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Fade to Black in Ukraine

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     Have you noticed that the president of Ukraine (or, governor of America’s fifty-first state), Mr. Zelensky, has been globe-trotting for weeks: London, Helsinki, Paris, Hiroshima? That’s because this is one of those months when years happen; the world is changing at hyper-speed. He seems to be running scared, a little bit, trying to keep ahead of the changing game. What sounded like a great idea to a certain claque of so-called neo-cons in our country — to use Ukraine as a bear trap — has instead rather suddenly revealed Europe’s and America’s manifold bankruptcies and revolted the whole rest of the world outside of Western Civ. Oh, the wonder and nausea!

     Try to imagine Mr. Zelensky’s predicament. Mighty America and redoubtable Europe conned the former comedian to thinking that if he went along with a genius scheme to ruin Russia and knock Vlad Putin off the global gameboard, his sad-sack country would be transformed into something like Ukro-Disneyworld, while he, Mr. Z, would be lionized and made rich beyond his wildest imaginings. His backup was the greatest hegemonic power the world has ever seen. The game was called Let’s You and Him Fight.

     The poor schlemiel fell for it. He let NATO (that is, the USA) set-up, equip, and train the largest army in Europe, including battalions of bad-ass, hard-core Ukro-Nazis — who had previously been so useful in the American-sponsored 2014 Maidan “color revolution.” Mr. Z followed the US State Department’s orders to rain down rockets and artillery on Russian-speakers who lived in his own eastern provinces. He formally applied for membership in the NATO club. His country received billions of US dollars without audit oversight, just screaming to be creamed off by Ukraine’s leadership — who, after all, deserved a little something for all these goings-along. What could go wrong?

     Thus, Western Civ kicked off Europe’s biggest hot war since the 1940s. So, in February, 2022, Mr. Putin had enough of the monkey business on his “front porch” and sent in a clean-up crew. Game on! The US neo-cons were ready to feed countless Ukrainian troops into a meat grinder that would, theoretically, exhaust the will and resources of the execrable bear and yield countless benefits reinforcing our dominant position in the world. Our hapless NATO “partners” went along with the program, despite being asked to commit economic suicide for the greater good of the alliance (or something like that). Anyway, they didn’t need that filthy Russian nat-gas. They were going “green” (Klaus Schwab said so, didn’t he?)

     Meanwhile, the citizens of our country were groomed to perfection by the US Propaganda-Industrial Complex screaming “Russia, Russia, Russia,” at the behest of opinion-leader Hillary Clinton, a wannabe president. The news media demanded crucifixion for her opponent, Mr. Trump, who had idly tossed out the heinous idea that the USA and Russia could cultivate a friendly relationship, seeing as how the bear was no longer flying the red flag. Aye-yi-yi!!! He actually said that!?! The clueless orange boob!

      Well, the folks running things in America — that is, the scores of unelected bureaucratic satraps guarding their nests throughhout the Okefenokee inside-the-Beltway, especially the gator-pit known politely as the Intel Community — decided to subject Mr. Trump to a one-man version of the exquisite torment intended for Russia, Russia, Russia: pain, ignominy, and ruin. They’re still at it six years later, since the relentless Mr. Trump will not give up his crusade to take back the White House and defenestrate all those attempting to defenestrate him. His enemies have captured all the levers of legal power, and yet, amazingly, they can come up with nothing but the most rinky-dink charges to railroad him in captured jurisdictions.

      This internal political conflict in the USA has driven the populace plumb insane, while it has rendered our institutions rancid and left us subject to a pathocracy hiding behind a laughably fake chief executive. After a year-plus of America’s genius scheme to maintain world dominance, Russia is doing really well, thank you, in constructing a geo-economic framework for trade that will not be subject to the pranks of USA-led Western Civ. Russia is a nation of people who regard themselves as men and women, the toils of gender confusion happily absent. Ditto race hustles. Ditto banking Ponzis.

     After two-plus years of “Joe Biden” — well, our country is bypassing the banana republic stage of dissolution and depravity and steaming quickly into a Hieronymus Bosch dystopia of financial, social, psychological and moral ruin. Every official utterance is a lie. Everything’s broken or breaking. And seemingly, on-purpose. The nagging question, of course, is on whose purposes?

     And why is Mr. Zelensky flitting from one country to another the past month? Because the game of Let’s You and Him Fight is drawing to a close and Mr. Z may find himself fatally unpopular back on the home-front. He has managed to send upward of a hundred-thousand young Ukrainian men to their deaths in the meat-grinder, and perhaps a million more have hightailed it for other countries. Ukraine will now be a land of mostly women, children, and old folks — with just enough surviving soldiers left looking to hunt down the comedian who turned Ukraine into another one of history’s sick jokes.


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773 Responses to “Fade to Black in Ukraine”

  1. cowbell81 May 22, 2023 at 9:39 am #

    How’s that Spring Offensive going for you Ukraine? Pretty soon your entire land and government power structure will be toast. The Z will have to move stat to his little hideaway in the Florida Keys.

    • ATM May 22, 2023 at 10:44 am #

      The West has never cared one iota about Ukraine.

      What the evil Satanists running the West really want is death and destruction and Russia will deliver it to us.

      Our Salvation will come from the East. And it will be accompanied by fire and brimstone. Satan runs the West.

      • Amman May 22, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

        Talk about a zinger.

        • ThorsHammer May 22, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

          Amman

          Yes!

          Jim, your title as Chief Wordsmith is secure with no challengers on the horizon! For a while I thought the talented Dimitri Orlov might give you a run for the money, but he has retreated to a park bench in Russia where he hides behind a paywall.

          One minor technical correction to your latest rant: “Ukraine will now be a land of mostly women, children, and old folks ” Actually that should be “a land of mostly legless war cripples, children, and grandparents.” The women have long since immigrated to Europe, Russia, and the UK, leaving behind a population incapable of restoring itself through births even if Russia should decide to leave behind a landlocked, powerless rump state. At least there is no shortage of building bricks scattered around what were once cities.

          • Ron Anselmo May 23, 2023 at 12:03 am #

            Yes. Over a month ago at a local swimming pool – a private country club no less – a late twenties girl and her daughter of maybe five, were having fun and enjoying themselves. I told the girl that it was nice seeing she and her little sister having fun and enjoying themselves.

            The compliment went over her head, and then it dawned on her and a few minutes later she thanked me and introduced me to her daughter. We have a lot of tourists & visitors in NE Florida, but their accents were clearly Eastern European.

            Yes, they were from Ukraine. No place for women and children right now I said, and she said yes, her husband was not allowed out. I wished them welcome.

            Personally, I’m 100% behind Russia, but women & children – no matter what the circumstances, need to be afforded safety & safe passage, war is a man’s business.

          • Amman May 25, 2023 at 12:54 am #

            Tell that to your army.

      • DurangoKid May 23, 2023 at 11:09 pm #

        The American oligarchy’s only loyalty is to power. Everything else is expendable. Ukraine is just so many pawns in a battle against other pawns. Many working class Americans believe the democracy myth which blinds them to the reality that they are just pawns, too.

    • abbybwood May 22, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

      In the meantime the Daily Mail is claiming that Ukraine has surrounded Russian/Wagner troops in the cauldron of Bakhmut!

      I would put a link but I don’t think this site likes links.

      Guess I will have to check out The Duran to see what Alex and Alexander think.

      One thing is certain. The American people should soon be realizing what supreme propagandists their government is.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

        What complete bullshit.

        Did you see that the BBC has hired a disinformation specialist?

        She explains that her job is to “fact check” and make sure that no one believes crazy conspiracy theories.

        Like, you know, that Russia has finally dug the Azovs out of Bakhmut and liberated the town.

        • cowbell81 May 22, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

          Is this Nina Jankowicz? Does anyone remember her, when the USA was trying to get a federal office of disinformation up and running?

          • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

            I remember her, but this is a British version.

          • Mac May 22, 2023 at 11:24 pm #

            Scary Poppins

        • mrs_saj May 22, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

          Disinformation specialist.

          I’ll add it to my list of other oxymorons and other reality bending terms.

          Like…..

          Homeland Security

          Social Security

          Conspiracy theory

          Thought Crime

          Doublethink

          Central Intelligence

          Internal Revenue Service

          Tax refund

          Media Integrity

          Middle East Peace

          Equity versus Equality under the law

          .
          .
          .

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

            That’s pretty good, mrs_saj.

            I might want to add to that, ‘left is left’ and ‘right is right’ or however you wish to word that, since left and right seem to have lost much of their meanings in the political sense, yes?

          • mrs_saj May 24, 2023 at 8:05 am #

            The Man They call Zazelle,

            Agreed. Anyone could come up with a list of these zingers that are typically so circular as to be an insult to the listener. If only the listener had the ability of critical thinking.

      • hortonz May 23, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

        Years ago somebody wrote that leftists don’t care about winning, only controlling the process which decides who decides who will be your Democratic or Liberal candidate for local, state/provincial and federal office. Once they get their stooge on the ballot, they use every trick in the book to make sure the mainstream media follows the correct narrative and doesn’t stray too far from the liberal reservation. Whether we are talking about Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukraine or the Trudeau foundation’s ties to China, what matters is only that their side of the story gets most of the attention. it’s a fact that the CPC colluded with both Democrats in America and Liberals in Canada to influence the outcome of elections in 2020 and 2021. The mainstream media in both countries have ignored this story. The Ukraine war is another example of how foreign actors, in this case the government of Ukraine, have been able to manipulate western governments and media to only present one point of view. Even when the Democrats are out of power and disgraced, they will still control the bureaucracy to such an extent that any meaningful reform by future President Trump doesn’t take effect.

        • ThorsHammer May 24, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

          hortonz

          Can you please tell me how I can tell the difference between a DemonRat and a Repugnant? Didn’t think so!

          Delusion is the Opium of the People

      • ThorsHammer May 25, 2023 at 8:03 am #

        The MSM has been full of reports that the Wagner Group is on the verge of armed rebellion against Putin, criticizing him and the Regular Army to a degree that no ruler still in charge of his country could permit.

        Fortunately we in the West have a foolproof way of determining the truth. If our Information Ministry tells us something, believe exactly the opposite and you will rarely be wrong.

  2. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 9:49 am #

    Finally, a scenario (theory, if you will) that makes sense.

    I have been trying to determine the actor’s motivation in all this.

    No, it isn’t and never was so he could have a mansion in Florida.

    He already had a place there.

    He made plenty of legit money from being a workaholic on popular television shows.

    • MaryQueen May 22, 2023 at 10:02 am #

      Zelenskyyyy bought into the narrative they no doubt gave him, that he would be a great historical figure, the liberator of Ukraine.

      What a sucker.

      • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:14 am #

        I think he sees right now that he’s outlived his usefulness to these people.

        • SW May 22, 2023 at 10:36 am #

          I think it’s dawning on him that regime change can also mean his regime can change too. The Russians are not a boy scout troop and made it clear they won’t put up with NATO missiles minutes from Moscow. Being a puffed-up, self-congratulatory little toad, he was ripe for all the assurances he would be remembered for something more than appearing on the stage naked in a comedy routine.

          • ThorsHammer May 22, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            SW

            In any game of PokeHer (the Russian Mama Bear) the secret is knowing when to withdraw to the Miami Mansion before the Malignant Overlords decide to just Seth Rich you.

          • ThorsHammer May 22, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

            Hiring a thousand Colombian sicarios to take up residence around the Miami Mansion should help keep the barbarians outside the gates.

          • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 8:49 pm #

            Who did Seth Rich really work for?
            We will never know. Everyone wants it laid to rest. Even his family.

          • Mac May 22, 2023 at 11:25 pm #

            Playing piano with his 11th digit

        • Not_GeorgeT May 22, 2023 at 11:07 am #

          “outlived” seems the proximate reality in a literal sense for the erstwhile penile piano player.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:26 am #

          He is not Ukrainian and cares nothing for them. He will be welcomed in countless enclaves all over the world, most particularly (if need be) in their fortress, Israel.

          If the hapless Ukies are at long last hip to this, then by all means he should make himself scarce.

          • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 11:58 am #

            Still harping on that anti-Jew crap, eh?

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

            Did I say something untrue though?

            Or are you just depending on “the programming” to insinuate that I’m wrong?

          • bill7424 May 22, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

            If he should cause Ukraine to lose the war and scury off to Italy or Florida I’m sure there will be some kind of price on his head for all the damage he has caused his country, He can run but he can’t hide.

          • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 6:45 pm #

            All made Italian mafioso are Italian, by blood, but not all Italians are made mafioso.

            They tried to keep it their little secret.
            The little thing of theirs.

            Some people are trying to keep their big thing a secret. As with the Italians, not all of their people are in on it.

            The Italians do not like all the stereotypes and the negative press this group receives, but unlike the other group they also have the ability to reflect on historical truths, admit it is real, that there is a problem. A historical problem and a current problem. They don’t simply, in Pavlovian fashion, bark out “anti-Italian” when people start connecting the dots down at the teamsters office or the sanitation department, but perhaps that is why they are where they are: a cadre of Italians, Italian diaspora who have the courage to confront it.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            The Jews have thousands of local, state, national, and international organizations working on their behalf. The most organized people on Earth. And they find it absolutely unacceptable and unbearable if Whites have even ONE such organization. They really are different. You want to compare them to Italians? Lol.

            The Mafia were a criminal organization. Historically, they may have once been rebels against foreign rulers in Sicily. But now they help 3rd world immigrants invade Sicily and Italy.

            In contrast, Jewish mobster Meyer Lansky was an ardent Zionist, contributing to the young Israel.

          • ThorsHammer May 22, 2023 at 8:20 pm #

            The Midget Piano Player is not only not Ukrainian, but he didn’t even speak Ukrainian before being selected to front for the US of A in the War to Dismember Russia. He is a war criminal on a scale not seen since Pol Pot and Hitler.

            He will not find refuge, but rather be kicked out of countless enclaves all over the world the minute he runs out of money.

            My suggestion for all the bored Wagner veterans waiting around for the next assignment after Artemovsk: The Kremlin back channel should offer them a half million rupple bounty for anybody who exterminates him.

          • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

            It is even more unacceptable if one was to notice.

        • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 8:10 am #

          @ Beryl of Oyl:

          If he does as much coke as reported, he doesn’t see anything at all. People who do a lot of drugs are incredibly resistant to reality. If anyone in the guy’s circle cared enough about him to warn him of the precariousness of his situation (which is doubtful), he’d ignore them.

      • ThorsHammer May 24, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

        MQ

        If Zelensky wisely decides not to return to what is left of Ukraine after his World Begging Tour but instead flies straight to Miami and lives out his life debauching with the myriad of deformed Woke freaks that populate that city, who is to call him a sucker?

        Failed penis piano player to billionaire in a few short years. Isn’t that the American Dream?

    • grochef May 22, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      Bee-u-tiful, James!! Am accurate and thorough historical account of the current stage of collapse.

      • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        Yes it’s very good. Not a canned talking point to be found.

    • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

      Zelensky is from eastern Ukraine and is a native Russian speaker.

      Before he was elected he spoke about the importance of letting every Ukrainian speak their native language.

      Remember that the Hungarians are also being persecuted under the laws the Nazis passed.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

        I don’t speak either language, but people who do say that Zelensky never spoke Ukrainian until he got elected, and he struggles with the language.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

        Mark Crispin Miller posted a clip of Zelensky defending Russian interests in Donbass.

        //markcrispinmiller.substack.com/p/something-happened-to-the-young-zelensky

  3. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 9:50 am #

    The fear and loathing of Putin and Russia was real for many Ukrainians.

    So was the desire to be part of NATO. I think perhaps joining NATO was a sign of having arrived, as well as a source of free money from the USA.

    • Cankerpuss May 22, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      Free money from the USA. That’s hilarious. The USA, a land that is $31,000,000,000,000.000 in debt. A land that doesn’t understand what a budget is. A land that has an inept Congress that can’t pass a budget. A land that funds everything on debt, on the back of worthless paper notes that are backed only by the credit of the American people. The USA, a country that is broke. There is no money. We have no money. Once the stupid aces of the world figure this out we will learn quickly just how much money we DON’T have. Free money from the USA. Ha. Now that is funny.

      • Bill of Rights May 22, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

        All year long, the media/politicians say we are too deep in debt. We will go bankrupt and become poor.

        But since a month now, they say we need to go deeper into debt or or we will suffer disaster.

        Which is it?

      • workingclasshero May 22, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

        “Free money from the USA. That’s hilarious. The USA, a land that is $31,000,000,000,000.000 in debt. A land that doesn’t understand what a budget is. A land that has an inept Congress that can’t pass a budget. A land that funds everything on debt, on the back of worthless paper notes that are backed only by the credit of the American people. The USA, a country that is broke. There is no money. We have no money. Once the stupid aces of the world figure this out we will learn quickly just how much money we DON’T have. Free money from the USA. Ha. Now that is funny.”

        That is way too much debt, you are correct, but American financial markets are the deepest in the world and the reserve currency thing hasn’t run its course as much as people think.
        Another thing to consider is that the U.S. and NATO have a glacis of attack deep into Russia and the Belarus and the armed forces capable of winning it if so desired and that desire might be ginned up during an election year by the PTB. Why hasn’t Russia succeeded by now? I fear this isn’t close to being over and will turn in Washingtons favor as usual..

        • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

          Russia hasn’t “succeeded” to an American’s taste because they don’t do Shock and Awe.

          Plus, they are mostly fighting in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass, in order to weed out the embedded Kiev regime troops which had spent the last 8 years digging into towns and cities in eastern Ukraine, and were just about to go for the final solution last February, when Russia stepped in to put a stop to it.

          They don’t want to do Shock and Awe for many reasons, but an important one is that most of the people of the Donbass are ethnic Russians.

          The US and NATO want Russia to kill the Russian population so that they can step in and loot and steal the wealth of eastern Ukraine.
          Russia doesn’t want to do that.

          The civilian causalities in this war are almost completely from the Kiev regime shelling civilian towns, like Donetsk City.

        • mary.m May 22, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

          Review Putin’s speeches at the start of the smo. He was very clear about his goals.

          This is a war of attrition. Russia is de-militarizing & de-nazifying Ukraine..

          Last summer Russia destroyed the army Nato spent 8 years building. Last fall they destroyed a hastily reconstructed 2nd army. Now they are systematically destroying a kludged together mish-mash of gunpoint recruits, embedded Nato officers & mercenaries, & incompatible leftover arms in too small of #s to make a difference.

          Nato is running out of arms to supply. The US has repeatedly sent new “wunder waffen” which Russia has destroyed.

          The destruction last week of the newly deployed Patriot system sparked panic among our “allies”, who bet their defense on Patriots. Former cia blogger Larry Johnson recommended sell your Raytheon stock.

          Now Biden plans to make our allies send their F-15s. They, too, will be wiped out.

          The reality is Russia is handing Nato its ass

          • AreC May 22, 2023 at 7:58 pm #

            I feel like I’m reliving the Iraq war where Bagdad Bob was on the Iraqi news saying, “We are winning on all fronts. The enemy is in retreat. Victory is imminent.” This is all such a joke, except for the lives and money wasted.

        • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 8:22 am #

          @ workingclasshero:

          Watch some of the videos by Col. Doug MacGregor. Bahkmut has fallen. There is evidence that Odessa will be the next target. If I remember right, MacGregor said that, as things stand, Russia needs to take the whole of Ukraine–and it will.

          One thing MacGregor makes clear is that neither the US nor NATO has anywhere near the manpower or the hardware to succeed.

      • mrs_saj May 22, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

        Canker,

        Agreed. And I still think one day it will come out that Fort Knox is EMPTY.

        • pyrrhus May 23, 2023 at 9:48 am #

          Many of us think that Fort Knox is already empty…Curious how the Feds never want to audit its contents…..

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

            If they went off the gold standard, it may not matter that it’s empty, would it? And if peak oil more or less suggests that there may not be much gold-mining left? And other countries start trading in their own currencies? And so forth?

          • CyberPass May 24, 2023 at 12:00 am #

            What you guys don’t seem to realize is that the privately owned Fed owns what you like to regard as “the national gold reserves.” They gained ownership by enabling the creation of trillions in new debt. So there is every reason to believe that yes, the gold is there- it’s theirs. Now if the little light bulb in the badly-paid soldiers guarding it ever goes on…

        • mrs_saj May 24, 2023 at 8:20 am #

          To be clearer, I think Fort Knox is already empty. I think that while this country was accruing $31 quadrillion in unfunded liabilities, it was also selling off assets in a piecemeal fashion, including the gold in Fort Knox. This is why the reserves are never audited. And it is emblematic of the systematic looting of this country on the backs of future generations of Americans.

      • ThorsHammer May 22, 2023 at 8:46 pm #

        Cankerpuss

        Correction:

        “The US dollar is backed only by the credit of the American people.”

        False:

        The US dollar is backed by the ability of the US Department of War to coerce other countries to trade only in the US Dollar that can be “printed” without limit and upon command. When the power of of the US Dollar Reserve Currency falls so does the country controlling it.

        The moment Saudi Arabia escaped Dollar Hegemony signaled the end of the Empire of Lies. The Emperor was shown to have no clothes by defeat in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, and soon the collapse of NATO, It stands naked in the eyes of the majority of the world’s population.

  4. stonned May 22, 2023 at 9:51 am #

    Your focus on Zelensky is misplaced.

    You need to DRILL DOWN…..ALL THE WAY DOWN….

    and FINALLY…..

    SPEAK THE TRUTH about just exactly WHO is running the show here…

    NOT because somebody appointed them…..

    BUT BECAUSE THEY OWN IT.

    Stonned — Your allusive comment is less astute than you think. Please just state what you mean. — JHK-Admin

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 9:54 am #

      Zelensky is the front man. We have to focus on the front man to find the people behind him.

    • benr May 22, 2023 at 10:08 am #

      Gee as if we did not know where this one was going…well come on name the names and point them fingers.
      Tell us who is at the bottom of all these capers!

      • benr May 22, 2023 at 10:14 am #

        @jim

        We all know he was referring to them pesky Jews.

        • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:41 am #

          Actually I missed that.

          Zelensky is a Jew himself, so why should we look past him?

          • happiface May 22, 2023 at 11:15 am #

            That is kinda humorous- always the stinking Joos…along with the filthy island of the crown- and the hapless germ man’s- but let’s not talk about the USA who has invaded over 250 countries, killing millions at the behest of the joos and the Brit’s, who knows who else

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:30 am #

            Because as you just said, he is only the front man. An actor/comedian. An entertainer. Their despicable version of Ronald Reagan.

          • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

            Jarek, he’s the front man, but since what you are after is a Jew to blame, why bother looking for others?

            Collective guilt is collective guilt, right?

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

            Ok Beryl, no one is behind him then.

            You are so easily manipulated. A spine of spaghetti.

          • messianicdruid May 22, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

            Can we not find a more accurate term than one with umpteen definitions?

  5. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 9:53 am #

    Something stood out for me in the talk between Zelensky and Biden that was featured yesterday. Neither man is actually in charge of his own country, and the rest of the world is well aware of this fact.

    Nobody was in doubt when Donald Trump attended these global events.

    • mrs_saj May 22, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      Beryl,

      This is the material point. Both men are fronts. The shadowy figures in the back may eventually be identified. Or not. And these shadowy figures are destroying and looting both countries.

    • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

      No kidding! Donald Trump at these meetings went over like a cup of cold vomit. He was like a Baby Ruth in their swimming pool. I love Trump for his enemies!

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

      Dox the spooks.

  6. tom clark May 22, 2023 at 9:54 am #

    Relax, Cowbell…it’s a Summer Offensive now…

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  7. lizharmon May 22, 2023 at 9:55 am #

    I like that last sentence. I hope they get him, along with some of those vax-happy American lefties who set about ruining my life for my sin of being so unlike them. Even now, these evil shills are cheering on more death and destruction, oblivious to the fact that Putin has already won, and only because they made it possible..

  8. lost-in-north-dakota May 22, 2023 at 9:57 am #

    The only question I have is….when this is all over, is Odessa part of Ukraine or Russia?

    • JC Penny May 22, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

      Russia.

      • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 8:43 am #

        Yes, most likely.

  9. MaryQueen May 22, 2023 at 9:58 am #

    Excellent article today, Jim! I know I say that often, but you’re really on top of your game.

    Speaking of Zelensky and his globe-trotting, did anyone else take note of his visit to the pope? The Z manlet was sporting a black shirt with a Nazi symbol on the right shoulder, and presented His Holiness with a portrait of Mary holding…. a blacked-out Jesus. Yeah, the Jesus was absent, in the negative, or a mere shadow.

    And we know how much the PTB thrive on symbolism. Or we ought to.

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      I noticed that he wore similar attire to meet King Charles, and that he’s the only one who attended the G7 in a sweatshirt.

      The odd thing is that all these sweatshirts appear to be brand knew and never worn.

      Another odd thing is that nobody asks him why he isn’t wearing a suit like the other leaders.

      Of course, nobody asks Ursula von der Leyen what nation she was elected to representas her excuse for being there.

      • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 11:30 am #

        They are supplied to him by Balenciaga–the fashion brand outed last year for promotion of pedophilia.

        Think I am kidding?

        I wish I were.

        • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 11:36 am #

          I wonder, does he travel with a trunk full of these, or do they ship him new ones on a daily basis?

          How does one get laundry done when they never go home?

          • Islander May 22, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            Room sevice!

            But I bet there are plenty of snickers among the help when they see a closet full of camo sweat shirts.

            The casual quasi-military garb is supposed to indicate that Zelensky is streetwise, one of the fellers, a fighter like them, hunkering down in the bunker with them in spirit.

            Of course he looks completely ridiculous jet-setting around the world in these glorified pymamas.

            Anyone knows that to convey the requisite gravitas, he should wear fake-leather pants, net stockings, and high-heels and go topless on such occasions

          • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

            Islander that is half true. The other half is that since dwarf used to dress in chestless leather catsuits, the controllers need to put an image that is at the exact opposite end of the spectrum into the public’s head.

            It gives them all the imagry they need in context with the Great Reset. They cover the gay, tranny, and macho bases, and the mixed imagry confuses people–which is exactly what this period of inversion and collapse requires.

            The psychological warfare is truly something to behold.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:36 am #

          This is part of Elite culture. You’re never going to climb the Pyramid as long as you remain fixated on mere productivity and making money.

          Both good and evil people agree on that much. Materialism is for lesser beings.

        • Amman May 22, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

          What strange times we live in. Putin did once describe them as satanic in a speech.

      • bill7424 May 22, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

        Beryl of Oyl:

        Come as you are to offical gatherings is the new fashion. Just ask the trend setting Fetterman. Does the suit make you a better man or woman?

