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Heroes and Villains

T he poet W.B. Yeats was right in 1919 when he said the center cannot hold, as if, following the first great industrial slaughter of modern times, he discovered the lethal vacuum at the center of modernity itself. There was a lot to be nervous about after the First World War. And right away, of course, enter, stage-right, Adolf Hitler. We’re still trying to explain that cat to ourselves, and not just the Germans, either. Who cannot be awed by the appearance of genuine evil in the world?

Although, perhaps most remarkable in our time is not merely the presence of evil, but the eerie dearth of heroes, and by that I do not mean supernatural gym rats in spandex outfits swinging from the Frank Gehry condos on cords of spider silk. I mean living, breathing humans willing to engage with great and implacable forces. American sniper Chris Kyle was one of the rarees, and he was a strange case, really. Not just because of his alleged frailties, his tendency to play up his exploits, brag, maybe lie a little, but because he carried out his lethal deeds mostly at a remove — up there on the dusty rooftops of Fallujah, where he could reach out with his sniper-scope and swat human flies from a position of relative safety. Yet it is not hard to identify with his mission to kill “bad guys” — especially two years after his loopy martyrdom on a Texas gun range at the hands of a deranged fellow soldier driven mad on his own wartime mission.

The more interesting hero to me is Snowden. The purity of his name alone kind of says it all. The documentary movie about his brush with history, Citizen Four (by Laura Poitras, also a hero), is now showing on cable TV. It follows Snowden during the days of spring 2013 when he went rogue on the National Security Agency and revealed to the public the extent to which the American government was prying and worming its way into everybody’s electronic life — ignoring the pain-in-the-ass constitutional limits on such mischief, and setting the USA up to be a police state beyond the frontiers of anything George Orwell dreamed about in his darkest nights of the soul.

It is more than ironic that Snowden was also Mr. Ed, because if you take his comportment on film at face value, never was there such an exemplary and seemingly normal American young man. His heroism resided largely in his amazing composure under the strain of events. He spoke English clearly and calmly, and reacted to the weighty events he set in motion with startling equanimity. He appeared to know exactly what he was doing, and with quiet, unshakable moral commitment. And then he disappeared down the gullet of America’s modern times nemesis, Russia, where he continues to taunt with his very existence, the NSA gameboys, lizard-lawyers and puppet-masters who cordially invite him back home to face, ho-ho, our vaunted justice system. Of course any six-year-old understands that they would love to jam Snowden down some federal supermax memory hole as an example to any other waffling NSA code-jockey having second thoughts about reading your grandpa’s phone records.

And then, strangest of all to relate, there is Putin. Our guys are moving heaven and earth to jam him into a red-hot Satan suit but it’s not working. The pitchfork they want him to brandish looks strangely like a sword of justice. Even Americans of modest intelligence, when not locked into the Kardashian trance, can detect something false in all our official handwringing over Ukraine — the made-in-the-USA failed state now eating itself alive on Russia’s border. Before February 2014, Ukraine was just a struggling, marginal demi-nation still economically dependent on Russia, of which it had effectively been a province for centuries. Mr. Obama and his haircut-in-search-of-a-brain Secretary of State, Mr. Kerry, thought it would be a good idea to make Ukraine our client state instead. They couldn’t have botched the operation more completely. I have to say, Vlad Putin’s composure in the face of this perfidious idiocy is really something to behold, regardless of the roughness of the polity he rules. Our guys, in contrast, look like something less than sheer clueless rogues. They look like empty suits.

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425 Responses to “Heroes and Villains”

  1. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Great post as always, Jim. You know, sometimes you have to toot your own horn and, well, this is one of those times for me. Apparently, when Cold N. Holefield talks, people listen. Maybe it’s because my great grandfather was E.F. Hutton. I typed the following post a while ago, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t listen. I was certain they wouldn’t. Actually, that’s not true — I secretly knew they would and my post was a taunting and a goading. I can’t begin to tell you how much money I’ve made off the slide in oil prices. It sure beats the hell out of Q. Shtik’s formula. Do you believe in magic? I do.

    The Igor Sanction

    • Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Sorry, the link didn’t work correctly. Here’s a working one.

      The Igor Sanction

    • mastman March 2, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

      Putin is not only a better man than the two empty suits but he is also a real leader who cares about Russia. We do not see Russia starting wars all over heaven and earth do we. Its the fabulous Hollywood USA that is doing just that. Lets just say when he draws a “line in the sand” you better not cross it.

      Obama is not worth the time to type and neither is the haircut in search of a brain “swift boat” Kerry. we need to get these people out of office and into some form of custody or retraints

      • Majella March 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

        Mastman – are you blind or delusional? Putin is ‘a real leader who cares about Russia’? This ex-KGB thug is even more ruthless and controlling a dictator than the pre- 1990 Kremlin apparatus was, but now there’s not even a pretence of “common good”.

        A recently broadcast (CNN) interview between Anthony Bourdain & Boris Nemtsov is an eye-opener ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4R8JSMJKro ) where he compares the current political environment with 19th Century Tsardom, and discusses the reality of the Oligarchs being utterly beholden to Putin and that the political & economic system is entirely RELIANT on corruption – that is, it IS the system, not a irritant to be tolerated or corrected.

        As for locking up Obama & Kerry…? Cognitive dissonance much? They & their actions are bound by the structures of the US political system and can, in the long run, do very little harm to anyone. What this last remark displays is that you are one of so many victims of Republican Party dog-whistle politics and its cynical gutting of the middle classes both economically and culturally. I’d be very interested to read your view of Boehner’s “If Ifs & Buts were candy & nuts”, and the infantile *kiss kiss kiss * as responses to a reporter’s serious question about the crazy Tea Party proposal to de-fund the DHS to get its way…holy shit.!!! Who in Congress really needs to be “out of office and in some form of custody or restraint”???

        As a non-American living outside the USA, (though I have spent considerable time here) there are times when I find myself in wonder at how things have not simply imploded already. Can’t be far away – the next oil price spike along with the replacement of the Almighty Greenback as the preferred currency of trade would do the trick.

        • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 11:22 am #

          Nice link. Bourdain is great. Bourdains out of print book Typhoid Mary was a great read and shows the life of a cook. Since we are headed back to those time glad I have a copy. Democracy ended here in 1972. Just a dog & pony show.

        • benr March 7, 2015 at 9:18 am #

          Speaking of stuck on stupid.
          Majella why are you still carrying Obamas water?
          Obama is a hot mess of failed policies, endless debt and constant lies.
          Yes Boehner is terrible as well and consider that for all the outward appearance they are buddies who do far more together then anyone who thinks there is a real difference between modern Democrats and modern Republicans would like to know about.
          Americans are still being hoodwinked by the apperance of a two party system.

          • Majella March 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

            Benr – I couldn’t agree with you more on the bullshit differentiation between Dems & Reps over time, but surely, at THIS point in time, the loony-tunes fringe element running Congress – with the “keep Government out of my Medicare!” level of cognitive dissonance, with Boehner enabling them out of fear for his position, is a clear break from “traditional’ Republicans.

            The dog-whistle political rhetoric that started – in its modern form – with George Wallace, Goldwater, and refined & honed and expanded by Nixon, Reagan, Bush Snr,, Clinton & Bush Jnr. – needs to be exposed. It is grinding what pathetic rump of the middle class is left into the dust. For all his faults Obama, to my ignorant mind, at least displays a relative honesty, in comparison to the shysters & grifters that run the shop at present,

            “In the end”, as they say,” it doesn’t matter who you vote, for, because you always end up getting is a politician”. But please! the self-serving arrogance & sheer ignorance of many of those holding public office makes the US electorate look like a fucking laughing stock.

  2. goat1001 March 2, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    The Boomers have come to power and the Boomers were never hero stuff…

    • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Winona Duke 1959
      Chris Hedges 1956
      Bill McKibben 1960
      Cornel West 1953
      Amy Goodman 1957
      James Howard Kunstler 1948

      Years of Boomer 1946 – 1964

      Mind if I leave off all out service members ? My apologises to a few million other heroes. We have leaders. What is missing is a millions followers that care as much as they do.

  3. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Also, I agree “our” guys, although I’ve disowned them long ago, are empty suits. Putin, by contrast, is a suit full of not-very-becoming BOTOX®. His BOTOX®-infused jowls are as comical as Kerry’s hair.

    • vengeur March 2, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      He probably uses Grecian Formula or Just For Men on his hair too. Lousy bastard.

  4. Neon Vincent March 2, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    At least popular culture recognized two of your examples last week in the form of Academy Award nominations and wins for “American Sniper” and “CitizenFour.” The former may have only come away with only one Oscar statuette for Best Sound Editing, but it did gross more than all the other nominees combined, something pointed out by the host. The latter won for Best Feature Length Docuentary. Poitras could accept her Oscar, but Snowden couldn’t because of “a little treason.” Some people thought that was tasteless. I thought it was funny, and I read that Snowden himself laughed at the pun, too. In retrospect, neither made as much of a splash as Patricia Arquette asking for equal pay for equal work. Welcome to America’s priorities at work.

    • Neon Vincent March 2, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      On another topic, two events last week pointed out our dependence on oil and the problems that result when its flow begins to slow. On the one hand, the people who want the U.S. to become less oil-dependent can point to Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill. That slows down what I have considered for years to be a dumb idea that will hurt Americans by allowing Canada to ship its oil to China while passing through the U.S., exposing us to the risks while the Canadians benefit. Who knows, Obama might just disapprove the entire project, although I’m not very optimistic about that. On the other, the slowing down of the consumer economy resulted in the announcement of the closure of Northland Mall in Southfield, Michigan, one of the oldest, if not the oldest suburban shopping malls in the U.S. That has been a long time coming, as the mall has been in decline since 2001. That makes it no less a sad sign of our times, as shopping malls are closing all over the country.

      • George March 2, 2015 at 10:35 am #

        “Our guys, in contrast, look like something less than sheer clueless rogues. They look like empty suits.”

        They look that way because they’ve run out of tricks. More importantly, they look that way because everybody knows that there dealing from a position of extreme weakness. They’ve got nothing to barter and nothing to leverage. I wouldn’t be surprised if the slightest shudder upsets the whole fragile order they presume to preside over.


      • BeerBarrel March 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

        Read this newspaper comment. Thought it was great.


      • mastman March 2, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

        Obama will not approve Keystone for one reason and that is the owner of the railroad that is currently transporting this oil. One hint Berkshire Hathaway and it famous owner who spent millions to elect the Kenyan

        • Majella March 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

          Mast Man – you’re such a douchebag and now a Conspiracy Theorist to boot! Let’s also ask” Cui Bono on the pipleine being built? And which political PACTs and pockets are those interests filling with cash?

          Can you, not in any degree, ascribe the possibility that The President (elected TWICE now…) actually genuinely holds the view of a large chunk of the population that the local, regional, national & global environments would not be served by increasing the amount of heavy tar oil processed on the Gulf coast?

          • benr March 7, 2015 at 9:22 am #

            Is it possible the resident in the Whitehouse really is a brainwashed douchebag who fails to understand that oil is the lifeblood of our modern way of life even now? From my vantage point I see a man out of his league who takes endless vacations, is still running for office and leads by polls with no commen sense and has never actually had to work a real job one day of his life.
            Anybody but Bush got us Obama and I fear anybody but Obama will get us something even worse…how is that possible.

    • outsider March 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      With the overwhelming success of “American Sniper,” arch-assassin Chris Kyle has now become the new American folk hero to tens of millions living in flyover country. Of course, Kyle’s ludicrous idea of taking unstable vets with PTSD out to the rifle range to overcome their trauma wound up getting him killed. Did he, or his wife, ever think that was not such a good idea?

      But, as far as heroes, I’m surprised that Mr. Kunstler didn’t mention Chelsea/Bradley Manning. I see him as way more heroic than Kyle any day.

    • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Poitras ROCKS ! I loved her statement also.

  5. Hairhead March 2, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    As I point out to people, Putin may be a contemptible, amoral scumbag — but he is a COMPETENT, contemptible, amoral scumbag.

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    • vengeur March 2, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      I take issue with your characterization of Putin as a contemptible amoral scumbag. As far as I know he is NOT or has never been a lawyer.

      • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 11:43 am #

        Good one!

      • Farmer McGregor March 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

        Coffee spewing funny!

    • routersurfer March 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Agreed. Wonder how long he can hold on to power and what will be next for that troubled land of cold but very smart people.

    • benr March 7, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Nor has he ever disparaged his country.
      In essence he loves his country meanwhile back on the ranch can we say the same of our (for lack of a better word) dear leader?

  6. K-Dog March 2, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    The American government. Prying and worming its way up everyones cloaca bit by bit and byte by byte, and we have yet to really understand:

    – what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    As a result of their perfidy.

    Oh – more on that story I started last week. It has something in it that relates to the pain-in-the-ass violation of constitutional limits above. One of the many things that can happen when your smart phone seems to embrace artificial intelligence and takes on a life of its own.

    Just one of the things that happens when your phone drains your battery as if your watching a You Tube video when you don’t even have the phone on!

    • BioWebScape March 2, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Well batteries do go bad over time. But my neighbor’s girlfriend had to come over to use the phone because his cell phone’s battery dropped out of the back of it and now the phone doesn’t work. So if you really want to make your phone safe, put it in a metal box, or take the battery out. You have methods of not being tracked, but you refuse to use them.

      The Show “Max Headroom” Had the fellow Blank Reg’ister, No record on file. They had TV’s on, what do we have on these days little TV’s with thumb prints on them? Laughs madly about the idea that you thought you could get away with Hidding. Ever been able to Hide from God. Oh I know, you don’t think that personage is real. But someone does and they might have gotten a few ideas from the fact that being real he said you can’t hide from his eyes.

      But I tell people if they have issues with Christ, Go create your own storyline that has you as God. Or something along those lines, as if we don’t already think of ourselves as gods anyway. Self worship is the height of the age. You can’t get away from your own self worship, even here I might be slipping into my own ego a bit much.

      Snowden was articulate and able to show that the world is not what it was advertized on the box of cereal Kris Jenner wants to be other than he is/was can we say more than that about where we are today. An Identity crisis, we don’t know if we are hetro-homo-vegan-omni-human-ape-sapiens or not.

      I was created by Christ before creation in a storyline that is now playing out for all the world that is a stage. Staged that it looks like reality but is not, it’s a hologram playing out one God’s desk. We have not reached our ends yet, so we only see with eyes that can’t see the full light spectrum, we only know in part and we only think in half thoughts, so I will leave you with this thought.

      Turn your phone to mush, and go without it for most of your trips, go back to the days of yore when you didn’t have a tracking device on your hip, see if you feel any better.


      Ps, my cellphone has it’s resting place on top of my bible which is handy for reading in bed, I use the cellphone as a clock and a calculator mostly, it’s an old flip phone, and no text, no internet, and when it’s battery finally dies, I am not sure if I will get another one.

      • K-Dog March 2, 2015 at 11:20 am #

        I actually do have a Faraday cage metal cloth pouch for my phone and it does not look strange like a tin can does. Tin cans also work.

        I don’t care to hide my location these days having no reason to. A tin or quality Faraday cloth pouch is nice to have when they start following you around. Just put Albert (your phone) in a can and if Gang Stalking continues you will know that you are mentally disturbed and the problem is not with the universe but with you. In my case the ‘experiment’ definitively showed that I was rational, sane and the problem was with the universe.

        Without my phone signal tracking me became a lot harder and they stopped fucking with me by following me around. The battery drain happens when they turn your phone into a microphone and you phone becomes a personal bugging device.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

          Yeah but what about the waves they’re pumping into our heads? It’s coming. They’re working on it. And yes, the answer will be tin foil hats, at least until something more elegant is designed.

        • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 11:45 am #

          Have the pouch for my passport & Credit cards. Who makes your cell cage ? Thanks. No we are not the tin foil hat people. Just the folks that work in IT and understand how to make toys that crack things 🙂

        • benr March 7, 2015 at 9:27 am #

          Dog are you aware they now have gait recognition software?
          They pretend like they don’t already have it but….

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      Where do you stand on Gamergate? Or do you rather lay down with the Beasts of Ephesus? Are you one of the “friends of Eddie Coyle”?

  7. christiangustafson March 2, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Walking to work this morning through the canyons of Amazon.com in South Lake Union in Seattle, listening to a KunstlerCast largely about the financial woes of Guitar Center, as I walked past a very large Guitar Center.

    How about that JHK? How does he do it?

    • vengeur March 2, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      It was a good podcast until his guest tried to explain the riots in Ferguson as being a result of blacks being thrown in prison because they have a broken tail light.

      • routersurfer March 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

        He is correct about that taillight thing. I grew up a few blocks from the riots. The ex mayor on TV was a childhood playmate. The system in St.Louis County is as he describes. Rotten to the core. Small time rackets in the name of keeping our cities decent. Decent is code for “White” in St.Lou speak. Step off the line with empty pockets and the system is locked and loaded to make a ton of money off your body. Modern slavery at its best. The only problem with his statements was red lining did not end until the 1960’s. White flight has been rampant for 50 years.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

          Probably the other thing that stops it from becoming Detroit. Likewise, NY’s stop and frisk made NY far more liveable, unconstitutional though it was.

          As Adams said, the Constitution was written for European Christians, and will not work for others.

          • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

            How did New York’s stop-and -frisk make NYC more liveable, and for whom?

            How many white folks were stopped in Brooklyn? Or Queens? It was Jim Crow Yankee style.

            Very low number of actual arrests or citations resulted from the thousands of stops, many of which were men on their way to work.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

            That’s exactly what I’m saying: the Police profiled those committing the crimes, Blacks and Hispanics. Good cops profile. Obviously that’s bad for Black and Hispanic criminals, but good for non criminals, be they White, Black, or Hispanic.

        • Majella March 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

          Routesurfer – have you read “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class” by Ian Haney Lopez? it provides a detailed history of the use of race & racism to win elections & sustain graft and deceit over the last 150 years in the US.

          • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 11:50 am #

            No. But I just put it on my reading list ! Thanks. On the hunt for good reads. Thanks again Majella !

      • mastman March 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

        The shooting in LA today by nine cops to kill one Black man will make Ferguson look like the Easter Bunny. The fires may already be lite signaling for Al Sharpton!

        • Majella March 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

          MastMan, where do you get this shit from? Is it just your internal mental chatter – like interviewing yourself? Do you ever read anything besides the headlines?

      • Majella March 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

        Read Matt Taibbi “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” then come back here and write that again!

  8. DA March 2, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Mr. Obama and his haircut-in-search-of-a-brain Secretary of State, Mr. Kerry, thought it would be a good idea to make Ukraine our client state instead.

    Great post again Jim, although I’m inclined to give Obama and company the benefit of the doubt on this one. Not because he’s not stupid and vainglorious enough to have hatched the Ukraine caper himself, but because I doubt very much he’s actually running such things anymore, if he ever was in the first place. The US Presidency has long since become a ceremonial post served at the pleasure of the permanent power brokers, whomever and wherever they might be. A PR position for deflecting and/or accepting and diffusing the blame for the decisions made behind closed doors by those who suffer no need to run for office or limits to the terms of influence. If Kerry is a haircut in search of a brain, then Barry is a speech in search of a purpose. A legendary bloviator and obfuscator of any alleged “truth,” that might come his way, he will go down in history as a mere placeholder for whatever monstrous evil the American political system decides to spit forth next. I can hardly wait.

    • BioWebScape March 2, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      We are in a Fed Moument here, the Fed not being an arm of the elected people’s ability to control, even the Fed chairmanship is not something We decide. God Does all the behind the scene writing. GOK is my answer to OMG. God only knows. The issue is that you point out that we elect sort-a a guy that sort-a does this thing called live in a nice big house and go to fancy places in a nice big plane and some cars that few could kill with a rocket. Is he the King or is he the puppet on a string being played by the folks behind the curtain?

      Yeah, I’d guess so, sort-a……… GOK where this all ends but we aren’t going to have to wait long the ball of wax whose straw center is being lite on fire is starting to melt into the edges of the candle wicking system and the fire is getting brighter in the dark of night.

      Soon the flares will be seen from the forest where the creatures lurk waiting for the roasty toasties.


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      • DA March 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

        Link from a commenter over at Gail the Actuary’s blog today:

        Nemtsov & The End Of The British Empire

        When it comes to who’s running things these days and what their agenda(s) might be, the amount we don’t know almost certainly far exceeds the amount we do, no matter how paranoid you might be.

    • ozone March 2, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      I agree with your characterization of high-ranking political figures no longer being the captains of their own fates. There’s your collusion and conspiracy to defraud the entire planet.

      Recent presidential histories of a germane nature to the subject[s] at hand:


      JHK’s excellent paragraph goes well as a side dish, but I’m not convinced that the Ukraine kerfuffle was actually an *original* idea of either Obama or Kerry. Whispering councilors have these “policies” (polished turds) handy at all times and I’m sure Jeb and Hillary are perfectly willing to keep them hired on and lurking in the Shadow Govt. 😉

      “And then, strangest of all to relate, there is Putin. Our guys are moving heaven and earth to jam him into a red-hot Satan suit but it’s not working. The pitchfork they want him to brandish looks strangely like a sword of justice. Even Americans of modest intelligence, when not locked into the Kardashian trance, can detect something false in all our official handwringing over Ukraine — the made-in-the-USA failed state now eating itself alive on Russia’s border. Before February 2014, Ukraine was just a struggling, marginal demi-nation still economically dependent on Russia, of which it had effectively been a province for centuries. Mr. Obama and his haircut-in-search-of-a-brain Secretary of State, Mr. Kerry, thought it would be a good idea to make Ukraine our client state instead. The couldn’t have botched the operation more completely. I have to say, Vlad Putin’s composure in the face of this perfidious idiocy is really something to behold, regardless of the roughness of the polity he rules. Our guys, in contrast, look like something less than sheer clueless rogues. They look like empty suits.” — Our Host: Bon Vivant and Raconteur, JHK

      • DA March 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

        Excellent! Ain’t it amazing how the US, in the space of only 25 years (has it been that long already?), has managed to turn the tables of world opinion so completely such that a vanquished and totally discredited “existential” foe it fought for so long in the USSR is now reducing it to a laughing stock the world over, in spite of being no great credit to humanity itself? If I’m Vlad Putin, I’m thanking my lucky stars for such a fool’s gallerie as this.

        How do you automatically gain power and prestige on the world stage these days? Pay close attention to whatever foreign policy the US proposes (D or R) and then stand steadfast against it.

    • mdhaller March 2, 2015 at 11:54 am #


      Once I realized that the Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, and the Congressional Branch have all been bought and paid for since at least 1913, I was able to relax and not try to make sense out of everything. I could just kick back and watch the weather channel…I don’t think they’re able to fix that yet.

      • pequiste March 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

        Sorry to burst your bubble sir, however just look up and admire the chemtrails being sprayed continually around the world and please check into that HAARP contraption in Alaska. God knows what other toys the folks at DARPA and other quiet places have designed for the Evil Ones to use against us.. Weather modification never looked so fun ( catastrophic that is.)

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

          A nutty woman friend said to me, “Katrina was an inside job”. They’re surely not that advanced yet – are they? Cue in the pensive music.

          • pequiste March 3, 2015 at 9:04 am #

            Janos – Please consider when it comes to technology the U.S. military establishment is fully 30-50 years ahead of what is seen in the outside world. They have the really big budget dontch know. For example there were full size drones in the form of QF-100 and other platforms being used at Tyndall AFB 35 years ago. I cannot tell you what sort of devices were extant in the base Communications Center and Command Post: but they were certainly like something out of Star Trek ( a moment of silence and bow of the head for Mr Spock’s now departed player Leonard Nimoy) to a young USAF officer. Your woman friend;s remark is/was not so farfetched methinks.

    • JL Eagan March 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

      Yes, I do believe DA there puts his… her… its finger on something large and significant. In all manner of different commentary that’s around these days about events and circumstances, there is plenty said in the general form of “Obama did this” or “is doing that” or “wants to do this” or “trying to do that”, and from where I sit, it often seems questionable to attribute a lot of things to the president. Simply put, it’s probably more realistic to simply regard him as an empty suit, a theatrical player, a kind of prop, a set piece, putting on a show.

