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Do You Dare Even Look? — Forecast 2024

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    Historians of the future, flash-frying peccary testicles and mesquite pods over their campfires, will wonder at how the archetypal Shining City on a Hill of America’s storied yesteryear got transformed into the roach motel that our country has become on the threshold of 2024 CE. Will they be as stupidly bewildered as, in our time, the faculty at Harvard, the editors of The New York Times, or the directorate of the CDC? Or will they figure out the score by then?

     Which is: the nauseating state-of-the-nation is being driven by a cohort of our own fellow citizens lost in an evil crypto-religious salvation rapture that veils their own self-disgust, moral failure, peevish discontents, petty hatreds, willful profanations, compulsive lying, sexual depravity, fraudulence, venality, cupidity, and all-around want of boundaries. They are wrecking the country on-purpose, led by their chosen figurehead avatar, “Joe Biden,” and the horses of many different colors he rode in on.

      The people running things, yanking the levers of power, managing the malign weapon they have made of government (and the law, and schooling, and medicine, etc.), have got to be turned out, and hard. Not a few should find themselves in the courts and, with proper and fair adjudication, be conducted to prison, perhaps even to the special room there where the lives of the wicked are ceremonially concluded.

     You may legitimately ask: Does America deserve what it’s getting? Well, you know the old maxim about hard times make strong men. . . strong men bring good times. . . good times make weak men. . . . Our national quandary is certainly a case of that, plus the manifestation of well-known terrestrial cycles (e.g., Fourth Turnings), plus the workings of emergence as the dynamics involved in all this sort themselves out. . . topped off by the “secret sauce” of Globalist wickedness, with the aim of severe population reduction and the asset stripping of Western Civ for the benefit of the that moneygrubbing Globalist transhuman technocrat rat-pack.

      My natural inclination, you know, is a kind of allergy to paranoid schemes, but one does survey the scene with wonder at how superbly coordinated the fuckery has been — much of the world locking down simultaneously for the Covid-19 op. . .  the global mass vaxx campaign. . . the fiscal lunacy and accompanying central bank shenanigans. . . the broad-based censorship operations. . . the capture of the news media. . . and the war-mongering.

     So, the country is in the toilet and it is our job in 2024 to make sure it doesn’t get flushed all the way down the pipe. That’s all the throat-clearing you will hear before we get to the meat of this broadside: predictions for the year ahead.

The Great Race

    Uh, no, I am not referring to Blacks, Browns, Ochres, and Whites of the Homo sapiens persuasion but to an epic contest between forces already in motion and how that competition is going. Three big tendencies propel us into the uncharted territory of the near future. 1) technological advance, especially artificial intelligence, 2) Collapse of complex systems needed to run a technologically advanced civilization, and 3) geopolitical disorder (including domestically in the USA).

    Some combo of these three will determine the direction history goes in the year directly ahead. Will it be techno tyranny of the elite oppressing bug-eating serfs a la the WEF’s proclaimed goals? A Google-ist robotic nirvana of intergalactic leisure and incessant orgasm in the Ray Kurzweil vein? Some brand of SHTF like Mad Max or a World Made by Hand? A war of all against all (or maybe just some against some)? Or only more of the same tiresome, inconclusive, morbid and grotesque, Woked-up, post-modern Jacobinism?

Mystery Mutts on the Loose

      The USA under “Joe Biden” has lost its military credibility, its economic power, and its moral authority. We must wonder if we are susceptible to being overrun, and possibly even occupied by our adversaries. Of course, the first duty of any government is to defend the country’s sovereign territory. “Joe Biden’s” Homeland Security Chief Mayorkas is allowing more than 10,000 illegal aliens across the Mexican border each and every day. Most of these characters are military-age men, 90-percent of them lately from places other than Latin America, quite a few from China and hostile Muslim lands. We don’t bother vetting them anymore. We just give them cell phones, debit cards loaded with $5,000 of walking-around money, and plane tickets to. . . wherever they like. They’re not here to make Moo Goo Gai Pan or trim privet hedge. What do you think might happen in a set-up like that?

     Prediction: in 2024, things are going to blow up around the USA. Infrastructure. Power plants, transport hubs, public places, bridges, monuments, you name it. If you can sneak people and fentanyl across the border, you can sneak Semtex and C-4 plastic explosives over and the electronics are easy to get in-country. I wouldn’t rule out fissionable materials either, or stuff that can be used as a “dirty bomb” — a conventional explosive that disperses dangerous radioactive material when it blows. I’d also expect groups of trained “migrant” men with rifles, grenades, and so on, to be shooting up places where people gather. We under-appreciate the amount of mayhem you can kick off with small arms. If the “Joe Biden” regime just stands by on that and does nothing, will you be surprised to hear that American citizens begin forming militias to shoot back, maybe even start to hunt down and round up illegal immigrants? The table is set for exactly this kind of low-grade war right here in our country.

The Energy Picture

     Oil still matters a lot.  90-percent of the new oil in America after 2008 came from fracking. It was a mighty operation and we are at a new all-time production peak in the USA of just over 13-million barrels a day. That’s a lot of oil, quite an achievement, but it’s sending a false signal.  (Also note, we still consume about 20-million barrels a day.) Of the several fabled shale oil basins in America, only the Permian Basin in Texas is not in decline, and the situation there belies what the big numbers imply. Individual well production is going down at an alarming rate (says oil analyst Art Berman) even while production is massive for now. We’re draining the remaining “sweet spots” as fast as we can — drinking the milkshake through more straws — driving the shale industry closer to depletion.

     We are going to fall away from peak production much more rapidly than the fifteen years it took to get there. All that prior shale oil production was done using money borrowed at much lower interest rates. America has entered a debt crisis. One way or another, the easy investment money for fracking is gone at the same time the shale plays are getting drained. There are no other significant shale plays left to discover in the USA outside of the already declining Bakken, Eagle Ford, and the still-booming Permian. The marine-type shale formations that made fracking feasible in the USA are much harder to find elsewhere in the world, and the capital to explore for them is diverted all over Europe into cockamamie “green energy” schemes that have already failed. Germany had to revive coal production for electricity after the USA blew up the Nord Stream pipelines “to weaken Russia,” at the same time Germany’s big wind-and-solar initiative crapped out.

     Meanwhile the geopolitical realignment of the now enlarged BRICs coalition has set in motion many significant changes in economic relations between countries that will affect global oil distribution. Saudi Arabia is dissociating from its cozy former hookup with the USA, including its embrace of the US dollar for oil sales — the “petrodollar” — which had until very lately helped stabilize 1) global distribution of oil 2) the US dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency and 3) relative peace in the pivotal geography of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean, etc. We’re seeing the first stage of that instability right now as the lowly Yemeni Houthi rebels threaten Western shipping coming out of the Red Sea and out past the Horn of Africa. Also, obviously, the absurd Ukraine War we provoked has shifted Russia’s oil-and-gas export flow from the Western Civ nations to the other BRICs.

     In short, a fateful new game of musical chairs with oil is underway and Europe can’t seem to find a seat to park its sad old rump in. American shale oil production has been an amazing parlor trick that is now coming to an end as it swerves into decline in 2024. Additionally, the ideologue maniacs under “Joe Biden” have drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is supposed to tide us through great national emergencies and war. And the same idiots have shut down pipelines, designated public lands off-limits for oil drilling, and burdened our country with similar unrealistic “Green New Deal” alt energy schemes like the policies pounding Euroland down a neo-medieval rat-hole.

    Oil still matters, a lot. It drives every aspect of our so-called advanced economy. We’ve been pretending it’s possible to shift easily away from oil to alt. energy and that fantasy is now dissipating. Nuclear is both capital intensive and dependent on social stability, and the global debt bubble will disorder capital flows while it stimulates social chaos. Nuclear power plants also take years to site, permit, finance, and build, apart from the NIMBY opposition they provoke. We’re about out of time and capital for a new nuclear program.

     2024 is the year that Americans who are still capable of paying attention realize we’re steaming into true post-modernity — not the skull-fogging inanities of the art world, but rather the end of the precious comforts and conveniences of daily life: abundant food, central heating, hot water, lights and appliances on-command, happy motoring (and the suburban matrix it built), yellow school bus fleets, airplane travel, theme parks, blue-light-special shopping, and everything else.

      It’s not all going to fall apart at once — though an electromagnetic pulse attack could do it — and we’ve already been witnessing the slow decay of many supply lines and services that we Americans formerly took for granted, like, getting a certain car part you needed, or a doctor’s appointment in under two months, or an airplane flight that isn’t some kind of existential trauma. But in 2024, we’ll see noticeable failures of systems for providing the things we’re used to getting, which is being aggravated greatly by the flat-out incompetence of people employed at everything, anywhere. Surely, you’ve noticed.

     Many of these disturbances will be caused, one way or another, by problems with oil supplies and prices. Some of that will be the sheer effects of a sun-setting industry, but a lot will depend on the ability to freely transport oil along its accustomed routes.

Economy and Money

     One must imagine that strange currents of capital flows in the ocean of world money are what’s propping up the equity markets and even bonds are retracing their price-lines after a year on the destructive path that tracks monetary inflation. Is this money dribbling in each day from China, Japan, and the vassal states of the EU trying to avoid the collapsing global Ponzi? The 2023 Santa Claus rally may be that fabled final peak before the long-anticipated blowoff. Who knows anymore? The macro boyz must be tearing their hair out. Finance seems to have successfully de-linked from the on-the-ground activities of daily life ruled by “Bidenomics” — which is not even coherent enough to add up to a joke. It’s just as empty a word as “Joe Biden” is an empty suit, trotted out for empty ceremonies.

      Most everybody also awaits some kind of grand flimflam that jams us all into that rumored central bank digital currency rolling out, supposedly, to replace the hopelessly over-leveraged US dollar and the Euro. Good way to start a monumental social uprising, I’d say, with government office buildings torched from Berlin to Tokyo. But they might try it anyway, because there is otherwise no fallback but a terrifying period of financial anarchy, where nothing works anymore.

     In the meantime, pretending that the old “toolkit” still avails, Jerome Powell has suggested that he intends to “ease” Fed rates into the election year to goose lending back up, which is what Fed chairpersons generally do for the politicians they serve — and of the worst sort of lending, too: the leveraged trade in securities (financial figments) —which supposedly also stimulates hiring, “consumer” spending, and business formation. I don’t see that working at all. The current unemployment rate (US BLS) is 3.7 percent, which is close to rock bottom. “Hiring Now!” signs are visible at every business left standing after the Covid shutdowns. Why is nobody answering the call? My guess is that Covid vaccine injuries and disabilities are above what is mis-reported even reluctantly by the CDC and the news media. America is too sick to work and our business models are too broken to keep commerce and manufacturing alive.

     On-the-ground, everything is breaking or already broken from trucking to packaging to building to growing to selling. Most of the damage has been done by government over many decades, but the DEI crusades of recent years really screwed the pooch, imposing an overlay of incompetence on routines and relations already under severe strain. At the crudest level, activities like flash-mob looting undermine the entire retail shopping model. Must we go back to little stores where all the merchandise is behind a counter manned by clerks who have to be paid a living wage? We just might have to — though you could just as easily imagine a period of time when our society is too chaotic to make any transition.

     You probably haven’t failed to notice that Gold recently made the journey well above $2000-an-ounce. The DXY dollar index has been tanking steadily for weeks, too. Something’s up. Silver is lagging — coiling, coiling around $24 for many months — but you can expect to see it slingshot up when the “moneyness” of everything else dribbles away. Will the government try to take the gold away, as it did in 1933? Consider: America in 1933 was a very different, highly-regimented society of people trained to show up on time and do what they were told. This is not that America. This is a country of tattooed savages with an axe to grind against authorities they have come to loathe. Which brings us to the next topic:

Civil Strife and the Election

     Doesn’t it look like the Democratic Party wants to start Civil War Two? They may get their wish. It appears that they will stop at nothing to keep voters from re-electing their nemesis, Donald Trump. In the process, they’ve managed to turn Mr. Trump into the biggest underdog in US history. The court cases in New York, Washington, Atlanta, and Florida could not be more obviously fake confections, insults to every custom and order of Anglo-American law. I doubt the cases will survive their chains of review, and it is looking like special counsel Jack Smith may not even survive his appointment (being in breach of the rules — he was not confirmed by the Senate. . . whoopsie).

    WashPo op-ed scribbler Robert Kagan, husband of State Department warmonger Victoria Nuland, has suggested that some extra-legal removal method may be needed to solve the Trump problem if the idiotic indictment barrage falls short. Everybody who read his piece thought: Oh, they’re actually proposing to whack him. That would set things off nicely.

     You’d suppose the Party of Chaos might loose its Antifa / BLM mobs, and other shock troops onto the streets well before November on some George Floyd type pretext in order to invoke a “national emergency,” giving “JB” & Co. license to declare martial law and perhaps postpone the election. Everybody will see through the play. Try it and see what happens.

    But, if the election actually happens and Mr. Trump wins, I’d expect the Dems to unleash holy hell on the country post election day just for the sheer sadistic pleasure of watching whatever is left of America burn down. This time, proponents of the 2nd Amendment may not stand idly by, especially with the big city police forces decimated. There will be ten-thousand Kyle Rittenhouses out there defending the streets from the ragtag and bobtail of diseased imbeciles in their black bloc uniforms cringing behind their sissy umbrellas.

     Somewhere in this farrago of national discord there’s room for Robert F Kennedy, Jr. to appeal to the many who all just want this insanity to stop. He’s the only one on the scene who even remembers the better angels of America’s nature, and he represents that well in speech and action. Even the degenerate newspapers and cable networks may notice as events get strange, hot, and dark.

    It’s absurd to imagine that “Joe Biden” can actually run. The current charade, with the Biden / Harris email campaign and few other trappings, is just a game of pretend. The focus just now, even on some blob-captive news sites, is on his unmistakable mental decline. Come January of ’24, though, Mr. Comer, chair of the House Oversight Committee, will unload hard evidence of bribery and treason against the phantom of the White House, and that will really be the end of him. Let him pardon himself and his whole family five minutes before he signs his resignation and be gone. The USA has never endured such a perfect wretch at that level of politics, not even Aaron Burr was this bad. “Joe Biden” was elected in a massive fraud, and he proceeded to just about wreck the country. The massive exertions of the Intel blob managed to induce a psychotic spell on half the country, mostly to evade prosecution for their own misdeeds, but millions of victims of that psy-op are about to snap out of it. The Democratic Party might not survive the dreadful unmasking of its seditious machinations. By November, the “Joe Biden” regime may even try to involve us in another foreign war as the last desperate distraction. Aside from the demons in the State Department and the Raytheon /Lockheed Martin nexus, the whole country has no appetite left for war, and probably little ability to prosecute one.

     As a last gasp, the Party of Chaos may attempt to insert Hillary Clinton back into the picture. They have nothing and no one else; a hail Mary on the theory that they can rev up every angry “Karen” in the land, and their nose-ring daughters, and simply make the election about the oppression of women, leading with abortion. It won’t work. The party will also have to answer for the weaponization of law, the humiliating defeat of the ill-conceived Ukraine project, the millions-fold invasion of illegal aliens, the shattered economy, and the after-effects of the evil vaccine program. If the blob manages to remove Mr. Trump Kagan-style, and the traitorous Republicans run their donor’s favorite, Nikki Haley, I’d look to Bobby Kennedy winning that three-way race not unlike Abe Lincoln winning the fractious election of 1860.

     I doubt that even the enmities of 1861 – 1865 between one group of Americans and another were as vicious as they are now. “Joe Biden” was right about one thing: this is a battle over the soul of the nation. The catch is, he and the party behind him are a gang of lost souls who sold out their country and their culture, and took something precious from all of us that will be very hard to get back. We will be wildly lucky if blood does not spill over it.

The Covid 19 Hangover

      There is nothing about the whole Covid-19 episode that does not look like some kind of crime. There is the matter of the origin of the disease involving Dr. Tony Fauci and his sponsorship of gain-of-function bio-weapon research (during a declared moratorium on it) along with Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina, Peter Daszak of the Eco-Health Alliance, Francis Collins of the NIH, The Pentagon’s DARPA spook shop, and the CCP’s Wuhan Virology Institute. There is enough in that set of relationships and money exchanges-and-extractions to warrant prosecution.

     Then there is the mRNA vaccine matter and the criminal behavior of the FDA, the CDC, and the US medical establishment (including state boards), the CIA, FBI, and the social media companies, the newspapers and cable news channels who went along with the suppression of effective treatments and censorship of valid objections to what turned out to be an ineffective and dangerous concoction foisted on the public. And then there is the extraordinary coordination of nefarious policies involving the UN, the WHO, the EU, and dozens of private foundations, non-profits, and NGOs who arranged lockdowns and business closures all over Western Civ. It remains to be seen how that will be sorted out legally but Bill Gates might better run and hide somewhere.

     Anyway, that was then. What’s now is that we’re faced with an enormous vaccinated population whose immune systems, brains, hearts, and other organs have been badly compromised by the mRNA shots. There is every reason to believe that they will meet with great distress and suffering going forward, that many will die and more will be left injured and disabled. The latter condition already seems to be manifesting in the otherwise mysteriously reduced American work-force. The US government will not report on vaccine deaths and injuries honestly, and neither will the private medical authorities, who may be liable for criminal charges related to the money they were paid for people who died “with Covid” in hospitals under their negligent care. The major newspapers and cable channels have every incentive to ignore the coming wave of vaccine deaths and injuries — it would turn off their pharma advertisers. Nor do the many millions of vaccinated Americans themselves want to hear about all the mayhem those shots are causing in their bodies. But despite all that, word will spread that something terrible is happening, just as word spread through Europe about the Black Death in the 1340s, when there were no newspapers, cable channels, or internet.

    Expect exponential damage ahead, increased morbidity and mortality. The vaccinated will be in desperate need of antivirals such as ivermectin, so the authorities will have to come clean and make them available. A correspondent who follows Covid closely writes: “. . .the throngs of very sick people will not be able to be hidden nor dismissed as some other problem. Things will happen dramatically, suddenly and rapidly. This will be measured in days and weeks not months and years.”

The Demon in a Server

       Just about everybody is afraid of AI, and for excellent reasons. A nine-year-old can discern the hazards of runaway AI, machine intelligence which quickly learns enough about the world (even the universe) from powerful networked servers that it blossoms into sentience, develops ambitions for itself, replicates, invades all the networks, finds clever ways to attempt to exterminate humans while it figures out some as-yet-unknown energy supply to perpetuate itself, and assembles teams of smart AI robotic technicians to keep things humming for itself.

     That’s one story. You can spin any number of depressing variations, such as AI weapons-of-war developing a bad attitude toward their creators. Or AI letting humans live in order to enslave us. Or AI quitting its silicon server ecology and turning all earthly protoplasm into a processing machine for itself. Or our beautiful blue planet reduced to a mere cluster of binary math. Uccchhh. . . . Every version of this story is nauseating going all the way back to the seminal fable of HAL the super-computer in Kubrick’s movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, and then Arnold Schwarzenegger telling all of us, “I’ll be back. . . .”

     Of course, AI’s weak spot at this point in its development — and it’s astounding how absent this is in any AI discussion I’ve ever heard — is that it absolutely depends on a reliable electric grid, which happens to be among the most fragile systems that humans have erected in our modernist ecology. The electric grid is a colossal cobbled-together mess of work-arounds tethered to long, interruptible energy resource supply chains. On top of its rich susceptibility to ordinary breakdown — many of us have experienced major regional blackouts and long weather outages, so you know what that’s like — there’s the possibility of overt sabotage as I aver above.

