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The frenzy around the Christmas holiday conceals deeper currents running through advanced techno-industrial societies like froth on the surface of a raging river that surges with dangerous, hidden flotsam. We’re informed that the next James Bond might be a transsexual. But, you see, it’s not just that Hollywood is running out of gimmicks for its floundering “franchises,” but rather that there has been no place for men these days in the struggle to prevent civilization from drowning. The lifeguards are cancelled. All that’s left in the commotion of the flood is the shrieking of women.

Thus, the hysteria over Trumpism. America actually needed a rescue operation and, defective as he was personality-wise, Mr. Trump rose above the surge and called for exactly that, and was pulled under for the effrontery of saying so. It was a bad time to be a man standing out among men. The torrent is in charge now, not the people bobbing and flailing in it. Ride it out, if you can. By and by, the flood will subside and the survivors will be cast back on shore. The shrieking women will also subside, because the men will tell them to cut it out. And then the men and women will go forth reconstructing the human project here in North America.

The landscape will not look the same and we will not act like we did before, when we were just carried along helplessly in the flood. There will be fewer of us. All the giant things, too large to save themselves — the corporations, the institutions, the agencies — will be swept away, but we’ll back on dry land, with a lot of debris to sort through, some of it useful for rebuilding a way of life. We’ll be too busy for any more shrieking and hand-wringing, and crybabies will get whapped upside their heads.

That is what you can expect in the decade ahead. For the moment everything is just froth and noise, and most everybody is in too much of a panic to make sense. Humans don’t do well without sense-making. What makes sense is having a roof over your head, something to eat, some purposeful activities to provide those things, some other people to exist with and care for, and some ceremonies to honor our efforts and declare our gratitude for being here in the first place.

Christmas, most of us understand, is as much about the world descending into cyclical darkness as it is about the birth of a religious figure who signifies our recognition of the very light that makes darkness visible. You also understand, of course, that demons and monsters dwell in the darkness, that they spawn in it. This year, the darkness seems darker than any darkness we remember, and so we may be astonished when the light returns to our world. Eventually, we’ll memorialize the monsters and they will frighten children for generations to come.

I know it’s hard to even imagine generations to come at this moment in history. There is even some question whether human beings will be able to reproduce after the dastardly things we’ve done to our own chemistry. But this isn’t the end of us, not yet anyway. Let’s act as if it’s not, at least. We don’t know for sure where our story goes from here, but we have some say in it depending on what we do. Just knowing that there is a difference between story-telling and story-making is a good start in rediscovering what men are for.

One thing men are responsible for is bringing order to the world. They don’t always succeed, but it must be their duty to make the effort, and it’s not wise to distract them with histrionics when they attempt to do that, or shame them for trying. You are not excused from your duty in any case, American men. It’s not okay to pretend to be women to escape your duty. The women must not allow the men to hide among them and pretend to be them. They must insist that you be men.

One of your duties as men is to oppose false realities to preserve meaning, and you do that first by insisting on being upright yourself and speaking of things as they really are so that you can do with them what you must do. And this is the meaning of authority, which has been submerged in the flood we’re riding on, this flood of false realities drowning the meaning of everything.

I know this makes for a harsh Christmas. It is where we happen to be: the flood-tide of darkness. Do what you can with it, knowing that it marks some kind of turning. I promise you, the light is coming.


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  1. JC Penny December 13, 2021 at 9:41 am #

    Metaphor of the year, James: “The lifeguards are cancelled.”

    Sadly, those swept up by the froth still think it wise. And I don’t see them changing their mind before going under for the last time.

    jcp

    • FallenHero December 13, 2021 at 9:49 am #

      We have talked before on here with some great conversations, but where are some GOOD places to try to live? I lived in colorado, but its overran with high prices and insane politics. Idaho, montana, wyoming are all too expensive (in the places youd want to live). Midwest seems ok. Had my eye on upper peninsula michigan a while, anyone comment on that?

      Really need mountains, rivers and moisture. That’s my requirements.

      • shotho December 13, 2021 at 9:58 am #

        If Mr. Kunstler’s scenario operates, any place will be as good as any other place. Place won’t be the operative concern, but the cooperation of like-minded people will be and the question will be whether or not cooperation is more prevalent in a ‘place’ than competition.

        • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

          wrong.
          location location location.

          hawaii over alaska.
          more americans are killed in mexico than in all other foreign lands combined.

          meanwhile, the jokes write themselves,

          EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The final suspect was arrested in connection with the torture and killing of Alishah Pointer in November.

          4 female Summit County Jail inmates transported to hospital after receiving Narcan

          In a Facebook post, the East Cleveland Police Department says that around midnight on Sunday, Hakeem Ali Shomo was captured by Hopkinsville Kentucky Police.

          • Amman December 13, 2021 at 10:28 am #

            Wait, how many are killed in Mexico per year and how many per year in the USA? You might not want to cancel Mexico. outright unless you are 100% sure.

          • David Webb December 13, 2021 at 11:36 am #

            Amman –

            You think maybe it’s safer for US citizens in Mexico than it is in the US because more are killed in the US? Have you considered the number of US citizens in Mexico vs.the number in the US, and how that might affect their statistical chances of being killed?

          • Amman December 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

            No I do not. That question I opened with is the 1st of many questions, statistical and otherwise, that one must answer before making a decision, if one is so inclined, to move to Mexico i.e you must do a real, comprehensive investigation. There may be far more positives news, facts and opportunities in Mexico than people are given to know by the Cartel DruG Violence fixated Hollywood media.

          • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 2:40 pm #

            Thanks, David.

            IF USA was all white, murder rate would be similar to Nordic lands, pre muslim-afro invasion.

            Well, I consider late abortion to be murder but lets not go there.

          • Warren December 16, 2021 at 12:31 pm #

            Hawaii will starve in a matter of weeks if the supply chains break, unless you can find a remote patch on one of the less populated islands, where you could plant a food forest, in which case you might make it.

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        • rainmaker December 13, 2021 at 10:59 am #

          Mountain (old eroded ones) rivers and moisture is the Ozarks.

          • shotho December 13, 2021 at 6:15 pm #

            I’m satisfied with life in Arkansas and I’m more than ready to go to a consideration of late term abortion (early term, for that matter). Another reason for life in Arkansas.

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          • Warren December 16, 2021 at 12:33 pm #

            And if you provide your services to the right people, you too can become the (alleged) Vice President.

      • Pondernot December 13, 2021 at 9:58 am #

        Facing the same sense of desolation and disillusionment I moved to Jalisco, Mexico. Mountains, rivers and moisture here in abundance. And food grows year round in the near-perfect climate. It was hard, terribly hard, but it seemed like the only real choice.

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

          And the people? As in the locals? The natives? Most survival experts warn against going to the 3rd World. The gringos are deeply resented. If you don’t know that now, you may well find out too late.

          To a lesser degree, well heeled Liberals sometimes find this out when they set up vacation homes in Red areas. They stand out with their new clothes even when they try to blend in. They find their cars tampered with, etc.

          • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 10:22 am #

            Over the years, trips to Nepal and SE Asia showed me that while the occasional jaunt to a developing but mystifying foreign land might be worth it to broaden your horizons and help you test your mettle, moving to such a location is probably suicide.

            I was in several precarious situations in Nepal, and it was a big wake-up call.

            The West it is for me.

          • TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 10:29 am #

            Get yourself in deep red country at this point. Blend in and be willing to work.

          • bluedog December 13, 2021 at 10:55 am #

            Lol here we go with that ole party thing again, perhaps we should work with unity rather than division but ah that goes against the old inbred party thing you know he’s a commie a liberal a socialist all those things that just makes you want to puke the things that have torn the country apart, so let it come the herd need to be culled out anyway.

          • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 2:45 pm #

            night owl, what happened to you?

            search ‘death of 2 women in Panama, boqet’. Lisette and her friend.

            was it exposure or murder?
            many deaths or disappearances there.
            Natalee Holloway.

            One guy was a massachusetts weed dealer who was living in SD, Cali.
            his bones were in a barrel of acid in Tijuana area.

          • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 4:06 pm #

            Malth,

            I got real sick after drinking a milk-based drink in Patan. A day later we started a 6-day hike to Annapurna with no guide (big mistake). I got real sick on day two and was shitting my innards out by day 4.

            On the way back from Annapurna, I thought I was going to die (not kidding). Took some weird meds from a local guide who saw me near passed out halfway down our road back. That kept me stopped up until we hit a point where we could call a Jeep (then day 6). The Jeep broke down on the way to civilization, and we nearly went into a ravine. Once we got back to the only road in the area, they held us up and demanded all of our money. I was with three women in their mid-30s, and I was on death’s doorstep, so we were powerless.

            Eventually made it out and got meds and two weeks of bed rest.

            I have one of those hats from Nepal with the braids on the sides. It is decorated like a skull. When my wife bought it, it was the only one in my size. It took on a new meaning after that hike.

          • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm #

            “They” being the three mountain pirates who took us in the Jeep …

          • hortonz December 15, 2021 at 11:08 am #

            If you make yourself useful to the local population and learn the native tongue you can thrive anywhere,

        • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

          leaving was hard or resettling once there?

          • Song Sabai December 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm #

            I’ve been living in N.Thailand for 16yrs and have no desire to move back to the homeland-shit-show that Canada has become.

            Leaving wasn’t hard..coming back was.
            I settled into family life here,with the unique challenges that come with a mixed race/culture relationship.
            Language is a barrier – my wife speaks and writes English better than many expats I know – She handles all things ‘Thai’ while I keep ‘face’ , remaining friendly & helpful with the locals , but never getting involved.

            Aloofness is the key – Being neither here nor there, one can dwell in a certain kind of ‘freedom’ that is unique only to living in a foreign country.

            Your experience in Nepal is a ‘travel horror-story’…which is quit common, especially in Thailand.
            Settling down and living in a particularly ‘unknown’ place requires a certain flexibility in thought and temperament – ‘same,same, but different’ – to traveling.

            Kinda like when watching chaotic traffic in less than law- abiding countries – no way can you imagine yourself driving there! – until one day you step from the sidewalk and enter the roadway in a different mode, only to discover a peculiar kind of order and flow that seems familiar, then eventually comes to feel like “home”.

      • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 10:03 am #

        As a DARPA member gone rogue, first CHOOSE where NOT to inhabit.
        Stay as far as practical from metropolitan areas, ESPECIALLY those “governed” by Deep Blue democrats and district attorney’s sympathetic to the “wokester” agenda.
        Classify areas by population density, aquifers, annual sunlight, growing season, precipitation, soil, terrain, access to the right to keep and bear arms, home schooling (if children are in play), county sheriff’s committed to preserving and protecting equitably ALL individual rights of citizens against attack, and district attorney’s committed to the same.
        “Strategic Relocation” is a work worth investing in.

        • bluedog December 13, 2021 at 11:02 am #

          The so called wokster thing will disappear once it’s run its course just like the “red scare” back in the 50s but will destroy a lot of good people on its way, but that’s an American thing, and we will never become immune to it because those you elect will never permit it, but you will elect them over and over for great minds run in circles and once you pull that level for him/her they own you for you can’t be wrong.

        • elysianfield December 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

          “Stay as far as practical from metropolitan areas, ESPECIALLY those “governed” by Deep Blue democrats and district attorney’s sympathetic to the “wokester” agenda.
          Classify areas by population density, aquifers, annual sunlight, growing season, precipitation, soil, terrain, access to the right to keep and bear arms, home schooling (if children are in play), county sheriff’s committed to preserving and protecting equitably ALL individual rights of citizens against attack, and district attorney’s committed to the same.

          Got Truth,

          All the boxes checked…every one.

          If Southern Oregon Coast is not your thing, however, I would suggest New Zealand…they now permit orgies of less than 26 participants…and NO murder hornets. ORGIES…sweet Jesus!

          “https://www.rt.com/news/543042-new-zealand-covid19-orgy/”

          • literofoyl December 13, 2021 at 3:27 pm #

            Make sure you locate far away from Andrew or Chris Cuomo, or any CNN ‘journalists’. Likewise, Hollywood culture is not likely a good match, so avoidance of other progressives such as Alec (and the Baldwin Boys) is highly advised. Given Mayor Wilhelm (he changed his name to DeBlasio for the desired optics) of NYC, there could be some much cheaper rents and houses there as out-migration could be significant. A good reference book for research is Joel Skousen’s, Strategic Relocation.

          • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 4:35 pm #

            You are very wise, indeed!

          • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:37 am #

            And for God’s sake, ditch the TV!

        • literofoyl December 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm #

          This guy is likely the neighbour from Hades – make sure your Realtor checks to confirm that ‘platform boy’ doesn’t own a cottage in your area.
          https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Ftvshowbiz%2Farticle-5201001%2FRobert-Niro-wears-massive-shoe-lifts-films-NYC.html&psig=AOvVaw1h9s8vXMaDj-W2p7BgP4u0&ust=1639513903176000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAgQjRxqFwoTCJjFnbLP4fQCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAs

        • Starlost December 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm #

          “As a DARPA member gone rogue, first CHOOSE where NOT to inhabit.”

          Probably very few of your readers are DARPA members gone rogue.

      • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:06 am #

        Raised in Colorado, it is ruined by Liberal politics.

        You did not mention temperature.

        Canada? Or warmer, Guadalajara, Mexico, ideal climate.

        All of Latin America is becoming expat territory.

        Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro I have heard mentioned.

        • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:09 am #

          temperature and rain are important.

        • FallenHero December 13, 2021 at 10:48 am #

          I like the cooler temps. I cant handle heat. But I know it needs to be non-frigid to actually grow stuff.

        • Paul December 13, 2021 at 11:04 am #

          Canada is way too cold. 9 months of Winter and 3 months of hard-sledding is not a joke.

          Now, Spring and Summer Heat-domes, and Flooding, rockslides and infrastructure failures happen in the Fall.

          In October, neighbours of mine hitch up their SUVs to their RV’s and head South to Mexico at the very earliest opportunity — just before the snow flies.

          • debt December 13, 2021 at 11:18 am #

            Asia’s too crowded, Europe’s too old
            Africa’s far too hot and Canada’s too cold.
            South America stole our name…

          • Amman December 13, 2021 at 12:48 pm #

            Another name coined for the New World is the “Twin continent” i.e. South / North America. Both have a lot in common and a lot not-so-common.

          • Q. Shtik December 13, 2021 at 1:41 pm #

            neighbours of mine hitch up their SUVs to their RV’s and head South – Paul

            ==========

            Your perspective is the opposite of mine. I would have worded that: ‘neighbours of mine hitch up their RVs to their SUVs and head South.’

          • literofoyl December 13, 2021 at 3:31 pm #

            If you need to get lost for awhile, anywhere north of Sudbury, Ontario or Quebec City, Canada might have advantages. Sure, dress well. If the Cuomo Boys keep having wonderful weeks like they are, you might run into them up there mixing in with the Inuit locals trying to avoid detection and the many charges and possible felony ones coming.

        • SpeedyBB December 14, 2021 at 8:10 am #

          I would like to add the Philippines, which I am keeping in mind as a bolt-hole if Indonesia goes too cray-cray in coming years (Shariah stampede toward the caliphate).

          Permanent residence in the Phils requires a US$10,000 bond (deposit) the last I read and most important for many of us with no savings or pension you are legally allowed to work. Only country in East Asia with that dispensation, except for the rich bitches who set up their own companies – but of course the rules and regs are always different for them.

          The Philippines has wobbly infrastructure (lousy and expensive internet), a degree of crime and violence but nothing like Thailand or Cambodia, and no anti-westerner feeling. Just the opposite in most places, although you will naturally be taken advantage of in commercial exchanges if you allow it.

          Stay away from the major cities – especially Manila, and the Muslim south. Try to avoid the heavy typhoon-infested pathways like northern Luzon (inclement weather is the single most critical drawback to living there).

          Many westerners have married or hooked up with local women or men and made a fine home. An example was R. Lee Ermey, who gained fame as the Marine drill sergeant in FULL METAL JACKET. He was living with his Filipina wife when somebody recommended him for the part.

          The food and local culture is not very interesting (most borrowed from the west) but the beaches are great, and an ambient mood is easy-going, relaxed, tolerant and accepting.

          • SpeedyBB December 14, 2021 at 8:18 am #

            I should also add the while English is widely spoken (more often by older than younger people, alas) medical care is pretty abysmal. Filipinos themselves will sadly confess that the brightest, most energetic and entrepreneurial locals end up so frustrated with the lack of opporunity at home that they move to Canada, Australia or the USA. Or they go work in Japan or Hong Kong.

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

        what about maine

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:13 am #

          The most pleasant parts are suburbs of Boston, inundated by crazed Liberals. Inland and upstate, the people are like the Appalachians: ferociously clannish and distrustful of outsiders (with good reason of course). You are unlikely to ever be fully accepted even if you accepted at all.

          The climate is horrendous, needless to say. The soil, poor.

          Some of the many islands actually advertised for people. Don’t know if they still are. That must have been hard for them. Or are they already being taken over by Crazies?

          • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:30 am #

            horrendous? long cold winters?
            The Bush clan must like summers on the coast there.

          • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 12:12 pm #

            Western Mass., the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires, and NW Ct, some of the best places on earth.

          • Warren December 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm #

            My family comes from Maine, if you’re not from there, or your family isn’t from there, then you’re from away and always will be.

            Because of the Teevee most of the young people speak with less of a Maine accent, so i suppose it may be easier to pass as not being from away.

            But the places worth moving to are the paces where such things do matter, whether it e KY, Tenn, NM or Maine,

        • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:14 am #

          Mosquitos bigger than hummingbirds.

      • Bill of Rights December 13, 2021 at 10:09 am #

        The upper peninsula of Michigan is wonderful. Munising in particular.

        Wisconsin (north of Milwaukee and Madison) is also good. The people are honest and have useful skills. Very clean. Lot’s of rivers, lakes, farmland, forest land, metalworking, papermaking.

        One can’t predict the future government anywhere. Don’t worry about it. De Santis is a good governor in my state of Florida but he barely won the election and he might lose the next one.

        • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:18 am #

          Watch expat documentaries on you tube.

          Number one reason for people leaving?

          Politics in DC!

          Lack of morality is high on the list.

          • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:31 am #

            USA faces hyperinflation and soon, imo.

        • cbeard December 13, 2021 at 11:07 am #

          Desantis may be our next president.

          • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm #

            if Soros wants him. if not [and he runs] he is trumped.

          • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:39 am #

            We’re still hoping for a White Knight to ride in and save us. I don’t think he will. The system is terminally screwed and we need to build a new one.

      • lizharmon December 13, 2021 at 10:13 am #

        You do not need mountains. You want mountains. Heck, I want mountains but I left Colorado in 1990 and never once looked back. Seriously, I saw the future then and I see it now. Latin America? LOL. They’re begging for Socialism from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego and they will think nothing of taking everything from the rich gringo before they slit his throat. No, the correct answer is where you are, especially if you can grow food. If you can’t grow food where you are then you screwed up because the places where you can grow food are closing the gate. They don’t want 11th hour newcomers. They don’t see you the same way you see yourself. which is to say.as a kindred soul. They see what people like you did to Colorado and they will not make the distinction you’re making. They see you as someone who didn’t plan ahead, who will move into their backyard and act like a parasite. Sorry to harsh your mellow, but seriously, dude, the time to think of this crap was ten years ago. Nobody wants you now and by nobody, I mean NOBODY.

        • TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 10:31 am #

          Good point. over here in Montana, we’re not pleased at what’s moving in

          • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm #

            over here in California, we are unhappy with the invasion.
            50k/ month more wetbacks in USA.

          • Grandpa December 13, 2021 at 7:05 pm #

            TaxD; as a public service; we need to remind folks Montana is now closed. We do hear that the Dakotas are nice.

        • FallenHero December 13, 2021 at 10:52 am #

          Lolz, look bud, I fully understand the hate for outsiders, I have it myself at my home state. But its laughable about internet tough guys acting like when you move in people will do something to you. Guess what? IT DOESNT HAPPEN.

          • Warren December 16, 2021 at 1:11 pm #

            It’s not about people doing anything to you, as much as not doing anything for you.

            Because if you move into a new place, and the supply chain infrastructure collapses, then without any help from the locals you simply won’t make it.

            Sure move to an area with like minded people, but Don’t ever say anything like “We did it differently back home,”
            In other words don’t be a condescending jerk. People in rural areas have long memories.
            Stay in the background, be polite and helpful if asked, and if you’re in the Bible Belt join a local Church.

        • Paul December 13, 2021 at 11:07 am #

          “No, the correct answer is where you are, especially if you can grow food.”

          True that. Uncle Dave said, “In most cases, you’re better off where you are with what you’ve got.”

        • ianw December 13, 2021 at 11:11 am #

          They see you as someone who didn’t plan ahead, who will move into their backyard and act like a parasite. Sorry to harsh your mellow, but seriously, dude, the time to think of this crap was ten years ago. Nobody wants you now and by nobody, I mean NOBODY.

          I think that’s all a bit harsh and pessimistic, and an over-generalisation.

          Once you cull the field of places that are too cold, or too dry, too crowded, polluted, and chaotic, and too far from the growing of food, then you can start making some more nuanced decisions.

          Personally I would prefer a place with modest elevation – at least 3,000 feet – avoiding harsh summers, but not bone-cracking cold either. The air is fresher and often the bugs are fewer.

          Even if you’re rigorous, there are many places still with reach.

          I would look at options where the politics and vibe seem to be attractive, and where the county or city administration has the welcome mat out for growth (industry, people, investment).

          And avoid places that are two small or isolated – towns that are big enough to be interesting, with a decent hardware store, barbershop, couple of bookstores, maybe a community college, other local organisations and interest groups, a modest golf course, and you can get a decent coffee.

          You don’t want to be driving half your life between the sticks and town.

          The Goldilocks position will take some research … you want a place small enough to not have big-city trauma, awful suburbia, and traffic snarls, but also just big enough that people don’t really notice you – you’re not an outsider forever – and the locals don’t look straight out of Deliverance or Petticoat Junction.

          Personally I would choose around either the Cascades of northeast California, or the Appalachians of western Virginia.

          I don’t know how well Mexico works, but I agree about not being a “rich expat” in lots of the Third World – especially not when you get to say 60.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 13, 2021 at 2:23 pm #

            I suspect that the Appalachian mountains of WV are liable to be filled with lots of characters who look like they starred in the movie “Deliverance.” Do you not realize this? I busted out laughing when I got to the end of your post.

          • rainmaker December 13, 2021 at 3:06 pm #

            My uncle looks like an extra on the Deliverance shoot. Not a bad look for a guy that lives way out in the sticks. Keeps the city folk away.

          • ianw December 13, 2021 at 3:43 pm #

            I suspect that the Appalachian mountains of WV are liable to be filled with lots of characters who look like they starred in the movie “Deliverance.” Do you not realize this? I busted out laughing when I got to the end of your post.

            That would be because you lack reading and comprehension skills I specifically said “western Virginia” and not “West Virginia” – and I burst out laughing when I read your post.

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 11:30 am #

          Gotta agree with Liz here: stay where you are (unless it’s really that bad), as long as you can grow food. The Goldilocks era of finding the most comfortable chair is over. The music has stopped, it’s time to sit down.

          • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:41 am #

            Agreed, Blackbird. The grass is always greener, especially in these crazy times. We’re thinking of moving away from the dying European mainland, but where too is another matter. Sometimes we just have to be heroes where we are.

        • elysianfield December 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

          ” time to think of this crap was ten years ago”

          Liz,

          …30 years ago to give the planted fruit trees plenty of time to grow.

        • Mike G December 13, 2021 at 9:38 pm #

          well said. NOBODY

      • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 10:23 am #

        I have never been to the UP, but one of my daughters spent some time there, and it sounds unpleasant to me: extreme cold, way too much snow, and clouds of mosquitoes in summer.

