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     This is the most significant reality of the world picture now: the wishes of the manager class are going in one direction while the actual dynamics of economy and politics go in the opposite direction. The managers wish for their management of systems to become as centralized and top-down as possible; but the very systems they manage are breaking down and seeking to reorganize at smaller scale, distributed locally. The tension entailed is explosive.

     Forgive me for reiterating a basic principle driving this moment in history: everything organized at the gigantic scale is steaming toward failure: big governments, giant companies, the huge capital investment firms, global shipping, energy production, chain retailing, mass motoring, big electricity, big medicine, big education, big anything. They are all fixing to fail while our politicians and economists make plans based on consolidating them into one super-gigantic mega-system that will run flawlessly on computer tech magic.

     The failures of each giant system will only amplify and ramify the failures in all the other systems. Take that as axiomatic. For instance, the fantastic failures in higher education now on display, largely due to the Marxian defeat of excellence, will implant a generation of incompetents in all hierarchies of management. That will result in an insidious matrix of bad decision-making. The Pareto 80-20 principle will ensure that 80-percent of all institutional energy will focus on propping up failing institutions with bad decisions that add up to broken business models (while 20-percent goes into actually carrying-out the bad decisions as policy). That explains how Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation spent $7.5-billion to build seven electric car charging stations.

     Similarly, if you have an urgent medical problem, the 80-percent of administrative clerks in your primary care doctor’s overgrown practice (with an assist from the health insurance company cohorts they must coordinate with) will actually manage to delay your treatment as long as possible, with a fair chance of disallowing it altogether. And if you happen to get treatment, there’s also an excellent chance you will be misdiagnosed and subjected to iatrogenic injury.

     The 80-20 principle explains the stupendous mismanagement of the Covid-19 event, especially the “marketing” of mRNA vaccines as miracle remedies that turned out to be the opposite of beneficial. The result of that chain of bad decision-making will ensure that any widespread health crisis arising from the long-term effects of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines will destroy the hospital system. (It is already underway.) You can extrapolate that grandiose failure of competence to the World Health Organization and its efforts to orchestrate a new pandemic crisis.

     You might have noticed that it is increasingly difficult to get replacement parts for any machine, most particularly cars. That’s a symptom of failure in several integrated systems that are breaking down now: the manufacture of products in distant lands, price disorder in the container-ship business, the collapse of the US trucking system (and with it, the just-in-time inventory model), and the inability of auto dealers to find competent mechanics (while the sinking middle class can no longer afford to buy the cars they sell under the most liberal financing schemes). Expect all that to intensify.

     You’ll see similar dysfunction in the system that delivers food to the people of our country. Even as currently operating, with the supermarkets amply stocked, the triumph of poor decision-making has led to 80-percent of the products sold being some form of processed corn syrup and GMO grains marketed as “fun” snack-foods that have destroyed the health of a great many citizens (and overwhelmed the medical system with chronic illness).  The breakdown of the US food system is now proceeding with idiotic policy from our government (actually every government in Western Civ is doing it) undermining farm operations, and most especially small farms, with egregious regulation. The pretext for this is the delusional hysteria over “climate change.” It gives the managers something to manage badly.

     The large-scale farmers are also affected, of course, but their business model is already broken in other ways, mainly the gigantic cost of their “inputs” — fuel, fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides, and borrowed money to get the crop in. Political and economic management has arranged matters so that, in theory, the failed small farmers will be consolidated into the giant farms (which are also failing), but you can see how that’s going to work out. Before long, all farms will be unable to produce and, after a period of food shortage, perhaps famine, you will see the emergent reorganization of farming at the small scale minus the dead-weight of government regulation.

     The dead weight will be gone because government will have destroyed its own legitimacy by making so many bad decisions that led to ramified systems failure of the kind described above. Government will also be starved operationally by the failure of its funding system (taxation) as its economists and their managerial counterparts in finance destroy our money via their remorseless attempts to create fake capital by main force (Modern Monetary Theory).

     The upshot of all this is that actual dynamics in human affairs matter more than the grandiose wishes of mega-managers. They can wish for maximum control of everything all they want, but history is taking the world in another direction. Our broken systems for food, medicine, education, commerce will self-reorganize after a period of uncomfortable disorder, perhaps even epic disaster. I hope you see how this works.


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595 Responses to “If Wishes Were Fishes — a Teachable Intermezzo”

  1. RaymondR June 10, 2024 at 9:33 am #

    Thanks JHK, a good description of the dynamics of collapse. Sad that it had to happen in our time, but perhaps we earned it.

    • Groundhog June 10, 2024 at 10:05 am #

      Perhaps JHK has been inspired by reading one of D Orlov’s descriptions and predictions concerning the collapse of a large centrally controlled system. Like Communism. Orlov visited Russia during their chaotic decade in the 90’s when the Russians went through a *real* collapse. Their centrally controlled country woke up one morning and collectively started figuring out it was all over for the Soviet system. The commie overlords basically lost their will to control Russia anymore. They knew their ideology had failed and that their system didn’t work.

      It will be far more difficult for the brainwashed and pathetically dependent and delusional Americans to come to grips with such a system wide failure of central control. Russians had private gardens and public housing that they took over and used for themselves. They did manage to work together and figure out how to survive through those bad times and develop a new and far more practical living arrangement. After all, they are Russians and are used to hard times. In the USA our response to collapse of central control will probably be utter social chaos and a “civil war” consisting of mobs of completely disorganized and desperate people fighting each other with small arms. This sort of action will take place mostly in and around the large blue cities.

      The result will be martial law and all our troops overseas coming home to enforce order. These troops may or may not be inclined to do their jobs. With a failing and bankrupt federal government that people increasingly ignore, it might fall on the states, state militias and national guard to enforce order. The governors of those states might be the ones making the management decisions needed to cope with domestic chaos.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 10:14 am #

        I’ve been seeing some of the news out of Europe and it looks to me like many of the citizens have finally had not just enough, but way too much of their governments.

        Will the individual nations be able to vote their way out?

        If I were French I would rather fight for my country than for Ukraine’s lost cause.

        • RD3 June 10, 2024 at 10:31 am #

          If Gaddafi were still alive, he’d be funneling arms to the Irish patriots. Perhaps, Putin can fill the void and arm patriots across Europe. The French government banned Génération Identitaire. Maybe the French patriots can band together and ban the French government.

          • Not_GeorgeT June 10, 2024 at 11:46 am #

            ‘If Gaddafi were still alive, he’d be funneling arms to the Irish patriots.’

            I’ll leave Gaddafi for another time, while using the comment to note these groups appear to be cropping up throughout Europe .

            In the WWI period, the Kaiser attempted to send arms to have a second front opened. The effort failed, the arms did not arrive.

            This resulted in a less well-armed group, smaller in number, participating in the Rising of Easter 1916. Decapitated at the time, the struggle continued with the surviving leadership.

            Today, the party Clann Eirann has been weeding out the quislings in its midst undermining the Republic with woke policy and unfettered encouragement of migration to take over the land.

            Justin Barrett makes a fiery case and a call to expel the invaders in short order.

            clanneireann.ie/the-birth-of-clann-eireann/

            I’d put up some info directing to a video of a recent speech but it seems to have ‘disappeared’

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:42 pm #

            I haven’t heard of them. Where are they politically in relation to the “Nationalist Party”. A boring name, but they’re out on the streets now. Last year it was just guys in suits giving bland speeches. Now it’s Lads in sports wear ready to rock.

      • Land of the Banned June 10, 2024 at 10:17 am #

        I don’t see the troops coming home to enforce order, as chaos was the point in the first place. More likely they’ll simply be abandoned wherever they’re at. The third world shithole chaos that characterizes all of our recent wars will be coming home to the US as the final act in our epic implosion tragedy. It promises to be one for the ages.

        • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 11:08 am #

          That’s what happened when Rome fell in the 5th century, the Legions abandoned in faraway lands, left to their own decices.

          • draupnir June 10, 2024 at 12:01 pm #

            Maybe we’ll get a King Arthur out of it, if we don’t torch ourselves with nukes. More likely, as seems to be the way of such things, if we don’t do it ourselves, the Cascadia fault will rip, setting off the San Andreas, as well, at the most inopportune time. Conversely, Cumbre Vieja could dump itself into the sea to gift us with a tsumani big enought to whipe out a goodly portion of Europe and most of the east coast. Worst case scenario–Yellowstone.

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:45 pm #

            Nonsense. The Legions withdrew in orderly fashion. Many of individual men chose not to go back to Rome once their term of service was over. No reason to.

            Did many men go AWOL when the Legions left, knowing that they’d never be able to get back to a land they had come to love if they didn’t?

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:20 pm #

            Once Rome could not conquer any new territory they no longer had any foreign treasury to sack. No new gold and thus could not pay their legions. The good soldiers withdrew due to a lack of quality pay and the empire had to hire mercenaries and barbarians to populate their military.

            Jarek is right.

          • farmgal June 10, 2024 at 3:21 pm #

            @draupnir – stranger things have happened. Here in North Georgia there have been three minor “quakes” over the past few weeks. Our home is on the Brevard Fault so naturally my engineer husband insists on earthquake insurance.. Sitting on the edge of a mountain gives one a different perspective on earth shaking events.

          • hmuller June 10, 2024 at 3:53 pm #

            Speaking of Rome, here’s a factoid. Interpret it as you wish.

            In October 2024 the four gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) will form a square pattern which affects the gravity and magnetic fields in our solar system. This last happened in 79 AD, when Vesuvius buried Pompei et al.

            That was also the occasion of history’s first recorded scientific death. Pliny the Elder was taking measurements on the volcanoe when it blew. That’s commitment.

        • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 11:46 am #

          Agree. The troops will be abandoned. I read somewhere, not to long ago, that has already happened in some part of Africa. Forget which country, but one of the current hot spots.

          I used to get internet/phone service all over my house, all the time. Then it shrank to the 2’x2′ space I’m sitting in right now. And I’ve been disconnected twice…oops, make that 3 times, while replying to this article!

          Back to hit reply shortly…

          • Not_GeorgeT June 10, 2024 at 12:08 pm #

            We have noticed some degradation in service as well. Connections drop with frequency not experienced over the past few years.

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:21 pm #

            Libya? Somalia?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 10, 2024 at 8:21 pm #

            I used to get internet/phone service all over my house, all the time. Then it shrank to the 2’x2? space I’m sitting in right now.” ~ mary.m

            From the throne? The outhouse?

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 9:57 am #

            @zazelle ?

            No, my living room, blocking the path to the sofa.

            I wish the porcelain throne. The one spot where I can mostly find reprieve from Peaches the golden doodle pup that I brought home last Christmas in a fit of insanity.

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 9:58 am #

            Tbe question mark is was supposed to be a lol…

      • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 11:48 am #

        We’ve witnessed in Ukr how resilient the Soviet electrical system is/was. Built to survive a nuclear holocaust.

        • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 11:54 am #

          The electrical system, the subway system, the railroads, the dams, the factories, the mines, the apartment buildings….everything built to withstand nuclear bombs.

          Meanwhile, in America, doofuses recite “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us”, and insist that the Soviet workers never built anything, all evidence to the contrary for the last two years.

      • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 11:51 am #

        What actually happened in 1991 is that the US bribed key bureaucrats to dissolve the USSR, with the promise of wealth and power.
        In early 1991 there was a referendum throughout the USSR which asked the actual citizens if they wanted to destroy the union, and the overwhelming majority in each country said “Nyet”.

        So the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus sneaked away to a forest hideaway to sign the dissolution papers destroying the Soviet Union, which led to great riches for the bureaucrats who grabbed the wealth and became oligarchs, (along with their American teachers), and great poverty and misery for the vast majority of the citizens.

        The population of Russia dropped by 10 million during the 90s.

        Meanwhile, in the US, the Mighty Wurlitzer of propaganda told us how wonderful “freedom” was for Russia, and reframed the die off as “life expectancy dropped dramatically”.

        And they told us bullshit like “One day Russians woke up and decided to destroy their jobs and their incomes, and to hand their wealth over to oligarchs, because the system just wasn’t working”.

        And Americans nod wisely and repeat that nonsense.

        • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

          All but one of the great Oligarchs was a “joo” to use your anti-Semitic parlance.

        • Heartlander June 10, 2024 at 1:29 pm #

          THANK YOU, Paula D. Very good summary.

          One picky detail: Six republics of the USSR boycotted the referendum.

          But yes indeed, everywhere else — and with huge turnout — the vote was overwhelmingly for keeping the UNION together, even though not Communist anymore.

          From the Wikipedia entry for “1991 Soviet Union referendum” (and I recommend visiting that page, since it has a dramatic color-coded map showing the vote pattern):

          “While the vote was boycotted by the authorities in Armenia, Estonia, Georgia (though not in the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia), Latvia, Lithuania, and Moldova (though not in Transnistria and Gagauzia), turnout was 80% across the rest of the Soviet Union.

          “The referendum’s question was approved by nearly 80% of voters in all nine other republics that took part.”

          When you look at the map, you are reminded of what a SMALL portion of the giant Soviet Union those six boycotting republics represented. The Baltics? Moldova? Tiny.

          There is a reason that Russians today loathe Gorbachev and Yeltsin. On the other hand, most Americans have NO IDEA what a living hell Russia was in the ’90s. Drugs, gangs, alcoholism, domestic abuse, rape, murder, poverty, homelessness, all went to sky-high rates. Many Russians fled at that time. I met two such women a few weeks ago. They’d moved here in the ’90s. Now they are ENVIOUS of the folks in Russia. They MARVEL at the changes Putin has wrought. Russia is now a great place to raise children, and indeed, people from Western countries, especially people with families, are now immigrating to Russia. I follow several of these families on Telegram.

          As Catholic archbishop Carlo Vigano (the former papal nuncio to the USA, who has been around a while and knows some things, has said, “Russia is (today) the last bastion of civilization.” Meaning Western, Christian civilization. Even 70 years of Communist tyranny and terror could not stomp out Russian Orthodox faith.

          Speaking of which… Russian is the only one of the dozen Slavic languages — and as far as I know, the only major language in the world — whose word for “Sunday” is “Resurrection.” Think about that!

          The Bolsheviks tried for eleven years to put the Soviet Union on a 5-day week, eliminating Saturday (“Sabbath”) and Sunday (“Resurrection”). After eleven years, they gave it up. Guess what: You can’t stomp Resurrection out of Russians.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 1:38 pm #

            I used to think the various countries would be better off as part of a superpower, just not comunist, but in reading a novel about one of those places (Ukraine) during and after communism, I realized the hatred went too deep for many to want anything to do with it.

            Having to live alongside the people who joyfully ratted you out to the authorities would be bad enough without being the same country only under new leadership, for instance.

          • GoldenRoad June 10, 2024 at 1:42 pm #

            Yeah – huge stream of immigration into Russia right now. The detachment on this crew from basic reality and desire to base truth on sample sizes of “I heard from a friend” never fails to impress me.

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:28 pm #

            Reading a novel about Ukraine, are you, Beryl?

            Sounds like it’s written by a Banderist, to me.

          • Islander June 11, 2024 at 7:32 pm #

            Beryl,

            Please tell,

            What is the title of the novel, and the author’s name?

        • hmuller June 10, 2024 at 1:34 pm #

          Wow Paula, I never realized how much you love Communism. Yeah, wasn’t that great when the workers had all the wealth and there were no dictatorial oligarchs to oppress them Really?!

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:57 pm #

            You would have known if you had listened to me. Now the question becomes, What else are you missing that’s staring you in the face?

          • hmuller June 10, 2024 at 2:49 pm #

            Jarek, as gracious as always, I see.

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:31 pm #

            I merely told facts, hmuller.

            Fact: There was a referendum and the workers voted to keep the union.

            Fact: After the union was destroyed, life got much, much worse for the average Russian.

            Fact: The Mighty Wurlitzer of propaganda told us in the west how much better things were, contrary to reality.

            Sorry if truth upsets you, and you resort to ad hominins to defend what your owners told you and you internalized.

            That’s because you can’t argue with the facts themselves.

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 9:10 pm #

            hmuller, I like you, mostly because you have a good sense of humor. But I also think that you are intelligent, and capable of thinking.

            When you attack me as a heretic for stating facts, I am reminded of the people who attack me for saying that ”Men cannot give birth”.
            It’s the same thing to me.
            Your owners taught you “facts” which you internalized.

            OK, but why the over-the-top emotional reaction when someone contradicts them? Why have a highspeed come-apart when your owner’s narrative is challenged?

            I didn’t say that I voted, after all. No point in getting mad at me about how the citizens of the USSR voted back then.

            You might want to ask yourself why you are so mad at them. Why do you care what they thought?

          • hmuller June 11, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

            Paula, you incorrectly assumed a lot about what I know and believe. I really don’t want to write a 5000 word explanation.

            In short, I’m for freedom and human values of decency. I’m against tyranny, and oppression.

          • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 12:49 pm #

            Muller, thank you for being gracious enough to admit I was right despite how bitter it is to you.

          • hmuller June 11, 2024 at 3:40 pm #

            Quite true, Jarek. Those of us who err must drink of the bitter grapes your inerrant lips have never touched.

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 6:02 pm #

            @co jones

            Pretty sure I read just in the last week Russia no longer has a single flat income tax. Iirc, the added a 2nd level for the highest income earners. Still a fraction if what we pay gere in the US.

          • C.O.Jones June 11, 2024 at 6:48 pm #

            @ mary.m

            The 10% flat income tax was in place when I was last in Russia but it has been awhile so I may be mistaken. I have a good friend in St. Petersburg and I am going to contact him and check.

            I apologize for misspeaking – I should have time-stamped my statement for context.

            When I was last in Russia, the most popular birth name for males was Vladimir. My driver proudly told me he named his son Vladimir after the president.

            I have stated many times that the United States needs a leader who loves the United States like Putin loves Russia. Obama was president when I was last in Russia and the Russians laughed at him.

          • Islander June 11, 2024 at 7:36 pm #

            Paula, you are absolutely right.

            Hmulluer looks pretty funny as he attmpts to beat a hasty exit stage left, followed by a bear.

          • hmuller June 12, 2024 at 6:10 pm #

            In case you care, Islander. I’m anti Communist. I like Putin, Russia, its tradition and culture. I once spent a full year studying the Russian language at DLI in Monterey.

            Don’t think you know me or my life.

          • Jarek June 13, 2024 at 11:33 pm #

            Islander is a communist with a small c. Just the general 60’s ethos, while Paula is an actual party member.

        • loosethedogs June 10, 2024 at 1:46 pm #

          Paula, thanks for this. The log jam of historical Bullshite from the 20th century is slowly starting to break

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:34 pm #

            I hope so, loosethedogs.

            It seems to me that there are a lot of people who realize that their owners are lying to them now, but cling to the belief that what they learned last century was the Complete and Total Truth.

            It seems weird to me, but…..here we are.

          • C.O.Jones June 10, 2024 at 10:09 pm #

            I’m amazed at the number of people I know personally who think Russia is communist. The citizens of Russia were in favor of retaining the union but doing away with communism.

            Putin is on record as saying communism is NOT the way forward. He is incredibly popular in Russia and is by no means a dictator.

            Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto is a heavy progressive income tax. The more you earn, the higher percentage you pay just like in the land of the free and home of the brave.

            The income tax in Russia is a flat 10% regardless of how much you make.

          • Paula D June 11, 2024 at 11:20 am #

            Yeah, CO, they haven’t updated their programing in the last 33 years.
            Never mind, they are adamant about reciting the propaganda they learned before 1991.
            Russia! Commie! Bad!

            I mostly just roll my eyes and move on, but every once in a while I speak up. And then watch their heads explode.

          • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

            Paula is a died in the wool Communist, old school Russian Stalinist.

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:23 pm #

            Jarek still hitting on me.

          • hmuller June 12, 2024 at 6:13 pm #

            A Communist and a Nazi arguing over who is the worse person?! No, you can’t make this stuff up.

        • cliffm June 15, 2024 at 4:47 pm #

          Very true. I was in Russia for 3 weeks in the fall of 1993. Both Moscow and St Petersburg magnificent impressive cities, very different from each other. We were a small group who did not have the language but had lovely competent gracious guides who spoke perfect English. However the economic situation was dire for many people, including our guides who frequently were unpaid by the Tourist Organization. The US$ was being used as a secondary currency but people still had to convert at very unfavorable rates. And yes there were vendors on the streets selling various trinkets to make some money, under the Coca-Cola and Marlboro cig ads, OMG. The Russians were/are gracious, courteous and hospitable in spite of their difficult circumstances at the time. Russian civilization extends over centuries and will into the future in spite of the West’s obsession with destruction. Russia and China together are learning they do not need depraved Western ideology to survive and be successful nation-states.

    • shotho June 10, 2024 at 11:05 am #

      Yes, I think I see how it all works, the basis of it being the destruction of money based on, essentially, nothing. More and more of the world and our own citizens do not believe in the value of the dollar. There is a worldwide movement toward other forms of value which means Americans must find new value and Mr. K has ably pointed out some of those ways.

    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 11:51 am #

      Well maybe. But do we blame children for being ignorant of the ways of the adult world? In comparison to the sociopaths running our world, honest, hard-working folks are like children.

    • Gonga Din June 10, 2024 at 11:55 pm #

      That’s a lot of deep thinking, as per usual.

    • mo_farmboy June 11, 2024 at 8:57 pm #

      I’m really interested in the resurgence of “small farms”, what constitutes “small”, and how folks are going to build “small farms”.

      I have a 35 acre sheep/poultry/veggie operation and can tell you that the costs of starting even a small farm from scratch with a home on site are staggering.

      • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 1:39 pm #

        Think “micro-farms” & trading with neighbors, not “operations.”

        On a couple acres you can have a house, garage, shed or 2, gardens, chickens, rabbits, goats, all with surplus for potential trade.

        • Breck June 12, 2024 at 2:26 pm #

          that is until Agenda 21 rolls around in your neighborhood

    • thelongolian@aol.com June 12, 2024 at 5:07 am #

      It seems the water is starting to boil, ribbit, ribbit, ri

  2. NickelthroweR June 10, 2024 at 9:33 am #

    Greetings,

    Lately, I’ve been watching videos of young people (especially women) having meltdowns over the Process of finding employment. Finding employment now looks like a Bravo Reality Show combined with Tinder.

    It now takes Google as long as 9 months to fill a position which tells you that the position itself isn’t real but the Process of filling it has become the actual business (80/20) with teams of managers forcing people to chicken-dance around for months on end only to be told that the company has decided to “go in a different direction”.

    Imagine going 100k into debt to get a degree in communications all the while being told that you will become a “team leader” and get to boss everyone around. You have a vision of a 6 figure income, endless lattes and the coveted title of “boss babe”. Imagine thinking that and then discovering that your degree is nothing more than a framable receipt.

    I saw this in California where the Process of building something had become so arduous that building a house is, as Kunstler says, 80% tap dancing for the bureaucrats with permits, impact studies and endless lawsuits because the construction crew wasn’t 30% Peruvian lesbians and 20% actually producing the house.

    We’re just choking on it now.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 10:10 am #

      Speaking of those young people, the young woman who cut my hair yesterday, when I told her I would like a receipt, told me that she always takes a receipt so she has a record, and uses cash as much as possible.

      This was an opportunity for me to mention that if we stop using cash, it won’t be there for us anymore.

      I don’t have too much lengthy contact with young adults these days, but when I had a young man who cut my hair last year telling me of his woes in trying to buy a car, and other financial issues, I could see that the very youngest of us who did not go to college, escaped a lot of indoctrination and can see that something isn’t right.

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 10:48 am #

        In 2019 I had to buy a new car. I had $13,000 in cash saved and I needed to finance $7,000 to complete the purchase. I had purchased 3 cars prior to that and each car was bought using cash through private transactions. No debt. When I tried to finance the $7,000 I was told I was a “ghost” and didn’t have any auto loan “credit” history. Because of this I was punished with a higher interest rate on the loan for the $7,000.00 which I paid off in 6 months.

        They literally punish you for using cash to buy things and avoiding debt.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

          This young man had paid off his student loan, and was told he had “no credit”.

          Yes, paying off your student loan harms your so-called “credit score”, but no credit?

          • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 1:21 pm #

            Yup. The inverse is true, too.

            I ran up a small mountain of debt getting my mlt degree. Turned out shortage w/employment growth of 14%/yr was a lie, full employment was a lie, even hr at local hospital flat out lied, inflated starting salary by 30%!

            Unpayable debt, but my credit rating remains ~800.

          • Islander June 11, 2024 at 7:45 pm #

            I don’t understand why this young man didn’t have a credit rating.

            It is true that in our system, if you ihave never had debt or a loan to pay off, you have no record ***of having paid off a loan.*** That is what gives you a credit rating.

            Many people have had to take out “credit esetablishment loans” merely to establish their “credit worhiness.”
            I had to do so before I could get my first credit card, back in the dark ages. I let put my sister’s name on my account so that **she** could establish credit by paying off her charge (this is not a good idea, though, since it becomes virtually impossible to remove the other person’s name from your account, and if that person screws up, it affects your own credit rating).

            Anyhow, though, long story short, I can’t see why paying off a student loan did not result in the young man’s getting a credit rating from the three major credit-rating agencies. Maybe student loans don’t count, for some weird reason?

          • hmuller June 12, 2024 at 6:33 pm #

            I’m 69, never had a loan or credit card. My credit rating is so bad, the usurous bastards won’t even tell me what it is. And I really don’t give a shit.
            I have all the money I will ever need in a form which is rust free and CPI proofed. Am I funny enough for you?

      • Not_GeorgeT June 10, 2024 at 11:10 am #

        “I could see that the very youngest of us who did not go to college, escaped a lot of indoctrination and can see that something isn’t right.”

        I’ll echo this based on my experience in the business I’m attempting to set up after unceremoniously being ejected from my decades long healthcare occupation for refusing ‘the jab’ (aka: the bioweapon).

        These Gen Z people (Zoomers), aren’t buying into the bs. They see what it does. My interaction is with clearly responsible individuals who have their own opinions based on some critical thinking and experience.

        They aren’t indoctrinated, which gives me hope. Most are in some manner of trade and know how to either build or repair stuff.

      • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 11:58 am #

        I was in my sister-in-law’s kitchen, spouting off on the scam that is college, which I see as a collusion between the colleges and the banks to sell young people into lifetime debt slavery.

        I said “But my kids won’t listen to me”. She had a young man there painting the kitchen and he spoke up “I’m listening to you.”

        I hope I saved him.

        • C.O.Jones June 10, 2024 at 1:58 pm #

          I was pretty smart up until my nephew went to college. When he got back from college, I was stupid.

          I taught him music, computer science literature and art but when he discovered there are 573 genders, I became a dumb ass.

          • C.O.Jones June 10, 2024 at 1:59 pm #

            needs a comma after the word science – sorry!

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:38 pm #

            Oh yes, my favorite is when the snot-nosed college grads say that knowing there are two sexes means that you haven’t moved beyond 8th grade biology, but they took advanced biology and now know that humans are just like clown fish.

            Genitals are sexless, but your brain has one of 573 genders, and that’s what counts.