      That seems reasonable as a conclusion after six years of the show, and it seems to somehow “work” (using the word euphemistically) for loads of people in “both sides” of the current epidemic of bipolar political disorder, Obama playing the role of “Liberal Democrat” that “works” for them whether they’re Fox News victims howling about piles of nonsense pumped out playing on a kind of straw man image of Obama, or Club D loyalists buying into the show pretending Obama is actually what they thought he would be.

      These days I’m often remembering something from way back in the eighties when comedian Bob Goldthwaite was doing a standup performance on late night TV. It stuck in memory. Basically, telling you the time period, it went like “blaming Reagan for things is like blaming Ronald McDonald for getting a bad hamburger… neither one is running the show, folks”.


      • DA March 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

        His. Good points.

    • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      I could not agree more. I really wish Obama would just stop talking and go home. He thinks the Presidency is all about speechifying.
      Problem is, the cast lining up for next season pretty much fits your definition of the modern presidency. I call it political inertia, or even cowardice.

      Like Hofstadter said, the “politics of distraction.” Lots of talk, little of it about the actual, concrete problems Americans face in their daily lives. Interesting to compare him to FDR! And it’s intended to distract us. That’s what makes it so vile. “A haircut in search of a brain” is a perfect description of Kerry’s fumbling, but it’s also a sad commentary on how far he, and America, have fallen since the seventies.

  9. orbit7er March 2, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    I am sorry I cannot see paid assassins as “heroes”.
    As even Colin Powell’s former right hand man, Lawrence Wilkerson, said on “DemocracyNow.org” back in December in

    “Go back and look at Marine General Smedley Butler, in his testimony to the then Armed Forces Committee in the Congress, where he essentially compared himself to Al Capone, and he said, “Al Capone operated on one continent, I operated on two. I was a criminal for American commercial interest.” We have invaded someone or interjected our military force into someone’s territory in the Caribbean about 35 times since 1850. This is our hemisphere. The Monroe Doctrine is still operational. And we seem to think that we can interfere in anyone’s country at any time. 2002, we tried to foment a coup in Caracas to overthrow Hugo Chávez.”

    An assassin for Empire may act bravely but is deluded to believe he is anything but an armed thug for International Capital.

    Of great interest is Kunstler’s call and prediction that there should and would be a student debt strike is starting to happen with the strike against the for profit Corinthian Colleges:


    “Students and activists are taking direct action over what some have called the nation’s next financial crisis: the more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. The massive cost of U.S. college tuition has saddled millions with crushing debt and priced many others out of the classroom. Now, 15 former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges system have launched what they say is the nation’s first student debt strike. The students have refused to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian, which has been sued by the federal government for its predatory lending….”

    • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

      Is this another example of a lot of talk? The student debt crisis got a LOT of attention about 5 years ago, but apparently the Democrats have once again failed to follow-up on all their rhetoric.
      The same appears to be true of rape in the military.

      Endless talk. All we Americans are offered is rhetoric – empty, meaningless words.

    • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      General Smedley Butler shows one can wake up from the fog to a higher calling. Jarheads love the history of the Marines. Never talked to one that had ever heard of Gen. Butler. You would have to be blind not to miss the point our troops are not train in citizenship or the duty they hold. Most are trained to follow orders. Just like the Police. Damn the rule of law we have the guns. I am scared of the last gasps for this Empire– larger and more powerful than Rome ever was. We will leave a big scar on humanity.

  10. Jennefer March 2, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    What about the vacuum in the middle of urban housing? Millennials and boomers are moving to the cities and the cities are imposing density on neighborhoods that want nothing to do with it, who say “our quality of life is being ruined”. The city assumes it always knows best, however, and one thing that’s gone totally out the window is any sense of pride or craftsmanship in architecture. It’s become all about how to squeeze the most people into the smallest cheapest spaces. Here are a few pictures from the often #1 rated city to live, Boulder, Colorado: http://boulderneighbors.blogspot.com/2015/02/ugly-pictures-railroad-depot-and.html

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    • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      I drove cross-country in 1971, never having been in the West before. I can’t remember which interstate I was on, route 70 or 80, but I was driving towards the foothills of the Rockies, when I came atop a rise in the road, and there stretched out below, apparently nestled near those foothills, was Boulder. It looked exactly like the picture on the top of the blog you linked to in your post. I distinctly remember feeling awe at how beautiful it looked, and I realized I could spend the rest of my life there. Unfortunately, I never returned, and now, seeing those pictures you posted, feel sad it has been poisoned.

    • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

      I fear this is happening in my city, Oakland, Very large building going in on the corner of my street, and the building faces a business street. it is, however, 6 stories and 68 units – much larger than anything in its immediate surroundings. I estimate it will add 250+ people to the neighborhood, at least 100 children. Adjacent buildings will lose sunlight – one will have its solar panels blocked part of the afternoon because it is 4 stories shorter than the new structure – and views of Lake Merritt Park, probably lowing their property values.

      A branch library is about two blocks from this new building, and we are in a funding fight to keep it open – as well as 5 or more branches in other growing neighborhoods. Right at the time when the city is growing economically, and when at least 100 children will soon move into my neighborhood. And we have had an increase in young families moving into the are for 3-4 years.

      This in a fairly progressive city.

  11. Jim McCaffery March 2, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    One hundred thousand Russians just marched in Moscow to protest the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the secret use of Russian troops in Eastern Ukraine (this is not the first political murder that Putin is very likely directly responsible). Being pro-Putin and being pro-Russia are not necessarily the same thing.

    By the same token, being against American imperialism need not entail supporting Russian imperialism. Ukrainians, western and eastern, have their own interests at heart, which have little to do with what goes on in Washington or Moscow, despite what cold-war nostalgics on both sides may wish for.

    in Russia’s bloated, corrupt plutocracy, awash in petro-dollars, we see many of America’s ills writ large; it is not an alternative, but a warning. It’s sad to see Mr. Kunstler buy into the Fox News Putin-worship, when most of his writing in this blog and elsewhere is so perceptive and so necessary.

    • vengeur March 2, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      So we have our dog take a big shit in Putin’s yard. Well, actually there is some dispute about whose dog actually shit in Putin’s yard, but it’s rumored Putin has a dog himself and it might be his dog that is guilty. And it is also rumored Putin beats his dog.

    • BioWebScape March 2, 2015 at 11:32 am #

      I don’t see Jim buying into Putin, but pointing out that Putin does look better than Our side of the game board.

      Ages ago I played the board game Risk, If you could hold Siam and the 4 country Aussie-land you could prevent Asia’s 7 armies, and keep your 2 every round, Having a few other states to hit about the board you would get cards to make sets to get even more armies.

      We and Russia and China are the three power players in the game of Risk-ala Earth of today. We Have big mighty military, but slappy hands and mean thoughts. Russia has Big vast land and resources galore and Nukes to counter our military top-dogness, and semi-thieves in place of leaders( not that we don’t have the same thieves in our nation, just in different colors). China has Our money to go and spend in the other nations Mostly Africa and right here in our Hemisphere to make friends not enemies (like we have been doing makingenemies of everyone).

      Yes those are generalities, but the USA has Old world ties to the UK and Russia has Old world ties to Europe too.

      But there seems to be a new kid on the block one that hasn’t been noticed it is called Religion. Never far from the power making, but it rears up from time to time and mucks about in the sidelines. China is anti-religion equally, they hate buddy and christ and old jed the guy with the veiled wife, just as much as they dislike anyone mucking about against the Party. But religion is playing a bigger and bigger role in the world. Muslims are a big sector of the world and the Buddy system (which by the way does not believe in a “God”, and anti-god folks like it a lot, though they might hate religion also) is coming up in the wings too. But the Wars of today seem to be all about who is in charge.

      So who is in Charge? You? Me? Buddy and the guy in a robe, or the pope, or a chinese ruling party? Obama and the other kings of the USA? Who is in charge? Satan, or santa (notice they have the same 5 letters, so I lump as one)? Fox News? Clinton News Network? Wally world Universal? You? Me?

      The blog is Owned by Jim up top, so in here it’s his call, or is it?


      • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 11:54 am #

        You surprised me because I don’t recall you mentioning how religious you are in your other posts. Sorry, but I’m an unbeliever. To each his own.

    • kulturcritic March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      Jim… 100,000 Russians did not march in Moscow. 21,000 was the estimate. And they did not march to protest the assassination (execution/murder) of Nemtsov. They came to pay their respects. But the man was not really well known. He was really invisible as a player in politics, with about 1% following in Moscow.

    • abbybwood March 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      “Russian imperialism”??!

      The United States wrote the book on “imperialism”:


      And how many democratically elected governments has the United States overthrown in history, (now referred to as “regime changes”)?:


      The United States has Russia surrounded with military bases, ( not counting all the “black sites” in Poland etc.), and with nuclear weapons and anti-missile defense systems (which are actually “first strike” weapons).

      How many bases does Russia have in Canada and Mexico and Cuba and Ecuador and Peru and Brazil and Haiti and Domican Republic?


      The US State Department, according to a Wikileaks memo, has been courting Poroshenko since 2006 in our little wet-dream of making Ukraine and it’s untouched fertile lands (Monsanto is licking its chops to go in there) and its coal, oil and gas reserves (Hunter Biden is licking his chops) a NATO staging ground to provoke the bear.

      The entire Ukraine coup was a US plot from day one with Victoria Nuland meddling in Kiev with her $5 billion to “stir the pot”.

      After the coup, the new leader, Poroshenko, could not find one single Ukrainian who had the brains to be the new finance minister so he brought in an American! for the job (of course she had to be sworn in as a “Ukrainian” before she could get her new office spruced up):


      “Russian imperialism” indeed.

  12. shotho March 2, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Since the dawn of human history societies have made heroes of their most efficient killers. Ours, obviously, is no exception.
    You are correct in identifying Snowden as an authentic hero and his continuing existence is a threat to the state.
    Mr. Putin is clearly a machievellian character who is giving the Western powers a run for their money. I would have trouble identifying him as a “hero”, but he may be useful in settling the idea that the world is a dangerous place with no clear-cut angels or devils.
    We are going to have to deal with him and I doubt that we have the leadership to do that.
    Wouldn’t it be strange if Russia was the national “idea” that made sense to most people in the future?

    • kulturcritic March 2, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      shotho… You are a believer in the official US narrative, I see.

      • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

        shotho… You are a believer in the official US narrative, I see.


        What other narrative IS there these days? LOL!

  13. malthuss March 2, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    This is carry over from last thread.

    ‘Hey Asoka/WPA-CCC
    A few years ago weren’t you talking up some Swami from Oregon, turned out to be a con man who owned 93 Rolls Royces, scammed a few thousands suckers out of millions $$$ before going on the lam headed back to India just ahead of the FBI? brh’

    Indeed. He had a horrid cult. There was much ‘buzz’ in the 1980s about his cult.
    I found several books at the library [‘Inside Rajneesh Cult’ ‘The God that Failed’].

    His bodyguard recalls ol ‘Osho’ [know as Rajneesh before his fall, then he renamed himself] WEARING HIS MILLION DOLLAR WATCH TO A MEETING W A US GOV OFFICIAL. ‘It was the first time he wore it’.

    Haha. Then his flunkies were told to hold meetings and raise money, telling people Osho was low on funds.

    Part of the ‘scam plan’ was to have 365 Rolls Royces, so O could be driven in a different one each day.

    The gal that ran his cult ‘did time’. There is much information on the internet about Osho and his cult.
    Google ‘books that expose the rajneesh cult’.

    Raj-Osho even had an ‘in house abortionist’ [after all, kids cost money to raise].
    One of the books is by a pretty British gal who was told to ‘visit the doctor, and nearly died’. More bad advice from Osho.

  14. edward4432 March 2, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    “…up there on the dusty rooftops of Fallujah, where he could reach out with his sniper-scope and swat human flies from a position of relative safety.”

    Is that all Arabs are to you? Flies to be swatted? Never mind that they had been minding their own business until that sorry excuse for a man, little Georgie Bush got pushed into a war of conquest by Wolfson and the rest of the neocon cabal with the idea of surrounding Israel with democracies. Yes, I heard Wolfson say that on TV myself.
    Let’s see, who should the Republicans elect to start another war this time with Iran. Probably Huckabee as his head is full of that Book of Revelation crap,
    On the other hand, if Hillary is elected the result will be the same.

    • vengeur March 2, 2015 at 11:13 am #


    • benr March 7, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      Minding their own business….how sheltered are you?
      I suggest you actually spend some time and understand just how many people have been butchered in the name of islam globally.
      Go look at Jihadwatch and start looking at all the people murdered since 9-11.
      In fact get a real account of why the crusades even happened.
      Ask the Armenians about the gentle Ottoman empire.
      Ask the Hindu’s in India about what Islam has done to them since Mad Mo had his sick revelations and thieved the Koran from the Torah!
      Or just get a clue.

  15. Buck Stud March 2, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    “Our guys are moving heaven and earth to jam him into a red-hot Satan suit but it’s not working. ”

    This line is just too damn good and too damn funny–LOL!

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  16. Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    everybody knows that [there] dealing from a position of extreme weakness. – George




    Ohhhhhhhhhhh, you meant [they’re] as in they are.

    • Farmer McGregor March 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      Now Q, if you’s gonna pick on him, y’oughta also take on K-Dog’s
      … drains your battery as if your watching a You Tube video…
      don’tcha think?

      • Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

        Your write, Framer.

        • K-Dog March 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

          You’re correct but the ‘your’ mistake was a totally phonetic faux pas.

          Shouldn’t your response be:

          ‘Your right Farmer.’

          Two misspellings in three words. Was your fundament itching or were you just a pot calling my kettle black.

  17. Htruth March 2, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    John Kerry has called for more money to be siphoned into the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The BBG is the propaganda arm of the U.S.government. Apparently RT is getting the best of the the U.S. in the information war: http://youtu.be/3Xzm3zX_FLk

    • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

      Same as it ever was.

      Propaganda = when the other guys do it

      Public Service Announcements = when we do it

      • Ishabaka March 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

        Global war on terror when U.S. invades Iraq.
        Terrorism when ISIS invades Irag.

        Who has killed more Iraqis?

  18. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    “Mr. Putin is clearly a machievellian character who is giving the Western powers a run for their money” — shotho

    Lets face it, folks. American people are pretty much helpless in the face of overwhelming superiority of the parasitical Financial Class, and the best they could do is to complain, moan and regret the Long Gone Greatest Republic.

    That could hardly constitute active civic activity.

    You should really be grateful for a worthy adversary in the Kremlin: may be it will finally bring the best to the top of American Nation.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      You will bury us?

      • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

        Very possibly.

    • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

      Wholeheartedly agreed!

  19. kulturcritic March 2, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    A very astute observation regarding Putin, James.

  20. beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    True heroes don’t consider themselves heroes; they say they just did what they had to do at the time regardless of the personal risk and cost to themselves. I guess this makes Snowden and Putin heroes, but more so Snowden. Putin’s stand is defensive. Politically, he has to do what he is doing to survive. Snowden didn’t have to take action, but he chose to.

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    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Yes the same could be said for Sheik Osama. He was in with the Saudi elite, at the top of construction industry. There are pictures of him as a geeky American student dressed for disco. But he gave it all up to become a fighter living in caves.

      • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

        He could be considered a hero to his own people, as well as all all the self-exploding jihadists who gave up their lives for what they believed in. Unfortunately, their cause was unjust, so I’d call them fanatics rather than heroes.

        • Ishabaka March 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

          U.S. invading Iraq after 9/11, which Iraq had nothing to do with was justified? Are Americans fanatics?

          • benr March 7, 2015 at 9:42 am #

            That’s called cleaning up the monster we created, funded, supported and trained.

    • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Very true.

  21. noel bodie March 2, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I find it interesting that Miss Poitras has decided to live in Berlin instead of New York or LA because she feels it more conducive to freedom

    • abbybwood March 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

      She decided to live there because when she traveled in and out of the United States she was being constantly detained spending many hours in holding rooms and having her equipment and laptops taken.

  22. beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 11:51 am #


    This one’s for you buddy, re your post yesterday. Leonard Nimoy was from Boston’s now defunct West End, not from Brookline. Just a minor correction.

  23. rube-i-con March 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    oh yeah ~we won`t have long to wait` ~


    ~the fires are about to burn us~

    lol, yep guys, it`s FINALLY ~about~ to blow up, this time for sure, things cant hold out like this.

    right, the US thugs in charge are totally clueless, they are so weak and powerless to do anything.

    except control the global money supply, interest rates, spy on anyone anywhere, use military force

    it`s so juicy reading how you all know how to `solve` the ukraine better than the people intimately involved in it. not that i think we should be there either, but get a life.

    in real worldchanging news, volvo is putting 100 fully selfdriving cars on the roads of Gothenburg within 2 years. not semi-automated, FULLY SELFDRIVING.

    accidents are predicted to fall by 80% once most cars are self driving. technofantasy, right lol, sorry jimmy, you lose as always.

    fuel consumption will also be cut significantly since the cars can stay much closer to each other and benefit from the slipstream effect.

    technofantasy, sorry kunstler.

    you know, this just mite drive the DOW to 4,000 ~soon~, as jimmy and his band of deadwrongers like to say.

    it`s just too easy.

    so, we have massive increases in safety, pollution reduction, much reduced congestion, lots more time to do more efficient work than drive, less consumption of gasoline…

    technofantasy, right jimmy…


    • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Those Volvos should be very helpful in bumper-to-bumper commuter traffic on US “free”ways!

      No, no, the traffic will NOT move more efficiently, or any faster, especially if the number of vehicles does not decrease and this country does not modernize its inefficient, even primitive, transportation infrastructure.

      And if you still have one person in each vehicle it simply does not matter what else you do.

      • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

        And if you still have one person in each vehicle it simply does not matter what else you do.

        And even if you have each vehicle maxed out, 7B+ people plus an exponential growth paradigm = failure sooner than later. Although at some point you might want to relax the safety standards, as killing people will be more efficient than saving them.

      • Ishabaka March 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

        On the contrary, self driving cars can move faster and more efficiently by eliminating the inchworm effect seen when humans drive cars. Military convoys are trained to move this way, in unision, because it speeds up traffic considerably.

  24. kulturcritic March 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Jim… there seems to be as much Putin bashing on your comments page as there is on FOX and CNN. Wonder what your readers watch when their are eating their fruit loops each morning?

    • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      Fruit Loops? Nah! How about Count Chocula, my favorite name for a sugar-infested meal, er, cereal?

      I can’t criticize Putin for his Ukraine actions – hard to believe how stupid our government is. Or is there some highly nefarious long con being played?

    • hineshammer March 2, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Come on, Q, get to work.

    • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

      I for one don’t watch any of them!

      No Froot Loops either!

    • abbybwood March 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

      As for this reader, I am eating a form of gruel every morning with quinoa flakes and ground flaxseed. Only because I read where this 109 year old lady in some Scandinavian country swears by it.

      Plus not having a husband. (Check).

      I get the bulk of my information from reading the LA Times and the NY Times in the morning (once the ex’s wife has dropped them off), and I check out Informationclearinghouse, Truthdig, Whatreallyhappened and Rense then on to Voltairenet and the ukguardian and I’ll check out the Intercept to see if Greenwald has posted anything interesting. The open thread at Crooksandliars is usually fun in the late evening. Obviously I’m a Kunstler fan.

      As a matter of fact, C&L will probably have an open thread live stream of Netanyahu’s speech tomorrow around 11 a.m. EST. Should be a loud of laughs! Many are hoping a contingent of Code Pinkers will bust in and make a scene during the speech.

      I only watch Fox if I know Hannity is going to be interviewing Rand Paul. I enjoy watching Hannity squirm at all the anti-imperialism chat from Paul.

      • abbybwood March 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

        Forgot one: Consortiumnews:


        • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

          Words to live by:

          A swaggering goofiness has come to dominate how the United States reacts to Russia, with American politicians and journalists dashing off tweets and op-eds, rushing to judgment about the perfidy of Moscow’s leaders, blaming them for almost anything and everything.

          These days, playing with nuclear fire is seen as a sign of seriousness and courage. Anyone who urges caution and suggests there might be two sides to the U.S.-Russia story is dismissed as a wimp or a stooge. A what-me-worry “group think” has taken hold across the U.S. ideological spectrum. Fretting about nuclear annihilation is so 1960s.

          Thanks for the link!

  25. capt spaulding March 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    With regard to Snowden, I agree with you, he’s a hero. There are two interesting documentaries on Netflix streaming that address the NSA’s hijinks. One is called “THE UNITED STATES OF SECRETS”, and the other one is called “TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY”. Both of them address some of what you are talking about, and are very interesting. Especially if you are paranoid about the govt. keeping tabs on you. I recommend them both.

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  26. Anotherplayaguy March 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Heroes: Snowden certainly, and Bradley/Chelsea Manning; but not an armed assassin killing from hiding for the corporate arm of the U.S. Government. As for Putin — there is too much conflicting and conflicted information.

    • outsider March 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      I’d also nominate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Will he be forced to spend the rest of his life stuck in that Equadorian embassy in London? Too bad he didn’t make it to Moscow when Snowden did.

      • outsider March 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

        I’ve heard many, including some politicians, say that Assange is a traitor to America. Someone should ask them how Assange can be a traitor when he is not an American citizen?

        • hineshammer March 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

          It’s best not to ask such questions of idiots.

          • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm #


        • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

          “America” has long since equaled “The World” in the eyes of the True Believers(TM). Much like the evangelical Christian thing, you have to observe it up close and personal to actually believe that it’s true.

      • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

        Well, the former leaders of the “Free World” – Bush and Cheney may be stuck within the confines of the US the rest of their lives. For fear of being arrested for crimes against humanity. And so deserving too!

  27. volodya March 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I’d like to suggest that what’s happening in the Ukraine is the result of forces originating over yonder in those parts and that the United States is a very long ways away. I really don’t think the US has any real power that deep in Europe or that close to Russia.

    American money? Billions? So what, even if the US blew five billion in the Ukraine like I keep reading, the Ukraine could whistle through that in an afternoon. Five billion in this world is bus fare.

    Does anyone seriously think that the boys and girls risking their lives at those barricades (or their leaders) gave a shit what Victoria or Obama were burbling on about? What about those Ukrainians on the front lines fighting Putin’s little green men supposedly on holidays in the Ukraine?

    I think they all took the measure of the United States. I think that Putin did too. Does Putin fear Americans? Why would he? Does ISIS? No, seriously, these bozos broadcast their atrocities. Do they look like people that worry?

    It’s understandable, Americans want their place in the sun. I get it, it’s a human thing. But this is not 1945 or 1955. Time to be realistic.

    Victoria can say fuck the EU or tell her people to go talk to this guy or that guy. Whatever. It’s posturing, it’s meaningless.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      There must be more than one Ukraine, the Ukraine is the real one.

    • Buck Stud March 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      You’ve corrected me on the very same error in the past but I have to wonder if it’s simply grammar at play. For example, there used to be a commune in Tennessee, or so I recall, that was simply referred to as “The Farm”.

      Similarly, I wonder if this is how many people subconsciously view Ukraine; that it is not really a nation but more of a ‘breadbasket’–“The Ukraine”?

      • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

        Exactly. We call our local bread basket “the Palouse”. A rolling plain of great beauty, the perfect environment for growing wheat and soybeans. No irrigation required. Rain after mid June or so is actually is actually counter-productive to the ripening wheat.

        This is going to very painful for Q, but he will bear it as he loves Truth before all.

  28. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    What the frig is so difficult about this word?

    That’s what too much Dugin, Putin and The Russia will do to you. It turns your brain to mush and they’re becomes their.

    Did you notice K-Dog used the word cloaca? What a brownnoser. At least he didn’t use fundament. If he had, my head would have exploded — again.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Yup for the umpteenth time. Still working that cloaca. Still trying to be cool. He should smoke Kools instead.

      How’s that Ad Man? Do I get the job?

    • K-Dog March 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

      No I didn’t use fundament; but you just did.

  29. sprawlcapital March 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Awesome post (as is nearly always the case), JHK.

