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Message found in fortune cookie from Panda Take-out reminds us: “The dildo of consequence is seldom lubricated.” Please apply this ancient wisdom to “Joe Biden’s” sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 natgas pipelines. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spun the deed as a “tremendous opportunity” to reduce fuel use in Euroland, and shift its prior dependence on affordable Russian energy to ruinously-priced American liquid natural gas (LNG) — a supposed boon to US producers. Lucky us and them!

Let’s get a few technical matters straight about natgas. Gas pipelines allow for cheap gas, without costly intervening shipping procedures. Flows are continuous from producer to customer. LNG requires compression of the gas at super-cold temperatures and costly-to-build LNG tanker ships to keep that gas cold and compressed in transit. Each tanker can carry only so-much gas and the flow is not continuous. At each end of the energy-losing journey there is a costly LNG terminal to load and unload the gas. Bottom line: Euroland customers can’t afford US LNG, though for now they’ll be getting it good and hard to struggle through the first winter of a permanent depression that will feel more like the forecourt of a new dark age. Also bear in mind that American shale gas is a finite resource; that we need plenty of it ourselves; and that the earliest-developed US shale gas fields are crapping out one-by-one.

Secretary Blinken pretends that Europe’s deadly predicament will segue crisply into a new “green renewable” disposition of things as well as a stable-and-balanced new cold war between US-led NATO and Russia, like the 1950s. Secretary Blinken is, of course, completely insane. Germany’s industry will now collapse, the Euro currency will collapse with it, and the exchange rate with the dollars Euroland needs to buy in order to purchase US LNG will bankrupt them further. It will also probably blow up the European Union, which is chiefly a trade scaffold. With industrial production sinking, trade sinks too, and the flimsy cooperative arrangements between nations turn into a desperate competition as each nation of Euroland struggles to stay alive.

Let’s not forget the reason that “Joe Biden” blew up the Nord Streams: to foreclose any chance of Germany wriggling out of US sanctions against Russia. Just prior to the Nord Stream strike, protests were rising in several German cities, the common folk already chafing under the Russian gas delivery shut-down and soaring price of desperately-needed gas. If the US stood by while Germany made a separate peace with Russia, how would that affect the NATO countries’ commitment to the US-provoked conflict between Ukraine and Russia? How much cash support would Euroland continue to dish out to Mr. Zelenskyy’s sketchy money-laundering operation?

What no government official can acknowledge — even among the Euroland victim nations of this awesome stupidity — is that the US demolition of the Nord Streams was an act-of-war against our own allies. By the way, the blogger who styles himself as “Monkey Werx,” notable for tracking the world-wide military flight movements, presents a comprehensive play-by-play of just exactly how the mission was accomplished. I’ll summarize but you can read his full report (click here) for yourself.

MW reports that overnight on the 26th of September, a Navy P8 Poseidon submarine-hunter jet flew out of the US to the Baltic. It did not land in the UK to refuel — thus avoiding any tracking complications — but rather rendezvoused over Grudziadz, Poland, with a US mid-air refueling plane, which it hooked up with for more than an hour. The P8 was equipped with Mk54 air-launched torpedoes. After un-docking from the refueler, the P8 followed a route west along the Nord Stream pipelines, descended to bomb-run altitude, and dropped its weapons. Kaboom. Then, fully refueled, the P8 flew directly back to the USA. Days later, when confronted at the UN by Russia with a yes-or-no question as to US responsibility for the Nord Stream caper, the US representatives refused to answer one way or another. Cute.

So, the questions loom: How many more days before Germany and the rest of Euroland begin to apprehend how they have been hosed by America into an economic collapse scenario? (How many days before a team of competent professionals hunts down Klaus Schwab and his colleagues somewhere in Switzerland?) When will the Eurofolk turn on their idiot government leaders and flush them out of office? When will all (except for psychotic Poland) bail out of the USA’s Ukraine crusade? I will tell you: this will all begin pretty darn soon. And if so, that will be the end of the NATO alliance.

Meanwhile, the US-led propaganda campaign has Russia utterly on-the-ropes against a raging and triumphant Ukraine army. Nothing could be further from the truth. Russia made a few tactical retreats the past month in preparation for a final systematic and methodical mopping-up of the remaining Ukraine army. Russia is bringing in Iskander hypersonic missiles, not necessarily nuclear-armed, and will assemble Russian army regulars to replace the mash-up of Donbas militia volunteers who have borne the brunt on the thinly defended line leading to the much talked-about tactical retreat around the Kharkov-Izium-Lyman front. The Russian negotiation table is open for business. Failing to report to it, Ukraine will have to decide what sort of rump state it will become — a merely half-assed agricultural backwater or a fully ass-blown-off failed state.

Meanwhile, Western Europe descends into the cold and dark, with the USA not far behind. What’s up next here in Homeyland? Try a trucking fuel crisis. Kerosene is becoming scarce — there’s none, for instance, at the Hudson Valley’s Albany storage facility. The winter trucking fuel mix is 70-percent diesel and 30-percent kerosene, which is added to lighten the fuel and keep it flowing under freezing weather conditions. This shortage suggests a supply-line collapse for just about everything, but especially food. Doesn’t sound too peachy for Christmastime. “Joe Biden” and Company are destroying the USA at just about every level. Thirty-five days to the midterm election. So, let’s send a few more billion dollars to the sucking chest wound that is Ukraine.


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  1. cowbell81 October 3, 2022 at 9:50 am #

    It has been reported that a Russian nuclear military train has been seen engaged in movement, proving that Putting is using this as a warning to prepare for possible escalation in the war on the Ukraine. Putin is not joking, he will use the nuclear option when he is good and ready. The only issue is that our ending will not have a happy one like in the slapstick comedy of the Cold War days “Spies Like Us” starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.

    The RVSN is a branch of Russia’s armed forces that constitutes a cornerstone of the nation’s nuclear defense and deterrence program, which is the largest and most advanced in the world. (So that that America!) It is made up of dozed of missile regiments who together control thousands of nuclear capable weapons, ICBMs, and are responsible for the maintenance and protection of their launch centers.

    “We’re in a situation in which superiority in resources and conventional weaponry is on the wide of the West,” said Vasily Kashin, a military and political analyst at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. “But Russia’s power is based on its nuclear arsenal.” (So again, take that America!)

    • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 9:57 am #

      And the source that I heard that from also reported that Dopey Joe warned Taiwanese businessmen to get their liquid assets off the island ASAP. The source went on to claim that China is going to move shortly, and that the US is going to put up a little fake resistance but then back off, so goodbye Tiawan.

      Whether any of this is true or not really does not matter as much as the fact that it is out there being said. n the end we will find out what is true, but if my military training had any degree of value, it taught me that the time to take is when those than are supposed to be able to stop you are (brain) dead at the wheel. The only way we could have a weaker leadership would be if we had none at all.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:21 am #

        Maybe none at all would have been better, given the absolute insanity of what’s in the driver’s seat, now!

        • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 11:25 am #

          Kamala doesn’t even know which Korea is on our side (judging by her recent speech). Can you imagine her as “leader of the free world”? LOL or KOL – kackle out loud like a happy chicken.

          • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

            Au contraire mon ami, Kamala was correct in stating that North Korea was her (and Dopey Joe’s) ally. Amazing how honest they are being.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

            But does Kamala know what “ally” means? I doubt it.

          • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

            Can’t argue that. I doubt if she knows what anything means.

          • MaryQueen October 6, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

            She’s a good WEF puppet, that seems to be all the PTB care about.

          • MaryQueen October 6, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

            She’d make a good President Camacho.

        • megabeth October 3, 2022 at 11:41 am #

          My thoughts, exactly.

          And here I was so horrified by the arrogant lawlessness of the Bush administrations. Those people were pikers compared to the Biden gang. I’d rather have no leadership at all, compared to this.

          • Creekwood October 3, 2022 at 7:34 pm #

            There’s only one political party in America. Donkeys and elephants stage elections and take turns at the helm.

      • sonnyL October 3, 2022 at 8:06 pm #

        Did anyone ever imagine we would prefer Hillary Clinton over Beaujangles Biden and the inebriated Kalifornia Kamala? WOW

        I, for one would rather have the lying Arkansas crook than the the aforementioned pair of low hanging raspberries.

        • sonnyL October 3, 2022 at 8:12 pm #

          Seriously, Kunsters last paragraph is frightening… Ive been around a long time, been worried about world politics once or twice, but I think we’re at the brink of catastrophic consequences because of the disrespect of this administration by the rest of the world.
          I hope I’m wrong.

          • homesteader October 4, 2022 at 11:22 pm #

            Good thing Kunstler’s predictions are almost always wrong.

        • MaryQueen October 6, 2022 at 2:49 pm #

          I wouldn’t want either.

    • lizharmon October 3, 2022 at 9:57 am #

      Putin is an ex-spook so I trust him about as far as I can throw him, but that said he has been reserved and disciplined and remarkably consistent as regards the SMO in Ukraine. If Putin is concerned about anything at this particular moment in time, it’s a NATO attack on the 4 recently annexed lands in Ukraine. He has made clear that (a) these are now Russian soil and (b) he will defend them. The insane people are on our side. They will attack and he will defend. I have no doubt. The insane people in the State Department know this too. They’re begging for it. Why, I do not know. If I’m a Euro leader, I’m getting off this sinking ship pronto because the longer I stay in the more likely it becomes that the gallows is my final destination.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 10:57 am #

        I was just thinking about Putin’s trustworthiness, in relation to his speech that hit all the right notes with people like me.

        My first thoughts were, “well he would know just what he needed to say, wouldn’t he?”

        Then I thought of one way we could know that he was actually sincere in holding the line against Western decadence.

        Way back in 2014, when known decadent Westerner Matt Lauer was covering the Sochi Olympics, his network, NBC, was pulling out all the stops in hammering Putin over his “anti-gay proselytizing” law.

        Matt (who was conducting himself as the filthy pig that he is in Sochi), was trying to make it seem as if Putin was calling for all gays to be rounded up and sent to the Gulag, when Putin himself said it was about protecting children.

        We in America are now fighting this battle against the “trans” movement here.

        Putin was smart, he knew what was going on way back then. He means this.

        • Rowdypiglet October 3, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

          We’d be foolish not to take him at his word. He may not be the nicest adult in the world, but he is an adult. He’s not playing a stupid game with stupid prizes, he’s telling us bluntly what he intends to do. We don’t have any reason at all not to believe him.

        • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

          Yeah, Putin spoke to all of us who are disgusted by our current ruling overlords and their repulsive perversions.

          Not hard to figure out how to reach us, for sure. No normal human being could look at the trans agenda and think “That seems fine”.
          Add the “white people are born irredeemably evil” narrative they push and Russia has itself quite a lot of support.

        • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

          Rowdy: The etymology of nice is “fool”. Lookitup.

          Do you think we took this continent by being “nice”? Yes, we’re back to all that. The basics. The stuff few modern people can deal with.

        • kendar667 October 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm #

          It took a while for me to figure out what Putin was saying with the stated goal of de-Nazification for Ukraine, and he wasn’t talking about the Azov Battalion or the other ridiculous “Neo-Nazis” in the area, he was referring to actual Nazi’s, like original gangster stuff. Once I realized what (and who) he was really talking about the entire picture became clear and it literally altered my view of the area and of the conflict. As you alluded to, Putin has found a way to communicate with us directly, and he does it quite frequently. Some would call it propaganda but I see enough of that on a daily basis to recognize it.

          • Katerina October 4, 2022 at 3:16 am #

            Kendar667

            What I cannot understand with these americans is how come that someone like president Bush Sn who was at one time a head of the CIA or FBI or whatever “spook” org, but that never bothered them. Russian President, on the other hand, was ONLY an officer in the KGB, ok, he was a Colonel in Intelligence but he never was the head of that organisation. WHY are we seeing such double standards? “Ooh, we cannot trust him because he was in the KGB!” Are you people normal? Or those double standard’s are getting in the way much?
            What most of you cannot comprehend (brainwashing at work) is that you, americans and Russia have ONE COMMON ENEMY, that has been trying to destroy both countries, with Russia througout it’s many centuries; and briefly succeded in the Russia’s terrible 90s, until Vladimir Putin came on the scene and threw this satanic garbage out of Russia. But with you they have totally succeded, now you are just a dried out husk of a country. This parasite has been feasting on you for quite a while. This is the result.
            Meantime brainwashing you to HATE Russia because they hate it. As I said before, they have TOTAL control of all your mass media and your so-called education. Not to mention all of your political establishment. And your banking. And your military, And your foreign policy. And your very lives. What did you expect? You have allowed for all that to happen to you.
            Now this Cabal (mostly members of the tribe) that totally controls your country is driving this world to Armaggedon – something I am trying to convey to you, americans and to get you to stop your parochial mental affliction and REALISE as to what mortal danger we are all in, all of us in this World! Because of the US of fucking A, and you are allowing it to happen! By sitting there and bitching about that party or this party and NOT SEEING the bigger picture. Why is that?
            Or you rather prefer to deal with something that is familiar and does not require much thinking about? Something easy.
            Let me explain something to those of you who still do not fully understand what is happenning. Here is a brief scenario:
            NATO decides to attack Russia’s newly returned territory, which is what used to be former eastern Ukraine. Well, yes, actually it has always been Russia’s territory that simply has been returned back to Russia, by people’s referendum in these regions. They overwhelmingly voted to go back home! Russia has now got over 5 million people added to Russian population and more that 100 000 sq km. of the most productive land. As for the West’s “acknowledgement” of the fact, here Russia does not give a fuck!
            So, we have an attack launched on Russia, a NATO missiles flying to strike Russia’s territory and it’s people, be it in the former Ukraine or targeting Moskva or St Petersburg or even say, Kaliningrad – guess what will be the response?
            I will briefly outline it for you.
            For a start Russia has an Iron Dome over all it’s territories, in the form of S-400, S-500 and now even S-550. Very efficient at stopping practically everything. West does not have that. Russia has hypersonic missiles that can fly with nine times (or more) faster than a speed of sound (that’s why it’s called hypersonic) and those are also manuvarable at such mind-bogling speeds. In other word -unstoppable. And can be nuclear armed. West does not have that. Russia, in it’s military cababilities is GENERATIONS ahead of the West, including USA, which in comparisson is now a third rate. I know.. you were led to believe something different.. Sorry to dissapoint and probably cause a butt-hurt. Most of the eye-watering military US budgets usually disappear in some very, very deep pockets! You have not much to show for it.
            Do you really want to take on country like that? This is not some “shithole” in Middle East or Asia – this is the country that can bury you. And here how it will happen.
            The response to the NATO attack WILL BE nuclear. Russian President has spelled that out loud and clear, and not just once. It is actually written in Russian nuclear doctrine.
            They have no way of knowing what the missiles that have been launched by NATO are carrying, whether it’s a conventional or a nuclear armed. The assumption will be it’s nuclear, hence will be the immediate response in kind. Russian hypersonic missiles will reach US mainland in just a few short minutes. First to go will be your power infrastructure, followed by communications, military bases, military satelites AND the decision centers, that had ordered the strike on RUSSIA. Hiding in their underground bunkers will not save them. They will be got at. After that Russia will pause and see what will be the imbecils (those that survived) next step. If all out attack is launched on Russia, this is where you people will kiss your arses goodbye. USA will be wiped off the face of the planet. I will ask you again – do you want to take Russia on? I wouldn’t advise that .What you people really need to do is get together with Russia and fight this common enemy shoulder to shoulder, TOGETHER. You cannot do it on your own, Russia is your best ally. President Putin has just declared war on them – he is going for them. Ukraine is JUST THE START! Read his speech of few days ago, on 30th of September. It’s epic. He called them out.
            The madmen that infested your so-called establishment are under bizzare delusion that they are still dealing here with Russia as they knew in the 90s! Broken-up and on it’s knees. Guess what? It’s back to being a superpower once again and this time a truly mighty one. This deranged neocon mentality is the REASON we are on the brink of this armaggedon. Get rid of these delusional imbecilic remnants that well had passed their sell by date – they have driven you to the abyss. You are now on the edge of the cliff, staring down.. Wake the fuck UP! We don’t have much time left. DO something if you do not want to perish. Surely, most of you have families, children, grandchildren – don’t you want them to have a much brighter future? Or have you given up? I hope not. Lots of you are better than that. Those that still have functioning brains and can see things clearly. Get organised and refuse to support this parasitic evil ON EVERY LEVEL!
            THEY have to die. Not you.

          • kendar667 October 4, 2022 at 9:02 am #

            @Katerina,

            What you are seeing in the US, first with the Tea Party movement, and then morphing into MAGA is essentially the growth of a nationalist movement and the rejection of the uniparty globalists, AKA the Satanic Cabal. A certain number of us are waking up and rejecting the gaslighting, but it has been a slow organic process over many years. Think of this like the Matrix where everyone’s entire existence and reality has been captured and managed by the psychos (thanks CIA!) and it takes a certain amount of critical thinking and internal reflection to break through the insanity. Admittedly, as the heat has been turned up and the mask comes off, it is easier to see things for what they are, so the movement is gaining speed, but also it appears that the cabal is running out of time and accelerating plans, so this is a fight to the finish line.

            With so many lies that have been told in the textbooks growing up and all throughout the media 24X7 and the Big Tech censorship, I’m actually not sure which way this will go. It may be that the USA is too far gone and will need some help to break free. Hopefully it won’t come down to the missiles flying but if we can’t get our shit together soon, that may be what happens. We need to figure out who our friends and enemies are quickly before it’s all turned to ash.

          • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 11:52 am #

            Kat: You forgot about the horror of Communism. Who funded it? Or do you think workers with hammers and farmers with pitchforks overthrew the Czar?

            It was funded by the Capitalists. Capitalism/Communism is one system, heads and tails. Communism breaks traditional systems and prepares the ground for the eventual triumph of Capitalism. China was proceeding nicely but they have too much racial and national pride and ended up as National Socialists instead. Russia has ended up as a Fascist state. Just a simple statement of fact. I mean it in its real and original sense, not as a pejorative.

          • benr October 5, 2022 at 9:40 am #

            China was proceeding nicely but they have too much racial and national pride and ended up as National Socialists instead. -jarek

            If China is National Socialist then no thanks keep that nonsense all to yourself.

          • Jarek October 6, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            East Asians always tend to produce powerful, very centralized states, with far less individuality allowed to be expressed. Were they any different under Confucianism or Capitalism? Our National Socialism would be different than theirs.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder October 6, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

          Eff Matt Lauer.

    • Rodulf October 3, 2022 at 10:22 am #

      I don’t know, but I think our conventional weapons lag a bit. Have you noticed we have no F-35’s, flown by transwomen-of-color, over the Ukraine, slugging it out with all those Russian White Supremacists?

      • benr October 3, 2022 at 10:34 am #

        That is not the role of the 35 that is the role of 15, 16, 18 and 22.

        • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:39 am #

          There is much technology in the 35 that the MIC does not want in Russian hands.

          • benr October 3, 2022 at 10:43 am #

            Yes, they are amazing aircraft.
            Even the paint job is super-secret squirrel stuff.

          • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 10:47 am #

            There is much technology in the 35 that the Russians don’t want in Russian hands. Better off in a smoking hole.

          • Bilejones October 3, 2022 at 2:35 pm #

            No other country has developed semi-submersible fighter jets.
            I’m sure they’re all clamoring for them.

        • Rodulf October 3, 2022 at 11:38 am #

          It most certainly IS the role (or, one of the roles) that we were told the F-35 Flying Batshit was to perform. “Multi mission”…ground attack, air superiority…

          • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

            Yes, it can do it all! It is the Swiss Army knife of planes.

            As long as it isn’t raining.

      • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

        We learned last year that ‘Maternity Flight Suits’ are standard issue in the USAF & USN. Pregnant women are chomping at the bit in anticipation of air combat with Russian fighters in the skies over Ukraine.

      • Katerina October 4, 2022 at 2:26 pm #

        kendar667

        You have just confirmed to me that there are Americans that are totally switched on, aware, knowledgeable and astute. Thank you.

        Commenting on your last sentence – USA does not have any friends, what it has is vassals, which are so very cutely called “allies”. In reality, these “allies” are to follow dictat and toe the line. Euromorons are now discovering hard way what it is to be an american ally; in the words of Henry Kissinger – “to be it’s enemy is dangerous, to be it’s friend is fatal”.
        But it has plenty of enemies. Most americans have no idea just how much their USA is hated and despised around the world. The murderous criminality combined with rapacious greed tends to do that. And this has been displayed to the world over the last few decades, with millions killed, maimed, many more displaced as their homes, villages, towns and cities are raised to the ground. Serbia, Afganistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria.. this is just in the last couple of decades. This is what they themselves like to call ” american democracy”! Someone has to stop this madness and this satanic evil from inflicting any more ugliness and pain on this our beautiful planet.
        Well, new sheriff is in town..

      • JackStraw October 4, 2022 at 5:11 pm #

        The F35 was repeatedly waxed by an F16. Not exactly magical air superiority.

        • benr October 4, 2022 at 7:58 pm #

          Vaporware assessment showing exactly how little you know.
          Do keep pretending.

          • benr October 4, 2022 at 8:01 pm #

            Remember the ‘F-16 Killed an F-35’ Report Years Ago? It Was Wrong.
            Know this: The F-35 stealth fighter jet has superior technology that makes it highly unlikely it will ever be involved in a dogfight.

            by Kris Osborn
            More than five years ago, reports emerged citing Edwards Air Force Base Tests results of experiments in which F-16 Fighting Falcons were placed in air-to-air combat against F-35 stealth jets to assess the ability of a fifth-generation fighter jet dogfight.
            Various news reports said results showed an F-16 jet actually “out-performed” an F-35 in a dogfight. The reports inspired a large amount of discussion about the F-35 stealth fighter jet. However, key contextual elements of the discussion were often excluded in these reports. An Air Force pilot who was there at the time of the dogfight says that despite the results, the F-35 fighter jet would not be out-performed by an F-16 Fighting Falcon. After all, an F-35 jet can dogfight but it might not need to very often given the range, accuracy and fidelity of its sensors and onboard computer processing system.

            The F-16 vs. F-35 Narrative Is Wrong: We Have Proof

            “I was at Edwards Air Force Base when the test pilots were there and they were writing that original report. It’s been the narrative ever since and I want to say a few things about that. . . . First of all, it should be noted the aircraft (F-35) was in its infancy stages and we were still just trying to learn how to fly the airplane,” Chris “Worm” Spinelli, an F-35 test pilot for Lockheed Martin, told the National Interest. “The entire CLAW [Flight Control Laws] hadn’t been delivered yet so the guys hadn’t really developed tactics, techniques, and procedures, etc. So to say that the F-35 can’t Basic Flight Maneuver [a term for dogfight], I think, is a gross overstatement. Honestly, you know I think it would be quite eye-opening to see an F-35 and an F-16 in a BFM engagement, depending on how it was managed. Certainly, the F-35 has some advantages that the F-16 does not, particularly in its helmet integration, along with its advanced weapons, which are a lot more beneficial in platforms like the F-22 or F-35.”

            While the F-35 fighter jet certainly can dogfight, a fact that is quite well known, there is much to be said about its sensor suite and computing technology. This technology may make it highly unlikely that an F-35 will be involved in a dogfight. It may be much more likely that an F-35 jet will kill enemies without being seen.

            “From my perspective, having the sensor suite that we have, having sensor fusion and MADL ( F-35s Multifunction Advanced Datalink) all of those potential engagements should be avoided before we ever even get within visual range, let alone actually have to dogfight in the air, whatever the opponent is,” Monessa “Siren” Balzhiser, an F-35 production and training pilot for Lockheed Martin, told the National Interest. “The tactical scenario, more often than not, is going to be solved much further out, which is going to give us the advantage.”

            The Details Paint a Completely Different Picture

            I read this Air Force test report back in 2015. At the time, I received an interesting and significant response to the issue from the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO). In 2015, the JPO welcomed the report and the assessment but wanted to make certain key facts about the circumstances available as they weighed heavily upon the results. In a statement to me in 2015, the JPO said the reports on the F-35 vs. F-16 squareoff left out many crucial facts.

            “The media report on the F-35 and F-16 flight does not tell the entire story,” the F-35 JPO office said in a written statement. “The F-35 involved was AF-2, which is an F-35 designed for flight sciences testing, or flying qualities, of the aircraft. It is not equipped with a number of items that make today’s production F-35s 5th Generation fighters.”

