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It amuses me that the nation is so caught up in the sexual mischief of a single Hollywood producer when the nation as a whole is getting fucked sideways and upside down by its own political caretakers.

Behind all the smoke, mirrors, Trump bluster, Schumer fog, and media mystification about the vaudeville act known as The Budget and The Tax Cut, both political parties are fighting for their lives and the Deep State knows that it is being thrown overboard to drown in red ink. There’s really no way out of the financial conundrum that dogs the republic and something’s got to give.

Many of us have been waiting for these tensions to express themselves by blowing up the artificially levitated stock markets. For about a year, absolutely nothing has thwarted their supernatural ascent, including the threat of World War Three, leading some observers to believe that they have been rigged to perfection. Well, the algo-bots might be pretty fine-tuned, and the central bank inputs of fresh “liquidity” pretty much assured, but for all that, these markets are still human artifacts and Murphy’s Law still lurks out there in the gloaming with its cohorts, the diminishing returns of technology (a.k.a. “Blowback”), and the demon of unintended consequences.

Many, including yours truly, have expected the distortions and perversions on the money side of life to express themselves in money itself: the dollar. So far, it has only wobbled down about ten percent. This is due perhaps to the calibrated disinformation known as “forward guidance” issued by this country’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, which has been threatening — pretty idly so far — to raise interest rates and shrink down its vault of hoarded securities — a lot of it janky paper left over from the misadventures of 2007-2009.

I guess the lesson is that when you have a pervasively false and corrupt financial system, it is always subject to a little additional accounting fraud — until it’s not. And the next thing you know, you’re sitting in the rubble of what used to be your civilization.

The ever more immiserated schnooks who make up the former middle-class know that their lives are crumbling, and may feel that they’re subject to the utterly overwhelming forces of a cruel destiny generated by a leviathan state that hates and despises them. And of course that is exactly why they turned to the Golden Golem of Greatness for salvation.

Alas, Mr. Trump has not constructed a coherent strategy for defeating the colossus of fakery that drives the nation ever-deeper toward the cold and dark. He has a talent for distraction and disruption, though, and so far that gave cover to a whole lot of other people in power who have been able to stand around with their hands in their pockets doing nothing about the sinking state of the nation.

Now, the vaudeville act is coming to a spectacular conclusion as the trappings of Halloween go back in the closet and the pulsating, LED-studded Santas go up on the rooftops. Every ceremony of American life seems drained of meaning now, including the machinations of government over the budget and taxes. The revolution to come out of this frozen swamp of irresponsibility will be the messiest and most incoherent in world history. Nobody will have any idea what is going on outside the geo-storm of failure.

About the only thing one can say for sure is that the American life which emerges from this maelstrom will not look a whole lot like what we’re living in today. I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.

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280 Responses to “Into the Cold and Dark”

  1. pequiste October 20, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    There are still 10 days to Halloween and anything can happen in a very short amount of time as we all know.

    My suspicions lead me to speculate that the trick-or-treat special for this year’s ghoulish festival will be that Gary Cohn gets the nod for the Federal Reserve chair.

    • Boiledfrog October 20, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      ” trick or trick”

    • outsider October 20, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      Regarding your prediction of Gary Cohn for Fed Chair – What difference does it make?

      • pequiste October 20, 2017 at 11:52 pm #

        Great question outsider.

        (with echos of the Mighty Miserable Mistress of the now infamous phrase)


        Fact is that whether the Giant Vampire Squid has the “money seat” in The President’s Cabinet, with an additional Capo di Tutti Capi position at the Fed, or only one, or none whatsoever, the banksters will still run the show and call the shots.

        Gary Cohn’s selection to “run” the Fed will just be another opportunity for Wall Street to rub the collective face of the American people, Europeans, Chinese, Russians, Muslim world, and heck, the whole world, into the very deep pile of debt doo doo and qualitative easing that has characterized our age of Hyper-Finance Capitalism.

  2. chuckyzfr1 October 20, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    There aren’t too many costumes left that aren’t deemed culturally offensive to the pc crowd….

  3. Elrond Hubbard October 20, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    Model Ines Rau becomes Playboy’s first transgender Playmate


    Model Ines Rau has made history by becoming Playboy’s first transgender Playmate.

    In the first issue since its founder Hugh Hefner died, the 26-year-old model appears in the magazine’s coveted centrefold spot.

    The November/ December issue is a 100-page tribute to Hugh, who was an advocate for LGBT issues.

    A black and white portrait of the businessman is the magazine’s front cover image.

    Ines first appeared in Playboy’s May 2014 issue in a special edition, which looked at gender as non-binary.

    Instagram link here. She looks fappable enough to me.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2017 at 10:49 am #


      at it as much as you can…

    • stelmosfire October 20, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Her/His laryngeal prominence gives it away. Beware the Adam’s Apple. What the h*** is fappable? Is that some sort of Canuck slang for boinkin’ ? I’m a canuck and have never heard the term.

      • hineshammer October 20, 2017 at 11:09 am #

        You know, it’s okay to write/say hell. Are you Canadians really that austere?

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

        It’s internet or youth speak for masturbate. I didn’t know you were Canuck. Since when?

        • stelmosfire October 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

          fappable =Masturbate, I learn something every day. I am not really a Canuck,I was born and bred in the USA and proud of it. I speak a little French , that’s it. My Dad was born in Quebec. My Mom came over on the boat from Italia in the 20,s. Legal and with “the papers’ . I can look it up on the Ellis Island web site. I am an American thru and thru. Beans, band-aids.bullets. That is basically my American credo. God does not really fit in my equation..

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

            Yeah that’s what I thought. Didn’t know about the Quebecois part though. I’ve heard there’s a lot of them in northern New England. Don’t know if they’re still speaking French at all or identify with that. Never really got up there much.

        • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

          No it’s refers to something that is attractive or sexual enough to masturbate too. A Penthouse Pet of the Year issue, very fappable. A National Geographic magazine full of Congolese women, less fappable.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

            Ah, you admit the truth on the sly. But if someone axed you directly, you’d go into high dudgeon and say, “Of Course Congolese women are just as attractive as White Women!

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 9:40 am #

            @the racist

            “Ah, you admit the truth on the sly. But if someone axed you directly, you’d go into high dudgeon and say, “Of Course Congolese women are just as attractive as White Women”

            If you didn’t look at everything through your perverted racist filter you’d have figured out that the difference is in context situation, set-up etc., rather than the actual women. If you paraded an average village of white women through the streets wearing just a grass skirt or sarong from the waist down they mostly wouldn’t be that impressive – likewise a bunch of average white American men wearing the male equivalent, with their bellies hanging over the waistband would look a bit tragic compared to a bunch of lean black American athletes.

            I hope no-one *axes* you today, nevertheless, directly or indirectly. It would be nice to see you converted to a more humanitarian approach to life first. Racists are almost always basically inadequates in some way, even the more eloquent ones like yourself. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be so desperate to believe there is always a layer of humanity that is a priori beneath them. They could stand up for themselves as individuals on their own merits, not as members of a tribe.

            The idea that anyone could look at the flabby ignoramus Trump (or his sons) beside Obama and his family and conclude that the ‘white race’, whatever that is, is superior, is pretty hilarious.

          • zizzybalooba October 21, 2017 at 9:41 am #

            seapup, you’re a racist. 5 star reply by Janos, lol

          • Epicur October 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

            I have seen very few Penthouse Pets, none in the last 40 years, but I imagine there have been African American “Pets”.

            Perhaps the comment was more about context than race. Us older folks were accustomed to seeing lots of naked women in Nat Geo photographed in a non-sexual manner who were also not very arousing. That they were “Congolese” had more to do with the fact that Nat Geo was showing people in their everyday context.

            Comments about photos of naked Africans in Nat Geo was kind of a running joke about young American males in the 50s. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

            I am quite sure that GreenAlba is correct about seeing average Americans parading about naked not being arousing, but why does EVERYTHING have to be about race?

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm #


            Everything isn’t about race, except to your resident racist and a few of his followers on this site.

            I don’t know any Congolese women, but I imagine many of them are very beautiful, as are many women of other ethnicities, including Caucasians.

            The point is that their beauty or otherwise doesn’t have the slightest bearing on their value as human beings anyway. No more than their colour or their sex.

            I’ve been reading JHK’s blog for years and have read quite a number of his books, but this blog is the only place that I personally come across the kind of vile views expressed by your resident racist and misogynist.

          • Epicur October 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

            @ Green

            I’m new here. Who is the “resident racist.”

          • Sean Coleman October 21, 2017 at 6:10 pm #


            Have you read the comprehensive rebuttal and refutation I wrote on the last thread of your silly charges (along the lines that I have no regard for ‘truth and decency’).

            Please do not put me to the trouble again as this is the second time I have had to waste my valuable time slapping you down. (You don’t seem to have remembered the first occasion because you repeat most of it, windy rhetoric and all.)

          • seawolf77 October 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

            Not to put to fine a point on it, but Penthouse magazine produces a magazine of naked women doing naughty things to themselves. National Geographic produces a magazine that informs, entertains and educates readers. The resultant reaction from men has nothing to do with race and everything to do with intent. Can National Geographic be repurposed into a wank rag? In a pinch, absolutely. Would a guy rather have Penthouse? Abso-fucking-lutely.

          • benr October 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

            Until you have actually been to Africa you have zero understanding.

          • GreenAlba October 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

            @Sean C

            Apologies for mistaking your country of origin – I realised further down the page from your spelling that you weren’t American.

            I read your rant, but it was too rambling to reply to. However, I note that you are a fan of Charles Booker, who is almost on a par with the anti-science dunces Delingpole and Monckton. These people are figures of fun in the real science community and not to be taken seriously.

            There is a difference between scientists and journalists – I don’t rely on journalists (especially right-wing ones, for obvious reasons) when considering climate science. They tell their self-selecting demographic what they want to hear. The likes of Delingpole and the Viscount have become irrelevancies – Delingpole amuses himself with other topics now (he once called himself ‘not a climate scientist – or even an interpreter of climate science, but an interpreter of the interpretations’. Quite. That’s how seriously these people should be taken. As in…not at all.

            But I shouldn’t waste any more time on climate science deniers. Let them moan on the sidelines. There’s too much actual work to be done to keep the planet habitable for its ungrateful residents. Thankfully most of the world’s representatives – and even many states in the US – are on board.

            Have a good evening.

      • SpeedyBB October 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

        Oh dear. That was always supposed to be the Ann Coulter giveaway: the overly prominent Adam’s Apple.

        Not a secret tranny?

    • Walter B October 20, 2017 at 11:21 am #

      This reminds me of the horror movies where the guy is just about to kiss the hot girl at the end when she morphs into a demonic beast that bites his fool head off. The plus here is that lusting for beautiful “women” can now disappear as a character fault as what you see is not really what you get. I thank God that I am old enough to not have to worry about having celibacy as the only safe option. Like Gomer Pyle used to declare, “Surprise, surprise!”

    • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

      Yeah but “she” isn’t real. She is not a she. In other words, you in favor of the Deep State and its reign of illusion. “She” is simply an embodiment of That.

      • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 9:55 am #

        “Yeah but “she” isn’t real. She is not a she. In other words, you in favor of the Deep State and its reign of illusion. “She” is simply an embodiment of That.”

        I don’t care if she’s a real ‘she’ or a not-quite-real ‘she’ as the personal lives of people on magazine covers – or centrefolds – hold no interest for me. Personal lives are just that. Your suggestion that there’s a connection between a person’s sexuality and the Deep State just tells me that you really need to get out more.

        The planet is on its way to becoming a hostile environment to the very species that thinks it’s the apex of biological life, because of it’s own greedy materialistic lifestyle, and you’re concerned about someone’s sexuality, that should be of no interest to anyone but their own circle.Given that we live in a toxic chemical soup of our own making, it’s only surprising that the genders aren’t even more fluid than they currently appear to be.

        • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 11:06 am #

          “The planet is on its way to becoming a hostile environment”

          …And when was it not?

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

            “The planet is on its way to becoming a hostile environment”

            …And when was it not?’

            The biosphere has been more or less favourable to the development of our species (and of agriculture to feed us) for thousands of years, otherwise we wouldn’t be here.

            During human history, there have always been storms, floods, wildfires and earthquakes – in certain places. However, the current pattern of global warming is changing the atmosphere and the oceans in ways that make our continued survival much more precarious and we have done that to ourselves. Wildfires are becoming more frequent and more intense, likewise floods. I am not from the US, but I have in-laws in New York State, living right beside the Hudson. Their house has the date 1834 on it. It’s still there – for now – but the 2012 floods finally saw all their neighbours’ houses condemned and demolished. Nobody will be building there again.

          • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

            Sorry, but the jury is still out in my mind regarding anecdotal accounts of catastrophic weather and any stated causal effects. pop science. I do understand that a vast proportion of scientists, globally, are in accord with human causation.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

          The Deep State is wildly in favor of Gays and Trannies and intervening on their behalf against normals. These two groups fully accept the situation. As do you. Thus you are a complete hypocrite of course.

          So are you at least against the grotesque displays of perversion called Gay Pride parades and Folsom St Fair? Is there any limit to your hypocrisy in other words?

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

            ‘The Deep State is wildly in favor of Gays and Trannies and intervening on their behalf against normals.’

            You seriously live on another planet. It’s almost as if you genuinely believe that by being gay, a person can actually do something to you personally. That’s so paranoid it’s tragic. Why can’t you just ignore stuff that’s none of your business?

            I’m not gay but I have always had a few gay colleagues and acquaintances. Most are in permanent relationships and live just like everyone else. They are far nicer human beings than you, without exception. Nothing about them is contagious and their sexuality isn’t a topic of conversation.

            ‘So are you at least against the grotesque displays of perversion called Gay Pride parades and Folsom St Fair?’

            I have no idea what Folsom St Fair is – I don’t live in your country. I pay no more attention to Gay Pride marches than I would to any other random march about an issue that didn’t concern me. I’m pleased to note, however, that my city – a major centre of the Enlightenment, refused permission to a music group composed of neo-nazis to spread their poisonous propaganda. And that’s not an infringement of their right to free speech, BTW: https://xkcd.com/1357/

            As for ‘perversion’, you really do need to grow up. If a person is born homosexual, there’s nothing perverted about their sexuality – it’s just who they are. There are homosexual animals in the non-human world as well, and even hermaphrodites, which must make your brain explode. And all are ‘natural’.

            Often men who are the most viscerally anti-gay turn out to be homosexuals themselves, but they just can’t confront reality. The way you carry on you must make a lot of people wonder 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

            From you post above: Racists are almost always basically inadequates in some way, even the more eloquent ones like yourself. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be so desperate to believe there is always a layer of humanity that is a priori beneath them. They could stand up for themselves as individuals on their own merits, not as members of a tribe.

            Does this only apply to White Racists? How about Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson? Inadequate? Or the Black racists? Or almost the entire Japanese, Korean, and Chinese populations? All inadequate? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you don’t get around much and don’t know much. But that’s obvious.

            The kind of individualism you’re putting forward here is exactly the kind of thing you’re supposedly against in economics, right? And I agree: it’s toxic nonsense. The Tribe comes first – your tribe not the other tribe, you moron. Pagans are among the most confused and degenerate people of all, even at the most basic levels of existence. Celtic and Wiccans are the worst. Only Asatru types of Nordic pagans are decent people.

          • GreenAlba October 24, 2017 at 8:26 am #


            “The Tribe comes first – your tribe not the other tribe, you moron.”