    • hortonz June 10, 2024 at 10:41 am #

      It’s even worse up here in Canada. Thanks to Justina Trudeau’s Canadian-last immigration policies, being white actually puts you at a huge disadvantage if you want to find work. I work in retail and everyday I am confronted by aggressive, brown-skinned people demanding to see the manager for a job. You see the government has programs in place that give employers a nice incentive to hire recent immigrants, at the expense of Canadians who get no such incentives when apply for jobs. Newcomers feel entitled to the same privileges and benefits as Canadians who were born here, unlike my parents’ generation of post-war European refugees who had to take all the jobs that Canadians refused to do like working in the mines, logging and harvesting the crops or face deportation. No welfare for you Vladimir! you’re not even Canadian yet! The newcomers get a place to stay and financial help from Our Dear Leader, with the expectations that they will vote Liberal once they become full-fledged citizens. Meanwhile, Canadians working two or more jobs are living in tents and dining at the local food bank because the government refuses do anything about the housing crisis or inflation.

      • NickelthroweR June 10, 2024 at 11:05 am #

        That is the dating app part of all of this. Women abused the apps demanding that any man they might consider HAD to be 6 feet tall, have 6 pack abs, and earn six figures. Well, the very nature of computer dating instantly ruled out all but 5% of men who met those qualifications.

        Now, given that women are 90% of HR, is it any wonder that the hiring process began to reflect the dating apps?

        Applicant MUST HAVE a degree (masters preferred). Applicants must have 5 years experience. Applicants must be a member of a victim class.

        Pretty soon, you’ve weeded out 95% of the available workforce and if the company’s mission was, say, road repair, the mission now is the reality game show of hiring someone who must check all the boxes.

        If you are a straight white male then going into business for yourself is now the only option.

        • cowbell81 June 10, 2024 at 11:37 am #

          Online jobs apps have been like this for what seems like forever. I recall after my law school graduation (I decided not to practice and pursue other opportunities that might make use of that degree) I went through USA Jobs on a regular basis. Thousands of jobs, constantly open, but never getting filled. Why is this? It is almost like they don’t want to fill them. After a while I just gave up, sick of getting constant rejection and no follow through. Long story short, I didn’t have enough experience, education, etc. How in the hell are you supposed to get any experience if you cannot get hired anywhere in the first place. I worked warehouse gigs just to get by and make the payments on my worthless loans. Worked like hell to get everything paid off, now the government would just maybe waive them. Decades ago I made a major life decision mistake; luckily I was able to overcome this and am now in a somewhat better place.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:19 pm #

          The women who are hired by men to work in HR do not get to set the hiring policy all by themselves, do they?

          Where do you get your ideas about the dating apps from?

          I know some people who have used those apps. One of the big problems with dating today is that the woke and the unwoke hate each other.

          This seriously reduces the number of choices.

          • NickelthroweR June 10, 2024 at 12:44 pm #

            I would suggest checking out the MGTOW community. Replicantphish and Better Bachelor are good places to start.

            56% of men on the dating apps never so much as get a single response.

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 12:59 pm #

            I looked up MGTOW and I have to ask why you think that a woman would look there for a mate?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 1:12 pm #

            I’m aware of that community. I have seen normal men describe them as “spiritually ghey”.

            The women have problems with dating apps as well. I think it’s baked in to the business model.

            One woman I’ve talked to says she has extreme difficulty in keeping a conversation going with some of the guys.

            She’s had it happen, more than once, that she asks a pretty innocuous question, the kind of thing you might ask any stranger to get to know them better, and never hears from them again.

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:30 pm #

            Paul Elam read Warren Farrell. He then went to his job at a Drug abuse intake center. At the weekly meeting, he asked why women were (only) asked if they were victims of domestic assault while men were (only) asked if they were perpetrators of domestic assault. The hostility to his question was palpable. He knew he was over the target and that everything Mr Farrell had said was true. The rest is history. One of the Founders of our Movement.

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:30 pm #

            Beryl: “One woman I’ve talked to says she has extreme difficulty in keeping a conversation going with some of the guys.”

            I think that is pretty universal with the smart phone generations. I try to meet new people in my social circles, church and other places. I ask them a question about themselves to kick off a conversation. I get a short on sentence answer. Then, silence. No follow up questions. Nothing to move the conversation along. So, I try again. Same thing. After 3 or 4 attempts of a one sided boring conversation I think to myself “fuck this idiot” and move on.

            They know how to post comments and like someone’s videos but they can’t converse with anyone face to face.

    • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:49 pm #

      Women have no doubts. That’s why they’re gold in politics. They yell the loudest, are the most ignorant, etc. Communism depends on useful idiots. So does Capitalism. Who spends more, men or women?

      • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

        Geez Jarek. What gets into you?

        • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

          Answer the concrete question if you can’t answer the abstract ones. Who spends more?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 1:42 pm #

            If you insist on making nonsensical generalizations about the two halves of the human race, the male half having more money would be the half spending more.

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 2:00 pm #

            The female half has less money because they’re always frittering it away by being shopaholics.

            Does Ber thinks all “generalizations” (concepts) are nonsensical? Or just the ones she doesn’t like?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 3:03 pm #

            Generalizations that depend on half the human race being exactly the same do tend to be nonsensical.

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:31 pm #

            Actually, Beryl, the women hold the lion’s share of the wealth in this Country. Why? Because they outlive their husbands and inherit his money.

          • Soul Forensics June 10, 2024 at 4:02 pm #

            Women make the vast majority of the spending decisions in a committed relationship. The man is expected to be able to not only “keep up” with the Joneses, but to surpass the consumerist expectations rampant in the U.S. and Canada.

            If he refuses, preferring to work just enough to support his family while saving significant time to devote to art (creating or consuming), learning a new language, volunteering, exercising a spiritual practice, enjoying hobbies with his men friends, etc, then she feels free to dump him and “upgrade”.

            Yes, some men are entrepreneurial workaholics, but that’s a much more minority position than is the general truth for women. Women are the true runaway capitalists in this society.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 4:24 pm #

            Once they are dead they aren’t spending. Live men have more money and there fore are doing the spending.

          • Soul Forensics June 10, 2024 at 4:56 pm #

            “Once [women] are dead they aren’t spending.”

            ?

            Though the gap is closing, women still outlive men. I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make.

            My own point was contained in my first post — the FAMILY’S income is dominated by the woman.

            You seem to think that the 1% of the 1% of the population of men who make billions is representative of men. Of course, this doesn’t apply to well over 99% of men, who are beholden, often through media brainwashing and shame, to accede to the woman’s wishes. And the wishes of women, when it comes to household income, is to spend, spend, spend.

          • messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 6:22 pm #

            If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. If daddy ain’t happy nobody cares.

          • Anthea June 11, 2024 at 12:29 am #

            @ Jarek:

            How would anyone know who spends more?

            Take, for example, the expenditures of a married couple. Who bought the lawnmower? Who bought the sectional? Who bought the car? Who bought the baby’s car seat, the diapers, and the baby clothes? Who bought the groceries? Who made the house payment? Who paid the insurance? Who paid the property taxes?

            It may be that there are some statistics somewhere indicating what percentage of men’s income versus women’s income is spent, versus being saved/invested, but I am not aware of any. (It seems to me that such statistics could only be gleaned from among single folks.) And, from what I read, my impression is that both men and women who are not among the 0.01% are both spending about 110% of their incomes.

          • hmuller June 12, 2024 at 6:41 pm #

            Anthea, thanks for adding “a reality check” to what developed into a long, silly, and useless argument.

        • Uncle Bob June 11, 2024 at 10:40 am #

          I’m beginning to think “Satan,” honestly.

      • GreenAlba June 10, 2024 at 4:33 pm #

        “Women have no doubts.”

        Right. That will be why there’s so much psychology literature on women lacking self-confidence in work situations and being underpaid compared to blowhard mem who do the same job no better, but are better at blowing their own trumpet (not to mention better at writing the er … creative CVs that got them the job in the first place. Similarly, in the literature, women will blame themselves when something at work goes wrong, while men will blame the system.

        But in politics it’s suddenly different because … well, just because.

        BTW, certainly in this country, young women are more likely to save money and buy a house/flat than young me who are less good at saving money because they tend to be less mature.

        • Soul Forensics June 10, 2024 at 5:10 pm #

          “[women] being underpaid compared to blowhard mem who do the same job no better, but are better at blowing their own trumpet” — GA

          This may come as a shock to you, but employers of successful companies don’t get that way by being duped into hiring men over equally competent or more competent women because of their putatively more clever “creative CVs”. (Sources with comprehensive stats?).

          Employers, if such is the case, hire men over women, even when competency matches, since they can more easily rely on men to work 12 hour shifts at short notice, and to stay with the company (women, obviously, quit or need more time off for childbirth and child rearing).

          And this entire fictional complaint of women being underpaid relative to equal job positions with men has been debunked long ago. Women make just as much as men in comparable situations.

          Then there’s the separate but relevant issue of women’s many advantages in university at the expense of men, leading to better opportunities than them when entering the workforce.

          The literature on this is extensive, well documented, and has historically swung more and more to women’s benefit, but as usual, the situation is never good enough for women.

          • GreenAlba June 10, 2024 at 6:20 pm #

            I’m not complaining about ‘women’s situation’. I’m responding to a comment that women in politics ‘have no doubts’.

            That’s the opposite of what I’ve read over the years about women in workplaces. And the opposite of what I’ve observed at work. I think I’ve even seen Jordan Peterson say that, in his clinical practice, he’s counselled women to be more assertive about pay grades at work.

            Where I worked, pay was individually calibrated. When a new person started (not necessarily with less experience) they’d be offered as little as the company thought they’d get away with. And if people didn’t talk (they weren’t supposed to discuss salaries and most people tend not to want to) the disparities could last for years, without a person knowing they were being paid less than others doing the same thing. It happened to me, because of the circumstances of how I started off in the firm. Following a questionnaire sent around by colleagues about increasing workloads and the lack of payrises, someone in another office told me I was being paid considerably under the odds and should speak up about it, so I did and I got a pay rise which brought me more into line with what I should have been getting all along.

          • Soul Forensics June 10, 2024 at 6:43 pm #

            Peterson saying women needing to be more assertive about pay grades has to be seen in context. His point here was a general one, that women, who are, in general, less assertive than men in these situations, need to fight for their perceived worth, not that it has to do with women being undervalued vis-a-vis men.

            Your long last paragraph is an isolated situation, an anecdote not made much stronger by asserting that it was what you observed around you.

            These issues need to be seen across multiple Western countries, across multiple career fields, public vs private sectors, failing businesses vs successful businesses, start-ups vs hidebound, specific jobs with specific requirements that have to do with gender strengths and weaknesses, and certainly, with large sample-sizes, price comparisons and contrasts from decade-to-decade.

            Again, the research has been done on all of this. Women won the equality war, and they are now winning the dominance war as regards work power dynamics.

            Human nature follows the laws of physics. Unlike nature, we don’t find a healthy equilibrium — we follow the pendulum past the centre point to the other extreme. Shortly (or perhaps mid-term) it will swing back to be powered by men.

    • River June 10, 2024 at 3:03 pm #

      @Nickelthrower – I feel that these companies are often making $$ via data mining. Even applying online for a job, ahead of any interview, some companies ask the applicant to take a ‘personality quiz’ to determine ‘whether you’ll fit in with the team’… Some years’ back *after* I’d interviewed in person at a company’s HQ, their HR requested that I take such a test so that the manager would ‘best know how to manage me.’ – It wasn’t optional so I declined and stated that it demonstrated their company’s stance re: privacy and data mining. Obviously, I didn’t pursue working for that organization (nor did they want someone who wasn’t going to fall into line) but sadly there are plenty out there who are desperate enough to freely dispense their personal data…

      • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 3:11 pm #

        If their managers don’t know how to manage all types they need to hire new managers.

        There are companies that collect employee data, which is supposed to improve experiences blah blah blah, but do the low-paid retail employees get a share of the money being made off of their data?

        No.

      • NickelthroweR June 10, 2024 at 3:40 pm #

        Yes, part of the Process now is that these companies are advertising phantom jobs, harvesting mountains of personal information, and then selling that information.

        Didn’t the dating apps get caught doing the same thing?

        • River June 11, 2024 at 9:30 am #

          And haven’t schools been caught plying children with invasive questionnaires?

          Privacy? Now why would you care about that??

          It’s so much easier to control a populace of compliant serfs who do what they’re told and never question the elite’s criminal enterprises…

          • messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 10:42 am #

            My wife’s kidney doctor used the word “compliant” as a compliment to her. It was an enlightening moment.

      • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:43 pm #

        Employer: “Tell me more about yourself.”

        Job Seeker: “I’d rather not. I really need this job.”

        • Soul Forensics June 10, 2024 at 8:07 pm #

          Employer: “What is your greatest weakness?”

          Job Seeker: “Honesty.”

          Employer: “I don’t think honesty is a weakness.”

          Job Seeker: “I don’t give a fuck what you think.”

    • lflawse June 10, 2024 at 9:04 pm #

      We had an interesting Chemistry tutor. He sad
      “When you get your degree you will have a piece of paper saying ‘This individual is capable of learning something’. That’s all! “

  3. Uncle.Al June 10, 2024 at 9:34 am #

    “Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation spent $7.5-billion to build seven electric car charging stations.” But JHK – you miss the Point! Now that the administrative matrix is in place…another $7.5-billion could build 20 or more! Consider NASA’s $trillions for benchmarks vs. Musk’s $millions for functionality. Musk is insubordinate.

    Do any of Butttplug’s seven charging stations still work?

    • cowbell81 June 10, 2024 at 9:46 am #

      Sorry, the copper wires have been stripped and the metal parts used for other homespun projects. Time to get in shape and make use of that bicycle!

      • Marcel June 10, 2024 at 9:54 am #

        Everytis going according to plan. The plans of the One everyone forgets about and just ignores … but not for long.
        I Got this solid inside information from a wise old mentor.

        “He makes nations great, and destroys them;
        he enlarges nations, and disperses them.
        24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;
        he makes them wander in a trackless waste.
        25 They grope in darkness with no light;
        he makes them stagger like drunkards.”
        Job 12

        You have to admit old Joe is the man to bring about vs. 23, and he sure gets a lot of staggering done in one day.
        .

        • messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

          Thank You Marcel…

        • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

          Yes, one group of Elites say that there will only be One nation. The other groups says no, No nations. The Antichrist will say one thing and then betray the Ones – his ethnic Kinsmen.

      • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 9:57 am #

        I was gonna say they’re used to charge dildos for the managerial class to use on themselves and their underlings, but your assessment may be more correct.

    • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 11:04 am #

      NASA has the Artemis Project going. Its stated purpose is “to land woman & people of color on the moon.” Needless to say, not much headway is being made, but prodigious amounts of $$$ is being spent.

      • RD3 June 10, 2024 at 11:10 am #

        “to land woman & people of color on the moon.”

        And leave them there? Hopefully?

        • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 1:43 pm #

          Ralph Kramden was way ahead of them.

      • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:53 pm #

        No, only Yt can be on the moon. Women get to be on their moon here on Earth. The Earth is a prison planet, and only White men get to leave.

      • Breck June 10, 2024 at 3:18 pm #

        I wonder how many women and “people of color” actual care about whether they’re sent to the Moon?

        • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:34 pm #

          I would venture a guess and say not too many. Just a hunch.

    • Vegan Shark June 10, 2024 at 1:04 pm #

      “Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation spent $7.5-billion to build seven electric car charging stations.” But JHK – you miss the Point! Now that the administrative matrix is in place…another $7.5-billion could build 20 or more!

      At least we have the super-duper awesome universal mega-weapon, the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter-bomber, brain child of the US Empire’s best and brightest.

      Priced at a mere $90 million to $107 million each depending on variant, plus tip, it’s enough to make the rest of the world look on and despair at American no-how, er, know-how.

      The cost to fly one of these pups is $44,000 an hour, but not to worry about that figure. Usage is way less than intended.

      The Government Accountability Office has reported: “DOD’s planned use of the F-35 and its availability have decreased. The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps project they will fly the F-35 less than originally estimated on an annual basis. The F-35 fleet’s overall availability has trended downward considerably over the past 5 years, and none of the variants of the aircraft (i.e., the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C) are meeting availability goals.”

      • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

        You know Vegan, these F-35s may be like the Dreadnoughts and Battleships 1880-1945 in that they were so expensive to produce that Navys were loathe to use them and put them at risk. This was first apparent in the Spanish American War when neither side committed their Capitol Ships (at least initially). In WW1 its the reason there was only one major Naval battle (jutland) the UK & Germany being solicitous of their Battleships. In WW2 the Germans expended much treasure to build the Bismark, the largest warship up to that time; it lasted only a few weeks before it was sunk by the British Navy. Finally the Japanese only committed the massive Yamamoto in the last days of the war; it was sunk straight away. Similarly the US will be reluctant to commit to the fight an aircraft that cost $94 million. Why risk it, when careers are at stake.

        • Vegan Shark June 10, 2024 at 6:19 pm #

          BackRowHeckler, I think you’re on to something there. Whatever the advantages of the F-35 might have been conceptually, it may have really been designed and built as the military version of conspicuous consumption. Hey, you nether-world primitives, look how much money we can throw at a whiz-bang prestigious weapon!

          A single design that (with appropriate modifications) could serve all the branches of the armed forces must have seemed like a good idea. Well, it still seems like a good idea. Less need to manufacture and stockpile different parts for different aircraft when there is lots of crossover among the three models of the F-35.

          From what I’ve read, though, the aircraft’s typical health leaves a lot to be desired. It’s reportedly known as a “hangar queen.” I wonder if there were too many design compromises in aid of versatility.

          Were F-35s used in combat in Afghanistan? If so what does the record tell us about them?

      • JackStraw June 10, 2024 at 3:53 pm #

        In head to head competition, an F-16 smoked the F-35. In other words, the latest and greatest aeronautic tech got trounced by a 50 year old plane.

        • Vegan Shark June 10, 2024 at 6:30 pm #

          Was that in a formal in-flight comparison? Sounds like someone deserves credit for reality testing, at least.

          We can be thankful that planners haven’t tried to birth a techno-peacock replacement for the B-52. Still doing its job after 75 years of service. Man, the post-WWII generation of aeronautical engineers knew their business.

          • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 10:08 pm #

            The B1 and B2 were supposed to replace the B52, but didn’t.

            Part of the problem with the F35 is there isn’t a redundancy of engines that can be used in the airframe. Another is that the Pentagon’s geniuses wanted something like the old F4 Phantom, only with stealth technology, instead of dedicated planes for the Air Force and Navy/Marines. The official reason was to save money, but as we’ve seen, actually saving money doesn’t seem to be an objective. Plus,if you try to have a machine that’s all things to all people, you’ll end up with a machine with serious shortcomings.

            I can’t wait for Biden to announce an EV fighter plane designed to literally save the planet….

  4. Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 10:03 am #

    The title of today’s piece is so enticing. What could it possibly mean?

    This is a masterpiece at tying together seemingly disparate topics in to a complete whole.

    Excellent summation of where we are at, and why.

    • Yirgach June 10, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

      Yes, it was a great post. Another related area are PEF’s (Private Equity Firms). A PEF will borrow money to buy up business, homes, apartments then lease it back, then raise the cost of the lease and impoverish the owners. The demise of Red Lobster is a good example as hundreds of formerly profitable restaurants had to close when their leased buildings became unaffordable.

      Bob McHugh has a short article on this economically destructive phenomena:

      XXX://www.technicalindicatorindex.com/subscribers/guest-articles/McHugh’s Article 6.9.2024 A Rising Threat to the U.S. Economy that Few are Mentioning.pdf

      • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:28 pm #

        That’s how Mr. Holier-Than-Trump Mitt Romney became wealthy.

        I just a quick scan of that article, I notice they mention the phenomenon of properties that are “pending” as soon as they are listed.

        I had been noticing that in my city for some time, houses that are “pending” almost as soon as they are listed, sometimes before it was physically possible for many buyers to even arrange a viewing.

        We weren’t exactly a hot destination to move to .

        • beantownbill. June 10, 2024 at 3:51 pm #

          It’s been my experience in latter day real estate markets that competent agents have a backlog of buyers, and have trained them to act very quickly, particularly if they had hesitated too long and previously lost out on a home they liked. Offers aren’t real airtight, and many buyers have made offers without seeing them. Purchase and Sale agreements are more detailed and can be made much more airtight. That’s why many for-sales can go very, very fast.

          • Yirgach June 11, 2024 at 4:57 pm #

            That may have been the case before rates went up, but don’t you think that in today’s lackluster RE sales environment that cash talks and nobody walks?

            It would seem that “pending” now means something more of desperation then anything else.

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 7:41 pm #

            It’s been my experience in Maine that agents are in the business of taking properties off the market, actually selling only for family & friends.

            12 years ago, my Coldwell Banker agent pursued the listing aggressively, then didn’t return calls. After 5 months of no shows, a pair of women caught me in my front yard & asked if it was for sale or not because they’d called & called with no answer. I have no idea how many prospects didn’t drive by while I was in my yard.

            My keller-williams agent in fall ’21 recommended getting paperwork etc ready to go but not listing until I actually “found a place to move to.” I expected that telling her I could always move in with my sister would cover that. Instead it increased her growing contempt. She essentially refused to actually list my property after I signed a purchase agreement. Moving in with my 78 year old cancer sister & her likely jabbed & boosted, overweight husband, to take care of them was not acceptable in her world.

            (I found out from a new neighbor that she refused to show his house to any ody with a buyers agent. Be only saw it because his agent (illegally) tracked down & made appointment directly with the owner.)

            Next I signed on with a young farm girl at Remax/Jaret&Cohen*, hoping to avoid the games. Instead, she & her nasty from NYC boss jerked me around.

            She was so dumb she actually bragged about refusing to let an out of state cash buyer see my place.

            Then a week later tried to shove a shit 1st time home buyer’s state deal down my throat. I explained that the state program would drag it out, my property would never qualify & with interest rates rising it would cost the buyer more than a conventional mortgage. She called an agent about a state deal made 6 months earlier …it still hadn’t closed.

            So then she threatened me “It’s against the law to refuse to sell a home to someone just because they’re poor.”

            So I threw her out. I’ve run into other would-be sellers with the “never return calls” problem too
            .
            Yet I read about & saw houses getting sold all around me.

            Now I’m getting direct mails from “Backyard Home Buyers” making crap cash offers on my house. How much ya wanna bet they’re owned by Remax?

            Next time I try to sell, I will run my own ads on fb, craigs list & Uncle Henry’s. I’ll direct buyers to the agent but add a line “If agent doesn’t return your call or if you’re a cash buyer & agent refuses to show you this property for any reason, please call owner at xxx for information and immediate appointment.

            * I have since learned that Remax is “international” because they sell property stolen from genocide victims.

      • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 10:15 pm #

        This is one mechanism the 1% have in place to ensure everyone will own nothing and like it. If the cost of property taxes, utilities, fuel, transportation, etc. rise, the proles will be forced to sell to BlackRock, Vanguard and others, then rent back their homes for more than their mortgages cost per month. And we’re stupid enough as a people to go along with it, then panic when we realize that, Oh shit!, the bankers and ad executives aren’t our friends, after all.

    • ezinmn June 10, 2024 at 1:14 pm #

      I would guess that we are currently living in the Intermezzo Period, a time between what was and what will be, where the clowns come out to entertain and magicians work their magic.

  5. sanspeur June 10, 2024 at 10:20 am #

    Where was this word for the past 5 years? iatrogenic It is perfect. Jim is a Thesaurus REX..

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  6. mary.m June 10, 2024 at 10:25 am #

    “The 80-20 principle explains the stupendous mismanagement of the Covid-19 event…”.

    Here, as a retired board certified med lab tech, I disagree. I received the same education, training & protocols in infection control as every other healthcare provider, ve it emt, nurse, or doctor.

    Every single thing they did, from masks to healthy stay at home to business shutdowns to pcr diagnosis, everything was diametrically opposed to our clinical training & hospital experience.

    Every single thing.

    When all arrows point in a single direction, it is not an accident, it is deliberate. A choice, not chance.

    Likewise with the clot shots. My 1st question was how long does the artificial mrna persists in vivo. Empty claims backed by hand waving told me no tests were done. My 2nd question was what if the spike causes the disease. Answer was provided at the start of May by the Salk Institute: it does.

    They turned people into toxic spike factories & destroyed their immune systems.

    This was no accident. It was A&P 101, weaponized.

    • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 10:58 am #

      Nothing in politics happens by accident.

      “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • neurodoc June 10, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

      Mary: From the beginning of the COV19 episode, I have wrestled with the issue of, Are we dealing with stupidity vs. greed vs. intentional genocide. Nothing was based on the real SCIENCE of immunology or immunopathology; it was all bullshit from the beginning. Hopefully just stupidity and greed, but maybe not.

      • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

        These qualities are not mutually exclusive.

      • Breck June 10, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

        Sorry Doc, it’s intentional genocide.

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:39 pm #

        I lean towards greed and power. I mean, who wants to be a billionaire when you can be a multi-billionaire!

        The death and health issues they caused were collateral damage on their road to uber wealth.

      • KappaJoe June 10, 2024 at 8:44 pm #

        The depopulation agenda is evil and the implementation of it was stupid.

      • lflawse June 10, 2024 at 9:08 pm #

        Nothing was based on the real SCIENCE of immunology or immunopathology;

        Bingo!

        • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 10:23 am #

          Actually, it was based on science. Weaponized science.

          The jabs were in many ways designed to kill & to sterilize those they didn’t kill outright.

    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:18 pm #

      “When all arrows point in a single direction, it is not an accident, it is deliberate”.
      “Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action”. – Ian Fleming

    • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:55 pm #

      I have no training and little knowledge about medicine. But even I understand the concept balance or homeostasis. The idea of turning your whole immune system into a spike protein factory to fight one specific illness is the epitome of madness.

      • Breck June 10, 2024 at 3:24 pm #

        “The idea of turning your whole immune system into a spike protein factory to fight one specific illness is the epitome of madness”.

        Sorry Jarek. Wrong. It’s the epitome of evil. There’s this problem a lot of folks have in being unable to distinguish between evil and madness.

        • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 3:50 pm #

          For those at the top, the conscious creators, yes. But so many people have ceased to be moral beings at all, either good or bad. “Just following orders” – which of course is evil in itself even if not conscious.

    • ezinmn June 10, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

      Conspiracy theorists would suggest the CCP and the dems conspired to create and release a virus to scare the hell out of everyone, and institute mail-in-ballots and drop boxes to steal the election from DJT. The Rx industry was rewarded as well.

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:40 pm #

        Sometimes it is the conspiracy theories that actually make any sense.

      • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:48 pm #

        Once again I have to point out that the covid scam was worldwide.

        It is narcissistic to think that the entire world was locked down to affect a US presidential election.

        We are not the only people in the world.

    • Heartlander June 10, 2024 at 2:24 pm #

      THANK YOU, @mary.m.

      I knew there was something weird going on when the entire medical profession broke the most basic law of disease treatment: Treat the disease as EARLY as you can. This applies to everything from respiratory illnesses to cancer. To not treat means to let the disease get worse and worse, going out of control to the point of possible death.

      The medical establishment censored and suppressed effective early treatment, which Dr. Zelenko in New York had developed and was using successfully as early as the end of March 2020, and which Drs. Fareed and Tyson in California were using successfully not long after.

      Moreover, the establishment PUNISHED doctors who were curing Covid patients, and curing them with 100% success rates, even patients with multiple comorbidities — diabetic, obese, over age 80, etc. — as long as the treatment was initiated EARLY in the course of the disease.