        I would suggest rural Missouri, which is where I live. If it’s mountains and rivers you’re after, the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri would be a good choice. There are lots of pure, clean, spring-fed rivers there. The population is rather sparse there, and mostly conservative if you stay away from Springfield, a university town. I think property taxes are mostly low. They are low in my area, and I’m about an hour outside Kansas City. Some counties have no building codes, one example being Johnson County, Missouri, but I think there are probably others.

        • FallenHero December 13, 2021 at 11:00 am #

          Ive looked at that area a lot. The thing I am worried about is no snow and it being too hot.

        • rainmaker December 13, 2021 at 11:20 am #

          Anthea, I live in Boonville MO. I love the Ozarks. The further southish the better.

          • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 10:39 pm #

            There are many, many beautiful areas of the Ozarks–probably many I’ve never visited. The area around Bennet Springs is lovely, as is the Shepherd of the Hills country and Ha Ha Tonka. When I was quite a bit younger, it was a family tradition to go on an annual family float trip at Onondaga Cave State Park (near Cuba, Missouri) and float the Meramec River.

        • Paula D December 13, 2021 at 1:28 pm #

          I live in the Ozarks also. Hot and humid in the summer with a very diverse population of insects and fungi, for those who like diversity. (Also many ghetto residents moving to town for the cheaper rents. We went years without any murders, but that is over now.)
          Right now it is my ideal weather, except for those nasty tornadoes last Friday. Also, things quit growing in December. Sure, the mosquitoes and ticks and chiggers are dead, but so are the tomatoes.
          I guess every season has its ups and downs.

          • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 10:52 pm #

            We don’t have any influx of ghetto residents, though we do have a very small black population that has lived in the area since before the Civil War. They are so respectable that you can hardly tell them from white people.

            Since I’ve lived most of my life in Missouri, the weather seems like a non-issue for me. Normally the extreme heat only lasts two or three weeks, and it’s pretty much the same with the extreme cold.

            I really love the good strong sun and heat of Missouri summers–though I tolerate it less well in my old age. I once lived further north (South Dakota) for a year, and when I came back I felt like I had returned to sunny Italy.

      • Amman December 13, 2021 at 10:25 am #

        Base it on people as much as you can. Some people are mountains you know.

      • jlmartin December 13, 2021 at 10:37 am #

        New England has the mountains and water you are looking for; Lots of trees, good people. Outside of the cities, the sense that good fences make good neighbors is still real. Freedom to be who you are, but don’t expect anyone outside of your circle to care who you are.

        • Warren December 16, 2021 at 1:39 pm #

          Aside from Northern New Hampshire and the North Woods of Maine, the rest of New England has become a dystopian nightmare of liberal wokeism.

          Considering that the region is somewhere above 90% injected, much higher in the cities.

          After a time, when the population is greatly reduced and the disabled become fodder for the medical industry, the region will reset to something very different to what it is now,

      • Loneranger December 13, 2021 at 10:38 am #

        I’ve lived in Michigan almost all my life, and love it. I’ve been halfway around the world and back and found nowhere as good as Michigan. The upper peninsula is paradise.

      • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 10:38 am #

        North Carolina:

        https://www.grandviewpeaks.com/north-carolina-mountain-life/

        I should go there myself.

      • TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 10:55 am #

        It’s nice to be in the forest. There’s always wood to burn, no oil required

      • SvrzoH December 13, 2021 at 11:29 am #

        An interesting string of comments regarding relocating to a foreign nation. In what capacity? If the thought is that one is only ATM away from the riches of the US and buying the local staff for “next to nothing” may sit on a weak legs. Any thought of assimilating or existing as a permanent Meryl Streep in “Mama mia” movie?
        Croatian or Montenegrin who moved to the USA became in no time undistinguished from the any born in. Doubt that is possible other way around.
        Talking about those two countries, thought is most likely about having a property on the (gorgeous) coast. Those properties command world class prices. Five room rental owner consider a bad season when after paying taxes is left with low six figure euro bundle, in many attractive places.
        If on wants to invest in some business, Americans with “watch and learn” attitude, as I’ve overheard black dude at the airport’s bathroom on my recent trip in Europe calling locals “dumb”, may not get you far on social list. Running, say, a restaurant may get you racketeers knocking on your door. See, the old country had sent criminals to the West to “express themselves” in freedom. On the visits back they were known as such and told to behave or else, which they did. Now Balkans are “free” and those type of men are there and run the show.
        Just a thoughts, even though I think that “the current plan” is meant for entire world. At one point people will be forced to decide for the last stand.

      • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 11:44 am #

        The UP doesn’t technically have “mountains”, it has “highlands”. If you like bumpy, the western UP is bumpy. Rivers and moisture too.

        Nine months of winter and three months of preparing for winter. Hope ya like huntin’ and fishin’, ’cause ya can’t grow much up there. And choppin’ firewood. A hard land for hard people.

        Remote, conservative, self-sufficient – oh, and did I mention cold?

        I think it’s best to live among people with whom you have something in common – and the more in common the better. That’s how you build a community, and community is how we the people are going to survive (if we do…).

        • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

          The racehorse trainer wife and I were considering Kentucky. Didn’t realize it’s part of Tornado Alley, for crying out loud!

          • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm #

            One reason I stay where I do- a dearth of hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and avalanches.

            As for floods, those effects can be mitigated with common sense. Sometimes.

          • Paula D December 13, 2021 at 1:31 pm #

            I don’t think that Louisville gets many tornadoes.

          • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

            Nature will have surprises for you wherever you go.

          • Warren December 16, 2021 at 1:42 pm #

            The mountains don’t have them, so Eastern Kentucky out Pineville to Pikeville should be ok, just stay above the river valley or you might be flooded out.

      • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 12:41 pm #

        Don’t know how far away you want to be from Colorado but I am partial to the North Georgia mountains. Two hours away from Atlanta but a world away in culture and attitude. I live on a mountain about 2500 feet overlooking a lake and it’s a beautiful area. Same could be said of Eastern Tennessee or Western North Carolina. Sure there are urban areas to avoid but it’s doable. There’s a nice change of seasons with the occasional snow (three years ago we had 12 inches) and there is plenty of humidity for everyone. This past summer it never got over 86 degrees.

        Of course you understand there are some mountain folks to deal with but for the most part they just want to be left alone and will do the same for you. Our motto around here is don’t bring the values and liberal culture from whence you came and we can all get along fine.

        Also understand that Missouri is a nice place but no mountains to speak of.

        • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 12:59 pm #

          Draw a line from the Finger Lakes, due east to the Berkshires, then northeast to Maine, avoiding Boston. Most places north of that line, like the Adirondacks, for example, are very viable in the aftermath. Rivers, lakes, trout streams, forests and open farmlands galore.

          Too cold and snowy in winter, so best to steer clear. 😉

          • Warren December 16, 2021 at 1:48 pm #

            The cold isn’t so bad, it’s the snow that gets you, and being cabin bound, but the weather keeps out the riff raff,

            Once they can no longer heat their houses because the supply chain infrastructure collapses, or the state stops paying for it. You can bet that the Nuevo Democrats in the northern tier of New England will flood south, that is the ones who survive the winter.

      • fattigmann December 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm #

        Mountains are of course beautiful but you don’t live on a mountain, you live in foothills. If you want the feeling of living in the foothills of mountains, the upper Midwest has the unglaciated driftless region. You’d be living in nature — rugged bluff country in a region the size of, say, France. Looks like France or Germany, too. Just colder winters and warmer summers.

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        • Q. Shtik December 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm #

          FallenHero wants to know where he should live.

          ===========

          Just below, Malthuss has terminated all this where-to-live chit chat so I’m going to squeeze in one more recommendation for Fallen just above Malth.

          I am surprised no one has asked how old you are. Let’s say you are 65 or more. You’re either retired or soon will be. In an amazingly short period of time (or so it will seem) you will be 80 and suffer from all the ailments that come with that age. Arthritis, enlarged prostate (you’ll be up every 3-4 hours during the night to pee), loss of hearing, loss of memory (i.e. dementia/ alzheimers, I could go on. And that’s if you’re lucky enough to still be alive.

          The last thing you’ll want to do is farm the lower 40 or hike the Appalachian Trail from end to end.

          So, what is my point? If you are fortunate enough to have children you would be best off to live near the most loving and willing caregiver among them. It is guaranteed you will need to be cared for unless you do what my brother did at age 77 and 1/3 yrs and that is to suddenly drop dead with no prior history of illness. What a blessing sudden death can be for all concerned!!!

          My wife and I are currently the caregivers for my BIL Peter who becomes a bigger pain-in-the-ass every day that goes by. I can state with certainty that, were it not for my wife, Peter would be dead a year ago.

      • hilton33 December 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm #

        I live in the southeastern part of Michigan. Ida, Maybee area. No mountains, but plenty of rivers and lots of farmland. I grow/raise most of my food. Abundant supply of protein for hunting and fishing. I agree with shotho. You really need cooperation and like minded people. I grew up on the farm I live on. Most other farms are third,fourth, and fifth generation. Don’t just look for land, look at the people who comprise the places you look.

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      • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 7:22 am #

        Re ‘rivers & moisture’ as desiderata – have you considered sea coast, whence all life came?
        And still does, if one is lucky enough to find a mangrove swamp.
        The never ceasing tide is eternal balm.
        Especially when there is none in Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22) which the US is about to become.

      • hillbillyholler December 15, 2021 at 7:53 am #

        How deep and incognito are you willing to go to escape the madness and hang on to your freedoms? You want mountains, rivers, moisture, creeks, privacy? I suggest you go deep in the Appalachians. But this is a hard life and you must be willing to give up a lot of things and you must know how to physically work hard and learn to grow a garden. The folk round here might not meet up to ya standards, but they honest & goodhearted and if need be, would have your six if called upon. We mind our own, care for our own but welcome all. Oh, a piece of advice,,,,,,, stay the hell away from Michigan!!

      • Warren December 16, 2021 at 12:27 pm #

        Eastern Kentucky, Western West Virginia, parts of Eastern Tennessee outside of the area near the nuclear power plants.

        The Ozarks, aside from the regions near the WalMart hq.

    • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:12 am #

      next James Bond might be a transsexual.

      We will settle for Janie Bond, a Black, Lesbian from Africa who is here ‘undocumented’ and is a communist.

      • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:21 am #

        I do not see the Bond franchise making more than one more movie which will flop miserably due directly to the lack of a strong male lead.

        • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:29 am #

          In China, Black faces are removed from movie ads.
          Chinese want to see Whites and Yellows.

          • TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 10:58 am #

            It’s interesting to see the Chinese reject most of the cultural trends that are being foisted on western society. They’ve apparently outlawed “girly men” on social media for example.

          • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm #

            China outlawed Girly Men about the same time in the US girls were admitted to Marine Bootcamp to train alongside male recruits. We are told it’s a smashing success, but we’ll see. We’ll see when we get into it with China and Russia; that’ll be the real test where many elemental truths are revealed.

        • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:18 am #

          Happy to see Speilberg’s woke “Westside Story” tanking.

          • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

            And there’s a new woke Annie out there too! The little orphan girl is now “of color,” right?

          • Kevvia Knack December 13, 2021 at 12:25 pm #

            E.T. Is going to be Black in the 2024 remake

          • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 12:32 pm #

            Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogan’s hateful ‘Sante Inc.’ has tanked too, in fact has been cancelled. More good holiday news.

            Rogan is blaming White Supremacists on it demise, not that sucked and is full of enmity.

          • Jo-G December 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm #

            One of the English language papers here had a long article about the new “Westside Story”. I didn’t read it all but the headline described the new version as better than the original.

      • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 10:51 am #

        I read the next Bond will be binary: not male or female. Or both?

        Can’t wait to miss it.

        Somebody should make a movie parody of these woke times starring Dave Chapelle. “Chapelle’s Nightmare”. Every base covered. Especially make jokes about CRT and white privilege etc. Go for major head explosions.

        You’ll laugh till you cry.

      • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:44 am #

        Wow, I can already see the queues forming outside the cinemas. People stretching out overnight in their sleeping bags outside the front doors. When does it go to DVD?

    • Walter B December 13, 2021 at 10:39 am #

      Yup JCP, the idiots will continue to cheer as they as they ride surfboards on the frothing tide because it is a new form of entertainment. Any anger issues remaining can be taken out on Donald Trump and will probably still be the rage long after he has expired. Heck I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dopey-Joe-Biden-His-Time elevated to the president’s chair forever even after he croaks, if he can even do that right. They can always freeze him or replace him with a hologram and should for he is the perfect puppet for those that are calling the shots. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, the Great & Powerful Oz has spoken!

      • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 11:34 am #

        It’s certainly entertaining, just like football. I always can’t wait for the next Giants game on TV. But then I watch the “entertainment” and end up wishing I hadn’t, being left angry, disappointed, despondent and hopeless.

        • hilton33 December 13, 2021 at 2:44 pm #

          I have two words for you. Detroit Lions.

          • Walter B December 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm #

            Oh boy, that’s a stinger!

          • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 8:58 am #

            Right? I can’t even imagine. WTF

    • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:07 pm #

      Another commentary of sheer brilliance from JHK. They just get better and better. It sent shivers down my aged spine just reading it. Yes, it will indeed be a dark Christmas; but maybe too it will be the first REAL Christmas for many a long year. One where we remember what it’s supposed to mean and don’t let ourselves be dazzled by the tinsel and treats.

      • anmariwakaranai December 13, 2021 at 5:22 pm #

        So far, that has been true for me Herewolfy. First. Time. Ever.

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  2. fattigmann December 13, 2021 at 9:52 am #

    Oh my. Mr. Kunstler, your writing has reached a new level of spiritual clarity. This is remarkable.

    • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

      Jim is the Poet-Philosopher of our time.

      • fattigmann December 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm #

        agreed, the shrieking Cassandra of peak oil. Been calling this for 20 years and it’s coming to pass.

        • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 2:53 pm #

          but we have green energy.

      • AKlein December 13, 2021 at 1:46 pm #

        Hear, hear!

  3. chopper December 13, 2021 at 9:54 am #

    Once again you have hit the nail of the moment directly on the head. Panic and distraction is the business of those that blather and rage rather than do what is needed and necessary in times of troubled waters.

  4. pjcaraher December 13, 2021 at 9:55 am #

    James – yes, these may be dark times, but what a Great Time to be Alive!

    Anyone can live in easy times. Now is the opportunity to prove our mettle.

    Keep speaking the truth . . . and rejoice!

  5. anmariwakaranai December 13, 2021 at 9:58 am #

    I have seen a few change their minds right here jc.

    Let men be men. Amen

    • JC Penny December 13, 2021 at 12:11 pm #

      Peggy Noonan had a great piece 20 years ago. She’s not as enlightened as she was these days… and the original is not the current one, but this is a great read — if nothing but a little perspective:

      https://peggynoonan.com/156/

      “Good times breed bad men,
      Bad men breed bad times,
      Bad times breed good men,
      …and so it goes.”

      jcp

      • stelmosfire December 13, 2021 at 12:29 pm #

        JCP, I think the saying goes like this:

        https://i1.wp.com/www.cynlibsoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/strong-men-create-good-times.jpg?fit=684%2C1024

        • JC Penny December 13, 2021 at 1:21 pm #

          Yes. That’s Turning Point USA’s version… an often-hijacked [via left, right, or NSA] version of the truth. That specific depiction disgusts me, to be honest. Read more. Perspective matters.

          My rendition is my rendition. Having been to just a couple of shitholes [>20] and lived a few years longer than the me-generation [>50] I have a little more perspective.

          Humankind did not flourish upon [perhaps ravish] this Earth through the meek and mild, feel-good neat-speak BS orators that so hypnotize the wanting masses. That’s why we’re still here: To the victors go the spoils.

          And, spoil it they have.

          JHK prophesizes, “We’ll be too busy for any more shrieking and hand-wringing, and crybabies will get whapped upside their heads.” The time between good times and bad times can be millennia…just sayin’

          jcp

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 8:06 am #

            I’m not even sure this is apropos to your comment, but you got me to thinking, “What exactly makes for good times or bad times?”

            Are good times those times when you don’t have to kindle a fire in a woodstive or fireplace (or fire ring in your cave) to cook and keep warm? It is better to turn up the thermostat? We know the food is not as good in these “good times.” We know that the people are not as good, mostly because we have heard tell of times when people were a lot better.

            You can ask the same question about success. What is success?

      • anmariwakaranai December 13, 2021 at 5:54 pm #

        Thanx jc, will read.

      • anmariwakaranai December 15, 2021 at 8:16 pm #

        Jcp, wish I’d read that Peggy Noonan piece right when I saw it here the first time.thanks. brilliant.

    • Walter B December 13, 2021 at 1:37 pm #

      Destruction of manhood (as well as womanhood for that matter) was an integral part of the agenda being advanced to destroy our society from within. It is especially disgusting to me that so many appear to have fallen for the gender wars (or at least that the media is pretending that so many have), because no matter what you may believe spiritually, we were clearly made to work together and not against one another.

      “The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”…Matthew Henry – maybe or not totally accurate, but in spirt wonderfully phrased IMHO.

      Left to their own devices, either gender would screw every system up if they did not have the other gender there to keep the ship of life on course. We are designed to complement each other, NOT to war with each other. All of the distraction wars they have us fighting right now, be it economic, race, gender, or vaccination status are designed to keep us fighting one another rather than against the garbage bags at the working end of Dopy-Joe-Biden-His-Time’s strings. You may or may not believe that these creatures are demonic, but you can rest assured that they are indeed evil incarnate. They will not stop now until some dramatic and probably un-earthly intervention takes place, and even then, it will probably be deception. Beware.

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:11 pm #

        Walter: I think most real men and women know the gender wars guff is exactly that. They get along just as they always have done? And is it about gender anyway? During the awful 20 months I’ve noticed many, many wonderful people. Some have been men; some have been women. But their defining qualities of integrity and courage has nothing to do with that.

        • Walter B December 13, 2021 at 2:22 pm #

          It is certainly difficult if not impossible to have a feel for how our society as a whole is doing because the media is doing everything it can to distort reality and drive us all to hopelessness. That is what makes places like this so valuable to me.

          • hilton33 December 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm #

            Fuck them. Go out and live the best life you can. That pisses them off even more that you’re not living in fear.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 13, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

            Good point about media distortion of reality. I loathe and despise the Wokesters, but I also am rather tired of hearing about them 24/7. The fact of the matter is that 99% of the worst excesses of wokesterism have been confined to about a dozen or so deep blue urban areas. The rest of the country is far less afflicted, to one degree or another, and most of Red State America is largely not impacted at all, except to the extent that the federal government tries to impose various woke mandates on them.

            Here in NW Alabama I think it is safe to say that if a Woke troublemaker were to pop their head up and try to make a stink they’d be quickly corralled and shipped off into confinement where they would be studied by local law enforcement in order to determine how best to prevent public nuisances like them from defiling the sacred soil of this region again.

            So, for the most part, life here goes on as it has for centuries. About the closest thing to the Wokester counter-culture to be found here are the pathetic, squatley-looking, poor rural rednecks who are occasionally encountered working as checkout clerks at Wally World while sporting various neon-inspired hair colorations and accompanying tats and piercings. Other than that, they are mostly non-existent here, as evidenced by the fact that our Confederate War Memorial still stands in the courthouse square despite all of the iconoclasm that swept some other areas of the South over the past 5 years.

          • RocketDoc December 13, 2021 at 7:02 pm #

            @Wizard

            Recently saw documentary called Muscle Shoals about the music scene. At least 5 years old but very good. I sent the recommendation to my buddy who grew up in Hsv with me and now lives in Santa Monica and he said you mean Mussel Shoals, home of the freshwater clam. I told him his Alabama native son card was revoked–it might be true about the clams but the spelling was like his Muscle Beach…

        • workingclasshero December 13, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

          The serious problem IMO is that grown adults aren’t the target for converts in so called gender wars, it’s the kids, and in that sense there will be plenty of converts over time and this could drag on forever and a day,especially with single parent households and God knows what bad stuff in the physical environment causing hormonal issues with young adults and teens.

          • Walter B December 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm #

            They are the easy targets for those who understand patience in their deception. It appears to be working too and that is heartbreaking, if it is so.

      • woe December 14, 2021 at 9:30 am #

        Black feminism has been very destructive to the black community. They are anti family. In fact, I’m becoming suspicious of feminism as a whole. Feminism got us Kamala Harris.

    • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 7:29 am #

      So long as they stay well away from normal people such as women & children.

  6. JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:01 am #

    Honor defines Men. America is losing its honor.

    Honor insists that a man can be trusted, a basic of human relationships. Without trust, humanity collapses.

    Our politics has closed the book on trust, thus honor. Lying and falsehoods are the name of the game today.

    No wonder young men, unschooled by their dads, are going insane today. No wonder the young men, falsely entering our country are just adding to the miasma.

    JHK has put up a dangerous idea, that is is the fault of women that this is occurring, that men are not having their feet held to the fire by females to do their damned job, to provide honor to society, to train their young people on the proper role for men, and to provide protection and direction for human society.

    Must be easier for young men to become women, to absolve their responsibility and honor to society, either directly (trans) or indirectly by just dropping out (gangs).

    The maternalistic societies in America are hotbeds for the breakdown of honorable, moral populations. We are witnessing the destruction that happens when men drop out or are allowed to drop out.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 10:23 am #

      I didn’t get that it is the fault of women at all.

      Women making excuses for the men in their lives being louses is nothing new, but that doesn’t make those women the cause of the men being what they are.

      • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:35 am #

        Let it be so! Women must lose the right to vote if there is to be any renewal. They don’t understand that history is written in red ink.

        Here, the lyrics for Scotland the Brave

        Let Italy boast of her gay gilded waters
        Her vines and her bowers and her soft sunny skies
        Her sons drinking love from the eyes of her daughters
        Where freedom expires amid softness and sighs

        [Verse 2]
        Scotland’s blue mountains wild where hoary cliffs are piled
        Towering in grandeur are dearer tae me
        Land of the misty cloud, land of the tempest loud
        Land of the brave and proud, land of the free

        [Verse 3]
        Enthroned on the peak of her own highland mountains
        The spirit of Scotia reigns fearless and free
        Her green tartan waving o’er blue rock and fountain
        And proudly she sings looking over the sea

        [Verse 4]
        Here among my mountains wild I have serenely smiled
        When armies and empires against me were hurled
        Firm as my native rock I have withstood the shock
        Of England, of Denmark, of Rome, and the world

        [Verse 5]
        But see how proudly her war steeds are prancing
        Deep groves of steel trodden down in their path
        The eyes of my sons like their bright swords are glancing
        Triumphantly riding through ruin and death

        You only have what you can keep. Those that attempt to take it from you must be taught how unwise such attempts are. Any woman who objects to the gun in your house or on your person is your enemy and should be shown the door. Obviously don’t get involved with any that are anti-second amendment or anti-male. That’s most of them. They’ll change when things change. And pretend they always believed in men’s right. Women are mutable, without a center. Thus they cannot be trusted with the franchise.

        • butter56 December 13, 2021 at 2:06 pm #

          You should read Born Fighting by James Webb. An interesting history of the Scotts/Irish.

          • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 3:26 pm #

            @butter56 – that was a wonderful book. I had an Irish great grandmother and Scots/Irish grandfather but I never understood why we weren’t Catholic. My mom would just say we are Scots/Irish and leave it at that.

            It wasn’t until I read Born Fighting that I truly understood what that meant. Although I am 3/4 Scandinavian my 1/4 Scots/Irish is my fighting spirit. I once heard Donald Trump was Scots/Irish but who knows. Rumor has it that the Scots/Irish were the reason the Revolutionary War was won!

