do it?” About 90% would.

            The question we need to answer now is this: How can those in a cult be deprogrammed and returned to non-woke sanity? The truth is a major part of the answer. Maybe getting people to turn off the beast (except for Bluey and Ben and Holly!) is a part of the answer?

            No fireworks for me. I am going to pull weeds and commune with the crows.

        • loosethedogs July 3, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

          Another “plandemic”, replete with vxs will be the litmus test for those who have “blue pilled”. It will be the true test of their intelligence / consciousness. Methinks, mehopes the masses are slowly awakening but I don’t hold my breath…

          • wokethis July 3, 2023 at 10:10 pm #

            I dunno…since they took the stickers off the floor I don’t know where to stand…on anything…

          • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 6:28 am #

            Loosethedogs: the brainless 70% will always confirm. That’s why we call them sheep. But the goodness is that it doesn’t matter, because it’s always the 20-30% critical-thinking minority who make the changes. Our job is to make sure we’re in that decisive minority.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 11:39 pm #

          @ Cankerpuss:

          Re people having no grip on reality: I was much influenced by Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” when I was a kid and internalized the idea that if you just “think of a wonderful thought,” you could fly away to Never-Never Land. Another effective way to achieve your dreams was to wish upon a star.

          Between movies and TV, we were all raised (and indoctrinated) to believe in all kinds of fantasies. We’re inundated with music and other media that presents a false view of life. We tend to be uncritical of these messages. One example of the undercurrent of falsity that runs through the media was in the movie, “There’s Something about Mary.” I suppose it seems silly to point this out, but we are told in the movie that Mary is an orthopedic surgeon, yet there is never any indication that she ever goes to work. Other examples are found in those shows about NYC, in which the characters are living in apartments that they could not afford if they were stock brokers on Wall Street. These are small examples and may seem nit-picky, but my point is that these false details are pervasive, and the details come together to paint a false picture of the world they portray.

          If you consume much media of any kind, you are literally sloshing around in a sea of fantasy and falsehood. This swimming in a sea of fantasy and falsehood has trained us to accept any old bullshit the PTB decides to run on us–particularly if it includes a few of the warm and fuzzy buzzwords we’ve been trained to reflexively respond to. Back in the sixties, it was “peace and love.” Now it’s about “equality,” “equity,” “inclusion,” “rights,” “our democracy,” and the need to embrace and support all kinds of evils and sexual perversions as if they were desirable, lest we be “bigoted.”

          Lifelong immersion in fantasy has caused most of us to lose all contact with objective reality, and the traditions of Western Civilization that gave us the tools for engaging with reality are being destroyed. Most of us have no more ability to think and reason, or even acknowledge basic facts, than the most primitive tribesmen. Our medicine men need only shake their rattles and intone some familiar mantra (“safe and effective”), and we’ll line up–whether it’s to “Do the Locomotion” or climb in the boxcars.

          • badberries July 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

            Anthea, Your comment above “or climb in the boxcars” rang a bell.

            I just finished watching a German film “the Captain”. It’s a war time setting two weeks before the end.

            In the last minutes of the film, as they are rolling the credits, the actors, still in 1945 costume – uniforms & weapons, are accosting people in a modern German(?) City, demanding Identification (Ausweiss!) and conducting “pat-down” searches.

            Now, I can’t say that it wasn’t all staged, but it appeared to be spontaneous and the people complied with the demands and readily produced their ID’s and allowed the “pat-downs”. Next stop is Auschwitz, remember, “Arbeit Macht Frei”.

            Just a “heads-up”, the film, goes slowly from harsh to dark to very dark to insane. Based on a true story. I’m thinking Academy Award Nominee.

          • Vegan Shark July 4, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

            I dunno…since they took the stickers off the floor I don’t know where to stand…on anything…

            Having to stand on my own six feet always made me feel like an insect.

          • C.O.Jones July 5, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

            There are currently 800 FEMA camps in the US. Those are death camps with regulations to dispose of bodies and dispose of the record of their death shortly thereafter. If you’re curious, look up FEMA Billing code ICD9-E978. No boxcars for the kid…

        • oswegatchie July 4, 2023 at 9:44 am #

          What’s a trillion or two amongst friends.

        • Anthea July 5, 2023 at 6:59 am #

          @ Cankerpuss:

          Boy is that true about TV. Hey, why not just divert a sewer pipe directly into your living room.

        • cedricward July 5, 2023 at 10:52 am #

          Cankerpuss,

          Very well stated.

          The only way this will ever end
          is in total collapse of ‘the system’.

          You just can’t fool gravity, Mother Nature,
          or simple basic economic truth.

          Debt WILL be paid off one way or another.

          Usually by pain and suffering.

          Most people, even the prepared, won’t
          be willing to continue living through
          what is coming.

          I’m glad I have lived to the ripe old age of 78
          so I won’t be sorry to leave this life.

          I just feel sorry for the babies and small children
          who are the ones that will have to suffer the most.

      • par4 July 3, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        Much of it can be explained by Upton Sinclair’s quote “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it”.

        • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 11:05 am #

          I like that.

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 11:31 am #

          Absolutely right.

      • Gapper July 3, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

        Where I work, nearly all the workers are over 55, most are men. In my work group of 12 or so, about half, read alternate news, including James postings. In this group, everyone believes JFK was murdered by the CIA. They also believe that 9/11 was an inside job, elections are rigged and none if them are vaxed. The other group hears discussions on topics and they immediately declare the information as conspiracy theory. They do not, and will not, listen to any discussion that is not aligned with “the narrative.” Of course all of this group has been vaxed and most have taken boosters. There is no possible way to achieve a common ground in my work group.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

          Conspiracies exist.

          People do not understand that. It’s not like believing in Bigfoot.

        • jgalt July 3, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

          Same goes for so-called professionals like trial lawyers and even medical societies. The other groups there were in the same mindset long before Trump came on the scene, in my personal experience. Not just trending left, but actual leftist viewpoints and total disparagement of anyone who did not toe the leftist line. An example was, and still is, their absolute hatred of Rush, and constant denigration of his work and everything he stood for. The screaming of Nazi, racist, et cet, preceded Trump by quite a few years. They have only become more vocal and violent and invasive of our privacy and rights.

          • Mike Sherman July 4, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

            Limbaugh was a dry-drunk and a narcissist.

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 6:30 am #

          Agreed, Gapper. As things come to a head, there are two things that realists should NOT be wasting time on: trying to win over the sheep, or thinking that whoever wins in 2024 will right the boat.

      • Clusters@123 July 3, 2023 at 10:11 pm #

        I have a brother who is so deluded it’s hard to even have a conversation. I ask him what has Biden done to help the country. I never get an answer.

      • Fnfcst1 July 4, 2023 at 11:26 am #

        Agreed.
        We just visited lefty friends. Apparently, they are okay with their daughter (9 years old) if she decides she wants to be a boy.

        The trannie phenomenon really unmasks the Left’s sick, twisted ideology.

        • Mister Lucky July 4, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

          Every parent who agrees to this mutilation needs to watch the operation, and see their child’s d*ck or t*ts cut off.

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 6:31 am #

          Maybe you need new friends. I don’t even want to breath the same air as these people, let alone offer them my friendship.

      • Mister Lucky July 4, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

        “I consider myself a progressive on many issues.” It is like being pregnant. Either you are or you aren’t.

      • ranchlife49 July 7, 2023 at 2:56 am #

        Uh he’s just an angry old white guy.
        I’m vaxxed. In great shape. Rancher that puts in 10 hour days outside in the heat. No vaxxxx problems here!

        His old friends are right. Must have been quite a shock for old Jim. He has written some great books though.

    • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 9:55 am #

      Not yet, not until we’re obliterated for our real national sins: killing or castrating children and turning the desexed kids over to pederasts, saying men are women and women are men, seeking vengeance as a good thing, pursuing pride and whatever gives us an advantage (especially to the detriment of others) rather than humility, demanding that “God bless America” no matter what’s happening among them, and spreading these destructively narcissistic proclivities throughout the world. We’re being warned daily, and hardly anybody is listening because we don’t want to hear — after all, we beat Hitler! No, our fathers and grandfathers beat Hitler; we merely squandered the gifts our forebears gave us in a never-ending quest for licentious sex and extravagant stuff. Even our churches, attempting to lure people back into the pews, lie to their parishioners about God’s nature and, like the rest of society, ignore what’s actually in the Bible (e.g., it’s perfectly acceptable to sleep around, abort your children, steal from your neighbors via “loan forgiveness” that takes from the carpenters and gives to the lawyers), leading to the collapse of Christian faith in America just as it collapsed in Europe. Meanwhile, Islam is growing everywhere because imams don’t pervert the teachings of the Quran. As I, ever Mr. Pisitivity, continually say here, this country is fucked, but we’re too arrogant and stupid to realize it or try to undo the damage.

      • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:03 am #

        Uncle Bob, great post. I couldn’t agree more. Allow me to add one more to your list.

        This nation must atone for the blood of millions of innocent babies who were sucked from the protective confines of their mother’s wombs (designed by God to protect and nurture babies) and eviscerated into parts for medical research. No nation can survive this. If one believes in God, which I do, one has to know that this act displeases God. The blood of these innocent human beings cries out for vengeance. This vengeance will come onto the heads of the women who have betrayed their very nature, their own motherly instincts, and permitted evil men and women to tear their child from their own bodies. Our women are lower than the animals as female animals don’t do this to their young. This vengeance will come upon a population who vote and support this debauchery and filth in their elections.

        America and the world will pay.

        This Country and the west in general is built upon a foundation of lies. Everything is financed and funded by money we don’t have. Everyone posts pictures of perfect lives on Facebook and Instagram but when the camera is off they are miserable souls sucking down anti-depressants to make themselves feel better about themselves.

        Islam will rule the world. They still have children. Their women don’t butcher their own offspring. Fucking women. They need to pull their heads out of their asses and wake up. Feminists claim its a woman’s right to abort her children. What about the rights of the millions of FUTURE WOMEN who have been aborted. I guess that doesn’t matter.

        May God’s wrath come fast and swiftly so I don’t have to suffer the end for too long.

        • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 11:06 am #

          The bible says Unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required.

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 11:52 am #

          More than 64 million dead American kids, and it’s not enough. Any restrictions on it are “hateful” and “repressive.”

          My mother-in-law has her name engraved on a plaque attached to the pew she has occupied for decades. She waves her church membership at anyone who’ll listen. However, she believes in unrestricted abortion as a way of making up for men “repressing” women over the millennia by impregnating them. (The possibility she may not exist if her parents hadn’t decided to have kids apparently is lost on her.) Even more fun, she says that, while she likes much of what Jesus is credited as saying, she doesn’t believe in a lot of the Bible, and thinks most of the faith is made-up “like all the other religions.” I haven’t asked her the obvious question — If you don’t actually believe, why are you wasting everyone’s time by going to services and pretending to be “a good Christian” — but I fear my wife’s wrath. I may do it someday, if she persists in quoting “thou shalt not commit adultery” in reference to Trump, while ignoring the misdeeds of Biden and others on a day when I’m already in a bad mood — but again, I fear my wife’s wrath.

          • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

            Other than in situations of rape, if a woman gets impregnated by one of us evil men it is because she decided to spread her knees and let him in.

            I used to believe men and women were equal until one day, during a conversation with my now passed away father I discussed the issues of abortion with him. He was a wise old man and he said to me, and I paraphrase his conversation:

            “What’s wrong with women today, Dad?” I asked.

            “Women have lost their way. They were once the gate keepers of morality.” He said.

            “What do you men the gate keepers of morality.” I asked.

            “In my day a woman would demand more from her man. She would demand marriage and sustenance in exchange for giving him her sexuality. Men were required to prove to a woman that he was a worthy partner and women demanded it of the man.” He explained.

            He continued.

            “Think about it. The man ASKS the woman to get married. It’s the woman who says YES or NO.” He said.

            Women get impregnated because they say YES or NO to the advances of her male partner. The problem today is women no longer are the gate keepers of morality. Gone are the days when women kept men and their aggressive sexual tendencies (designed by nature to ensure perpetuation of the species) in check. Now women are pigs just like men, hopping into the sack and screwing whoever will have her. Not giving a fuck that such actions will create another living, breathing HUMAN BEING.

            Abortion has given her a quick and easy out and she no longer has to suffer the consequences of this behavior.

            Don’t get me wrong, ladies, men are pigs too, but the messes of his nation really began when women became “liberated.”

            There, I said it.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 12:26 am #

            @ Cankerpuss:

            Re you comment that women are the gatekeepers of morality, the Church’s teaching is that it is men who have the PRIMARY responsibility in matters of morality.

            I think this is the PRIMARY reason why Western women have little or no respect for men, or are even contemptuous of them. Generally speaking, Western men are trivial and licentious in their relationships with women, and feel free to prey upon them. They are without an internalized moral compass, and–as you stated–believe that sexual morality is solely the responsibility of women (along with pretty much every other responsibility).

            You can’t have a moral society if half the people in the society (the male half) believe they have a right to be immoral. This seems to be based on the assumption that men are, by nature, animalistic, unable to control themselves, and incapable of being moral, religious, or well principled–which, it seems to me you must agree, places them in a bit of
            a “less than human” category.

            This doesn’t excuse women for having abortions, of course. But the whole society and everybody in it needs a “Nineveh” moment, before they get a “Noah” moment.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:19 am #

            You married a man you knew couldn’t control you. That was the whole point.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 11:56 am #

          They get to choose who is human, based on their own needs, desires, and convenience. Thus they are playing god. And what a miserable god they are.

          Bob: Of course you fear her! They have been put over us. No mistake there. It didn’t just “happen”.

        • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

          You were doing so well, and then the women-bashing began.

          As usual.

          Because yeah, women run the world, make all the decisions, and caused things to be as they are now.

          Rolling my eyes heavenward.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:17 am #

            In other words, women have no power? Or that they have to have all power before we admit they have any and can ask them for accountability?

            You both confused and mendacious. Quite a toxic combination.

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 11:42 pm #

            Jarek’s real beef is that women have enough power to decline to associate with Jarek. He really hates them for that.

        • happiface July 3, 2023 at 4:19 pm #

          bible humps believe in that wrath,judgement,death…they are the words from satan–satan loves when you use those words–the god i know is 100 percent love–most people do not know what that word means–i used to pray to god asking for those 73 million babies–said i would raise them all,don’t care what color,etc–god answered me back,”back off Douglas,those are my babies,they are right here with me”,oops,pardon me…god knows we are fools,infantile in gods world–god knows we are messed up–god has no wrath,anger,hate,judgement,only humans guided by satan do…jesus gave all salvation,no hail marys or forgiveness needed but go ahead and hate if it suits you,god will still love you…fool

          • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 11:02 pm #

            Look, an e e Cummings wannabe. And he (?) ignores the parts of the Almighty’s character that deal with sin, things like eternal damnation for those who refuse to come to faith, ask for forgiveness, and repent. There’s a world of difference between a parishioner who can’t stop swearing (profane language is like an open grave to the Lord) but seeks forgiveness, and some foul-mouthed asshole “singer” who arrogantly refuses to apologize for “singing” filthy songs about needing to be fucked every night by different guys because “it’s my right, y’all.” Or, to put it another way, if everybody gets into Paradise no matter what they do in life, whether it’s swearing, cheating, murdering people, cornholing another man, or getting drawn into the Jarek-MQ squabbles, what was the point of exiling humanity from the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Flood, the Exodus, prophets, and especially the Incarnation of YHWH that led to His crucifixion and resurrection? If all of humanity was going to be forgiven anyway, why did God send His only begotten Son to die for sins, when it was a moot point?

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 12:35 am #

            @ Uncle Bob:

            Boy does this guy happiface need a theology class! Though a little scriptural reading should suffice, as his comment contradicts the actual words of Jesus. No need to even bring St. Thomas into it.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 11:55 pm #

          @ Cankerpuss:

          I agree with you on almost all your points, but I think in a majority of cases of abortion, it is the “baby daddy” who is demanding the abortion, and I think he’s usually paying for it.

          I have known married women whose husbands demanded that they abort the baby they were carrying, on the grounds that hubby didn’t want any more kids.

          While I don’t feel that it is an excuse to kill your own kid, raising a child requires a support system. Normally this is provided by the child’s father. If he is unwilling to do so, the situation can look very bleak to the expectant mother. There is also a pretty good chance that the expectant mother’s parents will be unwilling or unable to provide a support system–and may even be insisting on an abortion.

          My point is that the baby’s father usually bears an equal responsibility for this infanticide–even if only because he has engaged in sex outside of marriage.

          • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:07 am #

            Agreed about abortion responsibility, Anthea. Going back to your earlier point about women despising modern men. I get that, but both sexes have been corrupted by moderninity. In a way, they deserve each other.

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 3:20 am #

            @ Hereward the Woke:

            Well…. I grew up in the era before “the pill,” when premarital and extramarital sex was seriously frowned upon, and marriages were more stable. Most women were stay-at-home moms. But, unfortunately, I can’t say that there was any lesser degree of tragedy, unhappiness, and sometimes poverty in homelife. I’ve mentioned some of these sad situations in at least one previous post: the widower who raised two kids alone after his wife died in childbirth, the widow with four kids whose husband blew his brains out behind the Red Dog Saloon, the single mom of two kids whose husband abandoned her, who promptly got leukemia and was deathly ill for many years, the family with four kids with the abusive father, the family with five kids whose father was chronically unemployed (so Mom had to go to work), the single mom with one boy, whose ex was a severe alcoholic. Not that there weren’t any good, stable families in the neighborhood; there were. But, looking back, it does seem that they were outnumbered. So much tragedy.

            I also came to adulthood in the late sixties and early seventies, when sex began to be viewed as recreational, and divorce became much more common. It’s actually hard to say whether there was any great increase of decrease in the level of tragedy in marriage and family life. I do have to say that, almost without exception, the single moms I’ve known over the years provided a far better home for their children than would have been possible if they had stayed married. (In many cases, staying married was not an option, as Dad simply ran off or was in prison.) The kids may have been latchkey children, but at least they didn’t come home to violence or alcoholism, and there was food around somewhere.

            What’s changed, I think, is that the sexes are contemptuous of each other. It doesn’t seem to me that men and women ever really liked each other very much, but there was at least a kind of grim tolerance–frequently punctuated with some good times.

            I think the near-absolute contempt comes from widespread promiscuity.. This, I think, has been socially engineered–purposely. The contempt, too, has been socially engineered.

            As for the rest of marital troubles, it seems to me that the causes are two: lack of religion and lack of grit.

      • mary.m July 3, 2023 at 11:37 am #

        Honestly, we didn’t beat Hitler. Our so-called elite invited him into our home. I remember in my early 20s, thoroughly brainwashed & with no knowledge of the truth, seeing & hearing Kissinger on tv for the 1st time. And immediately asking myself “Why is a nazi running our foreign policy!” In my innocence, I recognized the sound & face of evil.

        The Russians beat Hitler, at cost if 27 million lives.

        Otherwise, spot on.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 11:54 am #

          They did the heavy lifting. But they could have never done one so without our funding and technology. Communism is a project of Capitalism after all.

          Don’t like one? Then don’t like the other. Want an alternative? That’s what the other guys were offering us.

          • mary.m July 3, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

            I don’t like either. But Bolshevik communism ay the time was a 30 year old project forced on a thousand year old Christian civilization. The Russian Christian spirit did the fighting, same as against Napoleon.

            Like all bankster wars, the banksters funded both sides. The nazis got plenty of US funding. Just on the qt, & by the same oligarchs that brought their elite here.

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 11:57 am #

          Russia bled Germany white, but Germany bled Russia white too. The war would’ve continued for many more years if Hitler hadn’t declared war on the US. American arms and materiel saved the UK and the Soviets, and our military and industry crushed the Nazis. Then we spirited many of them to America to fuck up our society.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            Sounds about right. The Americans who fought, fought just as hard and paid just as much of a price as the Russian soldiers.

            When people say “Russia did the heavy lifting”, I always think no, it was the men who fought, regardless of where they came from.

          • Night Owl July 3, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

            Russia did do the heavy lifting. It is easy to learn about this.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

            It’s east to learn that Russia is a country and not a human being too.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

            The feminine war against abstractions on display. Nations don’t exist. It’s just “individuals” – as if they exist without groups. lol.

          • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 8:14 pm #

            Russian soldiers killed: 8,600,000

            US soldiers killed: 418,5000

            Russian civilians killed: 20,000,000

            American civilians killed: 0

          • Blackbird July 5, 2023 at 10:12 pm #

            “… if Hitler hadn’t declared war on the US.”

            I’ve never understood this. Why did Hitler declare war on the US on December 8, 1941? Why enter Japan’s war? The UK and the USSR weren’t enough?

            Looks like the act of somebody’s puppet to me.

      • abbybwood July 3, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

        Actually I think a big chunk of beating Hitler goes to Russia. And they are fighting Ukrainian Nazis as we type.

        Funny how some very rich Americans were funding Hitler and today the US government is funding Nazis in Ukraine.

        • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 8:17 pm #

          Very interesting, that.

          Also funny how Americans hated Nazis for 80 years, as told to do, and now wave their little flags in support of Nazis, as told to do.

          It’s almost as if humans are easily manipulated.

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 11:06 pm #

          Oh, come on. Leave Tom Watson of IBM (as opposed to the pro golfer) out of this, before some of my neighbors light torches, grab pitchforks, and head to your house for besmirching the man who made the Final Solution possible.

    • So many liars July 3, 2023 at 9:58 am #

      I grew up in (and still attend) a church with a strong focus on end-time prophecy. As we watch our beloved country grappling with the corruption of its elected leaders, the rejection of its founding principles, and the dysfunction of its institutions, we cannot help but feel that we are there – in that end time.

      Revelation’s beasts are growling, warning us of their presence, power, and evil intentions. We’ve felt safe, deep in the herd, while the beasts linger around the edges. We are not safe. We are not safe.

      It comforts me to believe that God is real, that none of this is a surprise to him, and that his plan is unfolding.

      • Dane002 July 3, 2023 at 10:32 am #

        End times for the USA… but, plenty of world destruction left.

        • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 11:07 am #

          Three quarters of the world’s population will die in the tribulation, which lasts 3.5 years.

          • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

            Well, 7 years, only 3.5 of which will be under a man who proclaims himself to be God.

