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      As I write, the presidential election is still not resolved, with dramatic events potentially unfolding in the first days of the New Year. I’m not convinced that Mr. Trump is in as weak a position as the news media has made him out to be in these post-election months of political fog and noise. The January 6 meet-up of the Senate and House to confirm the electoral college votes may yet propel matters into a constitutional Lost World of political monsterdom. The tension is building. This week’s public demonstration by one Jovan Hutton Pulitzer of the easy real-time hackability of Dominion Voting Systems sure threw the Georgia lawmakers for a loop, and that demo may send reverberations into next Wednesday’s DC showdown.

There may be some other eleventh-hour surprises coming from the Trump side of the playing field. As I averred Monday, we still haven’t heard anything from DNI Ratcliffe, and you can be sure he’s sitting on something, perhaps something explosive, say, evidence of CIA meddling in the election. There have been ominous hints of something screwy in Langley for weeks. The Defense Dept., under Secretary Miller, took over all the CIA’s field operational functions before Christmas — “No more black ops for you!” That was a big deal. There were rumors of CIA Director Gina Haspel being in some manner detained, deposed and…talking of dark deeds. She was, after all, the CIA’s London station-chief during the time that some of the worst RussiaGate shenanigans took place there involving the international men-of-mystery, Stefan Halper, Josepf Mifsud, and Christopher Steele. Mr. Ratcliffe seemed to be fighting with the CIA in the weeks following the election over their slow-walking documents he had demanded.

What else does Mr. Trump know about this rumored inter-agency feud? Or a number of other fraught matters surrounding the election, and also questions concerning the harassment he suffered from the four-year rolling coup run by his Deep State antagonists (many of them CIA). What does he know of China’s infiltration into our national affairs, of which the Biden Family’s business deals with CCP-connected companies is only one piece?  Or of China’s relationship with Dominion systems — China is rumored to have acquired a 75-percent interest in the company as recently as October.

In any case, the president cut short his holiday break in Florida before New Years Eve to fly back to Washington. The company line is that he wants to exhaust all the prescribed legal procedures to contest the November 3 vote tally. And if none of it avails to correct the outcome, he might move on to… something else.  If even the so-far publicly revealed evidence of the Biden family’s influence-peddling schemes overseas is true — and the emails and corporate memoranda from Hunter’s laptop seem genuine — then it would be Mr. Trump’s duty to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president. And outside the constitutionally-mandated process in the national legislature, that would leave him some sort of other emergency executive action.

Mr. Trump has called for a gigantic assembly of his supporters on January 6 in Washington. He didn’t call them there to watch him get humiliated. Something is up. You can feel it in the air. I’ll give it a fair chance that Donald Trump is the one with his hand on the bible come January 20. One caveat to all that: 2021 is going to be very rough sledding, with many discomforts, traumas, and things left behind for America. Whoever occupies the Oval Office is going to be buried in trouble. In theory, I would have preferred to see a Democrat left holding that awful bag, if only as payback for all their bad faith and dirty fighting of the past four years. But Mr. Trump is apparently willing to shoulder that burden, and, in such an existential emergency, he’s likely to be a better leader than the corrupt and feckless Ol’ White Joe.

Okay, I’m going to just come right out and splatter a bunch of individual forecast predictions up-front in this lead chapter, and if you’re interested, you can continue on to the finer points and arguments below. I’m grateful for all of you interested readers coming here twice a week, and for those of you who keep this outfit afloat with your Patreon support. A healthy, sane, purposeful, and upright 2021 to you!

A Bill of Particulars for 2021

  • The election is re-adjudicated, fraud subtracted from the tally, and President Trump is declared the winner.
  • The mail-in vote for the Georgia Senate seat runoff is disqualified as systematic fraud is revealed. Stacy Abrams is indicted for organizing the fraud.
  • A number of political celebrities, DC swamp rats, K-Street hustlers, media figures, and tech company executives are arrested and charged with serious crimes around election fraud.
  • The CIA is purged and reduced to a strictly analytical role for advising the executive.
  • The FBI is likewise purged; Director Wray is charged with obstruction of Justice.
  • Following the reversal of the news media’s election narrative (and the actual election results), Black Lives Matter and Antifa are loosed upon a number of cities and wreak considerable destruction, but eventually get their asses kicked by federal troops. City mayors who allowed the havoc to proceed are arrested, charged with abetting insurrection, and removed from office pending trial.
  • Nancy Pelosi replaced as Speaker of the House. Mitch McConnell replaced as Majority Leader.
  • US Attorney John Durham brings charges against lawyers involved in the Mueller Investigation, including Andrew Weissmann, Aaron Zebly, Brandon Van Grack and Jeanie Rhee. Mr. Mueller is named as an unindicted co-conspirator due to mental incompetence.
  • A special Prosecutor is named to investigate the Biden family business operations; indictments follow late 2021.
  • Stock market enters long, deep asset value deflation through first and second quarters and bottom-bounces the rest of the year. S & P falls to 550 range; DJI under 10,000; Nasdaq under 3000.
  • The dollar DXY index falls under 80 by 2nd quarter, 60 at year end.
  • US GDP down by 40-percent year end 2021.
  • US oil production (minus natural gas liquids) down by 40-percent, year-end 2021.
  • Banking system thrown into disarray due to non-payment of rents and mortgages. Federal government intervenes with direct renter relief payments. Home owners in default are allowed to remain in their houses on provisional basis (which is never reconciled).
  • Bubonic plague outbreak among homeless of Los Angeles as rats proliferate in their encampments.
  • Pension funds collapse as broken chain of rent-and-mortgage payments destroy Real Estate Investment Trusts.
  • Federal government forced to organize massive food giveaway programs.
  • Millions enrolled in make-work projects a la the New Deal (some of them of value).
  • New York City forced to curtail subway service to bare minimum as money runs out.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom recalled out of office.
  • George Soros and several directors of Soros-funded NGOs charged with racketeering and election campaign finance crimes.
  • General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford are back seeking bankruptcy protection. This time, their assets are sold and reorganized into smaller companies. No bailouts.
  • Covid virus fades from the scene by 3rd quarter, but economic carnage remains. Huge amount of restaurant equipment sold for dimes on the dollar.
  • Bitcoin “Hodlers” becoming Bitcoin “Sodlers” as cryptos tank.
  • “Woke” hysteria evaporates as Americans struggle with desperate reality-based problems of everyday life.
  • Collapse of higher education begins in earnest as college loan racket implodes. Scores of colleges and even some universities shutter; others shrink drastically in desperate effort to carry on.
  • Hollywood celebrities apologize en masse for past “Woke” behavior, beg forgiveness from cancel victims and fans. Nevertheless, collapse of the movie industry continues as, post-Covid, Americans desperately seek the company of other people instead of canned entertainments, which they have grown sick of.
  • Professional sports collapse as business model fails. Impoverished Americans start-up low-cost, local baseball and football leagues.
  • Twitter and Facebook become public utilities.

The Covid Crisis and Economic Meltdown   

I won’t have a whole lot to say about the Covid-19 virus that others have probably analyzed better elsewhere, so I’ll make it short. In the fog of pandemic, it’s hard to know who or what to believe. The outbreak in early 2020 induced similar official responses and social changes in many other nations, raising the question: did the whole world get played? If so, it was quite a stunt. Was it intended as a cover to enable the much blabbed-about “Great Reset?” More on that below.

One big mystery is how, in China, the disease seemed mostly contained within Wuhan and its Hubei province, and how rapidly that country got over it compared to so many other places around the world where the illness lingered and got a second wind in the fall. All that said, it’s apparent that, in America, the virus was gamed opportunistically by the Resistance and its news media handmaidens, first to make Mr. Trump look as bad as possible, then to promote the mail-in ballot scheme that led to a fraud-riddled election.

Much of the confusion about the disease itself — ventilators or not… masks or no masks… hydroxychloroquine or not… lockdowns or not — ended up damaging the authority of the medical and scientific experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx, Surgeon General Adams, the NIH and the FDA, and is still not settled to many people’s satisfaction. And, as if we didn’t already have a big enough problem with failing institutional authority, that scientific failure added to our already acute cultural corrosion. I’m suspicious of the statistics regarding true case numbers and the official spinning of Covid-19 deaths actually from other causes, as well as the tests that produced so many false conclusions. It seems pretty obvious in these tense weeks post-election that The New York Times, CNN, and other media have worked to ramp up the Covid hysteria to distract the public from emerging news about the contested election.

What’s quite clear about the whole Covid-19 episode to date is how badly the states’ government response harmed the small businesses of America that make up at least 40 percent of the economy. According to Bloomberg News, more than 110,000 restaurants shut down, 17 percent of them permanently out-of-business, surely with more to come with the winter lockdowns. More than three million employees lost their jobs in that industry alone. Data from the University of California Santa Cruz indicates that nearly 317,000 small businesses closed between February and September, 60 percent for good.

The nation’s economic affairs were in considerable disorder before the Covid-19 virus threw things into more desperate disarray. Decades of off-shoring industry decimated the working class. In much of Flyover Country, the working class has been reduced to a demoralized idle-and-addicted class with a strikingly high suicide rate, especially for men. The situation only improved marginally under President Trump, who, after all, was bucking practically all of corporate America, which liked the benefits of off-shoring just fine.

I believe that working class will return to laboring, and not in the giant American factories of the kind we had in the 1960s, but because the government social safety nets will be running out of financial mojo in the coming decade. So, they will have no choice but to labor — at the same time that many automated activities we’ve enjoyed will not be running much longer. A lot of that automation has been applied, for instance, in agriculture, where one person could plow or harvest hundreds of acres a day riding in the air-conditioned cab of a multi-million-dollar rig guided by GPS, allowing the driver to watch movies while he “worked.” Well, that agri-business model is about to fail. The scale is all wrong and the capital requirements are too exorbitant. Bottom line: many idle working-class folk have a future in agricultural work. They don’t know it yet. Expect, also, more opportunities as household servants as American society becomes more distinctly hierarchical, and in more fine-grained strata than merely the rich and the poor. Far from being an evil outcome, consider how important to human psychology it is to have a place in this world, both in terms of purpose and a physical place to call home. And, anyway, how wonderful is the former working-class’s current plight as drug-addled, often homeless, and suicidal? Would you want things to stay that way, or can you imagine new social arrangements to meet new economic realities?

The consolidation of commerce into a few giant companies such as Walmart, Target, Amazon had reached a deadly and tragic pitch before Covid-19, destroying all lesser organisms in the business ecosystem, and thousands of local Main Streets in the process. With the Covid lockdowns, the big boxes were somehow exempted from closure. Though they seem to be triumphing for the moment, these giant national chain merchandising outfits are in their sunset phase headed for twilight. As I’ll surely state again in this forecast, the macro-trend is for downscaling and re-localizing in everything, all activities. The chain-stores and big boxes depend on systems and arrangements that won’t persist, for instance, the long supply lines from the factories of Asia. The end of mass motoring will also prove problematical for commerce at the giant scale smeared all over suburban landscapes. And, of course, Amazon’s business model of home delivery for absolutely anything and everything, was perfectly suited to the Covid-19 crisis — though in the longer term its model will prove fatally flawed, since it depends on trucking every single item to its customers, and the reason will become evident further down.

The catastrophic failure of so much small business in America through 2020 will provide the seeds for a rebirth of small businesses when the giants fall. A lot of equipment will be available at dimes on the dollar. Rents will be cheap. Enterprising people will have to be careful about where they decide to set up for new businesses: better Main Street than out on some empty strip-mall. Consolidation will be working in a different way — not to make companies bigger, but to bring many small businesses closer together in places people can get to without a car (what used to be known as a business district or downtown or Main Street). America is not going to need nearly as much shopping infrastructure as we had before 2020, and also not nearly as many restaurants. But we’re going to need some of these things and done in a new way. I can also imagine new businesses that would have been unthinkable a year ago. At some point when Covid-19 exits the scene, people will want to get together with other people very badly. Think about opening a dance hall or a nightclub with live music, even a live performance theater.

The American economy had already entered a zone of dangerous structural fragility before Covid-19 stepped onstage. As Tim Morgan and Gail Tverberg argue so well in their respective blogs, the economy is an energy system that, in the advanced techno-industrial form, depends absolutely on fossil fuels, which have become a problem the past two decades, leading to the present inflection point bringing on de-growth, the onset of a long emergency, and what others call a fourth turning. Same things, really. We’ve entered a state of contraction, and it’s in the nature of large economic organisms to move from contraction to collapse fairly quickly, because the complex interconnections in their systems ramify and amplify each other’s failures. The virus has made it all worse, and faster.

Oil

Hardly anyone paid any attention to the oil story this year with all the frightful distractions of Covid-19, the economic havoc of lockdowns, and the janky election. The oil story is probably more important than any other single factor in the current situation, and is largely responsible for America’s economic mess. Everything in the USA runs on oil and our business model for doing that is broken. De-growth changes everything.

From 2000 to 2008, we were on a downward slide with our conventional oil supply — the kind of oil where you just drill a pipe into the ground and the oil flows out, or, at worst, gets sucked out by a pump-jack — all-in-all, a simple procedure. In 2008, total US oil production was under 5-million barrels-a-day, down from the old production peak of just under 10-milliion b/d in 1970. And of course, our consumption kept going up to about 20-million b/d by 2008. So, we were importing most of our oil then.

That created terrible problems for our balance-of-payments in international trade, but we fudged that by pretending for decades that deficits don’t matter, as Veep Dick Cheney famously put it. The result, via the recondite and pernicious operations of financialization — that is, replacing a production economy with one based on the sheer manipulation of money and its derivatives — was the 2008-9 Great Financial Crisis. The GFC was presaged in the summer of 2008 by the price of a barrel of oil reaching just under $150 — which badly strained what remained of real productive industry. The dynamic in play induced political authorities to quit regulating wild misconduct in finance and banking, as they attempted to replace productive industry with money games. These malfeasances played out most vividly in real estate and the “innovative” securitized mortgage bonds that were gamed to a fare-the-well by the banks. The abstruse crimes have been chronicled widely elsewhere (e.g., my 2012 book Too Much Magic). But consider, also, that all the mortgage fraud of the early 2000s was based on the last gasp of the suburban expansion, and understand that suburbia was entirely at the mercy of mass motoring, which depended on affordable oil.

So, oil shot up to just under $150, the economy wobbled, the banks and the automobile companies had to be bailed out and central bank interventions became normalized, including zero interest Federal Reserve policy, a desperate legerdemain to keep up the appearance of a sound economic-financial gestalt. And that led to the “shale oil miracle.”

It was more a stunt than a miracle, really. First, you had this suite of techniques that could be employed to goose the last bit of oil from otherwise unproductive source rock. These included computerized horizontal drilling and the injection of fluids plus chemicals to fracture the impermeable rock and release the oil. This was “fracking.”  It was not new but had not been scaled up into a major activity while the easier pickings were good. It was way different from the old simple method of drilling a pipe in the ground and letting it flow out of permeable rock. The old simple method cost about a half million dollars (in current dollars) per well to drill and start the oil flowing. Shale oil, with all its complications, cost between $6-12 million per well. The old 1960s conventional oil wells produced thousands of barrels a day for decades. The new shale wells produced maybe 100-odd barrels a day for the first year and they were done after four years. The depletion rate was horrendous.

Shale oil was made possible by the Federal Reserve’s ultra-low-interest, easy lending policies. They made a lot of cheap capital available, and hundreds of billions migrated to the new shale oil plays in expectation that they would produce excellent steady revenues. Big institutional investors like pension funds and insurance companies especially were looking for reliable revenue with bond interest rates so low due to Fed policy. They thought they’d be swimming in shale oil company dividends and revenue streams from loans to shale drillers that paid better than US treasury bonds. One thing for sure, they thought: America wasn’t going to stop needing lots of oil. So, shale oil seemed like a sure thing. Except that after a few years, it turned out that nobody was making any money producing shale oil.

It just cost so damn much to get that stuff out of the ground. And the depletion rate was so savage that you had to drill and re-drill incessantly. And what was worse, the economy had evolved to the stage where there was no sweet spot for oil prices. Oil over $75 destroyed the business model for productive industrial activities that relied on cheap oil; while oil under $75 destroyed oil companies because they couldn’t make a profit at the well head. The melodrama played out over ten years through several rounds of Fed Quantitative Easing (money creation from nowhere) and relentless run-ups of government deficits. The oil companies themselves were caught in a “Red Queen syndrome” (ref.: Alice Through the Looking Glass) in which they were producing as much and as fast as they could just to keep up their cash flow to make loan repayments, without generating any profits — and quite a few companies couldn’t even keep up with their loan repayments, so shale was a total bust for them and they went bankrupt. It all came to a head in early 2020.

Just before the Covid-19 virus hit, shale oil production stood at over 9 million barrels a day, with another roughly 4 million from conventional oil, offshore oil, for a grand total of nearly 13 million barrels a day in US oil production, a new record! That was 3 million b/d higher than the previous peak of 1970, at just under 10 million b/d. Quite a feat! Added to that was just under 5 million b/d in natural gas liquids. Daily US consumption was around 20 million b/d heading into 2020. It fell briefly during the initial Covid panic to around 15 million b/d and bounced back a little to around 18 million b/d in the fall of 2020. So, production appeared to be basically equal to our consumption.

However, the quality of the oil skewed the equation of “oil independence.” Shale oil tended to be ultra-light oil, composed mostly of gasoline-grade distillates. Fine, America uses a lot of gasoline because we drive everywhere and incessantly so. The trouble is, shale oil contains little of the crucial heavier distillates: diesel fuel, which the trucking industry and heavy machinery depends on, aviation fuel (basically kerosene), and bunker fuel, a heavy oil fuel for home heating and ships’ engines. Neither did those nearly 5 million barrels a day of natural gas liquids, which were really only used for cutting heavy oil, which was mostly what the USA did not produce and was not well-equipped to refine. The bottom line was that the US had to swap a lot of gasoline to other countries to get heavier distillates to keep the economy going. It worked, but it was awkward and involved a tremendous amount of transport. So, America’s oil situation coming out of 2019 was superficially stabile but fragile.

But entering 2020, shale oil production was in collapse. The lack of profitability finally caught up with the industry. Investors finally noticed that the shale oil producers couldn’t make money. At one flukey point in the Covid-19 spring of 2020, the oil markets became so disordered by collapsing demand that oil on the futures market cratered to a surreal negative-$40 a barrel. It soon corrected to the positive-$30-40 range, which was not nearly enough for the shale oil business to turn a profit. Consequently, the companies could not get new financing to continue their “Red Queen” operations, and without new financing they could not keep up cash flow… and they crapped out. Thirty-six producers filed for bankruptcy in 2020, including Chesapeake, Oasis, Lonestar, Ultra, Whiting, and Chaparral. Oil field service companies that are subcontracted to perform the drilling and fracking have also gone bust.

Shale oil production fell by roughly 2.7 million b/d from March to May 2020, recovered a little at mid-year and stumbled again with the winter wave of the virus. Oil analyst Steve St. Angelo predicts that total US oil production (shale and everything else) will fall to between 9.5 and 10 million b/d in 2021, which would put us back to 1970 levels when the nation’s population was just 205 million (compared to 330+ million today). So, that’s a lot less oil-per-capita, to view it from another angle.  Independent oil analyst Art Berman is predicting a more severe production crash by midyear 2021 to roughly half what it was at year-end 2019. Nafeez Ahmed, Director Institute for Policy Research & Development, is simply calling this the end of the oil age. Ahmed says it “will begin over the next 30 years, and continue through to the next century.”

I believe it will go down much quicker than that because falling production is so destructive to the business model of industrial society that it will induce gross economic, social, and political disorder. All that disorder will generate self-reinforcing feedback loops making a return to previous levels of comfort, convenience, prosperity, and order much less likely. The net effect will be a much lower standard-of-living among formerly “advanced” nations, and also falling populations. We’re just experiencing the beginning of that process with the destruction of America’s middle-class. It is the essence of the long emergency. We just can’t tell right now how far down these dynamics will drive us, and how fast. 2021 is likely to manifest intense disorder in the USA as people reel from the loss of small businesses, economic conditions deteriorate further, and political grievance gets amped up by institutional failure to resolve, or even address, our many problems and quandaries.

As for transitioning into a “sustainable economy” powered by “renewables” such as solar and wind power, that just ain’t going to happen — unless you’re talking about oxen and firewood, and a human population about ten percent of what the planet currently carries. All our fantasies about a high-tech utopia driven by wind and sun depend on a fossil fuel economy to produce the hardware for it and then the replacement parts for the hardware, ad infinitum. It’s not worth going into it further here, but if you want to see more elaborate arguments, they’re in my recent book Living in the Long Emergency (BenBella Books, 2020).

The So-called Great Reset

    Life in the USA, and other “advanced” nations will reset, but not in the way that most people blabbering about “the Great Reset” think or say it will.

Surely, there are groups, gangs, claques, and covens of people in the world who have some consensual agreement about how things might work, and how they would run them to their benefit, in their hypothetical ideal disposition of things. For instance, the so-called “Davos Crowd.” What are they? A convocation of bankers, market movers, politicians, business moguls, tech entrepreneurs, Hollywood catamites, black ops runners, and PR errand boys who have plenty of financial and political mojo in their own realms, but not enough collectively to carry out the kind of global coup that comprises the standard paranoid Great Reset fantasy. That they meet-up in an ultra-luxurious setting out of a James Bond movie every year stokes terrific fascination, envy, anger, and paranoia that they are capable of anything beyond a festival of ass-kissing, mutual self-congratulation, and status-jockeying, which are the actual activities at the Davos meet-up.

For another thing, in the USA, at least, there are too many pissed-off people with small arms, hardened by years of proffered bad faith and dishonesty from the political/media/higher-ed complex, to just bend over and take it up the back-door from a gang of seditious, would-be aristo-totalitarians with lèse-majesté dreams of nostalgie-de-la-boue Marxist redemption. If you have any doubt about how disruptive angry people with small arms and lots of ammo might be to condescending elites, just review the events in the Middle East the past twenty years and imagine those dynamics transferred to Kansas.

What does the “reset” fantasy supposedly include? A “new world order,” a phantasm of a unified world government, which is preposterous because the macro-trend at this moment of history worldwide is the opposite of consolidation and centralization of power, but rather breakup, downscaling, and re-localization. Why? As you saw in the Econ chapter, because the scale, pitch, and range of all our activities must be reduced to survive in the post-industrial conditions of resource and capital scarcity. And it will happen whether we like it or not and despite anybody’s objections.

What else is in the Reset grab-bag? Supposedly a single world currency, also absurd for reasons already stated — unless you are talking about gold and silver, which may eventually become the universally-accepted medium of exchange (and store of value, index of price) if the post-industrial contraction is severe and destructive enough. But fuggeddabowt “digital currencies,” especially in the USA because too many people are “un-banked,” or otherwise depend on cash-money in the informal “gray” economy of just-getting-by (and there will be a lot more of these types as the middle-class gets pounded further down into the mud), plus a large cohort of digitally-capable people just plain ornery about being herded into an IRS surveillance cul-de-sac — and the whole lot of them will fight like hell to prevent government-sponsored crypto-dollars from replacing what used to be considered money. And, if, in the unlikely event that rebellion fails, it’s back to gold and silver by default — and that might literally mean by default.

Now, I grant you that there are fer sure problems with all the major currencies, especially the USA dollar, and they are all liable to become worthless eventually for all the usual and traditional reasons. The US dollar is especially vulnerable since its status as the world’s “reserve” currency — a reliable medium of exchange in global trade — is no longer consistent with the true financial condition of our country, which is morbidly obese with debt that will never be repaid — a terminal case. There will eventually be some kind of default, either the straightforward way, by declaring nonpayment to bond-holders and creditors outright, or by sneakily engineering a hyper-inflation of the money supply to destroy the value of the dollar. If either of those events plays out, the nation will be thrust into serious social and political disorder, blame will get cast, people will get hurt, and it will be a while before the finer points of the social contract get pasted back together — such as any agreement to introduce a “new dollar” of some kind to replace the ruined old one. By then, the old USA may not still be standing intact, and it would be up to states or regions to address the money issue.

I don’t believe it will be settled as a new digital money for reasons outlined above, but also because digital money is utterly dependent on the Internet, which, in turn, is utterly dependent on a reliable electric grid, and both systems are susceptible to going down in the kind of socio-political convulsion that would attend financial collapse. Not only would transactions become impossible, but records of money ownership — “wallets,” or files — could be permanently lost, wiping out fortunes. This obviously includes Bitcoin and things like it. Blockchain is only as strong as the chain, and without the Internet there’s no chain at all. So, again, gold and silver must enter the picture, perhaps backing a paper currency, perhaps circulating as coin.

In the meantime of such a crisis, very little of daily life would come out the other end looking the way it used to in the years prior to 2020. We’ll see a Great Reset, all right, but not some totalitarian gruel dished out to the plebes from the Davos steam-table or any other elite catering service. It will be an emergent, self-organizing phenomenon, from the ground up, in which everyday people will have to improvise new systems at the local level for getting food, arranging for shelter, and creating business activities around their most fundamental needs: food production, transport, trade, manufacturing, energy supplies, medical care, cleaning, building, et cetera.

I’ve been saying for a while that this might amount to “going medieval.” Could be better, could be worse. Well, there it is. There’s your Great Reset for you.  Stand by and prepare to scramble.

The Abyss Stares Back

The federal eviction moratorium passed by Congress with the spring 2020 onset of Covid-19 will expire at the end of January as things stand now, placing 30-million renters at risk of losing their dwellings. Another 28-million house-holders have been placed in a mortgage moratorium. What happens a month from now? Well, for one thing, don’t overlook the brutal fact that these moratoria don’t excuse anybody from having to pay all the back rent and back mortgage installments that were suspended for the year. The federal government just can’t keep rolling that forward forever because it thunders through the banking system. If landlords don’t get paid, they cannot pay their mortgages — and most rental real estate is mortgaged to allow for a coherent cash-flow, tax payment, and business model. Neither can the landlords pay their taxes to the municipalities (states and US government). The cities are especially harmed by collapsing tax revenue because they can’t keep with infrastructure repair, can’t cover pensions, or schools, the vicious cycle of urban decay.