            It is always revealing, Janos, when you step off your eloquent podium and come out with a sentence like this that tells one all there is to know about your fundamental poverty of mind and spirit. I don’t have a tribe. I live in a country that I love that is currently part of a nation. A nation, as you know, is an artificial construct. Before my country was part of a nation it was a place full of permanently warring clans, probably more to your taste.

            Owing to a failed attempt at having its own empire (Darien disaster, 1690s), my small country then joined crowns with its larger neighbour and here we now are. We had an opportunity to vote to separate ourselves from said neighbour and I’m glad to say the non-separatists won, for now at least. I lived in the larger country for most of my youth – while I love my own country, the people in the larger country are also my neighbours. Like the people in the adjoining continent, where your own ancestors presumable originate, who are also my neighbours.

            I have many levels of identity, but I do not share your sense of tribal insecurity, for which I am grateful.

  4. seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Immisirate. I love it. It’s so hard to tell what is coming. I believe JHK had the oil thing right, insofar as energy makes the modern world and we get most of it from the black goo. But I believe that the thing that will drive us to war is stranded assets; oil in the ground that was found and now people want to extract it and sell it, not just leave it there. I don’t think you can stop the electric car anymore. The metrics are just too compelling. In the end, we will continue our happy motoring in driver less electric cars, oil will power ships and planes and semis, and the world will go on. The oil industry will shrink by about 30% – 50%. Big Oil will follow Big Coal into the scrap heap of history.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 11:44 am #

      Once again, nice sentiment, but the facts say otherwise. Big oil is used for a whole lot more than happy motoring. The current industrial economy – electrified or not – will not survive its passing, which means several billion humans will need to make “other arrangements” for their existence as well.

  5. Jim McCaffery October 20, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    We are in a sorry state when the best-case scenario is the collapse of civilization, but even that may be too much to hope for. Other enlightened societies have devolved into despotisms that have lasted decades, even centuries. Why should the United States be any different?

    Case in point: this month marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Union supposedly collapsed 26 years ago, yet it is still (or again?) virtually forbidden to criticize Stalin, as official government responses to Armando Iannucci’s recent film make clear.

    • shotho October 20, 2017 at 10:29 am #

      I suspect that you’re right, Jim. Some things about human behavior don’t change: greed and fear. Sure, the land and its people will continue on until they don’t, but the timeless struggle for comfort and stability won’t stop. And, in the process of destruction and rebuild, frightened and confused humans lurch toward what appears to be order and stability by whatever means.

    • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      Best case scenario, total collapse of everything. Worst case scenario, we go on. Now there’s just something about that statement that makes me pucker.

  6. Walter B October 20, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    “I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.”

    Indeed Jim, just as in A World Made By Hand where humans once again are thankful for a meal, a place to sleep out of the elements, and warmth when it is cold, America too will remember what is of REAL value in life and care not for the shining baubles and glitzy worthlessness. For years now my wife has chided me about my bad attitude and complained that our little family who lives simply, cheaply, and without debt was the only losers in our Township. As our neighbors and other families around town fall into the abyss of foreclosure and fail to make the payments on the massive credit card and various other debts, the Truth has at last been revealed to her. It is now apparent to my wonderful and lovely spouse that the “only losers” are the ones who are hopeless sinking below the crushing weight of out of control debt. The cases of collapse here are staggering and I am even becoming hard pressed to find ways for our Township Committee to pay off the debt that they have incurred before I got elected two years ago. The state of decay of our governments and our households is frightening and I do not know how long the duct tape and bailing wire can keep this beast afloat. President Trump is a lot like me, he is not good at happy speak and cannot blow smoke up the nation’s butt like previous denizens of the White House. America is addicted to happy, happy. It needs lies not truth to maintain it’s sanity. Unfortunately for them, the lies are no longer working and the truth cannot be accepted. Collapse is the only eventuality. When is the only question.

    • Dumbedup October 20, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      In the words of “The Who”

      “I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
      Take a bow for the new revolution
      Smile and grin at the change all around
      Pick up my guitar and play
      Just like yesterday
      Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
      We don’t get fooled again
      Don’t get fooled again, no no

      Meet the new boss
      Same as the old boss”

      The allure of money and power in government will always lead back to corruption. Christianity teaches that this world is corrupt beyond repair. So the hope that we will somehow “learn this time” and not make this mistake again is quixotic. The next world will be incorruptible, but not this one.

      • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 11:41 am #

        The next world will be incorruptible, but not this one.

        Don’t be so sure!

      • pequiste October 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

        The “I’m The Decider” president, who did signs and wonders 11 Sept 2001, also in Afghanistan and Iraq (and said some pretty nasty things yesterday about the State Of The Union) himself had a most insightful and famous variation on your theme from The Who, who you quote above:


        We, humans, are such a gullible bunch.

        • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

          A classic for the ages. Right up there with “Oops.”

          • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

            I have always said we would look back whimsically on the Clinton years, but alas his place in history has been spoiled by his and her attempt to place the wife in history as the first woman president, which she would have been had she picked Bernie. That choice was even more stupid than when Al Gore picked Elmer Fudd for his running mate.

        • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

          The Decider was so prescient in so many ways, wasn’t he? His terms will soon be remembered as our Golden Years of Youthful Naivety.

      • outsider October 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

        There is no next world.

        • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

          “There is no normal life. There’s just life.” Doc Holliday

    • CancelMyCard October 20, 2017 at 11:51 am #

      “Unfortunately for them, the lies are no longer working and the truth cannot be accepted. ”

      Nominated for the Quote of the Year.

      Excellent comment Walter.

      • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

        I beg to differ the lies are still working. Trump is the liar we all wanted. Lies like he breathes. Enjoys it. Is skilled at it.

        • benr October 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

          Nary a moan about ol Barry Soetoro who was essentially Satan when it came to lying he lied about everything past present and future.
          In fact nary a moan about the Hildabeast also another huge lying thieving murdering NWO POS.
          Do you also consider the DNC as being full of liars and thieves?
          Or are you just a bigot to people with the ginger complexion or is it because Donald was a Democrat for so long and switched sides so now he is a hated traitor to the Socialist cause of destroying America?
          Seems all you do is piss and moan about the Donald who was the best of the worst options.
          Speak lil pup speak.
          Do tell.

    • SpeedyBB October 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

      I have privately renamed the GG’o’G. I used to refer to him as ‘Agent Orange’. Now he has become ‘Prez Blurt’.

      Whatever comes into your head just let it blast crazy out through your flabby lips. Like what you did when you were seven (and got swatted over the head for it by more tactful adults). Yes that poor kid who got popped in Niger knew, or suspected, what he was getting in for when he signed up. That was so evident that it did not need to be highlighted (to a grieving widow and over the phone anyway).

      But was it appropriate?

      I harken back to the frenetic circus of ‘The Debates’, when the uniformly blimpish sad sacks were all struggling for the nomination, and here comes orangish Blurt and blurts out ‘We were lied to about the Iraq war’. This triggered a panic among all the faithful. ‘You can’t say that’ (not ‘You are sir somewhat in error’ or ‘That’s a gosh-darn lie’).

      Elephant in room of obsolete elephants may not be referred to so inappropriately. I smiled: blurt away. You got the mike. Use it.

      • benr October 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

        That narrative is from a trump hating Demonazi and only the incoherent MSNBC trolls actually believe it.
        You know the site that used to allow posting and has since turned that feature off.
        Why you might ask????
        Because so many people were shredding the false narrative that MSNBC put out and it was getting to be embarrassing for even the paid leftist troll sOCK PUPPETS.

  7. Georges1202 October 20, 2017 at 10:10 am #


    When the Yankees win the World Series order will be restored.

    • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      HA! Go Astros.

  8. sprawlcapital October 20, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    The prospect of a bubble bursting is all we have left to provide us with even a trace of hope.

    Last night here in Des Moines, the World Food Prize, touted by its wealthy sponsors as the Nobel Prize of agriculture, was awarded to a banker who wants to convert farms in Africa to the US model of industrialized agriculture: larger farms and fewer farmers; more fossil fuel consumption; more chemicals and synthetic fertilizer; and, of course, more genetic engineering (GMOs).

    Never mind that industrial farming here in the US produces obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, soil erosion, and water pollution–in addition to cheap food.

    Industrial ag makes a few people very rich. That’s all that matters.

    Something else that is making a few people very rich is land speculation and the suburban sprawl that brings. The best land in the world for farming is being eaten up here in central Iowa by such mindless “progress”.

    Collapse is hope. What else is there?

    • Georges1202 October 20, 2017 at 10:33 am #

      In Switzerland, where I moved last year to get away from that fucking imbecile you call a president over there, they strongly support their small farms and guard the food they eat with a ton of regulation. The result? Food you notice right away after coming from the US, that is incredibly good and healthy. They actually put public health above keeping the billionaires fat. Imagine that.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

        Europeans still smoke like chimneys?

      • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

        It is amazing when you travel internationally and taste food from all over the world like Anthony Bourdain on CNN. American food tastes like shit because that is the problem with capitalism: Eventually you end up eating shit.

        • AKlein October 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

          I don’t think the problem is caused by any particular “-ism”, including capitalism. The problem is more the result of a dysfunctional culture, which lionizes corrupt, sociopathic behavior of all kinds. The more vulgar, the more corrupt, the more odious, the more worthy for adulation. It’s smart to try to get away with anything you can, only the stupid get caught. If something is not illegal it’s clearly OK to do, no matter how negative the consequences. And even if it is illegal, if you can get away with doing it, that just shows your prowess, your superiority. For example, I wouldn’t ascribe Harvey Weinstein’s behavior to capitalism; he’s that way because our culture taught Mr. Weinstein what “success” means and he’s an overachiever.

          • AKlein October 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

            And in reference to the substandard food here in the US, again, it’s not a problem. Just teach educate the populace to like shit, to even prefer shit. Problem solved by popular acclaim. Democracy works, no?

    • shotho October 20, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      Agreed! I have long believed that a return to values that are productive of human hope and happiness can only be achieved by a collapse of the colossal system that destroys our very humanity. In other words, the money regime must collapse in a deep and prolonged debt default that wrings out all means of fiat currencies and lets us produce and distribute on a local level that can be sustained by whatever means we decide to value them in exchange.

      • K-Dog October 20, 2017 at 11:05 am #

        Survival of the fit assumes there are fit to survive. Yet it is possible that from collapse nothing emerges. A spiral of immiseration that is forever downward. A long emergency without end. A future where the pendulum of stupidity does not swing to wisdom in a mendacious, ill conceived and meaningless metaphor.

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill October 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

          Good point K-dog. From all evidence thus far, it appears that the closer we approach natural limits and problems that require a behavioral change, stupidity increases exponentially. Then, when the stupidity reaches absurd levels, large swaths of people demand that we double down on the already overabundant stupidity.

          We are awash in the stuff aleady and my guess is we will have to burn through most of it before we can come out the other side. That assumes we don’t just burn our asses up in the process, or that there’s another side to at which to arrive. The unknowns abound, but the stupid is a certainty.

  9. Epicur October 20, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    “I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.”

    Not until population is reduced to a sustainable level. That process will be a lot more painful and chaotic than most people realize.

    • K-Dog October 20, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      The colossus of fakery can’t lead us from cold and darkness. He is cold and darkness. He glitters but is not gold, we all know this but a cerebral fold in us insists Trump is something he is not. The hope circuits need something to keep them firing. Even if hope is false.

      I agree, you argue the air will not be fresh yet.

      “I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.”

      I take issue with the second part.

      “lot more people will know what is real and what is not.”

      By what mechanism will this transpire? Will Neil deGrasse Tyson, the science brother perhaps be enlisted to make phone videos explaining how our economy collapsed but that now we have a real chance to be smarter and become real with true awareness. Will Trump perhaps make educational videos with charts and graphs where he can fire anybody that does not understand?

      Will people tune into ‘what is real and what is not’ by the millions like last time millions became unemployed or does immiseration breed ignorance?

      In lucid moments we know that in our land of anything goes and nothing matters there are no library cards. Nobody is going to get any smarter. There is no mechanism for it. This is a hard truth to accept, and it is human to hope so we hope otherwise. Yet like it or not the process will be painful and chaotic. More than any of us want to know.

      • Walter B October 20, 2017 at 11:15 am #

        Ignorance certainly was bred by the last dip towards collapse K-D, no doubt, for the people had safety nets to fall into after they lost out. There will come a time when there are NO safety nets in place and the fallen will hit the bottom hard. Humans will only realize what has true value when they are starving, cold, and afraid. Good air to breath, clean water to drink, food, clothing a place out of the weather to sleep, and at least a few other humans that care for you and will work with you surely HAS to be the first building block of what is real and what has value. Far too many Americans today have no concept of the value of these things and go far beyond taking them all for granted. They need to come back to these thing and the hard way is the only way they will awaken. At least a few might.

        • K-Dog October 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

          The hard way will be the only way. You are right.

      • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 10:09 am #

        “In lucid moments we know that in our land of anything goes and nothing matters there are no library cards. Nobody is going to get any smarter. There is no mechanism for it.”

        Indeed. They’re more likely to take refuge in superstition and witch burnings.

    • cbeard October 20, 2017 at 11:21 am #

      You’re right. Until population is reduced to a sustainable level, things will continue to degenerate and calling it painful and chaotic may be quite an understatement.

    • mrs_saj October 22, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

      Epicur –
      I have read all four of the World Made by Hand series and I believe there should be a fifth book, a prequel. The characters already exist, but the prequel would spell out JHK’s scenario for the population die off. I completely agree it would be painful and chaotic and JHK would highlight many unique ironies.

  10. janet October 20, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    “I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.” –JHK

    On this we agree. I share your serenity.

    • elysianfield October 20, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      ““I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes,”

      The “it” will involve millions of deaths. Do you consider yourself among the survivors, or are you eagerly embracing the “eternal serenity” that we all will eventually enjoy?

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      So your lobotomy and ongoing drug therapies have been a success then? Wonderful!

      • pequiste October 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

        Laughter is the best medicine.

    • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

      Read Hugh Howey’s “Wool.” It’ll give you a different perspective.

      • Doc Holliday October 21, 2017 at 8:36 am #

        Those are first rate stories. An excellent tale.

  11. wm5135 October 20, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    Mr. K,

    “Alas, Mr. Trump has not constructed a coherent strategy for defeating the colossus of fakery that drives the nation ever-deeper toward the cold and dark. He has a talent for distraction and disruption, though, and so far that gave cover to a whole lot of other people in power who have been able to stand around with their hands in their pockets doing nothing about the sinking state of the nation.”

    Walter B
    ” It is now apparent to my wonderful and lovely spouse that the “only losers” are the ones who are hopeless sinking below the crushing weight of out of control debt.”

    I still hold some hope that Mr. Trump (The American in Chief) will act out sufficiently to awaken more of the citizenry to the fact that they will have to choose the path forward. There is no one on the national scene to lead and they will have to go about creating the future for themselves and their community as our host suggests. The Trump plan is being installed with great success, change one set of grifters for another. As Carlin opined, “It’s a club and you ain’t in it”. Break time is over and “We the People” need to get back to work with our nation building. Total collapse is still too horrific to consider.

    • Dumbedup October 20, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      There are pockets of people willing to do that but much stands in their way. Even local communities and small cities have bought into the racket that has become American life. I’ve often thought of talking to our city leaders about a contingency plan if things breakdown on the national or even state level. But they can’t even protect our citizens from marauding car thieves and burglars who roam around at night breaking in homes, stealing cars and anything else not bolted to the ground.

      I’ve come to the conclusion that the punishment for crimes is not severe enough to deter even traffic violations. Perhaps the stockade, public beatings, hangings and brandings should be brought back with no due process.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

        There’s no such thing as punishment ‘severe enough’ to deter anything below a certain level, really. Back when that kind of brutality was considered acceptable, people nonetheless killed, stole, committed the medieval equivalent of changing lanes without signaling, etc..