      I consider that everyone who “died of Covid” any later than April 2020 did not actually die of Covid, but of REFUSAL TO TREAT Covid — in other words, they died from medical manslaughter.

      • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 2:49 pm #

        Yup. Another flaming arrow…

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:43 pm #

        My moment of clarity came when the media was telling me that the virus doesn’t spread in places like Walmart, Home Depot or the Amazon Warehouse but in places like church, restaurants, bars and family gatherings the virus is deadly.

        My clarity was enhanced when I had a face diaper on (one of the few times I wore one) and I exhaled with my hands at each side of the mask and felt the flow of the exhaled air. It was then that I realized masks were bullshit as all they do is redirect the exhaled air.

        I really found clarity when the government started trying to force people to get the clot shot. When government says something is a good thing, in my mind it’s a bad thing. When government starts forcing and coercing, my resolve against it becomes even stronger.

        • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 10:14 am #

          “When government starts forcing and coercing, my resolve against it becomes even stronger”

          When they started talking about going door-to-door is when I took a gun class & bought a gun.

      • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 7:57 pm #

        Here’s what got me. The entire Fauci defense of the gain-of-function bioweapons research labs is that they might come up with a disease that someday Mother Nature might also come up with, so they need to do it first so that they can research cures.

        But the reason that doctors started using HCG is precisely because Fauci’s labs had found that it was useful in vitro for SARS-1.

        (That is also probably why France took HCG off the OTC list and made it prescription only in Jan. 2020. This was worldwide, not a US election scam.)

        I know that I knew that HCG was effective by Feb., because I took an Amtrak train to Chicago on Feb. 29th, and the car was full of Chinese students, so I went to a bar and ordered a gin and tonic to protect myself. Tonic water is the same thing as HCG, right? Sounded legit to me.

        And the other thing that was a tip-off was that they kept telling us that this was a “novel virus”, never before seen in human history, but it was literally named SARS TWO.
        They think we’re idiots.

        And then they told us it was a respiratory virus, but it wasn’t spread by breathing in a sick person’s exhaled virions.
        Nope, it was spread by touching items and then touching your face. So wear gloves in the store, and be sure to bleach your mail.
        WTF?

        And then all those idiots who bleached their mail were told that Trump told his followers in inject bleach, as if they hadn’t been spraying lysol on everything they touched.

        The whole thing was Too Stupid To Believe.

      • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:45 am #

        The main issue is the Vax or Jab. Paula wants to make the main thing a not very real or at least dangerous disease.

  7. DrTomSchmidt June 10, 2024 at 10:36 am #

    “You’ll see similar dysfunction in the system that delivers food to the people of our country. ”

    I see this in a small way in an exercise I undertake. It’s June and the cherries are ripening in the yard; it’s my favorite fruit. For a number of years now I have aspired to eat fresh cherries in every month of the year. Thanks to globalization, Chile is happy to grow cherries during our winter to supply to us. Since our November is their May, you can generally get cherries around thanksgiving and through February. Meanwhile, the first cherries of the year in the USA arrive in late April, expensive, red, and not great flavored. The last ones arrive at the market as late as September.

    In order to enjoy fresh cherries every month, one saves February cherries to enjoy March 1, and September cherries for October 1. Silly, but I was able to do this every year until 2023.

    That’s the year there were no cherries in late APRIL from California. My brother explained this was due to flooding, which I accepted. Ominously, there were no cherries for sale in late November, either.

    This April likewise saw the absence of CA cherries. I suspect the supply lines at the bordering season will fail again in November, making it impossible to enjoy fresh cherries every month of the year. The supply lines don’t pay the cost of shipping and so they’ve been cut; we will lose weeks gradually off the Chilean cherries until perhaps only lateDecember-January sees them.

    This must be happening one by one in other supply lines. Luxuries like winter cherries now, and necessities like meats, vegetables, and others soon enough. Start building local supply by buying from local vendors NOW.

    • Groundhog June 10, 2024 at 11:05 am #

      “Start building local supply by buying from local vendors NOW.”

      Start planting cherry trees and learn how to freeze and can them – NOW!

      • DrTomSchmidt June 10, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

        We’ve got a bumper crop of pie cherries this year, will make maybe 30 fresh pies and freeze enough for frozen pies over the winter.

        My lesson for all: DWARF trees. Even semi-dwarf gets too tall to protect.

        • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 2:54 pm #

          Phew! Nothing I like more than a cherry pie.

        • anmariwakaranai June 10, 2024 at 6:57 pm #

          You can prune them low enough to pick if you start when they’re young.

        • Anthea June 11, 2024 at 12:59 am #

          @ DrTomSchmidt:

          I am a big fan of sweet cherries, and my favorites are the yellow sweet cherries. There are several named varieties, such as Emperor Francis and Royal Anne. The birds don’t bother the yellow sweet cherries, but I admit they get so tall you can’t reach the fruit.

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:44 pm #

        Canned cherries are disgusting. It’s the color and the soft mushy texture that I can’t tolerate. I can only eat them when fresh.

        Freeze dried cherries are tolerable.

        • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 6:28 pm #

          Ok, but what about Mr. Boston Cherry Brandy? (On a cold day in January)

        • Anthea June 11, 2024 at 1:02 am #

          @ Cankerpuss:

          I used to buy canned cherries pretty regularly, mainly for kids’ lunches. They pair really well with macaroni and cheese.

          You’re making me hungry for them.

    • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 12:01 pm #

      I’ve seen the produce quality declines across the board since the covid incarceration. I’ve stopped buying broccoli altogether. It looks fine but often is already rotting under the florets. 2 weeks on a row now, the lettuce has had a buried rotten spot. And the potatoes have to be searched carefully to avoid rotten ones in the interior of the bag.

      • RD3 June 10, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

        Bananas now go from green to brown without ever turning yellow.

        • cowbell81 June 10, 2024 at 12:18 pm #

          I wonder if a grocery store would allow you to return such bananas and other produce if it goes bad too quickly on you?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:31 pm #

            That was a Seinfeld plot.

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:44 pm #

            I don’t know, my bananas hold up for about a week.

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:45 pm #

            Then they become delicious banana bread! Oh yeah!!!

        • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 12:57 pm #

          Sugar is not as sweet; water not as wet.

          • RD3 June 10, 2024 at 1:05 pm #

            That reminds me of the story that Oscar Wilde told about meeting a Kentucky colonel on the veranda of a plantation house. Wilde observed that the moonlight through the trees was beautiful and the colonel replied “Yes it is, but you should have seen it before the war.”

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:33 pm #

            Wordsworth’s agony. The Light that he had seen with his physical eyes since his earliest days began to retreat in later middle age.

            The tragedy of the nature mystic.

          • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 2:51 pm #

            RD that was Jefferson Davis himself who said that. Wilde made it a point to visit Davis’ home in Mississippi on his American tour. Apparently they got along swimmingly, as Wilde put it “Rebel to Rebel.”

            I wish I could have been there. Almost as good as when Jack London, John Ford, Wyatt Earp & Charlie Chaplin met up in an early Hollywood backlot for lunch in 1915.

          • RD3 June 11, 2024 at 12:18 pm #

            Hmm. Interesting. I did not know that. I thought it was related to me as a generic “colonel.” Was this said to have occurred at Beauvoir? If you’ve never visited, I highly recommend it.

          • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:13 pm #

            One is reminded of “Colonel” Mandell House. Old Movement literature said he could “pump” ideas in people’s heads. Opponents would meet with him and go away believing exactly as he did.

  8. teddyboy46 June 10, 2024 at 10:41 am #

    This is what happened to the Soviet Union before if fell in December 1991. To quote a Citizen of Russia in 1991. ” We did not think it could get worse, then it did.”

    It happened there and it could very well happen here.

    • JackStraw June 10, 2024 at 11:01 am #

      That reminds of a stock warning: Never assume that stock can’t go lower, because it will.

    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:20 pm #

      “We did not think it could get worse, then it did”.
      ‘At first slowly, then all at once’. – Ernest Hemingway on bankruptcy

  9. liber8tor June 10, 2024 at 10:46 am #

    While appearing on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, host Margaret Brennan asked Secy of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, “The Federal Highway Administration says only seven or eight charging stations have been produced with a $7.5 billion investment that taxpayers made back in 2021.

    • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 11:00 am #

      What was Pete’s answer?

      • liber8tor June 10, 2024 at 12:14 pm #

        Basically, he stammered and launched into the old double-back and reply with a non-sequitur, Gobbledygook routine.

        “Working with the American people we can do it in four more years”.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 3:19 pm #

          Just what does he know how to do?

          He hasn’t managed the shipping container backlog, the train derailments, and getting some charging stations built.

          The thing about charging stations is that building them has been going on for some time.

          He only needs to look at how existing ones got built and do that.

          That’s too much for him.

          • farmgal June 10, 2024 at 3:38 pm #

            @Beryl – remember that behind most EV charging stations there lies a diesel generator in disguise

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 4:01 pm #

            Good point farmgal.

          • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 10:26 pm #

            He knows to take off work for months at a time for “maternity leave.”. So, he knows to be a crook.

  10. Wxtwxtr June 10, 2024 at 10:48 am #

    ” … I hope you see how this works …”
    Last line edit:
    ” … I hope you live to see how this works …”

    The apocalypse won’t look Like Mad Max.

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    • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 10:54 am #

      Humanity is due for a massive culling. There are just too damned many of us. Covid was a hoax and didn’t cull anything. So, we are going to cull ourselves, either through out own stupidity of destroying our food systems, or by not reproducing ourselves.

      • Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

        “Humanity is due for a massive culling. There are just too damned many of us”.

        True. We can do this reduction in one of two ways:
        through helping our fellow man (and woman) through education to raise their standard of living and see the value of fewer children, or
        the sociopaths way, like we’re seeing now.

      • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

        Overwhelm the mind with knowledge, real or fake, and it won’t be able to hold on to Principle. With nothing to hang on, knowledge is useless if not harmful.

        The more data, the less knowledge. The more knowledge, the less understanding. The less understanding, the less ability to turn the data into knowledge, and the knowledge into viable plans and projects.

        • Breck June 12, 2024 at 2:44 pm #

          How would you raise the standard of living of the poor? (I mean the “really poor”) Jarek?

          Look at the nations with lowest birth rate now. Scandanavia, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, the United States (without the illegal immigrants), etc.

          • Jarek June 13, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

            Whites and East Asians create prosperous societies. But since they neglect their inner lives, they start to go crazy and let in immigrants for “cheap labor” or because the sexes hate each other and won’t marry anymore – like Japan and Korea.

            Christ said, Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these other things will be added unto you. There has to be something – even if it’s only the race/nation. Of course then since you think you’re better than everyone else, you’ll be tempted towards wars of conquest, so National Socialism needs to be balanced by true spirituality too.

            Capitalism creates vast disparities of wealth? Indeed it does – but under Fascism and National Socialism that is mitigated. The Corporations can cooperate or they can leave.

      • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 10:20 am #

        We don’t know how many young people they sterilized with the clot shots. We do know certain constituents of the pfizer jab cause the mrna (& spike production) to congregate in the testes & ovaries.

    • elysianfield June 10, 2024 at 11:21 am #

      “The apocalypse won’t look Like Mad Max.”

      Wx,
      For some it will. Do you live in an urban area? The “Mad Max” scenario might be found in Baltimore on any warm summer night.

      What do you see the apocalypse looking like?

      • elysianfield June 10, 2024 at 11:29 am #

        And…a link;

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy2fap7LDDA

        • cowbell81 June 10, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

          They need to get those drivers out to drive their tricks over the freshly re-painted pride mural down in Florida.

          Height of insanity: prosecuting people for leaving tire tracks on a rainbow mural that is painted in an open to traffic intersection!!!

          • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:35 pm #

            I know New York has laws or regulations with the force of law about what kind of pavement markings are allowed on roadways.

            I would think other states do too.

            All of a sudden in NYC you can apply for a permit to put a “mural” in the road?

            Those things aren’t even murals, they are signage or grafitti.

          • Breck June 10, 2024 at 3:28 pm #

            I love to see drivers driving tricks.

        • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

          It is the God given right of Americans to burn gas and tires while endangering the idiots gathered to watch.

          Just like in Mad Max.

          • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 7:14 pm #

            Burnouts, burning rubber etc was big back in the day. I knew a guy he had a 454 cu. in. Dodge SuperBee with a 4 barrel carb who could catch rubber in all 4 gears including chirping it while double clutching 3rd into 4th gear. We looked up to that dude he was like God.

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 8:01 pm #

            I was always too thrifty to be impressed with some asshole destroying property like that.

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 9:17 pm #

            Same as the rock stars smashing guitars.

            I was offended.

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 11:40 am #

            @Paula D
            Ditto on both counts.

            Waste not; want not!

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:25 pm #

            I remember a co-worker saying “Waste not, want not” one time.

            I was just about to say “My grandma always said that!”, when she said “As Paula always says”.

            Huh, I channeled my grandma without realizing it.

          • elysianfield June 13, 2024 at 11:10 am #

            “My grandmother always said that”

            I currently have a neighbor…a distant neighbor, who once told me that he remembers his grandmother often saying “Guys who part their hair in front, use their assh@le like a @unt….”

            Probably true…who knows? It is the wisdom of the ancients….

      • farmgal June 10, 2024 at 3:46 pm #

        @elysian – had to make a trip to Costco on Sunday and unfortunately the closest one happened to be in Gwinnett County just northeast of Atlanta. This is the county where I lived before my jailbreak to the mountains. I absolutely could not believe the diversity of the humanity in that place not to mention the size of the crowd. It was like being in Mumbai or Lagos or even Tokyo. My white ass was completely outnumbered by a 10:1 margin and all I could think of was what was going to happen to these people when the SHTF and let me get as far away as possible. And of course most were dragging around at least three kids. It was a toss up as to who the minority was – blacks or whites!

        • elysianfield June 10, 2024 at 6:47 pm #

          Farmgal,
          It is well understood that “You can’t go home, anymore”.

          Add Costco to the list.

        • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 6:48 pm #

          Farmgal I made a trip to Costco in New Britain last Sat. afternoon to pick up an Adirondack chair for a neighbor (I have a pickup truck, am frequently called upon to transport this or that for friends, neighbors & relatives) The place was packed and all of humanity was in there, many of them wearing their native costumes ~ I’m taking about Hajibs, African leopard skins, Hindi pajamas, pointy Vietnamese hats, sandals … you name it. And I heard about a dozen different languages. I was thinking boy this is a far cry from when I was a kid and I’d go down to Western Auto on Main Street with my dad on a Saturday and we knew everybody and were related to half of them.

          • farmgal June 11, 2024 at 10:48 am #

            @brh – exactly my experience. Hate to sound like an old boomer but in my elementary school there was one Asian boy i the entire school. He seemed well liked but at a reunion thirty years later he said he was bullied. Wondering if that was really true or if it was just the current thing. And just to take it a step farther when I graduated from high school in 1971 there was one black kid, and this was in a large metro county just five or six miles from Atlanta!

            I hope all of these unwashed masses appreciate things like Costco and freedom but I’m not holding out too much hope.

          • elysianfield June 12, 2024 at 12:17 pm #

            “He seemed well liked but at a reunion thirty years later he said he was bullied/’

            Farmgirl,
            In school, EVERYONE got bullied.

  11. jela1966 June 10, 2024 at 10:50 am #

    As you prove in the essay with the Buttigieg reference, the generation of generally incompetent and the inherently average have been increasingly in charge for a while, and now are being supplanted by the wholely incompetent and radicalized elites who don’t do qualifications outside intersectional politics. We are at a tipping point. We are leaning precariously over the edge. It may be too late. The only question is when/what will be that final conclusive nudge that scatters everything beyond repair.

    • BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 10:59 am #

      Buttgieg’s main contribution to American culture (so far) is to introduce the practice of ‘Chestfeeding’ … which is when a dude straps on an apparatus to simulate a mother breastfeeding her baby. For this we owe Pete and his husband Chasten a tremendous debt of gratitude.

      • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 12:09 pm #

        Well, actually, in the agenda to erase woman based words from the language, all breastfeeding is now called ”chestfeeding’, so as not to offend the stunning and brave transwomen who are unable to actually breastfeed.

        La Leche League (!) even adopted the narrative. If that doesn’t show this agenda is coming from the top and being forced onto the population, I don’t know what will.

        Maybe the drag queen toddler hours? Nah, not to the rainbow people who celebrate it.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:54 pm #

          What on Earth makes places like the Cleveland Clinic, formerly respectable, adopt this sort of nuttery?

          How can anyone trust any science coming from a place that uses such terminology?

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 1:03 pm #

            Right? And when they use the term “front hole” to refer to the middle hole, the vagina, erasing the urethra from our anatomy?

            That makes it inaccurate as well as offensive to women.

        • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:48 pm #

          All those trannies got to do now is slap on a faux lactating “manzier” or “bro.” Then they can be equals to their lady friends bearing legitimate mammaries.

          Just saying…

      • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:04 pm #

        Is Pete the husband or is Chasten?

  12. neurodoc June 10, 2024 at 10:50 am #

    JHK is exactly correct in his statement that the system will…’will implant a generation of incompetents in all hierarchies of management.’

    The example that instantly came to my mind upon reading that statement is as follows. When I was a youngish resident in internal medicine, the most stupid, but cute, narrow thinking, childish ‘tattling,’ ass kissing person in the program was a female resident we’ll call ‘Jill. ‘ She frankly did not know what she was doing if she was unable to look the issue up in the PDR. She stayed at the same University Medical Center throughout her career. Recently, I talked with a former colleague from there, and he told me that ‘Jill’ was now the head of the Medicine Department at that University Medical Center.

    The Peter Principle in management theory says that eventually people get promoted to positions where they are not competent. That, plus woke DEI, landed ‘Jill’ in the position of chief in a major university medical center.

    Don’t get sick and go to the hospital, if at all possible.

    • JackStraw June 10, 2024 at 10:59 am #

      The beginning of Covid also triggered the Age of Incompetency. We see it everywhere we go now, but the scariest example is the UCLA Med School shelf exams where 50% of the students flunked, but you know they’ll be passed right through.

      • neurodoc June 10, 2024 at 11:24 am #

        Yes, that is happening in many med schools, some of which are starting to focus more on woke DEI bullshit on par with time spent learning clinical sciences and medicine. Also, I’m hearing, from one of my companies’ attorneys, that more than one state, I think all on the left coast, has legislated that completing law school (think finishing via affirmative action/DEI) automatically makes you a lawyer in that state, with NO Bar exam!!!!!

        • KappaJoe June 10, 2024 at 9:01 pm #

          Everything, including medicine, seems to be trending towards the Burger King model. Just enough training to take the order and push some buttons. You want filet mignon? Sorry – no button.

          Eventually, if you can crawl yourself to the hospital, there’ll be a self-service kiosk at the entrance with a credit card port. While you wait, you can choose any from among three complimentary automated injections.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 10, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

      I think hospitals have always been like that, just to a lesser degree. Now it’s policy.

      There’s a reason so many soap operas involved hospitals.

    • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:06 pm #

      The third Dr Jill. Jill Stein is the best, but still for open borders. How can I vote for her?

      Anglin has a persuasive argument: Don’t vote for evil. Don’t sign away your soul by “voting” if there is no one to vote for.

    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 3:32 pm #

      The Peter Principle is only part of some stories. The other part(s) are the ambitions of sociopaths. I will bet you dollars to dougnuts that “Jill” is a classic sociopath.

      • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 10:35 pm #

        Yes, but if she’s physically attractive and can bring in money, who cares about her ethics or professional abilities?

    • Soul Forensics June 10, 2024 at 4:30 pm #

      neurodoc,

      Did you ever see the 1971 movie “The Hospital”, starring George C. Scott?

      It started out great, with the theme of absurdist incompetence and malpractice, but then the screenwriter and/or director chickened out, and it became a melodramatic “whodunit” which put most of the blame on other medical approaches (in this case, Mexican traditions).

      Too bad. But even then, Hollywood was captured to a large extent by the dominant bureaucracies.

  13. Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 10:51 am #

    I appreciate out host’s thoughts on the failures of all of the BIG systems that currently operate our “economy.” I must admit that when Jim writes like this I get pretty spooked. Few things there be that frighten me but famine is definitely on of them. Not because I fear going hungry, but because I fear what my neighbors will become when they go hungry.

    Sometimes I read Jim’s comments and I come away with a feeling of hope and optimism. Other times I read his posts and I come away with a feeling of absolute dread and terror.

    One thing is for certain. The Federal Government is busted, broke, Kapoot. The money is gone. The dollar is collapsing. The reserve currency of the world status is diminishing. Things are going to be changing drastically.

    Learn how to grow a potato. You can survive on potatoes alone.

    • neurodoc June 10, 2024 at 11:29 am #

      Canker: you are right to worry about neighbors during SHTF. If you haven’t already, buy a gun, or several, get ammo, and get training on safety and use. That will give you at least a chance at dealing with crazed neighbors. Better yet, form a neighborhood alliance for group safety if possible. Unfortunately, All of my neighbors appear to be woke libtards, so I’ll just stick to firearms for safety.

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 12:07 pm #

        I am well armed.

        • neurodoc June 10, 2024 at 3:10 pm #

          You’ll be glad.

          • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:52 pm #

            But I don’t know if I could shoot a hungry soul snooping around for some food. A mob? That’s different.

          • Qwibqwib June 10, 2024 at 7:15 pm #

            CP – keep a bunch of Ramen noodles to give out in this case. When they come, you tell them ” all I have is noodles. Here have a few packs” and then “got any meat?”

            Also when the time comes, I will have the biggest BBQ in the history of my neighborhood. I have two freezers full of meat that will be useless soon after grid down. EVERYONE will remember Qwib’s BBQ…

          • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 8:06 pm #

            After our derecho here, the electricity was out. The mayor put a curfew in place.

            My daughter was living with a bunch of people and there were a bunch of people next door, and they all went outside and had a big cook-out with the meat in their freezers.

            The cops came and broke it up.

            Meanwhile, I worked swing shift and was worried about driving home after curfew.
            Nope, not a problem.

            Alone in a car? Go for it.
            Having a neighborhood barbecue? Illegal.

      • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 10:44 pm #

        Even here I upstate New York, there are so many hoops to jump through that purchasing more firearms (or ammunition) is a royal pain in the ass. They now check all your internet posts for “proof” you’re a hazard to the community who’ll start shooting up the town because we all know non-Woke people are murderous bigots. Fucking NYC idiots and that butt-ugly imbecile of a governor, who thinks she’s as pretty as Kathy Ireland and as smart as Werner Heisenberg, with their stupid, destructive laws.

    • mary.m June 10, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

      I kept my Peruvian purple potatoes going for 7 years. Stopped due to exhaustion to& regret it now. The place where I got my seed had failure in 2nd year & gave them up. Ok only found 1 place selling them this year. Hope to restart next year if It can find them again ..

      • River June 10, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

        mary.m: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is a great source for potatoes, etc.!

        • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:51 pm #

          Never grown a potato from seed. I always take one of the small potatoes on the plant and stick it in the dirt. It always brings forth a new plant.

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 12:21 pm #

            Potato “seed” is just a potato with eyes. You can cut a larger potato into pieces, making sure each piece has at least one eye.

            I saved the biggest, nicest potatoes for my seed. The Peruvians are fingerlings, so I was hoping to develop a bigger potato for more eating pet plant.

          • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 12:31 pm #

            Should have written *untreated* potato with eyes, lol.

        • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

          Thank you for the link! They don’t have the Peruvian, but they had several other purple varieties including a European variety that looks very tempting.

          Then I searched & found 2 more places that do carry them. Looks like I’ll have to prepare an extra site for potatoes.

          I like the purples for their nutrients. I’ve read the Peruvian ranks up there with kale.

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:50 pm #

        You can grow potatoes in five gallon buckets inside your house by a sunlit window.

        • River June 10, 2024 at 4:48 pm #

          I was planning to sell my place this summer (and hightail it to a red state) but will delay until next spring and while planting some cherry tomato plants found some of my Nicola potatoes in the ground from last year! So, yes, I plopped 3 of them into new spots in another small garden and can look forward to a small batch of some delish home-grown potatoes! – The five gallon bucket is a great idea!!

        • Qwibqwib June 10, 2024 at 7:19 pm #

          I concur. I did this under artificial light in my otherwise dark basement. Also the rooted plants ( in buckets) overwinter well in your cellar…

      • Qwibqwib June 10, 2024 at 7:17 pm #

        Go to the Asian market (H mart here) to look for seed potatoes. Their potatoes are not treated with anti growth chemicals. They root like crazy…

      • Anthea June 11, 2024 at 1:44 am #

        @ mary.m:

        There was one year that I bought several varieties of exotic potatoes from a health food store, and they we untreated. (Most store-bought potatoes are treated to retard sprouting.)

        These worked fine for me as far as turning into potato plants, but I’ve never been very successful with potatoes.

        • Paula D June 11, 2024 at 11:36 am #

          I think potatoes prefer Idaho to the Ozarks.

          I did go out and find some new potatoes last night to throw into the soup I was making for dinner.
          The thing is, they rarely get bigger than that, even if I leave them for longer.

          • Anthea June 11, 2024 at 9:39 pm #

            @ Paula D:

            Though I’ve grown potatoes several times over the years, I’ve only been reasonably successful with them once.

            I’m pretty sure you can grow them successfully in Missouri, as I remember my mom talking about “picking up potatoes” on local farms as a kid. She and her friends did this kind of work as an after-school job in high school. She said they had fun. (This would have been in the 1940s.)

            As with most other things, the choice of variety is key, along with the suitability of the soil. Supposedly, the best variety here is Red Pontiac.

            Missouri is also a bit tricky for onions, if you want nice big fat bulbs, because onions are day-length sensitive. Most prefer the long summer days of more northerly regions.

            The only onion variety I’ve had success with, in terms of growing big bulbs, is Candy, which is a medium day-length variety. We have some in the garden this year, and they look nice.

            My daughter had an idiosyncratic method for growing onions. She just dug up any that had overwintered from the previous year and replanted them in a row. Sometimes this was successful and sometimes not. Both the method and its fairly frequent success always puzzled me.

        • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 12:58 pm #

          People sacrifice a fine big potato to create many little ones. This is no better than playing the slots in Las Vegas.

    • SpeedyBB June 11, 2024 at 8:18 am #

      You are referring to “murphys”, and indeed the tuber is amazingly nutritious.

  14. BackRowHeckler June 10, 2024 at 10:55 am #

    Ha, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where a nephew has just finished his sophomore year and which has been in business for over a century, abruptly closed on June 7. No explanation given, just clear out your desk and hit the trail lol.

    • RD3 June 10, 2024 at 11:14 am #

      The oldest and one of the largest trade schools in my area just closed all of its campuses with no warning.

    • cowbell81 June 10, 2024 at 11:39 am #

      Wonder what happened to all of their endowment money???

  15. Bill of Rights June 10, 2024 at 11:21 am #

    “a generation of incompetents in all hierarchies of management”

    Surely you aren’t including Fani Willis, Ergoran, Marchand, Bragg, Sotomayor, Ketanji, and the thousands of equally brilliant colleagues now filling the pores of the judicial system, are you?

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    • Uncle Bob June 10, 2024 at 10:47 pm #

      What’s a woman?

      Maybe somebody should’ve asked her, “What are you?” The answer would’ve been even more tortured than the one she gave.