        • Walter B December 13, 2021 at 2:10 pm #

          My guess is that women were denied the vote originally because the lifestyles at the time did not lend themselves to having women enough in the information loop to be able to make informed choices for voting. That clearly changed as the suffragette movement successfully pointed out. But today, I am afraid that now the technologies and media (social and otherwise), make it impossible for anyone to make intelligent or logical choices in the voting process. Plus, Bonhoeffer was right.

          From actual, first-hand experience on a decade’s worth of door-to-door campaign trails, I have heard and seen in person much proof of the theory that far too many voters are simply not qualified to vote. Between the “I vote for who my buddy Joe tells me to vote for”, or “I vote for whoever is the democrat” (republicans say it too), or even, “I always vote for people with Italian sounding names”. Seriously, no exaggeration, it stupefies me.

          I think that the politicians realize this and have taken steps to remove voters from elections by simply dialing in who the money men want. I cannot see any reason whatsoever to partake in the BS scam again, though I promised myself that I will vote for Tulsi Gabbard anyway.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 13, 2021 at 3:17 pm #

            WB – I have to agree with the general thrust of your observations. It strikes me that as America has steadily expanded the voting franchise, the country has become increasingly dysfunctional.

            The problem today, as I see it, is more an issue of inadequate IQ of the average voter, further compounded by poor education and a lack of dedication to keeping up with current events. At least half of the present day U.S. electorate is stupid, apathetic, poorly educated, arrogant, vicious, and overly possessed with an entitlement mentality. This problem is not confined to any one race or gender, but it IS found in varying dilutions as you march through the various demographic groups.

            Since discrimination by race, sex, etc. are all pretty much frowned upon and precluded by law these days, I think the only hope is if we can at least restore a general appreciation for the need for legitimate minimal voting qualifications. We need to stop trying to endlessly expand the voting franchise as we’ve been doing for about a century and a half now. Clearly, the pendulum has swung too far. The time has come to set some decent standards and insists that those who desire to vote provide evidence of having MET those standards.

            I’m sure many here could suggest what those standards should be. For my own part, I’d at least like to insist on the following:

            1) Must be U.S. citizens.
            2) Must be 25 to 80 years of age. All ages above or below this range excluded from eligibility to vote or hold office.
            3) Must have an IQ of at least 110.
            4) Must be able to pass a voting qualification test to demonstrate literacy and baseline knowledge of American history, government, and the Constitution.
            5) Must be a taxpayer.
            6) Must NOT be receiving handouts, income, entitlements, etc. from any level of government.
            7) Must not be convicted felons.
            8) Must NOT be mentally ill.

          • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 9:19 am #

            Wiz,

            I agree with #1 (obvious), and maybe #5 (but aren’t we all taxpayers, one way or another?).

            Anyway, all but #1 are very contentious.

            And in the end, the love you take — er, um, uh — we never were a democracy. We’re a democratic republic, so there’s no definitive way to operate voting. In an actual true democracy, it’s one person, one vote. Period. Every question becomes a referendum, and that’s why it don’t work.

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 9:23 am #

            I concur. I think that few people of either sex are qualified to vote. Most people just vote for whomever they think will give them money or support the mechanisms or organizations that will give them money or financial advantage. The largest voting block of this kind is government employees/retirees and public sector unions.

            My observation is that liberals, almost to a man, are government employees or quasi-government employees (and retirees).

            A year or so ago, figures indicated that almost 20% of the working population is made up of government employees at some level of government. When you consider that there is probably at least another 20% whose income is heavily or entirely dependent on government funding (e.g., health-care), probably about half the employed people in this country are on the government tit. And that’s without factoring in welfare, food stamps, and the rest.

            Consider too that all these people who are on the government tit have spouses who at least to some degree dependent on them and will vote the same way.

        • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 7:36 am #

          That was written in 1950 by an inky Glasgow journalist (Hancock) with a meagre grasp of history.
          Scots tribes fought on foot, they did not ride which is why they were defeated, terminally, at Culloden,

      • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:43 am #

        Beryl

        Not directly as adults but

        Women raise boys into men, men not directing boys into men with masculine traits at the behest of Moms are the missing element.

        A little used phrase any more

        Just wait til your father gets home!

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:05 am #

          So, where are the fathers in this? How do you lay all the blame on women and excuse the fathers? This makes no sense.

          • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:21 am #

            It’s okay Mary.

            They’re just having a moment.

          • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 11:37 am #

            Hahahahaha! Good one, Abby.

            “I’m having a moment…a little verklempt… discuss amongst yourselves…”

          • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 11:52 am #

            I’m sure those fathers would be doing a bang-up job of raising upright and responsible children, if only they weren’t so busy spawning new bastards on the other side of town.

          • debt December 13, 2021 at 11:57 am #

            It’s a collective failure. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and.

          • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 1:59 pm #

            Not letting you get away with the comment..

            Men not directing boys into men with masculine traits at the behest of Moms are the missing element.

            Does that sound like I am blaming mothers only? Moms and dads working together raise healthy children, both. Today, both are at fault, let alone single parent families, let alone LBTGQ children.

        • Mike G December 13, 2021 at 9:47 pm #

          18% of Americans have nuclear families, that ship sailed 50 years ago.

          • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 7:38 am #

            …when it was already listing badly, before sinking without trace.

        • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 9:47 am #

          I was a single mom for many years. When other moms would debate whether corporal punishment was acceptable, I always used to say that I was unable to comment on this issue, as my kids never did anything wrong.

          If you think about it, that’s not even the way you train a dog. I’ve seen a couple of dogs trained in the past few years, and my daugher and son-in-law are in the process of training my dog to keep to his own territory and stop annoying the neighbors and bothering their dogs and horses. (I am elderly and can’t walk the perimeters with him.)

          Children are actually easier than dogs because dog-stuff is non-verbal.

          There is no aspect of raising/training children that can’t be done by mom. If things are the point where you must physically overpower a kid to get them to behave, you failed a LONG time ago.

          As with dogs, you must first have a strong bond with the child-critters. About 90% of the rest is modeling. About 9% is actively teaching, and about 1% is stern looks and stern words. Moms can manage this last perfectly well.

          • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 9:57 pm #

            And have done for untold millennia.

            The concept of ‘father’ exists only in biology – it has no other function.

            Utterly useless, not to say seriously deleterious, when crowbarred into social relationships.

            Among the higher primates (as well as most species apart from seahorses…) the family unit is mother, daughters and the female offspring. The males are sent off asap when approaching puberty.

            Those who think that stallions/rams/bucks have harems obviously haven’t spoken to the mares/ewes/dams.

      • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 11:14 am #

        I would judge that about half of the screaming Karens of the 2020 covid hysteria were actually Kens, though I haven’t counted. This seemed somehow more unbecoming on men. One is aware that there are a lot of silly women around who are eager to sieze on any opportunity to dominate others, or just generally be bossy. (We have them in our families.) This is invariably because such women have been justly ignored and held in contempt all their lives. This was their once-in-a-lifetime opportuny to play the social dominance card, backed by “authorities” backed with guns. Nothing more. Anyway, the ploy is familiar and most of us know how to handle such women.

        When a man goes in for this kind of thing, it seems to imply a more serious character flaw than just being a born stupid bitch, which is arugably at least as much of a misfortune as it is a fault (about half low intelligence and half low character). In a man, it looks like cowardice, unreason, and a rather faggy hysteria, and is pathetic. It is, after all, pathetic to be unmanned by a damn sniffle. But maybe I am just holding the men to a higher standard.

        As for any of this being the fault of women (for not holding men to a higher standard), the women in this country were forced to give up on the men starting around 1970. If you can’t send them to the store for a red onion and have them come back with a red onion, there can be little expectation of them being able to do anything else.

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 11:43 am #

          Well now we see the problem, both from Ant and those above. One sex must rule, and it simply cannot be theirs.

          • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 8:04 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Each has their proper sphere in which they have the final say–unless they are total fuck-ups in their proper sphere. And very often these days, both the men and the women are total fuck-ups in their proper sphere.

            But I can’t resist making the observation that there are some things that most men simply cannot do (besides have babies).

            Once when I was dining out with extended family, there were four young guys seated at the next table, having an incredibly inane conversation. When they left, I asked my daughter, “What was that all about?” She replied, “They’re IT guys.” I said, “But why were they dressed like Whizzo the clown?” and she said, “They don’t have wives.”

          • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 8:24 pm #

            @ Jo-G:

            While it is said that it is usually the women who initiate court proceedings for divorce, which is probably true, it is usually the men who initiate the divorce. That is, it is usually the men who abandon their families, lay around drunk all the time, fail to support their families, are violent and abusive, or commit adultery, etc. It is these actions that “initiate” divorce.

          • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:13 pm #

            Maybe he didn’t like red onions. And where do you get off sending him to get one anyway? He probably realized that you were a Female Supremacist by and by (you’ve already admitted as much here) and what quality man wants to be around that? He is well rid of you.

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 10:46 am #

            @ Jarek:

            The red onion incident happened when we were having a family barbeque (someone’s birthday, I think). Everyone was busy but my ex. My daughter and son-in-law were grilling and I was preparing side dishes. Someone else was probably herding kids. The reason my ex was idle at this time was because he was either unwilling or unable to do any of this stuff.

            IMHO, burgers are to be served with red onions. I figured that maybe could successfully do ONE thing to contribute, so I sent him to the store to get ONE item. Welp, turned out he couldn’t even do that.

            As to whether he likes or dislikes red onions, while this remains a mystery these past forty years, he would have had neither the discernment nor the authoriyt to make this decision. The choice of onions would be determined by the preference of all partaking in the meal, and certainly not by the one person who was idle and not involved in the preparation of the food. And, as with many other things, there is a right way and a wrong way to do stuff. Red onions with burgers are the right way. Yellow onions are acceptable but sub-optimal. Some people prefer their onions lightly grilled, so these should be provided.

            Decision making on these and other matters should be based on competence–and level of contribution.

            Even when my kids were young and undertook some project, I made it a rule that if they were doing the job, they got to do the decision-making.

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 11:02 am #

            @ Jarek:

            I wouldn’t say I’m a “female supremacist.” As I said, authority and decision-making should be based on compentence and–even moreso–whether you’re the one doing the actual work.

            If I tend to favor the ladies’ authority and decsion-making, it is because too many of the men have no competence at anything at all and are unwilling to contribute anything at all. Obviously, in the above case, my son-in-law was in there slugging with both hands, manning the grill. Do you suppose anyone should have the right to tell him when to flip the burgers? Or, while my daughter was manning the grill, that someone should have the right to tell her when to flip the burgers?

            By way of another amusing anecdote, both my son-in-law and my ex were astounded that anyone would make up a bed with “hospital corners.” (Like there’s some other way to do it.) And my son-in-law is a guy who will get out a micrometer to mark a cut on dimension lumber. (My ex probably still doesn’t know what dimension lumber is.)

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 11:22 am #

            @ Jarek:

            Here’s another amusing (I hope) anecdote:

            A number of years ago, one of my daughters asked me if a couple of her friends who were traveling across country could stay at my house for the night. I didn’t know them at all. I decided that after a long road trip, they would appreciate a nice dinner, so I planned to serve them deep-fried catfish, polenta, and coleslaw.

            The female side of this pair (Bridget) helped with the food prep. The guy (Fox) stood around and told us he wanted his coleslaw without dressing, and that he didn’t want his catfish breaded and deep fried. So I put a catfish filet on a pie pan and told him to bake it to suit himself. I didn set aside a portion of undressed coleslaw for him.

            He seemed rather disgusted by his food when we sat down to eat, and it did look like crap. But, as Robert Burns observed in “Country Lass,”

            “Syne as ye brew, my maiden fair,
            Keep mind that ye maun drink the yill.”

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 6:11 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Are you seriously saying that if you were attending a family Thanksgiving dinner and the hostess asked you to pick something up on the way over, you would refuse because your hostess is female (daugher, sister, aunt)?

            Or, if you were a guest who, for whatever reason, was present throughout the meal preparation (maybe because it’s at your house and your wife is the hostess, or because you are an overnight guest), and your hostess asked you run to the store for something, you would refuse? (She has spent two or three days in meal prep, and is standing over the stove stirring a pot of homemade egg noodles and realizes that she forgot to pick up some Asti Spumate to go with the brie en croute.)

            If so, you are very rude.

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 6:32 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            I am coming to think that I am perhaps belaboring my point, but I begin to suspect that you have never had a normal family life. Perhaps you are an orphan who was raised by Cistercian monks. (The ladies are conspicuously absent in Cistercian monasteries.) Clearly, no one has ever pulled a pan of homemade biscuits (“Grandma’s Mile-High” biscuit recipe) out of the oven in your presence. That’s probably why the Cistercians don’t have women around; they would be their slaves forever.

          • Jarek December 15, 2021 at 10:19 pm #

            IMHO? You’ve never had a humble opinion in your life.

            Mild temperment? All the better to lure people in. Procrustes was no different….

            Not a female supremacist? You’ve already admitted as much. Do you not remember? Perhaps you’re more complicated – and less integrated – than you know. This is a good thing since the other Anthea is very bad news.

            A theory: Your animus is out of control and always has been. Apart from the Jungian, the main meaning is “hostility”. But let’s focus on the Jungian. You marriage may have been one of your secondary personality, the inferior male or animus to his inferior femininity, the anima. Since both “people” are caricatures and the main personalities not engaged, such things are a disaster waiting to happen.

            Get Donna’s book yet? It’s not nice to worship Hecate in the under the guise of the BVM. That’s like the Santa Muerte cult of the drug dealers in Mexico.

          • Anthea December 16, 2021 at 11:04 am #

            This seems like an opportune time to remind you that “real men”–or even real adults–are characterized by detachment, objectivity, and a high level of emotional control. I.e., they do not easily (and certainly not publicly) give way to pique and begin casting aspersions on the character of others, and fabricating imaginary scenarios that seem to justify their views. This is at best immaturity.

            You may have noticed that the worst thing I have ever said about you is that you seem to have been an orphan raised by Cistercian monks–a surmise that was offered, not as a personal attack, but as a possible excuse or explanation your lack of experience or engagement with the distaff side.

            Okay, I did say your life seems a bit arid and dusty. My opinion. I don’t know what you do with your life or your time, but I notice you have never said anything about an impact wrench, chain saw, reciprocal saw, or other useful object–thus giving the impression of aridity and dustiness, even as guy lives go.

        • Islander December 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

          Anthea:
          “This was their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the social dominance card, backed by “authorities” backed with guns. Nothing more. Anyway, the ploy is familiar and most of us know how to handle such women.”

          Not so sure about this.

          Many Karens are probably narcissistic, and it is damned difficult to “handle” narcissists. Yet they are authoritarians in the sense of receiving their sense of authority to tell others what to do from an “authority” outside themselves, not from within themselves.

          In addition, however, I think a lot of this controlling/narcissistic development has to do with birth order, the struggle for dominance among siblings (esp. boy-boy and girl-girl), and upbringing within the family of origin, which largely determines how those intra-familial struggles play out. .

          A family without a man (man abandoned family; divorce and man living elsewhere), helmed by a woman—esp. if the mother is also working—that is too much free-floating emotion for a woman alone, probably tired after working all day, to manage, or even understand. She may favor her son and ignore the girls, even if it is the girls who take up the slack in shopping, cooking, etc.. Who also need a father to form healthy relationships and to set boundaries. That is why two parents are needed.

          Generally it is men who leave women and the family, not the other way around, soooo . . . .

          • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm #

            “Many Karens are probably narcissistic, and it is damned difficult to “handle” narcissists. Yet they are authoritarians in the sense of receiving their sense of authority to tell others what to do from an “authority” outside themselves, not from within themselves.”

            Well stated.

            Karens have their place in society. The trouble is, we have gradually allowed in the creeping authoritarianism that has anyone and everyone seizing the least little bit of unearned authority that the government “gives” them.

            I myself summoned my inner Karen not too far back when helping out a relative who had a problem with a local hospital’s dysfunctional billing department.

            What a waste of human potential to have otherwise competent humans looking at strangers to see whether their nostrils are showing.

            This is deliberate.

            I have noticed that, Islander, sometimes a mother feels guilty that her son does not have a father. No one seems to think that a girl needs a father too.

          • Jo-G December 13, 2021 at 2:04 pm #

            “Generally it is men who leave women and the family, not the other way around, soooo . . . .”
            Is it true that most divorce proceedings are initiated by husbands?

          • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:16 pm #

            70% or more of divorces are brought by women – because it is in their financial interest to do so.

            It’s mind boggling how out of touch you are.

        • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 7:44 am #

          With lockdowns rampant on the Continent, it is interesting watching men doing a new task, supamart shopping.
          Though supplied with a detailed list – obviously, no woman would trust them without one – they still make a hash of it and drive the poor shelf stackers to distraction. .

          • Jarek December 15, 2021 at 12:32 pm #

            A man who is anti-male. What a pathetic creature you are, mumbles. Mommy’s little helper!

      • draupnir December 13, 2021 at 4:42 pm #

        I don’t blame women per se, but I do blame feminism, finding it the unpleasant and strident heart of the woke movement.

        • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 12:28 pm #

          I often say that the only people who were liberated by “women’s liberation” were men. They were liberated from all social, financial, and sexual responsibility.

          • mumbai December 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm #

            Let’s hear it for a Lysistra League, backed a young, fit Judith & Jael cohort.

    • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:05 am #

      Real women want and need real men.

      • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 11:45 am #

        Real men won’t take orders from women. What you want is not what you are going to get with attitude you show above.

        • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm #

          My wife gives orders aplenty, some of which I ignore, most of which I don’t, cuz they make sense. On the rare occasions when I give orders, she usually says, “Yes, Papa.”

          ‘Twas ever thus.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm #

            I have noticed that in happy families, it seems to be the mother who calls the shots.

          • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

            Happy wife, …

            Happy families are all alike. Unhappy families are different in myriad ways.

            I paraphrase, but close enough. One of the all-time best opening lines, along with “Call me Ishmael.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 13, 2021 at 3:51 pm #

            JT – I agree with this. In a healthy marriage, a real man is the final word, but he is a fool if he never considers the sage advice of a real woman standing by his side.

            This truth also means that real men and real women should be very judicious about the selection of a mate. Too many people enter into marriage too fast and without enough vetting of the other person. This can be a very expensive and life-destroying mistake.

            Most of this also applies to unmarried couples if they have any desire to make that far less permanent arrangement last for any great length of time.

          • RocketDoc December 13, 2021 at 7:16 pm #

            My Father said, he made all the big decisions and left my Mother to make all the little decisions but having been married
            50+ years he hadn’t yet had to make any big decisions….

          • SW December 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #

            @ JT in MD

            I always thought this was a funny quote from Einstein:

            “When we first got married, we made a pact. It was this: In our life together, it was decided I would make all of the big decisions and my wife would make all of the little decisions. For fifty years, we have held true to that agreement. I believe that is the reason for the success in our marriage. However, the strange thing is that in fifty years, there hasn’t been one big decision.”

          • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:51 am #

            JTinMD: I always insist on having the final word when I talk to my wife. It’s usually “Yes, dear. Right away!”

        • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

          I have exactly what I “want”.

          Hanging with the little ones teaching them and cooking and making cut-out cookies and playing Play-Doh. Reading and writing in peace with no one to answer to except my own inner demands.

          Not a man in sight save for my son and he loves and respects me and when I ask him for anything he takes care of it. Well, maybe after the fifth reminder.

          • Jo-G December 13, 2021 at 2:13 pm #

            “Not a man in sight save for my son and he loves and respects me and when I ask him for anything he takes care of it. Well, maybe after the fifth reminder.”
            Forcing a boy to do a man’s job or a child to play an adult role is cruel. If there is no man in sight whoever is doing the man’s job is doing a poor job or the job isn’t being done, Today’s essay or sermon addresses this.

        • draupnir December 13, 2021 at 7:20 pm #

          Men have their rightful sphere and women have their’s. Life runs more smoothly when each may rule in their own domain, not that it doesn’t take negotiation to establish that. For instance, my father was hopeless with money, a trait I inherited, but my mother was an excellent financial manager. My husband was CFO of our little corporation, and the face we presented to the world in our business dealings.

        • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 12:35 pm #

          A real man would be able to know what to do and how to do it without being told. It should, for example, be unnecessary for a wife to tell her husband to rotate the tires, shut the front door when the heat or AC is running, clean the gutters, cut the grass, and so forth. But when you are dealing with a child rather than a real adult man, you have no option but to tell him what to do.

          If you’ve ever read Jack London’s short story, “Samuel,” the several Samuels in the story are roughly what most women have on their hands: A “monster idiot.” If they are telling the guy what to do, it should probably be construed as an effort to train him to be a “real man.”

        • mumbai December 16, 2021 at 7:15 am #

          You would never be within speaking distance of a women, apart from perhaps a cashier.

      • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm #

        Absolutely abbywood. I could never understand why someone want a man they can lead around by his, for lack of a better word, dick! I am so blessed to have a real man, one who is steadfast in his beliefs and principles, but also willing to consider another opinion.

        The thoughts of having to direct and boss around some pantywaist makes me tired to no end. Sort of like dealing with a recalcitrant child.

        • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:13 pm #

          Reminds me of a now-funny incident. I ignored an “order” once, and wifey said, “Why are you so defiant?!?” She received a cold stare, and never accused me of defiance again.

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 1:35 pm #

          A girl I know married a guy, in my opinion, largely because she can easily manipulate him. Then she complains about his spinelessness, to her dad, in front of her husband. Inertia will keep them together.

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm #

            @ Blackbird:

            I think my ex married me because it seemed I was easily manipulated. In real life I come off as quite the pansy. This attracts bullies of both sexes. Low characters smell blood. But if you happen by temperament to be rather mild and unassuming, you become a master at putting such people in their place. And it really doesn’t take much, as such people are cowards. Kind of like, “Please don’t force me to insist.”

        • Paula D December 13, 2021 at 1:44 pm #

          I don’t understand this talk of one person bossing the other one around. I don’t like bossy people.
          My husband and I are partners. We do what needs to be done, discussing what needs to be done and dividing the work among ourselves, and the rest of the time we do what we want to do.
          I like to cruise the internet. He likes to watch TV. Neither of us tells the other one to stop. I might show him a funny meme and he might find TV shows he thinks I’ll like, but that is the extent of it.
          On Friday night we argued about where to go if the tornado came here. I was irrational and we both know it, but I did not want to go into the storm shelter because it freaks me out. I told him that he could go alone, but he refused to leave me.
          I like that about him.

          • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

            Balance of power! Sharing experiences! Enjoying each other’s company! Giving more than receiving!

            Listening!! Not ordering !

            Compromise!

            Getting married, think on all these.

            Sex as a motivator in marriage only lasts for a while.

            Our 50% divorce rate shows how many folks do not understand relationship rules.

            On Dec. 21, we are celebrating 53 years together, and each one is better than the last.

          • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:55 am #

            Sounds like you’ve cracked the marriage issue, Paula. Well done! I hate bossy people too, but don’t either want to be a Victorian patriarch in my household. We work out a balance, like you and other sane people always have done. One of the many reasons I hate the nuttier part of feminism is that it insists that male-female relationships should always be a zero sum battle for power. They don’t realize that men and women can actually work out a balance themselves. Oops, have to dash! My wife is “asking” me to take out the dog!

        • hilton33 December 13, 2021 at 3:33 pm #

          Call me old fashioned but I think marriage is a partnership between two consenting adults. Not this is your job, this is my job. My father was ahead of the curve on cooking, cleaning, and laundry. His motto was if it needs to be done and if you have the ability just do it. We had eight kids in our family, my dad worked a job then came home and worked the farm. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest had chores. I never heard one of my parents say, that’s a man/womans job. All my brothers know how to do ” women’s work”. And all my sisters know how to do “men’s work”. This was in the 50s.

    • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:14 pm #

      JAZ: JHK was concentrating on manhood, but I don’t think he was dissing women per se. However, you are absolutely right about the lack of honor among many of today’s men. Look at the armed forces. There are surely many honorable men serving, but their leaders have shown themselves to be cowards and traitors. Men without honor; men without chests, despite their fourteen rows of medals.

      • SpeedyBB December 14, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

        I lost a growing relationship with a distant cousin I had come to know, like and admire after some 50+ years of no contact.

        He was retired ex-police, ex-USAF, but had alienated practically all of his own immediate family. Testy, grouchy and with similar traits in wife and kids reportedly.

        My boo-boo was to insinuate that the Air Force leadership in the Pentagon all seemed to be careerists, lifers, not at all what a soldier should be.

        He cut me off, permanently.

        Maybe I was wrong? Not by much.

  7. Bill of Rights December 13, 2021 at 10:02 am #

    Good advice this morning Jim. Thanks.

    I’ll pass it along to my friends in “catholic christian” Austria who are distracted from the advent season by their zeal to vaccinate anyone who doesn’t conform.

    I’ll also pass your words along to my vaccinated German friends who since this weekend are wearing a “red arm tag” for Christmas shopping — while unvaccinated are not allowed to enter a shop to buy a warm winter coat.

    • SW December 13, 2021 at 10:15 am #

      The Germans still have that “can do” spirit when called to get rid of the people they don’t want around anymore. This is a translated article that says it all about where this vaccine cruelty has gone:

      https://anti-empire.com/unvaccinated-homeless-banned-from-taking-shelter-in-the-subway-in-berlin/

      • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 10:26 am #

        The government here is captured. The new chancellor has threatened the population more in one week than the last one did in 18 years — though she did release her inner tyrant at the end, and even got a send off that looked like it could have been choreographed by Leni Riefenstahl.

        https://image.stern.de/30980178/t/lC/v4/w1440/r1.7778/-/grosser-zapfenstreich-bundeswehr-angela-merkel.jpg

        • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 10:54 am #

          Eh, except that no one is scared of the Bundeswehr.

          At this point aren’t they down to something like a dozen operable tanks and two or three helos that still fly?

          • Hereward the Woke December 14, 2021 at 6:56 am #

            Steady, thirdcoast, a deftly handled broomstick handle can cause serious damage to the rectal passage!

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:08 am #

          CJ Hopkins called it “Triumph of the Will”, colorized. I’d ask what the hell were they thinking – optics-wise. But it’s apparent they knew exactly what they were doing, there. Just, wow.

        • Islander December 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm #

          jesus Christ!

          Mit Fackeln.

          Un-effing-believable.

      • Bill of Rights December 13, 2021 at 10:31 am #

        https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/news/3g-in-berlin-senat-verbannt-obdachlose-von-bahnsteigen-li.199239

        Thanks SW.

        Here is the original article link from the Berlin News. It says the homeless can stay in the subway if they test negative, but it doesn’t say what happens if they test positive. Positives must quarantine for 10 days. Which would mean the homeless would quarantine in their subway home, right? It makes no sense but that’s modern day leftist utopian Berlin for you.

        • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 10:43 am #

          We recently did a grocery run for some friends (a family with a young child) who had “tested” positive.

          They were not allowed to leave the house, and the local REWE delivery service was overwhelmed.

          Had they no friends they could call, they would have had no food.

          • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:11 am #

            Mass insanity. There are even people in the US calling for the starvation and torture of vaxx refuseniks. So I don’t think we’re all that far behind you. The difference I think are state’s rights, guns, and a large number of people who laugh at authority.

          • spaingaroo December 13, 2021 at 11:16 am #

            one must have food on standby.
            Last winter it snowed a bit in Toledo. (in Spain)
            Made the ‘casco antiguo’ into an island state.
            It’s on a hilltop surrounded on three sides by river.
            My ex informed me that her sister had no food. Like one day after.
            Whole thing was likened to the end of the world, but it was all over in a few days.
            I still can’t believe that people don’t have the idea yet of how Just in Time inventory works.
            I also shop for fresh food, but I could hide out in here for a month too. Well except for dog walking

          • Bill of Rights December 13, 2021 at 11:53 am #

            Hi Night Owl.

            Germany is a successful place in part because the people follow rules. The problem is that they follow rules to the extreme and they are proud to do it, even when it means as in your example that a young family might starve. Suppose there were a rule saying that you couldn’t buy food on behalf of an unvaccinated or corona-positive person. How many Germans would follow that rule?

          • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

            ProudMary,

            I think the big difference – attitudinally – between the US and Europe is that for hundreds of years we have siphoned off the self-sufficient, contemptuous-of-authority ne’er-do-wells from Europe and planted them over here, in very fertile soil.

          • RocketDoc December 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm #

            As a long ago Gastarbeiter in Hamburg I respected the honor system subways that my Italian roommate disparaged and flouted. I found certain “rules” amusing like not jay walking or being required to clean the street in front of your house, or having flowers in the window boxes (if your house had them). I appreciated the rule following but note that Germans here in my Southern town appreciate the ability to do what they like with their own land.

            I have returned from a nice cycling vacation in France and Germany and do despair over the papers please culture re-emerging. We do not want that here.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:45 pm #

          If covid was a problem among the homeless, they’d all have been either sick or dead by now.

          • JC Penny December 13, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

            OK Beryl,

            I’ll give you 50 more points towards the epiphany. Your immunized forwards of 30/70 knowledge/hype may just be excused if you keep this up.

            Your casual observation that one of the theorized, vulnerable populations [indigents] is missing from any context has seen zero-nada-nil commentary from any “published” articles, TG’s AI-rants, MSM poll-dancing, nor the WHO-CDC cabal almost appears that my previous assignment of you as mere sycophant was poorly applied.

            Unless, of course… you are just parroting another commentator on another site, again, without doing any research.

            If, indeed, this is a statement that you derived on your own, please slap me upside the head with heated debasement.

            Got links?

            jcp

      • Bilejones December 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

        The Hun would be better hunting these:

        https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1400344909182345216.html

    • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm #

      Bill: don’t forget the police measuring sticks! I wonder which big woke corporation produces those? Sometimes you just have to laugh at it all.

      • Islander December 13, 2021 at 3:42 pm #

        Maybe made in China.

        Overstock?

  8. shotho December 13, 2021 at 10:06 am #

    My son contends that when the pendulum swings the other way, women will have a hard time of it as men will exaggerate their strength through agressiveness. I acknowledge that he may be right, but I pray to the Light of the world that he isn’t.

    • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:11 am #

      your son thinks too much. too much time on his hands?

      meanwhile, https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/houston-now-has-its-first-black-owned-supermarket-district-market-green-grocer/ar-AARKi8H?ocid=msedgntp

    • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:12 am #

      Apocalyptic book I read had a quote,

      The moment the comet crashed, women’s lib died!

      When the current support systems all collapse, female will become submissive again. Households will again require heads of households that are masculine in nature.

      • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:27 am #

        dream on.

      • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 12:55 pm #

        @JAZ In such a state of crisis a woman becomes very vulnerable. With no “careers” available to them any longer women will resort to the sort of things portrayed in old westerns. Without a man, women were left with very few choices and as much as we (speaking for myself) think that we can do just about anything a man can do, we really can’t. I’m above average in height and very strong, but at 68 years old I would be SOL in a post-apocalyptic scenario without a man’s protection. Also don’t think that at this point in my life I would make a very amenable dance hall girl!

        • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:17 pm #

          You could be a crazy witch-doctor type, with poultices and herbal remedies, and nobody would bother you. Hell! They’d likely protect you!

          • Cactus Girl December 13, 2021 at 3:18 pm #

            Until they burn her at the stake.

        • Bilejones December 13, 2021 at 1:41 pm #

          I saw a study (didn’t bookmark) which explained why women perform more poorly under stress while men do better.

          The area of the brain devoted to decoding facial recognition signals become more active in women and less so in men when stress is applied.
          Women want to know what everybody else thinks, men literally care less, they devote more resources to fixing the problem.

          It was not news to me.

        • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:17 pm #

          C’mon, dear farmgal. Don’t do yourself down! I’m sure you could give me a run for my money at arm wrestling! Let’s hope we never get to find out how vulnerable we’ll all be!

          • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm #

            @Htw – much as I hate to admit it I totally suck at arm wrestling. I have these long skinny fast-twitch muscle fibers that always let me down. Actually I believe it’s mostly technique but I have never been able to learn. It was a big pastime when I was a kid staying with my midwestern grandparents. Lots of beer, arm wrestling and pinochle!

        • butter56 December 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm #

          I consider myself an outdoorsman. I’m well equipped. But i would be SOL also. Save bullet for myself

        • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm #

          Women have often historically had to manage without their men. E.g., in “Little Women,” Dad is away because of the Civil War. This was somewhat based on Louisa May Alcott’s early life, where her dad, Bronson Alcott, was a wastrel poser (posing as a philosopher) who did not provide for his family. Louisa May Alcott’s mother got by, by taking in wash.

          There have always been widows and orphans, men who were off to war, men who abandoned their families, and men who did not provide for their families–often due to alcoholism.

          In one of his books, Nock observes that it is only with great difficulty that men can get along without women, but that women can generally manage quite well without men. Back when I was married, my ex was rarely home. I have often said that this was his best quality.

          • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:25 pm #

            If you were him, would you have wanted to be around you? He obviously must have realized what a mistake he had made…..

          • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 9:42 am #

            Yo,

            Now, I’m not a hall monitor, but that is a nasty comment. Do you actually know Anthea? If that’s how you treat a lady, what kind of base, spaniel fawning, and, frankly, boring female must you be saddled with??

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 7:14 pm #

            @ JTinMD:

            I begin to suspect that Jarek has no women in his life, and probably rarely (if ever) ever has. As I mentioned above, he comes off as possibly an orphan raided in a Cistercian monastery. It’s as if he doesn’t know what a woman is. I’m not sure he knows what regular men are either. Perhaps he does not know anyone at all, besides having no family. Perhaps he used to correspond with Thomas Merton, till the guy died. Never had an aunt whose every utterance was poetry (my aptly named Uncle Virgil could also talk poetry) and another aunt who played the guitar in taverns, or one who ran the family farm. No daughters who discuss the Council of Nicea on Facebook and listen to rosary meditations while milking the goats in the morning.

            I sense that he leads a life that is a bit arid and dusty.

          • Anthea December 14, 2021 at 7:43 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Looking back on why the ex was never home during the last few years of the marriage, I have come to realize that it was mostly shame–or what passes for shame among the “entitled.” At that time, his business was running what I estimate to be about $10,000/year in the red and his parents were getting impatient with the mooching and poor business decisions. If his dad hadn’t paid the employee withholding taxes, he would probably have gone to jail. The way he dealt with his catastrophic failure was to blame his financial difficulties on the burden of providing for his family. His dad had bought us a house and a car, and took care of the home and car maintenance and taxes, so all he really had to do was buy groceries and pay the utility bills. His strategy on utility bills was to not pay them, so that when something got shut off his dad would take pity on him and take care of it.

            Since he blamed me and the kids for his failure, he became abusive. He also decided to comfort himself for his losses by indulging in a number of extravagances: air travel, an antique car, and a side chick. The classic male response to personal and financial setbacks is to become abusive, spend on status items, and acquire a side chick.

          • Jarek December 15, 2021 at 10:26 pm #

            Many traditional enemies praised their enemies. Why? Because it made their victories more glorious and their defeats more understandable.

            You married him. What does that say about you and your judgment?

          • Jarek December 15, 2021 at 10:28 pm #

            Jtin: But her talking shit about men – including the one SHE chose – that’s just par for the course, eh?

            You’re coming into focus now…..

      • hilton33 December 13, 2021 at 3:55 pm #

        Only if you’re a woman libber. How are these balless effeminate men who won’t even stand up for our rights, supposed to take their rightful place as heads of households?

    • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:37 am #

      Women will chase after such men when things get bad. You son? Sounds like he is looking for a strong woman, lol.

    • draupnir December 13, 2021 at 7:43 pm #

      In case of societal collapse, I suspect a pair-bond is going to be absolutely essential, at the very least. A clan or tribe would be better. A woman, alone with children, is going to be at a severe disadvantage, as we’ve known since we came down from the trees.

  9. Zoltar December 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #

    Humans don’t do well without sense-making. What makes sense is having a roof over your head, something to eat, some purposeful activities to provide those things, some other people to exist with and care for, and some ceremonies to honor our efforts and declare our gratitude for being here in the first place.

    This is Jim’s most important column in quite some time, and much needed.

    Thank you.

    • SmokieHillVillain December 13, 2021 at 11:18 am #

      This passage struck me too. Impactful. Sensible. Hopeful.
      “This too shall pass”.
      Thank you Jim.

      shv

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:18 pm #

        Exactly. A masterpiece!

  10. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 10:14 am #

    It’s not the fault of women, nor do I think Mr K is saying so. It is what it is, as they say. Men were in charge, so men corrupted the masculine mystique.

    • SW December 13, 2021 at 10:18 am #

      Men folded but I think they were trying hard to be sensitive to a woman’s perspective and be fair. Remember the man who was fired for saying men are better in math than women? He was right but that made no difference. It’s going to be a while (I have no idea how long) before anyone can make that assertion or say only women can have babies without being attacked.

      • anmariwakaranai December 13, 2021 at 10:23 am #

        Only women can have babies. Feel free to attack.

        Jaz, do me a favour and load duck duck go for searches. Under 5 minutes and no system overload or crashes etc. This will overide the algos put in place awhile ago by giggle and let you see the true science, stats and conclusions.

        Ian, see above.

        • Hardrock December 13, 2021 at 10:35 am #

          LMAO…..that is throwing down the gaunlet, my friend!!!!

        • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:56 am #

          Uh huh.

          They will not get very far without someone to start those babies.

          And are you saying that because they are the baby carriers, they should be more concerned about the upbringing of those babies?

          • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:30 am #

            If you’re a woman and you are in heat all it takes is a look and the brush of a skirt to get a man up on his feet.

            That rhymes!

        • Bilejones December 13, 2021 at 1:44 pm #

          Swiss Cows is the search engine I use.

          The go to test of search engines is to do an image search for
          “Happy Black women”
          then
          “Happy White Women”.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 10:46 am #

        Men are better in math is not really a sensible statement from a mathematical perspective.

        If you take the entire category of men versus women, men will come out ahead.

        However, there is a larger difference in ability within the category of men than there is between the sexes.

        I’ll let all you male math geniuses scratch your heads over that one.

        BTW I’ve had more men than women talk down to me with that “your mask protects me and my mask protects you” “science” nuttery.

        Do NOT get me started.

        • SW December 13, 2021 at 11:00 am #

          There’s no shortage of stupid men or women. And there have been some exceptional women who have excelled in math. My oldest daughter won every math contest so I’m not saying women can’t be good in math.

          A statistic that I have found interesting is that over 50% of college enrollment is now female but majoring in math, engineering and science is dropping.

          The problem as I see it, is the judgement that is attached to that. B/c the unspoken judgement is a person is innately smarter if he or she is good in those subjects.

          • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:14 am #

            Women are discouraged early in math – at least my generation we were. I think that’s the reason for those statistics.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 11:24 am #

            When I was in school, I was pushed to enroll in an ahead of its time technical program at one of our local high schools. The “smart” girls were steered into it, as well as the boys.

            My thought at the time was “kill me now”.

            The high school I did end up attending had a man as the head of its math department who was equaly supportive of girls in higher math as boys. That was unusual then.

            Most schools then had a higher percentage of boys than girls taking the AP match and science courses. At my school it was the reverse.

            I think perhaps one reason the enrollment for the STEM courses is dropping has to do with the students figuring out it isn’t the ticket to the good life that the media told them it was.

            They were coming out with degrees that weren’t worthless, but much too expensive. The market wants the cheap foreign labor.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 11:26 am #

            BTW SW congratulations to your daughter. My mother should have won every math and science prize going, but her school would not give them to a girl, and they ended up going to boys who were not just beneath her in ability, but far, far beneath her.

          • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 1:27 pm #

            Beryl-

            STEM tops out quickly, and only if you play the office politics.

            If you do those things, work 100+ hours a week, and have talent in your field you might have an above average career.

            In the corporate world they are pushing the DIE line very hard, and who wants to deal with that?

          • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 2:08 pm #

            @SW

            Part of “The Problem” as I see it is that virtually nobody has figured out that the entire public school system and the state college system of the US operate solely to program and cast cogs for the wheels of industry.

            That ain’t edjacation, friend.

            “It’s all bullshit, folks, and it’s bad for ya.” George Carlin was not so much a comic as he was a preacher of a better story, for which he possibly forfeited a longer life.

            However, mathematics [& sciences], language, and [my] philosophy do seem to make sense at a personal and tribal survival level.

            ~toktomi~

          • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:20 pm #

            I think we’re reaching a new level of equality: in stupidity.

        • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:38 am #

          But….but….what about those three Black women who saved the rocket ship back in the day?? (“Hidden Figures”….based on real events):

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rT6TauGZByE

          • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

            That’s why we can’t get to the Moon now but we could in the ’60’s – sexist racism!

        • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 11:49 am #

          I think it is more often the women who have ignored the mask mandates around here. I have never had anyone dare to scold me, other than a store employee.

          • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:21 pm #

            It’s hard to generalise. I think it’s BRAVE people who don’t wear masks. Some of those brave souls are men; some are women. It seems to be more about character than what’s between our legs.

        • Islander December 13, 2021 at 3:45 pm #

          Oh, and men are better cooks, too! (not)

          Pointless blah blah.

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:28 pm #

          Then you don’t understand statistics. There are more male geniuses and more male retards. Women cluster beneath the dome of the Bell Curve. Church! The Democratic Party! It’s easy for them to see the male retards, but much harder for them to see the men who are ahead of them.

          Are some women there too? Sure. In math? Oh, very, very few. It’s the rarest kind of genius.

      • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 12:21 pm #

        American women encouraged American men to be soft and feminine – now they hate us for it and seek out manly men from among the newcomers.

        • draupnir December 13, 2021 at 8:10 pm #

          I write romance novels and I have to read a lot of them. While most of them are really bad, they do give an insight into the secret heart of women. Apparently, in our fantacies, we yearn for strong, alpha-type men, just dripping of testosterone and aggression, who take charge of things, who take charge of us. On the other hand, they want him to be sensitive. My observation of the world is that those things tend not to come in the same package and women have doomed themselves to eternal disappointment.

          • Paula D December 14, 2021 at 10:37 am #

            You write romance novels? I have to share a tweet with you. It’s from a woman named Tiffany Stevenson writing about men the way men write about women.
            “He charged into the room, pert testicles bouncing gaily. I saw a scar and wondered if he’d had a vasectomy. He opened his plump lips, full of promise, but annoying words came out…..something about a football match”.

          • Soul Forensics December 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

            Paula D,

            Then why do women flood the romance book market with purchases?

            Your over-the-top caricature ‘comparison’ has nothing to do with what women actually enjoy in romance fantasy-lit.

            It’s an inconvenient fact for you that women read what were formerly known as bodice-rippers with obsessive, unrelenting passion.

            draupnir is dead on the mark.

          • Soul Forensics December 14, 2021 at 1:47 pm #

            By the way, over 80% of romance novels are written by women for women, so you’ve made another incorrect assumption.

          • Blackbird December 14, 2021 at 6:33 pm #

            You write romance novels? We need to collaborate.

            Meanwhile, ladies, waiting for that sensitive man saturated with testosterone? And I’ve got Jif, organic, extra crunchy! And no bread…

          • Paula D December 14, 2021 at 6:59 pm #

            As it happens, Soul F, I like a man with a sense of humor on top of it all. Looks like you’re in deficit. Hope the ladies around you don’t care about that.

          • draupnir December 14, 2021 at 9:07 pm #

            Paula, the sort of thing you’re referring to is men’s porn, and I’ve read some of that too. According to one of my male beta readers, men are more visual than women, and not particularly interested in foreplay. In their fantasies it’s stick it in and get down to business. On the whole, women don’t care about a perky set of balls and wouldn’t particularly notice them, beyond registering their existance, unless they were slapping them in the face.

          • Paula D December 15, 2021 at 11:42 am #

            Right. I just thought you’d get a kick out of it.
            I thought it was funny.

      • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 12:57 pm #

        @SW – yes they folded but I think in a lot of cases it was not their sensitivity but taking the easy way out by not having to be harangued by some nagging bitch, more’s the pity.

        • SW December 13, 2021 at 7:49 pm #

          @ farmgal — I imagine every case has its own compromises,. The happy marriages I’ve seen have sane people in both roles and are able to value each other’s contribution.

          There’s a certain amount of tasks that have to be accomplished, day in and day out, for a family to run and kids to be raised. If a husband considers his role to be the most important, it will cause resentment in the wife and feelings that they’re not partners in life but more like the hired help. And I’ve seen wives treat their husbands like their only use was to deliver a paycheck and play a minor role in the family.

          Nothing easy about this balancing act and both sexes have valid complaints about the other.

    • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:28 am #

      Just watch AOC and her band of four. Look at many of the females in DC as they jockey for power. The model they have created has been Reflected through society.

      Star Trek had an episode where Kirk was split into two Kirks, one hard masculine without gentility, the other soft, feminine without resolve. Neither one could function correctly. The moral was individuals and society need both aspects for success, too much of one or the other destroys societies.

      We are on a Leftist, soft swing, what will happen when we snap back, if we snap back.

      • Islander December 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

        It is funny to see how people exercise their brains to maintain stereotypes.

        • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:22 pm #

          Islander: isn’t what you just said a stereotype too?

          • Islander December 15, 2021 at 10:23 pm #

            No.

    • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:41 am #

      Women give birth to babies. Men give birth to men. Get boys away from the female teachers that are ruining them. A few may be alright, but the majority and the millieu must be male. Correctly formed and polarized in grammar and high school, the sexes can then enjoy each others company in higher education. Of course this is only for the small minority that deserves such a thing or can benefit from it. The rest will be working or in apprenticeships or trade schools.

      • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:44 am #

        Fathers, Jarek, Fathers!

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:52 am #

          Remember you Capitalist work ethic: he’s fucking exhausted and needs help with the endeavor. And he doesn’t see his kids much anway. But hey, if we go all the way back, they’ll be no schools OR jobs, and they’ll be working together on the farm. In that case, it’s his job completely.

      • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 6:08 pm #

        For one school year I got to experience having the boys and girls divided into separate classes. This greatly improves the learning environment–especially for boys. ln all-male classes, the boys get super competitive academically. Scrabble was practically a blood sport.

        All-girl classes are more relaxed an intimate.

        I don’t know how things work with all-girl schools and all-boys schools in higher ed.

        • ianw December 15, 2021 at 9:34 pm #

          I don’t know how things work with all-girl schools and all-boys schools in higher ed.

          Australian studies seem to show that girls do better in all-girl high schools, of which we have plenty (State, Catholic, and Independent), whereas boys do better in co-ed high schools.

          Boys-only high schools tend to breed jocks, and too much emphasis on sport – but it’s easy to over-generalise too much.

          Far fewer K-6 (primary) schools are single sex, but a few are.

  11. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 10:22 am #

    War is hell. The dogs of war. The fog of war. The horror.

    • Hardrock December 13, 2021 at 10:38 am #

      Oooh, you’re on to something. Kurtz – Kunstler. Coincidence? I think not!

      I bought a copy of “Heart of Darkness” at an estate sale. Guess which page was marked?

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 9:49 am #

        Do tell.

  12. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 10:24 am #

    Boys will be boys, and men will be women.

  13. SW December 13, 2021 at 10:25 am #

    Medieval Christmas used to be a two week period of feasting, plays, dancing, music and just generally enjoying life. Gift giving was a part of it but the celebration was the main thing. Maybe in the Great Reset it will be back since that will be all anyone can have — making their own fun.