          • topgunsailor65 July 3, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

            tuco22. Exactly. Additionally, 2/3 of world Jewery will also perish during that same 3.5 years. Hence referred to as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”. National Israel will be brought to repentance during that time and face the “One whom they pierced”. Gentile world power will also be broken along with all Gentile world religions.
            Global de-population therefore a direct result of Divine intervention the likes of which have never before been seen.

          • WilliamShatnersPants July 3, 2023 at 11:51 pm #

            “Global de-population therefore a direct result of Divine intervention the likes of which have never before been seen.

            So, the fatal vaccine is a tool of Yahweh?

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

            More than 2/3 of everyone else will die, but they don’t matter.

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 3:27 am #

            @ WilliamShatnersPants:

            “So, the fatal vaccine is a tool of Yahweh?”

            I think it was Emerson who said that, “Cause and effect are the chancellors of God.” So, in a way, yes.

      • Jimpa July 3, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        I too have a strong faith in God, but I am not waiting for Jesus to literally beam me up to the clouds. That is a metaphor, and it’s unfortunate that many christians believe it literally. Yes, God is ultimately in control and his will be done, but he defers to humanity in the choices we make. His strategy in changing this world relies in us changing ourselves, a hard almost impossible task it seems, and one God has been working at for thousands of years. Christians will go thru this tribulation like everyone else.

        • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:08 am #

          I have faith in a God. I’ve seen too many miracles to believe that all of this came from a blob of cells in a pool of algae that decided to become a frog.

          Here’s my dilemma. How long will God continue to give deference to the evil and debauched of our time? At some point God must act.

          • So many liars July 3, 2023 at 11:54 am #

            I believe it’ll be like that saying attributed to Mark Twain about how a person/company/nation goes bankrupt: at first “slowly, then all at once.”

            “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

            “Time is come” would be in bold if I knew how to do it.

          • abbybwood July 3, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

            Those who have faith will be the actors. The script is The New Testament. Apparently most Americans have not been emailed their parts yet.

          • darrell dullnig July 3, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

            It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
            who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
            that each by observation, might satisfy his mind.

            The first approached the elephant, and, happening to fall,
            against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl:
            “God bless me! but the elephant, is nothing but a wall!”

            The second feeling of the tusk, cried: “Ho! what have we here,
            so very round and smooth and sharp? To me tis mighty clear,
            this wonder of an elephant, is very like a spear!”

            The third approached the animal, and, happening to take,
            the squirming trunk within his hands, “I see,” quoth he,
            the elephant is very like a snake!”

            The fourth reached out his eager hand, and felt about the knee:
            “What most this wondrous beast is like, is mighty plain,” quoth he;
            “Tis clear enough the elephant is very like a tree.”

            The fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said; “E’en the blindest man
            can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can,
            This marvel of an elephant, is very like a fan!”

            The sixth no sooner had begun, about the beast to grope,
            than, seizing on the swinging tail, that fell within his scope,
            “I see,” quothe he, “the elephant is very like a rope!”

            And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long,
            each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong,
            Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!

            So, oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I ween,
            tread on in utter ignorance, of what each other mean,
            and prate about the elephant, not one of them has seen!

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 10:17 am #

            @ Cankerpuss:

            To a very great extent, the sufferings that come to us due to sin, both individually and collectively, are in the course of nature. Nature just operates according to the Divine will. Most of us have gone down the wrong road or done some things that were pretty bad at some time or other, and I think most of us know from experience that this results in suffering.

            Collectively, we know that it’s a bad idea for a society to countenance lawlessness. The result is to wind up like Baltimore or South Africa.

            Sometimes there are cataclysmic events. A healthy society can withstand some floods and fires and earthquakes, and drought, pestilence, and volcanic eruptions. In an unhealthy society, these events can mark the End. I don’t think we can know why these things happen, and I don’t think they are necessarily Divine punishments. E.g., if a person’s child is born with a congenital heart defect, was this a Divine punishment? If your husband or wife gets dementia, is this a Divine punishment? Was this the reason you got stung by a wasp or T-boned in the parking lot?

            As for the End Times or Judgement Day, I think God wants to give everyone time to repent. We’ll get the Last Judgement when has made their own final decision, and it’s clear (at least to God) that they won’t be changing their minds, that the evil people are absolutely committed to evil. Maybe we’re there, maybe we’re not.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:29 am #

          The Bible is a little short on description when it comes to what Heaven will actually be like.

          • elysianfield July 3, 2023 at 11:49 am #

            Beryl,
            I’m hoping for the 72, you know…virgins.

          • Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

            You’re incorrigible, Ely!

          • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

            Some people have been there (as with an NDE), but they can’t really tell you, because there is a level of love and beauty that is absolutely incomprehensible to the human mind–to the point where it’s difficult to retain much of a memory of it.

            The people who live there are made of such pure love that every cell in their bodies is a brilliant, diamond-like light that is made out of pure love. When you come back from there you cry for a couple of months because you can’t go back. Our reality seems like cage or a tomb that you desperately want to escape.

            One of my old neighbors very casually referred to heaven awhile back, commenting something about “if you’ve been there.” So…he’s been there. I’ve thought about asking him about it, but that doesn’t seem right somehow.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 11:59 am #

          Revelations says the Church will be savaged by the Antichrist. Where did they get the weird, oh so modern, idea of the rapture? They pulled it out of their ass.

          • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            They got it from the passage saying the angel of God will shout, “Come up here!” And the dead in Christ rose first, followed by the living; and they ascended into the sky, where they will live in the Kingdom of God forever.

            Of course, there are those who say the “Rapture” was a concoction of Catholic scholars that was adopted by Evangelical Protestants.

          • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

            The rapture doctrine was cooked up by a Mr. Darby in the 1800’s. The Darby family used to own the most notorious “haunted” castle in Ireland. The place is famous for having hosted numerous murders, massacres, and torturing people. It has a once secret chamber in it called an oubliette. Mildred Darby claimed that the worst entity to haunt the place was an “elemental” that had the body of a sheep but with a human head. This thing smelled like a rotting corpse. Here’s something copy pasted about the oubliet:

            “In 1922 workmen at Leap Castle found an oubliette in a secret dungeon hidden behind a wall in a corner of the Bloody Chapel. When they explored the sinister dark hole further they made a horrific discovery – there were enough human skeletons amassed on top of wooden spikes that it would take 3 cart loads to remove them. Prisoners – or unsuspected guests – of the O’Carrolls would have been dropped down through the hidden trap door above the oubliette where they would have had their lungs punctured by the wooden spikes below. There they would be left to die a horrific death within earshot of their gracious hosts and their merriment below.”

            John Darby brought us the rapture doctrine. Can it be true that a tree can bear both good and evil fruit? I’m not so sure.

          • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

            And is the Antichrist a person or a principle? Perhaps fiat money is the Antichrist. The belief that we can print money out of thin air and this fake money allows us to be greedy, gluttonous, lovers of ourselves, lovers of things. No longer lovers of God.

            Just a thought.

          • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

            I think I’ve read that the Rapture idea had fallen into desuetude until it was revived by the “Left Behind” novels. I think it had been pretty much forgotten. So I’d say it’s mostly the creation of some novel-writer.

            I also find the doctrine offensive in that it encourages people to think that the goody-goodies among us will escape the tribulation, so the idea seems suspiciously self-serving. It is also not what the Bible says.

        • Tate July 3, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

          See Scofield study bible. Most American evangelicals are disciples of this dangerous theology whether they realize it or not. It’s why they are rabid supporters of the state of Israel.

          Why is this theology dangerous? Because it influences U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. govt. has mucho thermonuclear bombs. Don’t “immanentize the eschaton” as they used to say, i.e., don’t try to make prophecy come true.

          • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

            copy pasted in here from a google search:

            “Cyrus Scofield was a con man and small time crook who along with Jewish lawyer John J Ingalls was sent to prison for a railway scam. While in prison Schofield took to studying the works of John Darby of the Plymouth Brethren and began to form an idea for his Bible and once out of prison left his wife and two daughters to pursue this quest.

            He had many connections in the right places shall say we say and took up residence in New York where he had many Jewish Zionist followers to help him conceive his version of the Bible which has influenced Zionist Christians ever since.

            While mixing with Samuel Untermeyer a Jew who would later be famous for being in the American Jewish Committee Schofield took a mistress and he could operate as a lawyer because his friend John J Ingalls had pulled some strings for him though Schofield had no formal training. Jewish Zionists like Untermeyer took Scofield under his wing and financed his trips to Oxford where the first Scofield Bibles were printed.”

        • CrusherMuldoon July 3, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

          Explain why this is a metaphor

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        I’m not sure it’s a good thing to be overly focused on “End Times” prophecy–though i’d have to say that there is much to support it.

        The world has always been full of violence and corruption, though usually on a much more localized scale. We’re now dealing with extreme moral corruption being promoted (rather effectively) on a worldwide scale. The fall of Rome was a fairly localized event. Most of the rest of the world scarcely noticed it. The coming collapse will be worldwide and will affect almost everyone, everywhere in the world.

        Have you ever thought about what it must have been like for Jesus and the BVM to live in this world? Pure spirits descending into this cesspit?

        • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 10:49 am #

          I agree Anthea. For me, I’ve always felt it was rather presumptuous to think I’ll live through the End Times. This planet has gone through billions of people who did not live to see it. I’m not sure I will live to see it. But to live with that expectation is limiting in my mind. I am certainly living in interesting times, as the old Chinese proverb goes.

          I live each day as it comes, but I am still paying attention to long term trends and planning accordingly.

        • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 11:08 am #

          Good point, Anthea. We live in Globalized Evil Times.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

          Paula wants paradise on Earth without God. She thinks it can be attained via Russian Communism, lol.

          • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

            Your obsession with Paula is as annoying and stupid as Q Schtik’s obsession with spelling and grammar.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

            MaryQueen, I call it gossip in plain sight.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

            Paula wants…” ~ Jarek

            Jarek wants to gossip.

          • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 8:17 pm #

            Personally, I find it more annoying.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 12:46 am #

            Well, I don’t know what Paula said or what Paula thinks, but one thing’s for sure: I am definitely not interested in what Jarek says Paula said or what Jarek thinks Paula thinks.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:23 am #

            In other words it’s wrong because Jarek said it. Feminine “profundity” on display. And remember, their vote cancels out yours.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 3:39 am #

            Jarek, the ‘lol’ at the end of your comment looks like the ‘lol’ style found often at the end of SoftStarLight’s comments and whose comments often, if not always, sound like yours. So of course I suspect sockpuppetry.

            In any case. you don’t seem to belong here and you’ve already been previously kicked off by the host of this site, perhaps more than once. Why return?

            Your third-person-style ‘gossip’ about what one individual says or thinks about another helps divide people; your asking someone if they’re on ‘team Islander’ versus ‘team MaryQueen’ for example helps divide people; your chronic ‘Black versus White’ discourse helps divide people; your chronic ‘men versus women’ discourse helps divide people; your ethnic group versus another ethnic group, such as your mention of something along the line of ‘Gypsies stealing the babies of some other ethnic group of people’, helps divide people, and so on.

            This sort of toxic interpersonal pattern should not persist and would not persist normally on other sites, nor in real life. So why bother?

            We can call that ‘trolling’ too, but in any case, if that is by design and people are constantly giving you negative feedback and you persist, then perhaps it’s precisely that sort of feedback that you are looking for in the interest of helping in your own small way to create and/or exacerbate social divisions online, in tandem to what governments appear to be doing as well, both on and offline.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 10:24 am #

            @ Jarek:

            No. The reason I (and assume also “we”) are not interested in what you think someone thinks is because you’re a bore.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 10:33 am #

            @ The Man They Call Zazelle:

            Most of it is just attention-seeking behavior. (You may have noticed that Jarek often DEMANDS that someone respond to him.)

            He’s learned that one sure way to get attention is to be obnoxious. This is common behavior in toddlers. It’s also a good sign that a person who resorts to obnoxiousness or attacks on others has nothing positive to contribute–no ability to get attention by saying something sensible or interesting.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

            Za: Many people who use lol use it this way. Just as many people who use periods put them at the end of sentences, lol.

            Yes men and women exist and thus are divided into the categories of men and women. You sound like you’re at war with reality. How long before you join the Trans?

            Nations exist and thus the world is divided into nations. Race, thus races, etc.

            If only there was just ONE Nation and Race – yours. With everyone else just a raceless, sexless, vaguely human zombie!

          • MaryQueen July 4, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

            Mr. Zazelle and Anthea are spot on.

            Toddler behavior for attention, and also constant divisiveness.

            Oh and Paula is also correct, I would call Jar’s comments more annoying than Q’s.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 5, 2023 at 10:31 am #

            CFN seems to have herpes and to have had it for at least 12 years:

            July 5, 2023 at 7:54 am

        • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

          As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man. I don’t know if we’re as amoral as those who lived in antediluvial times, but we’re surely well on our way.

          Much is made of the Atlanteans — sunken continent west of Gibraltar, high tech society where men flew in metallic tubes, and who people displeased the gods. Which makes me wonder if Plato wrote a history, or visions of the future. Remember, he also wrote that men would live in caves, gawking at pictures on the wall that they believed were more real than the world around them. How similar that description is to Americans, as JHK noted: we stare at computers, cell phones, and tvs, believing what we watch more than we believe the complexities of reality. So, for example, we see Trump supporters as revolutionaries bent on murder, not counter-revolutionaries trying to save an unsavable society, and have no interest in changing our opinion because to do so would destroy the faulty presumptions on which we’ve built our lives.

          Oops, better see what’s on CNN….

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:11 am #

          Anthea: correct, and it gives too many Christians an excuse to do nothing to change the situation. I believe in God but I’m not expecting much help from Christians to fight this evil. Praying and quoting some guy called Paul isn’t enough.

      • taijitu July 3, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

        ..and that plan is….?

        • jim e July 5, 2023 at 6:13 pm #

          John 1:12

          But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

          His name ain’t Jesus… (his mother never called him by that name).

          Jesus however is the name of the USMNT footballer that has scored consecutive Hat Tricks in the Concacaf Gold Cup Tournament.

    • pyrrhus July 3, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

      Alas, Babylon was supposed to be dystopian fiction…but it’s starting to look like a best case scenario…

      • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

        Babylon goes back to the days of Nimrod, allegedly the first king. This corrupt system has existed ever since, but is to be destroyed in the future. It is not a paradise, but a way to suppress the many for the benefit of the few.

    • Mister Lucky July 4, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

      Little by little, and then….. all at once.

  2. lizharmon July 3, 2023 at 9:11 am #

    Whether you’re inclined to believe in the blob against all evidence to the contrary ultimately boils down to a willingness to be uncomfortable in search of the truth. The 80/20 rule applies here. People who have learned to game the system and derive whatever perceived wealth and comfort they have from it are living very precarious lives. They cheerlead it and hope it doesn’t change. They’ll do whatever it asks of them. There were these people in the USSR, the DDR and Poland in early 1990, too. Their world got rocked, just as your friends’ world will get rocked. Many of them won’t survive. They will plunge into the abyss. Life, as they say, is a bitch. I can’t worry too much about such people. It’s the 20% I care about and will fight for. I want them to be well. I want them to thrive. They probably will, too…whatever the future might look like.

    • Velarde July 3, 2023 at 9:15 am #

      ?

      • Velarde July 3, 2023 at 9:16 am #

        Spot on…

    • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      With most people, there is not much more to their mental processes than repeating the last thing they heard–whether it was on TV or from their acquaintances. Their brains are recording and playback devices, and of course many of the last things they heard were that certain sources of information are to be disregarded or vilified. Part of the reason for this is because they were trained that way in school, and part of it is laziness and immaturity.

      Most people in our society never mature mentally, and education and work experience (especially government work) discourages mental maturation, due to lack of accountability. If they had to make a living by running a small business, or even just by working in any situation that involved accountability, even the dullest of them would smarten up fast. I do have one former neighbor who was “riden’ with Biden” before the election. He had to get a job for perhaps the first time in his life, after his wife lost her high-paying job, and he has ever since been bitter about the necessity for employment–and the fact that no one will pay a 55-year-old guy with no skills or work experience a “living wage.”

      • Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 10:51 am #

        You’ve summed it up very nicely here. Who among us doesn’t remember mentally checking out during the monotonous lectures, coming alive only for the “Cliff’s Notes” Easter eggs for items that would be on the test the instructor would occasionally throw out to keep us on our toes. Memorize, regurgitate, and forget was the key for getting through school, which was then reinforced during our first forays into the “adult” employment world. Information overload (by design) is the overriding theme these days, with little time for critical thinking and analysis, even for those precious few who are so inclined. And those who do very quickly learn that, that way lies monsters!

      • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        John Taylor Gatto said pretty much the same thing.

        • pyrrhus July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

          A great teacher and a great man…

        • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

          One of the very first things required for the USA to heal and recover will be the total abandonment of our current educational system. This goes from kindergarten to grad school. It’s all mostly useless, destructive, and very expensive bullcrap. The people working in the system must be forbidden to ever teach again, and the school infrastructure also needs to be destroyed or scrapped. It’s all obsolete anyway. But the USA must fail and break into pieces before this can happen.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

            I agree with much of what you say.

            Especially about the people working in the system.

            The majority seem to be communists, mentally ill, or sex perverts. Yes sex perverts can be said to be mentally ill, but they know what they are doing.

      • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

        Most adults in the western world are in a state of arrested development. Substance abuse and other addictions keep people there.

        The AD results in rampant narcissism, which James Lindsay and Jordan Peterson recently discussed may be the basis for this widespread Blobbiness that Jim K describes.

        Narcissists cannot admit they are wrong. The entire scenario laid out for them which casts them as coming out as “winners” appeals to them, so there is no way they are stepping out of that reality.

        It is good to see everyone discussing this massive problem: That even with fats, proof, evidence, and life consequences shoved in their faces, the narcissistic-based Woke Jacobins will not face reality.

        This is an interesting psychology to study. Why such rampant narcissism? I will venture to say it has all been engineered.

        • CrusherMuldoon July 3, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

          HEAR HEAR MARY QUEEN!

        • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

          Actually, that would be “facts” shoved in their faces, but fats might be funnier.

          • taijitu July 3, 2023 at 8:25 pm #

            Just add salt and sugar.

      • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:13 am #

        Yep. Finding the truth for them is a purely passive procedure: “I can’t the news on CNN this morning to see what’s going on in the world.” There’s no understanding that getting info and parsing it is an active skill. You have to shop around, compare and contrast opinions and be very aware that the MSM lies about everything.

  3. Demeter July 3, 2023 at 9:14 am #

    I couldn’t have described the present state of reality better. Hope to see us all on the other side.

  4. TPTB-USA July 3, 2023 at 9:18 am #

    “These days they’re all for a righteous defense against misinformation that threatens our democracy, meaning: censorship. They wouldn’t call it that, exactly. They consider it a battle against right-wing extremism, white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, the usual bugbears. It never occurs to them that the Blob lies to them continually, remorselessly, promiscuously about everything.” ~ JHK

    It seems that the only thing that will wake them from their stupor is death. Their own death.

    A very solemn holiday indeed.

    • reggiezz July 3, 2023 at 9:26 am #

      I too know some of the zombies mesmerized by the Trump drumbeat on CNN. One retiree, a former VP in a large corporation, told me recently the only reliable news sources are CNN, BBC and MSNBC. I laughed out loud, which was rude. It was involuntary.

      There’s no hope for them. They don’t know they’re possessed by demons and are doomed. So I just smile and wave them goodbye. I don’t even feel sad for them anymore.

      • Velarde July 3, 2023 at 9:29 am #

        Yup. I just remember the goid times in college and graduate school, times over a goid beer, whence more of less all agreed on core principles of decency. Well, at least I have the MEMOEIES…

        • Velarde July 3, 2023 at 9:30 am #

          Forgive my fat fingers!

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

          Don’t say that. Your memories are fungible too. You misspelling highlighted that.

          Where the good old days all that good?

      • Hereward the Woke July 3, 2023 at 10:14 am #

        Reggiez: I tutor school kids and also have a good laugh about this. Whenever, they get a project to do about current events, their teachers (aka indoctrinators) warn them only to use “reliable” sources like the BBC, NYT and Guardian. Hilarious and rather tragic.

        • GreenAlba July 3, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

          I was in Yorkshire a week ago for my brother’s 50th wedding anniversary do, at their house. Apart from their own children and grandchildren, everybody was pretty much my age (obviously). One woman, who initially sounded quite educated, suddenly waxed positively hysterical about The Light newspaper, which she’d heard about from Marianna Spring’s ‘Marianna in Conspiracy Land’ programme, as part of the BBC’s new ‘Verify’ (‘anti-disinformation’) project.

          Horrendous, she hyperventilated. Right wingers, even actual Nazis, she said. Anti-vaxxers! Nobody said anything, but I think it was because they just didn’t want to get into it. I think they were all Guardian readers, because a few of the men were laughing about Putin’s supposed prospects after the supposed ‘coup’, which I hadn’t even heard about at that point as I was incommunicado-ish when it happened.

          I was sitting right next to the anti-conspiracy lady, but I just sat there and never said a word. Not my place to spoil my brother’s and his wife’s lovely day and it almost never helps to say anything. But afterwards I wished we’d been somewhere else, because she’d have been great fun to toy with.

          Having said that, I did send JHK’s ‘Call the exorcist!’ post to my sister in law after she shut me up about the Biden criminal mafia, and I haven’t had any pushback. Maybe she’ll just ignore me forever now.

          • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:15 am #

            That’s very sad, Green Alba. I always thought the Yorkies were very down to Earth. When you’ve lost Yorkshire, you know it’s bad!

      • workingclasshero July 3, 2023 at 11:05 am #

        “There’s no hope for them. They don’t know they’re possessed by demons and are doomed. So I just smile and wave them goodbye. I don’t even feel sad for them anymore”.

        I don’t see that political movement being out of power anytime soon, unfortunately. My side of the fence is the side is sliding towards near future doom I’m afraid.

        Political commonsense on the Right is not any less moribund than on the Left, especially with the forces of persuasion arrayed against it and even less of a margin of error.

        • taijitu July 3, 2023 at 8:40 pm #

          workingclasshero you impressed me with the word, “moribund.” But I’ll be damned if I know what you meant here: “(…) and even less of a margin of error.”

