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Historians of the future, grilling spatchcocked plovers over their campfires, will need not ponder for even a New York minute who started World War Three in the rockin’ 2020s. They will point straight to the waxy, furtive, larval figure known as “Joe Biden,” by then judged a moral weevil of such epic low degree that he became an embarrassment to all the other sewer-dwelling denizens of the dank DC underworld, including the roaches, the rats, the humble shipworms eating through sunk oaken foundations of buildings long forgotten, the writhing maggots rinsed from a thousand restaurant dumpsters, the slithering hellgrammites, millipedes, silverfish, pillbugs, termites, dung-beetles, woodlice, and, not least, the scaly lawyers spawned out of the infestation beneath K Street called Perkins Coie LLP. Even these would loathe and disdain the thing that came into this world as “Joe Biden.”

Let us agree that the place called Ukraine was never any of America’s business. For centuries we ignored it, through all the colorful cavalry charges to-and-fro of Turks and Tatars, the reign of the dashing Zaporozhian Cossacks, the cruel abuses of Stalin, then Hitler, and the dull, gray Khrushchev-to-Yeltsin years. But then, having destroyed Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and sundry other places all on a great hegemonic lark, the professional warmongers of our land and their catamites in Washington made Ukraine their next special project.  They engineered the 2014 coup in Kiev that ousted the elected president, Mr. Yanyukovich, to set up a giant grifting parlor and international money-laundromat. The other strategic aim was to prepare Ukraine for NATO membership, which would have made it, in effect, a forward missile base right up against Russia’s border. Because, well, Russia, Russia, Russia!

An early beneficiary of these arrangements, you might recall, was one Hunter Biden, the drug-addicted, sex-obsessed, no-account son of Barack Obama’s no-account vice-president then known simply as Joe Biden sans quote-marks — because in 2014, he was a closer approximation of a real person than is sadly now the case. In fact, he was known as “The Big Guy” among Hunter’s business coterie (though listed as “Pedo Peter” on Hunter’s speed-dial). After the 2014 coup, and for years beyond, Hunter pulled a steady revenue stream out of Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings, a natgas distributor (among other things), serving as a know-nothing, no-show board member. When this monkey business came to the attention of President Trump, and he made a telephone inquiry about it, he was instantly beset by swarms of DC swamp vermin hoisting writs of impeachment.

Fast forward through the past eight years and you have Kiev’s persecution of the Russian-speaking Donbas provinces, the constant shelling and harassment by Banderite Nazis. Between that and the ever more strident urgings for Ukraine to join NATO, President Putin of Russia, Russia, Russia apparently had enough. In February of this year, he started the Special Military Operation to put an end to these hostilities. By April, when whole battalions of Ukrainian Nazis had been exterminated, a call to peace talks was issued by Mr. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. This was shot-down without ceremony by “Joe Biden” (that is, by the junta behind him). The genius strategists in Foggy Bottom aimed to “weaken” Russia. To what end? (you might ask). Okay: Reasons….

Hence, many hard-fought battles on-the-ground later, Ukraine has lost roughly 70,000 troops killed to Russia’s roughly 6,000 KIA. The USA pours $10-billion-a-month into this venture, including missiles aplenty and other ordnance, in a stupid effort to prolong the conflict and bankrupt our own land. Thus, Mr. Putin has decided to stop pussyfooting around Ukraine, and declared an upgrade in Russia’s effort to put a conclusive end to these shenanigans. He set this forth clearly in a sober speech Wednesday, which included a reminder to the geniuses in the White House basement game room that Russia is a nuclear power.

“Joe Biden” (looking like the ghost of Konstantin Chernenko) answered in a speech to the UN General Assembly the next day, a maundering recitation of sanctimonious bluster, larded with climate hysteria to alarm and bamboozle the UN’s scores of Third World delegates, with not a word about any possible peace talks — because peaceful resolution of the conflict is the last thing that our government wants. It wants war, meaning we citizens of this land will get it, good and hard, if the puppeteers working “Joe Biden’s” mouth get their way. Prepare to live in an ashtray.

From our side, it may just add up — as I said — to plain bluster. The “Joe Biden” regime has already done enough to hurtle the USA and the rest of Western Civ into a new dark age. The nations of the EU have no idea how they will conduct economic activity without the cheap Russian natgas they used to depend on. They are about to get a harsh lesson on the realistic limits of “green energy” they’ve been prattling about for years. So far, it doesn’t look good for them. A few more months of this and the populace from Riga to Lisbon will be stringing up whole parliaments from the boulevard light standards.

Even if “Joe Biden” doesn’t go for the ashtray option, consider the $350-trillion in leveraged financial derivatives orbiting high above the scene like a numberless fleet of death stars primed to blow at the next interest rate uptick. The Euroland stock markets are already tanking hard as I write at 8:30 EDT today. US futures indicate a week-ending bloodbath on Wall Street. This is nature’s way of registering its no-confidence vote in “Joe Biden’s” management of our affairs. All this is on top of the sucking chest wound that Washington DC has become — the necrotic corruption of every agency, the gathering “vaccine” holocaust, the indecent firehose of lies from high places, the Gestapo sleaze of the DOJ/FBI nexus, and the astounding new twists in officially-promoted sexual degeneracy revealed in our schools and hospitals.

Not to put too fine a point on it: the shit has already hit the fan. We are where we were going. If you truly believe those 2020 national election results, then this is what you voted for, America. Feeling any buyer’s remorse yet? Got the feeling that something must be done? Okay then, what?


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  1. benr September 23, 2022 at 9:23 am #

    What indeed the other side is almost as bereft of ideas as the useless Democrats pretending to be in charge.

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 9:46 am #

      Not if their overarching idea is: status quo, maintain course, no rocking the boat.

    • Rodster September 23, 2022 at 9:47 am #

      The RINO’s are really NO different than the Democraps. They are two sides of the same coin. Good Cop vs Bad Cop or as in the MAD magazine Spy vs Spy.

      • zekesdad September 23, 2022 at 10:41 am #

        A lot of people say there’s no difference, but it’s only partially true. Do you think there would have been trillions of dollars handed out in “covid relief” and student debt forgiveness if, Trump was still president and the Republicans controlled Congress? If Hillary and the Dems ran everything then do you think the Supreme Court would look the same? This is not a defense of feckless RINOs, but I like Dan Bongino’s axiom that says, all Democrats are liberals all of the time, but some Republicans are solid conservatives. Thats not a huge endorsement for Republicans, but elections do have consequences.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:54 am #

          A lot of the Democrats are commies, but the don’t know it.

        • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 10:57 am #

          Sure, but they MOSTLY want to preserve the SAME institutionalized “2-party” system more than anything.

        • Rodster September 23, 2022 at 11:25 am #

          And yet it was Justice Roberts who allowed Obamacare to become real and it was John McCain who kept it after running against Obamacare.

          • neurodoc September 23, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

            At least one optimistic note is that John McCain is either burning in hell or being re-incarnated into an intestinal worm or a chicken in a Tyson plant.

        • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 11:28 am #

          Said better than I could say it, zekesdad. There’s at least a bit of hope and a few real voices among the Republicans. Among the Democrats – none. It’s always easy to say that we’re as badly off now as we would have been had Trump never been President – “would have been” being impossible to prove or disprove. But, based on what actually did happen, it’s logical to assume we’d be further down the drain at this point without Trump’s presidency. I wish those who think it’s useless to vote could experience – just for a time – the world we’d have if most took their advice. I’m pretty certain it would be noticeably worse than they think.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 11:44 am #

            One change after Trump- most former Bush supporters I know have completely disavowed that entire clan. They call him shrub, not Bush.

            Candidate Trump pretty much knocked them all out with one punch.

        • ThorsHammer September 24, 2022 at 3:55 am #

          Zekesdad

          Something’s happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones? Bob Dylan

          The time when any minute or imaginary differences between DemonRats and Repugnants mattered has long passed. The world is balanced on a knife edge where its fate is dependent upon whether the cabal running the OBiden hologram are stuck by a lightening bolt of rationality or continue down the path they are on. Russia in the person of Vladimir Putin has been backed to the wall by the US/NATO pushing its military frontiers up to the very borders of the Russian heartland and repeating that the USA will accept nothing less than the break up of the Russian Federation into an array of powerless statelets. Putin may be the most skilled diplomat of his era, but he is by no means the most militarist of the forces within the Russian establishment.

          So we are left with an ex-KGB agent who is balancing pressures for more extreme actions from his military with an un-elected cabal of shadowy “leaders” in the USA hiding behind a senile pedophile.

          It is hard to see those two forces arriving at a means of coexistence let alone peaceful coexistence. What We the People believe has little importance to the “Deciders”. So general war between the US/NATO and Russia it will be. The only question is whether it will be a land war limited to Europe or a nuclear war that sterilizes the major cities of the USA and Russia. If it is a land war Russia will win. If a nuclear war nobody will win. Russia has already won the sanctions war and the energy war that will leave the Euro countries in tatters trying to heat there homes and run their factories with wood strip mined from the forests of Romania.

          So let’s stop babbling about “elections” and blue or red teams and see the world as it really is.

          • Katerina September 24, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

            ThorsHammer

            You got right pretty much everything in your comment, with one exception – “Russia in the person of Vladimir Putin” has never had it’s back against the wall. On the other hand, President of Russia has done his very best trying to negotiate with the so-called West. He might as well be talking to the monkeys – would have had exact same result! Poor man..
            I believe a good hard slap around the stupid head is needed and this is what Russia is going to deliver to this West if it doesn’t pull it’s head in. Ukraine is just the start. As a state, that place is already finished, the next will be NATO gang with it’s leader, USA. And you are right – it will be nuclear, except one side only will be evaporated – the West.
            Russia has an “Iron Dome” that unlike the Israhell’s, actually works! Has the West got one? Nope! Russia has missiles that can be nuclear armed, flying at hypersonic speeds (you know what that is? MACH9 and more!) AND manuvearable at these mind boggling speeds, i.e. unstoppable! Has West got that? Nope. What West does have in copious amounts is hubris, lies and delusions. And they are driving this Western Civ to the edge of Abyss with imbecilic, manical, grim determination. You are THE PASSENGERS. Wake up!

          • wokethis September 24, 2022 at 6:25 pm #

            Point of confusion…you credit Mr Putin by suggesting “he may be the most skilled diplomat of his era”, then demean him by suggesting “we are left with an ex KGB agent”, suggesting he is less than…I would lean to Mr Putin being the only global statesman in existence.

    • Uncle Bob September 23, 2022 at 10:03 am #

      The Republicans in DC are either just like the Democrats, just slower in getting there; bereft of ideas; moral cowards; or simply don’t give a flying fuck about their voters or the country, just how they’re perceived by the mass media. Could be all of the above. The only ones doing their job seem to be Hawley, Lee, Paul, Cotton, and sometimes Cruz and Kennedy. The rest are screwing around with procedures and surrendering to Pelosi and that granny glasses-wearing schmuck from Brooklyn.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:21 am #

        That schmuck had a Paki spy working for him. He’s not his own man anymore, if he ever was.

      • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 10:22 am #

        Bob, when you create a patrician class in a country, as has been done here with select “elite” institutions grooming future leadership, you create another class within a class.

        Although a large chunk of admissions to these places are eaten-up by legacy students and children of significant donors, a consequential amount is allocated to genuinely intelligent people from all stripes. There is significant pressure for this cohort to conform to the former. Indeed, an Appalachian woman, I believe, wrote an account of this.

        Now, they may not consider you their new besties, that is absurdly impossible no matter how egalitarian they may present themselves, but they do consider you integral for their pursuits, or plain-speaking: business.
        Aspirational and driven to a fault, the latter cohort wish to prove themselves, if not equal on the social standing, in the able/dependable category.

        In short, you are a team player. Our “boy”.

        This cohort predominates our patrician class, particularly as you move your way upward to the Senate, the SCOTUS, and the Executive.

        The thing is, once one has been embraced and enters the circles of the “elite” is impossible to contemplate life any other way.

        When they see the voters of the country they see an amplification of what a normal middle-class person sees when they suffer the indignity of a Wal-Mart visit or a trip on public transportation: lower class hell.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:34 am #

          Very astute, Avatar.

          I’m thinking now of Bill Clinton, and how HW was delighted to finally have a son who wasn’t stupid. Bill’s fortunes improved considerably after he was adopted by the elite.

          • SAM September 24, 2022 at 8:12 pm #

            Is this the same as the rumored Joe Kenndy Sr is the father of James Carter?

        • Cavepainter September 23, 2022 at 10:35 am #

          Boy, that was an ambling stutter. Actually, those “institutions” have ceased teaching the dense context of history necessary to comprehend past human behavior when intellectual capital was less and within extant cultural restraints. Study, study, study, not ingrain, ingrain, ingrain.

          • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 10:53 am #

            My apologies Cavepainter, and Bob.

            Indeed. Please allow me to get right to the point:

            no they don’t give a flying fuck about voters in this mostly miserable country.

        • Frankenstein Government September 23, 2022 at 11:35 am #

          That comment was worthy of a theft.

          It is precisely how we are treated and viewed.

          • chopper September 23, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

            Politicians here do not fear those they oppress. Trying to sort out the good from the bad is a function of a lawful justice system. We are well past that. Once the killing starts, and it will, the people are most likely to resort to a theme repeated by many of our soldiers fighting in Nam, “Kill them all and let God sort them out”.That will end the era of self serving politicians.

          • draupnir September 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

            That quote is attributed to Pope Innocent III, and was spoken in regards to the Cathers, a growing religious sect of Christians who denied the Pope’s authority, among other things, and were, indeed, wiped out to the last infant.

          • Suburban_elk September 23, 2022 at 3:20 pm #

            I like the cut of your jib chopper, however there’s got to be a line drawn somewhere, at least in principle, with the dog catcher and the mailman on one side of it, and heads of state, on the other.

          • Mac September 24, 2022 at 6:38 am #

            Chopper- Stonewall Jackson shortened it to just “Kill ‘em all.”

          • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

            Dugin said the same.

    • draupnir September 23, 2022 at 10:36 am #

      Those of us who haven’t partaken in the national psychosis have sat around dithering and wringing our hands for far too long, and I’m not entirely convinced we are in the majority here. Certain Democrats are threatening civil war if the coming elections don’t go their way, and appear to be making every effort to ensure, by foul means, that they do go their way. Even if there is a course correction, at this point it may only ensure we hit the wall broadside, rather than head-on.

    • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 11:53 am #

      “What indeed”? Ok then what?

      In my *very* unpopular view, the “what” will arrive when the remants of the collapse of Western Civ come to understand that democracies/republics simply cannot work long term. Period. As I’ve pointed out a number of times, the average lifespan of republic is around 250 years. We’ve hit our expiration date, and there’s no way to fix this. Just as when you purchase some spoiled meat that’s way past the date stamped on the label, there’s no way in hell you are going to “unspoil” it. It’s just not possible. So you’ll have to go out and look for some plovers instead.

      Anyone really desiring to hear “the rest of the story”, and is able to read things that might make them confused and upset about their current beliefs – go over to the Mad Monarch’s website. He can explain it better than I can.

      He does post a warning for anyone daring to enter, and here it is:

      “This is a pro-monarchy blog written by a monarchist. BE WARNED that materials contained in this blog are reactionary, religious, counter-revolutionary and pan-monarchist. You are advised that any and all republican governments, politicians and in particular revolutionaries will be mocked, ridiculed, insulted and unmasked for the truly disgusting characters that they are. This blog is not recommended for anyone who favors revolution, admires politicians or holds an inherent respect for republican governments. Anyone who is lacking in a sense of humor, anyone who is politically correct and anyone who holds the Whig version of history is advised to leave now before you are offended, outraged or have your feelings hurt.”

    • James K Polk September 23, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

      I agree. Mitch McConnell knows there is nothing that can be done to prevent the coming financial collapse and for this reason he doesn’t seem to want to regain control of the House or Senate. Far better to be the powerless opposition, safely criticizing from afar when things truly fall apart.

      And as bad as the Democrats are when it comes to pushing war with Russia, there are many Republicans who show even less restraint or common sense. Their only criticism of Biden is that he is weak on Russia. Sadly, a major part of the Republican base instinctively loves war and will support any form of it which makes them so easy to manipulate by the war puppeteers.

      • Uncle Bob September 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

        And/or reflexively believes that all things Russian are to be destroyed. However, Anna Kournikova is an example of one very, very fine Russian worth saving!

        Sorry, my inner horndog is showing again.

    • Walter B September 24, 2022 at 8:45 am #

      The other side doesn’t care benr because they too are bilking the system out of as much cash as they can steal before they all have to escape to their guarded estates in the Andes or the Alps. There are only a few that care and still struggle against the evil like Tulsi, Rand and Governor DeSantis.

      Tomorrow is Rosh Hashanah which has a history of hosting some serious events and this year portends to be something special what with all of the flaming sacks of feces being juggled over our collective heads.

      As our host would say, “Wait for it”!

    • AK Sarge September 25, 2022 at 8:54 am #

      Republicans are the Washington Generals. The Dems are the Globetrotters. They both are paid to play their scripted parts in the game.
      And we buy tickets to watch this filth.
      Votes do not buy representation. Money does. Money buys the votes that keep people tuned in under the illusion that they have a say in Washington. The illusion keeps them at bay. We will get ’em next time.

  2. happiface September 23, 2022 at 9:25 am #

    you are at your best JHK when you write about the worst-excellent but sad,very sad article

    • abbybwood September 23, 2022 at 11:55 am #

      And he asks all of us “what to do” at the end of the article.

      Yesterday The Duran did a show with Garland Nixon which was excellent.

      Toward the end Garland said that telling the TRUTH is our best weapon to fight the liars and their endless, mind-numbing propaganda and censorship.

      All the MSM and politicians can do is LIE.

      This morning Alex Christoforo at The Duran did his morning walk-about in Greece going over the news on Ukraine etc.

      At one point he went over how Ukraine came to the point of losing many thousands of soldiers and with the new referendums happening in The Donbas over the next three days how it will lose four regions of Ukraine to Russia. Alex correctly pointed out that had the Minsk Accords, co-signed by Germany and France in 2015 been followed by the Ukraine government then there would have been no need for Russia to go into Ukraine militarily in February of this year.

      Like he said: “If you go to a bank to take out a loan and you sign that contract with two co-signers then you do not pay the loan back, who does the bank go after to recoup any losses? The co-signers.

      In this case two EU member states, Germany and France were the “co-signers” of the agreement to create a “neutral” Ukraine making The Donbas areas autonomous “states” of Ukraine and allowing Russian to be spoken and taught in schools.

      But no one in the MSM or even on most independent internet sites ever discuss any of this (save Jimmy Dore, The Duran, The New Atlas and Brian Berletic, Gonzalo Lira and guests, Andre Martyanov etc.). Americans will NEVER hear or read any details about WHO is 100% to blame for the Ukraine conflict: Germany and France.

      “Seek Ye the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set Ye free.”

      • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

        Speaking of truth, Alex Berenson of Unreported Truths on Substack says that Americans are rejecting the mRNA shots for their small children.

        https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/mrna-covid-shots-for-kids-are-dead

        The Biden Administration tried to have Alex censored, and ‘public health’ officials like Rochelle Rochelle are still telling outright lies, but the truth is out there and the world is waking up.

      • abbybwood September 23, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

        Forgot Larry Johnson!

      • SAM September 24, 2022 at 8:39 pm #

        You are very kind…to the CIA/MIC which represents the intrenched plutocrats that run Germany, France, USA, etc., etc…

        France and Germany are, apparently, Willing Captives.
        The USA – Is-to-be-Determined –

  3. Rodster September 23, 2022 at 9:27 am #

    Martin Armstrong, who knows the area very well says that yes, there was an agreement between Putin and Zelensky and that the US balked and told Zelensky don’t do it.

    Armstrong also says that he is aware that the United States main goal is to conquer Russia by dividing up the Country. Putin got wise to it as well as his hardliners. They put pressure on Putin to act and so now we are where we are because it is the USSA who only wants war. It is in their interest.

