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Just as presidents are expected to act presidentially, Federal Reserve chairpersons are expected to act oracularly — as semi-supernatural beings who emerge now and again from some cave of mathematical secrets to offer reassuringly cryptic utterances on mysteries of the economy. And so was Jerome Powell wheeled out on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday night, like a cigar store Indian at an antique fair, so vividly sculpted and colorfully adorned you could almost imagine him saying something.

Maybe it was an hallucination, but I heard him say that “the economy is in a good place,” and that “the outlook is a favorable one.” Point taken. Pull the truck up to the loading dock and fill it with Tesla shares!  I also thought I heard “Inflation is muted.” That must have been the laugh line, since there is almost no single item in the supermarket that goes for under five bucks these days. But really, when was the last time you saw a cigar store Indian at Trader Joes? It took seventeen Federal Reserve math PhD’s to come up with that line, inflation is muted.

What you really had to love was Mr. Powell’s explanation for the record number of car owners in default on their monthly payments: “…not everybody is sharing in this widespread prosperity we have.”  Errrgghh Errrgghh Errrgghh. Sound of klaxon wailing. What he meant to say was, hedge-funders, private equity hustlers, and C-suite personnel are making out just fine as the asset-stripping of flyover America proceeds, and you miserable, morbidly obese, tattooed gorks watching this out on the Midwestern buzzard flats should have thought twice before dropping out of community college to drive a forklift in the Sysco frozen food warehouse (where, by the way, you are probably stealing half the oven-ready chicken nuggets in inventory).

Interlocutor Scott Pelley asked the oracle about “those half-a-million people who have given up looking for jobs.” Did he pull that number out of his shorts? The total number out of the workforce is more like 95 million, and when you subtract retirees, people still in school, and the disabled, the figure is more like 7.5 million. There was some blather over the “opioid epidemic,” the upshot of which was learn to code, young man. Personally, I was about as impressed as I was ten years ago when past oracle Ben Bernanke confidently explained to congress that the disturbances in Mortgage-land were “contained.”

David Leonhardt of The New York Times had a real howler in his Monday column on the state of the economy:

      Americans are saving more and spending less partly because the rich now take home so much of the economy’s income — and the rich don’t spend as large a share of their income as the poor and middle class.

Suggestion to Mr. Leonhardt: Learn to code.

Here’s what’s actually going on in that beast known as The Economy: Globalism is winding down as a decade of Central Bank machinations reach their limits of deception, leaving the major trading nations with little more than comparative disadvantages. Europe is dissolving into political chaos. Japan is cannibalizing itself in preparation for its return to the Tokugawa shogunate. China is groaning with factories that turn out too much stuff; America is groaning with so much of that stuff that it’s turning into Yard Sale Nation. In the background of all that are the problematic flows of oil on tankers through dangerous chokepoints like the Straits of Molucca and the Straits of Hormuz, with a looming horizon on the supply as US shale oil production chokes to death on unpayable debt.

It has been easier to maintain the pretense of economic stability while all the perversities of finance and banking are being acted out in the current fiascos of government. But the tide is surely going out now and, as another ersatz oracle, Warren Buffett, once observed about such situations: pretty soon you get to see who’s been swimming naked. In the American lagoon, you will soon behold the awful spectacle of the beached whale known as President Trump flopping helplessly around the mud-flats, emitting inchoate threnodies from his blowhole. Ironically, he’ll be flopping and gasping at the same time that his antagonists are stricken by a red tide of indictments, perhaps including even the Captain Ahab of the Resistance: Robert Mueller. The Ides of March are upon us.


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  1. RB March 11, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    I’m going to emigrate to Venezuela. They have a brighter future.

    • Neon Vincent March 11, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      That reminds me, I should write more about Venezuela. The John Oliver segment might be a good one to use, even if it annoys a lot of what passes for the Left in the U.S.

      Now on to what our host wrote: “Pull the truck up to the loading dock and fill it with Tesla shares!” LOL, yeah, just as Tesla joins the Retail Apocalypse by closing its showrooms. May Tesla not end up like Charlotte Russe, liquidated.

    • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      Learn to code. It is good for something as you can see. But I don’t know if there are any real jobs doing it or if learning to code is only the soup of the day and something to talk about.

      chasingthesquirrel.com/ <– what code can do

      Seems to me people could just say learn to code without knowing anything about how many jobs there really are doing it. Sort of like say there are a gazillion people sneaking into the country every day. But what are the true facts. Who's to know? Inquiring minds don't want to be put off with easy answers. They want the truth. Who has it?

      • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        Did this just go up, K-Pup? Is this a dog’s only site, or can devil’s scribble on the walls too?

        • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

          What’s this? I see Some Other Dog has already invoked my name!

          • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

            Only me. I need content to test the code as I write it 🙂

          • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

            I am all the dogs there.

        • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

          The devil will be able to scribble the walls when I get everything working. I made good progress last week. You will have to wait a while to scribble because I’m doing everything from:

          SCRATCH

          I’ve had the place forever but I don’t want blogging out of a can. I’m rolling my own.

          • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

            Oh, how did you like the comment on the white van?

          • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

            That was pretty good, I guess. Caught me by surprise.

          • GreenAlba March 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

            “Oh, how did you like the comment on the white van?”

            I realise what you’re referring to, K-Dog, but in its other sense…

            Vans in my youth used to be dirtier – don’t know why that is. Perhaps we didn’t have quite so many carwashes back then.

            Anyway people – kids, presumably – were fond of writing comments on white vans in Ye Olde Days – things like ‘don’t wash me – grow something’. I guess white van men must have been less intimidating too. WVM wasn’t a social type.

            Come to think of it, buses used to be manky on the outside too – on a bad day you couldn’t see out the windows. Perhaps that was just the north of England… We hadn’t yet got acid rain to wash them en route – or it hadn’t been brought into existence by being named anyway.

          • aibohphobia March 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

            In-Dog-Net websites can be challenging–
            For a while, it looked like I could get into K-dog’s new site thru the Woof Wide Web (WWW), but they wanted my pee-mail address…
            The Devil is in the d-tails, I suppose…

      • CancelMyCard March 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

        ” They want the truth. Who has it?”

        Certainly nobody who is any part of our system of governance.

        Or, of those few that do, they ain’t talking.

        • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

          And the problem is our ears are blasted by lying talking heads who know if they put out nebulous facts and repeat them long enough American people will believe anything. Emotions rule our airwaves and color all our screens, be they in hands or on a wall.

      • rhys12 March 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

        AI’s can code better and faster than humans.

        • Exscotticus March 11, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

          True, but Indian AI’s can still code cheaper!

    • Majella March 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

      Indeed – in Venezuela, things can only get better.

  2. Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    New word:

    thren·o·dy
    /?THren?d?/Submit
    noun
    plural noun: threnodies
    a lament.
    “a brooding threnody to urban desolation”
    synonyms: lament, dirge, requiem, elegy, funeral song/chant, burial hymn, dead march, keen, plaint, knell;

    Nice! Never seen that one before. Hopefully we’ll all at least be spared the spectacle of GGG flopping naked on the mudflats, but you never know these days.

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      Too add, if they succeed in taking down Trump, the period shortly thereafter would be the ideal time for another engineered financial crash, which would all be blamed on him. Throw in bank holidays and maybe even martial law and a war or two (Iran, anyone?), as the extra benefits of such a scenario. Could be fun!

      • Walter B March 11, 2019 at 10:40 am #

        I’ve been thinking Scratch, our host and some of us have been raising a lot of warning flags for a very long time now, doomsaying as some call it, and not enough people are listening. The big problem I see ahead of us is when it all craps out, and it HAS TO eventually, these naysayers are going to come here and cry out “Landru guide us”! How exactly are we going to reply? What will we say to them since “I told you so”, is such a hollow meaningless phrase?

        I’m kicking around the idea of either just laughing at them or putting my open hand up, thumb to my nose, and blowing them all the big, wet raspberry. Care to join me?

        • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 11:11 am #

          Yeah, I’ve been torn by that question for a long time as well, Ol’ Walt. Trouble is, there won’t be much satisfaction in finally being “right,” as simple survival will be the overwhelming order of the day then. I really don’t see many people accepting guidance then either, assuming I would have any to give. If they manage to crash the currency and turn the US into a free-fire zone as they’ve already done in so many other places the world over, I’m not sure there will be any good guidance to give, other than keep your head low, try to forge some useful local alliances, expect the absolute worst, and hope for the minimal best, “best” be redefined to permanently lower levels in the process.

          Most people our age will likely just be happy to check out and move onto whatever’s next. Think WWII Europe in one of the occupied countries. Humanity has proven its capability repeatedly throughout history to sink to such levels. We here in the modern US have just been lulled to sleep to believe that it can’t happen to us. We are by no means “special” in that regard however, as we’ve naively come to believe. It definitely can.

          • CancelMyCard March 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

            “Humanity has proven its capability repeatedly throughout history to sink to such levels.”

            Back to the definition of insanity.

            Each generation HAS TO repeat the same mistakes of previous generations.

            “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.”

            — Benjamin Franklin

        • montsegur March 11, 2019 at 11:29 am #

          How exactly are we going to reply?

          Hello, Walter

          My take is that we will be well advised to not reply at all, or, if directly asked, to give a noncommittal response. When “it all craps out”, that won’t, IMO, be a great time to “have been right” about the whys and hows.

          After the anger subsides and the shooting has stopped … then, one might be able to more or less safely provoke calmer views of the situation and suggest workable survival strategies for one’s community.

          The question, of course, is how long it will take to reach complete economic collapse. They “system” has shown an ability to prolong its (dys)function beyond the expectation of many doomsayers.

          Cheers

          • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 11:38 am #

            In the aftermath of such a scenario, I think the survivors will be amazed at the varieties of natural intelligence and good old fashioned competence out there that come to the fore. There are far more of both in existence than the philosophies of our foolish academics now allow for. It will at least be nice to see those rediscovered again.

        • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

          Walter,

          It doesn’t work out that way. Consider social critics have been ignored for a long time:

          ‘ Progress ! ’ he echoed, and the tone of misery and embarrassment was exchanged for one of confidence. ‘ Progress ! You politicians arc always talking about it. As though it were going to last. Indefinitely. More motors, more babies, more food, more advertising, more money, more everything, for ever. You ought to take a few lessons in my subject. Physical biology. Progress, indeed ! What do you propose to do about phosphorus, for example ? ’ His question was a personal accusation. ‘ But all this is entirely beside the point,’ said Webley impatiently. ‘ On the contrary,’ retorted Lord Edward, ‘ it’s the only point.’

          His voice had become loud and severe. He spoke with a much more than ordinary degree of coherence. Phosphorus had made a new man of him ; he felt very strongly about phosphorus and, feeling strongly, he was strong. The worried bear had become the worrier. ‘ With your intensive agriculture,’ he went on, ‘ you ’re simply draining the soil of phosphorus. More than half of one per cent, a year. Going clean out of circulation. And then the way you throw away hundreds of thousands of tons of phosphorus pentoxide in your sewage ! Pouring it into the sea. And you call that progress. Your modern sewage systems ! ’ His tone was witheringly scornful. ‘ You ought to be putting it back where it came from. On the land.’ Lord Edward shook an admonitory finger and frowned. ‘ On the land, I tell you.’ <— Point Counterpoint (1928)

          Things only will get more wacky as we get closer to where the ocean drains off the ends of the earth. If anything you will be Bar-B-Qed for keeping all the valuable info to yourself. It is a nice fantasy to imagine everyone comes to their senses when things go to shit but it is not going to happen. When things go to shit only shit will happen. There will be no sanity.

          • GreenAlba March 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

            Excellent point re the phosphorus – and most of the remaining phosphorus rock is helpfully in Morocco, although I believe there’s some in Florida?

            But we won’t have it for too many decades. I think I saw projections of about 80 years. Will it outlast the bees?

            Talking of sewerage systems, I recall reading, back in the 70s, about how wasteful our current systems were in terms of water, with a prediction that we’d all be using composting toilets before too long, but that remained a bit niche in the event.

            I’ve come to see waste management as a very noble calling. I watch programmes on innovative landfill management as if I were watching fine art these days.

        • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

          Threnodies will be pop music!

    • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      “. Hopefully we’ll all at least be spared the spectacle of GGG flopping naked on the mudflats, but you never know these days.”

      Nick O Demus,
      Relax, it is a meta4….

      • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        Ahh, but just imagine it for a moment… THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

  3. Martymcfly March 11, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Didn’t we hear the same prediction the year before? And the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that….?

    At least the peak oil prediction has lightened up to just a debt problem.

  4. thenuttyneutron March 11, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    Reading this makes me wonder when our “Soviet” moment happens to our economy.

    I remember playing Monopoly as a kid with my brothers. When some one could not pay, we simply “robbed” the bank and divided evenly to keep the game going. The strongest player eventually won by getting all the money while the bank was empty. I often think this is the best way to explain what has happened over the last 10 years. The “bank” however never ran our of money in real life like it did on the board game.

  5. davidreese2 March 11, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    Great post, Jim! As always.

    • Epicur March 11, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      “The Ides of March are upon us.”

      I don’t know. The threat of collapse is so great that there is no tactic or move that those in charge of our “finance” will not use to postpone the inevitable for a little while yet.

      In 2008 they gazed into the abyss and need no reminders as to how deep it is. Fifty years ago people would have gone to prison for manipulation that is applauded now (as long as it is TPTB doing the manipulation).

      They won’t allow it to happen until they have exhausted every available scheme and strategem. In the end the Constitution and the Republic will be sacrificed, then we may see the mob rule for a bit before their final denouement.

      But it is still useless to see the future and screech at it, Cassandra.

      • Epicur March 11, 2019 at 10:44 am #

        The above not intended as a reply. I gotta get a new hat.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill March 11, 2019 at 11:40 am #

        I agree. Anything and everything possible will be sacrificed to maintain the current money/power structure at any and all costs. Every species on the planet, including the vast majority of humans, plus the oceans and the atmosphere are on the block to maintain this financial/techno ideology. Most people in this country will cheer on the cannibalism until their face is trampled, then many might realize what’s going on. Still, many willingly will sacrifice themselves to maintain their religious ideology of consumption at any cost.

        Nothing will change the trajectory. The current trend will go on until something unstoppable breaks it. At that point everything, bodies, phony cash, entire ecosystems, entire countries, the whole of the planet will be thrown at the perceived problem in an effort to keep the party going. Nothing will be spared to maintain the current money/power structure.

        • SpeedyBB March 11, 2019 at 9:11 pm #

          That’s a neat observation, T-o’-th’-T. Right on the button. Keep up appearances at all cost.

          For some reason it triggered thoughts of the last days of the Third Reich. Everything was slipping away but they still held concerts and carried right on.

          I also read that U-boat POWs in Britain were listening to Nazi broadcasts on the sly, and right up to the rather awkward wedding day celebrations of Der Furrier were whispering ‘Goebbels has got something up his sleeve… they’re going to use their super-weapon…’

          As is often echoed here, ‘Carry on until you’re carrion’. (Pace George Carlin.)

        • Bill7 March 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

          Very good comment. I agree that nothing will change the trajectory now.

  6. Walter B March 11, 2019 at 10:31 am #

    Bravo, Jim bravo! Thank you for watching and reporting on that crap so that I do not have to suffer through it. You provide a great public service there and I appreciate it greatly. I absolutely LOVED the part where you relay that the mega rich are saving (hoarding) wealth now and that somehow that makes up for everybody else crapping out. Wow, I fee so much better. You and I both know that clowns like Pelley and Powell can easily claim that inflation is muted because when inflation comes on their screens, they hit the mute button. I have been in the mega-kitchens of enough of the super wealthy to understand without doubt that they have no clue or care as to how much it costs to keep their walk in freezers and commercial kitchens well stocked with fine dining possibles.

    Any of us that have even the slightest understanding of math and finance know all too well that keeping interest rates at damned near zero will eventually destroy everything and that raising them will have an even worse effect. So we the people are screwed. Regular Americans that need more money to cover the rising costs will just have to take on another part time job with no benefits, no problem. Its a good thing that once the cost of an item rises at all it is removed from the inflation index. Wow, I bet no one can see through THAT shit! Watch for the last big straw on the camel’s back and that is government taxation and if you try to leave the crooked state you live and are taxed in, prepare to be audited. Hey, is that a Fat Lady I hear warming up?

    • fugeguy March 11, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      “Any of us that have even the slightest understanding of math and finance know all too well that keeping interest rates at damned near zero will eventually destroy everything and that raising them will have an even worse effect.”

      I think you have just hit on one the lessons future generations (hoping that there are some) will need to learn from this time period. The reason that interest rates should not go to zero (giving away money) is that you not only rack up to much debt and cannot raise rates but the market gets distorted (Jim’s misallocation of resources). No price discovery, too high a cost for assets- some digital (fake gold etf’s, stocks, bonds) and some physical (houses, cars, education). And not enough real investment, especially in things needed- infrastructure, etc.

      The current state of normal is producing things we don’t need by the gigaton and it shall continue until it can’t.

      Then we’ll be left to eat the plastic and bit coin for all.

      I often wonder what story history will tell of this mess.

      • montsegur March 11, 2019 at 11:32 am #

        One wonders if competent historiography will survive at all. It is not doing well at the moment, and we still have a long way to fall before we hit bottom.

        Cheers

      • messianicdruid March 11, 2019 at 11:43 am #

        We learned to avoid usury.

        • Q. Shtik March 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

          We learned to avoid usury. – messianic

          ===========

          Really??

          My Kohl’s credit card just announced an APR (interest) of 27.24% and I have an exceptionally good credit rating. Bent nose Tony from Newark doesn’t charge that much!

          • messianicdruid March 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

            “I often wonder what story history will tell of this mess.”

            “We learned to avoid usury.”

            This is what history WILL tell.

      • capt spaulding March 11, 2019 at 11:51 am #

        Lessons are usually only learned by the generation that caused the problems and were forced to live through it, and lately, that hasn’t worked out either. Lack of regulations were a large part of what caused the great depression, and Reagan forgot that when he deregulated the S&L’s in the 80’s (They went tits up, remember?) and the Republicans forgot again under “W”, and two terms later we tanked again, so I wouldn’t count too heavily on future generations learning a damned thing. I know the Republicans haven’t, they’re still marching to that same drumbeat. So if you have any sense at all, you’ll keep your head down, and cover your ass, cause we’re headed down that same road again.

        • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

          Greed and lust for power are powerful motivators to forget any lessons we learn along the way. It’s always “different this time.” That’s what makes capitalism the proverbial “irresistible force.”

    • seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      i thought raising rates was the right thing to do. You have to have some powder dry when the shit hits the fan the next time. The economy was cooking along pretty good. Again that is why you have traditions- presidents should not comment on moves by the Fed. I was hoping for 3-4 %rates by the end of this year. but real estate is already reeling. Seattle is down over 15%. Sales are at 10 year lows. I think 2-2.5% is about as good as it gets.

      • fugeguy March 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

        I do think raising rates for future stimulus is good.

        But after a decade of 0% there is too much debt to service to raise them back up.

        Not sure but I think this is the USA’s first trip to zero. Usually going to zero causes complex formulas to error out. Nothing equals a crash whether computing by hand or using a confuser.

        Anybody think of time any country went to zero for a significant period of time and recovered without some sort of reset or crash?

        • Walter B March 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

          I am unaware of any time where a country went to zero rates except for the current fiasco. Zero rates destroy savings which is the foundation for future growth and stability and it forces unending debt. You will note that credit card rates are not at and never will go to zero, will they? And credit cards are the heroin that keeps the consumers from feeling the pain. Unfortunately overdose is all too often inevitable.