How are people who have lost businesses and livelihoods going to come up with the money to make up these back payments. They probably will not. So far, there is no national discussion of that problem, but we’re seeing the first signs of an emotional response in rent rebellions under the banner “cancel rent.” This quandary points to the likelihood of a campaign for the federal government to bail out renters and homeowners, and/or a campaign for the program that made its debut in the 2020 Democratic primaries, “universal basic income” (UBI). Either one of those has a fair chance of happening as America’s economic collapse proceeds and politicians panic.

These programs won’t work. As soon as they are bailed out for their old debts, the renters and home “owners” will start racking up new back-payments if they have not done enough to generate a regular income, or simply can’t because the economy is so broken. And then what? Another bail out in six months?  All the money creation to fuel that wheel of futility will only hasten the inflationary depreciation of the dollar as ever more money is created from thin air to make these bail-outs and hand-outs. The kind of UBI that was bandied about in the 2020 primaries, especially by candidate Andrew Yang, amounted to $1000-a-month. Most renters probably could not cover their monthly rents out of that, not to mention all the other costs of living. So then what? $5000-a-month? If you’re going to give away large sums of money for nothing, why not just make every impoverished American a millionaire? (And then watch the price of a Dunkin’ donut go up to $150.)

A parallel crisis has also ripened in commercial real estate as companies adjust to their employees working from home and try to get out of their leases – or just bail if their leases are up for renewal. The office building may not be altogether a thing of the past, but it won’t be like it was before 2020, and the problem is most acute in a place like New York or Chicago where midtown is chockablock with megastructures that went from being assets to liabilities virtually overnight. We have no idea what will become of them, but I doubt they will be retrofitted into apartments for two reasons: 1) the cost would be out-of-this-world, and 2) the apartment tower is just an accessory to the office tower, and if the office towers are obsolete, so are the apartment towers.

This leads to what I have been saying since I wrote Too Much Magic: our cities are going to contract substantially; the process is going to painful; and there will be battles over who gets to inhabit the districts that, for one reason or another, retain value — waterfronts, older small-scale, low-rise neighborhoods. Covid-19 plus riots-and-looting have prompted people-of-means to resettle hastily in the suburbs. But this trend is a head-fake. Facing the oil problems that we do, the suburbs will quickly follow the cities into disutility and dysfunction. The people who moved there the past year will discover that they made a major mistake, especially if they bought a house.

The more permanent shift will be to America’s small cities and small towns, places scaled to the energy and capital resource realities coming down on us, including the need to live closer to where your food is grown.

This snowballing national existential fiasco certainly suggests the need to reorganize the American economy and the choices are pretty stark. The Democratic Party and the whole left-leaning side of the transect is inclined to attempt centralized control of economic activity in a way that strongly resembles the gigantic national experiments of the 20th century that went by the name of socialism. I mean… what else can you call it? It doesn’t really exist anymore in practice, not even in China, which is now merely totalitarian racketeering state. The 20th century was a moment in history when everything really was growing in scale, and with it came a wish for controlling all that by national governments. It was tried in many places and everywhere it was tried it ended in tyranny, hardship, and mass murder

Things have changed. They have reversed. Things are contracting. So, the other choice we have is to go with that flow, scale down the things we do and the terrain we occupy and the range of things we think we can control. That will ultimately be the only choice, of course, since the urge for a new statist socialism is against the current impulse of history, and therefore against nature. It will fail and then we will have to get with the program that the zeitgeist actually offers.

 Wokesterism

Sometimes societies just lose their shit and go crazy and that is kind of what happened to America in 2020. The distress had been building for years, especially since the GFC of 2008-9 when the middle-class began dissolving in earnest. Now, their grown children discern that the future is going to be very unlike the recent past, and that their programmed hopes and dreams do not jibe with what that future actually requires of them: rigor, realism, earnestness, and rectitude. It’s too much for them. It’s too painful. And they’re not ready for it. They retreat into fantasy, cynicism, and ambiguity. So instead of virtue, we got virtue-signaling and, in adults who ought to know better, the kind of bratty behavior you’d expect from 13-year-old girls.

The ground for this was prepared by a society that opted to turn most of its important institutionalized activities into rackets, most particularly, higher education, which entered a late-stage metastasizing expansion fed by government guaranteed loan racketeering. The loan racket allowed the universities and colleges to jack up their tuition extravagantly, which prompted them to regard their debt-burdened, overpaying students as customers, which evolved into just plain pandering to their every wish.

Already in place, as a legacy of the 1960s, was a faculty of crusaders and activists in revolt against the bourgeois indignities of their own comfortable lives, making common cause with all other imagined “victims of oppression” as a form of careerist theater. They concocted curricula of bullshit disciplines for various victim-identity cohorts to monetize their grievance obsessions, and it all worked splendidly until Covid-19 ripped through the campuses and started blowing up the whole business model. And now college enrollments are headed down an estimated 20 percent for 2021, and an awful lot of the not-so-well-endowed schools will be going out of business, with even better-endowed schools soon to follow.

Another thing happened in parallel to the grievance hysterias on campus. The half-century-long civil rights campaign that went up a dead-end with all the family-destroying social services policies of the late 20thcentury, became such a manifestly embarrassing failure with an ever-growing hostile and dangerous underclass, that, in abject shame and disappointment, all of white liberaldom had to come up with an excuse for that failure, which finally fluoresced as Critical Race Theory with its hobgoblin-in-chief, systemic racism.

Hence: Black Lives Matter, based on the fantasy that white policemen were engaged in a genocide against people of color. Really, what you had with Trayvon Martin of Sanford, FLA, Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO, Tamir Rice, of Cleveland OH, and a long line of insta-martyrs, was a series of extremely ambiguous incidents at best, and, at worst, episodes of teens with poor impulse control acting out in ways very likely to get them into big trouble. And then, finally, with the maddening Covid-19 upon the land, and temperatures rising around Memorial Day, came George Floyd, middle-aged ex-con (home invasion, armed robbery, etc.), sometime porn star, hustler, a drug abuser who was “turning his life around” in Minneapolis, suddenly trapped under the knee of officer Derek Chauvin….

Black Lives Matter can be simply understood as a well-funded hustle, and by “hustle” I mean a program for dishonestly extracting goods from others, a crude “street” variation of a racket.  BLM also features a patina of moral fakery, namely its supposed “Marxist” credo — an attempt to appear intelligent and political where it is actually merely criminal. In reality, it’s just a destructive force, a vehicle for punishing its perceived enemies, especially the police who are supposedly (but not in reality) perpetrating racist genocide. This gets to the heart of the Wokesterism more generally in all its aspects from Critical Race Theory to cancel culture to the #Me Too game. Its animating purpose is coercion, the wish to push other people around, to find excuses to punish them, and to do it for the sheer sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm, suffer, lose their livelihoods, and perish. That’s it. The rest is sheer bullshit.

In the new year, the ongoing economic carnage will be so severe that the nation may not have time for the finer points of Woke theory and philosophy, or the patience to hear tedious explications of identitarian complaints. Women will have to stop pretending to be an alt version of men, and begin conceiving of some plausible role for themselves as a complementary division of the human race in a new and harsh struggle to thrive. Woke cries of “racist, racist, racist” will no longer be greeted with supplication, apologies, and cosseting. Claims of special victimhood will be laughed out of the public meetings. For the first time in decades in the USA, everyone will have to pull his-or-her own weight, and shut the fuck up about it. Hard times will shake America out of its squishy fantasies and concentrate millions of minds on looking after their basic needs without mommy-hugs, participation trophies, or affirmative action line-jumping.

Antifa, a Woke auxiliary with a really bad attitude, spent most of the Covid-19 year as a social space for youth meet-ups as all the usual social venues — campuses, bars, coffee shops, parties, concerts, etc — all got locked-down. In Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Minneapolis, MN, Philly, PA, and NYC, NY, where feckless politicians forced police to stand down, or crippled them with sanctions against the use of force, or just fired a bunch of them wholesale, Antifa rioters discovered that it was especially fun to play adult versions of capture-the-flag or ring-a-leevio on warm summer nights with the cops. They got to wear groovy street-fighting outfits and wield umbrellas against gas attacks, and the hormonal young men showboated acts of derring-do with fireworks, skateboards, baseball bats, and, more than once, alas, firearms. If they happened to get rounded up by the police, the local DA’s let them go and many returned to the fun riots time after time, all summer long.

A lot of property got damaged, statues of famous Americans got pulled down, spray-painted, peed-on, busted up, decapitated. Businesses having a hard enough time staying afloat under the Covid lockdowns, had their storefronts smashed, equipment and merchandise looted. Fifty years from now, wrinkled old Antifas will recall how romantic it was. In 2021, the public will lose patience with any further Antifa antics in the streets. They will just get their little umbrellas shredded and their asses kicked, and they’ll go weee-weee-weee back to whatever the equivalent of a crash-pad is nowadays, or to mommy’s basement. We’ll also learn a thing or two about who was funding Antifa in 2020, paying for their airplane tickets to stage their fun riots in city after city, and make sure they were well-supplied with pallets of bricks, Roman candles, and bear spray. Many of today’s Antifas will be tomorrow’s agricultural laborers. Having spent their youth rioting, drugging, playing with their gender presentation and their phones, they won’t be qualified for anything else.

Chinese Fire Drills with Russian Dressing

Donald Trump attempted to put the schnitz on the established order of things between the US and China, which had steadily turned against our own national interest. For a couple of decades, they sent us cheap manufactured goods and we sent them US treasury bond paper. China liked that arrangement well enough, but it really wasn’t working out so well for us. Having given away our manufacturing sector to them, and everybody else in East Asia, our working class no longer had decent-paying jobs and were increasingly strapped to buy all that cheap stuff made in China, even at low, low Walmart prices. So, Mr. Trump made a stink about it and slapped tariffs on Chinese goods, and they have lately been dumping US treasury paper instead of loading up on it as before. They still hold over a trillion dollars’ worth, and they can’t dump a whole bunch of it at once without destroying its value. And we still buy a lot of stuff from China, though the relationship is now very fraught.

Some say we’re at war with China, that it’s a new kind of war, an information and infiltration war. Just what and who does China own in the USA? The American people are starting to find out. Gawd knows what else our unreliable Intel Community knows. Perhaps China owns our CIA now. Perhaps that’s why Mr. Trump has been so busy stripping away the CIA’s various perqs and capacities. We’ve learned for sure that they bought and paid for the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, through a series of lucrative business deals made by his son, Hunter, with a subsidiary of China’s own Intel Agency. Nobody seems to care about that at the moment — but maybe they will care more as we approach his hypothetical inauguration.

It’s pretty clear that China put a bid on Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a majority member of the House Intel Committee. They sent a little fortune cookie named Fang Fang over to California some years ago when Mr. Swalwell was a member of the Dublin, CA, city council, and she hung with him for years, bundling campaign money and helping him rise into a congressional seat. He was rumored to be playing hide-the-winter-melon with her, for years. Was he owned? Nobody seems to care for now. Perhaps that will change.

And, of course, we learned some time ago that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) had a Chinese (national) chauffeur and go-fer for twenty freakin’ years — including her years as chair of the Senate Intel Committee. He vamoosed to China when his identity as a spy was revealed.  Nobody cares. That’s what a sloppy-ass country we’ve become.

China, apparently, has thousands upon thousands of carefully placed agents throughout America, especially in big academic research centers and American tech companies and even the news media. Reports say that a Chinese company purchased a 75-percent interest in Dominion Voting Systems for $400-million from Staple Street Capital in October 2020 in a shadowy deal run through the Swiss Bank UBS. It has been demonstrated that Dominion voting machines used in the recent national US elections, were connected to the Internet, though, by law, they are not allowed to be connected. Weird, a little bit. Connected to whom? So far, nobody seems to care.

Oh, and there was China’s Lunar New Year gift to America almost a year ago: Covid-19.

Thanks, China. What do we actually know about how that went down? Apparently, they are busy as I write destroying virus samples in the Wuhan lab.

Will this so far informational and economic war between China and the US heat up and become a different kind of war? I don’t think there’s much in it for China to go that route. Anyway, they’ve got their hands full waiting to see if their bought-and-paid-for errand boy, Mr. Biden, actually becomes president and also perhaps waiting to see exactly how the USA falls apart in the coming year. They will lose a lot of customers for patio furniture and sundry other stuff, but then they won’t have to worry about us monitoring all their activity elsewhere around the world, where, let’s face it, they have a lot going on. The main thing is, China is nearly as fragile as we are, only in different ways. They don’t have whole lot of oil reserves, and they’re burning almost 13-million barrels a day, of which they produce close to 5-million and import the rest. Not a great situation, and not appreciably better than our own. Their banking system is at least as janky as ours, probably worse, since their banks only have to answer to the CCP and they can paper-over any financial sucking chest wound. A global depression could create serious unemployment problems for them, and hence political pressure on and within the CCP. For 2021. If, by some chance, Donald Trump ends up back in the White House, things could go a bit more non-linear.

Reports emerged only days ago that President Xi Jinping will be undergoing brain surgery for a worsening aneurysm. They imply a power struggle in the CCP to ensue in the event that the surgery doesn’t turn out well. I can’t confirm these rumors, but there it is… just sayin’….

Russia appears best positioned to sit out the economic disorders of the West and the discontents of China. Russia has already been through a traumatic economic  and political collapse and emerged much lightened, streamlined, and viable. Due to punitive US sanctions, she has had to develop an import-replacement economy, supplying more of her own needs. She has about twice the proven oil reserves as the USA and less than half our population. She has been steadily acquiring gold reserves and has been making noises about establishing a gold-backed currency — which would be a real novelty in a world of fiat junk money. She has a well-educated and relatively homogenous population of capable people who have recovered psychologically from the 75-year-long political mind-fuck of communism. She has an arsenal of world-beating hypersonic nuclear weapons. She has rational and intelligent political leadership. And Russia just passed a law stating that anyone who brings false #MeToo accusations against another citizen faces five years in prison. One looks on in awe!

Europe

Achhhhh. Fugeddabowdit. No oil. No mojo. Buried in debt. Failing social safety nets. Over a million hostile Muslim immigrants looking to burn the joint down. In 2021, the EU will break down and states will scramble desperately to shore up their economies. They will not succeed. Disorders follow and governments will fall. Angela Merkel waves goodby to das volk. Boris Johnson faces a no confidence vote in parliament. Macron survives and gets very tough, but France grows poor and bitter. Everybody starts saying nice things about Victor Orban.

There’s the whole shootin’ match. Forgive me for leaving out only about ten thousand other topics and issues, including climate change, about which I will only say: believe it or not, we’ve got more urgent things to worry about. Happy New Year everybody!


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619 Responses to “Forecast 2021 — Chinese Fire Drills with a side of French Fries (Jacobin-style) and Russian Dressing” Subscribe

  1. shotho January 1, 2021 at 10:04 am #

    Mr. Kunstler is to be commended for putting forth such a formidable list of predictions for our immediate future. It seems to me that it is more of a wish list and has only a slim chance of happening, but there’s no doubt we are in for some significant changes.
    As for politics, it’s looking more and more like the Democrats are going to prevail in Georgia. Looking on the bright side, it’s probably in our best interests for that to happen, putting the Democrats firmly in charge of the next two years; in which case the 2022 mid-terms elections should prove informative. Not that it will make much difference to our long-term trajectory, but the turnaround would be delightful.
    Personally, I’m keeping a close eye on the global financial system which will prove the most devastating for stability.

    • Mountain gal January 1, 2021 at 11:31 am #

      As Blacks aren’t a majority in Georgia, it blows my mind that all sorts of whites would thus have to vote for Warnock, a white-hater if there ever was one. But hey, he’s a Democrat and a whole bunch of Democrats would likely vote for one with dementia if it meant beating out the Republican. Oh that’s right, they already did that!

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:40 am #

        I heard that due to Georgia’s tax breaks for the motion picture industry, they are attracting a lot of the type of people who work in that industry.

        That could be a factor.

      • Ishabaka January 1, 2021 at 11:41 am #

        White-hater, wife beater – what’s not to like about Warnock? Interesting that you capitalize “Blacks” but not “whites”. Implicit bias maybe?

        • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

          That’s the new deference to blacks that whites are supposed to be doing, ala the ‘anti-racism’ JHK mentions, above. Those of us unlucky enough to be employed in the college system are all too familiar. Also, these erudite sophisticated PhDs running the show in universities have decided I am a ‘womxn’ and if you are hispanic, you’re ‘latinx’ – try pronouncing them, though.

          • emme January 1, 2021 at 3:23 pm #

            How does one pronounce womxn? Thought womyn was the original woke choice? Perhaps the plural wimmin was just too….hillbilly-ish?
            Bah. I will stick with standard spellings and latino-latina.

          • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 7:54 pm #

            You can’t pronounce “womxn” and my friend – a high school Spanish language teacher for 25 years – says the ‘latinx’ is beyond idiotic, because of how the Spanish language works. Typical whities, deciding on how best to ‘serve’ the minorities.

          • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm #

            “whities” = “woke whities”

        • Mountain gal January 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

          Hmmmm. Interesting. At first I feared that my computer had gotten “woke” on me and had auto-corrected itself like my iPhone does but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Which is even worse because that means I’ve unconsciously absorbed enough of the NYT to start capitalizing “blacks” but not ‘whites”. Good thing I canceled my subscription! Still might require an exorcism though.

          • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 2:03 pm #

            Definitely an exorcism. Or perhaps just deprogramming 🙂

          • michael January 1, 2021 at 5:36 pm #

            “… my iPhone”. Do you see the problem?

          • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 3:59 am #

            @ Michael

            Problem? You mean the capital “P” in iPhone?

          • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 2:11 pm #

            Mountain gal, I don’t understand the rules either. I capitalize both, or none. Seems fair.

      • hortonz January 1, 2021 at 3:23 pm #

        Over here in southern Ontario the media is working itself into a frenzy with panic porn. Politicians of all stripes are busy transforming the nation into a police state where everyone’s spying on everyone and reporting even the smallest infractions of the coronavirus lockdown orders, People are getting downright nasty, I was ting in line at the bank in freezing cold last week, because only a limited number of customers are allowed inside at any given time, A male “Karen” barked at me to get back because I was less than 6 feet away from him. I was too busy looking up hockey news on my iPhone to notice i had invaded his “personal space” even though It looked like I was a good 6 feet behind him. Didn’t have a measuring tape on me so I’ll take his word. Meanwhile Margaret’s precocious little drama queen Justin was doing his best impression of a useful idiot before a fawning media and the bromance between Justin and Doug Ford is getting heavy. At least the Tim Hortons is drive through is still open and I can get my prescriptions refilled at Wal Mart. Hope everyone has a great new year.

    • FreddieMars January 1, 2021 at 12:11 pm #

      JHK’s summary read more like a ‘wish list’, for the most part rather than a serious prediction.

      • zenfugue January 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm #

        Everything you know you learned from shotho!

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm #

        Your fake World is dying. You protest – a fart in a hurricane.

        • FreddieMars January 3, 2021 at 2:28 am #

          Haha! I LOVE that one Janos.

          Based on virtually EVERYTHING. you’ve ever posted, you’re the ‘fart in the wind’ and you know it, deep down.

    • elysianfield January 1, 2021 at 1:05 pm #

      “As for politics, it’s looking more and more like the Democrats are going to prevail in Georgia. Looking on the bright side, it’s probably in our best interests for that to happen…”

      It is THIS concept (One which our Host has occasionally alluded), that of the bag holder, which I must strongly disagree… Hmmm, the society tanks, the opposition, still holding the reigns of power, are then held to blame…Hilarity ensues!

      No. Giving the opposition power over your social, economic, and even your physical life, for even a short time, can cancel your ticket, and mine…never mind the culture, or our standing as a country (as bad as it currently is).

      Consider a scenario;

      You are in prison. The prison wardens have been vanquished, and the prison is now controlled by the prisoners! Your new “Boss” is Butch McDick. Much to your chagrin, Butch likes you…a lot. Butch suggests you volunteer as one of his catamites. You, of course, complain, and for your efforts, your front teeth are “removed” so that your complaints, while vocal, would not become otherwise. You are treated harshly on a daily basis. After a few weeks of this treatment, and while being bent over and sodomized by several of Butch’s…”advisors”, a thought comes to mind! Yes! This is for the best…wait until I tell the guys in the yard what they did to me! The joke’s on them!…Yeah, they;ll be sorry then!

      …also, you still believe in fair elections? The midterms? How odd.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm #

        Good point. History is written by the winners. The losers aren’t able to get published. They may not even have pens, or hands to wield them. In fact, the pen wielders may already be history; not hiding underground but simply underground.

        • FreddieMars January 3, 2021 at 2:31 am #

          The losers COULD get published if they could win in court. Once, even.

    • JustTruth January 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

      Are you a troll shotho? Why read Kunstler if you disagree with everything he says?

      Tend to agree with Jim on 80% of his forecast.

      Can assure you the Dems will not prevail in GA, and Biden will not be sworn in.

      You are clearly suffering from intense cognitive dissonance, as you have lost the ability to think critically and understand TRUTH.

      Stay tuned. Even you will have no choice but to pay attention and discover what truth is.

      I won’t waste another word on you, but suggest you and everyone else on this blog re-read Jim’s forecast at the end of Jan 2021, and give him a 1/12 in progress rating.

      The truth is out there. It can’t and won’t be ignored any longer.

      • shotho January 1, 2021 at 1:48 pm #

        Geez, man, calm down. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow and neither do I. For that matter, neither does Kunstler. And there’s so much flying around about truth that the word is pretty much meaningless. Maybe everything will happen just as you say, but maybe not. I hope you’re right in your predictions and have a happy new year.

        • JustTruth January 1, 2021 at 4:08 pm #

          Do you have any idea what will come next when elections can be brazenly stolen and foreign countries are directly working with our elected representatives? TYRANNY.

          Calm down? Are you living in the real world? You should be spitting nails mad dude. Get a grip on reality. I don’t care about Trump, but I do care about living as a free man. So should you.

          • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 4:37 pm #

            Well said. We’ve lost our capacity for indignation. In other word, beaten down or “demoralized” as Bezmenov (sp?) said.

          • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 4:52 pm #

            Indeed.

            What many forget is that the dedicated progs, low-IQ cattle, and all the rest who cheer the stolen election actually know deep down that it was indeed stolen and fraudulent. Even if it is buried in the subconscious, they know. We all know these sorts of things deep down.

            This has profound psychological impact that will not simply go away if the Pedo Grifter is sworn in.

            This is a critical moment.

          • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm #

            Yoho: Tony Benn said “A demoralized people don’t vote”

        • Pete January 2, 2021 at 11:06 am #

          shotho – again, you are seriously full of $hit. Your opening comment, betrays this comment.

          Let me tell you what’s going to happen. When the reckoning goes down. You’re going to hide in your cocoon, and emerge in whatever form that ensures you keep floating on the wind – which ever way it blows.

          You’re just the kind of psuedo-intellectual that permeates the wokester community. You stand on the shoulders of those who actually dream up this bullshit, and you spout their knowledge as your own.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 4:11 pm #

      The 2022 mid-terms will only be informative if by then we have a voting system that is unhackable and secure.

      Right about now half the country doesn’t trust it.

      Ironic that the Democrat socialist wokesters in Georgia might win because so many Republicans are refusing to vote in a “rigged voting system”.

      • Justin January 2, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

        “Ironic that the Democrat socialist wokesters in Georgia might win because so many Republicans are refusing to vote in a “rigged voting system”.”

        That is exactly what it looks like their real plan is, and not just for GA.
        They hope that Republicans will also not bother to vote at all in the future in any election…

        We must make sure that does not happen.

        • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 7:42 pm #

          This ‘strategy’ is on the back of Lin Wood’s latest idiocy – that a LOW GOP turnout will generate a ‘negative’ vote, thus exposing the fraud. Yeah, right.

          For Pete’s sake – IF the machines ARE rigged, would you really think the perpetrators would repeat the same stunt, with so many eyes on them?

    • Pete January 2, 2021 at 10:59 am #

      shotho – you are seriously full of $shit.

    • Uncle Bob January 3, 2021 at 3:55 pm #

      You’re presuming that, after 2020, there will ever again be free and somewhat fraud elections in the United States. The stage is set for a permanent Socialist (Democrat) government, with little chance if it being dislodged, particularly by the quisling Republican Establishment.

  2. FallenHero January 1, 2021 at 10:13 am #

    While I hope the obvious rigging of the election is challenged and changed, I remain doubtful, but one aspect that hasnt received much attention is the likely re-rise of the alt-right. Acting as a rebellion against both parties, they rose very quickly but around 2016 were largely quelled due to heavy, heavy big tech interference and Trump winning which felt like ‘our guy’ for most of them. If Biden gets in, expect a lot of that side to start to re-awaken.

    Of course they are fighitng an uphill battle since EVERY news story is about some WHITE, RIGHT-WING, GUN-NUT they play verbatim, yet any leftists like antifa get off scott free. That imbalance doesnt sit well with a huge portion of the population.

    • NickelthroweR January 1, 2021 at 11:53 am #

      Greetings,

      The alt-right doesn’t have to do all that much. Take a city like Los Angeles for example. Everything is brought to it to include electricity & water. The aqueducts that feed it stretch for hundreds of miles and run through unguarded uninhabited areas. Same for their electricity and communications. After all, 98% of the internet moves through fiber-optic connections. Connections that can easily be severed.

      In a single weekend, two squads of combat engineers could render LA uninhabitable and its inhabitants with no means of escape.

      • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 7:58 pm #

        One of many reasons I high-tailed it out of California.

      • ThorsHammer January 2, 2021 at 11:38 am #

        A couple of years back I was driving through Eastern Washington and stopped for a view of Grand Coulee Dam. From the parking lot a short dirt road led to the central transformer station for the largest hydropower system in the Western Hemisphere. Guarded by a single chain link fence! Amazing! All it would take to disable a large portion of the North American grid was a large fertilizer bomb and a rental UHaul truck— basic components available in the nearest farming town.

        The USA has the most heavily armed populace in the world. Yet for all of the hundreds of thousands of military grade rapid fire automatic weapons and the several thousand sniper rifles that can kill at 3/4 of a mile there has been not a shot. In this time of supposedly great unrest.

        The only reasonable explanation is that all of these weapons serve only a masturbatory function as their owners rub oiled rags up and down the barrels. They may have illusions of using them to support their second amendment rights or defend themselves from the brown hordes at the southern border, but in fact those delusions are as unrealistic as a dream of a night with Halle Berry.

        • Soul Forensics January 2, 2021 at 2:28 pm #

          ThorsHammer,

          You don’t seem to understand the concept of deterrence. One can’t prove a negative, so gun owners don’t get credit for fewer people that burgle their premises (with even more dire outcomes I’m sure you can imagine). Notice how Antifa and BLM riff raff concentrated on the DeBlasio “all clear” city street zones, and avoided the suburbs? They’re not completely stupid, and neither are their monetary supporters and enablers.

          And why do you think Obama wanted those “masturbatory” tools, as you so stupidly call them, out of the hands of the deplorables?

          Oh, and let’s also note that the “good”, Dem-loving Californians are stocking up on guns ‘n’ ammo, too. They certainly aren’t also the left’s stereotypical idea of knuckle-dragging, beer-swilling, rifles-on-4X4-gun-racks midwesterners that Lady Gaga portrayed in her incredibly stupid and insulting video.

          (Just noted I’ve used the word “stupid” three times above. I think this might be 2021’s word of the year.)

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

      The Alt-Right was crushed at Charlottesville. Many of our leaders, facing prosecution, turned rat and became Biden supporters. So the remnant has merged in the with Trump Patriots to fight for what remains of Old America. Our pov is the correct one, as the Founding Fathers were White Nationalists, but very few people really care about the Truth. But some of the Old Right cared and still care. And the Forgotten Man is still forgotten, with Trump raving about Blacks and Hispanics for four years, refusing to mentions us at all.

  3. Zoltar January 1, 2021 at 10:16 am #

    I love Jim’s Wish List above and look forward to reading the details.

    As pleased as I would be to see all of this stuff happen, I remain convinced that the Dems, corporate media, social media, etc. will get away with every bit of their chicanery and that a month from now most of the public won’t even remember what the issues were.

    That said, no one would be more satisfied than I to see the status quo sundered. We are no longer concerned about throwing out the baby with the bath water – the baby has been devoured and the water is too filthy to reuse.

    • ThorsHammer January 2, 2021 at 11:43 am #

      Dirty baby bath water does have an important use. It is ideal for washing your face diaper before going to the grocery store.

  4. Opie January 1, 2021 at 10:22 am #

    Well done James, a concise and sobering account of what we’re up against. My prediction, all those people displaying relief at the ending of 2020 will by the end of 2021 be reminiscing of the good times of 2020.

  5. Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 10:26 am #

    Great write up.

    Happy New Year from my adopted corner of the globe, JHK.

  6. Mac January 1, 2021 at 10:56 am #

    Are we not entertained?

  7. Freddie January 1, 2021 at 10:59 am #

    That was awesome, Jim!
    One can only hope half of those predictions come true.

    And btw, that sentence;
    “The half-century-long civil rights campaign that went up a dead-end with all the family-destroying social services policies of the late 20thcentury, became such a manifestly embarrassing failure with an ever-growing hostile and dangerous underclass, that, in abject shame and disappointment, all of white liberaldom had to come up with an excuse for that failure, which finally fluoresced as Critical Race Theory with its hobgoblin-in-chief, systemic racism.”

    THAT’S impressive. I would never have the balls to construct a sentence like that!

    • redrock January 1, 2021 at 11:57 am #

      I thought it was a chapter.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

      As Dale Carnegie said, knock a man down and when he gets up he will speak with eloquence about the wrong that was done to him. You could write like that if you cared enough, like you do say about how your wife or girlfriend screw you over.

    • draupnir January 3, 2021 at 4:07 pm #

      I suspect that within a few years, as things get really rough, they are going to long for the good old days of systemic racism. In times of great trouble, people seem to tribe together, even clan together and they are still only 13% of the population, and might be looked at as unwelcome competition.

  8. Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:17 am #

    They knew who the Nashville bomber was, from a DNA match, within 48 hours.
    What type of explosive was it?

    • Zoltar January 1, 2021 at 11:24 am #

      Beryl-

      You get the gold star for the first impertinent post of the week.

      BTW, who do you think will win the next Kentucky Derby?

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:46 am #

        I missed the last one. It was moved around due to the fact that we were all gonna die.

    • redrock January 1, 2021 at 11:59 am #

      A question I still have.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:38 pm #

      No crater, thus not a conventional explosion. Perhaps a beam weapon from space.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 4:21 pm #

      I saw where 16 months ago the girlfriend called the Nashville police to tell them the boyfriend was building a bomb in his RV.

      So they came out and did their “investigation” and she is claiming they never looked in the RV.

      (?)

    • ThorsHammer January 2, 2021 at 11:53 am #

      Not to forget that “they” knew who one of the 911 bombers was because they found his passport un-damaged on the top of a streetside debris pile after surviving a massive collision and fire from an airliner that brought down an 80 story officer tower that was specifically designed to withstand that type of impact.

    • draupnir January 3, 2021 at 4:19 pm #

      I read that a whole bunch of Dominion voting machines had been transported there during the week before Christmas. How convenient. If the gentleman in question hadn’t chosen to blow the place up (along with himself), they’d have had to do it for him. Someone said they saw an explosion from within the building just before the RV went off. Apparently, no state investigative personal have been allowed access to that building. A lone gunman certainly wraps things up nicely.

  9. Mountain gal January 1, 2021 at 11:27 am #

    Well said Jim. I think this might be one of your better ones. I doubt very much however that Trump will remain in office. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think Pence and most Republicans have the “intestinal fortitude”, backbone or whatever to defy the Democrats and declare the election rigged in several states. Fearing what will be unleashed(BLM, ANTIFA and all the other disgruntled snowflakes) they will do the easy thing and certify Biden. That we are now a country where such widespread election fraud is perpetuated and condoned, and that we are too afraid of the anger of those who would willingly burn this country down if they don’t get what they want, doesn’t speak well for our future.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:52 am #

      I keep hearing that the VP, who is the one who picked them, is the reason all those subversive liars remain on the president’s coronavirus task force.

      I wonder, are we supposed to believe President Trump doesn’t have any idea what his own VP will do, that they don’t talk to each other?

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:41 pm #

      Agree. It comes down to whether Trump has the cojones to invoke the Insurrection Act and then Martial Law when the Zombies go kinetic, this time with their new rifles in hand.

      One Man. Will he cross the Rubicon and Delaware, to become the Caesar that Washington turned down. The Republic is dead, but the Glory of the Empire awaits.

      • hmuller January 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm #

        Will Orange Julius become Julius Caesar? Unlikely from what I’ve seen.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 4:24 pm #

      Well, at least now maybe our wars of regime change to re-make countries so they have great “democracies” like ours will be a harder sell.

    • michael January 1, 2021 at 5:52 pm #

      One of the reasons why nobody will stick out their necks is because President Trump does not have what it takes and you cannot risk going down with him:

      from a Tweet, complaining about hostile media:

      “… somebody should say something”.

      You cannot state the problem more succinctly than that.

    • draupnir January 3, 2021 at 4:24 pm #

      Since such persons can never be satisfied, they will burn this country down in any case. Appeasement never works. They will be dissatisfied with Biden, and probably with Horizontal Harris, the Whore We Abhor, as well, in her turn.

  10. Ishabaka January 1, 2021 at 11:27 am #

    I found this delightful example of wokesterism yesterday. It’s medical school leaders lamenting the failure of schools of medicine to achieve their diversity and equity goals:

    Dr. Maxime Madhere: “A huge obstacle to diversity is that most medical schools have the same criteria for all applicants.” One white paper asserted uncritically, “In the competition to recruit minority students, most medical schools relaxed their admissions standards… On the other hand, no school relaxed its graduation requirements.”

    I believe that res ipsa loquitur.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:42 am #

      They just don’t believe anybody born black can cut it.

      • redrock January 1, 2021 at 12:46 pm #

        Water and oil don’t mix.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

        No, they didn’t relax their graduations standards. And most Blacks can’t cut it so that means fewer American born doctors.

        I’ve heard differently btw, and that there are countless incompetent Black doctors.

        Of course I’m sure a few are competent. Just like one woman in a million could actually become a Green Beret or Navy Seal without lowering the standards. That’s not enough – so they lowered the standards.

    • edpell January 1, 2021 at 12:07 pm #

      I am looking forward to Biden’s bare foot doctors solution to America’s health needs. Anyone can become a doctor. I am going to sign up to become a bare foot doctor.

    • Mountain gal January 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

      That makes me feel really comfortable going to see a black doctor. Knowing that perhaps they only got into med school as the standards were relaxed for them. I’ll be safest seeking out Jewish or Asian docs; no one relaxes the standards for them!

      • Ishabaka January 1, 2021 at 1:47 pm #

        I know an older, Black female doctor who got into, and graduated medical school based in merit, not wokester quotas. Patients wondering if she’s really qualified or an “affirmative action” recruit is one of the banes of her existence. Interestingly, she told me Black patients are among the most hesitant – presumably, because they know the score.

        • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:05 am #

          @ Ishabaka

          Yes, I feel really sad for those blacks and Latinos that make it into the top colleges on their own merit, get through med school on their own merit and are then viewed by most with suspicion, presumed to be affirmative action admits and hires. It’s admittedly so unfair to them but how are we supposed to know that they are genuinely where they are due to their own brains and determination. I think if I were black or Latino I’d be angry at the assumption that we needed lower standards as we just can’t compete.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 1:47 pm #

        Note the excluded middle in her post. The Forgotten Man.

  11. 100th Avatar January 1, 2021 at 11:30 am #

    “Nevertheless, collapse of the movie industry continues as, post-Covid, Americans desperately seek the company of other people instead of canned entertainments, which they have grown sick of.”

    Absolutely share this sentiment. Last night, I searched the boob-tube for a program that offered some live upbeat music.

    Dick Clark, has been replaced with a very vain and obnoxious product peddler. Between your traditional commercial advertisements he would interweave product placements into the show. Within the first 10 minutes he brings Joe (seriously, he is beyond doddering, he looks nursing-home stage-1 dementia) and “Doctor”, yes, he said “Doctor” Jill Biden. I couldn’t punch the buttons of the remote quick enough.

    Between the host making a sanctimonious act of wearing the mask when speaking to the camera, and having it disappear when other humans were around, the pandering Biden greetings on the enormous LED’s towering over a times square populated by a crowd of “air dancers” and other inflatables donned in commercial sponsorship, and uninterrupted product peddling, I was left with a sudden and deep dread enveloping me.

    NY is absolutely dead.
    America is dead.

    When the canned entertainment cannot even do that (entertain). When it stops considering you as a viewer, or a bystander, and only considers you a consumer to be browbeaten with endless advertisements to compel you to buy, buy, buy, you know what your role in this civilization amounts to.

    I felt dirty. I never watch traditional TV. I never flick through the channels. I was depressed.

    A glimmer, in a text message from a friend flashing across the screen of my electronic leash: “are you seeing this?”

    It contained a link to a social media post from a non-traditional news source questioning the disaster of Clark’s New Years Eve spectacular.

    There exists the company of other people. Who resist. A glimmer.

    • NickelthroweR January 1, 2021 at 12:01 pm #

      I watched some Times Square live feeds as well and I was horrified. Really, Planet Fitness and Kia??? That was all they had – a bunch of air dancing nylon advertisements and everyone dressed in identical corporate swag (and by everyone, I mean the crew that set up the event) waving around identical corporate balloons and pretending to dance and hug. It was sickening. It was disgusting.

      Once you strip away the crowds, you see it for what it really is and it looked no different than when the local car dealership has a big sale and throws out some fanfare to attract the buyers.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

        I like it when they have the inflatable gorilla.

        Ads for a business nobody can go to in NYC except the mayor? In Times Square, where you have to know somebody to be?

      • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 12:37 pm #

        Some bloody goings on in NYC, covered pretty well by the NYPost. Women and the elderly seem to be the main targets of the daily subway slashings, brutal assaults and head stomping (many of which seem racially motivated).

        Civilization itself seems to be unravelling in NYC, including Manhattan. There’s no coming back from what is happening now.

        Brh

        • edpell January 1, 2021 at 1:25 pm #

          reparations kill whitey

          • edpell January 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm #

            a sarcastic remark from me a republican if I were a democrat a heart felt goal?

          • edpell January 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm #

            when I was a student at Columbia University in the 70s we lost at least one student per year to murder by the locals. Nothing new just spreading to downtown. LMAO

        • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:11 am #

          A really nasty attack on a car with two older passengers by about 50 teens/20-somethings on bikes. But evidently those in the car must have been white as the NYT and the rest of MSM kept mum.

          It’s interesting as NYC used to be pretty violent, before all sorts of areas got gentrified. I grew up there(left as a teen). Huge homeless populations camped out in front of Madison Square Garden, the parks such as Bryant Park were total no-go zones, train cars all graffitied, hordes of “squeegee men” descending on cars to demand payment, lots of bad neighborhoods off-limits to whites, etc. Could be it’s headed back to those times. The rich have all moved to their second homes in the Hamptons, rural CT and VT though so they won’t care.

      • benr January 1, 2021 at 12:50 pm #

        It was a pathetic display of what has become of this country.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm #

      Last year I watched and “apparently” it was funded by Toshiba. That was made abundantly clear when the clock struck 12, instead of focusing on the Ball, they focused on a Toshiba sign. Yes, utterly sickening. For some reason I thought the Japanese would have more class.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 4:34 pm #

      Not sure if you have HBO but there is a new documentary out on The BeeGees! Snappy music for sure!

      Their story and the whole disco era especially regarding gay clubs in NYC and finally how some DJ in Chicago started the movement against disco, was actually very interesting.

      I would rather watch a disco documentary than any Times Square hoo-ha.

    • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

      100th Avatar, have you considered chucking the TV? I did a long time ago and recommend it. The “electronic leash” is next. I’m working on it. The computer I’ll keep for as long as it’s viable, to read, write, and do research. It’s not a technology without problems, the internet – much censorship lately, for example, but TV is worse. Except for soccer matches. Can go to a bar to watch those.

      • 100th Avatar January 2, 2021 at 4:27 pm #

        I don’t use it for broadcast TV.
        And never the “news”.

        Rent the occasional film.
        Also watch football.
        Not American throwball (AKA light trucks and light beer advertising vehicle)

        European and English football.
        The best.

        • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 10:00 pm #

          Avatar, right you are. American throwball is a thing devoid of beauty. Football, though… the real football… Brazilians call it jogo bonito, the beautiful game. It is. It’s also a universal language and a form of art.

      • Siebert January 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm #

        No TV here either. Sometimes I see my neighbor’s screens displaying stroboscopic signals and understand current media.

    • draupnir January 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm #

      On the other hand, Moscow was alive with lights and celebration. The Youtube video was spectacular. There wasn’t so much as a crumple of paper blowing in the breeze. The streets were immaculate and full of happy people, completely maskless, and children running around having a ball in their snowsuits.

  12. Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:30 am #

    It’s undeniable that the ventilators caused deaths that were labeled as COVID deaths.
    It’s undeniable that the PCR test can’t detect the COVID virus, and was not created for that purpose.
    It tests for evidence of a virus. That’s it. Not even a live virus.
    It’s undeniable that the state of Florida has the state of New York “beat” in every metric, no matter what the MSM wants to tell you.
    It’s also undeniable that masks and social distance and restrictions do not “work” in practice.
    That was a crazy idea that went against all science prior to March 2020.

    Judging by the number of elected an non-elected public officials doing the exact opposite of what they insist is necessary for survival, they don’t believe any of this nonsense either. If they thought they were risking a horrible death for themselves or their own families, they just would not do it.

    Masks don’t “work”, suckers.

    • malthuss January 1, 2021 at 11:52 am #

      Masks keep spittle and maybe keep germs in. Virus particles get thru masks.

      • SW January 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm #

        One thing I’ve noticed for a while now is no one in hospitals wear N95 masks, only the standard issue white or blue ones. So when they’re interviewing our heroic hospital workers, it’s easy to see that all the shrieking about N95 masks were essential to save lives, just isn’t really so.

        I’ve known quite a few people who have had covid with a wide variety of symptoms and all survived. There are no corpses in the streets, mass graves or entire towns wiped out. Yet still we must “obey.”

        • Raindogs January 1, 2021 at 5:11 pm #

          They’re wearing N95 masks when in Covid patient rooms, not while interviewing.

          Very confusing concepts I understand.

        • roccofire January 1, 2021 at 8:18 pm #

          JHK and CFN Happy New Year. JHK excellent article!

          I know working 40 years in a front line hospital position makes me cranky old white guy, but WE do wear N95 masks. We were the standard hospital procedure mask, but when I transport a Covid patient, I put on a N95, with another face shield mask on top,a plastic gown, a surgical head covering and gloves. MASKS do work and help reduce the viral load you inhale, but no 100% safety is given, in just improving your odds, wear seat belts, wear a helmet, try not to smoke, try not to drink, try to eat a more plant based diet, exercise, sing, dance, but none are 100% effective, it just improves your odds. Our ICUs filled with covid, so those that say it is false, please tell us what the hell it is we are dealing with. Beware of the snake oil salesman , supplements are still owned by BIG Pharm companies. JHK I am buying NYS lottery tickets for my investment. SPOCK!

          • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:18 am #

            @roccofire

            I do believe that masks help, especially if they are N95. I have my doubts about the flimsy paper or cloth ones, bandanas etc. Maybe you can answer this though. Whenever I wear a mask(good multi-layer cloth one or N95) for more than just a quick run into a convenience store to grab a container of milk, I feel sick from it. I get a wicked sore throat. I try to minimize my forays into stores or places where I need to wear a mask for any length of time. I have no clue how people are working all day wearing them. Any ideas?

      • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm #

        Lol.

      • Ishabaka January 1, 2021 at 1:48 pm #

        If you think people infected with Covid-19 exhale naked virions, you are sorely mistaken.

    • redrock January 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm #

      They mask the smell of ignorance when I walk into a place without them.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:05 pm #

        A member of the Covidian Cult has joined us. You just stay on the rag. You’ll never die if you keep it on.

        • elysianfield January 1, 2021 at 5:56 pm #

          Yo,
          An earlier commenter used a gem…called them the “Branch Covidians”….

          • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm #

            I was using that a few months ago.

          • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 2:52 pm #

            I like both “Covidian Cult” and “Branch Covidians”. They capture the hysteria and blind fear. “The sky is falling! The end is near! OBEY or we all die!”. Bullshit.

          • elysianfield January 2, 2021 at 7:19 pm #

            Owl,
            It probably was one of your posts…Attribution!

        • redrock January 1, 2021 at 8:39 pm #

          You sound like a whiny bitch living with mommy.

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:38 pm #

      I think the whole thing is a marketing scam/mass engineering/live exercise (as Pompeo admitted on national TV). No proof it even exists. Plenty of proof the flu and other cold viruses do.

      And then there are the numbers… no excess deaths in 2020.

  13. Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:36 am #

    Here’s a thread from a woman who grew up in a cult, explaining the mentality of the true believers of the Branch Covidian:
    https://twitter.com/rayandherdog/status/1341763517385502720?s=20

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:37 pm #

      Excellent. Thank you.

    • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 1:50 pm #

      The mask theater is going to go down as one of the most hilarious episodes of anti-science in human history.

      Right up there with doctors doing cigarette ads in the 30s and 40s.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:08 pm #

        And again, as someone pointed out some weeks ago, believing in “science” is not the same as understanding it. If one can’t tell the difference, they won’t be able to distinguish politician scientists from the real ones either.

        Fauci may have once been the real thing, but this gig is far more lucrative.

      • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

        “Winston taste good like a cigarette should.”

        MD in scrubs takes a deep drag, has a satisfied look on his face.

    • ThorsHammer January 2, 2021 at 12:35 pm #

      OlyBarrel

      I suggest reviewing the original 1963 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment) If your want to understand the mass psychology of obedience to authoritarianism. His studies clearly show how Mask Mandates, Universal gene alteration “vaccines”, and the War on the Remnant Middle Class are methods of social control based upon actual behavioral science cloaked behind a facade of Pandemic Panic.

      Only Death is certain, and Fear of Death is the universal principle that everyone from tribal witch doctors to the Malignant Overlords like Gates use to organize and control their cult of believers.

  14. catharsis January 1, 2021 at 11:47 am #

    JHK – Reading your commentary on oil and the economy, I remember why I have so many of your books on my bookshelf. When dealing with hard facts, you have great analytical skills.

    My New Year’s wish is that you stick to your strengths.

    I noticed your opening piece on the latest electoral matters contains many qualifiers, such as ‘it is rumored,’ or ‘apparently’. When you apply your analytical skills to things that aren’t facts – connecting dots that may not be true or even exist – you lead yourself and your readers into a fantasy world where anything is possible and believable.

    Despite your intellect, you don’t seem to possess the empathy, or life experiences, to make objective judgements about matters that concern actual people – whether socially, psychologically, racially or politically. Your comments on these aspects are almost always superficial, specious and biased, devoid of underlying facts.

    So kudos for your life’s work in your intellectual pursuits, and for your recent efforts as a conspiracy cult leader, I award you a golden CueCat.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 11:55 am #

      We like what he writes, very much. Go read someone else’s writing.

      • AllenR January 2, 2021 at 2:39 pm #

        I like what he writes when he’s thinking. His usual posts write themselves and require no thought.

    • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 1:51 pm #

      Is the Russian Collusion in the room with us right now, Catharsis?

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm #

      You know, I used to read AlterNet, and DailyKos, and Common Dreams, And TruthOut, until they moved in another direction, or I realized that I didn’t like their product. Instead of hanging out on the comments section telling them to stop publishing things I don’t agree with, I moved on to other sources. Guess what? You are free to do that, too.

      • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 8:41 am #

        Same here. The transition at all of those sites to full-on corpro-fascist mouthpiece has been quite interesting to observe.

        • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 12:30 pm #

          Really was confusing and maddening for me, one after the other… ugh.

        • FreddieMars January 3, 2021 at 2:37 am #

          Perhaps they stayed sane while you went nuts.

    • feralandroid January 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm #

      Everyone needs a little fantasy. Anyone with half a brain knows JHK is trying to connect the dots in the dark. Maybe he’s wrong, maybe he’s not, but I enjoy reading his thoughts.

      As Beryl said, if you don’t like his meandering go read someone who shares the same fantasy as you.

    • AllenR January 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm #

      It’s both amazing and distressing how much verbiage has been generated by these two dueling delusions:

      1) Trump wasn’t really elected in 2016.

      2) Trump was really elected in 2020.

      Even if you could prove one of them (and you can’t) what the hell difference would it make? Would it do any good? JHK has been wasting his time and ours twice a week obsessing on these delusions instead of offering anything helpful.

      Actually, his predictions from “Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell will be replaced…” et seq look like a promising way forward.

      • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 3:01 pm #

        Allen, “wasting his time and ours”? That’s some cheek right there. Imagine a guy stopping to listen to a street musician for a long time and then going “you’re wasting my time and yours” instead of putting some bread in his basket or at least saying something encouraging like “not bad, man, thank you!”
        You are that guy. Move along, dude. Don’t waste your time.

        • AllenR January 2, 2021 at 9:59 pm #

          I keep hoping the Kunstler that catharsis referenced will make an appearance. If he does, a thank you will be in order. Not otherwise.

    • Siebert January 2, 2021 at 10:38 pm #

      A fantasy world where anything is possible is exactly what we got.

      • FreddieMars January 3, 2021 at 11:13 am #

        It’s not that “anything is possible”. It’s more “nothing is knowable for a fact” any longer.

  15. malthuss January 1, 2021 at 11:48 am #

    JHK predicted 3000 DOW, DOW to the moon.

    So, my guess, Bitcoin to the moon while JHK says its shitcoin.

    • FreddieMars January 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

      Wall Street has adopted crypto. One report recently (from JP Morgan IIRC) predicts Bitcoin hitting $600,000 in the next decade or so. Funny, I know, but opinions clearly differ.

      • malthuss January 1, 2021 at 1:38 pm #

        Microstrategy went all in. Grey scale also is in.

        I think Bitcoin will be obsolete as a transfer mechanism, with litecoin etc now in use.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

      You have to wonder: how can the dollar both collapse down to nothing, and bitcoin also? The two seem to be opposite.

      • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 3:17 pm #

        DrSchmidt,

        You’ve got the wrong two components for the see-saw effect.

        The real swing is between oil and the U.S. dollar/Bitcoin. I thought JHK made that blatantly apparent in his detailed analysis.

        What else is Bitcoin but a super high-tech version of a standard Ponzi scheme. And how close are we to Bitcoin’s own reality check anent the stock market, year 2000? (Unlike Bitcoin, at least some of those stocks were based on actual businesses.)

        • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

          In the future, perhaps. This past year, the inflation that was pumped in by the Fed drove up gold and Bitcoin alike. Bitcoin has been the flip side of dollar collapse.