            The JPO statement explained that the AF-2 test aircraft did not have the mission systems software designed to utilize the aircraft’s next-generation sensors. The F-35 program office also said the AF-2 test aircraft was not equipped with the F-35 jet’s special stealth coating, which was designed to make the aircraft invisible to enemy radar. The statement also noted that the AF-2 was “not equipped with the weapons or software that allow the F-35 pilot to turn, aim a weapon with the helmet, and fire at an enemy without having to point the airplane at its target.”

            Finally, the F-35 program office said simulated combat scenarios have shown that four F-35 jets have won encounters when pitted against a four-ship of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

            “The F-35s won each of those encounters because of its sensors, weapons, and stealth technology,” the statement said.

            F-35 Keeps Getting Better

            What is significant about these 2015 statements from the JPO is that they were from six years ago. The F-35 jet has continued to evolve substantially since that time, which only reinforces the point that the office was trying to make.

            Years after these dogfight questions surfaced, F-35 pilots like Tony “Brick” Wilson who have flown fourth and fifth-generation jets for years, reflected in great detail upon how an F-35 stealth fighter jet compares with an F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet when it comes to aerial combat. Wilson is a former F/A-18 pilot and current Chief of Fighter Flight Operations for Lockheed Martin with roots in the F/A-18 community.

            “[The F/A-18] has excellent high airway maneuvering capability,” Wilson explained. “So one of the things that we would always try to achieve was to force the fighter jet to go in the direction that would be advantageous. . . . By comparison, the F-16 is a great ‘weight fighter.’ It has a lot of high thrust for the weight. Imagine going around a racetrack, except in this case, you want to come around the racetrack faster so you can get behind the other racer and shoot them.”

            “What the F-35 brings to the pilot is actually a combination of both,” Wilson added. “It has fantastic high airway capability but doesn’t sacrifice thrust to weight. The thrust-to-weight ratio that I get out of the F-35 is fantastic. So now I have multiple options when I find myself in a dogfight situation depending on what the threat is that I’m dealing with. I can choose which fight is going to best suit me against that opponent.”

    • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

      “Welcome to Kabul, enjoy your visit” Some learn, some don’t. . .

      Lesson 2 : “it sounds like a duck, walks and talks like a duck, then folks, it’s very likely a duck.”

      why the germans didnt run psychopath asshole Nukem Lukens and filth outa Spang in 1980 totally escapes any common sense ?

      enough already

      • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

        If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, the fact checkers will tell you it’s a chicken.

    • DaveO907 October 3, 2022 at 7:12 pm #

      @cowbell81
      That train had a lot of Iskander missiles (hypersonics) that are not necessarily nuclear, I would venture to say they are non-nuclear. They are devastating enough with conventional explosives combined with their kinetic energy smashing into targets at over 9000 mph.

    • Redneck Liberal October 5, 2022 at 3:27 am #

      Doom porn.

  2. Walter B October 3, 2022 at 9:51 am #

    You were always a maven on energy, its sources and supplies and the consequences of taking any of it for granted Jim, well done!

    Clearly we have degraded into a nation of mindless idiots (“led” by a brain-dead dotard) if more than a handful of people believe that runaway inflation is going to be stopped by raising interest rates. What a line of crap! Increasing the cost of everything so that consumers stop consuming because they can no longer afford to consume is going to force prices to drop? Duh, how about they will have to go up even further in order to maintain the bottom-line corporate profit margins due to decreased sales? There may be an argument in that direction if there was an over-supply of consumables to be gotten rid of, but in a supply shortage scenario, you know, like the one we are in now, well that’s simply bullshit! We are screwed plain and simple and the scumbags that rule us are going to be screwing us harder and more frequently until everything grinds to a halt. Great Reset my ass, more like a Great Beat Down.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:09 am #

      Dude, you are fully engaged in deep, raging anger mode. I expect you’ll go dark as you work through depression.

      When you return fully enlightened, after you’ve come to realize you’ve always been played, that you never had any influence or control, then you’ll be able to apply your IQ and experience to analyzing and game playing real time events.

      Jim is presenting a masters class (image a series of presentations – lol) on synthesizing major key variables in our present saga – one that will be remembered as a tale for the ages.

      What’s happening today – this very minute – should provide incentive and encouragement to survive, to live, if nothing more than to watch history unfold, including hoped for resolution and punishment.

      • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 10:17 am #

        It may seem like anger my friend, but I assure you it is sadness. I anticipated this scenario decades ago when I moved back to my little house in the woods and started preparing for what was coming.

        It is just so sad for me to see the snake oil salesmen hoodwinking so many regular folks that trusted them.

        • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:37 am #

          Trust based on ignorance and ambivalence.

          The American people, what is left of them, is going to live to regret their trust in the Left and their votes.

          • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 10:47 am #

            And the right.

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:12 am #

            Deep State, Okay.

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:12 am #

            The Leftist led Deep State.

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 11:45 am #

            In a recent speech delivered by the dust farting dotard of the White House, he branded Americans with traditional values as extremists and terrorists.

            Bet you didn’t know Ward and June Cleaver we’re secretly Neo-Nazi’s.

            Ozzie and Harriet used to put on their white sheets and burn down black churches while laughing about it.

            And the all white Mr Ed dictated the most hate filled pamphlets you can imagine.

            Thank God children’s minds are now molded by woke drag queen storytellers!

          • Not_GeorgeT October 3, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

            Left v Right… I see all these insane-minded controllers on the Left, and the go-along pos on the Right. Left + Right = Uniparty.

            These people, sometimes called the Deep State, sometimes called the Military-Industrial Complex, are one and the same.

            Which way do the hapless people in the US want the story told?

            There are a few versions. it is like advertising. Identify the consumer and target the market.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 1:25 pm #

            White Nationalists have been warning you for generations. We were right. But you didn’t believe us. In other words, you all were wrong.

          • Creekwood October 3, 2022 at 7:39 pm #

            Trust any of them at your peril. Democrats and Republicans are indispensable enemies. Washington was prophetic about the mischief of political parties.

        • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

          gotchyer CBD ?

      • Rowdypiglet October 3, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

        mitchellc, I don’t believe you can judge what anyone here is “fully engaged in” by what they post. This is a good place to blow off some steam and enjoy tossing the ball around. You have no idea what arrangements people have or have not made in their personal lives, nor what their ongoing mental states may be.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

          Good point, Rowdy.

        • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 2:49 pm #

          Thank you Rowdy. I learned decades ago to channel anger into sadness and thereby relieve the damaging effects that anger carries with it. Sadness I can deal with, though it hurts to do so. Watching our American society go from where it was when I was a kid to where it is now is really, really sad. What a shame, we had such potential.

          • Alzaebo October 3, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

            Walter, you’ve mentioned that you and yours are waiting for the cavalry to arrive.

            No. No. That’s not how it works.

            You and yours ARE the cavalry, the troops of Heaven itself. You’re the soldiers in the battlefield, the cavalry has already arrived.

          • Walter B October 4, 2022 at 4:49 pm #

            Thank you Alzaebo. I have often said that if no one was fighting to protect us from them, the devil would already have dragged our souls to hell. The real and final hell that is, not just the hell on earth that is currently in progress.

          • Alfred October 6, 2022 at 8:16 am #

            Walter,

            Was it really the way it appeared to in our youth? I’m sixty five, and I think it was a facade even then…

            #FJB

  3. MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 9:57 am #

    “Secretary Blinken is, of course, completely insane.”

    This is the problem, right here: Pretty sure all of the ‘leaders’ are. And who chose these leaders? Not us.

    In any case, the entire Green New Deal is nothing but pretending. It doesn’t even make sense on paper, let alone in the real world.

    Another excellent article James, thank you.

    • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 10:08 am #

      He is not insane if he is actually trying to destroy America and all of us with it. We all know that there are many people in the world that want to destroy America and have ever since 1776. The difference NOW is that those who “lead” US(A) not only want it too but are willing to pull the triggers themselves.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:25 am #

        I don’t know how one could be sane and want to do that? I would offer the opinion that anyone who wants destruction and death for whatever reasons of personal gain is at least a sociopath if not a psychopath.

        But yeah, we’ve no shortage of enemies with good reason to hate us, given what our leadership has been doing to the rest of the world for the past 120 years.

        • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:39 am #

          120? Try 400 on N America, 500 in all americas.

          • butter56 October 3, 2022 at 11:36 am #

            So how could it have been different? Maybe we could have followed the Star Trek prime directive, don’t disturb indigenous populations until they reach a certain level of technology. I bet we would still be waiting. Or conversely, maybe the people of the Americas would have conquered Europe and we would be sitting on a reservation outside London (New Cherokee) getting drunk.

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:50 am #

            It’s been 120 or so since the last industrial age, which brought with it the new minds of the century, who really cranked up the 120 year plan. This is what I refer to. US became a bully in the 1900s.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

            Setting up here would have been disturbing them. Hunter-Gathering takes a lot of land.

            Not disturbing the Indians meant no United States.

        • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 10:40 am #

          Think demonic. It has always been a battle between God and Satan with US(A) caught in the middle. Many sell out.

          • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 11:26 am #

            “Think demonic. It has always been a battle between God and Satan with US(A) caught in the middle. Many sell out.”

            Walter,
            Is that what they taught at the “Point”? I believe that our situation can better be draped in more secular vestments….

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 11:57 am #

            Drape it in whatever vestments fit your understanding. We all see what THEY are doing. Now, how are we going to stop them? Hard to do when they hold the levers of power and information.

          • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

            Actually ef, in my day the Academy DID emphasize the spiritual world and faith. It was very important when sending young men, and now young women as well, to their deaths to stress that there is an eternal reward. For proof go to You Tube and watch the Cadet Glee Club perform “Mansions of the Lord”. it is quite stirring.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

            Sending young woman to fight was a capitulation to the dark forces – just like letting Indians assume the title of “Native Americans”.

            War begins in the mind. The Left knows that. The Right forgot it.

          • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

            Walter,
            I am aware that, in your experience, chapel was virtually compulsory*…but I cannot believe that the visiting instructors couched the worldview as a battle between God and Satan.

            As a very poor anecdotal example, through four years of ROTC, God and Satan were never mentioned as allies or opponents of America.

            *Compulsory in that you would not last long if you made an issue of not going.

          • Ron Anselmo October 3, 2022 at 1:05 pm #

            @H

            “Now, how are we going to stop them? Hard to do when they hold the levers of power and information.” ~ hmuller

            We know that they will never let go of the levers, so we’ll have to pry their cold dead fingers from the levers of power. The “information” will stop then also.

          • messianicdruid October 3, 2022 at 6:53 pm #

            They are allowed the “levers of power and information” to correct a wrong of long ago. When the blinders come off of God’s “blind servants” oh boy!

            “The Bible says Jacob lied to his blind father. Jacob was guilty of outright fraud. For this reason, God had to hold Jacob [ and blinded descendants ] accountable. So he led Isaac to pronounce a very important blessing upon Esau, a blessing which was not fulfilled until the twentieth century,..”

            godskingdom.org/studies/books/the-struggle-for-the-birthright/chapter-2-the-story-of-esau

        • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 10:49 am #

          Because the game is over, and they know it. The only thing the American people can possibly do at this point is murder their leaders, and the leaders now realize that.

          • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

            Why put them out of their misery. Far better to prolong their suffering in life. Imaging waking up and looking into the mirror and seeing Joe Biden looking back at you. Talk about excruciating pain….

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

            I vote for road chain gang work for the lot of them. (With passing motorists encouraged to hurl ripe tomato’s at them.)

          • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

            Muller,
            hurling ripe tomatoes? What did you learn in Law School? Aside from the fact that the tomatoes would be “billable”? Responsible citizens would use very overripe ones….

        • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:02 am #

          Are delusional and inane necessarily the same thing? These people think that they are somehow going to escape the logical consequences of their actions.

          Look at Obama with his massive propane tank at his mansion. Who does he think is going to protect that for him?

          If people become angry enough, they WILL go into “If I can’t have it, neither can you” mode.

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:13 am #

            Yup!

          • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

            I’m pretty sure that is our our delusional and insane leaders think about Russia.

            And Putin knows it.

        • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth October 3, 2022 at 11:40 am #

          The ones in the small club see it as bold not psychotic. They are moving recklessly now because all of the obstacles have been removed
          A working media
          Reliable Elections
          Political Opposition
          An Effective judicial system
          And a voter base that hasn’t been manipulated into a captive passivity

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:51 am #

            Well, the insane rarely understand that they are.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

            People actually think we’re winning because they’ve come out into the open. They’re desperate!

            Talk about delusion.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

            Jarek, there are more of us who understand what we are dealing with now.

        • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

          Blinken’s not an American, except in the technical sense of being born here. He’s a Great Reset guy. Just like you’re a radical Feminist – not American either.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

            Blinken made some remarks about the election in Brazil, that sound like a threat if you know what to listen for.

            ““We share Brazil’s confidence that the second round will be conducted in the same spirit of peace and civic duty,” Blinken tweeted.”

            https://azeritimes.com/2022/10/03/blinken-comments-on-second-round-of-elections-in-brazil/

            I read someone else’s comments, which I’m trying to find, that Blinken should be aware of the large numbers of Brazilians and other South Americans in this country who will not be happy if he interferes with the vote.

          • Alzaebo October 3, 2022 at 6:10 pm #

            Betyl, did anybody else see that Niagra of data traffic between the eastern US and Brazil?

            And just like that, after midnight, Lula surged ahead.

          • Alzaebo October 3, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

            Ah shoot! Q forgive me.
            Beryl, I meant Beryl.

          • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

            Whoa, Alzaebo, got a link for that?

            I thought our overlords preferred Bolsonaro.

      • megabeth October 3, 2022 at 11:45 am #

        This makes the most sense to me. There have been rumors of resource wars and culling for at least 20 years in Democratic circles, mainly under the guise of `sustainability.

        Population reduction sounds so dandy, I guess, as long as you come out alive.

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 3, 2022 at 6:12 pm #

          It only ever needed to be, or needs to be, an enforced cap on children per person like China’s.

      • Rowdypiglet October 3, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

        I’ll quote someone I enjoy reading on twitter, Jeff Wells:

        If the actions taken with respect to meeting a stated goal seem disproportionate and nonsensical, perhaps consider that they may be essential and coherent with respect to meeting one unstated.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:15 am #

      He’s not insane; rather he’s entirely logical. There simply isn’t enough to go around to support 8b people under the current production/finance structure.

      So, like tossing ballast, someone has to go first. Sadly, thats Euros, as they’re the chosen donkeys.

      For us, we’re sitting very pretty. Canada, USA & Venezuela consistute the world’s largest proven petrol reserves. Russia has the NG, but we have coal.

      We’re back to a multi polar world where hard decisions need to be made.

      • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:34 am #

        We do not know what Siberia holds in resources. It is one huge piece of real estate so I would guess they have no resource problems at all.

        Their primary oil and gas development is on the north shore, lots and lots of reserves. Exxon was helping them develop this prior to Trump.

        • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:42 am #

          Agreed – oecd, cia, world map, etc stats are all imprecise.

          I guess the real point is that both sides will settle in for the long term.

          Nukes serve the interests of neither, because if nothing else it precludes game playing over the 50-100 year cold war.

      • steppingup October 3, 2022 at 10:38 am #

        Psychopathy Is a form of mental illness, or so I heard. Anyway, all of the psychopaths’ have finally floated to the top of the food chain, roughly 4% of the population, and Im guessing that all government leaders worldwide is about 4%. Hmmmm.

        • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 11:44 am #

          Yes, that’s precisely why democracies and republics don’t last very long. In a republic the levers of government are sitting out there in the open and accessible to anyone getting enough votes. The people who wish access to power more than any other group in society are the psychopaths. They more than anyone else wish and dream about being in postitions of power. And they are the very people who should NOT have power. Skills needed to succeed in politics have little to do with the skills needed to be a statesman.

          In a real monarchy, the issue isn’t politics but statesmanship. That’s a different craft. Your role as king is something dumped in your lap, you weren’t elected into it. And your family and mentors will all tell you that it’s your duty to be a monarch, it’s not a choice. It’s a role you are trained at and are expected to perform. If you run away from the job because you are interested in another vocation and just don’t want to be king, you’ll go down in history as a slacker and a person of poor character that couldn’t fulfill his duties. There was a lot of downside to being a royal. You didn’t get to choose your spouse, and your marriage had to be approved by your family. If you were a prince, your childhood would involve little childhood play and a lot of studying and military training.

          Since your family’s history was also the history of your nation, you’d be very well schooled in your family’s bloodline and the history and issues behind the monarchs that came before you. You’d learn about the great things your ancestors did along with all the mistakes they made. Military training isn’t much fun. Princes were often expected to be in leadership roles on battlefields. If a young royal male simply couldn’t take military life he’d instead be steered into the Church where he had a good chance of becoming an bishop etc.

          I certainly could never have made it as a member of any royal family. You are living in a goldfish bowl, and when you walk around in that big palace, there will be hundreds of paintings on the walls of your illustrious ancestors. In a way, their eyes will be following you as you walk through the rooms and corridors, judging you from the grave just like in a horror movie. You are in a goldfish bowl and being watched and measured. Some of those paintings might include a famous past king in the bloodline, standing victorious on a battle field and having saved the day once again. If the nation failed and was invaded, that might be the end of your monarchy and suffering for everyone in the defeated kingdom.

          Being a real monarch (the Windsors are fakes) isn’t the cushy and comfy job everyone thinks it is. It’s probably such an unpleasant and annoying lifestyle that few would deliberately choose to be a king – instead it’s something one is called to do. If you wish to start your own monarchy, then being a very successful warlord will be the first step. In a democracy or a republic, way too often the first step towards occupying a position of power is a step taken by a psychopath who cannot tell the truth and is there in the same way moths are attracted to candle flames. The psychopath isn’t there to make the nation better, he/she is there for purely personal reasons and has no long term goals. In a monarchy, a king owns his nation and is responsible for it, including the nation’s future. An elected psychopath is only renting the nation because the system in place doesn’t involve ownership. Leasing it for a while is the only option. So of course the primary activity going on in an old republic will be a looting operation. People will be trying to get as much for themselves before the entire edifice comes crashing down.

          These things happen over and over in history with republics and democracies because they have no psychopath filters in place as a monarchy would. With nofilters in place, the engine of government eventually blows up and throws a rod.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

            Well said. From another angle: The skill set involved in clawing one’s way to the top has nothing to do with the one required to rule.

          • Alzaebo October 3, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

            “Defending democracy”, then, means ‘defend the system that feeds us psychopaths’.

        • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

          psychopathy may be mental dis-ease knows it cant be human and does everything it can to destroy what it cant be. . . perhaps ?

          kinda like Obamas fuel tank

        • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

          Exactly Woodchuck, a point made on my campaign website in numerous videos that I posted. Winning a popularity contest (or cheating your way in) is a lot easier to do for criminals and sellouts than it is for qualified candidates especially with a general public that values a bright and shining lie over an unpleasant truth.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:42 am #

        It’s insane to want to kill people for fun and profit.

        The powers that be have had myriad opportunities – ENDLESS opportunities – to curb population without any violent means being employed, if overpopulation and dwindling resources were actually the issue.

        One example: The mass formation and mind-control techniques they’ve been using for decades through TV and media in order to get us where we are now, with most people living in The Truman Show and (nearly) blissfully unaware of actual reality. If these leaders were benevolent, why not brainwash people to be responsible about reproducing? Why not introduce the reality that peak oil won’t last forever and introduce REAL options? Instead of pushing more SUVs, why not high speed rail? Instead of pushing lifestyles of excess, why not have made it fun and popular to live at one with the land around you, and adopt personal responsibility? Learn to farm? Work as a community? Why not push the populace, with all of that mind-controlling apparatus at their fingertips, to move people toward self-sustainability?

        None of that was done. Instead, they spent 100 years pushing drugs on us and tantalizing us with shiny things in order to distract. It was orchestrated one way when it just as easily could have been done another way. Because this is about power and greed, not the betterment of humanity.

        They want a transhumanist techno-feudal society using humans as nothing more than farm animals. Psychotic.

        • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:46 am #

          You’re defining insane according to your own perceptions. But who directed your training and the deep installation of those beliefs?

          To the elite, they probably think the masses are insane – or extremely stupid. After all, theyre the ones not recognizing the essential truth: there isn’t any eternal rewards or punishments.

          • Freddie October 3, 2022 at 10:56 am #

            These people are psychopaths.

            Psychopathy is not the same as insanity.
            A psychopah may be insane, but not necessarily.

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:56 am #

            LMAO.

            My own perceptions were only shaped in part by the psychos in charge. Thankfully, I have also been close to nature and history. Real history, not soap operas. When your default is trust in the natural world and respect for it, your lens is much clearer.

            It’s a shame you don’t understand that, but it’s more and more apparent the more you post.

            You’re on the wrong side of history, but I’m guessing your tranny friends just love you!

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:57 am #

            I’m guessing you just love Turdblossom’s pronouncement about how they create their own reality. You seem to enjoy doing that, too.

          • Rowdypiglet October 3, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

            It is possible to read widely, learn to think, and direct one’s own training. Beliefs can be arrived at through logic or other means one chooses, rather than “installation” from some source of propaganda.

            Mitchellc, you have a common problem of materialists; you can’t tell the difference between metaphysical beliefs and beliefs about science or the material world.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

            Real history, Mary? You can’t accept that everything you have is the result of the conquest of this continent by White men to whom you owe a debt of gratitude. Instead you’ve been taught to mock and curse those whom you should be glorifying and praying for.

          • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

            there isn’t any eternal rewards or punishments. – mitch

            ===========

            I agree with ^this^ statement.

          • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:22 pm #

            MitchellC is Klaus’s Anal Schwab.

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 4:07 pm #

            LMAO @NightOwl

        • chopper October 3, 2022 at 11:39 am #

          One government ruling the entire world is only possible after all existing financial , educational, social, and legal systems are destroyed. Once you internalize that as the present goal of puppet masters controlling world leaders, everything going on that seems so stupid makes complete sense.

          • Anthea October 5, 2022 at 6:11 am #

            Well, we can certainly see that governments–any and all of them, by their very nature–are the enemy of religion, education (knowledge), social values, and the Rule of Law. The State is a jealous god that won’t stand for you having any loyalties to anything other than itself, including your family and community. And certainly not to your God, to your culture, to justice, or to the plain truth of things (objective reality).

        • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

          They started to do it during the 70s, but then the insane clown assholes took over in the 80s.

          They doubled the oil usage and opened the borders. They changed to farm bill to favor agribusiness over family farms and started the insanity of building McMansions for speculation on farm lands, while we saw homeless people for the first time on American streets.

          They did the exact opposite of what they should have done.
          And now we are here.

          • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

            They also did away with banking laws and responsibility.

            They allowed speculators to buy solvent businesses that didn’t want to be sold, with hostile takeovers, and then to strip them of their assets and drive them into bankruptcy.

            They sent a lot of industrial production offshore, and the government encouraged it instead of outlawing it.

            They stripped, raped and looted the country, along with other countries in the world.

            But now Russia is leading the opposition to the insane clown assholes and you’d better bet that they will succeed, because the US has a body count in the tens of millions and those people have families.

        • Creekwood October 3, 2022 at 7:45 pm #

          When there is no bread and wisdom, you get bread and the circus. Been going on for a few thousand years or so.

        • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 4:50 am #

          @ MaryQueen:

          There are endless examples of the socially destructive use of a media that could just as well have been used to shape society constructively.

          Besides a zillion phony “movements” that have made their pretended beneficiaries far worse off than they were before, we have bad music, bad art, bad literature, and bad theatrical productions (movies). Blacks, for example, were FAR better off in 1955 than they are today.

          Of course, most of the shaping of society along negative lines has been economic: the destruction of the small farmer and the small businessman–thus largely foreclosing on any possibility of economic independence (which was the whole idea).

          Left entirely alone, without the creation of economic obstacles and the promotion of mostly idiotic “social movements” (which are not “movements” at all), people will build wholesome cultures and communitites. E.g., compare the one-room schoolhouse of 1955 with today’s schools, where a large percentage of kids graduate illiterate and innumerate, and there are trannies in the girls’ locker rooms and restrooms.

          Of course, I do have to say that I remember 1955, and it had its downside–but even its downside was the result of prior government/media meddling in cultures and economies. The government was already well on its way to destroying the small farmer, the music was what was on the radio, and the small-town class structure was almost feudal.

