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Desperation Creeps In

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    That silence you hear these dog days of a wilting empire is the calm before the storm and everybody knows it. “Joe Biden’s” final desperate ploy against the menace of Donald Trump looks about on par with the Ukraine spring offensive, hardly even worth a “hey, nice try.”

     So, the best they could do was to charge Mr. Trump with objecting vocally to an election that looked as rotten as Hunter’s uncapped teeth? We all saw what happened overnight November 3 and 4, 2020: what the numbers looked like in the swing precincts at midnight and the magic mathematics that swapped tens of thousands of votes over from the Trump column to the Biden column (say, whu?) … the shutdown of the Fulton County State Farm Arena due to a supposedly leaking toilet and the ensuing monkey business with rolly-bags full of ballots under the tables captured by the closed-circuit cameras… the miraculous wee-hour harvest of ballots in Milwaukee… US Postal Service truck full of completed ballots out of Bethpage, Long Island, that turned up in Philadelphia… Mark Zuckerberg’s $419-million-dollar operation using two front orgs, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) to staff precinct election boards with party shills and buy votes… the thumb drives and modems in the vote-counting machines….

     Special Counsel Jack Smith may find it difficult to prove that expressing an opinion about all that is some kind of crime. Meanwhile, he’s turned Mr. Trump into the poster boy for the many other aggrieved victims of a government weaponized against its own people. More than half the country sees exactly what’s going on and no amount of video footage showing “JB” and Jill holding hands on the beach is going cover for that. We are on the threshold of a king-hell national crisis.

     Consider:  a 27.4 percent drop in goods of all kinds “roaded-in” on semi-trucks to the northeast USA this summer. That’s everything from auto parts to lumber, clothing, and food. What else do you think sent the Yellow Corp trucking company, one hundred years old, spinning into sudden bankruptcy this week? Yellow won’t be bought and reorganized, either. It owes three quarters of a billion dollars in loans to the federal government (i.e., to us taxpayers) and untold pension obligations. Next, 22,000 Yellow Corp workers will hit the unemployment rolls. Yellow Corp had a special role in the supply chain: the LTL (less-than-truckload) niche, often the final journey of a product to the customer. It was also the cheapest. Whoever picks up the work — FedEx, ABF Freight? — will cost more, and so will everything you have to buy.

     Behind this crumbling economy looms the fragile financial system of banks, securities markets, a wilderness of derivatives trades, and currencies. How long do you think it will take before that clockwork of debt obligations and ownerships in failing enterprises breaks down? Think: four to eight weeks, starting with when everyone comes back from the beach or the lake after Labor Day. Banks will resume failing, too, followed by bail-out efforts that will open a trapdoor under the dollar. The country will finally learn what Bidenomics means.

     Money trouble tends to blot out whatever else is happening to you, so the nation may not even notice that the Ukraine war is a lost cause. Not that we actually lost it, the Ukrainians did, poor buggers. What role did it play in American life besides money laundromat for the Biden family and a convenient stash for any number of bio-weapons labs?  Are you still pretending that the war we provoked there was a heroic stand for “democracy?” Will the place matter to us when Russia has to take it on as a charity? The only thing a lot of newly-broke Americans will notice is the more than $100-billion we pounded down that rat-hole, and the thought will not make them feel warm and fuzzy.

      Have you noticed the clamor about a coming new pandemic virus? The catch is that it doesn’t even have to be some kind of lab-grown novelty disease this time. All it will take now to remove millions from the voter rolls is an ordinary seasonal flu, considering how many Americans are walking around with wrecked immune systems from the mRNA vaccines they lined-up for so giddily.

      There will be so much going on this fall that the nation might not even notice the impeachment hearings against Mr. Biden, AG Garland, and Mr. Mayorkas of Homeland Security. The major media won’t even cover the proceedings. The only open question around all of these things —a presidential scandal, the Ukraine war, an economic train wreck, political show trials — is how much civic upheaval there might be on-the-ground across the land while all this plays out, especially if our lawless, faithless, clueless government tries to lay a climate emergency trip on everybody as a final, desperate diversion?


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789 Responses to “Desperation Creeps In”

  1. DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 9:54 am #

    “I hear that train a’ comin….”

    • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

      “She’s comin’ ’round the bend…

      I ain’t seen the Trumpshine, since I don’t know when…

      I’m stuck in Biden Prison, and time keeps draggin’ on…”

      • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

        Biden shot young men in Ukraine, just to watch them die

        When I see Hunter skating, I hang my head and cry….

        • jim e August 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

          I wish I was a headlight, on a north-bound train…

          Former President Donald Trump picked up a wave of endorsements from top Alabama Republicans on Friday, hours before he is scheduled to speak in Montgomery.

          Trump’s campaign announced that Tommy Tuberville, Alabama’s senior senator, and the state’s six Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives – Robert Aderholt, Jerry Carl, Barry Moore, Gary Palmer, Mike Rogers and Dale Strong – are backing the former president in his bid to return to the White House. Other endorsements came from Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate, Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Public Service Commissioners Chip Beeker and Jeremy Oden.

          • jim e August 4, 2023 at 6:23 pm #

            Jefferson (Jefferson Davis) Beauregard (the Confederate General who started the American Civil War at the battle of Fort Sumter) Sessions III would be the senior senator from Alabama except for the fact that he was the first Senator to endorse Trump.

          • jim e August 4, 2023 at 6:27 pm #

            If I were Jeff, I would say to the former president, Yankee go home.

  2. RaymondR August 4, 2023 at 9:57 am #

    Another “tell” that the Deep State is trying to distract us is the recent revelations about UFO’s and the like. Between little green men and a new pandemic they are hoping we don’t notice as they loot the public treasury before they skedaddle off to their bolt holes in New Zealand.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 10:12 am #

      There’s the indictments of President Trump following each new revelation about the Hunter laptop and Biden corruption too.

    • Lars August 4, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

      The shiny Chinese balloons didn’t work so it was time to bring out the saucers and the little green men. What next, ponies?

      • Bilejones August 4, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

        And the US has hoarded all these wrecked UFO’s.

        We’re supposed to believe that ET can travel trillions of miles on one tank of gas but hasn’t got around to inventing the tow truck.

    • bill7424 August 4, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

      Raymond, What if all these UAP are nothing but holographic projections produced by the government. If you can conjure up a whale jumping out of the water in a gym full of kids and everything thing getting splashed then anything can be produced by the government to scare the shit out of us and take out attention away from what is really going on behind the curtain.

      • brushjockey August 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

        We have finally entered the time when you literally cannot believe what you see. When I was a kid, if it was on film, then it happened. Like bill7424 said, if they can do that whale-in-the-gym stunt, almost anything can be done. Watch one of the Transformers movies, when the robot transitions to or from and ordinary vehicle; it’s hard to believe that NOTHING you are watching is actually real, but are just pixels in a computer program. When they can project that type of thing into the sky, “Independence Day”-style, almost any narrative can then be applied, like “We are your ancestors, who seeded you on this planet eons ago. All world religions are now declared null and void. WE are your gods.” And there they are, right in front of you, not some imaginary character in a dusty old book. People will buy it by the millions. (Heck, maybe Megan Fox isn’t real either….).

        • brushjockey August 4, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

          Also, for those who have seen Top Gun: Maverick, the entire final dogfight between the F-14 and the enemy fighters was CGI. There are no F-14s currently flying except in Iran (I doubt they loaned one out) and the SU-57s are a new Russian type of which only a handful have been built (again, doubtful that Russia lent them out). As a pilot, I have seen MANY movies with varying qualities of CGI; much of it is easily recognizable, even if it’s well done. Often the sunlight looks fake, the aircraft move in odd ways, and other little details separate the real from the created. But that sequence was spectacular, virtually indiscernible from the real thing. Amazing and terrifying at the same time.

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

          A few years ago, YouTube was full of videos taken by Las Angelas sitting on the freeway as a giant blob went across the sky. Apparently those videos were scrubbed.

          All I could find now was news reports saying confidently that it was a rocket launched from Vandenberg, 140 miles to the north.
          Sure, it was.

          Anyway, take a look.

          .youtube.com/watch?v=8YNllLNO1i0

          • megabeth August 4, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

            It was a rocket. My husband was a propulsion test engineer for NASA and contracted with the Air Force out in the Mojave a few years ago. He says the mitary is stuck in the 1960s with regard to its rocket program, so I doubt they were up to anything. SpaceX Falcon 9 sounds plausible. It just looked weird because of the launch angle and time of day. But if you keep up with the private companies doing launches, well, you’ll see how busy they are. They are much leaner in their operations than NASA is.

          • MontanaMan August 4, 2023 at 8:32 pm #

            I cut & pasted this in, In the search bar over on YouTube.

            .youtube.com/watch?v=8YNllLNO1i0 And, The only thing that came up was just a list of different YouTube websites.

            Starting with, The boys season 2 / The white lotus season 2 / The social dilemma, official trailer Netflix…. and on and on from there it goes listing other websites. I was really looking forward to watching the video that you recommended.

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

            Weird, Montana Man. It works for me.

            Try copying the title.

            Many reports of strange light in skies over SoCal after SpaceX launches rocket

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 8:46 pm #

            Did you look at it, megabeth?

            It doesn’t look like a rocket to me. It is covered with plasma and is moving very slowly.

            And why would they launch a rocket from Vandenberg over LA?

            Usually they aim them at those islands in the Pacific.

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 8:48 pm #

            Or don’t put the link in the search engine, just put it in the address bar.

          • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 9:38 pm #

            No connecto for me either. I tried on both Firefox and Safari and just got a blank stare back.

          • megabeth August 5, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

            Paula, I did look at it; it’s the same launch that is plastered all over YouTube, still. Am familiar with it, and with the dashcam videos of fender-benders that it caused.

            Vandenberg launches rocket after rocket, if you look at their schedule. Most seem to be for Starlink and other satellites. This particular one was for Iridium. What we see is a very well-defined contrail/ condensation envelope. It was not moving slowly, just high up and obliquely from the camera’s perspective. It likely wasn’t above Los Angeles at all, but way up there, and way out to sea. You can see where the stages separate. This is as pedestrian as it gets, 65 years into the Space Age.

      • TallTim August 4, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

        My hunch is that we have a breakaway civilization that has been using advanced tech for several decades if not much, much longer. After the die-off completes in the next few years, then they will share some of it with any remaining peons

        In the meantime, a nice tool to use to try to scare/distract us with tales of little green men.

        • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

          TallTim – you may be right, or not far off.

          Some surmise that our rapid advances in technology are a result reverse-engineering from downed crafts – intentional or otherwise – from some other place or dimension.

          A little too groovy for me, but within the realm of possibility.

    • SpeedyBB August 4, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

      Shares in “…bolt holes in New Zealand” have apparently suffered a steep loss in value, RaymondR, according to reports I’ve heard of American fat cats taking the money and running, only to find that not only is the welcome as cool as the climate (think dreary, drippy England, but colder yet) but the locals are not particularly welcoming (the surly natives like to bop on white man heads). Little is happening and the Kiwis have an even more acute case of Wannabe than the Canucks (I witnessed that, up close, from 1970 ~ 1980), even looking to next door Australia, my God, for inspiration.

      Bolt holes are slim and closing. Take the money and run, Sonny? Good luck on that one. Stolid South African Boer farmers fleeing WaKoonda for … Russia? Who woulda thunk?

      That must puzzle those Russkies listening to their verboten short-wave about the promised land of “Send me your huddled masses…” looking less and less appealing as the wild-weather days of unpredictability wind zig-zaggingly onward.

      World pop 1945: 2.3 billion. Today: ouch. Just too.many.fucking.humans.crowding the joint.

      1946: Brazil Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina must have looked like the Land of Opportunity for Euro Displaced Persons. Today? Whole continent’s gone to the dogs. Europa? Please. Southeast Asia (been here over 34 years) is no Land O’Plenty but it’s all relative.

      (Dredges up OLD JOKE): The detestable Harry Cohn, wearing a crown as The Most Hated Man in Hollywood, is showing Albert Einstein around Columbia Pictures, his fiefdom.

      Cohn: “Professor Einstein, I understand you have invented a ‘Theory of Relativity’.”

      Einstein (modestly): “Yes, Mr. Cohn, I have.”

      Cohn (smiling): “Well Professor, I have my own theory of relativity.”

      Einstein (surprised): “Oh? What could that be?”

      Cohn (barking it out): “NEVER HIRE ‘EM.”

      • Grandpa August 6, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

        “Wa Koon da”. I saw what you did there, and yes, that is, sadly, South Africa.

  3. Lawfish August 4, 2023 at 9:57 am #

    “We will continue to jail our political opponents until we defeat fascism.” Democratic party.

    • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 10:08 am #

      Or round them up into ghettoes, like NYC, Chicago LA and San Francisco.

      Think, how would the big cities today compare to the Jewish ghettoes of 1930s? They were not just Jews either.

      Fascism. The government controls the crony capitalist state, economic strategic decisions are made by the government for the State’s benefit, not the peoples. The private sector are vassals to the State.

      • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        “The government controls the crony capitalist state” Hmm…

        A strong argument can be made that it is actually the other way around, John.

        • peter m August 4, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

          In Germany it worked first one way – the capitalists financed and supported the NAZI party, and had them acting in their favour by eliminating unions with fake institutions.
          A nice and timely war changed the dynamics, where the former controllers became the controlled and actually had to fear to incur the displeasure of the Fuehrer or his associates.

        • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 10:55 am #

          The Junkers thought they ran Hitler. Look how that turned out.

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        As if the “gubmint” made the Corporations offshore our industrial base. To admit the Truth would be to admit Capitalism is fatally flawed as a system – and they’ve been on the wrong side all of their lives.

        • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

          Okay, Jarek, here we are.

          Again.

          Why exactly have the corporations moves offshore? For lower labor rates? Huh? It takes beaucoup de bucks to ship all that stuff back and forth, much more than the improvement in labor, especially when robotics and AI are taking over.

          Corporations are complaining that there is not enough skilled labor available here.

          For what? Everything is made overseas right?

          The real reason? Taxes!!

          35% corporate tax rates, created by the damned liberal government, that is why the corporations moved offshore.

          Trump dropped the rates, Reagan dropped the rate, heck, JFK dropped the rates and what happened. Corporations and manufacturing started moving back to reduce shipping costs and delays.

          I noticed this AM that the July jobs report showed that Healthcare was the number one job creator and manufacturing actually lost jobs.

          A pretty accurate portrayal of the current state of Bidenomics. Losing real jobs is sickening us and driving us nuts.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 10:15 am #

            They also get to disregard safety concerns when they move manufacturing overseas. Like not poisoning the workers or the water or the air.

            I did an investigation myself when I wondered how an item manufactured and shipped here from China cost me less to buy than it did to ship it abroad as a gift, and this article explains what I discovered:

            “Let me break it down further: Chinese retailers shipping to the US via the USPS not only pay an extremely low shipping rate, but they also pay no US taxes, no customs duty, and no US state sales tax. These advantages, plus the fact that Chinese wages are 25% of US wages compound to allow Chinese shippers to sell a product for $5.69 that an American company would have to sell for $15-$20.”

            This was one of the things that was on my wish list for President Trump to fix, and I know he attempted to, and I believe he did so, but whether or not it stayed fixed I do not know.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 10:16 am #

            Link to that article:

            Why is the USPS Charging You 5x What They Charge Chinese Shippers?

            https://blog.housewares.org/2018/06/14/usps-charging-5x-charge-chinese-shippers/

          • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

            @ Bery of Oyl:

            When I had my soap business, I ordered quite a few things from China. Aliexpress has a huge selection of soap molds–usually, but not always, cheaper than ordering domestically. Sometimes I ordered other items, such as exfoliating gloves. Shipping was usually free–or, at most, a dollar or two.

            Even if I could have ordered an item domestically, the price would not have been any lower, and the shipping would have been a deal-breaker. The only reason domestic suppliers can compete with the Chinese is because you will receive your order in a few days. It takes about a month to receive an order from China.

            USPS charges little or nothing to ship from China, but if you want to send the same item to your daughter who lives 50 miles away, it will cost you $5-$10. Obviously, this puts many domestic manufacturers/sellers out of business, as they can’t compete on price.

            I also used to order hand-blown Egyptian glass perfume bottles from Egypt, for re-sale. The shipping was fast, and the shipping cost from there was very low–a lot less than it would be in the US.

          • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 8:36 pm #

            You seldom see anything written about the issue with free or low shipping from China, versus the high cost of shipping within the US. But there’s another problem with shipping packages within the US (versus shipping costs from China) that I’ve never seen addressed. That is that the Post Office has made it extremely complex to figure out shipping costs for any given parcel within the US. This is something you probably don’t notice, unless you do a lot of shipping.

            If you want to ship an item, or several items, to Florida or Kansas or Utah, the shipping cost will vary depending on the dimensions of the box, the weight, and the zip code you’re sending it from/to. Minimizing the shipping costs on, say, four bars of soap will depend on whether you can send it in a box with specific dimensions.

            Here’s the problem with that: A customer may order eight bars of soap, or two bars of soap, or 50 bars of soap. Or, for that matter, any number you could name. Maybe they want three bars of soap, three bath bombs, a jar of lotion, a bottle of facial toner, and two bottles of perfume. The seller might be able to get the lowest possible shipping rate on such a parcel, IF they have a box on hand with the required dimensions. Since the number and kind of products you’re shipping is highly variable, the seller would have to stock dozens of boxes in all different sizes–and hope that any particular order would fit into one of those size boxes.

            Also, bear in mind that I’m pretty sure the Post Office changes the required dimensions of the boxes pretty regularly. So if you stocked up on 5″X8″ boxes (to get minimum shipping costs), you could find next week that you can only get the low price with a 5″X6″ box.

            This complexity makes it almost impossible for the seller to offer the buyer a good deal on shipping. What I did was to ship everything by Priority Mail, which is a fixed rate, no matter what the package weighs or where it’s going.

            Shipping rates from China don’t have this complexity. As I understand it, any package under a certain number of ounces ships for a dollar to two, regardless of where it’s going in the US or where it originates in China.

        • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

          Yes, in other words, they’re takers. They don’t want to give back, to support the nation. They just want to make money for themselves. You’re agreeing with me, but you think it’s good! And that’s simply madness. Nothing comes from this kind of greed. Nothing.

          And of course it shows up in all kinds of ways – like not caring about the safety of works as Beryl says. They’re scum, John.

          • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Well, as you can see from Beryl of Oyl’s comment, the government incentivized manufacturers to move overseas–thus making it virtually impossible for a domestic manufacturer to stay in business.

            If a manufacturer preferred to remain in the US, he would go out of business, because manufacturers who offshored their businesses would undercut him on price.

          • Jarek August 6, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            Ok, sport – why did they do that? Why did they “incentivize” them to do such a thing?

            At least you admit they didn’t force them. That’s progress.

            The Corporations went overseas for cheap labor and to avoid taxes and having to treat people right. Cheap, cheap, cheap.

            With such power – the power that comes from financing candidates – of course they could then get better rates of shipping, etc, as can the Chinese themselves. We’re for sale. The reign of your Capitalism.

            Your smaller manufacturers will be honored and protected only under the reign of different system, run by a different kind of Man.

    • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      LOL!

  4. Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    Time to break out the check book and debit cards and convert all that cash into hard assets.

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 10:50 am #

      Yep. And it doesn’t make you a tin-foiled loon if you stock up on some canned goods and firewood. Most people have no effing idea what’s around the corner.

      • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        Yep. Front run the coming bank and supply chain collapses. Talking to people locally, most still don’t see it. Oh well!

    • NickelthroweR August 4, 2023 at 11:38 am #

      Yes but in a world of limited resources, what hard assets will serve you best? Gold, silver, weapons, food, power generation, water filtration, or land? How about barter items? What will be in short supply? It really is a gamble.

      For me, I remember back to my days in the army and what could be traded when we found ourselves living out in the woods. Alcohol, playing cards and soap were popular items. Books too.

      As for me, I wouldn’t use food as a barter item as I’d rather be known as the guy that has soap rather than the guy that has food.

      • Lyndy33 August 4, 2023 at 11:48 am #

        At the start of the ‘pandemic’ I had bundles of toilet paper and shared with neighbors who were out. They appreciated it a lot.

        • JC Penny August 4, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

          That’s the problem. At the start of the pandemic of panic you should have TP’d their house. Thanx for defining the problem.

      • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

        Not to raise a sore subject but…cigarettes! Singles. “Loosies” as they are called in NYC.

        Even if many don’t smoke, it sounds like the future times we are talking about will be a good time to start!

        • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

          Yes, Abby. If the SHTF, I think a lot of us will be saying “I guess I picked the wrong time to give up smoking/drinking/sniffing glue…”

        • megabeth August 4, 2023 at 7:49 pm #

          My prepper uncle Johnny (may he R.I.P.) laid in carton upon carton of cigarettes as future barter goods, but Aunt Rosie smoked them all up. We bought a lot of physical silver from him.

          • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 5:11 pm #

            One can buy tobacco by the leaf, by variety, and type of cure.

            The source knows the recipe combination for certain major brands of cigarettes and chaw.
            No federal tax. No state tax. If one is discrete.

      • happiface August 4, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

        yeah– a guy like me who has a lot ass sets wonders what rat hole to climb into–my friend and i are going to load the pick up with lots of booze–soap is a great idea-soap of all kinds–already have too much gold/silver–you have to defend that and is like a great looking gf,everybody wants her…have the food thing covered also-couple of ranches,unlimited water from underground springs so safe in a nuke event–but this has to be defended too–how far down the mad max road we go is unknown–glad my two sons are two the biggest bad asses around so grand kids hopefully safe but when bullets fly it gets sketchy–then there is all the family members,friends scattered around outer LA(i left 47 years ago) –never in my wildest ideas did i think my brain would have to consider these things…ugh,ugh ugh–we were brought up thinkin nuke war any day–it was all bs–now it could be tomorrow…giant ugh

      • bill7424 August 4, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

        .22 cal. ammo would be a good barter item. At the moment there’s still lots of it on the shelves to buy and it’s good for hunting small game.

        • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          Yep Bill – .22 and also good for “plinking” any trespassers – and a well-placed shot can take someone out – at the very least, it lets others know you’re armed, which may dissuade them.

          If they still don’t get the message, and they want to FAFO – you can bring out the heavier firepower.

        • megabeth August 4, 2023 at 7:54 pm #

          We reload .38, .45, and different sizes of rifle rounds and have a huge inventory. One thing we never reload is .22, though.

          The past three years have been tough, though, since primers and gunpowder can be scarce.

      • mary.m August 4, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

        Agreed. Soap, toothpaste & mouthwash, bandaids, bandages, towels, topical antibiotics, & extra hand tools for trade.

        Also vodka for trade & making tinctures.

        I need to get a rig & teach my ponies to drive.

        • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 11:19 pm #

          Don’t forget Q-Tips. Fair warning – in a collapse scenario – I will kill for a pair of Q-Tips.

        • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

          I’ve read that soap was much desired by miners during the California Gold Rush. Dimitri Orlov also mentions that people wanted soap and toiletries during the difficult times after the collapse of the USSR–including things like perfume. Anything to make you feel human.

          • Ron Anselmo August 5, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

            Do you know anyone who sells such products?

          • Ron Anselmo August 6, 2023 at 1:45 am #

            Even perfumed soap maybe?

    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      As the Book of the Law says, From gold forge steel.

  5. JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    Patrick Lawrence

    Look around, the Leftist leaning GOP, the RINOs that destroyed Trump are more to blame for the apparent success of the Deep State over the folks.

    The reaction of both sides of the Deep State judiciary in 2020 was the same. Total ignorance of the evidence JHK presented plus lots more. It was a rally by the Uniparty Deep State to beat their mortal enemy.

    It is still going on.

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    • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

      Somebody should write a play detailing the toilet water flood (never happened), the truck rolling from Long Island to a swing state precinct, observers being kicked out of the counting and cardboard being placed over windows, the Zuckerberg interference etc.

      Sometimes the best way to teach someone is by using the arts. Plays, film etc.

      “Did You Know?”

    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

      Don’t say cardboard, ab, say Pizza Boxes (the title). Art is all about the details.

      C.S Lewis’ Narnia series all stemmed from an image in his mind: A Faun hurrying back to his home with his arms filled with odd items.

  6. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    Excellent piece today.

    • Freddie August 4, 2023 at 10:55 am #

      ^ +1

    • Uncle Bob August 4, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      I suspect the USPS was deeply involved in the 2020 election mess. The local postmaster granted to me more than once about how Trump and his underlings were trying to destroy the postal system via budget cuts and removing machinery from service, in his opinion so that Trump cronies working for competitors (UPS, FedEx, etc.) could get all the mail contracts, despite the existence of a constitutional mandate for a postal system. As preposterous as this all seems, it’s understandable that blue-collar workers would believe they’d lose their jobs if Trump were reelected because a century of propaganda has taught everyone that voting for anyone but Democrats will result in unemployment, blacklisting, and abject poverty.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:19 am #

        I have noticed that anti-Trump attitude among postal workers too.

      • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 11:36 am #

        The destruction of the postal service started long before Trump.

        Congress passed some law that said that they had to fund medical costs for as-yet-unborn future employees, way back early in this century, as I recall.

        Our local post office was a regional hub, but they shut that down many years ago.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:50 am #

          I was trying to see if I could quickly find something about what a neighbor whose wife works for the post office was telling me, something about the creation of UPS to compete with the postal service. I didn’t understand what he was talking about.

          I didn’t find anything on that in a quick search, but I found something else interesting. I hadn’t remembered that Richard Nixon thought reforming the Post Office was a big deal, and that’s when the USPS was created.

          The Birth of the USPS and the Politics of Postal Reform

          As the fate of the USPS hangs in the balance, postal scholar Ryan Ellis looks back at its creation and reveals how the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 transformed postal politics for good — and for ill.

          https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/birth-of-usps-politics-of-postal-reform/

          • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 12:27 am #

            I have never understood how the Post Office is funded. Postal workers always vehemently deny that it is government funded, but I think I have read that the government bails them out periodically, I think on benefits like retirement and health insurance. There is probably somewhere that a person could find out whether they operate at a profit or a loss.

            I do know that it is horribly mismanaged, which I think is mainly because of its hiring practices, at least in the cities. They are very focused on hiring blacks, who cause endless problems: abenteeism and fights–and one friend who is retired from the Post Office told me that one of the supervisors was running a prostitution ring from the parking lot. I heard stories about employees who were fired because the never came to work and were later re-hired with back pay for the six months or so that they didn’t come to work.

            I also heard many stories of employees who flatly refused to do their jobs.

            Things aren’t like that in our little country-town Post Offices, of course, but the major distribution hubs in the cities are a mess.

      • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

        That reminds me of all the people running up to those big vote boxes and stuffing them full of ballots. Also all the robbing of ballots from mailboxes.

        I voted for Trump and I thought, based on thousands at Trump’s rallies while Biden spoke to an empty parking lot with chairs socially distanced, that Trump would be a shoo-in for re-election. More votes for Biden than Obama got?!

        • JC Penny August 4, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

          Goes back to original argument with our founders: Should the vote be restricted to those with ‘skin in the game?’ The answer was no, to which BF stated the obvious, “… if you can keep it.”

          When they offered votes via mail tin 2020 to takers too lazy to go vote, it was a lost election. They cannot keep it.

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

            Those votes weren’t mailed in, is the point. They were trucked in, or collected and stuffed in.

          • Paddys Lament August 4, 2023 at 4:04 pm #

            Harvesting is the word, and you could say 2020 yielded a bumper crop.

        • mary.m August 4, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

          More votes than registered voters in a few choice precincts.

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        All in all, the Postal Service has done a fantastic job – exposing the Lie that Socialism automatically means incompetence and failure.

        Want to see incompetence? Watch videos of UPS animals throwing packages over fences.

        Private can mean incompetence and malice too…..

        • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 12:33 am #

          You don’t know much about the Post Office.

        • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 12:37 am #

          Also you have to compare “apples to apples.” How does the Post Office do with package delivery? At my former residence, the Post Office refused to deliver packages at all. I had to go pick them up at the town Post Office. At least FedEx and UPS delivered–though, admittedly, I had problems with UPS a couple of times (over 20 years).

        • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

          They’ve never lost anything of mine. Most people, if they are honest, have had much the same experience.

          Your Americanist ideology is grotesque. If they have been defunded and can no longer offer full services everywhere, that’s not their fault.

      • bobfitz03 August 4, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

        USPS sidestepping the vax mandate was a nifty fringe benefit.

        • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

          Wonder if that fringe benefit was taxable?

        • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          Employees at the local PO wore masks and latex gloves and hid behind giant Plexiglas shields that spanned the counter until early this year. That made package pickup and dropoff interesting!

      • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

        Does Louis DeJoy ring a bell?

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

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

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

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

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

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

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

          Thanks, Dave. Clear the swamp, indeed.

          I did not know about DeJoy, a misnamed swamp creature if I ever heard of one.

        • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 11:26 am #

          I think that was one of the guys our postmaster ranted about. He also said they closed the Rochester sorting center for months for a phantom chlorine leak, right about the time they removed half the sorting machines from the Syracuse sorting center.

  7. Penelope Dreadful August 4, 2023 at 10:04 am #

    Well, if the whole shebang collapses, will that be enough to wake up the millions of Democrats in the country? Or, is there even a “we can’t take any more!” bone in their bodies???

    Why doesn’t the GOP come out with, “Joe Biden and the Democrats is gonna put you all back on bicycles!!!” meme for the Blacks???

    • Penelope Dreadful August 4, 2023 at 10:12 am #

      Oh, and something else. I was watching some series on History Channel maybe, and there was this Roman General, Aëtius – who formed an alliance with the Goths and defeated Attila.

      Do you think that made him popular with the other Roan leaders? Heck no! They ended up assassinating him. Like somebody said, “they cut off their right hand, with their left hand.”

      That is how I see Trump. While lacking in many ways, he is our most competent leader, and the incompetents are both jealous of him, and fearful they will lose their grip on power.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 10:21 am #

        As ‘El Kabong’ has stated (or words to that effect) on Twitter, Trump wasn’t the best messenger, he was the only messenger.

        • Freddie August 4, 2023 at 10:57 am #

          ^ +1

        • Uncle Bob August 4, 2023 at 11:03 am #

          Exactly.

          • nancyd August 4, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            Yep!

      • canuk August 4, 2023 at 11:16 am #

        Aetius didn’t actually defeat Atilla; it was Pyric victory for the Roman/Goths.

        Aëtius moved to oppose Attila, gathering troops from among the Franks, the Burgundians, and the Celts. A mission by Avitus and Attila’s continued westward advance convinced the Visigoth king Theodoric I (Theodorid) to ally with the Romans. The combined armies reached Orléans ahead of Attila, thus checking and turning back the Hunnish advance. Aëtius gave chase and caught the Huns at a place usually assumed to be near Catalaunum (modern Châlons-en-Champagne). Attila decided to fight the Romans on plains where he could use his cavalry.[31]

        The two armies clashed in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, the outcome of which is commonly considered to be a strategic victory for the Visigothic-Roman alliance. Theodoric was killed in the fighting, and Aëtius failed to press his advantage, according to Edward Gibbon and Edward Creasy, because he feared the consequences of an overwhelming Visigothic triumph as much as he did a defeat. From Aëtius’ point of view, the best outcome was what occurred: Theodoric died, Attila was in retreat and disarray, and the Romans had the benefit of appearing victorious.

        • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

          Yet the Visigoths triumphed in the end, along with other German tribes – thus creating modern Europe and the laying the groundwork for the modern West as we know it.

          Thank God for the Visigoths, Ostrogoths, the Franks, the Alemani, etc.

        • Lars August 4, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

          Ah, it’s good to see someone interested in the late Western Roman Empire. Yes, Aetius didn’t destroy Atilla, but he obviously gave him the worst whipping the Hun had experienced. One source said that after Atilla had retreated with his army to his camp, he prepared a funeral pyre for a worst case scenario in the event the Gothic/Roman force continued the fight next day.

          Aetius’ brilliance was diplomatic – convincing the Goths to join an alliance with him. I suppose Gibbon may have been right: crushing the Huns would leave the Goths to fill the power vacuum. However, his decision would cost Aetius the city of Aquileia when Atilla later sacked it.

          For my money, it was the beautiful German princess Ildico who defeated Atilla by assassinating him on their wedding night. The morning after, he was found dead in bed with his wife weeping beside him. He had apparently choked on his own blood from hemorrhaging through his nose. Perhaps he was bleeding from the blow of a small metal shaft driven into his brain through his nose while he slept.

          Aetius, I think, only survived Atilla by about a year: he was assassinated by the Emperor himself in his court. It’s a pity history did not record the name of the person in court who, when the Emperor boasted about what he had done, made the catty observation, “It seems you have cut off your right hand with your left.”

    • Woodchuck August 4, 2023 at 10:18 am #

      Whether we like it or not, our destiny will ultimately be bicycles and small extremely fuel efficient motorbikes anyway. All the Dems are accomplishing right now is getting us to that point much faster. Great wailing and gnashing of teeth will will occur during the transition. Countless millions of assholes that shouldn’t be on the roads to begin with will be parking their cars, many of them for good.

      • Uncle Bob August 4, 2023 at 11:07 am #

        John Kerrey promised Klaus Schwab that Biden would not only carry put Schwab’s programs in America, but hed do so breathtakingly fast, so the WEF program would be implemented here well before 2030. The South Carolina primary was rigged for Biden, Schwab and Soros opened the financial spigots, media outlets started playing up Biden’s brilliance (!), and off we went.

        • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

          One is reminded of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.

          Trump: No one has ever seen the likes of this before.

          It was our Manhattan Project! Our Apollo Moon Shot!

      • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:13 am #

        Right this moment I’m hearing the thunder from a summer storm.

        As I don’t have a car, it looks like all of my errands are cancelled.

        • Woodchuck August 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

          Summer storm? No problem! Ebay can help if you are on a budget, otherwise go to your bike store. Rain doesn’t stop hard core riders. You’ll need waterproof saddlebags and bike bags that are solidly mounted to the frame of your bike. Also needed will be a good quality rain suit made for bicyclists and maybe a pair of goggles to deal with rain in your face and eyes, you’ll need to be sure you have the best vision possible. Then go for it. You only need pull over and stop if the wind is blowing you around sideways.

          On a motorcycle get an older, even vintage bike that can easy mount a sissy bar and a small metal luggage rack on the back. On the rack you can bungie cord one of those heavy duty plastic milk crates. And you can even stack them as high as you dare if need be. A hiker’s backpack can be strapped onto a sissy bar, and that’s a convenient way to haul camping stuff on long multi-day tourist trips. On those trips rain and storms are almost guaranteed somewhere along the way.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            I’m not going out on a bicycle during a thunderstorm.

            In my younger days, I walked or used public transportation more than anyone I know, or anyone you know, for that matter.

            I’m not capable, balance-wise or strength wise, of riding a bicycle on wet roads, or uphill, anymore.

            I’ve already paid my dues, I don’t need to virtue signal, I’m already morally superior to the drivers, okay?

            In my old age, I would like to be able to get where I need to go, independently, safely, and dry.

          • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

            Never saw the point in those rainsuits unless you’re riding in the winter. Usually just replaces rain water with sweat trapped underneath. I rather be rained on, myself. But if you can’t pull of the lycra look, and I definitely can’t anymore, serious cycling’s not much fun anyway. Too much chafing, sweating, maintenance, and traffic issues to be very practical for more than very short trips.

          • happiface August 4, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

            i have a high output electric bike–it can go 100 miles with no pedaling =more if you pedal–bought it as a toy and run around our little town-it handles dirt roads very well–i have a propane gen set and a hundred gallon tank-gen set using almost 2 gallons in 24hrs-always have the travel trailer to live in if needed-if needed always have rain gear,heavy winter gear–bought two other electric bikes for others and they love them in LA traffic–also going to convert two mountain bikes to electric –all these bikes have full suspension so they ride great–i will be 72 soon and in great health but will only ride the bike at the gym!!

          • Woodchuck August 4, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

            Yes Beryl of Oyl, I like to talk mean and tough here about bicycles. Truth is I don’t ride my bike in any busy traffic whatsoever. And never will, it’s too dangerous and my vision, balance, and reflexes aren’t those of a youngster anymore. My location is most fortunate for a bicycle rider going on errands or shopping. The small town here has a “green belt” bike trail that wanders around and in back of the strip malls and in the old orginal downtown areas. I can ride on residential streets and sidewalks with very little traffic to get to the park and to the bike trail. I can cut across parking lots and public grassy areas to avoid traffic and make shortcuts. In a town designed on purpose for bicycles, everyone would have access to safe and useable bicycle roads and paths as I do – but by pure accident and good fortune.

          • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

            The electrics are really catching on here locally. Quite zoomy! I think the riders love blowing off the serious bike geeks without breaking a sweat too.

        • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

          I’m in SoCal. No rain again until January. I am jealous! Love thunder and rain and lightning!

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

            I gotta have rain. It’s one reason I live here.

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

            I grew up in So. Cal. also.

            When my younger sister took a trip across the country she told me that it rained in the summer back east.

            What?? Craziest thing I ever heard. I disregarded it as younger sister disinformation.

            But now I live where it does, indeed, rain in the summer.
            Go figure.

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

          Just go out after it stops raining. This is the day that the Lord has made. Will you waste it?

          If you want to stay home and have a quiet day, that’s not wasting it. Just admit that’s what you are doing.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            The rain stops and starts. Right now it is threatening again. I do not wish to be a mile from my home and have to take refuge in a Stewart’s.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

            What’s a Stewarts? A malt shop or burger joint?

          • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

            Stewart’s soda pop?

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

            Jarek, it’s a locally owned chain of convenience stores. They started out mostly selling milk and other dairy products.

          • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

            What’s a Stewarts? – Jar

            ==========

            They are known for root beer.

          • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

            Let this be your incentive to get out on rainy days. As Alba like to incant, Pounds want me.

            This is in response to your thinking that Blacks coming down on that White Quarterback somehow supported your thesis of unity and not mine of natural disunity.

            Just as the above does not logically follow, your statement didn’t follow either.

          • mrs_saj August 5, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            I just went to our local farmers’ market in the rain. It’s close enough to walk, but I drove. I bought Michigan peaches (finally available!) and corn on the cob.

            I’ve been fighting with my new reusable grocery bags. I can’t seem to remember to bring them to the grocery store, farmers’s market, etc. Today, I couldn’t help noticing all the people with their reusable bags, buying fresh produce that is handed to them in a plastic bag, and they put the plastic bags in their reusable one.

            I’m not optimistic for society, myself included.

          • GreenAlba August 7, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

            “As Alba like to incant, Pounds want me.”

            Since I have no awareness of this expression, toadie, (I presume it is American, rather than British?) and have never used it, perhaps you could provide the readership with some solid evidence for this alleged incantation.

            You’re not doing your reputation any favours, toadie. Pull up your socks. Or say a few Hail Marys. Whatever.

    • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 11:15 am #

      They already blame Trump for what Biden’s messed up.

      But then again, they aren’t really wrong.

      We could blame everyone who has come anywhere near the oval office for 50 years for this fiasco.

      • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

        Don’t forget Russia and Putin! Seems if Trump doesn’t get blamed then Russia does!

      • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

        So, Mary, does that mean that the blame for the fiasco that has become the Uniparty Deep State lies elsewhere, not in the WH?

        It’s makes no difference, Dem, GOP, White, Black, liberal conservative?

        Are we in fact at the point that the “devaluation”of the Constitution has destroyed the ability of the Feds to “rule” this country?

        Do we need a move away from gimme status to individual responsibility to make things run again?

        If so, Gen Z will be a lost generation.

      • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 11:35 am #

        Mary~
        “We could blame everyone who has come anywhere near the oval office for 50 years for this fiasco.”

        We could blame Andrew Jackson for creating a political party that has as its central goal the subjugation of an entire race. Or Lincoln for fighting a war primarily to save the asses of Boston and New York business interests, under cover of “freeing slaves.” Or the Progressives (TR, Taft and especially the bigot Wilson) for creating the Fed and subjecting everyone to “rule by expert” (many of whom can’t tell the difference between bbs and deer shit). We *should* blame the American people for believing liars over their own observations and installing said liars in positions of authority.

    • tuco22 August 4, 2023 at 11:37 am #

      No, they’ll still vote democrat, and blame Trump.

    • bill7424 August 4, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

      The Left doesn’t give a shit if the Country falls apart. That’s what they want. They’ll just pick up the pieces and try to put it all back together with Socialism. That will fail too as it always has in the past.

      • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

        Bill, they will give a shit when it actually happens. They won’t survive.

      • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:04 pm #

        The problem with socialism is it rewards the non-producers. It fails repeatedly because the generative side of the economy dies and the government that remains, well, just remember that the government has never created wealth or anything else.

        What happens when money is printed with no wealth to back it up?

        Inflation!!! That is one of the axioms of Bidenomics.

  8. Jimpa August 4, 2023 at 10:11 am #

    “Special Counsel Jack Smith may find it difficult to prove that expressing an opinion about all that is some kind of crime.”

    Jack Smith doesn’t have to prove anything. Have you seen the court and the judge in this case? Trump is already found guilty. The question is whether the lawfare waged by the Feds will finally get the Golden Golem of Greatness off the campaign trail. Support Trump?
    Well, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. JHK is right though, things are going to start getting really interesting round here.

    • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 10:32 am #

      Jimpa-

      Exactly.

      All Smith is going to do is pack the jury with Trump haters, spew emotional garbage rhetoric about, “muh sacred dumb-o-craceeeee!!!!” and that will be the end of Trump.

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 10:52 am #

      Unless Scotus steps in quickly, I think Trump will go to jail. Whether that defeats him or gives him and us the springboard to victory over the deep state remains to be seen.

      • Uncle Bob August 4, 2023 at 11:11 am #

        I don’t see how the Dems can be stopped. We already saw how votes can be manipulated or discarded, election laws can be ignored, and the government and Establishment can and will do anything to remain in power. The only “hope,” if you want to call it that, would be a candidate who’ll appeal to Trump voters and the GOPE alike, and then get in office and give the Establishment everything it wants anyway.

        • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:05 pm #

          CW2.

          • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 11:38 am #

            Untrained infantry cannot defeat trained infantry that’s backed by trained artillery, armor, and air power. Plus the bad guys control the flow of goods into the country via the Navy. Good luck!

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

        Yes, they control the mind of the People. And even when not, they control something just as important: The Narrative. Thus even if most disagree, it’s as if they didn’t!

        Rumors spread in occupied Tibet that the Dalai Lama was going to be arrested. Tens of thousands of Tibetans surrounded the Potala. In the end it didn’t matter. The Chinese began to shell the Potala, not caring who got killed.

        The Dalai Lama had already fled in disguise.

      • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

        I tend to agree, Hereward. They have to stop him, and show trials are all they have.

        It’s why lawfare is a thing. They have no organic support, so all that is left is this and fixing the election against RFK, just as they did w/Trump and Bernie.

        • mary.m August 4, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

          I still plan to vote. The only question is do I write in RFKjr or my dead dog Jake.

          Most of my votes in the last local election were for my dead dog Jake.

  9. Irish August 4, 2023 at 10:12 am #

    We haven’t even begun to see the depths that the Deep State and the left will go to in order to remain in power. My spouse and I have done all that we can to get through this and we are barely holding on now. This latest gas spike was for what? What now? What next? I’m grateful not to be living on the street, but for how long? How much more can the working man take? Do you honestly expect people to think that their one little vote is going to make a difference come 2024? The Dems have this country by the sack and they are NEVER going to let go. Godspeed to Trump, but he could open an artery on 5th Avenue in broad daylight in front of God and everybody and it wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the people who are out to destroy him. This country is gone.

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 10:53 am #

      Irish, yes, the country as a whole is gone, but that doesn’t mean that the sane part of the population won’t be able to carve out – and defend – a slice of the land for itself.

      • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:09 pm #

        Yes.

        Not only that, the separatists, unlike the South in CW1, will be the producers this time and will prevail. The Wokester class will wither on the vine.

  10. rudyspeaks August 4, 2023 at 10:14 am #

    Yeah. The “Democratic Party” side of the ship is sinking! Let’s run over to the “Republican Party” side! Until this intellectually-castrated population wakes up to its “Two (sic) Party Addiction” its attempts to “throw the bums out” will, as always, just “throw the OLD bums back in”!

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    • SteveK9 August 4, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      You are talking about establishment Republicans. Trump has re-made the party into a right-wing populist party. it is Trump’s party now. Shedding the old party is ongoing. That process finished for the Democrats a while back … the ‘working man’s’ party, turned into the ‘wokeing man’s’ party. I supported Democrats for > 40 years, but in 2016, it was clear to me what had happened.

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

        Much of that is illusory at the highest levels as per Trump’s support of Kevin McCarthy and others.

      • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:15 pm #

        You are right, but

        Trump cannot be part of the GOP and accomplish anything. That is the message of Trump admin 1. The Deep State must be destroyed and replaced and the current Uniparty situation cannot do that.

        A third party is the only political way out of this mess.

        Remember the US condition in 1856? Very similar.

        • megabeth August 5, 2023 at 7:05 pm #

          We have our third party, already. Not sure what we’ll call it, yet, though “MAGA” is the working title and populism is the order of the day. It will need to supplant the supine GOP, although the GOP and its adherents are not yet fully aware. As awful as the GOP is, it’s not out in orbit, like the mass of decay represented as the Democratic party.

          It might well be that the country club Republicans will not give in to the inevitable, in which case, balkanization may ensue, and the entire Uniparty/Establishment will be flung aside, rolled over, what have you. Be ready.

    • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:12 pm #

      That is the rub. At federal level, there is no two party system, only the Uniparty.

      The Left owns all aspects of this country, recovery depends on destruction of their death grip.

  11. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    The quote today, about the “righteous liberal triumph”?

    I contend that RFK is doing this too, and he doesn’t even realize it.

    I don’t want to hear about the “humanitarian crisis” at the border.

    Where is his condemnation of the tactics used against a former president, by an administration he is allegedly running to unseat?

    • SW August 4, 2023 at 10:51 am #

      NYC was glad to lecture to Texas about “no human is illegal” but now that their shelters are overflowing and they’ve leased the Roosevelt Hotel (1,000 rooms) to deal with their promise no one would be homeless, things have turned ugly. Here’s one report:

      One of the migrants living on the street with Junior, 28-year-old Carlos, acknowledged having violated the rules of the facility, but said he and others had been provoked and that security guards had been physically and verbally abusive to the migrants. He also spoke on condition that his full name not be used, because of his lack of permanent immigration status.

      “I’m not gonna lie, I was part of the fight, but not when it started,” said Carlos, who sports a tattoo on one arm showing the Statue of Liberty waving an automatic gun at the sky, and the words “La Mafia” underneath.

      “I was at my cot and then everyone started shoving each other,” he explained, “and then the security guards started to shove us, trying to put all the Venezuelans in a corner. And I was part of it, and people were throwing mattresses and shoes.”

      The border can not be fixed at this point, there’s not the manpower to stop the influx, and there’s no jobs or housing for people already here.

      • Uncle Bob August 4, 2023 at 11:17 am #

        If you suspend posse comitatus, you can. But then we could be made to look like those “evil murderers” in Israel, killing “unarmed civilians” who are intent on overrunning the country.

        • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

          Yes, Israel is the model of what we must do to maintain our Nation. Nothing is more sacred than borders, yet we only care about the borders of other nations not our own.

          • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm #

            Yes, Jarek, envision what would happen to Israel if their current philosophy of border control was the same as the Biden Mob.

      • NickelthroweR August 4, 2023 at 11:51 am #

        It is what the people in NYC want and repeatedly vote for. I say let them have it good ‘n hard and since they’ve decided that immigrants can vote in local elections, those immigrants can vote themselves the right to live in the homes of the people of NYC. I can’t wait to see that happen. It will happen in Chicago and LA too.

        • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

          Great. They already run the state, telling anyone who lives here but disagrees with them to leave. They’re shipping illegals all over the place, dropping MS13 murderers in sleepy villages, small towns, and crime-infested cities like Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. My old home, Elmira, was lost long ago, as I’ve recounted before. Now, with new gangs moving in, the city government responds with . . . putting rotaries in intersections — even ones where two low-traffic streets meet. Good plan.

      • BackRowHeckler August 4, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        “There’s no jobs or housing for people already here”- SW

        Exactly right. Nowhere & no jobs to go for these illegals, tens of millions of them … roaming the Country like hungry wolves & devouring it like biblical locusts thru a wheat field.

        • malthuss August 4, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

          but according to the left immigration i good for the environment.

          • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

            Huh??????

            How does the Left justify that statement?

            How do they think immigration has anything to do with Climate Change?

          • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

            John, the Left doesn’t care about facts. They just know they can acquire power by throwing illegal immigration and the climate hoax — sorry, I mean migration and warming temperatures in July and August together in a word salad that confuses people so they’ll just say, “okay, sounds good, I don’t want to cause suffering.” And so we hurt ourselves and everyone else by stupidly helping Schwab and his Leftist flunkies achieve dominion over the world.

    • Rowdypiglet August 4, 2023 at 11:45 am #

      I believe his problem is that he’s attempting to run as the candidate of a party that doesn’t support any of his positions. Whatever he is, he’s not a Democrat. I don’t believe he’s a Republican either, to the extent that those labels still mean anything. He’s smart enough to realize that, but he has positioned himself in such a way that he must try to appeal to the Democrats when in fact he appeals only to those who feel no particular attachment to either party. I don’t think there are many of those.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:56 am #

        There is a cohort of young men who don’t vote.