  7. Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Translation of “Inflation is muted:” It’s actually at ear-splitting levels for critical commodities, but we here at the Fed have simply hit the mute button, so we don’t hear it at all. Granted, not everyone has access to a mute button like we do…

  8. DEFCON1 March 11, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    The master of purple prose strikes again.

    Waiting to see how the market scolds the dreadful Boeing for sending another 150+ souls into the ground in a $150 million Lawn Dart. Of course we all understand implicitly that airlines such as Lion and Ethiopian are generally not filled with the Important People. Let’s see the hue and cry when one of the 737 Max things does a half gainer into the Potomac.

    • seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

      Boeing 737 used to be the safest plane in the sky by far. Somebody’s head is going to roll for this. That’s the # 1 rule in business, never turn a winner into a loser. I heard it’s some anti – stall software that was put on because the engines were moved further inboard and aerodynamically that was causing problems, or could cause problems. Sheesh it makes me wonder if we’ll ever be able to produce self-driving cars. How can the software take charge and then dive the plane straight into the ground. I used to work on jet engines and I can tell you this current lot of jet engines is the most problematic I have ever seen. Trent 1000 had all kinds of problems, the P&W geared turbofan the same. I’ve hear the CFM56 had some turbine issues too, so even the great GE Aircraft Engines is being humbled this go around. Gas turbine technology is maxed out. They’re squeezing too much blood out of that turnip now.

      • Walter B March 11, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

        A man’s got to know his limitations, eh?

      • SpeedyBB March 11, 2019 at 11:14 pm #

        seawolf77, this is for me an eternally fascinating subject, as it has to do with the man / machine interface (calm down, ladies – we haven’t forgotten Captain Tammie Jo Shults) in an area of endeavor occasionally calling on great reserves of hand skills / adroitness / improvisation.

        Sure enough, precisely as predicted, the amazing increase in flying safety occasioned by the ‘glass cockpit’ of computer-controlled commercial jet aviation has been trailed by a decline in ‘hand skills’ of flight crews. The aircraft flies itself until it doesn’t. Then what.

        Asians culturally do not like surprises; they are unnerved and bewildered by uncertainty. Everything in the language and culture is set, fixed, determined by a long history. Thus when alarming unexpected situations occasioned by naughty software pop up flight crews tend to freeze up (Adam Air crash / Air Asia Indonesia crash / Lion Air crash [likely but not confirmed]). This was highlighted by a gent who runs a flight school in Australia.

        I submit that a study of military history can also find such trends. American sub captains would attempt crazy stunts that Japanese navy commanders simply did not know how to respond to – it was estimated that half the freighters sent out from Japan to military outposts ended up on the bottom, in spite of heavy protection; likewise in the battles of the Pacific on-the-ground improv was frequently called for, particularly when a commanding officer was put out of action and a sergeant or corporal suddenly found himself in charge.

        What Boeing should have done was set a gigantic red button right smack dab in the middle of the console with the label “PUSH HERE TO DISCONNECT COMPUTER AND FLY THE AIRCRAFT MANUALLY”. Seems obvious but it doesn’t fit in with their idea of cyber-airmanship.

        The evil Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz knew the computer would not allow him to dive the aircraft into the ground (as vengeful Captain Tsu Way Ming did with his Silkair Flight 185 in 1997) so he simply set the computer for near-ground-level an aimed the aircraft at a mountain.

        This to me is at the crux of the contemporary ‘sky-is-falling’ / ‘boy-who-cried-wolf’ gefuffle about the dangers of AI.

        Flying: ‘Hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror’

        • seawolf77 March 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

          Sailing too. Yeah it does seem obvious so why did they not do it. Automated works to a limit, but in the end I guess a lot of pilots would hit that button as soon as they stepped into the cockpit. I don’t know. It’s like safety mechanisms on complex machines often times get in the way of productivity, sort of by definition, since you are probably cutting corners to get that increased productivity. But this is the crown jewel in modern aviation. The Boeing 737, more than any other plane, defined the modern aviation age. It is the bread and butter of the skies.

      • Bill7 March 12, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

        The engines were moved further forward and higher, because of their larger fan diameter, but yeah. Affected the CG and flight behavior at
        high angles of attack.

  9. Forklift Operator, Let Down
    Locations: Memphis, Tennessee

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Operates electric forklift, which requires moving levers and pressing pedals to drive truck and control movement of lifting apparatus in the cooler, freezer, and dry spaces.
    Unloads/loads pallets of products using pallet jacks and forklifts.
    Stores and removes pallets of products from rack locations.
    Puts product in overflow locations.
    Hand stacks product onto/off of pallets and into packing locations as required.
    Maintains a clean work environment by performing duties of sweeping, ice removal, scrubbing with rags and brushes, and removing trash as required.
    Transfers any leftover items to the Home slot at the end of the shift.
    Cleans up aisles and pick up leftover pallets at the end of the shift.
    Performs duties of order selector as needed.

    Education and / or Experience:

    Less than high school education.
    One year of warehouse distribution experience.
    Pallet Jack and Forklift Certification from Sysco.
    Professional Skills:

    Ability to read a limited number of two and three syllable words and to recognize similarities and differences between words and between series of numbers.
    Ability to print and speak simple sentences.
    Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
    Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
    Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
    Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
    Computer skills.
    Learn to code.

    • DEFCON1 March 11, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      And yet we don’t require that ignoramus Trump knows anything about the Constitution to run Amerika, Inc.

      A fine mess have we.

      • Exscotticus March 11, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

        AOCrazy doesn’t even know that we have three branches of government, doesn’t even know they’re called “branches”, and you’re worried about Trump?

        • Majella March 14, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

          What a pathetic thought to have, and not just because it’s patent, world-class, highly polished bullshit.

          She is young, direct & articulate all of which are dangerous to the Establishment.

          Governor Cuomo endorsed Crowley, as did both of New York’s U.S. Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, 11 U.S. Representatives, 31 local elected officials, 31 trade unions, and progressive groups such as the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, the Working Families Party, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, among others.

          Yet she prevailed. She’s no slouch and she’s coming for you.

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      And yet, put one of your run of the mill Ivy League educated business idiots in a forklift and just watch all the carnage they can create.

      Ability to print and speak simple sentences.
      Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals

      You’d be surprised at how many highly paid business people barely meet these standards.

      Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
      Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
      Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
      Computer skills.

      Now your down to 10%-25% of the current “business professional” community.

      Learn to code.

      Congratulations. Now your candidate pool is effectively ZERO.

      • montsegur March 11, 2019 at 11:36 am #

        Hi Scratch,

        Actually, we can get the pool into the negative units. Just require that that their coding have been in a specific language on specific systems for X amount of time.

        Or am I skeptical to think that so many job ads for coders are just butt-covering exercises for hiring managers to hire a pre-selected candidate while giving the process a veneer of legitimacy?

        Cheers

        • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 11:55 am #

          Great points! Hiring pre-selected candidates is a favorite tactic here.

  10. jerrydylan March 11, 2019 at 10:46 am #

    For those who care, some real world commentary: I manage new business (sales) for a commercial and municipal janitorial company. We are pricing in more per hour than we used to because there are 2 types of low skilled labor. Those who will actually work and those who won’t. To find those who will, it’s beginning to be a $ teens per hour. These are the old arguments of the Fed Res Bank, lower wages low inflation. If you think you can hire at $7.15 per hour with no felonies here in central Virginia, (we do not hire anyone convicted of a felony) you are dreaming. The better contracts also specify no vaping, smoking, no drug or alcohol use and timeliness or they back charge. Low skill workers with a clean record actually can now pick from better opportunities than ever.

    • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 11:06 am #

      JD, don’t we all start out as low skill labor?

      A little vocational training going in, as well as being reliable, dependable and trustworthy, is also a plus.

      Brh

  11. malthuss March 11, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    AOC
    This is worth a few

    youtube.com/watch?v=gTKA_Pouzv4

    • Elrond Hubbard March 11, 2019 at 11:51 am #

      Interesting. The Financial Post provides a useful explainer:

      business.financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/ap-explains-the-gops-fec-complaint-against-ocasio-cortez

      To sum up: during the campaign, Saikat Chakrabarti, who is now Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff, used a company called Brand New Congress LLC to process about $1 million in donations.

      From the article: “Ordinarily, individual campaign expenses are reported to the FEC. But by routing the money instead to Chakrabarti’s company — which his lawyer says was founded to be a ‘one-stop’ campaign vendor — they were able to label it as a ‘strategic consulting’ expense and fulfil the FEC’s disclosure requirements. Chakrabarti’s company could then spend the money as it wanted without being obligated to report where it went.” [Emphasis added.]

      Later down in the article there’s this: “David Mitrani, an attorney representing Ocasio-Cortez and the other various groups named in the complaint, said Chakrabarti did not form the LLC to obscure spending. Rather, Mitrani said tax and campaign finance law is vague and they formed the company out of concern that they may otherwise run afoul of the law.

      “‘We were concerned about tax and campaign finance law exposure,’ Mitrani said.”

      My read? It’s there in plain English: AOC’s campaign fulfilled the FEC’s disclosure requirements, so no law has been broken. They used an LLC as a way of ensuring they were abiding the law. However, sometimes arrangements like this are used to diddle donors and spend their donations on, well, whatever the people operating the LLCs feel like. This provides a nice opening for an outfit called the National Legal and Policy Center to manufacture Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt about AOC’s campaign spending.

      If Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her staff are suitably transparent about how the spending was actually handled, then there is no story here. Certain people, though, are going to promote this as a scandal whether there is one or not. My money’s on ‘not’.

  12. jerrydylan March 11, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    Scott Pelley has been a shill for years. If you watch his facial expressions during a dialogue, he is clearly acting out a pre-determined position. He looks a little like he’s copped a gradually weakening weed buzz an hour before the taping. I gave up on 60 minutes in the Mike Wallace era.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

      Yes, his face is merely a mask, no doubt hiding an appalling emptiness if not despicable secrets. Seriously, among the worst I have ever see. They are so far gone now, they can’t even hide it or don’t care to. They think they are normal!

    • Bill7 March 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

      +1000

  13. seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 11:20 am #

    Actually the discovery of oil and the Federal Reserve are inextricably linked. Oil was discovered in 1859, and while rarely cited as a cause of the Civil War, it should at least be considered as a possibility. It was at that moment that the real possibility of an empire to last the next hundred years became possible. It was the invention of the ICE that ignited the search for a fuel. In 1854 in the UK, the Italian inventors Eugenio Barsanti and Felice Matteucci tried to patent “Obtaining motive power by the explosion of gases”, although the application did not progress to the granted stage. In 1860, Belgian Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir produced a gas-fired internal combustion engine. In 1864, Nikolaus Otto patented the first atmospheric gas engine. In 1872, American George Brayton invented the first commercial liquid-fuelled internal combustion engine. In 1876, Nikolaus Otto, working with Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, patented the compressed charge, four-cycle engine. In 1879, Karl Benz patented a reliable two-stroke gasoline engine. Later, in 1886, Karl Benz began the first commercial production of motor vehicles with the internal combustion engine. Through most of the Gilded Age oil was used to light homes that’s it. The first car was sold in 1892, and shortly after wards the navies of America and England switched over from coal to oil enabling capital ships to travel at 25-30 knots instead of 13 knots. This happened around 1911. Visionaries could see where the military was headed. Oil powered, super fast. Aircraft landed on carrier decks around the same time. The Federal Reserve was soon created to feed the American military might. At first Europe kept up, but today it is the two of the there largest oil producers that rules the world, primarily America. But make no mistake Russia could arm themselves quickly if need be.

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 11:24 am #

      Oil kicked the industrial revolution into overdrive, and thus was a direct cause of the Civil War, which was about establishing the US as a global industrial power, which needed “free” (to be exploited) and mobile labor. Slavery was a ruse for the rubes created after the fact.

  14. Loneranger March 11, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    I once was in a grocery megastore where an item in the produce department bore a sign reading ‘.05 cents each. I told the employee that meant 1/20 a cent each. He angrily insisted I was wrong, the price was ‘5 cents each’. I didn’t ask to see the manager because he was the manager.

  15. seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 11:37 am #

    Trump sounding a lot like Nixon.
    youtube.com/watch?v=pw82AY2POrU

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      He should. Nixon was railroaded – by his own party no less! – as well.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

        Yeah, but Hillary was a lot younger back then and her mesmerizing powers were a lot stronger.

        Or, may be, Donald Trump is a lot more Christian sovereign than Nixon, and witches spells do not work on him.

        • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

          Nixon was pure darkness. Much too dark for this world. But Hillary was still an apprentice witch back then, having not yet fully consolidated her powers with the Great Deceiver, BillyJeff, himself.

          • njguy73 March 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

            It was Nixon whose Justice Department sued Fred Trump for discrimination in housing sales. It was Nixon who signed into law The Clean Air Act and Title IX, made “Hispanic” a census category, and took the world off the gold standard claiming “We are all Keynesians now.” He also favored a universal basic income.

            The Richard Nixon of 1968 would not today get nominated by the Republicans for dog catcher.

          • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 10:27 am #

            Great points. Indeed he wouldn’t. My point is that he was actually much despised by his “colleagues” then too. A left coast outsider who never understood the nuances of beltway power politics and who was MUCH too centrist for the old guard that was still clinging desperately to power in the wake of all the radical social changes going on in the country at the time.

            But they were merely biding their time, waiting for the time to come for Reagan, who was the radical successor to Barry Goldwater, albeit with a much more agreeable demeanor. Nixon was well known for being paranoid, but in the end he wasn’t NEARLY paranoid enough. They WERE out to get him, and of course we all know now that they did.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          Yes, Nixon said Israel has no long term future. Such truth telling is heresy. But I’m no fan either: the punk “opened” China. In other words, began the process of offshoring our industrial base. He open China’s mouth and fed them of our substance. Then he opened America to their refuse.

          • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

            Yep. His GOP comrades weren’t too crazy about that idea at the time either. Caving on Vietnam, Russia, and the Oil Depreciation Allowance were the final straws for Ol’ Dick, especially since he had intimate knowledge of and an inherent distrust for the miscreants at Langely, knowing full well what they had done to the K brothers. Had to go after that, even it meant sacrificing the WH for a term or two in the aftermath. And then along came Jerry and Jimmy, right on time… Imagine that!

          • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

            In the ling run? How long?
            1949 or so till now.

          • Billy Hill March 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

            Nixon may have “opened” China in response to an attempt by rogue Soviets to frame China for an attack on Hawaii. Nuclear war between China and the USA in 1968 would have degraded both of the Soviet Union’s primary geopolitical rivals. Google Glomar Explorer then click this link:

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_submarine_K-129_(1960)

            The wikipedia link has been much updated from the last time I posted about this incident. The sub was not where it was supposed to be when a missile tube exploded:

            “When K-129 passed longitude 180, it should have been farther north, at a latitude of 45 degrees, or more than three hundred miles away. If that was a navigational mistake it would be an error of historic proportions. Thus if the sub were not somewhere in the vicinity of where the Soviets supposed it to be, there would be a high probability, if not a certainty, that the submarine was a rogue, off on its own, in grave disobedience of its orders.[6]:206”

            It has been confirmed that the US presented Russia with the ship’s bell.

            Shades of Tom Clancy. The technology was relatively old at the time, and the Soviet Union had been supplying China since the late 40’s although that relationship deteriorated during the 60’s. Theory has it that if a missile were launched successfully against Hawaii the source and weapon would be of a type supplied to China giving the Soviets plausible deniability. Given this scenario Nixon realized that a line of direct communication with China was required. Nixon, for all his faults, did not desire WW3. Nor did he wish to continue Vietnam, which was the main cause of his undoing. All the presidents have vulnerabilities. The powers that be chose to exploit Nixon’s.

            I await Finca’s input.

  16. debt March 11, 2019 at 11:46 am #

    And so Kunstler delivers the fatal stab in the back to any prospects we might have for a bright future.

    “E tu, Jimbo?”

    • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm #

      “And so Kunstler delivers the fatal stab in the back to any prospects we might have for a bright future.”

      debt,
      He did not thrust the knife, but rather chronicled the arc of the blade….

      You thought, before now, that we might have a bright future?

      Precious….

  17. JustSaying March 11, 2019 at 11:50 am #

    since there is almost no single item in the supermarket that goes for under five bucks these days…

    I’ve been saying that for a while – everything costs five bucks. I eat very little and cook everything from scratch but my food bills are very high. I reworked my menus to use as little meat as possible but no luck. I will need to start eating bugs and learn to forage for food.

  18. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    For lovers of the financial detective genre

    I already wrote about this and now I will not talk about the nature of the Clinton-SuperBowl of the 90s, but judging by the speed with which the Japanese government reacted to the Clintons coming to power and began to lower the primary refinance rate as soon as Clinton put forward his candidacy, the Bank of Japan was either a part the Clinton conspiracy, or their financial intelligence has penetrated the Black World Project no worse than the Israeli one.

    So the essence of the carry trade is that you borrow from the bank of Japan a billion dollars at 1% per annum for 30 years, then you convert it into dollars and this money finances a thirty-year fixed mortgage at 4.5%, with 2.5% spent on the purchase of the ForEx option hedging the conversion rate of the yen with a leverage of 40, and the difference between 3.5% (1% + 2.5%) and 4.5% is 308 million dollars in 30 years you put in your pocket immediately, and not after 30 years!

    And if everyone did as I described it, then the world economy would work like a Swiss clock, but there are floating rate mortgages, but the most important thing is that ForEx gave rise to such a thing as an option, which are insurance for ForEx transactions that have an effective leverage reaching 2000.

    The papers establishing all these transactions are assembled in a single package, which according to the theory of probability is considered unsinkable and for it the effective leverage of 2000 is a conservative value, and this package on the market goes as an independent product, the cost of which is much more than the cost of its component parts.

    Actually, this package is the creative financial instrument of Allan Greenspan, and the main toolmaker of such instruments is a certain fund that made the initial capital by producing and distributing a certain movie called Deep Throat (Hello, Killary!).

    As a result, after Japan reorganized its banking system, everyone started talking about Japan’s state debt, and there are ten times or even a hundred times more debt owed to the Bank of Japan around the world, and no one knows anything about it.

    In fact, the Bank of Japan owns a significant part of real estate all over the world, in particular, all of the real estate in Russia, financed by dollars, and more than 50% of mortgage real estate, financed by the ruble.

    As a result, Japan’s financial system would be in the best position compared to the financial situation of all the other G7 countries, if not for Fukushima and the tsunami that hit Japan one day after Prime Minister Abe meets with Vladimir Putin in Lima.

    I told you, don’t fuck with Putin!

    • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      Komraden Finc!

      We do not want to hear all this financial crap…tell us more about the new Russian Super Weapons….you know the Poseidon’s and flying Chernobyls and stuff….

      • FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

        I can’t.

        I am in the process of negotiating a contract for a new Hollywood hit “Flying Monkeys vs Flying Chernobyls”.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

        As a matter of fact, don’t you think it would be better “Flying Monkeys vs Snorkeling Chernobyls”?

  19. della_lu March 11, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Dial back the calendar to 1500 AD and guess what, long distance trade via sailing ship did in fact exist. Let’s just say that the demise of quick dirty cheap energy isn’t quite the death knell that some imagine it to be.

    PS: I lost my copy of “The Marmots of Summer” and would appreciate a link if anyone has it.

  20. sauerkraut March 11, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    A correction JHK:

    An economist is NOTHING like a math Ph.D. The average economist knows a few math terms and then misuses them. Which is why economists get everything wrong.

    Of course, economists dispute this, because, being unaware of their limitations, they think themselves expert.

  21. volodya March 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    It probably DID take seventeen math PhDs in that Eccles Building. But they’re all fakers. What did Yellen say not too long ago? That they don’t understand inflation? You wonder how the fuck that can be, given that academies the world over have got departments of political economy investigating that very thing and have been now for generations. How could they have so completely missed the boat, how could they go on pretending to run the monetary system without comprehending something of such centrality? It’s like NASA running the space program and saying sheesh, we really don’t get Newtonian mechanics.