    I have to take issue with the sniper as hero, though. All US military personnel involved in our recent wars, certainly starting with Viet Nam–but probably including Korea as well–have been victims, not heroes,

    Writing from Des Moines, Iowa, the Sprawl Capital of the Wortd

  30. sprawlcapital March 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm #


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    • GutenbergGuy March 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

      I do think most of the folks here can read :”through” most typos.

      But Des Moines the sprawl capital? I grew up in San Jose, CA, which went from 50K to over a million in 50 years. That’s why I now live in Oakland.

      Sad to hear that about Des Moines.though.

      • sprawlcapital March 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

        Central Iowa, where Des Moines is located, is the sprawl capital not because of the extent of the suburbs in square miles or acres, but because of the quality of the land being destroyed–the best farmland on earth. You see, not only is our soil incredibly rich, our fields are rain-fed. Not like the also rich Central Valley of California, which requires irrigation.

        Urban sprawl is a tragedy in Iowa because one acre of Iowa farmland is worth more, in terms of agricultural productivity, than many square miles of a desert like we find outside Las Vegas.

        Des Moines’ “fast-growing” outer ring suburbs are West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Ankeny, Altoona, Norwalk, and a few others. Visit any of them and you will see the garbage architecture of strip malls–with plenty of free parking, chip-board housing, and office “parks” so common in sprawl cities coast-to-coast. The difference is that this sprawl is built on the best farmland in the world. That makes Des Moines the sprawl capital.
        That and the fact that our developers seem intent on destroying as much farmland as possible, as quickly as possible. The developments are widely spaced,

        Add in one more fact: almost no one in Iowa objects to this. So you will understand that the few of us who want to stop the destruction are alienated. Kind of like Bernard Marx in Huxley’s most famous work.

        From Des Moines, Iowa, the Sprawl Capital of the nation.

  31. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Q. Shtik, I think volodya deserves multiple spankings. Get your paddle and take him behind the woodshed. He, without shame or remorse, typed “the Ukraine” three times. I call that egregious.

    • Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      Wrong, it was four times and has been ‘dooly’ noted.

  32. pequiste March 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    I would like to suggest to all of you that Aung San Suu Kyi is the hero(ine) that sets the standard for greatness in our world.

    As for the worlds worst villain; its a tie between the Banksters and ISIL.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      I agree. And she wisely kept her mouth shut when the Burmese when went to war against the Rohinga Muslims. She knows that she becomes meaningless the day she turns against her own people. Maybe it was a political decision, maybe not. Don’t know.

    • Ishabaka March 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

      How is ISIL worse than Madeline Albright, who declared sanctions against Iraq “worth it” knowing the sanctions resulted in the deaths of over 200,000 Iraqi children? How many children have ISIL killed?

      • pequiste March 4, 2015 at 1:06 am #

        Ishabaka – Cannot answer your question concerning ISIL murder statistics but I will concur that Madeline Albright is bad. She plays for the Bankster team e.g. her “investment” company is intimate with the likes of G. Soros and Baron Rothschild.

  33. barbisbest March 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    March 2, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    “Walking to work this morning through the canyons of Amazon.com in South Lake Union in Seattle, listening to a KunstlerCast largely about the financial woes of Guitar Center, as I walked past a very large Guitar Center. How about that JHK? How does he do it?”

    Synchronicity – a mysterious thing.

    “Our guys are moving heaven and earth to jam him into a red-hot Satan suit but it’s not working.” That’s the pot calling the kettle black.

    I thought the age of Aquarius would move humanity away from competition, aggression and symbols of outward power to an era where characteristics such as intuition, cooperation and compassion would be emphasized. Higher male attributes such as knowledge, intellect and expansion of the mind would prevail. Well, for some, I suppose it has. The ancient Essenes understood that emotions are a direct link to our true inner power. Thought has no creative power without emotion. We’ve left the age of Pisces, which corresponded almost to the end of the Mayan calendar, possibly indicating the beginning of the end, not the end.

    Janos, actually the mathematician I mentioned was Isaac Newton, AKA the father of science, not Albert Einstein. His calculation for the apocalypse 2060. (Was Einstein a Zionist, don’t care). Interesting to note that Todd Burpo in the book Heaven is for Real relates that his son Colton saw the coming war and told his father that he, his dad, would fight in it. One could reason then that the war has to be within Burpo’s lifetime. okay, yah the Book of Revelation may be crap, maybe not or maybe John of Patmos wrote it about his time and our time. In the spirit world there is not past, present and future. (that should blow the mind sufficiently) Was Isaac Newton off a little. Interesting little experiment we got going here. Vive le fin. Best to all.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Does it look like we’re going into the New Age? Or is the New Age actually going to be the Old Age in the guise of a corrupt One World Church/Civilization as John fortold? Are things really getting better – or just more technologically advanced? That’s not good unless it’s wielded for higher motives than profit.

      Read Wilbur’s published diary. He’s on a first name basis with Bill and Hillary. Is that good? Or corruption?

    • abbybwood March 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Here’s what scares me….

      The other day I was “thinking” about buying a new cashmere sweater and the next thing I knew there was an ad for cashmere sweaters while I was browsing around the internets….

      As they say, “If we can think of it, eventually it will come to pass.”


    • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

      Einstein a Zionist ? Maybe, but a smart one. He turned down the chance to be “Father” of his country. The man had brains for sure. I think he saw the problem of how much of your soul you had to sell to rebirth a country. The joint speech showed how much. Have a few friends that moved from Russia to Israel. Next stopping point was the USA ! They felt more at home in the USA……strange world. They also said Americas and Russians have more in common with each other than people think. Guess they hit the nail on the head back in the 1980’s. A police state is a police state.

  34. Anotherplayaguy March 2, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Kerry has become what he most hated during the Viet Nam war — a suit who sends others to fight wars and then justifies it with … bullshit. As to service in a horrific war — it’s a moot question. Soldiers are heroes to other soldiers, but fighting for corporate America is by definition not heroic. More heroic was to oppose the war and not fight, protesting and taking the heat — unlike the neo-cons who supported it but dodged it.

    • BeerBarrel March 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      Some soldiers live for the fighting. It’s the only way they get to legally act out their homicidal tendencies … not everyone comes home with PTSD and other things because they were looking for a free ride and had to go shoot to kill.

  35. barbisbest March 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    The thing with Kerry, too, he must have some brain, he married money. If he was a little bit smarter, he’d have taken up with a belly dancer.

    ” Obama is an “empty suit” and a “figurehead” while the real power is held by shadowy unknown forces.” . El presidente is never really in charge, is he.

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    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      They make love covered in Heinz Ketchup. Her previous husband was also Skull & Bones. But that’s just a coincidence, right? Oh Barb, Barb who are you kidding? The Eye is upon you.

  36. VyseLegendaire March 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    I dont understand how you can classify Mr. Snowden as a hero. Everybody already knew the extent of the surveillance, it wasnt a secret. Hes not different from Julian Assange….attention seeking mediocrities who, in their ignorance of the total situation, point out the obvious and carry on as scape dolls on a charade to distract the media and the public from the over-arching realities of our time, namely energy descent.

    Instead Snowden*s plot has helped to reframe the modern debacle as a failure of the government, and a ramping up of unnecessary government powers in order to clamp down on our (naturally) unrestricted freedom.

    However, in truth this narrative helps us to avoid the reality of the coming Long Emergency and all of its implications.

    • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

      True all, in the greater scheme of things. But Snowden was merely operating from within his frame of reference at the time, as we all must.

      Will his actions actually change anything? Probably not. Train’s left the station at this point.

      Have his actions caused anybody to ignore the Long Emergency in front of us? Better question: Is anybody paying attention to it in the first place?

      • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

        “Is anybody paying attention to it in the first place?” Very few. Fewer still will accept the outcome. They will look for a group other than themselves to blame. That group will be whoever looks or talks different.

  37. nickel March 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    I despair for the world. I used to believe in the overall benevolence of most governments in the West. That trust is now shattered. Madness and greed seem to reign everywhere. No one cares about the welfare or wishes of the common man. Nations have to be dismantled to make way for one ideology or another, whether it is the primacy of the market, corporations and unregulated financial flows on one side, or venerating at the altar of multiculturalism and diversity of all stripes, racial, religious or sexual on the other.

    The United States, which used to be part of the solution to the world problems, is now a huge part of the madness spreading into much of the world. Almost twelve years ago, after what we now know is a barrage of propaganda, it invaded Iraq, a country that was no threat to them, in the name of democracy and freedom, causing hundred of thousands of deaths and plunging a country into a bloody chaos from which it has never recovered. They hanged people at Nuremberg for less than that. You would think that there would be debate about the american intervention and its legacy. But there is zero place in american politics or intellectual discussions for remorse or contrition over this foreign catastrophy. Instead, we get blockbusters about a sniper with a heart of gold and anger at anyone having reservations about reducing the Iraq war to heartland heroes fighting the darkest of evil one bullet at a time. The western world moved on to Libya, where another less than perfect head of state was ritually demonized, before being humanitarian-bombed for democracy. The results were the same: another country collapsing into chaos and non-statehood, the most bloodthirsty groups freed from restraint, refugees by the thousands, dead Americans, armed lunatics spreading into neighbouring countries. You’d think this would be enough of a lesson in the folly of social engineering in distant lands through humanitarian missiles? Of course not. The West decided next to arm the opposition in Syria. Well Russia banged its fist on the table and so Assad is still in place, but we can see some of the opposition that the west and its allies financed and armed, beheading, religiously clearing, and the usual side effects of western intervention: social collapse, fanaticism, refugees and dead. Again you would think that this time people will wake up from their torpor but no. As if it did not have enough geopolitical balls in the air at the moment, governments and media are whipping themselves into a frenzy over the next next Hitler, I mean Saddam Hussein, I mean Gaddafi, I mean el-Assad, I mean Putin. Ukraine is stumbling from bad to worse, month after month, following idiotic policies that so far have turned the country into a complete basket case, thousands of dead and a million refugees from a civil war. Meanwhile the West is cheering on and encouraging this, this train wreck. Has everyone gone stark, raving mad?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Exactly. The hidden power is International Finance which desires the death of all Nations. None of America’s policies make sense in terms of their purported aims. They all make sense if the former motive is assumed. This is the power that Hitler fought.

      • routersurfer March 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

        No nations, no rules. A paradise for banksters.

    • And So It Goes March 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      Yes, hate and ignorance do that: It makes people stark raving mad…

  38. And So It Goes March 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    Well Said

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Even if you do say so yourself.

  39. Smoky Joe March 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Snowden, a hero? Check.

    Putin? Well, he’s a courageous thug, unafraid to do what it takes to save Holy Mother Russia.

    He’s a villain, Jim, but in the end, he’s admirable. He takes his behind-the-scenes cuts from Russia’s corrupt elite, is unafraid to break heads and flatten cities, and he gets the job done.

    Putin is not a fraidy-cat in a suit, which would describe most of the nonentities on Capitol Hill. He’s smart, as is Obama, but not bound by Obama’s need to compromise or play nice. I wish Obama had 2% of Putin’s cunning; he’d have crushed the GOP like the bugs and bumpkins they are.

    Putin is our enemy, but we need him if we are going to stop the worse enemy that radical and apocalyptic Islam has become to the US, EU, Russia, and China. We all need to clobber those hairballs, together, so we can go back to fighting about the Ukraine like good Westerners.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      “Crushed the GOP like bugs” – this is the dehumanization mentality that leads to Genocide. Democratic true believers are very dangerous people. The threat of Tyranny comes from the Left now in America.

      Meanwhile the Democratic Party is trying to get as many Muslims into America as possible – as long as their “moderates”. As if we can know that or as if the 2nd generation wont radicalize as they have in Europe.

      • Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

        as long as [their] “moderates”. – Janos


        Monday must be fuck up day for there, their and they’re.

    • Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      we can go back to fighting about [the] Ukraine like good Westerners. – Smoky Joe


      No [the], just Ukraine.

    • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      So, “Yeah Thugs,” as long as they’re our thugs. Is that the gist?

    • Ishabaka March 3, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

      Keep drinking the Kool Aid the U.S. military industrial complex pours. Yes, we need to spend another trillion dollars fighting radical Islam – because the first trillion dollars we spent in Iraq and Afghanistan was money so well spent. There is a reason our military industrial complex is depicting ISIL as men seven feet tall and bulletproof, about to pop up in every mall in America. The reason is money. One trillion dollars feathers a lot of beds, and greases a lot of palms.

  40. ghostlimb March 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    The Frontline doc, “Putin’s Way” casts a bleak, hard-angled Russian winter’s night on Vlad the Thug. Is it composure he shows or an absence of affect – the expressionless, death stare of a tyrant.

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  41. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Anotherplayaguy: “More heroic was to oppose the war and not fight, protesting and taking the heat — unlike the neo-cons who supported it but dodged it.”

    Yes. Kerry realized, after fighting in the war, that it was a wrong-headed endeavor. Kerry had to guts to come home and oppose it. He threw his war medals back to those who sent people to war. Kerry is a war hero. But JHK insults him every week.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      His comrades loathed him. And that’s the best test of a soldier perhaps. So they swift boated the punk.

      • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

        Then he came back to front for the war machine several decades later when the money was good. Wonder why his comrades (or anyone else) would come to loathe him?

    • hineshammer March 2, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

      Kerry may be a war hero, but that was a long time ago, in an awful, chosen war that killed millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians. Now he has become what he once purported to despise, a war pig, an empty-headed mouthpiece for corporatocracy. Let’s face it, war is good business and it makes a few powerful people very rich.

  42. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    “The Ukraine” – more of a ‘breadbasket’

    No, thanks to great efforts of Vicky Nooland and Co., more of a nutbasket now.

  43. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    nickel: “Madness and greed seem to reign everywhere. No one cares about the welfare or wishes of the common man.”

    Nickel, you care and you organize others who care. Madness and greed can be defeated. For example, the water war in Bolivia. Private greed that wanted to control water needed by the common man was defeated. There are hundreds of like examples all over the world.


  44. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    “You will bury us?” — Janos Skorenzy

    Janos, where the hell did I say something like that???!!! Is it a cultural misunderstanding? I still have a daughter in States, she’s in med school.

  45. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    “I really don’t think the US has any real power that deep in Europe or that close to Russia.” — Volodya

    V, wake the hell up. Americans are occupying the entire floor of the Ukrainian State Security Building, entire county is under direct American governance, time to loose your political virginity.

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    • Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      entire [county] is under direct American governance, time to [loose] your political virginity. – Finca


      county or country?


      • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

        “county or country?” country and every friggin county in it

        [lose] = [loose] lips sink ships


  46. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Smoky Joe: “not bound by Obama’s need to compromise or play nice.”

    Jeezus… where have you been?

    Certainly not on the receiving end of Obama’s order to put bullets into the heads of Somali pirates.

    Not in hiding in Pakistan, as in Obama’s order to find and take out Osama Bin Laden (something W could not get done).

    Not under the reign of terror that is the Obama ordered drone program.

    Not under the bombs Obama ordered be dropped on ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.

    Obama has no trouble at all when it comes to use of force. Putin should remember that.

    • Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      You sound thrilled by all this violence, WPA. I thought you were a pacifist.

    • DA March 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

      I’m pretty sure Vlad realizes that fully. I’m also pretty sure that Vlad realizes Obama ain’t really pulling the strings.

  47. carina March 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Hey Jim, I think you’re getting a bit lazy, or a bit Orlov-ish.

    Maybe some study of Putin and his “government” would be a good idea before you stand so strongly in his corner? Do you really know who this guy is, what he stands for, where he came from, and where he’s going? I live in Eastern Europe, we take Putin seriously.

    Putin is as pure as Hitler. He wouldn’t hesitate to put you, your clan, and all you stand for in the grave. His restraint comes only from international pressure. The lesser of two evils is not Putin my friend.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

      Outside the rain and hail.
      – Putin is to blame!
      Cat refuse to feed its kittens
      – It’s Putin at it again!

      The light went out, the fence fell down
      The car stalled
      Healthy tooth was removed
      The thief climbed into apartment
      You did not like the movie,
      Or stepped into shit …


    • GetAbike March 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      My thoughts exactly.
      I have been reading JHK since 2007-ish and he knows more about some things than others, and sometimes little to no thought at all goes into his sweeping proclamations.
      Ya just gotta roll with it, as over-all he does have something to say that is worth reading.

  48. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Mr. St. Joseph, I am describing how Obama does not play nice. When have I said I am a pacifist. You must be confusing me with someone else.

  49. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Attacks on John Kerry Discredited


  50. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Puuuuuuuuuutiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!!!! is not a pacifist. Those who order assassinations of political opposition must know that just as easily they can be brought down by political opposition. Putin is stirring up a hornets’ nest.

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    • abbybwood March 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      I cannot wait to see the evidence you have that Putin is to blame for the murder of Nemtsov.

      You know, they have surveillance video of the murder and the car plates. And his 23 year old Ukrainian girlfriend went to the police station and sang all night to the police.

      Personally, I am hoping that the case is solved and that the murderer turns out to be some Ukrainian nut jobs with mafia ties who did not appreciate Nemtsov’s whining about Crimea returning to Russia etc.

      Time (hopefully) will tell.

      In the mean time, show us your evidence.

  51. Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Read Wilbur’s published diary. – Janos


    I thought it was settled yesterday that his last name is Wilber…or are you talking about a different Wilbur?

    • Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      He must be talking about Wilbur Post from Mr. Ed since JHK mentioned that in this week’s offering, although I didn’t know he had a diary. I know Anne Frank had one, but not Wilburrrrrrr.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      Yeah, no. Which one are you talking about? I hear he has doubles or doppelgangers.

  52. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Janos said: They make love covered in Heinz Ketchup.

    Yes, but part of the curse of being the heir to the Heinz Ketchup fortune is having to wait. It takes John forever to get it up, and then another forever to release the increasingly diminished payload. But I guess it must be worth it to her. That’s love. Love is having to wait and not minding.


    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

      Love means never having to say your sorry. How do I begin? To tell the story of how great a love can be. The story that is older than the sea.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

        you’re – just in case Q tries to get over on me again. Why does he do this? The market is doing great. Isn’t that enough? Or is it, as Wilber might say, his Atman project; his attempt at meaning and immortality thru secondary sacrifice and striving?

        • hineshammer March 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

          Maybe he just hates to see the English language mangled at every turn. I know I do.

  53. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    In the mean time, show us your evidence.

    It’s clear to me it’s the short, wiry guy with the receding hairline often seen on the corner handing out Fair Play For Cuba leaflets to any and all. It’s always him when no one else can be found and I suspect it won’t be any different with this assassination. It will be this very same person who gets Putin in the end. You can count on it.

  54. Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    We call our local bread basket “the Palouse”. – Janos


    Yes, you can call it that because it is not a country with definite borders. Rather, the Palouse is a REGION of the northwestern United States, encompassing parts of southeastern Washington, north central Idaho and, in some definitions, …

    The NY Times and other major newspapers decided 25 years ago that ‘the’ Ukraine was grammatically incorrect. The ambassador from Ukraine wrote at some length on this subject saying ‘the’ Ukraine was incorrect. What more does it take?

    Q. from the New Jersey

    • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm #


      Bill from the Beantown.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      All exact sets are in fact fuzzy sets – except in Plato’s ideal world of forms. But you reject the Forms – thus you castrate yourself like the old followers of Attis. Your canons are jury rigged McGuyver blow up dolls. I’ve told you repeatedly to read not the Times, but the Eternities (Thoreau).

      • hineshammer March 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

        Is that a literal castration?

    • nickel March 3, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Don’t get your panties in a knot. English usage used to be “the Ukraine”. To quote wikipedia, “Prior to Ukraine’s independence from the USSR, the country was generally called “the Ukraine” (with the definite article appended before the name) in English”.

  55. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    The evidence is cumulative. We have been witnessing for some time in Putin’s Russia, a climate where the Russian civil society gets intimidated. Even singing in a church can get you sent to Siberia. Putin did that to Pussy Riot.

    This climate, this atmosphere of intimidation, is of course reinforced by this murder. We can only call on Russia to meet its obligations such as those laid out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

    Of course, with Putin taking over the investigation, we will soon find out who the real killer is. Putin will not investigate himself, but finding a scapegoat has never been a problem in the past.

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  56. Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    Should be a [loud] of laughs!



  57. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    “Puuuuuuuuuutiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!!!! is not a pacifist. Those who order assassinations of political opposition must know that just as easily they can be brought down by political opposition. Putin is stirring up a hornets’ nest.”

    Moscow’s rumor mill actually tells that Nemtsov was a high-level political double-agent working for Putin all along, feeding disinformation to Ukrainian President Pornoshenko regarding mythical Russian troops in Ukraine. The murder was a payback from SBU (Ukrainian State Security).

    No wonder Americans and Ukrainians flopped so badly in latest military campaign – Welcome to Scythian methods of waging a war, it’s a little more subtle than American approach of bombing the hell out of everything that moves or has above ground heat signature.

  58. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Obama can increase pressure on Putin by sending defensive weapons to Kiev. And he should consider stationing permanently a stronger NATO ground and air contingent in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to shield those three allies from Putin. In the wake of Nemtsov’s murder and Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, there is no other alternative for a stronger US-led coalition to contain Putin, who is the greatest menace to a democratic Europe in this century.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

      “Obama can increase pressure on Putin by sending defensive weapons to Kiev.”

      So, how’s defensive weapons actually work? Do they shoot backward? Or sideways?

  59. beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    I’m a little surprised – but not much – there hasn’t been much mention in CFN of Leonard Nimoy’s passing What, we’re so anti-American culture that no one would comment on it? After all, Star Trek was an iconic ’60’s phenomenon.

    Yeah, it was very mediocre science fiction. In fact, Rodenberry failed in most of his writing endeavors, but his one success sure was a doozy. What made the show stand out was its basic premise of optimism regarding humanity. I guess it’s anathema to CFNers to think we might overcome our issues and reach the stars. Sure, the show was fiction, but isn’t nice to wish for something greater for us, to demonstrate the possibility of a better future? It’s sure better than the recent spate of dystopian SF playing in our theaters.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      I loved the show as a youth, but now I see it with eyes of maturity. They pushed race mixing with the inter-species marriage idea of Spock being half human. And Kirk kissed Uhuru – the first inter-racial kiss on TV.

      Rodenberry, Nimoy, Shatner – all Jews. The Vulcans are supposed to be the Jews perhaps. Rodenberry did have a creative mind I admit. But it was up to later Star Treks to explore the problems of Star Fleet and how they weren’t willing to leave other species alone.

  60. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    So, how’s defensive weapons actually work? Do they shoot backward? Or sideways?

    Well, they would not be used for offensive purposes, like going into a neighboring country, as Putin did in Crimea, to take it over militarily. If you understand the difference between offensive and defensive, you realize there is a chronological component: they shoot, but they shoot back, only after being shot at.

    Does that sound threatening to you? I can understand why it would to Putin.

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    • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Ok, got you. Shot-at -> shoot back Shot-back -> shoot at. Need to read the manuals. Have you translated them to that awful Ukr-language? Could be a lill’ confusing with the pants full of shit under the fire.

  61. Farmer McGregor March 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Your write, Framer — Q.Shtik

    Q, you might appreciate this statement:
    Dew knot trussed yore spell checquer to fined awl yore mistakes.


  62. wpa--ccc March 2, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    BTB, it happened last week and was commented on last week. The comment was directed to you, so I’m surprised you missed it:

    Leonard Nimoy, a Brookline boy, beantownbill, did you know that?

    What a class act he will always be.

    For those of you not familiar with his work in the rejected pilot for Start Trek, he was a much more emotional, fiery Spock.

    His character was toned down into the legendary Spock we all love for all subsequent episodes.

    All imitators (in later series/movies) are pathetic attempts to recapture his greatness. A sham. Like Kevin Costner playing baseball…ugh.

    Check out the pilot on youtube.
    Also, check out the many Star Trek bloopers there, great fun.

    To the transporter room, Mr. Spock.


  63. QuantumOfIdleness March 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    I can’t for the life of me see anything remotely heroic in the actions of a sniper like Chris Kyle, or any sniper, for that matter. In the Illiad, Homer derided archers, since they could kill a man from a remote location. A true hero would face his adversary in hand to hand combat. Some yahoo hiding up on a balcony with a high powered rifle and a precision scope, locking onto his unwitting human prey like a camouflaged hunter targeting a deer is, from the Homeric point of view, about as unheroic as anyone can be. “Heroic sniper” is even more of an oxymoron than “military intelligence.”

    • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      “A true hero would face his adversary in hand to hand combat.”

      That is so 1980s. “Go ahead, make my day, punk!”

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

      Yeah the Celts held to the Homeric ideas and suffered the consequences when fighting less romantic peoples like the Romans and Normans. They admired Norman swords and would take them off the dead bodies, but eschewed the armor as cowardly. As one Norman wrote to another, “Our opponents are naked. Strike Barons, strike!”

      Likewise the Celts would enter the fray against the Romans yelling insults and individual challenges just like the Homer heroes. The Romans would keep rank, each man part of the formation, cutting at opponents on either side of him as well as in front of him.

      The Picts, who may not have been Celts by race although in the Celtic culture, did much better, fighting with cunning and surprise rather than wild charges.

    • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

      That’s just the advance of technology, my man. We’ve been using tech since the 1st caveman clubbed a rival to death. Over the millenia we’ve developed such hi-tech that we now bomb people in the middle-east by individuals sitting in chairs in Colorado, and we have the capacity to obliterate billions from outer space at the push of a button.
      In that sense, shooting some individuals from several hundred yards away doesn’t seem as disgusting.

      By the way, “American Sniper” was an anti-war movie which showed the inhumanity of man, while extolling the individual soldier. The people the sniper killed were going to kill American soldiers. War sucks and tends to destroy the survivors, too, but Kyle actually had to choose whether to kill the enemy or let his people die. Making such a decision is not for the faint-of-heart and hardly the act of a coward. The true monsters and cowards are those who sent soldiers over there in the first place.

      • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

        And maybe we are the true cowards and monsters for allowing our politicians to wage unjustified wars (I always thought most politicians are ego-driven maniacs).

      • QuantumOfIdleness March 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

        “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life …”
        – Thoreau

        Yes, the people the sniper killed were going to kill American soldiers, but the American soldiers were invaders! Isn’t it right to do anything you can to drive out an invading force? In so far as a nation needs a military, no soldier should ever set foot on another nation’s soil. The people killing American soldiers in Iraq were fighting off invaders, just as we would be doing if they came here. If ISIS invaded the US, we would be plotting to kill them off at every opportunity. Would an ISIS sniper then be a hero, since he would be killing Americans who were going to kill ISIS soldiers? Nazi snipers killed Poles who were certainly planning to kill Nazi soldiers. Why not extol individual Nazi snipers in our celebration of the individual soldier? I really see no difference.

        America is a good nation, and other nations I’ve visited, and I’ve visited quite a number, are just as good. We have values that are suited to the people who decided to live and/or stay here. Our values are suitable for “here” but not necessarily anywhere else. We should stop believing in the universality of our values. Face it, values are relative.

        America will do well to just leave other people alone. If we feel guilty about the mess we have made in the Middle East, we should put our money where our mouth is, and see to it that every person threatened by ISIS or any other sectarian group in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria should be guaranteed safe haven in the United States. We have already spent upwards of a trillion dollars messing up that part of the world. Surely the trillion we are preparing to spent to blow up ISIS would be better spent simply taking care of the millions of refugees that are fleeing that part of the world.

        • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

          Your argument would lead to a slippery slope. Moral relatism is like that and opens up a whole new thread of discussion.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

          Well said. But you have no loyalty. You talk about America like it wasn’t your own country. Old Hasidic aphorism: you should two pieces of paper, one in each pocket. One says the Universe was created for me and I am the center. The other saying, I am nothing, just dust that abides for a little while. Between and with these two, a man can live.

          In terms of patriotism, you need the first piece of paper. You don’t love your mother because she is the best woman, but because she is your mother.

  64. Therian March 2, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    The Boomers became far too interested in indulging sensuality with absolutely zero consequences to be a great generation. As the sexual revolution burned out, we got left with a social model where women with the desire to keep a home and rear children was censured and marginalized as if they were freaks. The sexual revolution created a mindset where people themselves became “consumables” which can be discarded at the first moment they became disquieting or irritating. California leads the entire known universe in divorce at rates between 70 and 75%.

    I am not writing as an altar boy or some sort of Ayatollah in terms of morality but freedom to indulge sensual whims has gone so far overboard in this culture that there is no social stability. Kids have terrible parental models for how to be actualized adults so it’s little wonder they’re at home whining at age 28 … still with ma and pa.

    • beantownbill. March 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Maybe you are being too harsh on the sensualists? An emotionally healthy person can allow themselves great sensual pleasure and still have a sense of proportion. I consider myself a sensualist to a large degree and had many women in my time, and drank and drugged a fair amount, but I have had a successful career, been faithful to my wife the entire 30 years of our marriage, and helped raise a happy, productive child.

  65. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    The group investigating the murder of Boris Nemtsov uncovered evidence confirming involvement in the murder of Russian politic of Ukrainian special services.

    Investigators are checking the information that the order of Ukrainian special services to kill Boris Nemtsov was executed by Chechen fighters from the so-called Dudayev’s battalion, which launched its activities in eastern Ukraine on the side of the Ukrainian security services. The organizers of the crime could be spouses Adam Osmaev (involved in the case of plotting the assassination of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin) and Amin Okueva formally Press Secretary of the deceased in the Donbas battalion commander Isa Munayev.


    Putzes couldn’t do it themselves fearing to botch it up like they did the Malaysian MH-17 flight.

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  66. Spacecase March 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    I agree with you about Snowden and Putin. I don’t care what anyone says, I think Snowden is a patriot and that he did this country an amazing service. And Putin, even with his foibles, is not the monster they try to portray him as. They won’t stop with the dirty tricks trying to make him look bad, but to me, they are just showing their fear and desperation. Chris Kyle on the other hand…..I don’t consider going into another country where you don’t belong and killing at will to “defend” your country in what I consider to be a war based on naked aggression. I haven’t watched “American Sniper” yet, and probably won’t. I don’t like serial killer movies. Anyways….

    So Jim, I was hoping to be able to ask you what you think about the possibility of turning natural gas into gasoline. Their are companies claiming they are making headway with this in a way that can be very profitable for investors when they go public. Sasol and Siluria are two companies I’ve heard of making plans to do this on a large scale. My father was telling me about some sales pitch he saw about this that was making big claims about being able to undercut gasoline from crude. My dad is the type of guy that you always rag on. Always looking for a get-rich-quick scheme. Something for nothing. So, do you think this is a pipe dream? Could this be a thing?

  67. Q. Shtik March 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    some form of custody or [retraints] – Mastman


    haha, ‘retraints’

    My daddy is in pwison and they have him in retraints.

  68. K-Dog March 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    And then, strangest of all to relate, there is Putin. Our guys are moving heaven and earth to jam him into a red-hot Satan suit but it’s not working.

    A reflection I also like comes from Brain Noise:

    there were two people, Clinton and Zakaria, yapping on and on about the same running memes, official Washington narratives, of “Russian aggression” and, in particular, going on and on about Vladimir Putin and what a horrible evil megalomaniac monster he is supposed to be.

    It’s the same fictional manipulative shit. How is The West and America and Europe to stop the madman Putin

  69. CrusherMuldoon March 3, 2015 at 4:21 am #

    You got one thing slightly wrong, Jim. That ” deranged fellow soldier” was the true hero in the Chris Kyle clusterfuck. Isn’t painfully clear, that in the NWO, there is do room for the Chris Kyle’s of the world? Anyone, who with clear eyes eyes and and an unwavering voice says he has no remorse in “swatting 160+ “human flies” obviously deserves to be exterminated. The only real problem is the continued breed ability of his trailer trash wife. Did you catch the Xian symbol she wore around her neck as every other word from her mouth was “fuck” or “fucking ” Watch out the products of their furtive couplings; Make sure those little bastards never wear orange while they go a-hunting.

  70. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    Who is Jihadi John? CNN’s blooper hints he’s… Putin

    As the world media raced to break the identity of the Islamic State killer nicknamed Jihadi John, some of them moved too fast. Like CNN, who unexpectedly paraded Vladimir Putin’s image in its Who-is-Jihadi-John report.


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  71. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Kasparov: “Putin will die a criminal, The bad news is we don’t know when and how it happens, but the good news is, he doesn’t know either.”

  72. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    Rejected Demand

    The location of Sunday’s march symbolizes the weakness of the anti-Putin movement. While the opposition insisted on holding rallies in central Moscow in 2011-2012, organizers agreed this time to move to Marino, on the outskirts of the capital, after city officials rejected their demand for a site close to the Kremlin.


  73. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Anti-Putin Opposition Looks to Russian Spring for Revival

    (Bloomberg) — Just before he was jailed for handing out leaflets at a metro station, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny used his last moments in a Moscow court to record a video urging supporters to join a March 1 protest against President Vladimir Putin.


  74. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    All this chain of events, starting from Kasparov’s statement and CNN’s blooper, 15-days administrative arrest of Alexey Navalny, murder of Nemtsov and move of anti-Putin protest march from Moscow’s “bedroom” community to the Kremlin walls tells that we just witnessed a giant flop of American attempt to start a Maidain in Moscow in order to initiate regime change in Moscow.

    Navalny definitely had enough common sense to get himself arrested by openly breaking a law in front of Moscow’s police – better serve 15 days in jail than eternity in a wood box.

  75. BackRowHeckler March 3, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    Point taken on Putin Jim, but a better example is Bibi Netanyahu.

    Here we have the rarest of men, a western leader with balls and a backbone, a real leader looking out for the interests of his own people and his own country.

    He’s not afraid to name the enemy, and I have yet to hear him state, in the face of unprecedented Islamic terror and savagery, “the greatest threat to the western world is global warming”.

    Meanwhile, the Imams, Grand Muftis and Ayatollahs in the White house are striking a deal with the Imams, Grand Muftis and Ayatollahs in Tehran.


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    • Buck Stud March 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

      “Here we have the rarest of men, a western leader with balls and a backbone, a real leader looking out for the interests of his own people and his own country.

      He’s not afraid to name the enemy, and I have yet to hear him state, in the face of unprecedented Islamic terror and savagery, “the greatest threat to the western world is global warming”.”

      Yeah right. The “Republican Senator from Israel” as one poster termed him, realizes that short of a nuclear response, Israel cannot go toe to toe with Iran in a conventional war. Put another way, this war monger wants American boys and girls to go fight and die in a contrived conflict eerily reminiscent of the “Iraqi WMD” bullshit.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

        Bravo. No more wars for Israel. Let old men like BRH volunteer and go fight as mercenaries if they really care that much.

      • Therian March 3, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

        Succinctly stated, Buck. Our former Knesset representative who masqueraded as a Virginia Congressman was Eric Cantor but he was defeated in the primaries by a tea party guy because Cantor is just a tool of Israel and his constituents had enough of that.

        Make no mistake about it, Netanyahu’s goal is to whip up lots of funding and warmongering. If he’d had his way we would have gone to war with Syria. That’s Israel’s game is to get the USA to do its fighting for it everywhere in the Middle East.

        Conveniently, it gets rare mention that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, where it is joined only by India, Pakistan, and South Sudan. I still find it well nigh incredible that in 1948 the people speaking for the Jews seeking a homeland would actually willfully choose a place where hatred was guaranteed. And not just hatred from anybody but hatred from ill-educated Jihadis with nothing but time on their hands.

        Meanwhile, we funnel billions of free dough annually to Israel and make sure its weapons get modernized. It’s not like Israel is out there in North Africa, Arabia, or Asia Minor looking for oil for us or doing any other truly USEFUL favors. The ONE favor they did for us was in 1981 when they knocked out the Osirak Reactor in Iraq … if we can view that as a “favor”. The French, to this day, aver that the reactor was for scientific research only.

        Otherwise, I’m not sure what that little country the size of New Jersey does for us except roil a vast collection of lands full of absolutely atavistic nutters.

  76. BackRowHeckler March 3, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Speaking of global warming and climate change driving home from work Feb.23, thru the village of Nepaug, thermometer on truck dashboard, at 5:30 am, temp. registered -24dF.

    I know, I know, its warm someplace else, where most people never go and never will go, and its also hot on the computer models at East Anglia University, which predict temperatures and measure sea levels, and also apply for government grants in London, Washington and from the UN.


    • sauerkraut March 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

      BRH, I am indeed heartened to note the depth of your understanding of these issues, and how very much we agree.

      When you write, “I know, I know, it’s warm someplace else …” it is obvious that you understand the global nature of global warming. Sadly, such a sophisticated understanding is far from universal.

      When you write, “… and it’s also hot on the computer models …” it seems clear that you are concerned about the lack of any real action, and that in place of action, the only thing being done is to fund scientists to document our demise.

      The latter is indeed a sad commentary on, nay indictment of, our governments and our economic systems. Good on you for calling them out.

    • stelmosfire March 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

      Howdy Marlin, I differ with the term Global Warming, I prefer Global Climate change,This past Feb. was the coldest recorded in 180 years of record keeping here in Western Ma., I burned over 700 dollars worth of oil between 1-29 2015 and 3-4 2015 that is with three rooms shut off in my 2000 sq. ft. 1920 house. Plus we had over 70 ” of snow in 30 days. California is in a huge drought and Lake Mead is drying up. Their go the fruit prices. The Sierra has squat for snow. The times they are a’ changin”. The Arctic is melting and Antartica is gaining snow.

      • stelmosfire March 4, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

        I fell bad for the Maple Sugar guys, the snow is 3′ plus in the woods. I was boiling sap many years at this time.not so much this year.I don’t have Clydesdales and a sledge. The sap is not even flowing yet. Too cold at night and during the days.Maybe next week.

      • sauerkraut March 5, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

        Why not Global Warming? It is an accurate description, because the globe as a whole is warming up, as BRH has noted.

        This causes the jet stream to shift, which tends to bring colder winter temperatures to the East coast of North America. Not entirely obvious, I grant you, but that is really the point of having scientists study the problem: it puts anecdotal evidence into context.

  77. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    “Meanwhile, the Imams, Grand Muftis and Ayatollahs in the White house are striking a deal with the Imams, Grand Muftis and Ayatollahs in Tehran.” — brh

    You can’t solve the ISIS problem without participation of Iran, Syria and Egypt. And ISIS problem was fanned into flames largely by the efforts of H.Clinton and Sen. McCain and their likes.

  78. PeteAtomic March 3, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    The heroes in the world exist in places like where I work– in a hospital. My coworkers are literally taking their own lives in their hands every day from contagious disease, injury, and violent, out of control patients.

    I think some of the most villainous people in the last several decades (if not longer), have been some of the operators on Wall Street, and the US financial industry in general. That big ‘sucking sound’ coming out of the heart of America, particularly since 2008, are the balls of steroid capitalism going totally flaccid.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

      Agreed. My mate is also a minimally paid hospital care worker. Huge risk, minimal reward. While the fucking Hospital CEO sits upstairs and laughs while he rakes in the cash. FUCKING CORPORATE PIGS!!!

  79. volodya March 3, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    V, wake the hell up. Americans are occupying the entire floor of the Ukrainian State Security Building, entire county is under direct American governance, time to loose your political virginity. – Fin

    …entire country is under direct American governance? Seriously? HA-HA-HA-HA-HA…

  80. ozone March 3, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Meanwhile, arch-villains are hard at work implementing A Most Excellent Adventure In VietUkIraqiStan (ver.4.0)!


    Check the video with Kernel Foster (choice bringer of freedumb and demockery) near the bottom. I didn’t know the 173rd Airborne was in the bid’nez of advisor-ing neo-nazis enforcement arm, although advertized as a conventional combat brigade. Huh, guess they’ll just have to improvise.

    Why was this decision to escalate made? Well, hell, it’s obviously worked out peachy-keen every other time! (…as far as making the country-to-be-saved du jour into a devastated wasteland: a complete success and mission accomplished.)

    Uh-oh, looks like the Pentagone is going to make a lot of heroes in eastern Ukraine. Thing is, they’ll be known as “separatists”. (Take your crazy pills and cheer along the troops, won’t you?)

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    • ZrCrypDiK March 6, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      “Uh-oh, looks like the Pentagone”

      Ory-gone, *indeed*!!!

      Didn’t Ben Affleck get “10 thumbs up” supporting the RELIGION thangy (poor Bill Maher)?!?

      Sorry, BRO – Religion is the ENTIRE problem. Women R 2nd class – believ DAT (rhymes).

      • ZrCrypDiK March 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

        My absolute bad (trying to pull a TRAIN). I’ve been anti-clearcut for about 30 years (not working out so well)…

  81. barbisbest March 3, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Heroes: veterans, everyday citizens, nurses, mothers, fathers, writers … 1% of the citizenry goes in to the military, 1% of citizens go into farming. 94 billion dollars a year is spent to fight terrorism, not much goes to help veterans. My country needs 2 million farmers. Many veterans are well suited to farming: strong, perseverant, capable. Please give our farmland around the country to veterans who wish to farm. Thank you. Concerning agriculture, label GMO foods.

    • CrusherMuldoon March 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Yeah I can just picture Chris Kyle driving a John Deere with bib overalls and a straw stalk sticking out of his mouth

  82. Pucker March 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    It looks like the Chicago police have been operating a black site torture chamber near a high school. Creepy….

  83. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    “Why was this decision to escalate made? “ — ozone

    The weight of contradictions in the world is such that it is no longer subject to peaceful solution.

    It is impossible to carry out technically; the number of contradictions that exist in the world today cannot be solved through diplomatic ways.

    Interests of the parties are so numerous and so opposed that they can only be settled in the case of total surrender of one of them.

  84. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Well-being of the Western civilization is based on infinite credit encouraged consumption. This allows West to develop the production. However, this model does not work anymore. The average westerner earns roughly a dollar, and consumes two. And this second dollar that he needs for a comfortable life is nowhere to be taken. It can be obtained only by looting the rest of the world. This rest of the world, including Russia, came to the conclusion that there is no reason to give that hard earned dollar to some Arizona farmer or German burgher to live happily ever after. This is the foundation of the global economic crisis.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      The western consumption model is based on the idea that we in the US will consume it if the rest of the world will supply it using their resources (at the point of a gun if necessary, the production of which we will keep in house, thank you very much!), in return for our very own credit-issued US Dollars, backed by “the full faith and credit” of the US government. What could possibly go wrong?

      US hegemony is basically US Dollar hegemony. When the dollar falls, so will US hegemony, and very likely the US government as a coherent entity shortly thereafter. The mainstream ‘conomists and the simpleton public can’t imagine such a scenario just yet, but in an electronically interconnected world such as ours, the initial unraveling could come literally overnight. And then the fun would begin in earnest.

      All of which is based on the availability of underlying cheap fossil fuel energy, which drives all industrial economies (and with them, population levels), and is now waning. In the end, it’s not politics or economics, it’s pure physics. Global energy demands are still rising while supplies (especially of the cheap, economically viable variety) have plateaued and are now falling.

      There’s a global trainwreck on our horizon, and having waited so damn long to recognize it, there’s little or nothing anyone can do about it now. Absent possibly wholesale overnight population reductions of an unimaginable magnitude, which we know top Pentagon and former USSR military planners have extensive experience in considering and planning for.

      Now, consider the otherwise inexplicable recent US actions in Ukraine and make up your own mind. Could be the amateurish stupidity of yet another typical Democratic administration (those loveable buffoons!), like one faction of the MSM would have you believe. Or, it could be the actions of a Cold War dictator to reestablish the rule of a once mighty empire and enslave the free peoples of Europe once again. Or, it could be something else altogether, which you yourself will have to figure out for yourself.

      The whole idea of a free democracy is a pretty good one, in principle at least, but it relies on the idea that the people exercising its privileges are actually smart enough to have them in the first place. And therein lies the rub apparently.

  85. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    The events in Eastern Ukraine are preparation for a hot stage of WWIII. The Russian goal is to postpone and delay that stage as long as possible and, at the same time, not to allow direct military operations to take place on Russian territory. American goals are the opposite.

    If not for the recent breakthrough of newest Russian Nuclear Submarines armed with the latest SLBMs to Atlantic, we would definitely had the hot stage already. For now, only war by proxy is possible, but the balance is very delicate – Americans are hasty and make a lot of mistakes. Quality of decision making process is very poor and seems contradictory among various factions.

    It is much worse than Cuban Missile crisis.

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    • DA March 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      It is much worse than Cuban Missile crisis.

      It very well could be, especially considering US conceit about their technological advantages. And as you correctly note, US decision making is now virtually psychotic in nature, at least from outside appearances. Let’s hope there are cooler, more enlightened heads involved behind the scenes.

  86. Frankiti March 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    Remember when a semblance of respectable media would try to fish out exactly what was really happening?

    The Obama regime, expectedly, gets a pass from the majors, and American media chooses to ignore rather than uncover the machinations at work in the Ukraine.

    Is it going to take an upstart outlet like Vice News to get to the heart of the matter?

    Even PBS’s Frontline chose to go after Putin, and this despot deserves his share of criticism to say the least, but at the expense of ignoring America’s blatant meddling in Europe’s and Russia’s affairs.

    Americans are now being sent to Ukraine and the American people are not delivered, nor do they even expect a reason. Why should they? It’s all good in the hood.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Americans are now being sent to Ukraine and the American people are not delivered, nor do they even expect a reason.

      Some of us do, but we already know what the answer will be, so we’ve learned not to ask.

  87. nsa March 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    A very interesting dialectic today….would the whorish media elites side with an annoying foreign joohadi or a domestic elected nigger……thesis, antithesis, synthesis. We here in Ft. Meade and Langley are laughing our asses off……

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      As am I.

  88. Pucker March 3, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    American Gothic Horror Story. Rahm Emanuel is one of Obama’s buddies.


    • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

      Nice link, but way late to the game. Emmanuel was Obama before Obama was.

  89. FincaInTheMountains March 4, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    Preliminary score: who is winning the war?

    Now who’s got stuck in Ukraine as the Soviet Union in Afghanistan? Russia or United States?

    The desire to remain in Ukraine strangling American efforts in so many important areas that Obama himself has long been glad to give it all up. And he regretted a hundred times that US got involved. The problem is, nobody is letting him off the hook. Neither the opposition nor his own Democrats. Where did it bring the US?

    Relations with Europe are in unprecedented disarray. This has not happened since the end of WWII. Worse still it is not clear with whom these relations to recover in the future! Thanks to the wise leadership the EU is bursting at the seams, decision-making centers are multiplying there, separatism and totally intractable participants. Failure.

    In the Middle East – not only have financed ISIL in Libya, still not handled the situation around Iran, now Iran has made a deal to buy Russian anti-aircraft “S-300”. Forget the Qatar! Saudi Arabia is now in a wild fury, so are the UAE and Israel. Attempts to pass it all as “controlled chaos” deceives nobody: the chaos is already out of control. And this despite the fact that Moscow is also quite successfully pushes its own line. Failure.

    Asia-Pacific region. Thanks to America Russia has revived cooperation with India – a nuclear power and, moreover, not subservient to the US. In addition, the partnership revives in the military sphere, and strengthening of that capacity significantly undermines the traditional US influence on India through Pakistan pressure. Again failure!

    And steadily growing cooperation with China – it’s not even a failure, it is a disaster. It generally has always been a nightmare of States. The combination of Russian military technology with China’s industrial capacity – and farewell to world domination.

    In addition, China and Russia are actively getting rid of US treasury bills, instead massively buying gold. Alliances are created using BRICS currency funds, diplomatic and military support to countries in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, that is, in the main regions of the US national interests. And in addition, China alone “handing out” billions of dollars through its Export-Import Bank on large investment projects – everywhere from Russia to Latin America, and it buys the loyalty of the world. In addition, the precedents of removing US Dollar from bilateral trade are constantly replicated. And all this – on a background of overt attempts to squeeze US out of its dominant position in the IMF.

    In other words, the attack is going against the “sacred cow” – the dollar in its oil incarnation as well as universal currency. This is not a failure; this is five minutes to disaster.

  90. DA March 4, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    Another crack in the facade: even mainstream pundits are floating the idea now. A thought provoking piece, for those who haven’t woke up yet at least.

    American democracy is doomed

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    • DA March 4, 2015 at 11:16 am #

      Poor Robert Reich is apparently just now waking up after 7 years of Obama.