    My Dad grew up during the Depression and told me the Polish community would have a large dinner with music and dancing, go to midnight mass and then continue the next day with visits between neighbors. There were no presents since no one had any money but there was a real community spirit.

    • Loneranger December 13, 2021 at 10:51 am #

      My wife and I mutually chose to not exchange gifts this year, but instead to use the money to pay down/pay off our debts. No man ever had a better wife than I have.

      • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:41 am #

        And it will be one of your happiest Christmas’ ever!

      • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:56 pm #

        @Lone

        Thanks for that short belly laugh.

        You chose to not exchange Christmas gifts.?.

        Well, better 50 years late than never, we say in these parts.

        ~toktomi~

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:21 am #

      So agree. For me, it’s always been about getting together with friends and family, not for gifts or the material aspect of things. My dad was not a materialistic person and I think I get that from him.

      • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 11:46 am #

        Same here.

        I am Grandma and the little ones are coming home from Maui Thursday after a month. I have my living North Carolina pine decorated and there’ll be cookies in the jar and the Play Doh is awaiting.

        The old Christmas carol songbook is at the piano and there will be a warm house with lots of hugs and kisses and smiles.

        We all have our health and this is Christmas.

        • SW December 13, 2021 at 7:52 pm #

          Enjoy your beautiful grandchildren and have a very Merry Christmas, abbywood 🙂

        • messianicdruid December 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm #

          ” I have my living North Carolina pine decorated…”

          Do you have a place picked out to plant it?

  14. steppingup December 13, 2021 at 10:25 am #

    Are people acting stupid because of panic, or are they just plain stupid. I’m leaning towards the latter, never heard of anyone panicking for 2 years straight. Must be wearing after so long, one would think. Proof in point. Everyone I’ve talked to lately thinks we live in a democracy. I rest my case. I never could figure out why we were spreading democracy worldwide when we live in a republic. A constitunal republic based on the rule of law. Which is also based on individual rights. What a fucking howl.
    There will be a lot of misery between now and when this supposed light will come, and I would like to believe that I am prepared for said misery before I start putting too much stock in unicorns and rainbow farts.
    The great culling is upon us, and sadly, the majority doesn’t have a clue. Here in the US, they can’t force people into concentration camps, they don’t have to. Oh look! a free iPod, and all I have to do is take a nice ride on this boxcar….

    • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 10:29 am #

      Do they still make iPods?

    • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 10:33 am #

      I think it is the latter. These last two years have shown me that the general population is comprised of far more idiots than I ever could have imagined, and many of them appear to possess multiple academic degrees.

      I realize intelligence is compartmentalized, ofc, but for many, the compartment that contains the ability to discern when one is being hoodwinked is either somewhat lacking or non-existent.

      • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:45 am #

        Stupidity begets stupidity. Each generations teachers are stupider than the last.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 10:52 am #

        That was a surprise to me as well, Night Owl. I could not believe it, the way people I know have at least as much education in The Science! as I do, would calmly recite bumper sticker slogan as if they passed for knowledge.

      • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 10:56 am #

        What is really shocking is the utter innumeracy that seems to exist, even among people with multiple academic degrees.

        Apparently basic statistics and calculus are have not been requirements to graduate for many, many years.

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 1:58 pm #

          Many of the over-educated have to put letters after their names (Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. [Hons.], etc.) because if they didn’t, and you simply judged them by their words and actions, you’d never know what geniuses they are.

        • RocketDoc December 13, 2021 at 7:33 pm #

          Last month I had to hire a receptionist so I offered $20/hr and got a number of applicants. I said before we talk about your qualifications could you take this short 5 question test? Timed-2 minutes.
          1). What is the square root of 121?
          2) Circle one word and give its meaning: wry, petulant, rapacious, malevolent, hiatus, sanguine.
          3) Name 1 country that borders Hungary
          4) Name 2 first amendment rights
          5) What is the most common element on earth OR in the universe?

          No one got any right….

          • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 10:17 pm #

            Remarkable.

          • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 10:00 am #

            Fifty years ago — shocking, not to be believed.

            Today — shockingly unsurprising.

            HOWEVAHHH…

            My 58yo wife would probably fail too, and hers is one of the sharpest intellects I have known; and I’ve known a few big brains in my time. You just can’t gauge intelligence solely by written tests, though I will agree that as part of a nutritious breakfast, it’ll serve.

            I do think she would easily get #2, though.

          • thirdcoastlegend December 14, 2021 at 10:11 am #

            RocketDoc-

            Off the top of my head (honest!)…

            1) 11
            2) hiatus – an indefinite delay; malevolent – the projection of evil intent
            3) Austria, Croatia
            4) Freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press
            5) Helium

          • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 12:30 pm #

            Hydrogen, not helium.

          • steppingup December 15, 2021 at 11:39 am #

            Got 4 right if you consider i answered US GOVT. for malevolent and Poland for number 3 which I got wrong….

          • mumbai December 16, 2021 at 7:20 am #

            Most members of Congress do not have current passports.
            Many have never held one.

      • Paula D December 13, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

        It’s been the last 5 years for me.
        I couldn’t believe how many people I thought were intelligent succumbed to TDS and believed Russiagate.
        The vast majority of people are idiots.

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:25 pm #

        To paraphrase Jesus, the stupid are always with us. And we all serve our stint in the ranks of the stupid from time to time. You are spot on about intelligence, NO. I can’t count how many intellectuals I know who believe every word Fauci says.

    • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:34 am #

      An interesting question

      When the USA goes economically, where are all the refugees that just spent Soros money to get here, going to go next?

      IOW, what is the world going to do without a trash can to throw its refuse into?

      • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

        Once the subsidies to exist and welfare frauds end we may see some of the tropical folks retreat from areas with long winters.

        • SpeedyBB December 15, 2021 at 3:56 am #

          Amusing to note, TCL, recent reports of mass emigration of migrants out of Finland. The cold people and the colder climate seem to have gotten to them.

          “HELSINKI (Reuters) – Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country.

          ““Some say the conditions in Finland and the lengthy asylum process did not meet their expectations, or what they had been told by the people they paid for their travel,” said Tobias van Treeck, program officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

          “TOO COLD”

          “Echoing that comment, travel agent Hassan said: ‘Some say they don’t like the food here, it’s too cold or they don’t feel welcome in Finland. There are many reasons.’

          “Nearly 80 percent of the migrants returning home are Iraqis. Just 22 of the 877 Syrians – whose country is racked by civil war – and 35 of the 5,214 Afghans who sought asylum in Finland last year have asked to return to their home country.

          “Along with other Nordic states, Finland has recently tightened its immigration policies, for example requiring working-age asylum seekers to do some unpaid work.

          “Hostility to migrants has also increased in Finland, a country with little experience of mass immigration and which now has economic problems.”

          How can you have much compassion for such creatures when you consider the thousands of dollars the snakeheads scalp them for to sail them across seas and smuggle them across unfriendly borders? Rich Syrians, Iraqis, Nigerians, and on and on? We’re not talking destitute, because destitute will get no free ride from the people-smugglers.

      • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

        @John

        What is about a 90+% dieoff that you don’t understand?

        ~toktomi~

        • Amman December 13, 2021 at 3:51 pm #

          You’ve internalized a 90% die-off somewhere?

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:26 pm #

        JohnAZ: probably Afghanistan. It might be a step up.

  15. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 10:27 am #

    I am just this close to summoning the young man in me to go out and do something nutty right there in the public square. Catch me if you can!

    • Hardrock December 13, 2021 at 10:43 am #

      Someone is going to do this. My take on how it happens:

      https://borderlandjournal.com/essays/#An-Army

      Once that dumpster fire begins, we reach critical mass in hours.

      • steppingup December 13, 2021 at 11:20 am #

        Thanks, really nice read. All of that is or has already happened. No gray champion yet. I believe it will be an event, the wrong person gets murdered by the govt. and there is no covering it up (Greece w/ the killing of the kid a few years ago) and boom, the place blows up. Hence the misery. Who ever steps up then will determine if we have another enlightenment or another dark ages.

        • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:28 pm #

          Yep. There will be THAT one guy who heckles Ceausescu. That’s all it takes. Then a few more join in. And in four days the whole 60 year old edifice is a pile of dust. There are plenty of little sparks at the moment. Maybe they’ll join in a giant conflagration. I also believe the psychopaths will hit us with another Black Swan to keep the fear going.

          • SpeedyBB December 15, 2021 at 6:55 am #

            Poor old Ceau?escu. Didn’t have a very happy surprise Christmas party, did he now? Ho ho ho.

            Merry Christmas, rat-a-tat-tat.

            (Now against such unsolicited merriment there is my dead pal E.A. Lacey, who supported Ceau?escu on the basis of his firmly avoiding any foreign debt whatsoever. Kept the international bankers’ talons off his country. Interesting.)

      • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:49 pm #

        @Hardrock

        You might have a different opinion if you were to come to understand the full story of food additives, cosmetic additives, public school programming, and broadcast media programming.

        The Matrix was a nearly perfect analogy that, by the way, did not include the global application of lethal injections.

        Ain’t nothin’ gonna happen that might threaten valuable infrastructure. But there ain’t nothin’ wrong with few trigger happy militias up north in Ideeho offin’ one another.

        Oh, shit, I been hatchin’ up stories about TEOTWAWKI for too many decades.

        ~toktomi~

    • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 1:17 pm #

      Who’s gonna try to catch a naked guy dancing in a water fountain? I expect we’re all gonna just stand around and watch.

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:29 pm #

        And film him on Tiktok.

    • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:51 pm #

      @JTin

      Pointless. Stupid.

      Run away and go save a child somewhere, ya knucklehead.

      ~toktomi~

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 10:07 am #

        Just give me yer address and I’ll be there lickety-split!

        If yer overseas, I’ll send ya two bucks a month.

  16. malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:28 am #

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles branch of Planned Parenthood was hit by a data breach involving about 400,000 patients,

    [spin control] but there is no indication that the information was used “for fraudulent purposes.

  17. malthuss December 13, 2021 at 10:33 am #

    estimated 50k ‘undocumented’ breaking into USA a month.

  18. Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 10:33 am #

    I had to read this sickening puff piece on AOC to find the example I was looking for:

    https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a25844313/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-boyfriend-riley-roberts/

    As it turns out, it’s worse than I thought. I was going to talk about how Alexandria went whining to the Big (White) Daddy Donald J. Trump when she for some reason couldn’t get her grandmother’s roof fixed.

    I had thought, what the heck is wrong with her boyfriend, the one she likes to pretend doesn’t even exist? He couldn’t do anything for her grandmother?

    This is what I found out he allegedly does for a living:

    “According to LinkedIn, Roberts is head of marketing at HomeBinder.com, which helps people manage the maintenance on their homes.”

    • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:47 am #

      Trump then offered to help her grandmother and the wretched wench indignantly refused, preferring her grandmother to suffer – assuming there is any reality to any of this.

      • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 10:58 am #

        AOC was widely applauded by Marxists for standing on the principle of not accepting help from non-Marxists.

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 11:06 am #

          Tucker pointed out that she herself was doing alright financially and could probably help if she wanted to.

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 1:13 pm #

          Bet those commies were bummed when Stalin gobbled up all that yummy lend-lease from the capitalist USSA. By the way, what did the USSR “lease” to us after we “loaned” all those trucks and planes to them?

      • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 10:59 am #

        How is it that her prop boyfriend had no contacts at all who knew how to get a roof on a house?

        I’m just trying to wrap my head around it, if indeed as you say any of this is true.

        Your girlfriend, whom you live with, has a grandmother who suffered damage to her home from a hurricane some time ago. She, who in government herself, starts yelling publicly about the former administration not having helped her relative, all the while you’ve been aware of this?

        It never occurred to him that maybe he should get off his rump and help? Where is his pride?

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 12:32 pm #

          “Where is his pride?” “Pride” may be the key word there. Give the kid a break. A boy can’t properly roof a house if he hasn’t done his hair, put on his make-up and squeezed into his 7-inch heels yet.

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:25 am #

      AOC is a “Justice Democrat”, who auditioned for the part with Cenk Uygur. She’s a plant, an actor, an agents provacateur, if you will. Her job is to distract and sell the wokie agendas of the day.

      Disgusting empty shell of a ghoul.

      • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 1:31 pm #

        Yup.

        There are multiple videos that break down her recruitment, casting call, audition, and election.

        Heck, some of the vids even reveal her string pullers.

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm #

        She’s like Greta Thunberg: a MSM creation posing as a person of substance.

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 8:01 pm #

          Apt comparison: Fake, fake, fake, fake.

        • SW December 13, 2021 at 8:01 pm #

          Greta has an excuse — she’s a kid who’s been horribly manipulated and scared to death about impending doom. Brainwashing children at its finest.

          AOC is an opportunist with excellent political instincts (she knows whose ass to kiss, how frequently and with the correct amount of enthusiasm) who may or may not go far. Pictures of her in a dress with a slogan painted on her butt and no mask but all the “servers” maskless, may not play so well in a borough of NY as Pelosi’s hypocrisy does in California. She also was responsible for nixing an Amazon fulfillment center from locating there.

  19. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 10:36 am #

    Honestly, I’m very torn between keeping a low profile (aka waiting for the Dark Flood to subside) and letting loose right out in public. I know the former is likely the better choice, but my conscience is more annoying by the day now. My masculinity is crying out for action, and Mr K is making it harder to resist!

    But, then again… ?

    • TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 10:47 am #

      you can do both maybe. keep a low profile but when a situation arises that you believe needs addressed, then exercise your 1st amendment or do whatever you gotta do.

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:26 am #

        Yes, this is sage advice.

    • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:49 am #

      Yes, remember the young Norwegian man who didn’t like Muslims making time with his female classmates. He dressed up like Darth Sith but with a samurai sword instead of a light saber. He got the one he really hated.

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:27 am #

      The best thing you can do is resist and you can do that peacefully and be a great example to others. No mask, ever. No social distancing, no testing, no jab.

    • steppingup December 13, 2021 at 11:35 am #

      I’ve had 2 Kens hassle me for not wearing a mask. The first one I told him to go fuck himself and he went apopaclytic or whatever its called, and I just stood there waiting for him to put hands on me but he didn’t so I went on my merry way. Still a scene I didn’t want to repeat anytime soon. When Ken number two got on me a couple months later, I just pointed and screamed “RACIST” pretty loud and I never seen anyone shut up so fast in my life.

      • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 11:50 am #

        Barbie?

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm #

          Too busy milking her virtual Kens on OnlyFans.

      • rainmaker December 13, 2021 at 11:59 am #

        Step – Just say NO. It jams up their mental processes because now the ball is in their court.

        • abbybwood December 13, 2021 at 12:36 pm #

          Tell them you have C.S. and cannot wear a mask.

          They will walk away.

        • Anthea December 13, 2021 at 6:33 pm #

          I usually say, “I don’t play that.”

      • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm #

        @stepping

        So, is masking a LEGAL mandate that applies to individuals?

        If not, then the LAW SAYS that it’s voluntary, discretionary, a matter of personal choice, “and why are you yelling at me?”.

        I simply said “no thanks”.

        ~toktomi~

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 8:02 pm #

        Hahahahahahaha!

    • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

      @JTin

      Sun Tzu’s Art of War is a quick read and a mastery of confrontation in general.

      There are a number of interpretations out there of varying digestibility.

      ~toktomi~

      • anmariwakaranai December 13, 2021 at 8:33 pm #

        I’m liking , ‘racissss!’…

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 10:14 am #

        Perhaps you should try reading it a bit more deliberately. It’s full of insight and nuance, along with some pithy aphorisms. You could use the help, toktomi. Such a clever handle!

  20. thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 10:37 am #

    Christmas?

    None of the churches around here have Nativities, lights, or trees up.

    • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:46 am #

      They do not want to be burned down.

    • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

      @thirdcoast

      Well, that’s one silver lining, I guess.

      ~toktomi~

  21. tom clark December 13, 2021 at 10:42 am #

    Bloom where you are planted.

  22. TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 10:43 am #

    Mr. K has a good point. It’s hard not to notice how many Nurse Ratched types we have administrating this cirucus. Psaki neatly personifies this phenomenon for me, but she’s not the only one. Check out the prime minister of New Zealand as another classic. Mrs. Donkey notices it as well. The problem is, at a point when men do take over again, it might involve a lot of violence and instability before things reach an equilibrium.

    • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 10:47 am #

      Yeah, all the women are going to just slap those men into submission.

    • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 11:12 am #

      the PM is a chick w a dick.

    • Islander December 13, 2021 at 12:25 pm #

      Obama also had a coven of know-it-all “do-gooders” around him.

      Hillary, Samantha, Susan Rice, Victoria Nuland, etc.

      • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

        Psaki, Ron Klain, Valerie Jarrett, Loretta Lynch…and the list goes on…

      • SpeedyBB December 15, 2021 at 7:56 am #

        CondolEEEzza. Tough as nails and about as appetizing.

        It would have been fun to see her dealing with the Saudi royalty, for whom women are valued somewhere between camels and donkeys. She must have had to exert considerable pressure to hold it all in.

  23. docmartin December 13, 2021 at 10:52 am #

    Mr. Kunstler’s blog today seems like a rejected Frank Capra movie script, when the early stages of dementia has set in. Let me summarize: it’s crazy out there, we need real men to steer our country back on course , and brothers and sisters I see a brighter day ahead.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 11:00 am #

      Is that good or bad?

    • spaingaroo December 13, 2021 at 11:22 am #

      I’d look into reading comprehension classes. I hear they can really do wonders.

    • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 12:37 pm #

      I tried clicking on your name to get to your blog, but I’m still here…

    • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:14 pm #

      @doc

      He is just surviving. He slips a good one in every once in a while. “They” allow him that little bit.

      But that’s just one of my stories.

      ~toktomi~

  24. Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:58 am #

    The completely developed person has developed both masculine and feminine traits. In men, the anima. In women, the animus as per Jungian terminology. In our sick society, kids are being encouraged to develop their opposite side before they develop their main or outer nature – the sex that they are actually are. Thus having endless female teachers helps boys to become faggots. It’s really that simple. Not that the women intend this – but people at the higher levels? You get that they do. And again, not just the female teachers but the whole feminized ethos that they are a part of. Now girls are being encouraged to be masculine or to put their animus or inner male before their femininity – as if to take the place of the boys? In any case, all planned from the Capstone.

    • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

      @Jarek – human nature is a funny thing. I encouraged my firstborn (daughter) to be independent from the get go. We lived on a hobby farm and she always had chores. I’m blessed that she developed into the self-confident woman I always hoped she would (without being a Karen).

      Number two (son) I coddled from the beginning. His father was an asshole and very hard on the poor kid. I always took up for the boy and made excuses. Why women do this is beyond me. But the story has a happy ending – father passed away, son went off to get an engineering degree and became a good man and father. I think the endless coddling of boys is terrible. Let’s give then credit that they can actually do stuff and accomplish things. My husband’s a fan of Buffalo Bill Cody and he is always regaling me with stories of what Bill did at a very young age. Most people would not allow a 12 year old to use a weed eater but after a couple of times of getting smacked with rocks and sticks I’ll bet he would bet the hang of it if we would only let him try.

      • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:40 pm #

        You didn’t like your husband obviously, and starting turning your son into a girl. Glad he pulled thru and that you didn’t push it harder.

    • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

      @Jarek

      “I never did mind about the little things.”

      ~toktomi~

    • JohnAZ December 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

      We are all a balance between our sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen. It is not always one way or the other.

  25. Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 11:08 am #

    Slightly off topic, but if we were actually following The Science! we should be dropping all the covid nuttery any day now.

    Of course, “they” have plans to quickly swap the virus emergency with the climate emergency, but again, if you actually follow The Science! that doesn’t hold up either.

    Three recent articles about where we are with the covid, by Alex Berenson:

    URGENT: Stunning data from South Africa suggest Omicron may be the end of Covid (and of Covid vaccines)

    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/urgent-stunning-data-from-south-africa/comments

    Reupping this crucial news about how mild Omicron appears to be

    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/reupping-this-crucial-news-about

    The light at the end of the Covid

    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/the-light-at-the-end-of-the-covid

    • SmokieHillVillain December 13, 2021 at 11:31 am #

      I watched this exchange between Matthew B Crawford (Shopclass as Soulcraft; Why We Drive) and Freddie Sayers of UnHerd.

      The point that struck me was when Crawford mused that common sense had been “de-legitimised”, effectively shoved out of the way by “science” (as opposed to “the science”), or rather, in reality, by scientism.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oro0ttU2_A

      Just before I’d watched another series of truth bombs from CAF:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRgz86D_KKc

      shv

      • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

        I’ll have to watch that. I find it somewhat inspiring when I see younger people who get it. There’s hop for humanity.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:52 pm #

          “Hope”. There are hops for those with no hope.

          • Paula D December 14, 2021 at 11:12 am #

            Or grapes.

      • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm #

        @smokie

        We can only hope that common sense has been de-legitimized.

        Was is not common sense that gave us an earth at the center of our solar system and a moon that orbits the earth from east to west?

        Is it not common sense that still advocates that a chunk of meat can know reality, that light, sound, and odors somehow reach the brain, there to be understood in some intimate and real sense?

        ~toktomi~

  26. malthuss December 13, 2021 at 11:09 am #

    Switzerland legalizes Sarco, the suicide machine.

    • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:53 pm #

      Malthuss: The Swiss have a very big thing about euthanasia. It makes one think: this is one of the richest, safest and most sheltered nations on Earth. It hasn’t fought a war in 500 years; it hasn’t suffered a major economic downturn in 70 years. Yet more and more Swiss want to off themselves. There’s a moral there somewhere.

      • Bilejones December 13, 2021 at 4:42 pm #

        It’s only been happening for the past 60 years.
        I wonder what major change happened in Switzerland in about 1960?

  27. malthuss December 13, 2021 at 11:10 am #

    why would ‘they’ end a plandemic?

  28. TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 11:11 am #

    I don’t see this as a male versus female thing at all. There’s just a paucity of leadership at this moment in western Civ and that void is being filled by punitive nannies, drugs and superhero fantasies. All these tattooed man-child types need some kind of direction in their life.

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:30 am #

      I agree. Societal contracts have broken down, and anything goes.

      This was engineered by our owner class. It has nothing to do with female/male anything.

      The trans agenda was engineered. Women’s lib was engineered. Everything that is happening now is exactly as the PTB want it. Plenty of evidence out there.

      For starters, Gloria Steinem was a CIA asset, FFS.

      • TaxDonkey December 14, 2021 at 11:16 am #

        Even back in the day, when I was clueless (well, more clueless than now) about cultural issues, I could never understand why the feminists demonized stay at home moms. I had no problem with women’s right to enter the labor force and equal pay etc…… but why did they have to disparage the women who were happy to stay at home and raise the kids properly.

        My wife and I were lucky to actually be able to do that. I worked the entire time and while she mostly didn’t, but she was always in the children’s classrooms, PTA, then the school board, soccer mom and generally really involved with the kid’s lives. We were able to eat less corporate food and she was fine with not working some useless shitty job. Importantly, the kids turned out well-adjusted, high functioning and unvaxxed.

    • feralandroid December 13, 2021 at 1:01 pm #

      Then you are blind.

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:09 pm #

        Women only got our way in society when men allowed it.

  29. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 11:12 am #

    From a recent article at Unherd.com by Jessa Crispin
    https://unherd.com/2021/12/why-the-right-is-obsessed-with-masculinity/

    According to Hawley, bad things are happening to men because bad things have happened to masculinity. “Can we be surprised that after years of being told they are the problem, that their manhood is the problem, more and more men are withdrawing into the enclave of idleness, and pornography, and video games?