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:16 am #

          It’s very simple: things will continue until they can’t. The current madness has too much momentum. Once the whole system smashes against the brick wall of reality, then and only then will we have a chance to build something better to replace it. In the meantime, keep on hoping that if only Trump gets back in, he will sort it all out.

    • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 10:45 am #

      That’s pretty much what Yuri Bezmenov said. He said they were inured to facts. No amount of factual information could penetrate the indoctrination. Biden inadvertently admitted to this when he said, “We choose truth over facts!”

      • TPTB-USA July 3, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        At this point, my assessment is that there are two groups.

        One group is comprised of individuals that are pushing an agenda, and they shove truth and facts aside; and the other group is a fragile set of individuals that simply cannot handle the truth, so they don’t want to hear it, or chose to ignore it.

      • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:49 am #

        Most people quoting Bezemov as if he was the know-all, be-all, still don’t understand that the CIA was doing everything and more that the KGB was up to during the Cold War. The same goes for understanding the viciousness and long-term planning of psychopathic assholes led by the maestro of iniquity, Allen Dulles.
        Quoting Bezemov usually only provides further cover for the very able efforts of the real Owners here in our own front and back yards and their come-to-fruition plans now recognized as “The Blob of the Beltway.”
        Bezemov, et al provide cover (“Look! Over there, bright and shiny!”) in keeping our eyes far from the actual homegrown monsters within the domestic bureaucracies which continue to consume us from within.

      • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

        Well said, Dave. Capitalism created Communism. It’s all one system, heads and tails.

        Nationalism (Fascism) is the great evil in their book. Thus did they betray Chiang Kai Shek to install Mao, whom perhaps they thought they could control. But Communism – a utterly flawed, inhuman system – tends to morph back
        into something real: Nationalism. And it has done so in both Russia and China.

  5. Pondernot July 3, 2023 at 9:26 am #

    Larry Johnson describes echoes JHK’s vividly articulated description of the complete inversion of reality that seems to have overtaken that segment of society which used to be known as “the left.” Those were the people who did their time on the barricades in the Vietnam War era, the people who wholeheartedly embraced the civil rights movement, and who evinced a robust and healthy skepticism towards the CIA and all its doings.

    In his blog this morning, Johnson writes about a recent interview between veteran Los Angeles Times and NPR reporter Robert Scheer, who now runs the independent news site Scheerpost, and Ray McGovern, of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), who repeatedly had to correct Scheer as to the status of the war in Ukraine. For example:

    “… Scheer repeatedly insisted that Russia is losing badly on the battlefield and Ukraine is prevailing. For those of you living outside the United States, Scheer’s embrace of the Western lies about Russia’s military failure in Ukraine is not an aberration. Millions of Americans have been bamboozled.”

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    • malthuss July 3, 2023 at 9:39 am #

      Scheer is untrustworthy. If I recall Ann Coulter or someone mentioned his family going to Stalins russia. commies thru n thru.

      as far as releasing wild rare animals, it happened here. like half of one percent of the bengals worldwide killed in a day.

      Zanesville Animal Massacre Included 18 Rare Bengal Tigers
      October 19, 2011, 12:41 AM Oct. 19, 2011 — The massacre began Tuesday evening when sheriff deputies arrived at a notorious wild animal preserve in Zanesville, Ohio, to see Bengal tigers, lions, bears and other ferocious animals wandering away, some headed for the highway

    • Islander July 3, 2023 at 10:37 am #

      I just took a look at today’s Scheerpost.

      It has always struck me, when I checked out his website, a kind of odd combo of items.

      Many I am totally on board with. Others are relics from past political views, premises, and assumptions.

      I do appreciate that he occasionally makes available items that otherwise are behind a paywall.

      Actually, today’s selection seems to be reasonable. Could he be learning???

    • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:54 am #

      Scheer NPR? Hmm… I don’t recall that. He was LA Times once upon a time, Ramparts, TruthDig…
      Just my recollection, I’ve been wrong before.

  6. John K July 3, 2023 at 9:33 am #

    That must have been an exasperating conversation, JHK. If it were me, I’d downgrade the friends from “old” to “former.” But then again, I’m bitter after losing two careers to Covid policies, encountering censorship myself, and spending three years arguing with idiots online who happily embrace censorship and will never understand the larger arc of events that will sweep many of them (and some of us) away.

    • elysianfield July 3, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

      John
      There is a take-away with your experience. The government, MSM, troll farms, censorship, etc. are actually very effective. What they are doing has worked well, and cannot be undone by words or argument,

      How many generations of Americans have been affected…infected? How many reject the culture that Boomers enjoyed and maintained?

      Yes, events will sweep most of them and most of us, away…and if the events don’t get us, attrition through old age will. Our culture is dying, the bad guys are winning.

    • SW July 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

      Old friends can’t be replaced no matter if political views differ or not.

      All of my closest friends voted for and believe in Biden and think Trump wants to be a dictator. They saw nothing wrong with Obama (a constitutional lawyer or so he said) ordering the assassination of an American citizen who had not even been charged with a crime (not saying the guy was a saint) or Hillary and Obama ordering the destruction of Libya or think Putin is evil personified or Zelensky is a hero and “democracy is making a stand in Ukraine” or following CDC guidelines on covid kept them alive or Putin controlled Trump no matter what Durham says.

      It’s aggravating to be sure when smart, well-educated friends rely on the NYT, Guardian, NPR etc and parrot their crap but old friendships trump politics (at least for me).

      • JackStraw July 3, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        “Old friends can’t be replaced no matter if political views differ or not.”

        This is so true. I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years since they all went batshit crazy over Trump. I didn’t ostracize them, nor display any malice towards them for their idiotic voting and sheer lack of critical thinking, but I was deemed “unworthy” and cast off.

        At my age, it’s very difficult to make new friends, and due to remote work, it’s getting lonelier all the time.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

          One of my old friends turned leftist over the years–essentially doing a 180° from his younger self. We avoid discussing politics. I feel a certain obligation to try to bring him back to God and sanity. I mean, he’s my kids’ godfather.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 4, 2023 at 9:51 am #

            Agreed that old friends are not to be brushed aside over petty BS.

            I’ve mentioned before that the best man from my wedding essentially barred my family from staying at his home during “covid”, as we weren’t vaccinated. I believe this stance was largely at the behest of his wife, but he sheepishly went along with it. Okay.

            He is invariably and staunchly “in the right” as a lefty on every issue as well. Like with most of my friends, if politics do come up, we now dab and dot at it and then change the subject. Everyone already knows where everyone claims to stand, so what’s the point…

            That said, even though “covid” isn’t a concern for them anymore, I now don’t really want us to stay at their house when we periodically travel through…a dinner drop-by visit is fine, as is a nice hotel stay.

          • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:19 am #

            I’m a bit of a loner so I’ve never lost much sleep about not having BFFs. However, what I’ve noticed about Lefties is that they can’t stop talking about politics and interjecting their stupid views into every conversation. Most conseratives don’t feel the need to be constantly airing their views in public. That’s why I just walk away and avoid all Leftists.

          • mrs_saj July 5, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

            MrMangoOnMyShoulder,

            My mother-in-law visits every December. I see her once a year and that’s it. I won’t go into her personality. Use your imagination.

            December 2021 was a memorable year. My husband has foolishly received two pfizer clot shots so that he can attend a golf outing in Ireland that he is never going to attend. I am staunchly anti-vaxx. My MIL calls up to coordinate her flights. She is bragging that she is getting the flu shot 10 days before her arrival and her covid booster 3 days before she arrives.

            I put my foot down. Absolutely not. She’s shown up to us before in December on death’s door with flu and pneumonia that was so bad that after listening to her all night, I almost called an ambulance. Pre-covid, we regularly disinfected the house after she left.

            I told my husband under no circumstances would I receive her three days after a covid booster. BUT, I gave him a great excuse why. Some people who have concerns about vaccines causing autism, etc, spread the vaccines out, to allay their fears. So he convinced her to get the flu shot, but postpone the covid booster until January. It worked!

            I’m not sure how many shots she’s up to at this point.

        • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

          @ JackStraw:

          After I retired–and before I started selling soap at farmers’ markets–I joined the town’s book club and writers’ club. The book club was all women, mostly retired. The writers’ club had a few male members. Just about everyone was a leftist, as most were retired government workers. A few maintained an amused silence about political matters (your best bet in such situations).

          Once when Common Core came up, I remarked that the issue was whether matters related to kids’ education should be decided by the parents or by the government. Our mayor’s wife roared, “Who SHOULD decide?” as if it was self-evident that it should be government. She was furious that I would even question this. Then she stood up and stalked out of the room.

          Another time, I mentioned to one woman that bariatric surgery sometimes cures diabetes. I knew she was diabetic and thought this might interest her. We discussed the percentages of success rates over time. The next thing I knew, she had totally lost her temper and roared at me, “Would YOU do it?” I replied, “Of course not. I am just interested in the implications as far as what causes diabetes.”

          So you can inadvertently make waves in these venues–while everybody else in the book club sits around puzzled and amused, and then they all act like nothing happened. Such is human contact.

          You could also join a church, but you probably won’t make friends there unless you become involved in helping out. So you could help clean up after the various pot luck dinners. If you’re Catholic, you could join the Knights of Columbus, whose main activity is eating sandwiches and drinking beer in the basement. Women can join the Altar Society. I suppose Protestant churches must have similar organizations, and some have many activities. If you are interested in meeting women, I have noticed that some Protestant churches are kind of cruisey.

          Some people are worried that they won’t “fit in.” But, as I used to tell one of my daughters, who said people in our little rural town thought she was weird, “Everybody around here is half crazy. They can get used to you.”

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

        Many years ago, there was one guy named Will in our little group of friends who was very annoying and irritating. Will’s annoyingness came up frequently in conversation. One day, Will asked us, “If I’m really so annoying, like you all are always saying, why do you hang out with me?”

        One member of our group replied, without so much as a pause, “Penance.”

        • taijitu July 3, 2023 at 9:03 pm #

          Defence rests.

        • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 9:20 pm #

          Too funny!

        • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 1:05 am #

          So, if people who don’t even like you invite you out to lunch during Lent, well, now you know why.

        • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 1:13 am #

          Actually, my daughter, who gets carried away about Lent, gave me this idea.

          I told her that Sally, an old acquaintance, couldn’t drive any more and that maybe I should invite her to go out for lunch and a little shopping.

          My daughter replied, “But you don’t even like Sally, do you?”

          I said, “No. Not particularly.”

          So my daughter said that this was a wonderful opportunity to engage in some suffering “in reparation for offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Sally and I actually had an enjoyable outing. But, boy is she a crusty old woman. Crusty old women can be kind of a treat to talk to. They know things.

    • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

      You will do better not bothering with those Blobs any more.

      Don’t argue with them online, it’s futile and will drive you mad.

      I’m spending very little time online anymore that isn’t work.

      Sorry about your careers – depending on what you do, can you start your own consulting or other business?

      If not, there are millions of non-woke businesses & people out there – so don’t despair.

  7. mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 9:43 am #

    Jim,

    Great essay today. Reading about your experience dealing with old friends hits home because it is so painfully familiar to me. I know I have changed, but my old friends have changed, too. And debating with folks about reality and what the facts are never gets me anywhere. People choose what information, what news, and thus what facts they consume. I am very interested in what these people I thought I knew think of the world today. Sometimes if for no other reason than to shock myself that people I know actually think this way.

    I’ve read a number comments and heard several stories lately about how bad some of us think other people are starting to look. Typically its an unvaccinated person who is mentioning how horrible their neighbors, friends, and co-workers look and how fast they appear to be aging (those that haven’t died suddenly). Yes, I think there will be fewer of us around in the years ahead. And I think the media will ignore the population trends, these are quiet numbers after all. And the media has proven again and again that they can ignore almost anything. This further distorts reality and the facts, because even if you are looking for it, it’s hard to research something the media doesn’t want to report.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      From my research into causes of obesity I have come across theories about what forced idleness does to your system even your pancreas and I think we are seeing some effects of that experiment.

      If your organs aren’t working up to snuff you will look old because it’s what’s inside us that ages us the most.

      • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 3:18 pm #

        I run into people who casually refer to the alcohol over-use problem or the 20-30 lbs they gained during the lockdown. Say what?

        I used the time to get new running shoes and upped my walks to 3 miles most days. I lost weight and got in shape during the plandemic.

        I also learned a ton about supplements and haven’t been sick 1 day since the craziness began. Well, TBH, I hadn’t been sick for years anyway.

        One of my current coworkers has a totally OCD addiction to hand sanitizer. It’s sort of jarring to see. We’ll be in a meeting and suddenly he jerks out of his seat and makes a run to the sanitizer. It’s very bizarre.

        • taijitu July 3, 2023 at 9:21 pm #

          Any chance of getting that on video?

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 4:07 am #

          Manitizer hanitizer.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 9:58 am #

          Man-handled hanitizer from the on your mark, get set, corporate get-go lingo.

        • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 7:14 pm #

          I have known people to become germophobes after they took a parasitology class in college. They had nightmares for years.

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:22 am #

          That’s because you’re a good woman, Mary. As individuals, there was nothing we could do to stop the Covid madness. But the best revenge was to stay stronger and even get stronger physically and mentally. Gates, Fauci et al want us dead, so doing this is sweet revenge. As for the Covid freaks, fuck ’em!

    • abbybwood July 3, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

      One would think that if the CDC, FDA, DOD and NIH were all about “the science” they would have insisted on picking up the $5000 tab and done autopsies on everyone who “died suddenly and unexpectedly” post jabs.

      But, no. It is quietly left for the grieving families to pick up that tab with nowhere to turn when the three foot long clots are found or the severe myocarditis.

      There is our “science”.

    • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

      My lawn guy who gets every jab that comes down the pike looks like he’s aged 15-20 years. Horrible. He’s also more irritable. And sort of delusional, as he thinks he’s “healthy” but has a huge gut (doesn’t drink, so what’s that about?) even though he works so hard at a physically-challenging job all day.

      He also had near-death experiences directly after the first 2 jabs, including a ton of pain and swelling up of his legs, but that hasn’t deterred him one iota.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

        Huge gut is a sign of a metabolic disorder. There are different causes, we don’t know too much about them all.

        Many doctors are still stuck on eat less, exercise more but if your metabolism is malfunctioning that does not always work.

        I am finding more and more research that supports this. The salt book I just finished touches on the topic somewhat too.

        I have a relative who has had to take time off from work the next day with each booster, but she went and got five anyway.

        • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 6:44 pm #

          Yes: He has destroyed his metabolism by starving himself all day while he works, then eating a huge meal in the evening. He told me he does this, and thinks it’s healthy.

          He also doesn’t listen to other peoples’ opinions, so I have not offered that he’s def doing it wrong.

      • Night Owl July 4, 2023 at 7:33 am #

        Of the few jabbed folk that I still associate with, I have also noticed the aging.

        Two of them are male and about my age (mid-40s) and have gone almost completely grey. They ask me what my secret is.

        I tell them beer, and then wonder what it must be like to be such a person.

      • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:23 am #

        Maybe you should put him out to grass (pun intended)

  8. getsome July 3, 2023 at 9:45 am #

    “Aged into a monster”. Steppenwolf song of the same name “, was concerned with the countries generational schism vis-a-vis Nam. It is even MORE apropos today, in that BOTH sides of the schism then were deeply concerned about their countries moral and societal health. No such today. Fragmentation into rival tribes, all vying to secure as much wealth/power/dominance over the other tribes health/wealth/ideology by any means conceivable, irrespective of destructive outcome.
    Col Douglas MacGregor, military analyst par excellence (approaching or “gasp” equaling your protean intellect James Howard), opined that he does not think there will be a 2024 electoral contest herein. Holy Societal Collapse Batman!
    That bit of imparted wisdom has set myself back a few -mental- steps. I am now re-assessing my entire projected flow of events re various levels of SHTF here. Inventorying the amount of items I project will be needed to established initial stability within my small AOR. Neighbors assessed by mental/physical needs, abilities, quirks etc. Training stays the same, mental, physical and inculcate a savage attitude to all tribes who may entertain ideas of casting jealous eyes upon me and mine. Nuff Said.

  9. Anthea July 3, 2023 at 9:47 am #

    I guess I’m lucky to be living in BFE. Everyone I know (almost) is a conservative–all appalled by the direction this country has taken. Even my oldest daughter, who was brainwashed into taking two covid jabs, has come around to seeing that the whole thing was a fraud. She worked as a respiratory therapist all through 2020-2022 and was fed a lot of brainwahsing, and was under immense pressure to take the jabs, and eventually caved.

    I used to encounter leftists (retired government workers) at the town library’s book club and writers’ club, but they disbanded during covid, and I never went back.

    Even my Facebook feed is all conservatives–most of whom are far too busy with their gardens, kids, home rehabs, livestock, rotational grazing systems, and small businesses to take much note of Ukraine, LGBT+, or Joe Biden’s doings. (There are almost no blacks around here to take note of, and no one minds the few Mexicans, who are quite pleasant.) Most of the time, when I reconnect with old high-school friends, they are also conservatives.

    I think many or even most people around here are quietly prepping–which is what country people have always done. But now I think they all are better stocked with canned goods and bullets than has been usual in the past.

    • Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 9:48 am #

      Another BFE resident! Welcome aboard!

      • Uncle Bob July 3, 2023 at 10:02 am #

        What is a “BFE resident?”

        • Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 10:07 am #

          Bum Fuck, Egypt. Out in the sticks.

          • Jimpa July 3, 2023 at 10:51 am #

            Count me there too.

          • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 10:55 am #

            Christ awmighty, that (BFE) is about as obscure an acronym as I have ever encountered and there are some doozies on here that people take for granted will be understood as if they are every day and in common usage. Several above here, ‘getsome’ throws out “AOR,” which I deciphered as “area of responsibility,” hoping I at least came close.
            I really don’t get why people use such obscure acronyms so loosely and taken for granted, it’s frustrating to read when one is truly trying to get the picture and respecting the author’s efforts.
            My 2 cents.

          • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:56 am #

            Well, I knew what BFE means. I use it all the time, especially when parked way out in the parking lot 😉

          • Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

            We used Bum Fuck, Egypt in the military quite a bit back in the day. “Where are we off to now? Hell if I know, Bum Fuck, Egypt, more than likely.” We usually shortened AOR to just AO, for Area of Operations, but there are doubtless other variations. I think Anthea likely used BFE above as a polite way of not spelling Bum Fuck, which I assume the SSL did last night as well.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

            Yes, the lure of argot, to exclude all who do not know it! In linguistic terms, it is the “Ring” that C.S Lewis talked about, that which excludes the many in favor of the few.

            It is the primary trope or metaphor of man’s fallen nature. His greatest temptation.

            In lower terms but still related: People love ease and parking as close as possible to the entrance. Is this wise? Sometimes it is, say late at night. Other times, why not walk and avoid getting hemmed in?

          • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            I think you’re making a bit of a virtue of necessity here. One may choose to walk if, for example, one doesn’t own a car and probably is not allowed to drive one. And of course, if you don’t have a job, you wouldn’t be in any particular hurry. Most of us are not in that situation.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:49 am #

            No, I talked about my car troubles a few weeks ago. Pay attention you lazy Susan, you sloppy sloven.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            I remember the conversation well. You said you attempted to start a car. You did not say you owned a car or drove a car.

          • Jarek July 5, 2023 at 11:58 am #

            Why would I be trying to start a car or worrying about a car that wasn’t mine?

            Oh that’s right, because all men are criminals.

            You suck.

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 4:21 am #

            There are lots of reasons why you might try to start a car that wasn’t your own.

            In your case, the most likely reason is because one of your relatives allowed you to give it a try, in order to indulge you–the way you let a toddler sit on your lap and pretend to be steering.

          • Jarek July 6, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

            And then you wonder why your sons hate you.

    • Hereward the Woke July 3, 2023 at 10:18 am #

      Anthea, as a lowly Brit, what’s “BFE”? It could be “Before Feudalism Existed” but I suspect it’s a name of a place. Please enlighten me! As for the rest of your post, you have hit upon the solution to the current problems. Everyone is humming and harring about Nov 24 as if voting harder for DC will change things. It won’t. The solution is to do what you and the Amish are doing. Build Back Local!

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 11:14 am #

        BFE is “Bum Fuck Egypt,” or, as Disaffected said above, “the sticks.”

        I once met a Brit who had lived in the US for a number of years. He was blown away by the sheer landmass of this country. Another thing that is very striking about all this land is that so much of it appears empty, or actually is empty. I’m in Missouri. If you travel north of the Missouri River, all you see are vast farmlands with the occasional tiny town. Parts of Northern Missouri are heavily Amish. If you travel very far south of the Missouri River, you once again encounter vast agricultural land with occasional small towns. If you travel sill further south, you run into the Ozark Mountains–a vast scenic emptiness where spring-fed rivers abound. Southern Missouri is also heavily populated with Amish.

        Point is: The amount of land in the US is staggering. It is fairly easy to find a place to live in BFE, because we have a staggering amount of BFE.

        • Islander July 3, 2023 at 11:35 am #

          France is smaller than Texas.

          Yet it has hundreds of “pays” that all have different characters.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:38 am #

          I accompanied a Brit on his first visit to NYC, from the Albany NY area.

          He was struck by the vastness and emptiness even as you approached a major population center.

          • malthuss July 3, 2023 at 11:56 am #

            huh? having gone Albany -NYC or vice versa at least 25 times I dont recall vastness from the thruway [as we called it].

          • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

            @ Malthuss:

            Kansas City’s KCI airport is WAY out in the middle of nowhere. When I was younger, I used to find the ride into Kansas City very disturbing. Like, what do people do for a living in all this nothingness?

            It is said that the reason KCI is so far north of the city is because many politically connected people owned vast acreages of land up there, and they believed that it would increase their property values to put the airport there. It kind of worked out–after about 50 years. Most of the area is still empty, though.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            Malthuss, you are not a Brit, are you?

            I think it was near Catskill, there are parts where you see orchards and woods and such to the horizon.

          • Night Owl July 4, 2023 at 7:34 am #

            The drive into NYC is like entering Mordor.

        • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:58 am #

          I live in Utah, in the Rocky Mountains. Drive across Wyoming, Nevada and much of Utah. Vast areas of nothingness. The big issue out here is water.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

            Countless Americans were ruined in the 19th century by land hustlers who promised them cheap land. They didn’t totally cheat them: they delivered the worthless land, worthless in terms of what had been promised, namely farming.

            Maybe wheat on a good year. But did the unfortunates have time to learn that? Or would it be enough in any case?

          • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            South Dakota is the same way. You can drive I-90 across the whole state and nothing but nothingness. You can often drive 50 miles or more without seeing another car on the road. I always found South Dakota eerie. The feeling it gave me was that it had been a blood-drenched land at some past time (even before the intrusion of whites)–as if the whole place were the scene of some terrible tragedy. I think this is historically true.

            The Sioux were originally driven out of the Lake Superior region by inter-tribal warfare and migrated to North and South Dakota in the 1600s, where they drove off several tribes who were already living there. (They are an extraordinarily bellicose bunch of people.) Smallpox preceeded the appearance of white people in the region and virtually wiped out the Mandans, and probably didn’t do the rest of them any good.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

            My parents, after driving through Texas, understood why the 55 mph speed limit did not make sense in some states.

        • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

          Most forget or never entertained the vastness of Alaska, one fifth the size of the rest of the Lower 48. And that’s just fine by me here in 907.

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:26 am #

          As someone who lives in Switzerland, the size of the US has always staggered me too. Here it’s lovely, but it’s a very postage-stamp beauty. If you take a few steps in either direction, you’re already in another canton. Whenever I got on hols to neighbouring France, it seems to be endless landscapes. Maybe that’s America’s hope: the maniacs in DC will never be able to enforce their will over all the country.

      • Q. Shtik July 3, 2023 at 11:32 am #

        humming and harring – Hereward

        ===========

        Where I grew up the expression was “hemming and hawing.”

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:27 am #

          I think that’s the difference between the proper Queen’s English what we Brits speak, and the horrible colonial pidgen English that you damned colonials speak. 🙂

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 11:35 am #

        When I lived at “the lake”–which we always referred to as “the lake,” in hopes that people would assume we meant “the lake where the rich people live,” instead of our own “Dogpatch-by-the-Lake”–it was almost like living in the wilderness. It used to be that about a third of the lots there were owned by the county for non-payment of taxes, and these lots were grown up into dense woodlands. Our taxes were low, because the county felt it already owned a more than sufficient amount of property at “the lake.”

        So, we may have been po’ folks, but my kids grew up swimming in the lake and roaming the woods. You would often run across quite remarkable things in those woods: little undiscovered creeks, snakes in the trees, a grove of persimmons, a little fishing dock, a lovely little swimming spot where the shallows ran far out into the lake, etc. I once happened across an old house foundation that had been built right in the middle of a good-size creek, (Someone, many years ago, had decided to build a house there and abandoned the project.) I once mentioned this at a city Plans and Zoning Committee meeting, and no one else even knew it was there, even though it was probably no more than 100 feet from a main road. But you couldn’t see it because the woods are so dense.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:40 am #

          I love remnants of civilization in the wilderness.

          Snakes in the trees, and avoidance thereof, are a major reason I stay urban, however.

          • So many liars July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

            Speaking of a remnant of civilization:

            My husband and I like to hike. Couple years ago we visited Lost Cove, a small abandoned community on the TN/NC line. Last resident left in 1957. We saw an old truck with a few hundred bullet holes, some bed springs, rusting roof sheeting lying in the weeds. Three structures still standing, but in very poor condition. Most everything else swallowed up by small trees, briars, and poison ivy.

          • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

            “I love remnants of civilization in the wilderness.”

            Las Vegas will someday be a truly extraordinary “remnant in the wilderness”.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 4:11 am #

            If Vegas is quite dry, it may take a longer time to decay too.

          • Night Owl July 4, 2023 at 7:40 am #

            Urban exploration in post-apocalyptic Vegas is going to be fun for the transhuman kids of the future.

    • Islander July 3, 2023 at 10:40 am #

      Where is BFE?

      • Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

        Anywhere a whole lot of people aren’t.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

          BBM: Bug Bite, Mississippi. A place where few want to be.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

            Anywhere near East Jesus?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 4, 2023 at 10:28 am #

            I believe that’s near Frog Balls, AR.

      • GreenAlba July 3, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

        In the UK, it’s just ‘the arse end of nowhere’.

        • Hereward the Woke July 5, 2023 at 7:28 am #

          Yep. Or “out in the sticks”. Or Essex.

  10. Disaffected July 3, 2023 at 9:47 am #

    You summed it up nicely with the accounts of your old friends, Jim. I’m seeing the same out here in the land of sun and fun, when people bother to express an opinion at all, at least. Most simply ignore it all and keep their heads down to ensure that next paycheck arrives on time. Debt slaves tend to do that.

    The only real change I’ve seen of late is that Ukraine has fallen off the radar altogether, only to be replaced by the many sundry expressions of “pride” hysteria. Quite ironic, since pride is just about the last thing I’d associate with any of it. Maybe they should back up and start a “shame” movement. Now that’s something I could get behind!

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    • Hereward the Woke July 3, 2023 at 10:19 am #

      Well, the take-up for the Clot Shot boosters has dropped globally by 80%, so maybe there’s some cognitive dissonance going on here. People still want to believe, but their gut instinct is telling them to avoid the jab.

    • Islander July 3, 2023 at 10:43 am #

      My next graphic novel:

      “Pride and Propaganda in the Orwellocene.”

      By Jane

      • SpeedyBB July 5, 2023 at 10:59 pm #

        The Third Reich’s propaganda apparatus was so amazingly effective, right up until the end of hostilities, that even those who should have known better were fooled.

        A group of U-boat POWs incarcerated in Great Britain had smuggled in a short-wave radio, and were predicting that Minister Goebbels was going to come through with a Wunderwaffe and save the day – right up until 30 April / 1 May, when news came through that the leadership had eaten lead (and poisoned their children to make a point of it).

        Along the same lines, the Great Ukie Counteroffensive is being championed across the web, with the likes of the following:

        “Ukrainian forces have been making progress along several axes of advance and have attriting the Russian military in the process.”

        Now in case Q’re wondering, “attriting” does not appear to be common English usage. I had to look it up and Shazam: “… the act of rubbing together: friction also: the act of wearing or grinding down by friction Stones can be smoothed and polished by attrition. 3: the act of weakening or exhausting by constant harassment, abuse, or attack a war of attrition 4: a reduction in numbers usually as a result of resignation, retirement, or death…” (Also needs a “been”)

        Will there be an analogous unpleasant surprise when Churchillian President Zelensky interrupts his important white marching powder session to surrender to the imperious Russky generals? Won’t that be a challenge for diligent media flunkies to spin?

        If the “Z” dude is as wise a survivor as he seems, he will have absquatulated long before Ivan rolls in. Hello Florida, bye-bye blues.

        (cannot fucking believe this):

        httpx://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ukraine-has-big-plans-to-make-putin-pay-and-end-the-war/ar-AA1dtS2F?

        • Paula D July 6, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

          LOL, that msn fantasy was a piece of work, alright.

          I also watched the video, where they reported that Surovikin was arrested, maybe, and then speculated wildly on the effects that would have on the Ukrainian efforts.

          But that’s not misinformation! Oh, no, misinformation is posting Pfizer’s trial data online, doncha know. That’ll get you banned, here in the Land of the Free.

          • Paula D July 6, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

            Referenced in the ruling by the Louisiana judge.

            .sirillp.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/75e9f7a3-da4e-45af-8430-6eeba37eaf9f.pdf?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

  11. RaymondR July 3, 2023 at 9:51 am #

    JHK’s Hebrew ancestors understood

    Proverbs 16:18, King James Version

    Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

  12. zappalives July 3, 2023 at 9:59 am #

    Ditch these low IQ jackoffs Jim.
    Devoid of critical thinking skills-never had an original thought in their entire lives.
    These are teevee addled sheepniggers.
    Plus …………no telling what these sheep are shedding out of their vaxxed meatsacks.

    Also bout time to ditch the “NEOCON” handle !
    War and death has gone mainstream in the democrat party !
    Never seen a more vicious bunch of NEOLIB warmongers.

    • Night Owl July 4, 2023 at 7:42 am #

      If you do a bit of due diligence, you will find that neocons are neolibs.

      The word games are there to keep the plebes wondering.

  13. Quatermain July 3, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    “My so called friends have fallen under a spell. They look me squarely in the eye and they say, well, all is well. Can they imagine the darkness that will fall from on high, when men will beg God to kill them and they won’t be able to die?” – Bob Dylan (Precious Angel)

    • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 11:07 am #

      When men beg God to kill them and He won’t, they’ll all have to man up and figure a way do it themselves.

      • taijitu July 3, 2023 at 10:07 pm #

        I hate to break it to ya, Woodchuck, but I don’t think it was meant in the material sense.

      • SpeedyBB July 5, 2023 at 11:03 pm #

        I always thought it was puzzling / amusing to see the lengths to which prison personnel will go to prevent inmates from offing themselves.

        Some anyway.

    • malthuss July 3, 2023 at 11:58 am #

      great song. Ive listened to it many times. mark of dire straits shines.

    • Night Owl July 4, 2023 at 7:44 am #

      Quaaaartermaaaaaain!!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3071D-KQ3E

  14. Freddie July 3, 2023 at 10:04 am #

    Well, if it is any consolation, Jim, you are not alone.
    I too am surrounded by an extended family as well as many old friends from my past, from work, from college, who are hard core believers in all the lies they have been told by the New York Times, CNN, etc…
    Their views are cast in stone (as are mine btw).

    Lovely painting of George Washington reviewing his troops. Indeed an idealized representation.
    However, the country was not unspoiled. The nation’s first energy and resource crisis was emerging around that time. The city of Philadelphia had by then cut down almost all the old growth forest from the entire surrounding Philadelphia region. In the coming decades firewood and wood for construction would be in short supply. But then at the eleventh hour, the deus ex machina of the discovery of anthracite in the western reaches of Pennsylvania saved the day!

    • oilie July 3, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      Only two homes in the small town of my childhood had coal stoves for heat. Smelled awful. Philadelphia air quality must have really sucked.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:45 am #

        I find coal a nostalgic aroma.

        Of course, a single coal stove that you can walk away from doesn’t have the same effect as cities full of coal smoke.

        Growing up, one of my neighbors still had coal delivered, and many of the furnaces and boilers had been converted from coal to gas.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

          When we first moved into my house at “the lake,” I had not yet had the electricity turned on, and the only heat source at that time was a wood stove. It was February, and the people who sold us the house brought over a wheelbarrow load of wood to hold us over until I could get some delivered. So we lit a fire in the wood stove and lit a kerosene lamp and one of those big novena candles that will burn for almost a week.

          I did not grow up with any of these smells, but there is some instinct that tells you that wood smoke is the smell of home–even also the smell of a kerosene lamp. I still take great delight in lighting the first fire in the wood stove in October.

          My grandparents burned coal in a huge pot-bellied stove. I don’t remember a smell. But I do remember that those old Victorian houses had no insulation at all, so they spent the winter sitting in split-bottom chairs gathered close to the coal stove. I’d love to have an old split-bottom chair.

          • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

            My grandparents’ house always smelled like buttermilk biscuits.

    • Lyndy33 July 3, 2023 at 11:18 am #

      Like the crises of lumber for energy being saved by coal. The crises of peak oil of the seventies was saved by fracking technology. You seldom hear much about lack of fuel these days. Could the cutbacks from OPEC actually be a shortage not a price thing; old oilfields running out?

    • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

      Biden is with a Phillie Girl? What are they like? Any good?

    • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 8:21 pm #

      Yeah, early Americans pretty much deforested the northeast, and they did it without chainsaws.

      Pretty amazing.

      Electricity saved the whales. The whalers had almost wiped them out, using ships powered with sails and primitive harpoons.

      Also amazing. It shows the power of humans to destroy without fossil fuels. Like turning the forested countries around the Mediterranean into deserts, way back when.

      I guess we’re going back to that soon.

      • SpeedyBB July 4, 2023 at 5:44 am #

        The so-called “consumer society” is on its last legs.

        Thanks to our wise overlords, we have evolved from “The customer is king” to “The customer is a disobedient nuisance who is becoming more and more useless and irrelevant to our utopian vision.”

        Electric cars = a classic case study.

        httpX://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/07/01/politicians-forcing-electric-cars-public-doesnt-want-them/?

  15. NickelthroweR July 3, 2023 at 10:09 am #

    Jim,

    I am so grateful for your friends and the people like them. I am grateful because I know that we are in a game of musical chairs and the people that are deaf to what is going on will be the first to lose their chairs.

    I do not want to compete with the majority when it comes to food, water, security and PMs. As of now, those things are readily available and I’m able to continue prepping so that when the grid does go down the me and mine will be there on the other side.

    Covid showed me that the majority are no better and possibly worse than the NAZIs and I will have no sympathy for any of them when the time comes.

    In the meantime, let’s listen to these losers – these 4x jabbed NPCs so that we have stories to warm our hearts when the test comes.

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    • Jimpa July 3, 2023 at 11:03 am #

      When the grid goes down. I hope it’s not in the summer. It’s 95 today in coastal NC and the AC is such a blessing. How did people live here without it? I guess I may well find out.
      Yes, I have a generator, but AC would soon not be an option, except maybe for very short spells, depending on the availability of propane, which let’s face it, will not be readily available if at all.

      • Not_GeorgeT July 3, 2023 at 11:41 am #

        “How did people live here without it? ”

        it’s worth considering… my first thought is they didn’t know about AC, therefore nothing to miss.

        Lifestyle was much different.

        The pace of life had to be much slower

        “For the heat of the sun’s in the Dog,/ An’ the sun of the Dog’ll never decline:/ Till on England’s last man an’ beast/ The Dog shall mark ‘is fangs decline.”

        Kipling

        Would you trade for our sub-zero Winters in the Northen latitudes?

        Curiosity question. 🙂

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:49 am #

          Different homes too, tall windows to let the breezes in, and the like.

          Anybody read Cross Creek? I heard you can visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in Florida.

          • Opie July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

            Beryl, I live in a cracker house older than Rawlings, which is about ten miles away in Cross Creek. It can indeed be visited, nice setup gets you an idea of what life was like back in the day. My wife and I lived without AC for the first ten years we lived here. The high ceilings and large windows do help, but the best saving grace was our regular afternoon showers which would drop the temps to the mid 70’s for a while. Those regular rains are not as regular as they once were.

          • Billy Hill July 3, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            I went to college in Florida and Summered in St Petersburg after my senior year. Rented a house without ac. Simple ranch block houses without central air were quite common in the late 60s. Yes, you could set your clock by the afternoon storms off the gulf that cooled the air. Old timers always said it was not ac that made Florida habitable but rather mosquito control.

            Regarding Southern heat generally, I suspect that it was cooler on average back in the 19th century. At Horseshoe Bend in Alabama (site of the Red Stick Creek defeat in the days of Jackson) a few years back in August with the temperature near 100 I happened upon a cannon firing by Park employees dressed in soldier garb of the era. Wool. Long sleeves. Layers. It had to have been cooler on average then — perhaps the tail end of the Little Ice Age?

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

            Billy, about long sleeves. I was wondering one day how the early settlers coped with the fierce bugs in the Adirondacks, and a man who lived up there told me that for one thing, short sleeves were a modern invention.

            You went outside, even in summer, you were covered head to toe.

        • ryan1327 July 3, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

          I once saw a picture of my Father from the early fifties. He was standing next to a car in Tampa, with a large box-shaped object covering the vehicles window. He said you filled it with ice, and the air flowing through would cool the car… for a little while.

      • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

        Easy. They were tougher people. They didn’t know what air conditioning was, didn’t have any expectations of it and just lived without it.

      • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 2:02 am #

        I’ve lived without AC, through some extreme heatwaves. I was pregnant with my fourth daughter during the summer of ’88, which was the hottest summer since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. It’s not so bad, if you’re young and healthy–and you do get acclimated to it. The people who really suffer from the heat are we old people.

        • SpeedyBB July 5, 2023 at 11:49 pm #

          Anthea, I have also discovered, to my dismay, that after the age of 75 or so I simply have not been able abide the cold. Lucky I reside 6° south of the equator.

          And so much for any thought of returning to live in Canada…

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 4:36 am #

            The cold bothers me a lot, too. I wear long underwear all winter, sleep buried in a down comforter, and keep a space heater under the computer desk. Most of my trouble is that I smoke, and I won’t smoke indoors. I spend a lot of time sitting on the porch in all kinds of weather.

    • Night Owl July 5, 2023 at 9:21 am #

      You could have learned that prior to Covid.

      Just observe how people act if someone has something they want. Whether they are good looking, have a very nice car or some other bauble, etc.

      Look at the lengths people go to to bring down and destroy others every day.

      The good ones are the ones who just leave others alone. “Covid” did make everything clear yes.

      Even here on CFN, we have a few veritable Nazis still posting and pretending like they never did anything wrong.

  16. diggy July 3, 2023 at 10:13 am #

    Hi Jim,

    You nailed it with this one – I am observing that once you step out of a line on any proper “narrative” position you’re labeled as MAGA or a Trumper – it doesn’t matter who you are of what position it is.

    Trump has literally made half the county insane.

    RFK, Jr is only slightly less evil.

    This should lead to the great scorched earth election of 2024 – will anything be left standing?

    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 10:48 am #

      Please elucidate.

      Explain how Trump “literally” made half the country insane.

      • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        If “Trump derangement syndrome” seems like a conditioned response, that’s probably because it is. Most people can’t give coherent reasons for hating Trump. They just do. All the “reasons” they put forth are the “reasons” MSNBC, CNN, etc. provided. But really, what they hate is the America that Trump represents. The America that most of them have been taught to hate, to consider a racist, sexist, homophobic America. That’s why they hate him. That’s why Biden gets up there on national TV and tells black people Trump wants to put them back in chains and that’s what he’ll do if elected. And also, Trump cost them four years in their timetable to establish their “one world order” and when you don’t have a lot of time to begin with, four years is a lot.

        • Opie July 3, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

          I notice the same thing.

        • zappalives July 3, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

          When you have a majority of sheep ………staring at their teevee for 6=8 hours a day…………….this shit circus is what you get.

        • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

          It is a conditioned response, but it’s not Trump’s fault, it is the entire Establishment joining together to program the citizenry.

          Was it the bell’s fault that the dogs salivated, or was it Pavlov’s?

      • diggy July 3, 2023 at 10:57 am #

        That’s the ultimate question – I wish I knew – the hatred of him is palpable – visceral – if he’s for it you must be against it.

        The even mix and match – Trump loves the Covid vax, but if you oppose it your a deplorable.

        • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 11:04 am #

          TDS most definitely exists.
          So much so that if one is merely against the Democrats and Biden one is “MAGA”.

          I’m tracking now. I presumed you meant, as many people believe, that Trump has made his supporters insane. I always ask these people what exactly did he do besides say “lock her up”, “build a wall” and “chyyyyyynaaaaaahhh”?

          • diggy July 3, 2023 at 11:11 am #

            Not exactly – perhaps there is insanity on both sides, but the “narrative” crowd will adopt and defend any position, so long as it means they don’t align with Trump.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:52 am #

          That’s something Doctor Scott Atlas, whose book I am reading, found astonishing. The way the entirety of the media showed up to the president’s press conferences on the covid rady to attack him.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

            “Ready”, not rady.

      • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

        TDS

        It’s still going on.

        Just say “Trump” in front of a liberal, and watch them lose their fucking mind.

        • Night Owl July 5, 2023 at 9:24 am #

          Some days, I almost prefer the overly emotional wokesters to the people who simply act normal until tyranny comes to town and then dutifully line up and enable the tyranny.

          The second group is in many ways worse than the first and usually deny they ever participated.

          • MaryQueen July 6, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

            Most people are cowards plus in denial.

    • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      Very clumsy way of talking. Trump did it? Or the lies of the media against him?

      The system is evil. Trump and RFK are too – to the extent they are part of it.

  17. JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:18 am #

    Blob = Black mob?

  18. TimmyG July 3, 2023 at 10:19 am #

    “…It will shrink and desiccate into a fragile little nugget of residual malevolence …”

    It is this wonderful writing that keeps me coming back to this blog for more!

    • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

      But will it happen. I’ve been reading croakings of the emminent collapse for nearly two decades yet Leviathan continues to lumber on wreaking havoc where ever it goes and escaping justice each and every time.

      • MaryQueen July 6, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

        Looks like it’s in its death throes, now.

  19. BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 10:22 am #

    Where’s Steve McQueen when we need him ~ he knew how to fight The Blob?

    Meanwhile in France, Macron is worried about Ukraine … while his own country gets burnt to the ground. No matter, about the time when the Marseilles Public Library went up in flames and the home of a Mayor of a small city north of Paris was attacked, Macron was at an Elton John concert, putting the final touches on “Pride Month.”

    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:46 am #

      Macron does not give one damn about Ukraine, just the WEF agenda of globalization using Climate Change as the modus operandi.

      NATO plus Dem USA = WEF.

      Which is worse, folks, WEF or BRICS++. That will be the question of the 2020s. Hopefully the US will not fall into the globalist trap.

      • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 10:49 am #

        Nor does he give one damn about France

    • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      But they keep voting for those elected representatives.

      • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:06 am #

        Over and over, where is the real problem?

        Gimme mentality creating dependent people. The elected folks are just a symptom.

        A fatal symptom.

        • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

          Spot on, JohnAZ. Long have I believed that a righteous and self reliant people have zero tolerance for a government that engages in thuggery and thievery. Our government is a glaring reflection of the people. A symptom of a sick society full of cancer and death.

          Government is a creation of the people and is subject to the people, not vice versa. People cannot steal another’s property so why does government get away with it? Because we have representatives who say government can steal property from its citizens? If I rob my neighbor I go to jail.

          The created can never exceed the creator and that’s exactly what we have done in America. We have permitted and allowed or government to do things that we the people, the creator of our own government, cannot do.

          We’ve made government our false idol God.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

            Good. Now keep going. Tell them how much they’ll have to GIVE in order to create such a nation. Not just keep like the “conservatives” (libertarians) think.

          • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

            Jarek, I get it that you are pro-taxation, though, I don’t think you understand where I am coming from. Allow me to explain. My opinion, our taxes should cover only the bare minimums required by the Constitution.