  16. JimHogue June 10, 2024 at 11:30 am #

    As Obama was becoming president I wrote a short piece wondering about the two forces at work: Centralization (Obama et al) and Decentralization (those of us working for local sovereignty, small farms and state banks).
    This article, “If Wishes were Fishes” answers the questions in a way that I had not anticipated back then. Thanks, as always, for your insights.

  17. Breck June 10, 2024 at 11:45 am #

    “They are all fixing to fail while our politicians and economists make plans based on consolidating them into one super-gigantic mega-system that will run flawlessly on computer tech magic”.

    I don’t believe this is accurate. The “politicians and economists” might believe this, but their bosses, the real power, doesn’t. That’s not their aim. It’s all a sham.

    THEIR REAL GOAL IS FOR THE SYSTEMS TO FAIL.

    The bosses running this whole show are illusionists, what are popularly known as magicians. A magic show is all about doing one thing while the audience is shown another thing altogether. In a sense it is all based upon a fraud.

    While pulling a rabbit out of a hat is a harmless enough illusion, ‘pulling the rug out from under our whole Western Civilization’ is another matter entirely.

    Everything the WEF/WHO/UN/CFR does is devoted to destruction. And the end object of this destruction is to kill as many human beings as possible. All the other stuff are just distractions along the way to this ultimate goal. It is all one big deceit.

    • messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 1:23 pm #

      The hired help are very competent. God is not mocked [ for long ].

      • Cankerpuss June 10, 2024 at 3:54 pm #

        What are you talking about? God has been mercilessly mocked for millennia on this world. Not only does God tolerate the mocking, he gives deference to those who mock. Not only does God give deference to the mockers, he blesses them with large amounts of wealth, power and fame.

        Let’s face it. God care little for the righteous and spends his time admonishing the wicked and those who hate and mock him.

        • messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 7:29 pm #

          I could have been more clear if I had added “with impunity”.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder June 13, 2024 at 12:43 pm #

          I disagree, Canker. I think God is (rightfully) pretty pissed off, as he always has been with his creation. But perhaps He, as Carlin once said, “doesn’t give a shit.”

          Someday, when we die, I hope there will be a moment of realization, a smirk, and then peace.

  18. LeoH June 10, 2024 at 12:04 pm #

    Bolshevik Revolution 2.0

  19. dilbert113 June 10, 2024 at 12:07 pm #

    Excellent piece. 1) Yes, the systems that run our lives are breaking down, piece by piece, all around us and it is becoming more obvious as time goes on and 2) Young people have a very hard time finding a good job, buying a car, buying a house.etc. But. .. young people are pretty naive and stupid, generally speaking, so I think they will keep voting for Democrats as things collapse.

    • Night Owl June 14, 2024 at 7:42 am #

      Both parties are captured by the banks and Davos technocrats. Voting for “Rebupblicans” isn’t going to do a thing.

      The system itself is captured. About the only political option is to vote from the MAGA candidates, which are simply America’s pro-freedom populist candidates.

      There is literally no one else.

      • Night Owl June 14, 2024 at 7:43 am #

        Forgive the egregious phone typos. German phones suck.

  20. socialisthater June 10, 2024 at 12:09 pm #

    Here is the harsh reality:
    Socialism, be it Fascist/Socialism or Communist/Socialism, is by its very design always a dictatorial, top-down, heavily centralized bureaucracy-heavy, totally economically inefficient model. Socialism is structurally unable to sustain a population, even at much above subsistence level, at best, for any protracted length of time. To survive, a Socialist system requires the use of de facto slave labor (usually those who oppose the regime or those subjugated by force from other countries or groups) and the use of expansive invasion and pillaging of other countries.

    As such, every Socialist regime eventually becomes genocidal. Since the regime can not possibly support everyone because of the Socialist regime’s inherent economic inefficiency, the regime must exterminate enough of its own population such that the remainder–that remainder being those loyal to regime–can garner enough material comfort to continue to support the regime.

    The Socialist swine that now dominate the 2024 Democrat Party are pushing the U.S. full-bore into a Socialist dictatorship. Doing so will quickly destroy the only hope of the U.S. to sustain its current population at much beyond a subsistence level. Then the Democrat Socialist genocide of its opposition will begin in earnest. The numbers that the the Democrat Socialist regime will have to exterminate will be enormous–likely half of the current U.S. population. All the time, the Democrat regime will tell us that it is “necessary to save the planet.” Yeah, right. The elite Socialists, and the corporatist (not capitalist) cronies that the Socialists allow to exist as long as they pledge their total allegiance to the regime will get along just fine–extorting, taxing, and pillaging whatever they need from the impoverished masses to maintain their comfortable lifestyle.

    Conservatives are smart enough to know that they will get totally fucked over if the Democrat Socialist scum maintain power past 2024. Liberal morons are too stupid to know that they are electing their own executioners if they vote the Democrat Socialist scum into power. A final irony–conservatives tend to have considerable redeeming economic value, liberals generally have little or none. In a Democrat Socialist dictatorship, productive conservatives might have at least a small chance of survival (albeit a miserable life), dumb liberal sheep not so much.

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    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:28 pm #

      “Socialism, be it Fascist/Socialism or Communist/Socialism, is by its very design…”.
      The word you are looking for is Totalitarianism; i.e. ‘Totalitarianism be it Fascist/Socialism or Communist/Socialism…’.

      • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

        You left out Capitalist. Are corporations democratic? Are they not Pyramids too? These spergs want to get rid of government so we can be ruled by Corporate executives whose names they do not even know. It’s absolute idiocy. Libertarians are the lowest of the low.

        • Breck June 10, 2024 at 3:35 pm #

          I didn’t leave out anything. You just can’t follow the discussion.

          • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 3:52 pm #

            You left out Capitalist. Look back at your post and see.

        • neurodoc June 11, 2024 at 9:07 am #

          The model you’re talking about was well articulated in the original ‘Rollerball’ movie with James Cahn. Good point. Corporation use big gov to get the rules written in their favor via lobbying.

          • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:16 pm #

            And get rid of big government and the Corporations would collapse? Or behave themselves?

            They would become the government.

  21. malthuss June 10, 2024 at 12:20 pm #

    In Los Angeles small solar panels at bus stops are being stolen, as well as well as catalytic converters.

  22. Heartlander June 10, 2024 at 12:20 pm #

    I disagree with Mr. Kunstler on one key point. The decisions made at the U.N. level, including by the W.H.O., and by the people above and beyond the U.N. — those unknown figures for whom Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, et al., are just the front-men — are NOT made out of incompetence, but out of hatred for humans.

    Thar old cliche that we’ve heard all our lives about stupidity vs. malice has been turned on its head in the time we’re living through.

    These days, it is prudent NOT to attribute to stupidity/incompetence that which can be explained by MALICE.

    The people at the top have been broadcasting for years their desire to reduce the global population down to one billion, or even down to 500 million. That means eliminating over 7 billion human beings. The whole climate change hysteria, the Covid operation, the destruction of farmers and food, the legalization of abortion, the destruction of families, the sexual warping of our children so that they will never procreate, etc., and now the mad drive to gin up a nuclear war, are all about drastically reducing the human population.

    What most people miss is that the unseen people at the very top do NOT care if THEY die in a nuclear war, too. They hate all humans, including themselves, and nuclear holocaust is the ultimate mass murder-suicide. Their real hatred is toward the God who created everything, including themselves. They will do everything from raping, torturing and killing little children, to nuking all of humanity, in order to show God JUST HOW MUCH they HATE Him.

    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:31 pm #

      “These days, it is prudent NOT to attribute to stupidity/incompetence that which can be explained by MALICE”.

      Well said! I’ve got to keep this one handy. It’s succinct and absolutely true. Attributing this to stupidity and incompetence is playing into the hands of these sociopaths.

    • OG June 10, 2024 at 12:35 pm #

      I agree with almost everything that you just said. What you got wrong, imho, is TPTB’s DUMBs. They are not suicidal. They plan on living under the rocks (in well-stocked luxury) while we suffer and starve on the surface.

      And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains
      – Revelation 6:15 [KJV]

      • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:19 pm #

        I cannot believe I missed that one. But the Woman (the Church) will also seek refuge in the wilderness during the three years of the reign of the Antichrist.

      • Qwibqwib June 10, 2024 at 7:39 pm #

        They will drown in their bunkers…

    • Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

      I don’t believe these sociopaths want to see their diligence, multi-generational efforts vanish in a second. So I don’t see nuclear war in their calculations. This would not only defeat their Grand Design, but it would be suicidal, and sociopaths, being the narcissists that they are, are never suicidal. (Note: this is the difference betw. them and the psychopaths, who are crazy).

      • OG June 10, 2024 at 1:05 pm #

        As mentioned above: with TPTB’s well-stocked DUMBs, nuclear war and their survival are not mutually exclusive.

    • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

      “It is 7 am, already hot as hell and another code red day.
      I am cresting Mount Weather on Route 7 Virginia,driv-
      ing into the face of a blood red sun behind a pink
      sticky haze that makes commuting so ghostlike here
      during the dog days of August. The code red is an atmos-
      pheric pollution rating, not a Homeland Security alert. It
      means the air is not safe to breathe unless you have to.
      Beneath the sandwich and cigarette wrappers on the floor of my truck, beneath the road
      and down hundreds of feet within the earth a hidden city awaits the Apocalypse: a com-
      plete underground city with apartments and dormitories, cafeterias, a hospital and its own
      transit system – a battery powered subway. It has TV communication, streets and side-
      walks, a water purification system, power plant and general office buildings. A small lake
      fed by fresh underground springs ripples in its artificial lighting.
      Well, that’s what former government workers who have served inside Mount Weather
      have said. Others say it is no fancier than the average US Army base anywhere in the world,
      but with a lake.
      Ever since the Eisenhower administration, this has been the designated place where
      the most important people in government will go in a nuclear emergency or nation-
      al disaster. Mount Weather is the hub of a nerve center of about 100 other Federal
      Relocation Centers, which guarantee that the really big players in the game will
      escape, asses intact, even the worst disasters they manage to create. In every likeli-
      hood, this “undisclosed location” sheltered Dick Cheney during 911. Employees say so, anyway”

      coldtype.net/Assets.04/Essays.04/joe.bones.pdf

      • OG June 10, 2024 at 1:30 pm #

        And that’s “slumming it” compared to where Gates, Zuckerberg, Bezos et al plan to ride out our nuclear winter.

      • messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 2:01 pm #

        @OG & PD – start at about 1:40 [ who are the elites, really ? ].

        youtube.com/watch?v=1ooRgZwbiGU

        • OG June 10, 2024 at 2:21 pm #

          That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Thx, Messi.

      • beantownbill. June 10, 2024 at 2:52 pm #

        @Paula:

        I don’t remember if I or someone else mentioned the book ‘Level 7’. It might make those who despise the elite a little happier.

    • beantownbill. June 10, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

      @heartlander:

      Your post has got to be one of the most pessimistic comments I have recently read.

      I’m not chastising you because you might be correct. I hope you are wrong, but I’m afraid you are not.

      • Heartlander June 10, 2024 at 9:30 pm #

        It was Lara Logan who first clued me in that the pedophiles’ raping, torturing, mutilating and killing of little children comes from their hatred of God. Children are innocent, and close to God’s heart. Thus, cruelty to children, destroying their bodies, minds and souls, is the hate-filled person’s ultimate “Fuck you” to God.

    • River June 10, 2024 at 3:39 pm #

      I agree with Heartlander that the Deep State architects are evil… especially when one hears of children being brutalized.

      The Deep State minions will eventually get what they deserve as I don’t believe that they’ll be able to avoid the blowback from whatever apocalyptic scheme(s) they dream up. Nevertheless, it’s unpardonable and we can only be grateful that we don’t understand how or why they do the things they do…

  23. Breck June 10, 2024 at 12:52 pm #

    “They can wish for maximum control of everything all they want, but history is taking the world in another direction. Our broken systems for food, medicine, education, commerce will self-reorganize after a period of uncomfortable disorder, perhaps even epic disaster. I hope you see how this works”.

    I hope that is how it’ll work. From where I sit, having just read Ms. Catherine Austin Fitts’ latest Solari Report (“Dutch Farmers and Fishermen” – Local Heroes in the Global War on Our Food and Property Rights), I am not so optimistic.

    Your conclusion, Jim, assumes that the Powers That Be have some blind side. I doubt that. They’ve been at this thing for several generations, patiently working towards their goal, with the benefit of trillions of dollars employing the best and brightest minds. Note: not the U.S. Federal Government’s “best and brightest” – who are the opposite.

    We’ll see. But we should not denigrate our adversaries.

  24. Roundball Shaman June 10, 2024 at 1:10 pm #

    “… the wishes of the manager class are going in one direction while the actual dynamics of economy and politics go in the opposite direction. The managers wish for their management of systems to become as centralized and top-down as possible.”

    This is reflective of the larger eternal struggle and friction between ‘The Leaders’ and ‘The People’.

    Conflict, struggle, and friction is the inevitable result any time most any kind of leadership class accumulates enough power over others to exert their will with impunity. ‘They’ – the Predators – want one thing. And that is usually only self-seeking and the acquisition of more ‘things’ and more power. And The People want something else:
    Something better than just being chattel for some self-declared and deluded collective of Elitists.

    It is always a low-level kind of civil warfare that goes on between The People and the Predator (Leader) Class. And sometimes (as history shows) that simmering level of embedded conflict boils over into something much more – ‘overt’.

    Why do ‘Leaders’ most always turn out to be such damned selfish idiots? Because it is the Damned Selfish Idiot Class of People itself that always seeks power over others in the first place. Normal people just want to be left the hell alone. And there is the genesis of your simmering kind of conflict Number Two.

    And it must be said that among The People… many of us are our own worst enemy. We think things that we shouldn’t. We believe things that are wrong. We don’t always take good care of our bodies and minds. And when this happens… some in the Predator Class will call us Useless Eaters or The Deplorables.

    But it must be said that for any persons to call another human being Useless or Deplorable means that the ones who used such words against other is in fact – Useless and Deplorable themselves. But name-calling never got anybody anywhere good.

    “… actual dynamics in human affairs matter more than the grandiose wishes of mega-managers.”

    This statement is shorthand for – Reality wins. Reality always does win. It may take years and lots of pain and suffering. But horse manure never prevails. And why? Because it started as horse manure and can only end in the failure of its always fundamentally being – horse manure. It just gets older and stinks more.

    It’s always better to ground one’s self in Reality. First, because Reality always wins.

    And secondly, you’re going to smell a whole lot better. And feel better, too.

    • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:23 pm #

      Exactly. Reality: The Lower Morality of loyalty to kith and kin. The Stranger will be sent away one way or another. His choice (maybe!).

      When times are better, the Stranger can be honored. As long as “the” Stranger is not a horde of locusts, right?

    • Groundhog June 10, 2024 at 10:35 pm #

      R S wrote: “This statement is shorthand for – Reality wins. Reality always does win. It may take years and lots of pain and suffering. But horse manure never prevails. And why? Because it started as horse manure and can only end in the failure of its always fundamentally being – horse manure. It just gets older and stinks more.

      It’s always better to ground one’s self in Reality. First, because Reality always wins.

      And secondly, you’re going to smell a whole lot better. And feel better, too.”

      My view is also that reality always wins – just as entropy devours and that sewage flows downhill. During the long emergency fuel may be too expensive for ordinary and everyday transport. And artificial and chemical fertilizers for gardens and local farms may be too expensive or even unavailable. Composted horse manure then becomes a valuable commodity and very useful byproduct from using horses for wagon and plow pulling. Back before the automobile culture took over, horses were everywhere and shoveling horseshit all day long was a real job for many people in the 1800’s. Those days will return after the chaotic demise of the car obsessed societies. People will once again be using oxen and huge draft horses for pulling loads around locally. There will be plenty of shit to go around for making rich and nitrogen loaded compost.

      Shoveling shit all day long won’t make you “smell a whole lot better”. But you will feel better from having a productive job that gives you a great workout. And you will feel better from eating quality locally grown food not loaded with chemicals but grown naturally with composted bovine fertilizer enriching the garden soil to max capacity. It’s all good shit!

      • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

        Huge draft horses are more suitable to certain environments.

        Old fashioned, small, hardy, thrifty, versatile horses better for hilly & mountainous terrain with small farms.

        The morgan horse built America. My bet is on a comeback. Hopefully the heritage breeders of foundation stock will make it through…

  25. GoldenRoad June 10, 2024 at 1:32 pm #

    Stop already with the horrible syntax, stupendous word choices, conjecture, misapplying the overused (and usually incorrect) Pareto principle to your sad personal life. And lastly the lies:

    That explains how Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation spent $7.5-billion to build seven electric car charging stations.

    It was allocated per the law. It has not been spent. Which is the problem that I have the biggest issue with.

    Ta-Ta grumpster.

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    • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

      Grumpster! Nice. I named one of my cats Grumpkin. She was the mother of Grimalkin, meaning faery cat.

  26. Jarek June 10, 2024 at 2:03 pm #

    I want to be the first trans woman to have an abortion.”

    This man wants to mutilate his body, transplant ovaries & a uterus so that he can conceive a child, all with the goal of killing that innocent child.

    This is your daily reminder that demons exist.

    Libs of tik tok

    • Paula D June 10, 2024 at 8:12 pm #

      He can’t conceive a child by transplanting ovaries and a uterus.

      The female body is a complex organism, and there is far more to getting pregnant than having some of the parts. Everything has to be working perfectly.

      Even actual women can have trouble conceiving sometimes.

  27. sadlycdn June 10, 2024 at 2:28 pm #

    What goes on beneath Joe’s skull is mystery that won’t ever be solved…
    It’s an enigma…wrapped up in a conundrum.
    Inside a furry blanket of who knows what…

  28. Jarek June 10, 2024 at 3:53 pm #

    Odin
    (from Havamål)
    Where you recognize evil,
    call it evil,
    and give no truce
    to your enemies.
    -Stanza 127

  29. farmgal June 10, 2024 at 3:58 pm #

    On a lighter note Mr. K is sounding positively Southern with his “fixing to fail” verbiage. As some are known to say down here, “Hold my beer I’m fixin’ to light this fuse”.

  30. Jarek June 10, 2024 at 4:17 pm #

    On the View

    Sunny Hostin is in touch with Alvin Brag’s office. She said they will seek to imprison Trump for one year because sentences of one year or less are served at Riker’s (big smirk) – from which he will probably not emerge. She didn’t say it out loud, that was what the smirk was for.

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    • elysianfield June 10, 2024 at 4:39 pm #

      Jarek,
      Trump has Secret Service protection 24/7. Secret Service says if he goes to prison, the SS will follow.

      • Jarek June 10, 2024 at 4:54 pm #

        Thank Odin.

      • cowbell81 June 10, 2024 at 4:58 pm #

        Oh sure, and Epstein was being monitored around the clock too.

    • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 5:36 am #

      Sorry, I forget where, but a couple days ago I saw an msm article that the judge reported that one of the jurors spoke about the trial to a relative during the trial. The relative posted it on facebook. So there may be a mistrial declared.

      Set up for “got off on a technicality” outrage to stir the pot?

  31. tucsonspur June 10, 2024 at 6:02 pm #

    I hope that John comes back. He did say at one time that hog man wouldn’t drive him off this blog and then he opted out. Hog man mocked him for it. John couldn’t stomach the anti-Israeli stance here and then John fell into the trap. The trap of endless and fruitless debate with an obnoxious blowhard.

    At one time years ago, I did the same thing, but I was more fortunate. I pummeled the hog man with righteous indignation and searing, sensible counter punches, and sometime later he was gone.

    But now he’s back. A crude Canuck with a caustic conceit and an armory of arrogance. His GLT(?) ratings are indicative of his desire to be the controlling alpha, and his pompous assertions are often lame and unfounded like many of his conspiracy theories.

    The horror in Gaza is undeniable, but John made a good point regarding Israel. Israel is in the cauldron of conflagration, beset on all sides by those who want it destroyed, and it is endlessly fighting the terrorists. Hamas just couldn’t accept any deal between Israel and SA, therefore October 7th. If you want to ensure your very survival for the long term, you do what Netanyahu is doing. Of course, it’s a brutal fact of life that many just can’t accept. Kill all the terrorists (yeah, I know) then deal with bin Salman.

    It is easy now, isn’t it, to accept your current life of relative ease and comfort here in the USA or Canada, and to decry the slaughter of others, but how did you get that life? You got it because of the Native American Genocide, the genocide of scores of millions of indigenous peoples in North America, Central America, and South America over the last 400 years by Europeans. And that just because of greed and lust for power, not because there was any existential threat to anybody’s homeland, like there is to Israel’s.

    And furthermore, Hog man doesn’t like the ‘ass-wipe fiat’ US dollar, doesn’t like the dollar as a reserve currency, thinks that gold is the answer and apparently doesn’t realize the difficulties that eventually arose from the Bretton Woods gold backed dollar.

    We had the classical gold standard from 1870 to 1914 which was a great success, the gold exchange standard from 1922 to 1939 which was not, and the dollar gold standard from 1944 to 1971 which was a mild success.

    From the “Death of Money”:
    “Gold standards come in many forms and their success or failure is determined not by gold per se but by the system design and the willingness of participants to abide by the rules of the game”.

    Global gold backed SDRs would have their own intricate technical issues as would any gold Bric construct. But no matter, Hog man wants to see the US blasted, blown up by the Brics. Russia backs the ruble with gold to counter the US, gold is weaponized! Hog man cheers!

    The point is, that all of hog’s bleatings about gold are just simplistic snorts.

    ‘Understanding gold’s real role in the monetary system requires reliance on history, not histrionics’. Rickards.

    That hog doesn’t like the US ‘after Kennedy’ is quite evident. He doesn’t like the power of its reserve currency or its incursions into far flung parts of the globe. Better to let other nations have the power, right Hog man, turn back the clock and have the ruble as the reserve, right? Let the Russians and the Chinese, etc., range far and wide, maybe stopping at our borders? Let the deep states of other nations search, prowl, and hunt for global advantage while we twiddle our thumbs. Yeah, right.

    We all know about the depravity of this administration, but John is still for the USA, and unlike hog man, John is a true patriot who recognizes the mess we are in and the huge problems that we face, and he can think long term. It’s too bad that he fell into that age old trap, endlessly arguing with an asshole.

    Come back, John, and avoid the trap. You are the better man.

    • anmariwakaranai June 10, 2024 at 7:28 pm #

      I like John too. But he watches too much msm teevee and then spouts their talking points ad infinitum, even if he’s just come around to the alternative view.

      And OG means well, and he prays for us, as we should for him.

      Recent apparitions talk about a nuke caused tsunami flooding England from the south as far as London.

      See at afterthewarning.com

      • tucsonspur June 10, 2024 at 9:39 pm #

        He prays for us! Praise the lord, now I’m saved, saved, I tell you!

        John means well also and most of what he ‘spouts’ is right on the money.

        • OG June 11, 2024 at 1:09 am #

          Yes, as JAZ and I repeatedly confirmed to one another: we agreed on far more than we disagreed.

          JAZ couldn’t wrap his head around his cognitive dissonance, though. He (correctly) believes that “Joe Biden” is doing everything to support the Deep State and destroy good American people but then he could not look up and see the top of the pyramid.

          Satan=Rothschilds=Zion. Clearly.

          He’d rather be a war criminal than face the truth.

          ***
          I was not trying to drive a long-term CFNer away. That was his choice.

          I was trying to help him extract himself from supporting war crimes. His little hawk brain just couldn’t handle it so he rage-quit.

      • OG June 11, 2024 at 12:48 am #

        Thank you for your kind words, anmari. You are a very special person and I think the world of you and all that you have done for me.

        God bless you.

    • messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 7:41 pm #

      JohnAK was in a trap before ever talking to “hog man”.

      kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/time-to-jettison-the-animals/#comment-880145

      • Socrates-Detroit June 10, 2024 at 10:54 pm #

        @messianicdruid 7:41 pm

        Where/how did you come up with the comment # 880145

        • Socrates-Detroit June 10, 2024 at 11:39 pm #

          I mean, the comment NUMBER. How do you see it? I don’t.

          • messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 8:20 am #

            Well, I figured this would come up over and over so I copied the link immediately after posting. When I link to it, it requires some scrolling [ a bit ] to find it but it is close by.

          • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 9:14 am #

            @messianic

            I get it out now. You really cannot “find” an old comment.

            I can see the number in address (the “URL”, aka Uniform Resource Guide). Today’s essay is 880619

            You can go the essay and do a “Control F” and search.

            Thanks for answering.

            By the way, I agree with your assessment regarding JohnAZ. He takes Fox News and John Wayne way too seriously and literally.

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 12:37 pm #

            Look at the date time and then click the # symbol which then gives you the comment number.

            Socrates-Detroit
            June 10, 2024 at 10:54 pm #

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 12:41 pm #

            I might add a direct link to the comment which can then be copied to the URL bar and found very easily as it opens directly to the comment in question.

    • OG June 11, 2024 at 12:59 am #

      JAZ openly, publicly queried if Bibi-gun the Nutty Yahoo regularly blowing innocent women and children to bits was “God-ordained genocide?”!

      I shit you not.

      ***
      You go through the history of how we’ve arrived here (the Satanic Rothschilds running the US Fed) and never once mention the (recently expired) petrodollar? For shame.

      Yes, I look forward to the Rothschilds power of creating “money” out of their ass coming to an end. Yes, I look forward to mankind returning to God’s money: silver and gold. Very much so.

      Note: I have an Econ degree plus 22 years on Bay Street so I am well-versed in my opinion.

      ***
      Personally, I believe that people with tiny GLTs are embarrassed so they attack me because their sheeple life was better before I quantified it in a simple Sociological measurement. Like always, simple people belligerently react, “Bad news! Kill the messenger!”

      • neurodoc June 11, 2024 at 9:13 am #

        OG: You’re saying the petro dollar has expired. Its not in the legacy ‘news.’ Some dumbass psychopath, e.g. one named ‘crusher’ (probably to compensate for a small brain or a small penis) is going to try to beat the hell out of you or threaten to ‘cut your balls off.’ 🙂

      • benr June 11, 2024 at 10:20 am #

        No, they attack you because you are arrogant and come off as a complete asshole.
        Make sweeping accusations sans actual proof and we the normal NORMAL Americans are sick and tired of leftist idiots telling us how evil our country is while they pretend any other country or group of people put into a similar situation would not also capitalize on global dominance.

        Some of us are very aware that left to their own devices the majority of countries will do worse and start conflicts that we will get pulled into.
        History may not repeat but it sure does rhyme!
        When the US decides to mind its own business, we get global wars.

        Some of us are even aware of massive disinformation campaigns using sock puppets that say things very similar to the pablum and gruel you spew here daily.

        • benr June 11, 2024 at 10:24 am #

          China Tightens Grip on African Media, Pushes Anti-America Messaging
          The CCP’s official mouthpiece is in at least 40 of Africa’s 54 countries, while Voice of America has one bureau left on the continent.

          JOHANNESBURG—The Chinese communist regime has annexed media spaces across Africa, severely restricting citizens’ access to fair and accurate news, while allowing Beijing to spread anti-American messaging at will, according to separate research completed by two authorities on China’s activities on the continent.

          Reports from Paul Nantulya, at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, and Joshua Eisenman, senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, paint a disturbing picture of the Chinese regime’s success in spreading propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation in Africa.