      Robert Reich: America’s entire political system is rigged

      Even more curiously, the subtitle is: The former secretary of labor on the urgent need for a Democrat to take on the country’s moneyed interests

      I guess the poor little guy’s been fast asleep for the past 7 years. Umm…. Robert, both parties are OWNED by the moneyed interests now, and the first law of politics is thou shall not bite the hand that feeds.

  91. FincaInTheMountains March 4, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Rand Corporation, main think tank of the military-industrial lobby, dramatically changed its position. After campaigning for the destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic, it said that now, the worst thing that can happen to the United States and Israel is the fall of President Assad.


    Here is another proof of non-existent consistency in US policy. So, Russia was right all along?

  92. wpa--ccc March 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Finca said: “the order of Ukrainian special services to kill Boris Nemtsov was executed by Chechen fighters from the so-called Dudayev’s battalion” said Finca

    So, Chechen fighters are operating in Moscow, killing people right under Putin’s nose?

    I guess that settles the question of Putin’s competence.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      So, Chechen fighters are operating in Moscow, killing people right under Putin’s nose?

      I guess that settles the question of Putin’s competence.

      Non sequitur.

  93. Janos Skorenzy March 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm #


    The “hands up, don’t shoot” witnesses were lying about everything. And of course the evil media bought it all.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

      No they weren’t, not at all. But of course you knew that already, didn’t you? Only you and yours bought it, but that’s no surprise, is it?

      Justice Department will not prosecute officer who killed Michael Brown

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department won’t prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias and unconstitutional practices.

      Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove former officer Darren Wilson’s testimony that he feared for his safety, nor were there reliable witness accounts to establish that Michael Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was shot.

      But they also said the shooting occurred in an environment of systemic mistreatment of blacks, where officials trade racist emails and jokes and where minorities are disproportionately stopped and searched, fined for petty offenses and subject to excessive police force.

      “Now that our investigation has reached its conclusion, it is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement announcing the findings.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 1:13 am #

        Wow, you really believe in “Big Mike” and his ghetto rat friends. Can any credulity exceed this?

        Here a meditation: a policeman starts to get out his car to talk to you and you slam the door on him. Then you proceed to punch him in the face and try to get his gun. You really think you wouldn’t be shot? And not go to prison for many years if you survived? Why should Blacks be treated any different?

        Holder is bitter and trying to save face. He lost the two big fish, Zimmerman and Wilson. So now he’s going to punish the Fergusson police department. Of course there’s some prejudice among the officers – how could there not be given Black levels of crime? Sane policies accept human nature for what it is and don’t demand perfection, and certainly don’t aim at a certain group with such a destructive intent. Using idealism as a weapon is monstrous. That’s the story of the 20th Century and it’s still going strong in the 21st.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm #


      What the above was basically saying is that the DOJ (under an allegedly black Attorney General and President, no less!) doesn’t have the cajones to actually rectify an obviously grossly fucked-up situation. In that respect, it’s acknowledging that stupid hick-fuck opinions like yours still rule the day, which I suppose you should acknowledge as a victory, for now at least.

      But of course racist policies, stupid as they are, are simply meant to preserve the majority’s interests, which in case you haven’t heard, ain’t going to be white males of European descent for much longer, even here in the USA. I sense you’re a little long in the tooth, as am I, but that might be an idea you keep in mind as you prepare to hand off your legacy to your progeny.


      • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 1:26 am #

        Can’t take your own side to save your own life. Don’t even know you have a side except the political one of being against Conservatives and Traditionalists who do take their own side. Liberalism is a disease of the psyche, not the mind. Only a great physician of the Soul like Jung, Nietzsche, or Kierkegaard could do it justice. They saw it coming in any case.

        Why don’t you try and heal yourself? Give up the Cultural Marxism and become a National Socialist – and live a legacy of true caring for your land and your people.

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm #


      I had to laugh at the link. Thanks for that. You’re a rare treat.

      What We Believe
      Race is an important aspect of individual and group identity. Of all the fault lines that divide society—language, religion, class, ideology—it is the most prominent and divisive. Race and racial conflict are at the heart of some of the most serious challenges the Western World faces in the 21st century.

      The problems of race cannot be solved without adequate understanding. Attempts to gloss over the significance of race or even to deny its reality only make problems worse. Progress requires the study of all aspects of race, whether historical, cultural, or biological. This approach is known as race realism.


      • DA March 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

        I’d only add that perhaps they’re right. White racists are indeed the problem! LOL! You’re priceless man!

      • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 1:17 am #

        Well it’s obvious isn’t it? Whites created Western Civilization. No other people could have, nor can any other maintain it – just as we couldn’t have created Chinese Civilization. Thus as Hispanics take over, America will begin to look like and be like where they came from – some of the most dangerous, impoverished places on earth.

        How unbelievably sad. It need not have been. But ideologues like you turned against their own people and demanded that a Tower of Babel be built – thinking it would attain Heaven. But instead it’s a tunnel to Hell.

  94. Pucker March 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    There’s something weird about American society? The American People seem to get all worked up over Bill Cosby taking advantage of supermodels, Hollywood actresses and couch dancers, but they can’t seem to be bothered about the Chicago Police Department running a dungeon. Maybe the American people just respond to whatever is on TV?

    • DA March 4, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

      Maybe the American people just respond to whatever is on TV?

      You’ve captured it right there!

      • DA March 4, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

        Or the internet of course, if we don’t have to search too hard.

  95. FincaInTheMountains March 5, 2015 at 3:12 am #

    How Russia Could Help China: Weapons and Technology

    Imagine this scenario: The West decides that it is time to arm Ukraine. Russia decides it needs to strike back— and not just in Europe.

    President Putin pulls out his map of the globe and looks for a place where Russian power would best stick it to the United States. His eyes light up on the one area that could not only strengthen ties with a potential partner but do real damage to America’s efforts to “pivot” to that part of the world: the South China Sea.

    Here Comes the Russian SU-35

    China is attempting to enhance its anti-access capabilities in the air domain with the much-rumored purchase of the SU-35 from Russia, a purchase that could become formalized if the West arms Ukraine.

    With greater range than the current PLAAF SU-27/J-11, the SU-35 would give China the ability to deploy advanced fighter jets for longer periods of time in the East and South China Seas, improve the effectiveness of patrols in the recently declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and possibly help Beijing create an ADIZ in the South China Sea. The aircraft would likely be superior to most fighters in Asia (except may be the F-22 or later F-35) and fill the gap until presumably domestic 5th-generation stealth airframes come online. If China armed the plane with advanced anti-ship weapons and based them in newly created airfields on Johnson or Fiery Reef, a new and potent anti-access weapon would emerge, with solid capabilities to push allied forces back to safer waters.


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  96. FincaInTheMountains March 5, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    February 23 2015, on the Russian Defender of the Fatherland Day, CEO of Russia’s leading defense corporations “Rostec” Chemezov reported Russian proposal to supply Iran with anti-aircraft missile systems “Antey-2500” The offer of a prominent Russian defense CEO was put forward in the form of almost an apology: say, we have previously promised to Tehran S-300, but we do not produce them anymore – so, take in their place the notorious “Antey”.

    In fact, it is a tough irony – or, as is now fashionable to say in social networks “trolling on a highest level.” Because “only” Antey-2500 is actually S-300VM that terrifies accustomed to impunity during their pirate raids brave pilots of the United States and their NATO accomplices – only export version of the famous SAM.

    S300 are really not longer made by Russia – they were put in service in 1978. It was replaced by the S-400 and S-500. But US do not have even analog to that “grandfather” of the Russian defense industry – the vaunted American “Patriots” lose them at least in mobility, being stationary.

    The quoted “trolling” was very promptly and rightly judged by Western media – in particular, the influential British newspaper The Guardian. Edition reasonable noticed that upon successful completion of the contract, Iran will get protection of its nuclear facilities (and not only that) from the air strikes of Israel and the United States, thus significantly strengthening its position in the negotiations on the creation of its own nuclear program.

    It seems that the revival of talks on supplying Iran with high-performance air defense systems emerged not just from nowhere. In particular, it can be considered a subtle Kremlin’s response to the bellicose rhetoric about future US arms sales to Kiev’s junta – to enhance the power of its punitive troops in Donbass. That puts Washington in front of a difficult choice.

    Vietnam Flashback

    In December 1972 was the culmination of the American air war in Vietnam. Russian and Vietnamese intelligence knew in advance about the planned large-scale operation. It was learned that the Americans would employ 800 combat aircraft. Americans began operation on December 18 and ended on December 29. Losses due to Russian SAMs during these days were 81 planes. For every 1000 sorties US lost 34 aircraft.

    On December 30 due to heavy losses the US refused to continue this operation. As a result, January 27, 1973 in Paris, they signed an agreement “to end the war and establish peace in Vietnam.” The US Army began to withdraw from Vietnam, leaving its South Vietnamese puppets to wage war.

  97. FincaInTheMountains March 5, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    Rostislav Ishchenko: The Russian Federation will take a key part in creating a new system of international law

    Russia in the coming years will take a key part in prescribing the new rules of the global game, actually – to create a new system of international law. Russia’s role in this system will depend on how effectively it will organize its own immediate area of responsibility, a key place in which belongs to Ukraine. During this year, the Kiev regime must fall apart, the civil war in Ukraine – go to the final stage.

    After this, the global geopolitical struggle will enter its final stage. Excluding the possibility of direct nuclear conflict between Russia and the United States, we have no more than two to three years to complete surrender and the collapse of the financial and economic system of the United States. From that point of view, if the current dynamics is maintained, by the end of 2017 – beginning of 2018 the situation in the world will radically change.

    By this time, a new configuration of the planet, the new international law should be spelled out at the complete elimination of post-Yalta world. Its new contours are difficult to imagine, but it is clear that it will not just be a world without US domination, which will occupy the same position as Germany and Japan after 1945.

    Thus Russia will be responsible for the fate of the Ukrainian population, because the Ukrainians – not French, not Chinese and Turks, but Russians, whether they admit it or not. Responsible because the post-war world will consider it a matter of Russian problem and watch how Russia will cope with it.

    About US tactics in Ukraine: “Washington can ignite a civil war throughout the country”

    Today, Washington is faced with the need to choose between very bad and the worst, either continue to maintain a meaningless Ukrainian government and spend on it their own scarce resources, or else leave the Ukraine and admit defeat. A very serious defeat for that matter, which will send Europe crawling into the Russian camp.

    However, the US still have not very good option, but not the worst of them – to foment a civil war on the entire territory of Ukraine. To do this, you only need to remove Poroshenko as legitimate president.
    The subsequent coup would lead to widespread destabilization and destruction of the control of various kinds of Nazi forces and rapid fragmentation of the country. Thus, the territory of Ukraine is transformed into one big Somalia, where, of course, sooner or later Russia will have to go in and to solve all these problems at its own expense.

    On the prospects of the European Union: “The choice of European politicians is between bad and worse”

    Today, the EU has a choice between continuing movement in the wake of US policy, which will lead it to decay and internal conflicts, or drift under the Russian umbrella that solves many issues in Europe. To date, European interests coincide with the interests of Russia. RF objectively interested in building a multi-polar world, while the United States as the living space narrows is interested in the looting of its closest allies, including the EU.

    The EU, like Russia, is trying to extend the life of the Poroshenko’s regime to get the time to maneuver and gradually rebuild their policies. For the EU, it is obvious that if the Ukraine will burst in flames, then after it will be the Europe’s turn. However, European leaders are now trying to have it both ways: not to quarrel with Russia, and not to betray the US. This position is flawed. However, it should be understood that in politics there is certain inertia. People who have for many years to make certain decisions cannot be sharply turned by 180 degrees to shift the helm. Moreover, the current European bureaucracy feels necessary to be only under the American umbrella, because all their life they worked on the principle that the United States make decisions and they voiced them and earn a good salary, not responsible for anything. These people are not something that works, they cannot think differently. Thus, the selection of European politicians now fluctuates between bad and worse.

    However, the longer they make this choice, the more likely it is going to be very poor.

    • beantownbill. March 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

      The EU is doomed to failure. It’s like a mini-UN, and we see how effective that is. Maybe I’m an anarchist at heart because I can see very little use for governments in general.

      The EU sets monetary policy, which is almost an oxymoron. Governments have close to a perfect record of economic failure. The EU can manipulate its economy but has no legal authority to tell other countries what to do, so the Union is ultimately screwed.

      The entire world is economically linked, so when the EU fails, it will negatively affect Russia. Russia has a lot of natural resources, but it’s most valuable ones are oil and gas, with which it will try to attain primacy over other nations. I foresee Russia being a power center until alternate energy sources come on-line, changing climate affects its food supply, and European financial collapse damages her economy.

      China, on the other hand is doomed, too. It just can’t function properly with its huge population and pollution. Actually, China is just one environmental problem away from disaster. Anyone wanna buy a ghost city real cheap?

  98. BackRowHeckler March 5, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    Janos and Buck Stud,

    In the political universe you two are about as far apart as possible

    But a few days ago when I offered praise for the Israeli Prime Minister you teamed up and hammered me good.

    I know its a cliche, but politics does indeed make strange bedfellows.

    This hatred of Israel, from both the left and the right, is something I will never understand, never.


    • beantownbill. March 5, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Welcome to my world, Marlin. If I had to take a guess, I think it has to do with a combination of ignorance, lack of critical thinking skills and twisted minds. Let’s face it, humanity wouldn’t be in the condition it’s now in if humans weren’t deeply, perhaps fatally flawed.

    • Therian March 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm #


      I guess you haven’t noticed that Netanyahu’s visit to the US Congress was opposed by a majority of Israelis?!

      I’ll tell you why Israel is hated on both sides of the aisle in Washington. They produce NOTHING of value for the USA and we continually feed them aid and modernized weaponry. That’s why. They’re not over there keeping the Nigerian rebels or the Saudi Wahhabists in line. Netanyahu is a barking dog who wants us to go over there and squash Syria or anybody else who doesn’t like them. Easy for them to say when their yearly losses from Hamas bomb-lobbing is on the order of five to fifteen Israeli citizens.

      You will “never understand”?? That’s because you’ve got two hands over your ears and your wife’s hands over your eyes. I’ll tell you what I will “never understand” and that’s the choice of putting israel in the Middle East in 1948 thereby guaranteeing ENDLESS strife. Endless!!!!

      • beantownbill. March 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

        Your statements show your ignorance. You’re not Jewish, or if you are, a totally unaware one. You don’t understand what the land means to Jews. Jews feel their land was given to them by God. Whether you believe in God or not, that is how the Jewish people feel about their land, and that is why they formed their country in that specific area, despite their neighbors.

        As far as what Israel has done for the US: it is effectively a western forward base in a mideast area filled with a very valuable and necessary resource. It gives the US a valid premise (regardless of whether or not Israel should exist) to be in that area. If Israel did not exist,the US would not have had as much success procuring oil in that region.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

          Right, the God you and most Jews don’t believe in gave “you” that land. You were offered Madagascar, an island large enough for all your needs but you chose a tiny land surrounded by enemies whom you brutalized in the taking. You people obviously love being in the center of things, being important, talked about, being victims, demanding others come to your aid. Endless. You knew that Christians would be incredibly excited over this fool’s endeavor and would offer no end of aid. This was a prospect you simply couldn’t pass up.

          As you well know, Jews are mostly Turko-Slavs and have no ancestral connection to Palestine. The spiritual connection is also null as you are mostly agnostics and atheists. It’s no different than Irish Catholics trying to take back Asia Minor because some Celts lived there long ago. They would have a stronger claim than you. I grant you may actually have sentimental feelings, but sentimentality is itself usually an illusion, certainly no excuse for WW3.

          • BackRowHeckler March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

            Madagascar? Wasn’t that Heydrich’s plan before Czech partisans, trained in England, blew him up with a grenade?


          • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

            Don’t know BRH. Are you suggesting that the Nazis didn’t want to kill all Jewry? That’s heresy. You could be burned at the stake for that – or at least spend years in prison like so many men in Europe are doing.

            Look, you admire Bibi as a man who stands up for his people. America is such an abject failure in this regard that millions of conservatives have become FANS of foreign leaders. Think about that – and try to fight it. It’s not healthy and Bibi is not American. He doesn’t care about us, he just doesn’t want to take on Iran by himself. Better our boys die and not his. Btw, Iran has rejected this scenario point blank. If Zionists attack Iran, Iran is going to counter attack against all Zionists and not just American ones.

        • Therian March 6, 2015 at 4:15 am #

          If Israel did not exist, the US wouldn’t have a “premise” to be in that area? We wouldn’t have much success procuring oil in the Middle East. Man oh man … such cavalier PRONOUNCEMENTS backed by … NOTHING.

          Should we give North America back to the Amerindians because “God” gave them that land? Forget about my religion because it’s obvious in every syllable of your post what YOUR religion is. We do NOT use Israel as a “staging area” to procure oil. You ought to write fiction, dude, because the shit you made up above shows staggering “chutzpah”.

          Yes, by all means, let’s placate groups that make up far less than 1% of the world’s population. So what your saying is that WORLD PEACE ITSELF IS IRRELEVANT TO WHAT THE JEWS WANT.

          You’re out of your fucking mind.

    • Buck Stud March 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm #


      Your overly simplistic/false comment regarding ‘hate of Israel’ is why I loathe these types of forums at times. First of all, nobody ‘hammered you good’. I was simply expressing my dislike of the Boner/ Bibi stunt in Congress and BN’s continually fanning of the war fire.

      Second, I have praised Israel on many occasions here. In fact, I do think the west and the U.S. greatly benefit from Israel on numerous fronts, specifically, science/medicine and culture/art. The great tragedy for Israel, IMO, is people like Bibi (and of course, the Islamic lunatics) have reduced Israel to an aggressive, reactionary country which overshadows the considerable benefits that Israel proactively brings to the civilized tables of the world.

      • malthuss March 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

        Did MOSSAD invent modern day terrorism? Just asking.

      • BackRowHeckler March 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

        Fanning the war fire? Last week the Iranian military, in the middle of negotiations with the US, sank a mocked up US Navy aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. And just yesterday the Ayatollah reaffirmed his commitment to wipe Israel off the face of the map? Are you paying attention?


  99. BackRowHeckler March 5, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Altho having just read George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’, I can see how incredibly complicated politics can be, ‘specially in times of stress and uncertainty.


    • nsa March 5, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      Nothing complicated at all. Blair (real name) entered the Spanish civil war on the anti-fascist side fighting with the anarchists. He was shot in the neck and later hunted by his formed comrade-in-arms, the socialists and communists. A more interesting book is his Down and Out in Paris and London….in which he routinely spits in the food of tourists……a practice still common. Wherever you go in the world, they are spitting in your food…….even have a name for it…..”ranch dressing”.

      • BackRowHeckler March 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

        I don’t know NSA, the politics Orwell describes is hard to follow, (like the politics in CFN) POUM, UGT, EBT POUG, Anarchists, Trotskyites, Stalinists, Civil Guards, all part of the popular front, but shooting each other and hunting each other down, at the same time trying to hold off Franco’s army. It seems like so much minutia now but held the world’s attention in the late 30s.


    • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      Read “The Invention of the Jewish People”. You need it.

  100. Cold N. Holefield March 5, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    I don’t hate Israel any more than I hate any other country. Hate isn’t an appropriate word. I understand some people love to love Israel and some people love to hate Israel. I’m neither of those types.

    I will say this — Israel is no longer a trustworthy American ally in my opinion and I believe a reset in of the American-Israel relationship is in order. It’s time for Israel to start walking on its own. It’s not a toddler anymore. It’s responsible for its own actions and needs to be more independent and self-sufficient. Aid to both Egypt and Israel needs to be cut back drastically, and I would say eliminated altogether. They’ve been taught to fish — so now it’s time to catch their own fish and quit relying on American taxpayers to supplement their daily demand.

    Not to mention, what kind of ally pulls a stunt like the following? The Russia is the greatest security concern to humanity. It’s a mafia-like kleptocratic system with enough nukes to destroy the planet 100 times over and we’re supposed to worry about Iran? Talk about ignoring the 10,000 lb. elephant in the room for the mouse in the corner. Get some sense of perspective. The following was a low blow and it’s very telling. Israel disrespects America and for this reason America needs to evaluate its relationship with Israel and update it according to contemporary standards. A lot has changed in 70 years. It’s no longer a faithful client and it has too much influence in American foreign policy as it relates to the middle east. Israel doesn’t hold the geopolitical importance it once did despite what the wacko Christians believe.

    Why did Israel fail to back US-supported UN resolution on Crimea?

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    • beantownbill. March 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Wrong. Israel has the utmost importance for America in the region. As far as it disrespecting America, well, duh! You think America, with the government it now has,impoverishing its own middle class, ignoring its governing document (the Constitution), it’s war mongering, is deserving of respect? If the majority of Americans don’t respect their own government (and they don’t), why should Israel?

      As far as giving aid, well that argument has been debated back and forth for 40 years. If we don’t give Israel aid, then we should give no one aid, and we should also pull all our military bases out from the world, too.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

        Well said. That’s exactly what we should do. There’s nothing in the Constitution about foreign aid – it’s simply theft from the American people. Taking money from increasingly poor Americans to give to rich foreigners. Tyranny if ever there was.

        • BackRowHeckler March 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

          How about the Marshall Plan to rebuild Germany? Was that foreign aid?

          I’m sure if Germany had won the war they would have had their own plan for the United States. Maybe the “Himmler Plan”! You can imagine what that would look like.


          • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

            Yeah the original Jewish plans were the Kaufman Plan – sterilize all German men and the Morgenthau Plan – starve most Germans to death.

            You really need to get a moral grip of yourself.

      • malthuss March 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

        Indeed, that 1-3% of our budget could be left in the hands of the workers.
        No aid for Israel, Egypt, NATO, etc.


      • Therian March 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

        Israel has the “utmost importance for America in the region”? Really, then name that importance. At least we get BMWs from Germany, wine from France, and olive oil from Spain. What kind of reciprocal trade comes back to us from Israel?

        Israel is a pile of unused nukes that can NEVER be used which the NPT (which they didn’t sign) is an acknowledgement of. Even African aid makes more sense since we have oil interests and mineral interests there as well as an urgent need to try to keep the Ebola and AIDS viruses from spreading.

        I’ve seen “Made in …” tags on products from all kinds of countries in Africa and Asia but I’ve never yet seen a “Made in Israel” tag.

        Pray tell, what is the “utmost importance” of which you speak? They’re certainly NOT deterring a litany of Muslim cultists from marauding all over the place in the Middle East. Israel is important to America because America’s Jewry has plenty of lobbyists in Washington. Outside of that, I don’t see why we bother with them.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

          The Kosher Dill Pickle is a fine contribution to human civilization. And most recently, the Soda Stream machine. I have one and it’s great. I love those bubbles!

          Seriously, Jews have contributed greatly to modern civilization. But that lust for absolute wealth and power will be the death of us.

          • Therian March 6, 2015 at 4:22 am #

            I don’t doubt that Jews have contributed to modern civilization but a discussion of Israel is not, ipso facto, a discussion of Jewish contributions to science, art, and music. Israel is just a money and equipment suck that has no oil and no exports of any interest to the United States.

            Netanyahu is a scurrilous fool who wants the US to beat up all the bullies in Israel’s neighborhood. Israel won the Six Day War without US help. Let them duke it out with whomever they want but they are a big help toward leading the US toward the fate of Ancient Rome by urging us on to one skirmish after another over there.

            Israel is not the 51st state of the US. Let’s stop treating it as such.

        • beantownbill. March 6, 2015 at 11:25 am #

          You’re not thinking this through. For us, it’s all about the oil. Supposedly, and also according to JHK, we are running low of it. Since our entire American civilization runs on oil, no oil=no 21st century US. At least that’s what our leaders think.

          The rise of Islamic extremism is a result of poor treatment of the masses by dictators, not anything America did – at least before we invaded Iraq. As a Christian nation, the US is an automatic enemy of these extremists, regardless of whether Israel exists or not. When the fundamentalists get to rule, they will not sell us oil, or at least, will only do so under very unfavorable terms. This will finish off the wrecking of our economy.