          Without an internet, and without electricity, Bitcoin can indeed go to 0. But if the dollar collapses more before the end of the Internet, Bitcoin is going through the roof.

          Not that I care to own any. I prefer precious metals, like silver and lead.

          • Epicur January 1, 2021 at 10:18 pm #

            And lead is in short supply.

        • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

          After reading JHK’s explanation of where we are with fossil fuels, does anyone recall Biden saying during one of the last debates, “Fossil fuels need to be phased out and I will phase them out!”

          Ha!

          Or will they phase themselves out?!

          Joe Biden, Mr. Climate Change, trying to make us think he will “force” all the shale oil corporations to shut down.

          Total bullshit.

          • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm #

            I’ve long suspected that “climate change” is a way of putting a happy face on declining fossil fuels. Rather than put out less carbon because it simply wasn’t available to burn, we will put out less carbon because we are doing it to save the planet. A noble lie.

            Fracking was going to end because there was not enough money to be made in it.

    • Iananna January 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm #

      If one cares to check the archives of his annual predictions, for the last decade or more the warnings were of doom & economic collapse.
      I copied them to Word (and no, not stored in the Cloud) so that they can’t be disappeared or corrected.
      Prediction is fraught, especially about the future – hindsight, no probs.

  16. malthuss January 1, 2021 at 11:52 am #

    Covid virus fades from the scene by 3rd quarter, –it is a plandemic.

    but economic carnage remains. –it is intentional. Destroy freedom, go to a cashless society, make Zuck n Musk and Bezos even richer.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:10 pm #

      All that money that was put into the economy by the Fed went into inflating the asset prices in the market. God help us if that money, concentrated amongst a few rich people, is moved out to try to compete for real resources like food, shelter, and gasoline.

      It just really means that you will never be able to compete with the billionaire masters of the universe. I can live with that.

      • beantownbill. January 1, 2021 at 3:33 pm #

        It’s not going to be a matter of price. It will be a matter of availability. How much money you have will make little difference. For instance, when the masses are starving, maybe the billionaires will be able to eat hamburger, some of the time. They won’t be happy.

  17. rlread52 January 1, 2021 at 11:54 am #

    Evangelical, fundamentalist, Baptist FAKE Christians put Trump in power believing his drain the swamp build the wall ad nauseam lies. The majority kicked him out of office for being a self serving, golfing, “don’t need to read even a single page intelligent briefing” incessant liar. That’s what happened to America in 2020. Try telling the 346,000 folks who lost family to Covid “symptoms” the stats were overblown. BTW that’s 2.6 times as many per/capita deaths as any other G& country.

    • messianicdruid January 1, 2021 at 12:03 pm #

      Still doing spin cycle before wash and rinse? And no detergent. No clothesline or even a fence. You stink.

      • rlread52 January 1, 2021 at 7:29 pm #

        Ohhh you Christian fundamentalists are so Viktor King Ghidra connected and now he’s dead too. Hope that meant as little to you as your stinky posting.

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

      TDS is a helluva disorder.

      • rlread52 January 1, 2021 at 7:36 pm #

        Considering Trump did absolutely nothing but divide your country- Trump himself was irrational, had little regard towards any actual policy position, and took no effective “build the wall” or “drain the swamp” actions. He did however overflow it with his kids and cronies. Trump was a flimflam, snake oil sales conman. He has a “Person. Woman. Man Camera. TV,” IQ of moron level so there is that.

        • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 8:42 pm #

          At least we were Blessed with no Queen Hilaria and her ilk administration in The White House with Bill sneaking out to meet his Energizer hook-up.

          Instead she directed her Deep State slime against Trump up until this moment.

          Wish he could have “locked her up”.

          • rlread52 January 1, 2021 at 9:21 pm #

            Ah yes! Political leaders in the USA all suck! So interesting to watch from away as the USA repeats “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” as set out by Edward Gibbon – only due to the end of oil instead of cereal crops. ByeByeUSA!

        • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 8:43 am #

          It would appear Carghoul has yet another handle.

          This man has a serious mental illness.

          Just find a site that wants you, bro.

        • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 12:33 pm #

          You’re obviously not intelligent enough to post here. People who allow Trump to live in their head rent-free as they spew invective for 4 years thinking it sounds original or telling us something we don’t know is just laughable. And that ‘moron’ managed to make his way to the highest office of the land. What have you done?

        • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2021 at 11:41 am #

          @RLRead52 who stated: “ Considering Trump did absolutely nothing but divide your country- ….”

          Key Words: “Your Country”

          My Take: That’s right. MY country, bunghole, NOT yours. So butt the hell out and go clean up the mess in your own backyard.

          Real Americans have enough difficulties right now trying to save our nation from Leftist domestic identity politics freaks. We can quite do without additional election interference by foreign socialist dickheads.

          • rlread52 January 3, 2021 at 10:39 pm #

            I’m from Seattle, born and bred* “bunghole” and YOU EverTrumpers and President Moron are on track to cause Civil War 2 to get YOUR own country… mostly in the south and middle states so you will have hay and cereal crops. *Family arrived to Dorchester Mass. in 1692 from Goring on Thames England and S.Carolina in 1725 from Inverness Scotland.

          • rlread52 January 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm #

            Would be interesting, Wiz-in-a-Saddle / Saddle-Wizzer, to know when your family immigrated to America from Germany like Herr Drumpf’s military shirking bone spur grand-pappy. Or was it Russka?

    • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

      https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/

      USA behind 9 other countries, including Italy, Spain, and the UK, in deaths per capita.

      https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109011/coronavirus-covid19-death-rates-us-by-state/

      Of course, Belgium, the worst country, had 1580 deaths per million. That’s bad, but nowhere near as bad as NY State, at 1880 per million,or New Jersey, 2050 per million.

      • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

        It is a hoax anyways, Tom.

        • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

          Yeah, but even within a hoax not using easily googleable facts is annoying.

      • rlread52 January 1, 2021 at 7:38 pm #

        How about next door with Canada at 2.6 x per capita less deaths and cases? Fake news?

        • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm #

          You’re tiresome. Yes, fake news. The whole thing since Wuhan has been one giant psy ops. Lots of propaganda and disinfo. Gibbon’s book is very good, a classic. The rest is tripe, rotten fish. You should stick to CNN and groupthink. Don’t be arrogant. You think you know something because some talking head said it on TV, and everybody else is a moron, a fundamentalist, blah. Think for yourself, 52. It’s a healthy habit, and may someday save your life.

          • rlread52 January 4, 2021 at 12:18 am #

            Covid Hoax? Virginia Senator Ben Chafin died from all the same symptoms as Covid- 19 presents. Guess he’s looking down from his heaven wishing he had worn a mask ALL the time.

      • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 8:54 pm #

        Do these deaths include those who just “tested” positive then fell off ladders or got smashed into while driving motorcycles, or suicides or had massive strokes or heart attacks etc. with zero signs/symptoms of Covid-19?

        I think it would be interesting to see the stats on how many healthy Americans got Covid-19 then succumbed.

        George Floyd was Covid-19 positive when he died. He was having shortness of breath when the police managed to get him into the back of the squad car and he said, “I gotta get outta here! I can’t breathe!” Classic sign of respiratory distress from advanced Covid-19. So he escaped from the squad.

        Obviously Chavin’s knee on his neck didn’t help his distress and he succumbed.

        But I wonder. Was his “cause of death” also attributed to Covid like the guy who fell off his ladder and broke his neck, also with Covid?

        And ZERO deaths so far from seasonal flu?

        Please.

        • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:25 am #

          @ abbywood

          I suspect flu cases(and thus deaths) are way down this year due to the lack of travel between hemispheres.

        • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 12:35 pm #

          There is a chart I have from a regular mainstream outlet showing no excess deaths in 2020. And plenty of anecdotal claims from people outraged that the person they know who had died falling off a ladder was counted as a COVID19 death. And then to cap it off, CDC announced that it was not counting flu deaths this year. LOL, they are so desperate.

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 3:21 pm #

            Does that happen a lot where you live, people having Covid tests and then falling off ladders? As in statistically significant levels? I find it weird how often this kind of trope – like the ones who have Covid tests and then get run over – comes up specifically in the US. I wonder if they put some kind of soporific in your test kits just to make you fall off things or not notice roads. You can’t put anything past them.

            Here, the public health authorities only count Covid deaths if they occur within 28 days of a positive test. So if you die on day 29, of a Covid-induced stroke, for example, they won’t count you as a Covid death, but as a stroke death (the ONS* may look at it more carefully, further down the line). Then there are the huge number of false negatives. I don’t hear anyone complaining about either of those issues – why is that?

            *Office of National Statistics

          • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm #

            The CDC numbers gave the game away.

            The fact that every single Fake Nooz outlet responded in unison with nearly word-for-word talking points made it that much more hilarious.

            The Corona Hoax.

  18. malthuss January 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm #

    in 2013, Mr Fauci co-authored a study paper recommending
    Hydroxy chloroquine for coronavirus. Look it up.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2021 at 12:03 pm #

      I saw where someone, speaking of Fauci, described it as the doctor says whatever he dreams the night before.

      • malthuss January 1, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

        absinth?

        • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 8:56 pm #

          Don’t touch absinthe….the green devil!

          Causes hallucinations!

          • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 4:49 pm #

            Abby, true that, if actual wormwood has been used. A wicked drink.

    • FreddieMars January 1, 2021 at 3:59 pm #

      Malthus – that’s been debunked, unequivocally, as a CT Facebook meme. If you’ve got this information from some other source, please provide a link.

  19. edpell January 1, 2021 at 12:04 pm #

    The people have no one to lead them. The people have no one to organize them. The people parish.

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

      QSchtik hasn’t yet so I will:

      “perish”

      • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 8:44 am #

        That’s good, as someone normally has to correct Q’s post, too.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:13 pm #

      Empathy is a naturally limited resource. All the interest, care, and concern that should go to the lower White classes is not siphoned off to minorities, making poor and lower middle class Whites, the forgotten man.

      The Elite want to weaken America, so they have brought down the ruling race by empowering minorities. Their middle class imitators want points, so they virtue signal by despising their poorer brethren and “loving” the minorities who hate them.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 4:35 pm #

        White male suicide is the highest of any group now. Proof positive of who is at the bottom of the social pyramid. But you are not only ok with this, you probably love it. So what does that make you?

        A Monster.

        • Iananna January 1, 2021 at 7:35 pm #

          Suicide, including the slow, alcoholic kind, benefits the gene pool which is so broad but shallow currently as to be little more than a puddle on hot tarmac.

          • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 8:31 pm #

            Another hater of traditional White America appears.

          • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2021 at 12:05 pm #

            @Ianaana: This slam could just as easily be applied to the following:

            1) White libtards in San Francisco who’ve made overdosing on illegal drugs a recreational activity for of over half a century now.

            2) Afro miscreants exterminating one another with firearms nightly in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, and dozens of other major urban hellholes.

            3) MS-13 Hispanics who delight in hacking one another up with machetes as a recreational pastime.

            etc, etc., ad naseum…..

            So maybe, just maybe, all humans of a certain social strata have a propensity towards removing themselves and their peers from the gene pool?

            Doesn’t much bother me, really. Biggest problem facing humanity in the 21st Century is…..wait for it….too many people.

            I know that many conservatives have disdain for this idea, but having lived nearly 60 years on this third rock from the sun I have concluded that our species has been too successful and we are overshooting the carrying capacity of the Earth at the expense of ourselves and much of the biosphere.

            Even right-wing, Good-Ole-Boy hunters recognize the truth of this. It happens when hunting is prohibited and prey species like deer overpopulate and then starve when there is insufficient food to feed the growing numbers in the absence of natural predators to cull their numbers.

            So, returning to the idea of “too many people.” It is my view that the Earth would be a much more pleasant place for humanity with far less resource “scarcity” if global population were to decline to, say, 500 million people, instead of the present 7 billion+ and climbing rapidly.

            Likewise, the U.S. would do well to return to a population of 50 million or less. Over time, I am convinced, these declines will happen. Nature has a way of correcting population overshoots. But I have no issue with the scum of society checking out early in the meantime.

            However, I do genuinely feel sorry for those driven to suicide by hopeless economic situations foisted upon them by reckless politicians and not due to any fault of their own.

  20. BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

    Interesting points about ‘Alt Energy’, as I’ve been reading article after article in the Guardian, the NYTs, Wapo, the Atlantic, USA Today and so on, that windmills and solar panels stand ready to provide all the electricity necessary to power up the United States; oil, coal, natgas and nuclear power are simply relics of the past, unnecessary, commodities to be shunned and abandoned. It seems like every day there’s an article about this or that coal or natgas fired plant being decommissioned, or abandoned, and a new offshore ‘windfarm’ planned, a field of solar panels constructed. Mass. and Cal. have passed laws banning the sale of gasoline powered autos in 9 years, cities are disallowing natgas hookups for new construction. The plan appears to be ‘electrify everything’, transportation, home heating, manufacturing, with the electricity provided, as stated above, by windmills and solar panels,

    Which seems odd, since Cal., which has gone balls to the wall with all this, can’t keep the lights on even with traditional power generation methods.

    Brh

    • SW January 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm #

      There’s going to be far less to electrify when most airports, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, theaters, shopping centers, and many other places people used to go to are now ghost towns. I flew to England last August from DFW and there was no one in the airport — one of the busiest in the world — and the same with Heathrow.

      But Amazon “fulfillment centers” will require electricity. Maybe they can install solar panels on the roof.

      • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 12:39 pm #

        Good point, SW.

        • messianicdruid January 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm #

          Can I buy a drone that will deliver itself by air?

      • Iananna January 1, 2021 at 7:37 pm #

        Maybe all the exercise bikes and treadmills in gyms could be hooked to dynamos?

        • woe January 2, 2021 at 5:24 am #

          I hope I have a lot of candles.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:26 pm #

      http://css.umich.edu/factsheets/us-renewable-energy-factsheet

      About 6% of current us energy in electric form is supplied by renewables. So if we eliminate the need for 94% of us electricity needs, we will be fine, today. As we add renewable capacity, we might be able to get 10% of current electricity. That’s a 90% drop in electricity usage, which will make life, to coin a phrase, nasty brutish and short.

      There is a way around this that need not hurt too bad. I own an electric-assisted bicycle that costs me essentially nothing to ride to my local supermarket to get groceries. I could recharge it with a small solar panel, and it will go maybe 50 miles in flat terrain ona full charge. Except for the snowy months, it’s useable most of the year. Replace all cars used for local trips with this sort of unregulated electric vehicle and you COULD run a lot of the transport on lowered electricity.

      • feralandroid January 1, 2021 at 5:24 pm #

        Just get some studded fat tires for the snowy months. I see people out on bikes all winter long here.

      • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:32 am #

        I suspect much of the US population isn’t capable of riding(fitting on) a bike. Maybe if we attached wheels to their Lazy-Boy recliners…….

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 9:00 pm #

      Trump was right when he said that the windmills kill millions of birds.

      • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:33 am #

        Domestic cats kill far more birds then windmills do

    • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2021 at 12:14 pm #

      The only way I see us being able to continue to have enough energy to build and maintain the vast infrastructure for solar and wind power In the coming decades is if nations commit to a crash program of building more modern nuclear power plants globally right now and without delay.

      Even then, we are probably only buying time.

      Fusion is the great brass ring humanity must grab in order to solve its long term energy problems. Sadly, we seem to be no closer now to figuring out how to build a viable fusion plant than we were 50 years ago. I sort of doubt we ever will manage it.

  21. malthuss January 1, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

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    • malthuss January 1, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

      NOTICE whats not in caps n what is,

      white supremacy and the oppression of Black communities

      • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:48 pm #

        I enjoy reading reviews of “White Fragility” tearing all this bullshit ‘antiracism’ down. Like John McWhorter’s and Matt Taibbi’s, especially.

        • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 3:26 pm #

          James Lindsay is the go-to guy for Crit Race Theory criticism.

          • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 5:19 pm #

            He sure is. Have you ever heard/read McWhorter though? I really enjoy him.

          • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 8:18 pm #

            Yes, quite a few smart ones attacking it from the inside.

    • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

      Sorry…..I wasn’t able to finish reading the post before having to run to the toilet to hurl up my breakfast.

      Honestly, America is so friggin’ DONE with the interminable race racketeering of the Hard Left.

      We see it for what it is: A war on White Americans and a poor excuse for unlawfully expropriating our property while eradicating our liberties by destroying the constitutional protections that Americans have enjoyed for more than two centuries thanks to the brilliant labors of those “dead white men” who wrote our constitution.

      Sorry, but this White man will pass on all of that. Only a fool would embrace a project whose sole aim is to eradicate him and all that he holds dear.

      The real “WOKE” people of 2020 were millions of Whites who finally had the scales fall from their eyes as the full ugly reality of the POC Supremacy Project bared it’s fangs and showed it true colors (pun intended) for the first time since the whole “Civil Rights” scam was embraced in the 1950’s and 60’s.

  22. meower68 January 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm #

    The voting machines have been hack-able for some time.

    HBO did a special, titled “Hacking Democracy,” some years ago, where someone who had NO physical access to an optical scanner machine succeeded in getting it to return an incorrect count of ballots.

    The machine depended on the election information being loaded via a CompactFlash card. It also received firmware updates through the same card. The hacker accessed the card, not the machine, and succeeded and implanting code which would return incorrect results.

    Any machine updated from that card would perform similarly; they only demonstrated it with one machine but it could, just as easily, infect every machine in a polling station.

    How do you counter that?

    If the totals look “off,” you do a hand-count of ballots. You have people actually look at the ballots and sort them into piles, according to which oval was colored in.

    Can’t hack that. Especially as all states have election laws requiring that there be observers present to ensure the votes are being counted accurately. Georgia had plenty of those, from both parties, on-site, doing their due diligence.

    Georgia did two hand-counts. Both of them confirmed that Biden won. So … it doesn’t really matter whether or not the machine is hack-able. If you don’t trust the machine-counted total, skip the machine and check it by eye. Ergo, I doubt that the hack-ability of the Dominion voting machines bothered the Georgia election officials. They’re probable expecting it to be close (since all of the polls are putting the elections within the margin of error) so they’re probably expecting to do at least one hand-count.

    Hand-counts always work as a backup. Unless, of course, it’s one of those touchscreen voting machines which doesn’t print anything which can be hand-counted. Like in Ohio in 2004. When the Ohio Secretary of State refused a recount, certified the vote and ordered all machines wiped before the state Supreme Court could sound off. And gave W his second term. Such machines should never be used, ANYWHERE, because there’s no way to catch if the machine has been hacked. So long as there’s a human-readable paper trail, hack the machine all you want; it’ll just take longer to count the vote and certify the results.

    • benr January 1, 2021 at 1:02 pm #

      You missed the point possibly on purpose that the ballots themselves are part of the fraud.
      Pre-filled out for Biden and delivered after everything was closed and then input into the machine. Not just a few but several hundred thousand.
      It has also come out that a large amount of people figured out how to vote in the state they come from and registered to vote in Georgia as well.

      It’s a crying shame so many are so invested in Biden winning they would sell their soul and risk actual armed confrontation and the destruction of America itself.

      • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 1:26 pm #

        “Expert witness, Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, gave a presentation to the Georgia State Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Dec. 30 detailing how he can perform a forensic examination of paper ballots to detect kinematic artifacts. Pulitzer is a pattern recognition expert holding over 200 patents. His patents are used on 12 billion handheld devices around the world. The subcommittee met to hear evidence of alleged fraud from multiple witnesses assembled by Trump election campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani pertaining to the 2020 Georgia state Presidential election.”

        https://uncoverdc.com/2020/12/31/jovan-hutton-pulitzer-requests-access-to-paper-ballots-in-georgia/

        Case is open and shut. Massive fraud.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:21 pm #

      They recounted the same fraudulent ballots twice. An act of utter mendacity and/or stupidity. It just served to make us even more angry.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 9:09 pm #

      Didn’t Georgia have a last minute ruling outside the state legislature (fully un-Constitutional) that with all the mail-in ballots there did NOT need to be signature verification?

      In California the voter signs and dates the outside of the envelope. Before the envelope is ever opened the signature must match either the DMV or Registrars official registration signature.

      Every “legal” vote should be counted.

    • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:40 am #

      It’s not just the voting machine hacking that’s the issue. It’s all of the fraudulent paper ballots delivered, all of the “dead people” voting, those who don’t actually live in the state, those who voted multiple times etc. I’d also suspect in some areas/states that people were paid for their absentee ballots which were filled in for them and mailed. I know this has been verified in some places as there was boasting about this online.

  23. SvrzoH January 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm #

    Great wish list by the host. Probably we all have much more extended versions in our minds. One think is for sure: without some major prosecutions with possible capital punishments Nation would not heal.
    As for the “Davos crowd” lucking mojo, is ir safe to say that Covid-switch-on-switch-off arbitrary rules is something that they were looking for.
    In this month we’ll be subjected to Cobe-Covid-Cobe-Covid drum beat, assembled and ready just in case.

    Happy New Year to all.

    • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

      Speaking of the ‘Davos Crowd’ does not John Kerry of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., newly appointed Climate Czar, fit in perfectly with the ‘Davos Crowd?’

      Brh

  24. SW January 1, 2021 at 12:37 pm #

    From your essay:

    “Many of today’s Antifas will be tomorrow’s agricultural laborers. Having spent their youth rioting, drugging, playing with their gender presentation and their phones, they won’t be qualified for anything else.”

    What they’re qualified for is zero. Working on a farm, in an orchard or a ranch is hard physical work and Antifas would have absolutely no intention of breaking a sweat. And what farmer would want a bunch of undisciplined, entitled and potentially destructive people anywhere near their farm?

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm #

      My guess is, at that point, they’ll be desperate to survive and feed themselves so they will do as they’re told (as they do now).

    • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 4:45 am #

      Yeah, I noticed that too. I was a farmer; I wouldn’t hire those thugs.

    • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 4:57 pm #

      SW, I also had to comment about that bit further down. Basically the same thing you say, farm work is tough, our hands are calloused, and no, I wouldn’t let any antifa type anywhere near my farm. You said it better and in less words.

  25. edpell January 1, 2021 at 12:55 pm #

    Pense will fold like a wet paper towel. He will declare Biden president. Trump will thank the crowd for their support and tell them to be passive until 2024. Welcome to China. Well played gentlemen.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:25 pm #

      Yup. He’s not worth a pence or penny, not a pense in his head I suspect.

  26. edpell January 1, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

    Ed’s predictions for 2021.
    1) new new new C19 death rate to 5%
    2) stricter lockdowns including curfew 9pm to 6am
    3) police inspect of each and every house monthly to do a prisoner head count
    4) Harris is president of US by year end

    • SW January 1, 2021 at 2:50 pm #

      I think all but #3 is a real possibility. Can I add to your list?

      #5 Censorship on the internet via social media, blogs (such as this one) and online magazines will become more and more restrictive.

      #6 Cash will be discouraged in stores to prevent transmission of covid (this is already happening in some). No more paying the lawn guy in cash. Big Data wants to know where your money goes.

      #6 Schools will resume at three days a week with no extracurricular activities. This will break the teacher’s union and greatly reduce the budget for schools.

      • edpell January 1, 2021 at 3:32 pm #

        agree on #5 and #6

        #7 depends in Blues states three days per week FULL pay. I Red states three days per week lower pay.

  27. edpell January 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm #

    at least no one on either side has discovered the use of guns

  28. Tate January 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm #

    It’s almost a lead-pipe cinch that Joe Biden is going to become “our” president January 20. If the votes had been properly counted if only valid voters had been counted, he would have lost by a landslide. It’s indisputable that the election was stolen but it drives the leftie apologists for the electoral shenanigans almost mad with rage if you even suggest it.

    Over half the country will never accept the Pretender & Roundheels Harris as the people’s choice. The outrage will boil to… indifference as the Pretender is eased out due to his mental decline & Harris takes the oath. People have more pressing problems than who won this election, or they will soon enough.

    Anyway, the planning for replacing Biden with Harris has been so blatant that there is no question that is what is going to go down. As far as Trump invoking martial law next week or something similar, this is just Qanon fantasy-tripping. Trump will quickly fade into irrelevance as the reality-TV star he always has been. The only thing that would keep him alive as a factor would be if the government went after him for being a very conventional Republican president if you want to know the truth. But you never know, the Dems are so dim, they might just try that.

    Still, there’s no point in critiquing “democracy” or whatever you want to call the system we live under. Any system would work just as well as another if our leaders hadn’t been flooding the country with low-quality peons the last 40 years or so, with their slave mentalities, adding to the low-quality trash who were already here. You literally could run a nation quite well as a communist “worker’s paradise” or alternatively an anarchist’s wet-dream of a “libertarian paradise” if you had a population that was at least 95% high quality. But that’s not the case so we’re headed into the next phase of our evolution as a political entity. Sooner or later, after a period of chaos, we’ll get our Napoleon, or at least Franco. That’s if we’re lucky & can stay together as one political conglomeration.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

      Good points. Quality is all. American Republicanism was meant for a much higher quality of people than we now have.

      I pray that Trump finds his better Angel in time, but I wouldn’t want to bet against you. The way he succumbed to the Covidians is sickening.

      Fooling around with courts and electors: Is he merely dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s? Or is he trying to avoiding doing what must be done and can only be done by him, by him alone? No plausible deniability, and no recourse by lawyers to tie things up for the remaining years of his life. Victory or Defeat. Absolute Glory or utter Defamation and prison.

    • Tate January 1, 2021 at 5:13 pm #

      Trump’s habit of keeping his options open til the last minute has been both his greatest strength & his greatest weakness. Procrastination in other words isn’t always a bad thing. It likely won’t serve him well in these last few weeks if the Dems manage the situation effectively & if he is truly intent on keeping power. But I don’t believe that’s true. Trump does not have a “will to power” because he has no lodestar, therefore all these actions that he has taken recently, such as “cleaning house” at the Pentagon, defanging the CIA, etc. is just a high-stakes bluffing game.