        He isn’t going to reach them by supporting affirmative action and worrying about young men from other countries more than them.

        • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

          I read a report earlier this week that young males are now identifying as conservatives, while all the females are majority liberals. Gee, wonder why that is? I guess that makes all White Males domestic terrorists.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            I know a young(ish) man, who has been complaining about DIEversity, and asking a question I asked myself some time ago- “How did I get to be a conservative?”

            He hasn’t changed, he always voted without regard to affiliation, now he finds himself on the outs with the Left even though he was supportive of some liberal policies.

            He has been trying to get a teaching job, is more than qualified, and he is coming to the realization that he doesn’t fit the correct demographic.

          • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

            Beryl – tell him to put an apostrophe in his name on his resume – when they read it, he’ll have a better shot. Every little bit helps!

          • megabeth August 5, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

            My son is 20, and all he had to do to escape the brainwashing of his tranny-heavy high school class was to join the workforce, dealing with society’s outcasts (he is a cop). Now he’s gotten in touch with his constitutionalist roots.

            He would have voted for Biden in 2020, but he was a bit too young. He sat out `22 because he felt uninformed and confused, but now he swears he’ll vote for Donald Trump. He volunteered it.

            Took him to a Trump rally when he was 14 and again at 16, and he snapped a selfie of himself in Trump’s mosh pit, but now he unironically believes Trump is the only choice, since everyone else is in some ivory tower.

        • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

          A cohort of White Men of all ages. A mighty force that Trump tapped into – and then betrayed with neglect and indifference.

          • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

            Agree. After dog-whistling them (in my opinion), they came. Then he left J6 Protesters to twist – especially the Proud Boys & the Oath Keepers. Lost a lot of faith in him after that.

          • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

            Yeah, he was too busy pulling knives out of his back.

        • MontanaMan August 4, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

          “He isn’t going to reach them by supporting affirmative action and worrying about young men from other countries more than them.”
          __________________________________________

          You nailed it, my friend!!! You absolutely nailed it Old-Boy!!

          • megabeth August 5, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

            We as a nation (except for the listless white liberals) are so very over the bleeding heart phase, the table grape boycotts, the folk tune-tinkling Joan Baezes. We can’t afford to bleed for everybody. Fuck `em, I say. Fuck every bored white liberal in the neck.

          • SpeedyBB August 5, 2023 at 10:04 pm #

            Now Megabeth, you revive a cherished memory from college daze, the University of Texas at Austin, around 1964.

            Paul Krassner published The Realist, an astonishing, funny and no-holds-barred underground rag that was often spot-on in its radical commentary.

            One of his essays dealt with a scene in Air Force One, sitting on the tarmac in Dallas; as all the shocked faithful were awaiting takeoff back to Washington, after the less-than-wholehearted reception of President Kennedy driving around and looking for voters. Jackie’s fashionable suit was still festooned with Jack’s brains.

            Where was Vice-President Johnson? Or rather “President Johnson”?

            In this narrative, Krassner set us up for a Secret Service agent sent hunting for Landslide Lyndon to blunder into the private cabin where the President’s coffin had been set, only to see Lyndon Baines up on top of it, his pants down, humping the dead body in the throat wound.

            (Don’t look at me that way; I’m only reporting what Mister Krassner wrote!)

            That went to prove, according to Paul Krassner, that the newly-sworn-in President Johnson was, in fact,

            {brace yourselves}

            a Neckrophiliac.

      • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

        Only 50% the last I read recently enough.

        25% registered Republicans.

        25% registered Democrats.

        • Uncle Bob August 6, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

          And almost 100% propagandized with leftist bullshit.

    • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

      Since it is clear that the DNC are using every possible tactic to keep Kennedy off ballots and out of primaries, he should divorce the Democrats and run Independent.

      That’ll get their attention!

      • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:24 pm #

        No, join Trump, reconcile their differences, vow to destroy the Deep State together, realize they have much in common, then destroy both parties.

        • MontanaMan August 4, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

          “No, join Trump, reconcile their differences, vow to destroy the Deep State together,”
          _____________________________

          BINGO!! A republican president and a democrat vice president. That’s exactly what DEMOCRAT Governor Brian Schweitzer did here in Montana back in, January 2005 to January 2013. He picked as his Lieutenant Governor, REPUBLICAN, John Bohlinger.

          And they won by an absolute landslide in their second election. They ran on 4 different points, sayings so to speak. And one of them was this.

          “Don’t just talk about reaching across the aisle! destroy the aisle!”

          Another one of them was this.

          “We have far more in common pertaining to the things that bind us together, then the things that we don’t have in common.”

    • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

      I watched him on Jimmy Dore, and he did call it a humanitarian crisis, but his solution is to close the border, not let them in.

      He said that walls should be built at the places they come over the border, but the rest of the border could be watched with cameras and motion detectors, and Border Patrol sent to any hot spots as needed.

      He said that they should be deported and word should go out that the border is no longer open, which would stop people in Kazakhstan and other places from coming to Mexico to go over the border.

  12. DyersEve August 4, 2023 at 10:29 am #

    Jim – your reads are always terrific but, again, you seem to live in a world where Republicans actually DO something about all of this. they don’t. still mere talk of impeachment of those three while Trump (like him or hate him, this is unjust) is crucified?? you see what I’m saying? zero indication the Republipukes will do anything about anything. they are IN ON IT.

    • Irish August 4, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      This right here is EXACTLY what I’m talking about. You are so correct DE. They’re ALL in on it and we are well and truly screwed at this point.

      • DyersEve August 4, 2023 at 11:14 am #

        Seems like it has to crash down on its own momentum at this point, doesn’t it?

      • abbybwood August 4, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

        What I don’t get is Trump’s love for Lindsay Graham. I get that he wants SC votes, but Graham’s hatred for Russia and support for the U.S. proxy war in Ukraine seems opposed to Trump’s “I’ll end it in 24 hours.” Not with Lindsay whispering in his ear.

        Graham is an arch Neocon just like Pence, Pompeo, Bolton etc. All the swamp creatures Trump needs to shun.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

          I don’t get it either. For some reason even heterosexual men are smitten with the guy.

          I used to think John McCain controlled Lindsey, now I think it was the other way around.

        • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

          Yes, you are right.

          If he does not reject them, a vote for him is a waste of time.

          This is from a Trump booster, but a Constitutionalist first.

        • megabeth August 5, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

          Miss Ladybug needs to retire.

          He doesn’t even know what he wants, except maybe another drink. He looks very dissipated.

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 10:54 am #

      Dyers, I think you underestimated the power of a sternly worded letter!:)

      • DyersEve August 4, 2023 at 11:15 am #

        You mean the awesome power of a Jim Jordan or Kevin McCarthy statement???

    • Uncle Bob August 4, 2023 at 11:17 am #

      The Establishment guys certainly are.

    • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 11:18 am #

      Yes, it’s all one big shit show.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:28 am #

      That reminds me- I have made the remark a couple of times that RFK Jr. seem a bit naive to me.

      I came across this tweet regarding Trump, that sort of expresses the way I feel about Bobby Jr.

      Remember, I said “sort of”.

      “Trump was the most norm respecting POTUS of my lifetime. He could and should have pardoned every non-violent J6 offender like Jimmy Carter did with draft dodgers. Pardoned himself. But the man truly believed in the system. Far too many Boomers are like this. Christian naiveness.”
      https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1686502577838362624?s=20

      • Rowdypiglet August 4, 2023 at 11:55 am #

        Agreed. He appears to think there are many Democrats who are dissatisfied with the direction the party has taken, and anxious to make a course correction, along with Republican voters who find him a reasonably appealing candidate.

        He’s absolutely wrong about the Dems. They love their DEI, Black Lives Matter, corporate struggle sessions, uncontrolled illegal immigration, killer vaccines, defunded police, cancellations of the disobedient. Attempts on his part to characterize control of the borders as a humanitarian response won’t impress them one bit. They’ll correctly see it as an attempt to place restrictions on who enters the country and, therefore, some sort of oppression.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          They love hating anybody who may have a different opinion, as well.

          They have a license to hate.

        • MontanaMan August 4, 2023 at 8:11 pm #

          Rowdy, You absolutely nailed it throughout your comment! Especially this part right here; “uncontrolled illegal immigration.”

          You sure did Rowdy! You Absolutely nailed it my friend…

    • SteveK9 August 4, 2023 at 11:51 am #

      The major shift going on in the Republican Party takes time, but it is inexorable now. The establishment types just don’t understand it yet.

      • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

        Steve, it may be inexorable, but by the time it happens there won’t be a country left.

        • MontanaMan August 4, 2023 at 8:13 pm #

          “but by the time it happens there won’t be a country left.”

          Your right. Truly, You are.…

    • MontanaMan August 4, 2023 at 8:06 pm #

      I recommend you go to YouTube and type this in,

      “Dr. Steve Turley, The J-6 indictment just blew up in the Dems Face!”

      He just dropped it 15 minutes ago. It’s a short video about 12 minutes and he gets to the point. If you do go and watch it, please come back and tell me what you think ?

  13. SaHiB August 4, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    Go ahead and remove millions of gullible shits from the voter rolls.

  14. Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 10:34 am #

    @ Mr. James (aka JHK)

    I have spotted a missing word and a missing symbol in today’s blog essay:

    In the next to last sentence of para 3: “is going [to] cover for that”

    In the first sentence of para 4: “a 27.4 [%]

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 10:55 am #

      Give it a rest.

    • Opie August 4, 2023 at 11:06 am #

      I believe your last quotation mark should be ” and not “.

      • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

        Yes it should be and I don’t know why it isn’t. I did not leave a space after that last ] bracket.

        • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

          Thanks, Q, for bringing us back to the REAL issues. Enough of all that trivial badinage about dying civilisations, election fraud and armageddon.

          • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

            Enough of all that trivial badinage about dying civilisations, election fraud and armageddon. – Hereward

            ==========

            Armageddon

            Yeah, and the growing of tomatoes, peppers and squash.

          • Q. Shtik August 5, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

            Thanks, Q, for bringing us back to the REAL issues. – Hereward

            ===========

            Many of us have a favorite hobbyhorse. There’s a commenter whose screen name contains the word Hedge (I forget the rest of it). In virtually every comment he has ever written he brings up the subject of railroads. It’s his thing.

            My thing is trying to get people to proofread and correct their errors before they Submit.

        • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 3:48 pm #

          You have managed to make 4 errors in your own post, Q.

          You cannot do what you say you can do.

    • Islander August 4, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      Please do give it a rest.

      Before you do,
      NB: next-to-last sentence

      NB, Obie: Quotation marks are always outside final punctuation in US English.

      OK, now give it a rest.
      Forever.
      The rest of six feet under.

      • Opie August 4, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

        I forget that I have a PHD in irony, still doesn’t keep mom from calling me a bastard though!

    • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 11:48 am #

      I may have been wrong about the missing symbol [%]. When I go back and look at the 4th para I see the word “percent.” If that was there all along then my bad. Otherwise maybe Mr. James fixed it. I’m not sure.

      • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

        We hold our breath in anticipation…

        • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 3:50 pm #

          Blame those who encourage him and are unable to spot his stupid fucking errors in his own “corrections.”

      • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

        Otherwise maybe Mr. James fixed it. I’m not sure.

        ===========

        Now I am sure. The word “percent” was not in the essay as originally posted. I was able to confirm this from an original copy of the essay in one of the pingbacks.

        Mr. James made the correction later. Whether that was due to me pointing out the error or one of his proofreaders pointing it out or whether he spotted it himself, I can’t say. However, I notice that the missing word “to” near the bottom of the 3rd paragraph is still missing.

      • Islander August 4, 2023 at 10:30 pm #

        It is standard usage to use the word “percent”—not the symbol—in written texts.

        • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 1:56 am #

          The use of the percent symbol versus writing out the word “percent” is a matter of style, and not a rule of English usage. What I mean is, every publication uses a particular style sheet, which dictates things like whether you capitalize “black” and don’t capitalize “white.” It dictates whether numbers are to be in Arabic numerals or written out. For example, some style sheets say that the numbers 1-10 are to be written out, but higher numbers are to be written in Arabic numerals. Some will specify the use of the Oxford comma, while others don’t. There are several style sheets, such as the New York Times Style Sheet. Most academic works go by the Chicago Manual of Style. Different style sheets have different rules. Their purpose is to ensure uniformity within the publication. When it comes to matters of style, the only real rule is that, whatever you decide, you have to be consistent throughout the work.

          I have rarely seen “percent” written out, rather than expressed as a symbol. There’s nothing wrong with doing it either way, as it’s a matter of style.

          • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

            Nice to know.

          • Islander August 5, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

            I didn’t say that using the symbol is wrong.

            I said “standard usage in written texts.” I considered adding “about general subjects.” I.e., not mathematical or technical subjects. In a table one would use the symbol, to save space.

            This is because the use of symbols is not attractive on a page text. However, in a newspaper context, use of symbols can save space. However,

            The Chicago Manual is the style guide used by most publishers, not just academic publishers.

            CMOS 9.18:
            “Except at the beginning of a sentence, percentages are usually expressed in numerals. In nontechnical contexts, the word percent is generally used; in scientific and statistical copy, the symbol % is more common.

            Fewer than 3 percent of the employees used public transportation.
            With 90–95 percent of the work complete, we can relax.
            A 75 percent likelihood of winning is worth the effort.
            Her five-year certificate of deposit carries an interest rate of 5.9 percent.
            Only 20% of the ants were observed to react to the stimulus.”

    • Q. Shtik August 5, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

      “this is a [test]”

      • Q. Shtik August 5, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

        “this is a [test] ”

        • Q. Shtik August 5, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

          “29.4 [%]”

          • Q. Shtik August 5, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

            I still can’t figure how the closing quotes got turned backwards when I posted yesterday.

  15. thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 10:35 am #

    A loss in Ukraine should have interesting effects on the books at Blackrock, Vanguard, State Street, and Monsanto.

    I say should, because in the short-term they will sit there and claim everything is fine and that they still hold all their claimed assets in Ukraine.

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    • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 10:45 am #

      The economy grows in war time. Making disposables such as weapons increases manufacturing which gooses up the economy.

      That is why the US goes to war of some sort every 20 years or so.

      A similar time in history to the Ukraine War was the Lend Lease period of the late 1930s, where FDR and his Mob cranked up the war economy.

      Sure hope WW3 does not ensue.

      • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        JAZ-

        I’m not certain the US has the human capital or industrial base to produce much of anything anymore.

        Earmarking things in a DC budget is all fine and dandy, but that isn’t going to magically whisk an industrial base to compete with Russia’s into being.

        • DaveO907 August 6, 2023 at 10:47 am #

          Precisely. It became national policy in 1947, largely through the efforts of James Forrestal. (He himself is an interesting study of those times.)
          “Banking on the Cold War”
          httpx://www.bostonreview.net/articles/nikhil-pal-singh-banking-cold-war/

        • DaveO907 August 6, 2023 at 10:48 am #

          Precisely.
          “Banking on the Cold War”
          httpx://www.bostonreview.net/articles/nikhil-pal-singh-banking-cold-war/

    • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 11:16 am #

      I recently read that the Biden White House has taken under its wing(s) a veritable plethora of “ex”-Blackrock employees, in substantial numbers.

      One will see any number of gargantuan U.S.corporation ‘refugees’ from W-Street during any presidential administration, but I think this Blackrock bidness stands out in not only that corporation’s Ukraine interests, but its long term and steadfast affiliation with the WEF as well.
      Eric Schmidt—ex-Google CEO, est $25 billion wealth—seems to likely have a regular office in that morally vacuous 1600 Pennsylvania Ave playground, especially whenever a Democratic administration is ‘holding down the fort.’

      • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:59 am #

        That evil bitch from NZ has found a home at Harvard.

        At the Kennedy School, no less.

        • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

          How can they still get away with charging so much money for a Harvard degree, when in actuality the education they provide is complete drivel?

          • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            Those schools exist to bring the ruling elite under the same umbrella and assure that they are down with the program. Who cares what it costs when playing the game is a ticket to hundreds of millions or billions of dollars?

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            Because it’s a major racket, Higher Ed in general, and it is kept going by the government.

            For some reason, people recoil in disgust at what these institutions have become, but they find equally repugnant the idea that anybody struggling to pay off student loan debt may have been victimized to any degree whatsoever.

            There should be a RICO investigation, but who’s going to do it?

            We can’t even have a discussion of the problem without people screaming past each other.

            BTW, Bobby Jr. seems to think there is a problem, but also seems to believe that because he was a kid from a family of means so he had no trouble paying for school, the solution is to help kids without means pay for school.

            No.

            This is a problem created hand-in-hand with government, and more government money is not going to fix it.

            I’m not saying I agree with every single thing this woman proposes, but I think it’s a good starting point for any discussion.

            Note that she does say forgiveness is unfair.

            She also correctly notes that this isn’t going away.

            “Buckle up kids, we’re gonna talk about how we could solve the student loan crisis and punish woke universities for their totally undeserved chokehold on the pipelines to power all in one fell swoop”

            https://twitter.com/InezFeltscher/status/1681775694659846144

          • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:29 pm #

            If Woke idiots want to pay that kind of money, good luck to ’em.

  16. SW August 4, 2023 at 10:37 am #

    Speaking of crumbling, the Rand Corporation had this to say about our ability to defend ourselves:

    “The U.S. military’s strength and technological superiority over other nations has largely evaporated, according to a new report by the RAND Corporation, an organization whose primary funding comes from the U.S. government: “The U.S. defense strategy and posture have become insolvent. The tasks that the nation expects its military forces and other elements of national power to do internationally exceed the means that are available to accomplish those tasks.” The report concludes that the current military structure could leave the United States unable to deter simultaneous threats from China and Russia.”

    So my guess is there are people in China and Russia who know how to read English. They must wonder, as I do, what America is spending close to $1 trillion for year in and year out with such miserable results? Maybe it’s time to make peace with everyone, tell Zelensky to book a flight to Miami and see what can be salvaged from the wreckage.

    • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 10:48 am #

      The US has fallen into the high tech trap militarily. Nukes are part of that. Russia has done the same thing as evidenced by their inability to crush Ukraine.

      War is still and always will be boots on the ground.

      • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 10:58 am #

        JohnAZ: Russia is crushing Ukraine. You make the mistake of thinking that military victory is measured in terms of territory. It isn’t. It’s measured in the casualties that you inflict on the enemy. If you do that successfully, the territory will follow. Putin’s original aims were to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine. He didn’t even really want to hold the Donbas, where the ethnic Russians live. By any sane measure, the Ukraine has been destroyed as a viable fighting force that can pose a threat to Russia. That smells like victory.

        • NickelthroweR August 4, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

          Lots of people make that mistake as it is 2nd Generational Warfare thinking which the USA is still locked into. You see this evidenced in how the US is pushing Ukraine to make territorial gains in order to receive more weapons and funding.

          An army that can not move is doomed to destruction but my uneducated associates that seal-clap every time the Russians take a step back don’t understand that when someone is throwing a big punch to your face that the best option is to avoid that punch and then throw one of your own.

          An orderly retreat to a stronger position is not a defeat. A rout, (where you take massive losses) is a defeat.

        • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 11:42 am #

          The Ukraine is a geographic portal for NATO, pan European forces to enter Russian space. Both Napoleon and Hitler used Ukraine to invade Russia. It is also a knife aimed at the Caspian Sea oil district.

          The Donbas is a barrier to NATO, that is why the Mob wants it retaken.

          I think Russia will show its real aims this year by attacking Kiev, which will indicate a desire to “crush” Ukraine as a country, with Odessa being a secondary target to cut off Ukraine from the Crimea and the Black Sea, with all its oil property. Either way, Russia wins big time and the USA takes it up its butt.

      • Lyndy33 August 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

        We still have nuclear missiles and aircraft on alert so Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) is still there regardless of how inept the leadership in Washington is. We knew that when I was sitting nuke alert during the Johnson Admin which only recently have we seen worse. Russia and China will not take that chance. Only a few, each way, need make it through to put a country back into the stone age so MAD is untenable except through a terrible accident from any side.

      • Teufelhunden August 4, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

        Tell that to Japan.

    • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      I want to see them admit that:

      – US electronic warfare capabilites are laughable compared to Russia’s.

      – Russia has made such huge strides in radar and signal processing technologies that stealth is a non-factor.

      I won’t hold my breath.

      • megabeth August 4, 2023 at 8:24 pm #

        On the amateur radio HF bands, there is an updated version of the “Russian Woodpecker” of the Cold War years. It’s some new sort of over-the-horizon radar. I have heard both, over the years.

    • Woodchuck August 4, 2023 at 11:17 am #

      ” the United States unable to deter simultaneous threats from China and Russia.”

      One encounters this sort of junk news paranoia a lot in the mainstream news as well as the alternative news. It’s a simple psychological projection, we accuse others of doing the very same things we’re doing because we’re fundamentally dishonest. Our ruling class assumes everyone else in the world – nations like Russia and China – are as corrupt, delusional, and as focused on empire building and maintaining as we are. There’s no evidence Russia in any way desires to rebuild the old Soviet empire – they’ve learned their lessons on this many decades ago and will never go back there. The USA on the other hand is lacking in any ability at all to know or understand its own history let alone the history of any other places. .

      Russia and China have no interest whatsoever in going to war with the USA. The only real threats being experienced by the USA are domestic and economic, and we’ve done all that to ourselves by shipping overseas most all our factories that produce consumer goods. Much of the manufacturing we have left is in making of military weapons. We can still do that because people overseas have been foolish enough to buy our debt. But that’s ending. That military money is all wasted and benefits nobody but the oligarchs.

      We’re in the very same position the old Soviet Union was once in. In Russia, the “peoples’ money” was being squandered on high tech military weapons and space vehicles, and there was very little success in providing the average Russian citizen with consumer goods that compared in any way to what we had in the West. Soviet made automobiles were a joke and nobody outside Russia wanted one. The Soviets had a poorly made motorcycle called “Ural” that was a badly machined copy of the old very reliable opposed twin BMW. No Soviet made consumer goods could be sold outside Russia, nobody wanted them. Dimitri Orlov has noted numerous times that the Soviets were very good at building rockets, satellites, fighter and bomber jets, hydroelectric dams, etc. They were good with giant scale engineering projects. But their economy had nothing left and no ability to produce the ordinary consumer goods that made life in the West so much better and so much more comfortable.

      So here we are in the West repeating the very same mistakes experienced by the Soviets. At some point the nations we sell military hardware to will have enough information to able to compare quality and prices of Russian hardware vs US made hardware. If it turns out that our weapons systems are obviously inferior to what the Russians are making then it could be that our military industrial complex is approaching system wide failure. They might find themselves unable to market their “products” to any other nation but the USA. And a USA with its balls finally cut completely off might have no ability to pay for any more military stuff either.

      • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 11:44 am #

        They didn’t need personal vehicles, they had an awesome public transportation network.

        The idea that the epitome of civilization is fancy cars is an odd opinion coming from you.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

          Many people see it that way.

          Need has nothing to do with many if not most of the accoutrements of modern life.

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

            I understand that most Americans cannot conceive of a carless life.
            I am just pointing out that Woodchuck is not usually one of them.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

            I didn’t take it that Woodchuck was doing that. I took it that (s)he was just recognizing what other people do.

          • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

            The problem is that the car is now a symbol of freedom. Herr Klaus and his ilk want us all stuck in one place or at best restricted to using smelly, inefficient mass transit systems. They hate the idea of people moving around unsupervised. For them, the car has to go.

        • Rowdypiglet August 4, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

          Paula, I live in a (very) rural area. We once had trolleys running between the bigger towns, but their use was limited to those who could walk to the trolley stop and could carry their packages home from there. Carrying a week’s groceries isn’t really an option; somebody’s horse and cart would have to be involved.

          In order for us to return to something resembling that world, which couldn’t exist without horses, we’d have to reconfigure our living arrangements. I’ve mentioned this before, but the small town where I live used to produce almost everything we needed. There was no need to travel in order to see a doctor, buy groceries, attend school, consult a lawyer, buy clothing, shoes, boots, etc. All of those things were available on our little main street, accessible to everyone. Ultimately, I can’t see a way to back out of the personal car era without breaking up the country into many small towns. From my viewpoint, that’s an appealing prospect.

          • Woodchuck August 4, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            yeah! what piglet just wrote!

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

            Yes, I also live in a very rural area and we also used to have trolleys running between the towns, which were torn out to put in carways.

            Trolleys open up transportation to the young, the old, and the poor who can’t afford cars.
            My mom used to take the Red Line to the beach when she was 9 years old. My daughter took MUNI when she was younger than that. I grew up without any public transportation, so I walked or rode a bike, but not very far.