        Both science and experience indicate that it’s the swiftness and sureness of punishment that has the greatest deterrent effect, more than severity. Focus on that. And I’ll keep my due process, thank you.

        • SpeedyBB October 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

          Is there no inherent contradiction in ‘Both science and experience indicate that it’s the swiftness and sureness of punishment that has the greatest deterrent effect, more than severity. Focus on that. And I’ll keep my due process, thank you’?

          Military tribunals, dictatorship and martial law are always going to be more ‘swift and sure’ than due process, doncha thank?

        • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 11:12 am #

          “Both science and experience indicate that it’s the swiftness and sureness of punishment that has the greatest deterrent effect, more than severity”

          Were that the case, the streets would be littered with bodies, If a “time-out” only was punishment for murder, even if swift and sure.

          Focus on that….

          • Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

            There are crimes other than murder, elysianfield, and not even the death penalty has ever, ever succeeded in stamping that out. Beyond a certain point, piling years onto sentences doesn’t accomplish anything except helping cynical politicians extend their terms in office, at ever-growing expense to the public purse.

            Consider this quote: “Our prisons might be worth the current cost if the recidivism rate were not so high, but . . . half of the prisoners released this year are expected to be back in prison within three years. If our prison policies are failing half of the time, and we know that there are more humane, effective alternatives, it is time to fundamentally rethink how we treat and rehabilitate our prisoners.” [Emphasis added.]

            Who said that? Newt Gingrich. If you’d asked me at the time, then certain guys who beat me up back when I was fourteen might still be in prison today. Ask me now instead, when I can speak as a citizen rather than lashing out from fear and vindictiveness.

          • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

            “not even the death penalty has ever, ever succeeded in stamping that out.”

            Correct! But the death penalty does put a damper on recidivism.

            “If our prison policies are failing half of the time, and we know that there are more humane, effective alternatives, it is time to fundamentally rethink how we treat and rehabilitate our prisoners.” [Emphasis added.]

            Please reread the offered statement critically…”IF our prisons…and we know….

            Newtie did not say we have more effective alternatives…he said if we did…and we do not.

            You know, in the 30’s there were mental institutions in every state, and most counties in the US. In the late 60’s, they began to believe that the mentally Ill could benefit by release into society. The spaces under bridges, and our prisons are filled with the unfortunate results of that social experiment.

            Rehabilitation is a failed experiment, considering our inability to accept the cost/benefit ratio you might conjure up. Our prisons now are warehouses, used to keep predators out of general population. There is a possible solution, however to our prisons…send all our felons to Canada…empty the prisons and convert the guards to border security. Yeah….

            I’m gonna have to Email Trump on this one….

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

        It all begins with the family – or lack of one. Schools and Civil Authorities cannot make up for any deficit here. Women must be brought back to hearth and home. And that means the dismantlement of Feminism. And men must have jobs to support them. That means an end to immigration. Have I lost you already? It goes much deeper still but if you can’t get this much, what’s the point?

        Harsher penalties is fine as far as it goes though. No doubt you’re joking, but consider: is lethal injection really more charitable than the instantaneous death of hanging by the trap door method? Or the high tech “Lectric Chair”? And what lessons do these teach? The public gallows taught many to those with eyes to see….

        • seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

          And whipping your children kept them docile and tame. And keelhauling sailors kept the crew in line. And burning Jews got rid of that infestation problem. And lynching blacks kept their swords sheathed and their eyes down.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

            So your answer is to let Blacks persecute us instead, individual liability be damned. That’s your big idea of Justice – the African system of tires on necks. Tit for tat. FU. You need to be keelhauled.

          • CancelMyCard October 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

            Janos is a vile, racist, bigot that does not deserve this forum to spew his hate and ignorance.

          • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

            Janos is a vile, racist, bigot that does not deserve this forum to spew his hate and ignorance.

            LOL! But other than that, he does have many redeemable qualities!

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

            Did I say something that wasn’t true? What? They do administer justice like that. And Seawolf, Elrond, and others admire them deeply so is it so far fetched to imagine that they would countenance this too for all our crimes, real and imagined? How about you?

          • Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

            Once again I have to answer Janos’ slander. The practice he describes of hanging a gasoline-soaked tire around someone’s neck and setting it alight is called necklacing. It’s lynching by another name. All extrajudicial punishment, including lynching in any form, is wrong and I condemn it unequivocally.

            Note, though, how he equates lynching with the administration of justice. Justice without law is no justice at all, yet Janos celebrates the lawless violence of the old South while condemning bitterly it in its African form. This only seems inconsistent until you consider how it serves his bigotries in each case. This one example sums up everything that is wrong with Janos in a neat little package.

          • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

            “All extrajudicial punishment, including lynching in any form, is wrong and I condemn it unequivocally.”

            Goddamn it Elrond! You are certainly invited to complain about our system, but it is expected that you offer viable solutions to the perceived outrages you decry.

            How about it? A common-sense solution to crime and punishment in America.





            I am looking forward to your answer.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

            Done right (by the trapdoor method), lynching is a compassionate form of execution, far removed from the savage tortures that Black Africans so love.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

            elysianfield: Simple, effective, humane and affordable? Let’s not forget sugar-free and hypoallergenic. Or to put it another way: if I fail to come up with some magical solution to an intractable, millennia-old problem in the next five minutes, does that mean you win? I don’t think it does, because I’m not claiming to have such magic at my disposal. I’m just pointing out that punishing criminals more severely is not the path to the promised land.

            Let’s recall that this thread started with Dumbedup proposing to bring back “the stockade, public beatings, hangings and brandings”. I hope he was being facetious, but even so I read this as “ha ha, only serious” — it was half joke, half trial balloon. I want to shoot that balloon down, because I think the consequences of feeding vindictiveness are serious. The guys on 4chan were “just kidding” all along as well, until they weren’t.

          • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

            I do not intend to “one up” you in these conversations…however, by indicting our system of law enforcement, the mantra seems to revolve around making it, somehow…”better”…somehow more humane, or prone to some absolute of justice that does not exist in the real world.

            Are their problems? Of course. Can we try to improve? Of course. Are their obvious, viable solutions to man’s inhumanity to man? No. Will their be major, substantive changes for the better in our lifetimes? No. Do we blindly accept the issues that we know are intractable? No, but we should seek evolution, not revolution.

            Regarding your aside regarding beatings, etc. I am under the impression that corporal punishment is effective. In Malaysia, where they use the spectacle of public caning, I expect there is no graffiti on the walls of buildings in the urban areas.
            Physical punishment is inhumane by our cultural standards, but effective…and cheap. If you were facing 10 days in Jail, or a public caning where you would be given 30 lashes, and invariably fill your pants with hot, steaming piss (credit Finc) in front of hundreds of your screaming peers, which would you choose?

            Physical pain is a wake up call….

          • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2017 at 11:36 am #

            And I’m not trying to engage in one-upmanship either, elysianfield. Both of us are serious about right and wrong, but we’re coming at it from different points of view. So this debate is more about the ‘shape of the table’ — i.e., whose point of view deserves to prevail.

            “The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing cruel and unusual punishment for federal crimes. The amendment states, ‘Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.’” — Source

            In my view, there’s a purpose behind the provision against cruel and unusual punishment: to avoid the use of public policy as a vehicle for vindictiveness, for score-settling, or for subjugating populations. I think the founding fathers recognized that people have a ‘will to punish’, and that this trait causes us to always push for more and harsher punishment. Let’s be honest with ourselves: it feels good to dispense justice. I also think that telling ourselves we’re dispensing justice is a fine way to justify measures that go far beyond the needs of civil order, when the hidden goal is to subjugate people we don’t like.

            Just consider how the U.S. justice system might need indicting. Not that Canada’s is perfect, mind you, but there are specific respects in which the U.S. is unique. The most obvious is mass incarceration: close to one percent of the U.S. population is in prison. The U.S. has 4.4 percent of the world’s population but 22% of its criminals. (Source: Wikipedia.) I see two possible explanations. First, that the U.S. somehow managed to become the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world despite being more riddled with crime and violence than such garden spots as Somalia. Or, that the U.S. is a regular, civil country — but one riddled with fear, and uses its criminal justice system as a vehicle to take out that fear on regular people.

            The will to punish is a ratchet — it will only ever be satisfied by changes in one direction, toward more punishment and more vindictiveness. I’m trying to make the case that choosing less punishment can be a good thing — provided we recognize and accept the reasoning behind the eighth amendment.

          • elysianfield October 23, 2017 at 11:30 am #

            Of the many explanations you have for our rate of incarceration there is one you never have posited but that demands attention;

            We have a more vibrant criminal element, and they become at risk do to their own behavior….

        • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 10:27 am #

          “Women must be brought back to hearth and home. And that means the dismantlement of Feminism.”

          In an earlier post I pointed out that racists are generally inadequates who need the crutch of racial supremacy to make up for their own personal failings. Misogynists are exactly the same, which is why the two perversions are so often found in the same hate-filled, bigoted person.

          Where I live, the majority of new doctors are women (and many, many of them, are not white – oh, the horror!!!), so, just for starters, I’m not willing to see our health service crash to please racist, misogynist ignoramuses of any stripe. Nor do I imagine that, even in the US, many people would fancy sending all the female teachers back to your chosen idyll of Kirche-Kinder-Küche so that some Janos clones could recreate the Hitlerjugend in the classrooms of the America.

          I do get, though, that women may at some point in the future lose their human rights again simply because men are physically stronger and could beat them into submission if they so chose. Like any other big brainless animal could.

          #notallmen, obviously. Most of them are not brainless and are decent human beings who try to minimise their visceral prejudices.

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 10:29 am #

            *the classrooms of America*

          • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 11:18 am #

            “In an earlier post I pointed out that racists are generally inadequates who need the crutch of racial supremacy to make up for their own personal failings. Misogynists are exactly the same, which is why the two perversions are so often found in the same hate-filled, bigoted person.

            Feel better now…superior? Railing against “perversions” that are hard-wired into human existence smacks of Marxist dogma.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

            Yeah, Women and Non-Whites are being favored. That means White Men are being discriminated against, you mindless ninny. And guess what fag, all of these women would prefer me to you.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

            elysianfield: You’re absolutely right that a lot of bad motives are hardwired into human nature. So what? Is that somehow a defence of bad behaviour? I mean, these motives have very familiar names: gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy, wrath. All very human.

            There were moral scolds around long before modern feminism and anti-racism took the wheel, and we should all be thankful to them. Thankful, that is, if we value civilization over the laws of the jungle where the Seven Deadlies have free rein.

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm #


            “Feel better now…superior? Railing against “perversions” that are hard-wired into human existence smacks of Marxist dogma.”

            I’m sorry for your ignorance but it’s not my job to remedy it. However, I think you’ll find that being against racism is a major tenet of Christianity, a faith which so many in your country profess, although quite a few do like to ignore the hard bits (i.e. the bits that go against things they think are ‘hardwired into human existence’, like greed, violence and adultery, to name but a few).

            I’m not and have never been a Marxist, but it’s very sad that so many Americans are so uneducated that ‘Marxist’ is their go-to insult as soon as anyone professes any view that wouldn’t be right at home in the dark ages. At least I know what Marxism means.

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

            “Yeah, Women and Non-Whites are being favored. That means White Men are being discriminated against, you mindless ninny. And guess what fag, all of these women would prefer me to you.”

            Tut tut, Janos. When you get angry you don’t become more adorable, you just become less eloquent.

            And I’ve no idea who you’re talking to, because the structure of this site doesn’t always make it clear, but you do seem to share the condition of NPD with your intellectually challenged president.

            ‘All of these women would prefer me to you…” Aw bless, you are obviously in need of validation today.

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm #


            And in case you missed it, I’ll repeat my comment from further up:

            Often men who are the most viscerally anti-gay turn out to be homosexuals themselves, but they just can’t confront reality.

            The way you carry on you must make a lot of people wonder ?

          • Sean Coleman October 21, 2017 at 6:46 pm #


            “Often men who are the most viscerally anti-gay turn out to be homosexuals themselves”

            Is this true? Where did you hear it? I heard it myself a few times, in the seventies and eighties as I recall, in sit coms. I don’t know where the writers of those comedies got their information. Is it one of the many things you know just because you ‘know’ or is it on Wikipedia or something?

          • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm #


            I apologize for my ignorance. Being against racism? By “racism” do you mean humanity’s predilection to the fear and loathing of others/ dissimilar? Racism, accepting that definition, is cured by maturity and wisdom…it is a human trait, and cannot be mandated away.

            I assume you are mature, and consider yourself beyond racism. But wait! Drop you off on the corner of any inner city ghetto on a week night…would you experience fear? You should, and your fear would be correct and understandable. Stand on that corner long enough and you would gather “wisdom”.

            Racism, pure and simple, is not the fear and loathing of other races, but rather is an offense of action…treating another of a different race differently solely because of his race…better or worse treatment no different.

            I worked in a Ghetto for four years…I can still meet a black person, and address him with respect, at least initially. How can you imply me a racist? Because I know Ghetto culture is dysfunctional, and the root of most of the problems with America’s blacks…this makes me a racist in your eyes?

            How about a good definition for “Racism”…you seem to like the use of the word.

            Marxist Dogma…Building the new Soviet Man, and all that crap. Marxism as practiced attempted to change human nature…a fools errand. I don’t often use the word in a pejorative sense…it is not my go-to insult…. Loose-lipped, mouth-breathing, sloe-eyed motherfucker, however….

          • Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

            Mr. Coleman: The stereotype of the fire-and-brimstone anti-gay preacher who turns out to be gay and closeted is a cliché. But like most clichés, it does have a basis in experience. Some clichés are ‘experience’ as filtered through prejudice, but many are straight-up correct. Not saying which one this is, but there are real-world examples of the phenomenon:

            Ted Haggard was a preacher who promoted the evangelical line that homosexuality is unnatural and that gay people are hell-bound if they don’t repent and embrace heterosexuality. His career went up in a fireball after a male sex worker came forward with allegations that they had had repeated sexual liaisons and used crystal meth together over a course of three years. Because Haggard confirmed the latter, people found his credibility lacking when he denied the former.

            George Rekers was an anti-gay activist and a co-founder of the conservative Family Research Council. Much fun was had at his expense when he was spotted returning from a ten-day trip to Europe accompanied by a young male escort whose services he had acquired via a website called Rentboy dot com. (Yes, Rentboy was exactly what it sounded like; it’s now out of business.) The hilarity escalated when Rekers claimed that he had only paid the young man to help ‘lift his luggage‘.

  12. JohnAZ October 20, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Here is another “singularity” concept. Instead of AI predominance, let it be the moment in time when the felonious activities of drugs, human trafficking, gambling, prostitution, pedophilia and D.C. And Hollywood politicking become larger than the legitimate economy. As legitimate activity is pushing into AI obsolescence or overseas, people will jump right into the alternative. People will not starve and as we sink further into Maslow’s pyramid, the felonious economy will continue to grow. Our elitist political system has not a clue about what to do about this, instead they have simply jumped right in to the middle of it.

  13. venuspluto67 October 20, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    About the only thing one can say for sure is that the American life which emerges from this maelstrom will not look a whole lot like what we’re living in today. I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.

    But the downside of that is that an awful lot of people who weren’t ready for what hit them will likely be dead and gone. I suppose it’s unavoidable, but that makes it all the more important that we be real about what’s coming over the horizon at us.

  14. messianicdruid October 20, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    “I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.”

    I will add, ‘ and what is sacred ‘ and what is not.