    China, you are next.

    • mrs_saj September 23, 2022 at 9:39 am #

      Interesting note about Martin Armstrong. So is Zelensky completely owned by the US? I’ve read he has a mega mansion in Florida. One wonders how large is (hopefully Swiss) bank account has grown during his enrichment of the last few years. Does he own property elsewhere? Or is he stuck with making the US government happy until the agreed upon time of his quiet retirement to the Sunshine State?

      • Rodster September 23, 2022 at 9:42 am #

        Yes, he’s owned by the US. Armstrong has good ties to Ukraine, he once dated a woman in Ukraine. Most of the money that is going to support Ukraine, lines the pockets of Zelensky and his chosen few. He is now a multi-billionaire according to Martin Armstrong.

        • Ron Anselmo September 23, 2022 at 10:07 am #

          I’m an expert on beer. I don’t drink beer very often, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis.

          • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 10:37 am #

            That makes you an expert on Mexican foreign policy. I once dated a Korean woman, which makes me an expert on Korean trade policy. See how it works? LOL

          • Rodster September 23, 2022 at 11:29 am #

            And yet Armstrong has advised Heads of State for over 40 years. He’s called into or by Washington whenever there is a currency or economic crisis.

            If the guy says he knows both sides very well, i’ll take his word for it. Yes he did date a Ukrainian woman and he said he learned even more how both sides Ukraine and Russia, hate each other.

          • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 11:41 am #

            I know and respect Armstrong. I was just having a little fun with the idea of gaining expert qualifications by “dating” foreign babes. No offense intended.

            Armstrong has his pet computer “Socrates” and does quite well in predicting world events and trends. This may be why the CIA locked him up for a few years, but that’s another tale.

          • cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 12:23 pm #

            So by this logic, does marriage to Melania make Trump an expert on all things Slovenia, including Slovenia foreign policy?

          • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

            It could make him an expert in Slovenian cuisine, if Melania likes to cook. But I suspect she can’t even find the kitchen.

          • Billy Hill September 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

            Armstrong has posted another recent interview with Maria Zeee.

            He tends to tell the same stories over and over agin but in this interview he goes into some detail about the circumstances leading to his incarceration, and more specifically, the role of Edmund Safra.

            Years ago the investigative journalist Dominick Dunne wrote a lengthy piece for Vanity Fair titled Death in Monaco that probes the circumstances of Safra’s death.
            Dunne’s a good writer and this is worth reading. Armstrong mentions it in the interview.

          • redrock September 24, 2022 at 11:31 am #

            Is that Spanish for horse piss????

          • SAM September 24, 2022 at 8:42 pm #

            Funny.
            Does this mean if I state, “I drink alcoholic beverages, on occasion.” Therefore, I’m an occasional alcoholic?

          • Islander September 24, 2022 at 9:51 pm #

            Re dating a Ukrainian it could be that the “babe” imparted to Armstrong some news and views of what a lot of people there think as well as Ukrainian scuttlebutt.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:10 am #

          That tends to make sense, because otherwise how else could he expect to live happily ever after in a mansion in this country, and why would money and a mansion be worth it?

        • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 11:32 am #

          I read recently that Zelensky’s parents just bought a multi-million dollar mansion in Israel.

          • cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 12:24 pm #

            Is Zelenskyy and his family in favor of a free and independent Israel state then?

          • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

            Zelensky was just criticizing the Israeli government, on French TV.

        • Islander September 24, 2022 at 9:50 pm #

          Rodster, the role of China is so hard to fathom

          They are Russia’s ally.

          Putin/Russia are foes of the WEF Great Reset program.

          China seems to have been the first target of the covid operation—and put into place the draconian lockdowns that Western leaders salivated over, and then copied.

          Yet China is the poster child for the total digital control of individuals via social points etc. that, again, Great Resetters salivate over and would like to execute everywhere on the globe.
          Is this a coincidence, or some kind of convergence?

          Do Putin and Xi talk about this???
          I suppose it is “hands off” regarding internal Chinese policies. But sometimes Putin must wonder:
          Is China waiting to grab some of Russia’s land and resources and impose Total Control?

          I hope more people here, and perhaps Mr. Kunstler, too, will watch The Big Reset, which I mentioned elsewhere on this thread. It presents a pretty strong case for the vax as the target of the covid rollout.

          Just as the covid story was starting to collapse, along with a lot of people, the Ukraine story rolls in like a tsunami, obliterating a lot of covid headlines. Not that Putin started the war for this purpose, but maybe Washington provoked it and keeps it going partly for this purpose? War solves so many problems!

          Is the covid operation completely separate from the Russia takedown operation? What is the connection between them and how does the WEF tie in? If at all?

          Meanwhile the covid scare is kept at a simmer. Per W, the creator of the film, the aim is to get 100% “vaccination” because actually the jabs contain some kind of tracking nanotechnology that can be picked up by BlueTooth.

          W’s hypothesis of the real aim of the covid-jab operation explains Bill Gates’s obsession with “vaccination”: to implant nano-thingies in humans that “connect” them and “direct” them.

          Re Martin Armstrong: Yes, he does tell the same stories over and over, but that may be to fill in the hour time slot. He does generally start out with some new information.

          In this latest interview I was surprised when he mentioned Browder and Safra.

          Although when mentioning Browder Armstrong did not bring up that Browder was the prime instigator of passage of the Magnitzky Act, which was one of the opening shots in the economic war against Russia.

          The documentary film by Andrei Nekrasov, “The Magnitsky Act. Behind the Scenes,” that blew apart Browder’s account of what happened to Sergei Magnitsky was heavily suppressed/canceled. LIterally and figuratively.

      • abbybwood September 23, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

        He and his “Panama Papers” business partners plus his wife own a giant series of penthouses in London as well as other real estate.

        How did he go from being a shit-hole comedian to a net worth of $600 million in a few years?

        And just this week he was the guest of The Clinton Foundation meeting with Epstein Bill. Ukraine was the number one donor to The Clinton Foundation in 2016.

        As the old saying goes, just follow the money.

        Whether on 9/11, Russiagate, Ukraine, Covid and the jabs and on and on.

        This is how the MIC controls Congress. Outfits in every Congressional District, float out the lobbyists, throw a fundraiser for your candidate and when they are sworn in they are owned.

        Every man/woman has his/her price.

    • Rodster September 23, 2022 at 9:39 am #

      This is what the Deep State gave the World. Congrats you fucking Warhawks and Neocons and that includes “YOU” Bill Kristol.

      https: // www. youtube.com /watch?v=IPfflV7YuG8

      • Uncle Bob September 23, 2022 at 9:56 am #

        Bill Kristol, Never Trumper who switched parties because he was so incensed the GOP nominated GGG in 2020. Or, if you prefer, Bill Kristol, quisling.

    • Alfred September 23, 2022 at 10:33 am #

      Oh, an optimist…

      Next?

      We gotta live through the first engagement, I don’t think there’s a “next” engagement in the cards.

      #FJB

      p.s. Nobody is going to challenge Russia’s new territorial boundaries and survive.

      • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 11:39 am #

        It appears to anyone who’s paying attention that Russia holds all the cards. Our military is full of demented, debased woke dimwits, we’re broke, we buy everything from China, and our population is degraded and obsessed with cutting off their children’s genitals.

        Russia has vast natural resources they’ve barely begun to touch, nuclear weapons, a cohesive united population, and a reasonably sane culture that they value and protect. Posturing and shrieking, like those naked harpies who keep appearing in public places to shake their flab about, really won’t win the day. We’re mad to think it could.

        • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

          Yes, in the future the US will be the third world hell hole and post apocalyptic junk yard that everyone will wish to leave if the opportunity ever arises. Russia will be the prosperous, happy, and unified country with Christian values. Such as we were once in the 50’s maybe. Everyone will want to live in Russia, but few will enter. Russians will probably be very selective about who they let in. The Russian alphabet and language is difficult to learn. The sounds you must make with your mouth are very different, along with a completely new alphabet to learn. It will probably take the West many decades or even centuries to recover.

          • Rain Waters September 23, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

            You mean the whole US becomes Nevada eh ?

          • thirdcoastlegend September 24, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

            The Russians are also very serious about making new immigrants learn Russian history in-depth.

            There is a series of history exams any legal immigrant must pass. I believe they carry out extensive language testing as well.

            Good for them!

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

          Well, you’re going too far. Russia is full of pro-Western fifth columnists like Gays and Feminists. And there are many ethnic groups, including tens of millions of Muslims who have their own ideas about life and politics.

      • abbybwood September 23, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

        Zaparozia, where the UN inspectors came to investigate the nuclear power plant after Ukraine shelled it, will be one of the regions voting in the referendum. If it passes (and it will), any Ukrainian soldiers remaining there will be considered occupiers and will be forced out one way or the other.

    • Night Owl September 23, 2022 at 10:41 am #

      More or less what I said a few years ago, but you left out one part: China is also being used to help implement the digital panopticon before they are ultimately targeted in the end.

      In the final stage of the Great Reset, national sovereignty and nation states no longer exist.

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

      There was no agreement between Putin and Zelensky.

      There was an agreement between President Poroshenko and the heads of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic in 2014 and 2015.

      Poroshenko recently said that he had no intention of abiding by the agreement, he was just biding time so that NATO could build up the Ukrainian military, which it did for the last 8 years.

      Zelensky was elected in 2019. He was not part of the agreements.

      However he did run on a peace platform, promising to implement the agreements.

      The Great and Glorious Democracy of Ukraine did not let the people of Donbass vote in the 2019 election, but the rest of the country voted over 70% for Zelensky.
      The US favored Poroshenko, but apparently they don’t have computerized voting machines in Ukraine.

      Anyway, that proves that Ukrainians don’t all ”hate” Russians. A great deal of them are Russian.

      It’s mostly the westernmost part of Ukraine, the part that used to be Poland, the part that sided with Germany in the 40s and supplied the vicious Nazi supporters who killed hundreds of thousands of Jews, Poles and Russians, that still support Nazis and hate Russia.

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

        I assume that the woman Armstrong “dated” (is that how they refer to it?) was from Galacia.

    • Pat Ormsby September 24, 2022 at 4:27 am #

      @Rodster, “Putin got wise to it as well as his hardliners. They put pressure on Putin to act”
      Putin was wise to it from before his first day in office. The man managed to overthrow Russia’s oligarchs because he works slowly and carefully and does not reveal his plans until he enacts them. The oligarchs were the first big obstacle, the Chechen war was another. I think he was very lucky Clinton was defeated in 2016, because that gave Russia four years to prepare for what it has undertaken now. Their hand would have been forced much earlier on, and conducting the war against the collective West earlier on would have been much much harder, I think.
      After Putin came into power, there was a complete change in attitude among Russian officials toward foreigners messing around in Russia. They made obtaining a visa much harder. The situation under Yeltsin was really very bad, especially for the average Russian citizen. Foreigners could waltz in and rip off various resources and also undermine Russian society and national security. Putin put a lid on that early on.

  4. benr September 23, 2022 at 9:34 am #

    America once used China as a foil against Russia or of you want to be correct the USSR.
    To policy makers flip that script and use Russia and India as a foil against China the real global threat.
    Enough of Russia Russia Russia!

    • Rodster September 23, 2022 at 9:44 am #

      Soon it will be China China China. They are already getting the attention of the US Warhawks and Neocons as they are next on their hit list.

      • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 9:56 am #

        And they’re preparing accordingly. DC has the luxury of ocean barriers to their stupidity. Those aren’t likely to matter much longer.

        • thirdcoastlegend September 24, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

          DC seems to have missed the tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Chinese sleeper agents already inside its borders.

          There are also rumors of prepositioned PLA troops in Canada and Mexico.

          It is known that the CCP actively work with some of the Mexican drug cartels.

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:26 pm #

        The US has been threatening China since Obama started the Pivot to Asia back in 2011.

  5. DrTomSchmidt September 23, 2022 at 9:37 am #

    The money represents a call on assets. They’re more scarce now, especially energy. Europe was forced onto a crash diet long before it became necessary by its own politicians. It won’t happen here for a while, but we will have a good view of an energy-starved future.

    With all the crash savings in energy use, global oil charges are still north of $80 a barrel. You’d think with the cut in European consumption they’d drop. They haven’t.

    • mrs_saj September 23, 2022 at 10:03 am #

      Oil is down 5% today (the 23rd) but its still early in the day and it could recover. The energy markets can take your head off if you blink. And far too often the market moves don’t make sense to me. I buy energy funds when oil is low, regardless of the pessimism and I sell when oil is high, regardless of the euphoria. I sold my entire position of XLE a few weeks ago. I could be early, but that’s ok, a 70% gain is fine by me. I’ll get another bite at the apple.

      I think part of what has held oil prices higher is the loss of investment capital in the industry. The Biden regime isn’t exactly friendly towards fossil fuel production. Lease approvals are way down. The US is just one country, but the ESG craze has taken a toll globally. Then we’ve got the whole Ukraine/Russia thingy.

      • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 10:45 am #

        Good for you! You’re never wrong to take profits. Those who expect to sell at the absolute top often hang on all the way down. As they say on the Street, “pigs get slaughtered.”

        • mrs_saj September 24, 2022 at 8:16 am #

          Thanks. What you say is so true and I’ve made that mistake (and others) before. I like numbers. And investing used to be about retirement planning. Now its just about funding my preps.

      • abbybwood September 23, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

        Did you happen to see the exchange a few days ago where Rep. Talib (what a woke genius!) asked Jaime Dimon if the US should be cutting investments in fossil fuel production and Dimon told her “That’s the road to hell.”

        ??

        • farmgal September 23, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

          @abbywood…I saw that and was simply amazed at the bullishit spewing from her mouth. While I am by no means a fan of Jamie Dimon I thought he put her in her place with much panache.

          I never cease to be amazed at the stupidity of some of these congress critters.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

            She singlehandedly turns off anyone who supports Israel but might be inclined to look at things from the Palestine point of view.

        • mrs_saj September 24, 2022 at 11:18 am #

          Pure gold! You can’t make this shit up!

  6. Rodster September 23, 2022 at 9:46 am #

    And as I type the market believes this is all good news. It is down close to 400pts and under 30,000 for the day. /s

    • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 10:51 am #

      If equities reach their fair market value, you will hear the screams of a whole lot of aching sphincters.

  7. lizharmon September 23, 2022 at 9:46 am #

    They actually have. Were it not for Europe’s experiment with suicide, they’d be north of $200

  8. steppingup September 23, 2022 at 9:49 am #

    (War, huh) Yeah!
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing, uhuh
    (War, huh) Yeah!
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing
    Say it again, y’all!
    (War, huh) Lookout!
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing
    Listen to me, awwwww!

    [Verse 1]
    War I despise
    ‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
    War means tears to thousands of mothers’ eyes
    When their sons go out to fight and lose their lives
    I said
    [Hook]
    (War, huh) Good God y’all
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing, say it again
    (War, huh) Lord, lord, lord, lord
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing
    Listen to me!

    [Verse 2]
    (War), It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
    (War), Friend only to the undertaker, awwww
    War is the enemy of all mankind
    The thought of war blows my mind
    War has caused unrest, within the younger generation
    Induction then destruction
    Who wants to die?
    Awwww!

    [Hook]
    (War, huh) good God y’all
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing, say it, say it, say it
    (War, huh) Oh-ohh yeah, huh
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing
    Listen to me

    [Verse 3]
    (War), It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
    (War), It’s got one friend, that’s the undertaker, awwww
    War has shattered many young men’s dreams
    Made them disabled, bitter and mean
    Life is much too short and precious to be fighting wars these days
    War can’t give life, it can only take it away, awwww!
    You might also like
    Running Back and Forth
    Edwin Starr
    Twenty-Five Miles
    Edwin Starr
    GOD DID
    DJ Khaled
    [Hook]
    (War, huh) Good God y’all
    (What is it good for?) Absolutely nothing, say it
    (War, huh) Lord, lord, lord, lord
    (What is it good for?) Oh, absolutely nothing
    Listen to me

    [Verse 4]
    (War), It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
    (War), Friend only to the undertaker, woooo!
    Peace, love and understanding
    Tell me, is there no place for them today?
    They say we must fight to keep our freedom
    But Lord knows there’s gotta be a better way, ooohhh

    [Hook]
    (War, huh) Good God y’all
    (What is it good for?) You tell me, say it, say it, say it, say it
    (War, huh) good God y’all
    (What is it good for?) Stand up and shout it (Nothing)

    War by Edwin Star, but the last line is wrong, it is definitely good for the pocketbooks of the military industrial complex. Just saying

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 9:55 am #

      Great, now I have to take even more time to scroll-down

      • cbeard September 23, 2022 at 10:13 am #

        Yeah, long wordy post with nothing said . Plus the shithouse poet bathroom wall writings.

      • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 10:55 am #

        Shall I recount the unredacted epic ballad about 100 bottles of beer on the wall?

        • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 11:16 am #

          How about The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner? I haven’t seen that one in a while.

          • elysianfield September 23, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

            Beryl,

            …Comments, comments everywhere,…not one to make you think?

      • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

        The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls. You just don’t know how to read.

        • hmuller September 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

          I saw those words. Pretty raunchy stuff

  9. Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 9:53 am #

    An epically great post this morning! That opening ‘graph has to go down as one of Jim’s all-time best! I’ll be very, very surprised to see elections in 2024, but if we do, they’ll be so openly manipulated that even the Dems will know they’ve been fixed. Matter of fact, I think we’ll have open armed conflict right here in River City by then. Combatants? More sides than you can count.

  10. cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 9:59 am #

    Thank you James for using the correct spelling in your missive: Kiev is what it is, and is what it will always be!!!

  11. Warren September 23, 2022 at 10:02 am #

    We.didn’t vote for.this, not the majority of us.
    But the political class of both parties did..The Democrats stole the election,.and the Republicans let them.do it, not because of.mean tweets but because Trump wasn’t in on the grift. He actually kept his campaign promises, well maybe not all, but a lot more than anyone for.decades.
    So Orange man had to go.

    Which is why I suspect that it won’t be only Europe with street lights decorated with the corpses of the political class.

    • cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 10:13 am #

      European countries are dimming their city lights earlier in the evening, and Paris has already begun turning off the lights on the Eiffel Tower in a bid to save energy. I wonder how many extra rapes and murders will occur by those from the “Dark Continent” in the dark back alleys because of these energy conservation measures?

      • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 10:59 am #

        I bet they have enough electricity to run all the surveillance cameras, though. 😉

        • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

          Which will “malfunction” if ever needed for something important.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

            Of course.

    • mrs_saj September 23, 2022 at 10:14 am #

      The idea of that kind of violent uprising makes me shudder. I am a gun owner and a concealed carry permit holder. I just don’t see that type of response unless or until there is mass hunger. I hold out my hope for a return to sanity and a Nuremburg 2.0 style outcome. There are many, many people who have passed along and parroted completely false information to shape the opinions (and actions) of the masses. Not to mention the censorship that has taken place in this country. I just don’t know if a more orderly type meting out of justice is even realistic. I’m in the US and the VAST majority of people I know have no idea what is going on. Nor do they seem to want to know.

      • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 11:17 am #

        Yes, the vast majority of Americans have no idea who the real enemy is. If there’s violence, it will be hungry mobs looting stores or turning on each other. And by that time the elite will be in their underground hidey-holes, so we couldn’t string them up no matter how much we want to. (Pouring cement in the air vents of the ones we find sounds like a plan).

        Times are still relatively tranquil. Yet, already we see gang bangers bring 60 of their closest friends with hammers to shop at upscale jewelry stores.

        The FBI was tireless in examining video footage to identify “the outlaws of Jan 6”, are they that vigilant in finding thugs and thieves captured on film? Let me pause to laugh.

        Would any American be worse off if the gestapo three letter agencies were completely shut down and their senior leadership sent to work road chain gangs?