        • mrs_saj May 22, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

          Fetterman dresses like a guy selling $10 dime bags on the a street corner in Philly.

          I don’t necessarily ascribe to the idea that the clothes make the man. A person can be inexpensively dressed and still respect themselves. This is important to remember when dealing with anyone less fortunate than oneself. A poor family can have cheap furniture, but they can still live with self respect; a clean house, consistent meal times, helping kids with homework, a set bedtime, no kids running around at 3:00 am, etc.

    • SW May 22, 2023 at 10:50 am #

      I did see that and looked up what the national symbol for Ukraine was. Here’s a copy of the description:

      “The National Coat of Arms of Ukraine
      It consists of a blue shield with a golden border. Within the shield is placed a golden trident (commonly referred to as the Tryzub). The trident dates back to the 11th century when it was the symbol of the Princely State of Volodymyr the Great (980-1015).”

      The symbol he had on the front of his elegant all cotton (organic) sweatshirt and sleeve was different in an obvious way. The trident is a teardrop shape on the official seal but on his shirt the trident was either a sword or an inverted cross. Hard to explain the difference, but there was a definite difference.

      If we look up the US it’s the bald eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and arrows in another. But always the same. The eagle wasn’t replaced by a vulture or sparrow — it’s always an eagle.

      • Qwibqwib May 23, 2023 at 6:05 am #

        I can’t post pix, but there is a great pix of zelensky shaking hands with pope. z is on left side of pic and on his right shoulder is NOT a “blue shield with a golden border”. In this pic, there is a silver sword with wings. This symbol is the OUN symbol (a nazi symbol for sure). Wiki has a write up of OUN. They were the primary group doing the ww2 uke holocaust…

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      No, it’s a Nazi symbol like Mary said! He’s a Nazi! A Jewish Nazi!

      As for the blacked out Jesus – that’s entirely possible. The so called Pope likes things like that.

      • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 11:44 am #

        It was supposed to symbolize the loss of Ukrainian children in the war.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:56 am #

          You believe that?

          • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

            I believe that it was the official reason given.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            That’s not what I asked.

      • Qwibqwib May 23, 2023 at 6:00 am #

        Wiki says this: “The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN; Ukrainian: ??????????? ??????????? ?????????????, romanized: Orhanizatsiya ukrayins’kykh natsionalistiv) was a Ukrainian nationalist organization established in 1929 in Vienna, uniting the Ukrainian Military Organization with smaller, mainly youth, radical nationalist right-wing groups. The OUN was the largest and one of the most important far-right Ukrainian organizations operating in the interwar period on the territory of the Second Polish Republic.[16][17]

        The OUN was mostly active preceding, during, and immediately after the Second World War. Its ideology has been described as having been influenced by the writings of Dmytro Dontsov, from 1929 by Italian Fascism, and from 1930 by German Nazism.[18][19][20][21][22][23] The Organization pursued a strategy of violence, terrorism, and assassinations with the goal of creating an ethnically homogenous and totalitarian Ukrainian state.[22][24]

        During the Second World War, in 1940, the OUN split into two parts. The older, more moderate members supported Andriy Melnyk’s OUN-M, while the younger and more radical members supported Stepan Bandera’s OUN-B. On 30 June 1941 OUN-B declared an independent Ukrainian state in Lviv, which had just come under Nazi Germany’s control in the early stages of the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union.[25] OUN-B pledged to work closely with Germany, which was described as freeing the Ukrainians from Soviet oppression, and OUN-B members subsequently took part in the Lviv pogroms.[26] In response to the OUN-B declaration of independence, the Nazi authorities suppressed the OUN leadership. Members of the OUN took an active part in the Holocaust in Ukraine and Poland.

        In October 1942 OUN-B established the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). In 1943–1944, in an effort to prevent Polish efforts to re-establish prewar borders,[27] UPA units carried out massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.[25] Historians estimate that 50-130,000 Polish civilians were massacred in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.[28][29][30][31]

        In the course of the war, with the approaching defeat of Nazi Germany, the OUN-B changed its political image, exchanging fascist symbolism and totalitarianism for democratic slogans.[32]

        After World War II, the UPA fought Soviet and Polish government forces. In 1947, in Operation Vistula, the Polish government deported 140,000 Ukrainians as part of the population exchange between Poland and Soviet Ukraine.[33] Soviet forces killed 153,000, arrested 134,000, and deported 203,000 UPA members, relatives, and supporters.[25][nb 1]

        During and after the Cold War, Western intelligence agencies, including the CIA, covertly supported the OUN.[34] A contemporary organization that claims to be the same Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists is still active in Ukraine.”

    • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

      Aren’t there black Madonnas and Child?

      • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

        Yes. There has always been controversy over the image too.

        BTW In the restoration of the Chartres Cathedral, they changed the famous Black Madonna at the shrine to white.

        • SW May 22, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

          In the picture he gave the Pope it looks like a copy of a famous icon sans Jesus. I think, personally, it’s disingenuous to say it represents the dead children in Ukraine but since Zelensky can do no wrong, that’s the explanation we get. Whether or not Pope Francis was thrilled with this gift nobody knows.

        • Heartlander May 22, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

          The image in the “icon” that Zelensky gave Bergoglio is not a black child, a person who looks African, like the “Black Madinna.” No, the place in Zelensky’s “icon” where the child Jesus should be is a black VOID. There is no face, no hands, nothing but a blank black space. As if you are looking into an abyss of total darkness.

          Yeah, yeah, the artist says it’s to represent “the lost children of Ukraine.” But no Christian believer, certainly no true Orthodox Christian, would ever even conceive of, let alone execute, such an utterly blasphemous image.

          I got the shudders when I saw that image. It just further confirms for me that Ukraine is experiencing true demonic possession.

          • SW May 22, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

            Right, Heartlander. The spot Jesus occupied in the original icon was empty. Weird. And several weeks ago, he shut down Russian Orthodox churches and monasteries b/c he said they were spreading propaganda. Our MSM said nothing.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

          The Peruvian President gave him a cross with a hammer and sickle.

          He loved it!

          Some girls gave him a little red bracelet to wear – apparently a symbol of initiation into Satanism. Big smiles all around.

      • MaryQueen May 22, 2023 at 8:02 pm #

        This was a full-color Mary and a silhouette Jesus. The composition doesn’t even make sense.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 10:50 pm #

          Religion barely makes sense.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:00 pm #

          Mary as Panchamama, perhaps – the Incan Goddess they have installed on their altars.

    • CyberPass May 24, 2023 at 12:10 am #

      MaryQueen- that was just too much! And nothing like wearing your Sunday best to see the Pope…
      Zelenskyy: Yo, Pope, hope you like the picture.
      Pope: It’s meatless Friday, Mr. Zelenskyy, not casual Friday.

  10. NickelthroweR May 22, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    I’ve noticed that the Covidians refuse to acknowledge that this has happened. They put Ukranian flags on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, which is all the support needed to win. It worked in WWII, right? How could it be any other way given that Russians, armed with nothing but shovels, have surrendered by the millions?

    I’ve also talked with several Covidians that refused to listen to me about cashing out their 401k’s before there is nothing left in it and the fact that some of those accounts are losing $1000-a-day doesn’t seem to be worrying them.

    The Left is a Death Cult now and no amount of information will ever convince these Covidians that the Russians just defeated a coalition with a GDP 50x larger than that of Russia.

    Don’t worry, though because our 48 year old F16’s are here to save the day!

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:16 am #

      Just as soon as somebody learns how to fly them.

      I hear it’s easy. I may sign up for some lessons myself.

      • brushjockey May 22, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        The idea of sending F-16s to Ukraine, especially this late in the game, seems pointless to me. I have friends who were military pilots, and I recently read the assessment of a military planner who echoed their thoughts. The Ukrainian pilots are not familiar with F-16s, but only with Russian aircraft. To train even a current pilot to the point of proficiency, not just flying the aircraft but operating it in combat with all of the offensive and defensive systems to make it effective in a high-threat environment, would take months at best. Once operational, it would take a large, specifically-trained force of ground personnel to keep each aircraft in the air, not to mention the continuous logistical flow of weapons, spare parts, fuel, etc. required to support modern aircraft. They also need nice large runways from which to operate; there are a few stretches of highway that are suitable, but of course the Russians know where all of these are. A few missiles would quickly render these useless, if that hasn’t happened already. Once committed to the conflict, these aircraft could fly perhaps four sorties per day, exposing themselves and their valuable pilots to damage or loss to put maybe 2000lb of bombs on a target each time. The same amount of ordinance can be put out in a couple of hours by an artillery crew at a fraction of the cost and risk. It seems that the concept of sending these aircraft is just a symbolic, high-profile gesture that ignores the muddy, WW I-style slugfest that the conflict has become.

        • Socrates-Detroit May 22, 2023 at 11:36 pm #

          You all are taking this F-16 thing way too seriously.

          Yes, it represents a potential escalation.

          Yet, as many of you astutely point out, there are practical challenges.

          F-16s flown by trained, experienced US pilots, integrated with the “suite” of US command, control, communications, and intelligence data, are F-16s working to their full potential.

          Take out the trained pilots; take out the suite; what you have is “optics”. The illusion that “we are doing something”.

          Yeah.

          Why do the Ukrainians really want F-16s? I’ll tell you why–because half will be shot by Russians missiles, and the other half–they’ll be sold to China on the black market, so the Chinese can reverse engineer them, and the sellers will make a lot of money.

          There you have it.

          Ukraine wrote the book on corruption.

          • mrs_saj May 24, 2023 at 8:40 am #

            Thanks for mentioning the sales aspect of the F-16s. This is an important aspect of the “looting under the auspices of warfare” kabuki theatre that is going on.

      • lateStarter May 22, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        It might be fairly easy to fly especially if you already have some flying experience. Flying them in combat is another story.

        • brushjockey May 22, 2023 at 11:56 am #

          Flying around the pattern on a bright sunny day, yes. The basics are the same. But there are big differences in displays and systems that take getting used to. I have friends who are very experienced airline pilots who have struggled (and some failed) to transition from standard aircraft panels to the the flat-screen world of new generation aircraft. And doesn’t include shooting or getting shot at in return. I’m sure some pilots could master it; but after all of the investment they would still be highly vulnerable in the current air defense environment.

          • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

            Brushjockey, couldn’t those F-16s be based, maintained & fly their missions from Poland or Lithuania or even eastern Germany?

          • Mike Sherman May 22, 2023 at 9:44 pm #

            Backrowheckler – wouldn’t that be too much of an out-and-out NATO operation, taking the hostilities to new heights and risking the worst-case outcome?

      • Not_GeorgeT May 22, 2023 at 11:42 am #

        I heard there’s a flight school down in Florida which gained notoriety about 22 years ago for making it so easy.

        A few in-air hours and you ‘transition’ from flying a Cessna to a commercial jet, easy-peasy as the too-oft used saying goes.

        • benr May 22, 2023 at 11:46 am #

          Flight sims aside and some of them are VRY good most of the actual flying is done with computers now.

          • Islander May 22, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

            Which I guess means AI.

            So the F-16 sent to Ukraine could be “flown” from Langley or Ramstein or Warsaw, or something.

          • Socrates-Detroit May 22, 2023 at 11:43 pm #

            If they send F-16s to the Ukraine, they F-16 will live down to it’s (not so well known publicly, less than flattering) nickname:

            Lawn Dart

            And I LIKED the F-16! It was conceived in the 1970s, outside the Air Force acquisition bureaucracy as a light, inexpensive, NIMBLE, fighter jet.

            In the 1970s, there was still a place for a fighter aircraft where visual identification and engagement of the enemy aircraft were still part aerial warfare, especially against “non-peer” powers.

            But today, against a PEER power possessing the most modern anti-air missile systems, and without the US C3I support, those F-16s may cause more damage to Russian assets than would have been the case, but they won’t change anything, and they will be going down.

        • brushjockey May 22, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

          Yes, and much easier when you don’t have to worry about landing….

        • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

          Damn right. What the Ukrainians need is some young Arabs to fly those planes.

        • MaryQueen May 22, 2023 at 8:05 pm #

          Scott Ritter says no way.

          He said the training of fighter pilots is specific to one aircraft for good reason, which is instantaneous reaction/muscle memory. They are trained and ingrained with the controls of their machine.

          Move the to another aircraft and they might well crash it under duress.

        • Suburban_elk May 23, 2023 at 10:31 pm #

          A battalion of Tom Cruise clones is training up, this very moment their mission readiness is on high alert.

      • SpeedyBB May 22, 2023 at 10:43 pm #

        Don’t be a loser, Beryl. Just cough up for one of those Microsoft flight simulator programs. They’re bound to have an F-16 version in the “Retro” section. Probably in the bargain bin.

        And for heaven’s sake don’t neglect the obligatory silk scarf.

        A few of those combat flying lessons and Bob’s your uncle.

    • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

      Death cult is right! Their spoon-fed opinions are tenacious.

    • bill7424 May 22, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

      In 2008 after the big crash and after I was laid off from a job I had for nine years I saw the writing on the wall and cashed out my 401k. Paid off all my debt , found another job and was a happy man for a while at least.

    • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

      I’ve also talked with several Covidians that refused to listen to me about cashing out their 401k’s before there is nothing left in it and the fact that some of those accounts are losing $1000-a-day doesn’t seem to be worrying them. – NickelthroweR

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

      There’s a tendency for people on this blog to overstate how bad things are. I maintain a spreadsheet every business day that calculates the net worth (NW) of me and my wife. Most of our NW is in IRAs (formerly 401k which I converted when I retired back in Feb 2006).

      I have kept market data since 1985 or possibly earlier. On 2/12/2020 I made a major revision of the spreadsheet and established that date as my new base for determining the percentage gain or loss to our NW. The NW increased considerably until at some point “shit happened” and NW began to decline. Even so, as of the close of business last Friday (5/19/03) our NW is down only 1.62%.

      Those people you speak of who are losing $1,000 a day must be lousy investors indeed.

      Another thing Nickel, if those Covidians had taken your advice and “cashed out” what would they have done with the cash? Hide it in the bird feeder like Tony Soprano?

      • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

        BTW, the NW high point was on Nov 5, 2021.

      • mrs_saj May 22, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

        Q,

        There’s a tendency for people on this blog to overstate how bad things are.

        I think it’s more a tendency to accelerate how quickly things are going to go to shit. The status quo can hang around for a long, long time. Also, the status quo can get marginally worse for many years to come. The slowly and then all at once convention is true, but the slowly part is really slow.

      • Suburban_elk May 23, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

        You left out the exact crucial detail of ur post tho-
        How much are you worth?

        • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 12:28 am #

          That’s a little personal don’t you think?

        • mrs_saj May 24, 2023 at 8:49 am #

          Suburban,

          I think NickelthroweR’s original comment about people losing a$1,000 a day would be more impactful if I knew the worth of the account that was losing that much money per day.

          The fact that Q is organized and has noticed only a certain percentage decline in his own pre-tax accounts doesn’t really hinge on his net worth.

  11. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:12 am #

    That TV show that Zelensky starred in contained a scenario where he turned the tables on the outside interests attempting to bribe his cabinet.

    He’s not exactly politically naive.

    I read a review of the show that said it inspired him to run for office.

    For the longest time I missed the fact that he is the one who created the show in the first place.

    Also, it started running on Netflix before the guy who wrote it ran for president.

    An obscure European TV show.

    Then you have an article like this from the Atlantic

    The Uncanny Prescience of Servant of the People

    https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2022/04/servant-of-the-people-zelensky-netflix-show/629493/

    I don’t know if the writer had to play at being that dumb or not.

    Yes, this was all scripted on Zelensky’s part, and he pretty much knew what he was doing.

    What we don’t know is at what point the United States started taking over.

    BTW President Obama gets mentioned favorably in the show.

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:42 am #

      He then ran as that character and the liberal idiots of Ukraine voted him in. No doubt their votes were supplemented by those of Bandarastan, with dreams of revenge dancing in their pointy heads.

      He was backed by the local Mob which is similar to the Mob that controls the United States.

      • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

        I don’t think we talk enough about how the Mob is running the US. I figured we’d get to be the early Russian Federation sooner or later, and we are well on the way to it.

      • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

        Are you sure you want to know the answer to who they are?

        Beryl doesn’t want to know. The answer isn’t politically correct after all. She seems to grok that so then defends herself by thrusting the whole thing from herself – after she asked the question.

  12. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:32 am #

    Speaking of Russia Russia Russia, I see RFK Jr. has addressed the Durham report, and IMO has done a good job of it.

    https://twitter.com/TheChiefNerd/status/1660035799985930240?s=20

    Let me take a moment here to once again lambaste Scott Pelley for ruining the coverage of the inauguration of the man that I and millions of others fed up with what was happening to our nation elected.

    All he did was spout slanderous nonsense, and even went so far as to bring on a guest who was supposed to be an expert on Russia.

    Nobody who did one iota of his own reporting could have fallen for that dossier nonsense so either Pelley was lazy and incompetent beyond belief or he was in on it.

    What a puny excuse for a journalist. What a puny excuse for a man.

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  13. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:35 am #

    The TV show makes a point about how Ukrainians have to save up for consumer goods like microwave ovens, while te elite live like kings.

    Yes Zelensky would have been a hero to working people if they could buy the things Americans used to take for granted.

    Unfortunately our own government has been working hard to make us Ukraine. At least we will all be equal, but some will be more equal.

    • Suburban_elk May 23, 2023 at 10:39 pm #

      Microwaves, wow. What’s next, sliced bread?

  14. mitchellc May 22, 2023 at 10:38 am #

    Two replies:

    1. Who’s behind current events? It’s better to ask ‘what’, because it’s the same psychopaths extant in every generation. As has been noted so many times, in peace or revolution, the eternal conflict is one of class.

    Does it matter that they current crop of players seem to be primarily jews, when just 80 years ago it was anglo-saxons, whereas 1,000 years ago it was normans?

    It’s the position, not religion, ethnicity, race, etc that drives the heady dopamine rush of complete power. Yet like all drugs, the effects soon enough wear off, leaving the addicts empty wasted shells, but still subject to the same driving desires that eventually manifest as a series of poor decisions.

    And thus the empires are lost as fortunas well turns once more over the course of time.

    2. To what purpose? This one is even easier; to go hog, to win the 2 front war conducted against both domestic and foreign powers.

    But why? Because of limits, baby: depletion, overshoot and depletion. Russia was/is about gaining access/control of the last great stores of natural resources to keep the private credit system going during the phase down.

    Ah, phase down – what do you mean? Oh, that’s the eventual, gradual reduction in population combined with transitioning to a new model standard aka trans human.

    This first requires eliminating all the dumb super resource consumers (whites), while subsituting in poor 3rd worlders who have a mere fraction of expectations and sense of entitlements.

    The next/final stage involves debasing these new populations to the level of robots. Along with other AI enhancements, they simply become resident meat robots able to function at blade runner levels of optimum output (for the elite) while requiring bare minimum resources.

    —-

    As we all know, both efforts (Russia, trans-human) are failing, indeed are going to fail. But what does that mean? Well, that means the opposite is true ie without new resource inputs, the western private credit system collapses. Second, humans will continue to compete and fight over scarce resources.

    Both add to to war, more and more war, but entirely unprofitable because the mic will no longer have the funding to engage in fun, entertaining research and development projects.

    Nope, short, nasty and brutish is our collective fate.

    • Cankerpuss May 22, 2023 at 11:09 am #

      “Does it matter that they current crop of players seem to be primarily jews”

      Interestingly, a large majority of the uber-billionaires who appear to own and rule everything are jews. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, George Soros, The Zuck, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and more are all jewish.

      I don’t know about Elon Musk.

      I scratch my head and say “hmmmmmm.”

      • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 11:49 am #

        Hmmm. Either you are ignorant of the facts, reading phoney on-line articles, or are anti-Jew.

        Bill Gates and Warren Buffet (as well as Jimmy Buffet, lol) are most definitely not Jewish. I should know- I’m Jewish.

        • SW May 22, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

          And Soros is not religious and doesn’t believe in God. And in an interview some time back, he said calmly that as a 14 year old boy pretending to be Christian, it didn’t bother him to see members of his faith and community taken to concentration camps.

          What they all have in common is a love of money and power and a talent for exploiting their fellow human beings whether they’re Jewish or Christian — it makes no difference to them.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

            If you want to emigrate to Israel, they won’t ask you if you believe or practice, they will ask you who your mother and grandmother are or were.

            Nothing new. The ethnic focus has been the definition for a long time. If non-Jews can’t understand this, they’re not going to help you. They like that you’re confused.

        • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:41 pm #

          They all do that, beantown. If someone rich is not a Jew, they just trans them into Jews.

        • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

          “I should know…”

          Should you?
          Or you should know, but others should not?

          There is a lot of irony lost on people here, but this may take the cake.

      • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

        Gates & Buffet are Methodists, or maybe Presbyterians.

    • mitchellc May 22, 2023 at 11:20 am #

      I should add the reason why any initial appeal of raw, unfiltered power eventually dissipates is because the apparent challenges of achieving success are revealed to be rather mundane ie it’s a trivial and boring accomplishment, a false prospect of pleasure and enjoyment for high achievers.

      And why is this? Because, due to our evolutionary path from schooling fish, mass psychosis is an elemental, fundamental fact of sapien sapien. This truth isn’t often discussed, but forms the absolute foundation of all social systems, the ability to invent, craft, twist, manipulate and demand obedience to any truth thus declared.

      A pop description lends one to observe the human mind can be “hacked”, but the end result is the same. The vast majority can be directed and governed to follow a stipulated narrative that advances the causes of the elite, and reduces and degrades the ability of commoners to lead their own lives in peace.

      And thus we have the ultimate award, the booby prize for those attracted to power, only to find out how utterly trivial and easy it is to force people to comply. It’s like fishing in a trout pond, instead of the open seas; where’s the challenge, the heady rush of success, when the useful idiots practically leap to the hook?

    • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      “depletion, overshoot and depletion”

      Mitch is a Club of Rome type who is now trying to mix reality with fantasy.

      No, Mitch. Your fraudulent claims regarding “carrying capacity” and “population overshoot” will not wash with those of us who understand how the rulers rule.

      There a few dumbasses here who will entertain you though.

      • workingclasshero May 22, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

        I confess to being a mitchellc groupie for creative writing and deeper vision. Jarek has the goods to. I’m not supporter of anti- semitism but he’s good on the principles of bare bones national socialism opposed to Liberalism and Marxism. Jarek needs to sample Yoram Hazony, who is a superb American/Israeli theorist of National Conservatism.

        • workingclasspeon May 22, 2023 at 10:23 pm #

          If the world all listened to Jarek and his many friends, it would be a better place. You’d see, dammit. A better place I tell you.

          The word of Jarek will get out, even if it takes another millennia.

      • Anthea May 24, 2023 at 8:40 am #

        @ Night Owl:

        I think you are correct about “depletion and overshoot.” The earth’s resources are immense, and thus the capability to support the human population.

        I think most of the problem of poverty and scarcity in most of the world is the misuse or non-use of resources. Ukraine is a good example. It has some of the most fertile farmland in the world. I was just reading the other day that the topsoil in Ukraine is twenty feet deep. Yet the population doesn’t enjoy the benefit of it. About half of the population has fled.

        If you look at Mexico and Central and South America, the resources are immense, but it appears that the population is fleeing many of these countries to come to the US. The US itself has vast unused resources–and probably even more misused resources than unused ones. One example would be growing corn for ethanol–particularly when using farming methods that cause the destruction of the topsoil.

        Russia reportedly has plenty of oil–and a vast land area and a thin population. The US, along with many other countries in the world, has plenty of coal. Europe had access to plenty of oil, until the US blew up the Nordstream pipeline.

        Africa is another continent with immense resources. Rhodesia/Zimbabwe is an excellent example of how resources can be used to sustain human life–or not. South Africa is another.

        It seems to me that we are being told by our overlords that we are all living in Zimbabwe and need to eat bugs due to “depletion and overshoot,” when prosperity is easily attainable–or that we’re living in South Africa, where both electricity and potable water are an issue, due to “depletion and overshoot,” when prosperity there too is easily attainable.

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:48 am #

      Hilarious. It certainly matters a lot to the Jews!

      I’d much rather be on top than on the bottom. And if I have to be ruled, I’d rather be ruled by people who don’t hate my very existence and have voted to eliminate my race. See the Kalergi plan, the Kaufman Plan, and the Morgenthau Plan.

      Night Owl in his usual denial of everything. Let’s get back to making money!

      • workingclasshero May 22, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

        I confess to being a big fan of mitchellc and don’t get the deep hostility. Great writing and vision of the forces shaping our time. keep it up! Jarek is very good and usefully combative towards ex liberals and they’re harmful prejudices. He ought to read American/Israeli theorist of National Conservatism, Yoram Hazony. Not all people of Jewish descent are Liberal Progressives and Marxists.

        • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

          You should go back to his older posts, when he encouraged his gullible readers to just give up and submit to WEF and co.

          He has taken a slightly new approach, as his job here is to sway discussion.

          • workingclasspeon May 22, 2023 at 10:26 pm #

            And it’s working. workingclasshero is in the Jarek zone.

          • workingclasspeon May 22, 2023 at 10:27 pm #

            If you’re not in the Jarek zone, NightOwl, you might as well be lost.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 5:25 pm #

          National Conservatism? National? Which nation?
          Conservatism? Conserving what?

          David Brooks son is in the army as befits a “conservative”. The Israeli army. Uh oh! See the problem?

          • workingclasspeon May 22, 2023 at 10:28 pm #

            Talk to me, babe, I’m listening.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

            Doesn’t sound like you are. There is something fairly universal, called “nationalism” but that being said, every nation is going to be different. This idea is well developed in both Fascist and National Socialist thought.

            The Ukrainian National Socialists have the Russians as the boogeymen, not the Jews. Ok, that’s viable. But to be actually be in cahoots with the Jews and International Finance is simply not compatible with National Socialism or any kind of Nationalism, really.

            They were never going to get their dream going that way. Z was already teaching trans and CRT and filling Ukraine up with minorities.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 1:33 am #

            There is something fairly universal, called ‘nationalism’ but that being said, every nation is going to be different. This idea is well developed in both Fascist and National Socialist thought.” ~ Jarek

            —-

            What about your own thought/thinking?

            ‘Nationalism’ is all fine and nice until it bumps up against scale, overcomplexity and others who don’t want in, etc..

            Then you can have authoritarian regimes and wars and the like, along with their declines and collapses.

            And then it’s back to square one with tribes, bands and villages and relatively-equitable anarchy.