            Cars take away freedom from many, many people, and give it to those who can afford it.

            Your small town had everything you needed. So did most small towns. Cars made small businesses go broke.

            You are right, it will be difficult to get back to old ways of living, unless the power of the banks and Wall Street is broken.
            That is supposed to be what the government is for. Instead, the government now functions to shovel money to the 1%, while turning a blind eye to the needs of the many.

            Will that change when it breaks down again? Or will they bail them out again?
            I guess we’ll find out.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

            A lot of small grocers used to have delivery service.

            That started to end when people started driving to the supermarkets themselves.

            One of the reasons the doctor’s offices on the main streets started to become a thing of the past is because when people had cars they needed room to park them.

          • Rowdypiglet August 4, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

            Beryl, the grocery in the small town I grew up in delivered our groceries until somewhere around 1970. That was on the way out as more people acquired more cars, but an important contributory factor was women joining the work force so that no one was at home during the day. That meant you could no longer deliver anything that needed to stay cold, which made the service fairly useless.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

            Woman joining the work force: Freedom for some, slavery for many.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

            Jarek, women were always in the work force.

          • cbeard August 4, 2023 at 5:53 pm #

            Yes, the small Southern town that I grew up in had most anything you would ever need. Food, clothing, shoes, boots, even had a cobbler(shoe repairman) who sold new footwear also. Two factories producing clothing. Pants at one, shirts at the other. Guns and ammo at two hardware stores. A community swimming pool and skating rink that was owned and operated by the local Shrine club and was segregated. several other factories producing shower stalls, bath tubs, mobile homes, campers, etc. There were 6 grocery stores. Now we have one. The pool and skating rink are long gone. The factories that employed hundreds are gone. Most people have to travel 50 miles or more to get to and from work. Breaking up the country into a lot of small towns sounds good to me.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

            They worked at home for free. Instead of wages, they received love.

          • Rowdypiglet August 5, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            “They worked at home for free. Instead of wages, they received love.”

            Thanks for saying that, Jarek. I’m old enough to remember when it would have been unthinkable to expect to be paid (money) for tasks done at home for the benefit and comfort of loved ones.

            Even from a solely materialist perspective, you were also fed, housed, clothed, and taken to a doctor – which cost money – when you were ill. No one expected that your family should deny you those things unless you paid money for them. The material things you enjoyed, for which men most often (not always) earned the money, were provided to the family because these were the people you cherished and loved. Yes, many women worked because they had to, few because they chose to.

            I’m not claiming there were no loveless, dysfunctional families, but I’m referring here to the many, many families where the needful things that kept a household going were done for love, affection, loyalty.

            One thing that stood out vividly to me at the beginning of the feminist movement was hearing women express pride at the fact that they put their newly minted careers above any needs of the family. They were proud that their children were raised by strangers. They were joyful that they didn’t receive loving attention when ill but, instead, the ministrations of paid employees. I recall my shock and repulsion at Candace Bergen proudly stating that she was allowing her husband to die alone in a hospital because her “job” was more important. She claimed he supported her in that decision and was completely on board with it; maybe he was. Nonetheless, does anyone really hope their loved ones will put them at the bottom of the list? Does anyone really think, in this regard, that we’re better off than we were?

          • Jarek August 6, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

            Anthea wants government to force men to pay their stay at home wives, wages.

            She’s for small government too by the way! She’s a traditionalist too…..

      • SW August 4, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

        I don’t think China or Russia want to start a war with us. Why would they? This report probably puckered up some our NATO buddies who’ve been believing they’ve aligned themselves with an unbeatable military force.

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

          I agree that neither China nor Russia wants to invade us. The report was no doubt issued in order to gin up consent for another trillion dollar MIC budget.

          Meanwhile, the invasion on the southern border continues, and our trillion dollar military does nothing.

          It is bizarre for them to point fingers overseas, while ignoring the actual plight of the invasion of the USA.

          • malthuss August 5, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

            China has invaded. China is buying up ‘the west’.

            anchor babies.

            chinese illegals sleeping 20 to a flat.

        • cbeard August 4, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

          Forgot to mention we had 3 local medical Doctors who ran their own clinic and who had a local hospital for more serious health issues. The clinic and hospital are gone. There is a newer clinic which is owned lock stock and barrel by a regional medical monopoly. No more private practice physicians. They all work for the conglomerate.

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

        It may be so. Just contain us and watch us dissolve. Of course the wild card is the Elite of Oceania going crazy just before they do down the toilet and letting the nukes fly as a Hail Mary.

        Once America dissolves into Civil War and/or economic collapse, Western Europe will get smart and make peace.

        Does that mean stopping the process of becoming Eurarabia? Unknown.

      • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

        Hypersonics hold the key—and we can’t build them.
        Erdogan just turned treacherous against Russia by giving away S-400 missile tech the West has been drooling over. The Russians are further ahead than that though, their S-500 systems are completely operational.
        Remember Trumps’s missile attack on Syria, the one that was launched on the false flag of “SYRIA GASSES ITS OWN!!?” the one that made Brian Johnson have a Chris Matthews Obama “tingle up (or down?) his leg watching “Our missiles are a thing of beauty?”

        Something like 3 U.S. cruise missiles out of 36 launched made it through to punch a few ineffectual holes in the Syrian ground. The rest were taken down by S-300 or S-400 air defenses. (Something the Pentagon would rather we not know.)

        Russia’s current hypersonics are so fast it is said they cannot be adequately tracked by radar, let alone shot down as they are maneuverable at speed, something thought impossible by our defense establishment. The next version is some 3000 mph faster.
        The U.S. Navy floats on a duck pond shooting gallery. And China has a passel of their own homegrown hypersonics, of which I first read of from Lyle Goldstein from the U.S. Naval War College—back in 2017.

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 4:04 pm #

          Erdogan is really a horrible back-stabbing person.

          Maybe Putin shouldn’t have saved his sorry ass when Obama tried to off him.

      • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 11:44 am #

        Woodchuck

        Yes!

        • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 11:45 am #

          Why is it that both have told DC and the Mob,

          “Eff your climate change BS”.

    • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 11:25 am #

      How quickly the seasons pass, and the leaves color up and begin to fall.
      Was it only four years ago that the Rand corporation released (or was it leaked?) their report on how easy-peasy the takedown of Russia was going to be—according to their intelligence estimates.

      If you live long enough, the patterns of the cycles become solid matter before your eyes, and it seems like only yesterday Dan Ellsburg was releasing the Pentagon Papers after his choosing to leave the same Rand corporation. You see, they had a plan, THE plan, for Vietnam too.

      • Lyndy33 August 4, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

        “They all have a plan until they are punched in the face.” Mike Tyson

        • Lyndy33 August 4, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

          AND, we ae about to be punched in the face, in many different ways.

          • Woodchuck August 5, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

            Nope, there’s more to come! Along with getting punched in the face we’re gonna have our asses beaten bloody by big ugly dudes holding wooden paddles.

  17. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 10:38 am #

    On Monday we talked about the Secret Service protection that RFK was denied.

    RFK was “community noted” because they said his request didn’t fall within the time frame for granting that protection.

    Some (not here) went so far as to call Junior a liar.

    Here’s a thread from Chief Nerd that adds more facts and context to the issue.

    As I suspected, the number of days is not a hard and fast limit at all.

    https://twitter.com/TheChiefNerd/status/1685082731145760768?s=20

    • fugeguy August 4, 2023 at 11:31 am #

      I would think the secret service would be giddy to get the hat trick where the Kennedy’s are concerned…unless you count the plane accident.

      • Edge Lord August 4, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

        There tends to be indictments of generational cohorts. Demographics, cultures, norms, behaviors, and belief structures frozen in a snap-shot of a birth year range all grouped together. All responsible… for our present predicament.

        Particularly with the “boomers”.

        A lot of blame gets laid at ther feet.

        Yet everyone forgets that it was the so-called “Greatest Generation”, the people inhabiting the MIC, the national-security apparatus, the intel and justice departments, who Ike warned the country about.

        Who assasinated JFK, and many others.

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          There are evil people in every generation.

          And there are those who stand up for decency in every generation.
          I was telling my husband the other night how much I admire Glenn Greenwald, Max Blumethal, Aaron Mate and Matt Gaetz.

          There is hope for the future, with the likes of them around.

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

            Matt wouldn’t like your viewpoints at all. Or mine for that matter. I assume he’s officially against government – even while holding office. Ridiculous!

          • Edge Lord August 4, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

            Matt was force-fed the pill so-to-speak. After the leviathan tried to frame him, he decided to expose it, or at least make an enetertaining show of it.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

            Yes, Matt is great with his ubiquitous blue check and big, strange smile and hair. He has had his revenge. May he have more, much more!

          • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 3:48 pm #

            “There are evil people in every generation.” ~ Paula

            Exactly Paula – my 20-year-old son informs me that during the time of the Samurai – their belief was that the only solution to evil people who used violence, was good people who used extreme violence”.

            He speaks to the uselessness of investigations, letter-writing, forming committees, subpoenas, testimony, etc. Have to say I agree with him. Our only solutions at this point are kinetic.

            Justice will be swift.

          • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

            *…that, “the only solution…*

          • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 5:44 pm #

            Your son is wise, Ron.

            In the end, that is where things usually end up if the oppressive force is unwilling to back down.

          • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

            Degenerate Samurai believed they had the right to try out their blade on any convenient peasant. They said as much.

          • Ron Anselmo August 5, 2023 at 3:18 pm #

            Yes Janos – degenerate Samurai = evil people using violence. Hopefully, they were stopped by good Samurai using extreme violence.

      • stelmosfire August 4, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

        When you talk about the plane crash I assume you mean John-John. At first I thought you meant drunk Teddy’s plane crash only 7 months after JFK got offed. Just up the road from me. He was nearly killed and spent months in the hospital. Fat teddy dodged a bullet. June 19, 1964 also the day the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act. Some people did something.

    • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

      Community note courtesy of Linda Yaccs, Elon’s WEF friend.

  18. MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 10:40 am #

    The “Democrat Party” aka “Deep State” is doing what many of us wished they would have done in 2008: Put Bush on trial. Have him arrested for war crimes. But they didn’t. Instead, they waited until they had a Republican president who actually didn’t start any wars and tried to end them, for the most part (although he did continue Obama’s drone-bombing program).

    The irony is not lost on me, and makes me all the more disgusted. But, that’s politics. Do not be fooled into thinking that if given the same opportunity, the Republicans would not hesitate to do the same. I’m guessing the second the power shift leans in their direction, that’s what will happen. Meanwhile, none of those ugly, puerile theatric moves do anything good for anyone except their stupid power-hungry egos. After they create the chaos at OUR expense, they shrug and walk away, usually a few million richer.

    Reminds me of Greek mythology, the gods having horrific fights in the heavens while the kids (peons) sit captive and helpless at the firebolts and boulders falling around them.

    • JohnAZ August 4, 2023 at 10:50 am #

      The Democratic Party steers the Deep State, the DC GOP just follows weakly behind.

      Uniparty!

      • Edge Lord August 4, 2023 at 11:53 am #

        You have that backwards.
        They (the DS) steer the Uniparty.

        Within this scheme they have protagonist and antagonist “parties”.
        Their role decided by their position vis-a-vis majority.

        Within each “team” or more apt, “troupe”, you have assigned roles.
        Akin to jesters.

        For example, the DNC has “The Squad”, ostensibly young radical leftists rjecting the gerontocracy of Pelosi, Feinstein, Schumer, Biden, Sanders, etc.
        Their role is to provide an outlet for the radical left and to lead them to believe that they are making inroads in the DNC, swaying policy, bringing them into the tent.

        On the right you have the same. Ted Cruz, Marjorie Greene, Boobert, etc. Their role is to provide an outlet for the nationalist, strict constructionist, and “America-first” types.
        They don’t have any real sway or juice over the masters of the GOP. The McConnells, Grahams, Romneys and their gerontocracy leadership. Their role is to keep the wrabble of the citizenry inclined to believe that someone shares their views and are pushing to make changes.

        Ted Cruz has been pushing change to nowhere for over a decade now. He’s sisyphus rolling a bill to the hill.

        • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

          Yes, in terms of the Harlem Globetrotters and Jersey Reds. The Left or Globetrotters are the leaders and the Right or Jersey Reds are the losers. But the fathers of the Jersey Reds players own much of the franchise. The fathers of the Globetrotters? Not so much.

          They’re not going to let the young Turks get any kind of Communism or on the other side, any return to real American Nationalism.

        • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 11:35 am #

          The chicken and the egg?

          For the Uniparty to exist, one of the two parties must just quit its philosophy.

          That is the GOP. Name one DC GOPer that believes in smaller government.

          Uniparty = Deep State. Not a coincidence.

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 11:00 am #

      Mary, maybe we should remember another lesson from Greek Mythology and Tragedy: hubris leads to nemesis. These maniacs think they are the cleverest people who have ever existed. They aren’t at all. They will go to far and destroy themselves. Our job is to make sure that we aren’t “collateral damage” when that happens.

      • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 11:21 am #

        Indeed.

        Try to avoid the fallout when possible. That’s about all we can do.

      • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 3:54 pm #

        Their Achilles heel is that many of them are the products of old bloodlines that have simply inherited their wealth and had access to opportunities that most do not.

        They are lazy, both cognitively and physically.

        That said, they print the money and own most of the infrastructure. The fight against the Great Reset has only just begun.

        • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

          Owl – excellent points.

  19. mrjlc38 August 4, 2023 at 10:40 am #

    I don’t know…but we are in year three of predictions busted by lack of focus. Alt right media needs accountability. It was going to be bodies in the streets and overwhelmed municipalities from the vax. I still don’t know one person dead or struggling from vax, not one. Prices are going up but it’s the phones that are guaranteeing Armageddon, financial collapse… everytime a bank fails, arms flail screaming “here we go!!” Then one meeting later, all is well and we forget it even happened. Produce one real true consequence and we can then lend ear to…constant crisis…the sequel to the long emergency

    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

      You aren’t the measure. That’s why statistics were invented – to provide a more sure measure.

      You don’t think more young people are just dropping dead? You think that’s just a media meme or something?

  20. benr August 4, 2023 at 10:45 am #

    On the lighter side of life.
    Saw Danny Elfman in concert last night.
    Dude is weird but I guess genius or idiot savant comes off that way to us mere mortals.

    Good show but not into his new stuff.
    The music scores for some of those classic movies was amazing to watch live.
    Some very dark content but not demonic like so many Hollywood and music types like to dabble with and of course as a lefty he had something negative to add to the Trump scene.
    Worth the hassle not worth the feeling of just how old I have become.
    The crowd was crazy from teenagers on up to old ladies pushing walkers around.

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    • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      Cool! Is he associated with Boingo at all anymore? I always thought he and they were greatly under appreciated. Like you say, a little weird, but I like weird. Not afraid to be original. Maybe he can come up with a campaign song for lo’ t and Pete?

      • benr August 4, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        He had his guitarist on stage with him.
        Huge show lots of moving parts and insane videos.
        Gojng to a concert is now $300+ between parking and tickets and $24 a pop for drinks I would say we dropped about $450 last night on everything.

        • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

          Wow! Another reason I wait for the inevitable YouTube videos.

      • benr August 4, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

        He played some Oingo Boingo tunes not much from just boingo and about half his new album.

        • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

          Googled him. He’s aged a lot. If the internet is to be believed, his wife Bridget Fonda is completely unrecognizable now. Extremely fat and gray. I can’t hardly believe these photos, but who knows?

          https://pagesix.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/01/bridget-fonda-after-before.jpg?quality=90&strip=all

          • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

            It’s true, she left the Hwood lifestyle entirely, got fat and doesn’t GAF.

            Good for her.

            She’s happy, apparently.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

            Her famous aunt was puking for twelve years to keep her weight down.

            Letting go of vanity must be extremely liberating.

          • Paddys Lament August 4, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

            She looks just like my neighbor who rarely leaves the house.

          • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:12 pm #

            Yes, she’s apparently very happy, but wow(!!!) was that ever shocking. Good for her if she’s good with it.

          • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

            Leaving Hollywood is good, but getting that fat is not.

            Her frame is petite, and she is beyond unhealthy.

    • malthuss August 4, 2023 at 11:57 am #

      long ago a limo driver I knew drove him. DE didnt want to talk about his early days with that band.

      • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        That’s a shame. I’m sure he was trying to make a clean break once they broke up to avoid being pigeonholed. Still, it’s a shame when an artist forsakes their roots. There was no other band remotely like Boingo in the mid to late 80’s, especially live. What you saw was what you actually got. Practiced and rehearsed virtuosos on their instruments performing live as one, as good or even much better (!!!) than they did in the studio. I didn’t pick up on them until about ’86 or ’87 or so, but MAN, they blew my socks off!

    • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

      I met him once in the studio where a friend of mine worked as a sound engineer years ago (in the 1990s). He was nice enough.

  21. socialisthater August 4, 2023 at 10:46 am #

    The only “climate emergency” there is going to be is hundreds of millions to a few billion people starving to death worldwide if the Fascist/Communist/Socialist Democrat scum in the U.S. and the WEF worldwide have their way with wrecking what is left of the free market economies remaining in the world with dictatorial destruction of the fossil fuel industries in the name of stopping “climate change.” Think of the movie “Soylent Green” with Biden/Harris/Hillary/Newsome running the government and Bezos, Anheuser/Busch and some other work corporatists making Soylent Green human remains crackers for non-leftist-elite masses to munch on while they dream of eating something as “bourgeoisie” as a bacon cheeseburger with fries once every decade or so. The Soylent Green advertising will be, “Conservative, freedom-loving ‘protesters’–it’s what’s for dinner.”

    • SteveK9 August 4, 2023 at 11:53 am #

      Neck and neck, which is the greater threat to freedom … a new virus, or the climate ‘crisis’.

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

        I would say their climate fear porn is the greater threat to freedom.
        The climate crisis is a 24/7/365 event that does not require a vector or human host to exist. They can make up all sorts of facts and statistics to support their narrative, when in reality we have no clue about what the weather was like hundreds, or thousands, of years ago before humans even had a significant impact.

        • Ron Anselmo August 4, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

          Cowbell – there is plenty of evidence (known factual data, “science” even) of what weather was like hundreds or thousands of years ago – they just choose to bury it or ignore it, because it proves that the long arc of nature is cyclical – regardless of mankind’s existence.

          • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 1:41 am #

            This ‘splains a lot. Purt’ near the whole shebang:
            httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmmmgiPha_Y

          • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 1:42 am #

            I’ve posted this one before, it explains so much.
            httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmmmgiPha_Y

          • Ron Anselmo August 5, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

            Thanks for the link Dave.

            Yes, hard, impossible really, to argue with ice cores & old growth forest tree rings.

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

      The Free Market (so called) is how they have triumphed. There’s nothing free about it, with heavy collateral damage passed on to the nations and lower classes.

      But yes, certainly, much of the wet work was delegated to their employees, the Communists. Who funded the Russian Revolution after all? The Bankers – the elder brothers of the corporations.

      And as Schwab said, it took a long time to get the Corporations totally on board. I mean you can’t have money power going one way and the actual Producers saying No. That way lies National Socialism and prosperity for the Nations and their People.

  22. Itzybytz August 4, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    Nice update on where we are today. Our news this morning said, that likely the flu,that we will be getting this fall/winter season is covid. And then they told their viewers, per some doctor to wait for this particular vaccine or pill. I am continually in awe of how the so called newscasters can believe what comes out of their own mouths.
    But, it is nice to listen to what the weather may or not be in the coming days and whether the smoke will affect our air or not on particular days. I’m just at a point that I am suspect of everything.
    But Jim’s commentary makes me want to go out and do a more stockpiling. Who knows it may be the last for awhile.

    • Opie August 4, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      Here in Florida suddenly Leprosy is a thing. A good friend of mine who’s a clean freak (his career was leading a team to mount satellites on Titan rockets , you know, those guys in pressurized cleanroom suits), has it. If you grew up in Florida, one time or another you’ve encountered armadillos, which carry it in the pads of their feet. Never was a problem to speak of before the vax roll out. Just say’n.

      • Islander August 4, 2023 at 11:22 am #

        Oh, boy!

        From a Google search:

        “Why do poor people get leprosy?
        People experiencing extreme poverty are more likely to have poor immune systems because they live in unsanitary conditions and have limited access to food and clean water. It is these poor immune systems that make a person vulnerable to leprosy.”+

      • Itzybytz August 4, 2023 at 11:22 am #

        Now Leprosy? That’s bizarre, but it seems bizarre is here. One certainly doesn’t want to even ask, “What’s next”.

      • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        I have read it’s an environmental poisoning thing that mimics the symptoms of leprosy, but who knows, it’s not as if they will report the truth no matter what it is.

      • malthuss August 4, 2023 at 11:58 am #

        no Pat Buchanan warned 2-3 decades ago about tropical diseases from the new un americans.

      • elysianfield August 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

        ” Have you noticed the clamor about a coming new pandemic virus? The catch is that it doesn’t even have to be some kind of lab-grown novelty disease this time.”

        Opie

        Leprosy, the pox, tuberculosis, bubonic plague. These, and other benefits of diversity are becoming evident…good, old school maladies. Suffer like it’s the 1800’s!

        https://www.newsmax.com/platinum/diseases-reappearing-leprosy/2023/08/04/id/1129617/

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

          Yes, I thought that TB was a thing of the past, but a friend of mine told me that it is making a comeback in the slums of NY, from the immigrants, same as the early 1900s. His wife was a public health nurse there, so that is how he knew.
          It certainly would never make the papers. Goes against the agenda.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

            People like that are for as many illegal immigrants as possible. They’re clients! Business! Money! (in the form of funding).

          • megabeth August 4, 2023 at 8:42 pm #

            TB has been simmering in my part of Wisconsin for 40 years. Nobody in my family came down with it, but my nephew, husband, and brother-in-law got positive Mantoux tests and each had to take rifampin or isoniazid for a year. They’re rough on the liver and the latter med makes your urine look like orange Kool-Aid.

            The source for the TB in my town was a Vietnamese war bride.

    • Yirgach August 4, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

      It will be interesting to see if the “flu” reappears or if they continue using cranked up PCR to generate false positive “covid” results to gaslight the actual flu numbers.

      I’ve heard from people on vacation this summer who met up with distant family (with kids) who infected them and they all tested positive for covid.
      Don’t know if they were vaxxed/boosted but probably so. They ran to the local hospital ER for Paxlovid. Go figure.

  23. ATZ942 August 4, 2023 at 10:51 am #

    James, I check in now and again to see if your recent buggery has passed. Once, I trusted you to tell it like it is. Now, you’ve lost the plot and our respect. That’s very sad. Take a vacation. See if it helps.

    • Hereward the Woke August 4, 2023 at 11:01 am #

      Troll alert. Keep taking the boosters!

    • DaveO907 August 4, 2023 at 11:36 am #

      “James, I check in now and again to see…”
      Fuck you! You’re here every week spouting yer moping mouth jizz.
      Again: How can I miss you if you won’t go away?

      • Edge Lord August 4, 2023 at 11:39 am #

        “… our respect” That would be the other voice crammed into his tiny brain case.

      • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

        Lol, Dave, that is the same thing that I thought.
        Like clockwork, he shows up every week to spout the same thing, but pretends like he doesn’t.

    • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      The only vacation we need ATZ942 is a vacation from you and your ridiculously unnecessary comments.

    • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

      Who is “our?”

      • mrs_saj August 5, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

        His colleagues over on Pennsylvania Avenue, DC.

  24. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:02 am #

    There’s a short clip going around from this video

    Exposing the Real Reason Legacy Media Fears Me | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | POLITICS | Rubin Report

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_gHzPvOpIo

    The talk about Ukraine starting at about the 47 minute mark, it starts to get good at about 51 minutes, but it’s the “most replayed” part at about 54 minutes that interests me the most.

    I have been saying that I did not believe the retractions of the story that Zelensky and Putin sat down and came to an agreement early on.

    Bobby comes right out and says that there was a SIGNED agreement in April of 2022. He says we know that.

    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

      Makes sense. The local talent got Zelensky elected. But they’re over-ruled by the Kagans and Nulands who are much closer to the putative World Controllers.

      They own him. Even if he is a reasonable little hobbit, he must obey.

  25. TPTB-USA August 4, 2023 at 11:04 am #

    ” Yellow Corp had a special role in the supply chain: the LTL (less-than-truckload) niche, often the final journey of a product to the customer. It was also the cheapest. Whoever picks up the work — FedEx, ABF Freight? — will cost more, and so will everything you have to buy.” ~ JHK

    So, will this be the kiss of death for the local brick and mortar stores, and consolidate retail with the likes of Amazon and ebay who can afford to go robotic and AI? What are we to do if the lights go out?