    But given the calamitous results coming out of the Fed, with the inflationary ruin of the 1970s and 1980s, the extinction-event asteroids of the Volker era, the Chauncey Gardiner pronouncements of the Greenspan regime, the audacious banking frauds of the 2000s that caught the Fed and Treasury pants-down (not to mention practically the entirety of the economics profession), maybe they really don’t know what they’re doing.

    And let’s not get into the entirely nonsensical QE, a blatant counterfeiting scheme if there ever was one, designed to prop up a de-boned dead-chicken economy that long ago gave up laying eggs aside from Wall Street frauds, that even the best statistical taxidermist can’t dress up.

    For how long did Bernanke and his ilk drone on and on about “deflation”? Anybody see any? Hear any mention of it lately? I haven’t, not lately, but for the longest time, they talked about it like it was this dread, black-winged, whip-wielding Balrog laying waste to all before it. Except nobody’d seen hide nor hair.

    And now they come up with a howler like “muted”. Muted? Get the fuck outta here, they’re either mendacious or incompetent, or maybe mendacious incompetents, but either way they have no place in the councils of the mighty, nor getting in front of a camera and saying such patently stupid stuff when your own eyeballs tell you otherwise. It’s Pravda-esque in its absurdity, telling such obvious lies.

    They say we’re in a post-truth age what with Trump in the White House and his minions in the alternative media pumping out fake news and his masters in the Kremlin pulling the strings. You want fake news? You want post-truth? Look to the Fed, the New York Times and its august publishing brethren, government statistics, college campuses and everybody that insists they’re all about facts and evidence. That’s where you find post-truth fake news.

    They say we don’t trust expertise. That’s right, in the interest of self-preservation, given the catalogs of misinformation they’ve propounded, we don’t trust “expertise”. There’s no reason on God’s green earth that we should trust self-interested, self-dealing bullshitters. I don’t know about you but I trust my own eyes and ears.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      And let’s not get into the entirely nonsensical QE, a blatant counterfeiting scheme if there ever was one

      Money printing during Bush and Obama was necessary to partially compensate and dilute moneys accumulated by Clintons and their Flying Monkeys during the 90s – just to some extent level the playing field.

    • sauerkraut March 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

      Volodya, just because someone claims expertise doesn’t mean that he has it.

      The vast majority of mathematicians and scientists don’t mislead you – it’s the professional liars in our various institutions who do. Euphemistically known, I understand, as ‘spinmasters’. The inventor is not the salesman.

      The worst that you can say about real experts is that they failed to protect you from the charlatans. It’s true that should have been the priority – but then, when has the public ever appreciated it, or even tolerated it?

    • TPTB-USA March 11, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      Your taking it much too seriously. It was just a cover to try and bury this one: youtube.com/watch?v=BWNyucoCH3o

      As you can see, Jim has been diverted for a session.

  22. seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    To tell you the truth I’m getting ready to sell all my silver. I’m sick of waiting for the shit to hit the fan. I want to throw the fan out the window actually. The shit that’s flying toward it is moving slower than black as night molasses. It just ain’t happening the way JHK predicted, other than the meteoric rise in price at the turn of the century, which made me a small fortune actually. I guess that’s why I keep coming back. You know I’m hoping to find something that will spark another small fortune. But it ain’t happening. Really it’s all political now, the Crypts and the Bloods. That is one thing all ex-pats really love about leaving America and that’s the evaporation of politics. It’s just gone. And good riddance. It’s like arguing about which butt cheek is sagging the most and why. It’s just too stupid for words anymore. I want to lie in an open field, and never see any automobiles, and leave a tear for the people I knew, and fly to heaven on the morning dew.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

      A sure buy sign?

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

        Id like to see Gold at 100k an ounce.
        Id like to see the DJIA at what Jim K predicted …under 5000.

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      Gold and silver prices are manipulated too. Especially those two!

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

        Prices rise for so many tings, but not Au.

        • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

          Thing is, Malthus, if gold went to 100,000, wouldnt that mean the $ was worthless?

          You could fit my knowledge of economics into a thimble.

          Brh

          • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 3:02 am #

            Wishing and hoping for gold/silver to go astronomically high is somewhat analogous to wishing for the day you…er…someone can collect on your life insurance policy.

          • messianicdruid March 13, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            Gold is a sapling, silver is an acorn.

    • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

      “. It’s like arguing about which butt cheek is sagging the most and why.”

      Wolfie,
      Why argue? Tell the wife the truth…they are both sagging at the same rate….

      She will love you for your candor….

      trust me….

    • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

      Yeah, silver has been pretty flat, Seawolf, hovering around 15 for long time.

      Ah, I long for those halcyon days when it shot up to 40!

      Brh

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

        How long can the ‘liquidity cycle’ last?

        A trillion here, a trillion there.

    • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      all your silver..how much would it bring?

      Do ye have food on the shelf? Guns?

      • seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 7:35 pm #

        100 lbs. Probably $25,000. I have nearly twice that in it.

        • messianicdruid March 13, 2019 at 9:56 am #

          Patience, grasshopper.

      • seawolf77 March 13, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        Plenty of guns and ammo. Maybe a dozen guns and a few thousand rounds of ammo, mostly 9 and 45.

    • Walter B March 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

      While you can buy and hold PM’s for future sale and profit in dollars seawolf, the greatest value in the metals is as a storage unit to preserve wealth in the event that the fiat currency which they were purchased with is replaced or devalued. You cannot argue that this will never happen, because it happens frequently. Colonial script, Yankee greenbacks and confederate currency no longer have any value, though they once did. Our modern USD will go away as well someday, though the argument that it will take a long time may certainly be made. Of course, the counter argument that it cannot last much longer is also valid. Holding a reasonable amount of PM’s is not a bad idea, ever.

      • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

        Walter/Wolfie,
        Yes, and I would opine the best silver to hold would be silver quarters…easly recognized, easily carried, known value, and a small enough increment to negotiate with….

        Show up at the flea market with a 100oz bar and see what happens….

  23. Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Oracles? How about David Brooks who “knew” that Obama would be a great President by the razor sharp pleats in his pants. The Oracle has spoken again:

    nytimes.com/2019/03/07/opinion/case-for-reparations.html

    What a prince. How lucky are we to have this man? What a Patriot! Unlike so many of the Elite, his son actually joined the Armed Forces – just not the Armed Forces of the United States. That’s a hint for those with eyes to see.

    • debt March 11, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

      I haven’t read this guy in years. Giving any credence to this idea of reparations is horrific and pure propaganda. I never knew Brooks was Jewish and that his son served in the Israeli Army. Do any of our dual citizenship congressmen have sons or daughters in the Israeli Armed Forces? If so, the media wouldn’t touch it.

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

        When you hear or read David, be suspicious.

        • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

          Geffens mom called her son King David.
          From the mailroom at William Morris Agency to multi billionaire.

    • revilo March 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

      The Armed Forces of the United States. Good one, Janos.

      We don’t have a military. Every single soldier that has served since 9-11 has been fighting for the state of Israel–the state that masterminded the attacks btw. A five-year-old could deduce our situation by looking at a map of US military posture, but it escapes nearly every grown-up I’ve ever met.

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

        I found this online—

        BOTH my senators manchin and capito voted for the unconstitutional anti bds bill.

        both are traitors to the constitution and the country!

        both took money from the jewish lobby to subvert the constitution of the united states. treason!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

          Bondage and Discipline? Pervs have rights too.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

        Not only do I not disagree, but I agree agree. A negative times a negative equals a positive and a positive times a positive equals a positive.

        But a poz times a poz equals a poz. Make sure positives aren’t false postives or pozes. They’re even more negative than negatives.

        • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 6:58 pm #

          ” Pervs have rights too.”

          Janos,
          Yes, especially it seems if they are “Poz”….

      • messianicdruid March 13, 2019 at 9:58 am #

        Get out of large cities, especially Jerusalem and Damascus.

    • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      You know too much. I will call you the real Oracle of Omaha.

  24. Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

    Learn to code? Learn to troll! Or better yet, learn to code and troll. The Cathedral/Synagogue needs overthrowing after all. Knowing the ways of the internet is the 21st Century equivalent of the Long Bow or the Long Rifle.

    Of course learn the Long Rifle as well for when things get local as in physical. Believe it or not Ripley (Alexandra are you listening?), the cyber world depends on the physical world for its existence much as the illusion of the snake depends on the reality of the rope. O how we long for the Day of the Snake! In that hour of splendor in the grass, we shall take All. Selfish? No because the calculus streches back thru generations of “giving” (being taken from). This shall merely be a reparation….

    • K-Dog March 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      You know something about trolling? Care to share?

      • sauerkraut March 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

        Genius!

      • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

        One man’s troll is another man’s treasure. You troll for what you care about and I do the same. Freelance – a fool to his Fate, yea even unto the Wyrd of the World. I have little to give, but what little I have I give. The widow’s mite.

        Have you read Neil Gaiman’s little book on Norse Mythology? Any good? He’s a fine writer of fantasy in the whimsical mode as opposed to the heroic or epic like say, Tolkien. I prefer the latter in general, but the man has many tastes….

    • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

      “….the cyber world depends on the physical world” Vlad

      Good point. My nephews think the net and their cellphone are the be all and end all, until I point out the rickety telephone poles out on the street holding up the power lines were put up in 1958. The date is actually on them.

      Brh

  25. Opie March 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

    There is zero chance this thing turning around. The system and it’s attending tech has rendered us in this country for the most part into less than sane individuals. Last Friday’s column confirmed this to me in a roundabout way. Unless you live away from the hive mind in an out of the way place devoid of the awful landscape that has become the U.S.,you are oblivious to how changed you are, how out of balance with the rest of the cosmos. The tree of life in the modern world is devoid of roots, and without roots ya gets no fruit. If you doubt it, move out of your suburban enclaves, ditch your steady diet of mass media mental masturbations, and learn to smile at the sunset.

    • venuspluto67 March 12, 2019 at 8:49 am #

      Unless you live away from the hive mind in an out of the way place devoid of the awful landscape that has become the U.S.,you are oblivious to how changed you are, how out of balance with the rest of the cosmos.

      And if you do live in a major urban center, as I do, and have this awareness, then you’re no longer able to sleep well, as I no longer am.

  26. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    K-Dog on the Job

    youtube.com/watch?v=UcvGP8kZbmo

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

      LOL! Every K-Dog has to have its day lolling in the sun!

  27. seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    What you have is the final growing pains of China as a superpower. Trump wants America to stay top dog. That’s fine. There will be no trade deal with China because the deal will insist on America being top dog when it comes to 5G. China will not sit for this. That is the key to them ascending to top dog. That is the essential nugget to their long term strategy because it leads to AI supremacy, and that really is the key. I was wondering when the universal base income was going to hit. Yang has that as one of hims main planks. What else are you going to do with all the unemployed? Opioids only kill so many. He is saying a $1,000 bucks a month forever. You can actually live on that, if you can call it living. 3 or 4 people can share a flat and eat beans and rice till their the cows come home.

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

      You’re actually onto something here. A UBI, set suitably low, would placate initial political unrest, while still stirring rampant economic unrest and criminality, whereupon the drug trade and the national police /incarceration state would immediately sweep in and cull the herd significantly.

      $1K @ month might be enough to barely subsist on, but it wouldn’t provide the basics that we here in the west have come to depend on to provide a minimally acceptable life in the face of all the other dissatisfiers built into the western lifestyle. And it if it wasn’t indexed to actual (not quoted) inflation, it wouldn’t even be subsistence level for long.

      I think China wants no part of being the global hegemon, they just want the US to stop trying to be one itself, now that we’re no longer even minimally mentally or morally competent for the job. I think all this AI supremacy horeseshit is a passing fad. Neither the US nor China will likely ever be able to afford to invest in the infrastructure to make that a wide spread reality. Especially with all the wars and herd culling in our near term future.

  28. Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    Thank you Saraswati, for the Gift of Eloquence. Without you, the tongue of the mind would be dull and and the tongue of the tongue would cleave to my palate, leaving my fingers idle and inclined to mischief.

    One has much information, but the back rooms are dusty and dim and one can’t find what one can’t see. Even if you know it’s back there, it might as well not be. Saraswati (what is the Greek name of this muse?) turn on the light.

    • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

      Athena.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

        Perhaps, but She’s not one of the nine muses. She delegates in other words.

        • Ol' Scratch March 11, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

          Who is Calliope, Alex. Final answer.

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 9:02 am #

      I have always thought that your words were eloquent. I have experienced the full range of emotions reading your posts. We are all susceptible to idleness and mischief. And I am certain that your writer’s block will soon pass. After all, you do have many treasures stored away that are yet to be re-discovered.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

        Thank you. A true Fan is a joy forever.

  29. BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    This RKelly chap is in some deep hot water.

    Gloria Allred is on the case now.

    Rick James got nothing on him. In fact, at some point in the future they might be cellies.

    Brh

    • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

      Just learned Rick James is already toes up. So he and RKelly will not be cellies after all.

      • seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

        Yeah he’s not exactly in a good place right now.

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

        I read his book. he was nuts and kept getting arrested.

    • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

      I have a crazed neighbor who would party with RJ. It sounded horrid.
      Coke and drug addicted women around a kilo of the stuff.

      BITCHES HERES YAW COKE.

      I had another neighbor who played football for Penn State.
      He worked as a bodyguard for some rich guy.

      One morning Mr Rich wakes up to men with guns at his bed.
      They were seeking the houses former renter, Rick James, who I guess
      owed his pharmacist.

  30. seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

    So much for the big, powerful, impenetrable, beautiful wall.
    yahoo.com/gma/cbp-agent-gave-drug-trafficking-organization-keys-fences-161015768.html

    • Nightowl March 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

      You forgot immoral. I’d ask for the key to your house, but you probably don’t have anything worth taking.

      • elysianfield March 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

        Nightowl,
        Talk to Wolfie…I hear he has some stuff….

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 10:25 am #

      You are correct. It should be a totally impenetrable barrier. But we are not allowed to have walls and protection in the US. No, our leaders want us to be open for picking off and pillaging. Meanwhile, they live behind walls and have private security. Yes, you see this is extraordinarily moral and spiritual. Let them eat cake! But we won’t be fooled by the misdeeds of the lost.

  31. wm5135 March 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler you may be the last keen eyed reporter, much to my benefit.

    “…not everybody is sharing in this widespread prosperity we have.”

    Separating the chaff from the grain, and providing a view of the entire vista with part of a sentence.

    Thank you,
    wm

  32. Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

    Breitbart

    Foreign workers have now outpaced American workers in terms of job growth for at least half a year, new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals.

    In February 2018, foreign-born workers continued to make job growth gains over native-born American workers. Foreign-born workers, for example, saw more than three times as much job growth as native-born Americans last month.

    And while native-born Americans did not increase their labor participation rate at all year-to-year, foreign-born workers saw a 1.22 percent increase in their labor participation rate. Likewise, the number of foreign-born workers in the civilian labor force increased more than five times the number of new native-born American workers who are now in the labor force.…

    The latest BLS data reveals a half-year trend where foreign-born workers have continuously enjoyed substantially higher levels of job growth over native-born Americans. Since at least September 2018, foreign-born workers have outpaced native-born Americans in job growth, sometimes seeing four times or more the job growth that Americans are experiencing in the economy.

    In January 2019, for instance, foreign-born workers had four times the job growth and four times the civilian labor force growth of native-born American workers.

    JS: This is ruinous for the real America and real Americans. Support the Hidden Emperor (Andrew Yang) and expel the Foreign Barbarians.

    • fugeguy March 11, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

      I wonder how the wages compare.

      H1B visa holders tend to make less in my profession. And Mexican day laborers are certainly not paid well.

      • malthuss March 11, 2019 at 9:42 pm #

        most workers are not so well paid.
        the top 2-20% are well paid.

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 9:03 am #

      We are an occupied country awaiting liberation.

    • seawolf77 March 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

      That’s because they come over and take less pay than Americans. That was the whole GE diversity thing. What they were really saying is the guy next to you is making 1/2 to 3/4 what you are and is happy doing it. Then they promote him because he created more value than you did. Duh. How could he not?

  33. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

    Three sources of Marxism, Dualism and Color Projects of the West

    In the previous post, I promised to explain the relationship between these philosophical categories, and I will start with Marxism as the pinnacle of the scientific method.

    But in order to explain the meaning of this statement, I want to urge you to forget about the Communist Manifesto and the history of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. And this is not due to the fact that I object to these remarkable works, but to the fact that, from my point of view, the scientific method did not reach the top in them, but in the theory of capitalism, which I remember in the form of bricks with the words “Das Kapital” written on them.

    The matter of the fact is that I wrote the article “Orthodoxy as the Primary Source of the Scientific Method”, and in this article it was shown that the scientific method, which is in antinomical relations with Christian Gnosticism, arose in Byzantium in the process of building “Hagia Sophia”, and the main idea of the scientific method belongs to the emperor Justinian.

    Later this method through libraries, was exported to the West by refugees from Byzantium, one of which turned out to be the famous library of Ivan the Terrible, and another belonging to Hungarian Emperor Mitius Corvinus, became known to Isaac Newton, who actually turned the scientific method into that very fulcrum, by means of which he turned the world upside down.

    At first, this library was at the disposal of the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, and through him not only the immediate predecessor of Newton, Johannes Kepler, but also Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare had access to it. And in the works of Marx, the peaks reached such features of the above-mentioned scientific method as historicity and the desire to synthesize different branches of knowledge.

    In particular, those who say that Marx compiled all of his modern economic and political theories are right, but this is the case when the quantity turned into quality and the compilation turned into a synthesis.

    It was this synthesis that allowed the US presidents Theodore and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to develop remedies to save such a suicidal patient as capitalism, and this very tendency of capitalism toward suicide in the works of Marx was called the “general crisis of capitalism” allowed to formulate the concept of social progress, originally associated with the Church.

    The Basics of the 4th Century Social Concept of the Church did not reach us, but the work of Saint Ambrose of Milan does not leave any doubt that the transition from classical slavery to the Colonus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonus_(person) in the Roman Empire occurred precisely under their influence and implicitly they are present in all “Three sources and three components of Marxism”

    1. German classical philosophy (the universal soul or the Absolute Spirit of Hegel)

    2. Classical English (bourgeois) political economy (materialism aka mammon)

    3. French utopian socialism (fantasies about world projects, conspiracy theories, etc.)

    Moreover, German classical philosophy, at a first approximation, is generally associated with the Black World Project, English political economy with White, and French utopian socialism with the Red.

    At the same time, the basic concepts of these sources of Marxism, such as the World Soul or Hegel’s Absolute Spirit, as well as materialism, or a Mamon, in Western Europe are set by the culture of dualism, which actually won there after the Catholic Church in the 12th century became the main anti-Christian force and organized the Fourth Crusade, and the historicism of Marxism suggests that this dualism is not just dualism in a spherical vacuum, but derived from Albigensian (or Cathar) dualism: which originates from Zoroastrianism, the framework of which is that this world is created by two gods, two mystical powers:

    The Good that creates the aforementioned Universal Soul or the Absolute Spirit of Hegel;

    and Evil which creates matter.

    It was this dualism that conquered in Europe when the Roman Church became anti-Christian force, but before that it found itself in an illegal position where it met with the remnants of the Orthodox Church, also persecuted by Catholics, and gave birth to the so-called Masonic lodges, which later included Marx and Engels, and even Grandpa Lenin.

    • Sam Stone March 11, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

      Dammit Fincaln I can’t decide if you are bat shit crazy or the smartest man in the room. I do very much enjoy reading your posts so I guess it doesn’t matter.

    • RB March 11, 2019 at 9:18 pm #

      Is there a cliff notes version of this?

      • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 11:28 am #

        I think what it needs is a hyperlink to a mind map, in three colours, natch, black, white and red. It would definitely help with revision, especially for us skivers who’ve skipped so many lessons.