          Islamist extremists hate Israel even more than they hate America, basically for historical and religious reasons. By Israel existing it serves as a foil for America. The focus of the energy extremists put out towards Israel postpones their takeover of the region, although that time is now getting closer, and believe me, America is desperate to delay that. Therefore, Israel’s existence is of primary importance to the US.

          If Iran goes nuclear, it becomes an existential threat to Israel, and thus an existential threat to our way of life. Just google websites that display quotes of Iranian leaders calling for destruction of Israel.

          Ultimately, Israel is concerned with its survival much more than its relations with America. And obviously, that’s reasonable, so why is everyone so angry with Israel because they want us to get involved in preventing a nuclear Iran? Yeah, we don’t have to give Israel anything, but why wouldn’t we to get more oil? The Mideast is in the middle of an extremely complicated geopolitical game.

          • Therian March 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

            When has Israel EVER helped us fight the Nigerian rebels, just as an example. Answer: NEVER. You keep making up this fiction that Israel has played ANY role in the procuring of and/or the safeguarding of oil fields in the Middle East.

            If Israel disappeared tomorrow, Nigeria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia would still be the nuthouses that Israel doesn’t touch with a ten-foot pole and if Israel reappeared they would be the same nuthouses. So, an “existential threat to Israel” is “an existential threat to our ‘way of life'”?? Where do you dig this shit up, Bill?

            Move to Tel Aviv and help duke it out with Iran if it comes to that. Personally, I’m glad that the Obama Administration is creating some distance between American foreign policy and Israeli interests.

  101. FincaInTheMountains March 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    ” It’s a mafia-like kleptocratic system with enough nukes to destroy the planet 100 times” — Cold

    I keep hearing these accusations of Russian alleged “kleptocracy”, but anybody cares to substantiate that accusation?

    On the other hand, kleptocratic US Monetary authorities printed who knows how many trillions of dollars backed by nothing at all over the last several years, causing double-digit dollar inflation everywhere in the world, except US itself, thus stealing the value of dollar reserves stored in National Central banks – how’s that for kleptocratic?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      He can’t stand that the Government wont let corporations, especially American ones, do what they want in Russian and to Russia. As I have said before, Libertarianism is rule by the Corporations. He probably supports campaign contributions from abroad in Russian elections. We don’t need them so much since the International Race already controls America.

    • Therian March 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Indeed. If Russia is such a kleptocracy, how come 80% of Russians support the Putin regime? The US has exported a demonic level of concentration of wealth around the world along with its European and Japanese allies. In the USA, Europe, and Japan, almost ALL of the printed money since 2009 has gone to the already filthy rich.

      Nobody has any figures on Russia about wealth concentration but unless you’re one of a dozen oligarchs, even a Kremlin official is lucky to get a modest dacha. It’s certainly NOT like the USA where CEOs get 10,000 times the pay of their lowest-paid employees.

      The US media twerking of the ACTUAL news would be envied by Joseph Goebbels because we’re leading the pack when it comes to robbing the middle class (which is now the LOWER middle class) to send transfer payments to unproductive managers and rentiers.

  102. ghostunit March 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    Chris Kyle a hero? I guess Kunstler has learned he too can love tattooed hicks as long as they are unthinkingly shooting people (or should I say “human flies”) he likes even less!!

    Kunstler, you’ve jumped the shark.

  103. malthuss March 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    I was listening to NPR this morning. Some California hospitals are getting tapped out by the Chinese.
    They spend 10k or more to rest in ‘pregnancy hotels’ but once they have the baby at the hospital they dont pay the hospital.

    USA immigration laws, sickening.

  104. michigan_native March 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    A few random thoughts. Snowden is supposedly wanting to come back to the US and face trial. Somebody should warn the kid that the US is collapsing and they are already creating scape goats and fictitious boogey men, like Assad, Putin, Russia, etc. They will kill him or lock him up and throw away the key.

    The extent of the spying should beg the question why. It is my belief that the neocons know the ship is going to sink, and they plan to impose martial law. This would explain the DHS purchase of how many billion rounds of hollow points and tens of thousands of armored, mine resistant vehicles, and the militarization of the police. People are likely being placed into “threat” categories by these fusion centers. I have heard that preppers, conspiracy theorists, people who talk about the US Constitution, advocate peace, Ron Paul supporters, militia members, those who advocate secession, and anyone who criticizes Israel earns a spot high up on the list.

    It is what former CIA analyst Jim Rickard calls the day after plan, and it will not be pretty. Anyone who resists will likely be summarily shot, people high up on the list will be sent to FEMA camps and never be seen again unless they are outright executed. If anyone thinks this is far fetched guess again. These neocons are mean, vile, despicable motherfuckers that think nothing of killing 3,000 people like they did on 9/11, have no qualms about shooting down a jet with some 300 people, including women and children on board, and you know the bastards killed Putin’s opposition leader in an effort to further demonize the man and/or use that as an excuse to assassinate Putin and get reluctant European dupes to continue to wage sanctions that are detrimental to their respective countries. All the while they are handing billions of our dollars that would be better spent at home funding neo Nazis in the Ukraine so they can lob artillery and mortars at apartments, schools,hospitals, and other civilian areas killing thousands of people and rendering many more homeless. They are finding out the Russians are a tough nut to crack, and Russia is not Grenada, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, etc etc. They can stand up for themselves. The insanity of US foreign policy clearly proves they are getting desperate when they start to fuck with the Russians.

    All of this treachery because Russia is dumping the dollar and creating their own central bank and credit rating agency so Washington will no longer be able to bully, black mail, rape and exploit the rest of the world with the IMF, sanctions, NATO, warfare and their other list of dirty tricks. That over sized fetus John McCain said is ashamed to be an American because we don’t have boots on the ground in the Ukraine (but not ashamed for dropping napalm on innocent civilians). To think that war criminal could have been president. Then you have that sociopath Hitlery Clinton “we came, we saw, he died…hahaha” about the torture and murder of Kaddafy, who was meeting in secret with other oil rich African nations and persuading them to trade their sweet crude in gold backed Arabic dinars instead of these useless, soon to get dumped US petrodollars. Black gold, the real reason the US took out Kaddafy is available on youtube, but youtube videos are forbidden here for some unknowable reason.

    The US has morphed into a police state run by insane, psychotic neocons. Things are about to get real ugly at home as well as abroad, they think warfare will prevent the empire from collapsing, when they should cut their losses and focus all their efforts at rebuilding smaller, sustainable communities and infrastructure conducive to a post carbon world at home. But that would make sense, so we know that will never happen. You knew these assholes weren’t going to go down gracefully and with any dignity.

    • Therian March 5, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      Love your writing, Michigan. Truly. I don’t want to steal your thunder but only add that now two-thirds of the Democrats are neocons. When Syria became unsettled, Shumer, Feinstein, Kerry, and a host of other quasi-Knesset members rattled the war saber. There are precious few REAL liberals remaining in the United States. Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich come to mind. The vast majority of the remaining liberals are nothing but Blue Dog Democrats who, in the grand scheme of things, would be to the right of Richard Nixon.

    • Therian March 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      Ah sorry for another short addendum … the military exercises known to be happening all over America where local police are engaging in tactical training with various armed forces. I saw it with my own two eyes in Palo Alto, CA and could scarcely believe it.

      Financially, municipalities have been at the forefront of allowing private equity funds and individual plutocrats to buy up huge tranches of homes in order to keep home prices artificially high. Why? It makes their tax base bigger because most municipalities are essentially insolvent.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 6, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      You know it – don’cha, boyie!!!

      Weren’t you that guy, who used to flood the TISOTGH forum(s)?!?

      Someone upstream nailed it PERFECTLY – there are no heroes, only victims. Victims and villains… (and all you need is merely 0.01% villainy!)

  105. nsa March 5, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    WHEN WILL MAN BE FREE?? When the last joo is strangled with the entrails of the last christian…….

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    • Janos Skorenzy March 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

      So you take inspiration from the French Revolution? So did Stalin and Lenin. You must be half mad.

      • nsa March 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

        Sadly true………

  106. FincaInTheMountains March 6, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    Russians using American ships in Black Sea for target practice

    Russia’s newest Su-30 multirole fighter jets, together with Su-24 attack bombers have been using NATO ships’ movements in the Black Sea to practice attack scenarios.

    The jets are monitoring the movements on the two ships, the USS Vicksburg missile cruiser and the Turkish TCG Turgutreis frigate, which are located in the southwestern part of the Black Sea. On Tuesday, three Su-30 jets and four Su-24 bombers conducted monitoring flights over these ships from the Novofedorovka air base.

    Repeat of USS Donald Cook scenario few months ago?

  107. Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 5:40 am #


    Most of the Civil Rights movement and Black History are just such engineered frauds like this; a collaboration between a violent, primitive race, the sinister race that uses them, and decadent race that is is the target of the frauds. What can one say? Generations of Swine.

    • DA March 6, 2015 at 6:58 am #

      Such a way with words… Janos doesn’t actually believe this stuff. Just playing the provocateur me thinks.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

        In other words, Da is saying it’s alright to lie about or to Whites, since they are historical oppressors. Thus it’s fine when Blacks celebrated the acquittal of OJ even if he did killl those people. Whites have it coming. Decadent White Liberals are fine and more than fine with all of this. And the Sinisters rub their hands together with joy to see the knots they’ve tied Whites into. There’s no such thing as Truth anymore, only context. And they provide the context. It doesn’t matter if Darrin Wilson just did his job correctly. The dialectic demands that he be destroyed. All the Constitution stuff about individual rights is just reactionary nonsense. Ruth Ginsburg has said so in lectures to developing countries. And Eric Holder said, it’s too hard to prosecute Civil Rights cases with all these rights. Now Da has said the same thing. Who are we to stand against these giants?

        The Bill of Rights must be annulled. We must replace it with a Bill of Freedoms that will take away all unjust rights, or rights that conflict with the rights of the people in the deepest historical sense. Obviously the more oppressed peoples will have precedence over Whites. And there are so many of those that Whites may well turn out to have nor rights at all. Virtual slaves. The Dialectic is a cruel master but we will have no other, he says as he smirks, rubbing the crocodile tears from his eyes.

        • DA March 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

          LOL! Glad to see your in top form as usual Janos!

          To your rather hysterical points:

          In other words, Da is saying it’s alright to lie about or to Whites, since they are historical oppressors. Thus it’s fine when Blacks celebrated the acquittal of OJ even if he did kill those people. Whites have it coming.

          I’m assuming all of this was about OJ and related rage. I was living in SoCal at the time too, and I, like you and most whites I know, share your outrage. Can’t explain that verdict to this day, other than the handful of black jurors on that panel had had enough. And frankly, they had a point. THAT was what it feels like to get blatantly FUCKED on a verdict based solely on race! White America, welcome to OUR world!

          As to the rest of your continued obsession about the rights of Whites, I simply don’t know what to say. I look at the world we live in, and all I see is undeserved financial privilege for aging white men (like you and me) based on questionable business practices from the past. Do I see any legitimate reason that aging white males of European descent should rule the world? Quite the contrary. I see every reason in the world they should be rounded up like the rogue dogs they are and put to a very public and graphic death.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

            So in other words, you agree with most post in toto. Whites are evil and have no rights. And perhaps they should be destroyed, at least the ones with money like Q. Would you not consider killing any who wear glasses as Pol Pot did? Or would that broad net catch you as well?

            How am I hysterical? Since you agreed with everything I wrote in terms of facts? You just have a different value system, a useful anti-White one that interprets the facts differently. You sure know which side you bread is buttered on. And you do deserve the fate you wish to consign all Whites Males (why not White Woman?) to.

  108. Cold N. Holefield March 6, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    I’m sure if Germany had won the war they would have had their own plan for the United States. Maybe the “Himmler Plan”! You can imagine what that would look like.


    You’re such a tease, brh. Statements like that give Janos a stiffy and cause him to spill, and thus waste, his precious seed. Let’s try to keep it PG for all the kiddies. No more uncouth x-rated allusions.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      I’ve just taken out one of my entrails to strangle you. But it’s become a contrail over your house. I’ll get you will the aluminum.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

        with not will. Will is all very fine, but you can’t will away the ill effects of heavy metals and toxins forever. One of Gandhi’s men was bitten by a poisonous snake, but he was too busy to take care of it so he used his yogic will to keep the effects at bay. One day he got angry in a debate and the toxins killed him.

        • Cold N. Holefield March 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

          You are the Yellow King — or I am. On my 10 mile trail run today I thought about Buck curing his neck/back pain with deep breathing. It wasn’t the deep breathing that cured it, it was Buck’s opening his psyche to the healing spirit. I thought to myself that Buck has yogic potential and exhibits yogic qualities. I thought about the American Cancer Society and how yogic healing ability is anathema to their cause. How it’s imperative that every one over the age of 50 be diagnosed with cancer and hooked up to expensive chemotherapy with an increasingly diminished quality of life until they pass away 20 years later. It’s a slow motion version of Logan’s Run. If you want to live past 50 years in this system, you have to pay to have chemicals injected directly into your veins as penance for your previous piggish lifestyle choices. Yogis will be outlawed and hunted down and killed. Hey Boo Boo! Those who possess yogic qualities will be neutralized and reeducated.

          The question is, though, how did you know I was thinking that, or how did I know you would mention yogis this afternoon? We’re channeling and my strenuous exercise in the Enchanted Forest is an amplifier. When I run I enter a deeply hypnotic state — it helps me ignore and overlook the pain. When I finish, the feeling is pure bliss. The beauty of all-natural opiates. No need to pay The Man when I can produce it myself with some good, old-fashioned hard work. My runs are The Agony and the Ecstasy even if I have to breath aluminum, barium and God knows what else.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

            Yes it’s not the air, but what the air carries – the life force. Sometimes when the atmosphere is calm and the mind too, even non-yogis can perceive the nectar that it behind the aire….

            We often think we are remembering things, perhaps because they remind us similar things in the past or even just because our creative imagination creates an ad hoc memory on the spot. Or you may have actually had a psychic experience. I fantasized of Boars wearing armor being used against Muslims and someone told me the World of Warcraft game already has such Boars.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

        That’s fair. I’ve come to love the contrails. I play tic tac toe on the grid they create as I reach my finger out to God. It’s like a semi-permeable layer of aluminum foil surrounding the earth like a tinfoil hat. Gaia’s a conspiracist. I don’t like it when they add barium to the mixture. Barium’s no good. It makes people crazy. They start to see Blacks and Jews behind every door and under every bed. They get to where they can’t sleep at night cuz they have to keep getting up and checking their abode for infiltrators. And don’t get me started on fluoride. Speaking of fluoride, I’ve got a craving for Birch Beer. I think I’ll have one and replenish my precious bodily fluids.

        Birch Beer

        • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

          Careful, you may have a barium deficiency due to the excessive estrogen in Tofu acting as a barium blocker. Liberals and Conservatives have different brains. The brains of Liberals have shrunken amygdalas that have trouble recognizing threats. If you try and warn them, then they become afraid – of you – and get very angry. They will then attempt to form alliances with their enemies to get at you, their friends.

          If a moderate Liberal wakes up to the threat, he then will typically continue with the previous policy rather than admit he was wrong. Just as it’s far easier to fool someone than to get someone to admit he’s been fooled. If you’re good you can get someone to buy a deluxe vacuum cleaner with all the trimmings for a tiny studio apartment. They’ll sell it to themselves if you can just get yo foot in the door.

          Anyway back to the original point. As Aragorn said to Barliman: One day’s march from here are enemies that would freeze your very soul. The Enemy is already amongst us yet you continue to play with your vacuum cleaner, your stocks, your balance sheets, etc.

          • DA March 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

            I hesitate to ask, but who would “the Enemy” be exactly? Just once again for the record. I know, I’m obtuse.

  109. FincaInTheMountains March 6, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    The operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) , involving some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen, is now in its fourth day.

    They are trying to encircle the IS fighters, but their advance has been slow due to the roadside bombs and booby traps planted since the city was overrun last June, says the BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut.

    Iraqi jets and helicopters are supporting the ground troops but US-led coalition aircraft are not involved.


    The onset of the Iraqi armed forces became possible due to certain political consensus between the main political forces in the Shiite and Sunni communities that have realized the overall threat to the future of Iraq. Iran has provided a group of military advisers that have assisted in the reorganization of the Iraqi army, as well as a significant amount of military equipment provided by the Russian Federation to Iraq, including powerful fire systems TOS-1 “Sunburn” and jet fighters Su-25.

    Certain strengthening of the Iraqi military with the help of Russia and Iran appears prominently on the background of a decade of “efforts” by the US, which did not manage to restore full-fledged state. Iraqi army created by the US military advisers over the past 10 years collapsed, did not come into serious fights with poorly organized ISIL gangs.

    If we compare this situation with allegations by Iraqi military, accusing Britain of supplying ISIL by air with weapons and ammunition, it becomes clear why the transnational media controlled by the United States are trying to ignore the success of Iraq, with the support of Russia and Iran.

    There are more signs that al-Qaeda and grown from it various Wahhabi groups have contacts with the United States, Britain and France and, apparently, still have close relationships. It seems that the IS, as well as Al-Qaeda, are actually branches of the CIA.

  110. FincaInTheMountains March 6, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    US are beefing up its military in the Baltic

    In order to strengthen security in the Baltic region, a new batch of US tanks and armored vehicles will come on March 9 to Latvia, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Baltic state reports.

    Delivery of equipment will be carried out within the framework of the operation Atlantic Resolve, supporting the rotation by 2nd Cavalry Regiment of US Army 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division – this team plans to stay in Latvia on a rotational period (about 3 months).

    3rd Division is one of the most famous in the US Army. During the last Iraq war it took Baghdad; its 1st Brigade stormed the airport of the Iraqi capital.

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  111. FincaInTheMountains March 6, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Islamic State experience in the creation of their Media Division are beginning to be used by their Islamic opponents. TV channel Ahlulbayt (“Descendant of the Prophet”) has created a watch propaganda film, calling for the fight against militants. English version:


  112. ozone March 6, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Apologies in advance for veering far off the very important subject of heroes and villains (as they determine our political directions and fateful destinations), but *damn*, it’s cold, ain’t it?

    For the tiny segment of comment section readers and posters who actually desire to understand a bit of the theory around the “global weirding” that’s causing it to be colder than the proverbial well-digger’s ass, here’s an article that should get us started:


    I had written a couple years ago that the arctic winds had escaped their bonds; here’s some indication of how that happens.

    Are there villains involved? I would answer that wherever there’s huge profit to be made or skimmed, there you will find them. In this particular case, gain and “growth” are prioritized well above the distinct chances of global ecocide. (Sorry, that’s how it’s gonna go.)

    That’s the conscious villainy. However, the reason its allowed to continue (and even spread) is the Authoritarian mindset. From the volume of postings in newsprint and online, I’d surmise that they are heavily in the majority in the US. (This may just be the *appearance* they wish to inculcate, I don’t know of course.) These ‘folks’ would rather believe than think; seems that cognitive dissonance is a more comfortable state than delving into the terrors of nature’s realities. (To me, that’s ignorance of the most dangerous order, but then again, I’m mindful of consequences.)

    • beantownbill. March 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      O3, I agree with you about villainy. American capitalists seem to put short-term profits above any other consideration. As we have many issues that need addressing, ignoring them for maximizing profit is despicable – and ultimately very costly.

      Concerning global warming, do you know that all the temperature monitoring sites in existence cover only 3% of the Earth’s surface? Sorry I can’t cite a reference as I forget where I read it. If this is true though, I would have a problem with believing the accuracy of the global warning meme unless someone tells me why 3% coverage is enough.

      • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

        Well Bill, I can’t help wondering where you got that 3% idea. Could it be from those who stand to make trillions of dollars from fossil fuels?

        Please think about that statement for a minute. 3% of the Earth’s surface is 6,000,000 square miles, about all of the USA and Canada. All of USA and Canada covered in sensors? Really? Just estimate the cost of covering the entire USA in blacktop – then multiply by two to get 6,000,000 square miles, then multiply by 1000 to get the factor separating blacktop and temperature sensors. Sound like a little too much like the GDP of the planet?

        But why listen to me? Just do a few calculations of your own, using data from your own experience. You will have noticed that you can get a pretty good idea of the temperature of water in a hot water heater from one sensor, which is a few cubic centimetres, compared to the tank’s 40 gallons. That is a factor of 10,000 to 100,000 or so. That is, not 3%, but .01% to .001%.

        Then there is the matter of sampling. You will have heard that there is a statistician who accurately forecasts elections by breaking down the sampling to individual districts. That is called stratified random sampling. It has been well understood for generations. It’s accuracy is proportional to the square root of the sample size. For a large sample size, it is very accurate indeed. Actually, very few polls contact 3% of the voters at a time – that would be 1.5 million people – and yet they seem to predict things reasonably well, over time. For example, when was the last time they predicted a Communist victory in Vermont? That would be equivalent to getting the direction wrong for global warming.

        Just think about it Bill; 3% of the voters means polling 1,500,000 people. They don’t do that, they don’t do 1%, yet get reasonably accurate results. Want to know how they do it? Go to university for 5 years and study statistics. Then you’ll know too.

        So, put it all together, Bill. First, that 3% is a completely bogus figure, and false on its face. Second, you don’t have to sample everywhere every millisecond. You have to sample representative places at representative times. To know what that means, go and study earth sciences for 5 years more.

        Then, when you have a problem believing something, you can write a paper and win a Nobel, instead of winning the approval of purveyors of false news.

        • DA March 7, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

          In Bill’s defense, I think your response might have been a little harsh. He threw out legitimate speculative questions, and you slammed him in response with likewise speculative facts that did not definitively refute him, and did so exceedingly derisively. Yes, I know, I’ve done so here in the past as well. Nonetheless…

          • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

            Well DA, I don’t know what is speculative about 6,000,000 square miles of sensors. That figure is simple arithmetic.

            I queried the origin of that figure.

            I stated some facts about statistics, together with an example, in answer to the implicit question, “… unless someone tells me why 3% coverage is enough.”

            Perhaps I was a bit rough. But suppose you coded ATM’s, and wherever you went, people told you that all ATM’s were programmed to rip off every 200th customer. Wouldn’t you get tired of it, after a time? Would you be so polite as to ask which specific lines of code they were talking about? After the 15th year?

          • DA March 7, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

            Granted. I know, I know, I’m getting soft in my old age. But I do think that the AGW supporters should at least begin to moderate their statements, if not their views, if they want them to be taken seriously. But I will admit that a lot of that has to do with the fact that I think it’s too late anyway. I’m really beyond trying to convince people these days.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

      So an Ice Age would also be proof of Global Warming? They have corrupted Nagarjuna’s dialectic you see. Instead of long defining short or small defining big, they have collapsed it and now say that long is short and small is big. Or in this case, cold is warm. Thus the Centre has not held and cannot against the daily assaults of madness. Let us step away from the endless reactions to reactions and take our stand in the Sun of Truth. And btw, the climate of the Earth is ultimately dependent on the climate on the Sun. And all indications are that the Sun is going into a deep state of quiescence, a nap if you will. That means an ice age, long or short, big or little. We don’t know for sure.

      • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

        At it again, Janos?

        Ever push on a pendulum? Push it away from you, and it goes away. And then it comes back!!! How? That’s physics. Not philosophy. You might want to remember that Aristotle got just about everything right about logic, and just about everything wrong about physics. That’s philosophy for you – philosophy may be the precursor of science, but it is not science.

        A pendulum is just one of many phenomena which seem counterintuitive until you do the physics. And until you do the physics, you are not talking about the real world. A warming climate could do lots of counterintuitive things – like shut down the Atlantic Conveyor, which gives Paris the same climate as Vladivostok. Colder. Locally.

        Will it oscillate like a pendulum? Who knows? With what time period? Who knows? I don’t – for that you need sophisticated models and supercomputers, and a lifetime’s dedicated study by thousands of people. So renounce the sophomoric remarks about falsification – do it with equations or leave it alone.

        As for the sun being the source of all heat, not quite true. Radioactive decay in the Earth’s core is responsible for quite a lot, including the planetary magnetic field. Earth science really is quite interesting – you might want to give it a look. And whether the sun is entering a quiescent phase or not, there are other factors: water vapour, carbon dioxide, sulphur oxides, methane.