    Are 15 minute cities, with a UBI and free pigeon hole for housing, starting to appeal to anyone?

    Is this more brownie points for “Joe Biden” in the demolition column?

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    • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:17 am #

      They’ve been ramping up the deliveries to ramming speed lately, I’ve noticed.

      Once the ‘brick and mortar’ stores, which they keep telling us we didn’t want anyway, are done away with, expect the speed of service to change to “it’ll be there when it gets there”.

      • TPTB-USA August 4, 2023 at 9:47 pm #

        “it’ll be there when it gets there”
        That seems to be the case with Amazon deliveries already.

        Why do you suppose they have been ramping up the deliveries to ramming speed lately?

        • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 10:38 am #

          I think it’s to get more people depending on them instead of the stores. The stores had the advantage that you could get something right away. Now that the stores are having trouble with supply, this is their (Amazon’s) opportunity to show people you have shorter wait times with them.

          • mrs_saj August 5, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

            I had to buy an electrical part at Ace Hardware this morning and was surprised at the amount of exposed shelf space. I bought the last one of the item I needed and walked about the store quite intrigued with the inventory situation. The $1,000 green egg grills are overflowing in supply, but a lot of bread and butter hardware store items were not to be seen.

            I also think I was one of only two customers in the entire store.

          • Ron Anselmo August 6, 2023 at 11:55 am #

            Mrs. – try thrift stores, consignment stores or pawn shops. They’re doing a brisk business these days.

            Half the people trying to make a buck from stuff laying around – the other half trying to save a buck.

            Everybody needing a buck.

          • TPTB-USA August 6, 2023 at 5:41 pm #

            Around 2016 I was told that the new Kansas City distribution center for Spectrum (who basically owns the majority of home improvement hardware and tool brands) was so large that it looked like a city from space, and the adjacent warehouse was none other than Amazon. Talk about efficiency! I envision a conveyor belt connecting the two.

            Amazon would probably prefer to just collect the transaction fees, and ultimately they might end-up as the supplier for the brick and mortar.

          • TPTB-USA August 7, 2023 at 3:53 am #

            “but a lot of bread and butter hardware store items were not to be seen.” ~ mrs_saj

            I wonder if it gets down to inflation and economics, where it costs more to process the order than the profit on the sale (especially in areas where five finger discounts are acceptable).

    • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

      In a World Made By Hand, who are the people that will be doing the cartage and how will it be done? Cart and pack mule? Canals? Steam powered freight rail? Will there be long distance messenger services like back in Pony Express days? This will be a critical role to play, and there could be a good living made at it.

      Even now, I would love to be an independent freight transporter, if only there weren’t so many government regulations, insurance requirements, and red tape.

      • BackRowHeckler August 4, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

        Well, Yellow has a bunch of trucks for sale.

      • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

        Perhaps all the “rails to trails” will be turned back into rails.

        • BackRowHeckler August 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

          I think it may be too late for that, RD3. And who knows at this point if the US even has the skill or resources to rebuild a rail system that’s been on life support for about 70 years.

          • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

            You’re probably correct.

          • TPTB-USA August 4, 2023 at 10:00 pm #

            If the masses are bankrupt and “own nothing”, that should clear the way for new management (China) to prioritize the placement of One Belt One Road (OBOR).

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

          They are literally turning a rail line close to my property into a trail as we speak. It was overgrown, but now they have bulldozed it and put in a concrete path.

          Short sighted.

          • Islander August 4, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

            Have they actually taken up the tracks?

            The Rails to Trails things sounded like a nice idea when it first started. Most railroads were built on fairly flat land.

            Who will win the “green” competition?
            Trains or bike riders?

          • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

            I don’t know if they took up the tracks, or paved over them.

            I just see pavement where there was overgrowth before.

      • TPTB-USA August 4, 2023 at 9:50 pm #

        If there is such a thing as an independent freight transporter in our future, don’t you think it will be AI?

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

      The 15 minute cities will be surrounded by vast slums swarming with savages. They will have to be Walled and defended with heavily armed Police/Soldiers.

      • TPTB-USA August 4, 2023 at 10:05 pm #

        I thought the 15 minute cities were to house the “savages”, the planned communities were for homeowners with means who were transitioning to the 15 minute cities, and its off to Uyghurville for the misfits?

        • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

          There’s a lot of people who still need killin’. They can’t all be housed, internetted, doctored and such.

          Maybe there will be a few gradations between the Super Rich Elite and the savages.

          • TPTB-USA August 7, 2023 at 3:43 am #

            How come the WEF keeps us in the dark about such details?

            Are we to look at the CCP and China for the example model?

    • oldandtired August 4, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

      It will be interesting to see if freight discounts came into play with Yellow. Their salesmen offer steep freight discounts, maybe even mis-classing freight to get the business. Then maybe cost of diesel goes up dramatically….

      The last time this happened bigley, lawyers came out of the woodwork going after the freight company’s customers, because the salesmen never filed the discounts.

    • Jimpa August 6, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

      Yes, you can see how the hammer could come down rather quickly with Amazon. Right now though, you can’t beat it. Price, selection, speed of delivery, it’s all really good. Why go out and drive all over town when you can get exactly what you want in two days or less from Amazon?

  26. canuk August 4, 2023 at 11:12 am #

    The Dems persecuting Trump is a myopic idea. Now that Trump is an official Martyr there will be no stopping him next November.

  27. liber8tor August 4, 2023 at 11:20 am #

    And of course, the latest from Florida, the return of leprosy. (Not sure if there is a category beyond desperate).

    • BackRowHeckler August 4, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

      Bubonic Plague is back, too.

      Does anybody know … the hundreds of thousands of illegals entering the Country from fetid Central American jungles & filthy overcrowded barrios … is anybody checking them for infectious & communicable diseases before they’re being ushered around the US?

      • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

        As a wise man once said: “The problem with Guatemala is Guatemalans.”

        Years ago, my brother worked in food science for a giant international company. E. Coli, hepatitis, etc. were constant concerns for the company. Try as they might, they couldn’t get the migrant pickers to use portajohns, use toilet paper, and wash their hands. They placed portajohns and handwashing stations all over the fields and started every day by reminding the workers where they were and to use them. No matter what they did, most of the pickers shit in the field, wiped their asses with their hands and went right back to work.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

          Immigrants from some countries will use the toilet paper but throw it in the wastebasket.

          Speaking of Guatemalans, someone pointed out to me an intricate roofing job that was completed all in a day.

          Six Guatemalans started work on the Victorian-style roof (with turrets and everything) in the morning, and it was complete by the end of the working day. Guatemalans work for 20 bucks an hour, I’m told.

          I don’t know what the going rate for other non-union roofers is.

          • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

            If the slave trade was still an openly acceptable part of our economy, these “less than human” Guatemalans would make perfect chattel.

          • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 3:19 am #

            Re immigrants using toilet paper but throwing it in the waste-basket: This pretty much standard procedure in homes with septic systems, rather than public sewer systems. Most kinds of toilet paper cause problems with septic systems. Supposedly, Scott toilet paper is okay for septic systems.

        • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

          Try as they might, they couldn’t get the migrant pickers to use portajohns, use toilet paper, and wash their hands. They placed portajohns and handwashing stations all over the fields and started every day by reminding the workers where they were and to use them. No matter what they did, most of the pickers shit in the field, wiped their asses with their hands and went right back to work. – RD3

          ===========

          Guess who this reminds me of. That’s right, Peter. Peter has forgotten that after you take a shit you wipe yourself with toilet paper and then you flush the toilet. It’s incredible that someone born and raised in the US of A that has had modern toilet facilities all of his 76 years could forget such things but it’s true.

          Evelyn, the woman from Ghana who takes care of these things 5 hrs a day for 3 or 4 days a week gives us a detailed verbal report of what is going on up on the 3rd floor. She literally teaches Peter how to take a shit and how to step up real close to the toilet to piss and to give his willy a little shake to get the dribble off. She also had to teach Peter that it is not enough to pull on his Depends diaper, he must PULL IT UP.

          One day last week she was helping him shower and as he stood there poop was running out of his ass. She asked him if he was aware he was pooping as he showered. He wasn’t.

          The doctor says Peter is demented but no where near having Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is like Dementia to the 10th power.

          Next month Evelyn is flying back to Ghana for her first vacation in 4 years. She’ll be gone 3 weeks. We wonder what the replacement care giver is going to do when she sees what she is faced with.

          • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

            Are you falling in love with Evelyn?

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

        As Rulo says, the Taco Stand and Bodega are the measure of Truth now.

        Stupid gringos who believe in imaginary things like germs and fair elections!

        • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

          Gringos do stupid things like follow the rules, adhere to food safety regulations, apply for licenses, buy or rent storefronts, etc. Those from down Mexico way just set up shop on the sidewalk in front of your restaurant and start cooking. Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:29 pm #

            If we can’t take their germs, what right do we have to survive? Evolution….

            Needless to say, setting up borders is cheating…..

            And border guards on horseback are slave catchers!

          • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

            Its actually a perfect example of anarcho-tyranny: Continue to increase and enforce onerous regulations on native citizens while giving those here illegally carte blanche to operate in brazen opposition to laws and regulations, thereby realizing the goal of destroying the businesses of the white devil.

          • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

            “If we can’t take their germs, what right do we have to survive? Evolution….”

            My take on the evolution, I would marry a pretty little dark-haired Senorita, and we would have many children together. This would give me and my family “immunity” on multiple levels. And I would have a nice little Chicka to play house with.

          • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

            Yes, the mutt is the American Ideal – when it comes to people. When it comes to everything else, people are obsessed with purity, heirlooms, specifics, brands, types, and makes. It’s very weird, but that’s America.

            As if the 1 doesn’t matter, but only the zeroes on a paycheck.

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

        Wait till all the drug resistant TB hits the schools, the illegals are crawling with it. Entering this country used to require proving that you had enough money, had a real skill and would also be quarantined for a few weeks. There are still very good reasons for that approach, too bad no one is paying attention.

        • Islander August 4, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

          Does that mean the illegals will come down with TB? Or just transmit it?

          • Yirgach August 4, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

            TB infection at certain stages can be extremely infectious.
            Interestingly, people who work in the laps and are exposed to it can test positive (known as “converted”) but are not infectious.

  28. Opie August 4, 2023 at 11:22 am #

    Great read as always James. My takeaway is that there are now two types of people left in this ruin-nation. One I call obsequious nation, the other perspicacious nation. They both wish desperately to do away with the other.

  29. Islander August 4, 2023 at 11:29 am #

    ” So, the best they could do was to charge Mr. Trump with objecting vocally to an election that looked as rotten as Hunter’s uncapped teeth? We all saw what happened overnight November 3 and 4, 2020: what the numbers looked like in the swing precincts at midnight and the magic mathematics that swapped tens of thousands of votes over from the Trump column to the Biden column (say, whu?) … the shutdown of the Fulton County State Farm Arena due to a supposedly leaking toilet and the ensuing monkey business with rolly-bags full of ballots under the tables captured by the closed-circuit cameras… the miraculous wee-hour harvest of ballots in Milwaukee… US Postal Service truck full of completed ballots out of Bethpage, Long Island, that turned up in Philadelphia… Mark Zuckerberg’s $419-million-dollar operation using two front orgs, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) to staff precinct election boards with party shills and buy votes… the thumb drives and modems in the vote-counting machines….”

    Thanks for that clear compendium and rundown.
    Yes, we all remember.

    Thanks also for the photo of the Little Guy, The Big Guy, and, most likely, the Big(ger) Guy.

    Did the Bidens sluice any of the UKR ill-gotten gains to Obama? Say, via that web of offshore accounts that has been uncovered?

    Obama Inc really needs to open its books.
    Who or what bought that MV estate for him? The Hawaii estate?

    It’s all Grift Inc.

  30. grochef August 4, 2023 at 11:35 am #

    James, your posts bring such hope. The logical laying out of how a functioning society deals with lawlessness and grift. Unfortunately, dear friend, we are living in a bizzarro world where the media is not only corrupt, but owned by deep pockets who pay top dollar for ads. Those ads do especially well when the proles are grasped by the adrenal grands and given something to get pissed about. “That damned Trump is up to something.”
    There was a recent video of a crook stealing cigs from a 7/11 store. The person filming mentioned that nothing would happen to the crook. So, the two owners used a broom handle to beat the crook. Until someone grabs the broom handle, the DOJ, FBI, CIA, NIH, CDC, etc., will just keep on stuffing us in the rear end.
    Do keep it up, sir. I at least need to remember what justice would look like!

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  31. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 11:40 am #

    “As rotten as Hunter’s uncapped teeth”.

    Heh.

    • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

      Wonder if he even bothered to wear a dental dam when he went down on all those cheap hookers?

      • Jimpa August 6, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

        It’s the meth that did his teeth in.

  32. bobfitz03 August 4, 2023 at 11:56 am #

    “… the Democratic Party’s obsession with taking and holding power more or less indefinitely…”

    Power. The drug of choice in D.C.. The Democrats jones for it like no others. After all, are they not most noble and therefore most entitled?

    Many years ago, the Clintons looked at the Bush dynasty and a lightbulb went off – money equals power. Want more power? Get more money.

    What is the biggest asset, maybe the only asset, of a politician? Influence. The Clintons craved power, so they traded influence for cash.

    The following item was published in Counterpunch back in 2016, it was old news then:

    “More than half of the people who managed to score a personal one on one meeting with Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State donated money to the Clinton Foundation, either as an individual or through a company where they worked. “Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million,” the Associated Press reported.”

    Simple model. Happens to work IF you have a government office to trade. The Clintons followed the Bush model, the entire swamp followed the Clinton model. The Democrats most certainly have, Obama through Biden.

    Multiple homes, mansions, private jets, yachts, limos, designer clothes, slush funds, island holidays, smug, self-congratulatory romps through the wine country – are these the trappings of dedicated public servants living off $140k per annum?

    The wretched yuppie excess is the inevitable artifact of the financially flush and morally bankrupt Democratic Party’s obsession with taking and holding power more or less indefinitely.

    But all parties end. Who will foot the bill when the doors to public office close forever?

    • BackRowHeckler August 4, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

      Huh, this doesn’t bode well for the ‘EV Revolution’; amidst this social disorder & impoverished populace Ford, GM, & Rivian might have trouble selling their $110,000 pick up trucks that they’ve staked their entire company’s future on.

      Also, where’s the schwag gonna come from to complete the ‘Transition to Renewables’, which needs to be finished by 2030? We’ll need a robust industrial capacity to manufacture offshore wind turbines, which cost $25 million apiece to produce & install. Already, major Wind Turbine companies like GE & Siemens-Gamesa are sucking wind & ready to go down. The $750 billion Dem Inflation Reduction Act from last year — the Green New Deal by another name — is already being siphoned off by Big Climate Honchos for seaside estates in the Hamptons & the Vineyard & Gulfstream IVs used to fly celebs to Climate Change Conferences in Cannes & Monaco. Meanwhile, blue states across the country are busy dismantling their baseload energy infrastructure. For example, lefty pols in Mass. are counting on Windturbines not even built yet, and most likely never to be built … to power up the City of Boston.

      • bobfitz03 August 4, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

        This is the thing. Buying your own BS is one problem. Getting paid to buy into your BS and relentlessly distribute it to others takes the problem to a whole new level.

        In the final analysis, all anyone gets is crap.

      • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

        Well said. Pollution is good for you. Just like radiation.

      • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 11:29 am #

        The Biden Mob have struck paydirt with the GM and Ford pledge to built 100% EV.

        The WEF, the Mobs cerebral head, has dictated that the USA must be set back on its heels so it is no longer a competitor with the global elite.

        Our car guys are doomed by making their commitment to the Mob. Not a coincidence that both China and India are gearing up to produce cheap EVs and will of course gain access to the American consumer.

    • Kevvia Knack August 4, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

      All hell is going to break out 10 years from now in Los Angeles when only the wealthy can afford to buy EVs. Really looking forward to that….

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

        Most everyone still there will be living on the streets, and laws will be rewritten so that the EVs can plow through and kill the homeless without repercussion, ala the films Death Race and Death Race 2050.

        • Kevvia Knack August 4, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

          I watched “Soylent Green” recently. Hadn’t seen it in many years. Forgot it took place in the futuristic year of 2022. The opening sequence depicted people wearing masks over their mouths. Surely for air pollution purposes, but masks nonetheless. Sometimes sci-fi films get things right.

          • Night Owl August 5, 2023 at 4:24 pm #

            Go watch the opening ceremonies of the 2012 olympics in London if you want to see some “programming.”

            There is so much present regarding the Plandemic that it is simply comical.

  33. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

    I might have overlooked this article in Tablet Magazine if it hadn’t been brought to my attention by an endorsement from Sundance, who has become something of an expert on the Deep State.

    We have all wondered about this, how much agency Does Barack Obama really have?

    I was aware of Mr. Garrow’s book, but I didn’t pay attention to it, because reading too much about Barack Obama makes me want to throw up.

    https://twitter.com/TheLastRefuge2/status/1687333595436736512?s=20

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/david-garrow-interview-obama

  34. cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    They are always trying to scare us with something. Remember a few years ago when it was Ebola coming from the Dark Continent? And then they try to keep people away from the beaches claiming there is a rash of shark attacks. Now it is leprosy down in Florida. Before you know it they will establish leprosy colonies again, much like they tried to have Covid detention wards.

    Apparently, it does not take much to gin up fear in the populace these days.

    • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

      Apparently, it does not take much to gin up fear in the populace these days.

      You’ve noticed too? Fear is the all-time best seller in political circles.

    • Opie August 4, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

      Well…. leprosy is easily treated with a cocktail of antibiotics , and only two per cent of people who have contact with it can get it. Something to do with your genes. At least that was the case.

    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

      Killer bees. Clowns. Why not gangs of Canadians wielding hockey sticks? They always wear skates so they’re slow, thank God. But watch our for their kicks.

      • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 7:50 pm #

        Cross checks and spears ain’t no joke either! You don’t want to fuck with guys who’ve lost half their teeth before the age of twenty in extra-curricular activities.

  35. Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

    I think I’ve said this before, but I’d really like to see RFK Jr. go on Jesse Kelly’s podcast.

    Jesse IMO is one of the few who really get what is going on, and he manages to be funny too.

    I think it would be edifying for Bobby.

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    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      Kelly should be running, not Kennedy. He’s the normal guy raised to an nth degree. Kennedy isn’t normal and is beholden to many.

    • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

      RJK, Jr. is dead in the water. He sacrificed himself on the altar of Israel.

      Not that he had a snowball’s chance in hell, but, anyway.

      https://cindysheehan.substack.com/p/journalist-max-blumenthal-takes-rfk

  36. Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

    Hey brh and all you CT Clusterfuckers, for those of you who might be interested, Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish fame back in the day, is appearing live at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport tonight at 8:00 PM. His special guest for two Hall and Oates songs will be Todd Fritz – aka “Fritzy” – a “Danette” from the Dan Patrick sports talk show on NBC’s Peacock. Fritzy won a bet with Darius about something or another, and the payoff is that Fritzy gets to perform the two songs of his choice live with Darius. Fritzy’s a really big-hearted, rather rotund man, who loves to joke and sing – both rather poorly – but he loves to do it and you can’t help but pull for him, so if you get the chance, get on out there and see them and let me know how it goes. Go Fritzy! He seems to be in good spirits this morning, in spite of getting roundly roasted by Dan and the other Danettes.

    • Jarek August 4, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

      You catching those Gilligan’s Island and Gomer Pyle reruns too?

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

        Gomer in the USMC. Could you imagine those shenanigans going on in today’s military? Gomer would not be allowed to serve, he was not gay enough and was a straight white male.

        If they re-aired the show today, an episode would no doubt deal with diversity and inclusion training, espousing against toxic masculinity.

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 4:10 pm #

          You do know that Jim Nabors was gay, right?

          They just didn’t flaunt such things back then.

          • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

            You know, this was not something I recalled. Even when he died a few years back they did not make a big deal of it. Such things really should not matter, and should not be flaunted as you say. If you make good art, are an interesting person, kind, etc. that should be enough. Who cares about your orientation! Indeed, when you flaunt this in our faces is when contempt is bred.

          • malthuss August 5, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

            what success in movies TV didnt put out? huh.

      • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

        Come again? I’m not following, Yaros.

        • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 8:52 pm #

          I think he was making a joke. You know, about following old bands or TV shows.

  37. Greg August 4, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

    FWIW, Biden really was talking about the weather on those phone calls with Hunter. Here’s a portion of the transcript:

    Uke Official: I hear there will be very little rain in Ukraine next week. This is very concerning.

    Biden: I can assure you, there will be loads of rain next week, plenty of water for everyone!

    Uke Official: Water is good. But what about the cloud crossing the crescent moon? And the owls?

    Biden: I can assure you the wind will shove that cloud beyond the horizon, and allow the owls to soar as they should.

    Uke Official: Wind is good.

    So you see, they really were having a pleasant chat about the weather.

    • Islander August 4, 2023 at 4:48 pm #

      Ha ha!

  38. cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

    Remember when everyone on Broadway was required to get the clot shot? Well here you go, another Covid vaxx fatality:

    Broadway Star Clifton Oliver Dead at 47

    Clifton Oliver, an actor and singer who starred in The Lion King, Wicked and In the Heights on Broadway, has died. He was 47 years old.

    His older sister, Roxy Hall, announced his passing on Facebook Wednesday.

    “My baby brother, Clifton Oliver, has had his final curtain call,” the post began. “It was peaceful. His partner Richard, was singing to him the song Psalm 23 as he took his last breath this morning at 3:20 AM.”

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/entertainment-celebrity/broadway-star-clifton-oliver-dead-at-47/ar-AA1eNFOn

    • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

      Could have been the hiv

      • Beryl of Oyl August 4, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

        Or the VAIDS.

    • Islander August 4, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

      Another local dropped of cardiac arrest.

      Born in 1960

    • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

      Mark Margolis, the old coot in the wheel chair with a bell in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul dead at 83 from a “short illness” as well.

      • elysianfield August 4, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

        Diss,
        First saw him in Scarface….

        • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

          Turns out he was Jewish, not Spanish. Never would have guessed.

  39. cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

    I found a new name for our nation’s capital: Wiconisco, D.C.

    Wiconisco comes from a Native American word meaning “wet and dirty camp”. It is the name of a census designated place and a creek in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  40. oilie August 4, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

    Don’t become too giddy when they pin enough real dirt on Biden and cohorts to start the impeachments. If the Democrats are smart, they will join the dog pile and allow challengers and debaters in the arena with Joe. Michelle (Big Mike) Obama will enter the race, destroy senile old Joe if debate is permitted and be on her way to a bright new future for the wokesters. That solves the Kamala and white Gavin problems handily. Be patient and wait for it.

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    • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

      Ca you picture Mo’Shell wagging her finger with a hand on her hip and exclaiming something in Ebonics like “Nuh uh. We ain’t goin’ for that bull yankee. They go low. We go high.” Then she stuffs some rib meat in her pie hole and chews with an open mouth…

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

        Don’t forget that she will have to scratch her balls and wear a lot of make-up after her wax job to appear remotely feminine.

        • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

          Does she wear a cup when she plays bassetball?

          • Q. Shtik August 4, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

            and chews with an open mouth…

            when she plays bassetball? – RD3

            ========

            LMAO at bassetball.

            Also, chewing with an open mouth is a huge beef of mine. It’s right up there with people who don’t give a shit about spelling, grammar, etc. because “it’s not a fucking doctoral dissertation.”

          • RD3 August 4, 2023 at 8:12 pm #

            “It’s right up there with people who don’t give a shit about spelling, grammar, etc. because “it’s not a fucking doctoral dissertation.””

            I agree, but I’m afraid that I will greatly disappoint you. I’m an ignoramus and am often embarrassed by my grammar.

    • Vegan Shark August 4, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

      More than half the country sees exactly what’s going on and no amount of video footage showing “JB” and Jill holding hands on the beach is going cover for that. We are on the threshold of a king-hell national crisis.

      Looks like. But it could offer beaucoup possibilities for comic relief. Visualize the state of play should primaries and machinations boil off all the challenger candidates leaving Trump and Biden as the nominees. And they both conduct their presidential campaigns from jail.

      A line from a blues song will be the election’s theme: “Laughing just to keep from crying.”

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

        It would be the ultimate cage match. Whoever wins gets out of jail for life!

  41. Paula D August 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

    Russia has not managed to denazify Ukraine yet. Maria Zakharova said this in her press conference:

    “July 27 is a mournful date for our entire country. This is a day of remembrance for children who suffered from the war in Donbass. Since 2014, Ukrainian Nazis have murdered hundreds of underage residents of the region of all ages. We talked about this last time.
    Nine years ago, on this day, Kiev criminals organized a brutal shelling of Horlivka. Dozens of civilians were killed and wounded, including many children. A mourning ceremony was held on the Alley of Angels, a memorial complex in Donetsk.