            Nation-State governments seem to be trying equity haha, but the problem of course is that the nation-state attempting equity is a contradiction.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 1:38 am #

            True, relatively-resilient/sustainable equity comes from the grass-roots, it doesn’t come from ‘the top’.

            If you want a nation, and one that works/lasts, it has to form and operate relatively-anarchically.

  15. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:38 am #

    There are still “journalists” hanging on to RRR (Russia Russia Russia). They created the propaganda, and then they believe it.

    There has to be a psychological term for that.

    • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      I like to call it “folie à duh.” Huffing one’s own farts. High on one’s own stash.

  16. kidseyedoc May 22, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    Brilliant post, Jim.

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 10:46 am #

      “The Okefenokee inside-the-Beltway” (chef’s kiss).

  17. BULLITT May 22, 2023 at 10:45 am #

    Jim,
    Excellent article today, one of your best. It lays out the entire scenario of how again the American people have been duped by its government.
    Maybe PUTIN, not Trump may be the man that saves America. He now has the tools to expose the criminal ongoings of this administration. PUTIN may be doing us all a favor by pushing this administration closer to impeachment and jail. Unless you are brain-dead, the last couple of weeks have shown that the hacks of the administration are all liable for charges of TREASON! Yes, TREASON. Former PRESIDENTS and those in various agencies colluded to remove a sitting PRESIDENT. Doesn’t this bother you? This only happens in countries headed for communism, socialism, or a dictatorship. We are close to losing this Country. Your lifestyle could rapidly change. Are you ready for your savings and IRA’s to zero out? Are you ready to send you sons and daughters off to war to cover up the criminal activities of our government?
    Instead of checking your cell phone every few minutes and posting on Facebook, you should concentrate on what’s going on around you.
    Wake up folks!

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 11:07 am #

      Your post reminded me of the title of a book I heard of as a child, None Dare Call It Treason.

      I looked it up just now to see what it was all about, and I found out the author had written more recent books as well, and although Wikipedia describes them as appealing to the “harder” sections of the Right, the books look pretty interesting to me and I may check them out if I can ever get back into my reading habit.

      I also found out where the title came from, an epigram (whatever that is) of Sir John Harrington: “Treason doth never prosper. What’s the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

      • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 11:51 am #

        Beryl, I read the book ages ago, but I never knew the source of the title. Thanks for the info.

      • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:52 am #

        Yes, that book helped me in my Awakening. It’s central trope is the Vise: The middle class caught between the jaws of the Communists from below and the Elite from above.

        Where did the Communists get their money from? From the Capitalists, of course! Communism is a project of Capitalism.

        No mention of race, but good American Fascism. It could have saved us as long as America was 90% White. That’s all gone now and it can’t.

        • Woodchuck May 22, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

          “No mention of race, but good American Fascism. It could have saved us………..”

          “Saved us?” Saving us from what? Decentralization and secession? What if you have it completely backwards, which I think you do. What if our salvation is in our collapse? What if we simply can no longer afford to have both a civilized life style *and* an enormous resource hogging central government? If you are promoting American Fascism you might be in the wrong forum – or are you here to be a contrarian and a troll?

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

            Believe it or not, we had everything we needed here. At 220 million people, 90% White, we could have waited and watched the world die. Then pick up the pieces and make more of it our own.

            Fortress America. Of course you can’t/won’t see because Dil doesn’t like it. He lets you talk tough – as long as your remain soft as warm butter when it comes to the essential questions of race and nation.

          • cbeard May 22, 2023 at 5:56 pm #

            “Saved us?” Saving us from what? Damnit boy. look around. Do you think the country is better off now, than it was when it was 90% white. Homogeneity is key. Diversity does not work.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

            Well said, beard. Anyone who can’t understand that basic is just a boy or a girl. Immature.

            Better off for who, they screech? For US. It’s about US. But they don’t even believe we exist or if we do, that we should or at best, that our existence matters. Thus no real conversation is possible with such silly kids.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 10:47 pm #

            Did some civs collapse because of ‘diversity’ or because of other reasons?

            I’d wager the latter.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:16 pm #

            Yeah, what builds a better wall? Bricks of almost all the same size and shape or all kinds of different shaped rocks?

            If a cell migrates from one of your organs to another organ, it’s probably a cancer cell.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 1:08 am #

            You actually support my point with your organ analogy, since they are all diverse and working in concert to make you.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 1:09 am #

            Go call over one of your sockpuppets to help you out.

          • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

            If they stay in their place. If they do their job. You don’t want your heart trying to do the work of your kidney or vice versa. Any such attempt is cancerous. Things are what they are because they’re not something else.

            That’s caste mixture and brings universal destruction as Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita.

            Now I’m talking about one polity or social body. You’re trying to include everybody from everywhere – which is even more of a confusion. Your homework is to meditate on the difference between intra-national and inter-national.

            Sheesh.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 5:47 pm #

            Now you’re just being silly.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 11:08 pm #

          Cuz, Class

          —-

          The middle class caught between the jaws of the Communists from below and the Elite from above.” ~ Jarek

          —-

          The use of ‘middle class’ seems to contextually subvert and/or contradict somewhat the subsequent use of ‘Elite’ insofar as ‘Elite’ and ‘class’ would seem to depend on/relate to each other.

          Interesting how ‘Elite’ is capitalized but not ‘middle class’. What’s up with that?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 11:10 pm #

            Anarchy is in part about a relatively classless society.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:17 pm #

            Right. The one that the Communists promise but never deliver.

            You’ll get pie in the sky when you die before you get that.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 1:02 am #

            We already had it, relatively-speaking growing up as a species in bands and tribes. It’s our natural way and will likely come again. The current civ is a joke– Clown World blogsites and communicating via flat screens and all that– and may be collapsing as we speak.

      • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

        classic lil book.

      • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        wiki says Zero Hedge is also

        Zero Hedge (or ZeroHedge) [b] is a far-right [13] libertarian [18] finance etc

    • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 11:57 am #

      @ Bullitt:

      Excellent commentary. If only one person follows your advice, you still would have been of great service to the public.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 11:11 pm #

      A coercive State system is its own treason.

  18. Zoltar May 22, 2023 at 10:47 am #

    No one does a better job than our host in putting the Big Picture together. Thank you, Jim.

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  19. Cankerpuss May 22, 2023 at 11:06 am #

    I don’t know. I’ve been reading a few articles by JHK stating that the Ukraine mess was drawing to a conclusion but, ay, the fight continues. I just wish something would give. The anticipation is killing me.

    • WilliamShatnersPants May 22, 2023 at 9:37 pm #

      JHK has made many predictions that simply haven’t come close to occurring. Only recently, was he not hailing the imminent Durham Report, which would be the Savior of All Righteous Thinking People?

  20. redrock May 22, 2023 at 11:14 am #

    Your commentary a snipers bullet right on target. Thanks.

  21. Freddie May 22, 2023 at 11:21 am #

    It seems to me that it will take Blackrock (or The Russian Federation) a long time to rebuild Ukraine, what with all the able bodied Ukrainians who have either fled the country or been killed in the war.
    The latest Zerohedge article regarding Seymour Hersch’s reporting confirms what I have heard from other sources that over 70% of the refugees flooding into eastern Europe (and also into Russia) are working age women and children. Of course, we know what’s happening to working age Ukrainian men.
    This leaves older people who are unable for one reason or another to leave. And an aggregate population remaining of < 20M; or, as Col. Douglas MacGregor says, roughly the population of The Netherlands.

    • ThorsHammer May 22, 2023 at 10:37 pm #

      Beryl

      If you are becoming bored trying to separate the wheat from the chaff of disinformation, call up the video from last week’s attack and destruction of the newly arrived “defensive” Patriot battery in Kiev. Watch the launch pattern of Patriots trying to escape the certain destruction they know is on their way.

      The Russian battle plan was drawn from centuries of experience.

      1- Fire off a barrage of weaponry to deceive the enemy into believing that they are receiving the main force of attack. Flaming arrows, flash bang firecrackers— anything that is cheap, expendable, and makes a lot of noise.
      2- Follow up with steerable gravity bombs, upgraded with fins and cheap software to make them behave something like missiles. There are tens of thousands lying around, so losses to any air defenses the UkoNazis might muster were irrelevant.
      3- The antique (40 year old) Patriot missile battery just sent by the Americans was likely manned by the Americans or Poles. It certainly wasn’t operated by Ukrainians— there just wasn’t enough time to train them beyond painting day-glow orange on the launch buttons.
      4- Whoever was sitting at the controls mistook the firecrackers and bombs falling all around for an attack of hypersonic missiles. In panic they fired off every Patriot in their battery in hopes of creating a flock into which the Daggers would stumble. Their entire armament was exhausted with seconds as you can clearly see in publicly available video.
      5- Patriots depend upon radar to identify and track targets. As intended by the Russians, the instant that the Patriot system radar was activated a Kinzhal Dagger was on its way toward the precisely identified target.
      6- The Kinzhal flies its approach pattern at relatively low altitude, never ascending into the upper atmosphere where it’s elliptical orbit could be spotted and potentially intercepted like that of an ICBM. It has no ground launch site, being released from the belly of a fighter jet. It flies its approach at Mach 12, a speed far beyond that of any manned aircraft while retaining a certain degree of maneuverability.
      7- Moments before reaching its target the Dagger zooms upward, then dives straight down accelerating to Mach 15. At that speed it is closer to a controllable meteor rather than a conventional bomb. It can hit its target with pinpoint accuracy as demonstrated by a prior test last year against a 400′ deep bunker designed to survive a direct hit from a nuclear bomb. At Mach 15 it delivers so much kinetic energy that it is deadly even without an explosive warhead. The American/Nato military has no defense against it- not even a theoretical one. Attempts by Lockheed to develop similar technology were recently abandoned in failure after attempting to fly one at Mach 5— barely hypersonic.

      Did I mention that the Kintzal is cheap compared to a single Patriot, and that after last years’ successful test the Russians started a two shift production run to build 200 per year from a single factory.

      Five minutes after launch the Dagger struck home against Kiev’s brand new American Patriot system and it was no more.

      There is a reason why Zelensky has decided to extend his World Begging Tour indefinitely rather than returning to “his” country.

      • cobalt1959@live.com May 24, 2023 at 2:29 pm #

        Excellent analysis,Lets not forget there’s the small matter of the drone attack on the Kremlin too..He’s been on the run since Medvedev told Zelenski of the consequences for the failed assassination attempt on Putin..

    • SteveK9 May 25, 2023 at 10:40 am #

      In the past the population of a country like Ukraine would be rebuilt by large families, but that doesn’t happen now, so it will probably be a sparsely populated wasteland, unless they fill it with Africans and Arabs.

  22. DaveO907 May 22, 2023 at 11:25 am #

    Bravo again. And a nice touch opening with Rob Urie, he who once dwelt on Counterpunch, itself a faded remnant that threw Rob out with its own once-integrity. He’s on Substack @ The Journal of Belligerent Pontification.

    What can I say? Our esteemed host has planted the Monday seed and I’ll now watch it grow, fertilized further by the always interesting comment thread. Thank you, James.

    • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 11:37 am #

      Counterpunch went all in on the Covid Hoax, IIRC.

      “Covid” really helped sort the what from the chaff.

      • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        “wheat”

        • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

          And also the “What?!”

  23. DaveO907 May 22, 2023 at 11:39 am #

    Seems I can’t keep my mouth shut.
    I’m responding to a comment by BULLITT above, but think this is in the general interest as well. It came my way once again in recent weeks, not having been seen by me since the early 1970s.

    “Through Russia, comes the hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed Communism or Bolshevism – no! But freedom – freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man. The principle has been born there. It will take years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes again the hope of the world.” ~ Edgar Cayce

    Edgar Cayce was an American Christian mystic and prophesying seer into the future. Many of his predictions have since come to pass since his self-induced trances gave him visions like the one above back in the 1920s-1930s.

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:54 am #

      Ed said that Atlantis would rise in the 1960’s. It didn’t but the yeast of the Counter-Culture did. Perhaps that is what he meant?

      • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

        theres a book book on his wellness advice– in it EC states–put kerosene on the hemorrhoid’s.

        • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

          Works on scabies, anyhow. As a nurse, I recommend sprinkling sugar on them–because osmosis!

          • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            sugar on scabies? hows it work?

            what about for folliculitis?

            in the old days Turp as used as medicine.
            pine turp.

          • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

            Malthuss: I wasn’t clear, here. Dissolving granulated sugar on monster piles will cause them to shrink and retreat into their lair.

            Scabies apparently responds well to smothering with a thick barrier cream. Some people use mayonnaise. Ick!

          • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 10:49 am #

            To get rid of scabies, mix some oil of thyme with a regular skin lotion or body butter and apply frequently.

            Many years ago, my naturopath doctor said that you can also get rid of them by applying Vitamin E oil.

        • elysianfield May 22, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

          put kerosene on the hemorrhoid’s.

          Malthuss,
          A word of advice…try it on your cat first….

        • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 10:47 am #

          I’ve tried some of Cayce’s remedies, and some of them work. If you apply castor oil (best mixed with a pinch of baking soda) to a mole, daily, for a month or two, the mole will drop off. This works. It also works on skin tags.

          I think I’ve tried some of his other remedies that worked, but none come to mind just now.

        • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 10:55 am #

          Which reminds me. There is another Cayce remedy I’ve used that works, though it was prescribed by my naturopath for my daughter’s psoriasis.

          He prescribed taking capsules of slippery elm and Carthamus tinctorius (which is safflower), and supplementing with salmon oil. It worked for my daughter. He said that he had used this to cure his own psoriasis. The reason he mentioned this was because I asked him if her skin affliction might be scabies, and he said that, having had psoriasis himself, he had no problem recognizing it.

  24. WadeWaters May 22, 2023 at 11:40 am #

    Everything Is Broken – Bob Dylan

    Broken lines, broken strings
    Broken threads, broken springs
    Broken idols, broken heads
    People sleeping in broken beds
    Ain’t no use jiving
    Ain’t no use joking
    Everything is broken

    Broken bottles, broken plates
    Broken switches, broken gates
    Broken dishes, broken parts
    Streets are filled with broken hearts
    Broken words never meant to be spoken
    Everything is broken

    Seem like every time you stop and turn around
    Something else just hit the ground

    Broken cutters, broken saws
    Broken buckles, broken laws
    Broken bodies, broken bones
    Broken voices on broken phones
    Take a deep breath, feel like you’re choking
    Everything is broken

    Every time you leave and go off someplace
    Things fall to pieces in my face

    Broken hands on broken ploughs
    Broken treaties, broken vows
    Broken pipes, broken tools
    People bending broken rules
    Hound dog howling, bullfrog croaking
    Everything is broken

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    • Rowdypiglet May 22, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

      Indeed. That pretty much covers it.

    • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 6:34 pm #

      But Bob D. is still with us.

  25. toktomi May 22, 2023 at 11:49 am #

    @JHK

    You write, “Well, the folks running things in America — that is, the scores of unelected bureaucratic satraps”.

    So, don’t forget to VOTE, kids; childish naivete and Panglossian Disorder are terrible conditions to waste.

    ~toktomi~

  26. beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

    Jim, an excellent article that cuts through all the bullshit as to what’s really going on.

    Of course you must realize that writing about the people running things behind the scene, without naming specific names, brings out the anti-Jewish commentators. Even so, you done good.

    • megabeth May 22, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

      It sure gets old.

    • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

      @ beantownbill:

      Well, you are probably aware that Jews are greatly over-represented in the news media, the entertainment industry, among the financial fraudsters, and among the more “woke” among academia–and even to great extent in government at the federal level. About nine times out of ten, the face supporting fraud, degeneracy, and government propaganda is a Jewish face. It’s always someone named Alissa Heinerscheid or Sam Bankman Fried. It’s also notable that there never seem to be any consequences for their conduct.

      As a result, perhaps the most oft-repeated comment on Zerohedge is, “Every. Single, Time.” And it pretty much is.

      Now, as far as I have been able to observe, most “ordinary” Jews don’t engage in this type of thing and tend to be conservative. I might have a different view if I lived on the East or West Coast, but here in Flyover Country, Jews run businesses or are in professions (like law or medicine) in which they are no worse than anyone else. I have come to think of these as sleazy lines of work, but I can hardly blame that on Jews. The less able among Jews do what many non-Jews do: They get a government job. Non-Jews who are not interested in the professions often go into the trades, if they have the ability. When it comes to hands-on things, such as plumbing, Jews don’t seem to have the aptitude to jiggle the handle. Doesn’t seem to be for them.

      Nevertheless, if Jews don’t want to be associated with various unpleasant, illegal, fraudulent, and degenerate doings, it might help if they didn’t plaster they faces all over them.

  27. Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

    The notion that Zelensky may be some sort of dupe, some sort of hapless antagonist-victim character in a Brussels/DC scheme is some new tragicomedy fiction for sure.

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

      No one is saying that. It does appear that he was duped by those he thought he was playing.

      He’s not the sociopathic mastermind that some have tried to portray him as, though.

      • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

        It does not appear that way at all.

        They’re never going to let this Ukraine fiasco go.

        That is the only messaging being put forth.

        Is it sociopathic to send people, who you sincerely do not consider to be your own, to death?

        Never to neocons.
        But always to non-sociopaths

    • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

      I am saying that. I am saying that it is frigging obvious that Zelensky is not running things.

      He tried to sue for peace the second night of Russia’s entrance into the civil war.
      The US told him he could not.

      Then he sent a delegation to Minsk for peace talks in March. The SUB killed their OWN negotiator! They said he was too soft on Russia.

      The third time they tried was later in March in Istanbul, but those talks were also quashed. We were told that Boris Johnson flew into Kiev to tell Zelensky that he was not allowed to make peace, but the Israeli negotiator testified later that the Americans were already sabotaging the talks in Istanbul before that.

      As a side note, Istanbul used to be Constantinople, the seat of the Eastern Orthodox church, but the Roman Catholics crusaded right on over there, burning the church, killing the leaders and driving the rest out, leaving it open for the Muslims.

      And now the Ukrainians are burning Orthodox churches, killing monks, and selling off church property.
      Same as it ever was.

      • SW May 22, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

        Zelensky was chosen, by whom, I don’t know but he wasn’t in politics and ran on the basis of a TV show. He’s in over his head and probably knows it on some level but his ego grows larger every day.

        Showing up for every state occasion dressed like a gym teacher or maybe his idea of a warrior shows, iMO, his immaturity and fecklessness. Both of these qualities are going to take him down. He projects an image of a man who’s been reading his own press releases and believes them. He can be disposed of just as easily as Mubarak, Sadam Hussien, Gaddafi and the rest of the useful dictators we’ve propped up.

        It may be that underneath the swagger is desperation. If Ukraine loses big so does he. He can’t go back to being a comedian so he’s got to put all the chips on being politician and a hero that defeats Russia.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 8:04 pm #

          If he sticks with it, he’ll get to sit on the beach in Israel at least.

          He didn’t plan all this. He’s no Napoleon, just an actor. The real baddies are the Nulands and the Kagans who control our foreign policy.

        • MaryQueen May 22, 2023 at 8:17 pm #

          He’s a puppet. He didn’t choose that outfit. He has no thoughts that aren’t created for him.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:58 am #

            Remember that Guaido guy in Venezuela? I caught a recent story that apparently had him arriving recently in the US, maybe to stay more or less permanently. Unsure if he was chased out or not. The guy reminds me vaguely of Obama, but hey, we’re all one big happy family.

  28. malthuss May 22, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

    happiface

    That is kinda humorous- always the stinking Joos…along with the filthy island of the crown- and the hapless germ man’s- but let’s not talk about the USA who has invaded over 250 countries

    Is Uncle Sam Israels bitch?

    • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

      Israel’s

  29. BULLITT May 22, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks to everyone who read my post above. As I read all the internet news this morning, I can see that BAGDAD BOB has a lot of competition! During my tour of duty during Desert Storm 1990-1991, we would hear of the great victories that Sadam Hussein was inflicting on our troops. Bagdad Bob was shoveling out the bullshit faster than we could read it. Move the clock ahead to 2023. We now have our own Bagdad Bobs telling us about the great victories in Ukraine. How long can this go on? I was in some respects duped into supporting the war effort. If you fight them over there, we won’t have to fight them at home…
    What was the end result? I believe we can all agree on the outcome. We took the lives of many people to include our own soldiers to maybe enrich outfits like Haliburton. It’s a game folks. As General Smedley Butler said, “War is a racket”! I’m a patriotic soul, my father fought in WWII for 55 months. I have friends that are now severely disabled from the service to their Country. At 76 years old, I’m fighting a terrible gastrointestinal issue, probably from the COVID shots that the government assured me was safe! It saddens me to see where this Country has gone. We have no soul. We are now led by a cabal that thinks TREASON is just something that alters the game in their favor. Should these people burn in hell IMHO!

    • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

      Should these people burn in hell IMHO! – BULLITT

      =========

      Word order rearrangement:

      These people should burn in hell IMHO!

      • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

        But no problem, we knew what you meant.

  30. mitchellc May 22, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    I am sometimes sadly resolved to conclude that even highly intelligent readers often times miss the real point, the macro perspective that explains what is actually happening, and the reasons why.

    The irony is, our host was on the correct path almost 2 decades ago, accurately identifying the essential fundamental truths and challenges facing the human project.

    The critical fact is that, absent access and control over the last great stores of natural resources located in north central Asia (sometimes referred to by its political label “Russia”), the western private credit system will not be able to further expand and thus will *collapse*.

    Now, who is really addressing this key point? Without the ability to conjure “money” based on nothing other than the expectation to be repaide aka full faith and credit, the financialized west simply has no true productive capacity to earn foreign exchange in order to facilitate any type of economic activity and trade.

    That, dear readers, means no ability to maintain a social safety net like WIC, EBT, SS nor any means in which to drive a demand economy like the MIC, health (sick) care, agri-business, nor, NOR provide any type of safety and security either through criminal justice (prisons) or border defense.

    So, one must ask, who really wants to live through this kind of collapse in the west? This isn’t idle speculation or useless interwebs talk; this is the cold hard stark reality of the situation, and why western leadership may not be as insane as so many apparently believe.

    Consider that if one has all the facts at hand, nuclear brinkmanship is the most *logical* pathway. Seriously, think about it: If Russia is the ultimate winner – absent any kind of successful first strike, this is current arc of history – why not go down with the ship?

    If we don’t launch and take our defeat, then who will stay to live in a degraded and destroyed landscape?

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    • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

      You’re not telling anyone anything new.

      “This would allow for the more efficient integration of Russia into the international managerialist world order, with its plentiful resources now available to fund and supply the restoration of both Europe and Ukraine. A defeated Russia could be broken up, into more readily manageable client states, providing easier access to the remaining neoconservative targets of China and Iran.” -LSN

      However, you are presupposing, rather foolishly, that one would prefer to be on their master’s side rather than the right side of the managerial class’s NWO campaign.

      • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

        He is actually. He is repeating globocap talking points that use fear to control you

        There is no population overshoot and there is no proof whatsoever of us running out of natural resources any time soon, or really ever given that there is no way to predict anything of this sort at present.

        The Mitchster is here to push discussion into the direction the Harari types wish to see.

        Why is the Mitchster here? Why has he altered his message to better take into account earlier criticisms of his globocap talking points?

        😀

    • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

      Not to mention this disingenuous gem:

      “The critical fact is that, absent access and control over the last great stores of natural resources located in north central Asia (sometimes referred to by its political label “Russia”), the western private credit system will not be able to further expand and thus will *collapse*.

      When Yelstin and Clinton opened up Russia in the 90’s, they unleashed “oligarchs” who managed to loot Russia of its natural resources and national wealth. That is for a time.

      One should really do their own research into who these oligarchs are and where they are now.

      The key point, is the end of the looting and the control over Russia’s economy upset a lot of people who must control.

      • Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

        There is one nugget of truth in that sad quote.

        That being that the private credit system requires resources–more specifically control of resources.

        They get the resources in order to control you.

        At present, in our still moderately free societies, there is nothing definitively stopping anyone from saying no to the private creditors (the Mitchster’s heros), ofc–unless you follow the WEF piper and let them destroy your society. Then there will be all manner of thugs showing up to assist you with doing as the private creditors request.

      • Heartlander May 22, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

        “…the end of the looting and the control over Russia’s economy upset a lot of people who must control.”

        And THAT is why they hate Vladimir Putin with such hysterical, irrational, over-the-top fury.

    • SteveK9 May 25, 2023 at 10:45 am #

      Humanity is not running out of resources … and never will. Our problems are all self-inflicted, not related to any natural limits. One example, think about energy … uranium and thorium resources can supply unlimited energy … forever.

  31. FGB3 May 22, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    “Russia is doing really well, thank you, in constructing a geo-economic framework for trade that will not be subject to the pranks of USA-led Western Civ. Russia is a nation of people who regard themselves as men and women, the toils of gender confusion happily absent. Ditto race hustles. Ditto banking Ponzis”.

    Yes, and let us not forget hordes of illegal “immigrants, from cultures, religions and races wholly alien to Russia, being invited across its borders and into its body politic.

    • FGB3 May 22, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

      Clarification: NOT being invited, NOT being flown to a city of their choice, and NOT being given free medical care and handouts not available to actual CITIZENS of America.

      • SteveK9 May 25, 2023 at 10:45 am #

        They are being invited. Putin gave a ridiculous speech on the subject last week.

  32. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

    “Punishment for treason can range from five years in prison to imprisonment for life or even, very rarely, the possible death penalty during the sentencing phase. Treason is a relatively rare charge but it is still used by government officials on occasion. Some crimes have what is known as a statue of limitations. This means someone can no longer be prosecuted for certain crimes after a certain period of time. This is not true of treason. A person can be charged with treason at any point in time.”

    https://www.criminallawyernyc.com/treason-laws-charges-punishment-statute-of-limitations/

    That’s something I have been wondering about.

    • Rowdypiglet May 22, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

      “Russia is a nation of people who regard themselves as men and women, the toils of gender confusion happily absent. Ditto race hustles. Ditto banking Ponzis.”

      These things alone are more than sufficient to ensure that Russia will triumph no matter how much fake money or outdated implements of war we pour into Ukraine.

      We seem to be determined to turn this proxy war into a direct conflict, in which case the above is doubly true. We will be defeated before our military even has the chance to finish painting their nails and marching in their pride parade.

      • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

        Yup, just like 1950’s America. Just ignore the dark restless masses of Muslims, Central Asians, and Siberians.

        White Russian troops are often harassed by these in the military. That happened back in the old America too – and it was studiously ignored. Signs of worse to come.

        There are millions of Muslims in the Moscow area alone. Dugin’s pan-Asianism is the same kind of diversity hubris that destroyed the United States. And those that speak against it are hated with a passion just as happened here.

    • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

      statue of limitations.

      =========

      Carved in granite, marble, or ice?

      No problem Beryl, we knew what you meant.

      • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

        That was a cut and paste.

      • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 10:29 am #

        “Statue of limitations”

        Another old Seinfeld bit.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrKb2TTy2ik

        Intentional malaprops are a fun way to fuck with people. All too often they don’t get it, even after you poke them with it.

        • Q. Shtik May 23, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

          That’s very funny. Cramer does not give up easily.

    • badberries May 22, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

      Beryl, There three crimes (that I know of) for which there is no Statute of Limitations.

      Murder,

      Bank Robbery,

      Tax Evasion.

      • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

        They keep telling us that Durham ran out the clock on the conspirators against Trump.

        We are supposed to just forget about a coup?

  33. Roundball Shaman May 22, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

    “Have you noticed that the president of Ukraine (or, governor of America’s fifty-first state), Mr. Zelensky, has been globe-trotting for weeks…”

    It is a long standing tradition for elected officials of various United States Incorporated high positions for those grifters to do just about anything but stay in their districts and tend to The People’s business. The elective office becomes nothing but a vehicle for personal promotion and enrichment and little else. So naturally these quasi-American rulers from around the Globe are going to do the same thing. As the song goes… Money for (Doing) Nothin’.

    Might as well get the rest of the World used to the pathetic kind of ‘representative’ government that We the People have long become accustomed to in the Land of the Fee. Exporting self-serving, non-representative Government around the World! Wwweeee!

    “His country received billions of US dollars without audit oversight, just screaming to be creamed off by Ukraine’s leadership…”

    Another key feature of good ‘ole United States Incorporated Representative Government. Money, money, everywhere… except here at home at the good ‘ole US Inc. where we as a people and Nation have gone bankrupt with little improvements to show for it. Like maxing out credit cards and not buying one damn useful thing with any of them.

    “This internal political conflict in the USA has driven the populace plumb insane, while it has rendered our institutions rancid and left us subject to a pathocracy…”

    Politics is about the most useless waste of time that anyone can spend. All that anger and conflict goes on endlessly with nothing useful to show for that, either. You could accomplish a lot more by spending five minutes sweeping the sidewalk in front of your house than wasting fifty years of following politics and being concerned about that. Politics is a black hole that sucks up useful energy and returns nothing.

    In fact, that just about describes most of our social institutions today. They take… take… and take some more. And We the People just get… taken.

    • Jimpa May 22, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

      All I can say is things were better when the Golden Golem of Greatness was at the top. If there is a next time, maybe Trump will just pick names out of a phone book to be members of his administration. That would have worked better than those he picked last time. Even he must realize that many of those picks stabbed him in the back.
      One thing I would like to know is what happened to Bannon during the Trump administration? What was he doing with that book writer anyway? A power play against Kushner that he lost? Just asking cause I mostly like Bannon, although his war mongering against China is not good.

      • Roundball Shaman May 22, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

        Jimpa: “All I can say is things were better when the Golden Golem of Greatness was at the top. If there is a next time, maybe Trump will just pick names out of a phone book to be members of his administration.”

        The entire Trump soap opera has made it clear as day that We the People never (and WILL never) see the hands of those who really run things here in The Indispensable Nation (and the World). ‘Trump… or No-Trump’ is just political theater over the color of the Suit of Clothes that the real powers let in stand in front of us while They hide in the back and pull the levers.

        There is a different between the Colors of the Suit but the main point is that The Hidden Hand Train always rolls on at full speed. We argue about the Conductor we see while the Hidden Engineer always takes us where we don’t want to go.

  34. Paula D May 22, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

    To be fair to Zelensky, NATO stared arming and training the Ukrainian military long before he was elected.

    I saw a meme yesterday that pointed out that he was inaugurated on May 20, 2019.
    Mariupol was liberated on May 20, 2022
    Bakhmut was liberated on May 20, 2023.

    But yeah, the arming of the Ukies started under Poroshenko and Obama.
    The story now is that Obama refused to give weapons to Ukraine, but Trump did.
    That story is total bullshit, just like the story that the US backed Zelensky (they didn’t, they backed Poroshenko, but Ukrainians went for the peace candidate).

    Zelensky wasn’t bribed, he was threatened. And kept in cocaine.

    “In 2014, I am at NATO, responsible for the fight against the proliferation of small arms, and we are trying to detect Russian arms deliveries to the rebels in order to see if Moscow is involved. The information that we receive then comes practically all from the Polish intelligence services and does not “match” with the information from the OSCE: in spite of rather crude allegations, we do not observe any delivery of arms and materials Russian military.

    The rebels are armed thanks to the defections of Russian-speaking Ukrainian units which cross over to the rebel side. As the Ukrainian failures progressed, the entire tank, artillery or anti-aircraft battalions swelled the ranks of the autonomists. This is what drives the Ukrainians to commit to the Minsk Accords.

    But, just after signing the Minsk 1 Accords, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko launched a vast anti-terrorist operation (ATO/???????????????? ????????) against Donbass. Bis repetita placent : poorly advised by NATO officers, the Ukrainians suffered a crushing defeat at Debaltsevo which forced them to commit to the Minsk 2 Agreements…”

    ”Thus, to compensate for the lack of soldiers, the Ukrainian government resorted to paramilitary militias. They are essentially made up of foreign mercenaries, often far-right activists. As of 2020, they constitute around 40% of Ukraine’s forces and number around 102,000 men according to Reuters . They are armed, financed and trained by the United States, Great Britain, Canada and France. There are more than 19 nationalities – including Swiss.

    Western countries have therefore clearly created and supported Ukrainian far-right militias .”

    //scheerpost.com/2022/04/09/former-nato-military-analyst-blows-the-whistle-on-wests-ukraine-invasion-narrative/

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

      Exactly. He is a piece on the board. If not a pawn, not a king either. Actually in another way, more like a queen.

      The Ukrainian Mob, backed by the same Global Mob who control our State Department, are the ones behind it.

      The same heroes who were behind your Communism.

      • SteveK9 May 25, 2023 at 10:47 am #

        Always has to be said in an indirect manner. Tells you something.

    • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

      There was a certain previous Ukrainian leader who received an interest-free loan from Russia.

      He was replaced.

      By a leader who received a 17 billion IMF loan from IMF’s Staruss-Kahn.

      Strauss-Kahn suffered from some scandals.

      But he landed on his feet.

      As head of a Ukrainian bank.

      It’s always about the money. Wake up schleppers.

    • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 3:44 pm #

      the Ukrainian government resorted to paramilitary militias. They are essentially made up of foreign mercenaries, – Paula D quoting somebody or other

      ==========

      Machiavelli warned against the yoose of mercenaries in The Prince.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

        I was quoting Jacques Baud, the NATO expert who wrote the article I linked to.

        The quotes came from that article. It is worth reading, because there is much more history, that clearly Americans have not ever heard.

  35. TheCentralScrutinizer May 22, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

    I came here just to say something kind of nice.

    Jim Kunstler is an American treasure. He is clearly a good man who expends his energies trying to gently shine light on things that might make others lives a little bit easier.

    I remember being exposed to him years ago when our perspectives were much more divergent, and over the years I think my own outlook has been modified by the expression of his, and we’ve come to share very common perspectives, something I never anticipated would happen.

    I encourage anyone who has an extra $10 a month to bolster this incredible cultural resource.

    As of late I’m on fairly precarious financial footing, so I have not been able to do so, but I have in the past. I even very selfishly purchased autographed copies of all those books from Battenkill Books not that long ago.

    The day will come that he no longer has the capacity to share what he does with us, and that will be a very sad day, indeed.

    I encourage all to support this man with whatever extra pocket change we can, as I think it is a very worthwhile investment in the enrichment of all of us who regularly partake in his expressions.

    Peace to all, and good lucknwith what’s coming (and already here).

    ??

  36. Amman May 22, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

    Planet wide nausea and revolt at the west and Ukrainian leadership.

    Maybe someone deliberately planned this outcome. Maybe no one did.

    What’s the name of that movie? THERE WILL BE BLOOD.
    But wait…there’s already been a lotta (Ukrainian/Russian) blood spilt.

    And The Long Emergency – Does it mean a crack-up of W. CIV too?

    Questions. Questions. Questions. What are or is the answer?

    “I should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of silent seas”

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  37. Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

    Zelensky was backed by an oligarch named Kolominsky. The US backed Poroshenko.

    Here’s the Daily Beast to show you is really in charge of Ukraine.

    .thedailybeast.com/billionaire-ukrainian-oligarch-ihor-kolomoisky-under-investigation-by-fbi

    So Zelensky thought he would be protected by Kolominsky, but instead Kolominsky is now a “fugitive from justice” and has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship.

    Who is in charge?

    • Q. Shtik May 22, 2023 at 4:06 pm #

      an oligarch named Kolominsky

      would be protected by Kolominsky

      but instead Kolominsky – Paula D

      ===========

      The link and Google both say Kolomoisky but there is an Alex Kolominsky who’s big in real estate in California, I think.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

        My bad. I spelled it wrong. The link is right.

    • Islander May 22, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

      Zelensky was backed—pushed to political prominence—by a fellow name Igor Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky owned the TV show that featured Ze as a teacher who becomes the president of the Ukraine. Ha ha.

      You can read about this fellow’s very impressive business and grifting career here (of course in his youth he profited from all of the educational infrastructure the Soviets had created in Ukraine):

      httpX://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ihor_Kolomoyskyi

      A snippet regarding his relationship to Zelensky:
      “Relationship with Volodymyr Zelenskyy

      As of 2019, Kolomoyskyi owned 70% of the 1+1 Media Group whose TV channel 1+1 aired Servant of the People, a comedy series in which Volodymyr Zelenskyy plays a school teacher who, defying all expectations (including his own), becomes president of Ukraine on an anti-corruption platform. In March 2018, members of Zelenskyy’s production company Kvartal 95 registered a new political party called “Servant of the People.”[122][123] Twelve months later, they succeeded in getting their candidate past Yulia Tymoshenko in the first round of the presidential election,[124] and on 21 April 2019 to defeat President Poroshenko in the second round with 73 per cent of the vote.[125][126]

      Zelenskyy was viewed by opponents, and not least by the incumbent Poroshenko, as Kolomoyskyi’s candidate.[127] Zelenskyy appointed Kolomoyskyi’s personal lawyer as a key campaign advisor; travelled to Geneva and Tel Aviv to confer with the then-exiled Kolomoyskyi on multiple occasions; and benefited from the endorsement of Kolomoyskyi’s media empire. Once in office, Zelenskyy appeared to remove officials deemed a threat to Kolomoyskyi’s interests, among them the Prosecutor General, Ruslan Ryaboshapka and the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Yakiv Smolii, and Zelenskyy’s first prime minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk, who tried to loosen Kolomoyskyi’s control of a state-owned electricity company.[128][129]

      Following the opening of U.S. criminal investigations of Kolomoyskyi and his associates, the oligarch appeared to lose influence with Zelenskyy.[130][131 . . . “

      • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

        He took refuge in Israel? You mean Israel gives sanctuary to mobsters if they are Jewish?

        Do they extradite? No. The kid who faked dozens of fake bomb scares to synagogues just took a flight to Israel. He’ll never pay for his crimes.

        The Poles wanted a word with a war criminal named Solomon Morrell. No dice. Jewish. In Israel.

  38. Paula D May 22, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

    The US backed Poroshenko, but Zelensky ran on a peace platform and the Ukrainians backed him overwhelmingly, even though citizens of eastern Ukraine were not allowed to vote. And they also voted for a bunch of other peaceniks in his party to join the Rada.

    And then this happened:

    “There was a breaking point early into Zelensky’s presidency where he and his team was made aware of the position of both president and parliament in Ukraine in the overall pecking order. The chiefly ceremonial transition of power was still in progress, coupled with nearly a month of relative calm devoid of street action by right-wing radical organizations, as they too reassessed whether they still had state backing or would be held accountable for past misdeeds.
    Suddenly, hostilities on the front-line with Donbas resumed, and with such ferocity that it spilled over onto the UN platform and threatened to bury the Minsk agreement there and then. Zelensky was basically called to the front with this provocation, which gave us the notorious exchange of him trying to dress down the military: “I’m 40-something years old and I’m the president — I’m not some shmuck.” The military told him to go fuck himself and that they would do what they want, that they do not answer to him. That much was obvious by infuriated statements made by his cadre on return to Kiev.
    Back in Kiev, Zelensky and his party of clowns attempted to push back by quickly formulating a law proposal, restricting the use of weapons on the front-lines to only be used in response. Needless to say, this stirred such a hornet’s nest that the proposal was scuttled before the ink had time to dry; perhaps someone was even made to eat the paper.
    That week it was made apparent to everyone that neither the president nor a parliamentary majority had any control over the military or security services. Protests by right-wing radicals erupted all over, with police supervision. Court-houses and government buildings were stormed, the president’s office was vandalized and the state appointed security detail responsible for “protecting” Zelensky abandoned their positions for the duration. The message was unequivocal — the nationalists are in control of all state organizations capable of projecting force and the political establishment is merely a figleaf on a military junta.
    Following this cold shower, team Zelensky reorganized the party apparatus who hadn’t even had time to warm up their seats, they rubber-stamped the advisory positions of prominent neo-Nazi figureheads to positions within both political and security organizations — presumably, for the people actually in charge to have more immediate access to their respective areas of responsibility. The only aspect that wasn’t flipped like a pancake was the conciliatory rhetoric coming out of Zelensky — in this, he was braver than his spokespeople who put on their brown shirts almost immediately.
    That is not to say that there weren’t nationalist tendencies within Zelensky’s party even on the campaign trail — it is my impression that Ukrainians in general, even when neither particularly radical or militaristic, are generally comfortable with ethno-nationalist ideology or, at best, downplay the significance of discriminatory or hostile ideas, symbols and statements to themselves.
    For eight years, the Russian information sphere was saturated with coverage of manifestations of Ukrainian neo-nazi ideology and always tried to bring in Ukrainian political analysts to explain their position. That position, without fail, almost always amounted to marginalization — deeds, images and statements were made by or depicted nobodies who held no power and did not represent official Ukraine, even when these nobodies were official representatives of Ukraine, advisors to the same or acting with the approval of Ukrainian officials. At most, manifestations of government approved neo-nazi ideology was labelled as “excessive” by Ukrainian political analysts, embarrassing not for the evil that it represented but for the negative impact it might have on PR.”

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

      I happen to believe the reports, although some have been “walked back”, that Zelensky and Putin were ready to negotiate a peace deal almost right away, but the United States wasn’t having it.

      BTW, the business about loans needing to be paid back, and thus being controlled by outside interests, prejudice against ethnic Russians, grift by the oligarchs, “leaders” being defied by those supposedly under them, the “Slav mentality”, all of the problems they have with corruption, the fears about Putin and Russia, all of that is touched on in that TV show.

      Somehow the MSM keeps getting away with acting as if it’s a puzzle, that Ukraine, when so much is out in the open, and has been for quite some time.

      You don’t even have to read a book to understand it.

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

      Well the propaganda obviously worked since you think “Nazis” are in control of Ukraine. Amazing to know so much and still get it all wrong.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 7:02 pm #

        I don’t think the nazis are in charge of Ukraine.

        I think the US/NATO is in charge of Ukraine and they use their Right Sector thugs to enforce their decrees.

        The thugs assault, kidnap, rape, torture and murder opponents or dissidents, and have for 9 years, since the 2014 coup.

        Ordinary Ukrainians are too afraid at this point to say anything and Zelensky is a prisoner, albeit one well supplied with cocaine and fame.

        But he knows that at any point he can be offed and the agenda will continue under a new face.

        It’s like- does anyone actually think Biden is in charge of the US?

        • Islander May 22, 2023 at 9:41 pm #

          In the Ukraine context, USA-NATO = Neocons in DC.

          Why Europe goes along with them is a mystery to me.

          • Paula D May 23, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

            Agree. They are sabotaging their own countries and their own people, on command.

      • Paula D May 22, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

        My question “Who is really in charge?” referenced the Daily Beast article that reported that the FBI opened an investigation into Kolomoyskyi even before the runoff, and afterwards put sanctions on him, filed charges on him, and had Ukraine strip his citizenship. He is now a hunted man.

        So the answer to my question was obvious. At least I thought so.

        The USA, Jarek, the USA. That is who is in charge.

      • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

        I think “nazi”, like “fascist”, is beginning to mean absolutely nothing.

        In fact, if Jarek and Malthuss had a little repartee about, I dunno, how brown people are ruining their world, they should refer to each other as “my nazi” and “yo nazi” and as their patois thickens, they can extend it out and have exchanges like “what is up my nazuhhh?”

        They need to take back their word. Make it theirs. But only theirs.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

          Make nazi into nigga? Kind of humorous at this point I admit. Your dull blade draws blood, but mostly your own.

        • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 10:56 pm #

          brown people are ruining their world,
          i dont know about ‘the world’ but here in Cali we are now Mexifornia.

          capisce?

      • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 7:55 pm #

        Thank you for answering, Paula. And are we “nazis”?

        Or is it not a fact that the Tribe controls our State Department?

        • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

          The Tribe? Yeah, most of us Jews are power-driven maniacs who hate everyone else. Really, according to you, most people are in some sort of tribe. By capitalizing the word “Tribe” you are giving us kudos. And I thought you you want to destroy us. Silly me.

          • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 10:58 pm #

            USA Jews who vote vote democrat, usually.
            There is a book, ‘Why Jews are Libs’ or some title like that.

            Dems and Jews are a kind hearted, loving peoples.

          • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:35 pm #

            That’s what Bobby Fischer said, Bill. I don’t go that far.

            It must be an incredible thing to be part of such a living Tribe. We want the same thing. Whites used to have it, at least to some degree via their respective nations. But all Western nations are against their own people at this point. Hungary is an exception. Poland too, but it’s now falling.

            But the nations were always squabbling and could easily be played against each other. We need a greater sense of unity that our common race and heritage can help supply.

            To be a good European or American should mean to be a White Nationalist.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:48 am #

            Lots of Jewish, Japanese and Chinese people for examples are quite white-coloured.

            But once you get your ‘mirrored room’ (reference to Leonard Cohen’s tune, ‘The Future’) going, maybe you can then concern yourself about whether your mirror will include green, blue or brown eye-colours…
            Until of course you have no one left, except maybe yourself. But even then, there might be a small matter of self-hate and/or its projection, such as onto others.

          • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

            Yeah Za, you never talk about the poor Palestinians being savaged by these people.

            Are you a lighter shade of pale yourself?

  39. BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

    And how Big Media in the USA, Canada & Western Europe shilled for the Ukraine Project, reporting press releases and propaganda narratives emanating from Kiev & the intel community as factual news, and clamoring for ” More aid for Zelensky”, (anything Ukraine asks for give it to them) combined with the constant drumbeat of “Russia is hopeless, Ukraine is winning.” Ukraine was never “Winning”, and had no chance of (winning.)

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

      Especially when in a place like Ukraine, the people have different ideas about what winning would look like.

      In this country, right now there are forces hard at work trying to make us more like Ukraine, so when and if patriots do try to rise up and put things right, a majority of people living here will not see them as patriots.

      Look what happened on January 6.

      • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

        And how Big Media in the USA, Canada & Western Europe shilled for the Ukraine Project, reporting press releases and propaganda narratives emanating from Kiev & Big Intel as factual news, and clamoring for ” More aid for Zelensky”, (anything Ukraine asks for give it to them) combined with the constant drumbeat of “Russia is hopeless, Ukraine is winning.” Ukraine was never “Winning”, and had no chance of (winning.)

        • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

          Another double post. My mistake sorry.

  40. Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

    Ricky Schroder (of 80s TV show Silver Spoons fame) talks about getting a video cassette depicting a blood ritual when he was a younger actor.

    https://twitter.com/ISPInc2/status/1660258173809225728?cxt=HHwWgMCz1eeAtoouAAAA

    • cowbell81 May 22, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

      OMG, he is right. Google “itanimulli” (illuminati spelled backwards), and it takes you to the NSA website!

  41. Night Owl May 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

    J6–

    Video surfaces of weapons being handed out to Antifa folk and other cosplayers from inside the Capitol building.

    Remember also that it is now a publicly known fact that hundreds of FBI and federal agents were active in the area, and several groups were caught posing as Trump supporters.

    https://twitter.com/realstewpeters/status/1660654843365666818?cxt=HHwWhMC9lYKy6osuAAAA

    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

      RFK Jr. took on the Durham Report, now I would like to see him take on January 6.

      If Nancy Pelosi’s name does not come up in an unflattering way, I will know that he is not serious.

      The Russians know that we have political prisoners held in DC; I don’t see how anyone running for president can ignore it.

      Related to the RFK campaign, I see he has taken on Dennis Kucinich
      as his campaign manager.

      I was recently reminded of how Barack Obama illegally spied on Mr. Kucinich.

      This could get interesting.

      • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

        He might. He has been quite impressive lately.

  42. CrusherMuldoon May 22, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

    Crusher returns after the death of his wife in February due to AML leukemia. Crusher himself went though a recurring episode of bladder cancer two weeks later and is no clear of that. My prediction: The U.S. WILL default to usher in the digital money era. The next step down the road: “Since too many Americans are losing their “U.S. Debit card ( which mine has mysteriously appearing as on computer screens) you will all be required to either have a chip in your right hand or in your forehead before you can buy and sell. Don’t think so? Seems like a natural extention to a digital money system.

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    • Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 3:57 pm #

      Condolences and get well soon.

      RFK Jr. was talking about bitcoin. I do not understand that stuff, but I heard it went over big with the people who do.

      • elysianfield May 22, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

        Beryl,
        RFK is becoming a shameless tout. Says Bitcoin a bulwark against US government fiscal policy.

        He said Bitcoin won him over when he witnessed the Canadian administration using surveillance and data tracking systems to block truckers who were protesting COVID mandates from accessing their bank accounts in a bid to end the demonstration.

        Apparently he does not have a problem with rolling blackouts on our Grid which blocks every goddamn user of bitcoin from their accounts, and without notice nor recourse.

        Or the fact that the NSA knows all, and has friends in the IRS.

        Sweet Jesus…make it stop….

    • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

      Crusher,

      My sister and only sibling died of AML (acute amyloid leukemia) 3 years ago, so I have an idea of what you went through. It’s not easy to lose a loved one, especially when it’s from a disease which is curable in other, less virulent forms. I’m hopeful you can overcome this tragedy. I also hope you can beat the bladder cancer.

      Good luck.

    • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

      Sorry to hear that news, Crusher. My condolences. I was wondering why you disappeared.

  43. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

    I don’t remember if I posted anything about this on Friday.

    Justice Gorsuch’s stunning statement in the Arizona v. Mayorcas case ties into the “unelected bureaucrats” and the “rancid institutions” as well as being subject to a “pathocracy hiding behind a laughably fake chief executive”-

    “Federal executive officials entered the act too. Not just with emergency immigration decrees. They deployed a public-health agency to regulate landlord-tenant relations nationwide. They used a workplace-safety agency to issue a vaccination mandate for most working Americans. They threatened to fire noncompliant employees, and warned that service members who refused to vaccinate might face dishonorable discharge and confinement. Along the way, it seems federal officials may have pressured social-media companies to suppress information about pandemic policies with which they disagreed. While executive officials issued new emergency decrees at a furious pace, state legislatures and Congress—the bodies normally responsible for adopting our laws—too often fell silent. Courts bound to protect our liberties addressed a few—but hardly all—of the intrusions upon them. In some cases, like this one, courts even allowed themselves to be used to perpetuate emergency public-health decrees for collateral purposes, itself a form of emergency-lawmaking by-litigation.

    Doubtless, many lessons can be learned from this chapter in our history, and hopefully serious efforts will be made to study it. One lesson might be this: Fear and the desire for safety are powerful forces. They can lead to a clamor for action—almost any action—as long as someone does something to address a perceived threat. A leader or an expert who claims he can fix everything, if only we do exactly as he says, can prove an irresistible force. We do not need to confront a bayonet, we need only a nudge, before we willingly abandon the nicety of requiring laws to be adopted by our legislative representatives and accept rule by decree.

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/22pdf/22-592_5hd5.pdf

    • WilliamShatnersPants May 22, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

      “A leader or an expert who claims he can fix everything, if only we do exactly as he says, can prove an irresistible force.”

      Yes. Sounds familiar…

      youtu.be/_2KdAPuBDO8

    • mrs_saj May 24, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      Beryl,

      Fear and the desire for safety are powerful forces.

      This is so true. And I think the idea of guarantees to the public’s safety should be explored more fully. In fact the concept of risk should be explored more fully. Humans don’t seem to be naturally adept at assessing risk anymore. I think there was a time, long past, when humanoids did assess risk well because their lives depended on it. If they screwed up and died prematurely, they didn’t taint the gene pool with their progeny or at least they had fewer progeny. This eliminated some of the dumber portions of the population. Today that is not the case as seen in the movie Idiocracy.

      A virus that is 99.4% survivable has become so scary due to propaganda that huge swaths of the population are taking experimental shots that not only have unknown long term side effects, but have been proven to not prevent the virus or the transmission of the virus. Yet folks line up! I talked to a friend last week who admitted having signed up for five shots. I about fell over. He is president of his company. I told him he trusts his government more than I do. His answer? “I trust Pfizer”. He feels safer having had the shots. I now think of him as a dead man walking. We have different risk assessment models.

      People have become reliant on wearing a paper object over their faces thinking it protects them. If they would read the box that the paper object comes out of they would see that the manufacturer displays in plain language on the box that their masks offer “no protection against viruses”. Yet people continue to not only wear them, but they wear them while they are ALONE. And they feel safer when they wear them.

      People who are virulently anti-gun (my mom comes to mind) think the police will protect them in their homes. There’s no way the police will arrive in time to save a person fighting off an intruder in their home. And because the intruder is a law breaker, he is probably armed or more than willing to harm the homeowner with his hands. Yet these gun haters want to take away guns from other law abiding citizens and assume that law breakers will follow the no-gun rules.

      Being out after midnight is a risk enhancing activity, yet people do it all the time without any thought. Carrying around forty excess pounds of weight which is already bad for a young person and will eventually steal the mobility of an old person is common place. No risk here!

      A student signing a loan document that they don’t have the first clue about deciphering what it means is another great example. Years later when they are whining to Yahoo about it and explaining that the balance just keeps going up month after month, year after year; I just want to yell at them, “you still don’t understand the terms of your loan!” But yeah, let’s sign a loan document you don’t understand for something you can’t afford, when you’re not even sure about your major, and it’s a debt that is non-bankruptible. Brilliant plan. No risk as it will increase your earnings, even though you’ve demonstrated you have no concept of financial management.