        These effects can be sorted out. That sorting out is called climate science. It’s not something to be philosophized about, not even by the intellectual giants who become TV personalities. it is something to be studied scientifically. Anything else is noise.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

          Ah pure science! No PC bullshit? No scarfing up the grant money in return for certain results? No fudging of data? No ignoring of the green Greenland of the Viking era? No interest in making money of the Carbon Credit scam?

          Many Climate Scientists violently disavowed their name being used in the UN report that started all this. They cherry picked the data to create the warming narrative.

          • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

            Janos, Janos.

            I am tired of refuting the same old assertions. Just tell us which differential equations are wrong, and how to fix the code.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

          Yes the average White guy with an IQ of 100 is a bit of a bore. And the average Black guy with an IQ of 85 is a blithering idiot. But it’s deeper than that: Civilization depends on people with IQ’s over 130. As Whites mix with Blacks and Browns, fewer and fewer of such people will be born. And thus our Civilization will die. A White/East Asian mix could keep the lights on, but it wouldn’t be Western Civilization anymore.

          I agree that Blacks have the right to rule themselves in their own countries. Do you accept that Whites have the same right?

          • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

            You have a more hopeful view than I do. I think that our civilization depends on having 51% of the population dependent on their daily dose of propaganda, and therein lies the problem. If only our civilization was responsive to the smart and educated!

            But no – our civilization is anti-intellectual and anti-education, which is why, in my opinion, the National Security State is circling the wagons. It will protect itself from society at large, at any cost. Hell, if I were younger, I’d probably join them.

    • ozone March 6, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      …And thus is my point made for me by the denialists and detractors of scientific consensus, yet again. Ossified pinheadedness.

      That aside, are you planning on being saved, or do you have an actual plan? Oh, that’s right, “they’ll think of something”, never mind…

      • Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

        Ok, put it another way: what would disprove man made global warming? Nothing? Then you’re well outside the realm of science and into the land of faith.

        But there’s no need for the rest of us to go this far. Man made global warming hasn’t bee proven. And we shouldn’t change our whole economy based on an unproven hypothesis. We should change it – for other reasons of course.

        • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

          Janos, nothing is “proven” in science. Data tends to prove or disprove statements. Tends.

          A representative sample of instruments which are monitored at representative times give data which can be used to estimate global temperature. Were that to drop consistently over time, it would tend to disprove global warming. Since the estimate of global temperature rises consistently over time, the data supports the statement.

          To learn exactly what is meant by “representative” and “consistent”, you will need to study statistics.

          Don’t be fooled – it’s harder than it looks. As soon as you actually try to do something, it gets very tricky. It may be the hardest subject of all, which may explain why insurance companies don’t loose money very often – they are run by experts in statistics.

          As for changing our economy for an unproven hypothesis, I simply invite you to return to the topic of insurance. I don’t expect anything to go badly wrong, but I can’t afford to lose my house. I can, however, afford $1000 a year for insurance.

          So guess what I do? I buy insurance. For the unproven hypothesis that my house will burn down. Actually, for the known probability that it is less than once chance in 5000.

          How about you? Got a planet to spare?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

            Yes, and how bout that theory of gravity? Seriously though, Einstein’s relativity opened the door back up to Geocentrism. Any viewpoint is valid after all. The Sun revolving around the Earth is just as true as the Earth revolving around the Sun. Scientists try to hide the philosophical premises of their theories, do they not?

            As a statistics guy you must be aware of the lowliness of the Black IQ. Numbers are a terra incognito for minorities, and kryptonite for so called Liberals.

          • DA March 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

            You’re reaching, Janos. Unfortunately, you’re viewpoints are the one’s being popularly accepted. Which is why we’re headed toward the scrap heap.

          • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

            My Lord, how you do try one’s patience, Janos.

            “Einstein’s relativity” did no such thing. The Special Theory is a theory of electro-magnetism. The General Theory is a theory of gravity.

            The detailed physics of the planets and the sun are that they all revolve around a centre of mass. No-one is trying to hide anything, except maybe their ignorance of physics.

            I am aware of some race-based IQ research which supposedly indicates that the mean Caucasian IQ is 15 points higher than the mean Black IQ. Since that means that 30% of Caucasians have lower IQ’s than 50% of the Blacks, that has no practical significance for education or anything else. There is an enormous overlap of IQ’s of the two populations. Prove it to yourself by drawing two normal distributions which differ by one standard deviation.

            Those who quote that statistic tend to ignore the rest of the study, which showed that the mean Oriental IQ was 20 (repeat, twenty) points higher than Caucasian. Funny how people never call for the Orientals to be our overlords, ain’t it?

            Last, you may have noted my affinity for numbers. Evidently, I am not a “so called Liberal”, or if you think I am, your implicit smear is internally logically inconsistent.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

          No one has found “Oriental” IQ to be 20 points higher than ours. You don’t know the field.

          • sauerkraut March 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

            Not so, Janos.

    • ozone March 6, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Ps. Now, I had already pointed out that the article I linked to was for the edification of that tiny minority that wished to understand how jet stream patterns might get wonky. The two responders do not wish to understand, they wish to avow their allegiences.

      1. Not enough data. Allegience: False Hope
      2. Hurtful to economy. —> Data wrong. —> Political realignment fixes all. Allegience: Murderous and discredited political construct.

  113. Buck Stud March 6, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    BRH writes:

    “Fanning the war fire? Last week the Iranian military, in the middle of negotiations with the US, sank a mocked up US Navy aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. And just yesterday the Ayatollah reaffirmed his commitment to wipe Israel off the face of the map? Are you paying attention?”

    Yes, I am paying attention but I would like to think that my susceptibility to propaganda is bit more tempered/marginalized by consideration of the alternative point of view.

    You, on the other hand, seem to be the type of personality that the weapon manufacturers/war profiteers/media foot soldiers traumatize and mold into a quivering heap of compliant fear.

    Come on BRH, crawl out from under that elementary school ‘duck and cover’ drill desk and look at some other viewpoints counter to your own. Maybe then you might meet in a more coherent and considered middle, devoid of a jingoistic hysteria.


    • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      I frequent this site. There are many different opinions here than my own.


  114. FincaInTheMountains March 6, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Rostislav Ishchenko.

    The struggle between US and Russia is far from over, no matter how events will unfold in Ukraine. But US have lost the Ukrainian foothold. Therefore, it is more profitable for them to start a war of all against all. They won’t have to make great efforts to ignite such a war, maybe a little push.

    One could say that Ukraine faces a choice: surrender or collapse if acting Kiev’s government was able to capitulate. But they cannot do this, since the severity of crimes committed guarantees them at least lifetime in prison – if not a hangman’s noose. Consequently, the collapse is inevitable.

    In economics, it has already occurred. It simply does not exist. Foreign exchange reserves, which allowed Ukraine to live past year, are gone. IMF promised $17.5 billion for four years, it is not enough. 4-5 billion dollars a year is not even enough to pay off existing debt. Own revenues in the budget do not exist.

    People move to the countryside. Under these conditions, food supplies, fertile land, enclaves, managed to preserve some remnants of civilization, are not just an object of desire. Their seizure or retention means someone’s life and someone else’s death. Those who do not have enough will die before receiving humanitarian assistance. Only the ability to save or take the necessary resources for survival will determine who will survive and who will not.

    The only consolation is that Ukraine, unlike Somalia, is not in Africa and its descent into subsistence farming and military neofeudalism detrimental to Europe and Russia. Therefore, it will not be allowed to agonize too long – Brussels and Moscow will have to put things in order. So the majority of citizens of rapidly disappearing country still have a chance to be saved.

  115. descarne March 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    Don’t forget Glenn Greenwald , Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, amongst others – They made Snowden’s impact possible.

    Remember, Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for 2 years without charge on trumped up allegations and a 5 year criminal investigation is STILL underway, making fear of instant extradition to the US or Guantanamo certain.

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    • BackRowHeckler March 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      Its not Bradley Manning anymore. I think her name is Sally or Vicky or something like that. I guess the government paid for the operation and the hormone therapy, which probably was the plan all along.

      What a freak show, huh?


  116. beantownbill. March 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm #


    I guess we’ll just have to disagree and see what the future brings. I’m kind of tired for now of this old discussion. I want to move on to other issues.

  117. Janos Skorenzy March 6, 2015 at 11:06 pm #


    Strongest argument to date against Homosexuality. If Joe Biden is for something, it has to be wrong. Did Obama pick this guy because he was the most ridiculous White man available? A Jersey Red to his Meadowlark Lemon?

    • DA March 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

      LOL! You’re FINALLY right on SOMETHING at least Janos!

  118. wpa_ccc March 7, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    Janos: “They have corrupted Nagarjuna’s dialectic you see.”

    Janos, please leave Nagarjuna out of this. Saying global warming will cause an ice age, a causal relationship, is not the same as saying “cold is warm.”

    Global warming causes the dark tropical oceans to warm at the expense of the polar regions, thereby increasing meridional vapor transport and glaciations. Global warming causes an ice age by affecting the oceans. Warm leads to cold, not “cold is warm.”

    You are misunderstanding “dialectic” and misusing Nagarjuna.

  119. FincaInTheMountains March 7, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Does it feel lonely without a war?

    Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well.

    And the loss of empire increasingly manifests itself in myriad moves by selected players aiming towards a multipolar world.

    So no wonder US ‘Think Tankland’ is going bonkers, releasing wacky CIA-tinted “forecasts” where Russia is bound to disintegrate, and China is turning into a communist dictatorship. So much (imperial) wishful thinking, so little time to prolong hegemony.

    The acronym that all these “forecasts” dare not reveal is BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). BRICS is worse than the plague as far as the ‘Masters of the Universe’ that really control the current – rigged – world system are concerned. True, the BRICS are facing multiple problems. Brazil at the moment is totally paralyzed; a long, complex, self-defeating process, now coupled with intimations of regime change by local ‘Empire of Chaos’ minions. It will take time, but Brazil will rebound.

    That leaves the “RIC” – Russia, India and China – in BRICS as the key drivers of change. For all their interlocking discrepancies, they all agree they don’t need to challenge the hegemon directly while aiming for a new multipolar order.

    The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) – a key alternative to the IMF enabling developing nations to get rid of the US dollar as a reserve currency – will be operative by the end of this year. The NDB will finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects not only in the BRICS nations but other developing nations. Forget about the Western-controlled World Bank, whose capital and lending capacity are never increased by the so-called Western “powers.” The NDB will be an open institution.

    Damn those communists

    A tripartite entente cordiale is also in the making. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in China next May – and ‘Chindia’ will certainly engage in a breakthrough concerning their bitter territorial disputes. As much as Delhi has a lot to benefit from China’s massive capital investment and exports, Beijing wants to profit from India’s vast market and technology savvy. In parallel, Beijing has already volunteered economic help to Russia – if Moscow asks for it – on top of their evolving strategic partnership.

    The US “pivoting to Asia” – launched at the Pentagon – is all dressed up with no place to go. Bullying Southeast Asia, South Asia and, for that matter, East Asia as a whole into becoming mere ‘Empire of Chaos’ vassals – and on top of it confronting China – was always a non-starter. Not to mention believing in the fairy tale of a remilitarized Japan able to “contain” China.

    Isolating the “communist dictatorship” won’t fly. Just watch, for instance, the imminent high-speed rail link between Kunming, in Yunnan province, and Singapore, traversing a key chunk of a Southeast Asia which for Washington would never qualify to be more than a bunch of client states. The emerging 21st century Asia is all about interconnection; and the inexorable sun in this galaxy is China.

    As China has embarked in an extremely complex tweaking of its economic development model, as I outlined here, China’s monopoly of low-end manufacturing – its previous industrial base – is migrating across the developing world, especially around the Indian Ocean basin. Good news for the Global South – and that includes everyone from African nations such as Kenya and Tanzania to parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America.

    Of course the ‘Empire of Chaos’, business-wise, won’t be thrown out of Asia. But its days as an Asian hegemon, or a geopolitical Mob offering “protection”, are over.


  120. FincaInTheMountains March 7, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    The ‘Empire of Chaos’ behind Islamic State

    Former NATO capo Gen. Wesley Clark has recently “revealed” what everyone already knew; the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh fake Caliphate is financed by “close allies of the United States,” as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel. Compare that with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon admitting that ISIS “does not represent a threat to Israeli interests.” Daesh does the unraveling of Sykes-Picot for the US.

    The ‘Empire of Chaos’ actively sought the disintegration of Iraq, Syria and especially Libya. And now, leading the House of Saud, “our” bastard in charge King Salman is none other than the former, choice jihad recruiter for Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, the Afghan Salafist who was the brains behind both Osama bin Laden and alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

    This is classic ‘Empire of Chaos’ in motion (exceptionalists don’t do nation building, just nation splintering). And there will be plenty of nasty, nation-shattering sequels, from the Central Asian stans to Xinjiang in China, not to mention festering, Ukraine, a.k.a Nulandistan.

    Parts of Af-Pak could well turn into a branch of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh right on the borders of Russia, India, China, and Iran. From an ‘Empire of Chaos’ perspective, this potential bloodbath in the “Eurasian Balkans” – to quote eminent Russophobe Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski – is the famous “offer you can’t refuse.”

    Russia and China, meanwhile, will keep betting on Eurasian integration; strengthening the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and their own internal coordination inside the BRICS; and using plenty of intel resources to go after The Caliph’s goons.

    And as much as the Obama administration may be desperate for a final nuclear deal with Iran, Russia and China got to Tehran first. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Tehran two weeks ago; stressing Iran is one of China’s “foreign policy priorities” and of great “strategic importance.” Sooner rather than later Iran will be a member of the SCO. China already does plenty of roaring trade with Iran, and so does Russia, selling weapons and building nuclear plants.


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    • Being There March 7, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      This is brilliantly put, FincaInTheMountains.

      A masterful illustration of how we operate—this is leading to a very destructive war. It will be on every level from financial and military—

      The end of Pax Americana—exposing the true nature of such an assertion.

  121. volodya March 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Maybe it’s like the old saying would have it, that we live our lives in the Eye of Eternity. So let’s say there’s an implacable Judge or a Celestial Delegate watching and, in the end, doing the cosmic thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

    Who gets to take harp lessons? Who gets a Satan-suit? A lot of dirty dogs nominated, I suspect, for the fitting room.

    I wouldn’t sugar-coat Putin. He may not be Hitler but you don’t get to the top in Russia because you’re a humanitarian.

    OK, let’s say there’s no stern Pantokrator. Let’s say the only judges will be earth-bound. What will they say?

    You’d have to assume that some records survive what’s coming. If so, I suspect that historians will be more forgiving of Putin than any Eye-in-the Sky.

    Having said that, for how long will the memory of Putin (or Obama) even survive? IMO most of today’s leaders will go down the entropic memory-hole with no help from an Orwellian bureaucracy.

    Just think, how many individuals are known by name from just a thousand years ago? What about two thousand or three thousand years ago? How many are known by just an etching on stone?

    Fifteen hundred years ago the scepter’d isle was in such chaos that there’s no record left about anybody. Just a few sketchy, semi-legendary figures. Hengist? Horsa? Vortigern? Owain?

    I suspect that the natural process of disintegration will do what it’s always done, that is, destroy nearly everything. A deceased Roman addressed passers-by by way of a message engraved on his tomb telling them that in the end, earth and fire consume all. That still applies.

    Will you or I be remembered? Maybe by something preserved by chance in a howling desert. Like Liebowitz’s shopping list (pound pastrami, can kraut). Or maybe a bank statement showing our heinous finances. But don’t worry, will they even be able to read it? Or given its combustibility, will it go directly to the fireplace?

    • Buck Stud March 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

      “Whoever is born arrives at death with the flight of time; and the sun leaves not a single thing alive. The sweet and the painful alike pass away, and the thoughts we have thought, and the words we have spoken. Our generations gone by are like shadows in the sun or smoke on the wind. Like you, we were men. Like you, happy and sad. And now we are, as you see, lifeless earth under the sun.” — Michelangelo

      • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

        Yes, Da is in love with Death. He’d like you to be put to death because you’re a White Man or “Male” as he puts it. See his reply to me above.

    • DA March 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

      Very nice post! I, like you, like to think of death often. Not for silly macabre reasons, but rather, to reflect on what it means to actually be alive. Here’s a little database of misc pictures and stuff I stumbled on that I like to review from time to time:


      and this:


      Am I from Michigan and am I a Michigan football fan? No, not at all. But I have been a football fan in the past, so I can at least relate to some of the names and pictures that come up here as I scroll through the years. The pre and early 1900’s pictures, especially, fascinate me. The images are sharp enough that you might well be looking at someone alive today. And yet, all of these people have long since lived their lives, made their mark on the world, bread children who have in turn bread more children, and so on. What was it like to live their lives and pose for those photos I wonder? And likewise, what will it be like for someone 100 years from now to view photos of our current lives? What will they think of the insanely indulgent lives we have lived and what we were thinking while we did it? Will they forgive us if we manage to survive for them to do so? Or will they hail us as heroes if our techno-magic somehow manages to win the day? Hmm…

  122. FincaInTheMountains March 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Could we understand each other?

    Over recent years, residents of the United States were constantly told of “Islamic terrorism”. And it was not just limited to talk: what happened on September 11, 2001, it was sufficient reason to wait for troubles coming from the Middle East, especially since there was also a terrorist attack in Boston, there were attacks on the US embassies in Muslim countries. So the image of the enemy for fifteen years was more or less formed and established.

    And then suddenly there is a new “great evil” in the face of Russia, to be exact – Vladimir Putin. For Hollywood consciousness it is important that evil was personified in a particular “bad guy”, whether Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. In this sense, the current “Islamic state” – is “wrong villains”, they do not have the sole charismatic leader.

    Against this background, Putin looks interesting, because it is possible to mold the image of treacherous enemy who dreams to conquer the world. There is a villain who dreams to take over the world. Why he dreams about it, does not matter. Probably just because of his villain nature. He is opposed by American good guys who just need to control the whole world not to be captured by bad guys.

    Yet existence of two enemies at the same time distracts and is contrary to the general logic of the American press. Especially when these two enemies are unrelated and build some single hierarchy of villainy fails. However, attempts to synthesize are being made. By turning on TV, I found long and rather chaotic thriller about US Special Forces fighting Islamic terrorists, who, without exception, were all Russians. They apparently converted to Islam exclusively to hurt hated America. They spoke terrible Russian, and looked more like Italians, but these details were hardly important to mass audience.

    Meanwhile, however ironically we could talk about oddities of American popular culture, we must admit it reflects certain political line, which dominates not only in propaganda, but also in public policy.

    The problem of American politicians is not that they do not like Russia – in the end, it would be naive to expect that they did – but that they categorically do not understand what is actually happening there.
    The understanding of people making serious decisions is not much different from what we see in the case of the average citizen, zombified by Hollywood cinema. And this is a new and very dangerous phenomenon.

    During the “Cold War” all sorts of propaganda clichés about the terrible Soviet Union could be stamped and spread to the mass use, but analysts who guided serious government institutions were at the highest level. Studies of Russia, Soviet republics, Eastern Europe, their economy, history, culture were held by variety of departments of first-class academic institutions, there were no money or time spared on research and training of highly competent staff.

    All that is long gone. Number of research programs on Russia and Eurasia has been reduced to a minimum. Funding has not even dropped, it collapsed. Today, the average student engaged in Russian studies is cute boy or girl who wants to read Lev Tolstoy in the original and ready to sacrifice career prospects for that.

    • Being There March 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      Yes, FincaInTheMountains

      We were all “softened” by propaganda during the Cold War, so we’re always ready to round up the usual suspect when the need arises.

      I say, who cares what Putin is or isn’t. He didn’t gin up this Ukrainian thing. We did.

      The Ukraine is a basket case and when the IMF does it’s austerity thing, and our transnationals eat it for breakfast, maybe they’ll understand that perhaps wanting to join the EU in it’s Neocon(NATO)/Neoliberalism inverted communism vision thing wasn’t worth breaking away from Russia as uneasy friend and neighbor.

      Remember our economic system is no longer connected to fundamentals, but war and finance. That’s what we do. Look at the track record and tell me that Russia is the aggressor.

    • DA March 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

      Well, aside from your 9-11 comments, which I can tell you virtually for certain was a US insider sponsored false flag event all the way, your comments remind me of my halcyon days back in the USAF in the 80’s. Don’t get me wrong, even back then I knew I had made a deal with the devil of sorts in signing on to do the empire’s business, but at the time at least, it didn’t seem to be the existential evil it has since become. And like the voluntary conscripts of today, I too was enticed by an economy that offered little else in the way of employment opportunity and a military lifestyle that was at the time quite attractive.

      But to your main point about the US’s incessant drumbeat of negative propaganda against the USSR then and Russia now, it is quite a bit more than insulting to the intelligence of anyone beyond the age of 3, isn’t it. As I recall, I was tasked to write a short essay on the subject of if I could ask anyone in the world a single question, what would it be and why, as part of my NCO Leadership School curriculum back in the year of our Lord 1985 or so. I was quite the idealist even back then, so I said what the hell and answered it honestly. I said I’d ask a typical Soviet conscript peer what he thought of the US and our then totally intractable situation and whether he thought it might be as stupid as I did. Needless to say, when we had to read our papers to the class for discussion the next day, mine was met with stone cold silence, even in the already emerging PC climate of the time. Needless to say, I was not a candidate for Distinguished Graduate at the end of the course, in spite of stellar marks otherwise.

      But these things are to be expected. We humans are, alas, little more than primitive apes with advanced tool capabilities. We think we’re so smart, and yet our still primitive brains betray us continually. Our presence on this earth has been brief and for most of it, rather uneventful. Freeze our progress and/or totally change our mindset at about the year 1800 or so and things might have turned out differently, but alas, a species that was hardwired from the start to win the evolutionary game by means of its ingenuity was destined to overshoot it’s carrying capacity sooner or later once it discovered the magic of fossil fuels. I guess the only real question remaining is how we can remain in such denial at this late.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 7, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

        Well, back in 1980s there was a habitual routine anti-American propaganda in official Soviet press – Pravda, Izvestia and likes – but almost everybody I knew, including myself, were not paying any heed. America was viewed very favorably, in a certain romantic way – mostly due to various music bands and few movies that made it to the Soviet theaters. (and, of course, blue jeans and sneakers, which costed a fortune). Nobody I knew was seriously considering any possibility of armed conflict with US and in general had a deep skepticism toward the propaganda coming from Kremlin ancient wizards.

        Now the situation is drastically different, most importantly among the youngsters. Putin’ popularity among young Russians most likely exceeds official 80 – 85%, it’s almost like a sports fan club – everybody speculating what this or that move by Putin means and what could be the next move in the game. Taking Crimea back put everybody in a total state of exaltation, I guess the compensation for humiliating decade of the 90s and having a drunk for a Leader.

        What can I say, it is a totally different Nation I left in late 80s.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

          Is it true that young men show up on dates bearing rolls of toilet paper as gifts? Is this how you wooed your wife?

          • FincaInTheMountains March 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

            Well, Janos, I don’t really know, may be some poor souls that’s gone bonkers from reading you comments very well might, I personally usually stick to flowers (when I was a young man, that is)

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

            I heard that toilet paper was scarce o’er there behind the iron shower curtain….

          • FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 3:22 am #

            It was, 30 years ago.

      • Buck Stud March 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

        Interesting post DA. But I wonder about the this assertion:

        “But to your main point about the US’s incessant drumbeat of negative propaganda against the USSR then and Russia now, it is quite a bit more than insulting to the intelligence of anyone beyond the age of 3, isn’t it.”

        I know a lot of intelligent people who choose not to bombard themselves with the ever-changing vicissitudes of non-stop media. Others like Fincaln can’t seem to get enough of international intrigue. The former seem more ‘internal’ and eternally focused while a Fincaln seems more ‘external’ and solely of the epoch. Or maybe he’s just getting paid to submit his postings although I sense he really is an international affairs junkie.