      The Biden people are somewhat concerned that if they don’t handle this right, that Trump might actually cast the die but largely they have taken his measure & will try to reassure him that there will be no legal actions hanging over his head if he goes quietly. And in truth, if they’re not complete imbeciles, they won’t pursue him afterward. They realize now that they fueled his rise & virtually created the Trump phenomenon by unleashing their attack dogs in the media, which he merely responded to according to his nature, being Trump.

      They will offer him a deal through back channels. He has acquired compromat by virtue of his four years in power & he can use that as leverage to ensure his & his family’s & associates safety. So he is going to concede & in doing so disappoint & embitter a vast swath of people who will no longer believe in the system. That is his lasting legacy.

    • Epicur January 1, 2021 at 10:44 pm #

      “Sooner or later, after a period of chaos, we’ll get our Napoleon, or at least Franco.”

      That.

    • Wizard of the Saddle January 4, 2021 at 1:33 am #

      I don’t want a Napoleon. We all know how that ended.

      My own preference would be for a Franco clone. A staunch nationalist without silly fantasies of empire-building through endless foreign wars.

      Like Franco, we will need a young dude for the job. A man who can spend the next 40 years undoing the last 60 years. Hopefully, a man with a strong streak of Cincinnatus in his character. A leader who would crush the Marxist/Miltikulti plague and work to restore our Constitution to its proper function with new safeguards put in place to prevent the kinds of mischief that have brought us to the brink of collapse politically, morally, culturally, and economically.

      At this point I almost yearn for such a development as no one else appears to have the gumption to do anything to stop our ship of state from sinking straight to Davy Jones Locker. Our brilliant Constitution, sadly, has proven to be susceptible to being subverted, ignored, disregarded, and rendered impotent. We barely follow the letter of the law any more. The American Republic is, for all intents and purposes, long gone. What stands in its place is a doppelgänger. A phony. A fraud. An Empire run by Oligarchs and Leftist Loons, posing as a true Republic.

      Instead of Pod People we have a Pod Republic. I want the original republic back.

  29. oroyrodajes January 1, 2021 at 1:14 pm #

    Just joined the community. pleased to be here. I am essentially a variant of libertarian conservative, unhappy with Woke, RINOs and a diminished capacity by our Ruling Class to do SQUAT for our people.

    I will pass on making predictions, as I am almost always wrong, you can usually make money taking the other side of any prediction I make.

    But, America has dreadful problems, and JHK nicely sums up our predicaments and “solutions”, IMO. We’ll have to see.

    Au and Pb are nice things to own. Diversification. Avoid debt.

    I need to work on finding a good skill or skill set, but at 64, that won’t be easy. Anyone want Korean automotive bearings?

    • edpell January 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm #

      Welcome oroyrodajes

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm #

      Welcome. I am fairly new (as a commenter, anyway) as well. Happy New Year!

    • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 2:28 pm #

      Welcome aboard, my friend.

    • bluekayak January 1, 2021 at 2:31 pm #

      Do Chen rolling bearings by chance? : )
      Bienvenidos!

      • oroyrodajes January 1, 2021 at 4:55 pm #

        ZH refugee DCRB just joined up.

        Mucho gusta estar aqui!

      • oroyrodajes January 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm #

        Oh, and yeah:

        Gold Bitchez!

        • Tate January 1, 2021 at 5:39 pm #

          I remember you.

          • Tate January 1, 2021 at 5:54 pm #

            Oh, & welcome.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:35 pm #

      One can’t be libertarian and a conservative. Late stage Capitalism is by definition Globalist and anti-nation. Nothing conservative about it.

      • benr January 1, 2021 at 2:56 pm #

        Yes you can!
        Conservative ideals as far as how the Constitution is looked at but liberal ideas as to how people should be dealt with on societal affairs.

        Everyone is different and no one ever lines up perfectly with someone else.

        • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm #

          So is the Libertarian part liberal or conservative? Check (and checkmate).

          • benr January 1, 2021 at 3:25 pm #

            False check or even checkmate.
            Its not an all or nothing.
            Much like some who drink blended whisky while others would never accept that.

          • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 4:07 pm #

            I’m afraid it is. All three of those words mean little (or little good) or nothing now for the most part. One can either be a Nationalist (real Conservatism) or one can be a Globalist (fake conservatism, liberalism, etc).

            Liberalism is the true sense was the Enlightenment. True Culture, a revival of what they thought was the best of the Classical World. Obviously at odds with the Christian mainstream, but congruent with it on other points – such as people can’t simply be allowed to do what they want. The very idea is grotesque and absurd, but that’s Libertarianism.

            Not Ayn Rand per se though. She believed in Hierarchy and that most people didn’t measure up and would end up serving the Elite. Nothing wrong there, just fact. She even seemed to believe the Elite should serve the People, at least in Atlas Shrugged – if they were allowed to without be made to destroy themselves. That part is also true or partly so.

          • Tate January 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm #

            You have to be a radical today if you have conservative values. You have to understand that we’re never going back peacefully to Desmond is NOT Amazing. The only way we’re going back to age-old standards of human behavior is by the bullet, not the ballot.

      • oroyrodajes January 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm #

        @ Yohannon

        I am a VARIANT of libertarian conservative. My definitions of some concepts will often differ from people’s.

        A, like Jim writes: “It’s all good.”, peace.

    • FreddieMars January 1, 2021 at 4:16 pm #

      The Pb reference was to 2nd A?

  30. JustSaying January 1, 2021 at 1:23 pm #

    This gets to the heart of the Wokesterism more generally in all its aspects from Critical Race Theory to cancel culture to the #Me Too game. Its animating purpose is coercion, the wish to push other people around, to find excuses to punish them, and to do it for the sheer sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm, suffer, lose their livelihoods, and perish. That’s it. The rest is sheer bullshit…

    Brilliant. You have been very busy!

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm #

      I loved that, too!

    • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 5:03 am #

      It’s over the top. Saw where some teenager was “outed” by a black fellow student who was angry at her because maybe at 15 or so she’d said the “n” word on some online nonsense and he saved it, planning on getting revenge. He released it to the college she was to attend and they booted her. What’s the deal with this? All of these black kids saying nasty stuff about whites, Asians and everyone else but that’s just fine. but a white kid says something dumb years ago and she’s now a pariah? And the stupid colleges are going along with this? Where does this end?

      • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 1:22 pm #

        Oh the colleges are steeped in it. I work at one, it’s a nightmare.

  31. elysianfield January 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler,
    A tremendous effort. Shorn of the constrictions of polite discourse, it reminds me of a quote from Harry Truman;

    “I don’t give ’em Hell, I just tell the truth on them and it sounds like Hell ….” (paraphrased)

    For 2021, I will make a modest addition to your monthly honorarium.

    Thank you.

  32. teddyboy46 January 1, 2021 at 1:27 pm #

    I always read JHKs new year prediction 3 times. It get more out of it each time. thanks JHK.

  33. MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

    The end of wokesterism and the idiocy going on in the higher education echelon will make me so happy I don’t mind toiling in a field for the rest of my days.

    Thank you, JHK, for this amazing read. Sharing everywhere. I especially love the take-down of the “Great Reset” – when one thinks practically about it, as you do, it simply doesn’t seem possible. I think they are indulging in a lot of magical thinking, that humans will just allow themselves to be put into some Matrix pod scenario of existence. Sure, a lot of us have become wimpy, but I see a lot of tough, determined folks out there who will refuse to cave. And they are armed.

    I also hope Trump prevails – whether or not one supports him, it’s important that the serial election stealing/fraud/scams are brought to light and heads roll for them. I doubt there has been an honest election in my 57 years on earth.

    Even though 2021 promises to be a difficult one, if the CoVID scamdemic is finally fizzled and heads roll over that as well, I can die a happy woman.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:51 pm #

      They’ve gotten everyone to do what they’ve wanted so far, haven’t they? Or almost. People have been waiting for hours to get fake covid tests for months. Now the same for untested vaccines. Submitting to being lab rats. As Aristotle said long ago, many people are natural slaves.

      Islam means submission. Men got to be people but women were masked. In the Reset, neither gets to be human.

      And under “Democracy”, you need to pander to the slaves to get votes, or rather, to the Slave Masters, the ones who fund your campaign. And they don’t want you interfering with the conditioning of their property.

      Trump knew the Truth, but he simply wouldn’t state it. Only tweet about it like he was in his mother’s basement. In the light of day, he would stand there silent while Birx and Fauci savaged our Nation, and Birx rolled her eyes at him.

      He didn’t trust us. And maybe he was right not to. They have the louder megaphone after all. And as a Carny himself, he knows how gullible the average person is. So he said stop the testing. Then, outraged that he didn’t care about saving lives, the media savaged him. Why didn’t he tell the Truth and say the Testing is a giant fraud? Because he didn’t think he could win that in the public forum. So instead he said something stupid and got his ass kicked. He even tried to say he it was a joke. Telling the Truth couldn’t have hurt worse than all that did.

      • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 5:29 pm #

        I am also heartily disappointed in his buying into the covid hoax. Sure, he did some obvious downplaying and outright pooh-poohing it, but then the next minute he’d cheer on the coming vaccines. So he failed utterly on the COVID19 front. Agree.

        I do not join JHK’s opinion that Trump will be sworn in on the 20th, and at this point, I’m not sure if it matters, given all that’s been exposed and all that is about to collapse.

        Most people are sheep – or so we think. That’s what the media is showing us; however, the media lie. Nearly every person I speak to has said they won’t get a vaccine, and I am in many LARGE social media groups who spend their days exposing the fraud. Still others organize online to end lockdowns, sue the forced masker businesses, etc. And they are creating cottage industries out of refusing to accept the ‘new normal’. So, we shall see.

        With regard to ‘wokeism’ – it will have to play itself out, ridiculous as it is, I don’t think it can last once most people understand it. And colleges are about to go under anyway – and they are the biggest cheerleaders for it.

        • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 5:35 pm #

          Yeah if they don’t relent, maybe we can set up large outdoor markets if they won’t let us in their stores. Huge tents in bad weather, then permanent. Ridiculous, but there you go. Mass protests will be necessary when the Police come to shut it down. But you’re right: A LOT of people don’t want this vaccine nonsense and being isolated and shunned if we refuse. This may provide the impetus for a mass movement.

          • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 7:23 pm #

            I think it will. Trust in public servants (hahahaha) /leaders has to be at an all-time low. People are finding out they have rights! Who knew? Certainly not the younger folks, who seem to be the most compliant.

          • Mountain gal January 2, 2021 at 5:06 am #

            The people I know who work for medical concerns figure they will be forced to get the vaccine or lose their jobs. I figure the airlines will force people to get it or not fly. Colleges will force students to get it or not attend. And so on.

        • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 9:56 pm #

          I am a retired Registered Nurse and have medical with UCLA.

          I haven’t seen a doctor for over a year but I am waiting for them to start in on me to take the jabs.

          I haven’t had any vaccine for decades and I am not about to take this one. Let them try to ef with me by “social credit scoring” me out of my bank account or telling me I can only go five miles past my house or they will turn my car off! Bring. It. On.

          I have also read where up to 40% of nurses are refusing the “experimental” (because they are) jabs.

          Unless a vaccine has been tested for five-ten years with ALL potential side-effects publicly revealed, it is experimental and is therefore covered by the Nuremberg Principles.

          • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 1:26 pm #

            Thank you. And I’m glad you will refuse, as will I. I have only heard terrifying things. And that nurse that fainted on TV after getting it has disappeared, with a few people lying to cover, saying she’s fine. Tiffany Dover. I think she’s either maimed or dead. You are correct that a safe vaccine (if they ever are) takes 5-10 years to develop. My close friend works in the industry and that’s what she does: Oversee trials. She knows the way this ‘vaccine’ was rolled out is bogus and the vaxx itself is garbage. It wasn’t even tested on animals! Well, non-human animals.

            The testing phase is now. Out in the actual public. Without warning or being told we are the test base… so basically eugenics, and maybe even genocide.

          • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm #

            But electric cars are for the environmentz.

            Why would you worry about having all of your personal information, Web searches, financial accounts, medical data, vehicle, home, etc. hooked up to the Beast System?

            What could possibly go wrong? Remember, you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.

        • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 5:08 am #

          I agree in part, but we covered this topic before you arrived here (or started posting, at least).

          I think he was aware that a vaccine was coming regardless of how pointless it would be to develop (in terms of the marginal danger Covid poses), so he took the reigns. He also publically commented that it would never be mandatory, saying it was for those that wanted it.

          Given what some of the WEF types here in Europe are calling for, I can see why he went that route. It enables him to cut off their criticisms and for him to deliver an outcome that rational people also want (making a vaccine optional).

          The corruption is so widespread that to defeat it, he has to engage it in a superficial way on some level, or else it will swallow him.

          • sophia January 2, 2021 at 9:30 am #

            But the vaccine won’t be optional. It will be required by employers, schools, maybe airlines, etc.

          • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 10:45 am #

            That depends on who prevails. What happens in the US will set the tone elsewhere.

            So far, we have had a few airlines calling for it, and that Soros plant running Spain.

            There have been a few batshit politicos calling for it in Germany, but there is a resistance movement that extends into the power structure.

          • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 1:28 pm #

            I have had a similar pattern of thought about it. Maybe he played along because he has more serious battles to fight. Sometimes you have to give up the one to focus on the others. I understand that, but I also think his enthusiasm and bragging about the vaccine goes against that line of thought. If he knows it’s garbage and that the plandemic is just that, then why tout a vaccine that might maim or kill scores of people? Then it will be his fault. Then again, everything is his fault – such as the lockdown horror, even though he left the decisions for those to the states.

          • sophia January 3, 2021 at 4:55 pm #

            What people seem not to know is that vaccines are already forced.

      • sophia January 2, 2021 at 9:25 am #

        I agree, Yo, that Trump’s biggest mistake is that he caves like that, and it doesn’t do any good because they hate him no matter what he does. He shoulda held the line like Sweden.

  34. John Bike January 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm #

    Time was when Jim’s EOY predictions were fun and an easy read. He always turned out to be wrong about just about everything but it was entertaining nonetheless.

    Today’s screed is just sad. Sad to see a writer of Jim’s skill head down this path. And of course just a brief perusal of the rantings of those attracted to this kind of nonsense is even worse.

    Soon we will be free of the horrific nightmare of the trump fiasco. He will fade away like a turtle poop on the lawn. He will become a study in irrelevancy. Where will Jim turn next? Hopefully back to energy and the built environment.

    • JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

      Uh, I doubt it. The fiasco that is about to become Amerika will give him lots to talk about.

      Biden, assuming he makes it, is going to take a huge hit in 2021 in the name of the socialists in this country. Can you give one single program they have espoused that is going to increase the economy? One?

      • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 2:42 pm #

        The first year after a 4-year tragedy is all about triage – 2008-9 comes to mind. Add the Covid situation and when the healing begins the economy will follow naturally.

        No more tweets
        No More Stephen Miller, Kaylie McGillicudy, Barr, DeVoss, Pence, Pompeo and the rest of this horrific collection of sycophants.
        No more superspreader rallies
        Honesty and Decency sorely missed
        No more writing off $130,000 slut payoffs
        No more constant lying about everything
        Decency
        Press conferences that mean something again

        Of course this is just a small bit of what will finally be gone when this slob makes his exit.

        • SW January 1, 2021 at 2:58 pm #

          As your hero Biden would say “Come on, man!!!” Expect to hear it frequently at (to quote you) “Press conferences that mean something again” when he’s asked a question he does not want to answer.

          • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 10:13 pm #

            He WANTS to answer the pre-screened questions from a gaggle of five “journalists” but his brain and the prepping he had get confused.

            IF Biden becomes President he won’t last past his 100 days of mask mandates.

            He has been referring to Carmelita as “President-elect” for a few weeks now.

            I predict that during that 100 days of everyone hiding their faces Biden will just morph into her and the MSM will not say a word. Because, that was the plan all along. Biden, his son, his brother and sister plus other stragglers from Durham will all be indicted and President Carmelita will pardon all of them.

            That is MY prediction.

        • benr January 1, 2021 at 3:03 pm #

          Boy your predictions are 100% wrong Biden would double down on all of them.
          Even the old demented guy attempting tweeting.
          Also we would have an all new OLD collection of sycophants proven to fuck everything up.
          All you state is ridiculous as usual.
          Nothing but bitter nonsense and ridiculousness all rolled into one stupid poisoned pill of a post.

          • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 3:07 pm #

            Ah, I thought your New Year resolution might be to finally join the adults. But no – you remain a petulant 11 year old. True to form.

          • benr January 1, 2021 at 3:28 pm #

            @john trike

            Of course you think you are the adult which is a huge laugh much like the ridiculous claim that once Biden is tottering at the tiller the adults are in charge.

            Can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen.

        • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 5:31 pm #

          Gotta love it when a delusional magical thinker shows up to spout Democrat talking points, and doesn’t realize JHK’s readers can spot them a mile away.

          Thank you for the chuckle.

          • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 8:46 am #

            who are you replying to?

          • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 1:31 pm #

            I am responding to John Bike.

        • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 5:21 pm #

          John: Biden? Decency? You could call the guy many things, but “decent” is not one of them.

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:58 pm #

      I would love to see turtle poop on my lawn. That would mean there are turtles about.

      • catharsis January 1, 2021 at 4:02 pm #

        Yeah, maybe Trump’s EPA missed a few.

        • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 5:32 pm #

          Silly response. I worked in animal rights nonprofits since 2008, and Obama and Bush oversaw the same useless EPA. Heck, Obama sold out to Monsanto. So, Pfffft.

          • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 5:03 am #

            Oh. Good memory. He did!

            Ha, ha, ha.

    • Wizard of the Saddle January 4, 2021 at 1:52 am #

      Go pound sand, troll. It’s just SSDD (Same Shit, Different Day), with all of you characters. You can’t even come up with original lines of attack. No wonder Jim bounces your kind off this board with regularity. You add nothing new, original or interesting. Pathetic. Just go away and resume watching your MSNBC programming.

  35. JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 1:50 pm #

    Just a comment on one of the predictions.

    The idea of folks leaving home and going to the suburbs (big mistake) or to small towns.

    There are two movements that are small now but are growing quickly affecting where people choose to live.

    The first is ex-pats, people moving out of America due to excessive cost of living here. Many, many boomers included in the group as they retire. Watching a few you tubes on the subject, surprisingly the number one reason they left America is the divisive politics.

    The second is Recreation vehicles that are becoming home to a large group of people living in them. Computers allow folks to work out of their RVs on the road and many use You tube for example to make incomes on the road. Look around, RV parks are being built everywhere and are continuously full in all seasons. The escapees are being nicknamed Nomads and are forming small towns in areas with multiple RV parks. Covid fostered a great surge in RV sales as people clamored for a method to travel with little risk. Road travel is a way American have always expressed their freedom.

    I did it this year and we love it. Predictions are that both of these movements will increase substantially in the future.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:39 pm #

      Italy recently passed some retirement in incentives to encourage people to move their: something like 5% tax rate for the first 10 years you live there. They’re trying to find a way to bring in wealthy people who will spend money in country and not be a burden to the country.

      The interesting thing to me is that as a resident of Italy you get the right to buy into the Italian healthcare system. From what I can tell, not having to pay too much in tax into the tying system, and being given the right to buy into the Italian healthcare system winds up being a tremendous bonus. I’ve started to look at the cost to be a part of Medicare in the USA. It turns out, from the best of my figuring, that I would spend less for the Italian healthcare system system as a resident there then I would spend for Medicare part a and B (and God help us, D) over here.

      Anybody who figures this out and wants to move to a country that is not going to suffer The strife that the USA is going to suffer, and also has enough money coming in from Social Security and retirement assets to pay for a decent lifestyle, he’s going to get the hell out. I think Trump lost mainly because he had no plan for dealing with the absolute disaster that is the US healthcare system: in all debates, Biden hit the point that he was going to kick 20 million people off of medical insurance who had pre-existing conditions, and he had not any plan in place to counteract that talking point.

      From my way of thinking, Italy has been collapsing for thousands of years. They’re good at it.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 2:58 pm #

        And Biden is going to bring in tens of millions of aliens into the system by his own words. The slices of pie are going to get much smaller. How do you people miss that? It’s fairly fundamental, but your silly globalist ideology get in the way of possible clarity.

        The Italians will turn on you when things get hard. They’ll have to to save themselves. You’ll be about as wanted as a Gypsy or Muslim. Just a “gringo” or the Italian version of that.

        • DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 4:56 pm #

          I kept waiting for Trump to say “You raised your hand at a Democratic debate and promised to provide free healthcare to illegal aliens.” I never heard it, and he and Pence both seemed unprepared to answer a charge about pre-existing conditions. Allowing people to buy into Medicare might have helped here. Complete and utter own-goal.

          Do you think the chances of people turning on me are higher in Italy, where I will speak a local language (Italy has French and German areas) or the USA, where I have “benefitted” from “systemic racism” for my whole life?

          • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 5:32 pm #

            Oh well maybe in the Germanic North you will be alright. Mussolini said of Italy that it had proven too Italian and not enough from Roman while awaiting execution.

            What are you, White? I’ve faced a lot of racism too…

      • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 8:45 am #

        there not their.

  36. MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

    As I said above, TDS is a helluva disorder.

  37. JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm #

    An interesting play this year might be the relationship between the government of California and the CCP. Will the Chinese use this worthless Marxist state to move in on the USA?

    Did you all know that Warnock has received more money from California than Georgia? A portent of things to come!

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm #

      Very interesting, indeed!

    • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 3:54 pm #

      “Did you all know that Warnock has received more money from California than Georgia? A portent of things to come!” –JohnAZ

      Andrew Yang, the ‘mild’ California Dem presidential alternative, spearheaded the news for Dems, countrywide, to visit Georgia ahead of the election, to take advantage of the then-new and illegal State regulations by GA Sec Raffensperger whereby anyone could use their hotel address or a P.O. Box in order to be eligible to vote for the Hologram. A three-day travel/shopping trip did the trick.

      The steal’s evidence was in plain sight, but most are too stupid and corrupt to notice or care.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 10:27 pm #

      Especially with Swalwell being King Fang Fang of the San Joaquin Valley!

  38. LegendoftheFall January 1, 2021 at 2:08 pm #

    I can inhale with the mask on, but I guess the mask stops the “virus” when exhaling. Disturbing.
    “Dumbasses” – Red

  39. K-Dog January 1, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

    2021 Thousands of words today, but what is the essence?

    America continues to go medieval and this honey trap is here to help.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 3:01 pm #

      What honey trap? Clusterfuck? Are you saying that Green Energy can stop it from going medieval? The Reset is about the whole World going medieval while the Elite do not. Does that sit right with you?

    • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 3:02 pm #

      Surprised to see you haven’t given up on JHK as so many have after this mournful year.

    • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:02 pm #

      How does a so-called honey trap help America go medieval? It’s not obvious what you’re trying to say. If you think the over-the-hill gang here grousing about the condition of the country is in any way out of the ordinary, you don’t get out much. What you read in these comments is the spirit of the times despite all the happy talk coming from the official channels.

      • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 8:32 pm #

        “It’s not obvious what you’re trying to say.” –Tate

        I’d call KDog a master of devious obfuscation, but I don’t think he knows what he’s trying to say either.

  40. DrTomSchmidt January 1, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

    Bubonic plague outbreak among homeless of Los Angeles as rats proliferate in their encampments.

    This one is definitely wrong. Not that the plague won’t break out, but that rats will be the cause. It turns out that human ectoparasites were the likely source of bubonic plague: lice and human fleas.

    https://www.contagionlive.com/view/black-death-may-have-spread-via-human-fleas-and-lice-not-rats

    • elysianfield January 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm #

      DrTom,
      But the rats…the rats provide color.

    • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:04 pm #

      Clearly you’re not an M.D.

      • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:05 pm #

        Possibly the Jill Biden type of doctor.

  41. benr January 1, 2021 at 2:52 pm #

    The narrative Joe won fair and square is unraveling.

    https://www.oann.com/tech-expert-reveals-ga-voting-machines-connected-to-chinese-vendor/

    Even you must see that and tell me how does it feel?
    Trump is still the lessor of evils.

    • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 2:59 pm #

      The MSM pays no attention to trump now. As is proper – he is the lamest of ducks.

      Jan 20th – get here…

      • benr January 1, 2021 at 3:09 pm #

        Trump is your kwisatz haderach your blind spot until you sleep then he is front and center making you sweat and have a case of the vapors. The truth is your mélange.
        The sad reality instead of worm spice to help see into the future you simply take another bite of the shit sandwich and double down on absurdity and vomit forth tripe.

        • 100th Avatar January 1, 2021 at 5:54 pm #

          It’s a new year and Benr is intent on feeding the SeaDolt troll.

          I’m not sure who is the bigger moron.

          • benr January 2, 2021 at 8:05 am #

            Wise man say takes one to know one and we know you for what you are as well.

      • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 10:53 pm #

        Watch what you wish for.

      • Wizard of the Saddle January 4, 2021 at 1:59 am #

        Then he will be replaced…..by a walking dead duck.

    • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 3:10 pm #

      lessor of evils…

      A truly hilarious slip-up there stud.

      If only you had finished high-school.

      • benr January 1, 2021 at 3:33 pm #

        Pobre posito.
        Plomo O Plata?
        You want Mexican style socialism for some reason but you don’t get that in Mexico there is the filthy rich and everyone else no middle class that is Democratism on display.
        Rigged elections and useful idiots like you that support it all.

        Had you EVER traveled anywhere and seen anything you would not be such a shill for destruction.

        • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 4:45 pm #

          Wise words in your final sentence, Benr.

      • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 5:37 pm #

        high school doesn’t have a dash.