      Drivers who are texting while driving in their cars while wearing a mask is a particularly amusing sight for me. One of these behaviors will get you killed. One of these behaviors is of no particular advantage, but may also cause you health problems. It displays a breathtaking (no pun intended) gap in the person’s risk assessment skills.

      I’ve ranted long enough. Time to go watch some reruns of Jackass or World’s Dumbest episodes. I’ll wait to see if the vaxxines clean up our gene pool.

  44. Yirgach May 22, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

    Ahh “pathocracy”, kinda like the way that rolls off the tongue.

    Here’s a 2016 article entitled:
    From Democracy to Pathocracy: The Rise of the Political Psychopath

    “Twenty years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question: “What’s the difference between a politician and a psychopath?” The answer, then and now, remains the same: None. There are surprisingly few differences between psychopaths and some politicians.”

    httXX://www.huffpost.com/entry/from-democracy-to-pathocr_b_9566896

  45. badberries May 22, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

    The Ukraine is not the fifty first state.

    Germany is the fifty first state,
    Japan is fifty second,
    Canada is fifty third,
    South Korea is fifty fourth,
    Britain (once known as “Great”) is fifty fifth.

    just sayin’.

    • cowbell81 May 22, 2023 at 4:19 pm #

      Did Afghanistan give up their statehood when we abandoned them under cover of night and left behind piles of cash and loads of first-class weaponry?

      • JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 8:32 pm #

        Hmmm. Could it be? Could it be that it is intentional by the MIC sowing the seeds for the next “war”?

      • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:24 am #

        Who’s ‘we’?

        I didn’t abandon any Afghanis or leave any piles of cash or loads of weaponry.

        Did you?

        If so, well, get over there and claim it for God’s sake.

    • elysianfield May 22, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

      …And what is Israel? A territory?

      Just askin’

      • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

        Seriously Field?

        They are the district

        • beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 9:23 pm #

          Seriously, EL, the Jews run the world? Ahahahaha. If so, where the fuck is my money and power?

          • malthuss May 22, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

            If Jews are 30 million, what is that over 8 billion?
            1/30th of 8b? 1 in 240 people are jews?

            They sure are in the news for being so few.
            and so over represented in some areas.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 11:58 pm #

            Maybe you can convert. Join the team.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:15 am #

            “As of 2023, the world’s ‘core’ Jewish population (those identifying as Jews above all else) was estimated at nearly 16 million, 0.2% of the 8 billion worldwide population. This number rises to 18 million with the addition of the ‘connected’ Jewish population, including those who say they are partly Jewish or that have Jewish backgrounds from at least one Jewish parent, and rises again to 21 million with the addition of the ‘enlarged’ Jewish population, including those who say they have Jewish backgrounds but no Jewish parents and all non-Jewish household members who live with Jews. Counting all those who are eligible for Israeli citizenship under Israel’s Law of Return, in addition to Israeli Jews, raised the total to 23.8 million.” ~ Various sources, via Wikipedia

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:19 am #

            If you lived in China, maybe you’d think the Chinese were ‘over-represented’.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:21 am #

            …Or maybe you could push for more ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’. More ‘communism’. ‘Authortize’ it.

          • Edge Lord May 23, 2023 at 6:43 am #

            You are getting old Bill, and you need a new playbook. Your accusation is absurd, but is is an old one that may have served you well in the past.

            We live in an era where people prefer to maintain a grip on other’s perception of reality. A clear example is the trans movement. I wish no ill will on those who pursue this lifestyle, who prefer a new gender identity, and wish to live their lives in peace.
            However, I do draw the line on changing my perception of reality. He will never be a she, and she will never be a he.

            Now, in your fantasy world, you can pretend that Israel does not exert undue influence on U.S. foreign policy, you can pretend that it does not project undue influence in U.S. elections, you can even pretend that it is no longer content on that and is also influencing U.S. domestic law (please see Desantis’ recent trip to Israel and the aforementioned bill of Thune), but that is the imaginary world that you prefer. You can ignore Epstein, Maxwells, Mossad and their policy by blackmail operations.

            You can pretend that U.S politicians are not coerced to say that Israel is our greatest ally, and that their first visit to, or from, Israel is a must. Not the traditional ally and great ancestral progenitor of the UK, or France, who helped insure the U.S. revolution, but Israel. Because Israel provides the $$$$$$$$ for elections.

            Please do not expect others to conform to your imagination. To your preferred perception of truth.
            It is patently ridiculous

          • elysianfield May 23, 2023 at 11:28 am #

            Bean,
            Same place as mine…being held lovingly in an account that we can claim with our Right of Return.

        • elysianfield May 23, 2023 at 11:16 am #

          M’Lord,
          Yes! The District of Penumbra….

    • GreenAlba May 22, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

      “Britain (once known as “Great”) is fifty fifth.”

      The Great in Great Britain merely refers to the main island, the one containing England, Scotland and Wales, because it is the biggest of the British Isles, a geographical and not political entity which includes the island of Ireland. I think the Romans called Ireland ‘Little Britain’. So, nothing to do with ‘greatness’.

      • WilliamShatnersPants May 22, 2023 at 8:57 pm #

        Didn’t the Romans call Ireland Hibernia, which relates to Winter?

        • GreenAlba May 23, 2023 at 10:58 am #

          Yes, they called it Hibernia. It appears to be Ptolemy (Roman geographer) who called it little Britain (Micra Bretannia, as opposed to Megale Bretannia, the main island).

          Brittany was also once called Little Britain, confusingly.

          • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 8:03 pm #

            Because so many Britons fled the Saxon invasion to live there.

            Some came back with William the Conqueror for some revenge.

      • badberries May 23, 2023 at 10:25 am #

        Semantics. Ask any Brit what they think it means.

        • GreenAlba May 23, 2023 at 10:51 am #

          Not semantics, just geography. What anyone thinks it means is neither here nor there.

  46. beantownbill. May 22, 2023 at 3:58 pm #

    I suppose most everything is a scam. This is not a new thing. We’ve been scammed for most of forever. Hell, even some scientists say the universe as we know it is a simulation created by very advanced beings – the ultimate scam.

    My point is to not be surprised upon realizing we’ve been lied to, mistreated, and robbed.

    The first step in a recovery program is to accept the facts, then act to correct the situation to our advantage.

    Seemingly, we as a society are in the middle of this first phase. Many people know what’s going on (like CFNers), but the vast majority don’t, or are afraid to confront this reality.

    Of these latter 2, the fearful ones will never come around. The ones who are just ignorant of the facts will ultimately react accordingly. Us knowledgable folks are going to have to drag along the fearful ones kicking and screaming, as we build new arrangements.

    The old Chinese curse of “may you live in interesting times” looks like a truism. Maybe all the survivors will in fact be sitting around the fire pit cooking roach souffles while munching insect du jour appetizers.

    But it’s (to my mind) also likely we’ll be eating supper in the orbital hotel, feeling lucky we’ve snagged a window table to see the Earth spinning by “below”.

    It can go either way. I guess the likelihood depends on one’s inherent nature: optimism or pessimism.

    • cowbell81 May 22, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be great if once and for all CFN went totally mainstream and the scales fell from everyone’s eyes? Then again maybe not, since having this blog hit the mainstream airwaves could possibly result in its destruction.

      • JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 8:36 pm #

        Define mainstream?

        NYT and WP?

        Network news?

        MSNBC?

        CNN?

        Fox News?

        OAN?

        Facebook?

        You know in a way Trump unified the country.

        Everyone hated him.

    • Yirgach May 22, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

      Unfortunately the real problem is that most of the population aren’t even aware that they’ve been scammed and the “facts” are all complete BS.

      If you look at popular belief/sentiment it becomes clearer that the focus is so massively misguided and powered by the MSM and Financials that it will be extremely difficult if not impossible to reverse course without generational solutions.

      We are dealing with entities who need to destroy our beliefs and way of life in order to survive. Very similar to a cancer tumor which should be removed from the body of society.

  47. anmariwakaranai May 22, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

    Paint it black, Jim.
    The former Yugoslavia, … the Rwandan genocide, (a test), all the wars fomented by the demented ptb.

    Anecdotally, a friend is leaving for a holiday in France, hubby in tow. I sent her the government warning regarding the ongoing protests,… fake news! Hope they’re ok. The msm plus drug brainwashing is so strong in these folks, if the cbc/bbc/abc ain’t endorsing it, it does not exist.

    Sex n race n ideological hustles
    lies so thick on the ground you need muscles
    Honey trap, bear trap, pigs in truffles
    We set that trap
    But it caught our bustles

    looks like paradise here today
    Smell of blooms, cooled off a ways
    Garlic blooming lettuce is up
    Lupins n zuchs n squash n such
    Seed garden too with radishes done
    Purple cabbage, the yellow flowered one
    Sweet peas slowly comin around,
    Winding up the sunflowers
    A foot off the ground
    I gotta clean, junk out, fore it heats up again
    Before them poppies bloom my friends


    The only sign this generation will see is the sign of Jonah, 3 days in the belly of a whale. It was true then and it is true now, 3 days, or years of rule by the Antichrist. The Church will die and be reborn.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 22, 2023 at 11:53 pm #

      Cute poem. Who wrote it?

      • anmariwakaranai May 23, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

        Me 😉

  48. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

    Off topic but I’ve been posting about this since there has been a concerted effort to cover up some of the covid crimes against humanity as merely an “oopsie”.

    BTW there was some kind of covid summit going on that the MSM is doing its darnedest to avoid noticing or having us notice.

    Here are some links to the ventilator crimes:

    Don’t let them rewrite history: Ventilators KILLED people…and it was no accident
    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2023/05/21/dont-let-them-rewrite-history-ventilators-killed-peopleand-it-was-no-accident/comment-page-1/

    My God, Its Full of Stars
    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=238556

    Guess who wrote this one:

    Our Government And Medical System, Murderous Pricks
    https://market-ticker.org/cgi-mt/akcs-www?post=241685

    Kevin Bass PhD MS

    @kevinnbass
    I said that early ventilation in NYC during the pandemic killed many people.
    https://twitter.com/kevinnbass/status/1659755684207140864

    Hey
    @Craig_A_Spencer
    , know why NY doctors intubated (some) people in March 2020? To “protect staff.” As one of your colleagues admitted.
    https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1659513628880453638?s=20

    This may have been posted before:

    Breathe deep
    A new paper offers fresh evidence ventilators killed Covid patients, suggesting ventilator-acquired pneumonia – not Covid itself – caused many deaths, while Sars-Cov-2 was relatively mild

    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/breathe-deep

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  49. JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

    Interesting, this morning Fox put up their map of the Ukraine and it looked different from the last time I saw it.

    The entire arc of Eastern Ukraine was Red. Before, it had big areas of contested areas interrupting its uniformity.

    Russia is not doing American style fighting, it has a plan, other than shock and awe, and has consolidated the area of East Ukraine where the ethnic Russians are a big majority. Is Putin doing what I think he is doing? Defending his gains, reinforcing the new border with Ukraine, remember, he annexed the land. To Russia, East Ukraine no longer exists.

    Could it be, the strength of the Russian buildup in East Ukraine is at the point that counteroffensives are no longer feasible.

    Why f16s? Are we sending obsolete craft to pretend that we care what happens to Zelensky and his Biden connection.

    Is Z Ukraine? Or is Russia? Does Joe Average Ukraine think that the domination of Ukraine by the Biden Mob is a good thing for himself? I wonder if another plebiscite would give the Biden Boys the support it purports to have? That is for the Joes that have survived and still give a damn.

    The whole damn thing is a propaganda mill. Remember the domino theory of the MIC during Viet Nam. Never happened! Same here, Ukraine is just another proxy for the MIC. Ask yourself, what does Russia want from the contest? Control of the Russia dominant areas, control of their access to the Black Sea, embarrassing the MIC of the USA. Number three is big time. What does NATO, USA, want? What they always want, a perpetual war machine to tie up Russia, Russia, Russia. The idiots in charge, as represented by Keene of Fox, really believe that Ukraine is going to throw out the Russians from East Ukraine, and the Crimea? They cannot even hold onto a single contested city.

    Watch China, mechanisms are in play to settle this fiasco.

    Watch Biden in Japan? What a sorry excuse for a “world leader”. BRICS++ is consolidating every time this idiot tries to represent US power. Global politics watchers should be watching Klaus Schwab. The new best friend of China. Think of what maybe happening, the WEF may think the USA is not even worth the effort.

    • JC Penny May 22, 2023 at 6:05 pm #

      “Why f16s” Static display in Ukraine is easier than the boneyard in Arizona.

      • JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 8:39 pm #

        Yeah, I wonder what a threat these are to their Uke pilots.

        It took pilots a year and a half of training in WW2 to learn to fly the P51 in combat. These Uke pilots are sacrificial lambs to the NATO cause. The Russ will make mincemeat out of them.

    • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

      Didn’t Faux put up a map of Arizona blue?

      What does it really take to ween boomers off their beloved boob-tube?

  50. JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

    Well, RFK Jr was discussed, glorified and roasted by this forum.

    How about Tim Scott? Can a black man express the ideals of the conservative side with credibility? The idiots on the View do not think so.

    • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

      Any candidate the establishment-right circles the wagons around is not an ideal candidate.

      John, you are still half-clueless.
      You still harbor your reflexive/trained responses.

      Of course they want a man they can control.
      Of course they want a man who will appeal to black voters on background alone.
      Of course they want anyone but Trump.
      Of course they want someone Trump will have a hard time attacking without a bad look.

      The last point is the key in his appeal.

      • JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

        Note, please, I said conservative.

        The establishment right is NOT conservative, they are Deep State.

        Trump still controls the conservatives because he is the only real conservative of any importance in the GOP.

        My question is aimed at the MAGA conservatives as an alternative to Trump.

        Wait, who is half clueless?

        • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 9:07 pm #

          You believe a sitting Senator backed by Thune, who suppoted endless Iraq war and sponsored the Anti-Israel Boycott Act is not “establishment right’ in the world you inhabit?

          And is backed, at least in Tweets if not currency, by Musk is some sort of alternative and is not “deep state”?

          Seriously man, quit nibbling on the red pill and just swallow it in one gulp.

        • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 9:31 pm #

          Wait John, there’s more!
          Just announced: Larry Ellison to donate $60M

          Per MSNBC

          “Ellison admires Scott a great deal for the senator’s strong support for Israel, according to a lobbyist who’s worked with Oracle and has known Ellison for years”

          Nothing to see here!

          • beantownbill. May 23, 2023 at 11:55 am #

            The other day I was walking down the street when a $100 bill was walking towards me in the opposite direction. The fucker pulled out a 9mm and stole everything I had on me. Bastard! Watch out for those damned bills, they force you to do things you don’t want to do.

            Get the point?

          • Edge Lord May 23, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

            So the $100 bill accosted a 3 dollar Bill?

            If you sincerely believe that accepting a “donation” in the amount of $60M does not come with the mutually understood assurance of quid pro quo, you are more delusional than I suspected.

            At least Ellison pointedly indicated what policy positions he wants his nominee to take. Although he probably wants to make sure he can continue to take more land from the native Hawaiians, but that will be a private discussion.

        • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:20 pm #

          What do you think of the legislation passed to save the Colorado river? Think it will work?

    • Edge Lord May 22, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

      BTW, RFK was interviewed by Dave Smith on his “Part of the Problem” podcast. He is definitely trolling in the independent and Libertarian waters now.

      Smith asked him about his extended family’s treatment of him. He gave a very measured and rational response about how all families, of course, have different opinions. RFK also delved into the deep-state and the war machine and had all his facts on the casualties of America’s(?) wars of empire abroad.

      This was coming off of his take-down of K(rystal)aren Bell, a woman so triggered by any hint of “mansplaining” that she would not even allow for a, “Please tell me what you believe I got wrong?”

  51. Beryl of Oyl May 22, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

    The Republicans don’t have ideals.

  52. Paula D May 22, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

    Wow! One week after the Durham report was released, the “Justice Department” has already put it in storage.

    If you go to the Justice Department and do a search for “Durham” you get a few pages of now irrelevant bullshit before the storage comes up.

    .justice.gov/storage/durhamreport.pdf

    • Jarek May 22, 2023 at 7:59 pm #

      Top men are looking into it.

      The new Indiana Jones movie is a feminist debacle. Absolutely ruined by a female idiot who thinks she’s the shit.

      • JohnAZ May 22, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

        Thanks for the input, struck off my bucket list.

  53. SpeedyBB May 22, 2023 at 9:42 pm #

    I have never regretted having coughed up to subscribe to the London Review of Books, a cornucopia of insights into some delightful (appalling too) history and contemporary commentary.

    Of course, excellent writing can impel you to read something that would be of no interest whatsoever otherwise. Ditto for Mr Kunstler in CFN: he manages to draw out curiosity with his whimsical (lethal) humor.

    Linky, Stinky: xxxhttps://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v16/n07/edward-luttwak/why-fascism-is-the-wave-of-the-future

    Excerpt: “The median earnings of all males in the 45-54 age bracket with four years of higher education – some two million Americans, all but 150,000 of them white – actually peaked in 1972 at some $55,000 in 1992 dollars; they stagnated through three downward economic cycles until 1989, before sharply declining to $41,898 by 1992. From other evidence we know that those numbers average out two phenomena that are equally unprecedented in the American experience: in that same population, the combined total income of the top 1 per cent of all earners increased sensationally, and the combined total of the bottom 80 per cent declined sharply. Again, that implies in one way or another a more-than-proportionate quantum of dislocation. Needless to say, individual working lives cannot be dislocated without damaging families, elective affiliations and communities – the entire moss of human relations which can only grow over the stones of economic stability. Finally, it is entirely certain that what has already happened in the United States is happening or will happen in every other advanced economy, because all of them are exposed to the same forces.

    In this situation, what does the moderate Right – mainstream US Republicans, British Tories and all their counterparts elsewhere – have to offer? Only more free trade and globalisation, more deregulation and structural change, thus more dislocation of lives and social relations. It is only mildly amusing that nowadays the standard Republican/Tory after-dinner speech is a two-part affair, in which part one celebrates the virtues of unimpeded competition and dynamic structural change, while part two mourns the decline of the family and community ‘values’ that were eroded precisely by the forces commended in part one. Thus at the present time the core of Republican/Tory beliefs is a perfect non-sequitur. And what does the moderate Left have to offer? Only more redistribution, more public assistance, and particularist concern for particular groups that can claim victim status, from the sublime peak of elderly, handicapped, black lesbians down to the merely poor.”

    • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 10:13 am #

      Spot on. Both sides march in lockstep on “Only more free trade and globalisation, more deregulation and structural change, thus more dislocation of lives and social relations.”

      The only difference is in their election strategies to cope with this. The Right says “fuck the poor, it’s sink or swim you loser motherfuckers,” which at the present time at least, is a losing strategy; while the Left says “lets put them all on life support through public assistance programs for now and tell them it will get better if we just stay the course,” while still ignoring the core issue as well. Neither is a winning strategy long term, as the core federal state that allows all this is dying on the vine due to the same forces. Our future in the aftermath of the great sorting out is thus indeed guaranteed to be isolated, poor, short, and brutal.

    • Islander May 23, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

      I am a longtime LRB subscriber and generally would have agreed with your assessment of the worth of sub.

      Over the past few years, however, I have noticed a very distinct drift to Trumpaphobia and other types of ideological jabs at the expensive of intellectual softness.

      Have you noticed how often Trump is now mentioned as shorthand for any contemporary political developments the writer intends to deplore? Even in context that have zero zero zero to do with Trump, or even the USA.

      • SpeedyBB May 24, 2023 at 4:05 pm #

        Islander, your citing of “Trumpaphobia” may have to do with a blanket disapproval / disappointment by the “English intelligentsia” of anything American, by that sad, rundown, burnt-out hulk of a society. No matter which way they turn, there’s not much hope ahead for the U.K.

        I propose that this is not the same for us Yanks, for whom hope doth go sproing eternally. For some of us anyway. That tends to annoy the despairing Brits (not to mention the rest of the Euros, facing a “can’t-live-with-’em-can’t-live-without-’em” syndrome).

        Eternal buoyancy, however unrealistic [idiotic] it may look from afar, is still, I maintain, one of the more charming aspects of the gringo society.

        To echo Toktomi, “…though I may be wrong about this…”

  54. Jarek May 22, 2023 at 11:24 pm #

    Aristotle

    Heterogeneity of stocks may lead to faction – at any rate until they have had time to assimilate. A city cannot be constituted from any chance collection of people, or in any chance period of time. Most of the cities which have admitted settlers, either at the time of their foundation or later, have been troubled by faction. For example, the Achaeans joined with settlers from Troezen in founding Sybaris, but expelled them when their own numbers increased; and this involved their city in a curse. At Thurii the Sybarites quarreled with the other settlers who had joined them in its colonization; they demanded special privileges, on the ground that they were the owners of the territory, and were driven out of the colony. At Byzantium the later settlers were detected in a conspiracy against the original colonists, and were expelled by force; and a similar expulsion befell the exiles from Chios who were admitted to Antissa by the original colonists. At Zancle, on the other hand, the original colonists were themselves expelled by the Samians whom they admitted. At Apollonia, on the Black Sea, factional conflict was caused by the introduction of new settlers; at Syracuse the conferring of civic rights on aliens and mercenaries, at the end of the period of the tyrants, led to sedition and civil war; and at Amphipolis the original citizens, after admitting Chalcidian colonists, were nearly all expelled by the colonists they had admitted. (1303A13)

    Jarek: So much Za’s illusion that diversity never causes civic harm (Does this guy ever ride public transportation?) And Paula grotesque idea that a polity is just “a random assortment of people”. She can’t stand the idea of real nations with mystic chords of memory. What can the Marxists do with that except endeavor to snip them like so many moils?

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    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 3:26 am #

      May 23, 2023 at 3:25 am

      • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

        You said diversity never led to social breakup or “faction”. Aristotle disagrees with you and provides many examples to prove his thesis.

        Just admit you were stupidly and utterly wrong.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 3:44 am #

      Like the Woke apparently, Jarek doesn’t appear to understand the concept of tolerance nor the contexts/differences surrounding diversity and migration.
      He also appears to want to ride public transit alone or with all clones of himself.
      One wonders if he’s flexible enough to self-fellate.

      • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

        Thus it becomes more clear. Jews have the right to never to be over-represented but we do not.

        They always favor the cognitive attack. Why wouldn’t they? It works on us. Ties us into knots. They have our number. And the most terrible truth is that such cognitive viruses are self replicating. Look how hard people here are working to defend their programming.

    • Islander May 23, 2023 at 6:39 am #

      archaic•dialect
      verb
      verb: moil; 3rd person present: moils; past tense: moiled; past participle: moiled; gerund or present participle: moiling

      work hard.
      “men who moiled for gold”
      move around in confusion or agitation.
      “a crowd of men and women moiled in the smoky haze”

      noun
      noun: moil

      hard work; drudgery.
      ++++++++++++++++++++

      Hmm, perhaps “moles” meant?

      I, too, would never tolerate mole-snipping Marxists.

      • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

        You also hate the mystic chords of memory and real nations. The Marxist programming of your youth is so precious?

        It’s the same dung it always was.

        • Islander May 23, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

          [eye roll]

          • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

            In other words, you have no answer so you are reduced to adolescent chick tricks.

  55. KesaAnna May 23, 2023 at 1:43 am #

    ” the Jews run the world? Ahahahaha. If so, where the fuck is my money and power? ”

    Well , in my experience a great many Americans irrespective of race , irrespective of sex , irrespective of religious affiliation , etc ,

    will crow endlessly about what hot shit they are .

    But if you don’t join in the same chorus , or don’t fold in the face of their awesome majesty ,

    then in the blink of an eye they will tell you how poor they are , and why are you being so terribly unjust to their poor selves ?

    I bought it to a certain extent when I was 15.

    For a long time though I have subscribed to what a White Guy , who really was rich ( George Carlin ) said

    ( paraphrasing )

    The world is run by a club that none of you people are in.

    And it is as simple as that.

  56. KesaAnna May 23, 2023 at 1:51 am #

    ” (Does this guy ever ride public transportation?) ”

    Does anyone ever admit to doing so ???

    If one ever does admit to riding the bus one is promptly accused of being a whiner.

    Actually understandable , because seemingly whenever anyone does admit to being obliged to ride the bus that is immediately followed up by a claim of noble victimhood and a demand for some kind of hefty restitution.

    • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      Where I live, you’re not human if you don’t drive a car. It’s embarrassing, unspeakable. It’s fine to walk – as long as you dress so as to make it clear it’s for exercise or with the dog, etc.

      But to be actually going someplace? Oh no, no, no. People who walk also take busses. Horrible.

      In North Idaho, I once was called “a walker”. I didn’t get it at the time. I realized later it was a reference to the zombies in the hit show, The Walking Dead.

      Liberals are less stridently of the same opinion. They see the people they advocate for as livestock – and despise them. They make a living off such clients, much like shyster lawyers do with ambulance chasers.

      • WilliamShatnersPants May 23, 2023 at 7:49 pm #

        Hey, Jarek. I believe it is the shyster lawyers who are called ‘ambulance chasers’ and make their living off ‘victims’.

        • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 8:01 pm #

          Perhaps, Bill, perhaps.

  57. KesaAnna May 23, 2023 at 2:07 am #

    ” Religion barely makes sense. ”

    I suppose that to try and put it in the simplest possible terms , this is why , though I have lived in the United States since 1976 ,

    I have never once thought of myself as an American.

    Washington , Wall Street , Madison Avenue , Hollywood , is one big never – ending Holy Roller tent revival meeting.

    That’s all I see , and they never see it that way.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 3:01 am #

      “A delusion held by one person is a mental illness, held by a few is a cult, held by many is a religion.” ~ Robert Todd Carroll

      “Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.” ~ Butch Hancock

      • KesaAnna May 23, 2023 at 6:07 am #

        ” “Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.” ~ Butch Hancock ”

        The local newspaper is the only newspaper I will read anymore.

        Your front page story typically is about potholes on a particular county road , and how is the county going to fix the road when the county is broke and absolutely no one wants to raise taxes in one of the poorest counties in the state. I love it.

        Anyway , I open the paper the other day and there is a picture of the high school cheerleading squad , and their coach , a 35 ( ? ) year old man.

        I’ll make two guesses ;

        He’s gay.

        or He’s gay.

        I DO see the logic .

        Perhaps the best guardian of the candy store is a Diabetic.

        But then I don’t see the logic at all.