  15. Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    I remain serenely convinced that when it finally passes, the air will be fresh again and the sun will shine, and a lot more people will know what is real and what is not.

    Nice sentiment Jim, but that’s all it is. There’s absolutely no supporting evidence for that position in the reasonably short term (the lifetimes of anyone now over twenty or thirty, for sure). Things will have to get much, much worse before they ever get better here in the land of the clinically insane, if indeed things ever get better again at all. The nuclear cache will be used in a futile effort to save the dying empire – you can take that one to the bank – and not necessarily against the traditional laundry list of foreign boogeymen. Can you say false flag domestic nuclear terror events in order to justify a larger nuclear attack? Get used to the term. They’re coming to an expendable locale near you.

  16. teddyboy46 October 20, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    what I like most about JHK is his unsinkable Optimism. ” I serenely believe.”

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Prescription painkillers possibly?

  17. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Hate to be a party-pooper, but…

    U.S. unemployment claims fall to 222,000, lowest in 44 years


    And that when President Trump still leads positional war against the half of his own government and entire US Media.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      Quoting official unemployment statistics now, are we? Oh, how far the formerly apparently astute have fallen!

    • CancelMyCard October 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

      You are a complete and utter idiot for quoting Bullshit Government Statistics.

      Get Real, asshole.

  18. seawolf77 October 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    I am in the oil & gas business and I can tell you it is tough. I talked to a 45 year Bechtel guy and he told me he has never seen an oil market like this. Bottom line is we have reached that point where the oil we extract is priced below where we can make money, and it has unleashed a torrent of natural gas that has destroyed the coal industry to boot. We just flare it off because the NGL’s are so valuable comparatively speaking. They say every $1,000 of GDP uses a barrel of oil. At $50 it is 5% and it works OK for consumers. At $100 a barrel it is 10% and it does not work OK. Oil companies cannot make money at $50 a barrel, they need at least $75.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

      Bottom line is we have reached that point where the oil we extract is priced below where we can make money…

      Also known as “The Red Queen Effect.” Business has no choice but to sell at a loss to continue to service existing debt (and no doubt take on more, since it’s now virtually free to do so) and to keep the doors open at all. Call it the last futile gasp of desperation as American “productivity” slowly but surely sinks below the waves, gone forever to be replaced by ravenously cannibalistic financialization.

    • Epicur October 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

      “Bottom line is we have reached that point where the oil we extract is priced below where we can make money, and it has unleashed a torrent of natural gas that has destroyed the coal industry to boot.”

      The really serious part of that lies in the coal-fired generating units that are being taken off line and scheduled for demolition. Gas-fired units are being planned/built to replace them, but the strain on gas prices will not show up for several years yet.

      The lag time between planning/construction and need for deliveries of gas will create a situation where it will be too late when prices explode and the economic realities finally start to arrive on the bottom line.

      • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

        Excellent points. Perhaps you’ve been reading Gail Tverberg? Timing of large capital investments is a HUGE factor in a whip-sawing up and down energy economy. Just ANOTHER reason that conversion of an energy intensive consumer and industrial economy to, say, renewables, for instance, is such a risky proposition, even assuming that the replacement technologies were in any way mature, which they most definitely are not, and very likely never will be.

        • Epicur October 21, 2017 at 10:39 am #

          “Perhaps you’ve been reading Gail Tverberg? ”

          No, I was at a conference recently where a retired exec from one of the major utilities laid it all out. There is not much doubt that we are headed for a wreck in this regard. The people will not react until the pain starts – by which time it will be too late.

          Whooda thunkit?

          • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 10:48 am #

            Yes indeed. The facts, when bravely and honestly considered, are ominous indeed. Tverberg – and professional actuary – hammers these points plainly and relentlessly on her blog Our Finite World.

  19. volodya October 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    I don’t think that the Deep State knows any such thing, that it’s being thrown over-board to drown in red-ink. The Deep State is too confident, too sure of its own position in the food chain, too arrogant by orders of magnitude, to worry over its demise. The collective thinking is that somehow it will go on.

    That it WILL drown is beyond dispute. Unless somebody repealed the laws of physics so that suddenly there really IS such a thing as a free lunch, the Deep State, as protector of the Billionaire Davos goers, is as doomed as the Roman institutions that held up the prerogatives of the Roman Senatorial class, the Oligarchs of their time.

    Taxes are the economic life-blood of the Deep State. But the economic artery was progressively squeezed by the American Globalist elite who demolished the tax-paying American wage earning class. The 20 trillion dollar federal debt, the half trillion dollar yearly trade deficit are testament in numbers, the decrepitude of American infrastructure and the boarding up of Main Street America the physical manifestation, opioid addiction and the proliferation of militia groups the societal indicators.

    The Trump ascension is the political indicator of dissolution. Trump is incoherent, runs a disorderly and shambolic administration and is manifestly over his head. He just doesn’t have the managerial ability nor the intellectual capacity to do the job. That he beat two national parties to win is testament to one other thing, the decay of the American political establishment. Their power is based on the acquiescence of the American people. But Washington has no power if people stop listening and obeying.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

      The Trump ascension is the political indicator of dissolution. Trump is incoherent, runs a disorderly and shambolic administration and is manifestly over his head. He just doesn’t have the managerial ability nor the intellectual capacity to do the job. That he beat two national parties to win is testament to one other thing, the decay of the American political establishment. Their power is based on the acquiescence of the American people. But Washington has no power if people stop listening and obeying.

      I declare you winner of the internet today for those observations!

      Unfortunately, you also said this: Taxes are the economic life-blood of the Deep State.

      No, sorry they really aren’t. The Federal Reserve’s counterfeiting operation is actually the source of the deep state’s funding, although that will likely stop under one scenario or another someday soon as well. The Deep State will no doubt be cannabalized along with everything else on the way down, but as the new Praetorian Guard for the empire, you can be sure they’ll be kept on life support for as long as needed.

      • volodya October 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

        What you’re talking about will eventually blow back on itself. You can’t keep counterfeiting. A currency backed by nothing is a currency backed by nothing but blind faith. Shake that faith and the tremor will bring it down.

        • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

          You are correct once more volodya. The blind faith does seem to be historically high these days, doesn’t it? Of course, that’s a painfully common phenomenon prior to all epic crashes; and as you correctly noted, this one will be no different.

    • SpeedyBB October 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      volodya, you remind me of an excellent and prescient novel by the late John Updike, complete with whirring killer drones and a Washington enfeebled by a nuclear exchange with China – who no one listens to any longer.


  20. Lonely Traveler October 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    I look forward to the time when knowing how to grow tomatoes will be a more valuable (and valued) skill than knowing how to grow a stock portfolio.

    • volodya October 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

      And corn and wheat and chickens and turkeys and pigs….

  21. Doc Holliday October 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    I have enjoyed JHK’s books over a lengthy time. This blog is entertaining also. But, holy crap Jim, you are grumpier than I am. If you keep this up, you will have an ulcer, stroke, heat attack….or more.
    This blog is beginning to sound like the Unibomber’s Manifesto…

    On a lighter side, for all of you wanting to dump technology, check out this link. I bought one of these early this year and since we live in a power-outage prone area, but have plenty of trees, this puppy comes in mighty handy. Good to know one can have a hot meal (providing they have food) at least once a day whether the economy sucks or not….


  22. Bro Jobe October 20, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    I’m sure JHK reads Bloomberg’s news. The financial savants there are predicting a long-term correction by early next year. If you read closely, you’ll see they are as mystified as JHK as to why the wheels have not yet come off.

    Getting to the fabled other side mentioned at the end of this post won’t be very pretty. If only a crash were all of it. Nations under duress often lash out, and I suspect there will be an international war, minus a Marshall Plan, at the end of it.

    Cold and dark, indeed. Very dark.

  23. Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    The Road ahead is blocked by the Symplgaedes or Clashing Rocks, the European one of excessive freedom and the Asian one of totalitarianism. These tendencies are seen in all levels of the arts, culture and politics, as well as in our personal lives. As Buddha said, Freedom is in the middle of all things.

    And this Myth is expressed in many ways by many cultures. In terms of our own culture: the Gate to Willoughby is guarded by a Cherubrim with a flaming sword which turn every which way. We will not enter in without invoking Divine Aid. Limber up those creaky knees, Gentlemen. Cod Liver oil can help. And remember, a Gentleman isn’t always gentle.


    • akmofo October 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

      Greek mythology is literal astrology. The drama the ancients saw in the ancient sky they attributed to the gods. The gods are celestial bodies, and the story of their interactions in the ancient sky is what we today know as mythology.

      Immanuel Velikovsky

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

        Astrology came later I believe – in the Hellenic period from the Middle East and then again in the late Roman era.

        Do you believe the events in Genesis anent Moses and the Plagues and the parting of the Red Sea where all strictly natural phenomena?

        • elysianfield October 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

          Do you believe the events in Genesis anent Moses and the Plagues and the parting of the Red Sea where all strictly natural phenomena?”

          Anecdotal accounts of mundane events edited over the centuries by a thousand tongues….

          I envy you your ability to set aside/ignore your prodigious education and intelligence to believe in the supranatural…it is a valuable gift…one that I lack.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

            Well I don’t believe that every story in the Bible is literally true. That would make me a Fundie. There are different levels of interpretation. But yes, certainly I believe in God and that miracles, or temporary transcendence of ordinary laws of nature by higher laws, is possible – even if rare. As to whether they can occur on such a macro scale as the parting of the Red Sea is my question. But hundreds of thousand experienced “the Dance of the Sun” at Fatima, whatever that was.

        • akmofo October 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

          You’re right, I meant to say astronomy.

          And yes, I do. I believe every word in the TaNaKh is true; that it is a true account of Jewish history. Btw, when the TaNaKh speaks of the celestial “angels” Gabriel and Michael, it is referring to Mars and Venus. So whenever these two appear, the land is under terrible upheaval. Same as occurred during Homer’s wars.


          • akmofo October 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

            A little Hebrew trivia:

            Gabriel is derived from the Hebrew words Gavar (overcome) El (god or over there). Michael is derived from the Hebrew words Micka (struck) El (god or over there). Therefore to the Hebrew speaker the names themselves would suggest a celestial struggle.

            The name of the Israeli airline EL-AL translates as over there-up high, or alternatively as God of the Sky.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

            So God is moved these bodies around like marbles on behalf of his Chosen?

            Velikovsky didn’t believe as far as I know – his viewpoint being strictly a naturalistic one.

          • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 6:41 am #

            That’s what Jews believe. God is the first cause. But god operates within the laws he set up. Velikovsky is perfectly consistent with this view.

          • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 7:29 am #

            It is why the Kabbalah is fundamentally anti Jewish. You cannot change or influence to change god. You can give thanks, but not more than that. For this same reason, Rabbinic Judaism is also fundamentally anti Jewish, as it borrows Roman idol worship practices in the form of prayers or entreats to god. Rambam already made this point plenty clear a thousand years ago, but it persists in Rabbinic/Hasidic practices even though it is considered Hillul Hashem or a desecration of god name/character, and is strictly forbidden.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

            That’s a kind of Deism, not classical Judaism or the later Talmudic. That’s like saying God knew from Eternity all that would happen and set up the Universe to accord with it, an interesting thought that seems to deny free will. In contrast, Judaism teaches that God intervenes in His Universe.

            You’re right about the Talmud of course. At certain places, Jehovah is mocked as almost a bumbler, and as one who studies the Talmud himself – in other words, as being below the Rabbis. It’s a new religion that hides within the shell of old Judaism, much like Voodoo and Santeria which hide within Christianity.

            The Talmudists revere Rambam, so you must be wrong about him not being with them. Of course these guys disagree a lot so your specific point may be valid.

          • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

            God can affect natural events without this affecting our free will. I don’t see the contradiction in this that you do.

            Yes, they study Rambam, but they consider him just one of many, so where it suits them they ignore him. Rambam was very clear that Jews should not work the Torah. Meaning that the study of the Torah should be free and that the study of the Torah should not be a main occupation. That’s not what’s going on now in the Haredi community.

            He also said that studying the Talmud is a waste of time. You can see why I like him 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

            The guy was an anti-Christ, anti-Christian, anti-Non-Jew classic Talmudic hater. Straight up.


          • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

            In other words, a flawed man of his time and place. Anyhow, I’ll confess that my total knowledge of him consists of a three part TV program, so anything is possible. But this harshness is definitely consistent with his Arab character.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

            He wasn’t an Arab but a Jew. More Jewish than you probably, given the ongoing genetic drift of the diaspora.

          • akmofo October 23, 2017 at 6:58 am #

            He was a cultural Arab, a cultural Greek, and a cultural Jew. He navigated deeply in all these worlds. But, as I said earlier, he was a flawed man like all men, which makes him no better or worse than anyone else. Unlike you, I don’t idolize men as gods, which makes me more Jewish than you 🙂

  24. Robert White October 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    The Cheeto-headed Orange Jesus was brought in to generate volatility in a low volatility & low volume environment with a Crackberry and a Twitter account. Being the Orange Jesus Cheeto-headed twitter-in-chief is like being the mc of Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey under the BIG tent. As the mc assclown of ‘Merica it is his job to provide the bread & circus atmosphere that will deflect attention away from the Central Bank & requisite bankster scum. His job is to be the Janus faced two-timing con artist that lies to you on a daily basis so that you cannot discern fact from fake news which is required in a third world banana republic that sports so-called billionaire buffoonery as a top down mechanism to blow off the steam generated by the boiling frogs of masses. Clearly, the election offered only two choices for selection so that you had to pick one assclown over another. Bottom line is that (((you))) made your bed, and now you have to sleep in it, ‘Merica. And while Congress looks into whether the Orange Jesus Cheeto-headed assclown hired Russian Federation prostitutes to urinate all over a bed in a Russian Federation hotel room, (((you))) can talk amongst yourselves whilst the elite establishmentarians squander the last few remaining dimes you would have spared for your brother when he would have been likely to ask you if you could spare a dime on the next upcoming economic downturn which happens to be dead ahead.


    • Billy Hill October 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      Um…. would you like fries with that?

      • Robert White October 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

        Yes please!


    • elysianfield October 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

      You are correct in that we are well and truly fucked…but what was our other option? A vote for the Demon Sow, even today, I would consider unacceptable. I expect that the shit-stained bed was already made before the election…it is but our job to sleep in it.

      • Robert White October 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

        The Democrats would have at least been a bit more edifying, but the logical solution was Jill Stein and the Green Hermit the Frog Party. Moreover, a great American writer once proposed Civil Disobedience as a partial solution but the establishment & The Man have beaten that notion out of the public sphere whilst better forms of predation were executed on the voting dems & repubs to keep them in opposition to one another. Without any sort of serious interest in a third party for governance of the USA you may as well just stop voting and participating in elections. Of course, ‘Mericans would never stop participating in elections because they never stop, or end, even when you elect a new POTUS. Frankly, Clinton and Sanders have been regular fixtures on MSM throughout this debacle acting ‘presidential’ via the twittersphere. What is obvious is that one must oppose the electoral process and the Oligarchs that control it via media cartels and K-Street lobbies. One must overcome the electoral architecture, and the corporatist subversion of that process in so far as entities like Goldman Sachs-of-shit don’t get their Giant Vampire Squid tentacles around the throats of average taxpayers.
        Wall Street & the FED are your problem because they will still be in power when the Cheeto-headed Orange Jesus gets diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia like Ronald Reagan did. Jill Stein was my logical choice at the time. If Elisabeth Warren runs in the future will you vote for her?


        • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

          If Elisabeth Warren runs in the future will you vote for her?

          You have a way to go yet Robert White. Give it time.