    Ukrainian neo-Nazis decided to make their black contribution to this date again. It was not enough for them what they did in Horlivka. We decided to distinguish ourselves again. They organized a mass mailing of messages to the inhabitants of the region, the cruelty and cynicism of which has no limits. In these messages, they promised to kill more children, compared the day of mourning with “burger day”, sent mocking images using photos of dead children.”

  42. WayfaringStranger August 4, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

    Write what you know, here’s what I know (aside from I admit the videos of all the election antics looked pretty damning, what I actually know should essentially be enough)
    I am a Wisconisn person, though not a resident of Green Bay. However, the Zuckbucks and takeover – which is what it was – of their county election office should land a bunch of people in jail or at least fired, ordered to cease and desist, and in every American’s awareness. The County official in charge of elections complained in detail to the local media and mayor and council about the insertion of, not just money, but of Zuckerberg personnel who took over election operations for that county. Effectively sidelining the elections clerk. She later resigned and went to another WI county after having faced the inert wall of Democrat non-response and vigorous rug-sweeping. That was an early harbinger of the national rug sweeping efforts that would be J6. Pence, etc. And if anyone is unclear, Tony Evers is a POS.
    Second, a young person well known to us for almost 20 years was in a major WI city as a low-paid GOTV worker for that election. She enthusiastically described drop box events they hosted in city parks. She had been working as a paid op for the Bernie campaign initially, and when that became unbearable (the “bros” were jerks to female staff, whatta shock) she shifted to the GOTV Org. in question. Anyways the point is, she described the event in glowing terms. She worked a few of them. I thought, but did not say, what a load of crap that all was. When I vote in person I have to show ID (fine) but they have like 4 people stare at my Driver’s License photo (it’s just that good) and then go on to stare at length at my signature. I feel like a damn criminal. And as they subject me, whom a few have already recognized because we’re neighbors, I know that a couple hundred miles away you can come up to a festival tent wafting with weed smoke, and just drop at will however many you want and then go flirt with some hairy-legged chick tabling for Sustainablity.
    As a pandemic solution it’s also crap. If you can get to the hipster park by the lake you can get to a polling place, wear a mask in the fresh air if that’s your thing but that was no “disability solution”.
    And the covered up BS over in Minneapolis showing paid Somali harvesters, their faces, their activities seems lesser known but was painfully obviously wrong. Minnesota is a hellhole of corrupt behaviors all day and all night, so no one should trust a thingthat comes outta there. (lookin at you, George) Garrison Keillor’s schtick was a massive psy-op or something. It’s way not like that bedtime story.

    Moving on, in the 18 wheel sense, an immediate family member drives LTL. Yellow was always a skeevy company. Shit drivers overall, management nothing to admire. It’s not necessarily about the forest this time but maybe a lot about the “tree”.

    Here’s what I don’t know, my recent speculation, and it’s going to get me out to try to stock up a bit though money is an issue limiting what I can accomplish…i
    If they (THEY, inc) can do something with a martial law situation before the election that will limit the natural social unrest response and facilitate harsh punishments for breakthrough skirmishes. You can take hold of the supply chain, all kinds of stuff.

    The other thing I think is that the whole Ukraine thing is a big training camp/reality program. Under all that mess, “bad management” and death you can be giving a bunch of guys real hardcore experience with dirty, on-the-fly urban warfare and then bring that back to the US to disperse as leadership to lead various targeted groups to suppress unrest in at home. Clusterbombs coming to a neighborhood near you?
    Okay maybe not clusterbombs but clusterfuck and then clampdowns of some type. And there’s always Elon’s starlink probably outfitted with sky-zappers.

    And let’s remember, the “end of history” occurs when Someone, not an Alien, descends from the clouds and declares Game Over. Not when some pimply Democrats occupy Humanity.

    • elysianfield August 4, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

      And let’s remember, the “end of history” occurs when Someone, not an Alien, descends from the clouds and declares Game Over.

      Kali? The black one? How prophetic.

      Racist.

    • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

      Sometimes I watch Monkey Werz, a plane watcher who focuses on the military.
      He has been pointing out that in the US, and Europe, there have been thousands of survey planes flying in the last few months, covering cities, roads, railroads and waterways.
      According to him, this is unprecedented. He thinks they are mapping out battlefields, for when the populations rebel.

      Some legit to me.

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

        And what about all those Google Street view vehicles that are constantly mapping out our concrete jungle? I am sure the government will use that data for nefarious purposes as well.

      • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 8:20 pm #

        Paula-

        That may be entirely legit.

        However, their plan may also be quite dumb.

        I mean, “mapping battlefields,” sounds as though the regime expects its domestic opposition to line up smartly the way opposing forces did in the Napoleanic Wars.

        C’mon man!!!

    • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

      Someone’s been attending classes at the Kesa Anna school of free association writing, I see.

  43. cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

    I wish we could bring back the life of pirating as a vocation, without punishment of course, but this time instead of on the high seas it would be on our smaller inland lakes and the Great Lakes.

    On the smaller lakes I would make off with coolers of beer and spiked seltzer. I am sure there would be plenty of young buxom lassies free for the taking too.

    On the Great Lakes we could plunder all kinds of raw materials like coal, caustic chemicals, lumber, and electronics.

    Argh, it’s a pirate’s life for me!!!!!

    • Yirgach August 4, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

      Any large Democratic hellhole is already accommodating pirates without punishment,. However the local business owners are starting to push back with their own form of 7-11 Justice. I’m assuming everyone here has seen the Whup-Ass video.

      • Hereward the Woke August 5, 2023 at 5:43 am #

        Great video. It’s hopefully an analogy for what is to come. First of all the Great Theft by our “elites” and their stooges; then the revenge of ordinary people.

    • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

      LOL! Where in the world is that one coming from, Cowbell? Are you ramping up (imbibing) for a long weekend, or what?

      • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

        Haha, indeed, it’s never too early to start and always 5 o’clock somewhere! 🙂

        • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

          A bird of my own plumage, I see! Party on, you bloody pirate, you!

    • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 8:23 pm #

      cowbell81-

      No need for piracy on the Great Lakes.

      Why?

      Because there is plenty of sunken treasure on the bottom of all the Great Lakes.

      Recover the loot from just a few wrecks via salvage diving and you’d have plenty of dough for all kinds of fast cars and buxom young lassies.

  44. Roundball Shaman August 4, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

    “Have you noticed the clamor about a coming new pandemic virus?”

    There IS an ongoing pandemic in ‘The Indispensable Nation!’ and the World-at-Large. But it’s not the phony one They dreamed up and Game Theoried three years ago, nor is any kind of legitimate health threat today. The Pandemic that began (more than) three years ago is a deep sickness of Spirit. There is a pandemic of Americans who have become afraid of their own shadow now and hope for a new Doctor ‘The Science!’ to save them from what they believe in certain death from horrible threats around them (without ever thinking a bit deeper about where some real threats against We the People are really coming from). ‘Leadership’ at all levels who think nothing of removing uncounted precious humans from the Planet. A Medical Industrial Complex that trashed it’s sacred oath to Do No Harm — but who are now deeply committing to Doing Nothing BUT Harm. For Fun and Profit.

    “… how much civic upheaval there might be on-the-ground across the land while all this plays out, especially if our lawless, faithless, clueless government tries to lay a climate emergency trip on everybody as a final, desperate diversion?”

    All the legions of Wokesters will welcome the new threats as their individual identities have now been fully merged with The Daddy State and twisted ‘Climate Change!’ theologies and Gender Identity Nonsense and the other manufactured crises and chapters of Their Woke Catechism of The Day. No civic upheaval from all these Terminally Woke. But plenty of push-back from the other legions of Americans who now clearly see through this nonsense and who are not falling for any of this garbage again. ‘Fool Me Once, Shame On You… Fool Me Twice, Shame On…’

    But the true American Religion of Football is now rousing the animal spirits across The Land. And in a desperate attempt to escape All This Nonsense that we are surrounded by 24/7 — Americans will throw their attention to First Downs and Long Passes and Point Spreads and lots of ‘Faces of Color and Diversity!’ on the endless commercials during football games. Let’s see which network can out-Woke the others…

    And Americans will soon realize that even by trying to ignore the outside World and throwing oneself into the New American Religion of Football – that they have not escaped The Madness but simply changes pews with no visible means of escape. From preachers and teachers of Madness.

    And those Lost Woke will never, ever find The End Zone that Their phony Utopia promises.

    • Ron Anselmo August 5, 2023 at 12:18 am #

      Many though, still dumber than a box of rocks, like Dubya.

      To wit: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” ~ George W. Bush

      So, sadly, they may still fall for the same garbage again.

  45. edpell August 4, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

    Time to mobilize two million young people for war. We can forward base them one million in Germany, Poland, the tiny Baltic states and one million in Australia, Korea, Japan, Philippines. We (US) need to ramp up weapons production. Talk about the biggest economic stimulus the world has ever seen.

    You our dear European friends need to field two million young women and men now. Our dear NZ, AU, JP, KO friends need to field at least one million now.

    This will be the war to and all wars.

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    • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

      “This will be the war to and all wars.”

      Precisely, because it will hopefully bring about a huge decrease in humanity and the high lifestyle everyone is used to lviing.

    • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 7:27 pm #

      Wow! Where do I sign up?

  46. cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

    Lake Titicaca is literally going tits up!

    The parched shoreline and shrinking depths of Lake Titicaca are prompting growing alarm that an ago-old way of life around South America’s largest lake is slipping away as a brutal heat wave wreaks havoc on the southern hemisphere’s winter.

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/lake-titicaca-drying-up-as-heat-wave-turns-winter-upside-down/ar-AA1eNJpi

  47. jim August 4, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

    “That silence you hear these dog days of a wilting empire is the calm before the storm and everyone knows it.”

    This sentiment is certainly in the ether and exists across the entire political spectrum.

    But to what degree is our empire structurally wilting?

    Will supposed desperation time, with 50% of the population giving the middle finger to the managerial elites (in relationship to Trump), actually move them into seriously considering the implementation of a more coercive stance over the next 400 days or so, in an attempt to pre-empt potential political instability from election chaos?

    Would a dramatic collapse in Ukraine initiate a similar move toward coercion on the part of our management betters?

    Or will they continue to prefer placing their money on maintaining control through their usual attempts at narrative manipulation, material enticements, and the more or less hegemonic domination they seemingly have over our culture and ideas?

    What would a revolt of 50% of our citizens look like?

    Is the passive stance of waiting for collapse the wisest or only real political alternative?

    Is there any real hope for a future of self-governance?

    How powerful or weak are we actually– the leftover resisters of a once more independent middle and working class?

    Is a one-party, techno-managerial and more coercive state our likely immediate future?

    • Paula D August 4, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

      You just saw 30% of our citizens give a big Fuck You to our ruling overlords, by refusing to participate in the giant medical experiment that was covid.

      What does it look like? You have to look at the shadows on the cave wall to find out, because you can’t see your fellow rebels from where you are.

      The screaming, the finger pointing, the threats, the fear mongering, the celebrity song-and-dance, the censorship, the bannings, the attacks on doctors who refused to submit. They even went after memes!

      That was their hysterical reaction to 30% of clear thinking citizens, mostly unknown to each other, simply deciding to plant their feet firmly and resist, all by themselves.

      • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

        Well said, Paula.

      • KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

        For twenty to thirty years , and still , I had to put up with ;

        Second – hand smoke ?

        What about your car ? What about the Chemical refinery down the street ? What about the Chromium and birth control residue in your water ?

        The reaction of 50% of the population to Covid ?

        I think it’s marvelous !

        Like the Carly Simon song says , for me , in many ways ,

        THESE are the good old days.

        • Jarek August 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

          Second hand smoke? What are you talking about? You’re a heavy smoker.

          Thank God people like you were stopped from polluting indoor public spaces and making your problem, our problem.

      • Ron Anselmo August 5, 2023 at 11:50 am #

        Paula – you’re exactly right. Their debriefing notes after the COVID PsyOp, indicated that 70% of the people will just get in line and do what they’re told. They’ve been ID’d, by the initial shotgun approach.

        Unfortunately, that leaves us – the remaining 30%, also now ID’d – that they can focus on with more sharp-shooting accuracy. They’ll keep closing in to corral us further.

        The fact that we are dispersed – not a unified force – helps. If unified, the 30% would be crushed in a symmetrical engagement. In an asymmetrical fashion, the 30% can remain undefeated indefinitely – think Viet Cong & the Mujahideen.

        I can assure you, we are all on the 30% list – even Jim’s “readers only”. Plan accordingly.

      • jim August 5, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

        A great response Paula D..

        Is it possible to describe a more general conception of power and a strategy of resistance, based on your comment/insight?

      • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

        Hear! Hear!

  48. neurodoc August 4, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

    ‘……Americans are walking around with wrecked immune systems from the mRNA vaccines….’

    It has recently been discovered that the S1 glycoprotein from the mRNA clot shot induces cells, particularly immune system cells, to make IgG4 glycoprotein which literally shuts down the immune system. More specifically IgG4 blocks the immune system ability to ‘SEE’ covid and other viral infected cells, and ignores them and ‘lets them pass.’ Very elegant. It must have taken billions of research $s to make such a monstrous entity. And, so far, there is no treatment to block or get rid of IgG4. Many are working on it without any institutional or corporate funding!!

    It is now clear WHAT event or process results in the Deagle Report’s ~80% reduction in the populations of the US and Western Europe by 2025 (I am looking at a copy of the original report from 2019 which is no longer available on the internet; wonder why?). Another co-inky-dink = The patents for the covid virus and mRNA ‘vaxxine’ are from 2018.

    • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

      Judy Mikovits and Mike Yeadon have been saying this for two years.

      • neurodoc August 4, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

        My read of Mikovits and Yeadon is that they have been predicting vax induced massive inflammatory reactivity, e.g.in cardiac and pulmonary tissues, especially. IgG4 was only discovered about 5 or so months ago: now we have an understanding of the molecular basis and pathophysiology of the ‘vax’ side effects. The upcoming flu season will be an event of the millenia.

        • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

          There are already many odd things happening. Here in Germany, lots of “vaccinated” individuals are getting shingles. Unexpected ocular problems are also common. For the latter I had several colleagues who were out of work for months after taking the shots for strage vision problems with similar symptoms (seeing black for extended periods, etc.).

          • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

            Seeing black for extended periods? That doesn’t sound good!

            What if they are trying to determine what juice to inject us with so that we have permanent VR headsets installed in our brain juices? They could really control the narrative then!

          • neurodoc August 4, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

            In the first 30 years of my medical career, I saw maybe a handful of shingles cases (working in ERs and hospitals). Since the mRNA injection, I have seen or heard of DOZENS of cases. Even among my own patients, I have three people right now with shingles (every one of them, at their PCP’s advice, took the mRNA fake fax, at least two injections).

            Shingles is classically viewed as a disease of reduced immunity (due to stress, malnutrition, co-morbid illnesses); in these cases, the reduced immunity is due to the presence of the IgG4 protein produced by the clot shot. Many more cases to come in the near future. Of course it’s all a co-inky-dink per most corporate slave physicians here in the US.

          • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 6:18 pm #

            RE: Shingles and reduced immunity, interesting. I did not know that.

          • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

            Shingles vaccines started being touted around the same time as the covid19 experimental jab. People were getting shingles from the covid jab since day 1. I am not surprised you’ve seen lots of shingles cases!

          • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            Oh I also remember my ex-co-worker, back in CA, reporting on how she got her shingles shot along with her covid vax. So it was a thing. This was back in 2021.

          • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 8:28 pm #

            NO-

            Not seeing shingles here, but it seems as though everyone where I work has some kind of unshakable summer cough or sniffle.

            I’ve never seen anything like that before.

            Unfortunately I think being around all the spike shedders has exacerbated the arthritis inherited from my family.

          • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 10:44 am #

            Great discussion here.

            Questions,

            Why can’t suppression and activation happen simultaneously? Activation to the s protein for example, exclusively for a while. Over reaction. I remember that the early deaths were caused by over reaction of the immune system around alveoli causing drowning in their own fluids, a condition that intubation, the therapy of the day, just hastened along.

            Things vary according to the individual. Some suppress and some activate? Some do both?

            Are vaccines like insurance? Give 100% the shot to protect 1%? So what happens when 5% get serious side effects from the shot? Who gets to make the big decision? Hint: leaving it up to the Federal government is a deadly mistake!!!

            Tongue in cheek, NO, sounds like you are sorta signing up to the fact that something is infecting us and suppression is making things worse. Hmmm. Could it be that it is a virus? That bacteriological quantification, isolation, does not fit virus study.

          • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 10:53 am #

            Add on.

            Could it be that the vaxx steers the immune system away from its memory position towards new antigens such as the s protein. Could the vaxx be making the immune response directed to itself exclusively and tearing down memory to former diseases and vaccines? I do remember two shingles vaccines, one a few years past and one recently. Did the Vaxx “kill” the first shingles vaccine response? Along with others? Have we lost group immunity? Will other viruses start popping up now because of immunity suppression.

            The future may be very interesting.

            For example, do we all need to get vaccinated for smallpox, measles, etc, again when cases start popping up?

            I bet I know Pfizer’s answer to that.

            Will a group sue the Feds for liability and make them pay for any reaction?

            When pigs fly.

            Best wish? That the entire Deep State dies from immunity suppression in one form or another.

          • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 10:58 am #

            Neurodoc

            What is the impression in your specialty of what is causing apparent damage to the neuro systems due to the disease and also the vaxx? Does the virus jump the blood brain barrier? Does it kill nerve cells? Are people impacted going to need rehab, retraining to develop new nerve pathways?

          • Night Owl August 5, 2023 at 4:19 pm #

            No, John. The shots create individuals who produce the spike protein and shed it.

            I do not believe there is anything else, unless they can show us an isolate of “Covid-19” and show us a test that is capable of finding it.

            That anyone would accept anything less is strange to me, but if everyone thought critically then I guess this world would be rather boring.

          • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

            Okay, NO.

            If the shot produces s proteins, which I Believe it does, where did the footprint for the s protein come from? How did the rotten mRNA programmers get a model for the s protein?

            The s protein is a product of the virus, it is what hooks it into our ACE2 receptors. It is what whatever sickens and kills certain people over react to.

            It is the core of the cospiracy of every one of us. These bastards can manipulate genetic sequences of viruses to make things that attack us, that are manipulated by sick researchers as research projects that are “interesting”.

            Want to see another example, using a different mechanism? Go see Oppenheimer, just did, and get the message of the movie. The elite do things as intellectual challenges, without regard to what happens. Oppenheimer knew what he was doing, and did it anyway. Later years caused him regret, but too late.

            Virologists have done the same. I could give a flip whether you believe in the virus theory, if someone handed you one on a silver platter, you would deny it.

            However, there is something out there that the creeps have intensified, that sickens people in many ways, that kills some, and could have pieces modeled for a bogus Vaxx that Al’s sickens people just as the parent virus does. As Neurodoc has stated, it is getting worse too with time.

            The Vaxx hit the public in mid to late 2020, right? What sickened and killed the folks between December 2019 and mid 2020? What caused the spike in cases and deaths during the alpha phase? Magic?
            Or the virus that spawned the vaxxes s protein? Then the creeps brought out the ill conceived s protein Vaxx that is finishing the job.

            What scares me the most is that the elite have such a handle on the sequencing of the genetic structure of these viruses that they can come up with an mRNA Vaxx in a few months. I wish someone could have convinced Trump to have the same fear in 2020.

            What is next?

            For the last time, viruses only reproduce in vitro, in living cells. There is NO way to grow an isolate as with bacteria. All the Koch postulates are meaningless with viruses as is the logic that because an individual picture cannot be snapped it does not exist.

          • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 9:43 pm #

            The weirdness of getting shingles would depend mainly on the age of the patient. My impression is that shingles is just one of those things that you will probably get at some point during your old age, as your immune system declines when you get older.

            Now, if we’re seeing people get shingles who are in their 50s and younger, that would be weird.

            I am unvaxxed, but I got shingles about 4-6 weeks ago. (Now almost cleared up.) But I’m also 75.

            I treated this with a homemade Echinacea tincture. I buy the root on Etsy and make the tincture myself. I used to grow Echinacea and dig the roots, but I’m getting too old for that. I was told many years ago that Echinacea cures shingles. Unfortunately, it took me about a month to figure out that I had shingles. Since I had previously had a similar adverse reaction to NSAIDS for arthritis, I thought the problem would clear up after I stopped taking the medication–as it had before.

            Anyway, when the skin eruptions did not clear up after about a month, I decided to try Echinacea–even though I still didn’t know what the problem was. (I am a lousy diagnostician.) When I saw that a dose of Echinacea stopped the itching within about an hour, I realized that I must have shingles. My experience was that Echinacea does cure shingles, but you need to dose yourself with in three or four times a day–persistently.

          • Night Owl August 6, 2023 at 4:45 am #

            John,

            Spike proteins are not unique to what you claim is “Covid-19.” They are found in viruses. Unique is that you have injected yourself with a substance that tells your body to make spike proteins in perpituity, damaging your internal organs, blood vessels, and sickening others around you.

            As for the existence of “Covid-19,” once again: Show the isolate. Show how a PCR test can show whether one is infected.

            It should be easy, except no one has done it.

            Nothing exists in the public spehere except for a Chinese computer model.

    • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank you for this information. It matters.

  49. Islander August 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

    I haven’t yet read the whole article by Patrick Lawrence from which today’s epigraph was taken.

    I’ll do so now. Here is the link:

    httpX://scheerpost.com/2023/08/02/patrick-lawrence-reading-the-mess-the-democrats-have-made/

    Here is another excellent piece by Lawrence. I guess he is a regular at Scheerpost.com, but his one was posted at Consortium News.:

    httpX://consortiumnews.com/2023/07/31/patrick-lawrence-the-bidens-burisma-bribery/

    • neurodoc August 5, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

      Reply to John AZ.

      Last year, 100 hundred autopsies were conducted in England, of people who died within a month of the second clot shot. S1 glycoproteins were everywhere, including brain, brain stem, spinal fluid, heart, lungs etc ad nauseum. At that point the IgG4 protein had not been fully characterized to the point of rapid id. Thus the main vector is the S1 glycoprotein which, apparently, ‘they’ originally thought to be just a maker for COV but it turns out to the the toxin that is associated with pulmonary inflammation, myocarditis and encephalitis.

      The article was put online via Lancet and was taken down several days latter. The MD Editor of Lancet resigned after that claiming there is no longer any reason for faith in medical studies due to lying, faking data, mis-interpreting data, and refusing to publish politically incorrect info.

      • Night Owl August 5, 2023 at 4:20 pm #

        Key word: Clot shot.

        There remains no hard evidence that a virus of any sort was infecting anyone.

        • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

          BS!

          • Night Owl August 6, 2023 at 4:46 am #

            Show us the isolate and how a PCR test can determine sickness.

            No hard evidence for “Covid-19” exists in the public sphere.

      • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 6:25 pm #

        Thanks, Neurodoc.

        • Night Owl August 6, 2023 at 4:49 am #

          All he did was confirm that the shot you took is damaging the internal organs, etc., of shot recipients.

          The proteins are found throughout the body, as the body has been programmed to produce them.

  50. badberries August 4, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

    When you need a Government issued photo ID to board a bus, you’re not living in a democracy, you’re living in a police state.

    There’s no escape left.

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    • cowbell81 August 4, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

      Last I checked, at least you can still jump the subway turnstiles in NYC without any repercussions.

      • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 6:27 pm #

        😀

        • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 6:23 pm #

          Smile? How many scofflaws will jump the turnstiles before the subways shut down? What a bunch of heroes.

          • Night Owl August 6, 2023 at 4:49 am #

            Her post was funny.

            Perhaps you are angry about something? What could it be?

      • KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 6:44 pm #

        I once put my coins in the Atlanta Georgia metro turnstile , and it didn’t work.

        So I climbed over the turnstile.

        FIVE SECONDS LATER there were two police officers standing there asking me what I was doing.

        I wasn’t worried though , I figured that push come to shove , they could check the video cameras themselves and see that I indeed paid the fare , and the turnstile didn’t work.

        It didn’t occur to me until years later that maybe the video cameras didn’t work.

        Maybe I somehow just seemed believable to them ,

        or maybe they simply gave me the benefit of the doubt ?

        • KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 6:47 pm #

          I wonder what the once big city cop Elysianfield would say about such an incident ?

          • elysianfield August 4, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

            Kesa,
            After administering a good, workmanlike beating, who knows?

            Actually, most contacts with the citizenry over such a minor incident would depend upon the attitude of the individual and overall circumstances. If, however, the police were posted there for the sole reason of catching scoff laws, you would have some ‘splaining to do, and probably a citation would be issued. Any witnesses? etc.