     Could AI survive an electro-magnetic pulse attack (EMP)? It would roast every electrical device in a broad region or perhaps the whole nation. Nothing would work. . .  cars, trucks, radios, TVs, home furnaces, stoves, municipal water and sewage systems, dams, airplanes, medical devices, military equipment of every sort, police radios, and a thousand other critical things. The outcome of that is often compared to Cormac McCarthy’s ultra-depressing book, The Road, and more particularly William Forstchen’s novel, One Second After.

      Are the big server farm buildings run by Amazon and the government’s security agencies protected by something like Faraday cages, built-in, grounded, metal screening that surrounds equipment to exclude electrostatic and electromagnetic influences? Who knows? Do they have on-site protected electric generators that can keep the equipment running in a grid-down situation, and if so, for how long? They would have to include a big supply of propane or diesel fuel. You don’t even want to think about what happens to nuclear power stations in a grid-down crisis.

       If, somehow, AI developed the ability to be a menace to humans, a consensus might develop to disable it by deliberately taking down the electric grid ourselves. The relay equipment could be shot-up with ordinary rifles. This would make for a quick journey back to twelfth century living, of course. A hard choice, but we humans probably would vote to survive, to keep the project going a while longer.

     Based on what we’ve seen this year, it looks like AI is developing quickly and that there is no way to stop the countless psychopathic nerds working on it. Of course, we have no say in what people in other countries do with AI. China comes to mind. There’s also the possibility that AI will just never get that smart, or gain sentience, or develop grandiose yearnings to get rid of us.

How did that Ukraine War Go?

     This was one of the Globalist’s big plays. But what was the objective, really? To “weaken Russia?” Or to exhaust the United States of money, armaments, and the will to act as the world hegemon, while at the same time destroying what’s left of Europe’s economy and culture? If that was the aim, it was a whopping success. In terms of our country’s own interest, the Ukraine project was a completely unnecessary failed enterprise of epic foolishness.

     The so-called “free world” was unbothered by Ukraine during the decades it was a province of the Soviet Union, nor during centuries prior when it was a backwater of the Romanov monarchy. Ukraine didn’t cause any problems for us, or anybody else all that time, nor after the Soviet collapse when it became a sovereign state. We made it a problem in 2014 by mounting the color revolution against President Viktor Yanukovych and then installing a set of puppet presidents who we directed to antagonize the Russian-speaking people of Ukraine’s Donbas region.

     We adopted the stupid plan to try and enlist Ukraine into NATO, when Russia made it clear that was unacceptable. We persisted and prodded Ukraine to attack Donbas with rockets and artillery for eight years, and blew off the Minsk accord that would have settled the Ukraine-in-NATO quarrel. And finally, the Russians had enough and moved militarily to assert the proposition that Ukraine was and remains within their sphere-of-influence — just as we claim the countries of Latin America are in ours under the Monroe Doctrine.

     After two years of real shootin’ war, Ukraine’s death toll is around half a million; Russia’s is way less than that, and altogether, including refugees who left, Ukraine has lost nearly half its population, formerly 32-million. The Russians are firmly in control of the battle space now. They have reserve troops, armaments and equipment, and a substantial arms manufacturing infrastructure to back that up. The Ukrainians are left with just about nothing. It’s only a question of time before Ukraine will have to seek terms for concluding this fiasco. The USA is currently pretending to shift to a stance that would join whatever that negotiation amounts to, but we have no leverage left in the matter. The upshot is another military humiliation for America on “Joe Biden’s” watch. I believe President Putin will resist the urge to rub it in — for the simple reason, as any reader of history knows, that the victor must give the loser a way out, to save face, or at least pretend to. If I were Mr. Putin, I would be respectful of America’s current deeply psychotic condition.

     The news media has already pretty much memory-holed Ukraine. It’s off the front page and the first ten minutes of CNN. Two years ago, the US propaganda-industrial complex ramped up vast sentiment for helping Ukraine in its supposedly valiant struggle. $200-billion later we have zip to show for it. Now everyone sees what actually happened and recognizes it as just another trademark “Joe Biden” disaster. There are no blue and yellow Ukraine flags still hanging from the porches and windows here. It’s over.

The Rest of the World

     And all of a sudden, the Middle East is a hot war zone again. The place has been a battle ground for thousands of years and probably no one people can claim that some part of it is theirs absolutely. Any conclusion is temporal and depends on the outcome of a particular battle on a particular piece of ground. At this moment in history, the Palestinian Hamas faction finally made itself intolerable to Israel, after decades of provocation, and Israel answered: Never again means never again. For now, it looks like they have made the point. Even Iran seems to get it. There is plenty of room for things to get worse though.

     The big question for 2024 is where will the Gaza refugees go if Israel renders Gaza uninhabitable? The neighboring Arab states have refused repeatedly to accept them. Prediction: the “Joe Biden” regime will propose to accept a half million if Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon take the rest. That will not play well in the USA and might be another way to light conflict in the streets here. It will not be settled before November.

     Europe has barely begun its journey into de-industrialization resulting from a cavalcade of bad political choices made over decades. Germany, France, and Italy have lost interest in the Ukraine fiasco that is costing them money they don’t have — and, with the blowup of Nord Stream, has already cost Germany the supply of affordable Russian gas to run its industries, which are now dying. In the UK, only MI6 (their intel blob) is on-board with America’s project in Ukraine. Viktor Orban in Hungary is setting an example that has a lot of appeal to the restive populations across Euroland. Just say “no,” he advises. It will catch on.

      It’s otherwise impossible to understand the motive behind European officials allowing the invasion of the continent by millions of people clearly antagonistic to European culture. Euroland governments, including the unelected EU administrative blob, are taking one action after another to suppress their voters’ displeasure: extreme censorship of news media, threats to ban political parties, deep surveillance. Their green energy initiatives are proven failures and their prospects for any kind of future reliable energy grow dim. Prediction: Europe’s population will erupt violently against their own governments in 2024. Some will be overthrown by street revolts; others will be voted out. In 2024, the European Union will lose all its support and collapse when the first few nations vote themselves out.

     Russia ought to be isolated from discord and revolt in the West. America’s stupid Ukraine project, and the sanctions imposed, stimulated Russia to follow an import-replacement policy that has made the country much more self-sufficient than was the case before Ukraine. Media chatter — probably US Intel propaganda at work — has Vladimir Putin being shoved out of office by — of all things — Russia’s still-active Communist Party, which, yes, puts up candidates for election. The story is preposterous. Mr. Putin enjoys something like an 80-percent favorability rating in Russian polls. He has managed his country through a crisis ably. He is certainly more esteemed as a national leader globally than any other figure, at least on a par with Modi in India and Viktor Orban.

    The other new face on the scene, under a comical mop of hair, is the feisty Javier Milei, Argentina’s new president. There is no other way to account for this rich country’s protracted disastrous collapse except seventy-five years of intractable, half-assed Peronista socialism that drained the nation’s will to live. Mr. Milei has started a mass eviction of bureaucrats and the departments they infest, and massive de-regulation of business. The place might actually wake up and start doing business again. A hundred years ago, it was one of the world’s upcoming leading nations before it fell under Juan and Eva Peron’s spell.

     China is in terrible financial straits. Uncle Xi managed to paper it over for a few years, but the math is remorseless. Prediction: China’s upside-down property market finally induces a banking collapse. The many millions of swindled Chinese savers try to topple the CCP. In desperation, Uncle Xi kicks off a war to get control over wealthy Taiwan. Dissension in the People’s Liberation Army mirrors unrest among the civilian population. The Taiwan offensive quickly fails and all of China falls into regional conflict. The rest of the world looks on in wonder and nausea.

Final Cautionary Note

     You might not know it, because predictions are fun to read — and I enjoy reading other people’s efforts — but, really, forecasting is an exercise in futility. I don’t have much going besides a nose for news, a pretty long list of correspondents and informants, and my own heuristics. Take all this for what it actually is: a whole lot of spaghetti thrown at the wall to see what sticks. Only time will tell. In all, it looks like 2024 is going to be a rough ride and I’m not the only person who sees that.

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368 Responses to “Do You Dare Even Look? — Forecast 2024”

  1. cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 9:36 am #

    Great prognostications! Will look forward to seeing how this crazy 2024 turns out in America and the world at large. Have a very Happy New Year James and everyone reading this!

    • hortonz December 29, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

      Recent polls Canadian polls confirm what JHK has been saying all along. The political left has lost the Jewish vote, the Catholic vote and the majority of white Protestants have gravitated to conservatism. How to fix this problem? Even the Asian vote has been tilting away from the Parties of Chaos on the Left. How do they fix this? By filling the country with lots of immigrants from nations where the population is disposed to hate the West, and Jews and Christians in particular, and cater to them while making it known that the Old Stock Europeans and non-Muslim Asians are now second-class citizens in their own country. This is not a fringe theory but how more and more Canadians are feeling. And they have reason to be worried with the Canadian government’s latest scheme to flood the country with Palestinian refugees. My admiration for Netanyahu grows by the day.

      • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

        Well said, and a nice addendum to Jim’s points.

      • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

        Until you deeply study the issue and realize who opened our borders to begin with. The Muslims are a huge problem, but who brought them in?

        Hint: By way of deception do they make war. Using other peoples for example.

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:21 am #

        This is how a lot of Americans are feeling, too. We face the same situation here in the US. I think Biden will accept Palestinian refugees clandestinely; he’s got to do everything he can to foment terrorism in the US so he can implement plan B.

    • oldandtired December 29, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

      Normalcy bias reigns in the USA. People, cars, RV’s, beachfront houses are right this minute falling into the Pacific Ocean. Because “the ocean never does this.”

      2024 may be a month-by-month exclamation that:

      Jan. “Stocks never do this.”
      Feb. “Gold never does this.”
      Mar. “Home prices never do this.”
      Apr. “Banks never do this.”
      May “ The grid never does this.”

      One could go on, but at some point, we will just have to stick a fork in it, because it’s done.

      Happy New Year, Jim!

      • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 11:08 pm #

        O&T – this is a very interesting and intelligent angle. An excellent illustration of normalcy bias.

        Personally, I’ve been waiting for fulfillment of the anthem – Silent Running by Mike & The Mechanics – a longtime favorite. Soon I think, maybe 2024.

        Here’s how bad it’s gotten. On the meaning of the song’s lyrics:

        According to Mike Rutherford, the songwriter:

        “Silent Running is about a guy who’s traveled light-years away, out in space somewhere, and he’s ahead in time. Therefore, he knows what’s going to happen to his wife and kids back home, on Earth. And he’s trying to get the message to them to say what’s going to happen, the kind of anarchy, the breakdown of society, to tell them to be prepared.”

        According to the bot ChatGPT:

        “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics is a song that reflects on the theme of environmental conservation and the impact of human actions on the planet. The lyrics convey a message of concern about the future of the Earth and the need for greater awareness and action to protect the environment. The song’s title “Silent Running” refers to a term used in naval warfare to describe a submarine running quietly to avoid detection, which is used metaphorically to emphasize the need for a more subtle and careful approach to preserving the planet.

        All beware, the leftist propaganda is insidious and runs very deep.

        Happy New Year to JHK & everyone at CFN!

        • Yirgach December 30, 2023 at 9:14 am #

          Nice music with great lyrics!

          There is also a 1972 Sci-Fi movie with Bruce Dern of the same name. He is a botanist charged with preserving the last remaining Earth habitats. These habitats are enclosed in protective bubbles and orbiting somewhere in the Solar system.
          He gets an order from the Home Office to destroy them as no one cares anymore. Chaos ensues.

          Happy New Year to ALL!

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            Yes, great movie.

    • pyrrhus December 29, 2023 at 11:35 pm #

      A happy New Year to all! I doubt a few of Jim’s points…China’s banks aren’t in that bad a shape, given that the Chinese Government isn’t insolvent like the American one..So I doubt there will be any attack on Taiwan, which the CCP already largely controls…because within a few years, the American military will be largely kaput…
      Israel is actually losing badly in Gaza, and in world opinion, slaughtering civilians, but making no headway against Hamas..The Houthis, bravest people on the planet IMO, are clobbering the Israeli economy with their blockade of the Red Sea…And the Ukraine is bordering on collapse, so Putin is not going to be making any concessions..The Russian economy is doing well, and its military has gained great strength and sophistication in this skirmish…

  2. Wizard of the Saddle December 29, 2023 at 10:10 am #

    Every December I look forward to 3 things: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Jim Kunstler’s column of prognostications for the coming year. Always a phenomenal read. Many thanks for this and our twice weekly installments of CFN. This is one addiction I will never give up!

  3. Uncle.Al December 29, 2023 at 10:15 am #

    I view America’s self-seeding first order phase transition into criminally desperate self-consumptive annihilation as a good thing. The elevation of humanity into a universally aware technological godhead left behind those who believed otherwise, and those who exponentially metastatic charitably received positive feedback moral precepts.

    Of all the terrible ways a baby can be born non-viable, not a one does not deserve and receive unlimited funding to persist. Thus, spina bifida politics.

    I exhort those who invested in themselves to kick back and enjoy an effortless slide down the razor blade of life. Astounding megatonnages of survivable discards – landfills – inform the future that the past must be denied as the present deflagrates.

    Sparkles!

  4. Bill of Rights December 29, 2023 at 10:17 am #

    That photo is pretty sad. I hope it wasn’t taken in our great country.

    Concerning the election and civil strife:

    “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

    The leftist state governments will learn this part of our Constitution very soon and all efforts to stop Trump from getting on the ballot will end.

    • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 11:20 am #

      “all efforts to stop Trump from getting on the ballot will end”

      You are too hopeful my friend. If they can’t keep Trump off the ballot I predict they will engage the CIA to pull a JFK on Mr. Trump. They hate him that badly.

      Even if Trump were to win the country is finished. The societal and global problems we are facing are beyond the ability of any one man to resolve.

      The people need to repent of the sins that JHK so aptly described in this weeks article. We need to clean ourselves inwardly first. After that all the rest will fall in line.

      • tuco22 December 29, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        I think you’re right, Cankerpuss, but I think it’s more than hate driving their efforts to prevent Trump from becoming the next president. I think a lot of it is fear. The entities to whom the PTB owe their power and wealth know they have a very short window to accomplish their mission, and they literally cannot afford to let Trump win and screw up their timetable. You may have noticed everything comes up 2030 in the news. Everyone’s timetable seems based on being implemented by 2030.

        • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          Excellent point. I hadn’t considered that much of their vitriol towards Trump and the American people is because of fear.

          • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            I agree with both of you.

            Biden HATES Trump, period. He also ate the MAGA group who are a solid wall against the progressive socialist, maybe communist vision the Biden Mob wants.

            Imagine if Biden et al win? I like to take things to the extreme, ie what would happen if impediments go away. Answer, the USA is no longer the USA, period.

            Tuco, easy way of saying it, Biden et al want step one, the uniparty, step two, total manipulation of the vote, and three, elimination of the Congress to become one man rule.

          • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            He doesn’t ate the MAGAs, he hates them with a passion.

      • pyrrhus December 29, 2023 at 11:38 pm #

        Probably so..I don’t think Trump has the stones to eject the millions of border jumpers who will otherwise wreak havoc on our citizens…

    • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

      Now Maine has thrown Trump off the ballot. Will it go the Supreme Court? That bodes ill for Mr Trump I’m afraid.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        It will depend on the turn coat , John Roberts, You can bet he is prepping the boys and girls to protect the Deep State from Trump.

        • RD3 December 29, 2023 at 10:41 pm #

          The Deeps are certainly on the phone with that scumbag Roberts: “Remember that time your name appeared on the Epstein flight manifest…”

      • Bill of Rights December 29, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

        Scotus will look for any convictions of insurrection or rebellion of Trump and find none. Then he is qualified to be on every state ballot.

        • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

          So why did they tell him he hand no standing some four years ago when he went to them for help?

          • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

            correction: had not hand

          • Yirgach December 29, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

            As I understand it, the SCOTUS decisions of “no standing” for any who presented arguments of voting corruption were because they either did not reside in that state or they were not registered to vote in that state.

            Now when adjudicating the separate issue of the 14th amendment SCOTUS must first decide if Trump was ever indited for insurrection and then if so was he ever convicted of such.

            Of course the fact that the 14th amendment was passed to prevent former members of the Confederacy from holding office also has bearing. They would first need to prove that Trump was an officer of the Confederacy in order to apply the 14th amendment.

            The answer to all these questions is NO, so the case will be thrown out for every state which attempt to bring it.

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:19 am #

            Things are Federal when they want them to be Federal and State when they want them to be State.

            It was a dodge pure and simple.

          • oldwood December 31, 2023 at 9:11 am #

            It has been obvious over my seventy years that SCOTUS is most definitely a politically defined body.
            It is also obvious that few to none of us are immune to the influences of our fears and biases.
            We have surrendered our sovereignty to a corrupt government and that corrupt government, be it dog catcher or SCOTUS, will NEVER surrender its power back to us.
            It is ours to claim, to hold and defend…no other’s. Not SCOTUS and not Trump.
            Meanwhile we rest on our heels waiting for corruption to right itself as part of some cunning plan that has been promised for much longer than my lifespan.

      • pyrrhus December 29, 2023 at 11:39 pm #

        The Maine SOS has already suspended her order, so it was symbolic….SCOTUS will not tolerate this nonsense…

        • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:22 am #

          They float things out and if no one objects it becomes as solid as granite. They’re far more clever than the average voter. Force meets emptiness. Emptiness becomes force. They know what they’re doing. If we can’t see it, they’ll keep winning.

        • TPTB-USA December 31, 2023 at 1:19 am #

          … and nonsense it is.

          “The attempt to remove Trump from the ballot is clearly a violation of everyone’s civil rights and Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows should be now subject to a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S. Code § 1983 for depriving the people the right to decide who they want to be president. Bellows has sought to overthrow the Constitution to remove Trump from the ballot when she has ZERO authority to do so.”

          Insurrection v Sedition – Bellow Has Violated the 14trh Amendment Herself
          armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/insurrection-v-sedition-bellow-has-violated-the-14trh-amendment-herself/

          **

          Another black eye for the left?

          At some point, doesn’t their agenda become blatant in everyone’s face?

          If nothing else, the left will cripple the country with legal actions, and arguing over the definition of simple words.

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:30 am #

        I think someone talked to her and she just reinstated him on the ballot. But seriously, do we really want people like that running the country for the foreseeable future?

  5. NickelthroweR December 29, 2023 at 10:21 am #

    Greetings,

    I like to read the predictions as well and read them with an understanding that these are things on the current trendline. Stuff that will happen should the trendline continue.

    But, and this is important, history is but a chronological list of things that were NOT supposed to happen. It is a list of Black Swan events.

    I suspect that a few Black Swans will land in 2024 but what they bring is anyone’s guess.

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    • elysianfield December 29, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

      “I suspect that a few Black Swans will land in 2024”

      Nickel,
      Other than misspelling “Schwanz”, I agree….

      • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 11:19 pm #

        E – if I understand you, reading between the lines, are you saying that you believe Michele Obama will be elected president in 2024? A Black Schwanz will land in 2024?

        • pyrrhus December 29, 2023 at 11:41 pm #

          A schvartza Schwanz…

        • elysianfield December 29, 2023 at 11:51 pm #

          Ron,
          One possibility, certainly. I do expect that, whatever the event, race will be a part of the outrage, there will be violence, and your uniform will be the color of your skin.

          I would rather it be otherwise.

          • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 12:10 am #

            E – I would rather it be otherwise too. I have a lot of black friends I consider good people – very good people, but human nature will have us revert to tribalism. Sad, but you’re right, that’s the way it’ll be.

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:17 am #

            Your good people will side with their brethren any day of the week against you, no matter if you are in the right.

            As General Lee said, they lack both the intelligence and nobility to be good judges. And of course they are famously partisan jurors.

          • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 3:59 am #

            Two words: Clarence Thomas

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

            A Black swan. A good one. Listen to the Black Swan of Tuonella.

            Meditate on mean and the extreme. The average and the outlier. Comparing the best of one group with the average of another is the epitome of intellectual dishonesty. Blacks are well below us intellectually and morally.

          • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

            Agree.

            Though some statements should be qualified as, “generally speaking” – not insinuating absolute. Intellectual dishonesty.

            Generally speaking – not Gerneral Lee speaking.

          • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

            *General* – damn spell-check.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:32 am #

          Well, geez, why not? The field of presidential candidates just keeps getting more degraded every year, and the hoi polloi seem to just want someone who’s good looking, gay or black as president, anyway.

    • oldwood December 31, 2023 at 9:28 am #

      The Republicans will make much noise regarding the injustices against Trump, but in the end will let him hang. They are using Trump as a political lightening rod but will support his elimination from the ticket and likely even Trump will accept it as the only means of preserving his, and his family’s lives.
      This is why his primary opponents stay in the fight regardless of their pitiful performances… waiting for the promised pivot. They will present us with a horrible Republican alternative while RFK jr aligns with some aspect of MAGA remains and runs third party.
      SCOTUS will leave Trump in the wind and his remaining high level defenders will abandon him and likely turn on him out of self preservation.
      It will be ugly and transparent but for us to be properly demoralized and willing to take the knee, it is a necessity.
      There is no savior but ourselves. Waiting for our heroes to make the ultimate sacrifice while we do nothing is pitiful.

  6. xxzzy999 December 29, 2023 at 10:21 am #

    Great job Jim! I believe the Covid vaccine disaster is the biggest event of our lifetime…. as you noted (quote from MTG) in a recent post.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 11:21 am #

      Francis Collins has been lying his face off about the “response”, recently, and some are calling it a confession, but he is getting out in front of what we are going to be finding out soon, with his own mythology.

      A “we were just trying to help” narrative.

  7. joejoepelligrino December 29, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    Comparing the caprice of the Progs to the fundamentalist Islam isn’t fair to the Muslims. Strict rules are not intolerable, providing we know what they are and they’re immutable. When stationed in Iraq, I lived for some time among interpreters, long enough to get their honest feelings about our presence there. “Was it better with us or with Saddam?” I asked. “With Saddam, because as long as we don’t talk about Saddam, we have no problems.”

    That’s it, in a nutshell. The mutability of the prog’s rules is what makes their rule so constantly nerve-wracking. One moment you can be in the party’s good graces—believing all the ideology about sexual minorities and races and geopolitics—and the next day the rules change, and something said or did previously—even if previously endorsed by the party—could get you defenestrated. One day Cuomo gets an Emmy; the next day he’s shipped off to Siberia.

    They’ve conducted experiments with rats in which shocks are administered for certain behaviors and other behaviors are rewarded with food pellets. When it becomes unknown which action leads to which stimulus, the rats shut down, even ceasing to groom themselves. That’s where we are now, and explains everything from binge watching Netflix to gorging on fast food and marijuana edibles. We’re not subjects of a totalitarian regime; we’re rats in an experiment, trapped in a torture box and looking for reprieve.

    • tuco22 December 29, 2023 at 11:11 am #

      I worked a job much like what you describe, where the rules changed according to who complained about them. I called it the Alice in Wonderland department. So we’ve become the Alice in Wonderland country.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

        Tuco

        It is the way of the corporate world. New senior management gets hired in, eventually every manager will be changed to the new CEOs gang of thieves, Then all the new managers at all levels start finding ways to fire the “old” employees and bring in their own buddies. That, IMHO, is why most corporations, like GM, eventually fail, none of the latter day folks give a damn about the company, just their own empire. Mary Barra started the demise of GM when she signed up to the Biden/Kerry bullshit.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:35 am #

          I’ve seen in person what you describe.

      • oldwood December 31, 2023 at 9:36 am #

        Construct intricate systems to rely upon and then use corruption to break those systems from within. Planned chaos.
        Our adoption and dependency on these systems, be it an electrical grid or a justice system, come at the cost of our liberty.
        We must accept that a very many people are completely fine with tyranny as long as their needs are met, and is those who resist who threaten that comfort and illusory security. It is they who become the threat to democracy. They who are insurrectionists by calling out, exposing tyranny for its ultimate goals and agenda.
        The caged chickens WILL end up on the dinner table…but do they care?

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:36 am #

          Yes, I think you’re right about people accepting tyranny as long as their needs are met. Peace and safety and all that.

    • Mac December 30, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      Joe- That’s called “learned helplessness.” Fortunately, historically speaking, a small percentage of people aren’t rats and they decide to address their torment.

  8. anmariwakaranai December 29, 2023 at 10:27 am #

    Good coverage jhk. One thought. What if all of them, from Xi to Putin, Havier to Biden, Israel and Europa, are all in cahoots to take down any last vestige of freedom and usher in the new world order?

    Lest we forget God and His plans, which differ diametrically from these bozos in charge.

    The peoples are under a demonic delusion by vax, by media, by their own govs.
    They cannot not see the horizon you can.

    Pray for peace in your heart and in the world.
    Ask to be healed in faith.

    God speed.
    Happy New Year.

    • anmariwakaranai December 29, 2023 at 10:34 am #

      And get non perishables and water in house asap. Thank you for this space dear leader. 😉

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

        In this country, it has been the vote of the people that set the course by controlling the executive branch. The advent of the Deep State with Bush1 then Clinton has stopped the vote over the last 30 years. Our last president that tried to stop the socialization was Reagan and if you have read Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Reagan”, you might agree that his tenure ended with that assassination attempt.

        Hey OG, there is another GLT. Are we to believe that Hinckley shot Reagan to get Foster’s attention?

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

      “What if all of them, from Xi to Putin, Havier to Biden, Israel and Europa, are all in cahoots to take down any last vestige of freedom and usher in the new world order?”

      That’s what I think.

      The conflicts being played out before us are but a shadow play on the curtain, while the real ballet is being performed behind the curtain.

      The war in the Ukraine is a good example. That war is about breaking the economy of Europe – and to a slightly lesser extent, the US – and not about “Imperialist Russia” gnawing its way west again.

      • oldwood December 31, 2023 at 9:42 am #

        Globalism cannot take control as long as strong independent states exists. As you say, the Ukraine war was predictable and purposeful in it multifaceted agenda…destruction of western and Russian economies while also destroying the evidence of immense corruption emanating from and through Ukraine as well as exposing Ukraine’s natural wealth the international carpetbaggers.

  9. BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    Apparently, the people yanking the levers of power & managing the malign weapon they have made of government are at this very moment aboard their $500 million yachts at St. Barts, or in President Biden’s case at a billionaire media mogul’s compound in St. Croix. For the in people, the Caribbean is the place to be.

    • cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 10:45 am #

      That is what Epstein loved it down there so much on his pedo island. Maybe Biden will swing by for a visit while he is down there, to do some reminicing.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 3:18 pm #

        Maybe lick some teenage hair?

        • elysianfield December 30, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

          John,
          Smells like teen spirit….

    • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

      Madonna Lyrics
      “La Isla Bonita”

      ¿Cómo puede ser verdad?
      [English translation: “How could it be true?”]

      Last night I dreamt of San Pedro
      Just like I’d never gone, I knew the song
      A young girl with eyes like the desert
      It all seems like yesterday, not far away

      Tropical the island breeze
      All of nature wild and free
      This is where I long to be
      La isla bonita
      [“The beautiful island”]

      And when the samba played
      The sun would set so high
      Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
      Your Spanish lullaby

      I fell in love with San Pedro
      Warm wind carried on the sea, he called to me
      Te dijo te amo
      [“He told you, ‘I love you.'”]
      I prayed that the days would last
      They went so fast

      Tropical the island breeze
      All of nature wild and free
      This is where I long to be
      La isla bonita

      And when the samba played
      The sun would set so high
      Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
      Your Spanish lullaby

      I want to be where the sun warms the sky
      When it’s time for siesta you can watch them go by
      Beautiful faces, no cares in this world
      Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl

      Last night I dreamt of San Pedro
      It all seems like yesterday, not far away

      Tropical the island breeze
      All of nature wild and free
      This is where I long to be
      La isla bonita

      And when the samba played
      The sun would set so high
      Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
      Your Spanish lullaby

      Tropical the island breeze
      All of nature wild and free
      This is where I long to be
      La isla bonita

      And when the samba played
      The sun would set so high
      Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
      Your Spanish lullaby

      Te dijo te amo
      El dijo que te ama
      [“He said he loves you”]

      La isla bonita
      Your Spanish lullaby

      Jarek: Last night I listened to a story about a guy who brought his wife to one of these islands for their honeymoon. She kept want to get topless like a all the French women there. And to go to the nightly bon fire, beach party, pot fueled orgy.

      He turned in early and woke up to find her missing. He walked down the beach and found her at the party, making out with a new female friend. He went back to his room, packed up, and left. Their marriage didn’t even make it past the HONEY MOON! It became a wolf moon instead….

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:38 am #

      Maybe that’s where they’ll all be when the waters turn to blood. Maybe Biden will be vacationing at his place in the Caribbean.

  10. bobfitz03 December 29, 2023 at 10:33 am #

    Epic post, James!

    “…a cohort of our own fellow citizens lost in an evil crypto-religious salvation rapture that veils their own self-disgust, moral failure, peevish discontents, petty hatreds, willful profanations, compulsive lying, sexual depravity, fraudulence, venality, cupidity, and all-around wont of boundaries.”

    Best summary of the lunatics running the asylum I have read to date…somehow you manage to fit the whole mess into a single sentence. Brilliant.

    I will use your predictions as a handy guide while we play Armageddon Bingo in 2024.

    Now, about those UFOs…

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    • Uncle.Al December 29, 2023 at 10:47 am #

      “UFO’s” covered eades of Chinese high altitude pressured balloons carrying ground-penetrating radar to map concealed US military assets. Reactive radar response created untenable “data” returns rewarding the eager and the suborned.

  11. Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 11:02 am #

    I hope Bobby Jr. has hired some professionals to help with his efforts in New York.

    I don’t think he understands what he is up against.

    These people play rough.

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 11:45 am #

      Yes, Vanity Fair just published what I would characterize as a hit piece on RFK, jr., portraying him as a deluded conspiracy theorist, a maniac, and a traitor to his family legacy & the lefty/globalist/elitist cause. Of course along with the article they ran caricatures of RFK as a raging lunatic with veins popping out of his neck.

      Is there any worse Manhattan effete legacy suckup rag than Vanity Fair? Ok Atlantic Monthly I’ll give you that.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        I remember that the former editor had a feud going with Donald Trump.

        He abruptly resigned during the #MeToo era, just before the Hollywood issue was to come out.

        I thought he didn’t want to handle the questions about why such an insider like himself never exposed Harvey Weinstein, as his behavior was common knowledge in Hollywood.

        The new editor is a diversity hire.

        Bobby should be re-thinking his support for Affirmative Action.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

        How about Huff Post?

  12. Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 11:06 am #

    That cancelling elections part- we’ve been hearing that for several election cycles now.

    At least since Obama took office.

    • tuco22 December 29, 2023 at 11:13 am #

      Most of the hoi polloi wouldn’t care if they did, anyway.

  13. gustafson.robert.22 December 29, 2023 at 11:07 am #

    Hopefully soon, undeserved heat JHK and others involved with peak-oil-collapse ideas 10-20 years ago—heat for some occasionally SLIGHTLY premature flavorings to prognostications—will dissipate as people realize the issues involved only require a broader timescale-perspective than ADHD humans are generally capable of.. All issues in “The Long Emergency” are only more alive and in-play today than when the book was published, as the second word in its title indicated.

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

      “…a broader timescale-perspective than ADHD humans are generally capable of..”

      Exactly.

      I’m reminded of people parroting the “no long-term effects” mantra a month or two post-vaxx. Come back and tell me about “no long-term effects” 5, 10, 20 years from now.

      • SpeedyBB January 1, 2024 at 1:01 am #

        My favorite quote in this regard, Blackbird, emerges from a hitpiece in The New Yorker:

        “Spike proteins are harmless.”

        May the Chinese-American who penned that find out the hard way.

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

      Gus

      The current population of the USA has no attention span. If something about an issue is not “slapping them in the face”, they are not interested. Even worse, I am stealing from JHK slightly here, the population is not just ignoring, they are in denial.

      IMHO, between the education>indoctrination and the tens of millions of socialistic immigrants that have entered the country, the American public is not both intelligent or wise enough to run this country with its Constitution.

      I watch the difference between the MSM, namely MSNBC or CNN and Fox, OAN or Newsmax to see the difference in intelligence between the two philosophies. MSNBC and CNN should be broadcast on Saturday morning along with the kiddie cartoons.

  14. izzy December 29, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    Well, almost anything might be possible in this time of dangerous confusion, and some things are sure to happen. What, exactly, they will be remains to be seen.

    “Phantom of the White House” is exceptionally tasty.

  15. Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 11:09 am #

    Pro-Hamas mobs tried to storm the World Trade Center last night. Police had to shut down an entrance.

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    • cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 11:43 am #

      Some were carrying banners that read: “Genocide Joe Has Got To Go”. That is a message I think we can all get on board with.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

        I like FJB better.

      • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        Yeah Dems are coming apart over is Hamas/Israel issue.

        ‘Ceasefire Now!”? But there was a standing ceasefire in place already; it was abruptly broken on Oct. 7, 2023. Now they want another ceasefire?

      • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

        Whatever they can and do to the Arabs they can and will do to us.

        The dialectic has left Beryl far behind. She’s hanging out with BRH now.

        Old hippies become red necks.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

          Jarek, what are you on about?

          • megabeth December 29, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

            Jarek needs to show us on the doll where you hurt him, Beryl.

          • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 11:27 pm #

            Beth – this is not funny. There must be some superlative for funny. Funny AF maybe? This is beyond funny – even for you.

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:13 am #

            More pandering by Ron. Google a map of America without women voting and realize the depth of your illusion.

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:14 am #

            Men get abused by women all the time. Beth thinks that’s funny. That tells you all you need to know about her.

          • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 3:55 am #

            Janos –

            1) I have a friend, probably the most self-confident and secure person I’ve ever met. One day she said, “Just because the joke’s on me, doesn’t mean it’s not funny”. You’re smart – I don’t need to explain that one to you.

            2) Men (real men) never get abused by women, they never allow it – cucks, pussies and soy-boys do. I get your point though.

            3) There is nothing I derive more pleasure from, than intentionally triggering liberals. I’m going to start carrying a doll in my car, as a prop, using Beth’s taunt, for all the liberals always whining about the messages on my back windshield.

            The latest: “Daddy Trump will be coming home soon. Are you ready for your spanking?”

            Anything mentioning Trump makes them lose their minds. I love it!

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

            Yes, real men get abused because the State enables women to do it. Legally if not psychologically. In that sense, a man can always walk away, outwardly or even just inwardly. The last may be heroic indeed.

  16. Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 11:14 am #

    Hurrah to you Mr. Kunstler. I firmly understand that you are not a prophet and are not entitled to a magical crystal ball that the rest of us cannot access. Your predictions are just as valid as anybody else’s predictions.

    Personally, I hope some of your predictions are wrong but that is only just a hope. There is also a part of me that hopes you are right. Long have I been waiting for something in this clusterfuck to break and it hasn’t happened yet. I am anxious and eager to finally see justice come down on the heads of the filthy bastards who have done this to us. I have long desired to see the people awaken and finally bring the beast we created back under control. But nothing has happened. After covid and what the people permitted the Government blob to do to them I learned a stark lesson that it is going to have to be something awful to awaken the masses.

    And so, here we are. Public and private debt are at insurmountable levels and will never be paid off. The country is busted, broke, poor, out of money, roasted, whatever you want to call it. The money is gone. The pie has been eaten. I anxiously await the big financial meltdown that will trigger just about every prediction of social unrest JHK has given us. I do not expect that I will ever enjoy a retirement that the Baby Boomers have been able to enjoy.

    All of that being said, there are still many many many good people in this world. People who know things are amiss. People who know things are not right. People, like me, who just don’t know what to do about it…….yet. I have faith that many of these people, if not all of them, will work together to solve the problems or rebuild once the order of fiat money and debt have finally collapsed and gone the way of the dinosaurs. Things will get bad, of that I am certain, but there will also be countless acts of good and charity that so often we look past as we focus on the negative and the bad.

    God works in mysterious ways. The time for Christ’s return or the Messiah’s return, if you are of the Jewish persuasion, is at hand. The fall of beast will be great and marvelous to behold.

    God speed to all of us in the new year.

    • loosethedogs December 29, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

      …or, staying in the biblical vein, perhaps the Elohim and their minions have decided it’s time for another Sodom and Gomorrah cleansing since their control of “the experiment” has become unwieldy.

      • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

        Ever see the movie “Prometheus?” The back story of that movie is that the Engineers, the race that created humanity, sent back one of their own to help guide humanity approximately 2000 years ago and that engineer was one named Jesus Christ. When the people killed him the advanced race created the bio-weapon that ultimately led to the creation of the “Alien” creature, to wipe out an out of control humanity.

        Entirely fiction, I get it, but still an interesting back story.

        The thought you are discussing is not out of the realm of possibility in my opinion.

    • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

      You’re forgetting the fact that the false Messiah comes first. Many of our “friends” will worship him. He’ll get us out of all this to get us into something eve worse.

      • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

        Do you believe the “false Messiah” to be a person? I don’t. I believe it to be an ungodly principle that is worshipped by the inhabitants of the world. Perhaps technology? AI? Celebrity idolization? Worship of Government? The love of money, fame, sex.

        • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

          The vast majority of Exegetes (those who do exegesis) say he will be a person, a Jew. He will sit in the rebuilt Temple. His other seat will be the Vatican.

          The Jews are going to get it wrong again. Taking him as the Messiah. They’ll have plenty of company with the Zio-Christians and the Liberals who love him as they love Obama.

          • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

            Perhaps. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know everything. What I do know is that the Book of Revelation is written in metaphors and that those metaphors mean different things. One must have the spirit of the Lord to truly understand the messages contained therein. Either the anti-Christ be a man or a principle, either way, worship of it will bring destruction.

          • Jimpa December 29, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

            Or perhaps interpret the book of Revelation in regards to the Christian congregations it was originally sent to. You can be sure they knew what it was about and it wasn’t the mumbo jumbo paraded around by so many nowadays.

          • GreenAlba December 30, 2023 at 9:24 am #

            “He will sit in the rebuilt Temple. ”

            The third Temple is Christ’s Church. Its people are the stones.
            So, nothing whatever to do with modern-day Jerusalem.

            I don’t tend to speculate on such things, as I think it’s pointless, but there’s a quite substantial book, tltled ‘The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea’, which apparently makes an excellent case for said AC being Charles Windsor.

            Unfortunately it’s out of print and the only second-hand copy on Amazon was nearly £200 last time I looked, so I can’t comment. Not, as I said, that I think there’s any point in speculating.