          The experts’ research shows that the U.S. government has done little to counter China’s dominance of African media landscapes. To the contrary, budget cuts have forced the U.S. government’s international broadcaster, Voice of America (VOA), to shutter African bureaus and severely limit reporting from staff and freelancers on the continent.

          In his report, Mr. Nantulya said media controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are now “embedded” in news and information ecosystems across Africa, “distorting” the truth and limiting access to “independent information shaping citizen debates on a host of issues ranging from governance, society, and the economy.”
          Mr. Nantulya’s and Mr. Eisenman’s research reveals that CCP agents have recruited hundreds of African media personnel to work at four major news outlets operating across the continent.

          These are Xinhua, China Global Television Network (CGTN), China Daily, and China Radio International. Xinhua and China Radio International are both state-owned CCP official mouthpiece, while the other two outlets are controlled by the regime’s Publicity Department

          The studies reveal the Chinese organizations recruit high-profile African media personalities, offering them high salaries to give its propaganda “credibility.”

          Mr. Eisenman concluded that “all four receive vast state resources that allow them to cover a wealth of stories using various types of media (print, television, radio, and online) in all six United Nations languages”—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

          He said each of the agencies has “numerous multilingual, outward-facing social media accounts with millions of followers on platforms that are blocked in China, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.”

          Through Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio International, and China Daily, the CCP funds many struggling African media houses, demanding “favorable” reporting in return, said Mr. Eisenman.

          “To consolidate China’s voice, the CCP Propaganda Department provides free content, negotiates content sharing agreements with government and private broadcasters, pays handsomely for supplements, offers state-of-the-art equipment, buys stakes in leading media companies” and offers training, he wrote in his report.

          “These (trainings) entail a seemingly endless conveyor belt of African journalists going to China on fully paid trips where they receive first-class treatment and guided tours to instill positive images and experiences.”

          Many of Africa’s young journalists are trained in China and paid by Chinese media organizations. In Kenya alone, 500 journalists and local staff are employed by Chinese media agencies, relaying at least 1,800 English-language news items monthly, according to a 2013 report by Shubi Li and Helge Ronning published by Norway-based research institute CMI.

          Pervasive Presence
          Mr. Eisenman said China’s media presence began “expanding markedly” in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis.
          “While budget cuts forced many Western news outlets to reduce their overseas coverage, China launched a worldwide $7.25 billion campaign known as ‘Big Foreign Propaganda,’” he wrote.

          Mr. Nantulya said the campaign has been sustained worldwide, but especially in Africa, as it’s become clear how important the continent is set to be in the near future.

          Many African countries contain vast deposits of the rare earth and precious metals and minerals needed to manufacture alternative energy products such as wind turbines and solar batteries, computers, cell phones, and weapons systems.

          Xinhua, China’s top state media organ, answers directly to the CCP’s Propaganda Department.

          “Xinhua’s Africa coverage reflects the agency’s brief to only carry positive stories about China, the Communist Party, and President Xi,” Professor Herman Wasserman, head of the University of Cape Town’s media studies department, told The Epoch Times.

          “A big part of Xinhua’s work is to cast the U.S. in a negative light, like it did with a recent piece focusing on the Biden administration’s raising of taxes on Chinese energy products, basically saying the decision would backfire on the U.S.”

          Xinhua is present in all but 14 of Africa’s 54 countries. It has 40 African bureaus, more than any other media agency on the continent, and is staffed by almost 1,000 people, mostly Africans.

          VOA has one bureau left on the continent.

          “Five years ago we had five bureaus, with each one covering a different region of Africa,” a senior VOA staff member told The Epoch Times.

          “We had a bureau in Johannesburg for Southern Africa and a bureau in Dakar [Senegal] for West Africa. On top of that, we had satellite offices in many of Africa’s main cities, and we always had funds to pay stringers [freelancers].

          “All this is gone; the only African bureau left is Nairobi and we have very little funding to pay stringers so we miss a lot of what’s happening in Africa.”

          Professor Glenda Daniels, of Wits University’s media studies department in Johannesburg, told The Epoch Times that “messaging” from CCP-controlled media and their “African proxies” is reaching at least a quarter of the continent’s 1.5 billion people on a regular basis.

          Xinhua, for example, has a content-sharing agreement with Kenya’s Nation Media Group. It allows the Chinese mouthpiece to use eight radio and TV stations in four East and Central African countries; its reports reach 11.3 million people every month.

          The agreement also gives Xinhua access to 28 million social media followers and a daily newspaper circulation of 90,000, according to a 2020 congressional testimony from Mr. Nantulya.

          VOA’s various Africa services claim a weekly audience of 78 million people.

          China Radio International broadcasts in at least nine African languages from its regional bureaus in Harare (Southern Africa), Lagos (West Africa) and Cairo (North Africa). In 2018, the CCP’s Propaganda Department merged China Radio International with China National Radio to create Voice of China.

          Mr. Nantulya said Voice of China’s 14,000 employees are tasked with “propagating the [CCP’s] theories, directions, principles, and policies” and “telling good Chinese stories.”

          CGTN Africa has approximately 200 mostly African employees spread across the continent who are “briefed to say only good things about China,” said Mr. Wasserman.

          He highlighted CGTN’s coverage of the Association of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS), which now also includes Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates.

          “CGTN has really pushed the narrative that BRICS is a feasible rival to the G7 and is taking economic power away from the West,” said Mr. Wasserman.

          “In the past, though, their reports were generally of a poor quality. These days the quality of their material, in terms of high-quality graphics and video, delivered by very eloquent presenters, rivals the material being put out by the BBC and CNN. That makes CGTN reports seem extremely credible.”

          But that “veneer easily slips,” he said, when one takes a closer look at the ways in which Chinese media in Africa are reporting Russia’s war in Ukraine, which is “unashamedly” pushing the line that President Vladimir Putin’s invasion is legitimate and designed to prevent “Western expansionism.”

          “I’ve seen CGTN and Xinhua reports that detail how U.S. companies are profiting from the war, suggesting that Washington is keeping the war going because it’s making money,” said Mr. Wasserman.

          He said CCP disinformation is having “serious consequences across Africa,” pointing to CCP assistance to Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF regime in late 2022.

          Mr. Wasserman said CCP disinformation claiming there was a conspiracy to depose the ZANU-PF government “created an excuse for the regime to jail journalists and activists.”

          Big Budgets
          He said the United States has “hardly fired a shot back in anger” at Chinese propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation in Zimbabwe, and in Africa as a whole.
          At the U.S.–Africa Summit in December 2022, the first since 2014, President Joe Biden pledged to invest $55 billion on the continent in 2023, 2024, and 2025.

          Some of this money, he said, would be used to support “democratic” African media to counter “false information.”

          Both Ms. Daniels and Mr. Wasserman said they’re not aware of any major U.S. government-funded media projects in Africa.

          “Bill Gates funds a few media groups in Africa, as do American donors like the Open Society Foundations,” said Ms. Daniels. “But I don’t know of any media focused on specifically tackling China’s propaganda in Africa.”

          In a March 2023 statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) CEO Amanda Bennett said its networks had “made significant gains in … bolstering media partners in regions targeted by China despite independent global media operating with only a fraction of the budget of China’s state-controlled media.”

          The USAGM oversees operations at seven international broadcasting networks: VOA, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and the Open Technology Fund.

          Ms. Bennett highlighted VOA’s English-language fact-checking project, Polygraph, which produces “videos and articles in Mandarin to confront China’s disinformation efforts and present evidence to debunk falsehoods.”

          In March 2023, the USAGM made a 2024 budget request of $944 million to fund all seven of its entities.

          Ms. Bennett said in a statement that the budget was formulated to counter “information manipulation and media suppression tactics emanating from authoritarian governments in China, Russia, Iran, and others, who strive to undermine American values and incite political, economic, and humanitarian crises around the world.”

          She pledged that VOA and the agency’s other entities would continue providing “fact-based information and gaining trust in markets increasingly being targeted by the Chinese and Russian governments’ malign influence, including Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the broader Pacific.”

          The budget request, she said, allowed for an increase in investigative journalism and “fact-checking labs.”

          Several VOA staff members told The Epoch Times that very little of this is happening with regard to Africa.

          “I don’t know of any money allocated to investigative journalism in Africa,” one staff member said.

          “Polygraph touches on the continent now and again, but its people are based in D.C., not in Africa. We have few Africa-based staff left, just the odd contractor.”

          Another staff member commented: “We’re not even out of the starting blocks yet, despite the Biden administration’s promises to counter China in Africa. We need the U.S. government to fund us, to roll out more programs in Africa, and increase budgets to recruit credible on-the-ground correspondents.

          “It’s tragic to watch our African budgets being cut to the point where we can’t even pay stringers anymore, and to hear from African journalists that they’re being offered big salaries from the Chinese … We can’t blame them when they accept; they have families to feed.”

          The USAGM requested $950 million in its 2025 budget request sent to Congress on March 11.

          Ms. Bennett again said the USAGM’s “priority efforts” aim to “counter malign influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia, Iran, and others.”

          In 2021, VOA spent $32 million—less than 13 percent of its $253 million budget—on developing content for Africa, said Mr. Eisenman’s report.

          In 2023, VOA’s budget was $267.5 million, with the broadcaster spending $27 million, or around 10 percent of its budget, in Africa.

          In 2014, according to the Australia Center on China in the World, the CCP was spending $6 billion annually on Voice of China alone.

          In 2020, Freedom House, U.S.-based think tank estimated that the CCP was “devoting billions of dollars a year to its foreign propaganda and censorship efforts.”
          In his report, Mr. Eisenman concluded: “the U.S. government has yet to overtly contest China’s anti-U.S. media propaganda in Africa. The primary reason for this appears to be Washington’s long-standing, bipartisan neglect of Africa.”

          America Is ‘Far Behind’
          Chief of the U.S. military’s Africa command, Gen. Michael Langley, blamed a wave of Russian disinformation for anti-U.S. sentiment in some regions, in an interview with The Associated Press on May 29.
          Some governments, including in Chad and Niger, have embraced Russian forces and paramilitaries and are pushing for U.S. forces to leave the Sahel region.

          “There was negative sentiment across the last couple of years against one of our most valued allies—France—as you looked at all social media and looked all across media writ large,” Gen. Langley told the outlet. “A lot of that negative sentiment was fuelled by the misinformation and disinformation of the Russian Federation.

          “We need to get our narrative out there,” he said.

          Johannesburg-based technology and information analyst George Bota agreed.

          “The U.S. is far behind China, and even Russia, in all respects in Africa. It must wake up. It’s asleep at the wheel. It’s not funding its own media agencies on the continent, let alone other media. It just doesn’t seem at this stage to grasp the importance of information in this day and age. It’s actually amazing to me,” he said.

          “If you have no means to get the right messages to people, you can’t tell your story. If you don’t win hearts and minds, it doesn’t matter how much good you do, no one knows about it.”

          Mr. Bota highlighted the Biden administration’s Lobito Corridor Project, announced in May 2023 with an initial commitment of $360 million.

          The United States is building a 340-mile rail line and 160 miles of roads in Zambia to provide a route for metals and minerals produced in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be shipped to America and Europe through a harbor at Lobito on the Atlantic coast in Angola.

          “Moving those valuable resources from the Central African copper belt to Western markets is key for the U.S. and Europe, particularly as the energy transition unfolds,” said the Trafigura consortium, which is involved in the project.
          “It’s going to provide livelihoods to many in Africa. But Africans don’t know anything about it. It may as well not exist,” Mr. Bota said.

          “The Chinese fund journalists to cover their infrastructure projects. The U.S. must do the same. America has to start fighting fire with fire in African information spaces, otherwise it’s dead here.”

          • Paula D June 11, 2024 at 11:53 am #

            It’s like JAZ never left.

          • benr June 11, 2024 at 2:47 pm #

            Spoken like a true valley girl like OMG.

            Are you a Russian, Iranian or Chinese sock puppet?

    • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 1:09 pm #

      The bottom line is Israel was built on land stolen by genocide.

      What if Biden sold your state to China, pocketed the money & the next thing you know, the Chinese arrived. First they moved into empty houses & you were like, ok . But once those were filled, they drove you, your family & neighbors out of your homes & into reservations, sealed by barbed wire & guards.

      How would you react? Offer them tea & crumpets?

      • benr June 11, 2024 at 2:50 pm #

        What do you mean if?

        They are coming into the states illegally by the thousands every day.
        The DARION GAP camps can host 10,000 people and large chunk of them are Chinese.

        wilsoncenter.org/article/through-darien-gap-new-path-chinese-asylum-seekers-united-states

        • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 5:49 am #

          And? How do you respond?

          Have they driven you, your family, your neighbors out of your homes at gunpoint yet? Are you posting from a concentration camp?

          And when they do ..what will you, personally, do about it? Leave them a plate of cookies? Or turn into a “terrorist” & fight to get your home back?

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 12:35 pm #

            Unlike you I actually have skin in the game and have for the last thirty years.

  32. messianicdruid June 10, 2024 at 8:03 pm #

    Out of the mouth of knaves:

    “They’re sitting on $10 to $12 trillion of critical minerals in Ukraine. They could be the richest country in all of Europe… If we help Ukraine now, they can become the best business partner we ever dreamed of, that $10 to $12 trillion of critical mineral assets could be used by Ukraine and the West, not given to Putin and China,”

    What? Wait a minute. I thought this war was about defending freedom and democracy. You mean it’s really all about money and resources? …

    Actually, Graham gave part of the truth but not the whole truth. The U.S./NATO wants to control not only the vast natural resources in Ukraine but in Russia as well. Russia’s natural resources dwarf those of Ukraine. It has huge amounts of natural gas, oil, gold and rare-earth mineral. That’s why they’ve openly called for a regime change in Russia, to replace Putin with a Western puppet more favorable to the financial interests of Western-based transnational corporations.”

    leohohmann.com/2024/06/10/sen-lindsey-graham-coughs-up-the-real-reason-why-u-s-is-providing-unlimited-funding-of-russia-ukraine-war-hint-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-preserving-freedom-or-democracy/

    • tucsonspur June 10, 2024 at 9:52 pm #

      You’re right, and we will need those resources in the future. Why let China have them? Yes, Putin must be removed so that the alliance can be established.

      You have a problem with the USA looking out for its own interests. John didn’t.

      And soon enough, we’re going to need those resources to in fact preserve ‘our freedom and democracy’.

      The Die-Centennial is closer than you think.

      • Socrates-Detroit June 10, 2024 at 11:13 pm #

        Who is “we”?

        Is Tucsonspur the ID of Jamie Dimon? Lloyd Blankfein? Bill Gates?

        Are you one of them, “Tusconspur”, just killing time here with a few of the more aware internet types?

        Because unless you are part of the blob, Tuscon, the “we” in “we will need those resources later” definitely does not include YOU.

        And it doesn’t include JohnAZ, who has bought into the BS of the people (the globalists/elite/establishment) he purports to oppose.

        The US government, and especially the US military, is simply the “enforcement arm” of the globalist, the “blob” that JHK and so many CFNers call out.

        The US government is looking out for the blob’s interests, not the American people in general, and certainly NOT the constructive people in this country–the ones who work, pay taxes, and don’t commit crimes.

        And you want to risk WW3 to “look out for America’s interests”.

        Yeah. That’s the establishment is counting on. To help “thin the herd” as others have CORRECTLY noted elsewhere here today.

        • tucsonspur June 11, 2024 at 3:40 am #

          I guess that you are one of the ‘more aware types’.

          ‘The US government, and especially the US military, is simply the “enforcement arm” of the globalist, the “blob” that JHK and so many CFNers call out.’

          It is good that the US government and the US military are that powerful. (?) As the ‘globalist blob’ executes its agenda, and terrible things happen like our open border, the nation that we once knew may be destroyed, but it will at least remain intact if we can get the resources that will be desperately needed in the decades ahead. A strong military, a strong ‘enforcement arm’ will be required to do that.

          JHK more than anybody is keenly aware of how critical resources will be. Are you opposed to us getting them and in favor of other nations doing so?

          John has always opposed the blob, the globalists, the elites, the deep state, etc. Did I miss where he changed his mind? Where?

          ‘The US government is looking out for the blob’s interests, not the American people in general, and certainly NOT the constructive people in this country–the ones who work, pay taxes, and don’t commit crimes.’

          That’s our current government. I say that it could, could be changed with the right people. You say it can’t be, that the blob is too powerful? Then what the hell are you going to do about it besides whine? John often asked the same question. Maybe that’s why folks turned against him.

          ‘And you want to risk WW3 to “look out for America’s interests”.’

          I don’t want to risk WW3, Putin does. And the establishment wants to be incinerated itself to ‘thin the herd’? WOW!

          No, John was right. He called out the terrorists among us, called out the Hamas supporters chanting ‘death to America’ and ‘fuck the police’. Called out the growing threat from within.

          • OG June 11, 2024 at 5:35 am #

            It is Soros (i.e. Deep State) funding “the Hamas supporters chanting ‘death to America’ and ‘fuck the police’” in a divide-and-conquer strategy.

            Judging by your little thoughts, it’s working.

          • messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 8:51 am #

            “Are you opposed to us getting them and in favor of other nations doing so?”

            “What causes conflicts [ wars ] and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions that are at war within you? You crave what you do not have; you kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask. And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures [ lusts ].

            You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world [ system ] is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend [ accomplice ] of the world [ system ] renders himself an enemy of God. Or do you think the Scripture says without reason that the spirit He caused to dwell in us yearns with envy? But He gives us more grace [ unmerited favor ]. This is why it says:

            “God opposes the proud [ too smart to follow simple instructions ]
            but gives grace to the humble [ those that will listen ].”

            Why would good people fight among themselves over resources?

          • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 10:18 am #

            @Tucson

            Perhaps you watch too much Fox News and John Wayne and take them too seriously.

            How did the Vietnam War work out? How about Afghanistan? Just two examples.

            You say, “It is good that the US military and military are powerful”.

            If the military is so powerful and supposed to defend the country, why is the US border so “porous”?

            Isn’t it called the Department of DEFENSE?

            The resources in the Ukraine and Russian belong to Ukrainians and Russians, not the US. If the Russians want to trade with the Chinese, that’s their prerogative.

            You seem to think ” ‘we’ should take them”. Why? Should I take your stuff, because it might benefit me?

            Do you think the Russians will sit idly by?

            Putin wants to start WW3. Did you read that in Newsweak? Or see/hear it on CNN? Or on your favorite, Fox? Or did you think of that all by yourself?

            The US instigated the war in Ukraine.

            “Hamas Supporters”. Hmmm. I haven’t seen any “I love Hamas signs”.

            Hamas, the PLO, the PFLP, any of these “terrorist groups” can’t hold a candle to the Stern Gang, the Irgun–the Israeli groups that killed civilians and a “cleared them out” in 1947-1948.

            And the Palestinian “terror” groups can’t compete with the Israelis, who outclass even the Gestapo, when it comes to controlling movement in the occupied West Bank, in what is an aparthied system, where Israelis have been systematically replacing the native Palestinian Arabs for 50 years now.

            If anything, Hamas is much more judicious about the use of force. On Oct 07, over 600 of the Israelis they killed were soldiers or police. Armed occupiers. Legitimate targets. Over 50%. The Israelis bomb everyone.

            As for the hostages, the Israeli government holds thousands of Palestinians hostage as prisoners. No charges, no trials. Israel steals Palestinians property, abuses them, kills them, rapes them. You’re probably OK with that.

            In any case, I’m not saying the US should “even the score” and make Tel Aviv look like Gaza. No.

            But why should my tax money go to support the Zionist attempted genocide? If you want, you can write the Israeli government a check. But then, I should be able to write Hamas a check. At present, I cannot.

            Perhaps “we” should give Palestine back the Palestinians, and relocate the Israelis to Arizona! The climate is similar, America would benefit from an influx of intelligent people, and the average IQ in the state of Arizona would probably double.

            The US government would more likely have the “right” people in charge, if the masses were more informed and intelligent and had been less complacent about slowly watching their rights eroded as more and more wealth accrued to those at the top, and the puppets who served them.

            I don’t see that happening.

          • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:03 pm #

            Yeah, if Israel falls, they’ll mostly all be coming here. God help us.

            Soc-Det thinks we’ll benefit? Like we are now just more so, right?

        • benr June 11, 2024 at 9:20 am #

          We as in you sitting in your cozy nook typing away on that evil computer spewing Carbon dioxide.

          You are one of the worst for attacking the US for its policies while actually using them to complain about it.

          All of the anti-US imbeciles on this site wringing their hands while still benefiting from these policies.

          Hypocrites one and all or foreign operatives invested in raising China and possibly Russia at the expense of the US and the western world.

          Turn off that computer, smash your phone, sell all your worldly goods and go live in a cave drinking nettle tea.

          Only the monk practicing sokushinbutsu should have something to say!

        • Paula D June 11, 2024 at 12:00 pm #

          Like Tonto said to the Lone Ranger “What do you mean, “we”, Kemo Sabe?”

          Tucson and Ben identify so completely with their owners that they literally cannot understand the concept of “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods” and “Thou shalt not steal”.

          Of course the thugs that run our country believe that killing, looting and stealing are the right thing to do when they want something.

          But it is pathetic that ordinary citizens internalize their criminality and cheer on their barbarities.
          And then get self-righteous about it, to boot!
          “Of course I kill and steal for my rulers! It’s the Right Thing To Do!”

          • benr June 11, 2024 at 2:51 pm #

            It’s funny Paula has an opinion and only hers is the right one.

            You don’t have a clue what is going on sock puppet.

      • OG June 11, 2024 at 12:11 am #

        The natural resources in Ukraine belong to the Ukrainians. D’uh!

        What you propose is theft. You are a blatant criminal. Shame on you.

        ***
        Of course, Sox is right. You’re cheering on your sadistic masters’ theft and abuse of other victims. That’s some grade-A sicko stuff you got going in your head there, tucsonspur.

        • tucsonspur June 11, 2024 at 4:10 am #

          Will you pray for me?

          I can commit the crime and I can do the time, no nut swingin’ applejack here!

          Grade A sicko stuff, maybe like Tommy Udo? Cool.

          • OG June 11, 2024 at 4:18 am #

            I have indeed prayed for you.

          • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:06 pm #

            The Elite unleashed the Blacks on us, something Tusc chooses to forget. He doesn’t like the Blacks, but he acts like they gained ascendancy over us on their own power.

        • benr June 11, 2024 at 9:26 am #

          Interesting so buy proxy because they live there it belongs to them?

          Under US law even if you own the land, you do not have the mineral rights to your property.

          In the United States, mineral rights can be sold or conveyed separately from property rights. As a result, owning a piece of land does not necessarily mean you also own the rights to the minerals beneath it. If you didn’t know this, you’re not alone. Many property owners do not understand mineral rights. -google

          So, buy spending hundreds of millions to help Ukraine not be controlled by Russia is that not a form of payment?

          They most certainly will never pay the American taxpayer back for our largesse in fact most of the countries in the world the US throws billions out will never pay us back.

          The devil is in the details and that black and white world is made up of many shades of grey.

          • messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 2:09 pm #

            “So, buy spending hundreds of millions to help Ukraine not be controlled by Russia is that not a form of payment?“

            This question reminds me of Sylvester Stallone’s character in Tulsa King. A Mafia capo from New York City who has just finished serving a 25-year prison sentence. Upon release, his boss sends him to Tulsa to establish criminal operations there.

            Not knowing anyone in the area, the General seeks a new crew to help establish his empire. He acquires financing by threatening and later befriending Lawrence “Bodhi” Geigerman, the owner of a local dispensary, makes himself a partner, begins negotiations for better prices etc.

            Same process.

          • messianicdruid June 12, 2024 at 8:46 am #

            Think of it like this…

            theburningplatform.com/2024/06/11/carbon-credits-are-the-biggest-scam-since-indulgences-how-you-can-avoid-being-fleeced-3/

            “Imagine if Tony Soprano forced everyone in his neighborhood to buy “breathing credits” from him, which grant you the privilege to breathe a certain amount of air. And that, naturally, it would cost Tony Soprano nothing to create as many of these “breathing credits” as he wanted. He could also hand them out to his friends and others who did favors for him, creating a corrupt patronage system.

            This is basically what governments plan to do with carbon credits. Except they are also gaslighting you by telling you they are helping save the planet.”

            We are Bodhi.

          • messianicdruid June 12, 2024 at 4:54 pm #

            “The Biometric Update article goes on to quote Lynn Overmann, executive director of the Beeck Center, who “highlights the goal of developing human-centered solutions to improve government services, particularly for vulnerable populations.”

            Human-centered solutions? That’s a curious choice of words, since these digitalization programs are all driven by artificial intelligence.

            The article adds that, “She expresses pride in partnering with NIST and CDT to enhance security, privacy, and equity in benefits applications.”

            Yes, it’s always done in the name of protecting the security, privacy and equity of citizens. Rinse and repeat. They all stick to the same script, these globalists. They’ve got to include these lies to give the program the veneer of benevolence. They’re just trying to help us! And anyone who sees anything but the best of intentions in these programs is immediately branded a “conspiracy theorist.”

            Ronald Reagan told us 50 years ago that we the people should fear nothing more than a government official showing up in our lives while professing these nine words: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

            The Reagan movie will be out 8-30, rewriting history.

            leohohmann.substack.com/p/us-department-of-commerce-has-structure?r=qrouj&utm_medium=ios&triedRedirect=true

      • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 1:21 pm #

        “Why let China have them?”

        In case you haven’t noticed, Russia is not ours to give away.

        Besides, Putin sought to do business with the west. He learned, the hard that the west is not “agreement capable.” Russia has chosen to work with China, who offers a much better deal & greater reliability than the US.

        Btw, Putin has 80+% approval among his people. And the majority of the 20% that don’t approve believe he is too soft on the west.

        Also contrary to msm talking points, Putin is not a dictator nor Stalin nor Hitler. The Russian government is not communist; it is complex with a “senate” (the Dumas), & regional & local powers. Frankly, they are more democratic than the US, & with more free speech.

        Get rid of Putin & a hardliner will take over. And not unlike Lindsey Graham, the threat of nukes will become real.

        • benr June 11, 2024 at 2:56 pm #

          Don’t fool yourself Putin is a dictator.
          He had his primary competitor jailed and he was then murdered while in jail.

          Yep, Russians have free speech right up till they start bad mouthing Putin then not so much.
          Putin is leaps and bounds better than most of what we call leaders in Amerika he at least like his country.

          • Groundhog June 11, 2024 at 3:14 pm #

            bullshit!!!

          • benr June 11, 2024 at 4:02 pm #

            Even bullshit has uses but in this case just saying it proves nothing.
            Where have I gone off the rails?

            Are you saying Putin did not have his main opposition jailed?

            In March 2022, Navalny was sentenced to an additional nine years in prison after being found guilty of embezzlement and contempt of court in a new trial described as a sham by Amnesty International. His appeal was rejected, and in June he was transferred to a high-security prison.

            Or that has was not murdered in jail?

            What has happened to Alexei Navalny?
            There is no doubt that the Kremlin is responsible for the death of Alexei Navalny. He died a slow death, beginning with his poisoning with the deadly nerve agent Novichok by the Russian Federal Security Service in 2020

            Or that Russians ae allowed to publicly dish on Putin with zero repercussions?

            thehill.com/policy/international/3484858-heres-who-russia-has-punished-for-speaking-out-against-the-war-in-ukraine

            apnews.com/article/russia-crackdown-protest-putin-ukraine-dissent-f0006697d93d3d0553c5ccec5abbdd0f

            I know I KNOW WESTERN MEDIA IS BIASED.