          • Robert White October 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

            Warren is top pick to run against whomever the Republicans pick to run after Trump is either impeached for being mentally incapacitated, or quits due to being assailed by the Deep State Democrat legislators. Trump, in this light, will not finish his first term before being ousted., mark my words. Moreover, I gather that this blog is made up of fiscal conservatives that are not so overtly narrow minded as to never even consider a democrat like Warren for president.
            I realize that everyone our age is likely to be firmly entrenched in one or the other with respect to political parties but if Warren was going to seriously reign in Wall Street banks with the reintroduction of the original Glass-Steagall Act I think even you would likely vote for her, Ol’ Scratch. Are you so entrenched in a conservative Republican philosophy that you could not possibly change your voting patterns for the best candidate at that juncture


          • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 9:59 am #

            Thing is, I sense you still suffer from “savior syndrome;” the naive idea that one person or even a small group of people can magically fix things again. At this point in time Americans can’t even agree on what it is that needs fixed, never mind an actual concrete agenda on how to fix it. It took well over 100 years to get to this point, so no quick fix in our lifetimes will be able to magically turn it around. Warren might or might not be an improvement on the current status quo, but rest assured that if she tangles with the MICC or financial rackets she’ll immediately be corrected and/or removed just like any other presumptuous savior. These people don’t play and they have ZERO humor about any of it.

        • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 11:27 am #

          “If Elisabeth Warren runs in the future will you vote for her?”

          Well, I would have voted for her if she was running in the last.. Throughout the Bush and Obama tenures I voted for a candidate that was third party and otherwise…Ron Paul.

          Pokherhaunches in the future? Maybe.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

      VERY NICE Robert White!

      • Robert White October 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

        Thank you, Ol’ Scratch, much appreciated, and nice to meet you as I am new to this blog. Kunstler’s writing is absolutely great so that’s why I have decided to join in here. The tenor of discourse in the comments sections looks to be better than most other blogs too. cheers!


        • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

          LOL! It’s got its moments!

  25. My Point of View October 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    “Unfortunately for them, the lies are no longer working and the truth cannot be accepted.”

    The old lies still work and will be accepted yet again. Today’s case in point is GOP’s big lie that tax cuts pay for themselves and that adding $1.5T to the debt over ten years is good for us. The GOP will pass this disaster as McConnell and Ryan bend over, again, for the Koch Bros and their billionaire boy’s club.

    This is the same GOP that pilloried deficit spending ten years ago when that awful black man was in their white house, but now they love it. This is the same GOP where 38 current Senators voted AGAINST that black man’s stimulus spending bill due to it being deficit spending, but yesterday voted FOR this fiscal abomination.

    We have all the factories we need, tax cuts don’t lead to investment in productive facilities in the USA, it only adds to the coming misery.

  26. DurangoKid October 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    They’ll ignore it until they can’t.

  27. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Great Indiction

    Recently, October 13 fell on Friday and this gave me an excuse to write a post about the arrest of the Templars, in which I left a bunch of important clues for those who want to follow me to dig up the history of the Western World Projects. In particular, I think that Pierre Plantar implanted a legend into the public consciousness of Europe about the quarrel between Priory of Zion and the Knights Templar, which in the West received the name Cutting of the Elm, in connection with the struggle that was then going on in Europe, slowly turning from the post-war European Coal and Steel Community into the European Union and the Fourth Reich.

    But this does not mean that it was based entirely on an empty place, arguing that the Cutting of the Elm, completely unknown in Russia, is a paramount event in European history that predetermined the destruction (the transition to underground) of the Order of the Templars, and the Hundred Years War, and the Huguenot Wars, and the Great French Revolution.

    The fact is that the Cutting of the Elm as a gap between the Capetians, who opposed the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, and the Vikings who converted to Catholicism and took up the civilizational fire of Alcuin, Gallo-Romans and Merovingians in a Europe plunging into German barbarism, indeed predetermined many things, but for Russia the most important thing is that it fixed the ideological divorce between the Western World Projects and the transformation of the Western Black Project into the main anti-Christian force of Europe. The immediate result of this event was the transformation of episodic anti-christian military campaigns into a pan-European and even world-wide anti-Christian war, which I call the Fourth Crusade, as its top was of course the capture of Constantinople.

    Over time, this war migrated into many other pan-European and world wars, but now, due to the rise in religiosity, we have returned back to the border of the 12th and 13th centuries, which gave reason to recall the true essence of events and the so-called Big Cycles in History, that the decimal system is not “sacred”, and the Gregorian calendar is not the only one. In particular, in the Julian calendar, a great cycle is the Great Indiction – a period of 532 years, after which dates begin to fall on the same days of the week. The beginning of the Indiction was determined from the “Creation of the World” according to the chronology of the Byzantine or Constantinople Era, and the beginning of the 15th Indiction occurred in 1941.

    In particular, 532 years after the arrest of the Templars in France – October 13, 1839 – no special events were recorded, but two months before that, the First Opium War begins and the English (the Templars?) seize Hong Kong as the base for this war, and from the battle of Ghazni 3 months before that, the Russian-English conflict in Afghanistan, called the Great Game, begins. Two weeks after this date, the last armed uprising – Newport Rising – in the British Isles begins against the Western Black Project, which then took away from the British all that is now called democracy.


  28. MrTibbs October 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    “Open Secret” has successfully exposed the rampant, criminal pedophiles who dominate Hollywood culture.

    …..and it’s the beginning of the end for these scumbags:

    Sent From the New Republic.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

      Quite the contrary, their legend is just beginning.

  29. janet October 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    The “it” will involve millions of deaths. Do you consider yourself among the survivors, or are you eagerly embracing the “eternal serenity” that we all will eventually enjoy?“ —elysianfield

    Death is part of life. No one will survive.

    55 million people die each day. We accepted those 55 million who left yesterday with serenity, the same as those 55 million who are leaving today. Our day will come. Later today, tomorrow, or maybe next week. Proximity does not affect serenity once you accept it could happen any second.

    • janet October 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      55 million die each year. A million here, a million there… pretty soon you are talking real mortality.

    • elysianfield October 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

      “We accepted those 55 million who left yesterday with serenity”

      You indicate that the world is without grieving relatives.

      When I die, I want to die quietly, serenely, in my sleep, like my grandfather, not like the other five passengers in his vehicle screaming and crying….

      • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

        We all want to die in a certain way. What we’ll inevitably get will be the “ideal” Christmas morning of our youths; a GENUINE surprise! Don’t cheat the ONE gift you’ve been GUARANTEED your whole life!

        • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 11:30 am #

          A gal can hope, can’t she?

  30. BackRowHeckler October 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Nomination for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize:

    Two French girls, age 16 & 20, at the ornate Marseille train station, last summer, waiting for a train, who got their throats slit by a Muzzie from N Africa

    The 11 year old Swedish girl, walking to school one morning in Stockholm, last May, run down by a Muzzie refugee from Afghanistan. Daily Mail had a photo of her little body torn in two, laid out on the pavement.

    Since these European girls are no longer with us the prize will be picked up by Burkha Merkel, noted humanitarian.

    Maybe Martin Richard the 9 year old boy who got blown up in Boston in 2012 can be added in.

    Allihu Ackbar!


    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      Just got up from a late night drinking?

    • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm #


      For your Nobel Peace Prize you forgot to include the two brave young men killed while trying to protect an innocent Muslim woman being harassed on a train in Portland, Oregon>


      Why would you miss them out, when they sacrificed their lives so unselfishly, killed by a murderous anti-Muslim bigot? A bigot so unfortunately named ‘Christian’.

      “Daily Mail had a photo of her little body torn in two, laid out on the pavement.”

      The Daily Mail is a pretty awful populist rag, but, like other newspapers, it does not print photographs of anyone’s ‘little body torn in two’. The people who perpetrated this attack were evil, but why do you want to add disgusting sensationalism to something already so tragic? Don’t bother to answer that – I know exactly why.

      Here’s the Daily Mail report by the way – no such photo – but you already knew that, unless you get your ‘facts’ from the likes of Fox and Breitbart.


  31. BackRowHeckler October 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Do you think the traitorous worms up in Oslo read this blog?

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

      Better question: does anyone bother to read your posts?

      • malthuss October 21, 2017 at 11:03 am #

        Heckler is genius. The Real Deal.

  32. MrTibbs October 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm #


    …and the grandest conspiracy of all is George’s pursuit of Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction”. America having its “act together” has absolutely everything to do with the proper pursuit and offering of due process under the Constitution to these political-ruling class losers.

    In the New Republic, MEMBERS ARE MADE by undying love, devotion, and loyalty to the Constitution.
    And we are happy to participate in the proper pursuit and offering of due process under the Constitution to the collectivist NETWORK globalist class charlatans who sold out the old republic in their lust for power and the love of money.
    And we are ready for what’s next.
    Sent from the New Republic.



    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

      So I surmise that you simply propose to reconstruct the “New Republic” from the ashes of the “Old Republic,” and then hang a “Brand New” label on it then, eh Tibbs? Let me tell you a little secret I picked up about “constitutions,” “holy books,” and other assorted and sundry scraps of paper along the way: the only people who “love them, are devoted to them, and remain loyal to them” (forever and ever amen!) are priests, charlatans, and fools. I have no need to ask which you are.

      Constitutions, which even the US’s decidedly human composers stated explicitly, are living documents, which means they need to be reinterpreted and revised regularly to keep up with the times and “human nature.”

      The problem you seek to address is as old as mankind itself. Protecting mankind from mankind. Or in other words, protecting the many (and growing) wolves among you from predating the entire sheep flock to the detriment of all. Rest assured, no misguided allegiance to constitutions written by long dead men will fix that problem.

      Nor, I might add, is any prospective system largely based on the capitalist ideals of “greed is good,” or that – even larger – humans are in any way a privileged or special species. The problem facing humanity is MUCH, MUCH larger than your current mental model allows for. You would do well to scrap it immediately and start over.

      • malthuss October 21, 2017 at 11:04 am #

        Do peeps read your posts? I dont.

  33. tucsonspur October 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Please God, let it end. Enough of Weinstein’s worst and Wurst. Back when, it was Herman’s pee wee, Clinton’s cudgel, then Cosby’s cocktails and Weiner’s weenie. Roger Ailes, O’Reilly and the hounded, harassed, sly, leggy foxes at Fox. Enough, I plead, enough!

    Yes, as we speak of dissolution and our descent “into the cold and dark”, we come back to the distant past and the ancient Greeks and Erebus(darkness) and Nyx(night). And Chaos. And of course Thanatos.

    Speaking of death, last Friday I drove by Mandalay Bay, stopping at the light, looking up at the two windows and picturing the gunfire above the traffic. Did a U-turn past the crime scene tape and police cruisers. I was thinking that if not for its color and lettering, the Mandalay Bay itself could be one giant tombstone. A gargantuan granite slab naming the dead.

    Across the way, the site itself was non-descript, with some lights hanging on scaffolding peeking above the walls. Not that any place is a good place, but all in all, a damn lousy place to die.

    And a bullet not with your name on it, but with “to whom it may concern” riding the metal death.

    After the Las Vegas massacre, our acceleration into the darkness is increasing and Chaos grows closer, with the continuing political inability to address our modern dilemma. What can one do but try to embrace the night, and let the night embrace you.


    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

      After the Las Vegas massacre, our acceleration into the darkness is increasing and Chaos grows closer, with the continuing political inability to address our modern dilemma. What can one do but try to embrace the night, and let the night embrace you.

      Funny you should close with that, as night/darkness is the one thing western culture seems hellbent on destroying, with Las Vegas being the singular poster-child for that mindset.

      Quite the contrary, rather than viewing current events as an “acceleration into darkness and chaos,” I simply view them as clarifying and bringing into focus larger, overarching, long-established trends, which have been steadily building throughout our lifetimes.

      Of course there are malicious forces, which most of you dare not consider, at work as well, but I won’t trouble you with that here. The larger truth is that same events would unfold eventually either way by “legitimate” means, so it makes no difference in the end.

      • tucsonspur October 21, 2017 at 12:57 am #

        Right you are, the light pollution is extreme. Probably the International Dark Skies Association’s least favorite city.

        By the way, the IDSA is headquartered right here in Tucson.

        And those overarching, long established trends will eventually lead to great chaos.

        Embrace Nyx and her dark mysteries, and let Hypnos bring you visions of the Valkyries.

        • tucsonspur October 21, 2017 at 2:41 am #

          Or, keeping it Greek, Dionysus. Ares? Eros?

    • BuckP October 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

      We have lived in the Las Vegas area for about a year. We have also been down by Mandaly Bay and have visited the memorials at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. There is a darkness over the city now even when the sun is shining. The concert area was basically an asphalt parking lot with Astro turf over it. The people killed and injured were mostly common folk just like most of us who scrimped and saved to attend this all star event. There are so many loose ends and questions surrounding this massacre with not many answers forthcoming. I think you in the future full body scanners will be everywhere, such as, schools, casinos arenas, malls, etc. while our constituitional rights continue to get stripped. On 9/1117, an anonymous leaker warned of a High Impact Event in the Las Vegas/ Henderson area and said to be careful. Where is Columbo or Monk when you need them?

  34. janet October 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

    it was Herman’s pee wee, Clinton’s cudgel, then Cosby’s cocktails and Weiner’s weenie. Roger Ailes, O’Reilly… –tucsonspur

    Don’t forget the pussy grabber in chief. He is well known for his sexual assault, rape, and golden shower activities.

    • Ol' Scratch October 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

      Seriously, don’t you feel ashamed for yourself for posting this shit?

      • Billy Hill October 21, 2017 at 7:55 am #

        Shame is a human attribute.

        • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 9:41 am #

          True that. Bots don’t have feelings.

        • Epicur October 21, 2017 at 11:08 am #

          In the words of Ambrose Bierce, “Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.”

  35. SvrzoH October 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    In last Monday;s blog they were the posts referring to Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff as in ‘good standing’. It is not too late to respond.
    After over a three decades being enetrtained on stupid jokes like: ‘Americans have Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday….underwear, and Russians January, February….” (Haa, haa….. ha), and still wiping
    tears of laughter, they are oblivious to shoulder tapping and quiet whisper to their ear that every JHK blog can be easily edited to stand-up gig with tables. now, reversed.
    Back to comedian asshole who jumping on band-wagon of anything anti Russian at that time, and welcomed in US. THE ONLY thing in his ‘jokes’ is pissing on his former Country, thus doing so on his former classmates and family left behind, to name the few.
    If a third Country offers him a better living than this he would have pissed on US as well.
    Do not forget, ordinary Russian could not pack and travel to US just like that (I am snapping my fingers), so his family must have had a ‘better than average’ use of the that system.
    Thousands of ‘Eastern Europeans’ in US, the way Americans like to call them usually accompany the smirk of superiority, made business of employing their superb free education (at lest) and keep complaining and bitching about former Countries to a zero (even if true).
    Heck, millions decent people around the world, who left their humble
    birthplaces and made something out their lives would never mock the place where they came from.

    Russians survived ‘kinda-long-emergency’ in early 90-is and now is a formidable Country, in today’s world.
    US, it is your turn now.

    • akmofo October 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

      In my travels I’ve noticed that the new generation of Russians are a lot less civil than the older generation. What happened? In many respect, when I meet them they remind me of the Hitler’s German gangster thugs.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

        The “glorious” 90s happened – privatization of Soviet property and a catastrophic fall in the standard of living,

        America had a hell of a time, not for very long, though.

        • akmofo October 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

          I hope they manage to keep this negative phenomenon in check. It could send Russia in a very ugly direction, just as it did the German nazis. Nobody needs that idiocy repeated. But be sure the Americans will try their best to exploit this, as they did in the past.

          • FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 8:19 am #

            While Russia still does not have its own model of development – analog of the Western White, Red or Black projects, it still remains the most anti-Nazi Nation in the world, which was proved by the multi-million marches of Eternal Regiment.


            As for the 90s, the young and cynical generation of the Communist Party nomenclatura under the “wise” guidance of KGB chief Andropov, realizing the precariousness of their situation within the country, having seized power, simply cowed to fight Americans and rushed to save their own skins, selling their country and people to the right and to the left.

          • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 9:45 am #

            I’d be more worried about Americans. Fascist Naziism lurks just below the surface everywhere over here. The coming class war, (that is to say, when the formerly working class poor finally wake up and say they’ve had enough of this shit) will bring it all to the surface in spades.

          • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 9:57 am #

            Yes, but you can be anti nazi and display nazi-like behavior and mentality. I see this bad behavior almost everywhere I see young Russians abroad. In Eilat, in Prague, the Caribbeans, Thailand, Italy — everywhere you see Russian tourists you see unbelievable rudeness and entitlement that’s really off-putting.

          • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 10:40 am #

            Unlike their American counterparts, they are indeed a “rough and tumble” bunch these days, aren’t they? Growing up tough will do that to you.

          • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 11:53 am #

            No, that’s not it. They are plenty refined in their accoutres. The issue is the complete lack of consideration for others. For example, you go to a quiet park in Prague and all you hear is Russians screaming into their cell phones Blyad this and Blyad that. It’s a deliberate display of in your face vulgarism and thuggery. Another example, in Thailand they would go to a beautiful pristine beach and throw their cigarette butts all over the sand even though there are explicit signs in Russian asking them not to do so and special ashtrays are provided. They simply ignore this. In Eilat, they destroy the corral by picking them out of waters as souvenirs. Again, they are expressly told not to do so, but they persist. To me, it shows deliberate and complete disrespect for others. Am I wrong?

        • SvrzoH October 21, 2017 at 11:26 am #

          Stealth privatization in US is taking place for 200 + years, and more brazen post 2008, all with the white gloves and friendly smile.
          True story, and try to read it in the contest of world that we are heading to and Jim writes about:
          In my visits to my former ‘Eastern European’ country I was, not once, a guest of a family where there was no ‘regular’ income, or no income at all, in months.
          Hosts were with bit of distress in their facial expression -yes, but coffee and cookies were on the table all served in nice and clean apartment which beats blue tarp tent in US any time. Story, most likely, in many ‘Eastern’.
          In Russia during the break down in 90-is, that’s what I’ve read and correct me if I am wrong, people were not thrown out from their apartments. Electricity, gas and water were not shut off. All, left to worry about was the food, and people having basics mentioned above had found a ways to it.

    • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 11:48 am #


      I am surprised that you would be offended by the words of a comic…America is replete with those that lampoon (viciously) our culture and every other facet of the country. Yakov was relatively harmless…George Carlin, not so much, and yet he was not singled out for sonderbehandulung…nor impugned for pissing on the country, and piss he did.

      • SvrzoH October 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        @ elysianfield,
        I am not offended.
        Yak (pun intended) hitched the ride on eagerly accepted anti-Russian sentiment, as in the era of Rambo movies, and sold his soul for the buck.
        Carlin was shedding the light for his countrymen about the things that we are more and more aware of being true.

        • elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

          I can accept that. Were there no comedians in the Former Soviet Union that played upon American foibles, real or perceived? What did the comedians of that era in the Soviet Union comment upon? …I assume there were Soviet comedians….

          “…A denizen of a small, poor village in the Kolyma answered the door to a stranger asking directions. After the stranger left, the peasant’s wife asked who it was…’I don’t know, but I think he was from the government’. The wife asked the husband how he figured that the stranger was from the government…’He was wearing shoes’ the reply….” (rim shot)

          Were Smirnoff’s asides containing an element of truth, or were they all based on lies?

          • SvrzoH October 22, 2017 at 9:02 am #

            Of course it is true, but I still stand by basic decency that one does not make a living by mocking (over the board in his case) the life of friends and family left behind.
            He gave Americans ‘a good laugh’ and at the same time loola bye song ‘all is good with us’ that put them to sleep just to wake up in the world that we read about in this blog.

  36. janet October 20, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Seriously, don’t you feel ashamed for yourself for posting this shit? –Ol Scratch

    No, because it is true. Trump was compromised by Russian officials who spied on him as he enjoyed kinky romps with foreign prostitutes. Trump enjoyed watching prostitutes perform “golden showers” in his fancy Moscow hotel room.

    Trump raped a child. A woman filed a lawsuit last year because Trump raped her years ago when she was a 13-year-old model.

    Trump raped his first wife, Ivana. She accused him of holding her, pulling her hair and raping her in a fit of rage during their marriage. The incident was detailed in the 1993 book, “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.

    Trump tried to catch young beauty pageant contestants undressed. Various women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Trump had a habit of entering the dressing room while contestants as young as 15 were not fully clothed.

    Trump likes to grab women by the genitals. Trump has said women will let men do anything to them if they are famous. “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything,” Trump said.

    • Robert White October 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

      He is a sexual predator, overtly narcissistic, and filled to the brim with narcissistic rage that manifests whenever anyone questions his delusional grandiose drunken meanderings. He is socially offensive as well as uneducated with respect to contemporary Social Sciences
      that most in the population are educated in if we quantify where the lion’s share of university grads exist today. Trump has no university degree and is only a business skool grad from a two year programme. Bottom line is that he is trailerpark trash in a silk suit with a mafia don attitude whereby he could shoot someone on 5th avenue and still get elected.

      Trump is a rabid dog misogynist woman hater, I agree.


      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

        Yet they couldn’t find any long line of women to complain and/or sue him – even though they scoured the land. He is a consummate Gentleman compared to these Liberals mentioned above. Yes, he loves women and was a Playboy and Womanizer at various points, at least when not married. This is no crime.

      • Billy Hill October 21, 2017 at 7:58 am #

        By the way, he is a notorious non-drinker.

    • Sean Coleman October 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm #


      So you believe Jessica Lees’s story that Trump sexually assaulted her and none of the other passengers or the cabin staff saw a thing?

      I looked up your Ivana accusation. It turns out she clarified it later that it was “not in a literal or criminal sense”. So what sense is that then? In an imaginary world sense?

      Life is short. Is there a good reason why I should even bother to check the rest of this sleaze (which I assumed you found on Wikipedia)?

      “Trump raped a child.” I might look this one up later. It sound seriously deranged.

      Are you still giving a false email address to post here?

      • Sean Coleman October 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

        My computer is running slow but, without going into the articles, it looks like the child rape allegation was made by a woman who said it happened two decades ago. She dropped her case twice.

        Janet, can you see a pattern here?

        If my dislike of, say, Obama were as great as yours and many others towards Trump I cannot imagine I would sink to either making up wild and implausible allegations or believing them, as you do. Then again perhaps I would sink to that level.

        What is it? Hysteria? Delusion? Political dogma? Wickedness? Stupidity? Greed? Attention seeking? Revenge? An excuse for a failed life? “Projection”?

  37. Pucker October 20, 2017 at 10:41 pm #


    “Heroin by the turn of the twenty-first century had become one of the world’s most valuable resources—a resource that could generate over $ 100,000 billion a year in revenue. Without the white powder, there would be no black ops—no means of obtaining control of Eurasia—no way of molding the global economy and political relations. On January 27, 2000, a catastrophe occurred for covert activity when Mullah Omar and the other leaders of the Taliban announced their plans to ban poppy production within the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 68 This decision sent shock waves through the US intelligence community. From 1976 to 2000, the Afghan opium poppy harvest had grown nearly tenfold, climbing from 250 to 2,000 tons during the covert war of the 1980s, and then from 2,000 to 4,600 tons during the civil war of the 1990s. The country’s economy had transformed from a diverse agricultural system based on herding, orchards, and sixty-two varieties of field crops into the world’s first opium monocrop. 69 Thanks to the Taliban prohibition, the opium poppy harvest fell from 4,600 tons in 1999 to 81 tons in 2001. The situation had to be addressed by the military-industrial complex in a forceful way. With the outbreak of the “war on terror” and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the ban came to an immediate end. Within a year, the UN reported that the poppy crop had rebounded to 3,400 tons. 70 By October 2013, thanks to the US occupation, the opium harvest had climbed to an all-time high of 5,500 tons. 71 The days when heroin money could be laundered through a small circle of banks, including the IOR, were long past. By 2014, $ 500 billion to $ 1 trillion in proceeds from criminal activity and black ops were laundered through the world’s leading banks—half of which were located in the United States. Narcodollars became the lifeblood of the nation’s economy. 72”.

    “Operation Gladio”, Paul Williams

    • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 10:10 am #

      Like the infamous “Global War of Terror,” once again, truth in advertising should dictate that the “War on Drugs” be relabeled as the “Global War of Drugs.” Just another way the current ruling class simultaneously destroy and profit from the wage slave class.

  38. Pucker October 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    I guess that we’ll never know what The Clinton Foundation” was really all about?

    “Indeed, Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Organized Crime, has argued that the United States was saved from total economic collapse in 2008 by the billions which flowed through American banks from the drug trade. These funds, Costa argues, represented the “only liquid investment capital” available to financial institutions. 75 And so it came to pass that the land of the free and the home of the brave, thanks to Operation Gladio, became a narcocapitalistic country.”

    “Operation Gladio”, Paul Williams

  39. Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    We all want entry into Willoughby. And once there, we want our Field of Wheat girl, our Stormy Llewelyn, our Blue Jeaned Baby Queen, who when she isn’t wearing Blue Jeans wears long White Dresses and walks thru the wheat cupping the sheaves with her outstretched hands as she passes.

    But how to get past the Clashing Rocks? And the Angel with the Flaming Sword? We need a Navigator, a Priest, and a Captain. Might not Richard Spencer be the One in Three and the Three in One? Listen to this song by the Goys N’Rosenbergs and tell me what you feel.


    • tucsonspur October 21, 2017 at 1:54 am #

      Yeah, I know, it’s not Willoughby in Brooklyn. Images crave the life absorbing canvas.

      Is he the Trinity or three card monte? Or just the One, good with the sextant?

      I feel the Ice, man, not just at the poles but at the polar opposites.

      Are they brothers?

      What I feel, not taste, is Vanilla, but the Ice doesn’t leave me cold.

      Rock it, or, “let’s kick it”. Feel it. Feel the ICE.


      • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 2:37 am #

        Oh I was wondering where I had heard those beats before! How horribly apropos. The guy could dance yet had an amazing ability to seem like a goof even as he does that same movements as his Black dancers. It’s just what he is. Or to put it another way, as an middle class Aryan White, he’s not supposed to be doing this kind of thing. Eminem could do it – even some Blacks like him. Even Justin Beiber can get away with it a bit without seeming like a complete goof. But this guy? No slack given.

        It’s all not for naught though. As devotees of Kek, we’re always laughing at ourselves and everyone else, taking schlocky 80’s movies and spinning straw into gold. All dying peoples turn to religion and the irrational. We have done the same – yet mysteriously keep our intellects and sense of humor at the same time. We end up amazed at our own antics and things that come out of our mouths. Needless to say, Kek loves this beyond all things. That’s why we are His Chosen. I’ve often found myself raving about Putin being a Highlander or He-Who-Returns or other such things. On one level it’s complete madness yet the Meaning is there beneath that and I can feel Kek’s pleasure.

        All in all, a fine riposte. I like the three card monte especially. Spencer may be a tricky Dicky. And you may have said more than you meant. Or do you not know about the Doctrine of the Eternal Ice? Atlantis was in the far North before the Pole shift. Our Ancestors grew strong in the Ice and Snow, ever remembering the Paradise from which they came. So shall we.


        Edgar Allen Poe was obsessed with Poles and Whiteness in general. Now admit it: when you see the word Hyperborea, you go into an altered state.

        • tucsonspur October 21, 2017 at 3:32 am #

          Thanks for the compliment. I all too often wear my heart on my sleeve and bite off more than I can chew. And sometimes I mean more than I say.

          I’m familiar with Keck on the mountain top, but not your Kek. But as Ching Chow profoundly says, “a wise man is always a student”.

          Hopefully the Doctrine of the Eternal Ice doesn’t morph into “Eternal Ice Nine”.

          A simple but amazing property isn’t it? Water’s solid state being less dense than its liquid state.

          Yes, a true mystery, keeping our intellects and sense of humor at the same time. One wonders how the universe could achieve such delicate interplay.

  40. FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    The American victory in ideological warfare in the 90s was based on the greater attractiveness of Jeffersonian democracy as a World Project, but when the ideological defeat of the USSR turned into a military-technical one and turned into what it turned, the Clintons lost all responsibility for the results of this victory and US fell ill with the madness of the printing press.

    Sending all World Projects to hell, except for the unlimited use of this newly emerged Philosophers Stone, the Clintonoids through the mouth of Fukuyama proclaimed the end of the history of mankind, and humanity, having sobered up from the “post-totalitarian” euphoria, simply had to ponder whether the victory in the Cold War was a victory over the human history.

    And when the winners entrusted the cleansing of the defeated territory to militant Islamism, the vanquished history turned out to be the history of the last Great Indiction, and the cold war returned to the ideological track, but in a way that it would hardly have pleased President Reagan who declared the Soviet Union the Evil Empire at the Episcopate Congress in Florida.

    That is why the Serbian campaign in Kosovo and the second Chechen war, which clearly demonstrated that Fukuyama was wrong, caused such an inadequate reaction, and the inscriptions on the bombs dropped on Belgrade during the Orthodox Easter – Happy Easter – blew up all the stereotypes of the Cold War and made it inevitable to show on the Russian TV the movie Stalin is with us.

    The proverbial frog, instead of being cooked alive on low heat, jumped out of the pan, the water in which began to heat up too quickly.

    • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 9:28 am #

      Trump is set to release the Kennedy files. no doubt carefully screened and redacted to eliminate any awkward conspiracy theory support. In fact, that’s likely the only reason their being released at all, even at this late date.


      • Pucker October 21, 2017 at 9:46 am #

        Q: Do you know why they didn’t release to the public the Zapruder film until March 1975?

        A: Because it clearly shows that the fatal shot that killed JFK came from in front of JFK rather than from the School Book Depository behind JFK.

        • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 10:04 am #

          Agreed. And the tortured official explanations for this odd fact were nothing, if not hilarious.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 10:15 am #

        No matter what are the technical details regarding the execution of JFK by the quasi-religious sect a member of which he once was – and I call the Western Black Project – the true reason for his execution and subsequent executions of his family members was a betrayal by President Kennedy of that sect expressed in his failure to start a nuclear war with Russia and destroy both countries for the glory of the Fourth Reich.

    • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      Reagan (like Nixon) was indeed the last truly honest President the US ever had, and very likely ever will have. A touch mad yes, but still basically honest and a died in the wool “true believer’ right up until the very end. Trouble is, true believers are very easily taken advantage of by their surrounding coterie of boot-lickers and sycophants, and in the end are usually undone by them. Bush I had the basic common sense that Reagan lacked, although true to his CIA roots, he was never anything more than a “company man” through and through. Clinton on the other hand, was something brand new to the American experience. A craven political mercenary and entrepreneur, Clinton and his bitch wife Hillary saw and continue to see politics as nothing more than opportunity to cash in on fame and fortune and to suck up to their betters. A finer pair of spokesmodels for the emerging neo-liberal nightmare the political establishment could not have found, although Obama and his tranny wife certainly raised the bar in 2008. And the rest, as they say, is his-(and hers)story.