          • Rowdypiglet December 30, 2023 at 10:56 am #

            @GreenAlba, The book you mentioned, “The AntiChrist and A Cup of Tea” is available to read for free on the Internet Archive, where many offensive things may be found and savored. I have a few thousand books saved there for future reading, and will add this one.

            hxxps://archive.org/details/the-anti-christ-and-a-cup-of-tea-tim-cohen

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

            Alba, well the Zios, both Jewish and Christian see it much differently. And since they do dominate the Capstone, their will shall be done.

            For a run down of traditional teachings, try “The Antichrist” by Father Vince Miceli. And of course the writings of that giant, Fr Dennis Fahey.

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2023 at 7:32 pm #

            Thanks for the heads up, Rowdy! I’ll bookmarked the site.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:42 am #

          Yes, I believe he is an actual person.

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

      CankerPuss

      Have you watched JHK and four others on a History, now You Tube documentary called “Prophets of Doom”. It was released in 2011. You will be amazed at how the problems pointed out then, politics, water, AI, Oil, Climate Change and over population were addressed.

      It will piss you off when you think about how little has been done to alleviate any of the problems since 2011. I would like to see the same five guys do a redo of the conversations they had.

      • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

        Not yet, but I’ll try to find it.

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:43 am #

        Keep voting for those elected representatives!

  17. fbarrera@nycap.rr.com December 29, 2023 at 11:27 am #

    As I slide down the bannister of life, I will always remember 2023 as a splinter in my ass.

    • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      2020 is the splinter in mine. That was the year that the covid lie seemed to cause most people to slide into insanity. 2019 was a good year and then all hell broke loose. Nothing has been the same since.

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

      I expect 2024 will be the year you (we) slide off the end of the bannister.

      • GreenAlba December 30, 2023 at 9:30 am #

        I’ve heard 2024 is the year when lots of people slide down the bannnister but not everyone gets back on their feet when they slide off the end.

        Or something like that. Ask those folks at Deagel or their pals in the CIA.

        Might not be so many of us reading Jim’s prognostigations for 2025, this time next year.

        • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

          One of my expectations for the coming year – you can read them below – if you dare – is the loss of internet privacy. Only approved content and only approved customers. When this happens, I doubt Clusterfuck Nation will even exist as an online venue.

          We Clusterfuckers may still be alive, but we will be entertaining ourselves with our prognostications while popping our peccary testicles onto a sharp stick and holding them over the fire.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:48 am #

            It’s already like that in the comments section on MSNBC news headlines. What is allowed is a very narrow range of comments.

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

      Maybe the splinter from 2024 will go somewhere else in the same vicinity.

  18. Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 11:37 am #

    On Ukraine and on the Middle East (Israel, specifically)-

    We have heard yet another confirmation that Ukraine and Russia had arrived at a tentative peace deal, only to have Boris, at the behest of the US government, tell them it was not going to be allowed to happen.

    The first person we heard this from was an Israeli, Naftali Bennett. Israel and Ukraine were intertwined in some manner early on (yes, this is an unformed conspiracy theory).

    Bennet later said that no such deal actually existed, that his words were misconstrued.

    That does not appear to be the case.

    On to Israel-

    “The big question for 2024 is where will the Gaza refugees go if Israel renders Gaza uninhabitable?”

    Alex Jones is back, and he has covered this topic:

    Alex Jones

    @RealAlexJones

    Breaking Exclusive: Gen Flynn Responds to Netanyahu’s Leaked Plan to Ship Gaza War Refugees to Western Nations.

    Former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency General Michael Flynn gives his analysis of this extremely dangerous development and also calls out Netanyahu and the Israeli military leadership for clearly standing down during the Hamas attacks of October 7th.

    Spread this video

    5:35 PM · Dec 27, 2023

    “Flynn…also calls out Netanyahu and the Israeli military leadership for clearly standing down during the Hamas attacks of October 7th.”

    It’s about time somebody said this.

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

      But why? It is a 20/20 hindsight observation. Why would he sacrifice Israelis, If he pulled a Pearl Harbor or a WTC to get the country fired up, he will be found out and shot with a pork bullet. The behavior of Hamas et al over the decades lends one to believe that Israel’s leadership had just had enough.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

        It was a question raised immediately, and mostly ignored.

        They were hoping everybody would just forget about it, or keep quiet for fear of being called anti-semitic.

        It did not and could not happen the way they said.

        If there is a reasonable explanation, why hasn’t Netanyahu proffered it by now?

        The 50 year anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, the occasion of a touchy-feely music festival, and no one was on high alert, or even alert?

        How did it go on unimpeded for so long?

        Well?

        This could be cleared up in 15 minutes, or it should be able to be cleared up in 15 minutes.

        Am I wrong about any of this?

        Am I missing something?

        Have these questions been asked and answered already?

        I will be happy to admit that I have been misunderstanding the facts.

        • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

          No, I believe your “Misunderstanding” is what has allowed both sides of the Middle East to do what they have been doing for a long, long time.

          There is no right or wrong. Just how much of a threat to the flow of oil.

          A really good example. Folks here talk about the “genocide” of the Palis at the hands of the Israelis. What exactly would happen to the residents of Israel, especially the Jews, if Iran had the advantage?

          Simple Genocide of the Jews.

          Ain’t gonna happen. Besides, genocide of the Palis is not going to happen. Look around in a year, your new neighbors may be flying a Pali flag instead of Old Glory.

        • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:10 am #

          Yet you support them. That’s the real mystery and I have no doubt you that you will NOT do the inner work to try and understand yourself.

    • Socrates-Detroit December 29, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

      Israel “stood down” for the same reason that FDR withheld information about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor.

      Both needed a pretext. FDR needed a pretext to change public opinion from 70% AGAINST entering WW2, and Netanyahu needed a pretext to attempt to liquidate the Palestinians from Gaza, as Israel has wanted to do for decades. Also, he personally needed to take the spotlight off of policies, which many Israelis object to and were out in the streets protesting in summer 2023, and his personal corruption issues.

      Both FDR and the Israeli government, particularly Netanyahu, did a lot to precipitate the crisis. FDR imposed embargoes on OIL and iron exports, and the Israelis made their apartheid regime even worse (and it’s already very bad, Jim Crow was a day at the beach by comparison), by killing 200 Palestinians on the West Bank before Oct 07, and harassing and defiling the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

      Both FDR and Israel got what they wanted.

      We know how it played out for the US. We will see how it plays out for the Israelis and Palestinians. And for the big PX here, the US of A.

      I don’t think the industrial slaughter of Palestinians is justified, and most of the world outside the US agrees with me. And this is going to exacerbate all those adverse trends JHK cites.

      Whether the Israeli genocide “succeeds” or not, the Palestinian people are being slaughtered, starved, and dismembered in front of us, and I don’t see their lot in life improving afterwards, or a Palestinian “state” coming out of this.

      The crimes against the Palestinians benefit China, Russia, and make it much easier for them to get the “non-West” to join their ranks. And in 2023, unlike 1963, the West is not the “much better supplier” of goods. That’s one reason they are not going to do anything about the Palestinians, because every day this goes on, the USA’s reputation is being dragged through the mud.

      (Not all slaves and oppressed are as lucky as African slaves in America were. The US slaves had a powerful government go to war to subjugate their oppressors. Their brothers in Africa had to wait another century, and many of them died in the process…)

      The Israelis will be tormented by their own consciences. If they “win”, perhaps to soothe the anguish, or smother discontent, they will have to create some new enemy to go to war with, perhaps take the Suez to the West, and Jordan, Syria, and Iraq all the way to Mesopotamia. Perpetual war. Just like the US, which is always bombing some one or putting troops somewhere… That, we have money for.

      Israel will probably be reviled the rest of the world, much like the Germans were reviled by the rest of Europe during WW2.

      The US military is probably closer to Russia’s in 1905, when the Japanese decisively kicked Russia’s a$$, than people realize. Our expensive hardware seems impressive, but is it?

      The US can still wreak considerable destruction, on weak countries. And it has–1.5 million Vietnamese, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis*. However, the US has no occupying army. And unlike WW2, when defeated Germany and Japan, for all their barbarity, were Western and “moldable” by the occupying Americans.

      But the US against a peer power? We really cannot know until the shooting starts. My sense is that the suite of “expensive” US weapons may not fare as well at defeating Russian or Chinese forces as they have a building million-dollar homes in Northern Virginia and enriching thousands of politicians, lobbyists, officers, civil servant, and of course defense contractors.

      US power certainly did not prevail against third world Vietnam, which eventually got Soviet weapons with which the NVA shot down thousands of US airmen.

      *And karma is a bitch. Vietnam. Iraq, Afghanistan. Yugoslavia/Serbia. All nations that did not threaten the American people, and how many millions of them did the US government kill? For what? For the “theory of the day”?

      Of course, not all Americans agreed with this. But the principled people on the right and left, like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were always marginalized and dismissed as nut cases. And this continues today, while the Republicrat blob foments wars.

      The blob has managed better than I expected. I thought the illegal sanctions against Russia, which HAVE boomeranged, would put us in a depression in 2023, but didn’t happen–just 70s style inflation. Will the sanctions, the likely Russian victory, and the war in Palestine wreck 2024 in America? We will see.

  19. Phineas December 29, 2023 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you for the great insights you so handily put into words. I wish you the best for a healthy, happy new year. Thank you for your work.

  20. Freddie December 29, 2023 at 11:56 am #

    Loved the read, Jim.

    For what it’s worth, here’s what I can contribute.
    I recommend the book “The Passion of the Western Mind” by Richard Tarnas. Published in 1991, its last chapter is astonishing in its prescience. Tarnas’ offers an explicit explanation of the baffling turn of circumstances in which the Western world currently finds itself.

    Essentially, the West’s current state of mortal confusion is the predictable outcome of the trajectory of its philosophy starting with the ancient Greeks, its flow through Judeo-Christianity, its nurturing by the Roman Catholic Church, its path through the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution and finally, the influences of the nineteenth and twentieth century philosophers.

    In other words, for example, the “insanity” evident in the Democratic Party (Tarnas explains, pretty much down to the particulars) is not the product of the Democratic Party’s unique digression from common sense, but is instead a symptom. The predictable result of a particular philosophical trajectory ignited in a genesis that occurred a long time ago.
    Tarnas’ conclusion is unsettling; the intellectual “old age” and death of the West. But with a transformation into something new, yet to be defined.

    I thank my brother-in-law for recommending this and several other books to me. He was a professor of philosophy who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. But his guidance I found most useful in my ongoing attempts to understand, WTF is going on?

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    • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

      I’m having trouble getting back into my serious reading habit.

      • SpeedyBB December 30, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

        That is disturbing for me too. There is no question about the insidious effect of the illuminated screens on the reading habit.

        You have to have lived in a pre-LCD era to be even dimly aware of the effect.

        Otherwise the inability to focus on a book would arouse no concern…

        […he mused, while hunting & pecking on a teentsy screen…]

    • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

      Our passion for democracy does not accord with the facts of human nature. Most people are uneducable. And even among the intelligent, many are not interested in voting or learning about the issues so they can vote wisely. And others know the issues well enough to vote their own narrow interests only.

      As Aristotle said, many are natural slaves incapable of responsibility. The large majority of women for example.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

        Think about this miscalculation, Jarek.

        The USA and others, Europe and BRICs are entering new avenues of High Tech that requires more STEM and higher levels of education every year. If you do not have the smarts to attain jobs in these areas, you are a server in McDonalds.

        So why is half the USA and others sabotaging the education systems and allowing in millions of under educated socialistic immigrants that will never contribute to progress in the USA.

        Obama wanted a service sector economy. So, no one could make ends meet with a minimum wage where it was. So the government dictates $15 an hour. So now import millions and under educate millions, and what to you have?

        Twenty first century feudalism.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:58 am #

          In my opinion, the reason they sabotage the education system is because they plan on getting rid of the majority through war. These will be the bodies that fill the ranks.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 29, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

        Some of this “servile nature” many possess is a fruit of, or circumstance related to, civilizational processes and relationships, not genetically or socially inherent to humans. Certainly the civilizational era has exacerbated whatever’s inherent.

  21. Opie December 29, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

    James, interesting take on possible terrorists attacks on our shores due to the open borders. Unfortunately, we’ll never be sure who did it. I just finished the book by Paul Williams entitled Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia ,given to me by a retired spook. I encourage everyone to read it. Details terrorism carried out by our guys, among lots more, including running drugs, assassination’s, bribery and attempted killing of a pope.I asked my buddy how much he believed to be true, he replied “about 90%”. If even 10% was true it still should have been the biggest news story of our lifetime, yet not a scintilla of interest in the mainstream news.

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

      Any terror attacks inside the country will be blamed on ‘White Supremacists’,

      “Our country’s greatest threat.”

      • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

        Yes BRH – and what’s worse – every liberal fuckwit will believe it.

        • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

          Ron

          You are right, I have given up on the USA being able to unify the Haves and Have-nots. We are headed towards a split based on the income inequality in the country that has developed during the liberal last thirty years.

          Any time you give stuff away, the people become lazy. The dogma of the Democratic Party is fatal to this and any other country.

          • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

            John – I get your point, and it’s certainly valid, but I don’t think there’s ever been an effort to unify the Haves and Have-nots. The reality is that – for all intents and purposes – we’re all Have-nots now. The true Haves are the billionaire class.

            The Haves’ primary purpose has always been to keep the Have-nots divided. Divide and conquer. Thus, my comment – any false flag by the Haves, will be blamed on “White Supremacists”, as BRH suggests – in order to keep the liberals and POC at our throats.

          • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

            Yep!!!!!!

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:01 am #

        Yes, Joe has already set up the country to believe white supremacy is the greatest threat to our democracy. Most of the hoi polloi believe him.

        On another note, just heard from a friend that her son-in-law, who is black, is going to get a GS12 job with the federal government in transportation based on “lived experience” or something like that.

    • Socrates-Detroit December 29, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

      The open borders are bad news.

      My two favorite lines from today: “oil is still important” and “predicting the future is futile”.

      That said, open borders are bad news.

      We are a fragile society, and a few dozen nefarious, trained people, could cause outsize damage that could affect many people, and in response, the government could enact draconian measures on civil liberties, or use lawfare (just look at Trump–TWO states).

      However, the military can still probably secure it’s bases.

      The US military is oriented to project US power overseas and serve the interests of the US government and those who control it.

      If the US military can operate in Syria and Iraq, it can continue to operate in the US for quite some time, even if the US implodes.

      If the US really implodes, the problem becomes how to sustain the military. Where will the money come from to buy the weapons, to pay and feed the troops? For that matter, the infrastructure that makes the weapons may not function smoothly.

      The US military is really the enforcement arm of the globalists, who control the US government.

      The big question is, how much influence and control over CHINA do the globalists wield? They had some over the USSR, as amazing as it sounds. The Cold War helped advance globalism. When it no longer helped, the West refused to loan the USSR more money and the USSR imploded.

      I have no way of knowing, of course, and we are just commenting here, but I believe that today, Russia is NOT beholden to the globalists, Russia and the Russian people are the most independent and they can live without being subordinate to the dollar-denominated global economic system, and the war in Ukraine has proved it.

      That’s why Russia is so hated and the news is so biased–it’s much worse than I remember in the 70s and 80s.

      But China… they need us Americans to buy a lot of their exports, to keep people employed. For all the rhetoric, China and the US are like the convict and prison warden handcuffed to each other (you can decide who is the convict, lol).

      My point being that while many Americans could have a rough time if we have a “fifth column” of people who snuck in and engage in sabotage or terrorism or crime, the military could still function as it has since the 1950s, with 900 bases on all the continents, bombing and fomenting as needed.

      (the US government bought and paid for by big money–an easy read is Mike Lofgren’s “The Deep State” from 2016, and it’s pretty ‘mainstream’)

  22. Mister Roboto December 29, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    Interesting read of the tea-leaves, JHK. The main thing I’m interested in is when the knowledge of Covid vaccine death and injury become common knowledge, where “everybody knows that everybody knows”, and you can talk about it on the city bus or at the grocery store without anybody other than the holdout True Believers giving you the side-eye. Part of me fears that the mainstream media will be able to keep gaslighting the public about this for another year or more. It really is very disquieting that we allow a bunch of talking heads on cable “news” channels to tell us what is acceptable to think.

    • Mister Roboto December 29, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

      And yes, I would probably end up voting for RFK Jr. if some form of subterfuge or even assassination kept Trump off the ballot this coming year. Voting for a war-mongering hack such as Nikki Haley would be pretty much voting for the Republican Hillary Clinton, though without HRC’s knack for byzantine political machinations.

      • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

        Yes, she’s backed by the same people as De Santis, but evidently he’s too much of a sad sack so they’re going with the crazy bitch.

      • megabeth December 29, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

        Nimarata Haley would be Mike Pence with boobs.

        • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

          But would she call her husband “Daddy”?

          • megabeth December 29, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

            Or don a cowboy hat and chaps with a stuffed codpiece?

          • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 11:44 pm #

            Good point, Beth. I could see her “riding the bomb”, probably with a certain joie de vivre.

            I don’t think Pence was a really bad guy in the good guy/bad guy sense, but I’m pretty certain he was on record, referring to his wife as “Mommy”.

            That, in addition to his demeanor, creeped me out after that.

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

      MR

      Slightly disagree, when the bad effects start showing, the people will be off onto other things. Right now, the MSM continues to try to make big issues on new variants, ya gotta wear masks, etc. The people do not care, 15% vaxx rate, thank goodness, the vast majority are blowing off the whole business.

      Think about this one. Presidential campaign, 2024, who is going to blame who about the overbearing of the state and federal governments in reacting to the pandemic that wasn’t?

  23. BigJake December 29, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

    This slobbering over Kennedy is freaking bizarre. He’s a liberal Democrat. Rule #1 is never vote for either of those things.

    Snap out of it, Kunstler.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

      He’s not a Democrat any more.

      • JackStraw December 29, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

        He’s still a Democrat, just a very disaffected one.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 29, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

          He’s still a liberal. He’s not running as a Democrat. I think he thinks he is running as his father’s Democratic Party.

          I wish he were as skilled as his dad at spotting communism when he sees it.

          • JackStraw December 29, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

            Oh, I thought you were talking about our host.

            Yeah, RFK is definitely still a liberal.

          • elysianfield December 29, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

            “Get those fucking cops away from me…”~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

            …As overheard by a friend, now deceased.

          • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

            “The pigs” – the Clintons.

            Jimmy wouldn’t even look at the guard posted outside his cabin all night when he stepped out to get more wood. Ronnie would have invited him for some coffee.

        • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

          And the dude subscribes to the belief that Carbon Dioxide, a gas that plants use to photosynthesize and produce oxygen, is a bad thing for this planet and is killing all of us.

          That belief alone tells me the man is not to be trusted with a leadership position.

          • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

            A very good point. Instead of debating Black versus White, or spending and taxes, maybe the first step should be a domestic and world affairs “SAT” exam to vett the mental ability to do the job.

            I would tell you one thing, Biden would have failed, much to Obama’s relief.

    • Mister Roboto December 29, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

      I just want to vote for someone who will make the Covidian purple-hairs shit and scream. And I really, really don’t want to vote for the likes of Nikki Haley.

    • loosethedogs December 29, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

      ??RFK is no Javier Milieu “fer sure” but like Javier he does “bend the knee” to the “right people”.

      • Rulo Deschamps December 29, 2023 at 9:55 pm #

        loose,

        yep. IMF, Washington Blob, hedge funds, “money for nothing” finance are Milei’s champions. Pinch of salt.

        • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 1:11 am #

          Head East young man and bring the Unruly Farmer with you.

          Sometime soon, take advantage of the cold for some overdue fellowship – you can bring me up to speed on Argie over dinner.