            Or Putin cares about Russia?
            Please be slightly more specific or did my post just make you rage quit alt f4?

          • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 5:59 am #

            Lol. His “primary competitor” had an approval rating of 1% or so. And he officially died of complications from diabetes. Of course, his smiling wife had visited in prison shortly before he fell ill again, & was smilingly speaking at some big event is when he croaked. So maybe she brought him a big, sugary, toxic cake

            Trump, otoh, is real competition that forces the dems to blatantly cheat & steal to win.

            And now that they’ve fucked us over enough that cheating isn’t enough, they’re trying to jail him woth a rigged trial that would do Stalin proud.

          • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 6:12 am #

            And still, Ukraine is not “ours” to “let China have” … or to take for ourselves. Regardless of Nuland’s “purchase” with our $5+B tax dollars.

            It would have been a lot less costly all around to simply purchase the raw materials at a fair price.

            You know, like the low price Germany once paid for Russian gas.

            But a good deal is not enough for some people. The miserable fucks who can’ enjoy a good meal unless someone else is starving in front of them.

            Or the asshole realtors that sabotaged the sale of my house with their left hand threatened me, & made lowball offer with their right.

    • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:19 am #

      I was trying to find out what the most common crystals found in Ukraine are and I kept coming up with jaspilite.

      • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:04 pm #

        The Bible speaks of a Jasper, does it not?

        • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:36 pm #

          Yep it sure does. In fact, God really likes jasper. Jasper will be one complete layer of the foundation of the city that will descend upon the new Earth. In my own personal life i typically work with jasper in the morning and through the midday. It really gives me jolts of energy that are very helpful in those early hours of the day.

          • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 3:42 pm #

            I have the same problem, being a night person. I need to get a piece of jasper too. How does one “work with it”?

          • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 4:48 pm #

            Oh yeah i think that would be a great choice for you, especially if you do struggle in those morning hours. Now you may wish to obtain a raw piece of jasper. Personally I prefer well polished palm stones. If you can you may actually want to get both to see what your preference is or if you detect a different energy from either or. I mean you could also get a larger piece or a tower or something but if you just want to try it out I would go with a smaller piece initially.

            So I place the jasper near me and then when you can you want to take the jasper into your non-dominant hand which is your receiving hand. And just hold it and sit with it. You can do this if you are doing other things if you don’t necessarily need to work with your hands etc. And just allow yourself to receive the energy and frequencies from the stone. I notice a distinct alertness that comes about a few minutes after for myself. Of course everyone is different so just go with the flow and see how it makes you feel.

          • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 4:52 pm #

            If you find you sort of move the stone around in your hand just let yourself do that too. Sometimes i find that I do that which is one reason I like the polished stones and crystals because they sort of just more easily move around whereas raw pieces have edges and things like that. Totally up to your level of comfortability.

          • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:20 pm #

            Thanks. Maybe if it works, I’ll create a head piece to secure it my third eye. We could start a movement, be the new Ancient Egyptians or at least the new bohemians.

  33. King of Comedy June 10, 2024 at 10:48 pm #

    In a development that may well perfectly sum up the Great White Non-Entity of the north:

    “Canada’s largest cancer charity has apologized to the transgender community for using the word “cervix” to refer to the organ in the female reproductive system instead of “front hole.””

    When the universe conspires to lay its gifts before you, karmic etiquette is such that you must accept. I think the Canadian swallower of slogans, the too-dense-to-be-embarrassed inventor of silly tests and names could use a new moniker…

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Front Hole.

    • OG June 10, 2024 at 11:56 pm #

      The GLT does, of course, separate the hip from the sheep.

      GLT:
      For each of these 10 major historical events, score a 1 if you believe that it was a black op and a 0 if you believe the official story.

      JFK ~ 1963
      Gulf of Tonkin ~ 1964
      USS Liberty ~ 1967
      MLK ~ 1968
      RFK ~ 1968
      Apollo Moon Missions ~ 1969-1972
      OKC ~ 1995
      9/11 ~ 2001
      Boston Marathon ~ 2013
      Vegas Turkey-Shoot ~ 2017

      What is your score?

      ***
      We currently have 15 public GLT scores:

      10 – OG, Jarek, tuco22, JimiInFlorida2.0, SSL, C.O.Jones, Zoltar, Ron Anselmo
      9 – getsome, RD3, jim e
      5 – JAZ
      2 – Ely
      1 – Gus
      0 – tom clark

      • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:53 am #

        Ely may well have a high score but is just fooling around. Gus may have a higher score but doesn’t want to play along. But tom clark really does have a score of 0 and he’s proud of it.

        • OG June 11, 2024 at 2:27 am #

          0s and 1s are ignorant as Gulf of Tonkin and USS Liberty are gimmes.

      • benr June 11, 2024 at 10:10 am #

        You forgot an actual provable event.

        The USS Maine which kicked off the Spanish America war “hit a mine” in the harbor.

        Do you post this to annoy people?

  34. SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:03 am #

    In other words, having a big lavish party is inappropriate in the given atmosphere. Well, may i provide you with with a little reminder that laughter is medicine for the soul. So I laugh at scarcity mindset. Perhaps it laughs at me as well. But that’s no reason to give up on your magic wishes!@

    • tucsonspur June 11, 2024 at 3:50 am #

      Right on! I’ll be laughing as I take on all comers!

      • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:13 pm #

        I love your fighting spirit, tucson :o)

  35. OG June 11, 2024 at 2:26 am #

    Hey tucsonspur,

    If it’s “easy” to be against current, ongoing war crimes from the US or Canada, why, do you think, are there so very few of us actually doing it?

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    • benr June 11, 2024 at 9:28 am #

      Because all of this is nuanced far beyond the pitiful education and indoctrination most Americans get.

      While we are at it the vast majority of us are too busy working for a living and those that are not are usually to stoned or drunk to care.

      • Paula D June 11, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

        lol, “Nuance”.

        “Me big man. Me kill people and take their stuff. Me give to my rulers. Me very proud.”

        Very nuanced.

  36. SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:38 am #

    Sometimes too people just need a break. Personally that whole gimme thing was very offensive to me but i often demured from saying much because i work for greater harmonies and cohesions. And then that whole socialist anti-Jew comment was like way over the line but again why say much. The problem took care of itself lol. But really, maybe just take a break, relax and jump back in on your terms. Don’t ever allow someone to marginalize you and push you out.

    • tucsonspur June 11, 2024 at 3:58 am #

      Yes, but would they be true harmonies and cohesions or just have the superficial patina?

      What was the socialist anti-Jew comment if you have it?

      • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

        Superficial patina? You know i’m ride or die. So I don’t do superficial patinas. Um that comment was either on the last thread or the very one before that. John was getting upset but it was before he decided to leave.

  37. SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:57 am #

    Nancy Pelosi admitted that she is responsible for J6. This brings the whole projection phenomenon to a new level. This must mean that Maxine Waters is training an army in the hills to unleash mayhem over the fruited plains when “JBs” illegal alien ballots don’t quite get him past the finish line.

  38. SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 3:02 am #

    Apparently there is a rogue Russian nuclear submarine off the coast of Florida. Their probably already in the Mississippi River fyi.

    • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 6:16 am #

      It is, btw, the sub that can carry Zircons.

  39. SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 3:13 am #

    Thomas Massie recently told Tucker Carlson that every Republican member of Congress has an AIPAC babysitter/stalker assigned to them. For some reason Dems don’t. Presumably they are trusted to vote the right way. So you will support the war in Gaza existential crisis or no. Capiche?

    • OG June 11, 2024 at 3:49 am #

      DC is occupied.

      • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:18 pm #

        Yes, and honestly the entire country is occupied territory by way of DC’s occupation

    • OG June 11, 2024 at 4:13 am #

      “We have the best government that money can buy.”
      – Col. Douglas Macgregor

    • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 10:23 am #

      EVERY Congressman and Senator has an AIPAC monitor. Regardless of party.

      While the Israeli Lobby is NOT the focus of Mike Lofgren’s brilliant, short, easy-to-read (and even entertaining, in a dark kind of way) book,
      “The Deep State” (2016), even Lofgren brings up the Israeli Lobby as one of several that control events.

      • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:20 pm #

        Yeah, I am sure the Democrats are monitored as well but they appear to be a very solid voting bloc for anything the genocide machine wants to do. A handful of Republicans ask questions and thus require additional monitoring for “extremism”.

    • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:10 pm #

      Most Jews are fine with Jews dominating the United States. Fine and more than fine. The question is why are so many White Americans.

      • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:41 pm #

        That I really don’t know? Brainwashing and learned helplessness. I don’t like it. I am not anti-Jew. I am very anti-Pharisee. And we know they also have non-Jew collaborators.

        • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 3:44 pm #

          Good distinction. And that is by far the dominant sect, influencing even secular Jews who have left the religion per se.

          • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 4:58 pm #

            If only we could banish the Pharisee sect. We have to do alot for God in order for that to happen i think

  40. OG June 11, 2024 at 4:02 am #

    There are unconfirmed reports that Hezbollah have, for the first time ever, struck Haifa with missiles. Haifa, of course, is Israel’s main port city. Damaging Haifa would significantly damage Israel’s economy.

    Separately, Gantz was only one of four key resignations as it appears that Bibi-gun the Nutty Yahoo’s grasp on power is crumbling. Like Macron’s.

    For the times, they are a-changing
    – Bob Dylan

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    • OG June 11, 2024 at 5:28 am #

      Hmmm … not so fast.

      Initially, I was informed that these four resignations were key and that they could lead to the collapse of Bibi-gun the Nutty Yahoo’s Israeli government but Col. Douglas Macgregor, speaking on Judge Napolitano’s show yesterday, opined that the PM remains strong with 80% of the Israeli population supporting his war.

      As always: time will tell.

      • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 10:43 am #

        @OG, I don’t totally agree.

        Objective Israelis (for example, columnist Gideon Levy) will tell you many, maybe even MOST, Israeli dislike Netanyahu.

        That’s why they STILL have had large, anti-Netanyahu demonstrations in Israel

        However, as you say, the majority (I thought Levy said 65-70%, you say 80%, either way, it is a SOLID majority) support the war.

        Levy has also written that the way the war is reported is carefully controlled in Israel, to ensure the public supports it. Levy says most Israelis are not aware of massive destruction, and the tens of thousands of Palestinians killed.

        They think it is as “War against Hamas”, not “War ON Gaza”.

        Levy notes that, “when this is over” (he assumes it will end at some point) and people become aware, they will not feel very good about themselves and their country, but it will be too late.

        Levy also notes that Israelis who WANT to know what is going on can just go on the internet and see. But most Israelis (like most Americans) are not going to go that trouble, most will get their news from radio or TV or “home page” and go on.

    • benr June 11, 2024 at 9:31 am #

      Well, it would appear Israel will get the go ahead to take out some more trash.

      Rubbelizing Lebanon will be a shame, but the Christian population is in freefall.

      Looks like the crusades are back on the table.

      • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 10:31 am #

        @benr

        Yes, “Israel will take out some more ‘trash’ “.

        Well, this is a free speech zone.

        So tell us, benr, do you think Jonathan Pollard, born in Texas, should have served his life sentence for espionage against the United States, or do you agree that it is right and proper that he is out of prison and free, living in Israel?

        Tell us, is OK for the Palestinians to have their land and water stolen, to be shot or imprisoned at random, and to be essentially confined to their towns?

        Was it OK for Africans in South Africa to live under the apartheid system?

        Was segregation in the US ok?

        • benr June 11, 2024 at 11:05 am #

          @SD

          Even now many Black South Africans lament the passing of the White government and the takeover by the largely communist ANC.
          SA is now the child rape capitol of the earth.
          Fun times guess you support this my my how perverted of you.
          Free speech and all don’t cha know.

          Back at you do you think the now clearly White hating apartheid black government?

          Pretty sure you think this is just fine because white people evil right?

          This rogue communist government is stealing farms from white families that had them for over 200+ years and hand them to recent transplants from northern Africa.
          I bet you don’t know the actual history of Shaka Zulu decimating all the tribes of south Africa leaving it unpopulated.
          These transplants then take possession of farms with zero intention of working for the most part then just sell the farms because they only want the money and a once thriving country that was an exporter of food and technology is now descending into a third world cesspool.
          To the point they can’t provide water, power, food, safety or anything most people want to have to live a fruitful life.
          The crime is some of the worst and most violent on earth especially on white people!

          You present one side of a story as an absolute like all propagandists do and that is exactly what you are an agitator of the lowest sort dealing in one sided absolutes.
          Shooting people who are doing what?
          Imprisoning people for doing what?

          Your questions are as ridiculous as you are.

          • benr June 11, 2024 at 11:32 am #

            Back at you do you think the now clearly White hating apartheid black government is just fine?

            Are you one of the white hating dirtbags?

            Is it just fine with you that China is all but taking over Africa and slavery is making a grand come back?

            Do you think the Chinese will not rob, rape and pillage with impunity with a wave a fiscal wand by providing the roads and infrastructure to do all this robbing?

            Is there a difference?

            Is white bad but Commie yellows are just fine?

          • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:22 pm #

            Ewww he’s one of those lol

          • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

            I just state facts.

            You can’t handle the truth, so you label me “ridiculous”.

            The fact is apartheid was wrong. You won’t or can’t admit that.

            Where did I write South Africa is great today? Or even good?

            South Africa is a messed-up country today, where the electricity doesn’t always work, and crime is up (according to some publications that I put some stock in), doesn’t change the fact that apartheid was wrong. Perhaps the backlash from the apartheid era has a lot to do with where South Africa is today.

            During apartheid, ALL the Whites were better off, and ALL the blacks were worse.

            Now, my sense is many/most of the (remaining) whites are worse off, a few maybe be better, and some/many blacks are worse off, and some/many blacks are better off.

            South Africa. That’s where Israel may be headed. We will see.

            You’re the one who implied that Israel will take out some “trash” in Lebanon.

            Yes, I guess anyone in Israel’s gunsights is “trash”. Isn’t that what the Na-zis said about Eastern Europeans? And Jews?

            Yours are typical rantings of a rabid Zionist.

            It’s a matter of record that Palestinians are routinely shot and imprisoned. Because they are Palestinians. Shot, tortured, raped. It’s just only rarely covered in the US MSM, because the “blob” is connected to the Zionist movement, and vice versa.

            Jonathan Pollard has been called “the most damaging spy in US history”.

            In Israel though, many consider him a hero, especially Netanyahu who agitated for years for Pollard’s release. And a lot of Americans thought he should be released too.

            After all, compromising US security, perhaps a few dead US spies in other lands, well that is a small price to pay for Israel, isn’t it?

            Who/what is a higher priority for the US government? The American people, or the Israeli government?

            As for the US, I guess you can’t bring yourself to say segregation was wrong.

            On the surface, segregation doesn’t sound too bad. It is wasteful (two of everything? Buses? Bathrooms? Movies?) Yet a lot of prominent, educated Americans supported segregation.

            Separate but/and Equal. Unfortunately, in reality, it was not equal at all. Very far from equal, so it was wrong and evil. And the government used force (violence) to enforce it. More evil.

            Today, the US government is a bigger threat to most Americans than Russia or China.

            Now, once the US government is significantly weakened or destroyed, that may well change. In time, if possible, it is plausible the Chinese would seek to do to the US what the US is trying to do to Russia today–to implement regime change and take whatever valuable assets they can.

            The Chinese have their own internal (and external) challenges though, so it is plausible THAT government will have challenges too.

            Between debt, cartel capitalism, the COVID, the US government was doing a fine job of weakening the American public (the host on which the parasitic government–and parasitic Israeli client state both feed) and enriching the few; now with the US-instigated war in Ukraine, and the US-supported War ON Gaza, the US government is really digging its own grave faster than ever–and it’s going to take a lot of Americans down with it.

            You’re doing a good job of helping them, keep it up!

          • benr June 11, 2024 at 3:13 pm #

            @sc

            How out of touch are you?

            Segregation?

            Are Blacks now not segregating us from them?
            Now they are more than equal and entitled which is even worse than segregation.
            The rest of your ridiculous screed is hardly worth responding to.

            China is ascending and has zero issues with imposing their will one way or another.

            China’s ruling Communist Party says Taiwan is part of its territory, despite never having controlled it, and has vowed to take the island, by force if necessary. And it has become much more bellicose under Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

            They now believe all the South China sea is there’s to do whatever they want including attacking Philippine supply ships.

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:35 pm #

            China has left Taiwan alone for 75 years, even while claiming that Taiwan is a province of China.

            China has been around for 5000 years, so they were patiently waiting for the old ones to die off and the new ones to join.

            But that didn’t happen. Obama’s Pivot To Asia started the bellicose exercises in the China Sea, and American NGOs turned loose in the province did their propaganda thing, and the US picked young students to bring to America for a college education, (and grooming). They openly armed the Taiwanese military, and they openly talk about using Taiwan to get China to react militarily.

            So now the younger generation is more anti-China than the older one.
            Meanwhile, the US continues its “exercises” (provocations) in the China Sea.

            So Xi has now stated that China will take Taiwan by force, if they continue on their path.

            Benr shows how easily it is for our rulers to manipulate low IQ/no ethics individuals.
            He claims that the fact that China has left Taiwan alone for 75 years means that China has no legitimate claim. (But the US does, of course. The US can claim the entire world, in his mind.)
            He claims that it is Xi who is bellicose, so the US needs to ”respond”.

            This is very twisted thinking, even Alice-in-Wonderland thinking, but it is very common among those influenced by our Alice-in-Wonderland country’s propaganda.

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 3:50 pm #

            @paula

            You are so ass backwards it is appalling how stupid you really are.

            Every nation that has a coast on the South China sea is now being menaced by China.
            The only nation China is not sword rattling with right now is Russia.

            1. The Philippines

            In November last year, Chinese vessels had blocked and used water cannons on two Philippine supply boats that were heading to a disputed shoal occupied by Filipino marines in the South China Sea. The hostility which triggered an angry protest from Manila was the latest flare-up in the South China Sea with China claiming virtually the entire waterway.

            Manila is facing a deadlock in a dispute that it cannot resolve alone and while the armed conflict directly involving the Philippines is unlikely, there remains a growing potential for incidents at sea to escalate.

            2. Vietnam

            In another South China Sea dispute, China and Vietnam have long faced ‘maritime territorial disputes over the Spratly Islands and the Paraceal Islands. Despite resolving the issue through diplomacy, breakthroughs have proven elusive.

            3. Japan

            China and Japan have repeatedly clashed over a group of uninhabited islands called the Senkaku islands in Tokyo, the Diaoyu Islands in Beijing, and the Tiaoyutai islands in Taiwan. China began raising the questions of sovereignty over the islands in the 1970s when evidence of oil reserves in the region surfaced.

            For some years, Beijing has been aggravating tensions by increasing the presence of the China Coast Guard vessels in the contiguous zone of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

            4. Nepal

            China has also been accused of encroaching on Nepal’s territory along the two countries’ shared border. As per the leaked government report, China has been trespassing in the district of Humla, in the far west of Nepal.

            5. Bhutan

            China shares a contiguous border of 292 miles with Bhutan and the territorial disputes have been a source of potential conflict. Since the 1980s, the two governments have conducted regular talks on the issues.

            6. India

            China has a disagreement with India over its land border in the Himalayas. Both the countries fought a bloody war in 1962, ending in a ceasefire that led to the establishment of the Line of Control.

            7. Indonesia

            The issue between China and Indonesia is another South China Sea dispute. China has repeatedly demanded that Indonesia halt an oil and natural gas project in the region claiming that the efforts to extract the natural resources are an infringement on its territorial waters.

            8. Laos

            Laos has a 313-mile border with China that runs from the tripoint with Myanmar in the west to the tripoint with Vietnam in the east. China alleges that it owns large parts of Laos on a historical precedent dating back to the Yuan Dynasty.

            9. Myanmar

            As per the reports by China, the residents of Myanmar’s northern shan state had destroyed a fence built by the Chinese authorities claiming it encroaches on their country’s territories. As per the experts, if the issues go unresolved it could seriously damage the relations between the communities living in two nations.

            10. Tibet

            After Taiwan, Tibet is perhaps China’s most well-known territorial dispute. In 1950, China enforced a long-held claim on the Himalayan country and incorporated it with its own territory. After an unsuccessful uprising in 1959, Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama fled to India where he had set up a government in exile.

            11. Singapore

            Singapore and China have also clashed over their claim in the South China Sea. It particularly takes issues with building airstrips and hangars, as well as stationing the anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems in the Spratly Islands.

            12. Brunei

            The small Islamic nation has been long described as the silent claimant to areas in the South China Sea because it keeps a low profile in major disputes.

            Reportedly, China has bought its silence over the territorial issues because of an influx of investment that coincided with the suppression of anything that might be deemed mildly critical of China.

            13. Mongolia

            In 2015, China claimed an attack on one of its remote checkpoints in Inner Mongolia was because of a provincial border dispute. The area in question is said to be claimed by both Inner Mongolians and residents of neighboring Gansu Province.

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 7:27 pm #

            We were talking about Taiwan, dumbass.

            Try to focus.

        • Anthea June 11, 2024 at 10:36 pm #

          @ Socrates-Detroit:

          I think segregation in the US was a good system, and perhaps the only system under which blacks and whites could share the same country and a civil, peaceful way.

          Segregation is really just freedom of association. An apartment complex (a business) should be free to either rent or refuse to rent to blacks, as they choose. Retail businesses, restaurants, hotels/motels, etc., should be able to refuse to serve blacks, if they choose. Your neighorhood should be free to exclude blacks, as should your children’s school, if it’s a private school.

          On the other hand, I don’t see any rationale for any government-funded entity to exclude blacks; hence the problem of public schools (which should not exist). Actually, not much of any government-funded anything should exist.

          If you look back on the US in the days of segregation, you see an era in which race relations were fairlly amiable, there was little inter-racial violence, and black small businesses prospered because blacks had to do business primarily with black-owned businesses and dine at black-owned restaurants, etc. Segregation allowed them to develop a separate and reasonably prosperous economy in their own neighborhoods.

          Funny story (perhaps): When I was a kid, we ate out once a week (every Friday), usually at a truck-stop-type restaurant. I noticed that all of them had a sign that said, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” I asked my mother what that meant, and she said that it meant that they could refuse to serve drunks.

    • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

      Maybe Putin’s tentative – even coy – musing aloud that maybe he’d arm sensitive areas was done immediately in regards to Lebanon. Or maybe it had already been done and was then green lighted.

      • mary.m June 11, 2024 at 1:32 pm #

        I’m betting on Yemen, too. Maybe 1st. Also Syria & Iraq.

        • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:37 pm #

          I’m hoping for Syria. They have gone through enough suffering at the hands of the US and its jihadist proxies.

  41. sadlycdn June 11, 2024 at 9:34 am #

    I guess Joe Biden won’t be on Dancing With The Stars anytime soon……#Juneteenth fail

    • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

      More like Pooping With The Stars and the Stars said naw. And so it is.

  42. stelmosfire June 11, 2024 at 10:24 am #

    I heard somebody? on talk radio speaking about this lawfare Trump conviction on 34 felonies by a blue judge, in a blue city, with a 100% blue jury. He suggested that perhaps some DA in a super red county (maybe TX or Ky) file conspiracy and fraud charges against all 51? of the signatories of the letter stating the Hunter laptop was not real. The laptop which now is evidence in a federal trial. Obviously they were all colluding on this. Jury selection would of course be 100% red. Charges would be election interference and all sorts of other crap. Drag everyone of them into court and make them show up every day for weeks and sweat it out. He figured a conviction would be fairly straight forward. Wouldn’t that be a hoot.

    • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:28 pm #

      Red won’t do the job you need. For this you will need Crimson. Crimson would also be simple. The mfers are charged with treason, have a nice day!! Boop boop bee boop boop bop

      • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

        SSL

        I hope you mean “convicted” of treason.

        What about Jonathan Pollard?

        He was convicted. Today he is living as a free man in Israel. Allegedly “the most damaging spy in US history”.

        • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:43 pm #

          Oh absolutely. Charged, convicted, served, you name it! Extradite him and tell Israel if they don’t send him back everything is cutoff and we consider them a rogue state.

        • BackRowHeckler June 11, 2024 at 8:04 pm #

          Every country spies on every other country. You think the US doesnt spy on Israel, the UK, Germany? Pollard spent decades in Federal Prison for his crime.

    • sadlycdn June 11, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

      Now that would be great…..

  43. benr June 11, 2024 at 10:36 am #

    Any thoughts on Bidens display on the D-Day celebration?

    It really does appear he decided to soil himself yet again in public in front of millions of people.
    What some thought was him trying to sit down in an imaginary chair appears to be him pushing one out.
    Jills reaction to it by whisking this animated corpse off stages lends some credence to the meme.

    Rumors of him shitting himself in front of the Pope appear to also be true.

    The American left said horrible things about Ronald Reagan towards the end of his time in office and he was nowhere near as out of it as Joe Biden.

    The installed dictator in chief is demented and incontinent.

    It’s said God gives you the leaders you deserve not sure any country ever deserved Joe Biden at the helm.

    May you live in interesting times. -chinese curse

  44. elysianfield June 11, 2024 at 11:08 am #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    The Situational Awareness this AM reports;

    6) REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL KICKS OFF: Marxist and Trotskyist communists kicked off the Revolutionary Communist International (RCI) conference this week, with a goal of building a new international effort to promote communism, similar to the original communist international launched by Vladimir Lenin in 1919.
    During the opening session, RCI leader Alan Woods stated that young people around the world are hungry for communism.

    This in the good old USSA. Those pesky commies are at it again! They won’t quit! They hate us for our free…I mean privileges! They’re gonna get it right this time!

    …From each, like, you know, according to his abilities…
    And to each, like, according to his needs…or whatever….

    • Jarek June 11, 2024 at 1:19 pm #

      It hasn’t been tried yet! Just like real Capitalism! Ebony (Paula) and Ivory (John Az) together in perfect harmony.

      Other images: Lord Rothschild and Trotsky having brunch and chess together in the years before the Revolution. No doubt making plans.

      Rockefeller and Khushchev embracing like lovers in Moscow.

  45. stelmosfire June 11, 2024 at 11:23 am #

    Well it looks like Ol’ Hunter will be hitttin’ the pipe tonight.

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    • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:32 pm #

      lol Ole Hunter

    • Prospero June 11, 2024 at 12:43 pm #

      Come on man! Hunter Biden’s conviction on firearms charges came as a complete surprise when I read the story in the news this morning. Apparently, all of the incriminating evidence found on Hunter’s laptop is no longer considered to be Russian interference.

      I assumed that members of the jury had all been threatened with great harm if they voted to convict the son of our beloved president Joe Biden. I will be following this story with great interest.

  46. sadlycdn June 11, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

    Hunter Biden conviction is all well planned theater……it’s window dressing to justify the lawfare game…The Ole” Nobody’s Above The Law” routine……Hunter will of course get a nice pardon after his income tax plea deal is finished……..then it all Blows away

    • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 12:33 pm #

      I would tend to gravitate to this way of thinking as well. The only little fly that i’ll place in your ointment is that it seems possible the Dems may be trying to offload the Bidens prior to or at their convention. Could this be the beginning of that process?