  41. ozone October 21, 2017 at 10:20 am #

    A stinging slap to the face, JHK. (Much needed by many, experienced by far too few.)

    “Alas, Mr. Trump has not constructed a coherent strategy for defeating the colossus of fakery that drives the nation ever-deeper toward the cold and dark. He has a talent for distraction and disruption, though, and so far that gave cover to a whole lot of other people in power who have been able to stand around with their hands in their pockets doing nothing about the sinking state of the nation.” — JHK

    I’ve been trying to puzzle out just why Cheeto von Tweeto was allowed to take the office (other than the fear of some dangerous nastiness concerning a despised but well-armed public), and that’s as plausible an explanation as any!

    Some excellent observations by those commenters who chose to actually think about what our host wrote and managed to further the topic. The exchange about some unpleasant knock-on effects of going into the cold and dark was edifying:

    For those who believe in the power of prayer, I’d start praying that financial collapse be the next iteration of The Long Emergency to make itself [undeniably] manifest. (Political collapse, in case you hadn’t noticed, is well under way; better hope that social collapse doesn’t beat it to the finish line.) For the rest of youse of a decidedly practical bent who aren’t really interested in what happens (or doesn’t) in some fantasy deathlife, I’d invest in hard assets to give your progeny (or anyone else you happen to feel empathy for) a chance at survival. No sure thing of course, but certainly better than waiting on a savior that will (more than likely) turn out to be a hardcore predator.

    Finally, to Ol’ Scratch: “You’re doin’ a heck of a job, Scratchy!”
    May your firebox roar, the whistle scream, and the pistons be well-greased with the maunderings of delusional fools. Roll on, roll on…

    • Ol' Scratch October 21, 2017 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks for the kind words ‘Zone. Even Ol’ Scratch needs a few of those every once in awhile.

    • volodya October 21, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      Ozone, I think that Trump flummoxed everyone who figured they had this thing figured. Meaning that they figured that Hillary had it in the bag, that it would be business as usual, that with Hillary at the helm it would be pigs at the trough. I mean, who did it better than Hillary and Bill? Nobody.

      But those fucking de-fucking-plorables fucked things up. So now the Deep State and its Billionaire patrons have to do work-arounds. Is it do-able? Can they live with a President Trump? Maybe, just maybe…

      It does seem that the flurry of insider leakage, especially from intel agencies, has abated. Seems that the Deep State, after staggering around the ring like a boxer that just got his bell rung, recovered its senses.

      So now the Deep State is back in the classic boxer’s stance, left foot forward, chin tucked in, left hand up, right hand at the ready, and is taking stock. They don’t look like they’re flailing and swinging wildly, trying to connect. See, Trump turned out to be pretty tough to knock down, like ole Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the pugilist that fights with his face. Trump, like Joe, could take a shot and then give back two more…

      See, the Deep State has an appendage in the White House in the form of General Kelly. If you suspect that the General is observing and taking notes and reporting back, you’d probably be right. If there’s a case to be made for deploying the 25th Amendment, who better to do it than the General?

      I think that Trump knows this. I think that while a scorpion has to be a scorpion because that’s what the scorpion does, Trump the scorpion knows that he’s on thin ice. So, while Trump waves his disruption-distraction stinger, the Deep State and its backers do what they know how to do: steal money.

      There may be a surprise President in the White House. But the people really in power got hardly ruffled because they’re still in power. Trump’s win didn’t change that. That those people appear to be standing around with their hands in their pockets doing nothing about the sinking state of the nation is precisely what you’d expect. After all, they sunk it.

      • akmofo October 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

        Yeah, only I don’t think they stole from Americans as much as they helped Americans steal from the rest of the world.

      • tucsonspur October 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

        Isn’t the “Deep State” extant no matter what party is in power, but with varying degrees of power and influence?

        The money goes Left, the money goes Right.

        Is it the goal of the “Deep State” simply to preserve and enrich their own? With the Globalist agenda? Or do they really want to “own the world”?

        Can somebody tell me what presidential win in the past sixty, seventy years dislodged the people really in power? Billionaires are never without power, Democrat or Republican.

        “Trump the scorpion” is on shifting sands. I like the boxing analogy. Ole Smokin’ Joe also bobbed and weaved, while Trump lobs and cleaves. And Trump sure has the “beard”.

        The people standing around with their hands in their pockets are busy watching their portfolios binge and bulge.

        Many questions. Answers?

    • K-Dog October 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

      “President Donald Trump is not “fit to serve as president,” American voters say 56 – 42 percent, and voters disapprove 57 – 36 percent of the job he is doing as president, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.


      ” Voters say 51 – 27 percent they are embarrassed to have Trump as president.

  42. FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    On a lighter note – Immortal Tango!

    Mireille Mathieu – Der Pariser Tango


    • FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      Shoot, she is signing in German!

      Are french preparing to surrender Paris second time in a 100 years? They have already done so to the Jihadi allies of the Fourth Reich.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 11:19 am #

      Some kind of Du Hast by Dark Germanic genius?


  43. MrTibbs October 21, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    We got back to the basics of the yeoman farmer and pastoral nomadic, in the New Republic.

    Stay hungry, stay foolish.
    – Stewart Brand, 1968.

    …….and it’s been a long time coming.

    Sent From the New Republic.

  44. elysianfield October 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Walter B


    I’m sorry….

  45. MrTibbs October 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    In the old republic, increasing populations of women practice collectivism in the pursuit of professional advancement, while at the very same time polling demonstrates their level of happiness, joy, and contentment continue to reach record lows.
    ……but it’s alright.

    Sent From the New Republic.


  46. Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup
    by Marsha Gessen


    “Consider this nightmare scenario: a military coup. You don’t have to strain your imagination—all you have to do is watch Thursday’s White House press briefing, in which the chief of staff, John Kelly, defended President Trump’s phone call to a military widow, Myeshia Johnson. The press briefing could serve as a preview of what a military coup in this country would look like, for it was in the logic of such a coup that Kelly advanced his four arguments…”

    Click through to read the arguments.

    • Elrond Hubbard October 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

      Grrr. Masha Gessen, not Marsha. Autocorrect strikes again.

      • GreenAlba October 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

        Just read it – an excellent and thoroughly chilling article. We aren’t American, but the renewal of his New Yorker subscription is my present to my husband every Christmas. We continue to be impressed by the thoroughness and excellence of the articles.

        Sadly, more people read Fox ‘News’ and the Daily Mail – or the Daily Wail as it is otherwise known over here!

        • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

          Countless British girls have been raped by Muslims. Do you deny it? Even the BBC admits it – Now. Not that anything will be done. That would be “racist”. Your whole Country is dissolving into a Monty Python type nightmare because of White hating White Liberal Loons like you.

  47. FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    Brief Middle Eastern political information

    Of course, I mean the Greater Middle East, in the center of which is not Jerusalem, but Erbil as the regional capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in the vicinity of which fighting began between the Kurdish militia and the Iraqi Shiite militia.

    And if the Iraqi army, which took the center of the largest oil district in the city of Kirkuk a few days ago, was staffed with Sunni soldiers, as reported by Al-Jazeera, then the Shiite militia is moving to Erbil, fighting with the Kurdish Peshmerga, and this liiitle detail threatens to blow up the whole Greater Middle East.

    Apparently the State Department hoped to extinguish this conflict by making the oil fields around Kirkuk a joint source of income for both Baghdad and Erbil, but this plan collapsed when the Shiite militia, which is governed by Shiite Iran, not certified by President Trump, intervened. And the Middle East has a long memory and it did not forget that the last Sunni uprising in Turkey, in 1920s sentenced to destruction by the Entente countries, was led by Kurd Said Pirani.

    Ataturk created a secular Turkey, in which the Kurds were forcibly Turkinised, with the help of Lenin’s rifles and Rothschild’s money, but the last defenders of the truly Ottoman spirit and traditional Islam paradoxically were the Kurds.

    The teachings of Al Ghazali allowed the Islamic Ummah to avoid religious wars ala wars between the Protestants and Catholics in Europe, but the Wahhabis threw Al Ghazali out to the trash and the de facto Sunni Khalif turned out to be Vladimir Putin, who was called to become a defender of the Muslim faith by Chechen leader Kadyrov, standing in front of the embassy of Myanmar, leading the genocide of Muslims.

    And Putin assumed the title of Khalif, standing up for the Muslims of Myanmar, and now he must recognize himself as the defender of the Sunni Kurds, who are attacked by the Shiite militia. I’m afraid the Sunni Muslims will have to choose – the Sunni crescents over the Muzaffar’s minaret in Erbil and the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara come complete with an Orthodox cross over St. Sophia.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      He, he, and you thought that Ukraine was your biggest headache.

  48. janet October 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    “That those people appear to be standing around with their hands in their pockets doing nothing about the sinking state of the nation is precisely what you’d expect. After all, they sunk it.” –volodya

    No, I would expect they take measures to keep things going.

    If it sinks, they lose too.

    They want to continue the money game going. Collapse is not in their interest.

  49. janet October 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Yet they couldn’t find any long line of women to complain and/or sue him… –janos

    A long line of women did come forward. Trump said he would sue the women who denounced him for his sexual assault on them.

    Trump said: “All of these liars will be sued after the election.”

    And as we know Donald Trump keeps all his promises, so those women were sued and found guilty at a trial held right next to the finished Mexican border wall on the same day that Obamacare was repealed.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      All the women backed off – not uncommon. Lying is everyday life is one thing, but lying in court under oath is a crime. Women lie a lot in other words. Hillary is a women. Hillary lies a lot. I do wish Trump had taken her on, but alas she seems to be untouchable.

  50. MrTibbs October 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    NEW Hollywood theme song: “May be a price to pay.”

    In the old republic, the worshiping at the altar of rampant consumerism, sloth, greed, and envy has produced enslaved consumers indebted with record levels of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, depression, addiction, and divorce.


  51. janet October 22, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    The chief of staff John Kelly divides America into those who “serve” in uniform and those who should shut up.

    But John Kelly doesn’t appreciate that civilians are in charge of the military. A civilian is their commander-in-chief. Civilians in congress legislate the military budget without which the military would collapse.

    Civilians in congress declare war, not the military. The military is just a dumb blunt instrument controlled by civilians.

    • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      Civilians in congress declare war, not the military. The military is just a dumb blunt instrument controlled by civilians.

      I’m thinking (once again) that you must be about 10 years old. Your analyses – besides being blatantly and laughably feminist – are so simplistic as to be laughable for even the average 4th grader. Jesus H. Fucking Christ, have you no fucking shame?

  52. FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Brief American Political Information

    I am sick and tired of American politics, and I do not think that any fundamental changes will take place in the near future. But this does not mean that the events taking place in the United States are not important – they are very important, moreover, it is in the United States that events are taking place that will determine the future of the whole world. It’s just that these events, in spite of their fate, in essence, repeat themselves and this situation will last for a long time in my opinion.

    And the following happens in the US: a civil war between Trump and Clintonoids, slowly turning into a world war. And while Clinton, head (former or current?) of the Western Black Project, believes that the US mission is to destroy Russia as a Katechon, even at the cost of its own destruction, while the US people are expendable in this struggle, but now the contradiction between HER and Trump is much stronger than between HER and Putin. In the end, with Trump, unlike Putin, she has to share if not an apartment, than the land of the yard were house is standing, and quarrels between neighbors always acquire a particularly vile and petty character.

    And although Hillary is indeed a great politician – the last time such a woman appeared in history was in 1519 and her name was Catherine de Medici – but in this case she did not expect that Henry of Navarre was her subordinate and that he would step onto the foreground of history on her orders.

    Catherine de Medici:

    Hillary Clinton:

    From hatred to Trump, she’s gone a little crazy and now all the provocations against Russia are actually directed against Trump. She expects that if the relationship between Russia and the US deteriorates so much that accusations of cooperation with the Russians will not need to be proved, Trump can simply be arrested and shot trying to escape along with his family. Then take up on Pence, as Harriman and Dulles took up on Truman, and James Rowley and Edward Hoover tackled Johnson.

    And Trump is well aware of this and is fighting for his very life. Another thing is that this fight is of a hidden nature, since the FBI and the CIA do not want to investigate the crimes of Hillary Clinton, but instead investigate Trump himself for his fictitious ties with the Russians, which for lack of specifics they can not even describe and use euphemisms.

    Theoretically, after the shooting of 600 people in Dallas, Trump had to declare an emergency, call the militia to arms and give the army an order to take control of the special services that sabotage the choice of the American people. But he did not, for one reason or another, but instead tries to change the atmosphere in the US and put Hillary Clinton behind bars for her old affairs.

    To change the atmosphere, he threatens to declassify the murder of John F. Kennedy, clearly hinting that those who are after him are the heirs of those who killed the 35th US President and has already exposed as a pimp and sex maniac the main donor of the Clintons in Hollywood.

    And in order to jail Hillary and some members of HER administration, who for some reason are being referred to as the administration of Barack Obama, he stepped up the case of selling uranium to the Russian Federation, since it allows to shield from the strike a very popular Obama and concentrate the blow on Hillary Clinton herself, as Secretary of State and head of the State Department, who oversaw this deal and gave her permission.

    In addition, from this deal threads go to the sale of missile technologies by Kiev to North Korea and Ukraine’s interference in the 2016 elections in the US, which can become a serious factor if the government of Poroshenko collapses and the secret documents of Kiev become known in the US.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2017 at 10:10 am #

      “after the shooting of 600 people in Dallas” should read as “after the shooting of 600 people in Vegas”.

      • jim e October 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

        Your Freudian slip? It is fact that both were done by “A lone gunman!”

  53. Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Where is my Legion? Where is my Uranium, Janet Obama Clinton? Can you spell Rusan Colusion? Or is that just the name of your Gay lover?

    17-10-19 14:40 by Karl Denninger

    Our Nation DESERVES To Fail*

    I will lay out the indictment here in brief form. It’s aimed at the American public at large because this is what is tolerated on a daily basis and what it costs us. I’ll leave this open for comment for a couple of days, after which I’m locking the topic.

    Let’s see if anyone can make the case for what they intend to do both personally and collectively about any of this — and I’ll keep this one short. Trust me, there may be more where this came from if I decide it’s worth my while. After all it’s not like I don’t have 11,000 articles written over the last decade to draw from….. oh wait….

    Let’s start with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There is now incontrovertible evidence that several years before the Uranium One deal was signed off on by both Hillary and Obama, a deal that sold 20% of American uranium assets to Russia (and we all know what uranium is used for, right?), the FBI had an ongoing investigation into the Russian principals of that transaction for bribery and extortion. There are only two possibilities, of course: Either the FBI (all of it) intentionally concealed the existence of the investigation from the administration or the administration knew damn well that the deal was coerced and went along with it despite having full knowledge of same.

    Do I particularly care which it is? No, because the FBI is the government.

    What I do very much care about is that the Russian Government actively practiced extortion and bribery within our borders for years and exactly zero was done about it to this very day more than a decade later. The FBI knew about it and did exactly nothing. Not one person has been indicted, the acts themselves were covered up despite being known to the government and the “deal” that appears to have been procured through felony unlawful acts has not been forcibly unwound. In other words the Russians have been allowed to keep what they stole; this is equally egregious to the FBI watching a mobster rob a bank, knowing who it is that robbed the bank and then not only refusing to prosecute them letting them keep the money.

    I remind you that if the government merely suspects you have $10,001 in your briefcase due to selling a substance they don’t like they will steal it from you at gunpoint even if they are unable to prove that you did anything illegal. At the same time the millions of dollars that these people funneled to the Clinton Foundation remains there, it has not been seized and the deal has not been unwound, nor has one single indictment been leveled.