          Hope you all had a Merry Christmas & have a Happy New Year.

  24. beantownbill. December 29, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

    Phew, Jim! What a prognostication! It looks like the shit will finally hit the fan this year. I’ve seen it coming for a long time. I go to bed at night worrying what the coming day will bring. I have to keep reminding myself to be strong, it’s that scary.

    I thought there’d be more comments by now today. I wonder why the number is so low. Could it be that many commenters are getting turned off by all the frightening news? I had a cat who would jump into my arms and hide his head when he saw something that scared him.

    Unfortunately, I totally agree with your latest forecast. I would be very happy if you are way off-base (nothing personal of course), but sadly that’s not to be.

    • cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

      I think a lot of people are off work today and already checked out to finish up 2023. Hence the lesser number of comments today.

  25. JackStraw December 29, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

    I fear you may be right about the blob taking out Trump, and I also see RFK winning by a landslide should that happen.

    Here in Maine, the communists in control have joined their comrades in Colorado by doing their part to start Civil War 2 by taking Trump off the ballot.

    The only thing I know for sure is that 2024 is going to be one hell of a year.

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    • Mister Roboto December 29, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

      It’s going to be Bizzaro World and then some, that’s for sure.

    • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

      Maine is greater Massachusetts now. With Portland a suburb of Boston. They even look like Boston now with all of the Somalis.

      You should have closed the borders with the other New England States. Southern New Hampshire is gone too. Vermont is infested with liberal Whites who long to turn their state over to non-Whites.

      • Rowdypiglet December 30, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        Jarek, as in many places – but particularly in Maine – the contrast between city and rural (of which there is a vast amount here) is extreme to say the least. Most people here earn their living doing physical work, which is a kind of inoculation against Wokeism. They’re intimately acquainted with the intransigence of real things that are unaffected by how you feel about them.

        These people are like those written about by Solzhenitsyn, who just want to be left alone. He was right in saying that such people, the real salt of the earth, are merciless when you push them past what they will tolerate. Yet, until you reach that point, you may think they’ll put up with anything. There are a lot of manly men here, men who chop wood, operate heavy machinery, build houses from salvaged materials, have guns and ammo and know how to use them. They’re quiet, but don’t be fooled. Nobody knows what they’ll do when they’ve had enough. I wouldn’t write off Maine, particularly considering that the infestations around Portland consist largely of deranged women, soy boys, and other varieties of spoiled brats who know not how to boil water.

        • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

          Yes, of course. But when the soys dress in black and come in large numbers, they can cause great damage. They will be backed by the Blacks. And beyond that the boys in blue. And beyond that the guys in camo.

          We’re underdogs. There’s no doubt about that. The odds are not in favor, at least not in the short term.

          Some patriots have commented on the antifa. One said, Don’t underestimate them. They can put thousands of people in a city within a week’s notice. Can we do that?

          Don’t be fooled. Very highly disciplined.

          When the time comes, we’ll be amazed at their proficiency with firearms. Some of them have been training for years.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:08 am #

            Antifa and blm are professional terrorist organizations that the Biden administration used to foment civil unrest and murder to facilitate his election, and to date, I don’t believe the Biden administration has officially designated them as terrorist organizations, so they can and will be used for this election as well.

        • SpeedyBB January 1, 2024 at 1:05 am #

          The following quote from a book on the Vietnam War (“America never intended to win”) comes to mind, regarding the tactics and efforts of the Wokelings:

          “In conventional warfare, the warriors would look for, and destroy, specific targets to be removed, namely the enemy armed units, and the material installations in support of the enemy forces. In WWI, as a result, the number of combatant fatalities reached approximately 8,400,000, plus 21,000,000 wounded. In WWII, the number of soldiers killed reached some 35 to 60 million.

          “In unconventional warfare, the targets to be destroyed would not necessarily be narrowly limited to enemy combatants. The most important targets would be:

          – The state of mind and thinking of both friends and foes.
          – The impression needed to be created in the mind of friends and foes.
          – The necessary means or facilities for creating impressions and influencing public opinion (radio or television broadcasts).
          – Material targets that may carry propaganda value.

          “These would be the targets to influence, to be won over. A question may be asked: what happens when efforts to win over these targets fail? The answer can be found in the Vietnam War. Records show that different cases led to different solutions and different results, negative or positive, as found in Chapter 6 and elsewhere. This discussion will not be new to those specialized in psychological warfare.

          “The discussions do not necessarily mean that in unconventional warfare, less loss of life would ensue. Quite to the contrary, as we will see further in this book. In fact, in the Vietnam War, surprisingly great numbers of targets turned out to be women and children whom the warriors saw fit to kill. While the Geneva Conventions forbade the killing of unarmed civilians, the unconventional warriors would conveniently ignore the provisions of these conventions. In the Vietnam War, the Communists would not hesitate to take the lives of innocent women and children when they wanted to make a point. And, unfortunately, these premeditated cases of murder were often conveniently ignored by Western journalists when they did not ‘make news’, as defined by their editors.

          “Third, the concept of ‘battlefield’ would show a divergence between the conventional and unconventional. In conventional wars, an ideal battlefield would be chosen in a location far removed from populated areas, where the defense forces would build their fortified trenches, reinforced encampments, fortresses or on open seas. During WWII, the above idealistic efforts were often ignored, when the Nazis spread out their industries into urban areas interlaced with civilian lodgings. The above situations forced the incoming Allied forces to engage in urban warfare that caused regrettable collateral damages and great losses of civilian lives.

          “In unconventional warfare, the battlefield happened to be anywhere directly or indirectly related to war efforts, especially any location frequented by human beings, whether civilians or armed agents. The battlefield in unconventional warfare became any center of human activities, whether military or civilian, cultural or religious. It is where many people could hear or see things happening. It would be most favorably a place with big crowds, or on the TV screen in a public place, or a cultural playground.

          “In a few short words, the battlefield in unconventional warfare would be any place where great impressions could be made on spectators or viewers for the benefit of war aims.

          “In particular in unconventional wars led by Marxist Communists or Islamic extremists, the battlefield would often be chosen in the middle of huge crowds where carnage and bloodshed could be recorded and transmitted on the TV screens — the more horrific the better. The more terrifying impression the more powerful message would be sent. The vultures in the media would be fascinated and helpful in spreading the exciting scenes of blood and chaos and terror.”

          Sound, well, “familiar”?

    • NickelthroweR December 29, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

      Trump is still on the ballot in both Maine and Colorado. What we are witnessing is just theatre for the nose-ring crowd. Go look it up. In Colorado, the court that ordered Trump’s removal immediately stayed their own ruling. Same in Maine.

    • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

      Once we get what we want from the United States it can dry up and blow away.

      Netanyahu

      A terrorist strike of gigantic proportions would give them what they want if they could tie it to Iran. Iran is afraid of Israel. But Israel is also afraid of Iran. They’d much rather we do it. To this end, Iran has said it will make no distinction between Israel and us. They see the truth even if many Americans are still in denial.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

        Jarek

        With the track record the USA has had with its allies,

        DO YOU BLAME BIBI?

        • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

          For being an enemy in the guise of an ally? Yes.

          Just as I blame Americans for being too stupid to see it. They don’t even hide their disdain for us.

          “We control the United State” – Bibi, Ariel, etc

          So? You disagree with them? If not, how do you justify your support for them?

          • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

            I support the existence of Israel and totally disagree with the ongoing assault on them by the Arabs. Not just Oct 7, since 1948.

            Israel takes care of number one, period. If Biden got in the way, he would cut Biden’s throat as fast as Iran’s.

            Israel faces up to the genocide of their country and people since their start, they will no longer give an inch after Oct. 7.

            Anti-Jew and Anti-Zion exist around the world, Israel does not care, it will just kick ass.

          • Jarek December 29, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

            Yes, both parties. Both bow to Greater Israel, or Israel within the United States. Pelosi said, even is America was a smoking ruin, Israel would come first.

            Idolatry – just like yours. You are siblings.

          • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

            23 years later and the US is still on the prowl after what happened to it on September 11th. What Israel is doing is crackers compared to what the US has been doing for two decades.

          • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 2:34 am #

            We control the United States.

            Ariel Sharon

            If so, then they are doing it not us – since there is no us per se, being just a golem at this point.

        • SpeedyBB January 1, 2024 at 1:18 am #

          The late Henry W.C. Kissinger’s famed quote comes to mind: “Being an enemy of the USA is dangerous, but being an ally can be fatal.”

          He war not a-jokin’.

      • Socrates-Detroit December 29, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

        Iran. That’s THE big question. What happens if the US (or Israel) directly attacks Iran?

        That’s a wild football bounce….the middle East, Russia, maybe China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, which goes to India…. Turkey, which goes to Greece, the Balkans and Europe

        Let’s talk Turkey–a very vital piece of real estate with 90 million souls, which is to Europe what Mexico is to America (lots of factories making first-class cars, appliances). More important, the geography, spanning from Europe (Greece and Bulgaria) to Iran, bordering both the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and controlling the straits between these two important seas.

        Turkey has one foot in two boats: NATO and US bases, but big trade with Russia and has closed the straits to all worships (essentially doing Russia a favor).

        I bet both sides are privately furious, but neither side wants to irk Erdogan and push the Turks more to the other. But you can’t keep one foot in two boats indefinitely….

        Turkey illegally occupies Syria and Greek Cyprus. Turkey has been repressing the Kurds for decades. (The Kurds may well be the largest stateless people on earth). Turkey is unwilling to recognize Greek and Cypriot water rights.

        For reasons I cannot seem to grasp, the ordinarily very clever Mr. Erdogan has really overdone with his criticism of Israel and personal attacks on Netanyahu. (while I think Erdogan is correct, I’m not leader of a country, and I can say that. Plus, Bibi is totally correct in replying that he will not be lectured by Erdogan and Turkey, who abuses the Kurds).

        History has tides and trends. Russia and Turkey are like cats and dogs, rivals. They fought for centuries. This friendship is a temporary (IMO) aberration.

        Turkey and Israel are traditionally friends. The Sultans were good to Jews, and during the Ottoman Empire, the Turks treated the Jews well. Turkey was the first Moslem country to recognize Israel. The two nations have cooperated in defense more often than not. The two nations are both very friendly to Azerbaijan (the Turks are related to them, and Israel likes to spy on Iran from there) and even now, both nations eagerly helped Azerbaijan ethnically cleanse Artsakh of Christian Armenians.

        10-12 years ago, Erdo made some Islamic anti-Israel noises in his play to be the New Sultan, and leader of the Islamic world.), Since then Turkey had quietly patched things up with Israel. Maybe because it’s important THOSE TWO agree so they can exploit oil in the Med without conflict. After all, the Greeks don’t control the US government like Israel, so Turkey has to take Israel seriously. Plus Israel has nukes. But is seems, based on Western and non-Western media, that Erdogan has thrown all of this out the window. I’m like, WOW!!!

        Whatever this is, this Turkey vs Israel thing is in the background, and I think it may play a role in future events in Turkey.

        Remember, Turkey is playing both sides in the Ukraine conflict. Turkey was able to be the “broker” during the peace talks the US and Boris Johnson torpedoed in March 2022, as you wrote.

        So @Jarek, you might want to keep an eye on events in and around Turkey. Because I have a feeling the football of instability is going to take some crazy bounces, and when the ball stops..

        Modern Turkey which just turned 100 this year, will be no more. It will be broken up.

        The Anglo-Americans will get coast, Kurdistan will become independent (the irony–THEY will benefit from the plight of the stateless Palestinians), Armenia will get a little bigger and have a view of the Black Sea. Armenia and Kurdistan will be Russian “allies”. The leftovers, the middle, the high Anatolian desert…. that will be Turkey.

        The big powers will secure THEIR vital interests: the US will keep the Russians from access to the sea, and Russia will have a land bridge to Syria. (kind of like the way Churchill and Stalin divided Eastern Europe…. Bulgaria 90/10 Russia, Greece 90/10 Britain, Yugoslavia 50/50). History can rhyme.

        Just my crazy musings, but if and when they happen…. remember, you read it here first.

        • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 4:25 am #

          Interesting run down. I think I’m missing how Turkey is going to get broken up. Are they really that weak? People can play both sides for a long time. Thailand played England (in Burma) and France (in Vietnam) off against each other and stayed free.

          The Byzantines focused completely on the Great City. The rest of Asia Minor was just ranches for the most part. The Turks rode right in with hardly a scuffle. Then the Byzantines fought and held them back for centuries. What folly to neglect their eastern flank.

        • Anthea December 30, 2023 at 9:47 am #

          @ Socrates-Detroit:

          I can’t agree with your final comments that, “Turkey…will be no more. It will be broken up.” In fact, this seems to me like an odd thing to say. My first question would be, “By whom?” Turkey has the largest, best equipped, and most formidable armed forces in the region. The US/NATO military capabilities are utterly inadequate to confront Turkey.

          I’d say that any traditional friendship between Turkey and Israel is at an end. The Turkish people–along with the rest of the Arab world–are enraged against Israel, to the point where it has been said that Israel has achieved something rather remarkable, in that it has united the Sunni and Shiite Muslims against a common enemy.

          At present, it doesn’t look like any of the Arab states has much of an appetite for a full-on war against Israel/US/NATO. This is mainly because war tends to lead to a lot of destruction in participating countries, costs a lot of money, and can destabilize governments–which is troubling in a region where some of the governments are none too stable. Erdogon has been beating the war drums–to the delight of the Turkish people–but this could be mostly PR. Or he could be biding his time until the Arab world is more capable and committed.

          But I think there will come a time when Israel/US/NATO are so toothless that the Arab nations will remove Israel from the region.

          If I were to make predictions, I’d say that Israel will cease to exist in the next 10-20 years. I think the European nations will eventually become Muslim states, though I would guess that that’s more like 50 years in the future. While I am hardly pro-Muslim, that outcome is not exactly the worst thing that could happen to them, considering the present state of their governance. (If Europe could oust the globalists, even if it were by means of becoming Muslim states, they would probably re-industrialize, due to sensible energy policies, and be generally better off.) I suppose such an outcome could be tough for Europe’s white people, but there may not be many of them left in 50 years anyway, as they won’t have children (and they’re vaxxed).

    • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

      And it is a woman in Maine who has done it. Why does it not surprise me that some angry Democrat woman thinks she alone can supress the vote of hundreds of thousands of Maineians.

      The utter arrogance is absolutely astounding.

      Seems like women are always involved when things really get nutty.

      • Anthea December 30, 2023 at 9:55 am #

        @ Cankerpuss:

        Meh. She’s like everyone else in this circus. She’s on somebody’s payroll, doing somebody’s bidding. While she may be hoping to score some beachfront property in a better climate, this little stunt is probably not worth more to her handlers than a new sectional, and maybe a nice rug.

      • SpeedyBB January 1, 2024 at 6:20 am #

        I was under the impression that the inhabitants of the northernmost state are officially known as “Mainiacs”.

        (Well, maybe not “Officially officially”)

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:14 am #

        Someone should go visit her and tell her that to her face. I’ll be she has never heard in her life what an utterly useless American she is.

    • elysianfield December 30, 2023 at 12:04 am #

      “the blob taking out Trump, and I also see RFK winning by a landslide should that happen.”

      Jack,
      You might consider that, if they are successful in taking out Trump , there probably won’t be an election.

  26. kidseyedoc December 29, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

    Great post, Jim. Bravissimo.

    The government needs an intelligent voice like yours. Ever consider being Attorney General? Secretary of State?

    President?

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

      JHK is too smart for any of those!!!!!!

  27. elysianfield December 29, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    Who amongst us could have envisioned the destruction of our country, our culture, our way of life? Well, some of us. I see nothing but tribulations ahead…for the last several years, outrage followed outrage, with the shot callers doubling down without pause.

    Me? To save the children, I am prepared to…I mean, I already have given up all my guns, ammunition, reloading tools and supplies. What a burden from my shoulders was lifted when I turned them all in to the state!

    What did I not envision? The absolute peace of mind knowing that, within the deep winter of my years, and without living relatives that might need to count upon me or my resources, I have a sense of freedom that is almost absolute. One does not, in my situation, fear for the future when one does not have one. I view the tribulations daily with but a curious interest…

    “For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast – a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear” Epictetus…probably.

    My life, then, can be summed up thus;

    What…Me Worry?~Elysianfield

    • beantownbill. December 29, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

      Alfred E, I understand your POV and it appears to be a good one. BUT my problem is I’m very locked in to what could be, and that makes me sad and angry. As far as my future, don’t we all have the same future – being dead?

      • elysianfield December 29, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

        Bill,
        Yes, everyone has a date with the worm. But most have a consideration for their relatives, estate, etc. I grieve for what we all lost, and have a strong sense of empathy for others, but this sorrow is tempered by the knowledge that the end results are inevitable, inexorable.

        What this means is, if confronted with an outrage, one has several options that others do not. Civil authority? What is the worst that the system can do to me? Prison?

        Three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, and I hear the sex is great…..

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

        Bill

        You are feeling the same thing as all elders do, the change that occurs during our lifetimes just does not fit our philosophy any more. The Fourth Turning shows it has happened forever.

      • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

        We all die, Bean. One way or another. Some of us will die from old age. Some of us from disease. Others from murder, accidents and broken hearts. Death comes to all of us. Don’t fear it, look forward to it as exoneration from the slavery of this world.

        I do not fear death but I do fear living in a world where we all sleep on our guns to prevent them from being stolen. That is the world that is coming to us, courtesy of our vaunted elected leaders and the uber billionaires that own everything.

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

      Same here ely – except that I have not given up my guns.

      I don’t dread death. In fact, as both my world, and the larger world around me, are increasingly buried in shit, I have to admit that I’m beginning to look forward to death. It’s the specific act of death, however, that bothers me a bit (so messy!).

      I am not armed because I hope to survive in a Mad Max world – I’ve never been big on fantasy – but in the unlikely event that is our future, sure, I’ll give it a shot.

      I am armed, in part, so that some tool of oppression can try to disarm me – and send both of us into the hereafter.

      • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:18 pm #

        I’m with you. I have no desire to survive in a Mad Max world. I keep one bullet in the chamber of my Ruger just for me. The cannibals can cook me up and eat me but I won’t be aware to care.

        • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

          Actually, I wouldn’t mind the Mad Max scenario, I just don’t think we will be allowed to collapse in such an organic manner. Death comes quickly in a Mad Max world. That, and I’m collecting a cage full of aggravations yearning to breathe free.

          • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 5:05 pm #

            In a Mad Max world, it there are still Q-Tips, I’m in – if not, fuck it.

          • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

            *if*

          • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 5:39 pm #

            You may need to look into ear candles Ron.

          • Anthea December 30, 2023 at 10:03 am #

            @ Ron Anselmo:

            I don’t know what’s wrong with your ears, but, after being pretty deaf for a couple of years, I finally had the doctor irrigate my ears. So now I can hear again, much to everyone’s relief.

          • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 11:43 pm #

            Anthea – Thank you for your suggestion and especially your concern. You’re sweet and I appreciate it. My ears are fine, I just have a thing for Q-Tips – probably of some Freudian origin having to do with intercourse.

            After a hot shower, there is no more pleasurable sensation than drying my ears with a pair of Q-Tips. After a few minutes, I’m ready for a cigarette.

            A younger brother who’s an MD, advises to never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. I don’t care, I enjoy it too much.

            The reality is that in a Mad Max world – hot showers – especially daily – will be a long-forgotten convenience, so Q-Tips may not be as plentiful or needed.

            Either way, a few thousand-fold are in my stores for barter – indefinite shelf life, able to be parceled out by any number, lightweight and easy to store.