      • Prospero June 11, 2024 at 1:07 pm #

        The Democrats now realize that Joe Biden’s rapidly declining mental and physical conditions have made him ineligible as a presidential candidate. Joe Biden told a news reporter that he would not grant Hunter Biden a pardon if he was convicted on firearms charges. Does this mean that Joe Biden has been told that his role of pretending to be president might be soon coming to an end?

        If this is the case, who will pardon Hunter Biden? Perhaps Joe Biden will soon step down and let Kamala Harris pretend to be president for a little while. Maybe she will be the one who will pardon Hunter. Of course Kamala will need to step down from her role as president after a new vice president is installed. It remains to be seen who this new vice president will be. Maybe Gavin Newsom?

        • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:43 pm #

          Beware Mike Johnson. He is a carefully placed plant.

          • C.O.Jones June 12, 2024 at 7:50 pm #

            Very true SoftStarLight.

            He’s Trump’s boy, just like the previous speaker.

      • sadlycdn June 11, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

        You raise a good point and there may be a big fly in my ointment….I think however after the ongoing Trump Lawfare and letting Joe off the hook from prosecution they had no choice..so now their going to make lemonade from coke….

        At the end of the day Hunter may turn out to a useful idiot for the Dems for so many reasons including dumping Joe…for now Hunter will take some incoming for the team before full pardon on all charges….then his paintings will sell for even more

        • SoftStarLight June 11, 2024 at 2:45 pm #

          I definitely understand the cynicism so we’ll have to wait and see

  47. OG June 11, 2024 at 1:11 pm #

    Only the monk practicing sokushinbutsu should have something to say!
    – benr

    Talk about completely not grasping free speech!

    • benr June 11, 2024 at 3:16 pm #

      I grasp it 100% but your speech is idiocrasy with a side of endless repeat ad nauseum.

      • OG June 11, 2024 at 5:29 pm #

        “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just like, uh, your opinion, man.”

        ***
        It’s not me repeating, benr. I keep freshly reporting on Bibi-gun the Nutty Yahoo who keeps repeating his war crimes.

        Big difference.

        • benr June 11, 2024 at 11:37 pm #

          Are you having a stroke?

          Bibi Netanyahu must be your personal boogeyman but Hamas continues to murder people all over.

          Hamas Leader Says Palestinian Deaths Are ‘Necessary Sacrifices’ In Leaked Messages Obtained By Wall Street Journal

          Oh, look they even admit they don’t care about your precious Palestinians they are cannon fodder.

          • OG June 12, 2024 at 10:19 am #

            Both are true. D’uh!

            They’re in cahoots. Think about it.

            Hello?! McFly?!!

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 10:53 am #

            Facts not in evidence as some would say.

            More the point the enemy of my enemy is my friend until they are not.

            No proof of said in cahoots just anecdotal fallacy at best on your part.

  48. benr June 11, 2024 at 3:25 pm #

    I have seen some of these people comment on losing children for the cause and they simply say more children can be born.
    These are some cold-blooded bastards.
    They sue for peace to re-arm, resupply, and then when ready continue the attacks.

    Hamas Leader Says Palestinian Deaths Are ‘Necessary Sacrifices’ In Leaked Messages Obtained By Wall Street Journal

    According to a Wall Street Journal report citing stolen messages, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, who assisted in planning the terrorist attack on October 7th, acknowledged that he personally saw all Palestinian civilian deaths as “necessary sacrifices” in order to continue the group’s war efforts against Israel.

    Messages from Sinwar obtained by the Wall Street Journal expressed that Yahya Sinwar praised his own accomplishments in delaying cease-fire talks while the Jewish state faces growing international criticism over the Palestinian death toll.

    The messages were translated into English.

    “We have the Israelis right where we want them,” Sinwar said in a message to other Hamas leaders meeting with Qatari and Egyptian negotiators.

    Throughout the dozens of communications that the Wall Street Journal examined, Sinwar, who already comes off as a cold-blooded psychopath who has no care or empathy whatsoever for his fellow Palestinians, is only focused on Israel suffering as much as possible from the ongoing conflict.

    However, Palestinian civilian support of Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza still remains high, according to a poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

    “Only 5 percent of Palestinians think Hamas’s massacre on October 7 constitutes a war crime. The poll found that 80 percent of Palestinians have not seen videos of Hamas atrocities, with 60 percent responding that the media they watch did not show them,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) reported.

    Sinwar informed Ismail Haniyeh that the killings of his sons and other Palestinians in Gaza will only “infuse life into the veins of this nation, prompting it to rise to its glory and honor,” according to the outlet.

    Even Sinwar, who has fought against Israel for most of his life, was also reportedly stunned by the heinous acts his fellow “fighters” committed on October 7th, proven by the obtained letters he wrote to other Hamas officials and negotiators.

    “Things went out of control,” Sinwar said in one message where he discussed the kidnappings of women and children.

    “People got caught up in this, and that should not have happened,” he added.

    Even though Israel has destroyed almost all of Hamas’ battalions and strongholds in Gaza, Sinwar seems intent on extending the conflict for as long as possible. Earlier this year, the chief of Gaza denounced negotiations with his superiors aimed at reaching a settlement with the Jewish state.

    “As long as fighters are still standing and we have not lost the war, such contacts should be immediately terminated,” he said. “We have the capabilities to continue fighting for months,” Sinwar says in another message.

    Sinwar also maintained in a number of his statements that he will continue to fight until Israel loses the majority of international support, even if it means sacrificing his own life or thousands more civilians in the process. He expressed that the higher the Palestinian death toll rises, the less support Israel will have in the end.

    “We have to move forward on the same path we started,” Sinwar writes. “Or let it be a new Karbala,” he added. Karbala references a 7th-century Iraqi battle where the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was killed.

    After being detained by the IDF in 1988 and freed in a prisoner exchange in 2011, Sinwar ascended to prominence within Hamas and was appointed as its highest-ranking Gaza official in 2017.

  49. messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 3:33 pm #

    Are we entering the “Media Based Attention Economy”?

    I need someone skilled in detecting satire to evaluate this video:

    youtu.be/ycfPF1gkNpE

    • Soul Forensics June 11, 2024 at 4:03 pm #

      First time I’ve tuned into this guy, so I don’t know his style, but if this is satire, it’s very fine and subtle.

      I tend to think he’s dead serious, and dropping truth bombs left and right. “We no longer live in a knowledge economy, we live in an attention economy.”

      • messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 5:24 pm #

        Almost as good [ deadpan ] as Pat Paulsen.

  50. Beryl of Oyl June 11, 2024 at 3:47 pm #

    “Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is paying a visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a closed-door transcribed interview with the House select subcommittee investigating the coronavirus pandemic.”

    Fox News, Ex-New York Gov Andrew Cuomo to face House GOP committee over COVID nursing home deaths

    Closed door? Why closed door?

    This article reminded me of how bad Andrew has been lying about the coof response:

    Lawfare Bingeing: New Jersey Announces an Investigation into Trump Liquor Licenses

    jonathanturley.org/2024/06/11/lawfare-bingeing-new-jersey-announces-an-investigation-into-trump-liquor-licenses/

    This is what Governor Cuomo was doing when he says that people were voluntarily following his covid “restrictions” and that he had no powers of enforcement. He was threatening to pull liquor licenses from establishmets that didn’t enforce the idiotic mask rules.

    What I’d like to know is, will a President Kennedy see that this man gets what he deserves for what he’s done; or is he going to get away with one of those “what we didn’t know then” cover stories?

    As much as I despair of President Trump ever fixing any of this if he gets back in his rightful office, there has to be something about a President Trump that scares them so bad that they will follow him to the ends of the earth to destroy him.

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  51. Jarek June 11, 2024 at 4:10 pm #

    Law Professor Dr. Francis Boyle, Who Drafted the 1989 Biological Weapons and Antiterrorism Act, Claims COVID-19 mRNA Injections are Weapons of Mass Destruction in New Affidavit
    | By Lou Dobbs Staff

    Dr. Francis Boyle, a Harvard-trained professor and the architect of the 1989 Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act, which was unanimously approved by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, has issued an affidavit declaring COVID-19 mRNA vaccines as biological weapons and weapons of mass destruction, Dr. Joseph Sansone first reported.

    Dr. Boyle’s affidavit, which was submitted as part of an emergency petition for a writ of mandamus in Florida, argues that the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines violates several statutes, including the U.S. Code on Biological Weapons and Florida’s statutes on weapons and firearms.

    This petition, aimed squarely at Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody, calls for an immediate halt to the distribution of these injections in Florida and demands the confiscation of existing vaccine supplies.

    According to Dr. Joseph Sansone, the original Emergency Petition for a Writ of Mandamus was filed on March 3rd, 2024, in the Florida Supreme Court. It was later transferred to the Circuit Court in Leon County on March 20th, 2024. After the Circuit Court dismissed the case on April 9th, 2024, it moved to the appellate court. The Appellate Brief was filed on Memorial Day, May 27th, 2024.

    Dr. Boyle, one of the world’s leading legal experts on biological weapons, has added considerable weight to the case with his affidavit. The case already boasts a substantial body of evidence provided in the writ of mandamus, including affidavits from med-legal advisor and biotech analyst Karen Kingston and Ana Mihalcea, M.D., PhD.

    According to Dr. Sansone, the pleadings claim that the distribution of these injections violates several laws, including:

    Biological Weapons 18 USC § 175; Weapons and Firearms § 790.166 Fla. Stat. (2023);
    Federal Crime of Treason 18 USC § 2381;
    Treason § 876.32 Fla. Stat. (2023);
    Domestic Terrorism, 18 USC § 2331;
    Terrorism § 775.30 Fla. Stat. (2023);
    Murder § 782.04 (1)(a) Fla. Stat. (2023);
    and Genocide 18 USC §1091;
    Florida Drugs and Cosmetic Act § 499.005 (2) Fla. Stat. (2023);
    Fraud § 817.034 Fla Stat. (2023);
    Accessory After the Fact § 777.03 Fla. Stat. (2023);
    and Florida Medical Consent Law § 766.103 Fla Stat. (2023).

    Dr. Boyle’s signed affidavit reads:

    Pursuant to 28 USC 1746, I, Francis A. Boyle declare under penalty of perjury that the statements contained herein are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

    I am Francis A. Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. I received an AB (1971) in Political Science from the University of Chicago, then a JD degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and AM and PhD degrees in Political Science from Harvard University.

    I have advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare. In 1985 | publicly called for and then drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush with the approval of the United States Department of Justice. See my book Biowarfare and Terrorism (Clarity Press: 2005).

    It is my expert opinion that, ‘COVID-19 nanoparticle injections’ or ‘mRNA nanoparticle injections’ or ‘COVID-19 injections meet the criteria of biological weapons and weapons of mass destruction according to Biological Weapons 18 USC § 175; Weapons and Firearms § 790.166 Fla.Stat. (2023).

    Dr. Francis Boyle’s affidavit (Source: Dr. Joseph Sansone)

    In 2022, The Gateway Pundit reported that the Florida Supreme Court approved Governor Ron DeSantis’ request to impanel a grand jury to investigate Covid vaccine manufacturers.

    The order read:

    “1. A statewide grand jury shall be promptly impaneled for a term of twelve calendar months, to run from the date of impanelment, with jurisdiction throughout the State of Florida, to investigate crime, return indictments, make presentments, and otherwise perform all functions of a grand jury with regard to the offenses stated herein.

    2. The statewide grand jury shall be drawn from the certified jury lists submitted by the chief judges of the Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Judicial Circuits.” the order read.

    3. The Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta, Chief Judge in and for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, is designated as presiding judge over the statewide grand jury. In his capacity as the presiding judge, the Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta shall maintain judicial supervision of the statewide grand jury, and all indictments, presentments, and formal returns of any kind made by such grand jury shall be returned to the presiding judge. The presiding judge may designate an alternate presiding judge in the event of calendar conflicts or otherwise and to assist in the administrative process of the statewide grand jury.

    4. John A. Tomasino, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida, is hereby designated clerk of this statewide grand jury and is empowered to deputize any clerk of a circuit court or any deputy clerk of a circuit court to issue necessary process and to carry out the administrative functions of the statewide grand jury.”

    “Today I’m announcing a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate any and all wrongdoing in Florida with respect to COVID vaccines,” DeSantis said during a COVID vaccine accountability roundtable.

    Governor Ron DeSantis’ move to launch a statewide grand jury investigation into injuries associated with the Covid vaccine follows an announcement from Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo. The Surgeon General declared that his office is beginning a study into instances of myocarditis in individuals who have received the shot.

    “We are initiating a program here in Florida where we will be studying the incidence in surveillance of myocarditis within a few weeks of Covid-19 vaccination for people who died,” Dr. Joseph Ladapo said.

    “This is going to be a surveillance study using, working with some of our medical examiners in Florida. We’re also going to be working with the University of Florida so there will be a component that has more of a research or research forum to it, but we will answer this question,” he said.

    “It is a question that I’m sure keeps the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna up late at night hoping no one ever looks, but we’re going to look here in Florida.”

    Jarek: Looks like we backed the wrong horse. Both Trump and De Santis are Zionist warmongers or controlled by them, but De Santis is sane on this key issue. Or is he only sane because he is now not running? These goyim cowards are tricky!

    • Ron Patterson June 11, 2024 at 9:04 pm #

      What kind of shit are you trying to sell here? If you think the mRNA Nanoparticle Injections Are Weapons Of Mass Destruction, then you are just STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. All the doctors who developed this vaccine are trying to do is save lives.

      We do not want conspiracy theory bullshit. Take it somewhere else. Facebook is the place for stupid conspiracy theory bullshit. Not here. Shut up about your theories. We do not want them here.

      Millions of people died in the Covid 19 pandemic because people like you told them the vaccine was a conspiracy theory to kill them. You, or the likes of you, were the real murders by preventing these people from getting the injections that could have saved their lives. Conspiracy theory idiots like you are guilty of murder.

      • messianicdruid June 11, 2024 at 10:07 pm #

        Leave the Amish alone.

      • Groundhog June 12, 2024 at 2:19 pm #

        Hey R P!

        It seems television and popular mass media is your only source of information about what’s happening in the world. This forum isn’t the place for “tv people”. You’ll be disappointed.

      • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:39 pm #

        “We don’t want conspiracy bullshit here”?

        Who is “we”, Kemo Sabe?

        Most of us here want the mass murdering perps to be prosecuted for their crimes.

      • C.O.Jones June 12, 2024 at 8:04 pm #

        Former VP and Science Officer of Pfizer Mike Yeadon said on 10/20/23 that “Covid jabs were designed intentionally to harm, maim and kill and to reduce human fertility.”

        In an interview in 2022, he predicted an increased incidence of myocarditis among recipients of the jab.

        @ Ron Patterson – “What kind of shit are you trying to sell here?”

        Do you know better than Mike Yeadon?
        Was he correct?
        Do you know better than Bobby Kennedy?
        You sound like my cardiologist…
        Please present your evidence and leave emotion out of the equation.

      • benr June 13, 2024 at 6:51 am #

        @ron patterson

        Conspiracy theory or conspiracy fact?

        Can you answer a simple question.
        In what bizarro world did otherwise young healthy athletes start having heart attacks while playing sports games?
        It was almost unheard of until the mRNA shots were foisted off as a miracle cure for covid. It is not caffeinated sports drinks as they have been around for at least a decade.
        I did not get sick until forced to take one covid shot and then had Achey leg syndrome for almost two years. I also caught some weird covid like colds repeatedly over and over for at least two years after the J&J single shot. Before that I had not had a cold or the flue in at least five years.
        I don’t take flu shots I know them to be bullshit.

        I have personally witnessed several people develop turbo cancer and die within weeks of being diagnosed…weeks not months or years.

        You do realize that big Pharma is a major donor to politicians and advertiser to “news” outlets so they control the content and the narrative and we know they would never lie to us…RIIIIIGHT.

        It’s a simple fact mRNA vaccine killed most of the test animals for the last twenty or so years they had some real issues getting it to work
        It’s a fact Covid was not near as lethal as they told us it was unless you were already really sick.

        Why do you think they gave immunity to the developers and manufacturers from prosecution and lawsuits for injury?

        Why do you think the life expectancy and populations of many countries takes a sharp dive in projections over the next ten years.

  52. Rulo Deschamps June 11, 2024 at 6:34 pm #

    Older JHK readers like myself say “hear, hear” to this missive’s focus on supply chains breaking – big ag in big trouble over resource depletion, soil exhaustion, higher energy costs.

    Yes, the panopticon and totalitarian impetus can only be stopped by the machine grinding to a halt. That’s the form of optimism we can use, JHK. Not “A judge or a politician will set things right” bc that’s not gonna happen. It will be the hard realities of resource depletion and hunger.

    Commenter spur, from Tucson, a city doomed to fail as the aquifers dry and the grid sputters, with no way in hell to feed him and his fellow million residents (went from around 50k in 1950 to a over a million today, in a barren land that historically had densities even lower than the 1950 figure), says my suggestions to grow food, enter the barter economy, form co-ops with like minded neighbors, is a “pie in the sky,” a pipe dream.

    Here’s the pipe dream, Tucson: “US” (he means Blackrock, the MIC and the GMO titans like Monsanto) have a RIGHT to Ukraine’s resources, so I can keep watching my idiotic boomer TV marathons of outrage.

    To others more sensible than this deluded fool: think for yourselves. It’s never too late to start. Sell the bitcoin (Soul?), sell the Tesla and dump the expensive wife and start getting friendly NOW with those who can grow food within a short distance.

    • Soul Forensics June 11, 2024 at 6:44 pm #

      Bitcoin and the worthy endeavours you mention, Rulo, aren’t mutually exclusive.

      • Rulo Deschamps June 11, 2024 at 6:57 pm #

        That’s true, Soul. Just don’t disregard the other investments, not just in $ but in time, of knowing the under the radar economy, the growers, the barter system. That’s all I’m saying. At the very least, hedge your bets.

        • Soul Forensics June 11, 2024 at 8:05 pm #

          Rulo, I’ve taken the upcoming TSHTF so seriously that I’m planning to leave downward-spiraling Canada for my forebears’ land of Finland. My parents, who spoke fluent Finnish, unfortunately didn’t pass that down to us kids, but I’m now learning the language (5th hardest out of 7,000 still in use).

          And if the Russkies want to start another war with the Finns, as they’re ramping up to do (another invasion of air space yesterday), we’d kick their asses around the block same as the last time they tried it.

          Preppers in Finland have prime territory.

          • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:23 pm #

            The Party Girl joined Findland to NATO and is threatening Russia. Get it straight!

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:40 pm #

            She’s another WEF plant.

          • Soul Forensics June 13, 2024 at 2:59 am #

            I suppose you’re not aware that Marin was turfed by the voters last year for a more hard-line prime minister.

            Finns don’t put up with that shit. Get it straight yourself.

          • Jarek June 13, 2024 at 1:21 pm #

            Soul sees Finns as the best people on Earth. This is good. He is becoming a Finnish National Socialist.

    • ZrCrypDiK June 11, 2024 at 9:45 pm #

      “big ag in big trouble over resource depletion, soil exhaustion, higher energy costs. ”

      I meant to quote that B4 my missive. I Forgot – U know how that goes. 18 feet of topsoil in the “breadbasket” (alternating soy/corn for fast food beef) midwest reduced to 0.5-1.5 feet (well over a decade ago)?

      Don’t forget that soil trample in the Clearcut Forest Slash and Burn 5-7 year Cattle Grazing, B4 soil concretion/depletion/river silting…

      • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 1:33 pm #

        Yes, but we can’t vote for the team that understands the problem and wants to promote regenerative agriculture, because………
        Gaza.

    • elysianfield June 12, 2024 at 12:10 pm #

      ” dump the expensive wife”

      …I might be a buyer…any pics?

  53. ZrCrypDiK June 11, 2024 at 6:35 pm #

    “If Wishes Were Fishes” – let me guess, you’d have an aquarium full!!!

    “Forgive me for reiterating a basic principle driving this moment in history:” – let me guess again, time for a world made by hand? Without burning the future resources of hundreds of generations in a post-peak epiphonic (apocalyptic) minute? With some semblance of sustainability, renewability, recyclability! I make (up^) words, too.

    “one super-gigantic mega-system that will run flawlessly on computer tech magic” Techno-narcissism – They will throw magic-dust into the gears/clouds, make it rain, and cool the planet. Just the kinda *SH!* I want to be breathing in/washing acid rain down on me…

    This AI SH! they got now does not impress me – it seemed amazingly stupid, and just kept lying to me – and apologizing. How much fuel are they burning for these pathetic monstrosities? I wrote AI to solve many games/problems, 2 decades ago. They are just chaining sloppy code now, and patching when necessary. Think – Widget Code.

    “Similarly, if you have an urgent medical problem, the 80-percent of administrative clerks in your primary care doctor’s overgrown practice (with an assist from the health insurance company cohorts they must coordinate with) will actually manage to delay your treatment as long as possible, with a fair chance of disallowing it altogether.” Haha, the middlemen that provide NO SERVICE, just HINDER, yet take their juicy VIG right off the top. SUX to need healthcare, and be on Medicare Advantage (or younger than 65 – haha!). Privatize those public commons, m0f0 (Led Zep cover?).

    You’re so damn right about the destructiveness of our Capitalist Corporate Commercial Consumer Media Economy (EMPIRE? no, CCCCME – heh). I see no productive jobs out there, other than in food. And they all seem to be ‘Big Ag’ now – clearcut slash and burn fast food burgers, factory farms, ‘illegal’ (not if they aren’t prosecuted…) underage slaughterhouses, etc… The exponential human explosion we’ve witnessed in the last century (2 to 8.5/9 billion population, consumption per capita up 3 orders of magnitude) really sealed our fate. The nutter sociopaths (PSYCHOPATHS) in charge will most likely NOT deal with imminent nuclear waste issues, or they may simply push the RED button, and get it over with.

    I have to agree with you, that these covid vaccines haven’t really appeared to provide any benefit – but the original virus was not very much different from your generic seasonal flu (2% kill rate instead of 0.5-1%?!?). But I will not jump on the kooky anti-vax bandwagon, taking troll feeds as truth, when they support my beliefs. Yeah, there should have NEVER been mercury in vaccines, and I’m still sure that caused long-term issues (how could it have NOT?). And, apparently the vaccine oil base can result in allergies to that very same base (think nuts/milk).

    As an aside, this afternoon, after planting 8 tomatoes/peppers/tomatillos, I saw this guy come up to my neighbor’s water vein – he’s got that 3′ long twister tool (plyers suffice – I know, had to deal w/ their incompetence on a ‘new’ meter install, a decade back). Did he also install a “boot” – our water is still a public utility here. Public utilities should not be allowed to turn off, unless there are no occupants/vacancy.

    • Rulo Deschamps June 11, 2024 at 7:25 pm #

      Good observations, Cryp.

      Access to clean water will be a big issue, unforeseen by most, if things go the way charted by JHK in his books, and revisited in this post.

      “Public utilities should not be allowed to turn off” – Maybe, but if the issue is no energy to make that water potable for the masses, and then pump it through a reliable network, whether they should or should not be allowed to stop service is a moot point.

      Joe 6 pack opens the spigot at nothing comes out. Does he have a plan B? Don’t be Joe.

      • BackRowHeckler June 11, 2024 at 7:53 pm #

        The problem in Flint, and in Chicago, is that nobody bothered to pay their water bill. Apparently paying the water bill is for suckers. So what cities like Chicsgo, Flint, Detroit & Cleveland have done is turn the water system into a free public service. Problem solved. Why send out any water bills if nobody pays them?

        • malthuss June 11, 2024 at 7:57 pm #

          reparations

          • ZrCrypDiK June 11, 2024 at 10:07 pm #

            Infrastructure – something nobody gives a *SH!* about. heh!

        • benr June 12, 2024 at 12:16 pm #

          A good friend of mine drove across country and made a special trip to swing by and pick up some tap water from Flint at the height of the worst water problems.

          It was rusty brown with an oily residue at the top right out of the tap.

          Some really nasty looking stuff.

    • Socrates-Detroit June 11, 2024 at 10:15 pm #

      @ZrCryp (and everyone else)

      A period life table is based on the mortality experience of a population during a relatively short period of time.

      While there are MANY factors, including the mRNA INJECTIONS, Social Security Administration says life expectancy is DOWN in the US.

      ssa.gov/oact/STATS/table4c6_2019_TR2021.html

      The Social Security Administration has updated the 2021 period life table for the Social Security area population, as used in the 2024 Trustees Report (TR).

      If you compare it to the 2019 table used for the 2021 Trustees Report, you will see that US life expectancy at birth has dropped from 76.23 and 81.28 to 73.54 and 78.30, a drop 2.69 and 2.98 years for males and females respectively.

      For a 61 year-old (the last year of the Baby Boomers), remaining life expectancy has gone from 21.01 and 23.96 (male/female) to 19.70 and 22.86, a reduction of 1.31 and 1.10 years.

      Let’s just make it 1.167 year reduction, or 14 month reduction in life expectancy for people who are eligible for social security next year.

      According to Yahoo (found via Google), the average SS monthly benefit for a 62 year-old who takes their benefit at 62 is about $1,248.

      So, $1,247.42 * 14 = $17,463.88

      0.63% and 0.66% of the US population is 61, from a google search that takes me to a census.gov page.

      If there are 330 million Americans, that’s about 4.257 million 61 year-olds.

      So, for people born in 1963, the last year of the Baby Boom, the reduced life expectancy will “save” the government $74.343 Billion a year, if they all take the benefit ASAP.

      IF they wait, Uncle Sam saves more. If they wait till 67, those last 14 months, the data shows the US can save $24,948

      And, after 65, 14 months less Medicare payments.

      THis is just ONE SLICE of the demographic pie, 61 year-olds.

  54. hightrekker June 11, 2024 at 6:50 pm #

    ‘Deflated buffoon’

    rawstory.com/trump-convicted-felon-2668469898/

    Lets not put down buffoons by comparing them to Trump

    • benr June 12, 2024 at 8:38 am #

      Speaking of buffoons, you have revealed yourself to be one.

  55. BackRowHeckler June 11, 2024 at 7:45 pm #

    Malthus take note:

    “In LA County fire hydrants & stoplights being lifted off the streets, sold for scrap.” Apparently the hydrants are being smashed into with stolen cars, but oftentimes unbolted as well. Of course a gusher ensues in the neighborhood which lasts until the water dept can get out to shut it off. As for the traffic control lights they are being cut down with a Sawzall. The job is done only in a minute or two. It takes about $30,000 to replace a hydrant but apparently some aren’t even being replaced. Why bother? The traffic control lights are being substituted with stop signs. Here we have the critical infrastructure of a major American city being cannibalized. This is a similar situation to SAfrica, a 3rd World people inheriting a 1st World infrastructure … and running it into the ground in a matter of decades.

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    • malthuss June 11, 2024 at 7:59 pm #

      solar panels at bus stops.

      manhole covers.

      PJ O Rourke wrote about those in Albania stealing whatever—copper, wires etc.

      • BackRowHeckler June 11, 2024 at 8:08 pm #

        Well, I guess LA is now at the level of Albania (the poorest country in Euripe) … but has a lot farther to fall.

    • ZrCrypDiK June 11, 2024 at 10:10 pm #

      d00d U never let me down w/ these nutty stories about the recyclers (junkies) and what they’ll do!