      • benr January 2, 2021 at 8:10 am #

        Had you but taken the time to think you would have understood.
        How ever judging by the posts you engage in thinking is not your strong suit.

        So I will explain it to you.

        Each man brings people into their sphere that they seek counsel from and hopefully the counsel steers them down the correct path.
        You may not know it but the resident in the Whitehouse has a cabinet of “like minded ” people who advice them.
        Hence it is not jus two evils but a set of evils and why I took liberties to change the wording around.
        Now don’t you feel sheepish or do you lack the ability to admit to your doltish behavior?

    • edpell January 1, 2021 at 3:28 pm #

      No one cares not one shot fired

      • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 8:18 pm #

        edpell – you’re really jonesing for some kinetic action. Why not be that one who fires the first shot?

  42. Roundball Shaman January 1, 2021 at 3:15 pm #

    “I’m not convinced that Mr. Trump is in as weak a position as the news media has made him out to be in these post-election months…”

    Trump’s many believers have been faithfully Waiting for Godot for a long time. Even if Godot – err, Trump – doesn’t show up for another thousand years, there’s still a chance he might appear each following day thereon (into infinity). Certainly gives us something to do each day.

    “What else does Mr. Trump know…”

    Is there evidence that Mr. Trump cares anymore? His dear wife sure looks like she’s had enough of this nonsensical circus and wants it all to just go away.

    “I’ll give it a fair chance that Donald Trump is the one with his hand on the bible come January 20.”

    Will he once again send in the strong-arms to clear the riff raff out of the way for another touching Bible photo op? Not his most shining moment.

    “2021 is going to be very rough sledding, with many discomforts, traumas, and things left behind for America.”

    It’s good to have something to look forward to besides washing our masks at the laundromat and cowering in the basement when Dr. Fauci says to.

    “Black Lives Matter and Antifa are loosed upon a number of cities and wreak considerable destruction…”

    The real news about this is that no one can tell which is the before or after picture of those cities.

    “Home owners in default are allowed to remain in their houses on provisional basis (which is never reconciled).”

    Fed Gov finally does away with the myth of privately-owned land titles. Fed Gov already owns everything now anyway with taxation payments by serfs, seizure laws, police powers, and tax default overtaking of properties. Since Fed Gov owns everything, we all just rent from The Man and do away with all those deed documents and silly ownership mythology.

    “Millions enrolled in make-work projects…”

    We already have this. It’s called working for the government. Any government.

    “Decades of off-shoring industry decimated the working class.”

    And the offspring of all those proud workers turned into the Shirking Class.

    And finally…

    Here’s a prediction for you: Collapse of the Internet Culture. The internet was a great thing when it first came along. Now, it’s turned into a sewer and shaming prison and grand person erasure device. Beyond that, it is The Internet which allows people to not go into school or the office or the store or to meet up with other people. Without the Net, we’d all have to do those real-people-oriented things again. In other words, we would become human again. The internet is sucking the life out of humanity. It will either continue to do so until nothing of us remains, or the damn thing will be shoved back into its cage for bad behavior and be taught how to serve us humanely.

    • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm #

      ” The internet is sucking the life out of humanity. It will either continue to do so until nothing of us remains, or the damn thing will be shoved back into its cage for bad behavior and be taught how to serve us humanely.”

      Not a chance this genie can be stuffed back into its DARPA bottle – it has become hard to imagine life without it now. We must evolve to be equal to it. Right now the worst coward and miscreants have found safe harbor on it – flush them out and ignore them and they will go away.

      • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 3:37 pm #

        In other words, you want to crush the last remaining holdouts of intellectual freedom.

        God save Queen and Us from such gollums as you.

        • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 4:34 pm #

          Oh – please don’t suggest that this blog is a bastion of ‘intellectual freedom’ – that would be the howler of the year.

          What are you so scared of, dopey?

          • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:13 pm #

            You seem to keep getting bounced, so you may have a point, although it’s hard to call what you contribute ‘intellectual.’

    • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 4:08 pm #

      “In other words, we would become human again. The internet is sucking the life out of humanity.” –Roundball Shaman

      Your spiritual and historical grasp of humanity is lacking.

      The internet is just the latest iteration of communication and dissemination. The same “the end is near” defeatism was heard after parchment paper, Gutenberg, the penny dreadfuls, broadsheets, newspapers, photography, movies (silent then sonic then color), radio, and TV. Christ, some doomers even thought the world was screwed with the invention of the telegraph!

      In every case, those inventions were — to use the word in its positive sense — progressive. The internet is no different. Or why are you here, plunking away on your keys, hypocrite?

    • Wizard of the Saddle January 4, 2021 at 2:06 am #

      I agree. The Internet has become the bane of human existence. Incredibly useful, but increasingly a tool for repression. As much as I love the ready access to a world of information, I think I could gladly give it all up and return to the real world I lived in for over 30 years before HTML and web browsers emerged in the early 1990’s and sent us down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland.

  43. bukowskisghost January 1, 2021 at 3:26 pm #

    The first few predictions I was cheering , then it turned to anger and despair. Jim has developed a strong fatalistic streak over the years as most of the nation has become fiddler pigs. I wish all of us a healthy and safe new year. National happiness seems out of the question so I wish everyone some personal happiness wherever you can find it.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 11:09 pm #

      Thank you! 🙂

      Same to you!

  44. Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm #

    Anglin says don’t vote:

    I have denounced voting in this election for a number of different reasons, and demanded that none of my Georgia readers take part in this absurd farce.

    Let’s just bullet this out.

    This isn’t real: The first and most obvious reason not to participate is that this is an absolute farce. Donald Trump won the presidential election – by a lot. And that was stolen from him – from all of us. So, now they want us to go and vote again, like ridiculous dopes, knowing that if they want to, they can just steal this election, and nothing will happen to them? If people vote in this election, this is going to continue the cycle, and people will just keep voting in fake elections while the country is destroyed. We need the masses of people to refuse participation.

    The Republicans can go to hell: These snakes refused to defend our President, even though every single one of them knew that this was an absolute sham. No one on earth, who is not either functionally retarded or totally brainwashed, believes that Joe Biden is the most popular person who ever lived, and each and every one of us saw them shut down the count in those swing states in the early hours of November 4. What possible use are these people if they won’t even fight for the presidency? Obviously, zero, and they don’t deserve the time it takes you to vote. They don’t even deserve your spit – though I’ll understand if you give them some of that if you ever happen to see them on the street. This entire thing where we vote for these people and keep them in power because we’re afraid of the alternative has been a bad system for a long time, and now it needs to end.

    We need a better narrative: The media narrative is going to be a lot better if it says: “Republican voters boycotted the vote” than if it says “Democrats win again!”

    Frankly, we need people at the polling stations, protesting. We need people yelling at the people in line, saying they’re betraying Trump by supporting the Republicans. Don’t yell “traitors,” but yell “we won’t participate!” or something. Think of something good and yell it, while you hold up signs that say “CORRUPT SYSTEM.”

    Seriously, go do that.

    It would be so nice if I had the reach I used to have and we could organize a huge movement to go down to Georgia and hold up signs. But hopefully, others are thinking along these same lines.

    We can’t just keep doing this. We can’t keep voting after they stole the election, we can’t keep supporting these Republican TRAITORS.

    You see these people lining up to vote in Georgia – this is actual cows walking into the slaughterhouse.

    This is insane.

    Yoho: It’s always an emergency. Always too late to vote for any other party, if there is even anyone else running. Or if there, you haven’t heard about them. Always the same old circle, but getting smaller and smaller, faster and faster as we go down the drain.

    Untie this knot, they say, smirking and exalting. Take out your sword and cut their knot. You won’t win playing their game. It’s rigged!

    It Trump loses, he should go over to the Constitution Party. Not that it will ever win anything but as a giant fuck you to the Party that betrayed him – and as a nascent movement of succession.

    • edpell January 1, 2021 at 4:36 pm #

      and still not a single shot fired in anger It appears no one cares

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 5:28 pm #

      Still huffing gas down there? This psa may be for you.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt0NcaxmGHo

      Petrol, in the car it goes
      Don’t be Rama Rama,
      Not up your nose.

    • JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 8:21 pm #

      Y

      I agree with you about the Constitution Party.

      Remember that in 1856 that the Republicans, representing the unionist and abolitionist sector ran their first candidate for president, John Fremont. The worthlessness of the two parties then were akin to what we are witnessing now.

      Fremont took off, and the Republicans chose Lincoln.

      I would not kiss off the Constitution Party at all. At your suggestion, I read the platform and it fits the feelings of the true Americans much better that the candyass RINOs that have sold their soul to the Deep State.

      Also, how much of the current Right side of the GOP would accompany Trump over to a new party and give them a running start.

      The GOP, Deep State wise, can go straight to hell.

      • JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 8:26 pm #

        Through history, it seems America has been adaptable to changing conditions. Maybe the destruction of the GOP is required right now to form a new party that will be anti Deep State and anti Marxist.

        • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 11:06 pm #

          No repeat will happen unless the elections can be reformed. Given the way they are treating Trump now, I think it is too late for that and for America, at least this version.

    • abbybwood January 1, 2021 at 11:28 pm #

      I found it interesting how the Democrats fought so hard to get The Green Party off the ballots in various states:

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/pennsylvania-election-results-green-party-biden-trump-20201109.html%3foutputType=amp

      Enough votes in different states to win the election for Biden?

      Remember how pissed Hillary was with Jill Stein after 2016?

  45. Iananna January 1, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

    I’m going to just…splatter a bunch of individual forecast predictions …“?
    Not so much ‘predictions’ as a wish list ‘twould seem.
    Every one of JHK’s obsessive tics in easy to read bullet points.
    I especially like “covid fades from the scene…” – I seem to recall someone else saying something similar early last year, “like a miracle!”.

  46. getsome January 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm #

    James Howard: Thank you for the trenchant, heartfelt missive.
    For the majority of your predictions to be realized the deep state would have to effectively shut down, including one of its most powerful assets the msm. I fear the opposite will occur I.e. full frontal attack with all the various “battalions” in play (Hollywood, dem and rep congressman, governors/mayors). The continuance of America as a cohesive, albeit 50/50, workable society is gone, what with this proven fraudulent kabuki play. Too many have already accepted the outcome, as evidenced by the lack of ANY blm/Antifa style protest. The left HAS given the right the necessary template for non-adherence thru their sanctuary cities and just ignoring social laws/contract.
    Enforcement of a severe nature is impossible without disarmament of the populace. Not happening.
    The economic fallout cannot be gauged with any degree of accuracy, suffice to say it will be beyond the pale of previous events. The current Modus Operandi will usher in inflation to hyperinflation. I fear near future events will have the force to relegate politics, woksterness etc. to an irrelevancy for all. The great reset will be revealed to really be The Long Emergency in fourth turning disguise. Plan accordingly.
    May all residing within this intellectual combat arena be safe, social and secure this New Year. Nuff Said.

  47. jeff2002 January 1, 2021 at 5:13 pm #

    I appreciate your take on the “Reset,” JHK. I’ve been following the Davos version closely almost since the beginning, and some of that stuff–digital “immunity passports” (i.e. “papers”) linked to your digitized currency you can access only if you’ve been vaccinated–is positively fascist. (Check out Microsoft’s patent application last year titled “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data” to see just how evil it can get: https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020060606) A Long Emergency, free of that kind of control, is infinitely more desirable.

    I’m in a reflective mood as the new year begins. Only a year and half ago I was walking around Rome and Venice stuffing myself with gelato, not as concerned with the world as I should have been considering I read The Long Emergency in 2006. Now I’m on fire and prepping like crazy. The future is here. I hope my fellow readers survive, or even thrive, despite the bumps.

    • Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 6:10 pm #

      Ah. Another individual here who has actually looked at what they are planning for us.

      Welcome.

  48. michael January 1, 2021 at 5:25 pm #

    Most of these predictions are wishful thinking. Some are reasonably argued but will take much longer to materialize than is proclaimed.

    Trump is not sufficiently aligned with the system, has no support
    (see e.g. A.G. William Pelham Barr) is himself mediocre and will be eliminated.

    It takes people of the caliber of Caesar, Stalin or Hitler to seize power under similar circumstances. Trump simply failed and will disappear so we can all celebrate Kwanzaa with President Harris.

    Oil is not running out that soon either and container shipping from China to the US is at an all time high so much so that containers are running out.

    Fragmentation is indeed the driving force in the West. This is simply the natural development of a rottening civilization. On the other side of the world we see integration and increasing connectivity.

    The last part of Western Civ which is borderline functional is the erstwhile penal colony called Australia and some isolated pockets here and there (the states of Texas, Alaska, Florida, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, the Visigrad Countries in Europe).

    By our own tireless agency Russia can no longer be counted as part of Western Civilization. We have no one else to blame but ourselves.

    • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:27 pm #

      Yeah sure, “our agency.”

      You mean that of “our fellow whites?”

    • Epicur January 3, 2021 at 5:59 am #

      “It takes people of the caliber of Caesar, Stalin or Hitler to seize power under similar circumstances.”

      Such people must be preceded by prolonged disorder in order for the people to accept their rule. If by Caesar you mean Julius, he was not accepted. It still took years for Octavian/Augustus to consolidate his order.

      We are just barely getting started, the credit expansion must collapse before the real disorder arrives.

      Trump is a symptom, not the disease.

  49. michael January 1, 2021 at 6:01 pm #

    JHK left out the one thing that could really blow up the governments of the Western world: if the Covid vaccine backfires badly as in antibody dependent enhancment of SARS-Covid-2:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-020-00789-5

    i.e when the folks take the vaccine, get infected again and drop dead
    in droves.

    Maybe this would be enough to wake them from their somnolent stupor.

    • MaryV January 2, 2021 at 1:38 pm #

      Tiffany Dover seems to have dropped dead – and fainted on TV to boot! I agree: I think the ‘vaccine’ is going to backfire hugely.

      First off, it’s not even been tested. They take 5-10 years of testing! And even then, they maim and kill people.

      I do believe this is the first one that changes ones RNA. I’ve seen that explained as ‘experimental’ and we don’t have any idea how it will work. But they are giving it to people anyway.

      Not looking good… at all.

  50. zenfugue January 1, 2021 at 6:06 pm #

    And you, the font of wisdom! That’s the howler of the year.

  51. Night Owl January 1, 2021 at 6:09 pm #

    The UK is near lost

    https://twitter.com/BenjaminABoyce/status/1344864200137396225

    The absolute state of this place. This may be one of the most embarassing things I have ever seen.

    Bow to your Purple Revolution overlords, weaklings.

    • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm #

      Plenty of knifings in London on New Years Eve.

      Congolese vs. Pakistanis

      Nigerians vs. Somalis

      Yemenis vs. Angolans

      And so on.

      It UKs National Pastime.

      Brh

      • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 8:36 am #

        I am not the greatest advocate for firearms (though I am not against firearm ownership either), but the UK is always held up as some sort of paragon for a firearm-free society.

        I have, over time, come to the conclusion that everyone just gets stabbed.

        • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 9:56 am #

          Have you got the comparative figures (US and UK) for that, Nightowl? Oldcount or newcount. 🙂 I mean ‘everyone’ is a bit vague, even for you.

          brh obviously has the breakdown for this New Year’s Eve, in terms of the tribal rivalries he specifically mentions, and will give it to us promptly, with verifiable references. Then we can compare London to Hartford. Or the UK to Chicago. Or whatever seems to make sense.

        • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 10:06 am #

          Your previous comment was funny. I didn’t get it at first as I didn’t know what the fist thing was and hadn’t seen London’s display anyway, but I looked it up, as you do. I suspect an awful lot of other Brits would have had to look it up too, although it rang bells once I checked. There’s just not the same need to pay attention here.

          But there were lots of LOLs. One was confusing the skies over London with ‘the UK’. The other was attributing more significance to a couple of fists than, say, an image of ‘Captain Tom’ (whom an awful lot fewer people would have had to look up, I’d wager).

          But that wasn’t what mostly made me laugh. I’d have just had a minor guffaw if it had been, say, brh or benr.

          No, what tickled me most (almost) was the despair about some daft fireworks when you could have listed the number of businesses burned down or rampaged in the UK by ‘mostly peaceful’ protesters, and the number of statues pulled down (I know of one). And the number of suburban dwellers who have been terrorised by mobs with flashlights and lasers. That would have been more interesting.

          But mostly …

          Mostly what made me laugh was such a comment from a person who so despises his own countrymen (‘low-IQ cattle’??) that, by his own oft-repeated testimony, he can’t bear to live among them and has had to take shelter under the wing of Mutti Merkel.

          Don’t know where to start with the LOLZ, mate.

        • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 10:46 am #

          I have once again injured The Narcissist.

          Noice!

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 11:04 am #

            And I thought you’d given up projection as a New Year resolution.

            The need is too strong, though, obviously, when you have no answers.

            Keep at it, Narc. Water off a duck’s back. 🙂

          • Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm #

            Your word count.

            LOL.

    • Soul Forensics January 1, 2021 at 9:13 pm #

      CCP Spy Masters, in the home of the invention of fireworks, must be proudly laughing.

      • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 10:19 am #

        Do they laugh much? Never seems like that, TBH.

        Maybe the list of ‘things that don’t make you happy’ is nearly as long as the list of Chinese capital offences.

        • Soul Forensics January 2, 2021 at 1:55 pm #

          One would have to be either brain dead or a saint to NOT have a long list that makes one unhappy. Conversely, the same person can also have a long list of things that makes them happy, as well.

          Your ad hominem, like most ad hominems, is assumptive and stupid.

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 7:05 pm #

            I’m not allowed a dig at the Chinese elite and their lack of humour?

            Christ on a bike. What’s your problem?

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 7:22 pm #

            Perhaps you’ve never heard the saying ‘money doesn’t make you happy’, although I doubt you’ve been that sheltered. My ‘list’ was just an extension of that, applied to a conglomerate of elite bureaucrats with a collective face like a smacked arse.

            My profound apologies for saying mean things about your elite Chinese buddies.

          • Soul Forensics January 2, 2021 at 9:08 pm #

            My apologies then. I interpreted the “you” in “things that don’t make you happy” to be referring to me.

          • FreddieMars January 4, 2021 at 4:39 am #

            See? It really isn’t all about you.

  52. 8N January 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm #

    This made me laugh — a lot — because I think most these things could come true. I’m getting way up in the 70%+ range that President Trump has known the mechanics of this “election insurance” for probably 20 years or more. I think he knew that with a light rein he could guide the entire swamp into the box canyon they are now in. It is a win/win for US(A) with Trump. I’ll do anything I can for any American, even a hard leftist, but there are boundaries. If this comes off as it appears the President has planned, those boundaries will be well and clearly marked and only the careless will try to cross them.

  53. Pucker January 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm #

    Kamala….

    Who was the Nastiest female leader in History?

    Catherine the Great?

    I read that Catherine the Great’s son was always really embarrassed around the palace because his mom was literally doing it with a horse.

    • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm #

      An idiotic myth that most schoolboys like to giggle at.

      However, her coffee recipe is informative – one pound of coffee brewed with one quart of water. A woman not to be trifled with.

      • Pucker January 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm #

        Marie Antoinette was screwing a Swedish stud named “Axel”.

        Benedict Arnold’s wife, Peggy Arnold, who was balling British officers, was also rather “Nasty”.

        Didn’t Kamala perform sexual favors to further her career?

        But it’s hard to compete with a woman who does it with a horse….

        • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:30 pm #

          I don’t know, she did it with a chimp.

  54. Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm #

    https://hive.blog/worldnews/@francesleader/email-exchange-with-uk-mhra-exposing-the-genomic-sequence-of-sarscov2

    Vaccine is not based on the isolation of the covid virus at all, but rather a computer program from Wuhan.

    • John Bike January 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm #

      My God you are a fucking imbecile

    • MaryV January 1, 2021 at 7:38 pm #

      No doubt, they want those nanobots in us.

    • sophia January 3, 2021 at 3:55 pm #

      Some people don’t think the virus exists. Have you heard that?

      • FreddieMars January 4, 2021 at 4:42 am #

        ‘Some people’…yes, I’ve heard about such people, demanding treatment for lung cancer, as they die of a disease they deny. Darwin Award winners, I hope.

  55. malthuss January 1, 2021 at 7:40 pm #

    T H I S
    The chart of the richest citizens

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

  56. tucsonspur January 1, 2021 at 7:50 pm #

    Trump will grab the midnight train to Mar a Lago. DC proved too much for the man. He stood tough, though. NY through and through.

    Seize the Day. More champagne and wine right after this post. Most delicious beef stew dinner. Boursin(with the shallots) and champagne or a great white wine. Live, Love, Laugh, as the sign says.

    Don’t let the bastards,…… etc., etc.

  57. Tekapo January 1, 2021 at 8:04 pm #

    “Pense [sic] will fold like a wet paper towel. He will declare Biden president. Trump will thank the crowd for their support and tell them to be passive until 2024. Welcome to China. Well played gentlemen.”

    I don’t know whether there was voting fraud or state election malpractice on a sufficient scale to change the election results in the six swing states, however I think this characterisation of Mike Pence is rather unfair.

    He’s basically a straight conservative man who has been a solid deputy to Donald Trump, but he does understand the limits of his role in chairing the Joint Session.

    Under the 12th Amendment, the Electoral Count Act 1887, and Congress rules that have been used for decades, his role is to open the 51 envelopes and oversee the count (undertaken by four tellers).

    He doesn’t have unilateral powers to decide whether votes are valid or invalid, nor reject votes on the basis that they are considered by some stakeholders to be contentious. He invites objections, and if they are accepted, the two chambers split, debate, and vote on them.

    Both chambers have to vote to have an electoral slate rejected. The chances of that occurring in the House would seem to be zero, and it appears that Mitch McConnell isn’t that enthusiastic about it in the Senate either.

    At this stage, Joe Biden has 306 electoral college votes in the bank, and it’s not the role of (or within the powers of) Mike Pence to subtract sufficient votes from Joe Biden, so that he doesn’t prevail.

    That’s my reading of the overwhelming majority of legal opinion. We’ll see what happens on 6 January. But as JHK has alluded to, President Trump might have other strategies in mind.

    • JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 8:32 pm #

      Trump will not be back as a GOP candidate. Not unless he enjoys being stabbed in the back.

      And be patient, this election is not over yet. All these experts on this blog do not have a clue what is going to happen next week.

      • Tate January 1, 2021 at 8:59 pm #

        Well, except… the election is over, although I admit I don’t know for certain what’s going to happen next week.

      • tucsonspur January 2, 2021 at 3:41 am #

        Well, do we really know for sure that the sun will rise tomorrow?

        You don’t have to be an expert to know that Trump is out. Yes, a bitter pill to swallow, Biden’s bad medicine.

    • cbeard January 2, 2021 at 6:06 pm #

      Biden’s 306 electoral votes are not legitimate. I know it, you know it, anyone with half a brain knows it. This will not be allowed to stand.

      • Wizard of the Saddle January 4, 2021 at 2:27 am #

        I agree. Illegitimate.

        I disagree. The bastards will let it stand.

        What a country.

  58. Mike Roberts January 1, 2021 at 8:36 pm #

    I can’t help wondering why JHK sees Trump somehow winning the election and yet presiding over an incredible deterioration of the economy and society. Trump claimed investors were lucky that they have him as president, when the Dow Jones went over 30,000 (apparently, according to Trump, no-one thought that would ever happen) and yet JHK thinks that, if Trump gets in, the DJIA will go below 10,000. I wonder how Trump would spin that.

    • rube-i-con January 1, 2021 at 8:56 pm #

      100th Avatar, I will “be” A Christmas Carol at the end of the railroad tracks leading out of this rotted civilisation.

      Who will you “be”?

      “I leave the 20th century with no regrets.”

  59. Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 9:00 pm #

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/01/01/at-least-140-house-republicans-expected-to-object-to-electoral-college-vote/

    The other day Josh Hawley announced he would object and Walmart tweeted him saying, Go for it loser. They deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it wasn’t meant to go public.

    If Trump exits the stage, there is an opening a mile wide for another populist to take his place. Hawley is very charismatic, good looking, and high energy. I have no idea if he’s sincere. All of those qualities can be part of a glib personality. I don’t know any more about him. But the opening is there, and someone is going to try and take the populist center stage. Walmart may have handed him a paper mache or starter Crown. It’ll be up to him to take it from there. This is an excellent place to start.

    • JohnAZ January 1, 2021 at 9:21 pm #

      Trump – Fremont?

      Hawley – Lincoln?

      All it takes is guts!

      • Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 12:51 am #

        I’m glad you like my idea anent the Constitution Party. Do you post anywhere else? Spread it. Who knows? Maybe it will find legs and spread. The wind from a butterfly’s (what a beautiful name!) wings may be the beginning of a hurricane. And one cannot touch a flower without troubling a star (Stephenson).

        • Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 1:00 am #

          All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.

          Francis Thompson

          Who the hell is Stephenson or Stevenson? The son of Steve I suppose.

      • tucsonspur January 2, 2021 at 3:36 am #

        Here’s another take on shyster Hawley, more sober and down to Earth:

        This move is unsurprising from Hawley, who has been running for president ever since he arrived in Washington. Trump is using his lies about voter fraud as a litmus test of sorts for GOP office-holders across the country, implicitly conditioning his future political support for them on their willingness to support his false claims about the 2020 election. For ambitious conservatives like Hawley who aspire to even higher office, undermining the legitimacy of this election is just another step on the path to winning the next one.

    • Tekapo January 2, 2021 at 1:11 am #

      “[…] at-least-140-house-republicans-expected-to-object-to-electoral-college-vote”

      It must be done in writing, and prior to the start of the Joint Session. With 6-7 swing states and 140 potential sign-ons, I trust someone is really good at Microsoft Word (or Excel), and Google Docs.

      Could be like herding cats.