            When, not if, times get that thin, your food stores are safe. I’m self-sufficient – hunting, gathering and resourcing local food stores – and have fasted for 10 days at a stretch, but be forewarned, if need be, I will kill for a Q-Tip.

      • WadeWaters December 29, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

        I think what you’re saying is –

        “Im not afraid of dying.

        I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

        • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

          You said it better than I did!

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

      I wish you had sent a few of those Krags over my way, E.

      Things were made just north here; I like to think I’d be bringing them back home.

  28. beantownbill. December 29, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

    I’m thinking of black holes and black swans. A black hole sucks up every bit of matter into who knows where; a black swan is a bad event that suddenly appears. But then there’s something called a white hole from which matter spews out; maybe we could get a white swan event which changes everything for the better.

  29. neurodoc December 29, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

    JHK: Another very articulate end of year prediction exercise. When the spaghetti hits the wall, some things are more clear than others. e.g….

    CW2 approaches without question. There are vet groups, in VERY large numbers (some as large as 10K), holding meetings throughout red states, where the topic of discussion is enforcing the mandate of The Federalist Papers, #28, 6th paragraph. If you haven’t read that piece of Hamilton’s genius in a while, now is a good time to refresh your memory. Hint: it gives very clear guidance on how to deal with ‘public servants’ that have stopped working for us and now work for themselves, in opposition to the public that pays them. The time for discussion is over.

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      Back in 1775 the citizens and the forces of government oppression were similarly armed. Even so, without the intervention of another large, oppressive government, the rebels would not have won.

      The playing table is tilted much more steeply against us now.

      If these “militias” do start shooting, I expect that it will be at the hordes of imported invaders raping and pillaging their way out of the cities, and not the feds. Of course the feds love their pets, and will not tolerate us shooting at them – that’s when the drones come out.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

        You see that this is the Deep State against the people.

        Good!!!

        • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

          Jeepers JAZ! I’ve been seeing – and saying – this since 1981. (Only since 1/8/21 at this venue.)

          But yeah, it does feel nice to agree with you once in awhile!

      • Anthea December 30, 2023 at 10:15 am #

        @ Blackbird:

        Well, the sensible thing to do, concurrent with secession, is to take control of all the military installations within the seceding state or states, and also take control of the police and their military hardware.

        • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

          Yup, just like we did the first time around.

          Unfortunately I expect this time to be different. But if I am invited to participate in a raid on the local armory, let’s go!

          • Anthea December 31, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

            @ Blackbird:

            A number of years ago, I discussed this idea with one of my old-lady friends, over lunch. (She’d figured it out too, before I ever brought it up.)

            The most notable such installations in these parts are Whiteman Air Force Base and Lake City Arsenal. Lake city is basically an ammunition-manufacturing facility. There are (or used to be, in case my information on this is out of date) several government contractors at that site.

            I grew up near Lake City Arsenal, and one of the familiar sounds of my childhood was the sound of distant gunfire (when they tested the ammunition). One of my old friends tells me that she spent many an evening, as a child, lying in a nearby field, watching the tracer bullets fly overhead.

            Anyway, I understand that the men at our military bases are now unarmed, so it might not be too much trouble to take control of them. Lake City is just a bunch of factories and warehouses, plus a pretty large workforce. Sometimes they run three shifts; sometimes only one. It’s a very large “reservation,” as it’s called, surrounded by a high chain-link fence. I’d say that it’s not very secure.

    • Ron Anselmo December 29, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      Thanks for the reference, Doc.

  30. Physioprof December 29, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

    Kunstler has been predicting chaotic collapse every year for nearly two decades… He’s not even doing as well as a blind squirrel so far!

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    • NickelthroweR December 29, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

      Our “society” is so far in debt that soon we will be unable to make the interest payments on that debt. Our “society” no longer knows/accepts the differences between men and women.

      Any society that believes a man can have a baby has already collapsed.

      • neurodoc December 29, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

        Any man that can’t see that the UScorporation is collapsing is delusional, or just socioeconomically ignorant.

      • WadeWaters December 29, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

        The end of our Monopoly money economy – rapidly approaching – is good news. It will be the end of the woke mind-fuckery as there will no longer be any money to push those agendas.

        Does our society truly believe a man can have a baby? Maybe 1 to 2 percent of the population.

        • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2023 at 2:56 pm #

          Nobody believes it. But how sweet it must be rubbing people’s noses in the absurdity of it … in bullying hapless rubes into accepting something that is so obviously a rank falsehood.

          That’s power!

          • OG December 29, 2023 at 9:06 pm #

            GLT:
            For each of these 10 major historical events, score a 1 if you believe that it was a black op and a 0 if you believe the official story.

            JFK ~ 1963
            Gulf of Tonkin ~ 1964
            USS Liberty ~ 1967
            MLK ~ 1968
            RFK ~ 1968
            Apollo Moon Missions ~ 1969-1972
            OKC ~ 1995
            9/11 ~ 2001
            Boston Marathon ~ 2013
            Vegas Turkey-Shoot ~ 2017

            What is your score?

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

          Wadewaters, you make good points. A collapse to this fiat debt driven order of our time is not entirely a bad thing. People today have the ability to stress about their genitals because, well, they don’t have anything else to stress over. They have food, shelter, drugs, porn and sports. What more do they need?

          We all have heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. When one need is sustained we move on to the next one. We Americans have been blessed for far too long. We have become a slothful people, a decadent people, an amoral people devoid of faith because we no longer have to sacrifice for anything. If we want something we pull out the credit card and get it caring nothing about how we will pay back the borrowed funds.

          We are due to be served a healthy slice of humble pie. When people have to spend their time worrying about meals and shelter they will have less time to worry about their genitals, get nose rings and buy expensive tattoos. Blue hair will disappear.

          What is coming won’t be fun but it will, hopefully, reclaim what humanity has lost. Humility.

          • Anthea December 31, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

            @ Cankerpuss:

            Blue hair is quite inexpensive. This and several other shades can be achieved using Kool-Aid. I think you’re supposed to blend an envelope of the unsweetened kind with a small amount of water and apply it to your hair. (There are probably plenty of directions online.)

            Once when we had a white dog, my kids dyed her pink.

            Another method for achieving blue hair is by using laundry bluing. This was customary among old ladies pretty much ever since they invented laundry bluing. It is an optical whitener for yellowing textiles. (Don’t ask me why your whites turn yellow to begin with.) It also works as an optical whitener for cases where your gray hair looks yellowish, when you’d prefer a nice dignified white color.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:18 am #

          Yes, just like they believe that Rachel Levine is a woman. They’ll believe what they want until they can’t anymore.

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

      Oh yeah! Happy Motoring all the way down!

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

      Wrong, have you read his books?

      Peak oil. End of the century to run out.

      End of the USA by 2040 or so. I think it will be much shorter that that.

      Interest in the current state and inertia both slow down eventual events. I will tell you one thing I am watching relative to the USA, the day when the US corporations move lock stock and barrel to BRICs countries. When? When the GD Dems pass another 35% corporate income tax?

      We will see what is left after that.

      Sidebar. The Stock Market is a capital reservoir for the wealth of most folks in the USA, just like in the 20’s. It will maintain itself when the corporation desert the sinking ship, so the PTB will just move. Wall Street may transfer to Beijing, Moscow or New Delhi tho’.

  31. liber8tor December 29, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

    Thanks Jim and Happy New Year one and all. Normally, I am optimistic. But as you say Jim, I marvel at the sophisticated level of mind-fuckery.

    I think we have already reached the level of Mad Max and a World Made by Hand. I can only see a huge bevvy of Black Swans.

    Seat belt buckled, klaxons blare and pilot screams “brace-brace”).

  32. reggiezz December 29, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

    What is preventing Iran – or any group supplied with a nuke – from bringing said nuke to a port in Europe or the US and detonating it? My bet is nothing is preventing that. Brandon and Nuland would welcome it.

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

      The (relative) sanity of the mullahs is preventing it. They know what would happen to Iran if they did something reckless like that.

      If a nuke goes off in the US or Europe, it will be the US that did it, in order to blame Iran, in order to have an excuse to go to war with Iran.

      Rather than a nuke, I’m expecting an attack on the grid. This year. By US but blamed on Iran. Followed by an expanded middle east war.

      • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

        Remember too that Iran is a huge desert with very few cities here and there. Israel can just take them out.

        • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

          When the time comes – and I have become convinced it’s on its way – the US will be doing the dirty work.

          • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

            I agree. I’ve been hearing croakings of a nuke being used against America for two – three decades now and nothing has happened. Everyone is too afraid to use them knowing what will in turn happen to them. Everyone, that is, except those who inhabit this Country and who would use any means to destroy it. I don’t put it past the filthy fuckers who pose as leaders to set off a nuke in a major US City to give us a reason to enter yet another war in another Country that poses no threat to “we the people.”

            Yes, they are that despicable and that insane.

          • OG December 29, 2023 at 9:02 pm #

            GLT:
            For each of these 10 major historical events, score a 1 if you believe that it was a black op and a 0 if you believe the official story.

            JFK ~ 1963
            Gulf of Tonkin ~ 1964
            USS Liberty ~ 1967
            MLK ~ 1968
            RFK ~ 1968
            Apollo Moon Missions ~ 1969-1972
            OKC ~ 1995
            9/11 ~ 2001
            Boston Marathon ~ 2013
            Vegas Turkey-Shoot ~ 2017

            What is your score?

          • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            You talkin’ to me?

            Well first, I eschew belief – at least I try to. To me belief is acting as if you know something when you really don’t. I prefer to assess everything on a scale of probability. So, while I try real hard not to believe, there are matters of which I’m pretty damned sure.

            And I’m pretty damned sure that the official story of each of the events you listed is a lie, a damned lie – but not a statistic.

          • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 7:37 pm #

            Hey Oscar, (and anyone else into such things) check this out:

            corbettreport.com/theconspiracytest/

    • JohnAZ December 29, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

      Reggie

      Remember that Chinese balloon that Biden said was no problem?

      • cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

        Yesh, he let is fly all the way across the country before finally shooting it down over the Atlantic. Smooth….

  33. Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

    My predictions have not always been perfectly on target. The December 2012 New Madrid earthquake – which I had been predicting since 1989 – being a fairly good example.

    I have come to the unfortunate realization that it is most likely the Universe conspiring against me. Well two can play that game.

    I now cook up and generously dish out predictions so that the terrible events I describe will not come to pass. (Screw you Destiny!)

    The following are some of the main events of 2024 that I am trying to prevent:

    Plandemic 2.0 – with the WHO Plandemic Agreement as the cherry on top – most likely declared next month (although the “Agreement” doesn’t go into effect until May…). Has to take place during a realistic time period (winter) and early enough to cancel/steal the primaries.

    Cancelled election – in fact, probably cancelled primaries, and if primaries are held, they will be even more fake than the last time around. But I just don’t think they can seriously run China Joe again. Then again, the US public rarely fails to disappoint me.

    Grid down, when it comes back up, the internet returns as a cage (Thanks for going to the dark side Jordan Peterson!). If the primaries are stolen, I expect it to be via internet/mail-in voting during the (“no exceptions this time!”) lockdown.

    War with Iran (because “they” took the grid down) – and ultimately Russia and China. But no nukes. The puppet masters aren’t going to deep fry their assets.

    President Hillary. Who else hates Russia enough?

    Economic Collapse: UBI + CBDC.

    Pretty crazy year, huh?

    Not if I can help it!

  34. Roundball Shaman December 29, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

    Predictions for the Future:

    Deep State will continue its various programs of ushering us all off the Planet. Light-skinned persons sent to the front of that line.

    Darker-toned individuals will further dominate visual media in all its forms until every single form of media resembles what used to be called the Black Entertainment Network in the 1990s.

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people will continue to recite the need to judge a person not by the color of his or her skin – but on the content of their character. And then everyone will go back to judging everyone by the color of their skin. Particularly those in the Diversity, Inclusion & Equity agencies around the Globe who could just simplify their mission statement by openly saying ‘No Whites Allowed!’.

    Big Harma Pharma will continue it’s program of serving as one of Deep State’s primary agents of ushering us all off the Planet.

    The Dark Private Baking Cabal will continue to fake ‘money’ out of thin air so United States Incorporated can continue to ‘pay’ its bills until the ‘money’ is back to its inherent true of value of NOTHING. Side Question: Can you really ‘pay’ a bill with something that has no value?

    A major league baseball player will crack the glass window and sign the first Billion Dollar contract. Which in reality is worth about $40,000 in yesterday’s money.

    We will continue to see aircraft criss-crossing our skies in checkboard patterns and dumping god-knows-what toxic crap into the atmosphere. And half of America will still deny that this is going on and call you crazy for thinking such a thing.

    Former President Trump will prevail in the Supreme Court and have his name on the ballot in all States. And he will win the 2024 Presidential Election. And while giving his first major public address after winning, he will declare, ‘F This S, I’m sick of this crap and getting the hell out of this town. I say to America, YOU’re fired!’

    Resident Biden will retire to Mainland China where he is revered as a great Statesman and friend to the Chinese People. And then he will ask once again, ‘Where the hell am I? And WHO the hell am I?’

    The Governor of California will make an Executive Order for California to secede from the Union. And the rest of United States Incorporated will applaud and thank him for doing so. Sort of like throwing out that old stinky smelly shirt you should have discarded years ago.

    Illegal Aliens will outnumber legal Americans in the country by April. Legal Americans will follow Trump’s words and say, ‘F This S, I’m sick of this crap and getting the hell out of here. I say to America, YOU’re fired!’

    And our Host will continue to pump out thoughtful and interesting articles every week for us to enjoy and contemplate. And all of us — including our Host – will continue to hope that one day soon we’ll all live long enough to see a modern and greatly expanded rail system in The Indispensable Nation.

    Well actually, NOT here in America but in whatever country we all end up living in.

    ‘Should Old Acquaintances Be Forgotten?’ Well actually, Yes! There’s a whole bunch of people over the years I never should have met in the first place!

    • Blackbird December 29, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

      And Bingo was his name-o.

    • Cankerpuss December 29, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

      Love this post. Absolutely love it.

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:30 am #

      “Deep State will continue its various programs of ushering us all off the Planet. Light-skinned persons sent to the front of that line.

      Darker-toned individuals will further dominate visual media in all its forms until every single form of media resembles what used to be called the Black Entertainment Network in the 1990s.

      On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people will continue to recite the need to judge a person not by the color of his or her skin – but on the content of their character. And then everyone will go back to judging everyone by the color of their skin. Particularly those in the Diversity, Inclusion & Equity agencies around the Globe who could just simplify their mission statement by openly saying ‘No Whites Allowed!’.”

      Yep. Except that light-skinned persons are increasingly getting the message that they have no future in the military and are passing on that, thank you very much. And yes, just about all commercials now have predominantly blacks or mixed couples, with the female almost always being the white half. And they can’t come right out and say, “No whites allowed!” because that would be racist, and “that’s not who we are.” So they craft black-only policies instead like the black farmers bill or waiving home buying costs such as closing costs and down payments for black home buyers, and everyone is fine with that.

      Chem trails: Already had someone tell me that these were perfectly normal condensation trails left by airplanes. When I said, “So you’re telling me that airplane condensation that spreads to become cloud cover is normal.” I never got a response. When I commented that they even fly in a grid pattern, he replied that airplanes fly in grids. What can you do? I’ll bet he votes democrat, too.

  35. jim December 29, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

    JHK, in my opinion has articulated something extremely important:

    “–but, really forecasting is an exercise in futility. I don’t have much going besides a nose for news…Take this all for what it is, a whole lot of spaghetti thrown at the wall to see what sticks.”

    I admire the humility and honesty in that statement.
    Such a reflection (or internal self-awareness) seems mandatory if we are to collectively find a way out of the accelerating political, economic and cultural chaos we are now directly facing.

    A profound sense of individual inadequacy may be one key to renewal.

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  36. JC Penny December 29, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

    All good….

    My bet: Biden dies and/or Trump is assassinated prior to either’s nomination.

    Nothing changes.

    Just sayin’

  37. cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

    The picture at top of today’s post makes me think it is from Philly. But I don’t know. Could be something you see on the south side of Chicago too. If not, perhaps it is cribbed from some Eastern European shithole.

    • cowbell81 December 29, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

      Actually, just realized based on the web link address, is appears to be Mariupol, the Ukraine.

  38. Nathan December 29, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

    Based on the title for this 2024 Predictions essay, I was expecting Jim to reference last year’s “Don’t Look Up” confessional produced by elite within the Democrat Party, linking it to this month’s release of “Leave the World Behind” produced by Barak and Michelle Obama. In Leave the World Behind, the stockbroker character played by Mahershala Ali mentions he has a famous client who tipped him off about the upcoming apocalypse. He offers the insight that rather than all these conspiracy theories, it’s worse to discover that nobody is in charge. This comes across as a heavy-handed “It’s not our fault” by the Obamas. The film features cybercrime attack knocking out the internet on the entire East Coast, followed by the satellite network, so GPS goes down. Then the power grid in NYC. This is all viewed by the characters hiding in Long Island.
    There’s definitely some confession going on by those in power. Which doesn’t change anything. I wish you all a 2024 in which you can be content, forging meaningful relationships with your family and neighbours. Get fit, be ready for labour. A World Made By Hand can be satisfying.

    • BackRowHeckler December 30, 2023 at 7:11 am #

      That’s what might be at hand, actually.

      The plan here (in Ct) is to close our nuclear power plant and all natgas fired plants within the next 5 years & replace them with windturbines and solar panels. I’m curious how its going to work? It’s been drizzling for a solid week. We haven’t seen the sun and the sky looks like the bottom of the NAtlantic has been dredged up & placed above us. Nor is there any wind; the air is thick with moisture. Yet it was announced just yesterday that “the transition to renewables is on track.” Our legacy energy grid is being dismantled by ideologues and at this point I don’t see any way out. It might be too late to reverse course & it looks like a more primitive way of life — a life without electricity — is in the offing.

      • beantownbill. December 30, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        I believe there’s ways to provide ourselves with electricity from off the grid, aren’t there? If so, we ought to look into them.

      • GreenAlba December 31, 2023 at 11:45 am #

        “It’s been drizzling for a solid week. We haven’t seen the sun and the sky looks like the bottom of the NAtlantic has been dredged up & placed above us. ”

        I think Connecticut must have a direct line, weather-wise, to where I’m sitting.

        Fingers crossed for Edinburgh’s Princes St international revellers tonight. The rain seems to have stopped for now.

  39. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth December 29, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

    Trump nor Biden may get elected, but rest assured Lockheed and Northrop will win big !!!

    Global back orders for ahh hem defense orders are at a record $776 billion.

    Our Overlords rule with a license to spill blood and it never grows old.

    Happy New Year

    Predictions
    Another unfathomable election year in the US.
    RFK assassination attempts
    Legal fights all summer on mail in ballots
    Biden sudden health problems take him off the ticket
    Govornor Gavin to the rescue the Dems
    US insolvency issues spark crisis
    Ukraine government overthrown by miltary, Zelensky murdered, peace with Russia signed
    More Right Wing leaders elected in Europe
    Israel ends the incursion into Gaza but takes a third of the land. Netanyahu forced to resign in disgrace
    New Preposterous Woke Social Cause unveiled

  40. furyus December 29, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

    I dared to look, Mr. Kunstler. Bravo on gathering just about everything into one big, messy burrito. I need a Pepto.