          • MaryQueen October 6, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

            I agree, Anthea. Well said.

      • drhooves October 3, 2022 at 11:01 am #

        I would agree that the “leaders” of the world are motivated to control the distribution for remaining resources, and that the Euros are first in line to take a step down in living standards.

        I would disagree that we in the USA are “sitting pretty”, in that we’ve had a long and comfortable run with the world’s problems at arms length. Not since WW2 has the average American Joe had to make much of a sacrifice. But it doesn’t come down to ready access to remaining energy and food – it comes down to whether or not we’ll be permitted to access it.

        Now the USA is square in the cross-hairs for being the root cause of the start of the Long Emergency, and we also have a standard of living that has further to drop than most other countries. With the rest of the world hating us, and our “leaders” included in that group as well, it’s quite plausible the USA see more turmoil than average in the years ahead.

        • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:19 am #

          Remember the wartime shortages of food and gasoline that the government said was needed by the war effort?

          The military was using resources that would have been used if the soldiers were at home driving their cars or eating their sugar.

          Why did the usage rate increase because they were overseas?

          • chimayred October 7, 2022 at 4:00 am #

            OMG I Have been waiting for fifty years for someone else to recognize this very fact. Other than an increase in transport and storage costs I think you are exactly right.

      • messianicdruid October 3, 2022 at 11:12 am #

        “…under the current production/finance structure.”

        “Logical” would be fixing the system instead of preserving the system by sacrificing people.

        Insane is believing you could get away with it.

    • SpeedyBB October 3, 2022 at 11:22 am #

      Blinken was making the rounds of heap plenty countries, warning one and all to toe the line on Ukraine and Russian energy. Rather like a Mafia enforcer, paying visits to neighborhood shops to remind them of their duty to pony up.

      Naledi Pandor, the South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, a two-ton female with warrior dreadlocks, responded to the not-very-veiled threats with equal bluntness:

      “You cannot say that because Africa is doing this, you will be punished by the United States…We must respect our ability to hold different positions. We are sovereign states. One thing I dislike is being told to choose this or that. I will not be bullied that way, nor would I expect any other African country to agree to be treated that way,” Ms Pandor said.

      Take that, Consigliere.

      • Alzaebo October 3, 2022 at 6:26 pm #

        You mean the country that held onto a $20M transfer towards an American military contractor, as reported by one of the stalwarts here last week?

  4. RaymondR October 3, 2022 at 10:00 am #

    Ol’ Joe is proving Henry Kissinger’s warning

    “To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal”

    • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 11:31 am #

      Ray,
      Never been exposed to that quote. Nice.

  5. malthuss October 3, 2022 at 10:05 am #

    I am concerned about hyperinflation, first in Europe, then here in US.

    • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 10:08 am #

      No need to be concerned, it’s on the way, just running a bit late.

      • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 11:36 am #

        Malthuss, Walter

        Jim Rickards opines that there will be no immediate hyperinflation, but rather, recession, depression, and maybe a bit of deflation.

        Says the trillions of dollars conjured into existence remains in the banks and other financial institutions…not on the street. No velocity means no added impetus to inflationary pressures.

        • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

          who knows……is JR ever right?

          • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm #

            Malthuss,
            I discount his gold bug advances, but insofar as being able to define the macro-economic climate, and it’s reasons, he has my confidence…read all of his books, and his views are entirely rational.

            I do not give credence to much, or many, but I do with Rickards.

        • TPTB-USA October 3, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

          (Hyper)inflation is the equivalent of currency devaluation is it not?

          For nonessential goods, no velocity means deflation; but for essentials in short supply, coupled with income/wealth disparity, there is the potential for inflation.

          MA has pointed out that the US bond market is 10 times the size of the US stock market, and as Jim put it last week [The bond market has gone south, and that spells The End for the great game of financialization. The bond market is Moby Dick compared to the little blowfish that is the stock market. The global money system is based on bonds, which are… what? That’s right: loans… promises to pay you X at some future moment. So, what happens when a daisy-chain of promises-to-pay gets broken? Or, perhaps more precisely, when all those promises lose their last shred of plausible reality? Why, the money that these broken promises are denominated in loses its essential cred. Trick question: how much is worthless money worth? (Answer: not enough to pay for a can of Schrodinger’s cat food.)

          Which is where all this folderol leaves a lot of ordinary people all over Western Civ (and beyond!) trying to scratch up enough increasingly worthless money to feed the family and pay the landlord. Many will never understand what happened.
          But they will not be any less pissed off at the result.]

          Has Jim Rickards factored in the velocity of the money flow trying to escape Europe? Sure, the US$ is temporarily stronger, until it isn’t. Then what? Perhaps he needs to define immediate? Is he talking minutes, hours, days, months, years? An I Bond at near 10% sure looks attractive, and the money is only locked-up for a year. Perhaps one year will be the outside expiration date for the US$? One sure doesn’t want to get stuck holding the Old Maid.

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

            The current I-bond rate is only good until October 22nd. This bond rate consists of a ‘base rate’ and an inflation-based rate, which total up to about 9.6 or .7 %. The inflation-based rate is, I believe, adjusted every 6 months, so you really don’t know what your final rate will be. It’s possible the feds can say inflation is at 4% on the 22nd, thus lowering the total bond rate, but a week or 2 later inflation comes back at 14%, new bond rates are around that, and you’re holding the bag with a low Ibond rate.

            I just don’t trust the government to invest my $ with them. But that’s just me.

          • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 7:18 pm #

            TP,
            Rickards current thesis is that the Fed will not blink and then begin to lower interest rates. He suggests that to reach the Fed target of 2-3%, they would have to raise rate above the current rate real inflation. He suggests that this will crash the economy…Wall Street advances imply that the Fed wil bow to political pressure and begin to lower rates when the pain becomes evident, later this year. Fed has been calling for pain, in several releases. Rickards believes that their call to pain is a forward indication of resolve towards interest raises.

            Volker, and his breaking of the rate of inflation in the 80’s is the accepted paradigm, And the current chairman knows that recession/depression is bad, but the government will weather it…he further knows that rampant inflation is not necessarily survivable….QED

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 9:22 pm #

            Bill, I bought my newborn nephew an I bond in 2001 when the fixed rate portion was 3.4 percent. Now it’s usually around zero.

            The inflation adjusted portion of the return is now high and likely to stay there. Twice a year on May 01 and Nov 01 the annual inflation rate portion is recalculated based on the past 6 months CPI times 2.

            Of course, the BLS low balls the real inflation rate. Another reason I would not buy an I Bond today is that the world financial situation has reached the end game. Stick to tangible things – long-term groceries, fuel, guns, gold, silver.

          • TPTB-USA October 4, 2022 at 2:02 am #

            elysianfield, my read of your posts are that Rickards believes that the FED can control the situation.

            When I view the Trading Economics 10Y DXY forex chart, I see an annual gain of 20%; and when I view the Trading Economics 10Y EUR/USD forex chart, I see a comparable loss (and just for fun, look at the 10Y charts of USDRUB, LAKUSD, and TRYUSD). Given the lash-up that is taking place in the US under Biden’s watch, I buy MA’s promotion that money flow is the dominant factor that determines value at this point, and that while a 10% gain may look good from a country perspective, it can be a miserable beating from the perspective of another currency (or even that which one has to buy to function).

            Then have a look at the 10Y US30 index, and the 10Y DXY forex, and ask yourself: What is the justification for the strength of the USD? Do you believe that the FED has control (or will be able to get control) of the situation?

            A 2018 post paints a picture of one aspect that the FED has to deal with (The Shortage of US Dollars (AE)) and he points to “Turkey is a live example of the most vital element of all – CONFIDENCE. When that is lost, this is what produces hyperinflation – NOT the quantity of money.”.

            I’m thinking that the current money printing is a use-it or lose-it situation for the government (the set-up), and the only question is: At what point does the population lose confidence in the government? With people like Yellen at the helm, it is hard to know if they want to weather the storm, or sink the ship.

            So, which is better: Monitor the FED, or gain an understanding and monitor the money flow?

            To monitor who is wining the war in Ukraine, perhaps keep an eye on RUBUSD.

          • elysianfield October 4, 2022 at 11:50 am #

            “elysianfield, my read of your posts are that Rickards believes that the FED can control the situation.”

            TP

            Actually, Rickards believes that they cannot. The Fed, he suggests, have only a few tools, and can control inflation, but at a massive and destructive cost. The Fed is trying to balance what leverage they have for a “soft landing”. Rickards completely debunks those efforts.

        • Walter B October 3, 2022 at 4:12 pm #

          No one knows for sure what form it will take, but clearly happy days are not here again, and the sun may come out tomorrow, but the shitstorm will carry on regardless .

          • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

            I know the first two songs you reference, but not the third.

            It needs to be written.

  6. Penelope Dreadful October 3, 2022 at 10:15 am #

    Please God, let Europe break away from the whole NATO schmear. Propaganda ain’t gonna heat your home in winter and it ain’t gonna feed your families. Plus, all those refugees from the Mid-East and Africa are not known for their impulse control. Will this finally be the straw that drives the Left from office in Europe??? Meanwhile, in Britain, it looks like the Left is about to clobber the Tories. Go figger.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:23 am #

      Euroland is going nowhere; they are completely subjugated vassal states.

      The smart money of course will get out. I would gather the vast majority of people don’t realize (a) how critical german engineering is to for US military equipment; and (b) just how much production is already offshore.

      They might as well take the last step and simply move the remaing core HQ. Besides, who’s left in Europe anyway? The future is low IQ MENA in each country (including Sweden).

    • NickelthroweR October 3, 2022 at 10:27 am #

      GB is about to swing from one government to the next in the same way someone with a fatal illness goes from doctor to doctor looking for that 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinion – looking for some kind of hope.

      They are in the denial stage at the moment but Winter and a collapsing currency delivered to them on a platter of woke insanity might finally wake them up.

      You’ll know when the Europeans are awake when you see the ethnic cleansing happening.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:43 am #

        Very true, historically, ethnic cleansing happens when states are pushed to their limits.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:23 am #

          I remember the slogan Ireland Free and Ireland For the Irish, from Irish history. I don’t remember exactly where it came from. I wonder how long the Irish people are going to tolerate the very obvious foreigners in their midst, knowing that they were put there by the same people who created the dire conditions they are going to be finding themselves living in?

          • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:23 pm #

            Many never realized they had been infiltrated.

            You should listen to Rick Munn over on TNT Radio for some good insight on the situation in Ireland.

          • SpeedyBB October 4, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

            Achtung Nachteule!

            A tip of the helmet to you for the Rick Munn / TNT linky. Never knew about it before.

            Listening to Rick at the moment (but nothing about Leprechaun-land).

            Most appreciated.

            I’m waving at you from between the volcanoes, but the curvature of the earth is interfering with our line of sight.

          • Night Owl October 5, 2022 at 8:56 am #

            No problem, Speedy.

            TNT Radio is the greatest news outlet on the internet.

          • MaryQueen October 6, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

            Oh wow, N.O. I can’t believe I didn’t know about that site. Thank you!

      • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:49 am #

        Shh, you said the quiet words out loud.

        Yeah, anyone with a clue knows what happens next.

      • elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 11:37 am #

        Nickel,
        Heard that the Pound is practically on parity with the Dollar….

        • Hereward the Woke October 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm #

          Elysian, yes. They are two brands of toilet paper now.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

        when they arrive in your town and install themselves as some sorta “expertise” like any other invader.

        you’ll know

      • GreenAlba October 3, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

        The British population might be in denial, but the people steering the ship (into catastrophe) know exactly what they’re doing. They’re working on the Bank of England digital currency and apparently the BofE even has implantable chips already prepared.

        Also today’s UKC news included a scary item on the Bank for International Settlements setting up shop in the UK, with Fat Boy Carstens and his band of demons having signed contracts that gives them the right to be a state within a state – no British official, politician, policeman or anyone else is allowed through the doors in any circumstances. I find this terrifying. The City of London is the hub for everything evil in the world.

        • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 8:11 pm #

          I suppose the banksters don’t want any unwelcomed police walking in on them when they’re drinking the blood of children.

          • GreenAlba October 4, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            Well, I don’t know about the blood of children but Augustin Carstens looks as if he eats five roast hogs just for his mid-morning snack.

            It must be galling for these greedy pigs to have to accept that they can’t even eat everything they feel they deserve without looking like exactly the hogs that they are. I don’t know how he is not embarrassed to be seen.

          • hmuller October 4, 2022 at 4:18 pm #

            People unhappy with themselves rarely manage to be kind to others. That’s probably why they want to make us eat bugs.

  7. benr October 3, 2022 at 10:18 am #

    The positive spin to all this.

    No one is going to have time to worry about what gender they think they are much less re-assigning said gender.
    First world problems melt away when starving or freezing to death is a real possibility.

    • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:29 am #

      When the GreatReset becomes evident, the feminist movement will die. Who will be chopping wood, mining coal, working the rigs, and doing the rest of the heavy work. Woke feminist cities will collapse.

      Gender roles will re emerge. Woke will be history, the insanity of the Left will disappear.

      Hmmmm!

      • CrusherMuldoon October 3, 2022 at 10:56 am #

        THeir biggest worry will be how to feed their multiple cats. Heck, maybe it’s the cats that ought to worry

      • woe October 3, 2022 at 11:03 am #

        I guess there are some positives.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:05 am #

        I know lesbians who fly planes and fix their own trucks. Don’t get your hopes up.

        • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:24 am #

          Uh, just how many? Women as a group will need men again to survive. The death of urbanity. BTW, men will need women to fulfill their role too.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:52 am #

            Women as a group need a woman or two who is large enough and strong enough to to certain kinds of manual labor.

            As for other difficult chores, they can operate on the “many hands make light work” principle, which I’m pretty sure came from women in the first place.

            Women are much better suited to survival over the long haul than men are.

            You know what chore I can’t do myself to prepare for the cold weather, here at casa Beryl?

            I have the old-fashioned storm windows. I am physically unable to climb up a ladder and place the tall, heavy storm window into its frame.

            I can get a man to do it for me, I can stick plastic over the window from inside, or I could get some scaffolding and one or two other women to help me put the windows on.

            Then there is the option of simply not doing chores one cannot do.

            If you look at Fort Myers, you will see a lot of situations where men are in their element, saving the day.

            This to me is breathtaking:

            https://twitter.com/RyanAFournier/status/1575297136874356743?s=20&t=2Dblsy4UHyclonwlXZGPYw

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

            Delusional, Beryl. We can go out and watch “A Clockwork Orange” before we eat at McDonald’s.

            Which sex is better at the old Ultra-Violence? Because the one who is gets the other’s stuff – and/or their services.

          • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

            I love linemen, Beryl.
            Always out there, even in the middle of a storm, fixing the lines.

            After our derecho our town looked like that tweet, except we had the tree trimmers also.
            Every power line had a tree on it. I thought we’d be out of power for months.

            Mine was fixed in 3 days. I put a sign on my fence “Thank you Linemen!”

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

            When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
            They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws –
            ‘Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale –
            For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

            Yes, men fight and defeat the enemy, then women come out and torture them. Same as among the old Afghans.

            You’re trying to leave men out of the equation. You must be a feminist.

        • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

          run for governor too !

      • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

        In a world made by hand, there will be plenty of work for both sexes. Jobs that require physical strength, like framing houses and buildings, pouring concrete etc. will be done by men. Jobs like running households, preserving and cooking food, growing food, caring for livestock and chickens, washing clothing by hand, etc. – those jobs will be done by women. It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out, it’s just common sense. If you’ve never had a proper job and spent your life indoors shuffling papers, and talking and writing bullshit , you might not understand.

        • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

          Very pregnant women can use a digging stick (light agriculture), but not the heavy plough or do any other heavy labor without the danger of miscarrying.

          We have forgotten so much.

        • farmgal October 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

          @Woodchuck…I get where you’re coming from but I can’t let you slide on the physical strength thing. I’m 5’7″ and 135 lbs. Bigger than a lot of men and while I will agree that the upper body strength of men is superior that does not preclude a woman doing physical things and I’m no butch. For instance, when framing a house one is just nailing boards together and when the wall is ready to be raised you call over a buddy or two to help out, man or woman.

          I guess I have a chip on my shoulder because I don’t think there’s much a man can do that I can’t; use a chainsaw or change oil in a tractor. If I was a male paper pusher like you mention who has the advantage? I’m just thankful that when I was 10 and desperate to be a boy my parents didn’t indulge me by lopping off my boobs and giving ne a hysterectomy. Mostly I just wanted to be Bart Starr and play football.

          Attitude and motivation can make up for a lot.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

            Farmgal,

            People don’t remember the heavy physical labor that laundry day used to represent.

            If I find a job that is literally too big for me, I can do it some other way.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 1:59 pm #

            Bigger than a lot of men?

            View the delusion. Bigger than a very few men, and many of those men would be stronger than you nonetheless.

            Yes you can drive a tractor and use a chainsaw. This site was founded on the premise of what happens after those are useless.

          • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 4:37 pm #

            I was on a framing crew many many decades ago in my youth. I was able to do this because I’d worked summers as a teenager on crews unloading rail cars filled with building materials. Very heavy stuff like 90 lb bags of portland cement, roll roofing, half inch thick 4×12 foot drywall etc. I’ve witnessed serious industrial accidents happen, and I’ve had a few myself, including once falling off a roof while framing a house. Many a time I’ve had to help shove roof trusses up in the air and get them on top of the walls by muscle only. Nailing down plywood roof decking takes some serious muscle as well as very precise balance to be twenty feet up in the air and moving heavy sheets of plywood around. When the roof is complicated with dormers and valleys coming together, you’re up there with a skill saw and other tools and moving around on a sloping surface made slippery by sawdust from your saw blowing around.

            To do this work professionally much more is required than nailing boards together, although I’ve done that as well. One of my assigned framing tasks was using an air nailer to make corners and cripple double studs for framing in windows and doors – all day long. Once, I was nailing a couple of 2×4’s together and I fired my nailgun into a section of the 2×4 that was punky and rotten. The nail had no resistance going into the rotten board and maybe an inch of nail shot out the other side of the second 2×4. I was nailing the two 2×4’s together. My hand had carelessly been holding that stud at that very spot I was nailing, so I got a nail through my hand. An accident like this one is considered a minor one. Far worse is always possible. The work requires you’ll get sliced, stabbed, fingers smacked with a hammer, falling off a roof, etc.

            Most guys in construction I worked with were large in stature, building materials are made with them in mind. There were also tall skinny guys around that were solid muscle and could handle concrete building blocks easily as they were laying them with mortar. Part of the job requirements involve taking some serious physical risk as well as experiencing pain and discomfort as you work. In summer you might be framing in the Deep South with temps in the high 90’s day after day. You’ll be wearing cloth work gloves because tools can sometimes burn your hand because they’ve been sitting a while in the sun.

            I’ve no doubt there are women around who can do this work. But doing it professionally with a crew is another matter. I had a foreman watching me, and if I started slacking off on my end and holding up production I was in for a tongue lashing and being humilated in front of the crew. Then fired if it kept happening.

            Everyone regardless of gender will do very well to learn basic plumbing, electricity, carpentry, mixing and pouring concrete etc. The more you know the better. So you can fix your own place and have some pride in being able to use yer own hands to build or repair something of value. A woman who rarely needs a handyman or tradesman is in my mind somebody who is that much more interesting, capable, and self sufficient.

          • Suburban_elk October 3, 2022 at 8:48 pm #

            Grip strength (hand strength) is a good proxy for upper body strength.

            One percent of woman have grip strength equal to an average man’s.

            I don’t have “the link” but that is what it said, and not to mention comports with common sense. Look at ur hands, ladies, the thickness of the fingers and wrists, and compare them with a construction worker’s.

          • Bobby E October 7, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

            There really isn’t women’s work or men’s work. Just work we are suited for. Now women can’t pee standing up (yeah, yeah, you’re right you can, but no, you really don’t want to). But men can’t have babies. And which sex-based ability is more important? To be honest I pee sitting down because it’s more comfortable and less of a mess. But I wander off. I have a problem with the sexes being pigeonholed into jobs that become typical of men or women and then they try to affix a lesser value to the jobs typically done by women than the jobs typically done by men. That attitude is what created feminism and the damage it caused. There will always be those that are greater or lesser in our culture. And many factors go into arriving at those being measured as greater or lesser. But one of those factors should not based on one’s sex.

        • messianicdruid October 3, 2022 at 8:36 pm #

          Anybody that can walk in high heels should be respected.

          • Suburban_elk October 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm #

            but not Robert Deniro

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 10:27 pm #

            Humor trying to displace Wisdom. So American.

            Men are stronger than women. Much, much stronger. They’re going to learn that one way or another. It’s better if they learn it the easy way, right?

      • neurodoc October 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

        There’s no place for a ‘woke’ mutant in the new world.

      • Hereward the Woke October 3, 2022 at 3:35 pm #

        John, gender roles never really went away. Whenever I venture out, the folks fixing roads are still guys, as are the mechanics who fix my car, and the truckers bringing in the food.

        • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 8:29 pm #

          I went to a nationally franchised dental clinic last week. Out of the ten people working there only one was a white male. And he probably qualified under the alphabet soup banner.

          I think woke politics figures into corporate hiring decisions. A white hetero male is at the bottom of the list – only if it’s absolutely unavoidable will he be hired.

        • Rowdypiglet October 4, 2022 at 10:52 am #

          Hereward, the same could be said of the nasty jobs. I’ve never seen a woman driving a trash truck or collecting trash, nor have I ever seen one pumping out a septic tank.

          The truth is that you can always point to a few exceptions, but the rule is that women are just not as strong as men. My grandmother was 4’10” and was remarkably strong for her size and delicate build. She grew up doing laundry by hand and quite a bit of other hard, physical work. But it didn’t bear comparison to the labor done by the men in the family, without whom she would have been effectively disabled.

          Of course, many men can’t do that work either anymore.

          • Soul Forensics October 5, 2022 at 2:17 am #

            “The truth is that you can always point to a few exceptions, but the rule is that women are just not as strong as men.”

            The truth is even simpler than that.

            Women don’t want to work the dirty jobs, even when “equality” mandates are enforced. This isn’t just speculative. They tried this in Sweden not long ago, laws accommodating women in a variety of jobs traditionally “closed” to women — construction, sewage maintenance, outdoor millwrights, firemen, etc.

            The result? Even fewer women signed on to those jobs in a feminist “dream” scenario.

            I worked as a galvanizer in a steel mill and as a construction worker for 15 years. Not a single woman co-worker. And the outfits I worked for were huge.

          • SpeedyBB October 5, 2022 at 2:57 am #

            Rowdy, regarding your statement that “…most men can’t do that work anymore…”: I’ve been watching police bodycam videos on YouTube in recent days. Some of the footage is amazing – up to Hollywood action movie standards. Most of it is dull and boring, like most police work.

            What I have noted however, as an expatriate (only back in the USA in 2001 and 2019, for short visits) is the softness of hardened criminals. Practically every one is a tubby, and to watch them flee on foot from police officers is quite a treat. Is it that they got used to fattening, low-nutrition food while serving time for previous crimes? Or just how they grew up?

            I cannot help but conclude that the sunken IQ scores, damaged impulse control and other behavioral impediments in the individuals I’ve been watching on TV is strongly influenced by body chemistry being out of balance, badly. Crappy food and drugs, both prescription and illegal, being the culprits.

            My other realization, also concerning boomers and succeeding generations, is that those born before 1945 might be the “last purebloods” as the brains of most people alive today are riddled with Strontium 90, Cesium 138, twinkly bits of Plutonium and other tasty by-products of the nuclear age. Could that not also be what’s affecting thought and behavior so weirdly?

            I was born in 1940, and I certainly seem to have little thought and action in common with postwar babies.

          • Anthea October 5, 2022 at 7:15 am #

            @ SpeedyBB:

            I’m old enough to remember the generation born between 1914 and 1926 (my parents’ birth years). The decline in physical strength and vitality in subsequent generations is very striking. My dad built the house I grew up in–entirely with hand tools, including digging the basement and foundations with a shovel. Exterior sheathing, prior to about 1960, was dimension lumber (looks like approximately 2″X10″), laid on the diagonal. Subflooring was the same, also laid on the diagonal, with hardwood flooring laid over it. The lumber was all cut with a hand saw. I say the exterior sheathing “looks like” 2″X10″ dimension lumber because I haven’t seen it up close since I was a child. As the old houses in my childhood neighborhood are rennovated, I can drive around and see that they were all built that way.