            Taking my money to fund abortion clinics is theft. Taking my money to fund research on viruses is theft. Taking my money to fund illegal and unnecessary wars in the Ukraine is theft.

            Taking my taxes to fund an American army that is placed on the Mexican border to stop an invasion is necessary taxation.
            Taking my money to pay police to ensure community safety is necessary taxation. Taking my money to fund a sewer plant to treat your shit is necessary taxation.

            You seem like a smart guy and have a grasp on things. Do you really think the amount of money the government takes and spends and what it spends the money on is necessary to “create such a nation?”

            I have not once argued that all taxes should be eliminated. I have only argued that the amount of taxes we pay today is evil.

            I’ve said mine, now you tell us how much taxation you believe is acceptable and how much is nothing more than theft?

          • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

            Canker, I think that’s what the TEA Party was originally about.

            A suburb near me is talking about what their government is going to do to combat carbon or something.

            People should not lose their houses because they can’t afford to pay to combat carbon.

            I live in a city. I have city water. I have heard some people say they would love to have city water versus a well because it is more convenient. I pay for that convenience through my taxes.

            People choose a level of service they desire by where they choose to live, and then they have to contend with politicians deciding you need more services that you don’t even want.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:53 am #

            Canker: Things need to be done, right? So you either pay the government to do them, tithe your Church to do it, or do it yourself, collectively speaking.

            Talk to “conservatives’. They want something for nothing too. Many are comfortable with the idea of high tech destroying jobs and having millions die on the streets. They’re little people. Muppets.
            Muppets say things like, They deserve it.

  20. DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 10:25 am #

    Describing the distance between those of us in the USA who have settled for unreality and those of us demanding the truth of our collective reality reminds me of those prison phone rooms where the thick glass partition separates the family members with the stainless steel wire of the phone receiver/speaker the thin connecting thread.
    We place our palms up against the inches-thick glass from either side, straining for intimate physical connection, but the wire embedded in the glass and the shitty (a feature, not a bug) connection means we are only able to feel the growing frustration that our dystopian situation has us trapped in.

    This is us today. Logic and reason are dead, they have that much diminished those people we once knew, and especially those with whom we once shared love, and with whom we shared the same future aspirations based on the same shared reality. But tragically, those connections that tethered us to a collective sanity have been severed.
    So we shout soundlessly in frustration, mere inches apart, and it might as well be miles, for in truth it is.
    This is what evil accomplishes once set free to live and grow in the human heart.

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    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:50 am #

      The Blobbers have always been here. Today they outnumber the anti Blobbers for the time being. Only when the lousy conditions caused by the Blobbers adversely affects society will they be discredited and destroyed.

      Bottom up sets the pace. The insanity must be purged.

    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 10:54 am #

      Humans have a trait where their personality changes upon perceived partitions.

      I often tell aggressive drivers that (most) people would never exhibit the same behaviors on a sidewalk. Just imagine.

      Sociopathy breeds with barriers, anonymity, distance.

      Safe behind windscreens or phone screens, or so their mind tells them.

  21. Zoltar July 3, 2023 at 10:29 am #

    I just spent the weekend visiting an old friend – a highly intelligent and educated person who understands nothing about today’s America. He has spent many hours taking in “information” – all of it false.

    RFK Jr’s book is the most extensively and scrupulously documented account I have ever read. It conscientiously provides hundreds of opportunities for his opposition to find him in error He invites them to show him where he is wrong. They know they can’t, so they refuse to try, and simply dismiss him as a crackpot, his repudiation of our “Healthcare” cartel as a lie.

    Similarly, my friend has nothing to offer in his conviction that I have become a crackpot. I provide extensive detail and numerous sources for my repudiation of The Narrative, for which he has no counter argument, just a smug dismissal for being susceptible to mis (or dis or mal) information.

    For many years I have done the work, equipping myself to engage in argumentation on this stuff, and must finally admit defeat in the face of the most powerful and efficacious propaganda machine the world has ever known.

    The grim fact is that this battle can no longer be won with argumentation. Perhaps it never could have been.

    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:54 am #

      The folks you mention are gimmes, they believe the government provides wealth for them.

      The government has never produces one thin dime of wealth, it is a parasite on our economy.

      Arguing against the “savior” of these economic dupes is a waste of time.

      Me, I have given up even debating with these fools.

      • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 2:05 am #

        Government is an overhead expense related to the production of wealth.

      • WilliamShatnersPants July 5, 2023 at 11:25 pm #

        “The government has never produces one thin dime of wealth, it is a parasite on our economy.”

        Aside from the Q-level grammatical error, this is not entirely true. JohnAZ, you may even be old enough to remember the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, whereby the federal govt provided access to funds to build electric networks.

        The ‘market’ would not take it on as it was a huge capital outlay with uncertain returns as uptake was hard to assess.

        Once that infrastructure was in place, the economies of many rural towns and villages took off, aside from the improvement in sanitary conditions and generally better health.

        The ‘market’ then climbed aboard this ‘parasitic’ infrastructure to the benefit of millions. Your ideological issue with ‘government’ is sad to see – you’re a Reagan Republican I’m guessing.

        • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 5:15 am #

          Meh. I’d say that there is no instance in which the private sector will not take on an infrastructure project where there is a genuine demand for said project. Nock discussed this in connection with the railroads, remarking that there was no real demand or need for such a project. It was a pure boondoggle to enrich a government beneficiary. If you’ve read the book, “The Octopus,” you would realize that the railroad monopoly was used to strangle the small farmer and the rural population in general. (This is why Jesse James became a folk hero; he robberd trains, and most people felt it wa good enough for them.)

          Also, your statement that the economies of small rural towns and villages “took off” as a result of rural electrification is false. The government has systematically killed the economies of rural areas, probably starting in the 1930s. They did this primarily by means of the destruction of the small farm.

          The father of one of the older women in my area worked for the federal government in relation to rural electrification. She said that when he went out to rural areas (I think to do surveying), the local people despised him and didn’t want rural electrification. This, I think, was primarily because it was coming from the federal government.

          There is no reason why electricity cannot be provided through co-ops, where it is genuinely desired and there is thus a real market.

          Infrastructure projects llike city water and city sewer are usually funded by bond issues. These often involve government subsidies. Some rural towns simply cannot pay for this multi-million dollar project, even with bond issues.

          What your overlooking here, re subsidies, is that people still have to pay the costs. Any money the government provides in subsidies is extracted from the public–with the addition of a little bit of skim and bezzle, which makes it more costly. What the public doesn’t pay for in taxes is paid for via inflation.

          What your really saying is that the government should force people to buy things they can’t afford–and force them to pay for it. These involuntary expenditures (with interest) impoverish people. It is the people who should decide whether they can afford any public works project, no the government.

          We also know that anything and everything that is provided by means of government subsidy will explode in terms of costliness. The public can expect to pay four or five times the real market price for anything the government subsidizes. Plus the product is usually very inferior, as with education and health care: Exploding costs coupled with a grossly inferior product. This is also true re agricultural subsidies.

        • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 5:38 am #

          Government subsidies also foreclose upon the possibilies for private enterprise to provide a product or service. Anything government “provides” by way of subsidies (forced extraction from the public of the costs) becomes, by definition, a monopoly. No private enterprise can compete with a government-subsidized monopoly.

          The whole country is being beggared by our health care and education monopolies. Our food supply is both precarious and execrable, due to agricultural subsidies–which destroy the small farmer by pricing him out of the market and drive up the cost of land. These monopolies also outlaw, insofar as is possible, any free-market competition.

          I would posit that it is likely, had the government not undertaken rural electrification, that free enterprise would have stepped up to the plate, though it might have been at a later date. And free enterprise would have accomplihed this (as it always does) at a much lower cost to the public.

          At my previous residence, for example, my electricity was provided through a co-op. Electricity was about half as costly as in neighboring areas.

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        • Paula D July 6, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

          I live in a rural area that never would have had electricity if it wasn’t for the New Deal. There aren’t enough people to make it profitable to invest in such an expensive project.

          I still have electricity provided by the Co-op set up by the government.
          My electricity costs less than my daughter’s, who lives in town and has her electricity provided by a for-profit corporation, which took over the lines provided by the government in the 30s, and uses them to gouge the customers.

          Small farmers were both losing and destroying the land of the country, before the New Deal.
          The more food they produced, the lower the prices, the less the profit, the more they planted.

          This led to the Dust Bowl in OK, the plowing of unproductive land, and the destruction of marginal land and wetlands needed for wildlife and clean water.
          Paying the farmers a price high enough to keep them in business saved millions of farmers. Paying them to not destroy marginal or important land saved a great deal of American land and water.

          That all stopped in the 70s, and by the 80s the surviving small farmers lost their land by the hundreds of thousands, Farm Aid notwithstanding. (So much for charity stepping in.)

          US farm policy changed to Get Big or Get Out, and agribusiness took over.

          We no longer have a government that helps the population in any way. That is a fact.
          This is because the corporations took over the government and the regulatory agencies which were set up to protect the people from predatory profiteers.

    • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 11:09 am #

      Zoltar,

      Most battles to convince someone of something they don’t want to be convinced of are unwinnable. The real issue here (and this applies to me as well) is how much of your time and energy is this unwinnable battle worth? What other worthwhile things could you be doing instead?

      I was going to tell you a story about my own situation that mirrors your experience, but your story does the job nicely.

    • TPTB-USA July 3, 2023 at 11:13 am #

      The 2024 presidential debates will be a sight to behold.

      They iwill be billed as “the sound of silence”.

      • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:30 am #

        It already is.

      • TPTB-USA July 3, 2023 at 11:58 am #

        It will only be fitting if Chris Wallace moderates these as well.

    • Yirgach July 3, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      The only thing you can offer your friend is pity and possibly a few prayers.

    • malthuss July 3, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

      an old friend – a highly intelligent and educated person who understands nothing about today’s America.
      He has spent many hours taking in “information” – all of it false.

      / He does not seem to be smart.

    • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

      They weren’t argued into so they can’t be argued out of it.

      Intelligent and intellectual are two different things. Very few people are simply and deeply intelligent, willing and able to use their intellect as a tool. Most only use it to make money or get ahead.

      Most “educated” people are no better. In fact they’re often worse because they assume they’re smarter than others even though they are no more willing or able to apply their intellects when needed.

      If they were, they might be better since they may have developed a much better skill set.

    • Bilejones July 3, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

      You might see Whitney Webb’s opus on Epstein. A level of sourced detail that makes JFK’s work, good as it is, like a pamphlet.

      • Zoltar July 3, 2023 at 10:39 pm #

        Webb is brilliant, and her command of a huge body of evidence is remarkable. I hope she isn’t assassinated.

  22. richsob July 3, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    Back during the Covid nonsense we screened out, disposed of and wrote off about 90% of our “friends” who were nothing more than acquaintances to begin with. It was liberating. No more walking on egg shells in our own house during parties being careful not to offend someone. No more concerns about saying the wrong thing or sending the wrong signals that would label us as insensitive, not modern or unliberated. Nope. Out they went and we kept the good ones. A few of the liberals made the cut because they are reasonable people and good folks. And, yes, some of the conservatives had to be winnowed out too. Best decision we’ve made in a long, long time.

    • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:19 am #

      Be glad you have lots of friends to cut out. I don’t have a lot of friends. I learned a long time ago that people are your friends only when they can get something from you. Once they have gained what they desire they dump the friendship like a bag of dirt.

      Most of my friends, the few that I have, are neither pro Trump or pro Biden. They completely tune out and ignore everything. They are clueless. Ignoramuses with their hands over their ears shouting “LA LA LA LA LA” when I try to tell them what is happening.

      I think overall they are good people. They are just scared and they don’t know or believe anything can be done about it so why fret over it? I understand that mind set but I can’t abide in it.

      • Not_GeorgeT July 3, 2023 at 11:53 am #

        Upon building a tiny house, Socrates was asked ‘why so small?’

        Answer: ‘but if only I could fill it with true friends’

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

          I have often told my daughters, “If, at the end of your life, you can count your real friends on the fingers of one hand, you’ll be lucky.”

          They do exist. Most mine are long dead, but I had a new one turn up recently.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:55 am #

        I see that a lot, but at least they are better than those who would screen you for showing signs of Wrongthink.

      • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 10:05 pm #

        Canker,

        I didn’t start with a lot of friends three years ago and I have less now than I did then. I try to embrace my hobbies. My husband is a good man and he is my best friend. But I don’t have a lot of close friends.

  23. Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    One should really tune-in to Russel Brand’s recorded event with Michael Shellenberger and Matt Taibbi where his guests eloquently describe both the size and scope of the CIC (Censorship-Industrial-Complex (credit to Mr. Shellenberger).

    Regrettably, we live amongst a populace where roughly one half of it is more than content to remain blissfully unaware in the fog of propaganda, low entertainment, distraction, and selected outrage as provided by the government-media leviathan. Life isn’t so bad, and they have their 401K’s to think about.

    There also exists another half. As today’s dark irony demands, they are the genuine “woke” members of society. Not to be so pretentious as to label them a thinking-class, they are more so a group who can recognize and resist a group-think phenomenon. They see the programming and recognize it as bullshit. This may be a diminishing skillset. Alas, this group is confronted with the fact that they have limited agency and limited choice. There are courageous people out there resisting the group programming borg but they are few.

    I have a fried who reads the Times and Post tell me that he was not aware that RFK Jr. is running. Nor did he “hear” much about the BudLight backlash or the Hunter Biden WhatsApp messages “political hit-jobs”. He does not believe that the same people who orchestrated the wars he opposed against Afghanistan and Iraq are the same people now trageting Russia (“…of course the same military experts would be involved! Duh!”)
    Yeah, D’uh

    • Nathan July 3, 2023 at 10:46 am #

      Russell Brand is doing a fairly good job of presenting truth to a large audience. His rabid delivery style is hard for older people to follow and relate to though.

      Jordan R Peterson made a great point when interviewing RFK Jr last month. My paraphrase:
      The 2024 Presidential election will be determined by podcasts. CNN gets 400,000 viewers, Tucker Carlson gets 4,000,000, but Joe Rogan gets 40,000,000 listeners.

      • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 10:59 am #

        He definitely could use a tone-down in his intros, his volume, and his staccato run-on joke delivery. But he is/was a comedian.

        As for Peterson, I cannot abide by a man who has so little control over his emotions and his first order of business upon signing a contract with robo-dork Shapiro is to fly over and meet with Netanyahoo and kiss the ring.

        • SW July 3, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

          Peterson started out with some interesting talks and I think he’s a creative, insightful thinker but he’s gone off the rails, as far as I can tell. He always seems to be on the verge of attack and full of rage at transgenders. I don’t hate them or believe that sex is mutable but they’re fellow human beings no matter what.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

            Yes, the culture war was lost because we tolerated those who would not tolerate us once they get their foot in the door. He sees at least that much. You do not.

          • SW July 3, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

            @Jarek — For one thing, I don’t think it’s lost but it is ongoing. As a group they’re intolerant and want to ignore criminals within its’ ranks (like the Tennessee shooter and transmen raping women in prisons and restrooms) but it’s possible to stand on principle without becoming as angry and confrotive as he comes across. JK Rowling hasn’t backed off and acted like an adult. Peterson can make his case without all the emotion.

          • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

            Rowling is a woman.
            The genuine XX variety.

          • SW July 3, 2023 at 5:53 pm #

            I know she’s a woman and if there’s one issue that should unite both men and women, it’s this one. The point I was trying to make is I think Peterson would be more persuasive if he was not so angry in interviews I’ve seen him in. All that does is puts people on the defensive or makes them argumentative. He should not back down one tiny millimeter but do it calmly. But he probably doesn’t need advice from me.

            Standing up and stating the truth brings on attacks especially about this subject. That’s why it’s important to keep a cool head.

          • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

            I think he lost his job and his license for refusing to go along with the bullshit. Plus, he is continuously trashed and attacked by the trannies and their purple-haired allies.

            Of course he’s mad. He has every reason to be mad.

            Pushed on me by my computer today, Newsweek:
            “Jordan Peterson saying “transwomen are men sparks furor”.

            Really? Really? A furor? Saying something as obviously truthful as that “sparks” another diatribe and media attack against him?

            They are fellow human beings, so we have to be nice?
            Not in my book. Nice doesn’t trump reality. It is an insult to humanity to have to play along with this bullshit.

            newsweek.com/transgender-jordan-peterson-trans-women-men-1810519

          • SW July 3, 2023 at 9:44 pm #

            Yes, he has every reason to be angry and he’s been treated as a scapegoat for simply stating facts — men aren’t women and women aren’t men and they’ll never will be. But responding with anger destroys his life and gets the EXACT response from the trans community they want. In no way am I saying he needs to change his stand to pacify anyone.

            Treating others with courtesy does as much to maintain your humanity as it does to affirm theirs. And it’s a very difficult thing to do but it’s the best way to deal with attacks in the long run. I’ll use Rowlings as an example again — she didn’t let the attacks unnerve her and she recently opened a clinic in the UK for women only — real ones.

          • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

            Good point, SW. I haven’t seen the videos you mention, so I’ll take your word for it.

            I used to watch him, but it’s been a while. He seemed reasonable at the time, but if he’s gone rude, it is contradictory to making headway.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 4, 2023 at 3:48 pm #

            SW – I’ll use Rowlings as an example again — she didn’t let the attacks unnerve her and she recently opened a clinic in the UK for women only — real ones.

            She’s also worth about a billion dollars…so that helps one stay unnerved.

            Peterson has some money now (a few million?), but he’d probably like to not have his career taken from him just yet for saying something as simple as 2+2=4.

            I think he’s quick to be combative in his responses these days because people say some of the most asinine things to him, and he surely tires of the same illogical crap being tossed in his face.

            I do wish he would fade to the background a bit, but his livelihood requires him to be visible. Rowling can buy her choice of islands and never respond to anyone ever again if she likes.

          • MaryQueen July 4, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

            I watched this interview of James Lindsay by Jordan Peterson and enjoyed it very much, but Peterson does sometimes run off the rails. I didn’t mind it, really. He’s just excitable and passionate about some topics.

            Real cerebral stuff going on here, though. And I did love that they both concluded that one huge common denominator among the Wokesters is narcissism, which I also mention in another comment here.

            https://youtu.be/bnrdyphape4

      • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:22 am #

        Are there really people out there who believe voting determines election results? Give me a break. An election determined by pod casts? My big ass. Our elections are determined by the PTB, nothing more. Voting. What a charade.

        • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:28 am #

          Agree with you here.

          The Left Right balance is sitting very near 50-50%. In most influential areas, the difference is not detectable by the resolution of our election systems.

          No wonder it is so susceptible to cheating and computer corruption.

          Maybe political winners of the future will be the ones with the best IT teams.

          • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:29 am #

            Proof of that statement is that a nebbish basement dweller like Biden could even contest for the WH.

          • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

            They’re focused on winning. We’re focused on being fair.

            Who is bound to win?

            Now do you understand Fascism which refuses to accept such a mentality of failure?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 4, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

            Maybe political winners of the future will be the ones with the best IT teams.

            Aren’t they already?

      • Night Owl July 5, 2023 at 9:28 am #

        Brand is in some ways functioning at genius level.

        A master of the language, and has very good instincts on dealing with people.

        The segment where he was a guest on Morning Joe (on YouTube), was hilarious. He tore them apart with a big smile on his face, and even called out Mika for being a whore.

        The man has skills.

    • Not_GeorgeT July 3, 2023 at 11:58 am #

      ‘and they have their 401K’s to think about.’

      401K: what the government ‘gives’ it can also ‘take away’.

  24. JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    Blob

    No spending limits
    Debt has no consequence
    Everyone is the same, equity, means you can plug anyone anywhere and get the same results.
    Society ruled by whims of men, not law.
    Mob rule prevails, gangs and cartels abound, and compete. The Blob participates.
    Control is maintained by division, unity is not possible.
    Votes are bought by welfare. “Democracy” is defined as how many folks are on the public dole.
    The Constitution is an impediment to autocratic control and must be destroyed. Along with the strict interpretation by SCOTUS.
    Priority on globalization instead of America First.
    America hatred.
    MIC control

    Anti Blob

    Fiscal integrity
    Debt control
    Meritocracy
    Mobs cannot compete with unleashed economy.
    Welfare is discouraged, being on the dole is a social stigma. Homelessness abates when real jobs are created.
    The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. SCOTUS is respected.
    America First then generosity for the globe.
    Patriotism
    MIC shifts to defense.

    Now, which is insanity?

    The Founding Fathers had enough of British socialism and colonialism with autocratic control.

    The Blobbers want it back. They are the number one enemy of the Constitution.

    Let us split this sucker up.

    • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

      British socialism, lol. Trying to apply our situation to theirs.

      A corporation is a cartel, a gang, a mob. Are you willing to break them up, your beloved capitalism?

      You are so deeply confused.

  25. edpell July 3, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    James, this is your best article. The blob will fall. The truth will still be the truth. Happy 4th.

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    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      The Blob will fall, but unfortunately they are going to take the rest of us with them.

      Secession!

      • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 11:16 am #

        The Blob will implode and fall just as the good ship the submersible Titan fell to the bottom. It took its delusional creator and gullible passengers down with it. A good omen and metaphor for our times?

        • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:23 am #

          Just like the original “unsinkable” Titanic.

  26. Nathan July 3, 2023 at 10:42 am #

    For all the controversy surrounding Jared Diamond’s book Collapse, he does a great job describing the natural bounties of the North American continent, and why it will continue to host thriving humanity (in the absence of a nuclear exchange). Jim has put his money and labour where his mouth has been lo these past decades. Many of us have listened, emulated and gradually built mental resilience and held fast to time-honoured notions of family, community and other aspects of reality.

    I live in South Australia. It’s drylands, perhaps similar in most places to Arizona or California. The natural bounties are not here. But neither do I have a Russian or Chinese nuke aimed at the nearest city. We’ll just have to make do, as people always have. Good luck on your Independence Day weekend, Americans!

    • Nathan July 3, 2023 at 10:54 am #

      I should clarify: I HOPE there aren’t any nukes aimed at the nearest city, which is Adelaide, 50 kilometres away and 430 metres lower than my small acreage in the hinterland. The AUKUS deal has certainly got China thinking about South Australia though, which is where those submarines are intended to be built.

      • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:11 am #

        I thought the U.S. was going to build them, with their home port being in the NW of Australia. No matter, it is all insanity.

  27. Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    Nice essay. Somber, not too dark.
    I almost did not come here today. I’m glad I changed my mind.

  28. Not_GeorgeT July 3, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    Another excellent offering from JHK.

    “Events await. Facing our time of dark uncertainty, we have a lot to think about this Fourth of July, a very solemn holiday.” JHK

    True.

  29. Yuri Sowryteski July 3, 2023 at 10:49 am #

    Well, boomers. I was never that impressed with my fellow baby boomers. I don’t know if you have, in you acute dissection of Suburbia, ever skewered the children it has produced: windvanes of fashion. Creatures of the hive mind, of group think, of stepping stone friends. In my view, all they are wrecking is the Anglo American Establishment — again. Suburban thinking is Artificial Intelligence. That is their model for intelligence they are replicating and it’s like the Albatross to the old Mariner, haunting them wherever they go. It’s modeled in their smartphone interface and their governing rules of order. The Neo-Conservative is the poison fruit of suburbia, and opioids are it’s most favored weapon program. Wave goodbye to the boomers and their children, their submersible has sailed, and it sailed for the wreck of the Titanic. Why? Whynot.

    Note: Wendell Berry drew the distinction between boomers and stickers in his Jefferson lecture, “It all comes down to affection”

    Happy Independence Day to all stickers everywhere.

    • SW July 3, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      “The Neo-Conservative is the poison fruit of suburbia…”

      I disagree. They’re the poisoned fruit of DC. And fentynl invaded the suburbs thru the open border while DC watched.

      Wendell Berry was right about the stickers and one of the biggest mistakes made (IMO and experience) was not putting down roots in a community and sticking. Their kids who are now in their 40s have had no experience of a stable community as multiple moves are common. And the 20 somethings are rootless too.

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

        @ SW:

        I’m a Wendell Berry fan from way back.

        • SW July 3, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

          He’s an amazing man who lives his values — a rarity in any country or age.

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

        The centralization of the economy into the large corporations and conglomerates that have destroyed Main Street is one of two factors that has made it very difficult for people to put down multi-generational roots in a community. Kids have no choice but to leave their home towns for some distant city, unless they are willing to spend their working lives employed at a gas station, grocery store, fast-food place, or a small factory that pays poorly.

        The other factor that’s destroyed local economies is the destruction of the small family farmer. Up until about 1910, agriculture supported prosperous local economies.

        If you look at the old Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of small town America up to 1910, the picture that emerges is of a tremendously vital and prosperous small-town America. The little town that was nearest me had locally owned stores that carried almost every conceivable kind of consumer goods available at the time. They had a hotel, restaurants, grocers, a photographer, a picture framer, a small college, a cannery, and even an “opera” house–at a time when the population was under 3,000. There was no doctor’s office, because the doctor came to your house, if you got sick. This vibrant economy was primarily supported by local agriculture.

        • SW July 3, 2023 at 5:59 pm #

          That’s as good a summary as I’ve ever read as what we’ve surrendered as a culture and unfortunately, what other countries have too. My former father-in-law grew up in a community like you described in South Dakota and his families’ roots were very deep for two more generations after the Depression. They all lost ground after WW2 when they had to move to distant states to support themselves and now the family is completely atomized.

        • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 1:58 am #

          Businesses naturally grow. Behind every successful man is a female tyrant according to some. When I suggested stopping the growth process, you attacked me.

          So OF COURSE Main St is gone. That’s what Capitalism IS. That’s where it will go in the end if allowed to.

          • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 8:47 pm #

            Capitalism is Main Street.

            What creates very large corporations and great concentrations of wealth is goverment intrusion, not capitalism. None of these big corporations could compete with small businesses on a level playing field. They exist only because of government-conferred monopolies, subsidies, tax incentives, onerous regulations, and market-rigging.

            Basically, the same fate has befallen Main Street as befell the small farmer: Government intrusion has largely driven out the small farmer.

            That, of course, is the whole purpose of government intrusion.

          • Jarek July 5, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

            No, companies battle and winners emerge. The winner fight each other and fewer winners emerge until only a couple or perhaps even one is left.

            Read Adam Smith. Government has to step in and break these things up. This happens if Government doesn’t interfere.

            In any case, the few will dominate their industry and begin to cooperate against the rest of us. Competition becomes a sin in the final stages of Capitalism. The two spheres cannot be kept separate, ultimately, no more than political and economic power can. One will dominate. Choose: The one where elected officials take an oath of service or the one where the executives are only beholden to the shareholders.

            I put it to John and he chose wrongly.
            That’s the American way of foolishness and death. The choice is between Fascism or slavery. He chose slavery because he identifies with the rich and/or he thinks we can back to an earlier era. But Main St is gone and Capitalism killed it.

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 5:45 am #

            @ Jarek:

            Horseshit. It is perfectly obvious that ALL large corporations exist ONLY because they are beneficiaries of government subsidies, monopolies, etc.

          • Jarek July 6, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            Some things are naturally big. Like wheat farming or oil refining. Small can’t compete with them. Economies of scale.

            And some things are naturally small – but won’t make as much money. Thus big comes to rule without the government regulating it. Thus the the private sphere coalesces and takes over the public sphere and we have what we have now: Plutocracy.

  30. devnickle July 3, 2023 at 10:50 am #

    I’ve given up on the “pro-blobbers” as it were.
    The ignorance they’ve shown, and are continuing to show only deserves my wrath at this point. My “former” “friends”, can kiss off at this point. They deserve what is coming to them.

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    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 10:59 am #

      Unfortunately, they are going to take us with them.

      • devnickle July 3, 2023 at 11:02 am #

        Sadly…….

  31. steppingup July 3, 2023 at 10:52 am #

    I’m still betting on “Alien Invasion” for anytime before the next election…..

    • Nathan July 3, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      So, ID4 big willy style?

      • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:15 am #

        “ID4″… Huh? This is the third head-on collision with obscure known-only-to-the-author acronyms that has bedeviled my morning. Seems to be a localized epidemic on this blog this week.
        Sigh….

        • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

          Could it be “Independence Day July 4th”? I knew BFE but I don’t know this one.

        • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

          Yes, acro-mania today.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

          I have the same gripe about acronyms, but I guess I must be guilty too–at least today. Normally I won’t use them.

        • Nathan July 4, 2023 at 2:42 am #

          I was referencing the comment about alien invasion on Independence Day. Back on 4th July 1996, Will Smith’s blockbuster movie ID4 came out, and that was the plot. The movie was marketed as ID4 rather than the name of the historic celebration in full, because apparently some other studio owned the rights to the holiday name! Why the heck do I remember this garbage from my life as a happy consumer in the 20th century? Only because I bought the movie merch baseball cap with ID4 on it, and it blew off while I was climbing Uluru / Ayres Rock a few weeks later. I nearly fell off the world’s biggest rock to retrieve that stupid hat. A metaphor presents…

          • Nathan July 4, 2023 at 2:44 am #

            Being Australian, I just assumed y’all call the day ID4. Sorry.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            Wow, as if everyone is focused on the pop culture of decades gone by.

            I met an Aussie who hated being White, wanting to be an Abo instead. Miserable little bastard.

          • Nathan July 7, 2023 at 9:58 pm #

            Hi Jarek. I didn’t say I thought everyone in the US would remember that movie. I even rhetorically questioned why *I* remembered it, which implies that is unusual. What I did say was that I assumed the movie was called ID4 because that’s what Americans referred to the Independence Day festivity as.

            It was just a flippant toying with another commenter’s thought, linking Independence Day to alien invasion. I haven’t dug into why some of the alt media sources went through a few weeks of UFO/UAP aliens exposé pieces recently. But it was in mind as I pulled that thread.

            I’m a long-time reader of Jim’s blog and the comments since 2008 when I purchased my copy of The Long Emergency. I have to say, these past few years a culture of persnickety infighting and bitching by superficial grammar nazis has soured the comments theme most essays. I say superficial because most of this bickering doesn’t penetrate beyond the arrangement and selection of words, and often ignores the sentiment being expressed by the hapless author.

          • Nathan July 7, 2023 at 10:03 pm #

            Jarek, upon learning I am an Aussie, why do you immediately go to opinions about race and parentage and offer to insult all Australians? How is that comment in any way related to anything I or the commenter I was replying to said?

            I am not offended by another Australian expressing frustration at our government’s outrageous adoption of affirmative action measures. Most Aussies are quite egalitarian and like to pull down people who get a bit self-important, and enlist sarcasm in that effort. I imagine the person you met was lamenting sarcastically the lack of handouts that white people get. If the person did want to be an Aboriginal, that’s not hurting anyone anyway mate.

            I’m possibly wasting my time commenting on last week’s essay anyway…

  32. Mister Roboto July 3, 2023 at 10:56 am #

    Over the past week, I read the book American Injustice by John Paul Mac Isaac, the computer technician who had the misfortune of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from Hell” ending up in his shop, after which it was abandoned by the drug-addled younger Biden, during the previous presidential election.

    He was essentially outed as the holder of the laptop when the New York Post story about the errant device failed to protect his anonymity the way he was promised because some hack at the publication made a rookie mistake. He ended up having to close his shop and flee Delaware in fear for his life. The way the community in Wilmington reacted the release of the story not only made me realize how pernicious the Blob really is, but also that what passes for “the left” (namely PMC shit-libs) have become as irrationally awful and hateful as the right-wing rednecks I was raised to disdain as a child of that class.

    The book also shines a bright light as to how deep the graft of the Biden family really is. I recommend it.

    • devnickle July 3, 2023 at 10:58 am #

      ??

    • devnickle July 3, 2023 at 10:59 am #

      Sorry, no emoticons allowed.
      Two thumbs up.

    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:00 am #

      The DNC murders people to get their way.

      • Mister Roboto July 3, 2023 at 11:20 am #

        I wouldn’t be at all surprised, but I also tend to think that the RNC is likely capable of the same behavior. The Democrats and their shit-lib supporters are easily the more pernicious faction in our latter-day politics, but I think it wise to have no illusions about either party despite voting Republican in the last and upcoming elections. We live in a corrupt, decadent, and culturally senile society that is heading for the breaking point JHK describes so well in today’s post.

        • Not_GeorgeT July 3, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

          The RNC might be capable.

          Its first choice is to look the other way. This as it busies itself with some matter of low consequence.

    • tuco22 July 3, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks for that info. I will order it.

      • Mister Roboto July 3, 2023 at 11:16 am #

        Even if you don’t have an actual Kindle device from Amazon.com, if you order a book from them in Kindle form, you can read the book on a desktop computer on the “Kindle cloud reader” or on a smartphone with the Kindle smartphone app.

    • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:18 am #

      Jesus H! My fourth incident with acronyms obscura in this thread.

      Lemme guess: ‘Progressive Middle Class’ shitlibs?

      • Mister Roboto July 3, 2023 at 11:21 am #

        PMC = Professional-Managerial Class.

      • stoneyhonestman July 3, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

        Oye, but you’re having a rough morning, brother. MHGOTY.
        (my heart goes out to you). This is a limited-time and freshly-minted acronym. I doubt it will catch on.

        • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 4:01 pm #

          Thanks for that! I’m apparently getting OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) as well as just plain getting OLD!
          And an LOL to finish the tirade.

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

        @ Dave0907:

        Don’t let anyone tell you it’s just today. We’ve had this discussion on here before. It doesn’t do any good.

        I think the main trouble is that so many people post from their phones, so that writing things out is laborious. They take every possible shortcut and omit capitalization and punctuation. The phone also makes it hard to proofread.

        They could just as well go in the house and use the laptop in the comfort of AC, but instead they sit and smoke in a hot, stuffy garage and text on their phones. I guess you have to admire their stoicism.

        • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

          Made my day, Anthea. A bow and a hat tip in your direction.

        • stoneyhonestman July 3, 2023 at 7:11 pm #

          ‘Stoicism.’ UR funny, sister. (I’m assuming you’re a her by your handle, in my fecklessly misogynistic way. Then again, you might only be Italian. Ciao, bro’.) As I was saying before the author intrusion, I dig the characterization, not to mention the oh-so-subtle hint to the Cave allegory. Well done, amiga/amigo/other. Zeno would be proud. Well, maybe not if you’re Italian but, fuck him.

  33. Nathan July 3, 2023 at 10:59 am #

    Before he retreated behind his Russian paywall, Dmitry Orlov drew our attention to the deagel.com predictions page. It was taken down not too long after, but can anyone remember if the big population die-off was scheduled for 2024 or 2025? Anyone have a link to an archive site?

    • stelmosfire July 3, 2023 at 11:15 am #

      Here ya go.

      nobulart.com/deagel-2025-forecast-resurrected/

      • Mick July 3, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

        Thanks for posting this link

    • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 11:28 am #

      The big population die-off will occur when a general system collapse makes food unavailable – and there are many different ways this could occur. For example, any calamity that parks the 18 wheeled trucks that feed us will result in most people in the USA dead within a couple of months. Many of those deaths will be from bullets instead of starvation, we will most certainly kill each other food – unless they manage to disarm us all first. Then maybe we will fight over food using pick handles, axes, shovels, pitchforks etc. – whatever we can find in our garages to use as weapons.

      The coyotes that have spread out into suburban and even urban areas are being sent here by God. They will do wonders in cleaning up the vast numbers of dead people and roaming feral pets everywhere. Our world will literally go to the canines.

      • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        Damn. That’s dark. I’m definitely one who sees the writing on the wall but even that’s too dark for me.

        I like to think that there will be groups of people everywhere who united themselves and their resources together who work together to endure the tribulation. I might be wrong, but I do believe good and honest people will rise up and help each other during times of need.

        If not and I am wrong and the cool guy next door comes looking to kill me and my family to take my beef stew I’ll let him have it. I will then put the last bullet I have into my head because there isn’t much point in living in this world at that point.

        Always keep the last bullet in the chamber of your gun for yours truly.

        • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

          It’s dark, and the really sad part of it all is that it would be a totally preventable catastrophe. Back in my childhood we were a small town surrounded by a lot of rural and backwoods areas. Small farms dotted the rural landscape and our local grocery stores sold food grown locally. If the big trucks quit running it wouldn’t have affected our food supply that much. The mountain people made themselves famous by turning their big back yard corn patches into whiskey. Many people in the 50’s, and even in suburban areas, still had gardens and chickens. Some of the people that didn’t anymore had done it in the 40’s during WWII and could do it again if need be without much trauma. But not anymore, that’s a lifestyle that’s dead and buried for the most part.

          As a nation we changed out of a self sufficient lifestyle and built modern suburbia instead which depends entirely upon the availablility of fossil fuels and very complex technologies.to support it all. This can have the same end result as a serious drug dependency. Remove the substance (oil) that everyone is addicted to and we get very sick and some of us even die. Just as junkies and bad alcoholics can die if suddenly deprived of their “substances”, we now depend utterly on diesel fuel for our food to be available. And unfortunately diesel comes from heavy sour crude, not the very lightweight oil obtained via fracking.

          As JHK likes to write, this arrangement of just in time food delivery “seemed like a good idea at the time”, to place ourselves into infant like states of dependency on giant corporations. If those giant companies go bust and everything is decentralized, no food will be available for a long time. That is, unless a foreign country (Christian Russia maybe – they have food surpluses? ) gives us food and treats us as a giant humanitarian disaster to take pity on.

        • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

          Check out the Old Testament story about Jezebel. She lived quite well for a while but ended up being tossed out and eaten up by dogs. The women ruling over us – those like Victoria Nuland, Hillary Clinton, Pelosi and Company etc. fit the Jezebel sterotype and story, down to having a wimp of a husband – who was he – Ahab?

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 2:00 am #

            Yes, Jehu wasn’t taking any chances. She had already destroyed several of the great Men of Israel. He called up to her servants, Will you not throw her down? They threw her down.

      • Mick July 3, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

        In some parts of the country, such as Texas, wild hogs are also widespread. I think they’ll do an admirable job of cleaning up as well.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 7:26 pm #

          @ Mick:

          The owner of our local gun shop tells me that he hunts wild hogs that are quite tasty from foraging on orchard lands. You have to shoot them from quite a long distance, as they are very dangerous. I can’t remember what kind of gun he used, but he did say that an AR-15 loaded with hollow points is insufficient for that kind of hunting. He said the hunters use scopes that are so powerful that you can see the gnats around the hog’s head.

      • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 7:07 pm #

        @ Woodchuck:

        I can see your scenario coming true mainly in the cities. The urban ghettos are already “food deserts,” so the urban black population will set its sights on more affluent urban neighborhoods (where there are grocery stores) and close-in suburbs (where there are grocery stores). I’m not sure what white suburbanites would do if they found their neighborhoods mobbed with hungry blacks. One suspects that they would call the police. Some would have sense enough to “get out of Dodge,” but where would they go?

        Rural areas would have problems feeding their populations, but they might be able to do it, though perhaps on very coarse fare. Would the government/military step in and confiscate the rural population’s crops and food supplies in a Holodomor scenario? (The rural population is armed and would quickly get organized.)

        The most dangerous group in an economic collapse scenario would be the Mexican drug cartels–who are already armed, organized, and trained. Hopefully, the roads would be in such a poor condition that they wouldn’t get far from the city–at least not immediately. But, unlike blacks, they would be willing to travel on foot until they were able to steal a car.

        I’m not sure what we’d do with all of our unproductive people here in the country. Farmers don’t need year-round farm workers. I can see the young men forming small gangs for robbing people. In Missouri, things might look very much as they did during the Civil War: lots of “irregulars” wandering around attacking and kiling people for their fruit roll-ups–or no reason at all.

        • malthuss July 5, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

          what about the feral hogs, I mean negros?

          • Anthea July 6, 2023 at 6:05 am #

            @ Malthus:

            That is interesting to speculate about. My guess is that the negros will make considerable headway as far as killing each other, and that the Mexicans will also greatly reduce the black population.

            I would doubt that many blacks will make it past the suburbs, in a collapse scenario, and I would hope that rural people will succeed in keeping them out of the more outlying areas–in case any start to filter in.

      • stoneyhonestman July 3, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

        The wiliest coyotes will indeed be up to the task. The lazy ones who attempt to shortcut evolution (which is also part of the Creator’s vision) by purchasing ACME products will perish, usually with blackened faces.

    • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 11:30 am #

      Nathan,

      This is going to sound snarky, and I don’t mean it that way. But if you believe that 80% of the population is going to die off, does it really matter if it’s in 2024 or 2025?

      Don’t pre-pay your taxes and call it a day.

      • Woodchuck July 3, 2023 at 11:44 am #

        If and when food becomes unavailable at grocery stores 80% of us will be gone within a couple of months. Once the social chaos begins when people are killing each other over food, then the ability to fix or cope with the situation of starvation will be gone.

        • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

          Yup. You need a reasonable level of security and stability to produce food.

        • malthuss July 5, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

          when

      • Nathan July 7, 2023 at 10:12 pm #

        Hi Mrs Saj,
        No harm no foul. I was using that as a method of reintroducing the topic from some years ago, and by making light of the year in the face of the fact, hoped to draw some discussion. It’s called comic understatement.

        Someone responded with an archive URL that was really useful, given it also had Deagel’s commentary about their prediction, the pandemic going right according to it, and the WEF great reset being fulfilled. I’d never seen that commentary before, so my comment did it’s job. Thanks for your understanding!

  34. Frank Buttitch July 3, 2023 at 11:03 am #

    I love reality.
    We all have choices off a menu of diverse state of minds. Today, July 3rd is my 70th birthday. Yesterday I wandered through the woods stoned, high as a kite, enjoying the reality of nature on my last day of my 6th decade. Happily stepping through my choice of reality, keeping a lookout for Bigfoot until I encountered the local highway populated with roaring 18 wheelers, cars and Harley Davidsons with their amplified radios distorted by the doppler effect.
    So what is my chosen reality today? I started out with 3 double espressos, tended the garden and planted 3 more Durban Poisons to harvest come early October.
    I have no worries about Joe Biden or Donald Trump. They will both be dead soon enough .
    Today, I think I’ll get stoned again.

    • Doc Holliday July 3, 2023 at 11:51 am #

      Frank, I am a fellow old guy. I turn 69 in a few days. When I do so, it will be the last year of my seventh decade. Today, you have entered your 8th decade. Sorry to bring this to your attention.
      1-9 1st decade
      10-19 2nd
      20-29 3rd
      30-39 4th
      40-49 5th
      50-59 6th
      60-69 7th
      70-79 8th.
      Unfortunately, it is later than you think…..

      • Frank Buttitch July 3, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

        I also have trouble with Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow as the planet rotates as measured beyond the prime meridian plus the time of day. I look at the position of sun and have to make a mental adjustment because of daylight savings time.
        It’s all so difficult.

    • elysianfield July 3, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

      Well Frank, happy birthday.

      Do you know what I call being 70? …The good old days….

      • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

        I’m 49. Still young enough to live through a lot of bull shit.

        Sigh…..

        • Mick July 3, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

          I’m almost ten years ahead of you. I’d rather be 80, or even older. But maybe I’ll be out of here by the end of 2025. As long as I’m not ripped apart by a rabid band of starving mad trannies, that will be fine with me.

      • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

        With you, I am.

    • Anthea July 3, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

      Ah! What are Durban Poisons?

      • Anthea July 4, 2023 at 2:18 am #

        Okay. I googled Durban Poison. It is a strain of weed: “This pure sativa originates from the South African port city of Durban. It has gained popularity worldwide for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects. Durban Poison is the perfect strain to help you stay productive through a busy day, when exploring the outdoors….”

  35. JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:04 am #

    Biden never ceases to amaze with his drive for dictatorship. He does not even respect the model for the government, ie balance of power. SCOTUS did not do his bidding, therefore SCOTUS bad.

    It is getting scary.

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    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      It is the grand plan.

      Both sides understand that the ultimate barrier to power lies with the document that the SCOTUS is charged with protecting.

      So how do you get the low-info people (the majority) onboard with measures to erode, alter, and destroy it?

      This is the plan.

    • oilie July 3, 2023 at 11:24 am #

      FJB will soon be gone. He is only a useful figurehead for his handlers.