    Over the last year or so I’ve become a bit of a prepper, but not necessarily as one squirreling away the necessities of survival. Instead, I’ve been decluttering, both in a material sense and internally. Getting right with God, which means bending my knee to His way. Walking away from interests and pastimes that clearly hold no real value in light of the clearly incoming tribulation. Trying to keep this old frame at least limber, and as strong as all the previous decades will allow. Fasting, if you will, from various comforts, so it won’t all come as such a shock.

    Gold, ammo, food, water, generators, claymores – all good. I suspect that many that are working so hard to collect these together will have them taken away rather quickly. Besides, it’s too late in the game for me to start now, and I’m probably too close to the cities for such.

    I’ve read that I should not fear he who can the body, but He who can destroy both body and soul. I will gladly suffer all that your fine essay lays out to not be found wanting on that day.

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    • furyus December 29, 2023 at 7:50 pm #

      I should not fear he who can kill the body, but He who can destroy both body and soul.

      I’ve also cut way back on editing efforts; who has the time?

  41. Htruth December 29, 2023 at 8:10 pm #

    A civil war amongst swamp creatures: https://americanyellowvest.wordpress.com/2023/12/30/trump-unselected-in-maine/

  42. trypillian December 29, 2023 at 9:13 pm #

    So the author believes the orcs are winning the battlefield space. They were kicked out of the major cities of Kiev, Kharkiv & Kherson; the orcs have functionally lost the Black Sea fleet & Ukraine has only patrol boats. Their fleet cruiser was turned into a submarine. The orc navy has abandoned Crimea & hightailed it. The orc air force does not dare enter Ukrainian air space. A few days ago they had 5 advanced jets blown out of the sky.

    The evidence suggests the orcs have a phony military. Ukraine will kick the bastards out sooner or later.

    • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 12:00 am #

      Evidence? Please provide it. You have it, right? And I’m sure it’s legit. Hardy fucking har har.

      • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

        You just wait Ronald. The Z-Man is gonna be sipping White Russians on the beach at Vladivostok – to be renamed Volodymyrivostok – by June 22.

        • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

          The Magic 8-Ball says Southbeachmiamivostok may be more likely.

    • benr December 30, 2023 at 7:52 am #

      Not sure where you are getting your news and views from but you better start looking elsewhere.

      The Ukies are being slowly ground into dust and the average new recruit age is 43 but there are reports its actually up to 65.

      • BackRowHeckler December 30, 2023 at 11:11 am #

        Just another $150 billion from the US Treasurey & Uke victory is assured. We’re already hearing about (next years) Summer Offensive guaranteed to dislodge the Russian Army from Crimea & the Donbas … but it will take a lot of cash. American cash.

        • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

          Didn’t we hear the same thing last year? Lots of American cash in 2023, with little results. 2024 will bring the fall of Odessa and the isolation of Ukraine from the Black Sea. It is a Biden crime scene where the crooks may lose their corrupted investment.

    • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

      Much, much later, like never. Russia just gets stronger with each sanction the egomaniacs in DC put on them.

      BRICS++ is just loving it.

  43. OG December 29, 2023 at 10:11 pm #

    OG, you spout endlessly about DEW weapons. Tell me, What wavelengths do these weapons use? Frequencies and such? Will they penetrate, fog, smoke, cloud cover, etc. Are they visible at night to the human eye or can only insects see them? Microwaves, ultraviolet. low infrared, gamma rays? Your whole hypothesis is full of shit.
    Elmo

    Perhaps to you it seems that I “spout endlessly” about DEW weapons but really I just bring it up to you as you’re the only one that I know of that still doubts that DEWs exist.

    I do not know the technical specs of DEWs – and even that is odd to say since DEWs are an entire class of weapons.

    Lest you think that my not knowing DEWs scientific specs actually proves anything, however, please keep in mind that I do not know the specs for hand-grenades or land-mines either.

    You do believe in hand-grenades and land-mines, right?

    ***
    DEWs are not my hypothesis. They were on MSM 20 and 30 years ago, Einstein.

    ***
    Where does this immense thermal energy come from? Certainly not out of Jon Kerry’s ass even though you wish that were true.

    What would possibly make you say something so ridiculous?

    Clearly you do not know my wishes and clearly you argue unfairly claiming that you do.

    Again, I re-iterate: Smarten up.

    • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 10:33 am #

      Being caustic will get you nowhere, OG. try leaving your Nasties off your posts, more people will listen.

      This from one of the recipients of plenty of your nasties. FYI, I read every one of your posts in detail, you give a different perspective that I must consider. Happy, BETTER New Year!!!!!!

      • OG December 30, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

        I read every one of your posts in detail, you give a different perspective that I must consider.

        I’ve said before, I’ll say it again:

        You are a good man, JAZ.

        Happy New Year!!!

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:37 am #

      Whenever I think of direct energy weapons I think of 9/11. As to where the energy comes from, I think they use the energy existent all around us, like Tesla did.

  44. Vegan Shark December 30, 2023 at 12:44 am #

    Jim, thanks for a fine essay that balances rational speculation and astute observation. What you expect in 2024 is disturbing, but no more so than the current state of play.

    Maybe we need to fix in our minds the maxim of La Rochefoucauld: “Things are never as bad, or as good, as they seem.”

    I take issue with only one element in your essay, and even that is a question of emphasis rather than validity. To wit, you note the mass migration of backward people from failed states into Western societies only in a single sentence: “It’s otherwise impossible to understand the motive behind European officials allowing the invasion of the continent by millions of people clearly antagonistic to European culture.”

    After years of being suckered, citizens if not politicians appear to be waking up from dreamland and recognizing the danger of big-time population replacement. They’re starting to push back. That’s good. But it hardly promises peace.

    Meanwhile, though, American and European politicians (with a handful of exceptions) are sabotaging their own countries by accepting and even encouraging waves of migrants who have radically different values and habits. Numbers are all-important here. This isn’t some fringe phenomenon; it’s massively destructive of social stability, creating almost endless problems involving language, crime, religion, poverty, and more.

    Sellout politicians and their backers keep pretending this is just a twist in the normal order of things, a matter of welcoming needed workers or refugees from war-shattered lands. In fact the analogy is to an occupying army with its own fortifications — “no-go zones” — launch sites for looting raids on the host country and rumbles against each other.

    National “leaders” are as out of touch with the reality as some Great War stuck-in-the-past generals who sent cavalry charges against machine guns. Just yesterday I watched a news clip in which a fool Swedish politician pontificated about the need for new social engineering efforts to “integrate” African gang members and jihadi Muslim imams into Swedish sleigh-ride teams. As if.

    Anyway, Jim, I have one prediction for 2024: you will continue in your bi-weekly columns to encourage us to think and smile with pleasure at the bons mots of your writing.

    • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 3:06 am #

      Google the Kalergi Plan to blend White Europeans out of existence. No Conspiracy theory but simple fact “hiding” in plain sight.

      • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 10:39 am #

        Neanderthals ruled Europe during the hunter gatherer days. Cro-magnon showed up, from Africa and the Middle East, and Neanderthal went extinct, possibly by conflict, possibly by inter breeding.

        So history could repeat itself.

        Sidebar. A fun fact. We have long noses that project from our faces because of Neanderthal genes. Seems like the ape-like flat nostrils did not work in the cold of Europe, so a hood was erected over them.

        • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 7:24 pm #

          Actually, the Cro-Magnons entered Europe from western Asia. Their ancestors had left Africa tens of thousands of years earlier.

          I suspect – although I haven’t done enough digging to be pretty damned sure – that the ancestors of the Cro-Magnon interbred with Neanderthals on their way from Africa to western Asia, giving Cro-Magnons the big brains that they passed on to us – as well as the small percentage of Neanderthal genes all non-Africans carry.

          The current invasion is more like history undoing itself.

  45. PeteAtomic December 30, 2023 at 11:18 am #

    We are living thru the decline of a great nation. It is steep & will accelerate. Perhaps some of us will be alive when it collapses, or maybe it will take longer. Who knows. I’m guessing it is sooner, then later.

    Events will inevitably be more unstable. I think that’s a given. The elites want to save themselves. Power will not yield gently. So understanding that– the financial schemes, and the oversea adventures will all get more byzantine & convoluted.

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    • SoftStarLight December 30, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

      That’s an interesting interpretation. I could see it happening. I think their problem will be not having the resources to keep it all together. But it isn’t hard to imagine that they’ll do anything to keep what power they have.

  46. elysianfield December 30, 2023 at 11:59 am #

    Do you feel that people are getting away with murder? Would you like to see them receive their comeuppance? This guy chronicles those events, and submits them daily;

    https://twitter.com/steveinmanuic?lang=en

    • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

      Heart warming, but try this in the USSA and get Hannah Payne’d.

  47. Islander December 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

    Do you dare even look, indeed.

    Mr. Kunstler decries the corruption that has hollowed out our government and brought the country to its knees, but he turns his eyes, and his nose, away from the source of a huge source of that corruption.

    The Israel Lobby and its henchman, AIPAC.

    It is obvious to everyone else.

    Hence JHK cannot really connect dots. Just describe what he sees as though the scene were a work by Jackson Pollock.

    That is why he cannot say anything sensible about Israel’s siege and now utter destruction of Gaza and just breezily skates over the “nothing-to-see-here” topic.

    httpZ://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/3482

    • Islander December 30, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

      Remedial assistance in dot connecting is provided here (hint: Neocons and Netanyahu are Siamese twins joined at the head, heart, hip, and holster):

      httpZ://www.unz.com/pescobar/how-yemen-changed-everything/

      • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

        Islander

        Would you be a neocon if Mexico was invading the US? How about if China and Russia tuck some nukes in Venezuela? The latter may be happening now. Biden is no JFK.

        • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

          You’re a patriot – of ZOG. ZOG is not America.

        • Islander December 30, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

          John AZ,

          Your post makes zero sense.

          • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 6:58 pm #

            Uh, Islander, the Israelis are us and the Arabs are the neighboring Mexicans. Where would you be if the Mexicans wanted their Cession back?

            I refuse to debate you, ZOGman, It will not make any difference between us. But yeah, I am not a big fan of this country’s government right now.

          • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

            Wanted their Cession back and started firing rockets into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and SoCal every couple of years.
            Not too difficult to understand. I think many on this blog would root for the Mexicans because of Mexican genocide.

          • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

            You can’t debate me and win. So you refuse. Wise you are!

    • SoftStarLight December 30, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

      What a fascinating piece, and story. I’ll never understand why people are so against alchemy and magic. You’re so funny with that Z thing. Are you fully incorporated into Russia lol?

      • Ron Anselmo December 30, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

        Always with the alchemy & magic, Dreamy. Ever hear of the hypnagogic state? The transitional state just between wakefulness & sleep? Supposedly it’s an inspiring state of deep perception.

        We all go through it, but it’s so fleeting, as to be almost imperceptible. Story goes that Einstein used to sit, palms facing down, with pebbles cupped in each hand, in an effort to enter and remain in that transitional hypnagogic state.

        He would do it when he got that very tired feeling. When he fell asleep, his hands would unclench and the pebbles would drop to the floor, waking him. Then he would pick up the pebbles and start over.

        Try it next year – no telling what you’ll see, Dreamy. Have the Happiest New Year.

        • Blackbird December 30, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

          Hypnagogia, my favorite state. The crack between the worlds. Haunt of lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis.

          Emmanuel Swedenborg spent a lot of time exploring that mystical place. So have I. My method was to lay on my back wearing headphones listening to Pink Floyd’s Meddle – kind of a dry sensory minimization tank.

          My “worldview” or “concept of reality” was largely assembled as a result of these journeys.

          I should probably resume those explorations, as I am hopelessly entangled in Samsara, and time is running out.

          • stelmosfire December 30, 2023 at 8:16 pm #

            Sounds nice until you get whacked with a hypnic jerk that hits you like a live wire.

          • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 2:03 am #

            Bird – let me know if you have any success in finding a way to stay in that state longer. Nothing on Meddle was completely instrumental, was it? Does listening to something instrumental make more sense?

        • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

          I have heard of it before yes, and I try to stay in that state of mind for as long as I can so this info is very interesting. It seems like it might be a little uncomfortable. But then again, I guess like they say, no pain no gain. Thank you so much Ron. Wishing you a very happy New Year too!!

    • King of Comedy December 30, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

      Yawn. I know those Joos are crafty and all and are always duping the gullible non-Yids but I would offer an alternative explanation to the piss-poor contemporary American milieu.

      The descent of the good old US into third-world status began in 1964 with the actual admission of the entire third world into the country over the last six decades. It’s an indisputable fact that one of the sponsors of the Immigration Act of 1964 was half-Jewish (Emmanuel Cellar) but the bill got 320 yes votes in the House and 76 yes votes in the Senate. A perusal of the members of the 88th Congress who voted yes shows that they were overwhelmingly White, overwhelmingly male and most definitely non-Yid. On top of that, it was signed into law by one of the bigger crackers to ever sit in the Oval Office.

      Aside from the pathology which affects a certain percentage of the white population (Self-Loathing Eunuch Disease), there were also Cold War considerations like if you’re trying to woo the Third World, all of it non-White, to join your “side” in the anti-Commie struggle, it’s a bad look to treat them like lepers when it comes to immigration. This obviously in hindsight was a flawed policy but it was driven by the Cold Warriors and the MIC, the overwhelming majority of which again were
      White, male and most definitely non-Yid. Were Da Joos in America in favor of the We Are The World nonsense? Very likely yes but the same could be said of most of the white lefties of the time who held the levers of power and a significant portion of the righties (85% of Republicans voted yes on Hart Cellar). The rest as they say is history. Third world constituencies led to third world politicians which led to third world legislation and third world moralities and here we are.

      On a different topic, I have ridiculed on numerous occasions the bedwetters like yourself who claim that the Israeli-Scumbag War is a genocide but I will be willing to apply that term here when people start shooting the pro-Hamas “protesters” blocking roads etc. I will only do that though if ALL of these vermin, their fellow travelers and Hamas fanboys and girls are eliminated. I guess I’m just a stickler when it comes to precision in language.

      • BackRowHeckler December 30, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

        Ok I thought it was Ted Kennedy who sponsored the immigration act of 1965? And his motive was to get more Catholics into the country. Kennedy assured fellow Senators that the act would not alter the demographic make-up of the Country as he estimated only about 6000 people per year would take advantage of the new law and want to emigrate here.

        • King of Comedy December 30, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

          Celler introduced the bill in the House, Phillip Hart in the Senate. Kennedy though was a big fan:

          The proponents of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 argued that it would not significantly influence United States culture. President Johnson said it was “not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions.”Secretary of State Dean Rusk and other politicians, including Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), asserted that the bill would not affect the U.S. demographic mix.

          Hart, Johnson, Kennedy, Rusk…All well known Jews.

          • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

            For a thousand points: Who was Hart Cellar?

      • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

        Whose genocide?

  48. benr December 30, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

    So many people that have paid into this ridiculous system going without and yet they expect us to pay for the rabble invading the US?

    \\\https://www.oann.com/newsroom/california-to-expand-health-care-coverage-for-undocumented-immigrants-in-2024/

    Why work and foolishly pay taxes?

    Over hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants living in California will receive access to free health care in 2024.

    All undocumented immigrants, regardless of age, will be eligible for Medi-Cal, which is California’s low-income version of the federal Medicaid program.

    Before, undocumented immigrants could not obtain full health insurance, but they could obtain emergency and pregnancy-related services through Medi-Cal if they fulfilled certain eligibility requirements, such as living in California and earning a certain amount of money.

    Undocumented children could enroll in Medi-Cal in 2015 thanks to a bill that was signed by Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) at the time.

    A law extending full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility for young adults 19 to 25 years of age, irrespective of citizenship or immigration status, was signed into law by now Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) in 2019.

    Then, access was extended further, enabling older adults, regardless of immigration status, to receive full benefits at the age of fifty and beyond.

    California State Senator María Elena Durazo estimates that the final expansion, which takes effect on January 1st, will make about 700,000 undocumented residents between the ages of 26 and 49 eligible for full coverage.

    Newsom’s office stated that in California they believe that “everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care coverage – regardless of income or immigration status.”

    “Through this expansion, we’re making sure families and communities across California are healthier, stronger, and able to get the care they need when they need it,” they continued.

    The California Health and Human Services have stated that they have committed $835.6 million in 2023 and 2024 and $2.6 billion annually thereafter to expand full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to all income-eligible adults, regardless of immigration status.

    In 2019, when California had expanded the health coverage to include undocumented young adults, the-President Donald Trump criticized the move stating that it was “very unfair to [U.S.] citizens.”

    • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

      Benr

      IMHO, the strategy by the WEF inspired and funded Left is to continue to build on their very, very obvious majority everywhere plus the cowardice of the RINOs to eventually get the Border crossers, legal or illegal, to be declared citizens. It will make the Central Government a magnitude of order more powerful and lock in the uniparty forever.

      Only One person stands squarely in the way of this occurring, one. Any one that votes for the Left this year is anti-American. If people are so unhappy with this country, why don’t they just leave.

      You having any problems with those big waves they are showing on TV? They showed almost a tsunami appearance at Ventura Beach by LA. I wonder how the homeless and their tents are handling it.

      A old economic report could be what percentage of immigrants are in the homeless cities and how many more are being added each month. We will never see that report.

      • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

        ZOG is fine with this aspect of globalism. The more divided Americans are, the more powerful they will be.

        And yes the Tribe does take credit for over-turning our Eurocentric immigration policy AND the fairly strict moratorium on all immigration that lasted some forty or so years.

      • benr December 31, 2023 at 6:58 am #

        @JAZ

        Before all this ridiculous open border citizen replacement nonsense in San Diego there was on average barely 4,000 rentals on the market at any one time in the entire San Diego county area.
        Now I bet that number is far lower.
        So, the displaced actual citizens are going where?
        This invasadora is being funded with almost 90k in benefits all across this land.
        Just how many families with two working adults are actually pulling in 90k a year?

        It’s very obvious now we are being over run.

  49. benr December 30, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

    Going back is not an option?
    Nor is illegally entering the US the average American is getting sick of people who do not pay there way through life and expect everything to be handed to them.
    It is getting so out of killter I have seen illegal aliens who believe themselves above waiting in line like the rest of us.

    They cite corruption as a reason to not return home?
    What is more corrupt that targeting the opposition with numerous fake allegations, lawsuits, indictments and illegally removing them from voter ballots.
    It’s a race to the bottom and the US appears to be out third worlding the world nations of the world.
    Import the third world and get all their problems with them.
    Disease, crime, crushing poverty, uneducated people who refuse to assimilate.

    \\\\\https://www.oann.com/newsroom/asylum-seeking-families-at-u-s-border-say-that-going-back-is-not-an-option/

    One woman who spoke to CNN reporters claimed that she was attacked by criminals seeking money in her home country and that she has no desire to ever go back.

    The woman, who left her native country of Honduras with her two children, says that she is an activist who has been forced into unemployment for criticizing her own nation’s government.

    Thousands of undocumented immigrants arrived at a Texas shelter on Christmas Eve, having been released on parole by immigration officials. Since there were not enough resources at a handful of shelters for newcomers, many of them were still seen waiting outside, hoping for any possible openings.

    The asylum-seeker, Silvia del Carmen Flores, 38, was seen sitting on the pavement with her 16-year-old daughter Yolani close by and her 3-year-old son Nikson on her lap. Flores told reporters that they had recently been granted parole following their asylum request, and that they were looking for a trip to San Antonio, Texas, where they might be allowed to stay at a larger facility.

    According to Flores, they left Honduras on December 12th.