    And her summation:

    Men should be allowed to set aside the burden of ruling the world, for the sake of everyone. Instead of fixating on turning men back into some patriarchal stereotype, the Right should be helping them get jobs and quit drugs. When I think of the limited or derailed lives of the men I was raised with, I don’t just want them to regress into the structures and lifestyles that drove their fathers and grandfathers to drink, or hit their kids, or work so much they were never around. I want something better for them.

    Nonsense, or food for thought?

    • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 11:20 am #

      Nonsense with a few grains of truth. Capitalist exploitation drove men crazy. Or if able to climb the ladder, they exhausted themselves trying to please the Alpha female they were able to snag and who then kept pressuring him to get and be “more”.

      She sounds like a unisex type. Men and women are exactly the same except for genitalia, etc.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 11:53 am #

      Plenty of macho men were idle during the Great Depression. There were camps full of dangerous, violent hoboes and bums.

      If a man withdraws into games because somebody said not-nice words about him, he wasn’t that much of a man to begin with.

      Not having read the article yet, I can see from her summary that she has some good points, and they aren’t based on hating men.

      • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 12:02 pm #

        Live with contempt then? And not being able to leave because Feminists control the divorce courts? Thus the Sword is always over his head.

        The complete lack of sympathy for men – and thus understanding since people can’t be bothered to listen – is simply mind blowing.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm #

          New York is no-fault. I do not understand what you are on about.

          • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:10 pm #

            He doesn’t yet get that our society is engineered from the top down, every aspect of it. He instead likes to blame the people without the real power.

          • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:50 pm #

            Did “Women are life. Men are death” come down from top too? If so, they certainly had her number because she and her cronies loved that one.

      • Islander December 13, 2021 at 12:28 pm #

        “If a man withdraws into games because somebody said not-nice words about him, he wasn’t that much of a man to begin with.”

        There is that issue of surging testosterone (we hope it is still surging!!) in young men, to be channeled by society productively, or unproductively.

        • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:52 pm #

          Men with high T stare at women. They don’t mind their own business at all, in regards to women or other men. They want to do unspeakable things to women’s bodies. You hate men like that, remember?

  30. JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 11:23 am #

    From Ayaan Hirsi Ali, at Unherd
    https://unherd.com/2021/12/will-california-ever-be-safe-again/

    What makes this affluence particularly damaging is the fact that the rich are the furthest removed from the consequences of their negligence. In California, those with enormous wealth are often also the loudest advocates for leniency towards criminals. Those individuals, who have the least contact with crime, are frequently the most enthusiastic proponents of reforms that reduce the safety of the average American. Democratic donors give their money to candidates who support defunding the police. They campaign against stop-and-search, three strikes, and “broken window” policies. They argue for lighter sentences or even the decriminalisation of certain crimes — shoplifting, for example, has been all but legalised in San Francisco.

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:32 am #

      She’s spot on. Nailed it.

      • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

        People with skin in the game v people who don’t have to suffer the consequences of their stupid ideas. Same as it ever was.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 11:56 am #

      Part of the problem is that some people still believe that these reforms are for the sake of the lower classes, when the globalists find it easier to install their commie agenda when the people have been cowed by all the dangerous criminals roaming the streets.

      • SW December 13, 2021 at 8:08 pm #

        If you steal one purse from Nordstroms worth $1000 you can be arrested. If you steal a stack of clothes from a display in an independently owned store worth $600 and do it again several days in a row (or your buddy does it) that store can go out of business. Here’s a really good take on this stupid law that says it much better than I could:

        https://www.danielgreenfield.org/2021/12/criminal-justice-reform-bans-stealing.html

    • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 6:26 am #

      JT,

      Hirsi Ali is correct in her observations. She’s that rare bird, an independent and brave intellectual.

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 10:30 am #

        She had a difficult childhood in Africa, but shifted for herself to escape. She sees the slavery inherent in any authoritarian system, and her intellect stops her from unseeing it, like so many big gummint “experts” do. They sell their souls for a safe place in the borg.

  31. got___truth December 13, 2021 at 11:26 am #

    It is better to die living in service to the TRUTH, enlightenment, and protection of humanity, one’s immediate loved ones and locality, than to live kneeling AND dying in servitude to the Globalist-Oligarch-Eugenicists (GOE) and their DECEPTIVE fascist purchased sycophants.

    These are the U.S. “percolating variables” AT or EXCEEDED critical point, under the law of self-organized criticality:
    Borders – Unsecured
    Civil Unrest
    Consumer – Credit
    Crime – Urban
    Earthquakes
    Education
    Electric Grid-Eastern
    Electric Grid-Texas
    Electric Grid-Western
    Floods
    Food Availability
    Healthcare System
    Homelessness
    Hurricanes
    Hydrocarbon Transports
    Hydrocarbons – Production
    Inflation
    Interstate Highway System – Urban Centers
    Market – Debt
    Market – Housing
    Market- Credit
    Market- Equity
    Military Rank and File Defection
    Pandemic
    Political Gridlock
    Potable Water – Urban
    Poverty
    Public – Debt
    Public – Emergency Services
    Qualified Labor – Professional Services
    Qualified Labor – Trade
    Student Load – Debt
    Supply Chain – Critical Infrastructure Material
    Supply Chain – Non-Critical Infrastructure Material
    Telecommunications
    Terrorism
    Unvetted Immigration
    War-Civil
    War-Worldwide
    Wastewater Treatment – Urban
    Western Drought
    Western Food Production
    Western Shipping Container Cargo Ports
    Western Water Reservoirs/Reserves
    Western Wildfires

    We remain is DEFCON-1, as when variables exceed critical point, collapse is the result, within that realm.

    The rolling waves of collapse are underway, across multiple realms, and not being disclosed by those employed in the service of public health and safety.

    Here is an effective introduction to the law of self-organized criticality, as it pertains to California wildfires:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S83u_y3ZRYg&t=0s

    The recent cataclysmic destruction produced by the December 11, 2021 multi-state tornado outbreak, is an example of self-organized criticality, in the natural.

    The recent failure of multiple nodes across the Amazon Web Services network is another recent example of self-organized criticality, and the resultant collapse when critical point is exceeded.

    In the civil-social realm, the GOE’s purchased sycophants, rather than setting public-private policy to reduce the percolation of variables and lower the risk to humanity, have intentionally enacted public-private policies to exacerbate the percolation, with the goal of exceeding critical point, and inducing waves of collapse.

    This allows the GOE’s to “rush in” as saviors of the balance of humanity, with their intended fascist-totalitarian state.

    The MANY are being deceived; the FEW are standing for TRUTH and taking action to protect loved ones from disaster.

    This is what noble MEN and WOMEN do.

    This is what the GOE’s do, through their purchased sycophants:
    https://theaimn.com/of-eugenicists-oligarchs-and-psychopaths-part-6/

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks, GT.

  32. Jarek December 13, 2021 at 11:38 am #

    Gloria Steinem: Women can have babies. Men can’t. That’s the only difference. Women can do everything men can do while they’re having babies.

    What about being a mother, Gloria? How does that fit into the careerism? Or is that outsourced to underpaid, minority labor?

    Gloria when asked about weakness of female firefighters and not being able to carry people: They can drag them along the floor. You know, down where it’s cool.

    Simone De Beauvoir: Women can not be allowed to stay home and be mothers. That’s self indulgence.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm #

      Gloria has been quiet while watching one of her greatest achievements, the parity in athletic opportunities for girls and boys, get trashed by the male supremacist trans agenda.

      • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm #

        Karma, bitches. They did everything they could to break down men’s culture and invade men’s spaces.

        To be clear: I’m against this and for the right of women to have their own sports. But I have no sympathy for the radical feminists who helped to bring this on.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm #

          Which radical feminists did that? The LBQYBLT movement is seaparate and distinct from feminism. In fact there is a lesbian feminist movement against it.

          Schoolgirls didn’t bring this on themselves, men like Caitlyn Jenner did it.

          • Jarek December 13, 2021 at 10:45 pm #

            Disagree completely. Radical Feminists demanded Lesbianism, or at least an attempt at it – guilt tripping heterosexual girls with the taunt of “sleeping with the enemy”. You know very little about this it seems.

            The alphabet movement grew out of the Gay/Lesbian movement.

          • mumbai December 16, 2021 at 7:24 am #

            Gotta lurve Jarek below claiming you don’t know feminism.
            Go, Bro!

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:13 pm #

        He doesn’t get that Gloria was/is a CIA asset, he doesn’t get the social engineering. Women only got a slice of something resembling freedom because it was helpful to the agenda.

        • Paula D December 14, 2021 at 11:15 am #

          “Freedom” meant the “right” to be a wage slave for life, just like the men.
          Screw the kids. Put ’em in daycare and get back to work!

    • debt December 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm #

      Gloria had very poor self esteem. She was relentlessly compensating for that.

  33. neurodoc December 13, 2021 at 11:46 am #

    JHK’s writing today is articulate as usual, but excessively optimistic for my world view. IMO, We are in for one hell of a transition to a more peaceful ‘world made by hand’ over the next several decades; a transition characterized by race war, political war, civil war, and very likely world war involving russia and china (just look at what’s happening right now on the Ukrainian border, and NATO neocons are itching for a fight with the bear). I expect that many of the population centers (e.g. NY, Chicago, LA, etc) will be obliterated by WWIII, and the grid will be gone X for a few small areas with solar capabilities. Many of the younger among us now will leave for South America and Asia, as per the Deagel.com reports, leaving a bunch of old people to pick up the pieces and try to rebuild (if one can find a non radiated patch of land for a community rebuild).
    Note to self and others: stock up on Geiger Counters and components.

    • TaxDonkey December 13, 2021 at 12:44 pm #

      Hard to forecast the exact details of course, but you’re right in that this 4th turning has a ways to go. The calm after the storm is likely quite a ways off. If global shortages of natural gas don’t somehow magically replenish, there will be an immediate inability to reduce nitrogen to ammonia for fertilizer, thus leading to lower food production. One can imagine the political, cultural and economic disarray this will precipitate. Population will likely be much lower about 10 years from now.

    • toktomi December 13, 2021 at 12:55 pm #

      @neurodoc

      “excessively optimistic”

      Ya, well, if James was publishing pure “truth”, he wouldn’t be here.

      I can’t find a logical story that ends in a world made by hand. The only story that I’ve ever found to hold much water is the one where the global ruling elite occupy large industrial enclaves supported at large by a small impoverished support staff [at least for growing food and perhaps, to maintain a fractional distribution infrastructure] and in the most optimistic scenario, there exists some few scattered clusters of hunter/gatherers mostly simply dying slowly.

      The world made by hand story is merely, to my way of thinking, a variation of the little house on the prairie illusion. The world made by hand is a fantasy of a time from the infancy of industrial society. The requisite energy inputs for that life will not be provided. Industrial society of any flavor or degree is an energy welfare system that cannot be sustained.

      I could be wrong.

      ~toktomi~

      • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

        Perhaps Station Eleven, if not WMBH?

      • neurodoc December 13, 2021 at 1:59 pm #

        You sound like you may be even more pessimistic than I am with what appears to be a ‘hunger games’ scenario (far worse for normal people than WMBH).

        Regardless, some think that the civil war is already here. Currently 12 major dem run US cities are reporting all time record murders.

        https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/12/08/abc-news-shows-murder-surging-12-cities-doesnt-acknowledge-democrat-controlled/

        This could be the initial emergence of CWII, esp when the blue courts let the criminals go and the tax paying people decide to take justice into their own hands.

        May we all live in interesting times.

        • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 5:12 pm #

          It enters official CWII after the homicidal smash and grabbers exhaust city and surrounding deep purple luxury merchandise, and head for deep red country.

          It won’t last long.

          The balance of perpetrators are subsequently returned to their habitats, as FEMA containment walls are constructed under Build Back Better.

          …..a veritable 2022 version of “Escape from New York” across 12 cities.

          • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 8:40 pm #

            I recently watched 1973’s Soylent Green. It takes place in New York City in 2022.

            Chuck Heston, sure, but how about the performance by Edward G. Robinson as Saul?

            I still love cinema from that sweet era of Hollywood 1967-77 – before the Blockbuster changed the whole business model.

          • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 10:10 pm #

            Who could forget Heston in the legendary “Planet of the Apes” and “Omega Man”!

  34. PeteAtomic December 13, 2021 at 11:53 am #

    Very well written essay today Mr. James, particularly the paragraph on the cyclical nature of light and dark. Beautiful.
    I think the celestial bureaucracy, i.e. God, has much to reveal to our narrow, limited lives & minds. We need to be more accepting of worthwhile meaning behind those revelations.
    I also don’t think or believe that societies of techno-narcissism & materialism will be in the future for humanity. Those ultimately are dead ends.

    • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 6:33 am #

      Pete,

      “I also don’t think or believe that societies of techno-narcissism & materialism will be in the future for humanity. Those ultimately are dead ends.”

      They are. But optimism is moderated by the suspicion that we will have to drink that bitter cup to the dregs before coming back to our senses. Like an addict coming to himself after a long bender. “What have I done? What was I thinking?”

      Techno narcissism and materialism are the heroin of our times.

  35. toktomi December 13, 2021 at 12:37 pm #

    > There will be fewer of us.

    > but we’ll [be] back

    Right!

    ROFLMAO

    ~toktomi~

  36. BeeGee December 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm #

    I’m in central WV and recommend the state to those who are strong, independent, and bring their own community.

    Charleston is fairly sophisticated, also fairly Blue. The mountains — everywhere else — are beautiful and green, and politically Red.

    Areas are pretty isolated from each other and small towns meet basic needs. Little college cities like Buckannon or Glenville have pockets of culture. Otherwise you’re on your own. Very little running out for a bite of dinner or a coffee. The people are earnest but many of them are not too bright and prone to addiction. Like in Nigeria, large women run things in the country while men are kind of shriveled appendages.

    Many smart people left for the Coasts and Colorado. My siblings and I came back and keep our own counsel in the country. My brother doesn’t have cell service except through wifi.

    If you do a trade well — roofing, plumbing, etc. — you can become financially independent in a couple of years. There is NO viable competition. The cities have lots of doctors, lawyers, and professional engineers. In the country, the motto seems to be “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

    It’s a very live-and-let-live environment with low housing and land costs. Material goods are whatever you create or travel to purchase. Walmart and Amazon and Tractor Supply are available to provide the rest.

    • BeeGee December 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm #

      Just adding that Greenbrier County, Lewisburg, is kind of Jackson Hole-ish. A rustic wealthy enclave near outdoor recreation. If you have some cash to invest and want genteel country living, you’ll find it there. Something for everyone in WV, and we’re isolated and feisty enough to keep it, I believe.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 13, 2021 at 1:05 pm #

      Isn’t West Virginia the state Anthony Bourdain visited, and then he realized his preconceptions about Trump supporter types with guns were wrong?

      He killed himself not too long afterward, IIRC.

      • BeeGee December 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

        Hadn’t known that! My sibs and I were big Bourdain fans. Hope the trip didn’t contribute to his demise.

    • Amman December 13, 2021 at 1:13 pm #

      The Take me home State.

      • BeeGee December 13, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

        Yep. Country Roads abounding.

    • literofoyl December 13, 2021 at 3:42 pm #

      Make sure you avoid that Beckley Travel Center! Tourist trap city. An ideal location might be South Padre Island, TX.

  37. feralandroid December 13, 2021 at 12:48 pm #

    Sorry, but this man has already gone his own way. You will have to ride this tsunami without me. I was shamed for starting and struggling to build my own business. Taken to the cleaners in divorce court. Had my children ripped from me. Had my favorite entertainment vandalized. Told I had to work because I was essential during a pandemic, only to be shamed for not injecting poison into my body.

    Maybe I’ll help rebuild, but I might also just shoot you if you come on my property.

    • BeeGee December 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm #

      You sound like you might be a neighbor of mine. Ha!

    • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

      Wow. These two sentences apply precisely to my own story.

      I was shamed for starting and struggling to build my own business. Taken to the cleaners in divorce court.

      Fuck ‘em all!

    • Amman December 13, 2021 at 3:21 pm #

      O.G. and you should hit it off.

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

      I know your pain, Good sir.

      When I get so frustrated at the blatant and even sadistic corruption of this Evil World that I want to punch a wall, I take refuge in the knowledge that God forges His Best in the hottest of fires.

      Wear your crown of thorns with Pride. Remain True to our Father and know that Satan’s time is short.

      God has blessed you. You have suffered for being Right. This realm is fleeting. You will be rewarded.

      • SomeoneInAsia December 14, 2021 at 6:06 am #

        Thank you. Your words are a source of comfort and solace in these dark times.

        I still fantasize about making voodoo dolls of Gates and Fauci and Soros and casting them into hot oil, though.

  38. Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 12:57 pm #

    “Let’s act as if it’s not, at least.” (The end of us, that is.)

    I have to agree with that statement. While I think this probably is the end of us, and that we the people have no chance against our oppressors, I still plan for and work toward the future. Actually, several possible futures: near, mid, and long-term. Saving for a sailboat to begin my new life as a pirate, but still planting trees and bushes just in case.

    • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

      Hey I might like to join you on your pirate adventure, BB. Maybe as your navigator, as I graduated from Navy QM A & C School. What’s the job pay, or do we just split the loot from the ships that we capture? Either way is good with me.

      • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 1:40 pm #

        No pay ‘Row, this is gonna be a hunter-gatherer-raider existence. Know how to rig a line for dolphin (the fish, not the mammal)?

    • BeeGee December 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm #

      They used to call that going a-Viking. Bon voyage!

      • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 2:29 pm #

        I call it rediscovering to my roots.

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 2:32 pm #

          Where’s that edit button?

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:14 pm #

      What happened to your plan to go looting in CA? That might pay for your boat.

  39. JackStraw December 13, 2021 at 1:08 pm #

    I believe Jim is channeling Jordan Peterson, who has long stated the need for men to be responsible, and to stand up and act like men while the world is spiraling out of control.

    • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

      Yeah, but first… Clean your room!

    • Hereward the Woke December 13, 2021 at 2:59 pm #

      Jordan took the jab. Fine words are one thing; actions are another.

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:16 pm #

        He was whining on Twitter again that he’s double-jabbed, got a booster and tested negative and still being given shit when he travels in Canada.

        Some people just refuse to get it.

    • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 3:10 pm #

      JP is a bull shit artist. Has he ever warned young canuks about their gov, the hate speech laws there, the invasion.
      He is disgusting.

      • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm #

        He has, malt.

        I’ve come full circle on him. I thought him irritating then brilliant then tedious. He is, of course, all three.

        • Blackbird December 13, 2021 at 5:28 pm #

          Canada’s ridiculous “hate-speech” laws are what propelled Jordan Peterson into the public consciousness. As a fellow student of Jung, I like him, but he does seem to have serious blindspots – as most well-known people do… Dig far enough in one area, and you tend to lose sight of the others. Well, nobody’s perfect.

          • TaxDonkey December 14, 2021 at 11:31 am #

            It is easier to speak about historical misdeeds with impunity than than it is to speak truth to power in the current climate. From what little I’ve listened to him, I thought maybe his Overton window is a bit shrunken based upon current considerations.

        • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 10:43 am #

          Peterson reminds me of Ron Smith, the Voice of Reason in these parts for many years. Only Peterson’s more credentialed (big deal).

          Big point in Peterson’s favor — he’s the anti Sam Harris, that supercilious windbag!

      • Bilejones December 13, 2021 at 6:05 pm #

        JP first came to note precisely because of the speech issue in Canada: the proximate cause was people’s creation of pronouns that were then mandated.
        I liked his 12 rules stuff. Greatly admired his deconstruction of the Genesis stories then it all went a bit odd.
        I suspect drugs and not self administered.
        Not check on him for the past year or so.

        • R banjo December 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm #

          @ bile jones
          i have followed Jordan Peterson for quite a while.
          Been on his JBDaily.org for a long while.
          25 of us left or so after this much time has elapsed.
          He hit the “wall of fame; so many famous people go through.
          The very ideas he is talking about, overwhelmed him is what I believe.
          God is hunting him.
          There lots of great folks to listen to and Paul Kingsnorth is one from Jordan. I use Peterson as a resource now instead of a “voice in the wilderness”!.
          This forum is like that for me also. I love the talent and offerings of all of you. There are some favorites, and Teekopoo has been quite entertaining. As you all well know.
          Proton,Mary,Oc,BRH these are the standouts that come to mind.
          But I love Kunstler he is an inspiration for me.
          Rbanjo
          Great comments today

  40. farmgal December 13, 2021 at 1:24 pm #

    Mr. K, thanks for this message which is one of your better ones. While it is somewhat optimistic you have no problem stating that things are what they are and we must persevere. I’m a huge fan of your WMBH series but I think many of your readers don’t understand that when writing in a genre such as this a writer much chose between an “apocalyptic” theme or “post-apocalyptic” theme. One cannot easily cover the scope of both without it being thousands of pages.

    In the original WMBH we have no way of knowing the calamities and catastrophes that people endured before we are introduced to Robert Earle and his quaint little village. We only know of his personal trials and a general outline of recent human troubles.

    I recently finished a “post apocalyptic” novel that sort of follows the same pattern. You are introduced to the main character at a point in time where they/their family have already endured collapse. In my case, the main character was a child when the dramatic events occurred so they have no frame of reference. Life has always been hard and will always be so. But in order to have included all of the events, wars, and death that led up to those hard times would have been prohibitive.

    I’m very wordy today but I do so enjoy your writing and hope you keep it up for a very long time.

    • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:43 pm #

      I’m with you, farmgal, for wishing Mr K had given us more info. Not criticizing, just wishing. And I would also love to read one centered on Steven Bullock and his domination of the Union Grove community. Oh, well… Maybe he’ll do it, or maybe it’s time for some well written fan fiction.

  41. BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 1:31 pm #

    My wife asked if I’d go to the store, pick up ingredients so she could make lasagna. OK, I’ll go. She gave me a list. I needed beer anyway. Then she said “Make sure you get artisan bread”. Artisan bread? So when I got to the market I looked at all the breads on the shelf and found a loaf that actually said ‘Artisan Bread’. I was pretty proud of finding exactly what she asked for. Got home, she pulled the bread out the the bag and said “This is the wrong bread, I said Artesian Bread.”

    Then

    The lasagna “I wouldn’t have bought this brand”

    The Mozerella “did you check the date on this?”

    The Tomato Sauce “THIS IS ON SALE NEXT WEEK, NOT THIS WEEK.”

    The parmesan “Why’d you get the large size.”

    Finally, a little snark

    “I’ll bet you got the beer you wanted.”

    • debt December 13, 2021 at 1:40 pm #

      Spank her!

    • JTinMD December 13, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

      Hahahahaha! Lucy and Charlie Brown!

    • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

      Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogan’s hateful ‘Sante Inc.’ has tanked too, in fact has been cancelled. More good holiday news.

      Rogan is blaming White Supremacists on it demise, not that sucked and is full of enmity.

      / They are from that group that you love so.

      Also Sarah has a song on utube ‘I Love America’ or something like that.
      I assume she is being ironic.

      • malthuss December 13, 2021 at 3:01 pm #

        all time low

        rotten tomatoes protects them

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-U0Brrh-lw

        • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 4:09 pm #

          Watching wokesters consuming wokesters is more tragically entertaining than watching China-Apple Inc. consume slave laboring Uyghurs in their quest to place the planet under their wage-slave dumbed-down control…..

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:33 pm #

      God bless women. They can be total pains but I love ’em.

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:21 pm #

      Hilarious.

    • Bilejones December 14, 2021 at 7:16 pm #

      I’ve never been a fan of those fancy liquid breads.

    • Anthea December 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm #

      It sounds like your wife doesn’t WANT you to do grocery shopping.