      • JohnAZ September 23, 2022 at 11:29 am #

        “Nor do they seem to want to know”.

        Thanks to the Stupidification program by the Deep State, a majority of Americans do not know enough about any subject affecting us to form an opinion.

        Watch Watter’s World once in a while with his man on the street interviews. It will make you sick. I know he shows the really bad ones, but those bad ones are disgusting. Another thought, those interviewees have to sign a release to allow themselves on TV. That means they probably are not aware enough of how stupid they look, just “Look Ma, I’m on TV”.

        Other shows get the same results.

        The failure of the American Dream is a failure of the people of America. The same American people that buy the BS that this very stupid greedy power driven government tells them as fact.

        BTW, all the folks that think that DC is so smart, go back to The Godfather.

        Was Sonny smart or just ruthless? Michael was pretty smart but turned ruthless so you would never know it. Fredo was dumb as a post. Competition between families created a ruthless war like situation. A perfect model for our federal government, complete with a demented Boss of the Bosses at the top. Think Sonny-Hunter.

        The government is emotionally power driven with really stupid people on the top of the pyramids. Either stupid or so power driven you cannot tell the difference. Add it all up and you have the bureaucratic Deep State.

        That is why Jarek’s dream state of national socialism will never work. He is right though, the ignorance of the people may lead us directly from capitalism to feudalism.

        Just a thought, Jarek, could it be? Could feudalism be the intermediate state of Marxism that will fade away leaving utopia? No thanks!

        • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

          If we do succeed in rapid de-industrialization, lack of food will kill off up to 90% of the population of the West. It doesn’t matter how much food the farmers have. If it doesn’t go to market then everyone dies who is lacking a source of food aside from the grocery stores. And we’ll all be dead within a couple months. It is extremely unlikely that the survivors will construct a new civilization like the one they just left. After such a spectacular failure, why would they?

          What will emerge out of the ashes will be control by warlords until some Charlemagne emerges and gives it all some unity. Then the new feudalism begins, just as it did after the end of the Dark Ages. And there will not be any politicians, there’s not much need for them in a system where monarchies make the rules.

          My two cents and worth every penny……

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

          Who is in control right now, John? The Banks and Corporations, ultimately. This is the American Dream. You’re getting what you wanted – good and hard.

          Don’t blame anyone else because you dreamed poorly.

          You still don’t understand that Capitalism and Communism are one system, heads and tails. The rulers are the Capitalists and they’re going to let us be the Communists who will own nothing and be happy.

          • Mac September 24, 2022 at 7:04 am #

            Jarek- Albert Nock in his book Our Enemy the State merely calls the ruling oligarchy the State. It is present in every human society, probably rooted in biology. Organisms expend the least possible energy to survive, and mammals take whatever they can get away with. The most ruthless rise to the top.

          • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

            Yes. And Marx: Capital centralizes. He lacks the wit to see the new rulers. His motto, “Government bad!”.

        • mrs_saj September 24, 2022 at 8:25 am #

          JohnAZ,

          I have seen Watter’s version of this game. Its unbelievably sad. There’s a guy who posts his version of the game on UTube, I forget his name, and his contestants are so universally stupid, I’ve concluded it has to be staged. The host’s schtick is that he says “Right!” after every answer. And part of the humor (if you can call it that) is not just how outlandishly wrong the answers are, but whether the host can keep a straight face while crying out “Right!”. He never knows what answer he’s going to get. And I have watched people answer 18 for how many months are in a year. Its absolutely brutal the stupidity and total obliviousness that is on display.

          • thirdcoastlegend September 24, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

            Saj-

            I believe the YouTube channel you describe is called Fleccas Talks.

            I totally agree his street interviews are a terrifying indicator of our future.

          • mrs_saj September 25, 2022 at 9:02 am #

            @thirdcoastlegend

            Yes! lol. Thank you. I just looked it up and it is Fleccas Talks and apparently he says, “Yes!” after every answer.

            So I just watched the question, how many eggs are in one dozen?

            Answer: Ten?

            Yes!

    • cbeard September 23, 2022 at 10:19 am #

      “The Democrats stole the election,.and the Republicans let them.do it.” The republicans have responsibility for the election fraud, just as much as the democrats.

    • woe September 23, 2022 at 1:01 pm #

      When the hunger starts, that event will open the eyes of most the woke. They will find that ideology will not feed you or keep you warm. They will also realize that the absence of gay and trans leadership through the march of time was for a reason, they will realize when it’s too late that it was for a good reason, it’s just going to take someone stealing their bike while they are at work, trying to pay for an EV that they can’t charge. While walking home in their woke city, hoping not to get mugged, robbed or raped, passing the addicts, the crazies, the shit and the spent needles, they will find that someone has broke into their outrageously overpriced rented apt. (more like a rented room with a shared bathroom) and got everything of value, like food and drugs. No point in asking anyone where he lives the what, when and why, those people were assigned here and you don’t know their language anyway. Forget the police, remember you wanted them defunded, so once again you are going to bed in the dark and cold hungry. You burned the bridges to the relatives and friends who were functional and besides, things have gotten very desperate, no one is going to take in a reformed woke with no skills, nothing of value, and the unwillingness to work together with other productive members of the family/group/community. The woke are the future railcar riders to the camps and the “showers” .

      • Cactus Girl September 23, 2022 at 2:49 pm #

        @Woe: Except for the hunger, you are pretty much describing present day San Francisco. (Where I had my padlocked to the wall stud bike stolen right out of my padlocked garage)

        “They will also realize that the absence of gay and trans leadership through the march of time was for a reason, they will realize when it’s too late that it was for a good reason”

        No they won’t. They haven’t here. Never seen such a bunch of over-educated dumbasses in my life.

  12. DyersEve September 23, 2022 at 10:04 am #

    I give it a 10% chance a tactical nuke is used by Russia in the next 2 months. They are clearly not bluffing and have nothing to lose. American looked into the abyss…etc etc…we are clearly The Enemy of ourselves and the whole world at this point.

    • spaingaroo September 23, 2022 at 10:48 am #

      if they don’t do it Langley will do it for them.

      • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 10:53 am #

        LOL! That’s good… and true.

    • abbybwood September 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

      Russia won’t do that because they have EVERYTHING to lose.

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:25 pm #

      Russia never said they would use a tactical nuke.

      That was invented by the Mighty Wurlitzer of propaganda.

      Putin reminded the US that if the US uses nuclear weapons Russia will respond.

      • Hereward the Woke September 23, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

        It amounts to the same thing, Paula. The DC thugs are so insane that they might well go for the nuke option. And be amazed when Russia responds. These guys still think they’re dealing with Gaddafi.

        • Billy Hill September 23, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

          Putin has made very clear that he will attack the decision-makers if Russia is attacked. His recent reminder to the likes of Liz Truss (who would push that red button) and others in the West who have spoken openly about using nuclear weapons probably falls on deaf ears. This is not encouraging — as in our host’s ashtray scenario.

          I truly doubt Russia would use a tactical nuke — whatever that is — in Ukraine because of geographical proximity.

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

            I agree, Billy.
            If the US uses nukes Russia will respond and it won’t be with a tactical nuke.

            This isn’t the first time he’s pointed that out, but this is the first time he named targets that I can recall.

  13. 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 10:04 am #

    Didn’t Chernenko take the throne with a known terminal disease?
    If Biden doesn’t make it be prepared for terminal interregnum.
    There will be a lot of legal gymnastics to keep Harris from becoming the next marionette in the DC doll house.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:14 am #

      They can suddenly discover that anchor babies are ineligible.

      • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 10:25 am #

        Or they can suddenly discover video

    • cbeard September 23, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      It just might be that they would install Harris as president, just another puppet that they control.

      • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 11:30 am #

        Really! If Biden fits their bill, what’s wrong with a cackling, no brains, woke whore who will do exactly as told.

        • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 11:47 am #

          I agree. She’d not only do exactly as she’s told, she’d be a very pointed slap in the face to every sane person in the country. They are immune to embarrassment themselves, which allows them to gloat over everyone else’s embarrassment.

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

            Joe Biden is a slap in the face to every sane person.

            And the media telling us that he is an improvement over Trump and all of Europe breathed a sigh of relief and isn’t great to have grownups in the White House “again”…….slap after slap.

          • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

            True, PaulaD. She could probably at least find her way out of the room, which is now apparently more than Biden can do.

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

            Yeah, I heard about the mighty UN speech.

            They need to send the Easter Bunny with him everywhere he goes.

      • Not_GeorgeT September 24, 2022 at 7:27 am #

        Harris is the protection for “Joe Biden”.

        As long as she is there he remains the ‘Resident’.

        When the move comes along to remove her, make note. Her replacement will become the “Joe Biden” replacement.

        • U-731 September 25, 2022 at 6:35 pm #

          I’m frankly surprised she hasn’t been “Agnew-d” already.

  14. MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 10:06 am #

    Incredible article today, James! Thank you. I can’t even pick out a favorite line, there are too many gems.

    What is probably most disappointing to me in this fiasco in which we’re now enmired is the obliviousness of the duped public… if WWIII breaks out globally, they will all be on the NATO/US/Ukraine side, which means pulling for our own demise. What an ingenious fait accompli the deep state apparatus/Davos/WEF crew have managed. US citizens cheering for their own destruction. All it took was the control and consolidation of all mainstream media, paying the squawking heads to repeat all the lies ad nauseam 24/7.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:17 am #

      What shocked me is that some local reporters who I had previously thought were smart, were somehow blind to the fact that what they believed about Trump and that phone call was exactly the opposite of what happened.

      All it took was to tell them they were virtuous for hating Trump, and they were ready to believe anything about him.

      • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:12 pm #

        TDS abounds among all the people paid well to have TDS.

    • spaingaroo September 23, 2022 at 10:52 am #

      oh, I think definitely the first one today, or even the first half of the first one.
      Historians of the future, grilling spatchcocked plovers over their campfires,…

      got an immediate chuckle out of me
      must have been my bird-watching youth

      • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 11:03 am #

        Yeah that is one of the really great ones.

      • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 11:53 am #

        Our host’s writing gets me so fired up that I sometimes forget to thank him for it. He’s very nearly without peer, and I’ve saved much of what he’s written to my hard drive, and printed out quite a bit in anticipation of things getting even worse than they are. Paper is the only thing we can rely on.

        In fact, the only other writer who comes close is, on occasion, Matt Taibbi. I still treasure “The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. “

        • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:56 am #

          Taibbi’s tailed off of late. I think he’s been bought out.

          • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

            I haven’t read him for a while. He seemed to try to keep a foot in both camps. That was never a viable position, and is even less of one now. Still – for that phrase alone, he deserves to be remembered.

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

            I posted a great article by Taibbi on the last post, first in a series.

            //taibbi.substack.com/p/the-justice-department-was-dangerous-dbe

          • DaveO907 September 23, 2022 at 1:59 pm #

            I just wrote an extensive update regarding Taibbi and Walter Kirn, agreeing with Paula that the DOJ series is important which you won’t see here.

            I’m getting tired of the vagaries of commenting on this site, namely I’m allowed to write something fairly extensive and worthy of posting, but then I get a “You Must Be Subscribed” cancellation or a separate “You Must Log In to Comment” when right next to me as I wrote it it says “Logged In As DaveO907 and then whatever “it” is proceeds to dump and “disappear” my comment.
            On another occasion, my P.W. wasn’t recognized to the same “happy ending.” Whatever, I don’t have the energy or the time to rewrite.

          • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 2:55 pm #

            He’s actually closer to aware than he used to be. Way more.

            He actually criticized critical race theory and the trans agenda.

          • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

            DaveO907:

            That’s happened to me more than once. Write a bunch of stuff and forget you aren’t logged in. If it’s anything more than a short comment, write it in wordpad or notepad and copy paste it in here. Just takes a few extra seconds

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

            I have written a comment and then lost it because I was logged out, but then when I hit ‘reply’ again it reappeared.
            Sometimes it’s gone, sometimes it’s not.

          • mrs_saj September 24, 2022 at 9:04 am #

            Great article, Paula D!

            One of the more interesting quotes (to me; there’s a lot to be outraged over in the article):

            “Via fiascoes like the Andrew Weissmann-led Enron prosecution — which among other things saw the Supreme Court overturn the conviction of already-destroyed Arthur Andersen — the Justice Department was gaining a reputation for being better at grandstanding and trying cases in the press than performing in front of juries.”

            The destruction of Arthur Andersen was a preview of government overreach that by the time it’s fixed, has already done the damage it was intended to do. Other examples of this:

            Prohibiting thousands of mom-and-pop landlords from evicting tenants that don’t pay during a government mandated lockdown.

            Requiring millions of people to get emergency use authorization shots to keep their jobs.

            Those landlords have exited the business by the time their rights are restored. And you can’t pull an MRNA shot out of someone’s body. So sorry! Our bad!

      • Q. Shtik September 23, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

        Historians of the future, grilling spatchcocked plovers – spain

        ==========

        I had to google both spatchcocked and plover.

  15. malthuss September 23, 2022 at 10:08 am #

    I read the line ‘Headless body found in topless bar’..this is along those lines.

    when the Supreme Court cleared the way for Alan Miller’s lethal injection on Thursday night, the triple-killer spent several hours believing he was about to die.

    But when the moment arrived, prison officials had difficulty accessing his veins and, with a midnight deadline looming, the decision was abruptly made to call the execution off.

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

      He demanded to be killed by nitrogen. Is this the ultimate high or something? I got some good effects with nitrous oxide in the dentist chair once or twice.

      • Cactus Girl September 23, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

        @Jarek: I actually had an out of body experience on NO @ the dentist.

        • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:17 pm #

          Well, when your actual body is undergoing dental work, you have every reason to step out.

        • thirdcoastlegend September 24, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

          Cactus Girl-

          Did you also feel like you were at the bottom of a deep pit with a bright white light up above?

      • SpeedyBB September 24, 2022 at 9:06 am #

        Rajneesh was reportedly rather too fond of nitrous oxide, which is curious for a supposedly enlightened being.

      • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 9:27 am #

        Nitrogen or Helium – both inert gases – both work. Cheap and effective. They simply displace oxygen without prompting an asphyxiation response. You go to sleep within a minute and don’t wake up, in the same way that you would in a small aircraft that lost pressurization without supplemental oxygen being available. Inert gas asphyxiation.

        • thirdcoastlegend September 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm #

          On October 25th, 1999 pro golfer Payne Stewart’s private jet lost pressure and stopped responding to air traffic control.

          A random F-16 was directed to intercept, which it did in under 90 minutes after the last contact from Stewart’s jet.

          Why was US air defense unable to match this performance in September 2001?

          • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

            It is a mystery, my son.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:14 pm #

            They were busy playing war games that day

  16. messianicdruid September 23, 2022 at 10:13 am #

    “Will I not on that day,” declares the Lord, “destroy wise men from Edom and understanding from the mountain of Esau?”

    That is this.

  17. teddyboy46 September 23, 2022 at 10:17 am #

    spatchcocked plovers? maybe we can get Gordon Ramsey to cook them up.

    But seriously, JHK is absolutely right and anyone who takes time to read his essay would be totally informed on the situation.

    I would share this with friends but they have all been brainwashed by the Right & Left. And would not believe it.

    • Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 10:47 am #

      All of my liberal, ‘educated’ friends are also totally brainwashed. I send them Kunstler’s essays and what I hear back is a deafening silence … because they are too polite to disagree with me, and choose not to debate the issues, they prefer to shun.
      I can predict their cookie cutter stance on almost every issue – very little deviation from the script they’ve been given.

      What I’d like to know is this – those of us who can still think freely, how did we manage to escape the great brainwash? What do we have in common that saved us? Are we all INFJ’s? Or what?

      • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 11:05 am #

        I think it’s people who have lived through adversity, realize that the gov’t is not here to help you, tend to be hyperaware so not as likely to believe gaslighting techniques, and don’t brainwash ourselves 24/7 with TV.

      • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 11:05 am #

        So, you’re thaaaat Uncle?

        • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 11:20 am #

          I had an uncle who used to give us kids those “brain teaser” type books. Not children’s ones either.

      • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

        As a fellow INFJ, that’s an interesting question. I’d like to know what we have in common. I find the same absolute uniformity of opinion among liberal family and friends, as well as the same refusal to debate. A few among them initially attempted what they imagined as a debate, but they had no facts of any kind and were pitifully helpless. Nonetheless, not a one of them has considered that the complete absence of verifiable facts on their part indicated, perhaps, a need to re-examine.

        • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

          Most frightening, there is an enormous contingent who do not even contemplate these events.

          They are far beyond their reach.
          It is almost as if they know their (pedestrian) station in life and dutifully fulfill its requirements: ceaseless consumption of goods, services,
          and lies

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

        I don’t know what an INFJ is, but I think that free thinkers share an ability to read forbidden truths and to change our minds when we come across convincing facts and arguments.
        Oh, and you have to have the ability to resist peer pressure.

        • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

          I used to work with a nurse who couldn’t roll her eyes.
          We would say “Roll your eyes” and then crack up when she tried.
          I predicted that she wouldn’t last long in the ER without that ability and she didn’t.

          Same thing with the bullshit we are fed daily by the mass media and the media slurpers that regurgitate it back without thinking. You have to be able to resist and reject complete nonsense when it is presented to you, no matter how slickly it is wrapped and how often it is repeated.
          Actually, my foundational stance is that if the “news” says something once, it might be a lie. If all the “news” repeats it 24/7 it is for sure a lie.

          • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

            I read Bernays’ book “Propaganda” years ago. The techniques are nothing new. It’s just surprising that people fall for them, particularly the very obvious ones like repeating the same phrase over and over, and attaching the word “lie” to someone’s name every time it’s spoken. People appear genuinely to not even notice this.

            It’s interesting that, on Twitter, you’ll see libs using this same technique:

            Trans Women are Women
            Trans Women are Women
            Trans Women are Women
            Trans Women are Women

            Do they think it magically becomes reality if they say it repeatedly? Are they just aware that some (many) people believe anything that is said X number of times? I would have expected this infantile technique to work on people with an IQ of about 40-50.

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:39 pm #

            Right. The technique is not a secret so why do people fall for it?

            Unbelievable. Literally.

          • Soul Forensics September 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

            It takes only 7 repetitions of a blatant whopper (by the media) for most people to believe it. Then it’s cemented in their skulls.

            Trying to dig it out by calm, rational challenge isn’t just threatening to them, it doesn’t even make a blemish on the cement.

            People are conformists, and worship whatever authority seems the most powerful.

          • Night Owl September 24, 2022 at 3:51 am #

            Paula,

            Your mistake is in thinking that most people know about it. Most people have no idea who Edward Bernays is. Most people have no idea that they are propagandized to believe or reinforce a great many things every day.

            It takes a certain kind of mind to begin to peel back the layers of society, and they don’t really teach critical thinking in school.

            The last few years have made it quite obvious how little interest people have or time people spend on things they are not told to think about.

            Curiosity is a sign of high intelligence.

          • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 5:26 am #

            There’s a good 3-part series on UKC’s Home page just now (3rd part still to come) on ‘Menticide 101 and the Brainwashing of a World, by Dr Bruce Scott, going into how it was done generally, but mostly specifically how it was done in the UK, with psychologists from the SPI-B behavioural committee of the Government’s scientific advisory body, SAGE, and from the Behavioural Insights Team (the ‘Nudge Unit’) at the Cabinet Office.

          • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 5:27 am #

            Forgot the link. This is Part 2 – link to Part 1 at the start of the article.

            ukcolumn.org/article/menticide-101-and-the-brainwashing-of-a-world-part-ii-beyond-the-fear

            Menticide 101.

          • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

            Night Owl: Therefore? What do you deduce from this?

            I conclude that Democracy is severely contraindicated.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:17 pm #

            I think N.O. nails it:

            People with unlimited intellectual curiosity seem to be the ones who catch onto the hoaxes and bullshit.