            One of my uncles built a log home when he was nearly 80. Old farmer neighbors tell me that people used to dig farm ponds with a shovel–which Helen and Scott Nearing mention doing in “The Good Life.” They didn’t need a stock pond, as they were vegetarians; they just wanted a swimming hole.

            The Boomer generation was less vital than their parents–though the boys were still bucking hay in the summer–and the generations since then still less vital.

            I think we’ve been poisoned from a variety of sources. Certainly most of the food is poison. IMHO, people should make it a goal to produce most of their own food.

            It’s interesting too that the “Greatest Generation,” at least from what I have heard, grew up on a pretty austere diet: lots of biscuits and gravy and cornbread and beans–and lots of milk. I don’t think most people were able to eat meat every day, by any means. So it appears that you can be very strong and healthy on a diet that is far less rich and varied than ours–provided it’s not poisoned.

          • Paula D October 6, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

            Now I wonder what my parents were brought up eating. For sure there wasn’t much and no way they had meat every day.
            I think that FDR even campaigned on a Chicken every Sunday pledge.
            So yeah, the way people eat now is disgusting, but I think that more important for vim and vigor than the type of food is exercise. Obviously you have to have enough calories to stay alive during heavy exercise, but also obviously humans can be very fit on very little food.
            I was thinking about the saying “Before enlightenment, carry water, chop wood. After enlightenment, carry water, chop wood”.
            That was reality so common back then that everyone understood it.
            But I just turn on a faucet for water and punch a button to cook food. Piece of cake!
            I get food from a grocery store that I drive to.
            I used to work as a nurse, which is far more labor intensive than most paper-pushing, er…computer tapping, jobs, but still, we had electric doors so we didn’t have to be challenged by actually pushing a door open, electric beds so we didn’t have to turn a crank (except on the really old beds), etc.
            And I drove to work.
            So life is just too damn easy. And that makes Americans too damn fat and weak.
            I guess that’ll change soon. And the chorus of anger and whining will escalate far more than now, even though it has already started.

      • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 6:06 am #

        @ JohnAZ:

        Gender roles are generally a good thing. One of the main reasons for well defined gender roles is that, wherever it is acceptable for women to perform men’s work, they wind up being forced to perform both the men’s work and the women’s work. Thus, since about 1970, the women–or many of them–have had to do it all without much in the way of a male contribution.

        So, at one level at least, I’d say we’re used to doing it all (including much of the heavy work); whereas, the men are mostly used to doing nothing at all, or making a far smaller contribution. I.e., both husband and wife work full-time, but the wife also does all the cooking, cleaning, and childcare.

        So if the men would like to be once again indispensible to the domestic economy, they will need to get up off their collective asses and actually make a contribution. It’s been awhile since many of them have done the men’s work.

        In my experience, too, women are much more adaptable. I can think of many small examples of this. When the electricity goes out, is it the husband or the wife who has had the foresight to have candles on hand? Who has stacked the firewood up to the ceiling in advance of the storm? Who is frying eggs on the wood stove? Who has the pantry so well stocked that no one needs to leave the house for a month?

        • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 6:26 am #

          I used to love cutting firewood, and even rather enjoyed splitting it–though I was never any good with a maul. I always used wedges and a ten-pound hammer. I never minded hauling water all that much, either.

          I had many good times cutting firewood in the snow with a group of people. The men have a tendency to hog the chainsaws–the fun part–and assign the women to dragging brush–the hard, heavy part. I used to be very good with a chainsaw. My daughter was about 14 the first time she got hold of one, and I thought she would never give it back. They are just intoxicating to use.

          • Woodchuck October 4, 2022 at 10:06 am #

            Guys tend to think that if a machine is potentially dangerous to operate and makes a lot of racket, then it’s something for us to use. The ladies can stand back and watch. Airplanes are machines like that, noisy and very dangerous when operated improperly. In the old days, flying was almost entirely a guy thing, but a few female pilots jumped in there and flew just as well or even better than any of the guys. People like Jackie Cochran or Amelia Earheart. Jackie set records flying the F-104 that according to Chuck Yeager, still stand today.

            Flying planes doesn’t require a lot of muscle. But there are chainsaws out there that do require it. These are the professional logging saws that cost around 2000.00 dollars and have bars up to six feet long. Engine horsepower on these beasts can be very high and they have a lot of torque. When a saw like this kicks back at you because the chain on the top rail got in a bind, you need to be a big guy with big shoulders in order to keep control of the saw. The situation is you’ll have a big saw running full throttle suddenly punching you in the gut. It’s safer now with the anti kickback mechanisms, but it can still happen. I’ve used a big saw with a four foot long bar a few times, and I felt awkward and uncomfortable with it. Frankly, the thing scared me. An old Stihl 075, the second largest one they made back in the day. I figure I’ll let Paul Bunyan go cut a giant oak trunk with that model and I’ll sit back and watch.

            I’m just mentioning all this to keep the drama going between the feminists vs the anti-feminists. You know, the claim or observation that some machines and situations are meant for guys only.

          • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 11:57 am #

            Stop pandering to this gorgon. She hates men and doesn’t believe fathers have any rights whatsoever.

          • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 2:38 pm #

            I went to a logging competition with my friend once. I thought it was going to like Paul Bunyon, log rolling and such.

            Oh, hell no! The worst part was when they hooked chainsaws up to car engines and then competed how many seconds it took to go through logs.

            Answer: not many.

          • Anthea October 5, 2022 at 7:29 am #

            @ Woodchuck:

            I guess when it comes to who gets to use the chainsaw and who has to drag brush, a lot depends on who owns the chainsaw and who owns the woodlot.

            And it can be dangerous just cutting up a large tree branch that has blown down in a storm: they will roll. I heard many hilarious stories about wood-cutting mishaps. One bunch of guys, perceiving that the tree was about to fall in the wrong direction, tied a rope around it, ran the rope through the crotch of a nearby tree, and attached the rope to the pickup truck. The plan was to use the power of the pickup truck to pull the tree so it would fall the right direction. What actually happened was that the pickup truck was pulled up into the tree, where it dangled down the tree trunk.

            I used to own a Stihl, though it was a small one. I got tired of saws that wouldn’t start.

        • Woodchuck October 4, 2022 at 9:11 am #

          “So if the men would like to be once again indispensible to the domestic economy, they will need to get up off their collective asses and actually make a contribution. It’s been awhile since many of them have done the men’s work.”

          In the construction industry, men are getting up off their asses and making a contribution. As I’m writing this, men are preparing to work in Florida rebuilding after hurricane Ian. These men are different from most other men in the US however. They are mostly Hispanic immigrants. White men with soft pink pudgy hands are still on their asses watching tv, smoking dope, and waiting for their checks to arrive.

          • Anthea October 5, 2022 at 7:50 am #

            @ Woodchuck:

            The family that bought my rather run-down house in a rural lake community (“Dogpatch-by-the-Lake”) are Hispanic immigrants. They are some very high-type people: religious, family-oriented, and hard-working. The husband speaks harldly any English but has worked like a demon to fix the place up–as has the wife. I have no doubt that it will be a dollhouse, in time. I’m impressed with many of these folks.

            Not that there aren’t white people who will do the same, right there in the same town. But you get a different vibe from Hispanics. The family loyalty–including extended family–is tremendous.

          • Jarek October 5, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

            And do the men obey the women? Live in fear of being divorce/raped? Actually pay the women for being mothers like you want?

            None of that. There is Feminism in Mexico but the government doesn’t back it so it is essentially powerless.

            If they stay here, the daughters will be corrupted and their clans will fall apart. They will assimilate to this evil feminist culture in other words.

      • chimayred October 7, 2022 at 4:22 am #

        Regarding the man v woman stuff that follows.
        I studied evolutionary systems in grad school and it pretty much reinforced that sexual selection diverges in times of crisis in resources.
        Regarding men v women and strength:
        My wife who I adore and respect rowed crew for a big ten team, competed in triathlons and plays tennis four times a week.
        I’m a 67 decent shape weekend warrior who just escaped his third spine surgery with conservative therapy. For the past two weeks I’ve been building a workshop from scratch almost singlehandedly including building all four walls and building and assembling the roof trusses and roof myself, alone, hefting the trusses into upright position and nailing the purlins and most of the roof sheathing. All with spinal stenosis lurking in the background.
        My superbly conditioned 60 year old wife cannot carry a five gallon water bottle up one flight of steps and put it on the cooler.
        QED.

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:44 am #

      I don’t know, I think they are using the ridiculous trans agenda to implement laws barring free speech to use against us later.

      • Creekwood October 3, 2022 at 11:18 am #

        The transgender agenda is in the vanguard of transhumanism.

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:23 am #

          Yes, there’s that, too!

          Normalizing people’s hatred of their own bodies.

          Crazy stuff.

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:28 am #

            Transhumanism will die quickly under the Reset.

            Being a male will be in high demand again.

            Being a “new” female will also be in demand again.

            Kids will see real role playing again, parents will not be playing the trans game.

            Hmmmm!

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:28 am #

            No one will be able to afford trans lunacy.

          • Soul Forensics October 3, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

            Transhumanism, like everything else, runs on oil. It’s a wet dream for the globalists, but it’s a non-starter.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:53 am #

        Pretty sure that’s one reason.

        • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

          People don’t remember the heavy physical labor that laundry day used to represent. [how could they remember what was not ever experienced by them?].

          Oil / machines are like having servants.
          Think about mobility. It once took 6 months to get from UK to
          NYC by sail ship. Now its hours to get there once you get past the feel down.

  8. Frank Buttitch October 3, 2022 at 10:19 am #

    I live in a cold rural backwater of America’s rustbelt. 5 or more years ago I installed a couple 500 gallon propane tanks as backups in case things went haywire. I was laughed at and mocked as a paranoid doomsday prepper. I had to tap them once during a “polar vortex” when propane became scarce and expensive.
    Maybe it’s time to get another tank.

    • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      Frank

      Maybe get a gun! You own a future dear commodity that lots of people will fight for and be willing to steal.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:05 pm #

        put a concrete block wall around those tanks and provisions to defend them from inside

      • neurodoc October 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

        MAYBE!!!!! If one doesn’t have firearms and lots of ammo, and know how to use them, they will lose their stuff to those who care nothing for life…and then they’ll be eaten.

        • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

          A general note on “prepping:”

          ==========

          I have done absolutely nothing to prep for all the bad shit that is coming down the road. I am counting on being dead of old age before the shit hits the fan.

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 8:36 pm #

            If you do survive and thrive in a Mad Max world, we shall call you “Conan the Grammarian”.
            A lot of people will need their English corrected – and pay big money for the service.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 3, 2022 at 8:39 pm #

        Firearms are tools.

        Having different tools for different purposes makes sense.

        Identifying the threats from which a person seeks protection helps focus on the firearms most likely to be the proper tools for the jobs.

        Practice. Lack of practice is dangerous. Lots of practice is needed.

        Feeding a shotgun is different from feeding a rifle either semi auto or bolt action.

        Handguns are a further refinement of tools and also require practice.

        Choice of ammunition is in the mix. This is part of the tool, thus needs selection based on purpose. It also requires the purchaser to understand the various load choices and how the individual is impacted by the discharge of the firearm (recoil, muzzle rise are examples).

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:29 am #

      Serious question: why not diesel?

      I seem to recall jim had the same opportunity, but went solar. (Demonstrating life is but a continous learning experience.)

      Me, I’m completely dependent on the grid. All I’ve got is enough food for maybe a month, and a modest ability to defend.

      But if the grid is done, it’s all mad max anyway.

      • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:44 am #

        Mitchellc

        Yup!

        The world will become a place of preppers and semi preppers with all the goodies that all those city folks will be willing to go to war to get ahold of.

        The best apocalyptical book to present a real picture of what may be coming is Lucifer’s Hammer, a story of a comet hitting the earth and the aftermath. The preppers prevail, but not many of them.

        • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 11:57 am #

          I read the book when it came out, and I still remember Hot Fudge Sunday.

        • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 6:42 am #

          The last time things went Medieval, people built some pretty serious fortifications. We now live in a much more densely populated world, where there will probably be a lot more potential attackers.

          That’s what worries me most about the prospects for self-defense of the more self-sufficient rural people.

    • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

      Propane will only last so long, and you might not be able to get a refill. Then what? Well, it’s back to the same lifestyle our forebears enjoyed using coal and wood as a source of energy.

      Want a lot of hot water? You’ll have a big cast iron caudron in the back yard, and a wood or coal fire under it to make all the hot water you’d like. Cooking in the kitchen? Wood burning cookstove. For heating the house – use firewood or coal. drf If I was in your shoes, I’d use the propane for running a refrigerator/freezer for when the grid is down for a while. Appliances to keep food frozen will be a big help during the Long Emergency – if that’s doable. Propane is also handy for metalworking, along with acetylene. Propane doesn’t spoil eventually in storage like gasoline or diesel.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

        back in 67 my propane tank was the difference between living well and complete struggle. I was 9 years old and learned well.

        • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 2:15 pm #

          I was 9 years old – Rain Waters

          =========

          You are the only person I know who owned their own propane tank at 9 years of age.

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 9:33 pm #

            She needed it to fuel her “Easy Bake Oven”.

  9. steppingup October 3, 2022 at 10:26 am #

    Nobody knows, and there are not enough think tanks to figure it out, what will happen when 130+ million ARMED citizens get desperate and have finally had enough of this bullshit. I for one think it’s going to be BIBLICICAL. When that happens, I would not be wearing a mask, as they make great targets. My suggestion is to wear glow in the dark ones. Also, blades and black powder, as store bought ammo along with everything else that is store bought will go the same way as the dodo bird…Petty sure we will bypass medieval and head directly to primeval, gonna make the dark ages feel like the great enlightment… Desperate people do desperate things. I would rather face someone pissed off and psychotic then someone who is desperate. To despair is to loose all hope, therefor you have NOTHING left to loose……

    • NickelthroweR October 3, 2022 at 10:30 am #

      They will be desperate for about 3 days until they die of thirst.

      This isn’t 1850 and we’ve polluted our rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, etc. Lack of access to clean water will remove the unprepared so quickly that you won’t have time to use your ammunition.

      • steppingup October 3, 2022 at 10:44 am #

        We can only hope.

      • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:08 am #

        Remember the rule of threes

        Death occurs

        3 minutes without oxygen

        3 days without water

        3 weeks without food

        Add on 3 seconds without Narcan.

        • Ron Anselmo October 3, 2022 at 5:12 pm #

          Add: 3 hours in hypothermic conditions

          Slot it right after oxygen, otherwise water & food won’t be necessary. Think heat.

      • butter56 October 3, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

        Same think happened on the Oregon Trail, more died from drinking water out of rivers than any other reason.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:12 pm #

        portable swiss filter with ceramic element allows you to drink 13k gallons.

        next hurdle ?

        • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

          They use those things in Haiti, and all Haiti’s water is filthy.

        • NickelthroweR October 3, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

          I have water filtration both fixed and portable and so far as I know, I’m the only one.

          Next.

      • Amman October 3, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

        I think I’ll go watch Tom Cruise in War of the Worlds. Sort of chimes, or jibes, with these times.

        Q?

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:56 am #

      Lots of them will drop dead without their drugs, booze, or pharmaceuticals.

      • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:33 pm #

        A neighbor [Salvadorian] lives well on disability. gov $, housing, nice car.
        One day he said ‘the power just went and my meds need refrigeration.’

        Indeed. one can have the meds but need a frige for them.
        Some preppers keep lots of frozen foods. they better be off grid.

    • messianicdruid October 3, 2022 at 11:28 am #

      . I for one think it’s going to be Obadiah.
      IOW not in general but specific.

    • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:31 pm #

      lose not loose

  10. woe October 3, 2022 at 10:26 am #

    I think that what they are not saying is that we maybe close to a long, dark winter ourselves. I just don’t have a good feeling about this winter. That would be a good way to get rid of a lot of people. No lights and heat, or unaffordable/unreliable lights and heat. There are too many things failing or catching on fire, and the incompetence at the top is breathtaking. We are in a global war that is also being fought over here. If you break down the events of the past couple of years, the destruction of food, the shortage of fertilizer, the destruction of food plants, the covid/CRT/trans Psy-ops, the visible decay of our institutions, the crazy assed money printing, the only thing that is missing is the bomb craters and the bullet pocked walls.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 10:35 am #

      The hail Mary play is to have white boomers die off en masses. (We’re only 7 years for the avg age of 72 for the 1957 peak year.)

      They’re the ones born into the absolute pinnacle of luxury and abundance, with perhaps the lowest ever childhood mortality ever experienced.

      This is why the borders are wide open, to replace those with memories, expectations and feelings of entitlement.

      Even a greatly reduced USA is a huge step up from nothing, so if the elites can hold on just a wee bit longer, they might actually be able to pull it off.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:57 am #

        I hope you enjoy the show that you’re rooting for.

        • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:27 pm #

          It’s too late or them to pull it off.

          Best case scenario for Mitchell’s masters are two parallel societies.

          Too many are awake now.

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 4:10 pm #

            I truly hope so, N.O.

            I also see signs of people starting to see the big picture.

          • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

            They have already lost the Corona Hoax battle. They failed to get everyone shot up with that poison and on a digital ID.

            Dunno how far the Climate Hoax is going to take us down the Great Reset garden path, but they can no longer achieve their objectives in the way they wanted to.

            That in itself is a partial win.

        • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

          with AI workers are passe.
          sure a servant class is needed.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:15 pm #

        crew cut greaseballs and little round breeders are everywhere now.

    • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 11:26 am #

      Any bad actor could easily take out the TGPL system during a “Polar Vortex” and the Eastern seaboard megalopolis would be frozen in the dark with no heat or electricity. Perhaps Germany will do it in a tit-for-tat retaliation. So there!

    • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

      @woe:

      Good analysis, with which I agree. Hopefully we are wrong – it’s possible.

    • taijitu October 3, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

      Sounds like Iraq or perhaps Afghanistan.

  11. trolleybill October 3, 2022 at 10:35 am #

    I live near the Jacksonville Naval Air Station on the St. Johns River. From my 12th floor perch I watch planes landing there from GITMO in Cuba shuttling personnel and supplies back and forth weekly. Last week I did see the older P-3 Orion with a tail boom and 4 prop engines (Russian sub hunter plane is 4 props too) has a range of 5,570 miles and the distance to Poland 5,156 miles. The replacing American Navy submarine hunter aircraft of the P-3 Orion is the P-8 Poseidon and it’s range is 1,381 miles. I think Monkey Werx and I’ve seen some of his postings of following on a screen. Do you think he can follow military aircraft? I know you can’t follow Air Force One. Flight Aware does not track military aircraft or the presidential movement.

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 10:59 am #

      I am pretty sure I’ve seen Monkey Werx track Airforce One in the past. That was awhile ago.

      But you are correct that the apps for flights don’t pick up certain planes. They don’t pick up the ones spraying the sky with chemtrails, for example.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 3, 2022 at 8:56 pm #

        I had the software, learned a little about using it. The transponder in the aircraft needs to be turned on.

        We could revisit where the planes of 9-11 went.

        Turn off the transponder so the real plane can fly East over the Atlantic.

        Can someone pass me my tinfoil hat, please?

    • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

      During the Steal, he gave many people false hope when he said he may have seen Trump leaving Washington for parts unknown – as if there was the possibility of real resistance.

      Hope is a drug and he was intoxicated like many of us. But he did admit he wasn’t sure. And he apologized later for being wrong and spreading false hope.

    • tahoe1780 October 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

      Does the Poseidon hypothesis support the “four leak” reports?

    • ryan1327 October 3, 2022 at 9:31 pm #

      I live near NAS jax as well, I’ve never been able to find fighters, Blackhawks or transports on ADSB. P3/p8’s do show up occasionally, but few and far between.

  12. Freddie October 3, 2022 at 10:47 am #

    Another terrific essay.

    And……

    “So, let’s send a few more billion dollars to the sucking chest wound that is Ukraine.”

    Doesn’t this look particularly cute to the former residents of the SW coast of Florida?

    • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 11:35 am #

      On a side note FEMA is directing 40,000 out of state electrical “line-persons” to FL to restore the power. Line-persons! Give me a break. It’s all fun and games until your under-wire bra gets lit up by a 40,000 volt line. “I am a line-person for the county” just doesn’t sound right.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

        Glen, RIP.

      • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 5:44 pm #

        My step brother is about to have a banner year. Those “line-persons” make some serious scratch.

        • Ron Anselmo October 4, 2022 at 12:14 am #

          Right, Dis.

          I believe “storm work” is triple-time, plus time and a half over 8, and most work 10’s, 12’s or 16’s – not much else to do. Two or three months of storm work is about what they make the other nine months of the year.

          Not a bad career path for young men – six-figure annual income at 21 years old. Those jobs are essential and won’t go away until we get an EMP, and are back in the 1800’s.

          • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 2:41 pm #

            Bracero linemen.

  13. JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:56 am #

    Think global, not Russia or even China.

    Our worst enemy is the Deep State global allegiance, not another country. The war in Ukraine is a proxy not for the US or NATO, but for Klaus Schwab and the global Mob. Guess where the US Mob is putting their chips? Is Ukraine “all in” for the US and NATO Mobs.

    • Creekwood October 3, 2022 at 11:22 am #

      We are nearing the end of the nation-state story.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

        Mettallicas version of “Turn the page” fits

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 11:35 am #

      I gotta disagree here: the “thinking elite” is a composite group that come from divergent backgrounds.

      Nothing is really coordinated; rather what they all share is the desire to win, to rule, to prove their worth.

      Here’s my quick notation of who are the players, in no particular order:

      – banksters (apparently jareks one and only target)
      – military careerists
      – bureaucrats
      – intelligencia
      – industrialists
      – ccp (Li et al)
      – Russian oligarchy (including putin)

      Right now, putin is cloaking himself in the mantle of moral authority, but in the end, everyone claims they are in acting in a just cause

      • Katerina October 6, 2022 at 7:19 pm #

        To mitchellc

        Are you a paid troll ot just naturally stupid? Not enough brains even for that sad pathetic job of being a troll? Here is my advise to you – crawl back to under the rock that you have crawled from under and don’t pollute the conversations here. You are too stupid for this blog.

  14. JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 10:58 am #

    Watching story right now.

    $550+ billion of Covid welfare has disappeared in a cloud of fraud.

    Is any one surprised?

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:01 am #

      No. As I mentioned here last week, I discovered that covid19 money given to universities and colleges to push the plandemic and vaccines didn’t require any tracking whatsoever. Lots of pockets were lined for lots of political leaders, with no questions asked.

    • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

      That’s a lot of money even by our inflated standards. Money that should have gone to Ukraine!

    • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:25 pm #

      remember the morning Trump got put in its place by “the fautch” on TV

      Stood there like a psychopathic shrews lil bitch and said NOTHING

      I remember. So screw those fake rallys and its nonsense.

    • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

      in Minnesota?

    • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 5:46 pm #

      At the moment, the USA is being looted. This is happening because the people “in the know” are aware that the US republic is failing and dying. There’s not going to be that many more opportunities for looting after the fall of the republic. If ya want it, better get it while the gettin’ is good. $500 billion is good gettin’ !!!

    • Not_GeorgeT October 3, 2022 at 9:04 pm #

      I’m shocked. Shocked!

      🙂

  15. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:07 am #

    Speaking of fotune cookies, am I alone in noticing they don’t contain fortunes anymore?

    • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 11:38 am #

      Beryl, that’s because you don’t have a future.

    • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

      I humored myself with the idea of having a fortune printed up and inserted in those cookies that reads:

      “You will soon die the excruciatingly painful death which you so richly deserve.”

      • Soul Forensics October 3, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

        Q. Shtik,

        Some restaurants employ minimum wage workers to write their fortune cookies.

        I’m imagining a 23 year-old college grad with 100K of student debt (only 10K, at this point, is ‘forgiven’?) writing that one up for the deal-makers at a swanky five-star establishment.

        • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:40 pm #

          the cookies are bought elsewhere, yes? not at the local chop suey shop.

      • taijitu October 3, 2022 at 9:04 pm #

        Can you think of anything less funny?

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 5:39 pm #

      Did they ever? The ones I got only contained ‘clever’ statements.

  16. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:12 am #

    I can’t follow all the military stuff. I used to have a couple or three of contacts who were well-versed in all things military, and could explain many points that made world affairs that much clearer to me.