    I further remind you that before you scream “Democrats!” that Donald J Trump has been President now for nearly 10 months and he and his attorney general Jeff Sessions have done exactly nothing about any of this. Trump and his administration along with both sides of the aisle in Congress are therefore explicitly confirming on a literal daily basis that this is “acceptable behavior” and not worthy of criminal punishment. Let me remind you that Trump, during the campaign, repeatedly cheered on the premise “Lock Her Up.” Well? Whether you’re a “MAGA” supporter, an “establishment” Republican or a Democrat of any stripe go **** yourself with a rusty chainsaw because you are all explicitly supporting an administration that has intentionally refused to act on the “buying” of 20% of our nation’s nuclear energy and weapons raw material by Russia through acts of bribery and extortion.

    Considering that having our energy infrastructure strangled by a hostile government is arguably one of the greatest threats that we could face this activity is especially outrageous. However, I can understand why you might stick you head in the sand on this; after all, the lights haven’t so much as flickered in your house, right?

    Ok, so maybe I’ll let you slide on that one.

    I won’t let you slide on the $15,000 a year that is stolen from every family in this nation on an annual basis by the medical scam in the United States.

    The means by which it happens are so varied and outrageous that they are almost beyond belief. I have heard many people scoff at me when I point out that we overpay by five times in this country for medical care. That is, if we stopped the scams I assert that your cost for medical care (and health insurance) would come down by 80% in a day. I’m utterly confident in this number, however, and I would like to give you just a few reasons why.

    One, for instance, is the fact that virtually every eye-drop medication is intentionally designed to waste half of the drug prescribed. If that crap was to be stopped and the companies were prevented from simply doubling the price per-vial by competition the cost of said drops on a per-month basis would instantly fall by half. Remember, this is without any other competitive pressures of any sort being brought to bear — it would simply result from putting a stop to the intentional practice by the drug companies of designing a dispensing device that intentionally and unavoidably causes you to waste half the medication by having it run down your face.

    Never mind the fact that such a practice also likely causes some percentage of users to suffer side effects that are harmful when the medicine goes in places it isn’t intended (like your sinuses and throat), which you then must pay more money to counteract or treat.

    The second I’ve written on several times: Drugs (such as antivenoms for scorpion stings and snakebites) that are sold in Mexico OVER THE COUNTER for $100 or so, yet in the United States a few dozen miles north the exact same drug, made in the exact same factory by the exact same company is available only from a hospital under prescription and costs tens of thousands of dollars. This crap is true for almost every drug with varying differences by nation, with the United States paying the most in essentially every case. While the really crazy ripoff percentages come for drugs that are relatively rarely used (like snakebite antivenom) they often amount to 500% or more for “mainstream” pharmaceuticals, whether they be for Hepatitis-C, diabetes (insulin), high blood pressure or hundreds of other conditions including various forms of cancer. The only reason this situation persists is that it is a federal offense for you to cross the Mexican (or any other) border, fill a suitcase with said drug for cash and then bring it back to the US and sell it for whatever you can fetch.

    The third is “CON” laws in many states that require before you open or close a medical facility you receive a “Certificate Of Need.” The board evaluating your application? It’s made up of the owners of the existing medical facilities in the area. This, along with other aspects of price fixing, is largely why you can literally fly to Narita, Japan, have an MRI done (for cash) and then fly home while spending less than the local imaging center charges you for the exact same scan and reading of same. You are literally bilked out of anywhere from 5-10 times the cost in that first-world, first-class nation for the exact same thing.

    Then there’s The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which I’ve written on several times. They’re a cash-based surgery center that will give you a price, soup-to-nuts, for a procedure just like the corner grocer does. Hospitals and doctors for years have said you “can’t” do that with medicine; this organization has proved that’s a lie. They not only do it their business is thriving. Because they have quoted you a price and that’s what you pay they also have every incentive not to screw up and give you an infection while there. A traditional hospital gets to and does bill you to treat an infection they gave you while you were in surgery. That incentive for them to not screw up is reflected in outcomes: The Surgery Center posts their infection rate and on a typical year it’s twenty-five times lower than the national average.

    Most of this is “hidden” from you through employer-provided insurance, but the scam continues nonetheless. The average Florida family pays over $18,700 a year for “health insurance” irrespective of who writes the check and if it was a more-appropriate $4,000 you’d get the nearly $15,000 a year difference in your salary.

    Cut the crap, America. Not only does the medical scam in this country, all of which I remind you is illegal and has been for 100 years, which medical and insurance firms twice tried to claim exemptions from when sued, the cases went to the US Supreme Court and the medical and insurance firms lost both times, cost every single family in this nation $15,000 each and every year, or enough to make the mortgage payment on a middle class house it also results, if you wind up in the hospital, a risk of infection twenty five times greater than what a market system brings you.

    If the robbery isn’t enough is a twenty-five times greater risk of a bankruptcy due to infection caused by the hospital, or, in the extreme cases, your death enough to get you off your ass? May I remind you that roughly 200,000 people die in this country every single year due to preventable medical screwups, and that’s only counting the ones that aren’t successfully hidden. In fact this is the third leading cause of death in the United States!

    That isn’t enough to get you off your ass? Go **** yourself with a rusty chainsaw.

    Think there are no answers to this rampant scam and the death it brings? The hell there aren’t. There are remedies available at both state and federal levels. I remind you that virtually every state (if not every) has an anti-trust law roughly parallel to the US Federal law (15 USC Chap 1.) This means state prosecutors can bring these cases too, and state legislatures and executives could demand they do so. Either the States or the Federal Government could start right here with a one-sentence law and follow it up here.

    County and local governments could condition the issuance of business licenses (without which no medical facility or drug store can operate at all) on the posting of prices and non-discriminatory billing. They could do that right now via city or county ordnance and if they did it would resolve their budget problems as well as fixing health care for you, their constituent. Instead they******you on property taxes and engage in financial shenanigans that ultimately will bankrupt both them and you.

    They don’t fix the problem instead of screwing you because you refuse to make this issue, which robs you of a ****ing house every single year, the political point that they must face and resolve or be ejected from office and shunned to the point that they can’t even walking the family dog without facing birds flown in their face by everyone they meet, with your treatment of such bastards extending from the lowliest cop on the beat to the Governor of every single state of the Union — and every government employee in between.

    Let me know when you stop consenting to being financially raped, along with accepting a twenty-five times greater risk than necessary of being severely injured or killed as a direct result of virtually every hospital in the United States having every reason to not give a damn if they give you an infection because they profit from it when it happens.

    You don’t want to do it? You don’t care that you’re robbed out of a house every year?


    I don’t want to hear your complaints when the economy collapses as this scam exceeds the ability to extract any more money from the people, or at least as bad or maybe worse forced rationing comes into play, you need medical care of some kind and you’re simply told “Nope”, leaving you die in agony after bankrupting you.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

      Our Nation DESERVES To Fail

      Isn’t Denninger an idiot and a hidden Nazi? Let him try to clean up that mess in Washington and see how he’ll size up to Trump!

      Besides, he banned me few years ago from his site for suggestion to aim machine guns on the US-Mexican border wall inward, so to keep Americans safely in a “Free Market Paradise”.

    • akmofo October 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

      gov mafia
      gov mafia
      gov mafia

      These words should never be uttered separately.

      • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

        Exactly right.

      • pequiste October 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

        And is there any particular reason you want to insult the Mafia?


        Government(s) show/s the Mafia how it is done: without any honor, for the most amount of money, the most amount of “bones” made, all on the grand stage of the entire world.

        • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

          Good points! The mafia was at least premised on the concept of honor, a quality nowhere to be found these days. All in the name of “efficiencies,” don’t ya know?

  54. FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    Unpublished post about pessimism

    That’s how sometimes you forget to publish the post, and then you guess how it should have ended.

    It is interesting that in a few days I learned that the situation in Russia in general and in the Russian Academy of Sciences in particular is changing dramatically, and a few days later it turned out that people who gave the Nobel Prize to Obama and John Nash were getting an upper hand in the Nobel Committee.

    And what a hopelessness it was before! And now I found out that Putin decided that it would be impossible to escape the fate of Peter the Great and would personally engage in the reform of the RAS!

    I have long been writing from the fright that Hillary Clinton will come to power and kill us all.

    It was in this connection that I started writing about the threat of a nuclear war back in 2011, when everyone was laughing at me and twisting a finger at my temple. Since then, I predicted a lot in conjunction with the history of knightly orders. After all, it was the knightly orders that were the ruling force in the Middle Ages and later became Masonic lodges and then political parties that ruled until recently, before the 2016 US election campaign.

    And my writings worked. In any case, Hillary did not become president of the United States and generally recognized leader of the free world. Of course, I was a grain of sand in this collapse of the old world order, which for some reason was called a new world order.

    An entire era has come to an end, and we are alive, and humanity is swiftly returning to the era that was before the era of knightly orders, when the world was ruled by saints, emperors and kings.

    Who is interested in the question of the participation of Cathars in the Fourth Crusade, and why did such an influential anti-Christian group in the West evade participation in the defeat of Constantinople, despite the fact that their defeat by a participant in the Fourth Crusade occurred after that, and not before?

    And especially nobody cares that the answer to this question is in the history of the baptism of Harald Bluetooth, who as a result of this act he was forced to flee to where?

    Correctly, to the city of Jomsburg, which belongs to the city of Vineta, just as the city of Kronstadt belongs to the city of St. Petersburg.

    Meanwhile, now I know for sure that this issue played a certain and important role in the matter of Brexit and Trump’s victory, when the black Irishman Obama came to England on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, who knew perfectly well that Hamlet was a grandson of Rurik and wrote a play about it.

    And Prince Charles, who recently in his TV appearance reminded the British and the whole world that the good old England due to the lack of constitution is an absolute and not a constitutional monarchy and was deprived of his right to the throne for this, is an avid theatergoer and left London for Stratford-upon-Avon just to not meet with Obama and the above-mentioned fact about Rurik.

    And what does Russia has to do with all that?

    The fact is that the question of participation of the Albigensians in the Fourth Crusade is a question of suicide, which in a couple of days will be carried out in Catalonia by the European Union.

    But the most important is that apparently the grandfather of Prince Hamlet is the founder of Kiev-Novgorod Russia and the ancestor of the Nation-building myth on which the Russian Empire stands.

  55. Ol' Scratch October 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    Ahh, tax cuts! Seems like we’ve been down this road a time or two before already. Didn’t work for Reagan, got Bush I fired, and totally didn’t work for the Shrub. Someone please remind me once again how Trump is “different” from any run of the mill DC pol. Buehler… Buehler… Anyone… ?


    On a personal note, the great Orange One was looking a little gaunt (in the face anyway) to my eyes this morning. I guess the stress of the j-o-b (first one he’s had in his life, I’m guessing) might be finally getting to him. I’m surprised his lovely wife and daughter don’t shame him into losing some of that spare tonnage. Who knows, his mind might even come around in the process?

  56. trypillian October 22, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    The air really won’t be fresh again unless you disregard the toxic nanoparticulates courtesy of the deep state geo-engineered ionizided skies. The sun is only shining through the not so blue skies and silver haze of aerosol poisons. Breathe deep; aluminum bloodstreams are good for you.

  57. Ol' Scratch October 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    A Sunday night homage to the recently departed:

    “Rhino Skin”

    You need rhino skin
    If you’re gonna begin
    To walk
    Through this world
    You need elephant balls
    If you don’t want to crawl
    On your hands
    Through this world

    Oh my love if I reveal
    Every secret I’ve concealed
    How many thoughts would you steal
    How much of my pain would you feel

    You need eagles wings
    To get over things
    That make no sense
    In this world

    You need rhino skin
    If you’re gonna pretend
    You’re not hurt by this world

    If you listen long enough
    You can hear my skin grow tough
    Love is painful to the touch
    Must be made of stronger stuff

    You need rhino skin
    To get to the end
    Of the maze through this world

    You need rhino skin
    Or you’re gonna give in
    To the needles and pins
    The arrows of sin
    The evils of men
    You need rhino skin




    • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

      Be careful what you wish for:

      “Money Becomes King”

      If you reach back in your memory
      A little bell might ring
      About a time that once existed
      When money wasn’t king
      If you stretch your imagination
      I’ll tell you all a tale
      About a time when everything
      Wasn’t up for sale

      There was this cat named Johnny
      Who loved to play and sing
      When money wasn’t king.

      We’d all get so excited
      When John would give a show
      We’d raise the cash between us
      And down the road we’d go
      To hear him play that music
      It spoke right to my soul
      Every verse a diamond
      And every chorus gold

      The sound was my salvation
      It was only everything
      Before money became king.

      Well I ain’t sure how it happened
      And I don’t know exactly when
      But everything got bigger
      And the rules began to bend
      And the TV taught the people
      How to get their hair to shine
      And how sweet life can be
      If you keep a tight behind

      And they raised the cost of living
      And how could we have known
      They’d double the price of tickets
      To go see Johnny’s show?

      So we hocked all our possessions
      And we sold a little dope
      And went off to rock ‘n’ roll.

      We arrived there early
      In time to see rehearsal
      And John came out and lip-synched
      His new lite-beer commercial
      And as the crowd arrived
      As far as I could see
      The faces were all different
      There was no one there like me

      They sat in golden circles
      And waiters served them wine
      And talked through all the music
      And to John paid little mind
      And way up in the nosebleeds
      We watched upon the screen
      They hung between the billboards
      So cheaper seats could see

      Johnny, rock that golden circle
      And all those VIPs
      And that music that had freed us
      Became a tired routine
      And I saw his face in close-up
      Tryin’ to give it all he had
      And sometimes his eyes betrayed him
      You could see that he was sad

      And I tried to rock on with him
      But I slowly became bored
      Could that man on stage with everything
      Somehow need some more?

      There was no use in pretending
      No magic left to hear
      All the music gave me
      Was a craving for lite-beer
      As I walked out of the arena
      My ears began to ring
      And money became king.



  58. BackRowHeckler October 22, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Uh oh.

    ‘Body Cams’ on police officers, demanded by media lefties, Al Sharpton, and radical groups like Black Lives Matter just a few short years ago, which were supposed to reveal the depth of police brutality in da hood, are no longer seen as a panacea. Evidently, recorded video is showing widespread cases of resisting arrest and attacks on police. Now some activist groups are demanding body cams must go.

    ‘Day be ray-ciss, dem body cams’


    • elysianfield October 23, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      ” Evidently, recorded video is showing widespread cases of resisting arrest and attacks on police”

      …I am shocked…SHOCKED!

  59. BackRowHeckler October 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

    November 4, 2017, ‘Day of Rage’, remember that date and mark your calendar. Actually its purported to be more than a day of rage, its the day when the Revolution is to begin for real. All the lefty groups are teaming up, Black Block, PLO, ISIS, Antifa, Black lives Matter, CPUSA, College Snowflakes, you name it, and taking the fight to the streets … coming to a town near you. The goal: overthrow the US Government. I’m not sure if the plan is to install Hillary Clinton in the White House after President Trump has been deposed. I don’t think they’ve thought that far ahead. The main thing is to ignite Civil War and then win it

    It would probably be a good idea to stay out of the city that day, just to be safe. This will be the resistance in action, fighting in the streets. It will be interesting to see how Antifa formations stack up against platoons of US Marines or Army Infantry, which will be deployed if the fighting gets serious enough. As for me, I’ll be raking leaves that day, so I hope none of these esteemed urban revolutionaries come into my neighborhood and cause trouble. There’s 2 1/2 acres of oaks, beech and sugar maples here, and I use an actual rake and tarp, not one of those high decibel power leaf blowers that you wear on your back like a WW2 flamethrower. I hate those damn things.



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