            I’m curious and an avid learner almost to a fault.

        • DaveO907 September 23, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

          Same here with the “INFJ” thingie. Is it an age thing, or just being outside of a narrow-grooved hipness du jour? I see far too many that the collective “we” are supposed to comprehend upon seeing.

          Irritating, that’s what these “hip” acronyms are. I’m reminded of the texting culture and how that’s supposed to expedite communications, but rather instead destroys the English language cultural bond nuances with its ADD (see what I did there?) connotations. Wow! Evolution in real time!

          (I’m grumbling still because the Machine ate my comment on Taibbi.)

          • Rowdypiglet September 23, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

            INFJ is not an acronym in the sense you mean. It refers to a personality type in the Myers-Briggs personality inventory. I don’t normally put much credence in such things, but this one is much more predictive than most. It’s merely a quick way to describe a collection of traits.

            “The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

            Myers-Briggs sucks in comparison to the Gallup “Clifton Strengths” assessment.

            I’m cracking up because my MB was ENFJ. But then I did it again and was an INFJ. Guess it depended on my mood.

            So anyway, the Clifton Strengths goes way deeper, and gives you 32 top strengths (and you can also see your weaknesses) and divides them into 4 categories.

            I was happy to find out that I’m a contextual and strategic thinker, wish I had seen that more clearly earlier in my careers. I did find it super helpful moving forward. But unlike Myers-Briggs, it’s not free. I got mine free from work, but it costs like $40 I think.

      • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

        The mid-wit cuckoos. Desperately trying to have the same opinions as the schmart people on Tee Vee.

        Put a bunch of them in a room filling out job applications. Begin to fill the room with smoke. None of them will leave since they don’t want to be the first one to leave. A classic experiment of social psychology.

        • Soul Forensics September 23, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

          Street interview: (this especially works well with today’s students):

          Casually state, in passing, that men can have babies, then ask them what gender of newborn they’d like to have if their man-lover gave birth.

          Rather than immediately challenging the insane a priori assertion, most student(s) will ruminate on the answer before mildly or smilingly say “boy” or “girl”, (after which, if there’s a follow-up, they’d then likely say, “it’s up to them what gender, if any, they belong to”.)

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:18 pm #

            It’s best to leave those decisions up to the kindergarten teacher.

      • SpeedyBB September 24, 2022 at 9:11 am #

        I’m an expatriate. I’ve lived abroad somewhat more often than in the USA since the 1950s. That helps gain perspective.

        Spain, Germany, Japan, Colombia, Thailand, the Philippines and now Indonesia (since 1988).

        My kith and kin have long ago given up on “When you comin’ back home, podner?” These days the pull may be going the other way.

        I also grew up as and Air Force brat AND a severely alienated Texas morfedyte (as they used to call us). That will go a long way toward putting distance between what you are told to think and what you figure out on your own.

        • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 10:33 am #

          I remember returning from Germany in ’92 – the so-called “good old days” – after three years abroad with very little to no TV and of course no internet. The culture shock was indeed tremendous. We gradually get inured to the MSM barrage here, but it’s truly overwhelming when you take any time off from it.

          • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 7:34 pm #

            It seems worse now.
            The first time I went to get gas and the pump started spewing propaganda I jumped about a foot.
            WTF?
            It’s everywhere. The phones are the worst source now, imo.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:22 pm #

            For some reason, in 2012 I had had enough of MSM bullshit and turned it off.

            However, I continued to use social media which is also bad, if you don’t know what you’re doing.

        • thirdcoastlegend September 24, 2022 at 12:29 pm #

          I’ve only seen Bali, but Indonesia seems like an underrated country.

          For me, Bali is a destination that offered me a wide range of experiences and thus really lived up to the hype.

          I have the same feelings regarding Bermuda.

  18. Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:24 am #

    That first paragraph really describes the DC lowlifes well. It is hard to do them justice, but Mr. Kunstler nails it.

    • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 11:06 am #

      Yes, that was delicious – or nauseating, take your pick. LOL.

      • GreenAlba September 23, 2022 at 1:53 pm #

        I’m still recovering from it … 🙂

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

          A case of the vapors? Any smelling salts around?

          • GreenAlba September 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

            Nazis never did have a sense of humour. You poor thing – It would take more than smelling salts to help you.

          • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

            Also check to see if your girdle or brassiere are too tight. This is very bad!

          • Suburban_elk September 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm #

            How would you know, that Nazis never had a sense of humor?

          • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 5:10 am #

            Oh dear, the elk has taken that personally. Sorry, elk, I didn’t know about your politics.

            And poor Jarek continues to embarrass himself. And probably hasn’t finished yet.

          • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 5:37 am #

            I like the elk’s German comma use for extra effect. 🙂

          • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

            They told her that Nazis had no sense of humor – and she believed!

            She thinks the first Englishmen were Black and that Blacks have always been in Britain.

          • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

            Yes, I too grow wearied of Green Alba’s constant insistence that black people were the first English people. It’s like she can’t talk about anything else but that, amirite, Jarek?

            And I love watching old YouTube footage of those hilarious Nazis doing standup.
            Quite the wit those guys had!

          • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 5:52 pm #

            He’s quite something, isn’t he Paula?

            Also, if I were Jarek and I had a fetish involving 1950s women’s undergarments, I’d keep it to myself.

          • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 8:18 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Doubling down on the lying and piggishness? You’re out-doing yourself today.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:24 pm #

            Jarek outdoes himself in insulting women and various other groups every day.

          • GreenAlba September 25, 2022 at 9:24 am #

            He doesn’t appear to know the difference between Britons and the much later Angles either.

          • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:41 pm #

            Which one were the Blacks, Albee?

            “I’m curious and an avid learner almost to a fault” – Mary

            Now that’s grotesquely funny. Talk about distorted self images.

          • GreenAlba September 25, 2022 at 4:27 pm #

            Jareeeeek

            Don’t ask silly questions. You know where the Angles came from.

            I have no knowledge of and no interest in the exact pigmentation of the Celtic Britons. I do know (but only from reading, as I wasn’t there) that there apparently was a handful of black people recorded as being in Britain as early as the 11th century. I don’t know why that would be particularly contentious or remotely significant.

            Please stop trying to score silly points about silly things.

          • GreenAlba September 25, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

            And it it’s Cheddar Man or whatever he was called that you’re talking about, I have even less interest, sorry.

  19. cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 10:36 am #

    Once this whole war games charade is over, Zelenskyy will retire to his multi-million dollar mansion in Florida, surrounded by beautiful model-grade mistresses, and he will make the lecture circuit at liberal institutions and $5,000 plate dinners throughout the land, further raking in billions of dollars to his personal net worth. Watch for it!

    • chopper September 23, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

      W.c.
      Not a chance.

    • Hereward the Woke September 23, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

      Let’s hope it stays at the war games charade level. I doubt it will. I don’t see anyone trying to broker a deal here or calm things down. No-one.

  20. Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 10:38 am #

    What can be done?
    That’s the question.
    On one hand, the DC underworld elites are fine with the way things are – Ukraine as a laundramat for warmongers, grifters, and politicians on ‘both’ sides. There is no motivation for change.

    But for us, here’s a start:
    Free the press! Encourage political and governmental transparency. Preserve personal privacy. Free Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Open the electoral system to fairly include third parties, and genuine choices. Secure the vote – hand written hand counted.
    Get money out of politics. (how is a whole nother question.) Revoke personhood status of corporations.

    The role of our politicians should be to take this list from the people, prioritize, and break down each one into doable steps, and then implement those steps. That is the role of government.

    To get the ball rolling, the first thing that needs to happen is to secure the vote. Before November.

    Great essay Mr K, thanks so much.

    • Zoltar September 23, 2022 at 10:49 am #

      Nigel:

      FIGHT PLATE TECTONICS!

      • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 11:07 am #

        LMAO! Sadly, I agree.

      • Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 1:13 pm #

        @Zoltar – Maybe we can affect the ‘shift’ with prayer and intention. Maybe our posts here are little prayers sent out into the universe as frequencies that will manifest as something good some day some where.

        • Zoltar September 23, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

          I honestly can’t tell whether you are joking. If so, I can take it. If not, that’s poignant.

          • Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

            Zoltar – Thank you.
            One thing that unites us here is that we never stop learning. The more I learn about quantum theory, combined with concepts like morphic resonance (which I used to think was a joke), the more I see the possibilities.
            The first line in the bible did not mean the written word, but the sound or frequency of the Word. I won’t paste a link, but go to youtube and do a search for “Nigel Stanford cymatics.” This is one way that frequencies can manifest into physical form.

          • messianicdruid September 24, 2022 at 8:59 am #

            “The first line in the bible did not mean the written word, but the sound or frequency of the Word.”

            whatabeginning.com

          • SpeedyBB September 24, 2022 at 9:17 am #

            Nigel T: That’s how mantras are supposed to work. Music too. As I recall Sri Aurobindo wrote profusely about the transformation.

          • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

            @ Nigel Tufnel:

            I don’t know if you’re familiar with the requests of Our Lady of Famtima for prayers and some other conditions for the conversion of Russia. To tell you the truth, I’ve forgotten the details, so maybe someone here can correct me if I don’t have it quite right, but as best I recall, Our Lady requested that the faithful attend six consecutive First Saturday devotions, along with confession and (of course) Sunday mass attendance. I think she may have also requested daily recitation of the rosary, but I’m not sure.

            First Saturday Devotions was quite a large movement back in the 70s. I went to several, myself, and I wasn’t even Catholic at the time. It was quite a big deal. Kansas City had a Fatima choir and a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

            I used to joke with one of my Catholic friends who could never seem to make it for six consecutive Saturdays, that, if he didn’t get it together, Russia was never going to be converted.

            Anyway, you see the outcome–and thus the power of prayer, though I must admit that this went on for decades.

            Lately, it has seemed to me that maybe we should start doing First Saturday Devotions for the conversion of the United States. If anyone needs some divine intervention, it’s us.

          • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 9:41 pm #

            Also, I think JHK’s point in last week’s blog, about the Satanic nature of the whole of the government’s public policy was very well taken.

            There have probably been similar goings-on in the past, but it seems to have been localized: Sodom and Gomorrah, child sacrifices to Moloch (wherever that was), Aztec human sacrifice, some genocides here and there, brutal wars, plagues, famines, etc. Rulers and political operatives have often been the filthiest of degenerates. But this era seems to have industrialized the Satanic, promoted fillth and degeneracy for its own sake, and spread this throughout the world.

            I don’t think the world has ever seen anything like it. It feels like the most virulent Satanic attack against humanity in the history of the world.

        • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 9:42 pm #

          Pardon me and apologies to Q. Schtick: “It is we.”

    • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 11:50 am #

      Abolishing the Federal Reserve would go a long way to defunding the vile filth destroying America.

      • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:54 am #

        That’s the existential cornerstone of all this, so it would be a very tough lift, indeed.

        • Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

          Yes, end the Fed!
          One step in doing that is to end the era of the U$ Petrodollar. Propping it up is what the warmongers want from their war in Ukraine. I am praying that Russia wins this war against evil, and perhaps then, from the scrapheap of the west, we can begin to rebuild.

      • workingclasshero September 23, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

        Abolishing the Federal Reserve would go a long way to defunding the vile filth destroying America.

        Yah, right, abolish the Fed. What is the libertarian anarcho-capitalist program for a return to normal?

        I suggest if you want to stop a New Left Jacobin revolution you might want to consider a New Right counter revolution and one that uses the public purse to do things as base as winning a political following outside of Conservative goldbugs.

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

      Two heroes Trump didn’t pardon. But he pardoned grifters like Blago.

  21. Zoltar September 23, 2022 at 10:47 am #

    One of Jim’s best.

    Any rational person would cling to the conviction that there must be some limit to the venal insanity of those pulling the levers of the Corporate State but no, there is none.

    A handful of mad oligarchs believe that they literally have the world to gain by pushing Russia past the brink, their underlings are content with the crumbs that fall off their table, and half of the populace is so credulous as to continue to buy the preposterous official narrative.

    Previous generations of septuagenarians wished that their youth could be miraculously restored in optimistic embrace of an ever-brighter future. My friends and I all share consolation in the sober fact that our lives’ journey is nearing its end, now that the future has been stolen from us.

    • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 11:08 am #

      They are drunk on power and blind to reality. We are merely pedestrians waiting for a big caravan of drunk drivers to mow us down.

      They don’t listen to reason and don’t care about it, which means we’re all screwed. Psychos in charge is never a good thing.

      • Hereward the Woke September 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

        They are screwed too, Mary. But they may well take us down with them.

        • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:20 pm #

          I look at it the other way.

    • Amman September 24, 2022 at 1:38 pm #

      The psychos drive to war ends in their destruction if and when war breaks out. That is one consolation. What’s left, and in what state, is anybody’s guess…

  22. Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:50 am #

    I kept reading ” the UN’s scores of Third World delegates” as “degenerates”.

    • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

      the UN’s scores of Turd World degenerates

  23. Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 10:51 am #

    Had to look up both “spatchcocked” and “plovers.” Still not sure what a plover would taste like, but Martha Stewart’s step-by-step guide to spatchcocking a chicken or game bird won me over instantly! YUM! YUM!

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 10:55 am #

      Me too. Forgot to mention that upthread.

    • spaingaroo September 23, 2022 at 10:55 am #

      that’s me looking double stupid then. I know what a plover is, for sure, but I assumed the ‘spatchcocked’ was the name of a North American variety.
      The more you know the more you realise how much you don’t know

    • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 10:59 am #

      Martha Stewart. The FBI performed a hit job on her at the behest of some kind of corporate interests.

      • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 11:09 am #

        Every now and again, they have to pretend they are doing their job and actually convicting white collar criminals of stuff.

      • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 11:12 am #

        And not even Martha could bake a chisel into a quiche lorriane

        • stelmosfire September 23, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

          Hellgramites, Dobson fly larvae. That brings me back to my boyhood. Can I say boyhood? Great bass bait.

        • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

          quiche Lorraine

          • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

            what I said quick louanne

          • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 5:49 am #

            There’s an Edinburgh joke that goes: Man asks woman if she fancies a quickie. She says ‘here in Morningside {posh part of Edinburgh] we call it a quiche.

          • 100th Avatar September 24, 2022 at 8:30 pm #

            Depending on the man’s age, quickie may be a redundancy

    • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 11:08 am #

      I’d never bother grilling plovers, not enough meat. Around here, it will be grilled groundhogs and squirrels. We have an abundant oversupply of ‘hogs and my dog hunts them and loves to eat ’em fresh. I’ve never tried groundhog yet, but I used to hunt squirrels in my youth. I’d skin and clean ’em and mom would cook ’em for us. Squirrel is quite tasty, they don’t eat putrid and dead stuff like possums and some other varmints.

      • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 11:57 am #

        Expect a nice stuffed possum this Thanksgiving, if it lacks tire tread marks, you will be truly blessed.

      • stelmosfire September 23, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

        I’ll second ya Woodchuck. Tree rats are great if prepared properly. Keep the .22 ammo stocked. I’ve got a Savage model 24. .22 over 20 gauge. If you miss ’em with the .22 you can blast them with the 20 gauge.

        • elysianfield September 23, 2022 at 12:34 pm #

          Saint,
          Plastic or wood stocked?

          I, myself, prefer the plastic…but as our Host often opines, “It’s all good”….

          • stelmosfire September 23, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

            Wooden stock EL.

          • BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

            I don’t believe Savage ever made a synthetic stock Model 24. That gun really is a throwback, and a classic. Unfortunately I believe the Model 24 has been discontinued.

          • elysianfield September 24, 2022 at 10:28 am #

            “I don’t believe Savage ever made a synthetic stock Model 24”

            BRH,
            I…know a guy that has several.

        • Mac September 24, 2022 at 7:45 am #

          The 24 is a great gun for kids learning to shoot.

      • Mac September 24, 2022 at 7:44 am #

        Groundhog is palatable, but a little tough.

        • Woodchuck September 24, 2022 at 11:18 am #

          There are groundhog recipes out there, the meat is said to be really greasy. Broiling or roasting would be the way to do it maybe. I think I’d have to be real hungry before I’d give it a try. There’s some work involved in trapping, killing, and cleaning one. I’m in a semi-urban area and can’t use anything more powerful than a Crossman pellet gun. I have an old pump up Crossman that shoots .22 pellets, and it can take a squirrel down out of a tree, it’s quite accurate. If it gets down to go out and get your own meat, in my opinion the most effective use of one’s time would be backyard chickens and hogs.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:28 pm #

            With all the work it takes to kill one small critter and prepare it for bad eating you could be loading up on legumes, potatoes and leafy greens and be even more full and satisfied.

          • Islander September 24, 2022 at 11:24 pm #

            What about backyard rabbits? They make a great stew or curry or chili.

            They also produce fur.

  24. Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 10:55 am #

    JB depicted as a “larval figure” by our esteemed host…..ROTFLOL!

    Pure comic genius, Jim.

    The S.O.B. really does resemble an insect larva.

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:30 am #

      He’s Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly,” reverting to his true genetic form. The slobber, slime, and goo phase should be fun to watch.

      • elysianfield September 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

        :…Insects have no politics….” One of my favorite lines.

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

          Yet the make war on each other nonetheless. They have Biology. They don’t need politics.

    • hmuller September 23, 2022 at 11:58 am #

      I’ve seen wax museum figures more convincingly alive.

    • Rain Waters September 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

      Putin is bluffing until he puts forth a date and sticks to it.

    • mrs_saj September 24, 2022 at 11:34 am #

      Remember is World Made By Hand when JHK depicted Brother Jobe as an insect and not quite human? He did it several times in the book. I think he likes to help people visualize the essence of a person.

  25. wm5135 September 23, 2022 at 10:56 am #

    “We are where we were going.” JHK

    not quite yet

    “We.didn’t vote for.this, not the majority of us.” Warren

    bullshit, the trajectory of US foreign policy has not wavered, not even wobbled, since i looked up in the sky for Sputnik in 1957. With twelve of the four year cycles under the belt the obvious conclusion is this is exactly what the citizens of the U.S. have voted for consistently.

    Hubris – August 9, 1945

    The unexamined life is not worth living.

  26. mitchellc September 23, 2022 at 10:58 am #

    It is impossible to successfully lay siege if a military target can reliably resupply over any reasonably long time line. The corollary is also true; it’s better to outwait an occupying force if troops/structures can be supported and maintained indefinitely.

    The point is, it is to Russias advantage to simply incorporate and fortify – they can play a very long game lasting decades or even centuries.

    Under no scenario would russia achieve a superior position by occupying further territory beyond Ukraine that provided neither a supporting strong defensive perimeter nor important, critical resources.

    So, Russia wins by doing nothing other than securing their holdings and going about their daily business. That’s why I expect Ukraine to fall off the headlines, because escalation is only to our advantage. If Russia successfully resists and doesn’t take the bait, there’s no more war porn to sell.

    Besides, it doesn’t take a genius to see which way the currents are flowing. Russia can simply adopt a conservative wait-it-out turtle posture while the west continues with its wild flapping hare routine.

    They just need to wait out the West as it most assuredly will self immolate. It’s why we precipitated the action on the first place – any reasonably astute thinker knows we don’t have any backup or fallback plans.

    History may judge this period when we went all in, and … lost.

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:28 am #

      Under no scenario would russia achieve a superior position by occupying further territory beyond Ukraine that provided neither a supporting strong defensive perimeter nor important, critical resources.

      No, probably not. But they would benefit by turning it into an “ashtray”/no man’s land if the numb-nuts persist. Looks more and more like that’s how it’s going to turn out. The idiot “leaders” in the US and the EU don’t have enough sense to be afraid.

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:41 pm #

      Agree, Mitchell
      And if the warlords in Washington, DC weren’t pushing for continued war this would have been over a long time ago and Russia would have far less of Ukraine.

      The Ukrainians killed their OWN negotiator in early March in Belarus.
      Their OWN negotiator!
      And that is totally down the Memory Hole.