    What I don’t understand is how it isn’t clear to everyone who has done even the slightest level of reading about the situation in Ukraine, that there is a gigantic money-laundering operation going on in that “country”.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 11:45 am #

      See my post above outlining some of the various players.

      The military couldn’t possibly give a shit; it’s simply a career opportunity. No one is going to take their toys away. If “Ukraine” didn’t exist, it would have to be invented.

      Once you come to understand that principles, standards, slogans and oaths are merely for public consumption, then you’ll be able to clearly understand true motives and objectives.

      Jaz likes to call them the Mob; perhaps a bit too focused on the traditional criminal label. What is true is the universal disdain among all players for anyone so naive, so clueless as to not figure it out.

      I mean, anytime Pelosi, McConnell, et al speak they are practically publicly mocking the rubes sitting in the cheap seats.

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

        yes, a bad Vietnam rerun indeed.

      • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

        No, Mitchellc

        I mean theMob, circa 2022.

        I went to visit the Mob Museum in Vegas and was appalled by the growth of the US Mob and how they invaded everything. The global Mob I am surmising is the combination of many nation’s Mobs. Think of fentanyl, China, Mexico and the US. Think of the MIC Mob here plus NATO and Ukraine.

        I guess I am saying a part of the WEF Great Reset is a global Mob, doing the dirty work.

        I do believe the US government starting with the president are members of the US Mob, comprised of Latino, Black, Asian and yes European Mobs using the US as a major customer of the illicit trades. The black market has always been the signature of the Mob.

        That is why nothing is done about the border.

        • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 5:41 pm #

          All that might well be, but I want to know is what part is Wall Drug playing in all this? You just KNOW they’re playing a major part. Them SD and ND gangs don’t play, nigga!

        • hmuller October 5, 2022 at 9:57 am #

          The mob sells “protection”, NATO sells protection. Piss us off, and your pipeline has a little accident.

        • Katerina October 6, 2022 at 10:40 pm #

          To JohnAZ

          Nope! You are totally wrong my friend. The Global Mob, if you want to call them such, is rather small, concentrated and organised group of Talmudic adherents that want to control the world. I call them Zhidovsky Cabal as most, if not all of them, are Zhids.That word means Zionist, in Russian.
          Ask yourself as to whom do your politicians have to swear the alligience, on taking the office? Don’t know? No, it’s not to you people that voted for them to be there, absolutely not – it’s to Israhell! Understand now?
          Then ask yourself who controls ALL your mass media, all six major global MSM corporations? Your Federal Reserve and all the major banks? Your Military Industrial Complex? Your political “administration”? Big Pharma? Food supply? Education? And the rest…Easy enough to find out. You will discover something very interesting – most of those in control there are Zhids. Not bad for only 4% of the population – don’t you think?
          As I said. they are organised, have an agenda and a plan. And have been working towards their agenda FOR QUITE A WHILE.
          Another name for them is a global parasite. They do not produce anything that benefits others, they have discovered how to be a very successful parasite and have been feasting on this humanity for centuries. Also discovered that by seeding strive and dissent among that humanity benefits them greatly. Hence the reason for MOST wars in this world! Divide and rule. And make yourself richer in the process. On the blood of others. That is exactly what they are doing in Ukraine right now. Clear?
          And if you still have any doubts, read their Talmud. You can find it on www – read it. Spells out exactly what they want to do with us, “goyims”, in detail. It will make your hair stand on end!
          The more people know and understand their satanic agenda the easier it will be for humanity to fight this parasitic evil. And kill it for good. It’s a parasite that needs to be destroyed before it destroys ALL OF US, regardless what country we are from. President of Russia, VVP has got their number.. going for them!

  17. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth October 3, 2022 at 11:17 am #

    Green Treason

    If you read the disputed Rand Report on weakening Germany to fill the coffers of the US and renew the Cold War, one of the many truths it speaks to is that Greens are fanatical and unprofessional. They are so enchanted to be taken seriously with their unicorn fantasies of a fossil free future, that they are easily manipulated by powerful forced including the military and the fossil fuel companies themselves.

    The Greens dont give a hoot about grids, ROEI, physics, reliable flows of energy and where the god damm money comes from to support keeping the lights on

    If Germany completely loses its industrial and manufacturing base and hence its tax and banking system to fulfill a last gasp of empire for NATO., then there is no green future provided by technology.

    There is only blight and war.

    • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:33 am #

      Yeah, Klausschwabian reset.

      Only a fool thinks that the Great Reset will. E accomplished peacefully.

      • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 11:33 am #

        Will be

      • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

        That was clear from the outset.

        The time would always come when the Schwabster and co. would have to let the mask fully drop.

        You can only engineer things from the shadows for so long.

        Also, they launched the Covid Hoax too soon. They needed control of the Internet for success.

    • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

      The Germans are used to war, famine, and destruction. It’s been a lifestyle for them for many centuries. When Rome was a glittering city on a hill, Germany was a bunch of tribesmen running around in the woods with horns on their heads. Maybe every now and then the Germans experience a longing to go back to that former lifestyle of living in the woods and acting like a bunch of wild Indians. Eventually they decided it would be fun to gather a big group of German guys together and head south to sack Rome. Big adventure. I’m sure the Vandals, Goths, Visigoths etc. didn’t suffer from boredom.

      • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

        What is going on now is not comparable to German political decision-making of any previous era.

        The puppets in the farcical Ampelkoalition are directed by the World Economic Forum.

        None of what is happening has been requested by a majority of the people here.

        • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 5:42 pm #

          As far as I can tell, Merkel is responsible for letting the WEF take over in Germany. How did someone like her get into a leadership position? Did she ever have majority support or is she someone like Hitler? Adolf never had majority support in Germany when he was on the ballots. He had to be appointed to the position of chancellor. He wasn’t elected to that office.

          • Not_GeorgeT October 3, 2022 at 9:08 pm #

            “is she someone like Hitler? ”

            Well, there are a few rumours…

          • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 10:02 am #

            It did indeed start with Merkel. Her ability to “win” elections over and over also most interesting given the success of the rest young global leaders in such a compressed period of time.

            Almost as if votes don’t count.

  18. gusgus2021 October 3, 2022 at 11:35 am #

    General Ripper was right all along ,the Russians have be stealing his life “essence” .

    • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 1:16 pm #

      No, it was the “near enemy”: Women.

  19. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 11:36 am #

    I was reading some really stupid take Dan Rather made on the Russia/Ukraine situation, and something finally clicked for me.

    I have mentioned before at this site, my frustration with many of the ‘old-timers’ in the news business. Some of the younger ones do not appear to believe they are doing anything wrong or to even know what their jobs are, but I thought people like Dan should know better.

    After reading his latest dumb remark, it hit me that Dan is a dimwitted individual who thinks he is smart, and indeed manages to seem fairly intelligent.

    Maybe because he conducts himself in the manner we were accustomed to seeing from smart people, or people we were told were smart.

    Remember Dan and his zeal to take out George Bush, because he hated George HW so bad?

    Well there was plenty that Dan could have used against both W and HW to take out the whole dynasty before it took root, but he was too stupid to know that.

    Some good solid investigative reporting way back when could have
    saved us a heap pf misery today.

    George didn’t fulfill his guard duty? How lame is that?

    • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 11:44 am #

      Dan “What’s the Frequency Kenneth?” Rather has always been a dimwitted idiot. Got a well deserved ass whooping for being such.

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

      Well, that dynasty was put in place way back in ol’ Prescott’s time, when he tried to pull a coup d’etat on FDR. If only FDR had acted. But now we know they were all in cahoots after all, really.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

        And old Dan Rather’s just a-standin’ there lookin’.

      • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

        Prescott Bush has another claim to fame. He found the bones of Geronimo in the early 1920’s. He found them on Fort Sill Oklahoma under a tombstone marked “Geronimo”.
        The bones have ever since resided in Skull & Bones HQ at Yale, despite the protests of Native Americans.

        • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

          Unlike the men in the Bush clan, Geronimo was a real man, not a fake man like the “men” one would encounter at Yale. Perhaps the Bonesmen are hoping that some of that native spirit is still residing in those bones, and if they keep the bones close at hand, some of that manhood might trickle on down to them in some way. I think they are delusional, that they’ll always be fake men no matter how rich or famous they are.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

          We used to have Indian bones on display in our local museum.

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 3:56 pm #

            Now we have

            Tada

            Mike Wallace

  20. elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 11:44 am #

    “The dildo of consequence is seldom lubricated.”

    I believe that statement is in the Bible somewhere…

    You could look it up.

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:59 am #

      That’s a funny one.

    • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

      No, it’s from the Dead Sea Scroll “Sex Toys Forbidden by Moses”

      • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 5:36 pm #

        I imagine all that desert sand would make that one a no-brainer.

        • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 7:42 pm #

          That’s why Sex On The Beach is good as a cocktail and nothing else.

          • taijitu October 3, 2022 at 9:35 pm #

            That was classic.

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 10:52 pm #

            That’s funny you mentioned sex on the beach. When we were in Sanibel this past February we went to the place next door to us and got totally hammered on them. Luckily for us it was only a 3 minute walk, or I should say a 3 minute weave and stumble, to our room. We had a lot of fun and slept very soundly. And it was the only time I could say to the young waitress that I wanted sex on the beach from her with my wife right there.

          • hmuller October 4, 2022 at 12:24 pm #

            Oh bill, you are such a class act!

  21. MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 11:59 am #

    mitchellc: “You’re defining insane according to your own perceptions. But who directed your training and the deep installation of those beliefs?”

    Finally he let the cat out of the bag. This is the same logic/template used by the post-modernist nutjobs in all their books on diversity.

    “Don’t trust your lying eyes! Listen to your masters!”

    Really? An appeal to Bernays-styled authority?

    Poor mitchellc.

    • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

      I don’t care much for his thinking, but I do like Barnays sauce on vegetables.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

        Do you like Miracle Whip better than mayonnaise? I understand there’s a yuge divide on that one.

        • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 12:50 pm #

          I never touch miracle whip. Even the name is unappealing, like some tool evangelists use to beat the demon out of possessed souls.

          • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 5:35 pm #

            We used to call it JizzWhiz in the military.

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 8:42 pm #

            My uncle in the army saved the lives of his entire battalion. He shot the cook.
            – old joke

        • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 7:19 am #

          @ Beryl of Oyl:

          Miracle Whip is used to make gas-station sandwiches and many restauratn sandwiches (and other “mayonnaise” stuff) because it does not spoil as easily as mayonnaise.

          Mayonnaise is a combination of ingredients that poses a pretty serious risk of food poisoning, especially if it sits in warm conditions for awhile. My high school biology teacer once said that the number one cause of botulism is careless handling of potato salad.

          NEVER eat mussels mayonaise at a Chinese bufftet. (Apparently no one has told the Chinese that mayonaisse should not be held at warm temperatures.)

          I personally consider Miracle Whip to be an offense against nature. Fie and shame on anyone who uses it to make anything!

          • hmuller October 4, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

            Let us hope The Miracle Whip issue does not split this forum into warring factions.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm #

        I think you mean Bernaise! LOL

    • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

      Wizardry in action.

      It does work unfortunately, just ask the Rednut or the Beantown Shill.

      Just give my my Mickey ears and an ice cream sundae.

      • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 4:35 pm #

        Night Foul: When some people feel threatened because they know they are weak, they resort to name-calling. My name-calling is only in response to yours, otherwise I wouldn’t do it. A sane, unhateful person would just disagree with someone, but a sicko like yourself feels the need to belittle those with whom they disagree. Sad, very sad.

        BTW, your comments about me make me belly laugh and don’t bother me personally. I forget about them right after I reply. So you are an ineffectual nothing.

        • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 9:58 am #

          Back when they were banning the “unvaccinated” from entering supermarkets to buy food for their families over here on the continent, you were posting passive agressive comments on how we should all just shut our traps.

          Now everything we posted has come to pass. And you act like you never were what you were.

          Eat shit, you flaccid-schlonged bovine boomer fuckstick.

  22. Armenio Pereira October 3, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

    “Joe Biden” isn’t a man (or “men”): it’s just an egregore, an ectoplasm conjured by the US collective bad consciousness.

    • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

      The night emissions of a restless demon dreaming of chaos? LOL

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

        forever 13 indeed

  23. trolleybill October 3, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

    Monkey Werx says that P-8 Poseidon Navy Sub Hunter released a MK-54 torpedo Which I find an incredible story hard to believe, First off the P-8 Poseidon has a range of 1,381 miles and from the USA would take 4 defueling’s to get there. Next off the MK-54 torpedo would have to be released right over and travel 225 feet to the underwater pipe encased in 4 inches of concrete. The MK-54 torpedo has had many troubles in accuracy and malfunctions. I have to believe Monkey Werx is blowing smoke up his readers asses. My take if I were to speculate was that explosives were attached by divers of unknown origins in small boats at night days before on a timer.

    • Not_GeorgeT October 3, 2022 at 9:26 pm #

      Monkey Werx tossed me off his site during what appears to have been a massive hissy fit indiscriminately aimed at a lot of people because he didn’t like something someone said.

      I was thrown off for “harassment and bullying”.

      I put it in quotes, as such was the stated reason when I looked into it on Patreon.

      That was when I got the software he uses.

      I learned a bit about using it, had more pressing issues requiring attention and time, so I put it aside

      I’ll leave it there.

    • SAM October 4, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

      P8 is also operated by Great Britain with the MK-54.

    • SAM October 4, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

      Hypothesis: Divers planted Beacons. Torpedoes launched at beacons.

  24. beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

    Slightly off-topic: I watched a video of Trump’s rally in Michigan. What struck me the most was that Trump does a marvelous Alec Baldwin imitation.

    What also struck me was how well Trump plays to the crowd. He knew exactly what to say to the well-meaning but dumb attendees; they adore him. Same old Trump, semi-coherent, making up “facts” on the fly, and egotistically touting his achievements. But he does have a lot of energy for an old geezer. I wouldn’t be able to ramble on like he did. I couldn’t conceive of Biden being able to do that.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

      Trump supporters are smarter than the libs and neocons who look down on them.

      • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

        True, but that’s not saying much. Even though I could see the bullshit, the rally made me feel hopeful and positive. These people love their country, and it was good to see such a group of them still exists.

        • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:35 pm #

          They are smarter than you too, Bill.

          They are unvaxed and have identified the enemy.

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 4:17 pm #

            Still attacking me, eh? So do you live for seeing my comments each day so you can disparage me? What a poor excuse for living. Like I’ve been saying, a good psychotherapist would be very beneficial for you; maybe actually result in your life being worthwhile for a change.

            You remind me of OG’s attacks on Mary. They resulted in him being banned. What’s sad is that your attacks on me contribute nothing to the comments here.

          • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:42 pm #

            wow

            what a riposte.

          • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 9:58 am #

            I am laughing at you. Your expiry date is fast approaching.

    • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

      To do an authentic Alec Baldwin imitation, Trump’s grand finale would have to feature him shooting a supporter (twice and by accident, of course).

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

        I wonder how the investigation of the woman shot dead at point blank range by a gun indisputably held by Alec is coming?

        Who could have done it?

        • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:59 pm #

          Who could have done it?

          Putin, of course.

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

            No, it was Trump.

        • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

          We know who did it; it is on film. The real question is, did he murder her, as much of the circumstantial evidence would appear to indicate?

          I would actually bet a substantial amount of my savings on this being the case.

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 4:58 pm #

            Clearly proof that liberals should be denied gun ownership. LOL

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm #

            Or even allowed to touch a gun.

          • Night Owl October 5, 2022 at 8:59 am #

            The lie about not pulling the trigger was so outrageous that it just makes one wonder what other things Baldwin lied about.

            Notorious for his extreme temper and his hobby of assaulting reporters and paparazzi, I do wonder what role that fiery and contentious work relationship played in the death of the other party involved in this event.

  25. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

    Elon Musk is trying his hand at world peace. I think he’s being a bit naive:

    Ukraine-Russia Peace:

    – Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people.

    – Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).

    – Water supply to Crimea assured.

    – Ukraine remains neutral.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1576969255031296000?s=20&t=TEpbaz_-6rl0HKGu4qwN1Q

    • Amman October 3, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

      Delusional Turd.

    • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

      neutral as a 250 mile Tesla

    • MaryQueen October 6, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

      He’s a transhumanist.

  26. Opie October 3, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

    It’s amazing to me how effective the Putin misinformation campaign is in this country when it it sooooooooo simple to read the man’s own words. This bit from his latest speech pretty much sums up what this once great nation has become.

    ” The West is ready to cross every line to preserve the neo-colonial system which allows it to live off the world, to plunder it thanks to the domination of the dollar and technology, to collect an actual tribute from humanity, to extract its primary source of unearned prosperity, the rent paid to the hegemon. The preservation of this annuity is their main, real and absolutely self-serving motivation. This is why total de-sovereignisation is in their interest. This explains their aggression towards independent states, traditional values and authentic cultures, their attempts to undermine international and integration processes, new global currencies and technological development centres they cannot control. It is critically important for them to force all countries to surrender their sovereignty to the United States.”

    That’s the 1%’s right there, ready and willing to sacrifice the rest of us in their insatiable march to have it all.

    • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

      And feminism is a huge part of that process of de-legitimatization.

      They have run into the the BRIC wall.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      This has always been the case, dating back long before the first empires, before the first proto humans, extant today in any number of different groupings and collectives in the animal kingdom, whether they are troops, prides or herds.

      What so many people here seem to embrace is the noble attainment of virtue by being the victim, the rube, the loser.

      Russias 1,000+ year history absolutely epitomizes an aggressive, predatory state. It demonstrates that putin is among the clever 1% by appealing to the brotherhood of allied opponents who would so dearly love to be playing offense.

      If you want to enjoy your brief time here as a sentient being, you really must drop the pretense – intentionally indoctrinated – that were any different than any other life form hierarchical organization.

      Once youve achieved that state of enlightenment, you’ll not only be able to ID the players on the field, but also be able to impartially observe the life drama played out on the serengeti.

      Rather victim or oppressor, how about an eco tourist returning to a luxury tent to enjoy a fine steak and glass of wine?

      • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:39 pm #

        Yes ! flight, fight or STOP and consider.

      • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 11:04 am #

        @ mitchellc:

        While it is good to have no illusions about the nation-state, whose whole nature is conquest and confiscation and systematic exploitation, there are contervailing forces.

        I’ve mentioned here before that you can learn a lot about people by watching goats, whose behaviors are almost all social-dominance behaviors. With humans these behaviors are usually more subtle: if you have a broken leg, your fellow humans will not usually see this as an opportunity to head-butt you, as goats would. (They may see this as an opportunity to undermine you in the workplace, resent your taking a good parking space, or something similar.)

        On the other hand, the countervailing force of true community does exist, though it is the nature of the nation-state (and other institutions constituted in the same way) to apply steady pressure to undermine and destroy true community. The Putin quote above, supplied by Opie, states this pretty clearly–except that one should not be conflating nation-states with true communities. Nevertheless, Putin is correct I think in identifying the destruction of the nation-state as a more advanced stage in the destruction of human relations in general.

        Even today, authenic human community relationships exist. Humans are very much hard-wired to gain their sense of self-worth by being the giver, rather than the taker. I’ve even found that the easiest way to make friends with your neighborhood’s juvenile delinquents is to bum a cigarette off of them; you have cast them in the role of benefactor, and they will love you for it.

        I could give endless examples of friends and neighbors who have helped me or my daughters. (There was that one daughter who managed to land her car in a ditch four times during the first winter after she started driving. Someone came along with a logging chain within 15 minutes and pulled her out of the ditch, all four times.) When an elderly couple had a dead battery in a parking lot, a small crowd gathered to help them. I drove the old guy to O’Reilly’s to get a new battery, and two or three other people helped him install it. Local car mechanics will help you with minor car problems and refuse to accept payment. I’m talking about helping you put your convertible top back up when you can’t do it alone, or telling you that your car is shaking because you need to wash the mud out of the wheels. Neighbors will plow your driveway or help you dig post-holes. Churches are engaged in all kinds of charitable activities. The local thrift store is entirely staffed with volunteers. Sometimes you feel that you are in competition with friends, neighbors, and family members to see who can do the most for each other.

        IMHO, this what normal human community relations are. Statism is what destroys this, just as it destroys culture, religion, and families.

        If you want to do good, both for yourself and for others, building community is one of the best ways to do it and ultimately one of the best ways to undermine the State.

  27. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

    The National Institutes of Health gave EcoHealth Alliance and Peter Daszak another batflu grant.

    This is another instance of “them” showing us they can do anything they want. Like putting boys on girls’ sports teams, or having teachers tell your kids what ‘gender’ they are.

    I’m not the only one noticing this. I don’t know if I feel better knowing I’m not alone, or worse because it confirms what I have been seeing is really happening:

    “They took a legendary 200-year-old crystal flute out of storage so that Lizzo could play two notes on it.

    The purpose is to remind you that nothing you care about has any value.”
    https://twitter.com/anncoulter

    This also ties in to something else I have mentioned before- when I talked about the Johnny Depp court case peple would always miss my point, going into what they thought of Johnny Depp personally or the MeToo movement or whatever; my point was there is a Great Replacement of America’s entertainment industry stars going on. Johnny Depp was arguably the biggest star in the world at the time that the WaPo and ACLU tried to cancel him.

    Whoever heard of this Lizzie person? The music industry is being taken over by a bunch of one-named “stars” you never heard of, certainly not known for their songs or their abilities.

    If you were to turn on a station that plays current music, you will notice that nearly all the vocals are auto-tuned. This is supposedly because the artists think it sounds cool, but it also has they advantage of allowing someone who can’t carry a tune at all but fits the right demographics, be able to pursue a career as a singer.

    Elvis wasn’t known solely by his first name until he became very well known for his music.

    So, this will be what passes for culture in the North American Region.

    • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 1:32 pm #

      Yes that was James Madison’s flute, 200 centuries old.

      I read an article a few weeks ago about James Madison’s home which is a National Historic Site. Apparently Madison is hardly mentioned in brochures, markers, or by park guides except in the most negative terms. Turns out Madison was the worst sort of scoundrel, a White Supremacist, a Slave Owner, and wasn’t down with the LBGQT movement.

      The whole park is all about chattel slavery. The same goes with Washington and Jefferson’s historic homesteads as well according to the author.

      • cowbell81 October 3, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

        Surprised Lizzo didn’t take the crystal flute and crack it in two over her big Black fat knee, as reparations to the people.

        • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 8:21 pm #

          Wait a few more years. She’ll take it from the same or a similar culture vulture and then masturbate with it right on stage.

        • JackStraw October 4, 2022 at 5:55 pm #

          I was surprised that she didn’t perform some grotesque sexual act with the flute.

          She was properly dressed for such an act

      • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm #

        They were all White Nationalists, so yeah, the brochures are right. The Left knows American history better than you folks do.

        You lost when you accepted them as your moral authorities. Then you tried to disagree with them on history. More and often than not, they were right and you all didn’t have a leg to stand on.

  28. BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

    Apparently the Ukrainian army recaptured some obscure frontier city on the borderlands; MSM sites — CNBC, CNN, Fox — are making it sound like Ukraine won the Battle of Stalingrad.

    Nobody wants to back a loser, and maybe reporting chimerical glorious victories is what it takes to keep the Blue & Yellow flags hanging off front porches in Pittsfield and the schwag flowing east into Kiev — $80 billion & counting.

    • mitchellc October 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

      Really, you need to stop watching mass media. The 24/7 channels need a constant source of content.

      My guess is you’re bored. Why not move somewhere or become engaged in something worthwhile?

      Look, it’s really super simple:

      – there’s not enough to go around for 8b
      – therefore we must shed absolute numbers, while changing the make up of the remainder along with implementing controls
      – in the meantime, it’s imperative to grab as much for your side before we settle into the long mid game stalemate

      Taking this info together, we can clearly see the two blocks, the demographic changes and the financial/price trajectory

      Any reasonably smart person should easily be able to make money in this environment simply be owning real estate in high demand regions

      Doing so will give you plenty of time and freedom to check in, check out and relax

      • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

        Real estate is a losing bet.

        • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

          Today I looked on Zillow for real estate on Sanibel island, FL. Only one house listed for sale less than a million bucks. Most are in the 2-4 million dollar range. I would imagine that a few fixer-uppers will be showing up in the near future. They will all be rebuilt bigger and better I’m sure. Andrew blew Homestead, FL to smithereens in the ’90’s and now it’s rebuilt with multi-million dollar homes for sale. People never learn.

          • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

            “Fixer uppers.” LOL! Yep, the vultures will be swooping in any minute now to capitalize on all this “misfortune.” And numb-nuts (Lil’ Tommy?) will show up right on time after that to buy them at even more hideously inflated prices.

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

            Sadly, Sanibel may be hit again. After all, hurricanes will become bigger and badder. We had reservations in February for our favorite place on Sanibel, but I doubt it’s still around. It really was a beautiful place. Oh, well, we’ll be back in 2024 if we’re still alive.

          • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 8:26 pm #

            That part of Florida doesn’t get hit very often. But Puerto Rico is always getting hit. What madness possessed us to take Puerto Rico as a territory? If people want to live there, they should live in huts or shacks that are easily rebuilt.

            Government building can be stone or brick to be able to stand against the winds. The rich can live in such buildings too of course. Nothing in between. No middle class “houses”.

          • Blackbird October 4, 2022 at 11:53 am #

            “That part of Florida doesn’t get hit very often.”

            Jars, take a look at any map of historical hurricane tracks, or a map of hurricane strikes by county. Lee County Florida (where Sanibel Island is) takes direct hits regularly, as well as glancing blows even more frequently. South Florida is hurricane central in the continental US.

            Now if Hurricane Ian had wrenched Sanibel loose and flung it up into, say, Duval County, from that point on, you’d be right. Northeast Florida doesn’t get hit (direct hits, that is) very often.

          • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 6:37 pm #

            The west coast of Florida hasn’t been hit hard in decades. You’re thinking of the east coast perhaps. Or the south coast and Keys.

          • Blackbird October 5, 2022 at 7:11 pm #

            “The west coast of Florida hasn’t been hit hard in decades.”

            Hurricane Charley, Landfall Cayo Costa, FL, August 13, 2004.

            Hurricane Francis, Landfall Hutchinson Island, Florida, September 5, 2004. Punched out near Homosassa Springs, punched back in near Crawfordsville.

            Hurricane Ivan, Landfall Gulf Shores, Alabama, September 16, 2004. Cruised up to VA, rolled back down to FL, punched back in near Miami, punched back out near Fort Myers.

            Hurricane Jeanne, Landfall Hutchinson Island, Florida, September 26, 2004. Punched out near New Port Richie, FL, punched back in south of Perry, FL.

            Hurricane Wilma, Landfall Cape Romano, FL, October 24, 2005.

            All above names retired.

            The west coast of Florida hasn’t been hit hard in about one and a half decades.

            The Gulf of Mexico, due to its relatively isolated, warmer, waters is an incubator of hurricanes, particularly during the early part of the season.

            No, I’m thinkin’ west coast Jars.

          • Jarek October 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

            You are adamant about this. Perhaps you know more than I do. If only you were so willing to admit that you are wrong when I am adamant and know more.

            At least admit that that dark, storm tossed island, Puerto Rico, should be cut loose and allowed to blow away.

          • Blackbird October 6, 2022 at 7:54 pm #

            Yes Jars, I agree that Puerto Rico should be cut loose. Ever been there? That little island takes the worst of Latin America and the worst of the US and puts it all in a blender with some cheap rum – and ketchup-mayo. We shoulda cut ’em loose back in the ’60’s. They’d have pissed off Cuba – one way or another – and got themselves invaded.

            It’s kinda weird when we agree, isn’t it? Maybe we should stick to disagreeing.

        • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

          “Real estate is a losing bet.”

          Right now, I’d say investing in real estate is very poor advice. It has never been a “kick back and relax” investment opportunity.

          There are large gentrified, high-rent areas in Kansas City, Missouri, the largest city near me. It’s anybody’s guess how their owners will fare if/when times get tough–or how people will fare in Johnson County, Kansas, the highest of high-rent districts in this area. “The best laid plans of mice and men…,” as the poet says.

          • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

            It seemed like a good idea to invest in rental properties in 2019.

      • Soul Forensics October 3, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

        mitchc aspires to be a slum lord. No surprise.

        • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 6:09 pm #

          In 1865 they were called Carpet Baggers, voracious land speculators from Hartford & Syracuse swooping in to buy the burnt out sugar plantations in Louisiana & Mississippi … at bargain basement prices.

        • GreenAlba October 3, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

          mitchellc is going to have a Damascene conversion and put his talents to helping take care of the many orphans who are going to need protecting from the elite ghouls waiting to ensnare them. He will start up his own little Inn of the Sixth Happiness and future generations will revere him.

          Only messing wit’ya.

          • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 8:57 pm #

            I wonder how many people here saw that Ingrid Bergman movie? What a marvelous actress she was. Bit of a tart, but I don’t expect sainthood from the artistic types.

          • Islander October 5, 2022 at 5:50 pm #

            Hey, you bit of a fart.

            You have really fallen for *ancient* propaganda re Bergman, haven’t you. Twit.

    • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

      My husband says it was a top story on NPR also, BackRow.

      Yeah, it encourages them to keep the money and weapons flowing.

      I wonder if Putin has upped his goal of demilitarizing Ukraine and is now demilitarizing NATO. Well, he is, but is this deliberate?

      Throw them a town every once in a while, let them spin it into a Great and Glorious Victory, and empty some more WMD warehouses?

    • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

      The blowing up of the pipelines, however, was dropped from all media since Friday, as far as I can tell.

      Nothing to see here, move along.

      • cowbell81 October 3, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

        Yeah, makes you wonder if it actually did happen. Maybe they used fake footage from a green screen.

        • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 7:47 pm #

          It happened all right.

          They dropped it down the Memory Hole because the entire world, except for the brain dead, could see exactly who did it.

          No amount of Mighty Wurlitzer spin could fix that reality.

    • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 5:32 pm #

      I watched the Ukrainian “first lady” on 60 Minutes last night for as long as I could bear. I bawled all night after that at the rampant injustice imposed by those evil Russkies. I sent a personal note to the White House this morning that we should just launch all the nukes immediately, come what may.

      • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 5:40 pm #

        Don’t worry Dis, we’re all doomed anyway after Putin shoots his underwater nuke offshore on us. What’s not to like about a 1,200 foot tsunami?

        Only thing is, Dis, Putin never does what we expect him to. I heard he’s going to drop the big one unexpectedly on northern New Mexico. The sunsets there will be glorious.

        • malthuss October 3, 2022 at 5:45 pm #

          will he nuke a city?

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 6:13 pm #

            Hopefully not.

          • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 6:49 am #

            ‘will he nuke a city?’

            Poor optics.

            More likely a demonstration on a military target.

            An EMP burst would put us in the world portrayed in:

            ‘Breugel’s prophetic depiction of mid 21st century daily life in Euroland’

            This makes more sense, if any of it makes sense.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 6:42 am #

        “I watched the Ukrainian “first lady” on 60 Minutes … ”

        The tv is on a lot here, sort of a background sound, I’d prefer music. I heard ‘first lady’, which caused me to take a look expecting to see the ‘Jill’ person.

        Then I saw it was ’60 Minutes’ and not ‘Jill’.

        Thanks for the update, you’ve more patience to watch than I have.

    • Katerina October 7, 2022 at 12:41 am #

      To BackRowHeckler

      Thank you! You are one of those that restore my faith in humanity!

  29. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

    O/T slightly, but here is some fine work by Jeffrey A. Tucker, who has taken it upon himself to write the history of what happened to us in 2020.

    If only more of my fellow Trump supporters were insistent that the president just cut that crap out, right that very minute, or else!

    We had two weeks to fix that 70 seconds, we blew it.

    The 70 Seconds that Shook the World

    “On March 16, 2020, following a long weekend of negotiations and deals about the coronavirus, Donald Trump, Deborah Birx, and Anthony Fauci spoke at a White House press conference for the first time about nationwide lockdowns.

    They handed out a sheet of paper – it mostly consisted of conventional health advice – that said in tiny print: “bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.”

    Shut it all down. Everything. Everyone. As if the whole economy were a nightclub closing early. ”

    https://brownstone.org/articles/the-70-seconds-that-shook-the-world/

    • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

      wonderin if dons dumped shrews dick yet ?

      prolly not

    • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

      I thought the lockdowns came from the governors, not the feds.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

        It was the Trump task force that “recommended” the lockdowns, praised the governors that instituted the most draconian (and nutty) ones; it was the Trump task force that gave the governors the notion that the 10th Amendment empowered them to do so.

        It was the Trump task force that criticized the first governor to attempt to reopen.

        It was the Trump task force that invoked FEMA over a cold virus, and it was the Trump task force that signed not one, not two, but three EOs enabling the governors to continue on their tyrannical path of destruction.

        He does not come out of this with clean hands. His covid policies and Biden”s were the same. The only difference being that Biden wanted to make the non-vaccine compulsory.

        • cowbell81 October 3, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

          Their lockdowns were nothing but a big sticking pile of horseshit that has since decomposed into fertile soil that will hopefully bring about the coming revolution.

          Never forget the “two weeks to flatten the curve” bullshit they fed us. This should be our battle cry, printed on flags and bumper stickers across the land, much like “Remember the Maine,” “Don’t Give Up the Ship,” and “Remember the Alamo”.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 3:43 pm #

            The Flat Curvers require frequent ridicule, at the very least.

        • Night Owl October 3, 2022 at 3:43 pm #

          The last point is a pretty major difference, and Trump is on record saying he never would have made the shot compulsory.

          Worth noting again is that Trump’s staff was largely comprised of deep state holdovers and employees hired by those holdovers.

          There were several individuals invited to Washington to head up or support the response to the Covid Hoax, several of them were blocked or left hanging until they decided to return home.

          Fauci appears to have been brought in by Pence.

          Trump got railroaded, but those claiming he should have done x,y, or z would have done no better.

          Politicians are not going to save anyone. Only the people can right this ship.

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 4:02 pm #

          Let’s not forget his fast-tracking the lethal vaxx.

        • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 7:50 pm #

          Thanks for the clarification, Beryl. I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention to the lockdowns.

          I was more fixated on the bioweapon part of it.

        • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm #

          The clown did what he was told and later promulgated the death shot as well. No Vision and/or he was afraid of them.

          Remembering his early tweets and retweets of famous anti-hysteria doctors, I opt for the latter reason. For awhile he was doing both. Tweeting at night like he was in his mother’s basement and then standing like a cigar store Indian at the press conferences while “Dr” Birx rolled her eyes at him.

  30. hmuller October 3, 2022 at 1:30 pm #

    This just in from south Florida. The Vice President of the United States has announced that “communities of color” are most impacted by hurricanes. So there you have it, hurricanes are racist. She’s managed to top Transportation Secretary Bootybutt’s claim that roads are racist.

    Since there’s no known way to reform a hurricane’s way of thinking, the not yet ready for primetime Veep supports “prioritizing” relief aid for those “of color”.
    Welcome to Biden’s America.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

      The governor’s people were quick to announce that that isn’t happening, and not to let it deter anyone from seeking aid.

      She could get people killed with that kind of foolish blather.

      • cowbell81 October 3, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

        As if she really cares about the life and well being of any common American citizen. She is allied with North Korea after all. Probably on the take from Kim’s payroll.

    • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 5:04 pm #

      Homeland Security has declared that henceforth Hericane will be changing it’s pronoun.

      • messianicdruid October 5, 2022 at 10:03 am #

        Hurricanes happen over water, when the move over land [ get grounded ] they become Himmicanes.

        jmccsci.com

  31. Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:45 pm #

    I have my doubts that the pipelines were blown up by a plane dropping bombs. How could they be that precise?

    This might be part of the bodyguard of lies that gets us distracted and arguing, like the “directed laser energy” that some people are sure brought down the WTC towers.

    We already know that minelaying ships spent 2 months in the Baltic Sea. We already know that helicopters flew over the pipeline path the day before.

    I’ll stick with that explanation.

    • Rain Waters October 3, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

      “if it sounds like a duck, walks and talks like a duck, then folks, it’s very likely a duck.”

      however the details may be scattered

      • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

        They scatter the details on purpose, to confuse and divert.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm #

      Ukraine war: Underwater minehunter drone training a ‘game changer’ for clearing coastline

      The training is being delivered by the Royal Navy’s Diving and Threat Exploitation Group alongside the US Navy 6th Fleet. And it will be supplemented with the gifting of six autonomous minehunting drones.

      https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-war-underwater-minehunter-drone-training-a-game-changer-for-clearing-coastline-12682436

    • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

      We used to have what we called ‘ASROCs’ – anti submarine rockets, which were pretty accurate

      • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

        “ASROCS” are you still talking about 4 star Admiral Levine?

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 7:27 pm #

          *snicker*

    • Islander October 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm #

      Paula,

      I wondered the same thing.
      I think some kind of homing device would have had to be planted on the pipelines in order to guide the missiles to them.

      But the homing device could have been planted during the Baltops games in the summer. In fact, it might be better to divide the phases of the attack. Remove the means and the actual perps from each other in time.

      In fact, it might have been possible to attach multiple homing devices, to provide for more than one attempt to explode the pipelines in case one attempt failed.

      Also, a homing device would probably be a lot smaller than an actual mine, and so would more easily escape detection.

      Attaching homing devices would also lead to greater flexibility in the timing of the actual attacks. Depending on how events develop.

      Like, now, just days before the new Baltic pipeline starts up.

      And, just when the Germans were starting to get restive.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 7:06 am #

        Reasonable.

        Position the device(s) months in advance. Positioning doesn’t require using, though the temptation is so compelling.

        So much is scripted months if not years in advance.

        This ‘energy to heat Europe’ issue isn’t exactly new. Putin told the Germans, in German, a few years back he wasn’t going to let them freeze.

        “just when the Germans were starting to get restive” , it would have been an opportunity to encourage the Germans to put ‘leadership’ back in line with the needs of the country.

        I don’t know a lot about pipelines. I would think as part of any repair effort the whole length would need examination for pre-positioned devices .

      • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 3:58 pm #

        Well, Islander, that sounds reasonable because I have no idea if it is possible, lol.

        But didn’t someone upthread say that the plane used would have had to refuel 3 times, not once?

        And there were 3 explosions, not one.

    • ryan1327 October 3, 2022 at 9:56 pm #

      Didnt the explosions register on the Richter scale? A big enough bomb/mine/rocket/charge would just need to be close.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 7:08 am #

        Yes, I don’t recall the exact numbers but something like 2.1 stands out as something I read in a generally news-type report without fluff and opinion.

  32. EdD October 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

    Well, James, thanks for that article, though it leaves me somewhat depressed. Only the picture of the “how long” questions lightens the outlook for me somewhat. Thinking of Schwab and company being tracked down and jailed (or worse) and the various NATO nations’ politicians getting the boot is a little comforting.

    I’m glad that I’m old and probably won’t have to be around for the aftermath of some of the developments. Living through the pending developments will still be pretty hard, though.

  33. Roundball Shaman October 3, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

    “The dildo of consequence is seldom lubricated.”

    Consequences are not fun only for those people who have something nasty to answer for in their thoughts and actions. Otherwise, consequences are the very most fun.

    There’s a town in New Mexico named Truth or Consequences. It was named for a 1950s game show. But it’s also named for an eternal truth. You either live by Truth… or you will suffer the Consequences. And these days, there are lots and lots of people in high places that are building up an impressive pile of consequences to come.

    “Secretary Blinken is, of course, completely insane.”

    Insanity is a requirement to ‘serve’ in the Resident Biden Administration. And if not full-on insanity… simple lack of mental capacity will do. Follow your leader.

    We are the midst of a great social and political experiment. The Brother-and-Sisterhood of The Insane leading the People of the World into oblivion.

    ‘The cream rises to the top’? More like that nasty smelling brown stuff always floating up to the top.

    Why oh why is it necessary for the worst among us to always be in positions of leadership? From the Davos Dopeshucks to the Klaus Scab Sociopaths to the local managers of the neighborhood street business. A normal, competent person has no chance today. Be some kind of sick and abusive weirdo and the World is at your feet.

    “How many more days before Germany and the rest of Euroland begin to apprehend how they have been hosed by America into an economic collapse scenario?’

    Well, how about…

    ‘The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.’
    ? Joseph Mengele

    “‘Joe Biden’ and Company are destroying the USA at just about every level.’

    Time to haul out the old Bush Lite banner: ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!’

    Just another week in the World of the Wacky, Weird, Witless, and So-Much Wrong.

    • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

      “Why oh why is it necessary for the worst among us to always be in positions of leadership?”

      This is the norm in democracies and republics. Psychopaths take over and comprise the majority of your “elected” leaders. After a while, your country fails completely due to incompetent and totally unqualified leadership. Monarchies don’t have these problems, but most all US citizens cannot understand this because they bought into the lie that monarchy = tyranny by default. That King George III was a bad man whose primary goal was to damage and exploit the American colonies. This simply wasn’t the truth. As long as people have no knowledge of their own history they will continue to be used and exploited by psychopaths.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

        Natural selection or something attracts psychopaths to leadership positions.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 7:14 am #

        “Why oh why is it necessary for the worst among us to always be in positions of leadership?”

        I’m not sure it is always the case, certainly is is the pattern, often repeating through time.

        One thought is really competent people take a look and decide they want nothing to do with such a doomed enterprise.

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

      I love your commentary on James’ top lines. Well done.

    • SpeedyBB October 5, 2022 at 5:15 pm #

      When one of his companions expressed his puzzlement about the promotion of an incompetent colleague to a high position, Nikita Krushchev commented “Shit floats to the top of the water”.

      • Katerina October 7, 2022 at 12:56 am #

        To SpeedyBB

        Nikita Krushchev was talking about himself.

  34. 4014HAMPHEDGE October 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

    Earlier up the scroll someone mentioned an erroneous mission range for the P8 Poseidon, “1381 NM…” in effort to discredit the “Monkerywerx” narrative. See Wikipedia page on the P-8, which includes several categories of “range of flight capabilities”.

    See the “Ferry Range”; over 4000NM. The P-8 operating envelope fits very well into the narrative presented by Monkeywerx….

    ______________________________________________

    This writer is not prepared for the roll-over and die role, and reminds all hands to investigate the food distribution challenge in Cyberwarfare, scenario, and acquaint themselves with dormant rail corridor in their respective locales. Food distribution is stated target of all present time adversarial dictators, specific item in Muslim writings. Neither Islam nor Communism nor Satanism is compatible with free societies. To some degree, all are rampant in US government at all levels. Good Vs. Evil is reality, boys & girls.

    Same old same old: 3000 USA County OES Bureaus have responsibility to prioritize and commence rehab on dormant rail links to agriculture. Big difference between organized food distribution including rail-served warehousing supplementing diminished trucking, and waiting for the Mad Max gangs to break in your home.

  35. Paula D October 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

    Garland Nixon explains how an investigator looks to find whodunnit.

    .youtube.com/watch?v=r4XbaVSx4Fw

  36. Beryl of Oyl October 3, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

    This is the tweet I referred to above, when I mentioned the point someone made about Brazilians living in the US:

    https://twitter.com/BreakingLiv/status/1576778383526006785?s=20&t=tJQi9nSpsTiSQo3KL32Z2g

  37. RB October 3, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

    Putin talks to God or he thinks he does. Worse, he thinks God talks to him and that is all he requires to pull the forbidden trigger. Killing westerners is a righteous mission. On our team, it is more acceptable to deny there is a God other than ourselves.

    As for surviving a glow in the dark war, I doubt few are up to the task. Group effort will be rewarded. Go it alone will not get it done. The old will go first aside from the ones at ground zero. And kiddies. Then the folks on insulin or any other life saving meds. And yeah, there are all sorts of good novels on the subject. It’s just that reality really does suck. Disease will take out most. Starvation. And just giving up will do it.

    I wish I lived in swamp lands. Plenty of food. Mountains have plenty of cold. Also exhaustion. You have to have a certain amount of calories or else. Or else will rule.

    I’m old now. Easier to accept my death at this point.

    Luck to all.

    • Woodchuck October 3, 2022 at 5:04 pm #

      Well, judging by what these preachers say,, God for a long time has been talking to people like Oral Roberts and Pat Robertson. He even told Oral to get busy and raise some money or God was going to take him home prematurely. Nobody has yet explained to me just how one “listens to God”. Is it an audible voice or just a thought that comes in ones head?

      • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 5:10 pm #

        When a person talks to God it’s called prayer. When God talks to a person it’s called schizophrenia.

      • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 6:54 pm #

        Is it an audible voice – Woodchuck

        ========

        Whatever it is it’s hogwash and balderdash.

      • Redneck Liberal October 6, 2022 at 7:44 pm #

        The fact you feel compelled to even ask that question is astounding.

    • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 7:54 pm #

      RB can read Putin’s mind, or thinks he can.

      I have my doubts.

      • KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 10:17 pm #

        These days it seems an unerring formula :

        Predicts nuclear war ?

        = it means the person is anti – Russian.

        • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 4:02 pm #

          Right. They are eagerly participating in the foreshadowing our overlords are announcing.

          Doofuses.

      • RB October 3, 2022 at 11:33 pm #

        Putin has been heavily involved with the Russian Orthodox Church for years. It’s a matter of history and not mind reading.

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2022 at 10:39 am #

          I was involved with the Catholic Church growing up. Does that mean I think God talks to me, as well? By your reasoning it would.

        • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

          The Russian Orthodox Church has a “history” of calling for ”righteous” crusades?

          I think you’re getting your religions mixed up, as well as your ability to mind read.

    • Soul Forensics October 4, 2022 at 1:46 am #

      “The old will go first aside from the ones at ground zero. And kiddies. Then the folks on insulin or any other life saving meds. And yeah, there are all sorts of good novels on the subject.”

      Nevil Shute’s On The Beach.

  38. MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

    New CJ Hopkins – The Morning After

    https://cjhopkins.substack.com/p/the-morning-after

    • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

      To bad we don’t have a “Morning After” pill for all this.

      I’m seeing renewed allegiance to the CV19 myth here locally. Mask use is up and social distancing is again a thing, in spite of no mandates to do so. People seem to have embraced it all willingly.

      • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 7:04 pm #

        Dis

        Covid is a joke now, a virus that has been downgraded from novel to two years old with herd immunity finally stopping the intensity of the disease. The Vaxx is a joke too, causing more problems than not. Trump was promised a miracle cure by the mRNA folks and Pence’s group and he got nothing. I keep hearing about the millions of saved lives by the Vaxx , but reality is it may have lessened the intensity of the disease. Maybe? Maybe it was the variant changes that lessened the affect? We will never know what would have happened if the Vaxx had never been brought on the scene. The creation of variants could be attributed to survival of the virus from the Vaxx. We may have actually extended Covid’s run.

        I was sitting across from a person in casual conversation who was backlit by the sun. The droplets she was spitting out were traveling three feet from her. Just talking.

        My feelings about the mask is mixed. Everyday use of the mask, especially as a protectant is a joke. Viruses go right through and around. However, if a person is infected with anything, Covid, flu, or just a cold, the prevention of droplet transmission is a plus. You got the crud, #1 stay home, #2 wear a mask is public.

        By public, somewhere that six foot distance cannot be maintained. Distancing is a good thing in an unknown crowd. Avoid crowds. I believe that crowds, close contact, is the number one cause of the spread of all “germs”.

        But number one is, know who you are socializing with, stay away from the bugs.

        • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 7:12 pm #

          It might be a joke to us, but just visit any local hospital and you’ll find it’s as dead serious as ever. In local market prescription line today people were distancing 9′ easily (I always make it a rule to violate their distances, cozying up as tight as I can get) and mask use was the rule, not the exception. No racial commentary implied, but the Chinese and Japanese up here (and we have A LOT of them!) seem to be especially susceptible to the CV-19 messaging. You won’t find a one without a mask. NOT ONE!

          • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 10:33 pm #

            It’s funny, I live in an extremely dem state, but hardly anyone uses masks, except that the hospitals require them. Go out in public and you don’t see too many maskees.

          • Soul Forensics October 4, 2022 at 1:51 am #

            “the Chinese and Japanese up here (and we have A LOT of them!) seem to be especially susceptible to the CV-19 messaging. You won’t find a one without a mask. NOT ONE!”

            The Chinese and Japanese are extremely conformist.

          • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

            I almost never see a mask. Maybe once a month if I venture into a liberal enclave, where there will be a lone black woman wearing a mask.

          • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

            It’s the black people around here, also, Anthea.

            Walking alone down the street, minding their own business, wearing a mask.

        • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 7:22 pm #

          More anecdotes after recent visit to Christus St Vincent in SF, the local regional hospital.

          – Met at front door by Armed Security Guard to give me the once over and remind me in no uncertain terms that in this facility you WILL wear a mask.

          – Three steps in the door met by a full airport security team. Bag on the belt to be scanned plus walk through scanner. Bag alerted on cell phone, so had to empty bag like a common criminal.

          – Had to declare my business after that and wait for volunteer to escort me to my next stop – billing of course. Escort waited until I was cleared to proceed to cardiology for stress test, then escorted me up there.

          – Same routine afterward, except they let me go at the elevators within sight of the exit doors.

          – Armed Security Guards were everywhere (most of all the cafeteria – LOL!) patrolling the hallways. If you wanted a fully militarized police state, good news! We now have one, even for medical shit!

          • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 7:31 pm #

            Holy shit. I am SO GLAD I left CA.

          • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 7:42 pm #

            SF? Santa Fe?

          • Redneck Liberal October 3, 2022 at 8:14 pm #

            That sounds like the GOP plan for ‘school security’…

          • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

            Santa Fe, NM.

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 8:42 pm #

            We drove by you and stayed on Cerillos a month ago. Noticed that NM seems to be pretty tight on masking. You are a long time blue state so I guess you get to put up with the Lib BS more.

            Then there is Redneck who would rather kids get killed than be protected. You stepped on it this time, pardner.

          • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 9:03 pm #

            I should add to be fair, all of this was done under the guise of “convenience and hospitality” and all of the people I interacted with were quite friendly and helpful. All the same, this is the new face of fascism, which of course is “kinder and gentler” now since the last time it came around, which makes it all the harder to recognize. But make no mistake about it, this is fascism behind all the pretty makeup.

            I was also astonished at the amount of money that was flowing through this place. Not a manual door to be found anywhere – EVERYTHING was power operated, whether you liked it or not. Also construction everywhere, including an entire new wing (medically induced terminations?), in a hospital that is already huge by any standards. Plus “safe space” placards and flat screen messaging everywhere, when I felt anything BUT safe in the midst of all this shit. Nazi Germany would have been proud at how well America has improved on their little experiment way back when.

          • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 7:40 am #

            All that security and tampering with personal items. And the control!

            Kinda makes one want to visit a hospital.

            Healthcare in the US mostly sold out for the money. Private practices are a small %, most physicians are hospital employees. Hospital administration, predominately non-medical people, practice (dictate) medical care.

            Such a system needs a complete deconstruct and replace operation.

          • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 8:16 am #

            @ NGT. Yep, once you’re “in the system,” any one visit to one practitioner pretty much guarantees a flurry of automatic referrals to others. Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching at every stop along the way. Before you know it you’ve got that new hospital wing you wanted paid for free and clear and more!

          • hmuller October 4, 2022 at 4:49 pm #

            Leave it to Redneck Liberal to make school shootings a topic of hilarity.

            What did we see in Uvalde? 200 loitering law enforcement officers afraid to go in and confront one gunman for over an hour. It seems to me the best answer is allowing a few well trained volunteer teachers to carry concealed weapons. Not my ideal world, but anyone have a better idea?

          • Redneck Liberal October 6, 2022 at 7:40 pm #

            Fuck you, hmuller!

            The hilarity of the ‘conservative’ MAGAt position is what I was pointing out – to summarise “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Right? And as you so helpfully pointed out, there were “armed good guys” out the wazoo at Uvalde.

            The “right” (which is so wrong!) will never solve mass shootings & gun violence by promoting freer gun laws. You idiots.

          • benr October 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm #

            @rl
            The “right” (which is so wrong!) will never solve mass shootings & gun violence by promoting freer gun laws. You idiots.-REDNECK Liberal

            Question.
            Did prohibition stop Americas enormous booze problems?
            Booze in all forms was banned and made illegal.

            The war on drugs has worked Oh so well.
            Drugs are illegal yet we are awash in them RIGHT NOW!

            Strict gun laws are in place in Chicago and yet…
            I watched a tiktok video of four just graduated black kids all pulling out their gats with extended high-capacity magazines.

            reddit.com/r/facepalm/comments/xr83j6/underage_chicago_teens_show_off_their_firearms/

            Whoops guess gun laws don’t work either.

            So, while the “right” has not solved these issues the American left has poured gasoline on all these issues.

            The left has not been right about anything om fifty years.

      • cbeard October 5, 2022 at 7:46 am #

        Sad.

  39. kimmasad01 October 3, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

    James: I love you’re writing and this blog, but you simply MUST start connecting the dots to this obvious intentional and deliberate destruction of “Western Civ” to all those who have usurpéd power to bring this a New World Order-.

    This is all connected to the secret occult societies that fall within broader of Freemasonary, their plan is to bring order out of chaos- Ordo Ab Chao- and they rise up the New World Order from the ashes of the old- that they themselves deliberately created. Another important point that needs to be revealed is that the U.S. takes its order from the British Monarchy what take orders from the Rothschilds, Pirbrights, Rhodes, and everyone who control the Pilgrim Foundation- Thisbis all about the New World Order aka Novus Ordo Seclorum (New Order of the Ages) Annuit Cœptis(approved or favored by the gods).

    • kimmasad01 October 3, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

      sorry about the typos- i accidently hit reply before i was finished proof reading.

      • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 6:46 pm #

        To pick up on my ruminations from the prior thread on the word shit being the # 1 emphasizer.., I’d like to add these other words and phrases to my shitlist:

        batshit
        shitfaced
        you can’t make this shit up
        I could give a shit
        when the shit hits the fan

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 7:32 pm #

          Did you list “shit for brains”?

          • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 8:44 pm #

            Spelled

            B I D E N

          • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 9:53 pm #

            Yes, next to last on my original list.

            From your comment above I need to add “holy shit.”

          • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 10:00 pm #

            I also need to add shitpile as in I yoose to work with a woman whose breath could knock a buzzard off a shitpile.

          • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 8:26 am #

            I still remember 60’s – 70’s pitcher Jim Bouton’s account of Seattle Pilot’s coach at the time Joe Schultz’s use of shitfuck and fuckshit:

            The Pilots’ year of existence was immortalized in Ball Four, the best-selling, controversial memoir of the 1969 season by Seattle pitcher Jim Bouton that was published in 1970. Bouton tells humorous anecdotes about Schultz and some of the motivational speeches he gave to the Pilots. According to Bouton, Schultz’s speeches were heavily laced with profanity, even with some original curses (his favorites being the seemingly interchangeable and used for all occasions: “shitfuck” and “fuckshit”). The author claims that Schultz was well liked by his team, but some of his choices were questioned by the players. In a later anthology on managers Bouton edited, I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad, Bouton noted Schultz’s sense of humor and added that, given the circumstances of the last-place team, “I couldn’t have had a better manager than Joe Schultz.”

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Schultz_Jr.

        • Soul Forensics October 4, 2022 at 1:55 am #

          I use “shitscrews” and “shitcakes” liberally.

      • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm #

        sorry about the typos- i accidently hit reply before i was finished proof reading. – kimmasad

        =========

        yeah, yeah, yeah that’s what they all say.

        P.S., you don’t hit Reply, you hit Submit.

        • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 9:04 pm #

          Are you pro-shit or anti-shit?

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 9:28 pm #

          The button says “Reply”

          • Q. Shtik October 3, 2022 at 9:55 pm #

            Yes but it does not post until you hit Submit.

        • kimmasad01 October 4, 2022 at 12:59 am #

          ok submit, whatever.

          let me ask this: is it too late to reject the Unipolar Order and the imposition of an Anglo-American neo Imperialist World Order in which western elites impose a model that is collapsing, on the rest of the world?

          This Unipolar Order seeks to end the 1648 treaty of Westphalia that guarantees the soveriegn nation state economic system and instead seeks to impose a Satanic, tyrannical neo-feudalist/neo Imperialist system colloquially called the New World Order. I would like James Kunstler to write about that.

          Kunstler and others say perhaps it’s not too late, but this Unipolar Order, aka Rules-Based Order (New World Order) has been in the planning stages for more than decades, at least since the dawn of the 20th century when the British Monarchy began to break up any western European financial alliances with Russia and Asia threatened the British Monarchy’s very existence, is NOW well into the execution phase.

          It’s the British who are the enemy of the American Republic- the British have despised the Republic from day one, referring to it as its “dumb giant”.

          Who is going to act against this international injustice?

  40. StarStreak October 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm #

    Predictions:

    Flooding and earth events continue to increase

    Meteor or asteroid of significance or note

    Cryptos go up but are chaotic. A crash and one or more go “offline”. Grid-related?

    Civil strife

    Global conflict

    Panic and migrations

    Liberace awakens from the dead and dances around his grave

    • stelmosfire October 3, 2022 at 5:15 pm #

      Giant sunspot no. AR3112 (one of the largest in many years) is currently rotating into Earths aim as we speak. A massive CME would certainly be a huge black swan. See spaceweather.com for the news.

      • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

        Just make sure your telegraph layout isn’t near anything flammable.

      • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2022 at 6:01 pm #

        Is that why we’re getting our ‘first frost’ in this valley like a week early. Its goddam cold out there right now.

        • JohnAZ October 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm #

          Gee, Marlin. Time to celebrate. We got our first three days below 100.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 7:49 am #

        Curious, since you brought up ‘black swan’ do you think the concept is over-rated, under-rated or somewhere in between?

        For instance, JITS is considered by some (count me in) as ripe for a black swan event. I view it as teetering on the edge of a cliff. It (JITS) has reached obsolescence in my view given energy and supply chain disruptions.

        It’s a more general curiosity with JITS but one example.

      • StarStreak October 5, 2022 at 5:21 pm #

        Solar cycle 25 should prove to be an interesting one (I’ve called that one for the past couple years), as well as the Betelgeuse hiccup in early 2020, sars cov 2 reaching pandemic level and eventual precipice of world War 3. It still doesn’t look pretty. Consider investing in gold and uranium. Difficult to tell but crypto may become a “relic” eventually. On a more esoteric note, be on the lookout for increased UAP activity.

  41. Alzaebo October 3, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

    Wow. Barely in, and this is where Kunstler’s mastery of detail, energy, and politics really shines.

    I am honored to be reading this.
    Although I may have mighty doctrinal differences, where good men like Jim K. and Walter B. lead, I will assuredly follow.

  42. Amman October 3, 2022 at 5:39 pm #

    “Plasma attack disables Electricity in Ukraine.
    Poland facing catastrophe.”

    THE WINTER OFFENSIVE, 2022/23

    Thinking out loud

  43. beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 6:10 pm #

    Further comment on real estate:

    On top of the RE pyramid, just below banks, is the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Any brokerage firm and their agents must belong if they want to succeed. Me being me, back when I started my company in the ‘90’s, I didn’t belong to the NAR. I was doing all right, but after a while, I started to lose out on getting listings. I learned not being a Realtor wasn’t a good thing after a few sellers told me they were going with other agents because I wasn’t on our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). One would have to be a Realtor to join. So I did and my problem went away. It costs me $400 per year for each of my agents, plus we have to take continuing ed classes.

    Despite some specific laws having gone into effect, NAR is still a de facto monopoly. Although any agent or company isn’t forced to join, the public has been brainwashed to the point that sellers and buyers think only Realtors can sell a property competently, as my own experience has shown.

    My next comment will be about MLS.

    • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

      And yet, selling by owner to buyer directly is shockingly easy to do. I’ve done it twice now, and there was nothing to it at all. The bank and the title company do almost all the work for you. So I’m sure it will be soon outlawed, if it isn’t already.

      • beantownbill. October 3, 2022 at 10:27 pm #

        It’s true you don’t absolutely need an agent, but I’ve bought and sold my own stuff both ways. It is not easy doing it yourself. The issue is that all it takes is one screwup and not only can you lose all your money and have to go into debt, your life will be miserable. Most deals work out ok, but not having a COMPETENT agent (or attorney) is taking an unneccessary risk – there are no second chances. I could tell you stories…

        And it’s not because I’m a broker.

        • Soul Forensics October 4, 2022 at 2:02 am #

          Hiring a building inspector is orders of magnitude cheaper than hiring an agent, as well as being more valuable.

          • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2022 at 8:03 am #

            Hiring an inspector is base-covering.

            I’ve always done my own inspections. The hired inspector quality control is an issue. However, the written report generated is a bargaining tool.

            Knowing an inspection is in the works can prompt rectification of some deficiencies before they become issues.

            A knowledgeable, competent inspector is an asset. Finding one with these attributes can take time.

          • beantownbill. October 4, 2022 at 12:29 pm #

            @sf:

            Lol. While hiring a building inspector is indeed one order of magnitude cheaper than hiring a broker, there’re many other factors to be concerned about, such as title issues, lender issues, lying sellers, contract issues, municipality and state issues, tax issues, overpaying, neighbors, transportation, school systems, crime and more. Sure, you could do the work yourself, but it would require many hours of work. And in my experience, many home inspectors have missed some physical flaws in the property – happens a lot. One example is that our complex has heat pumps. A lot of inspectors don’t know how to operate them effectively. I’ve had to often correct their misinformation. It’s not that inspectors are bad, just that relying on them exclusively is not wise.

          • Soul Forensics October 4, 2022 at 1:41 pm #

            “the written report generated is a bargaining tool.” — NotGeorge

            Yes indeed.

            And that has a ton of value. It’s not just Joe Schmo without an engineering degree trying to bluff a lower price. A good inspector’s 12 page detailed report holds a lot of weight.

            to Beantown:

            In the city I lived in for 50 years, the average selling price is now over $1 million. Can you, without blushing or choking of shame, tell me that a realtor who does about 4 hours of work to sell it (homes, during the biggest booms, are competed for by multiple potential buyers, often going over the asking price) should get 70K for their puny efforts?

            If you don’t bat an eye, then you’re an evil unrestrained capitalist fuck, no different than our banker overlords.

          • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

            My experience is that the mechanical inspection is a pure farce. I think about the only thing they do is flip light switches. Immediately after moving into one house, the gas company refused to turn on the gas because there was no pop-off valve on the water heater. There was also a gas leak at the meter, which was in the basement, due to the former residents tampering with it.

        • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 11:39 am #

          Yeah, my deals were simple low dollar residential transactions.

  44. siddharhartha October 3, 2022 at 6:43 pm #

    apologies if this has been said before…..”a world made by hand” includes “homemade energy” , e.g., an alcohol still, and WOOD GASIFICATION, and MICROHYDROPOWER for those near rivers, et al….Wood Gasifiers were used in Europe during WW2 when oil/gas was strictly controlled….anyone with decent mechanical skills could build these….PLASTIC FUEL PYROLYSIS, returning plastics back into kerosene/diesel….

  45. benr October 3, 2022 at 7:15 pm #

    Well full court press coming?
    I had suspected China and not Russia now I am gut checking this and think Lil Joey again let the cat out of the bag.

    msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-sabotage-of-gas-pipelines-were-a-warning-shot-from-putin-to-the-west-and-should-brace-for-more-subterfuge-russia-experts-warn

    ecent Nord Stream pipeline ruptures were likely acts of Russian sabotage, according to experts.
    Andrea Kendall-Taylor, a former senior intelligence officer, told Insider such sabotage is likely to continue.
    The more “degraded” Russia’s military is, the more likely it is to use non-conventional tools, Kendall-Taylor said.
    There’s been a lot of finger pointing in the wake of several ecologically damaging gas leaks that abruptly sprang last week in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines running from Russia to Europe.

    Western leaders and officials, including President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, have suggested the ruptures were a product of sabotage. Sweden, Denmark, and Germany have all opened investigations into the leaks, which scientists said were likely induced by underwater explosions so large they were detected on the Richter scale. Meanwhile, Moscow baselessly accused the US of being behind the pipeline leaks — an allegation the Biden administration swiftly rejected.

  46. GreenAlba October 3, 2022 at 7:27 pm #

    For those who think Putin isn’t in on the reset agenda, he’s just made ‘vaccination’ mandatory for 300,000 mobilised citizens. Ten years in clink for evading mobilisation and ‘vaccination’.

    edwardslavsquat.substack.com/p/russia-begins-vaccinating-mobilized

    You would think that Russia would not choose to destroy its fighting forces, even its ‘mobilised citizens’, but since everyone not living under a Russian rock knows these drugs do not prevent transmission or infection (the claimed purpose of this ‘vaccine’ drive) and Russians are pretty knowledgeable about the vaxxes or at least sceptical about them, that would not seem to be the case.

    • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 7:29 pm #

      Disturbing. Yes, all of this back and forth over Ukraine could just be shadow play.

    • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm #

      This is why I remain skeptical that Putin/Russia aren’t in on the Great Reset.

      • Nigel Tufnel October 3, 2022 at 8:44 pm #

        Yes, MaryQ. It reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode – everyone is zombified except one old friend, so you think that at least you are not totally alone. Then the friend does a “tell” and you know that he is one of “them”, and that you are indeed alone after all.

        So much criticism of Putin, and my thoughts are always “Judge him by his actions, not his words.” I haven’t gone to your link, but before I turn on Putin, I would vet that link to the max.

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 9:29 pm #

          I don’t really ‘turn’ on people. I agree with their actions or I don’t, and I don’t trust anyone in politics.

          • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

            tom called you a bitch and you turned on him. Q stated a simple fact about your school yard jibes and you turned on him.

            Your attitude about everything is political.

          • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2022 at 9:10 pm #

            Jarek – LOL.

          • MaryQueen October 5, 2022 at 6:22 pm #

            I’m also laughing at Jarek.

            Not really much else to do where he’s concerned. Such a clown character.

        • thirdcoastlegend October 3, 2022 at 10:32 pm #

          Nigel-

          In my area, I know exactly how Veronica Cartwright felt at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

          • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 8:21 am #

            She was pretty sweet way back in the day. I had a little youngster crush on her sister, Angela, when she was on TV in Lost in Space.

          • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

            Penny was the real beauty in the end.

      • GreenAlba October 4, 2022 at 5:59 am #

        Well that’s pretty unequivocal, Mary.

      • GreenAlba October 4, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

        Update from Russia:

        Open letter to Vlad from doctors who’ve been monitoring vaxx deaths (made extremely hard in Russia as they don’t do open-source reporting of deaths and because they’re every bit as good at stonewalling enquiries as their western equivalents). The letter is demanding an end to this vaxx mandate for mobilised citizens.

        edwardslavsquat.substack.com/p/russian-doctors-demand-end-to-compulsory

    • Paula D October 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm #

      That is outrageous, GreenAlba.

      My opinion of Putin just went way down.

      • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm #

        Yeah that is a major bummer.

      • hmuller October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm #

        The Russians have their own vaccine. Maybe it’s not the gene altering toxic brew Big Pharma gave us.

        • thirdcoastlegend October 3, 2022 at 10:41 pm #

          hmuller-

          The Russian Sputnik V jab uses an adenovirus technique similar to the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca jabs.

          This type grafts the Cv19 spike protein into a ‘harmless’ virus carrier.

          This carrier then enters human cells with the Cv19 spike. The spike somehow then tells the human cells to produce more Cv19 spikes that in turn produce an antibody response from the immune system.

          Essentially these jabs are using the Cv19 spike in place of the mRNA in Pfizer & Moderna.

          It also raises the question why the J&J and AZ jabs have been depreciated in the West versus the mRNA jabs.

          What is the true reason they need to inject as many people as possible with mRNA?

          • GreenAlba October 4, 2022 at 5:48 am #

            People are ‘dying suddenly’ in Russia as well. Mark Crispin Miller includes them in his weekly list.

            Also, the Russian Gamaleya Institute is working on its own mRNA vaxx.

          • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2022 at 11:30 am #

            GA-

            Thanks for those bits about Russia, I had forgotten them.

            I wonder if the mRNA is their preferred vector to assault the immune system because it seems to cause all manner of bizarre and severe ailments, making it easier for them to cover up the cause.

          • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            The J&J and AZ jabs use DNA instead of mRNA.

            I don’t see that that is an improvement.

          • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 2:39 pm #

            TCL, yes.

            They have been priming the cud-chewers in this regard for a while.

            If you might recall, about a year and a half ago, they would add new “symptoms” to the list for Convid every few days or so.

            It was everything and anything they needed it to be.

            Because it was The Big Lie — updated for 2020-2022, ofc.

            Many dimwits still have not figured it out. We have a few on this site, too.

          • GreenAlba October 5, 2022 at 4:43 am #

            You are right, Paula, it makes no difference at all, except from a manufacturing/logistical point of view, as DNA is more robust than mRNA, hence the supposed need for the mRNA products to be kept at an extremely low temperature, which wasn’t necessary for the DNA version. Having said that, we don’t hear anything about deep-frozen vaxxes any more – are they still being transported and kept like that?

            That’s why they claimed AZ was more suitable for less developed countries (which also tend to be hotter).

    • Jarek October 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm #

      Wow, so maybe some of the “cowards” just don’t want the Vax. What a mess just like here.

    • KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 9:07 pm #

      I have never overlooked the fact that Putin was a KGB Colonel.

      And the KGB was hardly the Girl Scouts.

      There may have been good men in the Cheka , there may have been good men in the Mafia ?

      But it seems unwise to make of the possibility a rule of thumb.

      But , on the other hand , it seems to me that sooner or later you have to shit , or get off the pot — i.e. Pick a side.

      —-

      The Covid Hoax ?

      If one doesn’t really believe in a good God and an afterlife then , save shear nihilism ,

      One is practically obliged to believe that man can actually do something about invisible, microscopic serial killers.

      No matter how patently ludicrous the premise is on its face.

      30 years ago I was telling people that writing a thousand new laws , hiring a thousand more police , and throwing millions dollars at crime would have as its only result that things would get worse.

      Things have gotten a hundred times worse than I imagined.

      So I was a 20 year old genius?

      No , it was as simple as knowing that humans are not omniscient, omnipresent , omnipotent, are not even remotely close to perfect , and wouldn’t know justice from a hole in the ground.

      It’s not complicated shit.

      When it comes to mortality and justice modern secular man believes stuff that is downright daffy.

      They need not be on board with the Great Reset to subscribe.

      • KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm #

        All things considered, I’m glad Covid was a hoax !

        If it really had been a pandemic my guess is people would have been pointlessly exterminating cats and dogs ,

        for example.

        • MaryQueen October 3, 2022 at 9:46 pm #

          They tried to start that shit a few times, by lying and reporting that cats and dogs were spreading covid19. They also reported zoo animals. So they jabbed them, and a bunch of them died.

        • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

          Say it loud and say it proud.

          Covid is a Hoax.

      • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

        Covid is a hoax but the Vax is a very great threat to humanity.

        You’re too involved with the past, both historic and subjective, to want to give this any attention. So you don’t. Attention, care, compassion – all limited resources.

      • GreenAlba October 4, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

        “But , on the other hand , it seems to me that sooner or later you have to shit , or get off the pot — i.e. Pick a side.”

        That presupposes that there are two sides.

  47. elysianfield October 3, 2022 at 7:34 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    Offered is the transscript of Putin’s acceptance of the various Referendums to become Russian States.

    If you are of tender sensibilities, be warned that he has some harsh things to say about the United States…

    https://www.unz.com/article/speech-on-the-accession-of-the-new-regions-to-russia/

    • Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

      Oh the horror!

    • KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 10:33 pm #

      Thanks for the link .

      Ah , that hit the spot !

      Afterwards I had to listen to Sergei Prokofiev’s , ” Battle on the ice ” .

      Yay !

  48. Disaffected October 3, 2022 at 8:36 pm #

    Well, here it is, this just in from FNN, my go to source for news that’s not yet “news.”. The tide has turned in Ukraine, and the boys, girls, and “others” will be home for Christmas after all. “The Joe Biden” will be soliciting community organizers in the US to organize VU Day Parades shortly. Details to follow. Observers and participants will of course need to be fully vaccinated, wearing full hazmat suits with respirators, as well as being officially chip licensed by the CDC and WHO to appear in public outside their assigned FEMA Camp. Violators will be terminated on sight and their “property” (as it were) seized for Ukrainian refugees – no exceptions. Details on all that to follow as well.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/03/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html

  49. toktomi October 3, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

    @JHS

    Nice summary of some of the European events germane to the global human kill-off.

    So much better than sloshing through the oral mush that gushes from personality faces.

    Best seen through the prism that reveals that all the national entities are but bit characters in a single theatrical contrived in palatial spaces far above the fair grounds.