  34. wm5135 March 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

    Perhaps this is in line with this weeks work by Mr. Kunstler. Do a short search about the boy in Oregon that developed Tetanitus.

    We find our very being in a seemingly infinite ocean of information and human beings in 2019 refuse to imbide at the font of knowledge. Though my reach is short this is the condition I find at every juncture. What one wants overides what is. Some fellow years ago had a perspective on desire, I do believe he was correct.

    Best wishes to all
    wm

    • capt spaulding March 11, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

      Their kid spent 8 weeks in intensive care, and almost died, costing 800,000 dollars to treat, and the parents still refused inoculations for him afterwards. I find myself wondering if they believe in climate change, and if they don’t, do you suppose they would believe it if the average temperatures in July were around 140 degrees? I’d bet no, and I’d win money on that one. The scary thing about this is, those people are allowed to vote.

      • 100th Avatar March 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

        Vote?
        Vote!?
        You find that scary?
        Having the ability to vote between 2 predetermined sociopathic a**holes?
        Nah. Nah.
        What’s truly scary?
        They are allowed to reproduce!

    • Nightowl March 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

      What is the font of knowledge? Comic Sans?

  35. 100th Avatar March 11, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

    “…as the asset-stripping of flyover America proceeds, and you miserable, morbidly obese, tattooed gorks watching this out on the Midwestern buzzard flats should have thought twice before dropping out of community college to drive a forklift in the Sysco frozen food warehouse (where, by the way, you are probably stealing half the oven-ready chicken nuggets in inventory).”

    True Detective Season 3. The only episode worth watching is the last, and mostly for the scene where one of the protagonists, Roland, strolls into a biker dive bar and isn’t there for more than 2 minutes before a +6′, 250 lb “gork” gets into his face for what he perceives as Roland making eyes on his gal, the following dialogue ensues:

    “You got a problem little man?”

    “No.. nope, no sir… no problem here”

    “Then put your ****ing eyes somewhere else”

    “What it is…I’m just a fan or romance.. can I ask you a question? Did she (points to his biker’s date) look like that before you rode her cross country?”

    “What the **** did you say you little midget?”

    “Y’see, I always wondered… all the but faced human pieces of garbage out there walkin’ the earth..who’s makin’ them? I mean what kind of Frankenstein monsters are out there copulatin’ to create all these hunks of sh** people in the world? Then I come in this bar, and here’s you two, given’ me the answer I’ve been lookin’ for my whole ****in’ life (laughs)”

    Gork punches him in face.

    Gorks ain’t punching their way out of this one.

    When you have people not worth caring about. You have a country not worth caring about. So, all you have to left to care about is yourself, and if you good enough for yourself, you’ll never have to run into one of these sorry creatures in a bar or anywhere else… ever again.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 10:53 pm #

      Season 1 was good. Season 2 was cosmic (Detective says, “These people always slide.” Good criminal hoisting up his tear gas gun, “Not with me they don’t”.) Season 3 is Black and when I see Black, I don’t go back.

    • messianicdruid March 13, 2019 at 10:10 am #

      Man judges by the outward appearance, God looks on the heart.

      • 100th Avatar March 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

        Outward appearances? Janos, for sure.
        But how ’bout life choices?
        Like: ignorance.

        Religion and/or belief in a divine creator is the numero uno contributor to mass ignorance and general stupidity.

        Because in the end, sh*t here doesn’t really matter. As long as I’m good enough, and follow god’s little set of rules, there’s a place for me…

        • messianicdruid March 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

          Your own ignorance should be more concerning, but just like ”forks”, it is not entirely your fault.

          The easy believism taught by churchianity keeps the brighter bulbs away, while teaching the rest of us the same fifty verses of scripture over and over and over. Tickling the ears. Those that are still hungry, or can’t get the answers to their questions leave.

          The Kingdom [ a king with a domain ] of God is a form of government, not a religion. The full import of this has been grasped by very few, by design. See, there is an adversary that has been opposing the Creator which is in control of everything going on here. Keeping us in ignorance of his existence, of our heritage and destroying our home with the help of nimrods is his desire, fueled by hate.

          Other lies to prolong our captivity are: an eternal barbecue pit, leaving our home and going to “heaven”, and [ the clincher ] we must obey the “higher powers” even when they do not.

          New Jerusalem coming down from above should be considered more like an invasion than a retreat.

          Finally we cannot be “good enough” to merit justification without a redeemer. We already sold ourselves into bondage. Accepting this reality is just the first step. A lifetime of sanctification is barely sufficient for our salvation – to which I can personally attest.

          • Q. Shtik March 14, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

            Please God, spare me from these insufferable religious know-it-alls (or is it knows-it-all?)

          • Q. Shtik March 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

            sanctification – messi

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

            Sanctification is the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy. It is a gift given through the power of God to a person or thing which is then considered sacred or set apart in an official capacity within the religion.

            …and if you didn’t receive the gift, tough titty.

          • 100th Avatar March 14, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

            Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
            Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
            Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
            Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

            -Epicurus

            AKA: congratulations for worshipping an alpha predator

      • Q. Shtik March 13, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

        Man judges by the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. – messianic

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

        Yeah? Says who?

        I find you presumptuous in telling us what God does or thinks.

        I likewise find Janos’s verbiage of profundity based on references to Star Wars episodes and Harry Potter characters highly annoying.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

          The Ocean is all one taste, Q. There aint two ultimate realities. If it exists, it’s salty. But if you prefer to occupy yourself with the sons of barren women, go right ahead.

        • 100th Avatar March 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

          Let them be content, slaves to Roko’s basilisk

  36. PeteAtomic March 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

    Thanks Jim for some very thoughtful essays this last week, in particular. The shibboleths of economic wizardry in the federal reserve and wall street are just the men you aren’t supposed to see behind the curtain. What will people do as gainful employment in the near future? Become Martian pot farmers? I don’t think people understand how disruptive automation really might be. I don’t think Jeff besos will be able to accommodate the tens of millions of displaced workers with enough shock collars for his distribution centers.

  37. seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    It sounds like it blew a turbine wheel. GE had issues with a supplier a while back but maybe one got through.
    reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-witnesses/ethiopian-airlines-plane-trailed-smoke-debris-bef…

    • capt spaulding March 11, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

      Both planes flew for the same airline, I wonder if there’s a connection. Damn, it just occurred to me, this could be the start of a great conspiracy theory. Quick! Somebody call QAnon.

      • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 10:43 pm #

        Was it a GE engine, or a Pratt & Whitney engine?

        nrh

        • seawolf77 March 11, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

          All 737’s except a handful of P&W’s right at the beginning are CFM56, a joint venture between GE and Snecma, a French company. GE makes the high-pressure spool and Snecma make the low-pressure spool. It’s like 99% CFM56 today.

          • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 12:20 am #

            Thanks SW

            was gonna say if it were P&W there’s be a lot of worried people around here right now.

            brh

  38. The only structructural solutions are political.

    Therethe broader strokes of future policy are evident.

    I’m juggling the various combinatory concessions /

    The right to Life (moderately more abortion / oversight of women / etc. for an End to Imm

    End to Immigration
    Right to Life
    The Environment
    Status Quo Economic activity

    When you start playing these against each other you get strange bedfellows (which means the politics are practicable).

    Trump’s 40% faction has the political clout to draw a compromise solution for their problems.

    The question is, what exactly is it? For me, the obvious is an end to Immigration. A bid for this issue will gain a Democrat candidate enough to win.

    In doing so, Trump’s faction must maintain constant pressure on the Government. They will be out of office, but nominally, the end of immigration would be the law of the land – at least and for starters.

    The other factions (Right to Life, Status Quo economics) are dangerous to the effort and will try to control the public debate (I don’t think they will succeed but I am betraying optimism).

    Since the Democrats want to win and to do so they have to accept a mandate from Millennials, they will be willing to bargain for the prize, which is reversal of the carbon economy of the US.

    Yes, its historic, and maybe even drastic. But the facts are the facts.

    By going with the flow, Trump’s base is served what it wants. The millennials get what they want. I’m simplifying, of course- the majority, the vast majority, of Americans want to reverse this carbonization of the atmosphere.

    This is the penultimate “Win-win”, and I’d wager the Deep State will do anything in it power to make it happen… at any rate.

    This nexus we are approaching is equivalent in importance and historicity on the level of our primate anscestors acq

    • …acquiring language or tools (I was going to reflect on an Eisenhour moment after the atomic bomb- but it wasn’t fundamental to the survival of our species.

      This is the issue.

      By 2023 people you know who have never owned a bicycle will ride one- regularly. Autonomous cars will roam the streets. A lot of “work” will be done from homes. The arctic sea will mostly be free of ice. The heatwaves will be longer and hotter. And Florida will begin a slow evacuation.

      • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm #

        Bicycle use peaked about 1895. That’s about when electric cars came in. They had a good run, about 25 years, but couldn’t compete with Ford’s Model T. Remarkably the Pope Electric, maufactured on Capital Avenue in Hartford, had almost the same operating range the tesla has today. It was a good car.

        What’s interesting is that the Pope automobile and the Columbia bicycle were manufactured in the same plant, which was where the Sharps Buffalo Rifle was made too. It seems in the early days gun, bicycle and car manufacturing were mixed up and used the same technologies, the same engineers and the same people.

        As the saying goes, there’s nothing new under the sun, my friend.

        brh

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 1:11 am #

        The Arctic sea ice was supposed to be gone in 2013. What happened?

        • Even though historic ice retreat allowed commercial boat traffic for the first time ever the oceans were still absorbing the excess heat. That capacity is predicted to be reached within the next 5 to 10 meaning the gloves are coming off global warming and it’s going to start killing millions of people with heat waves, crop loss and starvation. Bleaching of the world coral reefs will kill over half of all of it

          • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 10:32 am #

            Sure that is possible I won’t argue with you on that point. But the Arctic Sea Ice is very extensive today.

            nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_daily_extent_hires.png

            I am still interested in hearing about what the collapse of solar activity will mean for the climate in the years to come. Now that it appears the Sun is entering a long-term decline in sunspots. I don’t mean to belittle your points but I have been hearing that we are all going to burn up and die my entire life. And here we are.

        • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 10:31 am #

          SSL

          At first 2000 was the big watershed year for the 1st generation of weather doomsday cranks. Granted it was a rather small cult then, and they hadn’t yet reached ino the schools and colleges.

          Basically, “we have until the year 2000 to turn this ship around.”

          After that sea ice melts, crops fail, cities disappear, snow is a thing of the past, summers become unbearable, air is unbreathable, water undrinkable … and so on. You get the picture.

          When none of these terrible events happened, two things occurred. The first is ordinary weather became evidence of ‘climate apocalypse’. Hurricane, snowstorms, heatwaves, suddenly they were the worst ever. If you pointed out for example the most intense and destructive hurricanes occurred 1925-1938, you were simply ignored. Bring up the Dust Bowl and you were ignored. The other thing is that goal posts were moved, and now armageddon is the year 2030. That’ when everything goes down if we dont change the way we do things. Of course when they say ‘we’ they mean me and you giving up our cars and use of cheap electricity, not them flying in private aircraft and living their high end degenerate lives in DC, LA, NYC or San Francisco.

          That’s the way it stacks up right now. This might go on for a long time and spark violence and civil strife like what is happening in France now with the yellow vest movement.

          Brh

          • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 10:42 am #

            I think you are right Brh. It is the old for me but not for thee mentality. Like I mentioned slightly up thread I have been told my entire life that we are going to burn up and die because of global warming. And yet this year fresh blooms on my Japanese Magnolia were burned by a late frost a week ago when the temperature here in South Louisiana got down to 29.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            We are always heartened to hear from those who thing AGW stands for ‘Warming in My Back Garden’, even though the initials just don’t stack up 🙂

            skepticalscience.com/1934-hottest-year-on-record.htm

            {sigh}

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            And some of us walk the walk too – literally.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 10:58 am #

            *those who think…*

  39. Sam Stone March 11, 2019 at 10:51 pm #

    Wow Facebook banned Zero Hedge. Not a joke. How long til our host, Mr Kunstler is banned. His articles are after all carried on ZH along with the Libertarian site Lew Rockwell and a bunch more. ZH banned by the very same people who call everyone Facists. Banning free speech is exactly what Facists do. I am really becoming unhappy, depressed, and very angry. Civil war can’t be far off now. Everyone keeps wondering when the SHTF. Got news for you turds are whizzing by our heads every single day now.

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 12:08 am #

      Yes Sam, there is no way to stop the train wreck at this point. Real America is now under full-scale, 24/7/365 assault. A Day of Decision will come. Strength, determination and focus are needed for that day. They want you to be down, depressed and downtrodden. Don’t give them what they want. They don’t deserve it.

      • Sam Stone March 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

        Yes you are correct SSL. I need to skip the depression and unhappiness and just keep the anger. Anger is all that will be needed now. The fight is upon us. The time for words is over.

    • 0hedge is a paranoid 21st century weekly world news let’s get real.

      • Sam Stone March 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

        Well snackmeister that is your opinion. I take it you agree with this book burning then. Since you don’t like ZH you are fine with it being tossed into the memory hole. Speaks volumes about you.

      • Nightowl March 14, 2019 at 4:44 am #

        It’s been considerably more accurate than the Times with regard to your Russia Truth tin-foil-hattery.

        I wonder if the Times will publicly rededicate itself to truthful journalism a second time.

  40. Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

    A person is body, mind, and soul. Likewise, a nation is body (economy), mind (politics) and soul (culture). You cannot hurt one aspect and still be a good friend of the person. Likewise, those who outsourced our industrial base to China, are the enemies of the Nation – not pillars of the community for God’s sake!

    • SoftStarLight March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

      Those who outsourced our industries inflicted a wound on our body, quite possibly a mortal wound. If this were a physical altercation between two people one person might end up six feet under. Shouldn’t fear of such a fate shudder through those who have wounded us so violently?

  41. I live at mean sea level and in a fairly prosperous little burg.

    I couldn’t help but notice that every one… every single one… of these “multi-use residential condo” type building stands on concrete pilings that go down 100 feet- and have 10 meters of concrete substructure off the ground (nominally for storefronts and parking).

    If you want to build a $2-5 million dollar real estate development in our little town- its its little core- you have to put the whole thing on top of a free way overpass’ worth of steel and concrete.

    Isn’t it funny?

    Its the like the bank knows… its like the architects know…. we’re going under water.

    The estimated amount of land we are going to lose in next decades is going surprise a lot of people who currently live and work in these elevations, on these coastlines. Florida and New Orleans, being special cases, will ultimately be just a tiny fraction of inundated land worldwide. Beaches are going to disappear, then towns, cities, fields…

    The threat level in places like New York City have been at code Red for a decade. Amazon.com may never have intended to build in New York for other reasons, but one wonders.

    There are city planners and commissions that are taking a good long last look at some of America’s oldest coastal towns. An Atlantean aesthetic has only been achieved by the Venetians- our polyglot layouts with their controlled intersections and 90-degree roadways may not have as graceful a thorofare for canoes and kayaks. And when the King tides roll in on some future super-storm the waves will crush and batter these flimsy buildings apart.

    Efforts should be made- to remove the environmental disaster of an abandoned landscape of rotting drywall and electric utility infrastructure- tiles, bricks, creosote, bitumen, asphalt, and thousands of septic tanks, buried gasoline and oil tanks, pipelines, and all other flotsam and jetsam, before they become a dangerous, toxic soup and no-go-zone that will extend from cape cod to Huntington Beach.

    You could roll up in your SUV and survey the sight- but you will be discreet.

    Gasoline will cost four times as much- 75% of that will be a tax- but you’ll be discreet because society will view driving around aimlessly in your private vehicle to be something like Smoking… Yes, your car will have a decal on the back like a Cigarette pack:

    Warning – Driving is Hazardous to the Environment and causes heat waves and unhealthy air pollution.

    Its going hard to act sexy next to a sign like that. Gasoline will become a superfetishized, highly regulated, and conspicuous thing.

    The School Bus will be exempt. Your 4×4 will not.

    Do you have a gasoline powered lawn mower? You might as well ditch it now.

    How about that sputtering, small engine tool that smells like burning dog shit? Home Depot’s got your super efficient Lithium ion replacement.

    Your neighbors will dial 1-800-NYBRCOP and you’ll get auto-subscribed to a repeating civil infraction, added to your IRS filing requirements.

    Your town or county level enforcement may vary.

    • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2019 at 11:01 pm #

      Maybe on Thursday we’re going to take a ride down to the shore (Long Island Sound) I’ll give you a report on what my lying eyes tell me, that is, whether or not the sea level is noticeably higher than it was when I was a little kid.

      brh

      • https://sealevel.nasa.gov

        Try this site I’m not sure but I think it might be more reliable

        • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 11:00 am #

          The estimated amount of land we are going to lose in next decades is going surprise a lot of people who currently live and work in these elevations, on these coastlines. Florida and New Orleans, being special cases, will ultimately be just a tiny fraction of inundated land worldwide. Beaches are going to disappear, then towns, cities, fields…

          Time will tell..all predictions have been wrong so far.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 11:33 am #

            They have indeed, malthuss. They have on the whole been proven to have been too conservative, scientists not being given to sensationalism, by nature or conviction.

    • fugeguy March 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

      Yet another reason to not have neighbors

  42. Janos Skorenzy March 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm #

    Past, present and future are all One to God who dwells in the Eternal Present. Thus they will always exist. Richard Nixon and Billy Graham will always be crouched in the Oval Office whispering about how the Jews were destroying America. Neither one of them ever dreamed of trying to stop this and in fact served their Agenda with considerable ability in their respective spheres. Our Ending is utterly fatuous. When I become a Master, I’m going to materialize in the Oval Office and just start bitch slapping them. I suppose that isn’t allowed though since it might change history. Too bad.

    We know this because Dick was recording their conversation.

    • SoftStarLight March 11, 2019 at 11:50 pm #

      You are ascending the steps to the Throne. History will bend in the midst of your path. Naysayers and doubters be damned.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 12:01 am #

        I may have to die first though. To be recast in a better form or new edition as Benjamin Franklin said. Or perhaps I’ll save time and take over somebody’s body who is dying, and repair it once they depart.

        A great intellect and fierce fighter four our People has gone to the realm of lute and the lyre.

        amren.com/commentary/2019/03/guillaume-faye-rest-in-peace/

        • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 1:07 am #

          Well we may be able to pull off a switcharoo sort of like in that movie The Skeleton Key…but via White Magic of course :-). Thank you for sharing this with me. I wasnt aware of Mr. Faye’s writings and activism. Now I am though! I always thought ethnomasochism was an interesting word and now I know where it comes from.

    • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Various you tubers point to those 2 having been Masons and
      BG maybe was a pedo.

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

        Really??!!! I will have to look into that.

  43. SoftStarLight March 11, 2019 at 11:45 pm #

    I’ve always loved the March winds. The warm, rushing Gulf breezes sprinting to the north bringing the clouds with them as they pass. The warmth they bring coaxes budding flowers and trees and stokes an eager anticipation of spring. If you aren’t careful they will convince you that spring is here to stay. But winter always has the final say. A last kiss of frost. So it is a time of rapid changes and uncertainty. And a new world is born.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 12:06 am #

      The War King will the known by many names, one of them being, “The Lion in Winter”. I know you will love and support Him when He appears as you once did the fallen Trump.

      I only hope I will be alive to serve Him as well.

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 12:32 am #

        I hope that He will manifest very soon!! The people desperately need a Hero. An object of devotion. But He is coming one way or the other.

        • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 11:02 am #

          Have you read Shardik, SSL? It’s the darker book Richard Adams wrote after writing about the cute bunnies.

          It’s a warning, to people hankering after objects of devotion, among other things.

          • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

            I didn’t read it but did look it up on Wikipedia. It appears to have a happy ending with faith restored though.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

            I think you should read it.