        Your best defense against deviancy is a deviant.

        wait a minute , gay isn’t deviant anymore . ???

        Nothing is deviant anymore.

        EXCEPT You pretty much have to surf internet porn now because there is pretty much ZERO sex on mainstream TV and movies now.

        They now go to extraordinary lengths to sanitize what is presumably normal and licit.

        Other people seem to think age is a terrible misfortune , but I feel extremely fortunate to have largely aged out of this subject where the narrative changes by the day and there is never the remotest consistency.

        • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 10:33 am #

          Life in and around Lubbock TX is indeed a bit strange, but still preferable to life in a typical big east coast city.

        • elysianfield May 23, 2023 at 11:25 am #

          “Anyway , I open the paper the other day and there is a picture of the high school cheerleading squad , and their coach , a 35 ( ? ) year old man.

          I’ll make two guesses ;

          He’s gay.

          or He’s gay.”

          Kesa,

          My guess is that he might be getting laid more than Frank Sinatra….

          • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

            Good point. Being gay is now a status multiplier.

        • badberries May 23, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

          Kesa I’ve always found it interesting how people acted towards each other during and after sitting through an X-Rated film.

          I saw my first X-er in a theater, with my girlfriend, at the tender age of 15. “Red White and Blue, the Presidents Commission on Pornography” it was as graphic as any found today.

          At about the same time (1970’s) there was another film “Joe” released (google film 1970 Joe). It was a double X-er, graphic sex and violence. Susan Sarandon’s film debut.
          Budget $106,000 ,
          Box Office $26,000,000. (Homerun!)

          At the end of either film, people acted slightly embarrassed, no eye contact with others, no small talk (speechless?). We had jointly watched the most intimate of human activities and nobody knew how to act. It was inner turmoil/confliction on palpable display. Nobody asked “well, whaddja think of that?”

          I guess we were all hoping that nobody recognized us, (small town, 26,000 pop. everybody recognized everybody). I didn’t really care, I was 15, I didn’t know how to act about anything.

          I remember watching my wife knitting socks, sweaters, whatever, she’d get to a certain point where her hands were on auto-pilot and she was lost in thought. She’d keep going for another 10-15 minutes until she downloaded the latest “reality” update and she’d unravel it back to where she was and start over.

          I think that’s where we are, what started out as a sock has become a large, dishcloth/sweater with toes. It’s the “great narrative unraveling” and we are all on auto-pilot.

          Ditto on: “I feel extremely fortunate to have largely aged out of this subject”. I quit caring quite some time ago. In short, “____ ’em if they can’t take a joke”.

  58. The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 3:25 am #

    Forced Diversity/Migration Versus Natural/Grass-Roots Diversity/Migration

    —-

    “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” ~ Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket

    —-

    “People may migrate as individuals, in family units or in large groups. There are four major forms of migration: invasion, conquest, colonization and emigration/immigration.

    Persons moving from their home due to forced displacement (such as a natural disaster or civil disturbance) may be described as displaced persons or, if remaining in the home country, internally-displaced persons. A person who seeks refuge in another country can, if the reason for leaving the home country is political, religious, or another form of persecution, make a formal application to that country where refuge is sought and is then usually described as an asylum seeker. If this application is successful, this person’s legal status becomes refugee…

    Forced migration refers to the movements of refugees and internally displaced people (displaced by conflict) as well as people displaced by natural or environmental disasters, chemical or nuclear disasters, famine, or development projects.These different causes of migration leave people with one choice, to move to a new environment. Immigrants leave their beloved homes to seek a life in camps, spontaneous settlement, and countries of asylum.

    By the end of 2018, there were an estimated 67.2 million forced migrants globally – 25.9 million refugees displaced from their countries, and 41.3 million internally displaced persons that had been displaced within their countries for different reasons.

    In 2022, 6 million Ukrainian people fled their country meanwhile 3 million Syrian people fled in 3 years.” ~ Wikipedia, Human Migration

  59. Islander May 23, 2023 at 6:40 am #

    My operational mode regarding sea rise:

    “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

    • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      Good advice.

    • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      K-Dog has the computer models showing the sea rise no one can physically observe.

      😀

      • benr May 23, 2023 at 11:32 am #

        I have been surfing since the age of six.
        The beach I started surfing on other than sand loss looks exactly the same as it did over 49 years ago. Some upgrades for access but the beach looks virtually the same at low and high tides.
        La Conchita!

        californiabeaches.com/beach/la-conchita-beach

        • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

          😀

        • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

          Is sand lost in some places and added in others? A lot of people don’t realize it but coastlines move around quite a bit.

          • benr May 23, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

            Yes and worse they affected the sand flows by damming up rivers and creeks.
            Another huge problem is China sucking up sand off the ocean floors all over the world to build empty concrete jungles.
            Taking sand from one spot making it lower causes sand from other spots to fill in.

            The beaches also go through sand cycles between summer and winter and lateral down the beach movements.

            encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/beach-erosion

            And about Chinese destroying the environment and beaches all over the globe.

            theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/27/sand-mining-global-environmental-crisis-never-heard

          • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

            Thank you for sharing though it made me really sad. The tragedy of Poyang lake is really upsetting. A habitat for millions of migratory bird species and it is essentially being drained dry. China may have all these great, high tech cities but their environment is a complete wreckage and that will eventually catch up and make the cities uninhabitable if the trends are not reversed.

          • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

            How dare you accuse China of environmental destruction!

            They are excluded from the Paris Climate Accords, you Drumpf Nazi!

          • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

            lol

  60. benr May 23, 2023 at 9:19 am #

    I swear everyone is going nuts.

    oann.com/newsroom/climate-activists-pour-charcoal-in-trevi-fountain-turning-it-black

    Solet me get this straight to protest climate change they pollute precious water?
    Stupid does not begin to describe these people.

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    • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      Youth is indeed wasted on the young.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

        Unknown Knowns

        I caught a video about artificial intelligence (AI) that essentially suggested that, unlike human infants and their young that have to keep learning anew with each new generation, AI will simply be able to download all the info to any new systems for instantaneous learning.

        That said, though, with many things, there are always unforeseens and even known unknowns and unknown unknowns. And maybe even unknown knowns.

  61. Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 11:11 am #

    New Building 7 video floating around out there now. Shows charges going off in windows.

    https://rumble.com/v2fci7a-building-7-of-the-wtc-explosions-on-camera.html

    Office fires, bro.

    😀

    • elysianfield May 23, 2023 at 11:22 am #

      Ich ben ein Berliner!!!

      • beantownbill. May 23, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

        E, the quote as I remember was Ich bin Berliner. But why quibble over an ein? Also, it’s bin, not ben.

        Jeez, I’ve got a Q infection. Help me, help me!

      • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 6:12 pm #

        You got the quote right, Elysian, misspelling aside.

        That said, the old joke that he called himself a jelly doughnut is not true.

        His statement with the “ein” translates to being a citizen of Berlin in spirit. Were he actually a citizen of Berlin, then he would have omitted the “ein.”

        Amazing how often this gets repeated, but it is not true.

        • Islander May 24, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

          “Amazing how often this gets repeated, but it is not true.”

          thanks for that clarification.

          The jelly donut silliness has turned up often here.

          Invariably as a gotcha spit out by someone who thinks himself very clever indeed.

    • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

      Those furniture fires can be very explosive.

      • beantownbill. May 23, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        I know. A friend was smoking a joint on my sofa and it fell on the sofa. The ensuing explosion took out my entire living room.

        • stelmosfire May 23, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

          Hey Bill, did you ever hear of a bacon explosion? Me neither. I don’t eat bacon often but when I do I fry it. Well last week my wife says we should broil it in the oven. I lay it on a rack in a baking pan and start it off. I’m in the living room and I hear a boom. I run into the kitchen and the oven door is wide open, kitchen is filled with smoke, and the bacon is in flames. Darndest thing. It’s an electric oven so the bacon must have gasified and Kablooey! Good thing I was in the house and not out back. Building 7 had a breakfast joint on the 2nd floor so that pretty much explains it.

          • elysianfield May 23, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

            Saint,
            A truism that the plumber’s faucet always leaks….

          • BackRowHeckler May 23, 2023 at 6:23 pm #

            Headlines in the North Hampton Gazette:

            “Bacon explodes in retired fireman’s house, building a total loss.”

          • Anthea May 23, 2023 at 7:49 pm #

            @ stelmosfire:

            I think that where she went wrong was broiling it. Baking it at 350° works well. The advantage over frying is that you don’t end up with grease splattered all over the stovetop.

          • stelmosfire May 24, 2023 at 8:11 am #

            Yeah, that’s what I figured. Way too much heat. It was actually a mini-backdraft type effect I presume.

          • Islander May 24, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            I am for cooking bacon over a low heat in a frying pan.

            That way you get out all of the fat without burning it.

            Put the fat in the bacon fat can in the fridge. Use it for cooking and baking.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

      Did that just surface now?

      • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

        A number of videos from bystanders seem to have surfaced more recently, but I think that is because there is renewed interest in 9/11 given the global hoax we are living through.

        Possible it was out there before though. I stopped looking for new info. once I had gone through the proverbial mountain of materials over at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

          Ah ok, that makes sense.

  62. The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

    Your Strange Bedfellow Or, Careful With That Gun, I’m Just The Messenger

    —-

    Can’t ‘See’ Sea Level Rise? You’re Looking in the Wrong Place

    “…The case of Ocean Isle Beach illustrates a key paradox about sea level rise: since it occurs relatively slowly, it can be easy to think it’s not happening. But as oceanographer and climate scientist Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told me, if you’re not seeing it, you’re just not looking in the right place.

    ‘Thanks to satellite and tide gauge data, we know that sea level is rising about 3.3 millimeters (0.13 inches) a year, a rate that grows by another 1 millimeter (0.04 inches) per year every decade or so,’ Willis said. ‘Each year, global warming is currently adding about 750 gigatonnes of water to the ocean – enough to cover my home state of Texas about 1 meter (more than 3 feet) deep. We can’t really eyeball a few millimeters of sea level rise a year just by looking at the ocean because of waves, tides, etc. But we can definitely see the effects of it, both short- and long-term.” ~ NASA, Climate

    —-

    There’s climate change and then there’s the ‘Chicken Little’ politicization of climate change. Don’t let Chicken Little have his/her/their way on your perceptions.

    If NASA says it’s so, then it must be so. ‘u^

    So? Happy surfing.

    …Oh and before you go, throw me that pillow, will you?

    • Islander May 23, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

      Re “looking in the wrong place,” the converse of that is that if you are seeing sea level rise you are looking in the wrong place.

      I am just looking at the pylons under the bridge. No change there in high tide levels.

      “Each year, global warming is currently adding about 750 gigatonnes of water to the ocean”

      How is this measurement done?

      “We can’t really eyeball a few millimeters of sea level rise a year just by looking at the ocean because of waves, tides, etc”

      That is pretty dumb: looking at oceans and waves to perceive sea level rise. I would never do such a silly thing. Look at permanent vertical structures in the water that have measurements on them .

      And, if you can’t see it, maybe it is just not that big a problem.

      We have a lot more serious genuine emergencies to worry about than sea-level rise. Such as food security. Such as nuclear war. Such as economic collapse. Sea-level rise is way down my list of worries.

    • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

      We can’t really eyeball a few millimeters of sea level rise a year just by looking at the ocean because of waves, tides, etc. But we can definitely see the effects of it, both short- and long-term.”

      Which is why – assuming the whole AGW thing isn’t a scam in the first place – that any meaningful proposed solutions will not be politically actionable in anyone alive now’s lifetimes. The whole thing is unfolding way to slow to garner any genuine widespread support, never mind that its supporters are way too hysterical and confused on their messaging. And all that’s before even accounting for the fact that current peoples will never rationally commit economic and cultural society based on evidence so speculative, the unspoken rationale being “in a couple hundred years we’ll all be dead anyway, so let’s just let those future humans – who are entire speculative at this point in time as well – figure it out then.”

      • Islander May 24, 2023 at 8:13 am #

        “so let’s just let those future humans – who are entire speculative at this point in time as well – figure it out then.””

        Yes, if they still ave their god-given brains, they will figure it out in real time.

        That is not to say that humans are incapable of any long-scale preparations. But I think these multi-generational projects have been undertaken in response to actual, perceivable conditions. Such as the multigenerational program of the Netherlands to drain swamps and pump out inland lakes to create land for a country.

        They envisioned their ultimate goal and accomplished it. They responded to huge floods and loss of life in 1953 by creating the Afsluitdijk. Problem solved.

        If there is measurable sea-level rise, the Netherlands is the first place I would go to look for evidence.

  63. Jarek May 23, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

    The “Ladies” (of both genders) always want to get back to “solid ground” – their programming. To wit:

    There is no such thing as Peoples. There are only individuals. Nations are odd assortments of people, etc.

    But in fact, there are Peoples. And individuals can’t compete with them as individuals. Whites are in for a world of hurt as things continue to fall apart and tribe becomes ever more important.

    Jews are not only a People, but an ancient and extraordinary one. And one implacably hostile to our Civilization. Individual exceptions? Of course! So that means that the above isn’t true? How does that follow? That’s just lady logic.

    An example: Apparently the Jewish Elite (or some of them) are in with the Global Elite and thus don’t care about regular Israelis as per the vast experiment with the vaccine indicates. They admitted that Israel had become a vast experiment in this regard.

    After I said that, one of the Ladies piped up: See? None of that anti-Semitism is real. They’re just like us. Lady think. That doesn’t follow at all. Maybe if they realized that most of their Elite don’t care about them, it might put in a dent of in thousands of years of anti-Gentile conditioning. But only a dent.

    Obviously many of the lower tier Israeli leaders do care about the future of Israel. And of course, many of the Orthodox leaders. Over here, the Neo-Cons obviously still care. In terms of strength, the Satanists are probably stronger and more influential. Brezinski was furious at the Zionists, saying that they had held back Global Government for decades.

    But what does stronger mean when both sides have the power to dash the world to hell with nuclear weapons? And in any case, the Elite have gotten a lot of mileage hiding behind the Jewish people. There’s no reason why they would want to jeopardize that, at least not yet. And the Jewish people have benefited as well.

    The ultimate contempt the highest Elite have for all of humanity doesn’t negate the structures they have helped to build, either among the people or in their own minds. They will change the world in their own way and at their own time. Whether we can stop them is the question.

    And if we can, will everyone get along? No. You mean it won’t be a united world? No, that’s what the Globalists wanted, remember?

  64. SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

    I’m increasingly terrified because hispanics and indians are becoming nazis, or maybe notzis, whatever, its just so friggin scary

    • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

      Hey, you’re boppin’ aroundabout the same time as Jarek. How cool is that?

      • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

        Oh wow isn’t it totally amazing!? i’m beepin though right now and not boppin but ok, you’re in good standing for now lol.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

          tee hee lol

      • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 7:59 pm #

        That’s why she’s called Bo Beep.

        • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

          🙂

  65. SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

    That is so hilarious that you called Zelensky a schlemiel, Mr. K lol! That one just made me chuckle. I’ve also heard that there are rumors that the Ukrainian people are becoming increasingly exasperated with everything after the fall of Bakhmut. And apparently General Zaluzhny has disappeared and some people are saying he was killed or maimed in battle and then others are saying the Zelensky syndicate got to him because he went against them because he wanted the Ukrainians to withdraw from Bakhmut.

    • mitchellc May 23, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

      So the topic du jour is apparently F16s, which of course provide neither tactical nor operational advantage. So, what’s the point?

      Under any conventional scenario, Ukraine is lost and therefore Russia will not be conquered and divided, nor will its natural resources be plundered in service to the continuation of the private finance system.

      If this is a foundational aspect, does it not then seem we are locked into an inevitable conclusion? I touched on this yesterday: what if the seemingly insane actions being taken are in fact entirely logical? What if nuclear escalation is a rationale conclusion given the immediacy of the pending Olduvai gorge?

      It really is a bit of a pity that even the intelligentsia may have arrived at this conclusion too late. JHK & Bobby Jr were busy attacking the immediate threats posed by the CV/vax regime, but who was keeping track of limits?

      Certainly the elite thinkers were, who had game played this all along knowing just how fast the system would fail absent another tranche of energy surplus, however temporary. (Say 20 years, enough for population substitution and BBB ie great resest aka radically debased quality of life.)

      The long arc Jim described in his books presupposed that the maniacs would go along with the program, however unenthusiastically. Now, with reality staring everyone in the face, even a Bobby Jr or Trump mounting an executive coup (with supporting military factions) won’t be able to restore anything.

      Rather, the US/West will be merely a remnant of its former self, a slave to the realities of depletion, overshoot and degredation.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 3:00 pm #

        Nature always has the last word.

      • Q. Shtik May 23, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

        What if nuclear escalation is a rationale conclusion – mitch

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

        Suggestion:

        Google “rational vs rationale.”

      • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

        That must be why the elites are acting so bizarre lately. I’m sure they have various plans to get out of dodge to the extent that they can. So if the East is the victor isn’t their day of reckoning simply being delayed? Maybe just maybe if the West falls first we can get used to the new reality quicker. So that when the same sitch hits the East we will be used to the circumstances and will then have an advantage? And also as the population falls off there will be a lot more reasons to cooperate as opposed to more reasons to conflict.

      • Woodchuck May 23, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

        “Rather, the US/West will be merely a remnant of its former self, a slave to the realities of depletion, overshoot and degredation.”

        The US is going to have the same experience as a person who just went bankrupt and has no more access to credit and must live instead only on what he or she makes. This might well mean going through an era in the USA when there is little access to imported goods. That means living without new stuff or living with no “stuff”. By stuff I mean shoes, clothing, pots and pans,l all the plastic stuff from Walmart and Target etc., food, car parts, fuel, medicines, the list goes on and on. In terms of lifestyles we will be merely a remnant of our former selves. Anyone wishing to see what lifestyles for many during the Long Emergency need only to view the latest video on “Itchy Boots” you tube channel. She visits a 3 rd world “poor” African village in Gambia, it’s the sort of place that would horrify Herr Jarek. Not only the lifestyles and race of the people would scare him, but even worse the people living there seem happy and are very nice to visiting strangers. That wouldn’t fit in his world view.

        By contrast, most of us living here in the states are a bunch of retarded savages that can’t live together in a healthy way or construct a society that makes any sense. So if yer curious about seeing how civilized people behave, take a look”

        Xttps://youtu.be/U9JGwm_nLDw?t=1093

        • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 7:50 pm #

          So the Indians welcomed us here, Woody? We’re the ones who brought warfare to the America’s, right?

          And Black Africa is the same, right? Peaceful?

          The people may all get along because they’re all related. Do they get along with the next village over though?

          Ask Itchy Boots once she has lived there for six months. You can’t know anything just visiting like that.

          A few decades ago, New Agers made a big deal about the Senoi, supposedly a peaceful people devoted to dream work. As people got to now them better, it turned out that they fought over women using poison darts.

          Itchy’s mother got it all wrong just like Itchy is getting it all wrong. You are enthralled by her – enslaved!

          • Woodchuck May 24, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

            @ Jarek

            Jarek comes across to me as an enthusiast for big and powerful central governments.

            This fellow you seem to make excuses for, Herr Hitler, was a fan of the empire building Prussians as well as being a fan of Abe Lincoln and a fan of the Union side of the US Civil War. Abe was fighting for the supremacy of the US federal government by not allowing any states to secede. In similar fashion, Hitler would have allowed no independent minded German states to secede. Had Bavaria seceded from the Third Reich she would have been invaded just as Austria had been not long after Hitler took power. Or invaded like the US South was invaded by Sherman. Hitler read trashy dime store type Old West novels and loved the racist stories of defeated native americans being shoved into reservations. Places which were little better than concentration camps. Jarek seems to think it was great that we treated the natives here so badly, and his point of view on this issue seems similar to me as Hitler’s views. And I don’t think destroying native americans and their culture was a good idea at all. There was no need for any of that to have happened. And that may even end up being a big part of the very undoing of the USA in the end.

            You are critical of the idea of large land masses or continents existing without having centrally controlled rule. You seem unhappy unless you are living in an empire. A place like Africa or South America is backwards, wrong, and degenerate in your opinion. Places like Senegal and Gambia aren’t doing it right?

            I think what most people in the West don’t understand is that lack of access to imported goods, resources, and energy will mean for many a return to living standards that involve not having a reliable electric grid. After the grid goes down, centrally controlling the USA might be very difficult. Go look at these videos of life in small African cities with either minimal electric power or no electric power at all. Things will be done by hand or by mule and donkey power. Many people will be traveling by foot, bicycle, or motorbike. They will be washing clothing by hand and making clothing by hand. And someday soon we might be living the same way in the US. The reason will be simple. Asia one day decides to stop making clothing for us so now we must make it ourselves – and what’s even more horrifying – at home. At home just like those Africans make theirs at home. Unfortunately, it takes time, know how, and capital to build clothing factories. Re-industrializing America won’t happen overnight. It also requires people willing to work under literal sweatshop conditions. Those new clothing and shoe factories might not have ac because the entire nation is too broke to afford it.

            You ready for all that Jarek? It’s a comin’ whether you like it or not.

          • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 11:45 pm #

            Jarek comes across to me as an enthusiast for big and powerful central governments. – Woodchuck

            =========

            Yes, that’s right and it can all be summed up in the word fascism. He hates capitalism and the idea that a corporation’s first duty is to earn a profit for its share holders.

        • Islander May 24, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

          ” That means living without new stuff or living with no “stuff”.”

          That’s why, Save the good stuff you have now!

  66. Jarek May 23, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

    What I like is that instead of having my own blog which wouldn’t have much readership, I can use this blog as my own and get much more readership than I otherwise would.

    Support this blog on PatreonSupport this blog on Substack
    Support this blog via Patreon or Substack
    • Islander May 23, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

      Self-confessed blog hijacker.

      • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

        I feel like we are all members of a community.

      • MaryQueen May 23, 2023 at 10:06 pm #

        He’s mostly a spammer and an agitator, yeah.

    • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

      That’s not me speaking. I disavow this.

      Za has sounded this note before – is it him?

    • Woodchuck May 23, 2023 at 7:39 pm #

      @ Jarek Conflict and debates in forums can make them more interesting to various readers. This place wouldn’t be the same without Jarke’s inputs. From what I can tell by what you post, you are viewing our coming collapse as an utter catastrophe instead of an opportunity or a vehicle for humanity to get back on the original track we’ve been on for tens of thousands of years. Fossil fuel lifestyles are an extremely recent arrival on the timeline of human history. I’m imagining you not doing very well in a decentralized country like Africa. Instead you are promoting “manifest destiny” ideas of white Europeans and Americans leading the world into a life of ease based on perpertual access to fossil fuels and technology. A life without reliable electricity is one you would regard with great distaste, you’d say that’s a primitive and “undeveloped” life that must be “improved” by Western culture. So you think its fine that Western Europeans came over here at first and wiped out most of the native populations. They lost because they were “inferior” and lacked a central government eh?

      • Woodchuck May 23, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

        “Jarke’s inputs”? I’m having these spelling problems because people keep coming up with nicknames for Jarek. Stop that.

        • malthuss May 24, 2023 at 11:45 am #

          get a FREE copy of ‘Negros in Negroland’ and get back to us.

          who knows what the future holds? USA hyperinflation?

          how many lands are in collapse or near that sorry state?

        • Jarek May 24, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

          New age musician, Paul Winter, came back from China saying that it was paradise. Other prominent people were also taken in by the Russian and Chinese communists.

          Puttin’ on the dog. It fools the fools. Others know better but pretend to be fooled because that’s where the money is. Add together the fools and the grifters and you have the majority. That’s Democracy.

  67. Doly May 23, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

    “Everything’s broken or breaking. And seemingly, on-purpose. The nagging question, of course, is on whose purposes?”

    Well, Kunstler, I’m sorta surprised you have to ask. Though, since you’ve been defending Trump, that is at least as old and incapable of stringing together coherent thoughts as Biden, I’m inclined to think that maybe you have pretty much the same problems. You weren’t born yesterday, exactly.

    But, if your memory was still functioning semi-normally, which it probably isn’t, you’d still remember about peak oil and you’d have followed the ball quite easily. The purpose of the whole exercise is to ignore the mess that American energy is in, which happened because the whole nuclear energy thing is taboo, because the military-industrial complex must get involved in anything nuclear, and everything the military-industrial complex touches dies, often quite literally.

    The very idea of energy in the USA is drenched in blood, whether it’s atomic bombs, fighting wars in the Middle East for oil, or the gentler silencing of people poisoned by fracking. The USA hasn’t killed people yet over wind and solar merely because they are too new for the military-industrial complex to have found a way of screwing with them, but you just wait.

    So let’s not talk about energy, and let’s talk about how evil is Russia instead. Because it isn’t as if Russia had enough land area and enough mining to provide plenty of uranium, oil, gas and coal. Nothing to see there, move along. The USA is not, and has never been, an energy vampire facehugging the rest of humanity.

    • benr May 23, 2023 at 3:37 pm #

      @doly

      You might not like Trump but saying he can’t speak off the cuff for an hour and a half without a teleprompter is ludicrous.
      Biden can’t speak ten minutes straight with or without a teleprompter.
      Comparing one man to the other is ridiculous.
      Trump while being chunky has vitality and stamina.
      Even more the point is willing to tkae questions and go on hostile shows and venues like CNN.
      Biden can’t remember what he had for breakfast or what he said two days ago and he would never grant an interview with Hostile news agencies or people like Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Andrew Wilcow or David Webb as they would shred Biden.

      • Q. Shtik May 23, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

        but saying he can’t speak off the cuff for an hour and a half without a teleprompter is ludicrous. – benr

        ===========

        IMHO speaking “off the cuff for an hour and a half without a teleprompter” does not an orator make.

        Regarding “Biden can’t remember what he had for breakfast” my gold standard for dementia is b-i-l Peter. I will not bore you with anecdotes. Biden cannot hold a candle to Peter for short term memory loss.

    • Q. Shtik May 23, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

      since you’ve been defending Trump, that is at least as old and incapable of stringing together coherent thoughts as Biden, – Doly

      =========

      First, it’s who not that.

      Second, Trump will turn 77 in June and Biden will turn 81 in November but I think we can all agree that Trump is no Demosthenes.

      • benr May 25, 2023 at 9:51 am #

        No Trump speaks in a fashion that the average American can understand him.
        He turned the Republican party from the rich mans party to the average joe six pack party which is another reason the left despises him so much.

        • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 10:30 pm #

          I think there should be a higher oratory bar for the President of the U.S. than Joe six pack.

    • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 3:52 pm #

      Wow somebody didn’t have their wheaties this morning lol. You need to get your ducks in a row. Mr. K has never been on the side of “Russia is evil”. We also need to be careful that we aren’t becoming attention vampires so ponder on that for a bit.