      And then they came to a tentative agreement in Istanbul in late March. That is when Russia pulled out of Bucha, as agreed.

      So Boris Johnson flew to Kiev and told Zelensky that he had to tear up any agreement and continue the war.
      Then the Ukrainian SBU (the same ones who killed their own negotiator) went into Bucha and massacred anyone who had taken food from the Russians. The Mighty Wurlitzer blamed it on the Russians (who had left 3 days earlier) and dipshits around the world fell for it.

      That is when Russia decided they were done negotiating. It became very clear that Zelensky was not in charge of the decision making.

  27. Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 11:03 am #

    Catamite – a word that filled me with disgust when I looked it up – and another word to add to my vocabulary knowledge of the English language.

    Jim…..not since the salad days of the great wordsmith William F. Buckley has my ongoing quest for vocabulary expansion received such a wonderful workout. It is one of the joys I derive from reading your semi-weekly posts. Please keep challenging us with these under used words. Great stuff!

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

      You really need to read HL Mencken

      • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

        “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

        “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”

        and for Q.:

        “Correct” spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma’ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.”

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

          I showed John where George Washington said he wanted to execute traitorous businessmen.

          He just doesn’t fucking care. He just wants his warm fuzzy Capitalist teddy bear. He doesn’t notice that it has grown to enormous size with talons and fangs.

      • Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

        At the risk of sounding foppish, I positively adore the writings of HL Mencken. I was turned-on to his writings in the early 1980’s when I was but a young college lady and an avid reader of Robert Emmett Tyrrell’s “American Spectator” monthly journal of opinion. Tyrell worshipped at the altar of the great Mencken, and deservedly so.

        • Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

          College lad – not lady. LOL! Good ole spellchecker. Always good for a cheap laugh!

        • Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

          That last post should have read “college LAD – not lady.

          LOL! Good ole spellchecker. Always good for a cheap laugh!

          • Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

            Speaking of which……it would be really great if this comments section provided us with a facility for editing posts after they’ve been posted. It is irritating to the extreme when my iPad decides to “improve” what I have typed and then I have no way to go back and correct it.

            Perhaps JHK’s tech guy can look into this as a future feature upgrade?

          • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

            He needs a complete overhaul of this blog IMHO.

          • Mac September 24, 2022 at 9:57 am #

            Mary- I suggest you offer to have Jim’s IT people invoice you for the upgrade.

          • spaingaroo September 24, 2022 at 10:37 am #

            just go to substack. works a treat. (well, the like button on comments isn’t always working)

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

            How crazy is it that about an hour after I posted that, the site went down for nearly a whole day??

        • mitchellc September 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

          You know jhk wrote for them? Maybe you’ve been reading jim for decades.

        • BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 1:39 pm #

          I often think of Menken walking the streets of his beloved Baltimore in 2022 — how far would he get? 1 block? 2 blocks?

          • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

            see Unz.com

            the coal burning beauty killed in Baton Rouge.

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

          Yes, a great American Fascist.

    • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 10:15 pm #

      Yes, JHK is indeed delightful!

    • jmar98 September 24, 2022 at 11:55 pm #

      You need to read Cormac McCarthy, particularly Blood Meridian. I had to reference a dictionary about every other page to get the definition of a word that he used and that I had never seen before. Also, I had to put the book down on several occasions and walk away from it for a couple of days due to its stomach churning descriptions of man’s inhumanity to man. If those descriptions do not affect you then you’re a tougher man than I, Gunga Din. And no, I don’t have a weak constitution. I performed autopsies for forty years.

  28. Cavepainter September 23, 2022 at 11:04 am #

    Boy, that was an ambling stutter. Actually, those “institutions” have ceased teaching the dense context of history necessary to comprehend past human behavior when intellectual capital was less and within extant cultural restraints. Study, study, study, not ingrain, ingrain, ingrain.

  29. RealityRules September 23, 2022 at 11:04 am #

    Let’s be clear about who, “Joe Biden”, is. Joe Biden is a gaggle of Barack and Michelle Obama’s anti-white, racist, black supremacists who constitute the Democratic Party’s latest iteration of its urban political machine. That machine has for decades slowly been replacing the heritage population of America – intentionally from 90% white European in 1965 to 57.8% today.

    Kindergarten whites are a minority in the nation their ancestors explored, settled and built. The next phase is … enter the Obama machine. From kindergarten onward they will demoralize white children and teach their non-white, now majority peers that whites are demonic oppressors. The seething resenters are in every institution mercilessly escalating Noel Saul Ignatiev’s calls to, “abolish whiteness”, with far more overt and vicious anti-white vitriol.

    Looked at objectively, we are now at the sixth stage of genocide and rapidly set to increment. Our border is open to the world. The ruling class tells you they are human, but to them they are our replacement – Blue tokens for their plebocites of permenent, “democratic”, rule. Witness Martha’s Vineyard.

    The NeoCons and their American Tory Sellouts claw and tear the remaining flesh off of America’s corpse and greedily suck it down.

    When will we find our spines? When will we stop groveling before a people whose culture conjures heros from criminals? We owe nothing! For those who say we do and are prepared to take it all – No Quarter! The hour is late. If the financial travails were the sole problem we could focus and deal with it exclusively. When those who have bankrupted us are intent on replacing us in our own lands and fomenting racial animosity where we are at the bottom of their new caste, the heroic task ahead takes on an entirely different dimension.

    The Great Replacement is real. It can be halted and reversed, but the time to act is now.

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:53 am #

      Yes, a reverse cancel culture. That might be a good campaign theme for any would be change agent. It’s time to cancel the cancellers.

    • elysianfield September 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

      “It can be halted and reversed, but the time to act is now.”

      RR,
      You first….

      What will be your first act?

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:17 pm #

      Yes, we’re an Italian restaurant under new management that now serves Chinese/Jamaican cuisine. They didn’t bother to change the sign. Those who know, know. Fuck the rubes.

      Race is far closer to being everything than the “nothing” that is told to the rubes. That’s why they changed us into a multi-racial stew. No accord, mystic chords of memory, or shared vision. No social capital in other words.

      The mid wits will believe anything they’re told. In many ways, they’re dumber than the low IQ who are close to the Earth and its laws.

  30. Cavepainter September 23, 2022 at 11:08 am #

    False flag event likely? How many Jack D. Rippers are out there with the means (now that nukes are everywhere available unlike when only the US and Russia had them)?

  31. tom clark September 23, 2022 at 11:14 am #

    I was going to comment on that first para. too. I’ve read a lot of Jimbo’s stuff over the years, but whew, that was a doozy in both vigor and rancor (plus demonstrating an amazing knowledge of vermin). You’re overheating, Jimbo…cool your jets.

    Sept. 23, 2022…another turn of the crank.

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

      Para! You are so suave…..

  32. Uncle Reno September 23, 2022 at 11:28 am #

    James, your game is in top form today – thanks!

  33. elysianfield September 23, 2022 at 11:29 am #

    Russia, Russia, Russia…

    What of the Levant? Just chopped liver?

    ISRAEL: “WHATEVER IT TAKES” TO PREVENT NUCLEAR IRAN: Speaking at the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced his country will do “whatever it takes” to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Lapid called for a “stronger and longer” nuclear agreement with Iran saying the only way to prevent Iranian nuclear weaponization was to put a “credible military threat on the table.” Iran has continuously denied its intention to construct nuclear weapons, saying it is “very serious” about negotiating a new nuclear deal if the rights of the Iranian people are respected. (AC:

    Whatever it takes?

    After careful thought, it’s gonna take Israel to give the Levant back to the Palestinians and move to…Madegascar, or some such…a true two-state solution.

    In the bad old days, Israel might just try to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, but that window of opportunity might have passed, considering that Iran already may have the weapon

    Both sides are driven by religious doctrine. Logic does not apply. Eschatologists in both camps yearn to open a can of the sun.

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:34 am #

      Eschatologists in both camps yearn to open a can of the sun.

      A can of the sun. Nice!

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

      Iran joined the SCO last week, hence the renewed hysteria and calls for shunning.

      Too late. Iran now has friends in high places and doesn’t need the rotting west to approve of them. They’ll be fine.

    • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

      the jews have lots of nukes. [sssh].

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

      My brother said they are helping to supply Russia with drones. They have some industrial capacity.

      They got some of our downed ones and copied them.

  34. gusgus2021 September 23, 2022 at 11:39 am #

    I wonder if the rich people ever worry about hell,whatever bad things I did as a kid always came back to me right away ,literally instant karma
    Sending even 5 kids in a tank to die would really bother me, but the elites never are punished live to be 96 and nothing happens even if they ruin lives .

    • Peabody September 23, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

      The current problem in the West as I see it is the belief of so many that a person can be the arbiter of their own morality. Weak fallen creatures that we are, this just ensures that people, rich or otherwise, will always find a rationale to do objectively bad things to satisfy a perceived need. When we collectively reject a Higher Power we are on our own. Can anyone argue looking around at the evidence this is a good thing?

  35. Opie September 23, 2022 at 11:40 am #

    Great writing James, at this point all I can do is laugh. And this had me LOL. All we can do now is wait for the telltale flash. I’ve been convinced for some time now that the method in their madness is population reduction. Probably the only thing they will actually get done.

    • Lyndy33 September 23, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

      The question to me is: Why ruin all the assets with destructive ground bursts when three or four high altitude nuke generated EMP’s will do the job. That’s true for US, Europe, Russia, Iran, and Israel. It may never be an ‘ashtray’ as most people think but a year of depopulation from lack of electricity worldwide.

      • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 10:28 pm #

        @ Lyndy33:

        Yes, that does make more sense. I am tempted to nominate some US cities. It would be an absolute nightmare scenario.

  36. Amman September 23, 2022 at 11:43 am #

    Things can turn on a dime but first they have to go through the gauntlet. The Emergency. The reckoning…

  37. 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 11:52 am #

    “EU have no idea how they will conduct economic activity without the cheap Russian natgas they used to depend on.”

    The little people may not, but the “leadership” certainly does.
    This is all part of the dreaded Reset.
    The WEF has already showed these cards.

    The average person’s lifestyle is overdue for a haircut.
    Less energy, less toys, less disposable income.
    A lot less.

    This is all part of the radical transition to a more “equitable” future.
    No time like the present, when the average Alistair, Jaques, Jose, Massimo, and Gunther is being spun around from a right cross of COVID into a left body-hook of Ukraine.

    It’s a double tragedy to waste tragic times.

  38. cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 11:53 am #

    I heard that Elton John is going to rocking out at the White House later this evening, for a special celebratory performance given to Biden and all of his handlers.

    I wonder how this is going to all go down? Who is paying Elton for this glib event? The taxpayers? Maybe this would be a good time for Russia to show they are not bluffing on the nukes…..

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 11:58 am #

      You’re wondering how Elton will go down with Biden and his handlers?

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 11:59 am #

      Oh to be a fly on the wall for the after-party. Should be a lot of gasping and groping among the woke crowd.

      • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 1:59 pm #

        pizzas hot dogs walnuts

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

      Imagine having to look at him while he sings. What is wrong with these people?

      • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 2:40 pm #

        If you’re into gratification through self-inflicted harm, I suggest you watch Bill Clinton’s Birthday Bash with U2.

        Jesus Bono Christ came down off his billion dollar christ to serenade Bill & Hill.

        The most awkwardly white reactions (toe-tapping here, a body rock there) to the most self-absorbed and self-aggrandizing pop-rock on the planet.

        Even Bono wished he had darker tinted perma-shades for that whoring gig.

        • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 2:41 pm #

          billion dollar cross

    • BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 2:35 pm #

      Last week it was James Taylor, this week Elton John. Its obviously Oldies Week, and when I say oldies I mean everybody is pushing 80.

      Johnny Rotten out in LA is still booking gigs — when he’s not running vagrants and bums off his beachfront property.

  39. elysianfield September 23, 2022 at 11:58 am #

    ” consider the $350-trillion in leveraged financial derivatives orbiting high above the scene….”

    Jim Rickards suggests numbers north of one quadrillion, some EU analysts suggest almost 1.5 Ouadrillion in derivitives.

    We can all agree that it is alot. 1.5 Quadrillion is the total vallue of all goods and services produced in the World…times 20.

    • Disaffected September 23, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

      That’s one satellite you don’t wanna recover!

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

      I smell jubilee

      nothing dissolves debt like nuclear engagement with your axis of debt-holders, er, enemies

  40. stonned September 23, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

    Soon…..

    THE ANTICHRIST….

    and then….

    ARMAGEDDON.

    Have a blast.

    • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

      yawn..Ive been waiting for the emergency. for a long time.

    • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 4:21 am #

      The AC manifested in 1948.

      A culture, not some entity like some magical puppet on a stage.

      Jeebus I wish the kiddies understood what they were reading. The esoteric writing style, the political history told as if it were a tale of uncles.

      • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 4:50 am #

        As the body of a church is its people, so too is the body of a culture. A nation.

        For example When we speak of Uncle Sam, we’re not talking about some magical personage or comic book super villain. When we say the Dragon or the Bear, we’re not talking about animals.

        This One comes for the first time.
        He is a different Messiah. The first time, not the second.

        Someone else’s– how in the bloody hells could the Christians have missed that?

        Waiting for their doom to arrive, thinking “this is all normal, we were told to expect this.” Like innocent children. Told not to resist, and they shall have candy.

  41. niner September 23, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

    Some people call it the swamp, but I say it’s quicksand and we are stuck.

    The consensus seems to divide between inevitable and total collapse of the existing USA structures; and alternately, Trump riding in to save the whole thing, complete with justice for all.

    I wish we had better choices. Actually, when I think about it, probably Trump or his warroom phalanx will ride in and take command of the Whitehouse heights. But you know, WEF et al., snookered Trump the first time: it is possible they are setting him up to take the fall for the fall and the fall-apart.

    Certainly, Trump is the better choice, but I see him more as the king-sacrifice of the Golden Bough. It just wont be enough to kill all the lawyers.

    They have plans for our genes and our numbers. And their strategy is chaos, poisoned promises, beguiling and affrightening us, and theft of our prosperity and accustomed ways.

    They have found the weakness of the masses in screen propaganda and a totally poisoned environment which has weakened us mind and body.

    Do we owe the poisoners a fair fight? I don’t think so.

    Another brilliant and sparkling reflection by Mr. Kunstler.

    He is so good, I wish we could elect him.

    • cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

      I wonder, if we waged a nation-wide write-in campaign for Jim, what would happen if we were successful? Would he actually take the job? Would it simply dilute the vote enough to cause another less savory candidate to win?

      I think if we all put up those signs at major intersections and Interstate offramps throughout the country “Write In Vote Jim H. Kunstler” then maybe that would cause quite a stir and get people talking. I can just see it now.

      • niner September 23, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

        Swell idea, cowbell.

        Even just lawn signs & car stickers, starting now.

      • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

        JHK will reply with something like William T Sherman’s famous response:

        “If nominated I will not accept – if elected I will not serve”

        • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

          What are you insane?
          Chappaqua is but a short drive from him.

          Huma will be off with a shovel in the trunk and her calfskin driving gloves death-gripping the entire 87

          • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 4:59 am #

            Hahahaha

            “off with a shovel in the trunk and her calfskin driving gloves death-gripping the entire 87”

            Oh shoot, I gotta get to Vermont or the 86! The foliage is about to change!

        • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 10:34 pm #

          Jim is nowhere near low-down enough for that line of work.

  42. cowbell81 September 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

    Talk about ruining a classic, the Woke crowd in Hollywood is going to “revamp” the Wizard of Oz to include LGBTQIA+ representation. Say what? Why? This is again pushing the envelope too far. Cancel this crowd NOW!

    • Wizard of the Saddle September 23, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

      This is what tries to pass for “creativity” and “originality” in woke Hollyweird today.

      All it really represents is an obsession by the Left to “reimagine” everything of quality that came before them through their sick “lens” of sexually deviant perversion.

      These people are like a broken record at this point. One-track minds.

    • BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

      The movie will go directly to DVD. It’s already a loser, and hasn’t even been wrapped yet. The Director’s first name is ‘Kenya’, which tells you a lot.

    • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

      Make them all queer af. We don’t want any representation. Even they won’t be interested since their only interest is in perverting the healthy.

    • Soul Forensics September 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

      Funny how ‘appropriation’ isn’t a problem when it’s the Woke doing the alternative histories and presentations.

      • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 5:03 am #

        THITH.
        MEANTH.
        WAR!!!
        -Trad Daffy Duck

  43. Lyndy33 September 23, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

    I liked the first paragraph. One gets the idea that JHK doesn’t care much for anyone in the DC. When one sells their soul to get elected, there isn’t much left of any politician. It gets worse from there.

  44. 4014HAMPHEDGE September 23, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

    Reminder to President Elect Kunstler:

    Comments over decades to replace the earlier comprehensive railway matrix

    “Second Dimension Surface Transport Logistics Platform”

    Necessary for America to once more be a Lending Not A Borrowing Nation…

    • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 5:09 am #

      Huzzah, Hamphedge!
      So glad and grateful for your efforts, I was hoping you’d be back remind us.

  45. Paula D September 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm #

    Great essay. We are well and truly screwed.

    Like a sleazy family business that has been run into the ground, I get the definite impression that the plan is to torch the place rather than try to pay the run-up debts.

    Too bad there’s still people on the grounds. The owners are moving on.

    • mitchellc September 23, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

      The west accurately reflects its 500 year history of conquest and exploitation.

      No one possessed any kind of noble ideal of liberty, fraternity and equality. Rather, its always been about short term objectives of get in, get rich, collect toys and die happy.

      There are beautiful 3-5 acre walled estates within CDMX that were owned by mere captains and majors. For higher ranks you could earn an actual castle.

      Up norte, the western migration was driven by the expectation of ‘free land’, possession of which gained by merely asserting a claim.

      (An interesting aspect of real property is tracing back title claims. At some point an originating document – say, 1640 – simply asserts force majeure. From there the surveys, divisions, mortgages, ownership records, etc flow.)

      I view what’s occurring today not so much as just deserts, but rather the entirely logical endpoint of our long narrative arc.

      Anyone with a clue could see where this was headed, which is why those in leadership positions are acting like there is no foreseeable way it ends in any manner other than a complete blow off high.

      • BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

        How about the east, for example, the Mongols moving west from Ulan Bator to the Gates of Austria? That lasted about 300 years, with plenty of conquest & exploitation. Does that count, or are you only interested in screeds against the Christian west?

        • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 5:30 am #

          Indeed, Heckler, indeed.

        • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 11:31 pm #

          You could pick almost any part of the world and tell the same story.

        • Anthea September 24, 2022 at 11:33 pm #

          Many years ago I read an account of the title trail on some Florida property: It was granted to somebody by the King of Spain, who derived his authority to do so from the pope, who derived his authority from God.

          I thoink it was a joking account, but there you have it.

    • DaveO907 September 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

      Aye. Period. Finito.
      Will I get my sailboat in time? And for what? The last fresh fish I’ll ever eat, I reckon.

  46. Armenio Pereira September 23, 2022 at 1:07 pm #

    Most of us do not know Reality, only countless versions of it (including the perennial personal favorite: each one’s POV.)

    What we call “Truth” is but a more or less tacit agreement on a single version of Reality (usually the one pushed by the stronger party, with a certain degree of tolerance) established between a sizable – or more influential – portion of human beings.

    Only the enlightened – and/or deranged – can live fully immersed in the Now; the rest of us will have to toil with wishful thinking.

    • BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

      There are hard scientific truths; the laws of thermodynamics for example.

    • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 5:33 am #

      Animals “live fully immersed in the Now,” and toil with eating each other alive.