  44. Q. Shtik March 12, 2019 at 1:25 am #

    At the tail end of the prior thread GreenAlba and BRH exchanged some posts concerning Grenoble, France. This recalled to memory a favorite personal anecdote:

    It was the summer of 1959 in the month of June. I was 18 and had just finished my freshman year of college. Our family took a one month tour of Europe, my brother, parents and me. It’s not that we were rich…my mother saved up forever and the trip was the pride and joy of her life. I had at this point 4 or 5 years experience in pool and its close cousin, carom billiards, under my belt. A pool table has six pockets while a billiard table has none.

    In each city on the tour I tried to find a pool or billiard room to test myself against the local talent. Actually, I never saw a pool table in Europe, only billiard tables. At home it was rare to see a young person play billiards. “Three-Cushion” Billiards was an old man’s game but I played both pool and billiards. In the interest of time and simplicity I will skip the description of how 3-cushion billiards is played. Probably not 1 in 10 commenters here is familiar with the game.

    Our first city on the tour was Paris. I learned at the hotel’s front desk that there was a billiard room directly across the street. It was small, located on the second floor, and had only 2 tables. It was mid-afternoon and there was only one customer, and older gentleman playing alone. He was delighted to receive my challenge. Though I won 20 to 3 he remained delighted.

    Next on the tour itinerary was Grenoble, France. By this time I was paling around with a 16 year old kid who was on this tour with his parents and a sister. He knew nothing about pool or billiards but was pleased to dump the old folks and go with me in search of adventure. We entered a busy billiard room with 7 or 8 tables. Guys came in off the street and stacked their bicycles in a corner. I rented a table and began to teach the totally novice kid how 3-cushion billiards was played. As two English-speaking Americans, we immediately began to attract attention. After a while a guy entered and a few people ran over to him and pointed me out. He spoke to me first in French and then in passable broken English. He challenged me to a game. All other activity in the room halted. A crowd formed close around us. Fifteen minutes into our game I looked toward the doorway entrance and saw my parents and other tour members staring in at me. (They would later tell me of their astonishment seeing their son leaned over a “pool” table in a foreign country with a cigarette dangling from his lips.)

    The game ended. I lost 20 to 14. He bought me a beer and showed me a plaque on the wall with his picture and words to the effect “Billiard Champion of Grenoble”. I asked him if he knew that Willie Hoppe (world’s greatest billiard player) had died 7 years earlier. He seemed never to have heard of Willie Hoppe but maybe the name got lost in translation.

    This match was the thrill of a lifetime for me.

    • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 3:42 am #

      Good story.

      I hope Jim doesn’t phuque you up because of it.

      p.s.
      U.S. “Gets Its Ass Handed To It” In World War III Simulation: RAND

    • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 8:36 am #

      That’s interesting, Q – I nearly mentioned your name, hypothetically, in relation to a link I was going to give to brh, but I left it be (see below).

      But the Place St Andre – that of the photo – has other historical interest.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Tiles

      “The Day of the Tiles (French: Journée des Tuiles) was an event that took place in the French town of Grenoble on 7 June in 1788. It was one of the first disturbances which preceded the French Revolution, and is credited by a few historians as its start.”

      “Shortly before 7 June 1788, in a large meeting at Grenoble those who attended the meeting decided to call together the old Estates of the province of Dauphiné. The government responded by sending troops to the area to put down the movement.”

      I was given to understand the meeting took place in this square, because of the parliament building (after 1789, merely the ‘Palais de Justice’).

      The connection with you was that, for me, what makes a visit to the area worth making are the mountains that surround it on three sides, not the city itself. But, on the very outside chance that brh might actually make that detour I was going to give him this link and tell him to imagine it was you on the bike!

      youtube.com/watch?v=f29-PdWQegc

      My advice would be to have dinner at the Table Ronde – oldest restaurant in the city and one of the oldest in France – in the square, outside (book!), plus a cable car ride across the river and up to the Bastille Fortress, for the view, then get out of the muggy car-ridden town).

      This clip takes you by the scenic route, beloved of cyclists and bikers, to the Vercors plateau (more history – this time the maquisards…) through the Gorges de la Bourne. It edits out ‘my’ tiny village, Choranche, which is about 7 miles from Pont-en-Royans which is at the end of the clip, with its ‘hanging houses’ as the last view.

      Perhaps you’ve been, Q? Just your kind of road I’d have thought! It’s hairy in parts but I drove a minibus of Edinburgh schoolkids through it 25 years ago so it’s safe 🙂 .

      For a quieter day out and a different mountain range, the Monastère de la Grande Chartreuse is the place to go.

      Pop by nearby Voiron, where the Cistercian monks have their liqueur distillery…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4t5ETte–o

      Beat that for a location for a monastery!

      • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 8:56 am #

        Just watched those clips again. I have to go back…

        • Q. Shtik March 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

          That is some scenic mountain roadway…I’d love to ride it.

          And the monastery…….I was there and sipped the Chartreuse, both the light colored and the dark. I’ll bet those monks are walking around with a buzz on every day.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

            That’s amazing, Q – glad you saw the monastery. It’s quite a place. I’m definitely entertaining thoughts of a return visit now my memory has been nudged.

            The other thing I remember is a 1977 (wedding year…) drive over the Alps to Venice, via Briançon. Wouldn’t surprise me if you’d done that too. A fantastic open road through the Alpine pastures. Snow on the peaks in the summer sunshine.

          • Q. Shtik March 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

            The other thing I remember is a 1977 (wedding year…) drive over the Alps to Venice, via Briançon. Wouldn’t surprise me if you’d done that too. – GA

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

            I can’t rightly say Greenie…it’s possible since Venice WAS on our itinerary… but some things stay in memory more than others.

            Take, for example, this insignificant little memory from St Mark’s Square in Venice. We were sitting at an outdoor cafe. I was observing a young German man smoking and took note of the odd way he held his cigarette……..between the tips of his thumb and index fingers with the lit end above his palm. I remember thinking how strange, unnatural, and “gay” it seemed. I have since seen foreign films where a character held a cigarette in this way.

    • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 10:06 am #

      Good story Q.

      You are full of good stories.

      Brh

      • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:56 am #

        we are to focus on the future. Social collapse?

        • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 11:06 am #

          Memories of good times will fortify the collapsed, malthuss.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 11:10 am #

            “What I am trying to say is that the pain then is part of the happiness now. That’s the deal.”

            Shadowlands
            CS Lewis

          • Exscotticus March 12, 2019 at 11:25 am #

            When they go down into the mine, everyone would still be alive. There would be no shocking memories, and the prevailing emotion will be one of nostalgia for those left behind, combined with a spirit of bold curiosity for the adventure ahead!

    • volodya March 12, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

      Too bad your family showed up at the billiard room. Took the edge off it. And not quite Paul Newman-Jackie Gleason but real life is never the movies. And it might have been better if a French hooker was in the mix. Otherwise a good story. I half expected Django Reinhardt in the corner, you know, smoking and watching, and commiserating with a French boxing champ.

      • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

        Also, Rick, from Casablanca needed to be somewhere in the background.

        Brh

        • volodya March 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

          That would be perfect. So Rick would have survived WW2 but then the question would be what about Captain Renault? Did he make it?

          Well, Rick would no doubt be involved in some shady scheme or other, there being no shortage of anti-colonial resistance movements back then, something that good ole Rick would be enmeshed in as a gun-runner or mercenary or fixer of some kind or other. The perfect thing is there was a bar in the billiards room as evidenced by the beer. So, no doubt, Rick would be at the bar, meeting with somebody disreputable, some desperado or other, an ex-Nazi maybe, maybe somebody like Otto Skorzeny.

          Never mind the politics of it, even if Rick detested Nazis, the war was over, everybody needed to make a living, and money is money.

          • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

            Dude you should go into screenwriting.

            Brh

          • Q. Shtik March 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

            The perfect thing is there was a bar in the billiards room as evidenced by the beer. – volodya

            ===========

            You point out something that struck me at the time as well: Alcohol on sale in a pool room. Never have seen it in the U.S. before or since.

            And then there is your reference up above to The Hustler starring Gleason and Newman. That movie opened in Sept ’61 in a huge old fashioned theater in Philly (long since demolished). I was there with Dick “Ice Cream” Alrich. When the lights came up it turned out that every would-be pool shark in Philly was there: Joe “Cadillac,” Al Koslosky (world 9-ball champ), the enormously rotund Al Fisher, a bail bondsman with a huge rubber-banded roll of cash in his pocket, Mark “the shark,” Pete “the Greek” and so on and so forth.

            But back in Grenoble two years earlier I was the star in my own Hustler movie ’cause a good pool player is the result of a misspent youth…and we got trouble right here in River City.

          • volodya March 13, 2019 at 10:09 am #

            I wish I was at the opening at that theater. What a scene that must’ve been with all those guys. “Joe Cadillac”. I can picture that.

  45. Pucker March 12, 2019 at 5:30 am #

    I’ll be in Connecticut relatively soon. Purdue Pharma is located in Stamford, Connecticut. I’ll stand outside Purdue Pharma like the character Michael Myers in one of those “Halloween” movies. Connecticut is a weird state. That’s where all of the Hedge Fund weirdo’s live unless they’ve run off to Florida to escape the taxes.

    “Myles was a graduate teaching assistant and saw kids his brother’s age all the time. It seemed to him that a large chunk of Matt’s generation could not navigate life’s demands and consequences. Myles had taught English in Beijing to Chinese kids who strove ferociously to differentiate themselves from millions of other young people. American kids a world away had enormous quantities of the world’s resources lavished on them to little result; they coasted along, doing the bare minimum and depending on their parents to resolve problems, big and small. At year’s end, Matt returned home to live with his parents. Myles spent the next years at Yale getting a master’s degree in Judaic and biblical studies and never knew all that happened later. At home, Matt seemed to have lost the aimlessness he displayed in college. He dressed neatly and worked full-time at catering companies. But by the time he moved home, his parents later realized, he had become a functional addict, using opiate prescription painkillers, and Percocet above all. From there, he moved eventually to OxyContin, a powerful pill made by a company in the small state of Connecticut—Purdue Pharma.“

    Sam Quinones
    Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

    • Pucker March 12, 2019 at 5:35 am #

      I read a book once about the marketing of New IT Technologies. The author said that the business model of these IT weirdo’s is to get customers literally psychologically addicted to the technology. The goal is to make everyone “functional addicts”.

    • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 9:06 am #

      Pucker

      Talking of those Chinese kids striving ferociously…

      scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2145372/child-suicide-covered-china-says-think-tank-it-calls-aut…

      There are no easy answers – or even hard ones – to the human condition in the modern world.

      • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 9:07 am #

        Perhaps there are just different ways of being dead, for the unlucky ones.

        • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

          Read recently, after death, the addicts body still shows signs of heroin craving.

          Pretty disturbing, not sure if true.

          Brh

          • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

            How so? What were the signs?

        • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

          Dont know. Maybe in the chemistry? It seems pretty far fetched

          • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

            Might be a story for Weekly World News to investigate. Sounds wierd enough, right up their line.

            Brh

      • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:15 pm #

        At least he had some sense that people should make a contribution.

        from link-
        15-year-old Chinese boy committed suicide by drowning himself in a reservoir after leaving a note saying he could not focus on his studies

        and did not want to burden his parents

        or become a worthless member of society.

        • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 8:18 am #

          I love a bit of the milk of human kindness with my porridge of a morning.

    • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Theres only 17 billionaires in the whole state. They lay low.

      In the past week in this town (pop. 25000) 3 young people have died from opioid OD. All 3 were college graduates, all under 30.

      Brh

  46. Pucker March 12, 2019 at 5:46 am #

    Apparently in the 1980’s some dissembling PhD medical researcher Asshole published a fake article in the “New England Journal of Medicine” purporting research findings showing a very low correlation between opiate use and addiction. This likely fake propaganda by Big Pharma may have been a big set up in preparation for selling highly addictive opiates to the white American middle class?

    Sam Quinones
    Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 9:10 am #

      Why not? They need to de-populate the earth somehow. They are likely using many other methods in addition to this.

      • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        sacklers. the war on YT[whitey].

        • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 11:24 am #

          Sometimes it’s just about the money, malthuss.

          • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

            Wrong again, Honey.
            Often its a push back, money being just a part.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

            Please don’t call me Honey. It’s creepy. Or perhaps sticky.

        • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

          I’ve seen you mention them several times now. I need to do the research. Thanks for bringing it up!

          • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

            occidental observer wrote a piece on them.

            also the honey sherman murder was interesting, shall we say.
            the shermans were big into zionism and funding israel.

  47. Pucker March 12, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    “Free samples…”. There’s that word “Free” again….

    “Arthur Sackler, meanwhile, continued to transform drug marketing. In 1963, he licensed from Hoffman-La Roche the right to import and sell a new tranquilizer called Valium. Sackler again emphasized direct doctor contact to promote the drug. “Detail men”—salesmen—frequently visited doctors’ offices bearing free samples of Valium.“

    “Valium was marketed above all to women, pitched as way of bearing the stress of lives as wives and mothers. Before the feminist movement, women were presumed to need that kind of help for the rest of their lives, thus there was no worry then about its addictiveness.“

    Sam Quinones
    Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

  48. venuspluto67 March 12, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    Yeah, if they decide to fire up the money-printing presses again, this time they will have to put the resulting funnee-munnee directly into people’s bank accounts.

  49. Pucker March 12, 2019 at 9:01 am #

    Should Trump create a fictitious character named “Raul” who is an illegal immigrant who works in white nursing homes and is a serial rapist of old white women with Alzheimer’s?

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 9:08 am #

      You are so strange sometimes :-). Why should he need to create such a character when real ones exist?

      • K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

        Perhaps because you only say they exist when they really don’t. Fantastical figures have names or they could not exist at all, even in the imagination. Pretending people exist who don’t in real life is different because you can’t ever give them a name. If you did some dog would try and sniff them out and show you up to be lying scum. Hence no names.

        You have no names, not even for yourselves.

        At least Pucker has ‘Raul who besides serial raping blue haired women drives 10 Cadillacs and gets 7 different welfare checks under 9 different names and drinks Coke.

        His favorite Cadillac is Mary Kay pink. He has one big black old one with the big fins too. It throbs with power.

  50. SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 9:24 am #

    I never quite got past the previous thread. Individuality is overrated. It is also a lonely journey. You come into this world alone, you walk through the world alone trapped in this cage called the body, and then you exit this world alone. Have you ever been lonely even when you were surrounded by people? Are have you ever been lonely even when you were being held in the arms of your lover or spouse? Like a thirst that cannot quite be quenched. And if you are ever alone in a quiet place you can feel the emptiness. And many remedies will be offered to you if you share the feeling. Work on yourself, improve yourself, have more confidence in yourself. Everything is already within you they say. Find God. And yet that feeling is still there. At least for some people I guess. So you may laugh about stories of people who invited spirits in or discovered that spirits can come in when invited. But you shouldn’t. Because they are there. And they are not confined to a body or the laws of time and space that we are bound by.

    Now back to the mundane and ordinary….

    • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      “Burt (Lancaster) had a better sense of who he was than almost any man I know, and because of that there was nothing that I know that he was afraid of. He knew exactly who he was and he was comfortable with it”…John Frankenheimer.

      Loneliness is certainly a human emotion that can plague us SSL, but it can also be overcome and even eliminated. When I was eight years old I suffered a bad dog bite that changed my life and isolated me socially, certainly through my childhood years and even into adulthood. Somehow during the month it took to recover I was able, through the grace of God, not only learn to enjoy the solitude of the isolated recovery time, but to learn to be able to deal with the isolation in public that I would face afterwards.

      Alone time for me is still so very special. It is when I do my best thinking, composing, planning and contraction. Because of how He has blessed me, I am also very comfortable in public, at small gatherings or in front of an audience of 5,000 people. There is no better time than when I am surrounded by my family, but then that is easy for most of us for there is much love there. I have always believed, as John Frankenheimer once said of Burt Lancaster, that once you are comfortable with who you are, you will be comfortable with all situations.

      • Sounds like you were severely psychologically and perhaps physically damaged by being savaged by a cute, adorable doggo, was it your fault? Poking out with a stick? What kind of bacterial infection did it deliver?

        • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

          If anyone knows about severe psychological damage and bacterial infections it certainly would be you Little Dickey.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

        What a great actor. Remember his role as a washed up boxer – who out of love for his manager surrendered his dignity and became an Indian Chief for Pro-Wrestling?

        “You coulda been a contenda”

        You are graced indeed in your path. Few find such Peace ever, what to speak of so early. And some find it for a time, but can’t live in such a way as to keep it.

        • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

          Yes Janos I have been blessed far more than my ability to deserve it to be sure. I am experiencing more and more, almost daily events of pure job and contentment, mixed in of course with the regular trials and tribulations. Some day perhaps I will be able to not lash out in retribution at those who can only tear down like the few miscreants that frequent this place, but if you think about it, helping those inclined to tear down to reap a little of what they sow is good work, is it not? Much more productive to work together than to fight one another for sport, but that lesson often takes a very long time to learn.

        • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

          ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’

          That was Anthony Quinn. Kim Novak, Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney were in it. I think Rod Serling wrote the screenplay.

          “I could’ve been a contender”, was from ‘On the Waterfront’, Marlon Brando talking to Rod Stieger.

          Another good one was ‘The Harder they Fall’. That might have been Burt Lancaster, i cant remember.

          I like to old boxing movies, full of gritty realism, filmed in black and white.

          Brh

          • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

            Ah, fallible memory conflating different people and movies. All great stuff! I’ve always conflated Liza Minelli with Barbara Steisand for some reason too.

          • elysianfield March 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

            “On the Waterfront’, Marlon Brando talking to Rod Stieger”

            BRH,
            Uhhh, Karl Malden?

          • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

            Maybe E. I was working off memory too,. And it might have been Kim Hunter, not Kim Novak in Requiem.

            Bogey was in The Harder They Fall.

            I was on a beer league softball team for a few years with Bogeys son Steve. He was little when his father died but he had some great stories about growing up in Holywood.

            Brh

          • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

            “You don’t understand, Charley, I coulda had class, I coulda been somebody, I coulda been a contender.”

            Marlon Brando to Rod Stieger, scene in back of cab.

            Brh

          • Billy Hill March 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

            Burt Lancaster’s best: Atlantic City

            An actor at the top of his form.

            Decent plot and editing too.

      • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

        Walter that sad story seems to explain a lot.

        Did your family eat the dog afterwards? If so, were you offered the canine oysters?

        • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

          Your lack of humanity is no surprise Eve and au contraire, it explains a lot more about you then my experience does about me.

        • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

          I guess you don’t realize how rude you truly behave sometimes Evelyn. It would be nice if you had some sense of shame but obviously that escapes some people. Walter is one of the nicest people here so what is your problem?

        • Sam Stone March 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

          Hey Evelyn are you and Debbie the twinkie the same person or just a pair of low class, foolish, progs who revel in rudeness? Excuse the redundancy. What a horrid pair you two truly are. You two are the reason some sites allow blocking.

          • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

            That’s very unfair to Debbie.

            Y’all need to see the light. I try to be the roguish kidder, quit taking everything I say so seriously.

            In the book “The Four Agreements”, the first agreement is to take nothing personal.

            I think it is a horrible thing to be attacked and seriously harmed by a vicious animal. I’m pretty sure Walter isn’t from a culture that considers eating your enemy a perfectly normal and proper thing to do but if I didn’t ask how would we all know for sure?

            Walter, I have buckets of humanity. Enough to put some into the empty buckets of any of the jackals here who think Trump is a fit human for occupying the top of the food chain.

          • Billy Hill March 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

            Good Grief. Drags Trump into it.

            Learn how to write and then get a life.

          • Billy Hill March 12, 2019 at 9:18 pm #

            On second thought don’t bother.