    • mitchellc May 23, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

      I’ve mentioned this before, but we should all be mindful that our host – unlike the rest of us – is a professional writer. That means, from a very early age, he learned the difference between art and commerce.

      For example, there’s a saying in H-wood that it’s called the entertainment business, not the art business. Bankable stars know that they can only dabble in a few creative efforts; their bread and butter are the big studio productions.

      So too our host, who must conform to established narratives created by our social directors; after all, his business is to play the alt part of alt-media. If there’s nothing to oppose, then his readership appeal would diminish.

      That’s why Covid/vax sold so well during the last 3 years – the proof is certain people still can’t let it go. So too the woke agenda – entirely irrelevant on even a medium scale, created (invented) to provide an effective divide & conquer rear-guard action in order to keep the rubes distracted while the real issues go unnoticed.

      My efforts are directed towards prodding a gifted writer to perhaps embrace art as his final act. Focus on the big picture – which ironically was the core topic almost 20 years ago – to instill some fire in the bellies of those who may, just might lead the final charge.

      Time is basically out – there is no resoration, perhaps only rescue.

      • Disaffected May 23, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

        From what I’ve seen, Jim doesn’t like being “prodded.” I don’t see any “rescue” either, just a reconstitution of sorts for the perhaps unlucky survivors in an entirely different form.

      • Islander May 23, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

        “My efforts are directed towards prodding a gifted writer to perhaps embrace art as his final act.”

        The ungifted “prodding” the gifted to accepted “ungifted” guidance. LOL.

      • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 6:26 pm #

        The big picture as painted by Mitch also just happens to be the big picture as painted by Schwab and co.

        Imagine that.

  68. Edge Lord May 23, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

    “Russia, Russia, Russia,”

    Glenn Greenwald has an excellent podcast episode about the “memory-holed” anthrax attacks and how government’s fabricated and orchestrated fear tactics lead to war, censorship, and erosion of liberties.

    • Edge Lord May 23, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

      The government’s

      • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

        Did you hear about the missing 60,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate? Like how can that really just go missing?

        • Edge Lord May 23, 2023 at 6:07 pm #

          People should be more concerned that a train is carrying that much on one trip.

          From what I gather there will be substantial weed growth along the tracks from Wyoming to California after the “leak”

          • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

            Wow that is really strange!

        • Paula D May 24, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

          How can a nuclear bomb just go missing?

          And yet….we were told it did.

          • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

            Ikr, like how does one just say oh well it looks like we lost a nuke, hmmm no tellin where it is!

          • Edge Lord May 24, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

            Paula, it’s probably with the Epstein jailhouse tapes in that warehouse from Raider’s.

            Field, is there such thing as tactical nuclear? But what a clever way by them to downplay it. Not really

          • elysianfield May 24, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

            M’Lord,
            Yes, they have existed since the early 60’s. Very low yield, man carried, can be jumped with a paratrooper…wt. approx. 60 pounds.

            My prediction for 2023, if you will remember, is that someone, somewhere, will touch one off with bad intentions.

            If the Uki’s get one, they will use it.

            The Rus would be displeased, and might retaliate, or Nato might just jump on the bandwagon with the first blast. There are people in the DOD and State Department that favor the use of Tac’s.

          • benr May 25, 2023 at 10:05 am #

            They dropped on in the Salton sea it was not armed but had it been…
            That same bomb is still buried in the mud and some day when the salton sea dries out all the way parts of it might be recoverable.
            The best part of this is that information was easily found and now not so much.

    • elysianfield May 24, 2023 at 11:23 am #

      M’Lord,
      This, just this AM, from Situational Awareness;

      (8) UKRAINIAN NATIONALIST COMMANDOS KILLED AFTER INCURSION INTO RUSSIA: Russian officials said on Tuesday that its security services had routed and killed scores of Ukrainian nationalists who blasted their way into Russia’s Belgorod region on Monday.
      The Belgorod region governor said all anti-terrorism measures had been lifted.
      Russian military forces killed more than 70 Ukrainian nationalists and destroyed four armored vehicles after the Ukrainian operatives conducted dozens of attacks on nearby towns and villages.
      Why It Matters: The strike into Russia was reportedly an unsuccessful attempt to acquire Russian tactical nuclear weapons stored at a nearby depot. The follow-on attacks on civilian targets resulted in a number of deaths, to which Moscow will likely respond in kind with missile attacks. If any Ukrainian operatives were captured alive, they might reveal whether there was any NATO participation in the operation’s planning, training, or direction. – M.M.

      …Seeking Tactical Nuclear Weapons….

      I laugh at your Anthrax!

  69. The Man They Call Zazelle May 23, 2023 at 5:37 pm #

    Spitting Infinities

    “…Russia needs to take the whole of Ukraine–and it will.

    One thing MacGregor makes clear is that neither the US nor NATO has anywhere near the manpower or the hardware to succeed.” ~ Anthea, May 23, 2023 at 8:22 am

    —-

    I’m unsure even what US or NATO defines as ‘success’ or how ‘they’ (whoever ‘they’ are) define it– or even if they know– or if ‘success’ is somehow ‘evolutionary’, like a predator-prey relationship and so ‘morphs’ perpetually over time…

    Rather like arguing with some people online, where it’s not so much what is being argued about but how the argument can evolve over time and maintain a kind of perpetual, hair-splitting adaptation…

    Whatcha gonna do when the internet goes down and the way of Richard Duncan’s Olduvai?

    Same things our ancestors have been doing for awhile I guess…

    —-

    “In the history of English language aesthetics, the split infinitive was often deprecated, despite its prevalence in colloquial speech. The opening sequence of the Star Trek television series contains a well-known example, ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before’, wherein the adverb boldly was said to split the full infinitive, to go. Multiple words may split a to-infinitive, such as: ‘The population is expected to more than double in the next ten years.’

    In the 19th century, some linguistic prescriptivists sought to introduce a rule proscribing the split infinitive, and the resulting conflict had considerable cultural importance. The construction still renders disagreement, but it could be argued that modern English usage guides have largely dropped the objection to it.” ~ Wikipedia

    —-

    ” Contains a slowed down and distorted sample of a video about purported FEMA Concentration Camps.

    The full quote is as follows, beginning at 1:45 in the song:

    ‘The FEMA plans to imprison American citizens have generated a lot of interest around the country, in locating the potential prison camps throughout the country. These may be facilities currently being used as prisons such as those you saw earlier, or prisons that are being built supposedly in the name of the war on drugs. Or, facilities that have other uses but could quickly be used to detain large numbers of people, such as this Amtrak facility in Beech Grove, Indiana.
    We’re standing now in the main parking lot, which doesn’t look too sinister. At this level it is a very large parking lot, fenced on all sides by fence topped by barbed wire. It also has these electronically operated turnstiles. There is also a surveillance camera just like we saw at the FEMA facility, pointing out to the parking lot, and a helicopter windsock.
    All of these apparent security measures are particularly unusual here, because this is a very low-crime area and this facility is nothing but an old train repair station with nothing in it worth stealing.’

    ‘FEMA Camp Footage (America Under Siege)’, 0:00

    Word ‘imagine’ hidden among the drums (starts around 2:19, repeated untill end)
    Word ‘consciousness’ appears few times while the lady is speaking. Doesn’t emerge directly from the speech, but appears in deeper layers.” ~ BOC Pages org, (about song below)

    —-

    Split Your Infinities
    by Boards Of Canada, from the album, Tomorrow’s Harvest

    youtu.be/6JnRU-9d0Ew

    • SoftStarLight May 23, 2023 at 5:54 pm #

      I like it. It doesn’t seem like you hear about the fema camps as much nowadays. Remember when Obama was prez and everybody was talking about them. I think forming community is the only thing that will help now. The ship has sailed on a lot of this stuff.

      • Jarek May 23, 2023 at 8:08 pm #

        Inside the camps? Going to camp will be fun! Who doesn’t want to go to camp?

        Biodegradable coffins are available for all in case of “accidents”.

        • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

          Really gives meaning to going to camp to commune with nature huh

    • Night Owl May 23, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

      The FEMA camp stuff is much more interesting now that we have lived through the partially failed Covid Hoax.

      IIRC, they had footage of hundreds of thousands of coffin-like plastic boxes at the sites, as well.

      Given the facilities they constructed in many places in the world during the hoax (Canada, New Zealand, etc.), I do wonder what might have been had they been successful in fully excluding the “unvaccinated” from society.

      That said, we ain’t out of the woods yet. The WHO is no claiming that an even more deadly “pandemic” is coming soon.

      ;clown;

      • anmariwakaranai May 23, 2023 at 8:04 pm #

        Yah Night, don’t count your blessings just yet…

        Who by famine? Who by war? Who by plague? Who by captivity?

        Not long now.

      • Mick May 24, 2023 at 9:07 am #

        No, not out of the woods.

        Deagle site…..most likely not a hoax or a joke.

        Georgia Guidestones mysteriously blowing up last year…….probably a message.

        Oh, did “they” perfect the monkeypox virus for this summer?

        thehill.com/policy/healthcare/4017827-chicago-mpox-outbreak-raises-alarm-over-summer-spread/

        • anmariwakaranai May 24, 2023 at 9:54 pm #

          The monkeypoo vex caused that outbreak.

      • malthuss May 24, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        no claiming / NOW

      • Mike Sherman May 24, 2023 at 8:50 pm #

        ‘Given the facilities they constructed in many places in the world during the hoax (Canada, New Zealand, etc.),..’

        Firstly, who are the ‘they’ in this sentence?

        Secondly, where did you find this information? I can’t rattle anything up on the webz…

        • Mick May 24, 2023 at 9:56 pm #

          If you are talking about the Deagle website, it is no longer up. You can just do a search on “Deagle forecast of large death rates” and get some info.

          Who is the “they”? You know…..”them”. Lol…

          It’s just my way of saying the usual suspects. Same ones who brought us the plan-damn-demic.

  70. Islander May 23, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

    Seymour Hersh’s Substack on “strange events in Ukraine” is available at Scheerpost.

    httpX://scheerpost.com/2023/05/19/seymour-hersh-the-ukraine-refugee-question/

  71. Islander May 23, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

    Wow, CO2 is causing not only global warming but global cooling—which might be even worse . . .
    httpX://www.counterpunch.org/2023/05/23/the-atmosphere-is-cooling-dangerously-fast/

    “. . .***Global warming*** is only one half of the impact of excessive CO2 emissions generated by cars, planes, trains, and industry. The other impact is ***rapid cooling*** of the upper atmosphere which may be of considerably more concern than global warming as it negatively impacts the ozone layer, which protects the planet from burning up. Hmm, this is important.

    Based upon a new study, atmospheric scientists are concerned about the impact of a rapidly cooling atmosphere: Benjamin D. Santer, et al, Exceptional Stratospheric Contribution to Human Fingerprints on Atmospheric Temperature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS Journal, May 8, 2023.

    Greenhouse gases, especially CO2, impact the planet considerably more all-inclusive than realized. For example, ramifications of excessive CO2 are manifold, including what we already know as global warming but surprise, surprise, also too much atmospheric cooling which puts at dangerous risk: (1) orbiting satellites (2) the precious, all-important ozone layer and (3) tumultuous weather systems. . ..

    Hmm, tumultuous weather systems at risk . Clear as mud.

    “The new findings about cooling . . .”

    Hmm, so I guess scientists have been flying blind up to now . . .

    “Climate change is almost always thought about in terms of the lowest regions of the atmosphere. But ***physicists now warn that we need to rethink this assumption***. . . . They are ‘driving dramatic changes [that] ***scientists are just now beginning to grasp.*** Those changes in the wild blue yonder far above our heads could feed back to change our world below.” (Source: Fred Pearce, The Upper Atmosphere Is Cooling, Prompting New Climate Concerns, YaleEnvironment360, May 18, 2023)”

    Hmm, more assumptions to be rethought. Maybe “scientists” don’t know as much as they think they know, but they have been pushing the emergency button anyhow despite only recently starting to grasp anything. And I love that “could feed back. . . .”
    Trans: Let’s hope they do because our jobs depend on it.

    And what about this:

    “But there’s a major difference in excessive CO2 levels, meaning, the heat emitted by CO2 at the top with thinner air escapes into outer space”

    Does CO2 actually emit heat?

    It is just very hard for me to take the unremitting end -of-the-world freakout seriously. Remember all of those New Yorker cartoons that revolved around some nut-job carrying a “The End is Near” sign on a NYC sidewalk?

    • Islander May 23, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

      Just reading some more of the above:

      “Contraction of the atmosphere means it is less dense which reduces drag on satellites in low orbit. In turn, this allows space junk to stick around longer and increases the risks of collisions. More than 5,000 satellites and the International Space Station are in orbit at this low altitude in competition with a lot of space junk. Cooling and contraction enhance risks of collisions.”

      How can contraction make the atmosphere less dense? And if it is less dense, thus reducing drag on satellites, why does less drag make satellites “stick around” (such scientific language!) longer? I should think “less dense” ==> less drag/friction ==> higher speed and less “sticking around” and collisions.

    • JohnAZ May 23, 2023 at 9:04 pm #

      Islander

      All chemical bonds have a resonant frequency. It vibrates wildly at that frequency and will absorb energy at that energy.

      CO2 has a resonance at the i Fred red range of EM frequencies. That is heat energy. The theories say that CO2 resonates and stores heat energy hence global warming.

      It absorbs heat, that is a given. The greenhouse effect says that heat stays in place and accumulates.

      Does it? Or does it just radiate the heat during the next cooling cycle also known as winter, so yes, it emits heat after it resonates. The how, when, and how much is not understood by the global nuts at all.

      It is an excuse. It is a way of getting the dumbest people on the planet, the kids, to go to “war” for the PTB.

      The hockey stick was the rallying cry for the 50% of the “scientists”, showing the upward trend of oceanic and atmospheric temps during the late 20th century. It IS an inconvenient truth that the temp climb has slowed to an almost stop, with CO2 continuing upward.

      • Islander May 24, 2023 at 7:29 am #

        Well, you are way ahead of me on the chemistry, so that is fine.

        But but but . . . the whole point of the greenhouse metaphor is that heat is ***trapped*** by these gases and cannot escape off into the higher atmosphere, instead lingering near Earth.

        Did “they” choose the wrong metaphor?

        If greenhouse gases don’t act like the glass roof and walls of a greenhouse, then what dynamic is supposed to be causing AGW?

        • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 11:51 am #

          Hmmm, there isn’t any? How about a could be.

          El Niño and La Niña control the currents and wildflower over the Pacific, and thus the storm tracks over the US. Hence, 100s in Mary’s Boise and monsoons in Arizona.

          So the real question is what causes the changes in the Pacific Ocean? It is the winds direction? What changes that?

          Idea, maybe the ocean floor of the seismically active eastern Pacific is frequently more active warming the water and shifting the climate. Black smokers exist in all the hot zones of all the oceans.

          We know very little about what does control the heat levels of the planet. See my discussion on Venus below. The idea that sex starved idiots like Bill Gates want to put aerosols into the stratosphere to “cool” the Earth? This from a man that put out crap for software.

          You said “trapped”? The resonance vibrates the chemical bonds, yes, but how and when does it “discharge” that heat? Funny thing, no info on that.

          As Peak oil digs in and the amount of burning of FF declines, the heat will dissipate even faster. In the 1970s, the concern was falling global temps and the “scientists” were predicting an Ice Age.

          Just leave it alone, Gaia will adjust. She has for 4.5 billion years.

          • Islander May 24, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            Without air or water (or some gas), there is no heat anyhow.

            There has to be something to “heat up.”

            To respond to energy inputs and make atoms and electrons change partners, etc.

            If there are no gases there is no heat. Outer space is cold.

            We should be damned glad to be here on the nice warm Earth and not freezing our butts off in outer space.

          • Jarek May 25, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            Well said, Islander. It’s cold and dark out there. One guy picked up by aliens, was given a ride in the UFO. It was too dark to see the sun, he said.

            What brave beings they are to risk such cold and dark! They went out into Outer Space so we don’t have to.

            At the very least we can integrate Outer Mongolia. Perhaps start by bringing Black Americans into Ulan Bator.

        • Woodchuck May 24, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

          “If greenhouse gases don’t act like the glass roof and walls of a greenhouse, then what dynamic is supposed to be causing AGW?”

          AGW isn’t happening in the first place. We are nowadays experiencing cold weather emergencies like the recent record snowfall in the West. There have been no heat waves going on recently anywhere on the globe killing thousands of people. But people have been dying from cold weather events. I’m in the south right now and it is unseasonably cool while I’m typing this.

          • workingclasshero May 24, 2023 at 11:30 pm #

            I thought global warming described more warming as pumping up the thermal energy which might cause more dynamic or near extreme weather which would not necessarily have anything to do with ground level air temperatures being either hot or cold.

    • Mick May 24, 2023 at 8:53 am #

      Around 2030 or so I look forward to the “climate scientists” admitting, “Well….it turns out that the sun is more of a factor to heating and cooling the Earth’s atmospheric system than we thought. We had some really neat computer models though!”

      I did read last week that the world’s largest volcano in Indonesia appears to be waking up. Talk about a “Reset Event” if that thing goes off! Ruh-Roh!

      Greta better be ready to go down there and tell that volcano, “How dare you! How DARE you!”

      • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 11:54 am #

        Mick

        Venus has 85000 volcanoes. Maybe that is cause for for its greenhouse that the “scientists” keep referring to.

        • Mick May 24, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

          Well, let us take all their names down and pray for ’em, as my grandad would say, often sarcastically. Ha!

          Maybe one day they’ll figure true science out.

  72. anmariwakaranai May 23, 2023 at 7:57 pm #

    https:/ /wehurtothers.com/
    Full scope of the plandemic treaty

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      Jhk, I highly recommend interveiwing Noor Bin Laden, who runs the above noted websight.

      Following the clues, she concludes the final destination for this one world government is to have no countries, no borders, no freedom at all, plus depop.

  73. Jarek May 23, 2023 at 7:57 pm #

    From the Front Lines: A brother was talking about his leisurely trip to Yellowstone National Park, stopping at ghost towns along the way and the places he stayed at.

    When he got settled into the Park hotel in the evening, he walked down to watch Old Faithful go off. There was a couple ahead of him so he gave them some space. When it didn’t go off on time, the woman started complaining, saying that they should go back to the hotel and tell them to turn it on.

    Once they left, It went off. And he enjoyed the sunset in Peace. That poor schmoe could have been him, shackled to That. He counted his blessings, rejoicing again and again.

    • tucsonspur May 23, 2023 at 8:58 pm #

      Yeah, she pouted, then spouted, unlike the geyser. An insipid frump of a fumarole filled with vile vapors.

      • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 11:29 am #

        Yet she is typical of the intelligence level of Joe or Jill American today. The education system is a pathetic shell of what it was seventy years ago.

        Interesting statement, the smarter humanity gets, the dumber the average citizen is becoming?

        It must be a conspiracy from MAGA!

        • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 11:31 am #

          Corollary

          The Founding Fathers published that an educated public is necessary to maintain a people’s republic as per the Constitution. It explains a lot that the destroyers of the education system also want to tear down the Constitution.

      • Jarek May 25, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        This is a disturbing ditty even is slightly witty.

    • stelmosfire May 24, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

      With all the conspiracies floated by the CFN crew would you think it above the Feds to have a giant steam connection directly into Old Faithful to keep it on schedule? If that geyser stops it would cut into park revenue substantially. I was out there at the site at 3 AM and saw a bunch of black trucks and an oil crew drilling a new bore hole. No, really I saw them.

      • beantownbill. May 24, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

        Maybe they could connect it to my hot water pipes. I’m a born legal American though, not an illegal immigrant, so I guess I won’t qualify.

  74. Pucker May 23, 2023 at 8:25 pm #

    Where does the “Virtue Signaling” fit in?

    “ The official United States report on brainwashing (See the “New York Times”, August 18, 1955) admits that “virtually all American P.O.W.s collaborated at one time or another in one degree or another, lost their identity as Americans…thousands lost their will to live,” and so forth.

    The British report (See the “New York Times”, February 27, 1955) gives a statistical survey about the abuse of the P.O.W.s. According to this report one third of the soldiers absorbed enough indoctrination to be classified as Communist sympathizers.

    This same report describes in a more extended way some of the sadistic means used by the enemy:

    “If a prisoner accepted Communist doctrines, his life became easier, according to the men’s stories. But if a prisoner resisted Communist doctrines, the Chinese considered him a criminal and reactionary deserving of any brutalities.”

    “The Rape of the Mind”, Dr. Joost AM Meerloo

  75. Pucker May 23, 2023 at 8:36 pm #

    Did you ever confess your “White Privilege”?

    “ It is now technically possible to bring the human mind into a condition of enslavement and submission. The Schwable case and the cases of other prisoners of war are tragic examples of this, made even more tragic by our lack of understanding of the limits of heroism. We are just beginning to understand what these limits are, and how they are used, both politically and psychologically, by the totalitarians.

    We have long since come to recognize the breast beating confession and the public recantation as propaganda tricks; now we are beginning to see ever more clearly how the totalitarians use menticide: deliberately, openly, unashamedly, as part of their official policy, as a means of consolidating and maintaining their power, though, of course, they give a different explanation to the whole procedure it’s all confessions of real and treacherous crimes.”

    “The Rape of the Mind”

    • Pucker May 23, 2023 at 8:51 pm #

      Why do most Americans believe that Putin is some Big Evil Dude?

      Because they think that their lives will be much easier if they just conform to the Group and “Get-the-Clot-Shot”?

      “The Rape of the Mind”, Dr. Joost AM Meerloo

      • Pucker May 23, 2023 at 8:59 pm #

        The Big Hook is the subconscious Guilt. People have a strong propensity and Need to Confess all of their inner subconscious Guilt.

        People will rationalise that they might as well just conform and Confess so that their lives will be much easier….

        Bald, skinny Bloke in rags standing behind the barbed wire in the “The Camp”: “I’m just along for the ride….”

        • Anthea May 24, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

          At some level, I think most people believe in “vice vanquished/virtue rewarded,” and that rewards are a proof that you’re doing what’s right, and punishment is proof that you’re doing what’s wrong. I think it’s Calvinism–though maybe I have them mixed with some other denomination–that considers worldly prosperity a sign of predestination–or even proof that you are among the elect. Because…God rewards good people with money.

          In a way, it’s a tough idea to shake off. Who doesn’t feel ashamed and humiliated when they deal with material woes like job loss or bankruptcy? Who doesn’t beat themselves up when they suffer a serious tragedy?

          So there is a tendency to automatically believe that you’re doing the right thing if you’re rewarded in some way, even if it’s just by a pat on the head.

  76. Pucker May 23, 2023 at 9:48 pm #

    What do you Dudes do for Mental Escape?

    For me, reading, a good cup of coffee and a Blow Job help….

    “ These subtle menticidal forces operate both within the mind and outside it. They have been strengthened in their effect by the growth in complexity of our civilization.

    The modern means of mass communication bring the entire world daily into each man’s home; the techniques of propaganda and salesmanship have been refined and systematized; there is scarcely any hiding place from the constant visual and verbal assault on the mind. The pressures of daily life impel more and more people to seek an easy escape from responsibility and maturity.

    Indeed, it is difficult to withstand these pressures; to many the offer of a political panacea is very tempting, to others the offer of escape through alcohol, drugs, or other artificial pleasures is irresistible.

    Free men in a free society must learn not only to recognize this stealthy attack on mental integrity and fight it, but must learn also what there is in side man’s mind that makes him vulnerable to this attack, what it is that makes him, in many cases, actually long for a way out of the responsibilities that republican democracy and maturity place on him.”

    “The Rape of the Mind”

    • Anthea May 24, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

      “What do you dudes do for mental escape?”

      I’d say a person needs an all-consuming interest in something. For me, it was soapmaking (for about ten years). There is, perhaps surprisingly, a lot know about soapmaking, and it lends itself to developing a consuming interest in various other products, such as bath bombs, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, facial serums, and skin toners. The knowledge base that goes into making a kick-ass facial soap is…a lot more than you would think.

      But I’m mostly over that now. Now my passion is gardening–another subject where the necessary knowledge base is almost infinite, so you never get done learning, and the possibilities for getting passionate about something are endless. (“I’m gonna get me some of that Callirhoe involucrata!”) If you’re looking for something that will drive the woes of the world right out of your head, visit a large garden center. Pick up a Pretoria Canna and a few heirloom tomato plants. Pick up a rose that complements the Pretoria Canna. (I would suggest Sunset Horizon.)

      Another thing you could do is remodel the bathroom or build a deck onto the house. Building bent-willow furniture is absorbing and hardly costs anything at all.

      • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm #

        I’d say a person needs an all-consuming interest in something. – Anthea

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

        Try becoming a superior pool player. I started at age 13.

  77. JackStraw May 24, 2023 at 9:07 am #

    Sadly, it looks like Ukraine’s top export when all this is over may be widowed brides.

    • MaryQueen May 24, 2023 at 9:19 am #

      That works out perfectly for the sex trafficking trade.

      • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 11:57 am #

        Damn good point, Mary. Could it be that the same Mob that is promoting trafficking at the southern border is the group that will put in the conveyor belt from Ukraine. Let’s see, who is pushing all that Ukraine corruption since Obama time?

        • MaryQueen May 24, 2023 at 9:48 pm #

          Yep.

    • Paula D May 24, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      Women have been sex trafficked from Ukraine since 1991.

      • Jarek May 24, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

        And what Middle Eastern country did they often end up in?

        • beantownbill. May 24, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

          Las Vegas?

          • stelmosfire May 24, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

            Maybe they’ll be coming to MA . I read we’re gonna be legalizing prostitution soon. Boston says it is for the safety of the women but I figure it is so they can get their grubby fingers in the pie with taxes.

          • Jarek May 24, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

            What percentage of Vegas do you all control?

  78. BULLITT May 24, 2023 at 9:57 am #

    My Senator from Pennsylvania, John Fetterman has made a statement that he would overturn the 2nd Amendment and he would only permit news people who promote the party line.
    It looks like we are in deep trouble in Pennsylvania with this selected legislator. I would hope that Mr. Fetterman has a plan to explain to the 750,000 hunters in PA that they no longer need a firearm to enjoy the sport.
    I’m old and have nothing to lose when Mr. Fetterman comes to my door asking for me to give up the 2nd amendment. I would venture to say most of my veteran friends who fought for the Bill of Rights wouldn’t be very gracious.
    Checks and balances is what I was taught many years ago in school. The 2nd Amendment is the only check and balance we have. So, lets pass more rules for the honest people. Let’s look the other way or reduce sentences for the bad actors.
    What has happened to America?
    Don’t respond with, there’s too many guns on the street! Guess what Einstein, there’s too many drugs on the street, there’s too many stupid people on the street, and too many two-faced losers in the Federal Government!