  60. Reg January 1, 2021 at 9:59 pm #

    Four more years! Stop the steel! Yay for Mr Kunstler for helping the cause of freedom and democracy!

    Mr Trump will keep up the good works in his next term. He will finish off the EPA and all the other stupid govt agencies that just serve the bureaucrats. And we need to strengthen our military and to let China now we mean business. A well place nuke on Moscow would be a good idea at this juncture.

    And Mr. Trump will continue to reassure us that the Kung Flu is a scam, just made up by the doctors and sceientists and deep state so they can gain control of the peoples minds.

    • Tate January 2, 2021 at 12:13 am #

      Please go back to Breitbart. Or is this your clumsy attempt at humor?

    • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 8:34 pm #

      (JHK I repeat)

      There it is. Can no one else see how fucked up this thinking is? True TDS.

  61. KesaAnna January 1, 2021 at 10:04 pm #

    ” Although the more I think about it, the more it seems to reek of Pol Pot, rather than Jesus. ”

    Of course I flatly disagree.

    Referring again to a Country & Western song from a few years back ;

    ” You’ve got to stand for something , or you’ll fall for anything. ”

    Whatever the virtues of that idea may be , it DOES have a built – in Achilles Heel ;

    If you can be tied to a certain principle , nailed down to a certain principle ,

    Then you can be TIED to a certain principle , NAILED DOWN to a certain principle .

    So it amounts to , or at least can amount to , limiting yourself . Hand- cuffing yourself.

    Somehow I doubt that is a prospect your enemies would be likely to wring their hands over , to cry buckets of tears for you over.

    Somehow I suspect it is rather something your enemies would cheer about.

    Sounds pretty damn bad .

    Except now I am NOT going to launch into a sermon on the evils of dogmatism and bigotry.

    Because , not least , I believe that at least in the practical utilitarian sense , dogmatism and bigotry are only evil if they are UNLIMITED.

    Being hand cuffed reeks of Pol Pot ?

    Lulz.

    On the contrary , I rather think that someone who is handcuffed or limited is LESS capable of the Pol Pot game plan.

    A person who has a free hand , though , is quite capable of following the Pol Pot game plan.

    So much for Pol Pot .

    So what about Jesus ?

    Well , maybe I am imagining things , or have overlooked something ,

    but it sure seems to me that at least once a week I hear ,

    ” That isn’t very Christian. ”

    ( And not uncommonly hear it from people who DISAVOW Christianity .)

    But I can’t remember the last time I heard ,

    ” That isn’t very Atheist or Agnostic. ”

    But , then , why would you hear it ?

    HOW could you hear it ?

    Near as yours truly , at least , can perceive , Atheism is a whole lot of nothing.

    And it seems to me it would be rather difficult to compare , contrast , or critique a nothing.

    Agnostism is a 70 – year – old still straddling the fence 50 + years after they climbed up on that fence around age twelve or so.

    You could trot out an actually rather vague , ” shit , or get off the pot ” , or again an otherwise vague and nebulous , ” Grow up. ”

    But , otherwise , again , it’s rather difficult to compare , contrast , or critique a perpetual ambiguity.

    But then the verdict of history according to the contemporary conventional wisdom seems to be ;

    ” That’s progress ! ”

    Like , for example , I have sat down one – on – one with a person , with resources and sources ready to hand , and gone over the Declaration of Independence , examining and fact checking the list of claimed grievances and reasons for the divorce.

    And shown that out of twenty or so of these , eighteen or so of these are , at best , half – truths , at worst , plain lies.

    Like , ( paraphrasing )

    ” He ( The King of England ) has sent forth foreign mercenaries to war on his own subjects. ”

    Unfortunately for Mr. Jefferson , the relevant paperwork still exists regarding this matter , with the relevant dates.

    First , these subjects , themselves , were claiming unambiguously that they were NOT his subjects , and had announced unambiguously their intent to effect a divorce with force if necessary.

    And the King of England did not dispatch agents to the German States to recruit mercenary troops to fight these people UNTIL AFTER these people had so announced their status and intentions.

    That is , this was no CAUSE of something. It was a REACTION to a something.

    Take Mr. Jefferson’s assertion on this matter on its face ,

    and you would rightly think that alien German brutes had been lounging about New Jersey for weeks , months , or years , beating up grandma and shooting your dog.

    No , Mr. Jefferson and his buddies beat up the local Sheriff , tarred and feathered him , and kicked his ass out of town ,

    precisely because there were no alien German thugs lounging about in New Jersey.

    Nor native British Redcoats either for that matter.

    Never the less , Mr. Jefferson is claiming it as a cause of his actions.

    A lie , plain and simple.

    Well , the person rather than disputing all of this , agrees.

    But then the final verdict is ,

    ” But the Declaration of Independence SOUNDS GOOD ! ”

    So , presumably , that adds up to it’s all good.

    In sum , then , under the circumstances and context ;

    ” You have a dirty mouth , and that’s not very Christian . ”

    Rather than it in any way hurting my feelings , rather strikes me as a compliment.

    It amounts to ,

    ” You suck , because you are not a wolf in sheep’s clothing. ”

    Or ,

    ” You suck because you won’t mouth the shit I want you to mouth , because you won’t mouth the shit that it would be convenient FOR ME for you to mouth. But I don’t really want to say that , and make that plain , so ….. ”

    On second thought , I’ll continue with a few more thoughts on the matter.

    ” Although the more I think about it, ”

    Umm ……… I sorta doubt that .

    Because ;

    ” … the more it seems to reek of Pol Pot, rather than Jesus. ”

    Just the opposite is obvious , if not , granted , objectively demonstrable.

    In the simplest , most basic terms ,

    the assertion of the existence of an ever – existing god is to assert that a being who is not even human gets the last word in things.

    Certainly NOT me , or my friends , or my cronies , or my darling master race relatives , or the boy I’m sweet on.

    The assertion of the existence of an afterlife rather strongly implies by extension that pretty much nothing humans can do is of more than trifling and transient impact , except that it might boomerang on the actor.

    To put it another way , it is to suggest that my marching you out behind the courthouse and shooting you might amount to a whole lot of nothing as it regards you , but for me , might very well add up to I just royally fucked myself.

    That alien super power in the sky just might be royally fucking pissed off over my act of Lese Majeste ?

    ( I’ll assume in Merry Old Scotland they still have some familiarity with the concept of Lese Majeste ??? )

    I don’t know …..

    That all sounds to me a lot more like I’m Wiley Coyote or Elmer Fudd , rather than Pol Pot or Jack the Ripper.

    Now what about Atheism / Secular Humanism ?

    Well, you can dance around the subject indeffinately , or at least until you quit breathing ,

    but the basic proposition is that if I do get into the catbirds seat , and so can march you out behind the courthouse and shoot you .

    ( or even if I DON’T get into power , but pull a Jack the Ripper , and do it ANYWAY )

    then ,

    Yep ,

    I win.

    I’m the last word , I’m the Alpha and the Omega.

    ( You would think I would be pushing that narrative ?? Rather than a narrative in which is implicit the notion that there really isn’t much I can do , and I’m not really important ?? )

    About the only argument you can proffer against my gas chamber is this very dubious proposition that your great – great – great – great – great – great grand daughter might hate my guts.

    To assume she would really care about the fate of someone she never knew even the most superficial things about .

    Indeed , even knew of the existence of that person , or even that a crime happened.

    Like I’m sure somebody got tortured and murdered for fun in Caithness Scotland sometime in the 8th Century AD.

    ( Except near as we can vaguely make out , it wasn’t even strictly Scotland then . Generally it appears some part of ( ?? ) Caithness then was Viking territory. ( ?? )

    Who got tortured and murdered for fun ?

    Uh …… not only would we not even have a name , or a face , but we couldn’t even say whether the person was Viking or Pict . Or maybe a Moor somehow wandered in ??

    And that some such thing even happened is only conjecture , albeit likely conjecture.

    Even where we DO have a smoking gun , time breeds indifference.

    We know that in the Peloppensian War the State of Athens exterminated the entire male population of the Island of Melos.

    Now don’t everybody cry over that 3,000 year old news at once !

    And those dastardly Athenians should feel bad about it !

    Hmmm , maybe I should set up a charity to honor the memory of those poor Melosians ? Maybe pimping moral outrage is easier than scrubbing toilets , and maybe more lucrative too ?

    Anyway , but lets say your great – great – great – great – great – great grand daughter does know of these things ?

    According to Atheism or secular humanism , or rather thanks to Atheism or secular humanism , I can treat that with total and absolute indifference.

    Presumably I won’t exist in 500 years . Scarcely then will I care , or will it in any way impact me , whether your great – great – great – great – great – great grand daughter puts flowers on my grave , or pisses on my grave.

    Even if she pisses on my grave , you could still say that I got the better of it.

    I got my jollies , and all she can do about it is say mean things about me , which I don’t have to listen to anyway. ( and since I don’t exist , I CAN’T listen anyway. )

    Which brings us back to Pol Pot.

    All Atheism can do , win or lose , is call me Pol Pot.

    And I need only feel bad about it if I reek of Jesus.

    • Yohannon January 1, 2021 at 11:03 pm #

      I think some of the Melian men survived as slaves. Likewise, the Spartans enslaved their neighbors. Yet they were the good guys against the Persians, and often simply defending themselves against Athens. A Land Power while Athens was the Sea Power.

      They fought for decades, until exhausted, Sparta “won”. Greece lay prostate (sic), wide open for their poor relation, Macedonia to conquer.

      King George should not have brought those Hessian mercenaries into America. Some of them are still wandering around Jersey Pine Barrens.

    • GreenAlba January 2, 2021 at 9:30 am #

      Well I did try not to lose concentration as I waded through that ‘response’, but I didn’t actually come upon the actual response. I’m fine with taking the blame for not seeing it if it was there and I missed it though.

      The points made by you earlier were as follows, according to my possibly limited understanding:

      (1) You didn’t read the whole of the post EF linked to because you didn’t deem it worthy of your serious consideration. You knew it was unworthy of your attention without reading it.

      (2) You don’t think people can be considered to be ‘on the front line’ (in their own or someone else’s estimation) if they earn a certain level of renumeration, in this instance 20 dollars an hour.

      (3) Putting these two together, which seemed reasonable to me, you don’t think a ‘front line worker’ can be considered to know what they’re talking about, or have any insight of value, even in the field of their work, if they earn more than 20 dollars an hour.

      I mean, how very dare they think they have more insight than into a situation they’re confronted with every day and you are not. Outrageous. I guess that would work for coalminers, small fishermen, brain surgeons, firefighters, or anyone else with the temerity to earn 20 dollars an hour.

      There was no need to go on (again) about people saying ‘that’s not very Christian’, when they’re not Christians themselves – the Jesus bit was the much less important part of the issue. (By objective and observable standards I live a pretty ‘Christian’ life, but that’s neither here not there. I am a contemptible nobody because my intellectual and spiritual questioning led me to a different place from yours. Fine. You were one time where I was. I was once in a place similar to where you are. Neither of us knows where either of us might be 15 years from now, although you’re more likely to be alive).

      The main part that caught my attention was the arrogance in dismissing someone’s testimony – or insights – because they earn more than you. That sounds a bit Pol Potty to me, sorry. Because I don’t care that you don’t give a fuck. You keep telling us that, proudly. You are perfectly entitled to choose who you give a fuck about. But I do care that you think you can make someone’s testimony count for nothing because they earn 20 dollars an hour instead of 15 or 10.

      I don’t happen to think honesty or insight is that neatly distributed.

  62. tom clark January 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm #

    Cool for me…not for you/ Gnite Kim.

  63. Rulo Deschamps January 1, 2021 at 11:23 pm #

    Most of Mr Kunstler’s predictions over the years have happened, are in the process of happening, or are likely to happen given current conditions. However, putting definite dates on them provides those eager to deny his stature as a thinker and writer with fodder when dismissing us, his longtime readers and promoters: “isn’t that the crank that keeps predicting a Dow under x year after year?” I hope this year he’s right. The first step towards healing is beating cancer. Wall St is cancer. I hope he’s right about everything. The medicine may be bitter, but we need it. The President fighting and winning against all the powerful players that orchestrated the fraud? Odds are so low. Is there anyone at all that hasn’t betrayed DJT? I’m asking seriously. I don’t know much about his life before the Presidency. Perhaps he betrayed a lot, too. You reap what you sow, etc. How I wish JHK is right on this and everything else. All in all, his predictions are both realistic and optimistic: there has to be a contraction, a sharp reduction in comforts taken for granted, because we’re running out of resources, so it would be better if it happened this way and not that way. This is, in a nutshell, how I’ve read Mr K for years, adding my own “not necessarily in 2021, but likely within a decade” every January.
    This time, I’ll also add my 2¢ to the only 3 areas where I have something to say: agriculture, race, and environment/technology (same topic, in my view)

    Agriculture:
    “A lot of (…) automation has been applied, for instance, in agriculture, where one person could plow or harvest hundreds of acres a day riding in the air-conditioned cab of a multi-million-dollar rig guided by GPS, allowing the driver to watch movies while he “worked.” Well, that agri-business model is about to fail.” Inshallah! Thousands of acres of GMO monocultures, fed by metric tons of glyphosate, chemicals and poison, wiping out bee and wildlife populations in gigantic areas; dead zones cutting deep into the Gulf and the mouths of every river draining pollutants; subsidized, contaminated industrial soy, corn, dairy and meat wreaking havoc on land and human health both, a playing field heavily tilted to favor corporate against small farm; robotization and automation, when so many hands need to work…
    I spent Christmas and New Year’s Day helping my wife at the farm where she has recently been hired as manager. 10 acres and very heavy investment (debt). About 20 employees, none present during those days. System of production is called acquaponics: a combination of fish tanks (tilapia) and hydroponic tubes growing greens, fed by the fish waste. The fish is not commercialized: too much red tape. The lettuce is the moneymaker, but the $ made never quite offsets the $ owed: land in pricey South FL, massive structures, tons and acres of PVC, treated lumber, steel, every tool in the universe from a brand new Kubota to a rake, 120 filters of all sizes that need to be cleaned/replaced multiple times a day, and nothing works right. Half the crop is lost: beds for the PVC tubes not leveled right, filters and pumps acting up, complexity gone awry. Half the tools and materials are lost: pay is low for most employees ($14/hr & no benefits), so many are disgruntled, turnover rate is high, some take their “holiday bonus” in the form of a pilfered chainsaw & set of drillbits before quitting. How does it stay afloat, this farm? Like the economy, by hype and debt. The owners, see, a European couple, are PR masters, and every third word they utter has to do with “green”, “sustainable”, and so on. They have the right connections, which in S FL means wealthy investors, celebrity chefs, and the hopelessly naive & ignorant. It’s all a farce. There’s plastic waste everywhere, in the creek, the fields and shadehouses, and the lettuce itself. My wife won’t eat it and she runs the place. Before you heckle, consider: we are poor. We have our own small farms, but also need extra cash income from managing and consulting work, running farmers’ markets and so on. She’s a hard worker and doing her best to turn this ag dystopia around. The 10 acres with 10% of the investment, just a tractor and 10 workers, could produce a lot more, be more “green” and so on, but are the owners open to this advice? No, the “philosophy of previous investment” so masterfully described by JHK back in the day prevails, with a drowning-man attempt at making the whole system more complex via sensors, actuators, computers, the whole automation thing to try and manage the 120 filters and acres of poorly leveled PVC tubes, at a cool hundred thousand to add to the ballooning debt. “We’ve lost so much, let’s bet some more” – isn’t that the gambler’s philosophy?
    “Many of today’s Antifas will be tomorrow’s agricultural laborers.” Ha! You know an ag worker right away, first handshake. You feel the callouses. I have them, and the hundreds of workers I’ve known have them too, both Mexican/Central American and Appalachian American (aka rednecks). These two groups do different work: the former are great field laborers, men and women that need no more than a machete and a hoe to perform beautiful, breath-taking hard work, sunup to sunset, as long as you don’t trust them with any power tools that they won’t understand and so destroy. Machete and hoe, and your body, and go into the rows, amigos. Country boys, on the contrary, can definitely be trusted with any tool, vehicle, attachment, pump, without fear. They’ll keep it running. They’ll consume oceans of light lager and resuscitate any dead Diesel engine, weld any unruly disker into submission, and then use them hard, plow those rows and irrigate them sunup to sundown too, but don’t ask them to grab a shovel. Mexican boys are here for that. In their defense, the tractors they drive have no A/C and no movies, but are more likely something like a 1975 International that they manage to coax back into life every morning with little more than bailing wire, zipties and spit. Anfifa types, somehow, don’t strike me as either kind of valued ag worker.

    Race:
    “The half-century-long civil rights campaign that went up a dead-end with all the family-destroying social services policies of the late 20thcentury, became such a manifestly embarrassing failure with an ever-growing hostile and dangerous underclass, that, in abject shame and disappointment, all of white liberaldom had to come up with an excuse for that failure, which finally fluoresced as Critical Race Theory with its hobgoblin-in-chief, systemic racism.”
    JHK has been spot on about race issues in this country for a long time, just by looking at the world as is, without filters. That he may be considered a bigot by some critics shows how mad things have become: if you observe reality and comment on what you observe, you’re a bigot. When I became a citizen I had to prove passable command of the language, and pass background checks and knowledge of the Constitution… is it too much to ask the same of native born Americans? The way I see it, as a former world traveler, is if you’re born here, any color, any race, you have a US passport, and you know how many in the world would want that? Many, multitudes. Why not make the best use of your citizenship? Land of opportunity! Why cling to old resentments when so much is open for you, both in America and in the world? Leave the ghetto! Go to Paris and play jazz! Volunteer in Africa! You’re wanted, you’re wanted so intensely… all corporations want a POC CEO, no elite party is complete without POC “friends”… us Whites envy you being so popular, privileged and beloved, sort of how Kitty envies Anna Karenina effortlessly seducing Vronsky at the ball in Moscow. But no, you had to team up with whiny academics and holier-than-thous to give us race theory and systemic racism and the whole stinking turd, and I just won’t take it. I’m White and I’m proud and I love my Wagner and Tolstoi and I’m a minority of about 11% worldwide and I want my culture to survive and thrive, and I want your culture to survive and thrive, and why the hell do you keep picking on me? And I’ve met plenty of great Black folks, and Asian, and Hispanic, and White, and scumbags of every color, and I never make assumptions based on race but judge the individual only, and, and, and…
    All that said, I find it strange to have some ideas in common with openly Nazi commenters here. I’m not one of them. The US Constitution is the anti-nazi, the anti-fascist document. My gramps and grand-uncles fought them, and won, and I’m proud of them. There’s groups I certainly don’t like (Muslims come to mind) but I would be the first to jump in their defense if a Kristallnacht came around. I’m OK with dying fighting anyone who wants to send women and children of any group into the ovens. To sum up my position: I grew up in Argentina, where every ethnic and religious group has a set of derogatory, offensive terms, widely used, that somehow fail to offend their targets. Me, and all my friends, referred to each other in slang insult to Jew (ruso, the first Jews came from the pogroms in Russia and the term stuck), Italian (tano, cocoliche), Franchute, Spaniard (gallego bruto), Bolivian (bola), Turk (turco), Black (negro), Indian (indio), not to mention Fat (chancho), Dwarf (enano), Faggot (puto), Cripple (rengo), and Retard (mogolico)… “ya todos saben que Alemania esta de luto… son todos rubios… son todos putos” in World Cups (Everybody knows Germany is in mourning… they are all blond… they are all faggots”)… harsh, maybe… but nobody cared… I still don’t care… you can call me “spic” or “wetback” and I won’t be offended. It’s not what you call me that matters. You can’t offend me. Being offended is taking oneself too seriously, and we are overdosing on that: taking ourselves too seriously.

    I want to say something about technology and the environment, but I’m tired now and will have to wait until another day. A poster here recently tut-tutted other commenters too-long rants, suggesting they start their own blog instead of clogging this one. I agree with him. Yet here I am, blah-blah-blabbing. You can scroll down and ignore, I do that sometimes. Other long comments I find interesting. I wish I could summarize better. Thank you all, including Nazis and trolls, for always, always giving me some food for thought. Feliz Año Nuevo, Clusterfuck Nation!

    • Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 12:47 am #

      Thank you. Germany fought against the proto-Globalists, both the so called Capitalists and the Communists whom they funded, supported, built up, and fought with. It’s one Beast System, heads and tails – with Capitalism as the heads. That’s for them. We’re to get stuck with the Communism once the middle class is destroyed.

      Yes, there are good and capable people in all races, but a) not in equal proportion and b) good and capable people don’t always get along. The Hispanics want what’s best for their own race. As do the Blacks. As do the Chinese. As do the Indians. And as do the sane Whites. The Leftist Whites are crazed mutants who hate their own people. In any case, I hope you see the problem.

      Argentina was once a first world nation, with more bookstores per capita in Buenos Aires than anyplace else on Earth. But then they got the Capitalist disease and opened their borders for – you guessed it – “cheap labor”. The Indios and Mestizos poured in. Now Whites aren’t safe in many urban areas. Thus they go the way we went unto their doom. Whites can never learn because “Capitalist Man” is a fool. It’s a game of musical chairs that only a very few will win. It’s final goal is inevitable: Plutocratic Totalitarianism because Capital centralizes as Marx said. It was always going to end this way. They love cheap labor AND minorities to break up the unity of the Nation (googl thee etymology, akin to “natal” etc). Nations are organic and strong. One people, complete with the unfrayed mystic chords of memory. What we have now, a Country, is simply an administrative zone. A mini-Empire, not long for this world.

      But maybe Trump can refound us as an actual Empire of Civic Nationalism. Letting the different groups find their own levels like Latin America used to be and still is in some places perhaps. Obviously the Blacks (IQ 85) will be on the bottom. That won’t sit well with them since their heads have been filled with a lot of fool ideas about equality. But as I said, refounded. They’ll have to forget all that or leave as Jefferson, Lincoln, et al so greatly desired.

      They spat on Trump for trying to stop them from renaming all the bases named after Confederate heroes. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Trump is just such a beautiful fool, and they are fools too – ugly ones.

      • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 1:43 pm #

        Yohannon, Danke. You are an interesting poster. You go from well reasoned, almost erudite posts to very ugly and deranged material. I like you when you teach us about Indian,Tibetan and other Oriental studies, the Catholic struggles with tradition, mythology, philosophy and magic. I dislike the Nazi thing and hope you at some point adjust your worldview in that respect.
        I always wanted to ask you if the Skorzeny (you spelled it differently) in one of your previous handles was not Janos but Otto, of Gran Sasso raid fame. Futile, in the end. The Duce & Clara Petacci hung upside down, executed by partisans.
        My ancestors were Yugoslav partisans with Tito, in the mountains. I’m proud of them, they refused to be slaughtered or starved into submission and fought the Germans and Italians with determination and ultimately, success. Later, they joined the British forces advancing north in Italy as mechanics and irregulars, before emigrating to Argentina and starting new lives.
        I hope you or I never have to live through the hell that was Europe in the 30’s and 40’s.
        You say many things and I’ve pondered it all and some is right, some is not, some is good (“Trump is a beautiful fool”), some not accurate (“The Hispanics want what’s best for their own race”)
        We are not a race but a culture. That is, a language, a tradition, a religion, a set of cultural references that we understand and share. I am a White Hispanic, with all 4 grandparents hailing from Europe (Spain and Yugoslavia). There’s Black Hispanics, Mestizo Hispanics and fully blooded Indians that nevertheless understand the language and the common culture (fútbol, música), while maintaining their own dialects and mythologies. I have a lot in common with the other kinds of Hispanics, but not the race. It is fine. We get along fine, within reason. There may be some racial tension in places, but orders of magnitude less intense than here or in Europe.
        Argentina is a hard place to understand, I appreciate you trying. It’s not as clear cut as you paint it. That’s another thing about you, you like black and white clear cut definitions in your writing, but there’s many grays in life too. Maybe some other time we can go over it.
        What would be pointless is to engage in an argument about “isms”. Let’s agree that late stage vampiric, corporate capitalism is a curse. I’m not against capitalism per se. On a scale much smaller and more regulated. As for 20th century ideologies… National Socialism has not been proven much different than Marxist Socialism in my mind. Let’s not waste time on this, if you or I are going to change our minds, it will happen within ourselves.
        I am proud of my race and culture, recognize the danger of becoming scapegoats and other problematic sides of race relations, and so agree with some of what you say, but will never be a Nazi, for personal conviction and also as a sign of respect towards my dead ancestors.
        We can talk about other things though. Thanks again and happy new year to you.

        • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm #

          Argentina? There is an Argentinian community here, members of a Spanish National Community Center my in laws belong too. One Argentinian family I’ve come to know is of German ancestry, they speak German, Spanish and English. Another family is Italian-Argentinian.

          The Argentinians I know are solidly upper middleclass, all quite successful. They all speak well of their home country and apparently had good lives in Argentina too. One wonders why they left? Next time I see them I will venture to ask.

          The daughters are stylish, elegant beauties; a few years back one of the married a major league baseball player.

          Brh

          • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 6:01 pm #

            BackRowHeckler, yes, many of us are descendants of European immigrants. There’s a large middle class that doesn’t necessary emigrate because of poverty, but because of a continued state of turmoil and emergency since the 70’s, some of it political but for the most part having to do with the economy, devaluations, hyper-inflations, seizure of bank accounts, unpaid debts… all things that have convinced many that they have no future there. Not starving, but fed up with uncertainty, in a word.

            Not my case. I knew from a young age I just wanted to get the hell out, and it would have been the same had I been born in Sweden or Singapore. I traveled a lot before settling in the US, and at different points was ready to stay in places like Greece, Chile or Mexico. Some of us get it. Wanderlust. Just go away from home, and wander around, and see the world.