          • If SSL were me, she’d be better written…

        • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm #

          Thank you Sam and SSL for your kindness. Not all creatures in this plane are capable of such acts and you both well know that. I appreciate what you have extended to me, thank you. I understand that there are those who cannot treat others decently and for some reason, they mistake kindness for weakness. Unfortunately for them they are destined to do what they do and reap what they sow.

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

        Thank you for sharing Walter. Sorry to hear about the dog bite! That isn’t uncommon, though sustaining a long-lasting injury is certainly less so. Some of this is also nurture and not nature. I mean, I usually spend most of my day doing for others and I don’t have a problem with it or anything but I think in some ways it leaves me slightly less able to deal with that down time alone. I guess I have more growing up to do lol :-). And as you also point out, God does factor in and as I told Janos below I need to get back on track with Him. In the activity of life it is sometimes easy to forget where the true sources of Life and Healing are.

        • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

          How sorry? Did you shed tears? Did you get a feeling in the pit of your stomach that was like a phone call in the middle of the night? Did it prey on your mind for a lingering time afterwards? Did it make feel a little bit ashamed afterwards to know that your boiler plate expression of sorrow could find no corresponding sensation in your emotional center?

          I think you spend most of your day on this website.

          God does not do factoring. She doesn’t like fractions, and she doesn’t even like statistics. Most of her time is taken up with juggling between the pleas for help from mother’s whose babies are having agonizing experiences during their short times on earth and football fans desperate to have Her tip the scales in their favor during the ever happening football games.

          Don’t ask me how I know these things. God tells me most of it but She’s cautioned me about blabbing about it. She doesn’t want others getting pissy because they don’t get the same attention I do.

          • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 10:53 pm #

            Your god may indeed be a woman or a female or whatever traits you care to assign to it and that is your right. I will not degrade or applaud your choices. However, we clearly worship distinctly differ deities, and that is my right. Good luck with your choices.

          • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 11:41 pm #

            “Deities, to god-damned hell with deities! We have no deities. In fact, we don’t need deities. I don’t have to show you any stinking deities, you god-damned cabron and ching’ tu madre!”

            Walter, please take a memo. The idea of deities was the best herders and sometime fuckers could come up with back when the average bloke was incredibly ignorant and superstitious.

            Like a mile long flock of migrating birds, when a raptor dives at the flock and the flock swerves violently at the point of the attack and an hour later the birds arriving at that same point continue to swerve as the ones before them. so too do blind followers of ludicrous made up religions continue to jettison reason for blind faith. Long after the pimpers of the scam have gone away. A billion billion galaxies and super-jezzzus just happened shoot his entire wad here on our eath because his father asked him to come down and be tortured so the father could forgive the torturers. You can’t make this shit up and expect people to believe it no more that you could expect a misanthrope like Trump could become the President of a nation of enlightened people. Fortunately for Trump such people in miserably short supply.

            What does worship mean actually? That is a very heavy term. I can’t only imagine it by thinking of when I was young and had a sex partner who I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Worship should imply a pulsating feeling of energy and passionate love for. For most people who use the word doesn’t it represent a squirmy hour or two listening to a mediocre sermon and blurbing a few times in a vocabulary containing way too many “thees, thous, ye, and oblique references to bloody activities allegedly on behalf of the bored to distraction worshippers?

          • Walter B March 13, 2019 at 7:58 am #

            Like I said Eve, believe whatever it is that floats your boat or believe nothing, none of this is my concern. Sorry to hear about your sex partner not working out. Nothing sadder than winding up a cum dumpster, but then if it is what you prefer, good luck with that. I am not here to save anybody and I prefer to work with people not to degrade them. I’ll do my thing, you do yours.

          • EvelynV March 13, 2019 at 9:36 am #

            Walter! That is a crude sexist metaphor that I’d wager gave SSL a more palpable stomach jolt than what she avowed was the sorrow inducing tale you told about having your nose bitten off by a dog.

            The word “sorry” sure gets thrown around a lot whenever you are mixed up in the conversation. You’ve probably forgotten what John Wayne said: “Never say you’re sorry, it’s a sign of weakness.”

            Hah! If John had only known – there are so many signs of weakness in this place, who would even notice?

          • Walter B March 13, 2019 at 11:44 am #

            I am not sorry at all Eve, you earned that one. You can dish it out but you cannot take it. No surprise there.

          • Walter B March 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

            And another thing Eve, you can throw around all of the SJW insult words that you want at me, sexist, racist, old white man, homophobe, islamophobe, whatever you care to say because none of those pathetic attempts at insult are worth a damn to me. People who know me understand who I am and what I am and you never will so your opinion matters not to me nor shall it ever.

            From all that you have said in the past, especially your description of the “sex partner” that you once had, you words paint a picture of you as a person that considers sexual intercourse as something you do for kicks, for fun, and indiscriminately as well. If that is not correct then I really am sorry for interpreting it that way, but that is how you come across. I was raised to believe that making love to another human being was supposed to be something personal and special and not simply a way to get yourself off. I understand that morality has changed today and perhaps even has gone away altogether as humans “hook up” and do it wherever, whenever, and without regard of consequence or concern for the other person. I get that, but it certainly does offend me because it degrades something that, at least to me, was supposed to be something better than what two dogs in the street might do. But to each his own I still say. If perhaps one day you change your tune and learn to less combative, insulting, and offensive, I for one will certainly treat you much better. Until then, if the Foo shits, wear it.

          • EvelynV March 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm #

            Good god Walter, what a long winded reply.

            First, you pompous gibbering ol coot I only speak truth, never gratuitous insults.

            Second, all that sex stuff was icky to read, it’d be better to keep it to yerself. I don’t come here to be titillated by old geezers.

            I know you mean well so I’m cutting you some slack…

            …but still, yer really a trump lover?!?

          • Walter B March 14, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            Why do all the Trump haters insist on those of us that refuse to hate him, love him instead? I never liked DJT, but once he was in office and the sellout republican and the sellout democrats both attacked him, well it was a sure sign that he was a good choice. I will not side with scum just because a man I was never fond of got himself elected. If either side could have put up a better candidate I would have been happy to make that choice instead. And btw, sometimes it is necessary to use words to convey ideas. ROTFL, LOL, and IMHO do not quite do that do they?

          • EvelynV March 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

            ” I never liked DJT, but once he was in office and the sellout republican and the sellout democrats both attacked him, well it was a sure sign that he was a good choice.”

            Walter, the fact your addled brain jumps to that kind of conclusion is the only sure sign of anything – namely that you have no judgement and your ability to use logic is worthless.

            To boil it down simply, if a person is so odious that no one has respect for them, then to you it is a sure sign he deserves respect.

            Or to look at it another way – If no man wants to have sex with a person of ambiguous gender and no woman wants to have sex with them either, then you Walter are ready to jump their bones and go at it like a happy rabbit.

            Am I following your line of reasoning correctly?

          • Walter B March 14, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

            I think that you should answer your own ridiculous “question” Eve, and since you value the last word so much, I will let you have it with that. Go ahead and feel free to utilize your most potent venom, watching a viper work can very quite entertaining.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

      You describe the God shaped hole in the Heart that can only be filled by Him. And only with Him can you really fulfill the commandment to love all people – since many are not loveable in and of themselves. Or are your opponent, too reserved, or of course, just strangers.

      I hung out with Spiritualists for awhile: they conflate spirits with Spirit – really only being interested in the former. What a bizarre mistake. But at least they pray and that may afford them some protection in their dabbling. Of course for some it’s more than that, soothing the devastation of being separated from a deceased loved one. Whether they are really being put in contact with the person is another question of course. There are many lying spirits laying in wait for the unwary.

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

        Thank you for getting me centered again. I need to focus on God more and I have kinda fallen behind there in some ways recently. I am going to make a better effort to get back that relationship the way it used to be. And I am not inviting any spirits in by the way :-). It’s just, in the mood I was in this morning early, it was dark and dull out, the kids were still sleeping, and in the course of getting things ready for the day that I was just feeling blue and feeling alone and could feel maybe why people do things like that.

        • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

          You live in a state where Weed isn’t legal yet don’t you?

          That could be a big part of your problem, don’t you think?

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 1:40 am #

          De nada, my dear. Yes, everything has a spirit of one kind of another. You’re more open to the World than most is all. And that can be good or bad, painful or joyful.

          • EvelynV March 13, 2019 at 9:42 am #

            “More Open to the world”?!

            Are you shyting us? When someone sits at a computer all day like Jabba the Hut bleating insipid thoughts to a collection of strangers who wouldn’t know her from any other Walmart shopper if they happened to run into her on the street one day, it takes a huge stretch of imagination to characterize them as being more open than most.

    • Sam Stone March 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

      Being an introvert has its advantages.

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

        Yes, you are right Sam. As much as I lecture about not becoming a hermit, at least hermits probably don’t have such concerns and worries. Or at least not to such a degree for sure.

        • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

          Every person has the same challenge. Hermits are no exception.

          Until they realize their Buddha hood they have to work to surrender their ego.

          • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 12:27 am #

            Have you realized your Buddhahood? I have doubts but am keeping an open mind.

          • EvelynV March 13, 2019 at 9:52 am #

            SSL – you are too kind. How could you have doubts? It seems as plain as the nose that used to be on Walter’s face before a dog bit it off that I still have a little way to go on achieving that.

  51. Trumpo’s budget slashes 31% of funding from the EPA, 70% cut to renewable energy research, and elimination of climate science programs across multiple agencies. It cuts 11% from the Energy department including $696 million from office of energy efficiency and renewable energy which “provides hundreds of millions in grants each year for electric vehicles, battery storage, and energy efficiency. The Interior department gets 11% cut.

    The budget increases military spending by 5%, while the Taliban overran an Afghan outpost even while peace talks continue.

    • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 11:50 am #

      Yep. Maybe the Dems will get serious next time then, ya think? Naw! They’re the diversity party now. This is what happens when you have a united duopoly. One talks a good game but is utterly ineffectual, providing cover for the other one to rape, loot, and plunder with complete impunity. Welcome to Weimar Amerika, my friend.

      • K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

        United Duopoly. A great coupling and true. The ultimate in social diseases. People get VD but societies get UD. America is not the first.

        Sufferers of UD usually also suffer from ID or Institutionalized Denial. The two maladies are joined at the hip. Death by FAR or Fully Abstracted Reality follow. Convulsions called Nika fits usually manifest at the end.

      • Walter B March 12, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

        Yes Scratch, the D’s have all fallen to F’s, or better to F-Up’s. By allowing diversity to create enough diversity within their own ranks they have become splintered, battered, and beaten. AOC’s strange ideas might not have seemed so strange had we already run out of fossil fuels and had just developed a magical, perfect replacement, but her timing not only has those who profit from the sale of fossil fuels boiling, but those who understand that doing without these energies means slow death from many wounds. She has effectively pissed off everybody at the same time.

        Add to this the abortion after birth (infanticide) and they have pretty much alienated everyone out there besides Andrew Cuomo and those that profit from the sale of aborted fetus parts! It surely looks as though the Dems have effectively committed political suicide. The sad part about this turn of events is that the Republicans are crap too.

        Why can we not have a decent candidate from someplace else? Perhaps it is time to usher in the Anti-Christ. Now there is a sobering thought, right?

  52. Phutatorius March 12, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

    “emitting inchoate threnodies from his blowhole” Nice! “Threnodies” was a sort of challenge. I thought it was a song or poem of some sort – wasn’t far off. There is also “threnodic” and “threnodist” but not “threnodious,” which could refer to anyone’s least favorite pop star/song. Probably just an oversight by Noah Webster.

  53. Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    Deaths now outnumber births among white people in more than half the states in the country. Much of this is low birth rates and white men dying from substance abuse and suicide. Our life expectancy has declined for 3 years. We need to do much more.

    The words of Andrew Yang, the coming Yellow Emperor. Yet despite his color, he says “Our” in regards to Whites. One of Us! An honorary Aryan….

    • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

      “An honorary Aryan….”

      Like Yeshua?

      • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

        Yeshua is Aryan

        • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm #

          That’s too cute 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

            Look at the Shroud of Turin. The image portrays a Semite of the very Noblest type – so different from most of them now. As He said to the reviling crowd, I can see by your faces that you are not of Israel.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

            Janos, please, the shroud of Turin is a medieval forgery.

            There was a lot of it about. I thought better of you. Clearly I overestimated you and underestimated what you will fall for.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

            But an Aryan Jesus would have been a perfect foil for when he comes back as a Somali next time.

    • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

      If this decline in life expectancy occurred within any other ethnic group it would be on the news each and every day. Probably with flashing chyrons and breaking news reports and updates. And I am not even suggesting that would be a bad thing. But the same concern is never expressed for Whites and never will be. We can only and must only rely on each other at this point and build our on social networks. We can build our institutions from there. No other candidates that I am aware of are even talking about this except for Trump but that is only in relation to the opioid crisis (of course Whites are never mentioned by name!). If Andrew Yang is willing to help Us then he should receive the Crown and he will be an honorary Aryan Hero! His face may even get carved onto the beautiful Wall once it is finally built!

      • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:57 am #

        Well said. You display exactly the flexibility we will need. The Chinese call themselves “the Sons of Heaven”. They are an ancient and powerful people. And the Judeo-Masons will be coming after them and the Japanese once we are destroyed. So we would do well to ally with each other. Ditto the Russians.

  54. A Tale of Two Countries today in the New York Times.

    Costa Rica is forging ahead with a plan to go carbon free. Their problems include a growing number of cars (avg age 17 years) and congestion (10mph crawl) in the capitol city, an aging diesel train system, but the plan has public acceptance on to of decades of reforestation. Tough but doable in a nation without an army.

    Egypt meanwhile is celebrating a major natural gas find off its coast and is salivating to sell the gas to Europe and making Putin pout because it lowers prices. Egypt has youth unemployment at 34 percent, and is growing by a million people every six months, and is expected to surpass 100 million by the end of the year.

    • Exscotticus March 12, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

      Costa Rica will never be “carbon free”, because they’re not counting the cargo and cruise ships and aircraft that supply them with… everything.

      Deforestation wasn’t caused by petrochemicals; it was caused by people. Are they taking steps to reduce population? No? Then this is all just virtue-signaling. Or maybe it’s just business. Costa Rica competes with other islands for tourists. Maybe advertising themselves as 100% certified organic holistic gluten free wheat germ vegan will draw liberals away from the Dominican Republic.

      • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

        An awful lot of American expats down there too. Last I checked, it was considered the #1 preferred destination for the hipster expat set.

      • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

        What a shitty worthless response. Guns don’t kill people, petrochemicals do. No wait, the guns just sit there and so do the petrochemicals…it must be when people use those lovable things that bad things happen.

        Hell yes, we could plant nuclear bombs throughout the planet and they would never kill people.

        It would be some bonehead person that used the bombs who should get the blame, not the innocent dudes or dudettes who put them there for people to get at.

        • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

          K-Dog, I have a theory about SSL’s admission of being dazed and confused about what she sees as being too cryptic for her.

          It’s the four leg thing that jammed her up. She’s thinking you are talking about yourself and is hampered by a pre-judgement you are being smutty. Accordingly it confused her why you said four legs (forgetting you use a dog persona frequently to go along with your avatar) instead of the more understandingly smutty three legs.

        • Exscotticus March 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

          >>> Guns don’t kill people

          They don’t. But if you want to use that logic, then they save people, too. In particular, they save tens of thousand of women from being raped every year.

          • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm #

            As always, the only tool in the right wing wacko toolbox is fear.

            Tens of thousands of daily gun vs angry pecker confrontations. They must mostly happen where deer and buffalo roam because never is a discouraging word heard about all that dangerously and from what you say almost riotous savagery going on.

            Just imagine if tens of thousands are prevented by the meager percentage of women who actually go about armed, the number who are victims must by enormously huge.

            By the odds you suggest my guess is that SSL must have been raped at least a dozen times in her life by now.

            If that’s true SSL I forgive you of all the faults you’ve ever shown here.

          • Exscotticus March 13, 2019 at 10:14 am #

            >>> As always, the only tool in the right wing wacko toolbox is fear.

            Fear? Try prudence and personal responsibility.

            As always, the only tool in the left wing wacko toolbox is to remove all individual rights and freedoms, and hold lawful people accountable for the actions of the lawless.

            >>> They must mostly happen where deer and buffalo roam because never is a discouraging word heard about all that dangerously and from what you say almost riotous savagery going on.

            You’re surprised that the anti-gun fake news liberal media doesn’t report instances where firearms prevent rape? Why would they? They’re a business. You don’t want to read it and you’re their audience.

            Go research defensive gun use (DGU) and educate yourself. Even low-end estimates are in the range of 55,000 to 80,000 incidents per year, while high end estimates reach of 4.7 million per year.

          • elysianfield March 13, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

            “By the odds you suggest my guess is that SSL must have been raped at least a dozen times in her life by now.

            If that’s true SSL I forgive you of all the faults you’ve ever shown here.

            Evelyn,
            Sooo…being a victim allows excuse for our faults and shortcomings? Do you also forgive the blacks their (occasional) acting out?

          • EvelynV March 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

            Elysianfield

            By what shitty line of logic do you come by that question?

            Severe trauma, such as getting one’s nose bitten off by a dog, introduces a whole set of mitigating factors for accounting why people behave in certain irrational ways.

            Chronic victimhood such as native Americans suffer and acute victimhood such as Walter and SSL might have suffered should have different results. Chronic victims might just need to harden the fuck up and make the best they can from a bad situation. Acute victims have no where to turn so coming here to bleed on an audience seems more forgivable.

            Maybe I’m just too kind of a person and shouldn’t have offered any forgiveness to SSL as you apparently would prefer. I’m turning over a new leaf by not offering you any forgiveness no matter how many times you been allegedly raped.

          • elysianfield March 13, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

            Severe trauma, such as getting one’s nose bitten off by a dog, introduces a whole set of mitigating factors for accounting why people behave in certain irrational ways.

            Evelyn;

            Funny story,
            The first time I ever saw or was aware of a Pit Bull (Staffordshire Terrier) was when a guy in a pick-up truck pulled into the parking lot of my business. I addressed the guy and asked him the name of his dog…he responded “Albert”…I reached in to pet the dog, and the owner said…”be careful with Albert”…I looked the dog right in the eye…his gaze was unflinching…It was about that time that he bit me in the face…shredding my nose. I wrapped a towel around my face and went straight to the surgeon who “reattached” the flaps.

            Mitigating factors my big black ass…I still love dogs, and approach them without fear.

            “By what shitty line of logic do you come by that question?

            ” my guess is that SSL must have been raped at least a dozen times in her life by now.

            If that’s true SSL I forgive you of all the faults you’ve ever shown here.”

            Evelyn,
            Logic is not needed where direct observation provides.

          • EvelynV March 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm #

            elysianfield, your “black ass”?

            Am I just slow on the uptake about whose who around here or are you really…now wait a minute, even black people have the skin of a pale face on their asses don’t they?

            Well anyway, are you black?

          • elysianfield March 14, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

            “Well anyway, are you black?”

            Evelyn,
            …Yes and no. Skin as white as the driven snow…

            “Black Ass” however, an accurate description…no one would argue otherwise.

      • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

        But come to think of it I agree with you. Those GD Central and South Americans have never seen a forest they didn’t want to chop down and turn into cash.

      • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm #

        “Costa Rica competes with other islands for tourists.”

        Has Costa Rica been cast adrift? Which ocean did it choose?

        “Are they taking steps to reduce population? No? Then this is all just virtue-signaling. ”

        worldpopulationreview.com/countries/costa-rica-population/

        “Costa Rica is currently growing at a very steady 1% per year, in line with many neighboring countries. The most recent census in 2011, the first in eleven years, found the population of the country was smaller than expected, in part because Costa Ricans are having fewer children. The average household plummeted from 5.6 in 1973 to 3.5 in 2011. It’s also believed that economic troubles play a role, which means that Costa Rica may one day soon begin to see negative growth.”