      • jgalt July 3, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

        Comrade Hussein and his right-hand gal, Susan Rice, are his handlers and using him to complete his planned remaking (destruction) of the U.S., in line with the WEF goals. Hussein is, and always was, a marxist muslim, so had no interest in protecting Christians or our culture. More troubling is the leftward stampede of the American public despite all evidence against socialism and marxism. To paraphrase, before pointing your gun against enemy invaders, which are likely coming, shoot the traitors standing behind you before they shoot you.

      • WilliamShatnersPants July 5, 2023 at 10:37 pm #

        He’s JRB…

    • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      What is even more terrifying is nobody in the media, the Congress (except a few powerless rabble rousers), the SCOTUS, the Churches, the Schools, give a damn. Only a few that be who actually care.

      That is what scares me. Life in America is so bad, according to them, that they’d rather live in a place like Cuba, USSR, China.

      Something is definitely wrong in the heads of most people.

  36. Mick July 3, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    I’m surprised that the Washington Examiner printed this swill. I’m sure if Dmitry Orlov reads it he will have a good laugh.

    msn.com/en-us/money/markets/russia-s-economic-decline-is-irreversible/ar-AA1dk1wC?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=6856caee896c40dbb3efaa672d5a8d96&ei=6

    Title of article:

    “Russia’s economic decline is irreversible.”

    I suppose the assumption is that the West’s decline is reversible. Lol…

  37. Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    The rule of law.

    I have always argued against the rule of law being ignored in favor of popular opinion and being disregarded when we weaponize the law politically.

    If you don’t stand for the rule of law every time you see it being flouted, we don’t have rule of law anymore.

    What happened to Martha Stewart was unfair.

    What happened to Martin Shkreli was unfair.

    What happened to Anthony Weiner was unfair.

    What happens to Donald Trump, over and over, is unfair.

    Which brings me to Friday, when we had a casual mention of the sham impeachment of two presidents be turned into a major argument.

    The fact is, what happened to Bill Clinton was unfair. People who cannot get this through their skulls because of their dislike for Bill Clinton are as bad as the people who think it’s okay to”get” Donald Trump on anything, anything at all, because he has it coming, because Orange Man Bad.

    You can’t have an impeachment for “obstruction” without obstruction.

    What did Bill Clinton obstruct?

    Perjury requires that the lie be material to the matter at hand. Even I know that.

    People bring up sordid sexual behavior and call me stupid as if I am not understanding this.

    No, I understand that whether anyone likes it or not, this was not criminal behavior, and had no bearing on the legal matter at hand, and lying about non-criminal behavior certainly did not “obstruct” a criminal investigation.

    Which is probably a large part of why the impeachment of Bill Clinton did not lead to his removal.

    Somehow straw women who stood up for him or something made it into the argument.

    Ken Starr had to be the most untalented prosecutor of all time, because he pursued Bill Clinton for YEARS over possible real crime and could never make anything stick, so he resorted to trying to get him over piggish personal behavior.

    There was no rule of law in play. None.

    What I think, what you think, what anyone thinks of Clinton, the law is the law.

    • Mick July 3, 2023 at 11:13 am #

      IMO Ken Starr wasn’t allowed to go after Clinton for the real crimes. And no, I’m not talking about Whitewater and the Rose Law Firm nonsense.

      • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 11:27 am #

        None of the anointed ever get called out for their true crimes. Bill was a “made man” having made his bones via Mena, Arkansas Airport.
        William Barr was overseeing that operation, told Bill if he didn’t fuck up further (a remonstrance for Bill’s brother Roger’s public indiscretions,) ‘they’ had their eye on him for the Prize in the District of Criminals. And so it went, and so the beat goes on.

        • Mick July 3, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

          Yep

      • Frank Buttitch July 3, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

        Kenneth Starr is now dead as a doornail and Bill Clinton is getting close.

    • JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:16 am #

      The law is the law?

      Not now. The law is whatever the Mob, the Blob says it is.

      Today, it is rule by men. Only SCOTUS stands for any semblance of the law.

      And the Mob wants to destroy that impediment to Uniparty control.

      • jim e July 3, 2023 at 6:09 pm #

        Is is is.

      • SpeedyBB July 5, 2023 at 10:30 am #

        When I worked at La Universidad del Valle in 1964, on a Rockefeller Foundation grant, I was innocent enough to be unnerved when one of my academic colleagues laughingly quoted a popular Colombian expression: “La ley es para los pendejos”.

        In spite of what I knew about Texas politics, I was still dismayed.

        Cali 1964 then USA Today. “El coloso del Norte,” Yeah sure. Some Colossus.

    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

      Unfair?
      Your list includes a pedophile and a scoundrel who cornered the market on a critical pharmaceutic.

      Beryl of Idiocy

      You are the problem
      You don’t stand for the rule of righteousness

    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

      This fool keeps citing law and rule but denies that the top government executive put his dick in the mouth of an executive employee (it doesn’t matter what executive agency she was assigned to) in a government office and then lied about it.
      Now why would Republicans be concerned about the vulnerability of a honey-potted chief executive?
      Wake the **** up you pretentiousness clown

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

        I see an appeal to emotion logical fallacy and an ad hominem attack.

        I am not impressed, Douchelord.

        Oh look! I called you a name! Did I win?

    • elysianfield July 3, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      Beryl,
      I have to disagree on one point. What happened to Martin Shkreli was fair and balanced…He would not have faired half as well at my hands….

      He is a true predator, totally sociopathic, and without human decency.

      • elysianfield July 3, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

        Oh, and if he is a distant relative of yours, I apologize….

        • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

          The topic is rule of law. We apply it to everyone or we don’t have it.

          • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

            Beyond ignorance. This is willful disregard of reality.
            When has it ever been applied equally to everyone?
            Under what rock have you been living?

            The rules are for the little people, and when the little people do feel the moment has arrived to apply it to their masters they sooner learn futility than universality.

    • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

      I thought sexual harassment was illegal?

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

        Yes it is.

    • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

      Yes, his “crimes” are just a limited hangout. His real crimes are monstrous.

  38. JohnAZ July 3, 2023 at 11:20 am #

    BTW, JHK, what do those people you are talking to say those terrific accomplishments that Biden has done?

    I cannot think of even a single positive thing that he has accomplished.

    How many of these folks are older and are scared to death by conservative attempts to balance SSA and Medicare’s budgets?

    • Cankerpuss July 3, 2023 at 11:46 am #

      If you are a pervert, a reprobate, a communist, a socialist, lover of debt, lover of debauchery and a pedofile, Joe Biden is an excellent President.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

      I knew that Biden was a bum way before Donald Trump ever even talked about running.

      How did people miss that?

      • jim e July 3, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

        Isn’t he replacing The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) at a lower price than sold?

  39. Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 11:22 am #

    I found a tweet that sums up what is happening in France right now.

    We have gotten used to the idea that certain groups are entitled to take it out on anybody or anything when they do not get “justice” for one of their own.

    I said certain groups because this does not apply equally to everyone.

    We all saw the “Syrian refugees” pouring into Europe, who seemed to be a majority of military age men. No one was allowed to say anything, because “humanitarian crisis”.

    We have seen the same situation here. Thousand of military age men, we even accommodate them. But don’t say anything, because “humanitarian crisis”. Sure it is.

    This is what the tweet says-

    ??????????

    @riseinhealth
    This is France NOW.????

    The invaders may have never knew they would make up an army.
    The French never knew the battalions were being put in place. ??
    Throw a match on the fire and you have a war with an unpaid army doing your bidding.
    Quite brilliant. The Kalergi Plan.
    It’s starting in Belgium.

    Ireland ?, England and Sweden, you are next.

    #ireland? #sweden #france #kalergi #invasion #war

    https://twitter.com/riseinhealth/status/1675381312826540032?s=20

    If you can see the tweet and look at the comments, you see that some excuse the barbarians destroying buildings and attacking people, because one kid didn’t get “justice”. Some also bring French colonialism into it.

    French people do not get to riot when justice is denied to victims of crimes committed by Muslims, however.

    All going to plan.

    • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 11:37 am #

      Beryl,

      I want to tack on to your point, a comment that I saw elsewhere re: France. I have not verified the dates and death counts below. The point still holds, though.

      Taken from another sites comment section:

      “On the 21st of August 2015 a Moroccan opened fire with an Ak47 on the train from Amsterdam to Paris hitting 2 people. Thankfully 3 Americans on the Train tackled him and prevented an outrage. There were no riots.

      On the 15th Nov 2015 7 jihadists carried out a mass terrorist attack killing 130 people and injuring another 416..tThere were no riots

      On the 14th of July 2016 a Tunisian drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille day killing 86 people and injuring another 434 there were no riots

      12 days later French priest was beheaded inside his church by 2 Algerians . There were no riots

      Since the last incident to the end of 2021 there have been over 21 terrorist incidents in France, not one riot.

      One underage criminal in a stolen car, who decides to drive off and gets shot and we have seen mass rioting not only in France, but Belgium and Switzerland. I’m sorry but why is nobody in power prepared to point out the bleeding obvious here.”

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

        Yes the point does hold, and yes it is bleeding obvious.

      • Yirgach July 3, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

        And don’t forget the $2 Billion in damages and deaths caused by one thug dying of a drug overdose. Now we are left with DEI on the corporate boards and BLM owning mansions around the world.

        “Joe Biden” is very busy training and equipping the US army of illegals. The border is open for a reason and it ain’t a good one.

        This may well end up with Martial Law and a suspension of the 2024 election.

      • SW July 3, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

        The law for police officers having more authority to shoot people who refuse to stop is directly b/c of the massacres that have occurred in France with criminals using cars or trucks to mow down pedestrians. The 17 year old driver could have shut the car off and gotten out as the police officer told him to.

        “Police brutality is more of a pretext than a real cause for most rioters, despite real cases of abuse of power and unjustified violence,” said de Gourdon. “Lawbreakers of immigrant origin seek to use their identity to claim virtual immunity. They often refuse to obey police summons on the grounds that they are discriminated against and many threaten and insult the police. They thus put themselves in the situation of being suspects and dangerous and those who are law-abiding among them get painted with the same brush.”

        I read in The Spectator that this kid had already had 15 run-ins with the police. I wish the police officer had just shot out the tires but easy for me to say — I’ve never been in that situation.

      • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

        “There were no riots” – and that was good? Is it because of nobility or apathy?

        A really alive French People would have savagely attacked the Muslims. But of course such a People wouldn’t have tolerated their presence in the first place. Of course, they weren’t asked either…..

        A few years ago Italians caught Gypsies stealing one of their kids. They Gypsies were burned out. Was that bad?

        Was it unfair to Gypsies not involved? Sure. Ok. But when you start fine tuning it like that just realize on thing: Our Enemies don’t. They see us a group. If we refuse to respond as a group, we will lose.

        • Mick July 3, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

          Yes. The J-Man is right about what happens if a group refuses to respond.

          The West is lost.

    • jgalt July 3, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

      And this violence was predicted long ago in the novel “Camp of the Saints”, after which he author was literally run out of France from threats against his livelihood and life. He was termed a racist, possibly the origin of our most infamous approbation in the formerly great U.S.

      • SW July 3, 2023 at 6:12 pm #

        I’ve read that. It was a little over the top in some ways but he made the valid point that if a culture that’s entirely alien to yours is allowed unlimited immigration, then it will destroy your culture. Even the Dali Lama made that observation about 5 years ago about Muslims in Sweden.

        • malthuss July 5, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

          who better to know about a people dispossessed?

  40. SpeedyBB July 3, 2023 at 11:27 am #

    And just to chime in and “spread the joy”, I will share some obervations from the other side of the Pacific.

    I have lived in Southeast Asia since 1988, and while there is no concerted effort to censor warnings about the effects of mRNA, there is no apparent opposition to mass injections, with boosters, among the medical profession, or the media, and certainly not on the part of the authorities, some of whom hold a considerable stake in pharma-allied concerns. The media never report vaccine injuries either, assuming they do not happen.

    One example of how Indonesia has proved a windfall to these politician / businessman: the useless PCR tests were mandated for most people, and certainly for foreigners wishing to extend their visas to stay in Indonesia (me). They first cost around US$90. The public was relieved when the price dropped to under US$50., particularly pleasing those who wished to travel by air or fulfill requirements in their place of employment. Then the price settled to US$20, as public concern faded and the government let up on its ridiculous shutdowns and other clown-car caveats.

    Meanwhile, from the outset of the alleged “pandemic”, the PCR test was available everywhere in neighboring India for US$7. There was grumbling here about the windfall that labs owned by well-connected individuals reaped but nothing ever happened to punish those profiting from it. It was a done deal.

    Hospitals, long mandated to provide universal health care by a government that was slow to come through with compensation, suddenly found themselves in the driver’s seat, with vast loads of cash showered by suddenly-alert authorities (diverted from more critical social needs, in fact).

    My neighbor had a very ill relative in Bogor, a nice mountain city an hour south of Jakarta. He went into hospital and died soon thereafter. The grieving relatives were quickly hustled into a session with a hospital rep who hissed “Sign this and we’ll give you $4500!” Startled, confused and wary they refused to sign anything and took their leave.

    It was a document certifying that the man in question had “died of Covid-19”. For each of these reported fatalities, a hospital would receive around $12,000 from the central government, no questions asked. Talk about cui bono.

    As far as I can tell, everyone here has swallowed the WHO lies, and will go along with whatever the medico-grifters tell them.

    The only country in East Asia which has attempted to pursue an independent course of study and course of action in this free-for-all is Japan. They have steadfastly refused to be hustled or buffaloed.

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    • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 11:51 am #

      SpeedyBB,

      Thank you for sharing your “outside the US” experience. As an American, I am far too US centric in my media consumption. It is interesting (and horrifying) to see that the same games being played out in US hospitals are similarly found around the globe.

      Kary Mullis who invented the PCR test and loathed Anthony Fauci would be appalled to know how his test was being used over the last three years. He conveniently died in August of 2019.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        That’s another good reason to read the Scott Atlas book, if anyone is so inclined.

        Dr. Atlas recounts an incident where they met to revise the testing guidelines to make more sense (IIRC) Dr. Fauci was in that meeting, and he later lied and said he was not there and did not agree to the revisions.

        Testing was by then a billion dollar industry.

    • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

      Ah, Japan. The birthplace of ivermectin, taken from a soil sample of the golf course its discoverer played on regularly.
      And India, depending on the state, as was the case in certain African states where ivermectin and hydroychloroquine were regularly dispensed for parasite infections and malaria, the incidence of C-19 was much diminished as the wave engulfed the world.

      Regarding the grift and graft that occurred in hospitals worldwide, I think the average “covid death” paid hospitals in the U.S. around $30,000.
      I did hear of one case that approached $300,000, New York state…?

      My own mother’s passing was likely in the mid-range payoff, something so demeaning for such an extraordinary woman. Death by Fauci and Remdesivir— a “proven” drug brought to us by our own taxes giving Gilead Sciences (via Fauci) the $71 million initial seed money. The proof in the pudding was a 53% death rate for those Ebola patients on it for 10 days or longer.
      How much should I bet on the Fauci Protocol (intubation and Remdesivir) still being on the books at this late date in the murderous and genocidal fiasco?

      • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

        Sorry about your mom, DaveO907.

      • pranah July 4, 2023 at 1:52 am #

        Re: intubation and Remdesivir–several months ago I had a conversation with a friend who’s a nurse at a hospital in town. She works on discharge planning. I asked her if the hospital still uses remdesivir for Covid treatment. After a long delay (convo was over text) she said she thought hard about it and decided she would not tell me–she didn’t know where the information might go if she told me what my town’s hospital protocol was! I was gobsmacked. I’m a retired nurse myself and she knew I understand about patient confidentiality, etc.

        Around the same time I was taking some IV vitamin C treatments from a local doctor who has an alternative-based private practice, and his wife, who works in his office, told me that his physician colleagues won’t tell him either!

        Suspicious as f, for sure.

    • Mick July 3, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

      How about that Japan! I remember during the peak of the pan-plandemic stories of Japan being refreshingly obstinate to the WHO and Co.

  41. tom75 July 3, 2023 at 11:33 am #

    Great article today by our man Jim. Perfectly encapsulates what many of us have dealt with our former “pro blob” friends. One of them called me up last week after not talking to be for 1.5 years. He said he’s “over corona” and wants to move on…that he’s now even “hanging out” with people who aren’t vaccinated. I asked him how many shots he’s taken and he said “I think 4, I even had corona in February…but I believe in the vaccines.” I didn’t press him anymore, you cannot have a rational discussion unless both parties are rational. He asked if I still wanted to be friends; I told him “I’ll think about it” just to get off of the phone.

    • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

      “I think 4, I even had corona in February….” ‘Nuff said and precisely on point for what ails us: Them. They. (Exclusive of the woke pronouns, themselves being a substantially major portion of the societal mosaic of malady.)

      A close family member recently told me she was currently ill with the “Koff-Koff” for the third time and let it out that she had gotten jabbed the same number of times, semi-sheepishly as I had given her and others close in the family as much solid info as possible and reasonably felt assured all would follow my advice, some of which went back to the spring of 2020.
      Well, it finally took hold and she is playing catch-up in a race to rid herself of the spike proteins coursing around in her body, I only hope that the remedies I’ve been hearing about and passing on to her have a chance of remedying the poisonous intake she’s accumulated. Before…..

      A tragedy, a criminal farce. See what it’s done to all of us.

    • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

      I’d drop-kick that one.

  42. oldandtired July 3, 2023 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks for another great blog, Jim! Everything is broken. Everything.

    Those in the USA that are going to fire up that pellet grill tomorrow keep this in mind:

    The 800 pound gorilla in your backyard has the ticker symbol COOK.

    Look at their financials. If it were not for 600 million dollars in intangible assets, the company would have a negative 300 million dollars in net worth. To go along with their current negative earnings per share.

    Fiat assets to go along with fiat currency. Or maybe I am lying about all of this. You decide.

    And remember, only the kids get to put ketchup on their hot dogs!

    Happy 4th.

  43. 4014HAMPHEDGE July 3, 2023 at 11:51 am #

    Noting thread here choosing belief Russia shall prevail in their “Special Operation”; circulating reports of undersupply for Russian army has resulted in animals from zoos enroute liberated into Red Army stew pots raises questions battle theater realities for critical observers…

    This writer again mentions efforts restoring mid 20th Century rail matrix as counterpoint to unimaginative Stateside defeatists: Be familiar with dormant branch rail corridor in your locale. Note abandoned intact railway tracks and tops of rail visible in pavement and graveled trails. Particular farm district branch rail lines are needful for Famine Hedge when EMP and sabotage and other impacts to AI trucking come.

    • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

      Your first paragraph would get you a fantasy award if one were being offered. I’ll be looking for the book on Amazon.

      • Mick July 3, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

        I might buy it for .03. Might.

      • Paula D July 3, 2023 at 7:39 pm #

        Too James Joycian for me.

        I like prose to make sense.

    • Islander July 3, 2023 at 8:05 pm #

      I think the main message is:

      Try to locate old railway lines and see if they can be brought back into service or made useful to survival in other ways.

  44. RJGrones July 3, 2023 at 11:52 am #

    I was listening to the musician/songwriter Graham Nash this weekend, somebody I’ve always admired, and he was doing the orange-man-bad thing, ad nauseam, and I was reflecting how boomers are stuck with their worldview til the end: liberals good/conservatives bad, Democrats good/Republicans bad, white people bad/Black people sad, the whole bit. And how it’s impossible for almost all of them to reassess their worldview based on the reality of the present moment in history; there forever stuck on the Washington mall/crossing the Pettus Bridge; they’ve planted their flag long ago and they’re going to go to their grave defending it.. come what may..
    Aside, I’m convinced at this point that only empty store shelves, and blacked out cities, will be the death of woke; empty store shelves will wake up the go-along-to-get-along white-guilters.. it will become impossible for mama-bear to stay further tethered to the wokie revolution, when your children are starving.. wait for it.. nobody on the streets of Paris recently at night, gives a damn about your pronouns..

    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

      Entertainers are all minstrels.
      From musicians to actors to sports celebrities.

      Look at who controls the production houses, the labels, studios, the leagues.

      More importantly, look at who controls the agencies.

      For example, one brother of a former Chicago mayor and Obama Chief of Staff. The agencies get you gigs.

      You get gigs by being a good little minstrel and performing to their tune.
      You say what they want you to say to get pay.

      End of story.
      It’s an influence racket.
      Don’t draw any conclusions about the people in charge
      It’s not allowed.

    • malthuss July 3, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

      GN was in cahoots with David Crosby. Need you know more?

      and davids son w that singer [ethridge] died an OD.

      do not take celebs too seriously.

      • BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

        Looks like Robert De Niro’s 19 year old grandson died last night in Manhattan, a possible OD.

        • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

          $&&@@ Trump!
          Deniro is a pathetic man

        • malthuss July 5, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

          De Niros dad was a nice guy. I knew him long ago.
          Stallones son ‘sage’ died an OD. etc

      • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

        You’re missing the point.

        Uncharismatic people use charismatic entertainers to push their agendas.

        By dangling a carrot.

        This is why they’re all reading from the same sheet of music.
        This is why they’re all the same.

        They have to play the game and these desperate egomaniacs will do anything to stay relevant, popular, and paid

        • SW July 3, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

          James Wood, a talented actor, has been drummed out of Hollywood due to his conservative politics. Toe the line, sing the lyrics and use your time at the mic to make political statements.

          Leonardo Di Caprio is good-looking and talented and a “spokesman” for global warming. Several years ago he was exposed as a fraud for flying his eyebrow groomer (yes, not a typo) to Australia when he was going to receive some dumb award.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

            Coincidentally, I mentioned James Woods recently over at Zero Hedge. It was in a context that had to do with an AI being used to create a realistic 3D film that swapped its 3d characters for striking Hollywood actors using a mutated Predator-Terminator thing with a touch of James Woods.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

            …The Predator-Terminator-James Woods thing would go after a 3D facsimile of Fauci, Gates, Schwab and a few others that I forget.

          • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 4:57 pm #

            DuckDuckGo records a toss-up with the “Yes he did!” slightly outnumbering the “No he didn’t!”

          • malthuss July 5, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

            if you have sex w the powers that be, you have a chance.

            the casting couch routine.