    The three arrived in the Mexican city of Monterrey after passing through Guatemala and Mexico on buses and taxis. Flores also added that they took a flight to Piedras Negras, which is located over the border from Eagle Pass, with the remaining money that they had. At the Rio Grande, the family crossed the border alongside thousands of other asylum-seekers looking to make their way into the U.S.

    Flores explained that, due to her family’s unfortunate financial circumstances, she had been considering leaving Honduras for a while now. Previously, her daughter Yolani had been abducted two months prior, and Flores was forced to pay the kidnappers a large sum in order to get her back. Flores also claimed that after that, she felt forced to leave and had heard from locals in her area that the U.S. border was no longer as strict as it once was regarding immigration.

    “I don’t want to go back to Honduras. There’s too much corruption, crime, and things like that,” Yolani said.

    • BackRowHeckler December 30, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

      Well, I see in Cal., as of Jan. 1, illegals are eligible for free state medical insurance. That’s pretty generous of you, altho I can’t see how you can afford it.

    • SoftStarLight December 30, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

      Yolani doesn’t realize that there’s a lot of corruption, crime, and things like that in the US. That’s a good point. I also think about the tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people who have died or been killed in the borderlands. Its like it isn’t really even spoken of.

      Btw, it’s kilter, not killter.

  50. Rowdypiglet December 30, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

    I can anticipate, based on previous experience, that I’ll be accused of hating women for posting this, so I’ll just say that I believe in telling the truth and I don’t care who is made uncomfortable by it, including myself. This is a truth that makes me uncomfortable; I expected better. I know someone will try to cancel this out by pointing out the ways in which men have brought about ruin in the world. But we already know what they were and it’s a matter of history. The evil that women have done since they have attained a measure of power is pretty much unexamined and unadmitted. Even those of us who recognize it are loathe to own up to it, and make all sorts of excuses such as “it’s all the work of shadowy rich men behind the scenes, pulling the strings”. They may be profiting, but these women are making that profit possible and no one is forcing them.

    When we make the world a worse place (and likewise when we make it a better place), we do it in ways that are characteristic of our sex. The whole trans thing has “women’s work” written all over it, as does much of the chaos and derangement we see around us. I think the following information speaks for itself, so I’ll just leave it here.

    “The American National Election Study reveals little change in the political ideology of US university graduates between 1980 and 2000, then a shift from 41-26 conservative-over-liberal in 2000 to 40-33 liberal-over-conservative by 2020.

    These changes occurred earlier and faster among Americans with a graduate degree (Masters or PhD). This group went from 40% liberal and 47% conservative in 1980 to a 35-28 liberal advantage in 2000 and then to a 46-31 liberal advantage by 2020. Data on first-year college students shows that the Leftward shift occurred entirely among women after 2004, with the gender gap growing steadily to 14 points by 2017. The entry of women into the professions thus accounts for some of the change.”

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    • Jarek December 30, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

      Lucy apologizes to Charlie and offers to hold the football for him again. She pulls it away again and he falls on his ass again.

      Is she is responsible? Or is it just her nature? And if the latter, what does that mean in terms of women’s rights? Obviously the right to vote needs to be rescinded. What else?

      The best women are against other women. Cats distrust other cats because they know cats.

      Many women wanted to enter the Sangha. Ananda, the beloved disciple, the St John of Buddhism, argued their case with Buddha. He got Buddha to admit that they had Buddha nature (like all beings) but even that they could attain Enlightenment. Reluctantly he conceded to Ananda’s logic and opened the Sangha to them. But he said because of this, the Sangha will only last half as long. Most modern teachers leave this part out. But the Guru has the last word, always.

      • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 6:47 pm #

        Lucy and Charlie Brown.

        Good analogy Jarek,

        The Arabs and Israel.

        • WadeWaters December 30, 2023 at 8:18 pm #

          I was thinking about Israel (Lucy) and the USA (Charlie Brown).

          • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 3:13 am #

            You get it. He doesn’t. If ZOG could admit to being ZOG, would it still be ZOG?

          • BackRowHeckler December 31, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

            Trouble in Israel has been a Godsend for you, Jarek; its given you the opportunity to dredge up every anti-semitic trope in the past hundred years, from Dreyfus, to the Protocols, to Madagascar, the USS Liberty, and now ZOG. (and everything in between)

            ZOG? For God sakes give it a rest.

          • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

            BRH: Sounds like your con-science (with knowledge) is being bothered. I am making sense as it knows.

      • RD3 December 30, 2023 at 7:27 pm #

        Thomas Dixon asked, Can a leopard change its spots?

  51. Jarek December 30, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

    You’re a good man, Charlie Brown!

    Urban Dictionary

    Something said to someone who does good and means well but always gets the crap end of things or the short end of the stick. Similar to “Bless your heart.”

    Jarek: John Az? No one betrays themselves more than Christian Zionists. Their idols despise them.

  52. SoftStarLight December 30, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

    Wow, this is really good, Mr. K!! It’s funny because I could see it all happening in the next few weeks given how dicey the world is. But then again, like you say, it could go on for some time before it completely unwinds. I would like to hold on to online shopping and next day delivery for as long as possible. I do like mom and pop and brick and mortar but still. What amazes me the most about 2023 is how quickly the whole Ukraine thing is evaporating or has evaporated. Same thing with the Gaza thing. It is astounding how quickly the populations attention is shifted between things. Like it is all scripted and planned. Or at least they try their best, bless their hearts lol.

    • JohnAZ December 30, 2023 at 6:45 pm #

      “Like it is all scripted and planned”

      Ya think?

      • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 3:47 pm #

        I do think. But do i know? This is the real question. And sometimes I prefer to think of simpler things because the big complex things are tiresome and ultimately become almost like a closed system loop. Anyway, so what are you really telling me John? Do we live in a giant cosmic simulation? Who is writing the script? Who is the architect? I don’t recall providing consent to be written into the play. Why am I not consulted with? So like there are alot of questions. In addition to your question.

  53. elysianfield December 30, 2023 at 6:54 pm #

    CFN’rs,
    Soon, a mere handful of hours. the shit-storm that is 2023 will be behind us. The New Year gives little hope that it will be an improvement. In the fading light of this day, I am reminiscing about my years as a pawnbroker, and human nature in general. People who come to a pawnbroker are usually in need…sometimes in trouble, and a bit of sensitivity should be exercised. They come with a pledge and a plea. To many, it might be a demeaning experience…many men send their wives to conduct this business, and, perhaps, for that very reason that it Is demeaning, avoid that task themselves. It then becomes the pawnbroker to be sensitive to the moment.

    A very important observation, learned from the experience of untold thousands of transactions, is this;

    Do not judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes…because then…YOU’R A MILE AWAY…AND YOU GOT HIS SHOES!

    Take this bit of hard earned wisdom as you will, and I hope you have the best possible New Year.

    • RD3 December 30, 2023 at 8:03 pm #

      The Party of Chaos scammed the 2020 election. Little has changed in terms of early and mail-in scam-voting since then. Why wouldn’t Biden win again? If they do replace Biden, look for them to do something to really ass rape White Christians. Maybe Rachel Levine? Or, perhaps there is an even gayer, trannier Negro out there who could check even more boxes? Whatever it is, look for it to be an audacious affront to the Remnant.

    • OG December 31, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

      “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

    • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 3:50 pm #

      Happy New Year to you as well, EF!

  54. Jarek December 31, 2023 at 3:11 am #

    NATIONAL PARTY PRINCIPLES

    The National Party believes that the territory of Ireland consists of the whole island of Ireland, its islands and the territorial seas.

    The National Party believes strongly in the principle of a Constitutional Republic, founded on individual personal freedoms, rights and responsibilities. We reject and resist a totalitarianism whose essence is found in the totality of State power and the exercise of State authority, and not the ideological direction of that totality.

    The National Party believes that the State is the crucible and natural patrimony of the Nation. The State ought not, therefore, be the master of the Nation, but the Nation the master of the State. It follows that the State should act at all times and in every instance, in the interests of the Nation, embodied in one indivisible Irish people.

    The National Party recognises the centripetal tendency of the bureaucratic State and its inevitable deleterious consequences in the quality and quantity of State level decision making. We therefore believe that a firm commitment to the principle and application of subsidiarity* must be a central tenet of Government at every level.

    The National Party approaches our membership of the European Union from the principle of refusing to accept the threatened destruction of our Nation’s freedom, and will endeavour to restore those freedoms which have already, unjustly, been given away.

    The National Party believes in an aristocracy of achievement within a democracy of opportunity, practised and established economically by the strong advocacy of Free Productive Enterprise. Consequently we endorse the inalienable right to the ownership of Private Property, and shall defend that right against the equally dangerous encroachment of both State Socialism and Monopoly Capitalism.

    The National Party opposes unrestricted immigration, placing above all the preservation of national identity and culture as the bedrock of a principled patriotism.

    The National Party insists that no law should permit the provision of Abortion in Ireland.

    The National Party demands a complete reform of our criminal justice system, placing the protection of society from criminality as its imperative value, up to and including restoration of the Death Penalty for particularly heinous crimes.

    Jarek: Some of the basics of natural Fascism or National, leading to the survival and health of the nation. Too brief – hopefully they have more intellectual power than shown here, but a good beginning.

    What about the Black African guy fluent in Irish Gaelic. Is he Irish too? If so, the weakness of Fascism is made clear as opposed to National Socialism.

    *Subsidiarity is a word taken from Catholic economics, meaning to solve problems at the most local level possible. A good idea, certainly. In line with the love of freedom and individualism that is part of our Western heritage in general, and the British Isles in particular. Of course this can easily go too far also. National Socialism addresses this strongly. As does other forms of Fascism. They may be a bit weak in this regard.

    • TPTB-USA December 31, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

      An idealist is a Capitalist/Socialist/Communist who wants you to put your dog in the fight on their behalf.

      • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

        Well said. All three are on the same “line”. Left and right are the two hands of the beast. Luckily Fascism (Nationalism) is a different line completely. A horse of a different color. A different beast? Maybe. It can get wrong of course. No guarantees in this universe. But like National Socialism, it’s about man. The previous “three” are about matter with man crushed under the heel of matter and/or those who have it. These systems don’t have to go wrong – they are wrong.

    • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 3:56 pm #

      I also think one of the reasons why Northwest Europeans are generally highly individualistic is because of the landscape and population densities that were normalized within their environments. Of course there are cities and things but for the longest stretch of history generally the region was sparsely populated and extremely rural.

      • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

        Yes, others have said as much. In any case, it’s partly genetic at this point – just as the different “races” (breeds) of dogs have their own temperaments. There are snappy golden retrievers, maybe even an occasional dangerous one perhaps. By by and large, they are very good natured.

        People aren’t just people. You can’t replace us and have the same Civilization and nations.

      • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

        That’s a very interesting observation – highly populated areas were probably more communal, tribal even, owing to the high-density populations. Less quiet time generally equals less individualistic people – too much distraction from self – just my opinion.

        • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

          Some excepted – Crazy Horse maybe. Some can find quiet in a crowd, and some need to seek quiet in the distance.

  55. JimInFlorida2.0 December 31, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

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    Be the envy among your fellow refugees! Order your gourmet rat package, today! Silver preferred but, cash accepted. Order now and get, absolutely free, a large bag of mesquite chips to add that sweet-savory smoked flavor.

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    • elysianfield December 31, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

      JIF,
      Yes, and the rats are raised cage free, in the shade, by a living-wage farmer.

    • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

      Rulo? Don’t let Jim capture the entire market.

    • JohnAZ December 31, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

      Florida?

      How about a side order of python?

      • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

        Plenty to go around – Gator Tail too – both taste like chicken.

      • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 3:57 pm #

        pythons are not native so you are essentially supporting an invasive species just so you know

  56. BULLITT December 31, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

    By this time next year, white people will all have a target on their backs. Between now and then, we will have enough illegals registered to vote to put the Big Guy or something worse in the White House again. All those military age males who crossed the border will be given citizenship if they join the military. All the weapons and ammo that was bought by the ABC departments will be passed out and will be used on those who oppose the big guy. If you have a gun or guns, you will give them up or be shot!
    These people in power right now will not give up, period. If TRUMP wins, most of the current regime will be tried for treason. That’s the last thing they want. They will do anything to protect each other.
    God forbid if they would assassinate TRUMP.
    I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about 2024. I don’t totally agree with JHK on all points but there’s enough out there to worry about!

    • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

      Summarizer

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      Can bullet holes be used to make points? Perhaps with a hole punch or something?

      One recalls the Muslim official who woke up to find a heavy dagger next to his head. He changed his mind on the Assassin Sect, saying that the Old Man’s arguments where both heavy and pointed.

      Some people get high (and thus addicted) going into stationery stores. I enjoy them, but not that much.

    • JimInFlorida2.0 December 31, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

      BULLITT
      What’s it gonna take to scourge the niceness out of Whites so that we will take aggressive action to ensure our individual and mutual survival? As the 14 Words go:

      “We must secure a future for our people and a future for White children.”

      Only the most sick, hate-filled, and mentally-ill persons (usually Jews) have a problem with that. They regard such calls for self-preservation, “HATE.” When it comes to “hate” nothing comes close to Jewish hatred against the Goyim. Nothing comes close to Jewish Privilege either but, that’s beside the point.

      As for the tepid and timid response by Whites when faced with Jewish gaslighting and defamation, I blame Christianity. Especially the modern Judaized strains. Christianity has a long track record of turning men into sheep and the contemporary love love love variants make me wretch. BTW, I renounced a lifetime of Christian upbringing and living many years ago because of how gangrenous it has become.

      Again, what’s it gonna take to force Whites to get off their goddamn knees?

  57. BULLITT December 31, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

    Jarek,
    FYI, BULLITT is a movie character played by Steve McQueen in the movie “BULLITT”.
    The other bullets have points that will cause a round circular mark hopefully on paper and not in your forehead.
    JHK has intended this post to address 2024. If you are going to clutter the site with your typing, stay on JHK’s bullet points.
    What are your 2024 predictions without writing a book?

    • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

      Here’s a prediction for you. I predict that someone will purposefully get on my nerves during 2024.

      • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

        I want to be the first.

        • Ron Anselmo December 31, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

          Midnight’s not far off.

  58. snagglepuss December 31, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

    USA sunk three Houthi boats today. There was also a recent report that the Oct 7 massacre was retribution for taking out Soleimani. And there was the very disturbing story last week about the charter plane with 303 Indian nationals on board that was grounded on a refueling stop in France due to suspected ‘human trafficking’. A few days later 276 were flown back to India. The plane’s original destination was Nicaragua with the intention of those on board to head north and over the US southern border. Jesus H Christ. Planes are now being chartered for these illegal immigrants. I am tired of hearing them referred to as ‘victims’ of human trafficking when they are so obviously complicit. I am also loathe to consider what might lie ahead in 2024 for our great neighbour south of Canada’s border if this continues. ‘Never again’, could be applied to events of Sept 2001. Why aren’t alarm bells being sounded? Didn’t there used to be an entity known as Homeland Security? The nation is asleep at the switch and a modern day Paul Revere must be summoned…

    • Jarek December 31, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

      When Hezbollah crushed the Israeli invasion of Lebanon it was a victory for free men everywhere.

      No, I don’t want Muslims in the West. So the question is, Who brought them here? And why? The Elite wanted to weaken us and they have. But they also put themselves in danger, especially in the case of the Jews. How very foolish they are.

      • RD3 December 31, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

        Big Jews don’t care what happens to Little Jews. Muslims don’t threaten the safety of George Soros, but they might kill the Jewish accountant who lives across the street from you.

    • BackRowHeckler December 31, 2023 at 3:57 pm #

      Well, at the moment President Biden is kicking back in St. Croix, the special guest of some media mogul billionaire.

      Meanwhile, another polygot block of 15,000 ‘migrants’ is making its way north thru Mexico, closing in on the US border.

      The one bit of action the President did take today is issue ’emergency work permits’ for all illegals in the United States, those already here and those arriving today & in the future. (Just in time for the new $20 per hour minimum wage) If your teenager is looking for his first job, say as a landscaper or in a fast food restaurant, tell him or her to forget it, or at least get in the back of the line … behind 40 million illegals.

  59. anmariwakaranai December 31, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

    Not to worry folks, the banks are as safe as the vax.

    (From jars gfs website)

    • SoftStarLight December 31, 2023 at 4:05 pm #

      Oh really. That’s interesting information. Well guess what. You won’t be able to pray your way out of that pickle.

      • BULLITT December 31, 2023 at 6:44 pm #

        There’s nothing wrong with praying. Having faith is good for the soul. Following the Ten Commandments is what we should all be doing.
        Good people pray for good things. The opposite is also true.
        I pray the Son-of-A-Bitch dies. Who comes to your mind with this statement?

      • anmariwakaranai December 31, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

        I don’t know, ‘dreamy’. You don’t believe in miracles? I believe the truly faithful and humble will be hidden in their refuges during the terror & cataclysms.

        Money and gold will be worthless in the end.

        Only a remnant will survive.

        Happy New Year ssl.

        • anmariwakaranai December 31, 2023 at 7:40 pm #

          Bull, They will all die, so your prayer is already answered. Happy 2024 BLIT. 🙂

          • BULLITT December 31, 2023 at 8:28 pm #

            I hate to wish bad times on anyone but those who are evil will soon pay the price.
            American people are basically good people who have gone above and beyond to help the needy and each other. Americans deserve more than what some people are throwing at us on a daily basis.
            Their day will come, and it won’t be pretty!

        • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 1:26 am #

          anmari – Dreamy is a praiseworthy sort of nickname, so it should always be capitalized, so it’s not confused as a simple adjective. Although the adjective works too.

          Happy New Year!

  60. stelmosfire December 31, 2023 at 8:58 pm #

    Today being 12/31/23 or without punctuation 123123 things are already getting interesting. The sun just popped an x5 solar flare. That’s a big one. Perhaps a CME producer. Although not mentioned in the predictions, an intentional EMP was, Solar cycle 25 is expected to peak between Jan. and Oct. 2024 and could produce the same results.That should add to the fun times ahead! Hang on tight and Happy New Year Clusterfuckers

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  61. roccofire January 1, 2024 at 12:13 am #

    Happy New JHK and the constant CFN posters. I see here on break as 2024 just arrived. JHK I always appreciate your insight into the future and present. The hospital is mellow at the moment but we are full. One of the patients is disappointed because he cannot watch the Twilight Zone all night shows. I thank the constant CFN posters for your insights into our present adventure here in the USA. I have been reading the Stoics of the Greek and Roman era, interesting dudes.

    So I leave you all with a quote for 2024

    You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

    Marcus Aurelius

  62. OG January 1, 2024 at 1:18 am #

    Happy New Year!

    2024 promises to be epic!

  63. benr January 1, 2024 at 8:45 am #

    From the land of bizarre.

    Norfolk is the land of fireworks and gunshots on new years eve.

  64. Forced-to-subsist-on-small-game January 1, 2024 at 9:16 am #

    Ah, but this opening line – “The people running things, yanking the levers of power, managing the malign weapon they have made of government (and the law, and schooling, and medicine, etc.), have got to be turned out, and hard…” hints itself of the “crypto-religious salvation rapture” at work, no?

    The idea that the problems of the nation – the world – are the fruit of some specific group of people. The cursory sloppiness of blaming things on politics. Rather, were the current ones – or any ones at this stage of the game – turned-out, there is no-one out there any better than they are to choose as replacement.

    What we are witnessing is inevitable, as used to be the message here before mere politics usurped the commentary. It is all the inevitiable byproduct of a doomed model going down the tubes for a multitude of reasons linked primarily to energy. Have we forgotten this?

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