            If the officers there were not posted specifically to catch jumpers, they would NEVER make an issue of it, unless you really REALLY asked for it…other fish to fry, other doughnuts to consume.

      • elysianfield August 4, 2023 at 6:44 pm #

        Bell,
        Funny story about Lee Harvey Oswald. When he was in Russia he regularly skipped payment on the various means of public transportation he used. At least several times, his KGB tail, in his daily reports, mentioned that he skipped payment.

        • elysianfield August 4, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

          …The Commies never arrested him, but it DID go onto his permanent record….

          • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

            That just convinces me more that he was a CIA asset.

    • neurodoc August 4, 2023 at 6:04 pm #

      2A

  51. Islander August 4, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

    Here is something for WEF watchers:

    httpX://www.zerohedge.com/political/ramaswamy-wins-lawsuit-against-world-economic-forum-after-being-labeled-young-global

    • Night Owl August 4, 2023 at 6:25 pm #

      Guy still oozes fraud.

      • Islander August 4, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

        I read—maybe in a comment—that is is fully on board with the vxx and loves Israel.

        Still, the WEF lawsuit would seem to move the needle in the right direction when it comes to general awareness of the WEF scourge.

      • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:14 am #

        Yep. WEF puppet who knows that WEF is starting to not look so politically advantageous, so he’ll pretend he is against their policies while instituting them. Same ol’.

        • Islander August 5, 2023 at 11:34 am #

          Actually, I don’t think the WEF has ever looked “politically advantageous.”

          I haven’t seen any polls, but I expect relatively few people have ever heard of it.

          If Ram is telling the truth, he has been trying to shake off this WEF succubus for a while now.

          Knowing that the WEF has just brazenly stated that public figures are part of the WEF when they are not—has acted preemptively with aggressive PR and propaganda in a way that affects reputations—is also an interesting little nugget of info.

          I wonder how many other “young global leaders” know that they have been unknowingly coopted to the WEF PR and propaganda agenda.

          • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 6:29 pm #

            Islander

            Agencies like the WEF want to operate in silence so the lemmings do not understand what they are up to.

            For some reason, Klaus Schmitt et al think they can come out of the closet now. Do they feel we are too far gone to object?

            One by one, institutions are falling under this influence, including our own Mob.

          • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 6:33 pm #

            I read a book a couple of years ago that said our souther border with its illicit trades was keeping the IMF in business, that making the minimum payments on international debt was coming from our border.

            Gee, could that be why the whole world dropped on Trump when he wanted to build the wall?

            Think, what would happen to the WEF and other global groups if the border actually closed?

            Apocalypse?

    • TPTB-USA August 4, 2023 at 10:19 pm #

      What do you make of this?

  52. KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 6:07 pm #

    “There is only one way to explain this shambles: Every one of these crises traces back to the Democratic Party’s obsession with taking and holding power more or less indefinitely to suit its hubristic, end-of-history “narrative” of righteous liberal triumph.” — Patrick Lawrence

    — Why I’m all the time bitching about Social Darwinism.

    It does not mesh with my perception of the trajectory of history.

    My perception of history is more like one of those graphs you see of the performance of a stock over the course of a year .

    But with the added wrinkle that not uncommonly the graph for a solid company like Victorinox Swiss Army Knife looks bad ,

    but the graph for Enron looks great.

  53. KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 6:32 pm #

    One of the many little jewels ( to me ) of The Gulag Archipelago is that Solzhenitsyn never misses a chance to point out that life had never been better in Russia than in 1913.

    They had survived the Vikings , the Mongol Horde , Ivan the terrible , their own sociopathic Elizabeth , and two ” Greats ” , Peter and Catherine .

    ( It seems to me that every single person given the honorific , ” the Great ” is someone that if they were your father , mother , spouse ,, or best friend , you would call them a monster instead. )

    Now Nicholas II may have been dumb as a post , and reactionary to a fault , but he seemed to at least recognize the term , ” restraint ” , and was otherwise a genuinely nice guy.

    Granted , World War I was an idiotically suicidal move for Tsarist Russia.

    But then the supposedly more enlightened Germans , British , French , and after three years observation of this farce , the Americans ,

    made the same idiotic move.

    • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 7:22 pm #

      Given that wars are just ways to launder money for the wealthiest on the planet, I don’t think it was idiocy.

      • KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 8:12 pm #

        Well , in my opinion , you get a much , much different picture of World War II ,

        if you adopt the Premise that World War I , and World War II , were actually the SAME war.

        A war that begins with French troops in bright red kepis and trousers and royal blue tunics , charging machine guns with fixed bayonets
        and flags flying ,

        and ends with Hiroshima.

        No triumphant crusade of good conquering evil , no triumphant march of progress .

        But instead a comedy that is flatly obscene ,

        or a tragedy so depressing no words can do it justice.

        • KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 8:17 pm #

          By the way , if you ever saw the movie , ” The Last Samurai ” , and were into military fashion ,

          you might notice that the uniforms of the Japanese Empire in the early days were very very similar to the Napoleon III uniforms of the French Empire . Even the same colors.

          One of the many reasons I think God has a really fucking weird sense of humor.

          • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

            Maybe Napoleon copied the Samurai!

          • Islander August 5, 2023 at 11:24 am #

            Especially the role of Sweden.

        • thirdcoastlegend August 4, 2023 at 8:55 pm #

          Kesa-

          For many years I have thought that WW1 and WW3 were actually the 30 Years War Part 2: Electric Boogaloo.

        • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

          Could not agree more, Kesa.

    • Islander August 4, 2023 at 10:36 pm #

      I don’t think that either Peter or Catherine was a monster.

    • Jarek August 5, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

      Rasputin to the Czar: All of the Balkans are not worth the life of one Russian soldier.

      The Orthodox Hierarchy hated this debauched gnostic, yet he was often right when they were wrong.

  54. MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 7:23 pm #

    Wow lots of pingbacks already today, Jim! Nice going. Thanks for todays’ essay.

    • Disaffected August 4, 2023 at 7:44 pm #

      What exactly is a pingback, anyway?

      • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

        Scroll down….

  55. KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

    Fixed elections ?

    I lived a few years in a town called Greensboro , North Carolina.

    The powers that be wanted to build a multi – million dollar colisuem to pull in the big venues , so they said.

    The trouble with that is that the big acts are going to go to Raliegh , Charlotte , or Atlanta ANYWAY.

    So they put it to a referendum .

    The voters , surprisingly , voted ” No ” three to one.

    So a few years later they put it to a referendum again.

    Again the voters voted ” No ” three to one.

    So a few years later they again put it to a referendum ,

    and again the voters voted ” No ” three to one.

    Finally , no bullshit ,

    in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not – catagory ,

    You could vote ” Yes “.

    OR

    You could vote ” Yes “.

    So there’s this huge difference between the United States and East Germany ?

    If you say so Sweetie.

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    • KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

      That’s one of the reasons why I moved to , ” One of the Ten Worst Places in America to Live ” — rural Appalachia.

      Truly , many times it is true that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

    • SoftStarLight August 4, 2023 at 11:47 pm #

      Yes, there’s a huge difference for sure. Actually the differences are strikingly numerous. You can begin with the names for starters. And the flags are so different. And so forth.

    • JohnAZ August 5, 2023 at 11:23 am #

      KA

      The Founders made a Constitution to limit the powers of the elite government power types.

      Two things overwhelm those limits,

      Immediacy, big items that overwhelm the politics
      And two,

      Persistence, if enough folks repeat issues long enough, they will win eventually.

      The power folks, right and left understand that this is how you overcome voter resistance and use it to modify voter reaction.

      The Democrats have used this for seventy years to get the country to where it is at right now. They are no longer in left field, they are out of the ballpark over the left field bleachers.

      It works.

  56. KesaAnna August 4, 2023 at 8:48 pm #

    Speaking of Greensboro , and its coliseum —

    Like your typical celebrity , I don’t think you can believe a fucking thing Stevie Nicks says.

    But I do believe there is some truth to her claim that she likes touring.

    She came to Greensboro in 1982 , BEFORE they built the giant white elephant ,

    when the Greensboro coliseum was still rinky – dink.

    She was still young then , still beautiful , and I have no doubt she was as high as a fucking kite , but did a great show anyway.

    My hero.

    As I said , the Greensboro coliseum was rinky – dink then , but the main hall was still a huge room.

    By the end of the show , though , that huge room was grey with a cloud of cigarette smoke ,

    and marijuana smoke.

    And there were police officers present.

    But then , best I can tell , your typical Stevie Nicks fan is White Middle Class , or White Country Club Row ,

    and two – to – one female.

    I suppose arresting 400 Soccer Moms or future – Soccer Moms could be a bit sticky ?

    Who says there is no such thing as Girl Power ?

    Don’t cry for me Argentina , I have had a very interesting life.

  57. Paula D August 4, 2023 at 8:57 pm #

    I remembered the Democrats crying for four years about the 2016 election, but I forgot about the riots.

    GD hypocrites!

    youtube.com/watch?v=uoMfIkz7v6s

    • MaryQueen August 4, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

      Hahahahahaa!

      This would be fun to share everywhere now.

    • SoftStarLight August 4, 2023 at 11:59 pm #

      Or they are not hypocrites as much as they simply follow a belief that they will achieve their goals by any means necessary.

      • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:04 am #

        Indeed.

        It would almost appear that they are proud of their hypocrisy. What the heck, their supporters already celebrate grift and narcissism, why not hypocrisy, too?

        Everyone should get really good at the hypocrisy. It’s En Vogue.

    • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:12 am #

      This reminds me also of that video mash-up of Democrats calling for violence and death against their opponents.

  58. tom clark August 4, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

    I wish I had a personal valet to open and close (and keep track of) my umbrella for me. But then, I’m part of the unwashed, so I’ll never know what it’s like. At least my wardrobe consists of more than a red tie, starched white shirt, dark blue suit and perpetual scowl. What charisma!

    • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:05 am #

      Coincidentally, speaking of valets, I am watching the reruns of the 1990s series “Jeeves and Wooster” on YouTube. I love the P.G. Wodehouse books, so it’s extra fun seeing them acted out on screen.

      Treat yourself, they are good fun.

      • Rulo Deschamps August 5, 2023 at 8:29 pm #

        “a gentleman’s gentleman” – I love those books, too, Mary!

  59. skptc August 5, 2023 at 1:55 am #

    Re: the impeachment of Merrick Garland

    on 8/16/22 Jonathan Turley declared that “Merrick Garland is a person with unimpeachable ethics and integrity.”

    As yet, Turley has not yielded on that position.

    • BackRowHeckler August 5, 2023 at 6:10 am #

      Meanwhile, at an EFF rally in a stadium in Johannesburg, SA, Juilius Malema led 100,000 party members in the chant “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer, kill the White Man!” And no, this time Bono from U2 wasn’t up on the podium with Malema firing up the crowd with guitar riffs & shouting slogans of his own, like “There’s the Boer, get me my rifle.”

      Things have taken a disturbing turn in SA. 3 decades after the end of Apartheid the country is in total, complete collapse. Whites are about 7% of the population now & they are being blamed for the disaster. Not to worry however; Forbes, AP, the NYTs & Wapo have all commented on this event in Jo’ burg … their message: They don’t really mean it, only racists & right wingers would take Malema & the EFF seriously.

      So there you have it. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

      • elysianfield August 5, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        BRH,
        Yesss…they will put the “U” into “SA”

  60. Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 8:44 am #

    I was checking RFK Jr.’s Twitter account, to see whether he has noticed that the man who he is running for president against is having his political rival indicted every time some more proof of his utter corruption comes out.

    Nah.

    I did see this, though. I am semi-impressed. I could talk, and probably argue, with the man who made this video all day. Arguments aren’t always fights, btw.

    Neuroscientist: THIS Is Why You Feel TRIGGERED All the Time
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgJ9UGQ9HJk

    This is the intro from RFK Jr:
    Huberman explains why the path to national unity must begin with a movement among Americans to master self control-just a little!

    https://twitter.com/RobertKennedyJr/status/1687592479749746689?s=20

    I say semi-impressed, because RFK Jr. is obviously willing to work hard at finding ways to heal the divide in this country; he is also working hard on himself, talking in a civil manner with all kinds of people to develop a more catholic point of view.

    Here is one reason I say “semi-impressed”. I am not going to be manipulated by politicians who want to tell me who I should have empathy for, and if I don’t have that empathy it’s because I have not developed the proper self-control?

    Riley Gaines says that her school tried to make the girls on the swim team feel responsible for Lia Thomas’ emotional well-being.

    Many young women feel too much empathy and not enough concern for themselves.

    So, back to RFK and the border. He does want to “secure” the border, but for some reason he also wants more judges. Also more foreign workers here legally.

    Did we not already spend enough taxpayer dollars on border patrol agents, only to see them used to facilitate an invasion at our southern border?

    Do we not see judges, right now, when these illegal invaders are arrested for committing other crimes on top of illegal entry, letting them go?

    Maybe the people we are already paying should just do their jobs, and their job is not to empathize with the grown men from other countries who break our laws.

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    • Cavepainter August 5, 2023 at 9:22 am #

      So-o-o-o, what about all the children and pregnant mothers who, of course, will be once again exploited but this time by the “bleeding heart” appeal that obligation is upon we citizen taxpayers to assume cost for not sending them back to nation of origin, but instead provide residency followed by citizenship, including for “claimed” fathers/spouses. Funny how that works, huh?

      • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 9:26 am #

        Yes. So funny I forgot to laugh.

  61. Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 8:53 am #

    Here are some people who could use some compassion, right here in America.

    “In Iowa’s Winneshiek County at a Never Back Down tour stop, Ron DeSantis criticized a policy imposed by former President Ronald Reagan.

    Asked about gun rights during a Q&A session, DeSantis pivoted to questioning Reagan’s decision in the 1980s to close mental hospitals, which preceded an uptick in the homeless population.

    “If you look at what happens at a police station when people are coming into the criminal justice system, there’s a huge percentage of these people that have mental health issues and it’s not even, like, a big shooting that gets all the headlines, just regular crimes. So many people, we used to have more of an institutional process where people would be institutionalized, who couldn’t function in society,” DeSantis said.

    “We deinstitutionalized some 30 or 40 years ago. You know, I’m not sure that that was the right thing to do,” DeSantis added. “I see all these homeless in Los Angeles and San Francisco and some of these other liberal cities, they’re doing drugs or doing all this, but their mental health is ultimately the root of this. It’s behavior, it’s not that there’s not enough jobs or anything like that.”

    Reagan repealed legislation championed by Jimmy Carter that supported mental health institutions. The Mental Health Systems Act authorized grants to public and nonprofit private community mental health centers for operational costs, with an eye toward helping the “chronically mentally ill.” It arose from work during Carter’s single term, via a presidential commission on mental health.”

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/626989-iowa-desantis-mental-health/

    • Islander August 5, 2023 at 9:19 am #

      Beryl: So true. DeSantis is right to bring this up.

      I lived in NYC on the Upper West Side in the 1980s. Not the fancy part. West 82nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus.

      Columbus was newly fashionable in the sixties and seventies (I mean the street numbers), in the area around Lincoln Center.

      Cutting to the chase, the corner of A’dam Avenue and West. 81st was a rough corner. There was a large residential hotel of some kind where many people who had been released from mental hospitals lived. The blocks around this facility were not pretty.

      Nuff said. But, I think this is an important reminder from DeSantis. It has been pretty well established that MANY of the homeless are homeless because they cannot or do not want to function in the mainstream society. Mental health and drug addiction issues. They choose the streets. This makes a dangerous, volatile situation for “regular” citizens who have ended up on the street for all kinds of economic reasons such as losing a job, etc.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 9:36 am #

        Once the mentally ill get addicted, they are almost impossible to treat.

        It has become harder and harder for the ‘marginal’ people to function in our society, and a lot of that is due to actions by our government.

        I could go on and on, but this would be more than a column, it would be a book or two.

        Big Pharma plays a role, as well, of course it does.

        A good reference, for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the issue, is Ron Powers’ book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America.

        I mentioned the book on this site quite some time ago.

        Some seriously mentally ill people need custodial care.

        • Islander August 5, 2023 at 5:39 pm #

          “It has become harder and harder for the ‘marginal’ people to function in our society, and a lot of that is due to actions by our government.”

          I assume that by this you mean the mentally ill.

          I thought your point was that they should never have been released into the community but should have remained in institutions.

      • Cavepainter August 5, 2023 at 10:17 am #

        Oh, and too bring on/in all the homeless (never mind by which cause) from anywhere around the globe. Yeah, sure, its the only way of attaining penance for our nation’s history of racism, sexism, homo phobia, etc., etc., etc.,………..

    • benr August 5, 2023 at 9:24 am #

      I just discovered the movie One flew over the coocoo nest was instrumental in the decision to do away with large government mental health asylum programs.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 9:28 am #

        A work of fiction. People forget that the residents in the story said they were there by choice.

        • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:07 am #

          100%.

          Written by a guy who was part of the postmodernist clatch.

          Don’t get me wrong, it’s brilliant, both book and movie.

          But we have to keep in mind how appeals to emotions work.

    • Anthea August 5, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

      I lived in Midtown Kansas City in the late 70s and early 80s, in the area known as the Valentine district. Back then, it was a peaceful residential area where you could rent a studio apartment for $100-120 a month (free telephone and all utilities paid). There was a shopping center right outside my back door, and it was only a few steps to the bus line on Broadway.There was very little crime. The Catholic Church, Redemptorist, was unlocked 24/7. If you got the urge to pray a 3:00 am, you could walk right in. There was very little crime. Both the front and back doors of my apartment building were unlocked at all times.

      In the early 80s they opened two halfway houses for the mentally ill in the neighborhood. Suddenly there were people wandering the streets talking to themselves. There began to be incidents at the church–attempted vandalism and disruption of services. The monks who patrolled the church at night starting carrying baseball bats–until the decision was made to keep the church locked, except during services.

      There were other factors that caused the neighborhood to go downhill, but by the end of the 80s, it was no longer a peaceful little enclave for young people of modest means. In the late 80s, I went back to visit a friend who still lived there. There were a group of Mexicans drinking on the front porch, and my friend had to buzz me in, because the front door was always kept locked.

    • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

      Not all mental disorders are organic, and there is a lot of evidence that certain aspects of modern existence and living arrangements contribute to mental illness. So in order to truly address the problem there would need to be a holistic approach. The old institutional system was prone to torture, inhumane experimentation, abuse, and neglect though. That being said it is literally insane that a complex society can’t muster the resources to have a safety net in place for the mentally ill. Though I think another reason for this is that the ruling class appreciates the mentally ill living in the streets. It adds to the societal decay and breakdown they are seeking to achieve.

      • Paula D August 5, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

        Our mental hospital used to be a holistic place, or at least, they had a working farm where the patients could spend time. They produced their own food.

        At some point I guess “funny farms” were considered oppressive, because that stopped.

        And now I think that the mental hospital is under attack because it is situated on top of valuable minerals. If they close it down, what will happen to the people who live there?

        In San Jose, there was a giant mental hospital on First St, right where the tech corporations were building in the 80s and 90s. It is gone now, and corporations have built where it was.

        I don’t know where they put the inmates.

        • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 4:22 pm #

          Of course. Corporations and their cancerous growth are more important apparently. Access to nature is a wonderful thing for anybody and particularly for those who are troubled. And also involving them in hobbies and crafts that they are capable of taking on is critical for overall wellbeing. The full focus should be on reintegration into society for everyone who is able.

          I think patients is a much more humane and appropriate term as opposed to inmates. Likely they were simply released into the streets. The mentally ill make up a very large percentage of today’s homeless population.

          • Ron Anselmo August 5, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

            “Access to nature is a wonderful thing for anybody and particularly for those who are troubled.” ~ SoftStarLight

            Yes SSL – read a book years ago, Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, that touched on, and coined the term, I think, nature deficit disorder. It is a thing – not only for kids, but for all of us.

            Troubled inner-city kids that had rarely seen a green tree or fields of flowers or forests with wildlife, flourished after a few weeks in nature, and their behavioral issues were greatly diminished.

            We should send all these kids to Rulo’s farm. They’ll all come back not only with less anxiety and ADD, but plenty of the farmer’s wisdom besides.

          • Paula D August 6, 2023 at 9:12 am #

            In nursing school I did a psych rotation at the largest mental hospital in CA.

            There was an entire building just for crazy Mexicans. The walls were covered with God’s eyes, including the ceiling of the corridor you walked down to get to the main room.

            That was their craft of choice. I found it creepy.

          • SoftStarLight August 6, 2023 at 9:20 pm #

            I think that is a great idea Ron. Sorta like there are food deserts there are outdoors experience deserts too. Imagine some people never really get outdoors. They likely don’t realize that not getting outdoors is a negative factor for their health. Others do but perhaps there is really nothing they can do about it.

          • SoftStarLight August 6, 2023 at 9:23 pm #

            It’s a very beautiful symbol though, Paula. Why did you find it creepy?

        • benr August 7, 2023 at 9:32 am #

          Tey turned them loose upon we the people.
          You see them pissing and shitting on the streets.
          Shooting up in the alleys and yelling at streetlights.

      • Islander August 5, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

        Caring for the mentally ill has always been a huge challenge. Taking care of them on a daily basis is so frustrating and unpleasant for caregivers and family members that very few people want to do this work. And, it often just seems hopeless.

        In London I rented a room in a large flat from a woman who had two daughters; the younger one was diagnosed schizophrenic. The mother tried to keep her at home as much as possible—not institutionalize her. When she was home, it was up and down every day. She had to be on medication to even out her mood swings, screaming, etc., but the meds gave her the shakes. She knew she was ill. It was heart-breaking, seeing the mother end elder daughter trying to deal with the younger one. Eventually the younger daughter did end up throwing herself out a window. The mother and the sister were of course scarred for life.

        • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

          That’s terrible. Yeah schizophrenia can be especially scary. My previous neighbor had schizophrenia and was on mood stabilizers too. That is, when he would actually take his medication. He has since moved to be much closer to family. He was getting increasingly unstable and into car accidents and was not able to hold a job anymore. Very sad for sure.

  62. Islander August 5, 2023 at 9:12 am #

    Glenn Greenwald recently interviewed Larry Sanger, one of the original founders (or editors?) of Wikipedia.

    The Gateway Pundit uses a Wikipedia page on “The Biden-Ukraine conspiracy Theory” as an illustration of how far Wiki has fallen:

    httpX://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/08/wikipedia-founder-larry-sanger-glenn-greenwald-cia-fbi/

    Seems relevant to this week’s events

    The whole interview is also embedded at the Gateway Pundit. I viewed an excerpt, at Martin Armstrong’s website, but will watch the whole thing here later.

    Of course it has been known for a long time that Wiki has been heavily politicized, and I have borne this in mind when using it for general info and fact-checking.

    But I was still pretty surprised at the 180-to-reality Biden-Ukraine account (normally it would not have occurred to me to look for info on this subject at Wiki).

    So, I wonder whether there is a “line” —official or unofficial—between the politicized and propaganda-ized and the “general”—such as, say, the details of Beethoven’s life.

    .

    • Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 9:38 am #

      Wasn’t Mr. Kunstler listed as a conspiracy theorist on that site?

      • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:08 am #

        His bio says he’s a conspiracy theorist, yes.

    • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:10 am #

      This is a huge story. Helen of Destroy also covered it. Of course the mainstream media won’t touch it.

      So now we know for a fact that the deep state infiltrated Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and Google. They used covert propaganda tactics, which were made to be legal in 2008 but effective in 2012 (so they jumped the gun and started it before it was actually legal).

      No doubt nothing will be done about it. As per usual.

    • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

      Wikipedia is another tool of the CIA, FBI, etc.

    • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

      We are so thoroughly saturated by propaganda, subtle and otherwise, that we for the most part have little conscious awareness of how deeply it is woven into the fabric of our lives, potentially now down to the DNA level. There are Those who have been overseeing this effort in earnest going back to a minimum, since the 1920s. Finessing it, as it were.

      The ongoing quest for domination, the ultimate expression of power by subjugation. How much sweeter is it for Them to be accomplishing it so successfully by covert means here at home, in “the Land of the Free?”
      They’ve relieved the majority of their power to think things through.

      It’s now that everybody of a given tribe—Democrats especially, as of late, “knows,” and are supremely confident that ‘theirs’ is the truth. It begins at the base ofone’s own deepest sense of self-identification. That’s where we “stand our ground,” never noting the quicksand that is creeping up to our necks.