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    • elysianfield May 24, 2023 at 11:15 am #

      …what He said….

    • JackStraw May 24, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

      There’s no way in hell that Senator Cucumber actually won that election.

      The people’s faith in the election process simply astounds me.

  79. Mick May 24, 2023 at 10:00 am #

    Mary, I thought you’d like to know that COVID is still killing one person every four minutes….

    fortune.com/well/2023/05/23/covid-deaths-one-person-every-four-minutes-vaccination-rates/

    Of course, I think they mean the vaxxes are killing one person every four minutes. But….details schmeetails.

    • Disaffected May 24, 2023 at 10:07 am #

      I coughed once or twice this morning. If I don’t make it through the day, give everyone my best. Poor old sod, it must have been the Covid that got him.

      • Mick May 24, 2023 at 10:32 am #

        Yeah, “you” and that 18-year-old male swimming athlete in Louisiana I read about the other day. Story didn’t report why he died. I notice that most stories of unexpected untimely death don’t report why anymore.

        • Paula D May 24, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

          It is a mystery, my son.

          Doctors are baffled.

          • Disaffected May 25, 2023 at 9:11 am #

            Yeah, all of a sudden they don’t know nuttin’.

    • Paula D May 24, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      That article was an amazing piece of total shit.

      This part really stood out among the turds. Supposedly this woman is an epidemiologist.

      ”They understood the potential risk if he contracted Covid, so they were vigilant, limiting travel through the pandemic. Both were fully vaccinated and avid maskers.

      But a recent visit to their son in Canada led to an infection. In the hospital, where Tom was treated with acute respiratory distress, she was taken aback by how cavalier some younger staff were about contracting Covid as they considered themselves low-risk, even though they could transmit it to patients.””

      So they were vigilant, but then not vigilant? They didn’t travel, but then they did? And then when he gets sick, she is pissed off at the healthy young staff who aren’t vigilant around a guy who already has covid?

      And an epidemiologist thinks that healthy people can transmit a virus they don’t have?
      And fully vaxxed and masked people are STILL convinced that their getting sick is someone else’s fault?

      The Stupid, it burns.

      • Mick May 24, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

        Well, let us just hope that the Stupid keeps on getting more boosters.

      • Mick May 24, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

        Well here ya go! In the mood for more stupid? Yeee Haw!

        msn.com/en-us/health/other/china-prepares-for-new-wave-of-covid-cases-from-xbb-variants/ar-AA1bCiPN

        Be afraid!

    • JackStraw May 24, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

      Now the race is on
      And here comes Covid up the back stretch
      Vaccine’s a-going to the inside
      My tears are holding back
      They’re trying not to fall
      Immunity’s out of the running
      Grandma’s scratched for another’s sake
      The race is on, and it looks like Vaccine’s
      And the winner loses all

      Apologies to the Dead and George Jones

  80. JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 11:23 am #

    Two thoughts this morning.

    One Florida

    The NAACP says Florida is dangerous for Black people. Good! Hopefully now to gimmes will leave and the Woke movement will die. It has been noticed the head of the NAACP lives in Florida, will he leave? Again, hopefully. Many hard working Blacks reside in Florida and hopefully will remain so. In the meantime, Florida will remain the main target for all the NYC, and East Coaster emigres trying to escape the Woke shitholes.

    Two Venus. Venus has been held up by the climate “experts” as what Earth could turn into with Greenhouse CO2 runaway. Well, today NASA announced that there are 85000 volcanoes on Venus. Venus is much closer to the sun and more susceptible to the gravity effects of the sun. Like Io and Jupiter, it is wracked with volcanic activity and spews huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere as a result. No comparison here, climate “experts”.

    Ha, one more. Noticed the GOP field is up to 14 today. Wow, one president is running and 13 vice presidential candidates.

  81. Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

    Here is my face mask tale for today:

    I have a number of teeth implants in my mouth. The periodontist finished his work about 4 years ago. It cost me a small fortune. He warned me that in time the implants would loosen and require fixing.

    Last week I began to notice some minor loosening of 3 teeth that are all connected together and held in place by 2 metal things that go into other metal things implanted in my upper left jaw bone.

    Then one day the loosening became seriously worse. I went to our regular dentist who poked and probed around and she said I should go back to see the periodontist who did the original work. Ten minutes later while driving to the periodontist’s office the whole set of 3 “bridged” teeth fell out in my mouth. It was about 4 pm and I didn’t know if they were still working. A sign on the door said face mask required.

    I walked in and saw 2 Black women at the receiving desk, each at a computer and seated about 6 ft apart. Both wore masks properly covering both nose and mouth. There were no customers in the waiting area and no dentists or other patients visible from where I stood. I apologized for not having a mask with me and said I just wanted to make an appointment to see Dr. Ashman.

    The desk woman began to speak and ask some questions, probably name, date of birth etc or so I assumed. I apologized for being rather severely hearing impaired and asked if she would kindly lower her mask so I could read her lips. She refused. I was taken aback and said “you’ve got to be kidding, I absolutely can’t follow what you’re saying if I can’t see your lips.” She continued to refuse to lower her mask and told me to take a seat. In a few minutes she entered the waiting area and handed me an appointment card set for June 7th with no verification that this date was acceptable to me. Actually the date was NOT acceptable but what was I to do? I could not discuss this with her and left in a huff.

    There is a certain mask fanaticism that still exists in some places in this country.

    • Disaffected May 24, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      Once again, fisticuffs. Knock a few of her teeth loose and then say “There now, we both have a problem with loose teeth you old bitch.” When they come to arrest you, blame it on old age and ramble incoherently.

      • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

        Yeah, if only.

        • Disaffected May 24, 2023 at 6:50 pm #

          Come on Q. Man! Just do your best Peter imitation! Less the pants shitting, of course.

    • Jarek May 24, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

      Why don’t you have a hearing aid?

      • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

        I have two hearing aids. I have worn hearing aids since I was 45 years old. They are only partially helpful.

        • Jarek May 24, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          What happened to your hearing? Hardening of the small blood vessels?

          No wonder Peter’s eating bothers you. You have to keep staring at his mouth.

          • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

            What happened to your hearing? – Jar

            ==========

            Who the hell knows. Never in a rock band. Never on a howitzer or mortar crew.

            But there was this possibility:

            I was in AF ROTC for 4 years in college. Graduated as a spanking new 2nd Lt. The summer between my Jr and Senior year spent a month at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio. We were taken to a firing range to learn how to handle a 45 caliber handgun. We fired at targets from beneath a corrugated metal roof. The noise was horrendous and the kick of the gun like a mule.

            A year later I was permanently stationed at Duluth AFB, MN. The Accounting and Finance Bldg I worked in was not far from the runway where F106 Fighters took off and landed. Much screaming engine noise when they scrambled.

            Twenty years later when my hearing became a serious problem I went to a VA facility, had my hearing tested and tried to pin the rap on the Air Force. The female audiologist spent a long time with me during which I told about the 45 firing range experience and the F106 aircraft noise at the base in Duluth. The woman said I had explained better than anyone she had previously examined what hearing loss “was like.” I was getting a warm fuzzy feeling that maybe the military was going to pick up the tab for hearing aids and maybe even some disability compensation.

            Six weeks later a letter arrived from the VA saying that they had determined my AF experiences had nothing to do with my hearing loss.

    • GreenAlba May 24, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

      Re the fortune you spent on your teeth a mere 4 years ago, Q … I had two molars crowned in 1980. At that time, a crown cost £50 on the NHS – no idea how much privately. Back then (and probably now as well, but I don’t know) pregnant women got free dental treatment for the duration of their pregnancy and for a year after the birth, because of the calcium absorbency issue. So my dentist suggested I get them done then, since £100 was a lot of money back then.

      So I got my two free crowns and I’ve munched my way through life with them for 43 years now. They’re as solid as a rock. Sometimes fancier solutions are just more complicated and more fragile. And if you can factor in built-in obsolesence, it’s a great moneymaker.

      • beantownbill. May 24, 2023 at 4:23 pm #

        GA,

        I had to get a retainer to wear to bed because I started grinding my teeth. I bought one on-line for about $50, but of course, like most things in the US it didn’t work. So I reluctantly went to my dentist. I knew it would be expensive. I figured it could be $200-400. Well, I went to him. The retainer works real well, but he charged me $1,700! It was hard to believe because the president, Mr. Biden, says inflation is no problem. So I must be an angry old lout.

        • GreenAlba May 24, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

          That is beyond insane, Bill.

      • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

        I’ve munched my way through life with them for 43 years now – GA

        ==========

        I’ve never heard of anyone having a crown last 40 years. A few weeks ago one of Peter’s crowns crumbled in his mouth. The dentist put in a “temporary” and advised taking him to an oral surgeon. We’ve been dragging our feet on making the appointment since maybe he’ll die “already.”

        BTW the thought of a crown costing only £50 or £100 or the equivalent in $$$ is laughable. Google tells me crowns average between $1,500 and $2,500. I’m guessing even more due to recent inflation.

        • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 7:56 pm #

          Just got two crowns, full price for each $1200. Will the dentist who did the crowns do warranty work?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder May 24, 2023 at 8:46 pm #

            They may re-affix it once if it just comes loose. After that they’ll want to do it again from scratch, full price. Take care of them.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder May 24, 2023 at 9:01 pm #

            My teeth have been quite durable overall…just a couple “problem teeth” from back in my younger days, broke college kid with a root canal, etc. Dentist said then that I would need to crown it in a year or two or it would come back to haunt me someday. 20 years later, he was right. And it probably cost 7 times as much as a result.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder May 24, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

          Two crowns here a few years back, $2200 apiece.

          They’re hanging in there just fine too, but I stay away from popcorn, etc on that side.

          Sorry to hear about your implant/bridge debacle, Q. Such a pain in the boolz when stuff like that happens.

        • GreenAlba May 25, 2023 at 6:34 am #

          They don’t cost that now, Q – I said it was 1980. A recent one cost me £500 – last year. That was privately – I don’t have an NHS dentist – so that’s the full market price and I don’t have insurance for dentristry. A bridge is obviously more expensive. Everything to do with health in your country is insane. Although I’m not pushing the NHS, as they’ve just spent the last 3 years killing people. A monolithic health service is quite handy for that, if you don’t have the financial incentives of the US.

          As for crowns lasting 40 years, if I were going to be around for another 20 years, I’d expect them to last the full 63 years. I’ve never had to replace a crown – that is an alien concept to me.

          • GreenAlba May 25, 2023 at 6:36 am #

            And, yes, I spotted my typo …

          • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 4:19 pm #

            Everything to do with health in your country is insane. – GA

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

            Last night while combing through correspondence related to Peter (until 2:57 am) I came across a bill that Bo paid out of Peter’s money for $1,780 (I think that was the amount).

            Not long after we got Peter home from Florida we had to put him in the hospital for a week or two. This bill listed a bunch of procedures performed. In the summary of costs was a total of $201,655. In the infinite wisdom of our medical system and laws this absurd amount gets discounted down to $1,780. There is no logic for this that an ordinary human being can understand.

          • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 10:25 pm #

            @GA

            I realize those £50 or £100 figures were from 43 years ago. The recent cost of £500 at today’s conversion rate would be $616.52. Still way less than an average crown in the U.S.

    • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 7:54 pm #

      Q

      I will tell you a story. My mom, 93, tried to get implants done as she lost half her teeth. She had the current editions removed and then was watched for two months to make sure she could still grow bone to solidify the implant.

      She grew nothing! If you cannot grow bone to lock in the implants, I imagine they will loosen. Did your DDS check for bone growth?

      Osteoporosis is part of the equation.

      • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 11:10 pm #

        Did your DDS check for bone growth? – JAZ

        ==========

        Yes.

  82. Mick May 24, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

    Montana looks like it has figured out how to ban these stupid storybook hours by the Dr. Frankenfurters in a way that may not be challengeable in court….

    hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/05/23/montana-first-ban-people-dressed-drag-reading-children-schools-libraries/

  83. benr May 24, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

    We live in bizarro world twitter.com/Travis_in_Flint/status/1661383963699474433?s=20

    Kind of sad this made me smile since I believe the above is also linked to the below.

    twitter.com/Timcast/status/1661354558814027777?s=20

    • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

      Can you expand on the link between the two? I didn’t get it.

      • benr May 26, 2023 at 7:30 am #

        One word sums it up.

        Insanity.

  84. benr May 24, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

    Yet another huh?

    twitter.com/alx/status/1661380171700527108?s=20

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    • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

      Lol. The opposites attract comment is super funny though 😀

  85. Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

    Have you ever wished someone would just die “already?” Hate to admit it but that’s where I’m at with Peter at this point. And, I believe, so is Bo although neither of us has come right out and said it.

    We are in the process of trying to get Peter into a nursing home but that requires getting him on Medicaid and that is no simple task.

    Peter shits himself daily and we pray he’s wearing his Depends when he does. Even so he no longer knows how to wipe his ass properly. Plus he is losing his marbles at an astonishing rate.

    If he were to wake up dead one day we could just forget the whole nursing home/medicaid thing. It would become instantly moot.

    Next would be cremation, a nice urn and burial of it with his wife’s urn already in the ground lo these past 9 years.

    Am I a cruel prick to say this?

    • Mick May 24, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

      No, you’re not being cruel at all.

    • cowbell81 May 24, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

      A nice barbiturate-laced cocktail might be the way to go, just sayin’….

    • Jarek May 24, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

      Chad Daybell said of his ex-wife: She’s a good woman but her time is coming. It’s as if Spirit was speaking thru him. The Spirit wanted him to be with Lori. Somehow or other, it just happened. Was it cruel if the Spirit did it or made him do it?

    • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

      No. You’re not a cruel prick, Q. Well lol, i mean you are but not because of this :-). You are experiencing natural feelings of fatigue and exhaustion with the situation. Peter wouldn’t choose to be this way if he could help it so try to remember that and not resent him as much as you can. In the interim between now and Peter going into a nursing home do you have home health nurses coming in to check on him? You could look into hiring a caregiver to sit with Peter and help out. I know that is certainly an expense but you and Bo may find that the peace of mind that provides may be worth it.

      • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 11:33 pm #

        do you have home health nurses coming in to check on him? – SSL

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

        Yes, we’ve had in home nurses, in home physical therapy, a special cleaning lady for a minimum of 3 hours a week to do laundry, clean up shitty messes in the bathroom, etc, etc. There is no follow through on Peter’s part in the case of physical therapy. In fact he seems to resent the implication that there is something wrong with him that requires PT. Not only that but if he has PT on Monday he will not remember the next day that he ever had PT. Peter needs a person 24/7 to run his life for him. That person is Bo and to a lesser extent, me. Just keeping track of all his meds is a full time job. If he is not watched every second he will find devious ways to get rid of the pills and not swallow them.

        • Disaffected May 25, 2023 at 9:09 am #

          Sounds like a very expensive pet. Too bad you can’t just take him to the vet and put him down.

    • Islander May 24, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

      It sounds like an absolutely dreadful situation.

    • benr May 24, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

      Nope not at all.
      Been there and went through essentially the same thing.
      Invest in a shower head that can be picked up and directed to hose off that nasty area wash it all down spray some tilex in the tub let it sit for a couple of minutes rinse that down and wallah problem sort of solved.
      Just make sure your tun has proper flow or you get an even nastier mess.
      The problems don’t end with nursing homes.

      • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 1:41 am #

        We have that type of shower head. Peter is resistant to showering. Its very difficult for him and he is a danger to himself when in the shower. A catastrophic fall could happen at any time. We keep our ears peeled for a loud thud and screaming.

    • elysianfield May 24, 2023 at 6:51 pm #

      “Have you ever wished someone would just die “already?”

      Yeah…Sidney Addleson. And perhaps my distant uncle George Soros…

      • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 1:33 am #

        Yeah…Sidney Addleson – elysian

        ==========

        When I googled Sidney Addleson it asked me if I meant Sheldon Adelson.

        • elysianfield May 25, 2023 at 11:58 am #

          Yeah, and his brother, too….

        • Jarek May 25, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

          The guy Republicans crawl to for funds? One of Bill’s? How much of Las Vegas does he own?

          • elysianfield May 25, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

            Jarek,
            The hit on Sheldon Adelson (May he burn in hell) is that he purchased enough legislatures at the federal level to have made internet poker illegal in the US. In an interview, he forced his cankered lips to an approximation of a smile, and said that his actions were to protect the US citizens from a vice…one that he, himself, offered to all comers.

            Fuckin’ Episcopalian bastard.

    • Disaffected May 24, 2023 at 6:57 pm #

      Have you ever wished someone would just die “already?”

      All the time, my friend. Old bitch two doors down. Hoarder and “animal lover.” Raising over 200 mice (!!!) in her place, which is an absolute wreck inside and out. Also a proverbial “battle axe.” Argumentative and contentious about everything and loves to lawyer up for just about anything. She’s a poor mortgage holder living off disability, so we’ll likely never be able to get rid of her, absent a complete mental breakdown, and likely not even then. I’d like to strangle the old bitch myself, and if it weren’t for jail time, I definitely would.

    • JohnAZ May 24, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

      You are right about Medicaid! We have a brain injured niece that it took two years to get her into a care center.

      Keep slugging away at it, they make it hard on purpose. Try a case manager that may have some tricks up their sleeve.

      • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 1:11 am #

        Try a case manager that may have some tricks up their sleeve. – JAZ

        ===========

        Peter’s monthly income is over the limit. He gets Soc Sec + a pension attributable to his wife’s working career. A Qualified Income Trust Fund has to be established at a bank where the excess income is siphoned off and deposited. Eventually that money either goes back to Medicaid or to pay the nursing home, I’m not sure which. A lawyer Bo spoke to wants $10,000 to guide/assist us through this process. I told Bo “no, over my dead body” we’ll do it ourselves.

        The application form for Medicaid (a big task in itself to complete) resulted in a follow up letter from the Medicaid office for further items of info. One item was 81 monthly bank statements on 4 bank accounts stretching back to 2020 and one of these was a bank checking acct closed around 2020. Peter had two checking accounts at B of A and I could never figure out WHY. Why does someone need two checking accounts at the same bank. Peter could never explain the rationale because there was no rationale. I think he was trying to avoid garnishment since he was being hounded by debt collectors. He was also on probation in NJ for a run-in with the cops in Washington, NJ. He could hardly wait to go to Florida and disappear into the woodwork. For half a year we had no address where he was living. You cannot imagine how fucked up somebody’s life can be.

        We need all the HUD paperwork associated with the sale/closing of his house which happened in March 2019. We can’t ask Peter about any of these things because he remembers nothing. I swear to you Peter does not even remember that he owned and lived in a house in Washington, NJ for 20 years.

        There is much more stuff that we are supposed to come up with and the deadline is May 31.

    • WilliamShatnersPants May 24, 2023 at 8:34 pm #

      Dementia is a cruel thing and a too-slow death The huge amount of care & empathy that is required is exhausting.

      I have a good friend who has (long story as to how & why) taken responsibility for a family member (cousins’ cousin sort of thing) who is now 43 and already showing signs like Peter’s (though not as bad as yet).

      This person, Frank, has the intellectual development of a 6-year-old, due to fetal alcohol syndrome and a mountain of abuse and neglect in his early years.

      My friend, Mac, has managed to arrange some serious funding through the state and through that manages a crew of workers who do shifts with Frank throughout the day – keeping him safe and clean. Yes, he shits himself due to incontinence related to dementia and pisses the bed regularly. But the most important thing is that he’s being cared for and having a life with dignity and love – much like Peter, whether he’s aware of it or not.

      So, good on you and Bo.

      • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 1:18 am #

        Well thanks for the kind words and encouragement Shatner. Some day maybe you could tell us the rationale for your interesting screen name.

        • benr May 25, 2023 at 11:46 am #

          @q

          I went through this with my wifes mom and we discovered a wide range of services and places like adult day care fro dementia.
          Visiting angels can also come in and help.

          Taking care of people with this affliction is exhausting as you well know and can actually harm your physical and mental health and over all well being.
          If you have not see what services there are in your area and most of all there might be some state aid financially for health and welfare.

  86. cowbell81 May 24, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

    Chicago plan to house immigrants in school draws hundreds for heated town hall

    Several hundred Chicago residents protested the city’s plan to house illegal immigrants at a public two-year university in the community, which is slated to start next week.

    Residents packed out a school auditorium in northwest Chicago on Tuesday night and blasted city officials for plans to house several hundred people in the neighborhood to alleviate pressure on packed police stations that have turned into shelters.

    “Right now, Wright College is the solution that we need,” said Matt Doughtie, emergency coordinator with Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

    Under the proposal, 400 primarily Venezuelan immigrants who illegally crossed the Mexico border and were released into the interior of the United States and chose to continue to Chicago will be housed in the Wilbur Wright College gymnasium for three months, starting June 1.

    City officials have struggled to house people, prompting this new action. Immigrants could move into the gymnasium as soon as Memorial Day weekend.

    Immigrants would be allowed to come and go from the school, which prompted safety concerns from attendees, all of whom had to prove they were local residents to be admitted into the discussion.

    Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief Stephen Chung said the department would add patrols in the area while the immigrants were on campus and said incidents at other respite shelters have been “minimal.”

    “You can’t even respond to 911 calls now,” one attendee yelled.

    “We love people, but this is an absolute slap in the face to those who came here legally,” a second person said.

    “Why don’t we put them in Lincoln Park? Why don’t we put them on the North Shore, where they say, ‘Hey, let’s help out, let’s help out’?” a third person said.

    Local alderman for the 38th Ward, Nick Sposato, said leaving hundreds to sleep on the floors of police stations was “not right” for law enforcement to have to deal with.

    “Right now, this is kind of a win-win. It’s a win to get them off the floors of the police stations, and it’s a win for the police officers to have them out of there,” Sposato said.

    A fourth angry resident asked how the city would guarantee people housed in the gym would follow the 11 p.m. curfew.

    “They can just roam the neighborhood. We have seniors, children, disabled. Do all these people have background checks?” the woman said.

    A fifth person asked who would be fronting the bill for the three-month housing project.

    Immigrants released into the country to await court proceedings five to 10 years later are allowed to reside anywhere in the U.S.

    Given the thousands being released in border cities daily since President Joe Biden took office, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) announced in April 2022 that the state would provide free bus transportation to select cities in an effort to ease the burden on airports and bus stations.

    Abbott began providing buses to Chicago in late August, infuriating then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who called it “racist.”

    Chicago is expected to approve more than $50 million in taxpayer money to respond to the border crisis’s impact on the city between now and the end of June.

    Juan Salgado, chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, called for residents to accept the idea.

    “As chancellor, I am confident that this will go well,” Salgado said, prompting a loud response of boos from the crowd.

    • tucsonspur May 24, 2023 at 3:00 pm #

      This is something that I can’t wrap my head around. Totally mind boggling that this is still happening.

      • Islander May 24, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

        I too cannot believe it.

        The absolute chutzpah of these people. In this case, the police, Win-win for the police,yeah.
        They are employees of the city and they are ignoring the people they work for: THE PEOPLE.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little spontaneous protest. I would not want to be one of the illegal Venezuelans.

        Why do they come here anyway? Venezuela has plenty of social programs. Are these guys “friends of Guiado”?

        They should be sent right back to Venezuela on the next airplane.

        • tucsonspur May 24, 2023 at 7:32 pm #

          Frankie used to sing, ‘In Chicago, Chicago, Chicago, that’s my home town.’ He wouldn’t do so now.

          I’d like to see major protest, but I don’t think it’ll happen. Same old.

          $31 trillion in debt and we do this. A taste of what once was:

          Chicago
          by
          Carl Sandburg

          Hog Butcher for the World,
          Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
          Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
          Stormy, husky, brawling,
          City of the Big Shoulders;

          They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your
          painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
          And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have
          seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
          And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women
          and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
          And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my
          city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
          Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be
          alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
          Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall
          bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;

          Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted
          against the wilderness,
          Bareheaded,
          Shoveling,
          Wrecking,
          Planning,
          Building, breaking, rebuilding,
          Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
          Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
          Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
          Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his
          ribs the heart of the people,
          Laughing!
          Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked,
          sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
          Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

          Yes, Chicago had its problems but none like this current evil now permeating the entire nation.

          • elysianfield May 25, 2023 at 11:54 am #

            Nog butcher for the World
            Widow makers, Packing the heat,
            Playas, baby daddies and washed out whores,
            Spittin, twerking, brawling
            City of Big Problems….

    • MaryQueen May 24, 2023 at 8:02 pm #

      What a mess.

    • workingclasshero May 24, 2023 at 11:41 pm #

      I’d would expect the city of Chicago will get a federal stipend for the welfare of New Dynamic Diverse Democratic voters. I took a bus today and saw advertisements for low-income supplemental income for the good little people, legal or illegal, who don’t bring home enough annual bacon.
      Say what about you want about the Democrats, but they can take care of their base.

  87. tucsonspur May 24, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

    Just heard, the great Tina Turner is gone.

    • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

      RIP Tina Turner 🙁

    • SoftStarLight May 24, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

      What’s love got to do with it

      • tucsonspur May 24, 2023 at 6:57 pm #

        Makes you wonder. Is love irrelevant? Is it second to sex? Many say otherwise.

        You must understand how the touch of your hand
        Makes my pulse react
        That it’s only the thrill of boy meetin’ girl
        Opposites attract
        It’s physical
        Only logical
        You must try to ignore that it means more than that

        Oh oh
        What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
        What’s love but a second hand emotion?
        What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
        Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

        The song throbs with the pangs of love, favors the uncomplicated ‘simplicity’ of sex.

    • cowbell81 May 24, 2023 at 3:37 pm #

      Dance on tiny dancer.

    • cowbell81 May 24, 2023 at 3:54 pm #

      Proud Mary Keep on Rollin’ down that river

    • Q. Shtik May 24, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

      She be hangin’ with Elvis.

      Age 83
      Cause of death not given
      Had a stroke in recent years

      I wonder if she was fully vaxxed and boosted. If so, Bingo, there’s your answer. 😉

      • elysianfield May 24, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

        What I want to know is the whereabouts of that bastard Ike Turner at the time of death….

        He is a person of interest…..

        • BackRowHeckler May 24, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

          Q is going to be a Person of Interest if Peter mysteriously & suddenly goes toes up, and its going to be his own posts on this blog that will be the chief bit of evidence against him at his murder trial.

          • Q. Shtik May 25, 2023 at 1:25 am