    ~toktomi~

  50. Jarek October 3, 2022 at 10:33 pm #

    Dear
    @ZelenskyyUa
    , you know that you can count on our loyal support for the cause of freedom of Ukrainian people. Stay strong and keep your faith steadfast! ????

    Giorgia Meloni

    Jarek: Our heroine seems to have feet of Neo-Con clay.

  51. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

    ” That sounds like the GOP plan for ‘school security’…

    — Redneck Liberal

    Who says Redneck Liberal NEVER writes ANYTHING sensible ?

    Like I said , when it comes to mortality , and the Judge Judy fetish ,

    the supposedly not – religious – fanatics secular types manage to make Orel Robert’s look good.

    • KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 11:02 pm #

      ” Then there is Redneck who would rather kids get killed than be protected. ”

      My theory — except it is a theory I’m absolutely certain of ,

      Is that turning schools into prisons has caused more school shootings and other mayhem than it could ever possibly prevent .

      Ugh ! You really managed to piss me off !

      You honestly think turning schools into prisons would do some good ??

      No wonder this Covid bullshit !

  52. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 10:44 pm #

    ” Natural selection or something attracts psychopaths to leadership positions.”

    ” Natural selection ” — i.e. Social Darwinism.

    The latest ” scientific ” fad , except that it is actually over a hundred years old now , but some folks never get the memo.

  53. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 10:51 pm #

    ” … and waiting for the Mad Max gangs to break in your home. ”

    One reason I support Putin is because I have always worried a hell of a lot more about Hillary Clinton and the boys on her payroll , and what they will do if they get their way ,

    Than I am worried about what the average American will do.

  54. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 11:14 pm #

    ” When a person talks to God it’s called prayer. When God talks to a person it’s called schizophrenia. ( probably) ”

    When a person says there is no God it’s called bat shit crazy.

    • elysianfield October 4, 2022 at 7:52 pm #

      …You can go to your college,
      …You can go to your school,
      …But if you don’t know Jesus,
      …You’re an educated fool….

  55. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 11:26 pm #

    ” Time to haul out the old Bush Lite banner: ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!’ ”

    As much as I like to see the Russian Army kick ass , and see the MSM totally debase itself , I’m afraid that is how this will ” end ” ;

    Like in El Savador , in Panama , in Haiti , in Afghanistan and Iraq ,

    The MSM will cry ” Victory ! Victory ! Victory ! ”

    — until the story gets bumped to page 14.

    The day after that the typical American will go right back to claiming the United States has never lost a war.

    • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 9:17 am #

      LOL! We came, we saw, we kicked their fuckin’ asses! Well, kinda sorta. Maybe? Just a little bit? Nope? Ok, well, we’re declaring victory anyway, so fuck ’em all if they say otherwise! If we cared enough to stay longer we’d REALLY show ’em who’s boss! You can bet on that!

  56. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 11:32 pm #

    ” She ( the Vice President ) is allied with North Korea after all. Probably on the take from Kim’s payroll. ”

    Hmm ……

    … on second thought I can believe that.

    They say North Korea is tops in the drug trade ,

    And whether it is cocaine , Mary J , Heroin , or Meth , the U.S. Government is invariably found to be at the heart of it.

  57. KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 11:46 pm #

    “I wonder how many people here saw that Ingrid Bergman movie? What a marvelous actress she was.”

    I hated her fucking guts.

    Gotta admit she made a really pretty Joan of Arc though. Though she was wholly unbelievable in the role.

    But then so far I have never seen a decent Joan of Arc movie anyway.

    Joan of Arc was a decidedly feminine type , not remotely feminist , much less butch.

    She was utterly fucking miserable as a soldier.

    That’s what made her believable, and a believable Saint. It’s one thing to make incredible claims when clearly you benefit from it , but as I said , Joan was miserable.

    Why do they always miss that detail ?

    They just can’t wrap their minds around such a thing ?

    ” Bit of a tart, but I don’t expect sainthood from the artistic types. ”

    Lol , that’s my motto ! 😀

  58. hustled enough October 3, 2022 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi JHK Admin,
    1. No evidence presented for the Tom Clancy thriller you put together for the destruction of Nordstrom pipelines. Still, I liked it as a story. You still cannot explain why the US needed to do this given that Europe was on board with sanctions. And that being found out would be catastrophic for NATO and the US Alliance with Europe. You want to paint Biden as a buddy daddy, but you then go full Trump with this story. Could you please make up your mind? You believe that Europeans are very soft–and that they cannot deal with hardship. Well, Ukrainians are European. I guess they have proved you wrong before, and they will keep doing it…

    “Meanwhile, the US-led propaganda campaign has Russia utterly on-the-ropes against a raging and triumphant Ukraine army. Nothing could be further from the truth. Russia made a few tactical retreats the past month in preparation for a final systematic and methodical mopping-up of the remaining Ukraine army. Russia is bringing in Iskander hypersonic missiles, not necessarily nuclear-armed, and will assemble Russian army regulars to replace the mash-up of Donbas militia volunteers who have borne the brunt on the thinly defended line leading to the much talked-about tactical retreat around the Kharkov-Izium-Lyman front.”

    You probably missed the Russian millbloggers Putin is trying to court in his bid to shore up public support in Russia and a Chechen war lord, saying the same thing and MORE as the “US propaganda effort”. When you are getting both sides corroborating a story, there is a better than even chance that your view of things is wrong. New regulars? Where from? Elements of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division ran away from Lyman–an elite unit of Russian conventional arms. Russian forces have been heavily degraded–which, by the way, should not be happening if the Russian Army has suffered only 5000 dead. Will you give up that claim? What would it take for you to think, “hmmm…. the Russians are in trouble”? If Kherson falls, will you call this a “clever tactical withdrawal to lure the Ukrainians into a cauldron of hypersonic missile fire that will darken the skies”? Or would you admit the Russians are in fighting a creditable, determined, and skilled foe that is taking the battle to them in really uncomfortable ways? Is there anything that could happen that would allow you to change your mind? More likely than the scenario you offer, Russia–out of desperation–will launch a number of tactical nuclear warheads to “reset the battlefield.” Is that the act of a vaunted Russian military? I don’t think so.

    Are hypersonic missiles with conventional payloads the decisive game changer you think they will be? I don’t know. How many do the Russians have? Another autocrat and fascist thought that a V-2 rocket would turn the tide of war at a different time in history. Maybe this time, the Russian autocrat will fare better…
    HE

    • KesaAnna October 3, 2022 at 11:55 pm #

      Wait for it …….

      ” Russia–out of desperation–will launch a number of tactical nuclear warheads to “reset the battlefield. ”

      I KNEW you would say that , except I don’t have psychic powers.

      Sometimes I wish you Americans would just go ahead and lob a Nuke or two already ,

      So at least even the dumbest would see that your , ” I’m afraid of those people ! ”

      Is fake . You’re the ones who go around threatening everybody every five minutes.

      You’re the ones to be afraid of.

      • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

        Why complain about my crystal ball, KesaAnna?
        After all, I am guessing that you like JHK Admin’s palantir prognostications better. Why is that, KesaAnna? After all, if Vlad Putin says that using nukes are an option, what is it you don’t like about the “more likely” claim I made? And, I think Vlad Putin is someone people should fear–he has a lot of big big missiles. And a group of people behind him who might not be willing to stop him if he decides to use those big big missiles… Or are you saying that Vlad won’t use those missiles? Questions, questions, questions…

    • SoftStarLight October 4, 2022 at 2:54 am #

      Nordstrom pipelines? Omg lol, unforgivable!!

      • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2022 at 6:18 am #

        Huh, look here, a young police officer inexplicably died at his home in Newington on Sunday. The article says this is the 5th police officer in the state this year to die suddenly from ‘unknown causes’. Its a mystery, most likely just a coincidence.

        • SoftStarLight October 4, 2022 at 10:59 am #

          Wow that is sad BRH. Yeah I am sure the local media and the media generally simply have no idea why young and otherwise healthy people are dropping like flies.

        • malthuss October 4, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

          as did your repairman.

      • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 8:08 am #

        Nordstrom’s is in the pipeline business now? Who knew? I thought they went out of business altogether, but nope. They’re still there. Might go online today and check out their pipeline deals. Maybe they’re affordable?

        • SoftStarLight October 4, 2022 at 11:00 am #

          Am I getting an allowance to do a little online shopping lol? I promise not to spend too much 😉

          • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 11:36 am #

            Why not? Go ahead and get yourself a little something. Stick it on the Pentagon’s account. They’ll never miss it.

        • Islander October 4, 2022 at 6:05 pm #

          Keep your designer shirt on!

          Nordstrom just diversifying!

      • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 4:33 pm #

        At least their fashion sense will be pretty inoffensive…

    • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2022 at 5:06 am #

      Hustled Enough the Russians have other ways of delivering a nuclear payload than Avengard Hypersonic Missiles. And say the have only 1/2 dozen — enough to take out NYC, Chicago, LA, Houston, San Francisco, & New Orleans.

      • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 4:36 pm #

        Hi BackRowHeckler,
        No worries. I am sure we all have enough missiles that can be delivered in a whole bunch of interesting and creative ways that will leave the earth a radioactive wasteland once the escalation has led to its logical conclusion. Sign, sealed, delivered … With love of course, always with love

    • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2022 at 9:07 pm #

      HE

      I appreciate the way you always start your contribution with a logical rational critique of JHK Admin’s semi-weekly essay.

      However, the Admin has a pretty poor success ratio on its prognostications…Biden wasn’t supposed to survive the summer of 2021 for a relatively recent example (‘…will be gone by Labor Day…’) among many many others.

      So, I would suggest you don’t hold your breath: Is there anything that could happen that would allow you to change your mind?

      • hustled enough October 5, 2022 at 12:30 am #

        Hi Redneck Liberal,
        Thank you. I agree with you–JHK Admin has a very poor success ratio with his predictions. I don’t think he is overall wrong with the trajectory–over long time (case in point–climate refugees–he mentioned them in his fictional books); I agree and think that we are in a slow moving train wreck, but the need to be always calling THIS time as THE BEGINNING (or MIDDLE) OF THE END is a bit tiring. And what I find interesting is that there never appears to be an updating of the model that JHK Admin has of the world and what happens in it. The Russian mess is a case in point. I am reminded of the quote attributed to JM Keynes: “When the facts change, I change my mind – what do you do, sir?” JHK Admin’s approach is to double down, even if that doubling down doesn’t appear to make much sense when examining the evidence by using such heuristics as corroboration, sourcing, contextualisation, and an absence of relevant information.

        Ultimately, I don’t think that there is any evidence that would convince JHK Admin to update his model in a way that modified deeply held beliefs.

  59. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 12:23 am #

    ” You probably missed the Russian millbloggers….. ”

    Dunno about Kunstler .

    But , lol , once again I didn’t, and don’t, have to monitor Russian propaganda.

    I’ve had 40 years of Americans bragging that they were willing to go Nuclear over Cuba.

    Never mind that the Russians had more sense than to go nuclear over Cuba ,

    especially since they were already in the process of building a sub base in Cuba , about which the Americans said nothing , which in five years would give us the equivalent in sea – based platforms the equivalent of the fixed land based platforms the Americans were pissing themselves over.

    40 years of bragging about acting like psycho hysterical pussies over an irrelevancy.

    Even McNamara said it was dumb shit.

    Again , I got that from American , not Russian, propaganda.

    • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

      Hi KesaAnna,
      It is a sad fact that the US is the only nation to have dropped nuclear devices that killed many people. I truly hope that the Russians do not join the US in that currently exclusive club of one. Fingers crossed that you are right about Russian reticence.

  60. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 12:38 am #

    This Russian propagandist asks no American to take my word for it .

    Instead , I invite any American to read a 20th Century history —

    ( I won’t even recommend any particular titles , in case anyone thinks I’m attempting to slant things my way )

    — of Gautamala , El Salvador , Zaire , Haiti , or Iran .

    After that , come tell me if you think the leopard has miraculously changed its spots and is up to good in Ukraine, that the U.S. Governments heart bleeds for Ukrainian’s.

    And if Putin is an autocrat , if he holds a candle to the monstrous autocrats in Washington .

    • SoftStarLight October 4, 2022 at 2:46 am #

      I’m not seeing Volodomyr Zelensky mentioned herein but it should be noted that he is an autocrat and appears to be monstrous as well. Additionally, some individuals though likely few in number in the US gov do literally have bleeding hearts for Ukraine. Familial connections, etc. Toria Nuland is a perfect example. They may think they are doing something good for Ukraine. I struggle with that even. Its probably just job security and paying off donors and lobbyists.

    • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 12:24 pm #

      You forgot Nicaragua.

      ”Dmitry Medvedev on Telegram

      “Today I spoke via videoconferencing with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
      The conversation touched upon the political interaction of our countries and inter-party cooperation.

      But here’s what I remember…
      Almost 39 years ago, on October 11, 1983, the United States raided an oil storage facility in the Nicaraguan port of Corinto, where they blew up 5 oil storage facilities that stored most of the country’s oil reserves.
      Three days later, on October 14, an underwater pipeline was blown up in the port of Puerto Sandino.
      And in January – March 1984, the waters of three Nicaraguan ports, Corinto, El Bluff and Puerto Sandino, were mined by US forces.”

    • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 4:45 pm #

      Hi KesaAnna,
      You raise valid points about US complicity in regime change and military action in its own sphere of influence (and elsewhere, I might add)–from the 19th century till today. And yes, even if that is true, that still won’t absolve an autocratic Putin of the responsibility for a full scale war against a sovereign nation, right now. At least, in this country–for the moment, I can protest the unlawful actions of the US government. You are not allowed to do that in Russia.

  61. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 1:16 am #

    “What would it take for you to think, “hmmm…. the Russians are in trouble”? ”

    The typical American school looks like a prison.

    The typical American hospital looks like a prison .

    And just think ; presumably most of those kiddies and cancer ward patients haven’t been convicted of anything yet !

    Prohibition was such a fucking train wreck , that the response was ,

    ” Fuck yeah , let’s double – down on this shit ! ”

    They stigmatize the one drug that isn’t intoxicating.

    Last time I checked , the U.S. spends more on the military and the police than the entire rest of the world combined.

    And that while they are how many trillions in debt ?

    COMPARED TO THAT WACKO SHIT ?

    “What would it take for you to think, “hmmm…. the Russians are in trouble”? ”

    The Danish army is laying siege to the Kremlin ?

    • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

      Thank you for your ongoing critique of my post. I appreciate it.
      I am unsure what the point of what you are saying here is supposed to be.

      If you are saying that America has its fair share of things that it should not be proud of–such as schools that look like prisons (and that is no accident by the way…) than yes, I agree with you. But what does that have to do with asking JHK Admin, “What would it take for you to think, “hmmm…. the Russians are in trouble”?”

      “The Danish army is laying siege to the Kremlin ?”

      Sure, I guess, though why the Danes would do something like that is beyond me. If this is your answer to the question, then I surmise that your faith is very strong in Russia’s capabilities. I don’t think there is anything that would shake your faith in the righteousness and eventual success of the Russian cause.

      • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 6:49 pm #

        Most American schools are much nicer than German schools.

        There is a reason you’ve been hustled so often.

        • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 7:20 pm #

          As may be so, Night Owl.
          But many American schools do resemble prisons. If German schools also resemble prisons, your point is what, exactly?

          • Night Owl October 5, 2022 at 8:55 am #

            I have yet to see an American school that resembles a prison.

            No German school I have seen resembles a prison either, rather they resemble an abandoned school that no one had any interest in keeping up.

            Which is exactly what I have come to expect from semi-socialist state-run facilities.

          • hustled enough October 5, 2022 at 11:01 am #

            You are not looking very hard…

          • Night Owl October 5, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

            By all means, show us.

          • hustled enough October 6, 2022 at 7:11 pm #

            Hi Night Owl,
            Google “US Schools like prison” or use “looks like.”
            Also, for an analysis of why this is so, check out, Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, for a history how we moved from a punishment model (local, severe, & brief) to a disciplinary model (global, enduring, & long term)
            HE

  62. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 1:30 am #

    Every time somebody brings up Nazis , Back Row Heckler has another beer ?

    I think that from now on whenever yet another American cries , ” Russias gonna go nuclear ! ”

    I’ll have a beer.

    This silly shit is getting hilarious.

    Russia has more sense than to go nuclear.

    Hysterical pussified genocide is the American modus operandi.

  63. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 1:38 am #

    Speaking of Americans, Russians , and nuclear war ;

    The last time the Americans claimed , ” We gotta go nuclear!! ”

    The Russians overran an entire Japanese army group in Manchuria in one month.

    So , yeah , maybe you should be worried ,

    But not because of the Russians.

    Why not worry about the Russians?

    Say it with me again Comrades !

    BECAUSE THE RUSSIANS HAVE MORE SENSE.

    • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

      Shades of Islander and Paula who said that Russia had more sense than to invade – yet “invade” Ukraine they did.

      War is men’s business. You’re acting like a woman here. Putin has said he will use nuclear weapons if he has to. Sensible people believe him. Women and feminized men do not.

      • MaryQueen October 4, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

        It appears that you’ve managed to escalate your hatred of women to the point it almost dwarfs your hatred of blacks! That’s quite an evolution since I first started commenting here.

        • Jarek October 4, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

          So I’m wrong about Blacks? And Women are great, just like Blacks, right? Everybody is great except White men?

          You’re not an American in any real sense.

        • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 9:49 pm #

          I doubt if Jarek has ever known any women. As far as I can tell he has never even known any other humans. He also doesn’t seem to have ever done anything, other than quite a bit of reading.

          So–just the person you would turn to if you wanted to know something about something, or gain some insight into something, right?

          • Jarek October 5, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

            You don’t want fathers to have any rights at all – except what vengeful ex-wives grant them.

            That’s put you on the moral level of the drag queen story hour people.

  64. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 1:45 am #

    ” Are hypersonic missiles with conventional payloads the decisive game changer you think they will be? ”

    I wouldn’t know about hypersonic missiles.

    But , hmm , where is Ukraine getting the mercenaries from ?

    My bet is they are ship – jumpers from the U.S. and NATO armies ,

    Because the U.S. and NATO armies have gotten that fucking bad.

    • hustled enough October 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi KesaAnna,
      It depends on whether the main reason you are fighting is for is the money or not. If money is the main goal, than yes, they are mercenaries in the true meaning of that word. If they joined because they hate what the Russians are doing and are there to support Ukrainian freedom and they then get paid (to help with upkeep, etc) when they are there, then no, they aren’t mercenaries in the strict sense. If that distinction doesn’t matter to you, then you would need to explain why we shouldn’t think of a nation’s defence force as mercenaries, because they too are being paid, and many of them may be in the army because of the pay and benefits, not for any other reason. Do you think that the International brigades in the Spanish Civil War were mercenaries? What is your intuition of the distinction I offer you?

      • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 10:10 pm #

        @ hustled enough:

        If you want professional soldiers, you hire mercenaries, and my impression is that you must pay them very well indeed. Enlisted men and volunteers for “the cause” (if such actually exist), not so much. There is a very great distinction there.

        • hustled enough October 5, 2022 at 12:14 am #

          Hi Anthea,
          Yes–the pay is the question–why do you fight? For the money or for the cause?

    • Anthea October 4, 2022 at 10:02 pm #

      We’d have a fair idea of who they are if we knew who was paying them. Perhaps I should check the ads in Soldier of Fortune magazine.

      • Paula D October 5, 2022 at 10:55 am #

        We know it’s the collective ”west”, which as usual is mostly the USA.

        According the the Russian MoD most of the mercenaries come from Poland, but I have seen frontline video of American English speakers yelling in English.
        There are also Brits, as we know from the captured mercenaries they just released.
        Also Syrians (read: ISIS) and Colombians.

        In Syria there were mercenaries from 80 countries, they tell us. I have no doubt there are the same in Ukraine. Probably some of them are the same. They rotate these bad dudes around.

        “Have Gun, Will Travel (to loot, rape and kill)”.

  65. SoftStarLight October 4, 2022 at 2:21 am #

    It’s the strangest and creepiest fortune cookie message I’ve ever heard of. Imagine being asked to share your fortune with a captive, sloshed audience. The nerve of these Panda Take-out people is clearly beyond understanding.

    • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 8:54 am #

      What was the message again?

      • SoftStarLight October 4, 2022 at 10:54 am #

        Har har, good try Dis 🙂

        • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 11:34 am #

          No, I really missed out on that. What was it? Give me a hint.

          • Blackbird October 4, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

            I want to know too. Your three cryptic lines above make my brain itch. You’re on the verge of being mean. Is this the new HardStarLight we’ve been warned of?

            I thought someone here – was it Beryl? – said recently that they are no longer putting fortunes in fortune cookies. Truly these are the End Times.

            Chinese fast food – ya takes yer chances, ya gets yer tummyache.

          • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

            HSL’ll cut you if you look at her cross-eyed. Something flipped in her. I think maybe Lil’ Tommy got to her!

          • SoftStarLight October 5, 2022 at 2:21 am #

            Wait a minute what is happening here? I haven’t been mean at all. In fact, here I am defending myself. I just figured you read the opening sentence to Mr K’s essay that’s all and that you were just being silly with me. I didn’t get past it for a good bit. I’ll probably recover lol

          • Disaffected October 5, 2022 at 8:02 am #

            I really like messing with you, HSL! You still haven’t figured that out yet, have you?

        • SoftStarLight October 5, 2022 at 11:22 am #

          🙂 ha ha, I’ll have to beware of your sly ways!

      • Paula D October 4, 2022 at 4:13 pm #

        First line of the essay, Dis..

        Message found in fortune cookie from Panda Take-out reminds us: “The dildo of consequence is seldom lubricated.”

        • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

          Ahh. I’m not paying attention, I guess.

  66. Mike G October 4, 2022 at 4:48 am #

    Nuland, Blinken and Mr. Potato Head have driven us to the brink of nuclear war and the US Congress feeds the insanity and it is all about hubris, the dildo of consequence is a coming.

  67. KesaAnna October 4, 2022 at 6:54 am #

    “More likely than the scenario you offer, Russia–out of desperation–will launch a number of tactical nuclear warheads to “reset the battlefield.” ”

    More likely than the scenario you offer ,

    In desperation you will predict the same thing on Tuesday,

    And Wednesday

    And Thursday ,

    And Friday ,

    Etc , etc , etc ,

    Until gasoline goes to ten dollars a gallon , and the West prints one too many pieces of fiat currency,

    And then you’ll change the subject.

    But , if it should happen that I turn out to be wrong ,

    You won’t be breathing anyway.

    🙂

    • Woodchuck October 4, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      If indoor residential heating becomes unavailable for many Germans this winter, there might be some breathing issues. Imagine that indoor plumbing must be turned off due to freezing pipes. So where do Germans poop? Indoors or outdoors? let’s say it’s just barely below freezing indoors and the electric power has been turned off temporarily in brownout. And it’s much – much colder outside. Go outside with your bare butt sitting on and pooping in a bucket? Or poop indoors in a bucket? If you don’t have what it takes to poop outside when it’s in serious subfreezing temps, then the indoor bucket pooping routine is most certainly going to affect your breathing in an indirect way. While sitting there surrounded by a cloud of their own stench, Germans everywhere will be proud that they are doing their part to save democracy in Ukraine.

      • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2022 at 11:10 am #

        Pipes bursting and people freezing, no problemo. PM Olaf Schultz says it’ll all be worth it if it prevents Ukrainian surrender in January, delays surrender until next May.

        • Night Owl October 4, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

          Scholz.

      • Disaffected October 4, 2022 at 11:33 am #

        We did that in my year (Mar ’95-Mar ’96) at Kunsan AB ROK (Go Wolfpack!). Water main burst just off base and they had no repair parts for several months. STINK – OMG! Couldn’t wash clothes, couldn’t take showers, and all the toilets filled to overflowing before they finally got some PortaShitters brought in. Had to use bottled water for everything, and they damn near ran out of that before they got everything fixed. Fun times!

        • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

          And Germans thought it was bad after the Russians came thru March-May 1945. Wait till sewer pipes start bursting and raw sewage runs into the fresh water supply — that’s when the “We Support Ukraine” signs, and Blue & Yellow Ukrainian flags — grow scarce.

      • Islander October 4, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

        IIRC, German toilets are the type where the poop lands on a porcelain shelf, allowing for extended contemplation.

        Could chamber pots be making a comeback soon?