      Did You forget about how 60%+ of all bridges in the USA were rated about D+ – well over a decade ago!!!

  56. tom clark June 11, 2024 at 10:21 pm #

    Meanwhile, up in the frozen tundra, Minneapolis police officer Jamar Mitchell buried today, the first Mpls. officer killed in the line of duty in 20+ years.. Married to a white woman, four kids, just sayin…

    PS to Jarek and OG…yes, I am damn proud of my “0” BLT score. Gotta be proud of somethin’ in this crazy world.

    • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 1:02 am #

      My theory is that a person’s vax score will vary inversely with their GLT (not BLT) score. So the higher the number of jabs taken, the lower the GLT. Not that the Vax makes you dumb per se, although that is possible, but rather just “stupid is as stupid does” as Forest Gump said.

    • BackRowHeckler June 12, 2024 at 1:59 pm #

      Yeah the assassin who ambushed Jamal was named Mustafa Mohammed. I’m assuming Mustafa was from an old pioneering family who came to Minnesota overland from New England in the mid 19th century lol.

      Jamal was from New Haven Ct, where his father was a police officer himself.

  57. tucsonspur June 12, 2024 at 3:30 am #

    ‘Commenter spur, from Tucson, a city doomed to fail as the aquifers dry and the grid sputters, with no way in hell to feed him and his fellow million residents (went from around 50k in 1950 to a over a million today, in a barren land that historically had densities even lower than the 1950 figure), says my suggestions to grow food, enter the barter economy, form co-ops with like minded neighbors, is a “pie in the sky,” a pipe dream.

    Here’s the pipe dream, Tucson: “US” (he means Blackrock, the MIC and the GMO titans like Monsanto) have a RIGHT to Ukraine’s resources, so I can keep watching my idiotic boomer TV marathons of outrage.’ Rulo

    Yes, Rulo, it is pie in the sky. The percentage of people out this way and in other places across the country that can grow their own food is extremely small. All that you mention is a ‘pipe dream’ right now for the vast majority. It could very well be viable in the future, probably will be, after the major catastrophic collapse

    What I am trying to convey, which is what our inimitable host has been trying to convey for decades, is that the struggle for resources in the not-so-distant future will be extremely unpleasant.

    I don’t believe that I said the US has a ‘right’ to Ukraine’s resources, because I believe that those resources belong to Ukraine. It’s obvious (or should be) that Ukraine prefers the US over Russia, so why let Russia steal Ukraine’s resources? I would prefer an alliance with Russia (pipe dream?) and with Ukraine so that their resources would be available as we head towards the Die-Centennial. We are going to need them badly just as other nations will, and the fight will be on.

    I think that all cities will fail by the time we reach the 2080’s. Who knows, the drinkable water supply could become the scarcest resource of all worldwide.

    • mary.m June 12, 2024 at 6:40 am #

      All of Ukraine does not prefer the US over Russia. Novorossya prefers Russia.

      The Oblasts that voted for independence from Ukraine after Nuland’s $5B coup had the right to leave, per US-backed precedent when it destroyed Yugoslavia.

      Instead the US armed & trained it’s installed puppet-government to start a civil war.

      The independent Oblasts asked Russia for help. Russia has obliged, as was their right under international law.

      Not unlike when Syria asked Russia for help when we tried to overthrow their government.

      How many times will Russia have to kick our collective asses out of various countries before we learn to mind our own motherfucking business & pay for, instead of stealing, other’s resources!

      • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:45 pm #

        Plus, over 80% of the Ukrainians allowed to vote in the post-coup “democracy” the US installed (people in the Donbass were not allowed to vote) voted for Zelensky in 2019, who ran on a “peace with Donbass” platform.

        Tucson is incapable of understanding that Ukraine is a divided country which was cobbled together under the USSR in the last 100 years.
        They put the Nazi Banderists of the west with the commies of the east and called it a country. Turns out that was a big mistake.
        It is the western Ukrainians who hate Russia, not the rest of the country.

        Saying that all of Ukraine is “obviously” anti-Russian is like saying that all Americans are as war mongering and belligerent as Tucson. It’s just not true.

        • tucsonspur June 12, 2024 at 7:10 pm #

          For both of you nitwits:

          I did not say All of Ukraine prefers Russia. Read my post again. That is not what I said.

          And I did not say that all of Ukraine is ‘obviously’ anti-Russian. Let me repeat what I said to Paula dimwit nitwit.

          ‘It’s obvious (or should be) that Ukraine prefers the US over Russia, so why let Russia steal Ukraine’s resources?’

          The proof is in my post above.

          I don’t like to be rude to people, but in this case, you deserve it. You’re a truth twisting little bitch who likes to lie and deceive.

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 7:31 pm #

            You said that Ukraine prefers the US, but you didn’t say ”All of Ukraine”.

            So you are saying that the US-installed post-coup Kiev regime prefers the US.

            Well, of course they do. It is the US paying them to keep the war going.

            The US pays them in dollars, and they pay the US in the blood of Ukrainians.

            I agree with you about that. You should make yourself more clear.

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 7:45 pm #

            I don’t like to be rude to people, but in this case, you deserve it. You’re a truth twisting little bitch who likes to lie and deceive. -Tucsonspur

            Par for the course for them commie loving types.
            Sugar in a little truth among the mountain of lies.

            Be careful not to pull them creasy pigtails to hard I suspect they are really just extensions as everything with this bitch is phony.

  58. tucsonspur June 12, 2024 at 4:20 am #

    ‘The Elite unleashed the Blacks on us, something Tusc chooses to forget. He doesn’t like the Blacks, but he acts like they gained ascendancy over us on their own power.’ J

    ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire’

    You’re a sly little elf, aren’t you? Kind of nasty too, since you well know that I pointed out some time ago what the elites, the media were doing with promoting the blacks.

    You seem to be led by an instinctive elfishness to create mischief; you could be that devilish little rat in a Dickens’ novel who meets his end being thrashed by filthy immigrants. You know, step on a squirt.

    : )

    • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:26 pm #

      So why support these devils against Russia and China?

      Make sense for a change by connecting your micro with your macro worldviews.

  59. benr June 12, 2024 at 8:22 am #

    The economy seems to be all smoke and mirrors and now even businesses are lying to us about the metrics of how well they are doing.

    theepochtimes.com/article/why-nearly-half-of-us-online-job-postings-are-fake-5661146

    By Autumn Spredemann
    |
    June 11, 2024
    Updated:
    June 12, 2024

    Why Nearly Half of US Online Job Postings Are Fake
    Recruitment professionals and victims of ‘ghost posting’ say the practice hurts everyone, including the companies that create them.

    Amid complex hiring processes, a shadow is spreading in the American business world. Companies are using fake online job openings to project an image of growth, keep existing employees motivated, and cultivate a pool of possible future candidates with no intention of hiring, according to research.

    The practice is commonly known as “ghost posting” and it accounts for 43 percent of online job openings across multiple industries.
    A Clarify Capital survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers showed that, beyond fake growth metrics and productivity drivers, one third of professionals claimed they used ghost posts to placate overworked employees.

    The phenomenon has caused universal frustration on both the applicant and hiring side. On average, it can take up to eight weeks for a job seeker to receive an offer after submitting an application online, according to job listing site Indeed. The process often includes resume tailoring, lengthy applications, and multiple rounds of interviews. That means applicants are wasting hours trying to get hired by companies that aren’t actually looking.

    Consequently, it’s not surprising that 55 percent of Americans say they’re “completely burned out” from job hunting, according to staffing company Insight Global.
    Many hiring professionals say ghost posting hurts businesses that are actually trying to recruit new talent. Creating a pre-qualified pool of candidates for future openings is why 37 percent of surveyed hiring managers say they ghost post, but some argue it’ll have the opposite effect.

    “Ghost job postings are definitely problematic for companies legitimately trying to hire people,” Ben Lamarche, general manager at Lock Search Group, told The Epoch Times. “Not only do these clutter job boards and make it more difficult for candidates to find and apply to genuine job openings, they also cause frustration and mistrust among candidates.”

    Working at a recruitment and consulting agency, Mr. Lamarche has witnessed the rise of fake job posts. A former recruiter friend of his confessed to posting “ghost jobs” to impress clients and boost his performance metrics. Mr. Lamarche noted the recruiter didn’t seem concerned about the candidates’ quality or level of interest, he was just looking for contact information.

    He’s also seen incidents where professional candidates with perfectly matched skills suddenly face radio silence from hiring managers, only to find the exact job with the same ad posted on repeat every few weeks.

    Tech companies, recruiters, and staffing agencies are among the biggest ghost posters, according to Stephen Greet, the CEO of BeamJobs.

    “Tech companies are often cited as major users of ghost postings,” he said. “With how fast the industry moves, maintaining a pool of potential candidates ready to go is key. That way if a new project pops up or someone leaves, they’ve already got qualified people to consider.”

    Productivity Theater
    The fake job listing trend isn’t limited to applicants with a broad range of expertise. Mr. Lamarche recalled the case of a colleague with a niche skill set who also fell into this trap. The colleague worked with X-ray systems on machines to determine metal fatigue.
    “The company scheduled an interview but then ghosted, and the job posting is still up over a year later,” Mr. Lamarche said. “It’s possible that these fake job postings are used for internal purposes, such as keeping the HR department busy or to avoid discrimination liabilities.”

    Some evidence supports this claim. A 2023 Visier analysis of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees revealed nearly half spend more than 10 hours per week trying to look busy instead of being productive. Eighty-three percent of respondents admitted to engaging in busy work over the past 12 months. This is something Visier calls “productivity theater.”
    The research and analytics group classifies “productivity theater” as when employees prioritize performative work over productive tasks. Visier asserts the purpose of performative work is to “create the appearance of busily generating product and value rather than contributing to meaningful business results.”
    Time spent engaging in this practice can add up fast for hiring professionals. One estimate stated companies spend roughly 30 hours over four weeks to recruit a single employee. This figure is much higher for senior positions, which is around 40 hours over a 6-to-8-week stretch.
    “During my work consulting with various HR departments, I’ve heard direct accounts from hiring managers admitting to keeping posts published well after positions were filled,” Conor Hughes, an HR consultant, told The Epoch Times. “Just to give the appearance that those companies were continually hiring and growing.”

    Mr. Hughes said fake employment listings aren’t limited to big job search websites. Recently, a hiring manager confessed to him they kept the same job openings posted on their company’s career site for nearly eight months with no plans to interview anyone.

    “It seems that for some, padding fake metrics and creating a misleading picture of business activity has become more important than supporting legitimate job seekers,” he said.

    He believes that with so many phantom listings inflating the true number of opportunities, job seekers inevitably become discouraged after investing significant time into dead ends. “This almost certainly elongates search cycles as trust wavers,” Mr. Hughes said, adding, “Busy HR teams also run the risk of wasting valuable resources sifting through unqualified applicants attracted by postings that don’t represent real needs.”

    Like Mr. Lamarche, Mr. Hughes also has friends and colleagues who’ve been affected by likely ghost posts.

    “I’ve consoled several discouraged peers of mine who spent hours crafting customized applications and resumes, only to have roles vanish without explanation,” he said.

    Mr. Greet of BeamJob, also has customers affected by what are likely fake job posts. One client in particular dealt with sudden silence while in the middle of interviewing for a marketing coordinator position.

    “He made it to the final round of interviews but then the process abruptly halted with no explanation,” Mr. Greet told The Epoch Times. “When he searched again months later, that same job was still posted online.”

    Mr. Greet recalled another incident with a Ph.D holding client who learned that, months after applying for a job that went nowhere, the company never had any intentions to hire for the position.

    “From a company perspective, posting jobs that aren’t actually available could cause problems if it floods them with too many applications from people who may not be the right fit. It might make it harder for employers to find candidates that really match what they need. It risks damaging the company’s reputation,” Mr. Greet said.

    Only 39 percent of surveyed hiring managers said their posted employment positions were filled, according to a 2023 Clarify Capital survey. Another 27 percent said they simply forgot to take down their ad.
    Generally, online job postings stay open for around 30 days, according to Indeed. However, the company noted that despite a job listing being active, there’s a chance the role was already filled and the hiring manager hasn’t changed the post.

    Joe Mercurio, project manager for Clarify Capital, wrote in an online statement that to avoid falling into a time vacuum, it’s important to make sure the listing is very recent. “A job that was posted 48 hours ago is more likely to be actively hiring than a job that was posted 3 months ago.”

    Workforce intelligence company Revelio Labs observed a “sharp decline” in the number of hires per job post in 2023, “bringing into question whether job postings are a reliable metric for the state of the labor market.”
    It also observed that job applicants are reporting “increasing rates of being ghosted by recruiters.”

    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hires-to-job post ratio has been in freefall, Revelio Labs noted. Legitimate labor shortages can cause this problem, but Revelio pointed out that sectors not prone to shortages, like management and finance, are also a part of this downward trend.

    It also stated that applicant ghosting has more than doubled in the past five years.

    “Companies using legitimate job postings could potentially lose out on qualified applicants if their job listing is buried among fake postings. This could lead to a longer hiring processes and higher recruiting costs,” Mr. Lamarche said.
    Bait Advertising
    In the Midwest, another day of frustrated job searching begins for John Marsden.
    “Most of my recent experience job seeking is: apply for stuff you’re perfect for and never hear back. Then the job posting is still there months later,” Mr. Marsden, who asked to be referred to by a pseudonym, told The Epoch Times.

    Working as a technical writer and editor, Mr. Marsden has been actively looking for new employment for a year due to a drastic change in the work culture at his current job. When asked how many times he’s applied for a job over the past 12 months, Mr. Marsden laughed. “Oh around 200, give or take. And that’s just doing it part time.”

    In the early days of his job search, Mr. Marsden said he followed up with many hiring managers who suddenly disappeared in the middle of the interviewing process. “I’ve gotten four rounds [of interviews] deep and then, just nothing,” he said.

    Concerned over the lack of communication, Mr. Marsden’s attempts to follow up with hiring managers were mostly met with silence, but a few responded. He said the ones who got back to him offered strange excuses.

    “Sometimes they’d come back with stuff like, ‘You don’t have experience on this proprietary software,’ and it’s like, no one does. It’s only available at your company. You knew that when you brought me in for the interview. So why did you reach out in the first place?”

    But Mr. Marsden said he’s learned how to spot a ghost post pretty easily these days, which he equates to “bait advertising.” Listings he said job hunters should be wary of include contract gigs advertising “six months plus,” ones that use corporate buzz slogans, or are vague about the job description. Mr. Marsden steers clear of job posts that focus more on selling the business than explaining the position itself. “If there’s three or four paragraphs about the company or slogans like ‘work hard, play hard,’ the answer is nope. Move on.”

    Mr. Hughes emphasized that ghost posts can seriously damage applicant morale and make the pursuit of fulfilling employment feel like a “meaningless numbers game with little regard for people’s career goals or time.”

    He says that encounters with fake job listings happen across multiple industries and at any company that prioritizes an image of growth over the fair treatment of people.

    “No company or department is immune from pressures that might incentivize padding hiring metrics at the expense of job seekers’ experiences. A more transparent, integrity-focused culture is needed across all industries utilizing online recruitment,” Mr. Hughes said.

    • benr June 12, 2024 at 8:24 am #

      Worker burn out and people simply don’t want to work.

    • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:28 pm #

      Bukowski mentioned this in one of his novels decades ago. He said, It robs desperate people of just what they don’t have – time.

      • Soul Forensics June 13, 2024 at 3:01 am #

        You read that talentless degenerate?

        • Jarek June 13, 2024 at 4:40 am #

          We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole
          world-a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather
          kill than live peacefully. We are not just VVhoresfor power
          and oil, but killer whores with hate andfear in our hearts.
          We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us.”
          Hunter S. Thompson
          (Kingdom of Fear)

          Yeah Bukowski had his limits to be sure, but at least he knew that WW2 was utter nonsense and he refused to fight.

  60. benr June 12, 2024 at 8:27 am #

    As predicted the new $20 an hour minimum wage is causing many businesses already on the edge from covid losses are now closing doors.

    msn.com/en-us/money/companies/california-minimum-wage-hikes-spell-doom-for-more-fast-food-spots-as-they-lose-value-factor

    The list of companies saying nope is growing as are the shuttered businesses.

    Won’t be long the breadlines will be growing but where will the bread come from?

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  61. benr June 12, 2024 at 8:32 am #

    Guess they never learn nor actually care about the people they claim to be fighting for.
    As I stated upthread Israel taking out the trash.
    msn.com/en-us/news/world/hezbollah-fires-rocket-barrage-into-israel-after-death-of-commander

    Hezbollah Fires Rocket Barrage Into Israel After Death of Commander

    msn.com/en-us/news/world/hezbollah-fires-rocket-barrage-into-israel-after-death-of-commander

    Hezbollah fired a barrage of rockets at Israel on Wednesday after a suspected Israeli strike in southern Lebanon killed one of the militant group’s senior commanders, an escalation of violence that threatens to expand the war in the Gaza Strip to Israel’s border with Lebanon.

    The exchange of fire comes as a prospective cease-fire deal in Gaza that could also end the hostilities between the Lebanese militia and Israel appears to be at an impasse. Hamas on Tuesday renewed its insistence on a permanent cease-fire, which Israel says it cannot yet accept.
    The Hezbollah commander, Taleb Sami Abdallah, is among the highest-ranking fighters in Lebanon killed since Hamas sparked a war with Israel, pulling Hezbollah into a lower-intensity conflict with the Israeli military that has seen rockets and drones fired into Israel and 60,000 Israelis displaced from their homes.

    The Israeli military didn’t immediately comment on the death of the commander, but said roughly 160 projectiles were fired from Lebanon at towns in northern Israel, causing fires but no initial casualties.

    Fighting between Hezbollah and Israel has escalated in recent weeks, even as talks to end the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas have picked up pace.

    Hezbollah has said its attacks are in support of the Palestinians and that it won’t stop until Israel ceases its war in Gaza. Israel, reluctant to open a second front, has been trying to calibrate its actions to avoid sparking a full-scale war.

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the Middle East this week, pushing a ceasefire-for-hostages deal in Gaza that has been met with intransigence by both Israel and Hamas.

    The U.S. has made a full-court press to bring the two sides together, but Israel and Hamas remain too far apart on the biggest issue of how and when a permanent end to fighting should come.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is pushing for a cease-fire that frees hostages held in Gaza but wants the option of returning to fighting in the future.

    Hamas on Tuesday responded to the U.S.-promoted plan, stressing again that a halt in fighting must include a timeline for a permanent cease-fire. U.S. officials in Jordan received the Hamas’ response on Tuesday night from Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s intelligence chief, who was in Amman to attend a conference on humanitarian assistance to Gaza, a senior State Department official said. Blinken was also at the conference.

    The U.S.-designated terrorist group also hardened its position on elements of a deal, demanding that Israel initially withdraw from the corridor of land between Gaza, Egypt and the Rafah crossing into the Egyptian Sinai, according to Arab mediators who received the Hamas response. Israel has said Hamas uses the corridor to smuggle weapons and other goods into the strip.

    The White House said it was evaluating Hamas’s response. Qatar said it would continue mediation efforts with the U.S. and Egypt.

    Tensions have heightened between Israel and Hamas since Saturday, when two Israeli commando teams rescued four hostages held in central Gaza in an operation that also caused scores of Palestinian casualties.

    Palestinian health authorities said 274 Gazans were killed and almost 700 injured from airstrikes, shelling and gunfire. The Israeli military said most of the dead were militants.

    Israel says that more than 100 people who were taken on the Oct. 7 attacks that sparked the war in Gaza remain captive, including dozens who were killed that day and taken to Gaza or subsequently died in the enclave.

    As part of a cease-fire deal to release those hostages, Hamas has also demanded the release of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. One of its new demands Tuesday was that Israel should not be allowed to veto any names of prisoners proposed by Hamas to be released, according to Arab mediators who received the Hamas response.

    Hamas said that would include Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian politician who was jailed for his involvement in the deaths of Israelis in the early 2000s and is often talked about as a potential leader of the Palestinian national cause.

    More than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the start of the war, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian health authorities. The figure doesn’t specify how many were combatants. Hamas-led militants on Oct. 7 killed some 1,200 people in Israel, also mainly civilians, according to Israeli authorities.

    A United Nations commission investigating the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and the conflict in Gaza in a report issued Wednesday accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes. Hamas and Israel didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

    President Biden last month outlined a three-phase cease-fire plan that has become the basis for recent talks about a halt to fighting. The Biden proposal would begin with a complete cease-fire over six weeks, a withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas of Gaza and the release of some hostages held by Hamas. The second phase would see a permanent end to the hostilities, a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the release of remaining hostages. Phase three would involve a plan for the reconstruction of Gaza.

    Lina Fawwaz, 37, mother of two living in Gaza City, said she is very frustrated by this long process of negotiations that appear to be leading nowhere.

    “I don’t care about prisoners, or about lifting the siege, I just want this bloodshed to stop, because our lives were destroyed already.”

    • tom clark June 12, 2024 at 8:55 am #

      Benr…I hope you support Jimbo on Patreon…you need your own blog.

      • benr June 12, 2024 at 11:13 am #

        I have for years.
        Recently canceled since I will be on extended deployment with no way to pay the credit cards.
        Might do a onetime donation for this year before I leave.
        Tom simply pass on by and don’t read my posts.

        • elysianfield June 12, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

          Ben,
          Extended deployment? You still active?

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 12:14 pm #

            Civilian contractor still deploying.

          • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 2:33 pm #

            Now it makes sense. It’s impossible to make a man see the light on anything if he makes a living on the darkness.

            His own article admits that Netanyahu doesn’t want permanent peace. How would that profit him or Ben?

          • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 2:49 pm #

            He already said that he was being deployed to the Middle East.
            He going to go hassle Iran instead of us.

            I, for one, was thrilled to see him go. Iran’s pain is our gain.

          • Socrates-Detroit June 12, 2024 at 3:30 pm #

            If benr is indeed a “deployed civilian contractor” supporting the US government, that explains quite a bit.

            People take these jobs because the pay very well relative to the skills required to do them and what they would/could make doing similar work in the US. Many of these types of jobs also entail some risks, including injury and death.

            To quote Upton Sinclair:

            “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it”

            At the same, for the US taxpayer, civilian contractors are a very expensive workaround for the lack of military personnel to perform said tasks, OR, a very expensive work around so the President or US government can publicly say, “we don’t have US troops there” or “we have less than xx US troops there at this time”.

            What the contractor employee is paid is a fraction of what the government is charged by the contractor’s employer.

            Just one more (of several) example of why America’s budget deficit and debt are out of control.

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 3:34 pm #

            @sc

            I guarantee you could not do my job nor deal with the working conditions involved much less the absolute alien culture of a military environment.

            @Paula

            Why Paula because

          • benr June 12, 2024 at 3:41 pm #

            @Paula

            Because I call you on your Commie loving ways and ridiculous beliefs?

            @Jarek

            Another with no clue and aparently reading deficient syndrome.
            Your only take away is that Bib is tired of half measures and wants to finish a job by wiping out Hamas?
            Nor that the leaders of Hamas believe the Arabs calling themselves Palestinians are literally pawns and tools to enrich themselves at others expense by acting as cannon fodder and propaganda tools.

          • elysianfield June 12, 2024 at 3:53 pm #

            Ben,
            My brother spent several tours…sort of State Deparment Funded…10K per mo, three month tours.

            Bosnia.

            Good work, if you can get it. Not easy, sometimes dangerous, but tax free.

          • Jarek June 12, 2024 at 4:39 pm #

            Ely wants to go. BRH too. We need an old man’s brigade. Let them be beserkers, bashi-bazouks. If they can walk, they can run. If they can wheelchair, they roll down hill at the enemy, blasting as they go.

            Many won’t make it back – a direct trip to Valhalla. We won’t have to pay their medical or pensions, so it’s a win/win for both parties.

            There will be music and feasting there, gentile men, and women of whatever kind you like.

      • benr June 12, 2024 at 11:18 am #

        Thanks Tom, you forced me to look at payment options and lo and behold there is an annual option.
        Done and While I am at it I am now going to go look at several other sites I lurk for news and views.

        No agenda and Infowars if it still exists.

    • King of Comedy June 12, 2024 at 10:17 pm #

      I believe a good portion of the genocide ™ fluffers are dudes transitioning into… something. I weigh their deep thoughts with about the same credulity as I would the musings of RuPaul.

      Speaking of contractors, is there any way we can contract the rounding up of the Hamas fanboys and girls like the ones in the subway car video in NYC? I think that would be a splendid allocation of GSA resources. The government could even potentially turn a profit. I for one, as an unrepentant settler colonialist and oppressor, would pony up the dollars and cents to watch these vermin thrown off of roofs or burned alive. Must-see TV indeed…

      • OG June 13, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

        All men who want peace are trannies. Good thinking.

        • King of Comedy June 13, 2024 at 8:17 pm #

          Oh FrontHole, more often than not peace requires a good ass-kicking to precede its appearance.

          Blowing each other to resolve conflict may work for you Canadians but don’t try to shove your culture down everybody else’s throat , no pun intended.

          • OG June 14, 2024 at 1:40 am #

            “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

            ***
            Have you ever noticed? Kinger sure spends a lot of time thinking and writing about homosexual acts, eh?

            Clearly it’s classic projection. While the rest of us seriously discuss the matters of the day, Kinger shares, with the rest of us, his sick homoerotic fantasies in his transparent attempts at projected ad homs.

          • King of Comedy June 14, 2024 at 8:48 am #

            Oh FrontHole, you are so deep (no pun intended).

            This is just the way the rest of the world sees Canadians. A mirror held up to the Bonobos of the North.

      • Groundhog June 14, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

        King of Pain wrote:

        “I ……..would pony up the dollars and cents to watch these vermin thrown off of roofs or burned alive.”

        You are one sick puppy. The Germans burned a lot of people in crematoriums but they didn’t make it a regular practice of burning people alive. Instead they’d kill you first and quickly with poison gas. But King of Pain does the Nazis one better in the escalation of inflicting pain.

        Of course, you might also just be a garden variety troll or even less impressive, an orc.

    • benr June 13, 2024 at 8:29 pm #

      @paula

      Hezbollah
      Political party
      Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group, led since 1992 by its Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Hezbollah’s paramilitary wing is the Jihad Council, and its political wing is the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc party in the Lebanese Parliament.

      “Hezbollah has said its attacks are in support of the Palestinians and that it won’t stop until Israel ceases its war in Gaza. Israel, reluctant to open a second front, has been trying to calibrate its actions to avoid sparking a full-scale war.”

      Iran is funding and supporting Hezbollah a Shia group AND Hamas.
      Most Palestinians ARE Sunni and yet the Shiites are helping them!

      The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      Who are Hamas funded by?
      How is Hamas funded? Historically, Palestinian expatriates and private donors in the Persian Gulf provided much of the movement’s funding. Today, Iran is one of Hamas’s biggest benefactors, contributing funds, weapons, and training. Apr 18, 2024

      Take another shot Paula you are once again WRONG.
      I suggest Titos.

  62. OG June 12, 2024 at 10:24 am #

    I grasp [the concept of free speech] 100% but your speech is …
    – benr

    It truly writes itself.

    • Paula D June 12, 2024 at 1:43 pm #

      It’s too nuanced for him to actually grasp.

      • benr June 12, 2024 at 3:43 pm #

        Poor lil Paula it appears I pulled her greasy pig tail once too often.

        There there