      If you want someone to do certain chores or projects cheerfully, or even eagerly, you encourage their efforts even if they are imperfect, offer praise and refrain from criticism–or at least keep the negative stuff lighthearted. (“I see you are blazing new trails in cookery.”)

      This was always my approach with my kids. Plus I was so thrilled that they wanted to do anything at all to help out that I never considered trying to discourage their efforts in any way at all. This is how you get a 16-year-old daughter who decides to plumb in a new pump. You’ve never told her she sucked at plumbing.

      The way you get “fairlure to launch” syndrome in kids is to nitpick, criticize, predict failure, and rub it in if there is some deficiency in their work. (I know whole families like this.) I think the motivation is often control; one or both parents don’t want the kids to be independent. Another motivation is social dominance games, which are contrary to good family life and good human relations in general.

      Sounds like your wife wants to reinforce your dependence on her for shopping and food. The message is, “If it weren’t for me, you’d be eating Vienna sausages out of the can.” She is also staking out her domestic “territory”–and also playing the social dominance card.

      Another possibility is that your wife was angry with you for something else. Husbands will often make poorly-timed demands on their wives time, such as asking her to have the folks over for dinner when she has a hundred pounds of pears to can. Hence, to save time, she sent you to the store. Why DID she send you to the store, anyway? Why the time crunch? I’m thinking maybe this is the answer to the whole riddle as to why she was feeling pissy. Did you make some commitment to drive out to East Shigotiesville after dinner to visit with your buddy who has an air compressor for sale? So maybe she sent you to the store so she would have time to take a shower after canning a hundred pounds of pears earlier in the day.

      There are many possibilities as to what’s really going on here.

  42. mitchellc December 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

    May I suggest searching YT for “Belarus migrants”? As you watch the videos, what thoughts immediately spring to mind?

    That Poland should provide help and assistance? Or, holy shit, this is what it’s going to look like everywhere when crunch time arrives!

    Do you feel an association with the migrants, or reject them as dangerous invaders threatening to tip the boat for everyone?

    If the latter, do you now see the position of thinkers? That we are all dangerous useless resource consumers endangering the entire planet?

    I keep coming back to this simple truth: global pop stood at approx 1b when all the great reserves were discovered in the early 1900s.

    Indonesia (Shell – the reason japan attached Singapore and pearl). Spindletop (Mobil and texaco). Iraq (BP). And then gwahar in 1948 for dessert.

    Now we are 8x more people, but probably down to the above 1/8 recoverable. That’s quite a turnaround. But it helps explain everything.

    Strip away civilization and were reduced to the eating, fvcking and shitting machines like any other life forms, fighting and killing for the privilege.

    • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 6:52 am #

      mitchell,

      of course I agree with your assessment of the situation. Yet cannot accept godlike “thinkers” solutions.

      The very concept of a “solution” to the massive degradation all around us is impossible to imagine: there’s no solution. There’s only the possibility of a leap in consciousness towards compassion, frugality, spirituality.

      And that leap can only come after a trial by fire. After experiencing the consequences of our behavior to the bitter end. The “thinkers” role may be to hasten the consequences.

      The role of all decent human beings is to keep the candle of consciousness flickering by the window, as the night gets darker and darker. Not to cheer the demons doing the dirty work, so there’s less of us, and smarter, when light finally comes around again. That’s how I read Mr K’s excellent essay.

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 10:50 am #

        Just a fleeting thought

        Perhaps the bible for woke GloboCap is Clarke’s Childhood’s End, wherein they’re the Overlords, and our kids/grandkids are the children who will ascend above and beyond the rest of us under their tender mercies and expert tutelage?

    • Bilejones December 14, 2021 at 7:19 pm #

      The first question I had was “How are Syrian migrants getting to Belarus?”

      This thing smacks of some dipstick CIA smear Russia plot.

  43. nclaughlin December 13, 2021 at 1:43 pm #

    I’m 78, too old to learn how to plow a field with a mule, besides, I don’t have a field or a mule. So, I think I’ll stay where I am, in Santa Rosa, an exurb of the SF Bay Area. Will the world end after I end, or vice versa? I don’t know.

    • messianicdruid December 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

      The world system will end. The planet will go on, the remnant will rebuild and the Creator will be vindicated.

      • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:21 pm #

        Right. This is End of Times not End of Planet.

        What amazes me is how many people despise Just about everything about these corrupt times yet also dread them ending.

      • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 4:39 pm #

        @messianicdruit – yes that! I recently came across the word “remnant” in the Old Testament – yes we will go on!

  44. Ed Haskell December 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler,

    Eight days before the Winter Solstice, darkest day in the northern hemisphere and your eyesight, your vision, is clear. Thank You.

    Cheers

    • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 6:56 am #

      Ed H,

      indeed! Mr K keeps the old Roman virtues of gravitas, severitas and veritas alive in our times. Clear vision and a sharp wit to boot.

      He’s our Marcus Aurelius, in an age of Neros.

  45. Roundball Shaman December 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

    “…there has been no place for men these days in the struggle to prevent civilization from drowning. ”

    Ours is a society that has lost its will to live. It is exhibiting various forms of self-hatred. Instead of having big dreams and reaching for the stars, we now find ways to drag each other into the mud while reaching for filthy masks and vials of venom to participate in a societal worship of a death cult.

    “It was a bad time to be a man standing out among men.”

    A self-hating society does not want men who stand out. It wants anti-men who fall to their knees and whimper and beg for someone to wipe away its tears.

    “The landscape will not look the same and we will not act like we did before…”

    Our World had plenty of problems before the latest nightmarish attempts at a socially engineered suicide. But there was good within that World as well. But many today choose not to see that good but instead to throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water.

    Men? Gotta go. Lighter flesh tones? Gotta go. Virtues and morals? Gotta go. Our History? Gotta go. Throw it all out with the bath water. The Great Reset. The Great Regret. The Great All-Wet.

    “Christmas, most of us understand, is as much about the world descending into cyclical darkness as it is about the birth of a religious figure who signifies our recognition of the very light that makes darkness visible.”

    Christmas is about each of us personally finding our Light amongst the surrounding Darkness. There may not have been a more critical time in all of history to relearn this truth than these days.

    “One of your duties as men is to oppose false realities to preserve meaning…”

    This is another of the timeless Christmas messages of ‘meaning’. Tossing aside the falsities of Santa Clauses and flying reindeers and all the rest and embracing the fundamental truth of the Divine that cares about us and always seeks relationship with us. A Divine that is not the property of any one religion and that has no need to make itself a ‘thing’ to be walled-in by anyone or anything.

    “I promise you, the light is coming.”

    The Light is here. Now. Always. We hold it in our hands like a flashlight. All we need to do is throw the switch. All of us. Men… women… boys and girls.

    But we need to first keep our heads above the bathwater.

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:15 pm #

      A self-hating society does not want men who stand out. It wants anti-men who fall to their knees and whimper and beg for someone to wipe away its tears.

      Sad but True.

    • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 6:57 am #

      Shaman,

      excellent comment, as most of what you post. Keep them coming. Good companion pieces to Mr K’s thoughts.

  46. RocketDoc December 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

    I had lunch with David Rockefeller in 1977. Our non-profit from DC met in his conference room in NYC. I thought my boss and our chairman of the Board, Ted Hesburgh, were much more impressive, vibrant men. But he of course was funding us and listened with humble genuine interest as I discussed development assistance targeting and disparity reduction rate goals for the Year 2000. Our concept of population control was increased pc income for destitute countries. That had been shown to lower BRs and that required some “globalization” of the participation in the international system. By 1980 it seemed a hopeless task to me and I have had a satisfying career in dentistry in a small Alabama town since then.

    It might be unpopular to assert that the vaccine was not intended as a population reduction method. I am wary enough to think it could be. But I prefer to consider that an accidental release of a GOF chimeric virus frightened the complicit who pushed the vaccine as a way to recover (and maintain) their scientific cred and they hoped it would be much more successful than it has been. Thus, they are hoping against hope to pull off a major last minute stick save and show the rabbit to the applause of all. And a satisfying twofer: Riches beyond compare and an efficacious “vaccine”. I and almost everyone I know has had the mRNA jab with no consequence. But I will not be getting the booster and have cautioned my close family against it. Why? If we can duck delta for another month we can welcome the less than lethal Omicron, collect our natural immunity, and tell the Vax Pass police to get lost.

    It has been clear to me that the vaccine urgency is about instituting a control system, in addition to whatever “benefits” it brings to us old people from disease. We are at 800K deaths here in the USA and I do think our public health leadership should be prosecuted for killing at least 400K of them. I have no idea who knew what when but when I go to my very nice neighborhood pharmacy and ask the young pharmacist what she currently thinks about allowing me to prescribe fluvoxamine, hydro….quine, i….tin she says it is not allowed and I wonder why I paid the Justice Department $795 for a prescription license….. So I am aware of the big holes in the official story.

    I would ask for a certain generosity of spirit to all commenters whether they agree with you or see the world differently. We want open eyes and open hearts with steely resolve.

    • mitchellc December 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm #

      The most basic question you can ask is this:

      Do you believe govt is acting in the best interests of public welfare to improve health & longevity that leads to increased population and and consumption?

      We know multi generational wealth goes back centuries. We know they control said govt thru finance & media, and also fund think tanks and activist groups which help set international policy.

      Do you think the top dogs don’t understand population overshoot, resource depletion and environmental degradation? It beggars belief.

      So, as Holmes said, once you eliminate the impossible, you’re left with the improbable as the truth. I hold that the WEF et al have been telling everyone the plain unvarnished truth for decades, so that eliminates the impossible.

      • Amman December 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm #

        The most basic question anyone can ask is what is the Truth and what is the lie.

      • Bilejones December 13, 2021 at 6:25 pm #

        The most basic question you can currently ask is this:

        How can the government be stopped from injecting a known poison into 5 year olds?

        • Amman December 14, 2021 at 7:22 am #

          If the rules you followed brought you to THIS, what use were the rules? – NO COUNTRY FOR CHILDREN.

    • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 3:06 pm #

      Understanding the mosaic of patents secured by one Dr. Anthony S. Fauci is illustrative of the money-grubbing motive behind the man, the willful deceptions proffered, and the central human control system mandated by the Globalist-Oligarch-Eugenicists, through public-private policies issued by decree from their purchased sycophants, disseminated through their mass and social media operations, and enforced through non-elected bureaucracies.
      https://patents.justia.com/inventor/anthony-s-fauci

      Looking in the rear view mirror just long enough to chart the path forward is BEST.

      Time and Energy is BEST spent building out the NEW, not fighting the old, whereby the NEW is defined as those strategic locales where one may most effectively live at the highest levels of consciousness and provide and share maximum freedom, security, and abundance with their loved ones.

      Service to freely disseminating TRUTH is a virtue which is reward enough.

      The more noble people stand up and freely share the TRUTH, the greater the hope for the survival of a functional civilization anchored by love, joy, gratitude, peace, and synchronicity.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 13, 2021 at 3:33 pm #

      @rocketdoc

      with all respect for those drawn to more extreme theories concerning covid, i agree almost completely with the narrative ricketdoc outlines here. and by “agree” i mean “consider it the most likely in probability terms.”

      • gustafson.robert.22 December 13, 2021 at 3:33 pm #

        rocket doc, no rickets

      • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:08 pm #

        Ya, probably. Billy Gates, after being raised by eugenists and then spending a lifetime rolling out operating systems and espousing Global Depopulation, is now spending billions of his net worth corrupting every institution on Earth in efforts to protect the Good name of Dr Anthony Fauci and grow Earth’s population.

        Good thinkin’.

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 5:45 pm #

        Nothing to see here, people in some countries now not allowed to buy groceries because they aren’t vaxxed. Probably just a passing phase.

        • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 6:13 pm #

          …..no conspiracy here.
          Remarkable.

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 4:18 pm #

      You should have punched him in the nose while you had the chance.

      How is this for a paradox?:

      I am both a pacificist yet somehow also pro-Rockefeller nose-punching.

    • ianw December 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm #

      It might be unpopular to assert that the vaccine was not intended as a population reduction method. I am wary enough to think it could be. But I prefer to consider that an accidental release of a GOF chimeric virus frightened the complicit who pushed the vaccine as a way to recover (and maintain) their scientific cred and they hoped it would be much more successful than it has been.

      Popular or not – it really is the only rational and credible position to occupy. The alternative range from not feasible to unbelievable:

      • deliberate bioweapon release by the US
      • deliberate bioweapon release by China
      • accidental leak of a deliberate bioweapon
      • deliberate leak of GOF enhanced virus
      • virus-vaccine as a means of societal control
      • virus-vaccine as a means of population reduction

      The vilification of Fauci, CDC, and most medical authorities (including city, county, and state health agencies) are spin-offs from the “Covid-19 is a Hoax” suite of conspiracies.

      The conspiracists were conspiracists well before 2019 – they eagerly and greedily grabbed on to the inadvertent pandemic to add to the soup mix.

      • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 5:26 pm #

        TRUTH is a function of Time, Discovery, and Disclosure.

        …..still believe the Warren Commission’s finding on Lee Harvey Oswald as the sole assailant, and the single bullet theory?

        Thought so.

        • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 5:39 pm #

          Ian Believes that 2 commercial airplanes somehow demolished 3 Manhattan skyscrapers 1 Tuesday.

          I shit you not.

      • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 5:28 pm #

        …..perhaps revisiting the speech that greatly contributed to the early involuntary retirement of JFK will provide illumination on the veracity of conspiracy.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YafZkjiMpjU&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW7YD-JKHT0vYIk1ZCrK7c4-&index=33

      • ianw December 13, 2021 at 7:36 pm #

        Of course I deliberately left out one of the equally likely scenarios … so as not to scare the horses.

        To wit, the virus made the leap from bats to humans (via another species?, and propagated in the wet market without any additional help from Dr Fauci, Fort Detrick, or the Wuhan Virology Lab.

        Early cases were hugely virulent, and the Chinese medical and emergency outfits – as prone to clusterfuckery and ass-covering as anywhere else – failed to contain it. YMMV.

        Anyway … enough on conspiracies and Covid-19.

        • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 9:07 pm #

          the virus made the leap from bats to humans (via another species?, and propagated in the wet market without any additional help from Dr Fauci, Fort Detrick, or the Wuhan Virology Lab.

          No doubt.

          • ianw December 13, 2021 at 11:12 pm #

            I don’t know whether it’s true or not OG, but nobody has disproved it. It’s possible, but the scenario from RocketDoc – a leak of a US-sponsored GOF virus from the Wuhan Lab is I guess equally plausible.

            We all simply don’t know how it happened. Will we ever know?

          • O.G. Hawkins December 14, 2021 at 1:29 am #

            And Billy Gates is spending billions of dollars corrupting institutions all over Earth to jab billions of people after decades of espousing Global Depop because … ?

            You love to compartmentalize but your ridiculous theories need match ALL facts and evidence lest they display what they Truly are: ridiculous.

            —–

            Read RFK Jr.’s meticulous, damning book, Ian.

            If it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck, it’s a duck.

            Fauci did this with AIDS 35 years ago. Now it is VAIDS. Same m.o. Larger scale.

            “Quack. Quack.”

    • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 6:58 am #

      RD,

      thank you for that thoughtful comment. Good conclusion, too: open eyes and hearts, steely resolve. My wish also. Cheers!

  47. Paula D December 13, 2021 at 2:12 pm #

    I can’t see many people in the US surviving the tsunami.
    If there are any tribes left in the Amazon, I can see them making it.
    Those people on that island near India who are allowed to kill missionaries, they’ll make it.
    The Pashtuns of Afghanistan, they’ll make it.
    Everyone else? Hard to picture.

    • ianw December 13, 2021 at 4:53 pm #

      I can’t see many people in the US surviving the tsunami.

      I think this is overstating things rather a lot. Peak everything and ongoing pollution and climate change will force major changes in the arrangements for living in a hyper-technology and hyper-consumerist world.

      But no need to expect total catastrophe. Apart from any thing else, human beings (even their governments) are ultimately resilient and adaptable.

      After holding out forever from seeing the reality and making essential changes, when push really becomes shove, societies will change, and they can do it very quickly.

      • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 5:29 pm #

        when push really becomes shove, societies will change, and they can do it very quickly.

        Yep.

        • SpeedyBB December 15, 2021 at 11:15 am #

          I sure wouldn’t want to have any money in airline shares. Of course that’s nothing new: investing in or running an airline has been a prime way to lose a great deal of dough in a hurry since the 1930s.

          I mention this because the shriveling and prompt disappearance of the world airline business will be the “canary in the coal mine” for what is described above.

          Any other candidates?

          • ianw December 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm #

            Any other candidates?

            Probably the ugly sisters of airlines – cruising and tourism generally, especially those thousands of places around the world where tourism has become the totally dominant economic activity.

            The oil patch and coal mining towns everywhere ight be in some trouble too.

      • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 6:11 pm #

        Individuals and collaborative tribal communities survive and thrive with the local means of production and coordinated community defense.

        Same as it ever was, only much more pronounced.

        • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 7:02 am #

          got__truth,

          there’s always valuable insights in your comments. Much food for thought there, at least for me. Keep up the good work.

        • ianw December 17, 2021 at 12:02 am #

          Same as it ever was, only much more pronounced.

          Indeed – there are hundreds of millions of people – even just in North America – who couldn’t grow a potato or a bean even if their life depended on it, which it might inside a century.

  48. thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

    In the midst of the deadliest pandemic ever the health office at my plant is closed for renovation.

    You just can’t make this stuff up anymore.

  49. Cactus Girl December 13, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

    _One thing men are responsible for is bringing order to the world._

    Yeah! Damn those silly women, with their atom bombs, fossil fuel machines, global warming, violence, Round-Up, mustard gas…

    • got___truth December 13, 2021 at 3:11 pm #

      You left out Napalm….
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6tNCemS3Pw

      The Globalist-Oligarch-Eugenicists enjoy the blood sport of war as a profitable hobby.

    • gustafson.robert.22 December 13, 2021 at 3:25 pm #

      one thing to say “men have fucked up recently and need to be called out hard for the failures (along with the whole team, who all play some part)”…

      another to say “we don’t need men, they just categorically fuck things up,” and flirt with assumptions that women could do better as primary social organizers (when evidence for that position is weak and predominately negative).

      better , in my opinion, to ask “what is the ideal role for women in social organization and decision making?” and “do women bear any responsibility for recent social failures also? (because we should be proportionate and universally accurate in our final analyses).”

      • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 7:25 pm #

        Thank you for asking sane questions instead of piling on the ‘us/them’ bandwagon of non-thought.

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm #

          thank you mmfp..

          also believe it goes without saying that generalizations are just that… general guides for majorities of cases. individuals should be finally evaluated individually, and there will imo always be lots of room for exceptions to general rules (concerning “men,” “women”… which are in quotes for imperfectly representing generalized groups… not because there’s no such thing, okay everyone?)

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 11:11 am #

        ”better , in my opinion, to ask “what is the ideal role for women in social organization and decision making?

        Best to abandon all such dehumanizing managerial systems. We’ve been trying for centuries now to replace the Pole Star with ever-fancier compasses. We desperately need to back off!

        Read Voltaire’s Bastards

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 14, 2021 at 12:05 pm #

          agree. you’ve probably answered the question there, in a significant degree.

          i’ve never read it… will do so

  50. freedomforever December 13, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

    There Are Now More Than 350 Studies that Prove the Efficacy of Ivermectin and HCQ in Treating COVID-19. Any hospital administrator who mandated the shots to employees to comply with the government mandate for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and who refused to allow alternative treatments to be tried, doctors who pushed their patients to take the EUA drug without giving fully informed consent, anyone who forcefully administered the shot, the AMA, AAP, Boards of Health, CDC, FDA, NIH, WHO, scientists who participated in the development, Big Pharma (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, Astra Zeneca, et,al), anyone who pushed the sick into nursing homes resulting in deaths, all must be arrested, prosecuted, tried and if found guilty sentenced to prolonged imprisonment and fines or death for intentional homicide. Get your ivermectin before it is too late https://u.nu/P31Qm

  51. Jo-G December 13, 2021 at 3:07 pm #

    “One thing men are responsible for is bringing order to the world. They don’t always succeed, but it must be their duty to make the effort, and it’s not wise to distract them with histrionics when they attempt to do that, or shame them for trying. You are not excused from your duty in any case, American men. It’s not okay to pretend to be women to escape your duty. The women must not allow the men to hide among them and pretend to be them. They must insist that you be men.

    One of your duties as men is to oppose false realities to preserve meaning, and you do that first by insisting on being upright yourself and speaking of things as they really are so that you can do with them what you must do. And this is the meaning of authority, which has been submerged in the flood we’re riding on, this flood of false realities drowning the meaning of everything.”

    Thanks for the whole essay. I hope it is published more widely. I like this quoted part best.

    • Jarek December 14, 2021 at 12:31 am #

      Mr Kunster get it: Women are going to fight us every step of the way. Civilization per se is a male enterprise, although of course we need women on board too.

      • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 11:16 am #

        Could be that civilization is, or was, a female impulse co-opted by male assfucks for power, wealth, and aggrandizement.

        I’ll fight you naked!

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 14, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

          yes

        • gustafson.robert.22 December 14, 2021 at 12:11 pm #

          and/or a moment of weakness from men…

          “we can grow more food than we could ever eat, rule the earth, outnumber all our enemies, and live in luxury!”

        • Jarek December 14, 2021 at 10:06 pm #

          Ridiculous. Paglia: No men = Grass huts – still! They have not the fire of mind. As in “women haven’t been given permission to succeed at STEM. Lol!

          But Wait! They do play a part: they select for success and brutality ruthlessly in their mating and marriage patterns. As the Spartan matrons told their sons: come back with your shields or on them. Women today: Men have to be over six feet tall and make six figures.

  52. Amman December 13, 2021 at 3:24 pm #

    Q-Shtik – what’s a good antonym-phrase for “Flood-Tide of Darkness?”

    • JTinMD December 14, 2021 at 11:19 am #

      Get out to sea before the morning ebb-tide!

  53. tom clark December 13, 2021 at 3:29 pm #

    “Defective as he was personality-wise…” Whew! THAT’S an understatement if ever there were one!

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 3:50 pm #

      He’s definitely not all warm and cuddly like HRC, that’s for sure!

  54. farmgal December 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm #

    What a refreshing breath of air today’s post and comments is. Hardly any talk about Covid and lots of interesting perspectives on men’s and women’s roles. Almost said gender roles but since there are only two I thought I would specify.

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 3:48 pm #

      “OK. Enough talk. Get yer skinny butt back in the kitchen and make me a sammy.”

      Just joking.

      • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 4:24 pm #

        Would you like mayo with that slap in the face? LOL

        • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 5:05 pm #

          Nice. Thank you. That is the playful to-and-fro between men and women that is so very fun and healthy.

          • Rulo Deschamps December 14, 2021 at 7:23 am #

            OG, indeed the interaction with lively women is invigorating to a man, inspiring. The ancient Muses were all female, after all. The Greeks had a good insight there. Women inspire men.

            farmgal, maybe I should add a couple of images to your comment. When I was running the farmers’ mkt I’d go to the office of the non-profit where it operated to catch up on mail and files. Always in my work clothes, as I had my own farm to run, and other farms to visit, etc, before putting in an hour doing office stuff. At one point there was a 20 something male intern sitting next to me, big beard, fancy clothes, you know the type. One time I felt a call from Nature and had to go the bathroom. “Gotta use the crapper”, was my casual comment as I left the office. Next week, I find out that the guy had placed a formal complaint with the boss and staff (all women) about how he felt “threatened” by my language, muddy boots and minuscule pocket knife I always attach to my belt. Good thing I had good relations with the ladies, in great part thanks to that playful interaction, or intellectual flirting if you will, that was our modus operandi. Or perhaps they just liked the idea of a normal man around, rather than an overgrown crybaby. He was told to finish his internship at Goodwill and we had a good laugh about it.