      And they’ve got you the first time you recite without perspective for how many hundreds if not thousands of times—“I pledge allegiance to the flag…”
      Just by bringing this up it will evoke angry thoughts in some, that same “stand your ground” of self-identification against anyone daring to step out of line. We are not allowed to question it
      Yet one look at the famous picture of the pre-war German guy standing with arms folded while all around him the ‘Good Germans’ are “Sieg Heiling” Adolf, well, that’s a good guy, a brave guy, a “one of us” guy in our inflated (propaganda inculcated) sense of being the ultimate do-gooders of the world even as our homegrown industrialists mass-murder and mutilate millions in “the name of…”

      There are many, the majority of those alive today, who know not that the “Seig Heil” salute was used before Hitler by United States’ schoolchildren reciting… “The Pledge of Allegiance.”
      It seems to have fallen out of favor over the years.

      • Islander August 5, 2023 at 6:03 pm #

        RE “Yet one look at the famous picture of the pre-war German guy standing with arms folded while all around him the ‘Good Germans’ are “Sieg Heiling” Adolf, well, that’s a good guy, a brave guy, a “one of us” guy in our inflated (propaganda inculcated) sense of being the ultimate do-gooders of the world even as our homegrown industrialists mass-murder and mutilate millions in “the name of…””

        Are you saying that the fellow who refused to do the Sieg Heil was also just a chump-, because of how his act has been propaganda-ized by later generations?

        If that is what you are saying, I don’t agree with this at all.

        Only the actor knows the meaning of his act.

        • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 7:52 pm #

          No. I’m not saying that. And he did not come to a happy ending.

          I’m saying those “Good Germans” are our own GGs today, the go-alongs to get-alongs. Independent thought as a death sentence.

        • Paula D August 6, 2023 at 9:20 am #

          He’s saying that most Americans identify with that guy, not the thousands around him.

          “Yeah, that’s me! I would totally not sieg heil Hitler.”

          “Slava Ukraine!”

  63. Beryl of Oyl August 5, 2023 at 9:45 am #

    Speaking of freight, I did not know yesterday that there had been a train derailment in my part of the state earlier that morning.

    https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/freight-train-derails-montgomery-county-18278942.php

    There was one in NYC the day before.

    Is there a typical number of train derailments each year, and are we exceeding it?

    It must be the climate.

    • stelmosfire August 5, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

      It’s the weather not the climate. High temps can definitely affect train tracks. They try to work around it but it happens. Same with bridges. They expand and shrink quite a bit. Here’s a pic of warped tracks from the heat in 1978 NJ

      httpx://scpr.brightspotcdn.com/dims4/default/c658b31/2147483647/strip/true/crop/730×1044+0+0/resize/1460×2088!/format/webp/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fscpr-brightspot.s3.amazonaws.com%2Flegacy%2Fi%2F3ddfc2fee320b7cd6dbc6333f23ada69%2F5d83ff7ac92b3500089d10af-eight.jpg

      • stelmosfire August 5, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

        Well that doesn’t work!

    • elysianfield August 5, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

      Beryl,
      I heard three a day is average.

  64. mitchellc August 5, 2023 at 10:35 am #

    Some are beginning to clue into the big picture:

    —–

    simplicius76.substack.com

    With all the discussion of the ‘re-industrialization’ of the EU with regard to any future pushback against Russia, how much does this rely upon access to Russian fossil fuels?

    I think it relies on it a lot given that the world financial system is in a very precarious state right now. If it was any other era, they might be able to pull it off by simply racking up the debt as usual. But they’ve ‘kicked the can down the road’ for so long now, the system is unraveling and so they can’t really continue to soak up the hugely disproportionate prices of having to use much more expensive energy, while inflation is sky high and their economies are in turmoil.

    The part that most people miss though is the fact that, ultimately, it doesn’t much matter. Meaning, with or without Russian fossil fuels, the global economic situation was already heading toward a collapse. It’s been that way since 2008, and they had been desperately shoring up the situation with massive “quantitative easing” and creating an unprecedented culture war as a distraction by introducing the radical LGBT/Transgender movements. These movements came precisely at the moment that the Occupy Wallstreet movement in the U.S. began to spur similar mirror movements in Europe.

    The people were finally rising up against the banks and financial system so they had to create something to distract everyone. Then, as the system was again ready to collapse, they created the Covid fraud pandemic to shore it up one last time, which allowed them to slide in another stealth $4-5 trillion into the system to urgently keep it going.

    The other biggest factor is that the West began to decouple from China as a way to try to slow China down from completely surpassing them. Trump accelerated it and began a trade war of both sides launching various tariffs and bans on each other’s goods which had the opposite effect and began to crack the system as the West relied on a lot of cheap Chinese parts, resources, etc.

    Ultimately, the Russian energy issue is just the final cherry on top to a systemic issue that had already doomed the West. But the problems are so deeply rooted, they go way beyond any of these surface issues. For instance, the biggest problem of all is demographic. It’s the reason that Europe has been importing migrants so rabidly for a while now, because their shrinking workforce lacks the personnel to expand as globalism and liberalism have together destroyed Western civilization by completely uprooting the foundations on which families, children, etc., can exist.

    These problems run so deep that no amount of Russian energy can ‘re-industrialize’ Europe—it’s completely doomed by the virus of globalism/liberalism. There is no way to reverse that without the EU first being broken apart, Westphalian sovereignty restored to each state, and a new class of nationalist/populist leaders like Orban taking charge of every single European country then changing all the laws to immediately curtail the virus of globalism/liberalism in the way that Putin has done; which include things like making all foreign NGOs register as foreign agents and be subject to complete oversight, audit, inspection or be booted from the country entirely; laws on banning the most virulent of the propaganda like radical LGBT movements and things of that nature. Only that can restore traditionalism and begin to make people even want to have families again, let alone worry about fossil fuels.

    But very few of the above has much chance of happening any time soon so Europe will continue de-industrializing.

    As a last note, the other big aspect is the natural resources, precious metals, rare earths, etc., in addition to the fossil fuels. This war is heating up now even more so, apropos the Nigerien situation, China’s new bans on selling rare earths critical for much of Western industries, etc. Things will likely only continue getting worse for Europe. However, as Alex Krainer wrote in his recent piece, which I discussed in my last report, the EU can potentially face disintegration in the wake of a ‘shocking’ and decisive Russian victory in Ukraine. Such a turn of events could eventually precipitate into a situation I outlined above, where a new sort of anti-EU/US movement begins to slowly take over each country, leading to a new wave and era of sovereignty, economic autarky, anti-globalism, etc. But the shockwaves of such a thing would take time to ripple through and we likely wouldn’t see noticeable results until the 2030s

    • jim August 5, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

      Mitchellc:

      It is true that our financial system is in a precarious state, but what specifically makes you think that our Federal Reserve has run out of policy options that might thwart such a collapse?

      I am continually amazed at how the Fed, especially over the past few decades, has leveraged its position to secure and increase its institutional power.

      To my mind, its present strategy of governing our economy through such things as interbank money markets (repo markets, for example) makes your call of imminent financial collapse less likely, but I am open to persuasion.

      • TPTB-USA August 6, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

        “… but what specifically makes you think that our Federal Reserve has run out of policy options that might thwart such a collapse?” ~ Jim

        One could argue that a CBDC is a policy option that might thwart such a collapse, but it remains to be seen if it can be successfully implemented.

        • jim August 6, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

          To me, it seems more likely that the CBDC policy option would help finalize the likelihood of a highly centralized digital totalitarianism.

          Will explain in more detail if interested.

          • TPTB-USA August 6, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

            If successful, then I can see your scenario in the hands of Xi, but if the BRICS are not involved, then the BRICS will game the system and pick their pocket.

            Sure, I’m interested in your thoughts on how this will play-out.

    • Paula D August 5, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

      The problem with deindustrialization is lack of babies who become workers?

      And yet, the first massive wave of industrialization was with much lower populations. There were 1 billion humans on the planet in 1800, and far fewer in the countries that then industrialized, in Europe and the USA.

      The 8 billion on the planet now are here because of fossil fuels. It is criminal to push for more and more humans as the fossil fuels run out. Europe and the US are not going to reindustrialize. They don’t have the material resources or the actual competent human resources. Bringing in illiterate peasants to countries without resources is not going to magically produce factories.

      These people pushing for more population just want to watch as 8 billion people starve to death in the cold.

    • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

      It seems like the ideal situation would be deindustrialization with some tech because convenience in some things is not evil. Declining populations are a welcome phenomenon as near as I can tell. So many humans really do just behave like walking apes and its gross and tiresome. Its also worth considering that humans as a species aka homo sapiens sapiens have simply exited the colonization phase and is in recession now until if lucky it achieves balance again with the biosphere.

    • Islander August 5, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

      I must read Krainer’s latest. I am a big fan.

      Meanwhile, a footnote re creation of middle-class families:

      httpX://dailysceptic.org/2023/08/03/car-seats-as-contraception/

      It might seem silly, but when you think about it, and the draconian laws now in place about how children are allowed to ride in cars, it doesn’t seem far-fetched at all!

      In my youth, and I bet, yours, we rode any old way—no car seats. My mother had an older Chevy convertible, and we all loved to ride sitting up on top of the back seat—basically, on the trunk— with our feet on the seat. We also loved to prop the trunk cover open and crowd into the trunk. About four could fit in. Especially fun on rainy days!! Of course there were only country roads where we lived, no highways.

  65. MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 10:49 am #

    The Woke Jacobins never let go of the reins, until forced:

    Tepid virus panic and tired mask advice return to American media as the CDC prepares to recommend annual Covid vaccinations for no reason

    “It will never stop.

    Addicen Bauer, a literal college student who knows nothing yet somehow is permitted to write for the wretched online news magazine Slate, wants you to to be worried that “COVID Hospitalizations are Going Up” and asks if the country is “in a surge.”

    Under the panic headline we find that not much of anything is happening. In fact there is no “surge”. Infections are trending slightly upwards. Hospitalisations have increased in some regions from very low to merely rather low.

    Nevertheless, Bauer is concerned:

    [E]ven a small increase in cases and hospitalizations means more people have the disease, which isn’t great. [Random medical journalist who will say anything Céline] Gounder and [Boston physician Jeremy] Faust [who “diagnosed a few more patients with COVID than usual so far this week”] both noted that elderly people and immunocompromised people have been at increased risk of hospitalization throughout the pandemic, and that remains true.”

    https://www.eugyppius.com/p/tepid-virus-panic-and-tired-mask

    Since March 2020, whenever there was a report that “surges” were going on, I would head over to my trusty hospital capacity link and check how many so-called “covid” beds were taken up. It was never many. People walked in and videoed empty lobbies in hospitals where it was reported they were overflowing with sick people, only to be chased out by security guards and yelled at by staff (who were tired after their weekly dance ‘n’ virtue signal choreography sessions).

    But they’re gonna continue to double-down on the delusion – because there are still a small number of authoritarian-minded simps who crave the sense of security it gives them. To hell with the rest of society, which continued on as it does, without any sign at all of rampant illness, aside from what the vaccines caused.

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    • malthuss August 5, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

      if one thing doesnt grab [and hold] us another will..climate lockdowns.

      • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

        Yes, I’m guessing they try with the plandemic 2.0 thing, and when people are fighting over that, they introduce the climate lockdowns, sort of meld the 2 as an issue (covid/disease in general, safety, lol).

        • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

          War is a gift to those who wish to stay in power. They could release perhaps a different and more potent bioweapon and claim that it was a Russian or Chinese attack. Probably a much larger percentage of the population would buy into that at the moment as opposed to climate lockdown.

    • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

      “Addicen,” ffs. What every AI/bot wants for their offspring, a distinctive update on an old handle. Cold as an LOX stainless steel tank. A real standout in a crowd.
      Mummy L7*# and Daddy MX6*3 must be so proud.

      • MaryQueen August 5, 2023 at 5:39 pm #

        I was just thinking about how that fucked up generation has to make everything as difficult for others as humanly possible, like they get off on it. People have to try to figure out their gender and better not get it wrong! People can’t spell their names, because they spell them in some fucked up way, but it’s on us to somehow telepathically know that.

        I get that they’ve been indoctrinated and programmed so most of that is not their fault (the name is most likely their parents’) but they are still annoying AF.

        • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 7:55 pm #

          It sounds more like a latest offering from Pfizer, no?

  66. mitchellc August 5, 2023 at 10:57 am #

    More people are beginning to grasp the macro view. So many seemed to be stuck in discrete events the steal, the plandemic, woke/green cultural suicide, etc without tying the threads together.

    Gaius Baltar’s Substack

    It is becoming increasingly clear to more and more people in the West that something has gone terribly wrong with the Ukraine project. Predictions and projections didn’t pan out and the West doesn’t seem to know what to do. The Russian economy wasn’t a house of cards as predicted, Russian weapons weren’t inferior as predicted, Russian soldiers and commanders weren’t incompetent as predicted, and Russian technology wasn’t inferior as predicted.

    In some respects the Russians even seem to be superior to the West. Their weapons are effective and in many cases outright technologically superior, as clearly demonstrated by their hypersonic missiles, SAM systems and electronic warfare systems. Their economy appears to be surprisingly advanced and diversified and based on real wealth creation rather than financialization and debt like the West’s. Their strategic and tactical thinking also seems to work, while the West‘s clearly doesn‘t.

    The whole mess is often explained as a result of a miscalculation by the western elites – they underestimated Russia and overestimated the West. The situation, however, is far worse than that. Every day that passes reveals the impotence of the West more and more and the situation is becoming outright humiliating. At this point the rest of the world either shakes their heads or simply laughs at the West and its politicians and diplomats – not to mention its crazed populations.

    … continued

    • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

      Hubris. Conceit. And I keep coming back to the wrought extinction of critical thinking.

  67. Cavepainter August 5, 2023 at 11:18 am #

    Regards the upstream remarks on criminality/insanity, I’ll site points emphasized during a 1957 three-day seminar I attended at a military base. Topic was what would be the military’s role in restoring civic order following a limited nuclear exchange. Emphasis was placed upon managing the +30% “Pirate” propensity — within any demographic — having no “on-board” impulse control absent of peer and/or “agency” enforced behavioral standards. Well, those controls certainly aren’t in place today and so what we’re seeing is…………..surprise!

    • elysianfield August 5, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

      Cave,
      Controls may not be in place, but the remedies given in 1957 still apply, I would expect.

      • Cavepainter August 5, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

        The expectation was that marauding groups (“pirates” was actually the reference term) would emerge while society’s “civil population” would lag in coming to terms with necessity to organize autonomously — “vigilantism” if you will. Meanwhile, military installations would immediately set-up 200-yard free fire zone so as to not be overwhelmed by the civilian population seeking refuge from lack of supplies and marauding pirate groups.

        Regaining civil control would be a slow process starting with armed convoy forays from the secured military installations, led by huge snow-ploy like vehicles for “plowing” aside roadways jammed by autos left “on-empty” with owners (family in tow) obstructing traffic trying to beg rides away from the building horror of no supplies and pirates raping and pillaging. Well, look at the inner cities, we’ve arrived without the nuclear exchange. PROGRESS!

        • elysianfield August 5, 2023 at 6:09 pm #

          Cave,
          I knew a “whiff of grape” was integral to the solution….

          • Cavepainter August 5, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

            Ah yes, Nepoleon’s remedy.

        • Islander August 6, 2023 at 10:27 am #

          ” while society’s “civil population” would lag in coming to terms with necessity to organize autonomously — “vigilantism” if you will. ”

          This is a big assumption, seems to me.

          I consider it a mark of US society that people actually are pretty able to organize autonomously and are willing to do so.

          The govt might be the one tryinng to put down and eliminate “autonomous” organization” (i.e., independent thought, decision making, and execution) in order to achieve complete command and control .

          Anyone not bowing down to the military will be considered “pirates.” Kind of like the rebellious Native Americans out West in the 19th C. After their villages and crops had been destroyed they had no choice but to cluster around “forts” for handouts of food and blankets.

          • Cavepainter August 6, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

            Yeah, that narrative has been messaged into general acceptance, amped up in recent decades so that “victimhood” privilege/entitlement can be cashed in on by more “identity” groups.

            Before Europeans arrived on this continent the
            “natives” were perpetually slaughtering one another just as they came to do with immigrant populations. Read the accounts of Cabeza de Vacca, then follow with contemporaries of James Finnimore Cooper.

          • Islander August 7, 2023 at 7:27 am #

            Cave,

            What you say is true.

            However, one “fact” does not negate another.

            It is also true that the MO of the US Army in the West was to destroy Indian villages and crops and thus the Indians’ means of sustenance. As I explained in my prev. comment.

      • BackRowHeckler August 5, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

        In 1957 the US was still relatively an uncrowded, law abiding country; towns were full of WW2 & Korea vets who knew how to deal with adversity. Also, this was before the 1965 immigration act. The US was 90% white … social cohesiveness still existed.

        • messianicdruid August 6, 2023 at 11:09 am #

          Yes, a land of unwalled villages.

  68. mitchellc August 5, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

    Comment from sonar21. I’ve got to say, more people seem to be figuring it out.

    These are the goals and strategies I’ve been suggesting should be granted at least grudging respect. Elite thinkers saw the problem and developed a solution.

    Is it their fault the sheep didn’t develop their own plans?

    Good points but if I have one criticism of the essay it would be that the term globalists is not mentioned and the WEF only once. Perhaps the incompetence is over emphasized and the relationship to ideologically of the WEF and psyops pressure by the MSM is not emphasized enough. Remember the scariest goal of the WEF is for depopulating the earth by 85% announced in their first Agenda 21 Web site.

    This threat is real and THEY refer to it as the great RESET. The timing, however, is not an accident and coincides with the failures of free press MSM, the first WEF broadside of Covid and the early signs of financial failures.

    For the WEF, the policies are seen and can be described as “Success is Failure, and Failure is success”. Their goals are incompetent but the process is planned.

    And yes, while the preparation for this movement likely goes back to the Club of Rome (save the planet, the greening of the world) of the 1960s, the preparation for this has morphed into a political movement of corrupted science.

    The training of prospective world leaders in a globalist course was the foundation for the 5th column approach to infiltrating the political machinery of the West. The U.N., of course, is also compromised (the 2030 Plan).

    These elitist creatures hope to have most of the vandalism done by 2030 and we see some of this damage extensive already: attack on agriculture, economies (deindustrialisation), energy (global warming) and immigration (open borders to destroy cultural identities), monetary change (CBDC) and to a lesser extent attacking Russia. Recall that Russia and China have rejected globalism as have most of the global south (BRICS).

    So what is becoming the reality is the formation of an East Bloc vs the West Bloc where in the East (BRICS) countries embrace nationalism and economic growth and in the West deindustrialisation and a unipolar position that encourages decline rather than competition of the multipolar relationships.

    Now the reality is that we in the West have WEF controlled governments that are attacking their own countries and degrading them for the elitist class. And I know this worldview is going to be a hard sell to many thinking people but the threat is real; this is programmed incompetence with the goals I have outlined very briefly here.

    Think political movement and coup d’etat of many Western governments. Biden’s election, in other words, was a coup of a corrupted election and an additional one given he is also a globalist. The Democratic Party IS the party of globalists. Also consider that there may also be a globalist presence in the Republicans or other opposition parties in other captured countries.

    • jim August 5, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

      Mitchellc:

      Is it a fact that “we in the West have WEF controlled governments that are attacking their own countries and degrading them for the elitist class.”

      I think the origins/foundation of this elitist class need to be spelled out more specifically and, from your perspective, the pathways of specific nation-state infiltration.

      I do believe there is a unity but, from my perspective, it seems to be based not so much on an explicit world-wide network of actors specifically working together but instead a unity formed out of a conformity to a narrative–maybe more like a swarm intelligence–rather than some kind of WEF top-down control.

      Such networks seem to be, from my perspective, emerging out of particular historic domestic economic/political developments that may be hardening into one-party states — maybe like the U.S. gradually converging through its surveillance management regime with parallel-like developments in a country like China.

    • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

      Yes. There will always be a ruling class. Just that ours sucks. Ideally they would be replaced in totality with all of the supporting institutions too. I like the hyper nationalism but not per se the focus on economic growth. Or at least not conventional economic growth. Because that is what has led to a lot of today’s problems.

    • DaveO907 August 5, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

      I’ve watched Larry (sonar21) claim with a straight face that he didn’t know of any “bad” CIA agents or policies when he was ‘in’ there. He can come across as “Aw, shucks” and does—quite effectively.
      I have little trust remaining for anyone with a platform. Lots of squint eye in reserve for these times, the Psy-Op Age.

    • TPTB-USA August 6, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

      “So what is becoming the reality is the formation of an East Bloc vs the West Bloc where in the East (BRICS) countries embrace nationalism and economic growth and in the West deindustrialisation and a unipolar position that encourages decline rather than competition of the multipolar relationships.” ~ mitchellc

      Schwab proclaims that “all nations must participate”, so does this guarantee WWIII?

      Is Ukraine a trial run to see if the 2030 agenda has the muscle to force participation?

      The Russian Ruble isn’t looking so good these days. Does anyone have a read on these tea leaves?

  69. Jarek August 5, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

    sovereignwales.com

    The indoctrination of political correctness has been so pervasive that it has brainwashed many into dismissing their own countries as parochial annoyances that should be destroyed in favour of a globalist borderless new world order of regions – a horrible hybrid of Orwellianism and a Brave New World.

    But how can an indoctrinated global citizen or ‘internationalist’ truly love the world and all its diversity of people if he or she can’t even acknowledge or respect the right of their own country to exist? It tends to be true that it’s people who have love or respect for their own country that are the people who make the best global citizens in its truest sense. Because these individuals can understand and respect true diversity, and know that the differences and idiosyncrasies of the differing nations on earth should be celebrated not treated with scorn and dismissal in favour of enforced globalist uniformity.

    As German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder – an inspiration to the renowned Austrian and honory Welshman writer Leoplold Kohr of ‘small is beautiful’ fame, wrote:

    “The deluged heart of the idle cosmopolite is a hut for no-one.”

    But perhaps this is the really important crux of the matter: Sovereignty. Sovereignty, accountability and democracy. Speaking as a Welsh Briton who believes in the fundamental right of countries to be fully fledged sovereign states in the world, it should be obvious by now that the failed EU project is about eroding and destroying the sovereignty of nations rather than protecting them.

    I’m proud of my country of Wales. I’m proud to be from a spirited country that isn’t afraid to fight for its right to exist in a world of diverse, beautifully different nations on earth.

    My patriotism is not based on hate of any other country or people, narrow mindedness or isolationism. It’s based on love of my own country and on the rational concept of the fundamental right of nations to sovereignty on planet earth – a thought crime for the current self appointed liberal elite.

    Those that genuinely love Europe and cherish its remarkable cultural richness and diversity know that those are the very qualities that the elites of the crumbling EU superstate want to weaken and eventually destroy if they get their way. And mass unfettered migration is only one way that they will attempt to do it. The people of Europe are realising that they have been cheated by the elites of their countries and have to start holding them to account and shining a light on all their lies.

    Jarek: I read Kohr many years ago. I assume he was an inspiration to the more popular, Schumacher and his book, Small is Beautiful, but I’ve forgotten the exact relationship. Whatever the provenance, the Truth remains.

    • BackRowHeckler August 5, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

      Just yesterday we heard immigration news from Wales. I don’t have the details; it seems the govt in London took over an historic, beloved local hotel, kicked out all the Welsh vacationers, and moved in illegal African immigrants. Yes, there were protests, but I doubt if Police in the UK would treat Welsh protesters as gingerly as they treat Just Stop Oil protesters in London. In fact the article I read suggested that these Welsh could possibly be charged with Hate Crimes.

      • Islander August 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

        BRH: That is disgusting!

        Especially since housing (and second homes) in Wales is already a very hot and politicized subject. See, e.g.,

        httpX://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v45/n15/owen-bennett-jones/anti-anglicisation

        I “anglicization” is a problem, how about “somalization”?

    • SoftStarLight August 5, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

      Yes the globalist project and mentality is truly anti-diversity. I’ve never really understood why isolationism has such negative connotations for so many. Or why people feel the need to defend themselves against the perception that they hold isolationist views.

    • Jarek August 6, 2023 at 1:42 am #

      It’s a false narrative in any case, at least for the most part. There has been international trade between NATIONS for millennia. We don’t have to cease to exist to be in relation and interact. Indeed, how can we be in relation if we don’t exist any more?

      But with such simple ruses they have deceived the world. Even Trump got confused and said, I’m a Nationalist and an Internationalist. All because he believes in international trade – you know, like everyone else?

      People don’t like to think. Thus those that do and can, run rings around them and ultimately enslave them.

      Old Japan was isolationist, at least to some degree. North Korea is made out to be so, but they trade a lot with China at least. It’s rare in modern states. But it’s great to not be dependent on trade. We were blessed to have everything we needed here but of course, that didn’t satisfy us and people wanted cheaper labor elsewhere.

      I’d say trade for luxuries but aim for self sufficiency if possible.

      • messianicdruid August 6, 2023 at 10:33 am #

        Trade with your enemies, give gifts to your friends. If you have neither you are self-sufficient.