            I wont share some stories.

    • Yirgach July 4, 2023 at 5:47 pm #

      “nobody on the streets of Paris recently at night, gives a damn”

      about anything.

      Got nihilism?

      • Yirgach July 4, 2023 at 5:53 pm #

        nihilism is destructive
        A form of cancer.
        That should be apparent.

  45. GrantK July 3, 2023 at 11:52 am #

    I think our host has it wrong about the money. I dont think the blob cares about money, at least not the most important actors within the blob. Ownership papers, to real estate, to mines, factories, farmland, bridges, real things.

    Money is a distraction and our vicious inbred vampire squid overlords use it to deflect attention from the serious work of obtaining the deed to pretty much everything.

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  46. The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 11:54 am #

    …liberty and the rule of law.” ~ JHK

    ^ That’s an oxymoron. ^

    As for Dylan Mulvaney– another character barely in my peripheral– I saw a few video clips of him and while I’m no psychiatrist, he seems to need one. Not a sex change. A psychiatrist.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 11:57 am #

      — Same thing, incidentally, with that Sam Brinton character. Not a sex change. A psychiatrist. Actually, scratch that. I’m unsure about psychiatrists even. Ok, how about, then, a healthy and functioning local community?

      • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        Just give him an unclaimed luggage closet.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

          Brilliant.

        • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

          But, but… would he ever come out of the closet again?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

            If the luggage had all kinds of designer women’s clothes in them, of course; fashion-show.

        • Ricechex July 4, 2023 at 11:39 pm #

          Hilariouis!

      • Islander July 3, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

        Or, a bed in a mental hospital or perhaps a spot in a Goodwill workshop.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

          Hey sweetie, how are you today?

          Before I continue; when I quoted your ‘I-said-it-first’ about your Russian news, it was just in fun because I thought it cute, that’s all. It was not a comment about your actual news.

          As for your comment here, I imagine some corrupt governments, as one set of tricks, leverage the mentally ‘different-abled’ in their color revolution bag-of-tricks.

  47. SteveK9 July 3, 2023 at 11:55 am #

    Unsuccessful? The Ziocons main purpose and the reason they exist was largely achieved, the destruction of Israel’s enemies.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

      We don’t have much in the way of healthy, functioning local communities. That should be part of top priority. So, yes, no large-scale centralized government. Secession. Anarchy. ‘N’ stuff.

  48. FGB3 July 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

    check out the EveDuke comment Jim…

    EveDuke July 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

    I can make two hundred USD an hour working on my home computer. I never thought it was possible, but my closest friend made seventeen thousand USD in just five weeks working on this historic project. convinced me to take part. For more information,
    Click on the link below… w­w­w.P­a­y­a­t­h­o­m­e­7.c­o­m”

  49. WadeWaters July 3, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

    Let’s all watch “The Blob” on the 4th. Steve McQueen!!!

    • BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

      Yeah I mentioned that above. I didn’t think anybody picked up on it.

      A cult classic.

      • MaryQueen July 3, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

        I caught it 😉

        Now I do actually feel like watching it again. It’s been only 50 years or so… lol.

  50. BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

    It looks like like the Muslim uprising in France has spread to Belgium & Switzerland ~ yes Switzerland! Much arson, destruction of property & above all, looting! it appears to be payday in France & surrounding nations, a Day of Jubilee! All kinds of shops, dept. stores & warehouses broken into (then set afire after being cleaned out.) The closest thing to this is when the entire country of SAfrica was ransacked last summer. In the 8th century Charles Martel stopped El al Ghafike and his Jihad army at the Battle of Tours in NW France; well, el Ghafike’s ancestors are back — invited in as guests, actually, seeking revenge, kicking French ass, and torching the country.

    Is it too early to claim “Europe has fallen, has fallen?”

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    • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      Switzerland needs to go.
      It’s where the Germanic banking royalty, the masons, and globalists hang their hats

      • BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

        Maybe the Orcs can make their way to Davos, burn the f#kkn place to its foundations. That’s if a Russian missile doesn’t take it out first.

        • Islander July 3, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

          BRH–

          Now THATS a great idea!

          Let the chickens really start coming home to roost.

    • JackStraw July 3, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

      Too early? I’d say that it’s spot on at this point. We all knew it was coming. The only question was when, and now we have that answer.

      One of my daughter’s friends has been trying to get to Switzerland for years, but some issue has always come up to prevent it. She finally got the green light, but spent 5 days stuck in NY last week due to airline issues, trying to get to Switzerland. I joked that she should take the hint and come home.

      She arrived a day ahead of the riots.

    • SW July 3, 2023 at 2:41 pm #

      Maybe someone remembers who said this about 20 years ago by an Islamic immigrant in Europe :

      ” We will conquer Europe through our women’s wombs.” The birth rate in Europe is falling and there was a piece on the news around 3 years ago about a town in Italy who rings the church bells when a baby is born b/c it’s so rare.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

        Apparently, we’re all out of what is now called Africa, anyway. So if Islam wants to refill Europe, it might be a bit like simply turning back on the hose.

        • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 2:06 am #

          Yeah, if the Blacks and Browns hadn’t rioted, the Whites would have because we’re all the same, right?

          Except Darwin taught something different so you don’t have science behind you. Or really much of anything. A real nowhere man.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 4:22 am #

            You don’t get to define people for them and you don’t get to determine who associates with whom, despite your Dunning-Kruger-like hubris.

          • Jarek July 4, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

            Why not? You do it all the time. In any case, what about Darwin? Do you think he thought everyone was the same? There would be no basis for evolution if that was the case.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 5, 2023 at 12:08 am #

            I doubt Darwin would think much of your ‘Blacks’, ‘Whites’ or ‘Browns’ perhaps in a similar sense that many people don’t think much of some men insisting that they are women.

          • Jarek July 5, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

            Ha! Wrong again. Darwin thought race was both real and important. Individuals differ. Environment selects for favorable traits. Thus? Thus groups emerge with similar traits. Thus races.

  51. Opie July 3, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

    Jim, your column today strikes a particularly deep chord with me. My 50th High School reunion took place last month, and though I didn’t attend I know some people who did. We were all, regardless of politics, adamantly pro free speech to the extreme. Most of those folks would now gladly stand by idly if the Supreme court gets packed, or guns confiscated by force and any other BS they come up with simply because the nighty news tells them so. It’s gotten to where now, post plandemic, that I keep my lips sealed lest I accrue undo attention. It gets lonely, but I know truth, and I believe it does set me free. This 4th, I’m grateful that I am still a freeborn man, and by god damn all those who would try to put me in chains. I friend of mine worked for a couple years in a commie country. His gardener after the first year felt comfortable in opening up when my friend would ask about how he felt about the ruling class. His reply was “every night before I sleep, I sharpen my manchette and dream of the day I can pay them back.” I am having similar dreams as well.

  52. kBigg July 3, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

    As usual, JHK hits the nail on the head with everything in this post. I don’t bother to write about current events anymore, I just come here for incisive commentary.

  53. WadeWaters July 3, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

    Interesting metaphor about the frogs in a kettle being slowly heated to a boil. Once the water is too hot it is too late.
    It’s now happening to the frogs themselves.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

      So you prefer to put your frogs in a kettle rather than a pot then?

      Anyway, what you’re talking about is climate change.

      • WadeWaters July 3, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

        Climate change, so called, is a whole different kettle of fish.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

          I was being a bit facetious. In any case, you’d best put your frogs in a pot so that they can experience climate change more seriously. Anthropogenic climate change is probably real but since nothing much is being done about it, it doesn’t really matter. Later generations can worry about it.

  54. The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

    Infinity Breaks Determinism; Consciousness Acting Upon The Physical Creates Feedback-Loops Against Fundamental Prediction (Heisenberg’s U.P.) Down The Line To Infinity

    —-

    The problem with determinism if the universe is infinite is that it doesn’t and cannot resolve. The math doesn’t resolve itself because there is no end.

    So when consciousness looks– we peer– at the physical and has– have– the ability to move it (affect it), we get a ‘feedback loop’ that amplifies all the way down the line to infinity, where infinity is not a destination, but, rather, a trip that never ends.

    Free will is that feedback loop that amplifies uncontrollably down the line to infinity and never ends. Infinity is a kind of escape-valve or release-valve for free will to escape its deterministic confines.

    IOW, infinity breaks ultimate determinism because, again, initial conditions cannot be computed– they don’t resolve.
    IOW, initial conditions that determinists rely on don’t and cannot resolve themselves because of infinity. There is only probabilities and that’s not determinism. It’s fundamental free will.

    Furthermore, if we live inside a singularity and/or a kind of black hole and/or a system where we’re part of the fabric, rather than floating inside it– we’re fundamentally entangled over ‘vast distances/any distance’ ‘faster than the speed of light’– then cause and effect don’t quite resolve either for the determinists.
    IOW, cause and effect that determinists rely on cannot resolve in the context of quantum entanglement– instantaneousness– over any distance. If we exist within a context of instantaneousness– beyond the speed of light– then this is a problem for cause and effect that the determinists would seem to rely on.

    —-

    Related:

    Does Kirk die when he goes through the transporter?
    (Sabine Hossenfelder)
    youtu.be/oR9Na0Q0maQ

    Yes he dies.

    Or more accurately, perhaps, he simply doesn’t get transported.

    We don’t exist in a closed system, so we cannot compute even the cell. It’s always in touch with its system, so it’s never completely isolated. So the entire universe has to be factored in to get the cell and since, or, to be charitable, if, the universe is infinite, the calculation that the transporter has to make is infinite and of course therefore way beyond that research paper’s stated (and silly) number of ten to the power of 15 years.

    I haven’t watched your video in its entirety yet, but my rationale rests on the fact that what goes into Kirk is infinite and so the transporter will never ever have all the information required to entirely recreate Kirk. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle also ostensibly supports this, as do quantum effects. I think even they had some kind of fictional device built into their transporter system called the Heisenberg Compensator.

    Edit: Ok, I watched the entire video and my comment still stands.

    • Q. Shtik July 3, 2023 at 6:50 pm #

      Re Zaz at 1:14 pm, I haven’t the faintest idea what you’re talking about.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 4:29 am #

        In a nutshell; we likely have fundamental free will and so also don’t have to be beholden to the so-called powers that be, nor hem and haw about them as we do hereon.

        We can slip out of our little boy and girl diapers, walk/bail and design and blaze our own paths.

        • Disaffected July 4, 2023 at 10:02 am #

          Heisenberg Compensator = deux ex machina

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 10:16 am #

            movie deux ex machina = too much reliance on suspension of disbelief

            Spiderman should have a silk web coming out of some area just above or below his ass.

    • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 8:26 pm #

      Each night we do a sys-dump and update. We don’t rise up the same person that set down.

      More: We not the same one second to the next. You are not Zazelle but Zazelling. You are a stream of consciousness that will survive physical death – as hard as that if for you to accept.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 4, 2023 at 4:35 am #

        Microsoft Windows: Release early, fix later.

  55. mitchellc July 3, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

    The meta perspective of this essay and commentary suggests the collective sentiment has reached the resigned/depressed stage.

    That means only acceptance remains; the recognition that humanity’s fate was sealed long ago once we climbed aboard the free energy train.

    It seems many express resentment towards a malevolent force that long ago recognized the end stage of private, debt based capital posed by depletion, overshoot and degradation.

    As I have repeatedly asked, where is the grudging admiration for a game well played? They well and truly fucked everybody so hard no one knows which way to turn.

    Regardless, the trajectory remains: in failing to secure Russia’s vast natural resources to power another expansionary credit cycle, the dollar is essentially a dead currency walking.

    Rather than escaping to a well larded bunker, the smart move would be to reinvent oneself in Moscow or Bejing, moving quickly away from the yucky discarded condom aka USA/West.

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    • JackStraw July 3, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

      I got the same vide from the commentary.

      If I was a young man, I would seriously consider moving to Russia once the war is over. Russia seems to be the last bastion of relative sanity now, and they have lots of energy.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

        Russia may be tapped for energy across the Belt And Road Initiative.

        • anmariwakaranai July 3, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

          Russia and China will turn on each other soon. “But in the end, Russia will show the way.”

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 3, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

            Russia might be saddled with much demand for energy from India, China and so on. Granted, there’s the Middle East, but they are declining and China and India have very large populations and energy demands.

            Venezuela might be tapped from overseas for energy too unless the US tries some sort of Ukraine-style attempt on it shortly. I say shortly because the US uses among the most, if not the most, energy per capita while it faces rapid energy depletion. That’s probably why they’re banging on Russia’s door right now and were/are in Syria and so on. Alaska?

            Seems like many countries of the world are trying to strangle the US empire. Had they played their political cards better, they might have had better political and economic relations with Venezuela.

            Canada has its oil/tar sands, but that has its own set of problems too.

  56. Tate July 3, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

    I got this from a well-known dissident blog. About a little book called “How We Got Our Antiracist Constitution: Canonizing Brown v. Board of Education in Courts and Minds (Claremont Provocations Monograph Series).” I’m going to check it out.

    But it doesn’t even start with Brown. It starts with a communist fellow who inherited a million dollars in the 1920s & decided to set up a fund & that fund later underwrote the NAACP to the tune of $100K to launch a legal challenge to segregation in the Topeka school system which resulted in the Brown decision in 1954.

    From that pivotal decision, all the rest has followed down to the present day.

    • mitchellc July 3, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

      Lulz

      Trying reading Marx. The transition from aristocracy to capitalism simply changed the face of class interest.

      Since pre history, it has always been a two-sided game. The minority enjoys better information and organization, higher IQ and prestige. The other side are the mass of men – literally livestock/cattle – who dully and unthinkingly crew their cud.

      The oddballs are the micro percentage who understand what is going on, but are not part of the priviledged caste. Rather, they waste their time and energy trying to warn their compatriots about the obvious divide and conquer tactics.

      As I have suggested countless times, you just need to (mentally) walk away. Complaining just labels you a loser who can’t accept reality.

      • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

        “Perdente! Galileo? Why-a you believe-a such-a thing? The sun go around-a da-Erf! Stop-a bein a loser and accept-a reality, capisce?!”

      • Tate July 3, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

        Lol, that “communist fellow” I referenced started to give his inherited fortune away indiscriminately but a fellow communist persuaded him to set up the trust, & the trust would “take care of everything for him.” The managerial class as we know is so much better at handling these things. Wow, what would we do without them.

      • Islander July 3, 2023 at 8:12 pm #

        If Marx (and Engels) had been living in France instead of England, they may well have come to very different conclusions.

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

        Communists see the French Revolutionaries are their spiritual forebears, so no.

  57. megabeth July 3, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

    Fellow graying Xers, unite! We were raised like barn cats for just such a moment! Now is our brief, shining hour! Lol.

  58. JackStraw July 3, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

    The brainwashing is almost impossible to penetrate.

    My leftist wife bitched endlessly about unfairness when SOC in my daughter’s class of 2023, all of whom were non-top 10%, got full scholarships to ivy league colleges and other top tier schools, and also grabbed most of the money scholarships. Meanwhile, the best students wound up at state schools or second tier schools.

    Of course, she flipped out over the supreme courts decision on affirmative action like she was instructed to by the liberal media.

    • Tate July 3, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      Her “lived experience” is possibly lived moment-to-moment, like a butterfly’s?

    • WadeWaters July 3, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

      A university education isn’t what it used to be anymore.

      Indoctrination centers for CRT, identity politics and the rest of it.

      Critical thinking is not allowed.

    • Q. Shtik July 3, 2023 at 6:32 pm #

      when SOC in my daughter’s class of 2023 – Jack

      ==========

      Is SOC supposed to be POC?

      • Nicky July 4, 2023 at 12:51 am #

        SOC… Students of Color? Identity acronyms are annoying.

  59. DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

    My advice? Don’t miss this.
    And take particular note of how the AI scrubs various words including “war, nuclear war, deck, bullshit, fuck, Hitler, and many more that I have missed because I wasn’t paying total attention.

    I’m no unequivocal fanboy of Elon Musk, Tucker C., or anyone of mass notoriety and/or celebrity, but this coming from Musk’s page autonomously on my “home” feature was and is a treasure, a compendium of today’s CN blog’s topic.

    We’re in the deep end of the pool now. Others bearing our same genotype are forever going to remain in the shallow end, I reckon.
    I have no answers to offer, just a foundation based on mostly empirical information, such as this gem:

    hxxps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L1Z5V_-eQM&list=TLPQMDMwNzIwMjPuFpnGNH-rvg&index=6

    • JackStraw July 3, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

      Check out the whole 3 hour interview on Spotify. It’s a college course in vaccines by RFK.

      • DaveO907 July 3, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

        This is perhaps a different one, it’s essentially Tucker being interviewed and his answers are freewheeling and to the point. He does rhapsodize on RFK,Jr in here, but it’s mainly about the true state of things, especially the absurdities flowing forth from the Blob.

  60. Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

    “What we’ve got, then, this Fourth of July holiday, 2023, is basically the pro-Blob Americans against the anti-Blob Americans.”

    What we got is a place not worth caring about.

    Fireworks? Parties? Red, white & blue bunting?

    Are you serious?

    I don’t know many people who will be celebrating.
    And what is there to celebrate?

    There will be nothing beyond the reflexive.
    The motions.

    They rented a beach house at tens of thousands so there will be burgers, beers and sparklers
    at most.

    You will get the big bellies in their big jeeps with their big flags up and down the shore.
    A cute blonde with fake ones in a flag bikini.

    Doing their utmost to rehash 80’s americana nostalgia.

    All while more and more immigrant families and their fat little kids and their pear-shaped moms sitting fully clothed drenched at the shore break gawking at the ridiculous patriotic merrymaking of the gringos who are totally unaware of, or acquiesced to, the fast approaching sunset.

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    • BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

      I’ve noticed in the past few days anti fireworks screeds on the local & national news. Quite suddenly, fireworks displays are harmful to the environment, and also cause wildfires.

      • Edge Lord July 3, 2023 at 2:54 pm #

        …and cause sudden pangs of regret

  61. anmariwakaranai July 3, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

    They will wake up, but it will be late. Very late.
    A sad and wistful piece today Jim.

  62. Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

    Just a short while ago I was talking to someone about a couple we both know, both of them woke, and both of them pro-death jab.

    His brother just had a heart attack. Yes, young men do have heart attacks, but we have been hearing about an awful lot of this, and the statistics confirm that it has increased.

    They have no idea that it could be the jab.

    • anmariwakaranai July 3, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

      Same with my family and friends.

      “I knew you’d say it was the shot.” Re clots, cancers, dementia.

      Apart from freinds who got the shot to travel, and my sybs who got it to see their grand kids…fuck! One more got one shot to be with her dying mother. She had immediate and excruciating arm pain. She thought, enough of this shit and canoed the life out of her arm, now pain free and taking supps. But, said to me when I go on about what we are all on about here,…, “God is in charge, relax.”

      That pissed me off off cuz she knows the truth. Even though she’s right. One neighbour says the same but adds, “What’s the point of living in a conspiracy theory.”
      I wanna smack him but won’t.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 3, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

        Madonna was or is hospitalized with an intestinal infection. Right away the MSM was talking about right-wingers and their conspiracy theories about VAIDS.

        This makes me pretty certain it’s VAIDS.

        • malthuss July 3, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

          whats vaids?

          • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

            Vaccine acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome.

      • Jarek July 3, 2023 at 6:10 pm #

        They blame you for being right. Such is the twisted fallen heart.

  63. Tate July 3, 2023 at 2:29 pm #

    What’s going to happen to Germany when it “deindustrializes?” You don’t think some serious fecal spray is going to exit the fan? The Germans were already performing an impossible physical act on themselves when the Russians made their SMO into Ukraine. They doubled down. Then the Nordstream pipeline was blown & they doubled down again. As demoralized as the German nation is, I have a feeling they’re not going to BOHICA one more time. They’re not going to just Morgenthau themselves into oblivion.

    • anmariwakaranai July 3, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

      See Deagal.

    • BackRowHeckler July 3, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

      Germany has gone balls-in for the Transition to Renewables. Germany has assured the world, indeed, has staked its future on the ability to run a modern industrial nation with windmills & solar panels. Germany is the test case; we’ll have to wait & see how it works out. I don’t think we will have to wait long.

  64. PeterHayward July 3, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

    I have read Jim’s work since the early days of Peak Oil. I was at the conferences in 2004-2006 and I was a backstage reviewer of the Escape from Suburbia movie (it was largely edited in our studio in Toronto). I have reached out to JHK directly at times – such as when my wife and I seriously searched for Hudson Valley property in his area to escape the Canadian tyranny of the vax-lockdown state. New York continued to slide into Hochul-Hell, so we’re glad we stayed.

    But i had not even commented on CFN until now. Some of his posts just make me deeply saddened in their truth and their signposts for the future in the Fourth Turning underway at a city near you. This was one.

    I’m the only descendent in my own family history to ever leave the US and live in or become a resident in a foreign country (Canada). We left during the Bush wars, not knowing when we might return. But I’m the first in 400 years of Yankee original settlers, that include sea and army captains in the early French-Indian wars, and the American Revolution in Boston and Salem. My ancestors were among the first to settle this country and no generation even left New England until my parents’ age.

    I have been observing carefully to consider how and when it might be productive for me to return. It will not be for some time. Jim’s experience of his peers not understanding what is at stake – that is also what I see, even among the most politically savvy American friends across the country. So if we returned, I would have to make all new friends somewhere. But the solidarity is almost gone. I have stopped caring, but its still very sad to not even see where a fight would make a difference. Trump, love him or hate him, is the only history-maker that has a chance. Don’t @Bobby me either, he’s missing the point of the wars. I’d almost come home for Tulsi.

    But we’re going to Mexico. I thought I’d log in just to say, that was our choice. We’re saving ourselves while we can. Mexico is an amazing country with a bright future and a real economy, and a president that seems to listen to reality, and has rejected NATO entirely. They have a culture that they love, that they keep positive, and they tell the truth to each other. The cartels are a discussion for another time. But they don’t trouble me nearly as much as the Dem-Soros election fraud overthrow of the United States.

    • tucsonspur July 3, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

      No, the cartels should be discussed now, since they are also infiltrating the US, besides controlling much of Mexico.

      With 400 years behind you, why give up the fight? Stay here and slug it out. The battle is not lost yet.