        I recall that one scene in “Walk The Line” when the talent agent asks Cash if he were hit by a truck and lying in the gutter dying what song he would sing to sum up his time on earth and to be remembered by. Cash then breakouts into an inspired, spontaneous performance of “Folsom Prison Blues” that was the embodiment of “presence” –Walter Cronkite didn’t exist in that divine world or that divine moment. Somehow, the information imparted by a “Tyler Durden” or a PRC seems insignificant in these types of moments and I think the wise one’s have learned how to “dose themselves’ with a non-toxic amount of media input and to me that displays a discerning intelligence that perhaps the obsessive, addictive types lack.

  123. Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm #


    The Earth is the center of the Universe for all intents and purposes. As the Bible says, “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”

    • mika. March 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      In earlier times, when the first sentences of the Torah were recorded, the Earth did not revolve around the Sun, or did the Sun revolve around the Earth. They both revolved around a polar coaxial, and our Sun was the now planet Saturn. The days were different. That is why people lived longer. So was gravity different. That is why it was possible to build giant structures, as giant people and animals roamed the Earth.

      Velikovsky analyzed the information accounted for in all the ancient “myths” of all the ancient peoples, and it’s all in accord — globally!

      • mika. March 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

        Btw, Vladik,

        Culture is MUCH more important than your idiocy of “race”. And you belong to a culture of mass thieving mass murder mass deception mass slavery and rabid imperialism on a planetary scale. YOU have ZERO to be proud of, and everything to be ashamed of. Same goes for all your compatriots.

        As I said earlier, without morals you’re already dead. You’re just waiting to be buried.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

          So in other words, it’s fine if the Jews cease to exist as a separate people? It’s fine if they are peacefully absorbed into say, the Black Race – as long as their culture is maintained? And of course we both know the Blacks would do just that, turning Synagogues into juke joints and shofars into jazz trumpets.

          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm #


            Jews are not a race, they are a people. A people tied by a common heritage of nationality history language culture and reverence for the TaNaKh as an historical record of our people.

            There are Jews, living in Israel, who look South American African European Russian Indian Chinese, etc. We even have “Japanese” Jews, living in Israel.

            You need to drop your idiocy about “race” (it is complete propaganda), and concentrate instead on the lies and machinations of the imperialists (Vatican) and their resurrection of the Roman global slave plantation. Believe me, your white “slav” skin will not save you and yours from their enslavement.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

            Oh that’s interesting since many Jews are very big on claiming a unique genetic profile for the Jewish people. Jewish Anthropologist Jared Diamond actually says Race doesn’t exist, but Jews do. Jewish exceptionalism on steroids.

            Good videos on the HoloHoax. It’s all unraveling Mike. Get out while the gettings good.


          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

            “Oh that’s interesting since many Jews are very big on claiming a unique genetic profile for the Jewish people.”

            I don’t see a contradiction. As I said, the concept of “race” is complete propaganda. Your genes will express themselves differently in different environments. Furthermore, there is always constant mixing of people. The degree varies, but it is always there. This applies to all nationalities and peoples, so there’s no such thing as “pure” and never was.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

            Ok let’s ban race as a forbidden word and just talk about “populations”. If the nations don’t exist, neither do Jews. If the Jews exist, so do other nations. Nothing changes. Your attempt at making the Jews special fails again.

          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

            Vladik, what gave you the idea that I have a problem with nationalism?

            You really need to stop parroting propaganda that’s scripted for you by the Vatican/CIA nazi imperialists. In other words, drop the propaganda induced malice and start exercising some independent thinking, analysis, and emotional independence.

            “Race” is nothing but a propaganda concept spawned and sponsored by the Vatican nazis as a means to emotionally herd the various peoples of Europe unto the Vatican project and Empire. Anyone with two eyes and a functioning brain can discern that the peoples of Spain or France or Italy or Portugal or Greece, etc., are NOT WHITE, and have little in common with the white Nordic peoples.

            In fact, the closest genetic relatives of the Nordic peoples are probably the Russian Slavs, because that’s where many of Vikings have migrated to as they traveled along the Volga river. Ironic, isn’t it, since many who where victimized by the “white race” Vatican nazi imperialists were Viking Russ.

          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

            Correction: ..many who were victimized..

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

            Ok so now it’s Race doesn’t exist except for Whites. All the rest of the world is fine, but Whites do exist and are intrinsically evil. And Jews, with their superior culture, are the leaders of normal humanity and have to lead the way in genociding Whites.

            Problem is that a lot of Non-Whites don’t like you either.

          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

            Are you really that daft? Just because Swedes are white does not mean they constitute a race. What’s wrong with you? Again, there’s no such thing as race, it’s all made up imperialist propaganda. Same as your Roman “Christian” religion. Made up imperialist propaganda. Same as Vatican created Islam. More imperialist propaganda.

            And Jews genocided white Swedes? Jews made your racists put on the Vatican Nazi uniform and go mass murdering and plundering? You are really sick in the head. There’s just no going around this fact.

          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

            Just for you, Vladik:


          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

            Countless Jews have called Jews a race or otherwise claimed a unique status or identity for them. This was true in ancient times and still true today. You folks feel unique, special, and superior. Swedes are just as real as Jews are. But they lack the superiority complex and thanks to Jewish propaganda, now lack any pride at all. Thus their days are numbered as Muslims swarm in. Congratulations, you have claimed another victim.

          • mika. March 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

            Every people claim a unique identity for themselves. There’s nothing new there. Nor is it anything to be ashamed of.

            You and your Vatican propaganda, by trying to conflate national ethnic identity with imperialist “race” propaganda, only show how dishonest you are and detrimental you are to those you claim to be “championing”. You’re not a nationalist, you’re an imperialist. And contrary to your imperialist racist BS, your Vatican imperialism is not only antithetical to Swedish national identity, it is absolutely deadly to it. And deadly not just to Swedish nationality, but to all nationalities for that matter.

            I hope Swedes and all people everywhere learn to vote against the Vatican/CIA propaganda lies and tune it off. And indeed, more and more people are getting wise and are tuning off the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets, including the so-called “alternative media”. Next to go will be the fascist corporations and banks, and ultimately the gov mafia itself and all its institutions, including the military.

            Without people’s participation, your global Vatican slave plantation collapses and ceases to exist.

  124. BackRowHeckler March 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Startling demographic predictions for the USA in year 2050, which might as well be year 0.

    Population of nearly half a billion people, less than 40% white. (Whitey might disappear altogether by 2100)

    Texas population 55 million, California 100 million.

    Think of the teaming slums coast to coast, the squalor and poverty, the battle for hegemony between the races with Asians most likely coming out on top, the massive traffic jams around the cities which might stretch hundreds of miles, the lack of clean water and the aquifers finally tapped out, army sized police forces required to keep order,and environmental destruction on an unprecedented scale.


    • Buck Stud March 7, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

      Q’s going to have a tough time sleeping tonight if he reads your post BRH. Maybe you should re-sing him a grammar lullaby, in a manner of speaking 🙂

      • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

        If there’s one thing that gets me thinking of the dystopic future, Buck, its the massive traffic jams coming out of and going into NYC, you can see the future in it, hundreds of thousands of automobiles, barely moving, sitting in a smoky haze, stretching for dozens of miles, idling cars burning tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline, strained faces thru windshield glass somethings gotta give, its every man for himself. move along there get outa my way gaddamit! … My god what a transportation system, what a civilization!

        Now add 200 million people to the mix. with no race, language or ancestry in common, but all occupying the same space, with resources getting more scarce with each passing day.


  125. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 3:52 am #

    “Or maybe he’s just getting paid to submit his postings although I sense he really is an international affairs junkie.” — Buck Stud

    I never gave a damn about politics before 2006, then in 2006 some new law was adopted by US Congress(totally unfair in my judgement, giving advantage to large US corporations over startups like I had at the time) that had a potential of radically changing my life and my plans for the future, so it got my attention.

    At first, I had my fill of American “conspiracy sites” – the usual suspects – but it never satisfied my need for a sound logical theory of what’s going on in reality. After 2010 I “discovered” Russian Net and understood that without a complete world-wide picture you can’t really make heads and tails out of it.

    Somehow I feel compelled to share my “discoveries”, mostly probably for the purpose of understanding myself.

    So, the bottom line, I think Buck got my number – I am an “international affairs junkie”, however it feels more like “human affairs” to me.

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  126. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 4:14 am #

    “Well, aside from your 9-11 comments, which I can tell you virtually for certain was a US insider sponsored false flag event all the way” — DA

    I do feel the same way about that epoch-changing event, however I hate the way the “truther sites” go chasing their tale about it. Whoever organized it did create an extremely clever informational systemic cover around the Event, that leaves us with almost nothing but feelings and speculations.

    I am sure that foreign intelligence, like Russian, have all necessary objective evidence about who, how and why, but they keep their silence – may be a trump card waiting its time.

  127. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 4:45 am #

    In 1999 Putin was brought to the helm of Russian politics mostly due to his notorious negotiating skills, ability to find peaceful and “fair” settlement for disputes between various oligarchical groups, that he was known for during his years in St. Petersburg. He had a perfect reputation of keeping his word, that was important to the “family” of outgoing Boris Yeltsin.

    After all, peaceful settlement of contradicting interests is the most important role of the modern State, not to allow things to go to a devastating war that would be detrimental to everybody interests.

    What nobody expected Putin to do is to bring the actual interests of the Russian State and Russian People to the negotiating table.

  128. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Yekaterinburg. Empire of Chaos selected its next target.

    Yekaterinburg. Remember that word – in the next month of two it could become the key word of the world media, like Ferguson in US.

    Yekaterinburg is the third city of Russia in student population. It appears that the biggest college in the city – the Ural State University is actively preparing (not without a help from local American consulate, British has become also active since the second half of February) to wide student protests against the authorities.

    Local mayor – Yevgeny Roizman – (Jewish guy, I am sorry to add, made a populist career on anti-drug treatment facilities were he rumored to restrain patients with jail-like measures) is America-friendly and anti-Putin.

    Yekaterinburg is not only the third largest city in the country and not only the largest industrial center, including the defense and aerospace industry. The most important thing is that in Yekaterinburg is a crossroad center connecting Moscow to Far East, Siberia, oil and gas routes of Tyumen region. From there is a road going in Kazakhstan. Well, as “the cherry on the cake”, Yekaterinburg – the capital of the hypothetical “Urals Republic”, that was attempted to be created under Yeltsin long time ago, but the idea could be revived. Moreover, the ideas of “independent Siberia” are actively developing on the money from the same sources that fund general color movement in Russia.

    In general, the coup in Yekaterinburg does not need anything to storm. For the world to become convinced of the “Russian instability”, they just need to block the transportation to Asian territories passing through Yekaterinburg. Planes, of course, will fly, but blocking rail traffic will lead to the threat of economic collapse, and if the roads are blocked as well?

    Yekaterinburg is the city where I grew up and Ural State University is my alma mater.

  129. Cold N. Holefield March 8, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    What nobody expected Putin to do is to bring the actual interests of the Russian State and Russian People to the negotiating table.

    In otherwords, he made the Kleptocracy official. It’s now a system — the official system of Russia. The only way to succeed in Russia now is to lie, cheat, steal and murder. That happens in The West as well, but as of yet, it’s not the only way to succeed and instead just one of a number of ways. The West, any day now, can easily slip to the debased kleptocratic level of Russia. Russia must be held up as an example of “what not to become” and used to implement principled safeguards to prevent The West from slipping any further into that degraded criminal quagmire of no return. In the meantime, Russia must be isolated as a pariah state so it can be allowed to devour its disfunction. It must be deprived of any future “marks.” In due time, it will consume itself, and the refuse of that process will provide fertile ground for a new and enlightened Russia to take root and flourish.

    Not to mention, it’s no longer about Putin. It’s the system now, and getting rid of Putin won’t change a thing. In fact, Putin died long ago. Doppelgängers have now taken his place as an image to present to the moronic Russian people who must have their strongman Tsar. The person posing as Putin today is not the Putin who was appointed Tsar of Russia by Yeltsin. Russia, with all of the skill of a pufferfish, has a Potemkin Presidency. The West knows this and it’s why “Putin” hasn’t been capped. He was already capped around 2005-2006 and it’s been covered over by The Kremlin.

    Putin’s Doppelgängers

    • FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      “Russia, with all of the skill of a pufferfish, has a Potemkin Presidency”

      Look who’s talking…

      • Cold N. Holefield March 8, 2015 at 10:14 am #

        There is no talking. There is only the ability to present words on a screen. There is no “me” so there is no “who.” It’s the anti-program (the program pogrom).

  130. Cold N. Holefield March 8, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    If there’s one thing that gets me thinking of the dystopic future, Buck, its the massive traffic jams coming out of and going into NYC, you can see the future in it, hundreds of thousands of automobiles, barely moving, sitting in a smoky haze, stretching for dozens of miles, idling cars burning tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline, strained faces thru windshield glass somethings gotta give,…..

    The Police State’s Response

    Another working day has ended
    Only the rush hour hell to face
    Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes
    Contestants in a suicidal race
    Daddy grips the wheel and stares alone into the distance
    He knows that something somewhere has to break
    He sees the family home now looming in the headlights
    The pain upstairs that makes his eyeballs ache
    Many miles away there’s a shadow on the door of a cottage on the
    Shore of a dark Scottish lake…many miles away
    …many miles away (ad infinitum)

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  131. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Situation is hot red. The Empire of Chaos is furious. The “attack on Russian Ruble” appears to have been set up by Putin himself to use “market forces” to prevent capital outflows and stimulate Russian industry – over 1,500 new large production facilities has been brought online just in the last 3 years, now Russia will double up on that. Russians could easy deal with the deficit of French brie cheese; the trade balance is confidently in black. The attack on oil prices is screwing up American “energy independence” program. The Ukraine is a total disaster.

    At the latest by May Moscow and Brussels are waiting for a new offensive of Kiev Nazi army on the Republics of Donbass.
    In this case, everybody’s expecting Kiev rather quickly defeat and it is logical that after the armed forces of Novorossia will turn into a full-fledged army that will move westward as fast as it could, all the way to Lvov.

    All this leads to the US loss, but the US still have a sufficient margin of safety to disagree with the defeat and try regardless of the situation in Ukraine turn the geopolitical situation in their favor someplace else.

    This must be done before the Kiev regime will collapse and the establishment of anti-fascist forces in control over the entire territory of Ukraine, which will be perceived by the world community as the final catastrophic defeat of the United States – the world spins out of control, and resources to restore it are not there anymore.

  132. volodya March 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    You read the most amazing things. At zerohedge they’re saying that Euro finance ministers are openly laughing at Greece’s latest proposals.

    You read that Greeks don’t want to abandon the euro currency and you read that they don’t want to re-float the drachma.

    Well then, you wonder, what the hell do the Greeks want? Well, it isn’t that hard really, they want to carry on with their customarily corrupt ways. They know where that road leads. It leads directly to where they’re at now.

    But they’re not threatening to leave the Euro-zone. No, you see, to Greeks, the prospect of their fellow Greeks running Greece’s currency is apparently too hideous to contemplate. They just can’t bear the idea of having people that speak Greek, with Greek surnames and living in Greece managing something that important.

    No, they so doubt the competence and honesty of their fellow Greeks that they’d rather have an Italian do it.

    So, given that Greece no longer manages its own monetary printing press, and having neglected to get Greeks, especially Greeks with a lot of income, to honestly pay tax, and having no apparent will to make Greek governments spend within the limits of their fiscal bounds, they are now in a real fix. See, Greece can’t print Euros to paper things over the way that Bernanke and Yellen were doing with US bucks.

    I think the Greek agenda is to get Germany cough up to cover Greek shortfalls. That way the Greeks can continue with their tax evading ways and they can avoid having to do nasty stuff like tax enforcement against Greek oligarchs.

    In the meantime there’s a flood of deposits fleeing Greek banks. And this has to be severely cramping the Greek negotiating position. And I doubt that Mme Panzer over there in Berlin is really quaking at the thought of a really fucked up Grexit. Maybe a Grexit, no matter how nasty, is what she wants. And, while they’re cleaning house, get the Italians out too. Why stop with Greece?

  133. michigan_native March 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Yes, the demographics of the US are changing, and it’s not so lily white. All I can think of is the chickens coming home to roost. Stealing vast tracks of resource gifted lands in some “splendid little war” we provoked against Mexico was not to be without consequences (or “blow back” ass they refer to similar results of modern day policies.) In the case of “illegal immigrants” and the growing Hispanic population, the blow back just took a century or so.

    The racial powder keg I mentioned as being one of the most significant results of collapse is already just starting to ignite. It seems not a week goes by without yet another act of brutality or killing (sometimes it is clearly self defense, to be fair). Wait until those food stamp programs and other safety needs can’t be funded and are eliminated. Even the “justice department” (I have to laugh when I say that, like some perverse joke straight out of 1984) have noticed that cities like Ferguson generate large percentages of their revenues by fining or ticketing people, disproportionately Afro Americans. From what I read on the internet, some cop shops can even access a data base which gives them information/helpful hints on who they can pull over so they can steal their money. “Chronic budget shortfalls due to an ever eroding tax base” (the written words of Dmitry Orlov’s 5 stages of collapse ring ever so clearer with each passing day) So all levels of government, local, county, state, and the goddamned federal government are behaving like the old communists did in the Soviet Union before they collapsed, in that they took on a life of their own and set out to steal money from anyone and everyone they could in any way and everyway they could. So now it’s a fine to be seen pushing a shopping cart around, to get caught dumpster diving, and they have resorted to debtor’s prisons in that they take and arrest some poor person for some fee or penalty they didn’t pay, put them in prison, charge them room and board for their stay, then they get out even more broke. Repeat and you have the return of debtor’s prisons in the USA. It’s back. Here is just one of the articles on the “justice department” (war is peace, freedom is slavery) and their probe on Ferguson, one unpleasant reality the mainstream media cannot ignore or just sweep under the carpet http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/08/justice-departments-ferguson-report-resonates-across-the-us/21150928/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing11%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D624604

    Even white (what used to be) middle class America is noticing the cops on steroids along with a decay in their living standards. Every commute on to and from work (save the 33% of adult americans who are now out of the work force) is a nerve racking experience. Cops pulling people over on every road and freeway. Run a yellow light, take your eyes off the speedometer and go 5 miles over the limit, kiss your 8 hours of back breaking work good bye and then some (while your job still lasts). If they see a tiny nick in your windshield, the dollar signs just roll in their eyes. More money for the local municipality, county, or state. (they all like to get in on that new found obsession of “making our roads safer”. People getting fined for trimming their trees on what is supposed to be their property too short, setting up a lemonade stand without some expensive permit or license, etc etc. Go to Paul Craig Roberts sight and see a youtube video under his entry about the police. This ordinary, nice, law abiding couple goes out for a stroll in some vintage, collector’s car. Overzealous cops, on a mission to steal money from people, run their license plate, pull them over. 3 guns drawn (!!) on an unarmed, innocent man, cops yelling contradictory orders to him, making him take his shirt off, twirl around like some kind of ballerina with his hands in the air, then get on his knees so they could cuff him and cart him off to jail overnight in a cell with some 24 other, most likely, hardened criminals. They made the error when they ran his plates. At many points, these over zealous assholes sounded like they could and would have shot the man. The day you go out on a Sunday cruise and nearly get killed over it, humiliated and tossed in the slammer for being innocent.

    In the absence of mass genocide, I do see the demographics of the US population shifting, and non WASP people don’t like it. I don’t see Back Row Heckler’s vision of mass traffic jams on the freeways. First, the funds to maintain those freeways and other infrastructure will not be there. The roads and freeways will become impassable. Second, the energy (oil) needed to power these millions of cars will have been long gone first by the US dollar getting dumped and collapsing and then by the supply running out. What little is left will go to whatever country or persons that have the most to offer in terms of things that have value (commodities like precious metals, and later in the final stages of industrial collapse, food, and I am thinking most importantly, water). A world with sprawling freeways crawling with cars and trucks is simply not possible.

    Now how will the cops steal their pound of flesh in a post automobile, post carbon society? I am guessing shoe lace and bicycle tire tread patrol. “Your shoe laces are not tied properly, we are going to extract a kidney or an eyeball “voluntarily” from you to the for profit organ donor market”. After all, you could trip and endanger the safety of your fellow pedestrians. Your bicycle tire tread is too thin. We will extract an eyeball “voluntarily”. Not as likely because tires require inputs from fossil fuels and tires succumb to dry rot, so when those who have sworn to “serve and protect” get too zealous about “protecting our safety” that way, people will prefer to walk. What a pleasant future we all have to look forward to indeed.

    • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Phew!, Touche, MN.

      And to Fincain …

      Sir, would you kindly explain Cargo 200.

      Thank you.


    • ZrCrypDiK March 9, 2015 at 2:04 am #

      Don’t play your music too loud, MN. Better yet, don’t leave your dogs out barking all night (or maybe not!) Best of all, don’t respond! (teh HORROR)

      Cumon guys, can’t we all lighten up tonite? Synchronicity abounds! The lattice of coincidence – plate – shrimp. A holographic universe!!! Forgive me my *crimes*…


  134. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2015 at 3:28 am #

    “would you kindly explain Cargo 200” — brh

    Russian military slang used by Ukrainians as well:

    200 – Killed in action
    300 – Wounded in action

    • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2015 at 3:45 am #

      If 90% of “Ukrainians” speak fluent Russian, in Ukrainian military it is 100%. Ukrainian slang is too awkward and ambiguous to be used in firefights.

  135. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    Anybody gave a thought how EU border guards will behave when Ukrainian armed gangs will start crossing the border in search of food? Are they going to shoot?

    Currently, Novorossian Armed Forces is about 35,000 bayonets, or about 3 divisions of the WWII era. It is much more than enough to just defend the existing territory. To take control of the entire Ukrainian territory, there will be a need of around 200 – 300 thousand bayonets.

    Just to support army of 35,000 there is a need of about 600 tons of supplies daily.

    Without the help of Russia to create such an army was impossible. Russia is clearly not inclined to spend money and resources just like that. If you create an army capable of offensive, then it will attack.

    Don’t you find it strange that neither EU nor Americans have any “objective” evidence of such massive supplies? Or do they just look the other way?

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  136. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    Only idiots and self-centered Americans don’t understand what’s happened in Ukraine. US wanted to create another “instability zone” on the Russian border, instead they created a huge security problem for their European “partners” and now Russia holds the key to European stability. No American arms shipments are going to help now – there is simply no time left.

    Europeans got punished for their habit of blindly following the US.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 9, 2015 at 5:45 am #

      Only a fool believes Ukraine was anything other than a coup/false flag event (i.e. Hannity/O’Rielly viewers). I’m more inclined to believe the Mosad (hehe, *the*) had the biggest stake.

  137. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Zugzwang (German for “compulsion to move”) is a situation found in chess and other games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because they must make a move when they would prefer to pass and not to move. The fact that the player is compelled to move means that his position will become significantly weaker. A player is said to be “in zugzwang” when any possible move will worsen his position.

    US are doomed to continue to play the game at a constant stake increase. And it is not only dictated by economic or foreign policy interests, but also the nature of the internal political struggle in the United States.

    That is, the political situation has reached a level where every single politician, no matter how significant or influential he may be, no longer controls events. Processes are now developing on their own logic. They can still be put under the control by the joint efforts of the majority of stakeholders. But for this it is necessary that the efforts of China and Russia are joined by at least Europe (even if without Britain).

    And we must understand that such a thing as time pressure acts not only in chess. In the military, and in politics it manifests in a much more dramatic way. So here we are on the verge of time expiration.

    The main thing is not to allow time pressure to coincide with zugzwang

  138. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    If you compare the 4 largest European army, the figures may shock (in comparison with the Russian Federation):

    United Kingdom – 227 tanks Challenger 2, 1,260 APCs units

    Germany – 332 tanks Leopard 2A6, 1,529 APCs units

    France – 254 tanks Leclerc, 3,129 APCs units

    Italy – 200 tanks C1 Ariete, 898 APCs units

    Russian Federation – 20,550 tanks, 32,000 APCs units

    However, direct comparison of numbers gives very little. It is necessary to take into account the technical characteristics, the degree of combat readiness, reliability of engineering support, tactics, use, crew training, the level of maintenance of equipment, supplies to the army, the interaction of all kinds of divisions and many other factors.

    In this regard, Russia has a full order of magnitude advantage against a demilitarized, non-motivated and poorly prepared Europe.


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