  47. Paula D September 23, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

    I posted this before, but apparently no one read it, or the tsunami of propaganda has doused the memory.
    Too many people are personalizing this conflict to Zelensky, who only became president in 2019.
    How could he have signed the Minsk Accords in 2014?
    Actually he was elected on a ”peace with Donbass” platform and won overwhelmingly even though the citizens of Donbass weren’t allowed to vote. (That is your sterling ”democracy” in action. Why do people believe the media???)
    Anyway, he was elected and then he tried to carry out his campaign promises.
    I’m not defending him now, he really caved and they keep him well dosed with amphetamines to make sure he obeys. I’m just tired of Americans personalizing their wars instead of realizing that our overlords have reasons to attack other countries other than “that is a bad man so we need to kill his citizens”

    “There was a breaking point early into Zelensky’s presidency where he and his team was made aware of the position of both president and parliament in Ukraine in the overall pecking order. The chiefly ceremonial transition of power was still in progress, coupled with nearly a month of relative calm devoid of street action by right-wing radical organizations, as they too reassessed whether they still had state backing or would be held accountable for past misdeeds.
    Suddenly, hostilities on the front-line with Donbas resumed, and with such ferocity that it spilled over onto the UN platform and threatened to bury the Minsk agreement there and then. Zelensky was basically called to the front with this provocation, which gave us the notorious exchange of him trying to dress down the military: “I’m 40-something years old and I’m the president — I’m not some shmuck.” The military told him to go fuck himself and that they would do what they want, that they do not answer to him. That much was obvious by infuriated statements made by his cadre on return to Kiev.
    Back in Kiev, Zelensky and his party of clowns attempted to push back by quickly formulating a law proposal, restricting the use of weapons on the front-lines to only be used in response. Needless to say, this stirred such a hornet’s nest that the proposal was scuttled before the ink had time to dry; perhaps someone was even made to eat the paper.
    That week it was made apparent to everyone that neither the president nor a parliamentary majority had any control over the military or security services. Protests by right-wing radicals erupted all over, with police supervision. Court-houses and government buildings were stormed, the president’s office was vandalized and the state appointed security detail responsible for “protecting” Zelensky abandoned their positions for the duration. The message was unequivocal — the nationalists are in control of all state organizations capable of projecting force and the political establishment is merely a figleaf on a military junta.
    Following this cold shower, team Zelensky reorganized the party apparatus who hadn’t even had time to warm up their seats, they rubber-stamped the advisory positions of prominent neo-Nazi figureheads to positions within both political and security organizations — presumably, for the people actually in charge to have more immediate access to their respective areas of responsibility. The only aspect that wasn’t flipped like a pancake was the conciliatory rhetoric coming out of Zelensky — in this, he was braver than his spokespeople who put on their brown shirts almost immediately.
    That is not to say that there weren’t nationalist tendencies within Zelensky’s party even on the campaign trail — it is my impression that Ukrainians in general, even when neither particularly radical or militaristic, are generally comfortable with ethno-nationalist ideology or, at best, downplay the significance of discriminatory or hostile ideas, symbols and statements to themselves.
    For eight years, the Russian information sphere was saturated with coverage of manifestations of Ukrainian neo-nazi ideology and always tried to bring in Ukrainian political analysts to explain their position. That position, without fail, almost always amounted to marginalization — deeds, images and statements were made by or depicted nobodies who held no power and did not represent official Ukraine, even when these nobodies were official representatives of Ukraine, advisors to the same or acting with the approval of Ukrainian officials. At most, manifestations of government approved neo-nazi ideology was labelled as “excessive” by Ukrainian political analysts, embarrassing not for the evil that it represented but for the negative impact it might have on PR.”

    • Woodchuck September 23, 2022 at 2:42 pm #

      Well, what you’ve just posted is new to me. If indeed the Nazis are running the show in Ukraine, then sooner or later the entire area of Western Ukraine will look exactly like Munich or Berlin in 1945. A lot of Nazis seem to like the idea of fighting to the death like they did in Nuremburg – go out in a blaze of glory with your city ablaze in a final battle. Fight down to the last man like at the Alamo, and be rewarded in Valhalla.

      Not liking Nazis at all, I wouldn’t mind if Russia killed ’em all down to the very last one. That’s not being cruel to them. If they don’t seem to mind dying, why not oblige them? And don’t waste time with show trials, just get them on their way. Maybe they will each have 72 virgins waiting to comfort them on the other side.

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm #

        Not all the Ukrainian military are Nazis, but they have Nazis embedded in every unit to shoot any soldier that decides they are done.
        There was one incident in which a unit which didn’t have any Nazis in it told the Russians they wanted to surrender and at the appointed hour, as the Russians waited at the appointed place, a truck full of Nazis pulled up and shot them all in the back. 35 dead soldiers, shot by their own commanders.
        And other times, the hapless conscripts pulled off the streets of western Ukraine and dropped off at the front, report that their commanders left as the battle commenced.
        One group said that they didn’t even know they were at the front until the shooting started and their commanders skedaddled. They were dropped off in the dead of night.
        Those men were smart enough to surrender and that’s how I know the story.

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

        But I think that NATO is actually running the show, using the Nazis as their hit squads.

        • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 5:41 am #

          Wow. Paula D, your grasp of detail re the Ukro sausage-makers is invaluable. Ditto for your commentary above re Poroshenko.

          Keep it comin’, miss!
          A fine job for sure.

      • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

        Well Woody, they’re not really Nazis since Nazis were the GERMAN National Socialists. They may be National Socialists, I don’t know. But it’s obviously a very different thing than German National Socialism. Do you think “Nazis” or Nazi like people would take orders from the Zelensky and the Oligarchs behind him? Mostly all Jews?

        Being an ordinary fellow, you’re taken in by the outer trappings. The sign outside says “Luigi’s” so you think you’re eating Italian even though it’s Chinese. Paula’s like this too.

        • Woodchuck September 24, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

          Cruising the ‘net I saw an image pulled out of a video from CNN – of a Ukrainian tank with a big swastika on it. Opps! Somebody wasn’t paying attention and didn’t clip that out. The Ukranian Nazis trace their heritage back to Germany, so basically a little nest of them remained in western Ukraine. The nest was carefully nurtured and developed by various Western agents in the area in times past, this has been going on for a long time. The point of supporting the Ukrainian Nazis was to be able to use them as a weapon against Russia.

          Russia had a terrible experience with the Nazis some 80 years ago. They most certainly haven’t forgot it. And here they are, fighting these bastards again! Nazis love nothing better than torturing and killing people, and if civilians are involved, that’s even better. Maybe they somehow are unable to get their rocks off in any other way, and have completely given themselves over to demonic activity. It seems the primary pleasure they get in life is through inflicting agonizing suffering and pain on others. The Ukrainian Nazis even use a symbol on their uniforms that looks very much like Himmler’s SS logo with the two wierdly shaped “s” figures.

          As I wrote once before, supporting Nazism is a great way to identify yourself as a kook as well as a way to lose friends.

          • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

            As I said, the outer trappings. You’re a fine little fellow, Bilbo.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

      Some of that is familiar to me, so I must have read your post, Paula.

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

        Thanks, Beryl.
        As pointed out above, repetition is the key to remembering. 🙂

    • MaryQueen September 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm #

      I read it and remember it quite well.

      The nazis are in charge, and the US and NATO empowered them. Zelensky is a figurehead who didn’t know what he was getting into, but is now playing his part to the hilt.

      • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 5:42 am #

        Yup. Second that.

        • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

          So Jewish Zelensky’s a Nazi? Along with his Jewish Oligarch backer and the Jews in the American State Department who are funding all this?

          The mind at the end of its tether. Man has lost the capacity to reason.

          • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

            No one said Zelensky was a Nazi, we said he is being controlled by Nazis.

            Perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension before you cast stones.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:33 pm #

            What Paula said. And there is plenty of nazi sympathizing going on by the US/NATO and even libs who are too stupid to know they are doing it (while acting like them, themselves).

          • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

            Why would someone controlled by the American State Department (mostly Neo-Con Jews) take orders from “Nazis” – unless the Neo-Con, Jewish State Department are Nazis?

            Despite your considerable knowledge about the situation – far more than mine – in the end is turns to nonsense because you’re unable to think. In other words, ultimately I know more because I can think.

    • mrs_saj September 24, 2022 at 11:49 am #

      I did not know any of this. And I’m quite sure I did not see your prior post. Thanks for re-posting.

  48. BackRowHeckler September 23, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

    Wow, Putin’s speech was indeed sobering. Let me paraphrase “We’ve been going easy, however, conditions have compelled us to take off the gloves. Incidentally, just as a reminder, we posses an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons, and strategic nuclear weapons as well.”

    Not too worry. Almost the entire media in the UK, USA, and Germany are reporting glorious battlefield victories for Ukraine, Russia is on its heels, Russian soldiers are surrendering en masse, running away, throwing down their weapons, are out of ammo and rations, are in a state of full mutiny; what’s more on the Russian homefront, Putin has cancer, heart failure and Parkinsons Disease, there are riots in the streets of Moscow, Russian economy has collapsed, and a coup against Putin by his Generals is imminent. I’m not being hyperbolic these are some of the claims I’m seeing DW, BBC, Telegraph, Bloomberg, Wapo and so on. A few days ago the Atlantic ran an article stating Russia has lost the war and is ready to surrender, but one of the conditions should be that the Duma turn Putin, Lavrov and Medvedev over to the Hague for War Crimes trials.

    There seems to be great deal of delusional thinking in western elitist circles when it comes to the situation in Eastern Ukraine. Or maybe we are being gaslighted, which is more likely.

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

      LOL, don’t forget yesterday’s TS addition- Russian men are leaving the country and/or breaking their legs.

      What is ”the economy” anyway?
      In the US it means “Wall Street” and people follow it like they follow their sports teams. If it goes “up” then all is well, if it goes ”down” then there is great wailing and gnashing of the teeth.

      What if ”the economy” meant the ability of a nation to make sure that every citizen is fed, housed and clothed? Maybe even the additions of electricity, running water, the internet and central heating?

      Then which country has a viable economy and which one is circling the tubes?

      • Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

        Paula – We need to go back to an economy that is not based on infinite growth. We cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. What would that look like? I’m not sure, but I’m thinking small town and villages, the opposite of globalization.

        • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 4:07 pm #

          Definitely production for need not profit, Nigel.

          My friend’s sister-in-law worked at a boat factory and got laid off one Friday.
          Their only hope was that the owner wanted to break the union and would hire them all back on Monday with a pay cut.

          I said “Maybe?”
          My friend said “No way. Everyone who wants a boat has already bought a boat. There is no point in making more”.

          And I realized then how right he was. Imagine 200 years ago, when the Indians lived here. If they needed a boat they would make a boat, I’m guessing.
          They wouldn’t spend 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, for years and years, making boats to try to sell to others.

        • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

          Look at the insanity of building endless housing subdivisions on speculation while hundreds of thousands of homeless people live on the street.

          What kind of idiots would think that is a rational economy?

        • cbeard September 25, 2022 at 9:26 am #

          Absolutely correct, infinite growth on a finite planet. Humans are literally growing to death. The opposite of globalization is exactly what is needed. A world made by hand indeed.

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

      I would paraphrase his speech differently.
      “We wanted to protect the Russian nation, by which we mean even Russians in countries that were stranded when the USSR was destroyed. That is why we launched our SMO.
      We mean to protect Russians in Ukraine and we are going to do it and that includes letting them vote to rejoin us legally.
      We know that the west is out to destroy Russia, break it into pieces and set the people onto each other, like they did in 1991 and with the support of the terrorists in the Caucasus in 2000.
      That is not going to happen.
      They think they can use nuclear weapons and keep it limited to Ukraine.
      Not going to happen. Brussels, London and Washington, DC-take note.”

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

        I moved things around, but this is what he said, not paraphrased:

        “In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line. We constantly hear threats against our country, our people. Some irresponsible politicians in the West not only talk about plans to organize the supply of long-range offensive weapons to Ukraine – systems that will allow strikes against the Crimea and other regions of Russia.

        Such terrorist strikes, including with the use of Western weapons, are already being carried out on the border settlements of the Belgorod and Kursk regions. In real time, using modern systems, aircraft, ships, satellites, strategic drones, NATO carries out reconnaissance throughout southern Russia.

        In Washington, London, Brussels they are directly pushing Kyiv to transfer military operations to our territory. No longer hiding, they say that Russia should be defeated by all means on the battlefield, followed by the deprivation of political, economic, cultural, in general, any sovereignty, with the complete plunder of our country.”

        To me, that means that they are not going to “level Kiev” as the war junkies happily predict.
        They know who’s calling the shots.

        • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

          You also thought Putin wouldn’t invade. If Putin thinks leveling Kiev will send a message, that’s he will do. Hopefully there are intermediate steps between where we are and a full nuclear exchange.

          • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

            Intermediate steps between being attacked by the west and responding to the west?

            The west attacks Russia and Russia levels Kiev?

            Why?

          • Jarek September 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm #

            Because “Ukraine” is controlled by an evil regime. The local version of the Washington, London, Tel Aviv mob. It has to be taken down, Paula.

    • DaveO907 September 23, 2022 at 2:42 pm #

      Kolomoisky. He made Zelensky and to a large extent, the Azov Bois.

      However one reads things as they appear to be: Kolomoisky

      • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

        Yeah, he had oligarch backing and maybe he was lying about supporting the Minsk Accords.

        The fact remains that 70%+ of non-Donbass Ukrainians voted for peace.

        We are being told 24/7 that they all hate Russians and they all support the war, but those are lies.

        • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 6:07 am #

          Then Kolomoisky is an occupier, just as Mexico is occupied by Cartel.

          The Ukronazi gangs, then, are Contras- local paramilitaries funded and armed by foreign actors with internal collaborators.

          • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 9:39 am #

            Kolomoisky is gone. He fell out of favor with the US.

            Zelensky is now controlled by the US, like the Contras and ISIS.
            Supposedly he has a minder like Biden does, but armed in case he tries anything.

          • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

            And who controls the US? Nazis?

            Fail.

    • SpeedyBB September 25, 2022 at 1:17 am #

      Not “gaslit”, BRH?

      Ka-Boom.

  49. Rain Waters September 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

    Putin is bluffing until he puts forth a date and sticks to it.

    • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

      That is an idiotic statement.

      A date for what?

      • Rain Waters September 23, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

        For any western militaristic aggression into the eastern russian speaking region of Ukraine to STOP.

        DUH. . .

        • Paula D September 23, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

          He can wait until the west collapses, which is imminent.

          He doesn’t have to use nukes.

        • JackStraw September 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

          We have a genius among us, folks, but alas, we’re too dumb to understand his shorthand brilliance. GFY.

        • Anthea September 25, 2022 at 12:35 am #

          @ Rain Waters:

          So, let’s say Puting give the West an ultimatum and names a date–and an “or else.” The “or else” would presumably be nuking a list of Western power center that, I believe, Putin has already named. The West, of course, ignores this ultimatum. But they now have a definite date on which they can expect to be attacked. That way they can both be prepared and strike pre-emptively.

          Paula has it right. The West is on the ropes, and in several different ways: Lights out, no employment, worthless money, no food, civil unrest. Some of these are onlly months away for Europe.

      • malthuss September 23, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

        to be duke nukem.

        • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 6:10 am #

          Hahahaha

          duke nukem, standing athwart history shouting, “Stop!”

    • benr September 24, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

      Historically Russians don’t bluff they do and are pushed into not doing only by force.
      Putin is 100% Russian.

    • Anthea September 25, 2022 at 12:24 am #

      @ Rain Waters:

      I am no military strategist, but it seems to me that no intelligent leader provides their enemies with any more information that necessary about ANYTHING. And if they do, they would be wise to make sure it’s false information.

      Why would you tip your hand?

  50. DaveO907 September 23, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks in abundance, JHK, for putting our lot in such graphic and succinct terms.
    I thought we had a smidgen of a chance back in the early 1990s.

    Fooled again.

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

      Roger Daltrey up

      • Rain Waters September 23, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

        Ill know no war perhaps ?

  51. Roundball Shaman September 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

    “… the waxy, furtive, larval figure known as ‘Joe Biden’… judged a moral weevil of such epic low degree that he became an embarrassment to all the other sewer-dwelling denizens of the dank DC underworld… war, meaning we citizens of this land will get it, good and hard, if the puppeteers working ‘Joe Biden’s’ mouth get their way.”

    Joseph, ‘Aw, Come On Man!’, Biden has been very good to our history. He has fully answered a lingering question that had left some doubt in the minds of many Americans and World citizens.

    If there had been any doubt about this before… the Biden Residency has fully put that to rest:

    ‘The Office of the President of the United States (Inc.)’ is totally irrelevant and un-needed. It is completely unnecessary to the ongoing out-of-control steamroller known as Deep State to continue Its relentless rein of terror over these United States and We the People and the entirety of the rest of the World.

    We might as well reclaim the salary of ‘The President’ from future budgets and apply that to the $32 trillion dollar debt that Deep State has wrung up because We the People are getting nothing from the payment of that salary. Claw back the Vee Pee salary as well… unless you think we are getting a good enough laugh from the clueless Social Justice Quota Chair-Sitter who who is currently drawing that ill-gotten pay.

    And why stop there? Send Congress home forever and put all that money back in the empty pit known as the Treasury. We’ve gotten nothing from those ‘Elected’ Band of Clowns for a couple generations now.

    All we need is Deep State to run rampant over everything and everyone and the occasional nasty arrogant order from Klaus Scab and his delirious sick dream of One World Order technocratic-dictatorship rule by demented Elitists with delusions of godhood.

    That’s all we need. Anything else is just plain wasteful. And in our Age of ‘Green Energy!’ and other social and political pathologies…. we need to save as many things as we can….

    Including our own minds as we all live in the center of ongoing Planetary Insanity.

    Thanks, Joe. No one can say you didn’t contribute something.

    • spaingaroo September 24, 2022 at 10:22 am #

      all of that adds up to a pretty penny in savings too, and once they are gone the tourists wondering into the capitol probably won’t seem so threatening.

  52. Q. Shtik September 23, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

    The following comment has to do with word pronunciation so if that does not interest you please scroll by.

    This phrase appears in the middle of the 7th paragraph of Jim’s essay today:

    they used to depend on.

    It occurs to me that almost nobody pronounces the letter d at the end of the word used. In fact, nobody pronounces use as yooz in the context of this phrase. Rather, what I hear (and say myself) is yoose, which rhymes with moose.

    And so, the italicized phrase reads as they yoose to depend on.

    Am I right or wrong or do you say “who gives a shit?”

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

      How’s Peter?

      • Q. Shtik September 24, 2022 at 5:31 pm #

        As infuriating as he ever was. Every day contains confrontations but you would have to be there to appreciate it.

    • Nigel Tufnel September 23, 2022 at 3:20 pm #

      Yeah, agreed. The only difference is that in my head the word is “ust”. Maybe because I’m southen, but there is a definite “t” at the end.

      • Q. Shtik September 24, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

        in my head the word is “ust” – Nigel

        ==========

        That is because you borrowed the letter t from the following word “to.”

        • benr September 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

          A ust in the game Asheron’s call was used for creating salvage off of old unwanted equipment.

          asheron.fandom.com/wiki/Ust

    • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 6:19 am #

      In light of such a valued, nay, treasured institution as the vaunted Q. Shtik, the utterance of “who gives a shit?” is forbidden.

    • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 9:08 am #

      I always pause on it and wonder where the phrase “used to” (roughly, “in the past”) came from in the first place. It’s just one more of those English language quirks, I guess.

    • gustafson.robert.22 September 24, 2022 at 10:38 am #

      The “d” in “used” and the “t” in “to” run together naturally since we are so yoos-to using “used” with “to.”

    • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

      The Blacks pronounce kids as keeds.

    • Sean Coleman September 24, 2022 at 6:05 pm #

      Same over here.

      And here is something I have only noticed in recent times. In America it seems that in conditional sentences you would something like,

      If I would have said that I would have lost my job.

      That is, you say ‘would have’ in the first part as well.

      Over here I don’t think anyone would ever say it that way. Rather they would say

      If I’d have said that i would have lost my job

      Do Americans use this construction too?