            Yes, Argie girls are something, aren’t they? Every last damn one thinks she’s a supermodel… that’s why I never married any 🙂

        • Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

          Like Lovecraft’s gentleman of leisure, I’ve wandered the Cities of New England. The scope of even the lesser ones like Lowell and Springfield is almost unimaginable. They were build by a Race of Vanished Gods, light skinned (of course) having nothing in common with the natives who now swarm the streets thereof. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t pretend that you don’t, Rulio!

          How much more so Buenos Aries! Look at the architecture here – and read the article while you’re at it. Argentina is doomed, just like White America, just like Europe. We didn’t love ourselves, didn’t value our Civilization, didn’t love each other, didn’t love our lower classes – and of course following from all that, didn’t maintain our borders. The barbarians swarmed in.

          https://www.amren.com/features/2017/04/argentina-a-mirror-of-your-future-buenos-aires-latin-america/

          They’re the future – the low, beastly future. Only We can be Us, no one else. Western Culture is Sinn Fein, for Ourselves, Ourselves alone.

          Surely you don’t believe the Indios built those Civilizations down there, do you? They did the labor – but White guys were telling them what to do. The Aztec (who were usurpers) Priests were terrified that Cortez was Quetzlcoatl come again (as he promised), and would punish them for perverting his religion of love. You see Rulo, offering your heart up to the Sun (a symbol of God) is very different than cutting someone else’s heart out, holding it up to the physical sun, and then kicking the body down the steps to be cut up for the meat. Were they entirely wrong? Cortez, an ardent Catholic, most certainly punished them for their savagery.

          The Incas, usurpers but honest broker/breakers, were better chaps by far. They admit they conquered the White Builders and took their women for their own. The Spanish say their elite were almost as white as they themselves. Not too bad. Not too much human sacrifice. Great builders and executives. The Romans of South America.

          The Maya? Less organized Aztecs. Same bloodthirsty religion. Watch Gibson’s Apocalypto. They needed meat. No herd animals. Listen to the early 70’s hit, Timothy or as you might say Timotheo. Or as Socrates might say Timon. I met a Latino named Socrates once – a great guy.

          • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 5:22 pm #

            Yohannon,

            The link is accurate, if one looks only at the racial picture. More important may be the economic situation, the haves & have-nots. The haves (mostly ethnic Europeans) are such because Argentina was such a powerful economy when their ancestors arrived, so they had the opportunity to build wealth through their hard work and the opportunities of the young country, like here in the US or Canada.

            The have-nots are what remains of the native population, plus all these new waves of non-European immigration, plus Euro-Argies fell on bad times. They are kept quiet through political corruption, do-nothing federal jobs, and dole on a massive scale.

            Historically, Arg has been closer to Europe than to the US in everything incl schools of thought. As you know, Europe hates itself and her offspring, since at least the ’60’s. Argies, despite being part of the White Diaspora, bought into this multikulti fad, and nowadays there’s not a single political party or media outlet that won’t celebrate the latecomers and vilify the original settlers. Who had original sins, of course, as they mostly exterminated the native peoples.

            It’s all very much like here, except down there we have different social skills – wine is a lubricant, lots of talk & flirting, fútbol, shared popular heroes, a sense of humor… so on an individual basis, as I said, “we get along fine”.

            Except when you’re mugged or kidnapped, of course, but the underclass is not all criminal, and one, even a middle class White guy, can be best friends with a non-criminal part time bricklayer who’s 1st generation Argie from Peru, so mostly Indian, if they share a soccer team. Does this make sense?

            It’s all very sad, Janos. I admire what we built. I understand the sins of our race, like King Leopold’s slaughter of Africans in the Congo, that inspired Conrad’s “heart of darkness”, or the Argentinian general Roca, who built piles of dead natives so that sentries could look for more of them in the pancake-flat pampas. But no race is without sins. And we are not our ancestors. We are at the same better and worse.

            Better, because hopefully we’ve finally learned that piles of dead bodies are not the solution to anything. Well, not you, not the few Nazis that remain, but most of us have. There’s no “final solution”

            Worse, because we don’t take pride in our work, and the work our elders did, we are weak and only care about our pleasures, we don’t have the balls and the ironclad will our fathers had in building new countries – White countries – that made life better for themselves but also for anyone willing to accept their rules and laws, and be like them. We think we’re the worst shit, and follow and listen to anyone who’s not us.

            In my personal life, I am an environmentalist, and my only religion is the Earth. I understand I cannot save the Earth, but I can make my own corner of the Earth fair and good, by being a good steward of the land. A minimal part of the Earth. In race relations, after much thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot do anything about the big trends. I can only focus on making my own impact on those relations so they are fair and good around me: everyone is judged on an individual basis. I love my own first, and won’t dis my own, especially in front of others, but I won’t dis anyone sight unseen for not being my own unless he proves to deserve the disrespect (I have no respect for BLM). I can also educate my children, or counter-educate them against the anti-White propaganda they get in school, but little more. Vote for Trump because he attacked the vile critical race theory, and only for that, because let’s agree he was a failure in most all other things.

            I believe in the Constitution and in Civic Nationalism: everybody is welcome to be a citizen in my Utopia, as long as they prove they love my Nation and are her worthy citizens. That’s it. That’s the only way our European heritage can survive in the face of impossible demographic odds: have the world understand what we created, and adopt it voluntarily: individual rights, a work ethic, independence, democracy (ha!), masterworks in everything from engineering and technology to philosophy and art. And respect us, the heirs of all that, as we respect them and their own achievements.

            I’m a Mexican archeology enthusiast and have been to most archeological sites, often following the route described by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a soldier in Cortes army, in the book he wrote as an old man, “Cronica de la Conquista de la Nueva España”, one of the main voices from that era, available in English translation. Yes, what a bloody culture. Apocalypto is an excellent film and I’ve watched it more than once. Did you imply in your comments that founders of Mesoamerican and Inca dynasties were originally White, or did I misunderstand that?

            Best regards.

    • Tekapo January 2, 2021 at 2:49 am #

      Rulo … frequent paragraph breaks would be really nice – otherwise who is going to be bothered to read all that stuff? Be kinder to your readers!

      • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 8:43 am #

        yes

        • Rulo Deschamps January 2, 2021 at 12:48 pm #

          Tekapo, malthuss, thank you. You’re right & I’ll keep working on it. Brevity & clarity are the hardest things to achieve.

    • cbeard January 3, 2021 at 10:45 am #

      I usually don’t read excessively long posts either, but I read yours in its entirety. Here is a hat tip and thanks for a good, informative post.

      • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 7:06 pm #

        cbeard, thank you. I don’t like the excessively long posts either, but have a hard time saying what I want to say in less words. Will work on it.

  64. SG-71 January 2, 2021 at 12:54 am #

    So, climate change is just a really bad emotional trigger story to get the impetus necessary to convert to electric because we are running out of economical oil.

    Why not tell the people the truth? Because… panic and hoarding.

    • Tekapo January 2, 2021 at 1:23 am #

      On another forum I used to inhabit a bit some years ago, I had the joke sig line, “Good News! Peak Oil will solve Global Warming!” … you wouldn’t believe the number of earnest and sometimes scolding lectures I got as a result, telling me it wasn’t so.

      Some people have no sense of humor …

      • KesaAnna January 2, 2021 at 2:11 am #

        “Good News! Peak Oil will solve Global Warming!”

        Funny , I’ve basically argued just that.

        Only I wasn’t trying to emulate Richard Pryor.

        Amusingly ( ? ) though , you quite commonly see such dichotomies here.

        Like , one day the complaint is that over – population is going to destroy the planet , or , at least , lead to a decline in the index of Cheese Doodles and Chevrolet’s.

        But then the next day , or even five minutes later , the complaint is about a pandemic .

        When a pandemic might do something about that over – population complaint.

        Truly a Kafkaesque catch – 22.

        • Tekapo January 2, 2021 at 2:31 am #

          “Like, one day the complaint is that over – population is going to destroy the planet, or, at least , lead to a decline in the index of Cheese Doodles and Chevrolet’s.”

          Often there is a mix between over-population fears (world-wide) and fears that the richest Western and Eastern nations have rapidly declining birth rates.

          Both things are probably true – world population is exponentially out of control, but it’s not in Germany, Italy, Japan, or the US, and many other rich countries.

          • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 5:39 am #

            Interesting handle, tekapo. Is there a story to it?

          • benr January 2, 2021 at 8:12 am #

            If you have windows 10 high light the word and select show in sidebar.
            Of course you already knew what Tekapo was the return of your pal from New Zealand.
            So far he has toned down his rhetoric.

          • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 8:44 am #

            africa
            china
            middle east
            mexico

            egypt–a case study in the population explosion

          • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 6:35 pm #

            Tekapo, spot on. 1st world decline, 3rd world out of control. Apparently, the 1st world is supposed to absorb the excess population. Madness.

        • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

          KesaAnna, you are supremely astute.

          It never ceases to amaze me.

        • 100th Avatar January 2, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

          You assume.

          People who understand that the core problem is human overpopulation would welcome a tragedy that would bring an enormous loss of human life.

          That’s your poor logic. Kafkaesque

          Limiting childbirth to replacement levels, 2 per person, would bring a drop. Many won’t have any. Many wing have 2. Many won’t make it.

          One can be a misanthrope and not be evil

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2021 at 8:37 am #

            China tried that but its proven disastrous.

            Problem is, in Europe and the USA whites not having enough kids to replace themselves, but Mustafa and Jose are having 10 kids per family.

          • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 6:40 pm #

            100th, human overpopulation is the ONLY problem.

        • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 6:39 pm #

          Kesa, very good comments. You wander into morals: so many of us killing our habitat… let’s save all from the pandemic! These are the things that keep me awake. The guys who created vaccines and fertilizers that made populations explode… good guys, bad guys? The guys who created plastics, that made life easier but are also choking every ocean and every living thing on Earth, good guys, bad guys?

  65. KL Cooke January 2, 2021 at 2:48 am #

    All I can say is wow, Jim.

    (“Hide-the winter-melon,” man, you kill me.)

    • Tekapo January 2, 2021 at 4:16 am #

      Sink the sausage, or spear the bearded clam! Etc.

  66. dowd January 2, 2021 at 7:09 am #

    Excellent. Nothing like hard times to bring folks back to God.

  67. Night Owl January 2, 2021 at 8:33 am #

    More video evidence of ballot-scanning fraud:

    https://twitter.com/KanekoaTheGreat/status/1345178030088495105

    Da ballots go in, da ballots come out. Shuffle, shuffle. Da ballots go back in, da ballots come back out ….

    LOL.

    Cartoon fraud.

    • benr January 2, 2021 at 8:53 am #

      It really is a sight to behold the abject stupidity on display there.

  68. benr January 2, 2021 at 8:46 am #

    So here we are several days away from either a big reveal or a huge nothing burger.

    Figuring promptly in all of this is massive Chinese investment into big tech, politics, people, media and Hollywood.

    https://www.oann.com/nyt-wapo-and-others-revealed-as-participating-in-ccp-propaganda-events/

    One of the people invested with huge amounts of controlling capital it turns out is Joe Biden and his criminal family.
    This investment is not just in Democrat politicians but the supposed other side and opposition Republicans.
    Now we come to the crux of the matter just how many agents provocateur are invested to stir shit not just on CNN but even here on the cfn site?
    How many of the screeching hair on fire anti-trumpers are paid to do this versus the brainwashed anti-Americans?

    The why is simple Trump actually hurt the CCP profits.
    Profits are what drive China and always have.
    China has a long memory some of this is payback for the boxer rebellion and the opium wars.
    They are now doing to the west what the west did to China.
    Slow steady take over and synthetic opium poisoning.
    Not all war involves troops, guns and bombs.
    If China succeeds in removing Trump they will have free run to destroy the west and possibly America first in a gross parody of a Trump talking point.

    I wonder if the other “western” powers understand they are next more to the point Japan who has been a thorn in the Chinese side as long as there has been a Chinese side to poke.

    It seems playing India off against China would make some sense.
    Certainly playing Russia off against China as well.

    India and China are already in a state of war where unarmed troops are throwing each other off of cliffs and getting into small scale brawls.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH-ckbvrK00

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder January 2, 2021 at 9:48 am #

      I’m sensing nothing burger, and it pisses me off.

      All this buildup…and the fact that they’re waiting until the actual day of the elector count does not bode well. Even if they present video proof of Biden fellating Xi Jinping after signing over the country, the vote will still go through.

      Theater…and not any more enjoyable than Cats.

      • Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

        Caesar crossed the Rubicon on January 10th. Trump, who reads Mussolini and some say, Hitler, may be waiting for this date. History rimes and one tuning fork struck will make the the others sound in sympathy. The Elite are massively into Occultism, as you know.

        He’s crossing his i’s and dotting his t’s. Electors, Courts, Dominion studies – all of this will come to nothing. They have the Power and He needs to take it from them while He and We still have a chance.

        The evidence, affadavits, and Dominion studies will be valuable when it comes time to put people on Trial – and of course to make the Case to the American People. I imagine he’s going to be doing that on Monday and in the days to come.

        But as I’ve said to others, don’t mistake my cheering for simple belief. The easy way would be to do nothing, perhaps in concert with a deal with the Powers That Be to leave him and his family alone as Tate said. He obviously has big cards he could play. If he goes down, he’ll take a lot of others with him.

        Well, we’ll know soon, one way or the other.

    • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

      Interesting perspective on US Foreign Relations, benr. You could make Sec of State in the impending “second coming” of your Lord & Saviour Donald H. Christ.

      This is even more revealing:

      ’ just how many agents provocateur are invested to stir shit not just on CNN but even here on the cfn site?

      Really? Are even just a tiny little bit serious about these posters “paid” to monitor this site…a “honeypot” as K-Dog referred to it upthread?

      Given the limited number of posters at CFN at any one time, I doubt anyone who might give a fuck, actually DOES give a fuck.

  69. MrMangoOnMyShoulder January 2, 2021 at 9:44 am #

    JHK – “For the first time in decades in the USA, everyone will have to pull his-or-her own weight, and shut the fuck up about it.”

    Now ain’t that the damn truth. Many will fail to do so (myself included if my small business doesn’t succeed in its new direction…tons of progress, but things have to go the right way, and soon).

    I do appreciate the “shut the fuck up about it” part, as that’s something lacking that’s annoyed me for years. Life ain’t easy. It can be, but it’s not supposed to be.

    My main fear is that those of us who haven’t stacked our chips to the moon by now may be too late. When things go south, they will go deep south. And if you’re not loaded, it’s gonna suck.

    It will suck for many, in ways our generationshave never experienced. I think it’s obvious we’re due for a dose of reality, in its historical form.

    That said…best get you some chips and start doubling down! Clock is ticking.

    • beantownbill. January 2, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

      I badly wanted the Red Sox to win a world series beginning with me being 12-14 years old. I finally got my wish when I turned 59. Sorry to have to break the news to you, but you can have a lot longer wait.

      Of course, that’s assuming there is MLB then. i agree with JHK that national pro sports leagues will disappear.

      • 100th Avatar January 2, 2021 at 4:40 pm #

        You’re right
        In one sense

        National sports leagues will disappear

        They will become international

        The Lakers

        The Celtics

        Traveling the world.

        European football is on the cusp.

        Jim is right. The little people will have to be content watching on the 75” OLED, or the minor league rock pile players

  70. MrMangoOnMyShoulder January 2, 2021 at 9:51 am #

    Oh, and Go Twins. If there’s even an MLB this year or next. I’ve been waiting since I was fourteen years old for an additional World Series win. At least give me that, right?

  71. benr January 2, 2021 at 11:39 am #

    More technocratic tyranny!
    Early 2000’s I got it in my head credit cards bad so I paid them all off and dumped them.
    Fast forward a couple of years and bam my Insurance provider deduced from my plummeting credit score I was a credit risk.
    I thought how could that be I had zero debt beyond car payments.
    This is all an attempt to shut down people who think outside the woke set of values!

    https://www.oann.com/imf-says-your-internet-search-history-to-be-used-to-set-credit-scores/

    • benr January 2, 2021 at 11:53 am #

      From the no really side of the house.

      https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/georgia-senator-perdue-predicts-democrats-will-impose-socialist-agenda-if-they-succeed-in-runoffs/ar-BB1cpZZW?ocid=msnews

      Think Nanny state antics.
      Just pay attention to what they accuse the other side of and rest assured they are already doing all of it and then some.

      • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

        You didn’t keep at least 1 for an emergency?

        Hey when r u heading up to Slab City? Give us a report.

        Brh

        • benr January 2, 2021 at 8:29 pm #

          I have several now after I saw my credit score go from 800 down to 560.
          Its back almost at what it once was and yes they are emergency cards.

          I was near Borrego springs two weeks ago very nice but have not made it out to slab city as of yet.
          I will give you a report when I do go.

      • beantownbill. January 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm #

        Tell me that people maxing out their credit cards to pay rent isn’t a tragedy. Especially at 20%+ interest.

        I’m lucky enough to be able to pay my credit card bill every month. I no longer carry cash around. I have one cc and 1 business cc. I charge everything. Several months ago I charged about $10,000. I paid it off when due, but I couldn’t help but notice my minimum payment due was $25. What a joke – entrapping less than financially knowledgable people.

        The last laugh will be on the credit card issuers because people are maxxing out their cards and never paying the debt back. Then the issuers will cry to the government, which will bail them out.

        • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 7:06 pm #

          usury..i am deep in debt.

        • elysianfield January 2, 2021 at 7:11 pm #

          he last laugh will be on the credit card issuers because people are maxxing out their cards and never paying the debt back. Then the issuers will cry to the government, which will bail them out.

          Bill,
          Are you suggesting that there would be forgiveness with the bailout? In that case, you, I, and others who keep Zero Balances, are…fucking idiots.

        • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 8:42 pm #

          I was referring to ‘Nancy will launch socialist agenda’ link. I’m fully cognizant with how consumer credit works and the vicious cycle of impoverishment it can generate.

          ‘If you’re poor, you’ll pay. If you’re very poor, you’ll pay even more.’

  72. benr January 2, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

    There was just an article about the fastest place for men to get the new covid vaccine into their blood stream it was suggested the injection should be in the penis.

    Umm yeah no thanks!

  73. amb January 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm #

    Masterpiece! Thank you JHK. Happy 2021 to all!

  74. bukowskisghost January 2, 2021 at 1:23 pm #

    2021: This ain’t no party
    This and no disco
    This ain’t no foolin around

  75. HappyMotorist January 2, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

    But Jim, if the internet goes down, bitcoin will just sit tight like a virus waiting for quarantine to end. The keys can sit tight in a “cold” wallet. As soon as the system is back up, all the ledgers can be updated. Also, the internet is quite robust and its unlikely to be completely down. Bitcoin seems indestructible (but not able to be used if lost).

    • beantownbill. January 2, 2021 at 1:51 pm #

      Nah, the internet can go down for good, at least as far as the general public is concerned. Crypto uses up a lot of energy as well. With an energy shortage, there’ll be no crypto. If you’ve owned bitcoin for awhile now, take your fantastic profits and get the hell out.

      • Soul Forensics January 2, 2021 at 2:07 pm #

        Quite right, BTB. JHK would call these people techno-fantasists.

        • FreddieMars January 2, 2021 at 3:30 pm #

          Dow 3000 is his most recent call, isn’t it? Yes, it’s entirely possible, but highly unlikely. I recall in the mid-90s when the Dow finally hit 5,000. Despite 3 significant “adjustments” since (2000/01, 2008, & 2020), it’s never been back below 5000.

        • beantownbill. January 2, 2021 at 3:43 pm #

          And SF, I would add, put most of that profit into metals – gold, silver, lead, etc.

      • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2021 at 3:14 pm #

        My kid just texted me,

        $32,780

        That’s all it said. I’m assuming that’s bitcoin value today.

        Brh

        • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 7:04 pm #

          yes yes yes..the paper money dies.

      • elysianfield January 3, 2021 at 6:29 pm #

        “take your fantastic profits…”

        Bill,
        You should also ask how much of a discount they had to suffer to receive cash. 30%? 50%? More?

    • HappyMotorist January 2, 2021 at 3:40 pm #

      Lol, heard that when btc went down to 3300.

  76. beantownbill. January 2, 2021 at 2:14 pm #

    Jim, good presentation. Your prognostications, at least in the political/social arena, seems to be too optimistic for me. I’m now more of an “eating a roasted squirrel supper around the fire” kind of guy. However, your main point is about oil and how that affects our future, and I’m in agreement with you. The only caveat I have about oil is if we find a new supply somehow, which is unlikely for the near future.

    The masses seem to equate oil with gasoline, but as you state, heavy oil is what’s most important.

    Anyway, keep up the good work, and I hope 2021 is better for you than last year.

  77. Soul Forensics January 2, 2021 at 2:40 pm #

    Dinner with the CCP:

    https://twitter.com/AnarchisteLe/status/1345426315609075713

  78. SoftStarLight January 2, 2021 at 3:16 pm #

    I was looking at a big picture of George Floyd’s face today when I had an epiphany. Did you ever really notice how big his nose and lips are? These super prominent facial features look strikingly similar to depictions of the extinct Central American Olmecs. Knowing that Floyd’s death was utilized to initiate a new religion I am beginning to think those particular cultists feel an affinity to practices like those of the old Olmec religion. Rites like human sacrifice. After all, in history the destruction of statues always precedes the destruction of the real life people the statues represent so that is a sort of human sacrifice ritual really.

    • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2021 at 3:35 pm #

      Yeah, 1000 years from now when archeologists uncover a George Floyd Mural in the ruins of Minneapolis, they’ll speculate Floyd’s image is the representation of a strange God in a long forgot about religion.

      Best scene of the year: Mayor Frey at George Floyd’s funeral in Houston, breaking down in uncontrollable sobs as he stood before Floyd’s casket. Frey didn’t know Floyd, Floyd was a criminal and a drug addict, yet the Mayor couldn’t control his grief. It was hilarious.

      Brh

      • beantownbill. January 2, 2021 at 3:39 pm #

        It was all an act. Many movie stars can cry on demand.

        • FreddieMars January 3, 2021 at 2:21 am #

          Why else are they paid the big bucks?

      • SoftStarLight January 2, 2021 at 6:48 pm #

        And the massive gatherings for Floyd’s funeral went against all the covid protocols that were being enforced on everyone too. But that was ok because social justice..

        • stelmosfire January 2, 2021 at 9:14 pm #

          And who can forget Saint George’s beautiful White funeral carriage and the stately White horses? That is really racis’.

          https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/07/09/us/09UNREST-funeral-hp-carriage/09UNREST-funeral-hp-carriage-videoLarge-v2.jpg

          • SoftStarLight January 3, 2021 at 3:09 am #

            And all that gold on the casket fit for a Pharaoh!

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2021 at 7:59 am #

            Lots of cultists around right now, SSL.

            Climate Change Cultists are on top, led by an autistic 16 year old girl — a Swedish Joan of Ark — and legions of College profs flouting ‘the science’.

            In their quest to bring down the west, not long ago these profs were Marxist True Believers but when that led nowhere they settled on the Climate Change Hustle. Its proving to be more successful than the Marxism Hustle.

            Brh

    • Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 3:54 pm #

      Trapped in a mine that had caved in
      And everyone knows the only ones left
      Were Joe and me and Tim
      When they broke through to pull us free
      The only ones left to tell the tale
      Were Joe and me
      Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?
      Timothy, Timothy, God why don’t I know?
      Hungry as hell no food to eat
      And Joe said that he would sell his soul
      For just a piece of meat
      Water enough to drink for two
      And Joe said to me, “I’ll have a swig
      And then there’s some for you.”
      Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you
      Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?
      I must have blacked out just around then
      ‘Cause the very next thing that I could see
      Was the light of the day again
      My stomach was full as it could be
      And nobody ever got around
      To finding Timothy

      Timothy by the Buoys
      Source: LyricFind

      Yoho: Rulo sees the shadows on the wall of the mineshaft and imagines that he is seeing reality. You and I are the Philosophers who have climbed up into the light of day to see things as they ARE. In response they call us Sun Worshipers and Red Necks. But we never hurt Timothy. We got out of the mine and went to Burger King.

      • SoftStarLight January 2, 2021 at 6:52 pm #

        I wasn’t in favor of inviting Timothy to Burger King though because he refused to clean up before dinner. Hunger shouldn’t prevent one from appearing in public in a presentable manner. 😉

      • stelmosfire January 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm #

        You do know that Timothy was a donkey right?

        • FreddieMars January 3, 2021 at 2:23 am #

          I read he was a dog.

          • SoftStarLight January 3, 2021 at 2:52 am #

            Oh my! I personally try my best not to traffic in rumors. I can only hope others do the same. Let me assist you in correcting your current errant course. Thank you!

            https://www.songfacts.com/facts/buoys/timothy

          • Yohannon January 3, 2021 at 1:16 pm #

            Soylent Green: It’s people!

      • Rulo Deschamps January 3, 2021 at 9:25 pm #

        Yoho, I thought SoftStarLight’s comment was good, Olmec colossal heads, new religion, toppling of the statues as a preamble of worse. The whole thread was interesting. Was surprised to see my name in your comment.

        I try to avoid that mistake, taking shadows for reality. But I think Plato also said that it happens to most, except the most rigorous philosophers, so… don’t think yourself exempt! Hubris always meets Nemesis. Sophrosyne is the happy place to be, balanced humility. Never claim one is the Wise One!

        Also: Burger King is shite. If one will sin on occasion and eat red meat, nothing less than a grassfed skirt steak on hot coals will do, with a side of fresh blood sausage and a bottle of good Malbec.
        Cheers.

    • malthuss January 2, 2021 at 7:03 pm #

      interesting.

  79. Yohannon January 2, 2021 at 4:39 pm #

    https://www.trussel.com/prehist/news128.htm

    The Chaco Canyon Civilization in the Southwest was destroyed by “Toltec Thugs” from Mexico who used