            The other is the astonishing numbers of men I had to dismiss for being unable to perform the most basic chores without disappearing after a few minutes in order to sit in the shade and play with their phones. The state farmers’ mkt accepted people on probation and such to complete comm service hours. There were big warehouses to tend to, as well as considerable fields of watermelon and jatropha (for biofuel) in the back to weed, etc. I usually had no problem with older men – but anyone under 30, or most of them, could not conceive of the indignity of actually doing a bit of physical work. That was a shock! So I understand Mr K’s piece very well.

  55. thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 3:51 pm #

    California about to stab solar power users in the back by massively reducing subsidies and adding new fees:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/california-looks-stab-rooftop-solar-customers-back-massive-incentive-rollback

    You just love to see the animals eating each other.

    • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm #

      They’re shutting down Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant too, the last one in the state. One wonders where electricity for 50 million Cal. citizens will come from?

      • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 5:04 pm #

        OK. Now you are Just goofing on us, Heckler. There is no way that you have never seen my many, many replies to your oft-repeated confusion.

        You keep scratching your head on energy issues while TPTB clearly build for a future that includes WAY less “useless eaters.”

        You are “whistling past the graveyard,” Heckler.

        They are running a Global Depop program Right now. They are planning for a World with WAY less “useless eaters.” Then it all makes sense and you can quit scratching your head while they clearly build for this future of both luxury EVs and WAY less MegaWatts.

        —–

        It is like the House of Bush shuttering TPTB centuries-old opium/heroin industry in Afghanistan earlier this year. Why would they do that? Because they know that the Demand (“useless eaters”) is soon going away. TruStory

        • BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 6:27 pm #

          That’s an interesting theory OG and has much merit. But for right now the population is growing, not as much as it once was, but it is growing; 2 million immigrants per year arriving in the US, world population topping 8 billion by 2025. I think even Canada is gaining more people.

          • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm #

            The World population will be far less than 8B in 2025. That is why they are designing luxury EVs while simultaneously dismantling MegaWatt production.

            —–

            Canada is irrelevant. Trudeau does what he is told. Canada will provide its abundant natural resources as instructed.

            —–

            This shit is Real.

          • gustafson.robert.22 December 13, 2021 at 8:35 pm #

            even our genuinely-illustrious-in-ways-that-matter host has made some predictions that were a little.. sped-up in terms of time-frame.

            if it happens to you too og, you’ll have good company and deserve only the mildest ribbing imo

          • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm #

            Canada is the USA’s little British brother. We send you tar sands oil, timber and comedians. We are your Biggest trading partner (though you’s all guess that that is China).

            An old Canadian economic expression: “When America sneezes, Canada catches a cold.”

            Of course, that means even more now as we wrap up 2021, eh?

            Yes, we are most definitely going down with this ship. Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, UK, Canada. The hype comes from out of the USA and its Dr Fauci and its corrupt Big Med while the noose tightens back the other way.

            Americans are armed to the teeth and will be the last grasp/glimpse of Freedom.

            Sad but True.

          • ianw December 13, 2021 at 10:00 pm #

            The World population will be far less than 8B in 2025. That is why they are designing luxury EVs while simultaneously dismantling MegaWatt production.

            I need more evidence than that, OG. I don’t believe there’s a planned move to a lower population – neither through outright slaughter-by-the-jab, nor by starving people of energy and food.

            But even though I accept that Global Warming is a thing that needs urgent attention, to shut down base-load power stations (coal, oil, nuclear, gas) years prior to having a vast ocean of wind, solar, and whatever in place – sufficiently extensive to meet future energy needs – seems batshit crazy.

            And even if billions are spent on it – what will be the cost?

          • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 10:51 pm #

            Ian, sometimes you Just flap your gums for the sake of flapping your gums.

            Like the other day when you agreed that average made no sense but you then lamented that you didn’t have the data to express median so you had to go with average. It never even popped into your pompous little mind that you could have simply abstained from brain farting all together.

            —–

            1) You will contnue to have access to plenty of evidence. TruStory

            2) You misunderstand the cause/effect of what I am saying. They are shutting down MegaWatt production now while also developing luxury EVs now because they understand future Supply & Demand. A vast reduction of “useless eaters” will result in a vast reduction in Demand for MegaWatts.

            3) Your standard MSM take is that everyone is “batshit crazy.” We “conspiracy nuts” are “batshit crazy” to say that there is Global Depop in progress while TPTB are “batshit crazy” shutting down MegaWatts that would be needed sans Global Depop.

            OK. Everyone is “batshit crazy” but you. Right. Just like your Belief in God’s non-existence, your head is so firmly up your ass and you love your own brand.

          • ianw December 13, 2021 at 11:24 pm #

            Your standard MSM take is that everyone is “batshit crazy.”

            I didn’t say that – that’s verballing!

            I said that the destruction of base-load power stations before renewables are fully in place is crazy. Do you understand how much wind-solar would be required to replace the ocean of fossil fuel used by the world’s ICE fleet every day?

            EVs are a crock, hydrogen energy is a crock, and wind-solar are a vast expense for low energy return per dollar, given our modern world. And it’s highly unstable.

            A “depopulation agenda” is convenient (ie, lazy), and not an intellectually rigorous answer to the dramas we are currently going through to “de-carbonise” the world of energy.

          • O.G. Hawkins December 14, 2021 at 1:16 am #

            You missed every point. It is quite simple. I will try again.

            TPTB are now executing their long-planned Global Depop.

            TPTB are now shuttering MegaWatts of production not because they are “batshit” crazy thinking that they can replace them with wind and solar but because they know that Energy Demand will go WAY down once there are WAY less “useless eaters.”

            TPTB needn’t replace all the current FF with wind, solar, etc. because Demand will be WAY lower.

            Similarly, TPTB shuttered their centuries-old opium/heroin industry in Afghanistan earlier this year because they know that demand for that life-destroying product is also about to go WAY down on account of their same Global Depop program.

            TPTB are not “batshit crazy” as you claim, Ian. They know what they are doing. You calling them “batshit crazy” because you do not Believe that they are running a Global Depop program is lazy.

            My identifying TPTB’s Global Depop program is neither lazy nor ambitious. Rather, it is accurately matching the facts with the Reality of our current situation.

            You simply accept your own Wrong premise (TPTB are not Global Depopping) as fact and then use that in your arguments.

            Yes, you are a complete dope.

            —–

            Ian’s “Logic:”

            I do not pray to God as He demands of me.
            God does not reveal Himself to me.
            Therefore, God does not exist.
            And the billions who have experienced God are all Wrong.

            “Ehhhh … What a maroon!”

        • literofoyl December 13, 2021 at 7:32 pm #

          OGH, it’s difficult not to agree with your frank read that ‘Trudeau will do as he is told’. In these times of ‘Flood-Tide of Darkness’, old Justin has had 6 years to bring-on the his vaunted ‘Sunny Ways’, yet the clouds increase, the debt and deficit increases, and its as if the soul and momentum of the country has become even more in question. Its like a trance – will it become a deeper one in 2022?

    • ianw December 13, 2021 at 9:52 pm #

      California about to stab solar power users in the back by massively reducing subsidies and adding new fees

      This has been occurring in the Land Down Under for some years too – it’s a sunny place … rooftop solar comprises about 30% of the total, and I expect a higher percentage on houses built in the last decade or so.

      Even with generous government incentives/rebates for the installation cost, the rollout of smart metering and buy-back scheme have always been a big part of the equation.

      However the power utilities have argued successfully to energy regulators that the rates were too high, and that a monthly fee was justified, irrespective of the amount of net energy consumed.

      It would seem much fairer to grandfather rate changes and fees – you keep what you signed up for, but new systems get different rates.

    • Bilejones December 15, 2021 at 4:54 am #

      Agree.
      I must confess my first reaction was to smile.

      I particularly liked that this fatwa was imposed by that person most beloved of shit-libs: an unelected judge.

  56. Islander December 13, 2021 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi, Night Owl,

    Here is a story that may be of interest to you:

    https://consortiumnews.com/2021/12/13/diana-johnstone-the-growing-franco-german-estrangement/

    • Night Owl December 13, 2021 at 4:23 pm #

      I have a hard time taking much interest or agreeing with most of what the author covers in the article as I see the stances described as being largely superficial.

      Just like the Ampel coalition. There is no lamp putting the brakes on the faux-left WEF marionettes that have taken over Germany.

      German policy is WEF policy at the moment. Von der Leyen (EU witch), Scholz, Baerbock, Lauterbach, etc. are some of the most dangerous individuals to hold power in decades here, and the FDP will do nothing to stop their ambitions.

      Also, the Germans are on track to hand their illustrious auto industry over to the Chinese. If things continue on the current trajectory, Mercedes will be probably be owned by Cherry or some other communist shitpile.

      My social credit score would be to low to buy one regardless.

      • Islander December 13, 2021 at 7:24 pm #

        Gee, N.O., seems like you didn’t read the article, since your comments seem to echo much of what she says. For you to dismiss out of hand Johnstone’s observations is really weird. I have found her to be one of the most penetrating analysts, and she also writes well.

        IMO all of Johnstone’s comments in this piece are interesting, in particular re energy, and very relevant. From my above-average- volume readings regarding “green energy” I very much doubt these positions are “superficial.” In fact I find these positions fascinating in light of the current push to impose wind and solar power plants more or less world-wide. Since I am on the front line here were with the insane plan to cover virtually the whole Continental Shelf with wind farms. Germany’s orthodoxy and France’s rejection of it in favor of nuclear are important, and not superficial. For starters, France’s position would, I should think, make it a natural ally of Russia. Being also quite deeply steeped in the EU’s “competition mania” (as a result of working on manuscirpts on the subject) I assesa Johnstsone’s comments as deeply relevant. This mania has affected Russia’s relations with Ukraine (and the EU) since well before November 2013 and was the basic driver for the construction of NS2 in the first place (recall that Russia/Soviet Union has sold gas to Europe since at leaset the early 1970s, if not before). Thus it is highly relevant if France is challenging this blanket centralized policy of the EU. Sure, we shall see how it turns out. Obviously there will be major pushback for France to get with the program, but to me just the information that the French are not taken in by Greta is useful. These are not “superficial” irrelevancies. They betoken very deep struggles in Germany and France (and Russia).

        Although Johnstone labels the “Young Leader” program as being American (doesn’t mention WEF), AFAIK this is the first time I have see ANY mention of this programs and its spawn in any “mainstream left” outlet. (And let’s not waste time and energy sparring about in the “there is no left” weeds. It’s just a convenient label.)

        Actually, it is quite likely that the Young Leaders program IS managed behind the scenes by the Americans and Schwab is an Aushaengerschild. It seems that Harvard U was a major sponsor of Schwab and a prime mover behind “his” creation of the WEF.

        Frankly, I like Johnstone a lot, and i don’t see in this article any of the shortcomings you mention. She is implicitly and explicitly critical of all of the new types at the top. In fact, I think her trampoline comment is pretty funny—a zinger.

        • ianw December 13, 2021 at 9:15 pm #

          I enjoyed reading the story as well – informative and clear.

          But I think it’s all too much about the standard palace intrigue of the EU narrative for NO – for whom the overwhelming story of interest is the Schwab-Davos Guys, the WEF, and his fear of the imminent Great Reset.

          Nothing else matters when you are so focused and driving in the one lane. It’s all mainstream blah blah blah.

          • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 10:31 pm #

            Ian, why don’t you speak for yourself and allow others to do the same?

            You are always telling CFNers what some other poster thinks and why they think that way.

            Yes, you are a strawman-spewing little puke. TruStory

          • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 10:51 pm #

            The Media Matters Muppet moves ever closer to an eruption that will get him banned.

            Maybe that will be our xmas present!

          • ianw December 13, 2021 at 11:07 pm #

            You are always telling CFNers what some other poster thinks and why they think that way.

            I don’t think that’s true at all … I post my own views and stay within those rails. Anyway, NO was pretty clear about why he found the CN/Johnstone article superficial. I didn’t make it up.

          • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 11:15 pm #

            Ok. I will change always to constantly.

            Note: If you were not speaking for NO, you wouldn’t be Justifying whether you represented or misrepresented him.

            Don’t speak for him at all, dipshit.

      • Islander December 13, 2021 at 8:29 pm #

        Furthermore, very far from being largely superficial, Johnstone is the first writer I have seen in the blogosphere actually talking about the EU’s compettion policy, which is *fundamental* to understanding energy and economic development issues in the EU, and tensions with Russia and the natural gas market.

        https://ec.europa.eu/competition-policy/index_en

        I have been surprised at the absence of any obvious awareness of this context also in discussion at blogs such as The Saker, Moon of Alabama, etc.

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm #

          I have definitely liked a lot of Diane Johnstone’s work, but like other journalists that I have admired, they don’t see the big picture. That’s why she pales next to someone like Whitney Webb or Catherine Austin Fitts.

      • Night Owl December 14, 2021 at 3:00 am #

        I read it. Most of the issues are issues being discussed in mainstream rags 24/7. Superficial distraction from what actually matters.

        Green energy tech. as it exists is a farce. Germany is not going green in any way that matters at present. There is going to be a hybridization over time as certain idiotic policies are pushed with the new government (which are simply marionettes), but most people will still be using oil and natural gas well into the future. Even Merkel was still pushing Nordsteam.

        The only issue that really matters here is whether they can fully conquer the people via the virus hoax and smart control grid — sending the Rechtsstaat into an early grave. Perhaps it is your physical location that blinds you from it, but here, this is the only transformative issue that I can identify as being of true societal significance. It is omnipresent, and has divided the people openly against each other, and half the population is living on a knife’s edge both financially and psychologically.

        If they can, the criminals will reorganize the economy around the hoax, and the gulf between rich and poor will be larger than nearly at any point in history. Then digital currency once the true virus has killed off the Western democratic Volkskörper.

        What other issue(s) was/were even relevant in that piece?

    • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 5:41 pm #

      Sad to see Consortium has gone all Democrat mainstream for the most part. Another once-great publication I have stopped reading.

      • Islander December 13, 2021 at 7:34 pm #

        Huh?
        “Democratic mainstream” ?

        What are you talking about?

        Where else did you find consistent coverage of the Russiagate hoax?

        Where else did you find consistent reporting on and support for Julian Assange?

        Where else would you find an excellent analysis of France’s role in Lebanon.

        Sure, I don’t go to CN for stories on Covid19. I go other places for that info.

        If you are looking for an outlet that exactly mirrors your own views on every subject, and only covers those particular subjects, whatever they are, you’ll probably have to start one yourself. Id on’t read every single CN story, but to characterize CN as “Democratic mainstream” is IMHO bonkers.

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 8:05 pm #

          I met Joe for coffee (the editor). The entire board are Democrats. Parry’s wife was in the bag for Clinton even. He worried at that time that the publication would be forced to move neoliberal. And so he has. He caved.

          He blocked me on FB and some of my other friends for opposing the covid lockdowns and even the trans agenda.

          All they have left is harping on the US’s foreign blunders.

          The biggest story is the covid hoax. Have they gone there? I haven’t seen it for months but I’m guessing “no”.

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 8:06 pm #

          And, “bonkers” is your over the top response to my opinion on a publication I obviously know a lot about.

        • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 8:07 pm #

          Much like Caitlin Johnstone, another progressive darling, who refused to even discuss covid19 and the tyranny at all.

          I find them useless now.

          • Islander December 13, 2021 at 9:04 pm #

            Caitlyn Johnstone is not Diane Johnstone . . . .

            And Robert Parry is dead and long gone.

            Parry was a great journalist. Maybe you missed his critical stories about Saint Obama.

            I don’t call taking on the Russiagate hoax “harping on foreign policy blunders.” Or taking on the Seth Rich murder and the Wikileaks tapes, covered by Ray McGovern and John Kiriakou. Mainstream Dem? I don’t think so.

            Ditto, Julian Assange. IMO their coverage of these issues alone justify their existence and demand respect.

            These were/are third-rail issues in DC that sever CN from any current “mainstream Democratic” identity that I can think of, or, I am quite sure, Dem resources. Quite the contrary.

            CN will cover what their associated journalists are specialists in. Carping about what they don’t cover is kind of pointless.

            Especially when they ARE covering important issues that no one else here is covering.

            In any event, I expect directors are long-time board members who antedate the Dem Party’s recent transformation. I do not see CN toeing a “mainstream Dem line,” so party membership is irrelevant. What is important is what people actually write/do.

            If you want an informed take on the current situ in Europe vis-a-vis France and Germany’s relationship I recommend Diane Johnstone’s piece.

          • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 10:48 pm #

            Ummm I know that Caitlin isn’t Diane. I know them both. Diane asked for my email once, because she liked my commentary on one of her pieces. I know Caitlin a lot better even than that – lol. I didn’t miss any of Parry’s stuff. I read him regularly. You might be too angry/offended to get my point. As you’re arguing for it – I said, Joe Lauria is NOT keeping up Parry’s standards.

            Also, I did not denigrate any of those other topics.

            I said, they are not moving with the times, and are not bucking the system by any means. Everyone and their dog covers Russiagate and Assange. It’s not cutting edge any more. They avoid the GORILLA in the room: COVID19 and the Great Reset. So what use have I for people covering the already-settled stuff? Assange isn’t getting out. Russiagate is over. And as I said, Joe Lauria will block anyone questioning the trans agenda or the establishment position on covid19. Friend him/follow him on Facebook and test it for yourself.

            BTW, it was Aaron Mate’s amazing coverage on Russiagate that broke it open.

          • MaryMaryFullOfPride December 13, 2021 at 10:49 pm #

            And so me telling you that Joe Lauria told me to my face that he worried that the board of CN are corporate neolibs doesn’t register? OK then.

          • Islander December 15, 2021 at 10:32 pm #

            “Everyone and their dog covers Russiagate and Assange. It’s not cutting edge any more.”

            Really? I find this statement weird.

            I don’t do FB; IMO “follows” etc. on FB are irrelevant.

      • Night Owl December 14, 2021 at 3:03 am #

        I agree for the most part. Might as well read The Atlantic.

        • Islander December 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm #

          “Might as well read The Atlantic.”

          Ridicilous.

          (The Atlantic is now owned/controlled by the Emerson Group, aka Lauren Jobs.)

          • Islander December 15, 2021 at 10:48 pm #

            Ridiculous.

          • Night Owl December 16, 2021 at 11:15 am #

            Maybe, I just can’t find much there anymore. Nothing personal.

  57. tom clark December 13, 2021 at 3:57 pm #

    Where’s “Soul Forensics” when you need him/her? Whomever will dissect anyone and anything. Agree w/ Farmgirl re: the “breath of fresh air”. Almost like my men’s discussion group at church. Sorry, gals.

    • farmgal December 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm #

      @tom clark – about to leave our current Methodist church. Even here in rural North Georgia they present in our Sunday School class material called “The Difficult Words of Jesus”. Can’t remember the author’s exact name but husband calls her “hyphenated Jill”. She is a self-proclaimed Jew (not necessarily the problem) but she’s a radical feminist and believes that the Gospels were just “opinions”. I could go on but the stuff is really out there. Our pastor stated that at a recent seminary meeting four out of five bishops did not believe in the resurrection of Christ. I’m sorry but how can this be? Our spiritual “leader” here in North Georgia is Bishop Sue – another avowed feminist and believer in the 1619 Project. As I am sure most are aware there is a schism in the Methodist Church over homosexuality, but in reality that is not the issue – it is the progressive ideology du jour so prevalent these days. They keep putting off the vote because it doesn’t behoove the leaders to lose all that juicy offering money.

      There is a Methodist church here in the Atlanta suburbs that has broken away from the United Methodist Church umbrella due to these very issues. Of course it is in court but the UMC is taking all property, assets, etc. They didn’t even have the balls to tell the then current pastor until he found out they had hired another. I watched his sermon after the fact and it was quite moving. Paraphrasing, he stated to his son in the audience, “Robert, I just want you to know that your Daddy will never bend the knee or kiss the ring of these people.” All it takes is one person at a time to stand and make a difference. Remember that old phrase, “if you don’t take a stand for something you will fall for anything”?

    • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 6:15 pm #

      Express skepticism of Bitcoin and Soul Forensics shalt appear…

  58. BackRowHeckler December 13, 2021 at 4:45 pm #

    Meanwhile, in Chicago

    MAN BEATEN TO DEATH WHILE HANGING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WITH HIS FAMILY.

    And I thought last week was bad when, in the Bronzeville section of the city, a carload of BravoMikes held up a group decorating a community Christmas tree at gunpoint, then set the tree on fire.

    Looks like it was an Hispanic man in a neighborhood of modest, well kept homes, decorating the outside of his house, beaten down in what’s being described as a random attack, with baseball bats by men jumping out of an SUV — in front of his kids. JUST FOR FUN. Well, at least he wasn’t shot, and the kids weren’t shot, which could have happened.

    • thirdcoastlegend December 13, 2021 at 6:59 pm #

      BRH-

      Sounds like the folks in that neighborhood need to call up the local Latin Kings chapter…I’m sorry…I meant community watch patrol…they’ll get the situation straightened out right quick:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1gvilbkUis

    • Billy Hill December 13, 2021 at 8:44 pm #

      They’re on the payroll of the Republican National Committee, who are gloating over today’s news that Hispanics are breaking even for Repubs and Dems.

      Pretty damn bad optics here for Mayor Lori, whose eyes, like Jesse Jackson’s, are way too far apart.

  59. wm5135 December 13, 2021 at 5:14 pm #

    odd sitting among a group of conservatives and not a word about saving the nation. Save my butt, save my butt….look out for myself,look out for myself

    might be hard to find but a woman who can stand eye to eye, nose to nose and toe to toe with any human being as an equal and a capable partner is one of the most beautiful and valuable parts of creation

    • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 5:23 pm #

      Hypothetically, if it even were possible to save the nation of the United States of America, one would have merely saved 4% of Earth. How long could that possibly last?

      Not everything is about the USA all the time. This is far bigger than your 330mm people. This is about 8B people.

      This is showtime. Good v Evil. God v Satan. The Whole enchilada.

      • O.G. Hawkins December 13, 2021 at 5:24 pm #

        And God bless women! Our species could have never grown to 8B without them. They Truly are our “Better half.”

        • Jarek December 14, 2021 at 12:38 am #

          That’s how it all starts to go bad, Og: men putting women above themselves. The Romans would have found what you just did to be bizarre. Ditto the Greeks. Ditto the Early Christians. That’s a late Romantic period thing that caught on.

          The Old South did it but what a difference! Women were put on a pedestal – and then actually had to live up to it. No blank checks!

          • O.G. Hawkins December 14, 2021 at 12:57 am #

            Ok, Yoho. That is fair criticism. I accept that and will learn from that.

            I intended it to mean that the fairer sex is motherly, nurturing and seeking Peace while the male is competitive, adversarial and even warlike.

            Referring to one’s wife as “the Better half” of the union seems innocent enough (and pre-dates me) but you have made me reflect upon it.

            Words do have meaning.

            Thank you.

        • Jarek December 14, 2021 at 12:47 am #

          From another angle: They naturally think they’re better than the average man and thus they seek the best men. The 8/20 rule: 80% of women seeking the top 20% of men. Getting women to accept men on their own level and marry them was a tremendous cultural achievement. Calling them “out better half” is an early stage of undermining that. It simply isn’t true in any case. And they are never going to say or feel the anything similar about us.

          • O.G. Hawkins December 14, 2021 at 1:42 am #

            Interesting. I always considered referring to the wife as “my better half” or “your better half” as a comment on that one particular union and not as a Global statement on the sexes.

            I have re-examined this old, common expression and will drop it from my speech and writing.

            You are correct. Thank you.

          • anmariwakaranai December 14, 2021 at 7:44 am #

            I thought better half r