      • Sean Coleman September 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm #

        If anyone is interested Dubs (the Plain People of Dublin) use a double ‘s’ at the end of words.f

        So the word ‘shops’ is pronounced with a kind of hiss at the end.

        Traditionally they have trouble with certain groups of consonants. So hospital is hopsital and an alsation (some people call them German Shepherds – I refuse) is pronounced ‘alistation’.

        I once heard an announcer on Northern Ireland television wish people a pleasant weekend like this:

        Have a gr-yay-ut week-yay-und

        In Ulster too they tend to end their sentences on a rising note. That does not make sense but I mean a statement sounds like a question. Aussies do it too.

        “I’m Jim and I’m from Australia? I hate our government, bunch of fascists? If we don’t stop them we will all end up in isolation camps? I saw that bastard Andrews on the television last night? if I would have had my gun I would have shot him?”

        Notice how I slipped that bit in there at the end?

        Some people over here write like this all the time? And they often put little ‘smileys’ in their comments? They even do this at work somethimes? When they are young and they have not learnt (sic) not to do it? If I would have done that at their age i would have got an earful?

        Notice I did it again?

        I used to enjoy Peter Hitchens’s response when posters did this on his weblog (sic)? But best of all was when they wrote like this:

        Dear Peter, whjile I agree with the general tenor of your article… I doubt that in this day and age people have the appetite for ‘real’ change… if I would have said that I would have lost my job… perhaps it is best to wait and see what happens?

        I used to enjoy his response?

      • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 7:40 pm #

        “If I’d have said that…..”
        That would only make sense if the contraction were for “I would”.

        Otherwise you would say “If I had said that….”

  53. Kevvia Knack September 23, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

    Joe Biden: “waxy, furtive, larval”. That’s really funny and….and so true

    • 100th Avatar September 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

      Larvae are manifestations of potential.
      A fly, a creepy-crawly…

      Joe?

      He’s a turd.
      One of those white dog turds that have been hanging around too long.

  54. Beryl of Oyl September 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

    Some commentary on Putin’s speech from the Market Ticker:

    Putin’s Gauntlet

    “Everyone lies during war, and virtually everyone who wants a war lies too. All the time. One cannot take anything from parties with a vested interest in the outcome as having any veracity whatsoever without strict proof, which is almost impossible to obtain due to active obstruction. As a result I cannot offer an opinion as to whether these votes are just or not and neither can anyone else.”

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=247013

    • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 9:04 am #

      The comments their were great.

      • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 9:04 am #

        their = there. I’m not awake yet.

    • Woodchuck September 24, 2022 at 10:38 am #

      The Great Tribulation on the way? It’s shaping up to be the last final battle. Officially Christain Russia vs. the satanic west. Which side will lose, God or satan? The Bible says that God wins, and that a new heaven and new earth emerge out of the ashes. I really don’t think that after this last catastrophe there will be left anyone on the planet wishing to continue on our previous path. Future humans will look back on our extended history with disgust and loathing, and nobody will be advocating a return to the civilization we’d built before. Unfortunately vast numbers of people will be losing their lives – also just as the bible predicts. We’re all going to die sometime, that cannot be avoided. What could have been avoided but won’t be is billions of people being forced to die within a span of a few months. This event will leave echos and legends that will be told a thousand years from now. Like the great flood story in the Old Testament, an event like that isn’t soon forgotten, and maybe this time the lesson going along with it won’t be forgotten either.

      Here’s some commentary from former US assisstant secretary of the treasury in his introduction to a translation of Putin’s speech.

      “The Western media is a collection of liars in a propaganda ministry, and its so-called “Russian experts” are for the most part Russophobes operating on grants from the US military/security complex. Consequently, Westerners have no valid understanding of the conflict in Ukraine, how it arose, and how the West’s involvement together with extraordinary provocations, has created in the Russian leadership the conviction that the goal of the West is to destroy Russia. As this conviction hardens, the Russian leadership is abandoning hope of peaceful coexistence with the Western world and is preparing for war.

      In his speech Putin begins the preparation of the Russian people for the hard reality. Putin doesn’t like the hard reality and did his best to avoid it by ignoring provocations and insults until it became impossible because, as Putin says, “the West has crossed every line.”

  55. PeteAtomic September 23, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

    Jim asks: “Okay then, what?”

    Jim, we can do every peaceful, constitutionally allowed, legal, ethical, and moral thing possible.

    We need to vote in every election, and consistently. Protest. Bug your representatives. I believe there is an organization working on a constitutional convention. Join it.

    You/me/we can and need to make it clear to the elites that we aren’t going quietly into the dark night of their planned nightmares.

    • chimayred September 24, 2022 at 8:45 am #

      No, nice thoughts but it’s not gonna work. That’s what we’ve been doing for 20 years, probably longer, since the time of the Gingrich revolution. Whatever we do at the ballot box they counter the with judicial and extra judicial decisions, riots, coverups, obfuscation, mal-education, propaganda, media manipulation and downright election theft. There’s only one solution.

      • PeteAtomic September 24, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

        OK. One practical aside. For Jim’s sake, and the future of his blog, I’m personally avoiding the direct mentioning of the solution you write. Censorship is alive and well in the US right now, and we need to be very careful about how we describe future action.

        You might be (probably) be right about the ‘one solution’.

        However. A future legitimate government needs to do everything possible before that solution. We aren’t there yet.

        A great start, which is being worked on, is a convention of states. I fully support this idea.

        A working, organized, practical, and set of ideas formed around consensus needs to occur. Otherwise, we are left with events similar to the one that happened in the beginning of the year in 2020.

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      You are so 1990.

  56. SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 3:20 am #

    It’s strange because its almost as if I don’t recall a time where there was a Joe Biden sans quote marks now. And his getting lost on stage and looking bewildered thing is becoming too much for me.

  57. SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 4:20 am #

    And since we are speaking on “Joe Biden” I can’t help but also consider “Dr.” Jill Biden and her continuing wardrobe tragedies which seem to unfold on a daily basis at this point. No hat for the Queen’s funeral, this glittery pleather abomination for a photo op with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and a skin tight, glorified plastic trash bag for a cameo with Elton John. The outrages have become intolerable and unacceptable on so many various levels. Good nite 😉

    • Alzaebo September 24, 2022 at 6:23 am #

      Ye gods. She’s a fashion Chernobyl.

      • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

        LOL perhaps the Ukrainians shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in an attempt to distract from the awfulness of it all.

  58. Amman September 24, 2022 at 6:41 am #

    “No one sees the Success of those who take the flag and assassinate the Generals” – Yu Fang

  59. Islander September 24, 2022 at 9:29 am #

    So glad to see the site back up!

    Re “roaches, the rats, the humble shipworms eating through sunk oaken foundations of buildings long forgotten, the writhing maggots rinsed from a thousand restaurant dumpsters, the slithering hellgrammites, millipedes, silverfish, pillbugs, termites, dung-beetles, woodlice, ”

    These organisms perform their lives in ecological niches that benefit all of nature. Unlike “Joe Biden” and his ilk.

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:23 am #

      Yeah that was a pretty long down time. Had me a tad concerned. Wonder if it was WordPress hosted blogs or just this one?

    • benr September 24, 2022 at 10:43 am #

      Speaking of sniffy the demented clown.

      msn.com/en-us/news/politics/she-was-12-i-was-30-biden-goes-off-script-to-acknowledge-audience-member

      She was 12 and I was 30….nothing with Joe Biden ends well with a starting statement like this.

      • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:51 am #

        Problem is, he keeps getting a pass for saying this sort of stuff. And no one will acknowledge his blithering and nonsensical garble, and wandering around aimlessly on stages.

        Instead, it’s being normalized.

    • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

      Very true. The web of life is so very amazing, brilliant, weird and scary at the same time. And ” Joe Biden” is a mirage and media fantasy. It’s the bugs behind him that are the real meat of the matter.

  60. Islander September 24, 2022 at 9:41 am #

    BTW, another sudden death.

    Father of acquaintance, elderly, but died suddenly.

    No reason to expect his death.

    • Nigel Tufnel September 24, 2022 at 11:09 am #

      Here – old friend, heavily vaxxed with covid and every flu shot, shingles, pneumonia, the works – in ICU now w strange goings on in heart.

      • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

        Horrible, what’s been done to people. They promised them complete protection from the evil covid19 only to give them cancer and other life-long afflictions, or outright death on the spot.

  61. MrMangoOnMyShoulder September 24, 2022 at 9:43 am #

    The whole Russia hysteria thing confuses me to no end. I say just let ’em do what they’re gonna do. This is not Hitler rolling into Poland. Hell, they let our government do whatever the hell it wanted to over in (insert most any other country populated by brown people). Why not give them the same level of murderous respect?

    If Canada took over a small chunk of northern Wisconsin, I’d imagine the US would do something about it.

    Give them some slack, warts and all, save a couple trillion over the next few years. They’ve done the same for our warmongers.

    • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

      Yes, it is. It’s a reverse Project Barbarossa. Because “Hitler bad”, you’re not letting yourself see the obvious parallels.

  62. spaingaroo September 24, 2022 at 10:12 am #

    Just found this bit of true life speaking the quiet bit out loud.
    I think all here including our host would like to see it if they haven’t already.
    From the banking oversight committee.
    reddit.com/r/Superstonk/comments/xkiiog/this_moment_from_the_house_committee_on_financial/
    short video and the comments are worth reading too

  63. MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:25 am #

    This new WEF article states that “maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, mass vaccinations and acceptance of contact-tracing” were all ‘tests’ for the coming ‘personal carbon-emission tracking’.

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/09/my-carbon-an-approach-for-inclusive-and-sustainable-cities/

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:32 am #

      I’ve never hated the words “inclusive” and “sustainable” more than I do now.

      • Jarek September 24, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

        So you’re for the natural segregation of the races?

        I bet you’re not, so you are for inclusivity. None of this sprang up over night, Mary. You were on the wrong side for decades.

        • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:38 pm #

          You are so beyond tiresome.

          • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

            In other words, I’m right and you’re just too egotistical to admit it.

    • Night Owl September 24, 2022 at 10:34 am #

      Man, those conspiracy theorists have an amazing track record now.

      LOL.

  64. benr September 24, 2022 at 10:41 am #

    It bears repeating…no red nit lunatic sighting.
    Getting late in the posting cycle.
    = )

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 12:16 pm #

      He’s overdue for the usual pathetic hit ‘n’ run comments, yep.

    • Night Owl September 25, 2022 at 7:24 am #

      Sunday night. Wait for it.

    • GreenAlba September 25, 2022 at 9:49 am #

      He’s off queuing for his 8-mouse clot shot.

  65. GrimReaper September 24, 2022 at 11:42 am #

    Greetings Professor Falken.
    Shall we play a game?

  66. hustled enough September 24, 2022 at 11:49 am #

    Hi JHK Admin,
    This was as compete a summary of your position on the Ukraine situation as one could wish of and I thank you. I do not think it is an accurate summary of what has actually been going on for many reasons, many of which I have outlined in past replies, so, I will take issue with one thing this time around.

    I am trying to wrap my head around why you and many here believe what you are told by those on the Russian side and heavily discount what the Ukrainians are saying. On what basis do you make that determination? One example:

    “Ukraine has lost roughly 70,000 troops killed to Russia’s roughly 6,000 KIA.”

    I know the Russians have said that only a few Russian soldiers have died (15-20,000 casualties tops!) and that they have inflicted massive casualties on the Ukrainians. Why do you believe this is true? Because the Russians say it is? When we have a lack of corroboration we look to other heuristics to decide who is more likely speaking truth and who is more likely spouting BS.

    I can believe that the Ukrainian forces have suffered quite a bit of damage–Ukrainians were mangled quite a bit in the East against superior Russian artillery for a while, but that situation has changed significantly with US and European support arms support. The war has been ferocious. But ferocity works both ways. Why are you so willing to accept Russian estimates in such a situation and not Ukrainian or US/European estimates? Further, why would you believe Russian estimates, given the events that have unfolded over the last month? Russian behaviour is inconsistent with your claim. Russians ought to be mopping up, rather than desperately reorganising their forces in the face of a very successful Ukrainian offensive. The cauldron of fire in the East should have been sprung. Putin should be leaving his generals to run the war; the milbloggers should be singing Russian forces and military leader praises–that is what one does if one has such a lopsided casualty list. But that is not happening

    The collapse of the Russian position in the East is not consistent with your claims. It is pretty clear that a demoralised set of defenders high tailed it out of Ukrainian territory in head-long flight, at least for a while. There now appears to be a stabilising of lines, and there is some grinding attrition re-emerging. If the situation was as you and the Russian analysis you follow would have us believe, how could what is going on be happening?

    I would also add that Russia would be having a “partial mobilisation” of 300,000- 1,200,000 people is inconsistent with your claim as well. Another piece of information inconsistent with body counts and Russian claims? The ramped up referenda schedules in Russian held Ukrainian territories. That is not the behaviour of an adversary who is confidently saying, “Hey, I got this…”

    As for nukes. I have said that the way the Russia “wins” its war against Ukraine is by bombing it into the Stone Age. Biden won’t be the one who starts the bomb dropping–that will be the super-duper leader of awesomeness, Vladimir Putin, who cannot admit that he completely miscalculated what would happen and has led Russia into a colossal strategic blunder. I am guessing that many years from now, people will be chatting about that as they char their radioactive quail, and muse about who started what, when…

    • Woodchuck September 24, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

      “I am trying to wrap my head around why you and many here believe what you are told by those on the Russian side and heavily discount what the Ukrainians are saying.”

      Uh, trusting what Nazis have to say is probably a bad idea. At least, Hitler was upfront with us and did mention a few times that he was a master at lying. Even bragging about it.

      Once Western Europe emerges out of their self inflicted winter energy disaster that’s on the way, there will be a lot of changes in attitude. With everyone in Europe broke due to job losses because no energy is available to run industrial processes – well, let’s say that soon the EU will have lost nearly all of its tax base. Unemployed people don’t have resources to tax. So the EU goes down in flames along with Europe’s banking system. Living conditions become the same as they were during WWII. Everything is rationed and people dying everywhere from various causes, including violence. The migrants go home because at least the living conditions might be better there. NATO becomes a memory and people in Europe beg nonstop for Russia to help them. Russia may or may not be inclined to help them.

      • hustled enough September 24, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

        Hi Woodchuck,

        Well, embracing what authoritarian regimes say as being true is also a bad idea as well–and that is what you have in authoritarian Russia. So, why not apply your own standard of skepticism with regard to the Russians, Woodchuck?

        • BackRowHeckler September 24, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

          “So why not apply your own standard of skepticism with regard to the Russians?”-hustled enough

          Well, right from the gitgo was the ‘Ghost of Kiev’ & ‘Defense of Snake Island’ myths. Then there is the lack of front line reporting, or any battle field video of the great Ukrainian victories we’ve been hearing so much about. If you want to view video of fighting in and around Karkhov your best bet is to go to youtube; here you’ll find plenty of battlefield film from 1941& 1943 — battlefield film from last week, not so much.

        • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 6:43 pm #

          Did you miss the parts where Biden openly (on video) confessed to bribing Ukraine officials? Did you miss the Burisma deal? Did you miss the US & NATO starting shit up in 2014?

          Trying to figure out why you ignore all that.

    • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

      Putin explained in his usual diplomatic way why they need more troops.

      The Nazis go into any place the Russians have left and torture, rape and murder the people there.
      They shell civilian areas and town squares in Russia-supporting towns, like Donetsk, which they just bombed again last week, killing 16 citizens and wounding many more.

      The frontline is now 1,000 kilometers. There is no way that Russia can protect that much territory and that many people when the US/NATO are pouring weapons, ammo and mercenaries into Ukraine to terrorize the people.

      Once again, Hustled, you show how very easy it is for them to bamboozle you. You slurp up all the media lies and proudly spew them onto this site, once again.

      • hustled enough September 24, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

        Hi Paula D,
        “Putin explained in his usual diplomatic way why they need more troops. The Nazis go into any place the Russians have left and torture, rape and murder the people there.”
        How does that explain anything as to why Russia needs more troops? And how does that answer the question of why they need them if they are doing so much damage to the Ukrainians and taking so few casualties themselves? Who is hustling who here, Paula D?

        And as for this: “The frontline is now 1,000 kilometers. There is no way that Russia can protect that much territory and that many people when the US/NATO are pouring weapons, ammo and mercenaries into Ukraine to terrorize the people”
        Why doesn’t this apply to Ukraine? Since Russia has a decided advantage in arms still, and a bigger army which according to you and JHK Admin has delivered Ukraine a serious beating, why is it that Ukraine is kicking Russia’s arse of late? It should be the other way around–given that I assume you believe what JHK Admin has been saying about casualties.

        I am not the one being hustled here, Paula D.

        • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 4:24 pm #

          Jim is talking about soldiers. I am talking about civilians.

          Russia has focused on killing soldiers, and they have killed more Ukie soldiers than the Ukries have killed Russia/militia forces.

          Ukraine tries to kill Russian/militia forces, but is also quite happy to terrorize and kill civilians.

          Russia needs more troops to protect those civilians. You brag about how much weapons, ammo and mercenaries the US/NATO are pouring into Ukraine, but then profess bafflement at how that will force Russia to need more troops to combat them.

          This shouldn’t be that difficult to understand.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 6:41 pm #

            Seriously, you’ve explained it so clearly as have many others here. I don’t get why it doesn’t sink in with this guy.

          • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 7:44 pm #

            Probably one of those paid State Dept or Pentagon “influencers”.

            They seem to think that if they infiltrate every heretical blog they can change hearts and minds. But most of us are natural heretics also, so no dice.

            He just seems stupid to us, but he doesn’t care because he’s probably getting paid by the keystroke.

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:39 pm #

            Yes. He shows up seldom which tells me he’s not ‘invested’ just does drive-by comments, maybe a couple of follow-ups, then takes off. Like Rednut Libtard.

          • hustled enough September 25, 2022 at 12:06 am #

            Hi Paula D,
            “Russia has focused on killing soldiers”
            Sorry, all the dead Ukrainian civilians would disagree with you.
            It is important not to project the terrorism of the side you like onto the other side. I grant you that civilians on both sides are dying, but the Ukrainian civilians uncovered in mass graves who have been tortured and executed deserve your willingness to entertain Russian war crimes and their deaths are on Russian hands. I find it odd that you won’t acknowledge that… as if to do so would break your capacity for rational thought.

            “Russia needs more troops to protect those civilians.”
            WTF? Again, I ask–how does a Russian side who you believe are killing Ukrainians by the thousand for little losses to their own side be in a position of losing territory and being unable to protect “Russian” citizens? Are you arguing that the Russians have fewer arms than Ukraine? I am saying that Ukraine is better armed now than it was in February. If you want to say that means that I think it is better armed than Russia than that argumentative fallacy is on you. Not even the Kremlin is saying that! I cannot help you if you cannot understand the incoherence of your own position.

          • hustled enough September 25, 2022 at 12:14 am #

            Hi MaryQueen,
            Saying that you cannot understand an argument from the absence of relevant information is a lacuna in your own capacity to evaluate arguments. The fact is is that neither you nor Paula D think that Putin is increasing the army size to “protect citizens” requires you to address why your army is getting its butt kicked–which you cannot rationally do given your beliefs and commitments of faith, and I get that. Because a few weeks ago you were confident of victory, like JHK Admin, and now, you are desperately trying to change the argument to try and convince folks why the need to expand the Soviet, I mean Russian army is sensible given the clearly BS claims of “light Russian casualties.” Keep trying, but the only folks that believe you are the folks who only follow Russian propagandists.

          • Paula D September 25, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

            A direct quote from his opening salvo:
            ” but that situation has changed significantly with US and European support arms support.”

            ”why is it that Ukraine is kicking Russia’s arse of late? ”

            Then he spreads some ridiculous propaganda, like ”mass graves” discovered a few days after the Nazis roll in, etc.

            Keystroke and bullshit abound.