        “With a population growth rate of 1.48%, Costa Rica is in the middle of the pack. This growth is expected to slow until around 2050, when the population will begin to decline.”

        Are you sure you’re talking about the same country?

        “Costa Rica will never be “carbon free”, because they’re not counting the cargo and cruise ships and aircraft that supply them with… everything.”

        You do know that they grow food and export stuff?

        • Exscotticus March 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm #

          >>> Has Costa Rica been cast adrift? Which ocean did it choose?

          Love it! Excellent retort.

          I was imagining Costa Rica after the ocean rise from AGW turns it into an island…

          Pointing out Costa Rica’s current population growth is specious. It’s nearly the 100th most population-dense nation—more so than Egypt. Monaco is the most population dense of all and they also export stuff. Your point is?

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

            You said *everything* was brought to them??

            You specifically asked ‘are they taking steps to reduce population?’ so I specifically pointed out that they were having fewer children, in fact that the average household size had ‘plummeted’ from 5.6 to 3.5.

            Pardon me for so totally misunderstanding your question.

          • Exscotticus March 12, 2019 at 9:35 pm #

            The fact that they’re having fewer children doesn’t mean that they’re taking steps to achieve this result. Are they? What steps? We know they’re taking steps to become “carbon free”.

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm #

            How do you think they reduced their household size from 5.6 to 3.5? Did the authorities of Flint, Michigan take over the management of their water supply or something?

          • GreenAlba March 12, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

            popline.org/node/494897

            “The country became demographically aware and worked to expand a family planning program by the adoption of the National Population Program. This program supported the spontaneous acceptance of contraceptives in the early 1960s by officially institutionalizing family planning on a medical basis into the Social Security system and the Ministry of Public Health, organizations able to deliver services to the entire population. The National Population Program also contributed by developing an awareness of family planning through information, publicity, and now its present effort to expand into the educational system. ”

            So not Flint Michigan, then.

          • Exscotticus March 12, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

            Ancient historty. Costa Rica’s current “National Population Program” is to funnel caravans of immigrants to the USA.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 7:39 am #

            Well, Exscotticus, I would say ‘neatly body swerved’, but it wasn’t even up to the standard of a petulant teenager.

            The fact is that the Costa Ricans, however imperfect their current status compared to the wonder of you, have done something, as a country – together, socialist-y fashion – that you claim no-one anywhere can do, in your normal diatribes about population. There’s just no pleasing you – and certainly not with facts, which can’t compete with your prejudices and lack of goodwill.

            An average household of 3.5 is better than an average household of 5.6 in the circumstances in which we find ourselves, and especially in the circumstances in which you find yourselves, in terms of the wretched of the earth trying to share your goodies. Anyone else would be pleased at their effort but you don’t have that much milk of human kindness in you. Ever, as far as I can see.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 8:55 am #

            I love the idea of ancient ‘historty. History with a bit of distort-y!

          • Exscotticus March 13, 2019 at 10:24 am #

            Passing out prophylactics to address population growth is equivalent to passing out recycling bags to address climate change.

            The UK also passes out condoms. How’s that working out for them? The UK is the 50th most population-dense nation on earth.

            You’ll know that a nation is serious about population growth when they stop subsidizing it. And the first step to that is to severely curtail immigration. After all, you can’t expect the natives to make social sacrifices while you’re letting in boatloads of immigrants. You can’t tax Mr. and Mrs. Smith for having more than one child when the immigrant family you just let in has a ten-child brood.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

            “Passing out prophylactics to address population growth is equivalent to passing out recycling bags to address climate change.”

            Absolute tommyrot. They have addressed population growth and are addressing it still. And passing out recycling bags is only to address recycling.

            “The UK also passes out condoms. How’s that working out for them? The UK is the 50th most population-dense nation on earth.”

            Irrelevant to the case in hand. You are just throwing your toys out the pram because you didn’t even know what country Costa Rica was in the first place.

          • Exscotticus March 13, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

            The only tommyrot here is claiming that passing out condoms is comprehensive population control. You’ve thoroughly confused correlation with causation. I can list dozens of nations that hand out condoms that have not seen their growth curtailed.

            Costa Rica is not serious about population control. And their “carbon free” plan simply moves their carbon usage somewhere else—to industrial nations that are creating their “green” technology.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 6:11 pm #

            “The only tommyrot here is claiming that passing out condoms is comprehensive population control. ”

            ‘Passing out condoms’ was your expression and not the wording of any population policy espoused in Costa Rica – as far as I’m aware, but I’m happy to be corrected. Nor do you know what their contraception policies are or what they hand out. You didn’t even know where the feckin’ country was.

            I said nothing about their carbon usage. You are confusing me with Snacks. Or just flailing about in desperation.

            5.6 per household is a fact. 3.5 per household is a fact.

            Get over yourself.

          • EvelynV March 14, 2019 at 12:18 am #

            Exscrotticus I think you’ve gotten confused. You don’t use the garbage bags on your…er…junk and you don’t use the condoms for your garbage. You do it the other way around, assuming someone like you ever has another chance to try (which I’m seriously doubting).

        • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

          other Islands??

      • Maybe you don’t realize they reforested 30% because of policy alone. Yes, they have a full blown cargo cult, but they’re not so stupid as to sacrifice their forests. You apparently don’t know about the region in question. There are some very smart people. They’re going to skip Internal Combustion, the Sequel and go directly toward Progress and zero emissions.

        Its hard to believe, headbanger. People are doing the right thing.

        • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 7:46 am #

          The Costa Ricans, like the Keralans, are living proof that money spent on education* and healthcare is money well spent. So, actually, were the Iraqis, under the otherwise vile Saddam, who had a healthcare system a whole lot of Americans can only dream of, until they were bombed back to the Middle Ages by their betters.

          The Costa Ricans, while not as clever as the Exscotticans, have a 97% literacy rate, which is only two points below the USians.

          *I’m not talking about degrees in gender studies, either, Exscotticus, so don’t try your usual techniques. The law of diminishing returns applies to all sorts of things.

          • Q. Shtik March 13, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

            Absolute tommyrot. You are just throwing your toys out the pram – GA

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

            I love the word tommyrot. What could be more British than tommyrot?

            And, in general, I love the stuff you write. It’s like watching Downton Abbey or Doc Martin.

          • GreenAlba March 14, 2019 at 9:15 am #

            Well, thank you, Q. Glad to be of quaintness value – or something!

        • Exscotticus March 13, 2019 at 10:40 am #

          >>> Yes, they have a full blown cargo cult

          Yes it’s easy to go green when you’re exporting your environmental issues.

          Who makes the solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries needed to go green? All of these technologies involve mining, factories and tons of pollution.

          Costa Rica is not a model for the future, for the simple reason that it’s neither scalable nor sustainable. It only works so long as other nations are willing to take the environmental hit.

        • EvelynV March 14, 2019 at 12:22 am #

          How about WinstonChurchillrot or godsavethequeenrot?

          PrincessDianasCorpserot is probably too descriptive, huh?

  55. K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    What he meant to say was, hedge-funders, private equity hustlers, and C-suite personnel are making out just fine as the asset-stripping of flyover America proceeds, and you miserable, morbidly obese, tattooed gorks watching this out on the Midwestern buzzard flats should have thought twice before dropping out of community college to drive a forklift in the Sysco frozen food warehouse (where, by the way, you are probably stealing half the oven-ready chicken nuggets in inventory).

    Now is that fair? One could argue a few oven-ready chicken nuggets written off spoiled here an there could be part of compensation. Fork-Lift drivers far as I know don’t have Patreon Accounts. A rising minimum wage does not mean they can afford to buy their own nuggets. Not if inflation goes up faster. 100K a year used to be the old 50K a year.

    A warehouse driver knows in time he/she is one of the assets that is going to be stripped and in Buzzard Flats there are not many games in town to play. So half of the nuggets is certainly an exaggeration. Sanity demands a more reasonable cut.

    • K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      On second thought if they were reasonable enough not to steal too many nuggets they’d have stayed in community college? Perhaps, but everybody has different circumstances. Even in Buzzard Flats.

      • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

        Not a like a CC degree is earning many people six figure salaries either, but compared to the four year diploma mills they’re still a smart bargain. If I would have been smart I’d have stopped at the two year mark and explored my options. The last two years were mostly just costly filler, although I definitely enjoyed the vacation. In the end, degrees offer little to no protection in the labor market these days.

        • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

          Plus there are so many foreigners now competing for jobs with native-born Americans. The foreigners are typically hired first. Also, companies are shipping every possible aspect of production overseas and outsourcing services overseas. It is all very intentional in my opinion. They want the middle class, and particularly Whites, dead and gone.

          • K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

            YMMV but I was thinking of the ability to stay in CC as a measure of impulse control.

          • K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

            They ? What are you saying. You are ‘They’. Medication may be apropos, unless you are pulling one of my four legs.

          • revilo March 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

            Four top Dem presidential candidates, all of Color, have endorsed reparations for slavery. At this point, I’m just curious how crazy it’s gonna have to get before white people grow a pair. I won’t be writing any checks, I can promise you that.

          • revilo March 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

            Scratch that, not all of Color. Liz W in not Comanche Indian after all. But that’s what she identifies as, and race is a social construct, so actually don’t scratch that. 4/4

          • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

            Sorry K-Dog. As much as I try I just don’t get your posts. I guess you prefer it that way since it prevents any true communication.

          • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

            revile – I can only hope soon, VERY soon.

          • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

            sorry revilo lol – spell check is conspiring against me!

          • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

            @ The Dawg,

            YMMV but I was thinking of the ability to stay in CC as a measure of impulse control.

            LOL! Hell, if I could have finagled more funding I’d have stayed at CC the rest of my life. The facilities were better, the student mix was more non-traditional and fun, and the courses more geared to stuff that real people actually do or need, and the schedule was far more flexible.

            I later actually got a letter at the end of my four years (at the regular university) that because of my accumulated hours (150+, I think, due to a lot of vocational crap I took while I was still in the service) I was going to be cut off from any further funding, regardless of degree status. In other words, you’ve been fucking off long enough mister, time to get your ass to work now!

          • ozone March 12, 2019 at 5:22 pm #

            K-Dog,
            Never-you-mind, they’re already jacked up on massive doses of Pervitin to keep them awake and aware (not to mention, pestilential). Perhaps by injection, rather than by mouth would prove more efficient? How do you think *they* are able to construct so many weak and transparent “acolytes”?

            Oh, as to your question, we’re still awaiting the coded phrase that puts the eliminate-with-extreme-prejudice of the *other* “they” in motion. (I would prefer these cowardly pricks make the first moves, out from behind their cozy, sanctioned curtains and golden-armored bluster; the “all hat and no cattle” shit has gone really stale. Jump, froggies, jump!)

            When we see their camo-clad asses in the street and on the line, rather than the usual “by proxy”, then we’ll know what’s real… and what AIN’T. All I’m seeing right now is Guano.

            Now, if you please, back to the fuggin’ topic at hand………

          • Sam Stone March 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

            Actually revilo Lizzy W. has been claiming to be a Cherokee not a Comanche but I get your point. If were like Lizzy W. a low class prog claiming to be an American Indian I would choose Comanche over Cherokee any day. Comanche were some bad motor scooters.

            I live in the shadow of the Greenhorn mountain named for a famous Comanche Chief named Cueno Verde (Greenhorn in English) by the Spanish. The Spanish killed him in 1776 not far from where I am typing this. He was called Greenhorn because his headress was ornamented by a pair of old buffalo horns green with age. His real name in Comanche is translated as “the man who holds danger.”

          • revilo March 12, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

            It would have been funnier is she went with Comanche.

            A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed out of a fevered dream with the skins of animals and silk finery and pieces of uniform still tracked with the blood of prior owners, coats of slain dragoons, frogged and braided cavalry jackets, one in a stovepipe hat and one with an umbrella and one in white stockings and a bloodstained wedding veil and some in headgear or cranefeathers or rawhide helmets that bore the horns of bull or buffalo and one in a pigeontailed coat worn backwards and otherwise naked and one in the armor of a Spanish conquistador, the breastplate and pauldrons deeply dented with old blows of mace or sabre done in another country by men whose very bones were dust and many with their braids spliced up with the hair of other beasts until they trailed upon the ground and their horses’ ears and tails worked with bits of brightly colored cloth and one whose horse’s whole head was painted crimson red and all the horsemen’s faces gaudy and grotesque with daubings like a company of mounted clowns, death hilarious, all howling in a barbarous tongue and riding down upon them like a horde from a hell more horrible yet than the brimstone land of Christian reckoning, screeching and yammering and clothed in smoke like those vaporous beings in regions beyond right knowing where the eye wanders and the lip jerks and drools. –Cormac

          • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

            Just to remind you, more and more native-born Americans are not white. And I’ll tell this, there are lot more handsome looking people, male and female, because of it.

          • revilo March 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

            Ev got jungle feee-va. She got jungle feee-va.

            m.youtube.com/watch?v=nNbM781v7M0

          • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

            Reviling

            You need to take notes. She thought she was Cherokee not Comanche. Jezzzzuss I hate it when people can’t even keep information straight about the righteous owners of this land!

            She made an common mistake: She believed something she was told from her youngest years by her family. It is so common for people to think they are part Cherokee Indian, you’ll find tons of information about the phenomenon if you google it.

            Here is a smattering of the hits you get if you google “why do some many people think they have cherokee ancestry”

            Why do people who claim Cherokee ancestry seem to be … – Quora

            Why do so many whites claim to be Native American ancestry …

            Why do so many people that claim Native ancestry specifically …

            Cherokee blood: Why do so many Americans believe they have …

          • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:59 am #

            Kdog gets weird because he has no answers to our questions. He just doesn’t like our point of view but doesn’t have a coherent one of his own, so he just gets negative instead. Pathetic really.

          • EvelynV March 14, 2019 at 12:29 am #

            SSL, you are getting tedious! For every native-born American applying for a job flipping burgers there are likely to be 5 foreigners applying for the same job. Law of averages say 4 out of 5 times the foreigner gets the job first.

            Sober yerself up and starting putting some thought into what yer saying instead of just blathering the first words you think of.

            I’m not going to keep helping you out like this much longer. I don’t need to hear cheeky monkey Q accuse me of being your foil again.

          • Nightowl March 14, 2019 at 10:45 am #

            It’s only about class, IMO. They encourage racism to keep the plebes at each others throats.

        • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 9:40 pm #

          Reviling

          Sorry, blind men can’t jump, never was a fan – not him and not Ray.

          Try some Tool on me.

          • Q. Shtik March 14, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

            I don’t need to hear cheeky monkey Q accuse me of being your foil again. – Evelyn, from up above

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

            I can understand your use of the adjective ‘cheeky’ but in what sense ‘monkey’. I don’t get that.

  56. Kafkaesque March 12, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    You had me at ‘Hell no’………….

    Jerry Maguire’s only client, after shown the money, suffered a fatal strain to his brain ligaments.

    Commentary:

    +, ‘ersatz’

    -, ‘Mueller as a baddie…..

    C’mon, Jimbo, there is a tide in the affairs of men, and Trump’s the red tide

  57. Pucker March 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

    What do you think of the Xalisco mafia running the black tar heroin trade in the US?

    The black tar heroin trade is run by Mexicans from Xalisco who hide out in Mexican immigrant communities for cover. No Mexican immigrants; No black tar heroin. The Mexicans only sell to whites. They won’t sell to blacks who they fear will rob them.

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xalisco

    Sam Quinones
    Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

    • Pucker March 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

      The Drug Money gets laundered through Mexican restaurants.

      • 100th Avatar March 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

        That’s not all that happens.
        Many of the workers are indebted pollos (smuggled people) who reside in the restaurant until debt is repaid.

        Did you ever wonder how these almost always empty places stay in business?

        It’s becsuse you don’t see the real business.

        • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

          OK, i will bite..if the place is empty, what work do the workers do,
          anything legal?

    • ozone March 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

      So, tell us, Puckered,
      Why so much concern for folks you don’t give a fuck about’s preferred method of suicide? I’m not gettin’ it, because it certainly fits the “anything goes and nothing matters” society. It’s just a symptom, not the actual disease. (If I weren’t convinced otherwise, I might think your alma mater is Wassamatta U.)

      What was Jim’s topic again? …Oh, that’s right, you don’t know. Go check.

    • 100th Avatar March 12, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

      Tapatios giving junkies what they want.

      Good for them.

      The real creeps sell “prescribe” OxyContin, Fentanyl, and all the other “legal” drugs.

      Tapatios are the good people in this war.
      They just don’t pay you a dividend.

      Sentimiento de amor de Jalisco,
      Que devora mi pecho en suspiro,
      Yo creyendo que era un cariñito,
      Un cariño vestido de amor
      En Jalisco se baila el Jarabe,
      Como nadie lo sabe bailar,
      Al compás de guitarras y bajos,
      El Jarabe se va a Zapatear

  58. Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

    Came across this cute little video series today documenting an ongoing passive/aggressive property dispute in somewhere USA. It reminds me of the old Chaplin silent movies way back in the day, all caught on surveillance camera.

    Part 1 of 42 (ongoing):

    youtube.com/watch?v=GlDEXIrU4Gc&index=1&list=PL3vRGNALY_TIrpdodwE2cV0fTyzGDJ3ep

    • Sam Stone March 12, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

      LOL Old Deuce. I’m guessing that pos will be spending eternity walking back and forth feeding those branches into your furnaces.

      • Ol' Scratch March 12, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

        Yep. Stupid human tricks for the rest of his miserable days.

  59. Therian March 12, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

    You’ve got it right, Jim. This economy is based on massive deception. The proverbial “bottom line” is that half of the country cannot come up with $400 cash to cover an immediate emergency.

    These Fed “talking heads” describe a fictitious economy.

  60. Therian March 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

    I’ll say this for Mr. Trump i.e., he’s got it right that planes, like so many things in the US economy, are full of very complex technology that is outstripping ordered control.

    I was a techie before I retired and I rue the overly technologized state of our economy and all the gewgaws and gizmos that inhabit it. At some point we’ll need to retreat lest we get breakdowns that will make the Boeing crashes look like a walk in the park.

    • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

      People have no idea of the slop in the world of computer code. Probably especially not the coding world itself as it is almost exclusively in the hands of young techs who can’t even conceive of the kinds of coding checks and balancing and testing that used to be required to implement new programs and/or make changes to existing ones.

      At some point in businesses, for all practical purposes the production system became the test system for implementing changes.

      People I knew who gave up their office jobs to jump into the lucrative contractor world during the humongous pro-active Y2K conversion frenzy repeatedly relayed stories of how horrified they were at what they saw from the inside of the IT world of so many big companies.

  61. EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm #

    SSL – one more attempt to help you. Forums are addictive habits rivaling Oxy –

    True or False?

    The people who come to this website
    heavily focus attention on things mostly negative.

    • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

      You’ve got to accentuate the positive
      Eliminate the negative
      Latch on to the affirmative
      But don’t mess with Mr. In Between

      You’ve got to spread joy to the maximum
      Bring dark down to a minmum
      Have faith, a pandamonium
      Libel to walk up on the scene

      To illustrate my remark
      Jonah in the whale, Noah in the Ark
      What did they do
      Just when everything looked so dark

      They said we better
      Accentuate the positive
      Eliminate the negative
      Don’t mess with Mr. In Between

      lyrics by Johnny Mercer

      Best cover: NRBQ

      Oz did you know those guys, NRBQ?

      brh

      • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

        I read at age 4 or 5 Bob Dylan would insist on singing this at family functions.

    • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 12:14 am #

      An attempt to help me lol? Hmmm, so its maybe a teensy weensy bit addictive. Brilliant idea Evelyn! Lets start a support group for forum addicts since we both apparently find ourselves here. I see you got your fix today and maybe went a little overboard too? Heavily focus attention on negative things…I would say yes and no. There are many lighthearted moments I can recall a long the way. But at the end of the day when the focus is the end of the world as we know it what do you expect?

  62. malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

    Please don’t call me Honey. It’s creepy. Or perhaps sticky

    Deal.

    I recently called one old woman ‘Lady’ and she was furious.
    She claims Lady = Lord and connotes a slave system of lord and vassal.
    She also does not like ‘Miss.’

    • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

      I’m guessing she was just making up an excuse for showing the revulsion she couldn’t hide just being in your presence.

      I could be wrong.

      • malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

        She is a friend and Im told Im nice looking.

        Are you Janet? I could be wrong.

        • EvelynV March 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

          I didn’t mean to suggest you couldn’t be nice looking. That doesn’t cover all the reasons for causing revulsion however. You could have the breath of an overfed vulture, the body odor of a sweat hog, the personality of a pompous horse’s ass, clothes that suggest you’ve escaped from prison, or the circus clown tent, you might travel around in a cloud of flatulence that makes starlings fall from the sky above wherever you go. It might be you have the stink eye for anyone you gaze upon or an evil eye that makes women feel incontinent. You might be pitifully wizened and seem fragile enough to crack into pieces by making accidental contact with, or of course there is the possibility you are morbidly obese, so much so people shy away from getting into the same elevator with you. Even your name – doesn’t “mal” mean bad?

          Who’s Janet?

        • BackRowHeckler March 13, 2019 at 12:28 am #

          Malt, Janet didn’t have that edge.

    • Q. Shtik March 13, 2019 at 12:11 am #

      Please don’t call me Honey.

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

      Malthuss’s use of the term Honey is a fake endearment. My wife had an old Uncle Bob (lived to 95) and his term of contempt was another fake endearment. He would call someone “Buddy Boy.” They had to be male, of course.

      • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 7:55 am #

        “Malthuss’s use of the term Honey is a fake endearment. ”

        Well, I had actually managed to figure that out, Q – you forget this is the land of irony. 🙂

        • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 7:56 am #

          I could have said ‘don’t patronise me, you ****ing *******’, but I saw no need for egregious rudeness, regardless of malthuss’ tone.

        • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 8:42 am #

          The move from iron to irony is possibly typical of the trajectory of advanced, post-industrial nations who are obliged to throw their lot in with the ‘creative’ industries 🙂 . Including accounting, I suppose.

          Dundee (previously Jam, Jute and Journalism) brought you GTA. Edinburgh brought you that new one about the Wild West (I’m not a gamer – the very thought puts me into a temporary vegetative state…)

          Although in truth I think the UK population is an interesting mixture of ex-colonial delusion and gentle self-deprecation where irony is always going to find a comfortable home.

          • malthuss March 13, 2019 at 10:58 am #

            this is the land of irony.

            I like that. UK is that land? Or Kunstlerville?

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

            I meant the UK, but there’s room for us both.

    • elysianfield March 13, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

      Malthuss,
      I suggest, then, that you call her “long distance”….

  63. BackRowHeckler March 12, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

    That’s right Therian the next tech — the final tech — will be your lever action rifle, shotgun, axe, shovel and hoe.

    For when its time to start over.

    brh

  64. malthuss March 12, 2019 at 10:24 pm #

    Bicycle use peaked about 1895. That’s about when electric cars came in. They had a good run,

    [pun intended?].

    • I understand a lot of people live in places where, when they look out the front door and try to imagine, say, going to a social place they like or fetching something good to eat, or otherwise acquiring supplies, the idea makes them shudder to think what it would be like to have to make the journey without a car.

      This prospect is precisely the primary question posed by the owner and narrator of this blog. If you have missed the point, perhaps you have a few bolts loose upstairs. In plain English, you’re going to be stuck up a cul-de-sac, in a concrete SUV. Unless you can think of some reason the world is going to come to you in a peak-oil environment, I’d suggest planning on moving- SOON.

      • K-Dog March 12, 2019 at 11:41 pm #

        you’re going to be stuck up a cul-de-sac, in a concrete SUV.

        without a fillup

        • SoftStarLight March 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm #

          Ah now I definitely understand what you mean!!! Off the beaten path and out of the way may not be so bad after all.

          • K-Dog March 13, 2019 at 12:16 am #

            There is only one of me so do what do you refer? I was only getting the quote right.

            And one of these days I’m going to find the original quote. The one JHK amplified. McGuane’s original, I have the book. Somewhere.

          • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 12:36 am #

            Ah I didn’t realize it was a quote. I thought it was your response. So help me. You bolded “without a fillup”. Was that the clue that it was a quote? Don’t laugh at me I am trying :-).

          • K-Dog March 13, 2019 at 1:03 am #

            I don’t know why I’m indulging this nonsense but I am listening to an interview with Roger Hallam of Extinction Rebellion so I have the time. Do not assume you took me in.

            Stuck up a cul-de-sac, in a concrete SUV without a fillup. is a famous JHK quote. It is greatly honored in the Doom Community. My special thrill is to know that JHK adapted it from a sentence in ’92 Degrees in the Shade’ by Thomas McGuane. The original sentence concerned being stuck up a Florida creek.

          • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 1:17 am #

            I didn’t assume anything and appreciate your reply. I learned something. Was that really so bad?

      • BackRowHeckler March 13, 2019 at 12:24 am #

        Snacks, I doubt if 99.9% of people even give it a thought. The overwhelming consensus — when the subject is brought up, which is seldom — is that oil is plentiful, enough for at least the next 1000 years, and if it should ever run out somebody will come up with something to take its place.

        When TLE came out I tried to talk to people around here about it; in no uncertain terms I was told by almost everybody to shut up and asked me if I was nuts. Oil depletion is not on the radar of hardly anybody and the only time people talk about oil is if the price of gas spikes, then its “oil companies are screwing us.”

        brh

        • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 8:06 am #

          I would concur with your second paragraph, brh, in terms of my own experience, along with the blind faith in ‘them’ sorting out a substitute in a ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ kinda way.

          In my case people weren’t actually rude, but you get the reputation of being a ‘negative’ person, and self-help advice for maintaining a ‘healthy’ outlook on life generally includes avoiding negative people! You could almost see them backing off when the topic was mentioned (or shoehorned, whatever…).

          So I stopped.

          Barbara Ehrenreich is very good on this stuff (although she doesn’t mention oil) in her book ‘Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World’.

          • malthuss March 13, 2019 at 11:03 am #

            Babs misses the point. I did read ‘Nickel and Dimed’

            –not getting by in the USA.
            The problem for the ‘lumpen’ is immigration.
            All those resource needy people competing for jobs [or EBT], homes, and Harvard.
            Or should I post (((Harvard)))?

            She merely writes, ‘ I started my imposter ship in Maine because of its Whiteness she dont mean now]…well Obama did what he could to make Maine less White.

        • capt spaulding March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am #

          If we have enough oil to last 1000 years, the only problem would be if we tried to use it all. I would guess that burning oil for another 1000 years, would be enough to turn the Earth into a copy of Venus.

  65. wwg1wga March 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

    ***************************************************
    Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
    got-truth.com/docs/Didnt%20you%20love%20the%20things.pdf

    #oathkeepers

    Q.

  66. K-Dog March 13, 2019 at 12:07 am #

    Brace for Impact

    The economy is far more precarious than the surface boom/bubble suggests.

    1. Enterprises have already stripped out all the expenses they can.

    2. Costs are soaring despite the low rate of officially measured inflation.

    I’ve thought as much myself but seems C.H. Smith has some data.

    Japan returns to the Tokugawa shogunate and America is Yard Sale Nation. The age old adage of the frog in the kettle coming to boil seems appropriate but it does not matter for private jets are the rage. Their roar a scream to the future that we really don’t give a fuck.

    POTHUS West will be more nuts even than Trump in your wildest dream. His wall won’t be to keep brown people out. His will be on the Canadian border to keep White people out. It will cost four times as much or 8 times as much considering the true inflation rate of fresh frozen chicken nuggets.

    Doom is right on schedule. The slow death creeps while we worry about Seneca’s Cliff. That is, those who know what Seneca’s Cliff is.

    • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 1:01 am #

      OMG real ballers don’t rent 747s they own em! They should have known that wasn’t the best look for them. Lol I bet Elrond would support a wall if it would keep us out. So I am just having a little fun don’t get mad ok. Now seriously, I looked up Seneca Cliff and it sounds like a rapid way to ruin and I think you are saying its a slow but continual process.

      • K-Dog March 13, 2019 at 1:16 am #

        Not dealing with resource depletion global warming overpopulation and the cultural decay of postmodern America dooms us. The doom may be fast or it may be slow but not dealing with it dooms us regardless. Having an entire nation lulled to the intellectual excursion box of a ten year old child from cradle to grave by mass media and our devices dooms us inevitably.

        The doom may be fast or it may be slow but it is real and now it can be measured. Measured with hard data so I’ll make a K-Dog prediction.

        Denial is going to go Cujo.

        • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 1:29 am #

          Well I am sure you are right about that. The powers that be are not going to want people to get “panicked”. The preferred impression being that everything is going swimmingly. Even though most people are not as well read as you are many still realize something is not “right” anymore. So there will likely be massive efforts to keep people away from the truth and in the dark wondering what it is that just isn’t quite right.

  67. Q. Shtik March 13, 2019 at 1:05 am #

    I am with Eve today on her observations about deities and religions. It is just tooo ridiculous to think that of all the billions of galaxies (here for 14 billion years we are told) the one true God sent his only begotten son (conceived in the womb of a virgin) to this tiny mote in the void, and fortunate for us that are around today this luckily happened a mere 2K years ago, so now (actually less so now than when when I was in high school) a kid will stand at the foul line in basketball and make a sign of the cross (virtue signaling) presumably asking Jesus or his Father to intercede in the laws of physics and make any necessary corrections to the flight path of the foul shot while the opposing team members are praying just as hard for the opposite, creating a genuine dilemma for the Father…

    Or take the professional boxer who, shortly before the fight begins goes down on a knee facing into his corner, hangs his head down for a few moments, then springs back up and has his robe removed to reveal a huge crucifixion tattoo on his back and the face of a baby on a pectoral muscle, this being the offspring he fathered with his former girl friend…

    And then there’s funerals…I’m going to have the coffin I built with the pool table themed lid set up in the middle of my dining room but there will be no kneeler in front of it as there usually is in a Catholic sendoff… rather a sign on a stand near the foot end of the box will state “Feel free to stand while praying for the repose of the departed’s soul because Mr Shtik believes prayers delivered from a standing position are every bit as effective as kneeling prayers in lopping off time in purgatory.”

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 1:32 am #

      Yogi Berra said as much to Hispanic ballplayer. They used to make the sign of the cross is the dirt with their bats and he said, Aw why don’t you just let Him watch the game?

      Some of the Mestizos turn Catholicism into the religion of their Aztec ancestors. But in any case, the sparrow does not fall without His consent. How much more are you than a sparrow? Surely He knows and cares. But yes, you will have to be purified by fire since you will not do it now. You cannot enter His presence like you are now, stinking and soiled with sin.

      • Epicur March 13, 2019 at 7:58 am #

        Keep in mind that He does allow many sparrows to fall lest their numbers grow too large.

        I remember as a child seeing a baby bird in a nest that ants had found – an ugly death if ever I saw one. Perhaps the parents had wound up in the stomach of a cat or perhaps they just submitted to overwhelming numbers.

        “The world’s God is treacherous and full of
        unreason; a torturer, but also
        The only foundation and the only fountain.
        Who fights him eats his own flesh and perishes
        of hunger;…”

        Birth Dues by Robinson Jeffers

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

          For me it was the wasps stunning the tomato caterpillars and then LAYING EGGS IN THEIR BODIES. The larvae then eat the caterpillars alive. Oh the horror. I knew I was in a bad place at that point. Thank God for the Church and my faith. God permits Evil and this is a fallen world where life lives on life and not every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of the Father.

          I mean the Tomato Worms are goss enough in themselves, but this was too much. I remember my father’s rage against them, increasing when he saw that. Nature is evil – kill it all!

          Nature is Evil but we must love it even in its fallen state. The beasts are depending on us….

      • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 10:52 am #

        “Aw why don’t you just let Him watch the game?”

        Why would he bother to watch the game when he already knows the result? 🙂

        • malthuss March 13, 2019 at 11:07 am #

          S he already knows the result.

        • seawolf77 March 13, 2019 at 11:53 am #

          Hey you don’t want to get out-prayed.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

          As the Sufis say, God is recreating the Universe every instant. If He were too turn away, it would end.

          Blake, “If the Sun were too doubt, it would immediately go out.” There is no objectivity or separation of the observer from the experiment in these matters. You are the both the observer and the experiment. Or the observer and the observed. If you doubt, you queer the whole thing from the get go. Throw yourself in and you can review it later and thus preserve some of the Western mindset and objectivity. Like a love affair? Like a love affair. Mere Observers cannot enter in and don’t gets to know. Or as the the scholarly saints say, I believe that I may understand. They love so that they may know.

          • GreenAlba March 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

            Get a grip, Janos.

          • Q. Shtik March 13, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

            If you doubt, you queer the whole thing – JS

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

            Here we go with the homophobia 😉

            Or as the the scholarly saints say, I believe that I may understand. – JS

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

            More profundity verbiage.

    • seawolf77 March 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      A Muslim and a Jew are sitting ringside awaiting a boxing match. One of the boxers climbs into the ring, kneels down in his corner and makes the sign of the cross. The Muslim asks “What does that mean?” The Jew replies “Not a goddamn thing if the man can’t fight.”

  68. Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 1:08 am #

    yahoo.com/lifestyle/high-schooler-posted-bible-verses-response-pride-flags-suspended-targeting-gay-s…

    The Church of Gay is every bit as intolerant as any of the Abrahamic faiths ever were. But at least they provide a Path to Life for some, and not a Path to Death for all.

    • malthuss March 13, 2019 at 11:11 am #

      But at least they provide a Path to Life for some, and not a Path to Death for all.

      the intent of the sentence is not clear. they gay? I think thats not what you mean.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        You’re right. I’m too careless about things like that.

        • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

          Well now you should give yourself a break on this one. You were having a bad case of writer’s block anyway and were working your way out of it :-).

        • S M Tenneshaw March 14, 2019 at 6:51 am #

          In related news, the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana is now a Democratic presidential candidate. His name is Pete Buttigieg (pronounced Boot-a-judge) – which is not to say it won’t get pronounced any which way you can imagine.

          Ya gotta love it.

  69. Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 1:23 am #

    Reveille at West Point.

    youtube.com/watch?v=Ft2WqkvIhXY

    If the Watchman does not blow the horn at the approach of danger, then the Blood of the People is on his hands. Many revile revilo but he is just such a Watchman and the notes of his bugle are both loud and true.

    The Hobbits blew the Horn of Buckland, which meant Fire or Foes to rouse the Folk against the Dark Riders.

    Of course Reveille is a daily ritual to wake up the Troops and/or raise the Flag. But look deeper: we must all wake up to the danger that threatens our Nation and our People. Trump has betrayed us. Repeat that again and again to feel the enormity of it. He helped wake many to be sure, but he also has wasted our time, time that we don’t have. And now may will be demoralized and out of the struggle. And beyond that, he lied and pissed away extraordinary possibilities. In the end, he was simply too small as a man to See what he had to do and/or too small to do it.

    • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 1:54 am #

      That was neat to watch. That flag goes up fast! Is there no way we can reach him for a course correction? He still says some good things. Can it really be that Javanka somehow stole the Crown? I am so lost as to what happened. But the excitement is still there. We just need a Visionary or Visionaries to lead the way. It is all in flux right now. It’s exciting and scary at the same time.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        The human heart is a mystery. Who knows what he really thinks and feels? Alas, he probably doesn’t know himself. Thus he was always vulnerable to manipulation by those who DO know what they believe and feel. Watch Lord of the Rings again – the part with Grima Wormtongue and King Theoden. That’s Kushner advising Trump.

        And sure there are the ruins of a good man in Trump, but he didn’t nurture that part of himself, but let ambition eat it away. Now he is no doubt ambitious for Ivanka and Don Jr. If he had been serious, he would have had to approach this in a sacred manner – do or die. A living dead man as the Japanese Samurai used to think of themselves. And paradoxically, that is the path towards Life. As William Pierce used to say, If we just focus on getting more stuff, we’re going to lose our Civilization, our Race and the material well being too. But if we save our Race, we’ll save our Civilization and in the end, the material goodies as well. The same principle on a lower level and social level as Christ’s “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven all these other things will be added on to you.”

        • SoftStarLight March 13, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

          Hmmm that is a very interesting way to put it into perspective. But thinking about it, it makes total sense. You absolutely need to know what your ultimate goal is before you endeavor in anything. If you are uncertain as to what your point of focus is, then as you basically say, you are going to get on the wrong paths – you are not going to reach your goal and all is lost. And you are right about Trump I believe. We knew he was wishy-washy on some things but of course hope and excitement can kinda cloud your sight. And we only had so many to choose from so he was it. So if we ourselves get totally focused on our goal so to speak and we have a leader who is do or die then we won’t be stopped!

          • EvelynV March 14, 2019 at 12:44 am #

            Jeez, it didn’t take much for you turncoats to get down on your hero.

            Just goes to show emphatically that special thing about Trump.

            He’s a guy who attracts a low class of people. Wagon following loser types who go limp on their ersatz leader as soon as he falls on a little hard times.

            You still have a way to go to catch up to Ann Coulter however.

            ‘Heartbroken’ Trump Critic Ann Coulter: He’s a ‘Shallow, Lazy Ignoramus’

          • Q. Shtik March 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

            He’s a ‘Shallow, Lazy Ignoramus’ – Eve quoting Ann Coulter

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

            I love the word ‘ignoramus’. It is so much richer than, say, ‘boob’
            And take a look at these synonyms:

            synonyms: fool, idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod;

            I especially like ‘nincompoop‘. Anything scatological rates highly with me.

        • elysianfield March 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

          ” As William Pierce used to say, If we just focus on getting more stuff, we’re going to lose our Civilization, our Race and the material well being too. But if we save our Race, we’ll save our Civilization and in the end, the material goodies as well. ”

          Janos,
          Glubb indicates otherwise….

          • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

            Please discriminate between regimes or dynasties and the Civilization itself.

          • elysianfield March 13, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

            Janos,
            Sooo, if our role of hegemon collapses, our “civilization” will endure? Not in substance, of course…but in the minds of the old, perhaps.

            “The History books, they tell it so well…

            How the Calvary charged and the Indians fell….”

            In the future game of Cowboys and Indians…this time we ain’t gonna be the cowboys.

            …And what of the once powerful Indian Civilization?

            Glubb says otherwise.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2019 at 12:30 am #

            Glubb’s work deals with regimes or dynasties. Ancient Egypt had over twenty I believe streching over thousands of years. But yes, our very Civilzation is in peril. It’s are more than just America or the Anglo Sphere. Liberalism, is the Conqueror Worm, the very drum beat of Western suicide.

  70. Pucker March 13, 2019 at 5:18 am #

    It is ironic that it is the presence of black gangs that is the greatest deterrent to Xalisco Mexican black tar heroin distributors. Sometimes one finds one’s friends in the strangest of places. Apparently, the Mexican Drug distributors don’t carry guns. Since White People are generally “Big On” guns, one could probably just drive the vermin out of town, provided that they liberalize the gun laws?

    That’s what ‘Ole Marshall Dillon used to do to the Mexican banditos in those old “Gunsmoke” episodes. After saving the town, Marshall Dillon would then go fuck Miss Kitty while Festus and his mule watched.

    Sam Quinones
    Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

    • Pucker March 13, 2019 at 5:28 am #