          • GreenAlba September 25, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

            ““Russia has focused on killing soldiers”
            Sorry, all the dead Ukrainian civilians would disagree with you.”

            The ratio of military to civilian casualties in typical western wars like Iraq is 1:1. The ratio for Ukrainians killed by the Russians is 7:1. This in itself is evidence that Russia is doing its best to avoid civilian casualties despite the proven practice of the Ukrainian military of embedding military facilities in residential areas (e.g. the supermarket that was allegedly targeted by the Russians was actually right beside a military installation that was a legitimate target, ergo collateral damage, not targeted). All casualties are regrettable, but NATO should have thought of that before instigating a coup, installing a puppet government, training Nazis, installing bioweapons labs and using the country as a money laundering, asset-stripping operation right on Russia’s border.

          • GreenAlba September 25, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

            And standing by while the Ukrainian government killed 14,000 ethnic Russians in the Donbass.

          • hustled enough September 25, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

            Hi Paula D,
            Thank you for making my case for me by quoting what I actually said and in context. Again, thank you.

            ” ridiculous propaganda”

            I don’t know what to make of that. I would say that it sounds that you also are likely to believe that the Katyn massacre during WWII was actually also a “false flag” operation carried out by Nazis. After all, the UN and the Red Cross are probably the same kind of actors who would support Nazis in your mind. And
            how would Uncle Joe or Step-Father Vlad be capable of such atrocities? “Ridiculous” because … Nazis.
            Obviously.

          • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

            The Global Elite certainly know their “marks”. Still getting mileage from the Nazi scam. The rubes never learn.

          • hustled enough September 25, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

            Hi GrennAlba,
            Yes, I am sure Ukrainians killed Ukrainians in the region of conflict. On both sides of that border. Wouldn’t you agree? It would be good to get a breakdown. I wonder how many of those killed on the non-breakaway side of the border died because of Russian army actions?

            I agree, “All casualties are regrettable.” The rest of it? I agree that Ukraine is more complex than the US Government’s rhetoric suggests. It had some real problems (which are currently dwarfed by the problem of an aggressive destructive Russia). Check out T. Snyder’s Road to Unfreedom for a more nuanced account of what went down (admittedly, not very friendly to Putin’s agenda, so take what he says with a grain of salt given your beliefs). I have read both sides on this. The thing that amazes me is that many folks aren’t willing to question what they read. I am sure this comment amuses you. But, the fact that you, nor JHK Admin or others here are willing to question the official Russian viewpoint is interesting to me. Putin doesn’t speak ex cathedra.

            None of the four interlocutors who spoke to my post have been able to answer a simple question derived from a simple observation, and JHK Admin cannot do so, either: If the casualty figures are as the Russians state they are, why is Ukraine able to make part of what should be the superior Russian army break and run away and why is Putin taking direct control, and why is Putin requiring more men, and why …? Well, you get the picture. No argument raised so far makes sense if you hold that the Russian official numbers are true. I appreciate that Paula D had a go, but one can tell that their heart wasn’t really in it.

          • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 6:40 pm #

            All I can determine from HE’s screeds is that he’s unable to think outside the blue/red bullshit.

            Pathetic.

          • Redneck Liberal September 25, 2022 at 7:08 pm #

            @hustled enough

            Your patience is admirable, sir. Careful and thoughtful argument against the pro-Putin cohort spewing Russian propaganda here is courageous but futile.

            It seems to me that CTNJs operate on a spectrum. They can start anywhere on it, but end up embracing the whole kit and caboodle – for example : love Trump = love Putin/loathe Biden & NATO = predict whatever suits their desired narrative = pull stuff out of their arse and post it here.

            Even GA, whom I can’t recall ever having expressed a perspective on this crisis – has bought into the MAGAt Spectrum of non-Thinking.

  67. GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

    From Dr Jessica Rose’s Substack …

    jessica5b3.substack.com/p/the-bivalent-nightmare-begins-

    There are 549 adverse reactions on VAERS already from the new 8-mouse bivalent clot shot. Not including the under-reporting factor, obviously. Apparently both ‘new’, previously uninjected folks are getting it, as well as the previously vaxxed, so it will be impossible to distinguish between long-term effects of earlier jabs or effects of the 8-mouse shot (allegedly Moderna have upped the ante and used 10 or 12 mice).

    Meanwhile, the Canadian woman who died in the pharmacy 7 minutes after her 8-mouse shot has had her death ruled by the coroner to be from ‘natural causes’. So she’d be dead even if she’d gone to buy a sandwich instead.

    Obviously.

    • Paula D September 24, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      Wow. I hadn’t heard about that. Unbelievable.

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

      The waters are irretrievably muddied at this point it would seem.

    • Q. Shtik September 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm #

      the Canadian woman who died in the pharmacy 7 minutes after her 8-mouse shot – GA

      ===========

      She got almost one full minute of additional life per mouse.

      • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 9:25 pm #

        I wonder how long counts as ‘long-term safety data’ in mice. One has to conclude that they are now openly taking the piss, knowing that people will queue up even for a drug that hasn’t been tested on a single human. How long till it’s approved for babies and pregnant women?

        • Paula D September 25, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

          Agreed, Green Alba. This is not just an experiment in biological manipulation, it is an experiment in mind manipulation also.

          Just how much bullshit will people swallow?

          Inquiring minds want to know.

  68. Uncle Bob September 24, 2022 at 12:39 pm #

    More evidence the GOP has fucked up this campaign:

    “Biden edges out Trump in potential 2024 matchup: poll”

    https: //nypost.com/2022/09/24/biden-edges-out-trump-in-potential-2024-matchup-poll?utm_source=drive&utm_campaign=android_nyp

    At one time, I believed those guys gave a shit about the country and the Constitution. A few of the elected ones actually do, but most of them seem th o be go-along-to-get-along types owned by the Chamberpot of Commerce and megadonors.

    How in the hell do you go from a giant lead to being tied with the socialist revolutionary Democrats? For that matter, how do you let that goddamned moron Biden get his popularity back into the mid-40s when he’s easily America’s worst president? These turds clearly want him to stay there, either because they’re cowards who don’t want to lead, or because they think it’s politics as usual and they can make more money from merely criticizing Biden than they can from actually trying to stop the fucker. Therefore, let’s not waste money on tight races where candidates China Mitch or that incoherent idiot McCarthy dislike need cash; rather, let’s hold in till things are more favorable in 2024. Fucking morons. The Democrats fight like hell in every race, no matter how stupid or unqualified their candidates are (see: the Squad), where Republicans refuse to put their backs into anything for fear they’ll look bad. Or their wives will be angry with them for trying. Or it might affect their 401(k)s. Or some bullshit. JFC.

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

      So… you believe polls?

      • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 2:38 pm #

        Suppression polling appears to be a permanent component of American election cycles. It’s common knowledge that most pollsters oversample Democrats universally in order to establish what appear to be the baseline public mood or sentiments on whatever issue is of topic. A better indicator of what is going on is chasing down the dollars lol. So for example it would seem the Democrats are having major issues in some places. They are spending many millions of dollars in the Oregon governors race. It is extraordinarily unusual because Oregon is supposed to be midnight blue.

    • Paula D September 25, 2022 at 12:16 pm #

      The shots are safe and effective.

      The Russians are murdering ethnic Russian citizens.

      Americans want to vote for Joe Biden.

      A man can accidentally be born with a woman’s soul trapped in his body.

      Which of these do you believe?

  69. Jarek September 24, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

    inplainsight.org

    Lee Penn

    THE NEW AGE POPULATION SELECTION PROCESS
    As part of the imminent global transformation, the radical New Age leaders look forward to a “selection” of the human race. The elect of humanity will survive to enter the New Age. Many others will die – a prospect that these gurus view with cold equanimity.

    Alice Bailey described World War II as “the broom of the Father of all, sweeping away obstructions in the path of His returning Son.”[223] Since she saw war and mass murder as part of God’s plan, it’s reasonable to ask whether other Theosophists and New Age leaders who foretell a “selection process” intend to kill their opponents, if they can.

    For several decades, in books with titles such as Happy Birth Day, Planet Earth, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium, and The Book of Co-Creation, Barbara Marx Hubbard has predicted “personal extinction”[224] for people who will not get with the New Age program.

    “A Quantum Transformation is the time of selection of what evolves from what devolves. The species known as self-centered humanity will become extinct. The species known as whole-centered humanity will evolve.”[225] At the time of the quantum transformation, “humans capable of cooperating to self-transcend will do so”; “elements” who maintain “the illusion of separation will become extinct … just as Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal humans became extinct.”[226]

    In referring to undesirable people as “elements,” she follows the example of the Nazis, the Communists, and others who dehumanize their opponents to justify destroying them. Barbara Marx Hubbard warns that if the selection comes, it will be violent: “Either the good will prevail, connect, link, and magnetize the majority of humanity to act with love for life everlasting, or the violent selection of the self-centered will begin.”[227] For her, Satan “is part of the selection process … that will bring forth the self-elected from the self-rejected, so that … only those connected to the whole survive.”[228] Robert Muller says that persons “who hold contrary beliefs” to those favored in the “next phase of evolution” will disappear [229] ; opponents of the UN and other “anti-evolutionary, blind, self-serving people” will have their souls “parked in a special corral of the universe for having been retarding forces, true aberrations in the evolution and ascent of humanity.”[230] David Spangler says that those who do not enter the New Age “will lose, for the time being … the ability to control or influence the developments upon Earth. … They will have moved from an active state to a relatively passive one.”[231] “Relatively passive” – like a corpse?

    All the New Age soothsayers say that the extinction of the opposition is for their own good, the beginning of their cosmic re-education.

    David Spangler says that those not attuned to New Age energy “have no place in the new world”;[232] they will be sent “where the patterns of the old still hold sway” for their “highest good.”[233]

    Barbara Marx Hubbard says that those who are against the New Age “will begin again within a different planetary system which will serve as kindergarten for the transition from self-centered to whole-centered being.”[234]

    Nick Bunick, the self-styled reincarnation of the Apostle Paul, sets the date for the selection. Between 2000 and 2010, “those people who are not living according to the laws of God” will be “no longer participating in our world”.[235] The resisters will be sent to “a different vibrational plane”[236] – not as a punishment, but to improve their karma.[237]

    Barbara Marx Hubbard says that survivors of the “selection” will go with the flow of evolution, will love “choice, diversity, flexibility, ambiguity, uncertainty, responsibility, and response-ability,” and will be able to “co-create, unite, synergize and love everyone as a member of your body.”[238]

    The inheritors of Marx Hubbard’s new kingdom will pass all the current tests for political correctness, and will be highly qualified to serve as bishops in the Episcopal Church.

    The leaders of the New Age movement argue that the earth is overpopulated, and that radical measures are needed to defuse the “population bomb.” In the 1940s – when world population was less than half what it is today –

    Alice Bailey said, “certain physical restrictions should be imposed, because it is now evident that beyond a certain point the planet cannot support humanity.”[239]

    Matthew Fox has said, “Excessive human population is a grave danger … it’s one of the reasons I joined the Episcopal church, because of its open-minded and pragmatic view of birth control.”[240]

    In 1997, Gorbachev said, “for a certain transitional period families should limit themselves to one child;” once the world’s population is stabilized, the former Communist premier would consider upping our ration to two children per family.[241 ]

    Some of these “forward-thinking” people want to go further, and reduce Earth’s population to 2 billion or less. In a November 1991 interview with The UNESCO Courier, Jacques-Yves Cousteau said: “World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable.”[242] That works out to 127,750,000 people per year, and 1.27 billion people to “eliminate” per decade. Media magnate Ted Turner is more patient; he will allow 80 to 100 years to reduce the population of the Earth from 6 billion to 2 billion by a global “voluntary” one-child policy.[243] In an interview with the environmentalist E Magazine, he added,

    “I think the population should be closer to when we had indigenous populations, back before the advent of farming. Fifteen thousand years ago, there was somewhere between 40 and 100 million people. But [population researchers] Paul and Anne Ehrlich have convinced me that if we’re going to have a modern infrastructure, with commercial airlines and interstate highways around the world, we’re going to need about two billion people to support it.”[244]

    The eco-feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether has a similarly low view of humanity. She told those who attended a May 1998 ecological conference that “We need to seek the most compassionate way of weeding out people. … In place of the pro-life movement we need to develop the ‘spirituality of recycling’ … a spirituality that includes ourselves in the renewal of earth and self. We need to compost ourselves.”[245] Several months later, Ruether told a national conference of Call To Action, a liberal Catholic organization, how many people must go onto the compost pile: “We must return to the population level of 1930?[246] – about 2 billion people. What the supporters of population reduction leave discreetly unannounced is how to get rid of the 4 billion “surplus” people.

    Despite his deep involvement in New Age occultism, David Spangler points out some dangers of the New Age worldview: “a desire for power, the tyranny of the group over the individual,” “an attachment to novelty for its own sake,” destruction of marriages due to pursuit of “self-development,” a misguided pursuit of “limitlessness,” losing awareness of the transcendence of God, and “unwillingness to say that anything is out of place or wrong.”[247] He also warns, “The new age movement in North America has much in common with its counterpart in Europe between the world wars. The ecological spirit and desire for transcendence expressed at that time in Germany became corrupted and channeled into the Nazi movement, which had many roots in occultism.”[248] An orthodox Christian might also offer all of these criticisms. It is unfortunate that Spangler did not use similar discernment in his other work.

    Because the radical New Age adepts extol each other’s writings, speak at the same workshops, and share board memberships in the same organizations, it’s fair to assess their teachings as a group. (If this is “guilt by association,” it’s an association that the New Age gurus have created themselves.)

    Taken together, the works of Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, Alice Bailey, David Spangler, and Helena Blavatsky are an anti-Catechism: a revival of the Gnostic heresy, a comprehensive anti-Gospel, and a point-by-point inversion of Christian morality and doctrine. The problem is not a few “smoking gun” quotes pulled from otherwise-innocent writings. The adepts of the New Age have provided an arsenal full of smoking guns, all pointed in the same direction. Those who can stand to read New Age and theosophical books in detail will find that these writers make clear their intentions for us all – just as Hitler did with Mein Kampf and as the Communists have done since Marx and Lenin. This time, let us heed the warning!

    Is the New Age movement a conspiracy? No. Conspiracies are usually secretive associations with illegal objectives. New Age leaders and their utopian, globalist allies are open about their aims, and their activities are legal. The goals of the current crop of New Agers and utopians match what radicals have sought since the French Revolution. Their project reveals the permanent vulnerability of mankind to temptation and sin. Consider: God remains forever, and does not change. Human nature does not change, since mankind is created in God’s image. The devil does not change, and the temptations he offers mankind do not change. From the Garden of Eden to the séances of the theosophists, the message is the same: you will not die, and you will be a god. Human response to temptation does not change either; apart from God’s grace, we sin. Therefore, human rebellion against God will follow a consistent pattern. People who wish to rebel against God will find collaborators and mentors to affirm them and to assist them in their plans. (Also, the religious and governmental authorities, by their oft-repeated injustices and abuses, put the same temptations, scandals, and stumbling blocks before their people, again and yet again.) What some fevered observers see as multi-generational, international conspiracies are really just successive groups of fallen men following temptation to its logical conclusion. If New Age and utopian movements show unity and consistent purpose internationally or historically, it arises from the dark spirit they follow, rather than from human conspiratorial skill.

    Jarek: So much for the New Age. Underneath its garish rainbow colors, it is blood red in tooth and claw. Of course there are too many people though. And we don’t have the discipline to do anything about that in a good way, as in personal responsibility. Many Americans did respond to the message and only had two kids – only to be betrayed by open borders.

    • BackRowHeckler September 24, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

      Of course. Liquidation of a large segments of the human race has always been the ‘Final Solution’ to the Climate Crisis. What do you think dismantling the utility grid and banning certain fertilizers is all about?

    • Woodchuck September 24, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

      Some of the crackpottery in your quoted text sounds almost as whacky as Scientology. People believe crap like that only because they can afford to. Once the electricity has been turned off and food and fuel become scarce, the crackpots will be forced to learn a whole new set of skills in order to survive. And they will be working hard using these new skills in producing food and shelter for themselves the old fashioned way. At the end of the day and on weekends, they’ll be too physically exhausted to be writing and talking new age shit and psychobabble.

      • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

        Well there are caste systems spoken or unspoken so its not as if everyone will experience the collapse in the way you describe. In other words, the electricity is probably not going to be turned off for everyone. Most of course I would imagine. And the same thing with everything else. I have been reading for over 10 years now that the elites are building their arks and subterranen fortresses. I can’t verify it but it sure does seem like an ongoing theme. As much as it is naturally happening it is being engineered it would seem. And the mass collapse is for the masses.

  70. benr September 24, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

    Ring of fire activity forms new Island in the Pacific.
    This has been the explanation as to why some glaciers are melting form underneath.
    Carbon credits and off sets won’t fix this issue.

    Double Take
    Hey, was that there before? A new island has popped up in the southwest Pacific Ocean, according to the NASA Earth Observatory.

    This fledgling patch of land spawned out of a seafloor ridge teeming with highest density of underwater volcanoes on the planet. Known as the Home Reef seamount, the underwater mountain stretches between New Zealand and Tonga.

    Starting this month, one of those volcanoes bubbled to life and erupted, brimming with lava that spilled out into the surrounding ocean and billowed voluminous plumes of ashy smoke into the air, according to the Earth Observatory’s release.

    Eleven hours later, amidst the shimmering heat of the subsiding eruption, a brand spankin’ new island emerged. And thankfully, NASA’s Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) managed to capture the island in all its new found glory in a beautiful, natural-color image.

    Cauldron of Creation
    Initial measurements, collected on September 14, estimated the island to be about 43,000 square feet or one acre in size, and 33 above sea level. But by September 20, the booming little island had grown to almost 260,000 square feet, or six acres in size.

    Island-spawning volcanic activity isn’t surprising given the Home Reef seamount’s position in the Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone, where three tectonic plates converge on each other in a slow, grinding collision. Among that trio is the gargantuan Pacific Plate, and at around 40 million square miles in area, it’s the largest tectonic plate in the world.

    Because of its overwhelming proportions, subduction means that the Pacific Plate gradually sinks beneath the other two lighter colliding plates, and in the process gapes one of the deepest trenches on Earth into the seafloor, aptly known as the Kermadec Trench, as well as the active Kermadec volcanic arc just behind it.

    Unfortunately, this little guy probably isn’t going to stick around very long, with NASA warning that islands created by underwater volcanoes are typically short-lived. But there are some exceptions, like one island created from the nearby Late’iki Volcano in 1995 that stuck around for a whole 25 years — though that’s not very long in geological terms.

    Still, we’re rooting for this new one. Hang in there, tiny island!

    • stelmosfire September 24, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

      “with NASA warning that islands created by underwater volcanoes are typically short-lived.”

      Tell that to Mauna Kea the tallest mountain on Earth.

      • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

        Well yeah that’s true. But the Hawaiian islands will sink beneath the waves too. But because they are so gigantic it will take millions of years.

        • JohnAZ September 24, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

          SSL

          I watched a show many years ago about the Hawaiian Islands and sea mounts too.

          First off get a sea bottom map of the Pacific Ocean. You will notice that the hot spot that forms Hawaii extends all the way back to the Aleutians. The hot spot is stationary, a weakness in the mantle, it is the Pacific plate that has moved over it. Thousands of miles, millions of years. Remember that wave action erodes islands, once below the wave zone, they stop eroding, hence the thousands of sea mounts associated with the hot spot still being there.

          Another interesting tidbit. The lava cthat forms the islands is a large percentage iron. The Iron with lots of water, oxygen and warmth rusts and turns very friable. A guy on the show rappelled down a cliff on Oahu and was able to crush the rocks with his hand. Any way, look at your map of the sea floor again. Note the piles of debris north of Oahu and Molokai on the ocean floor. Then look at the outlines of the two islands. No nice oval shield volcanoes but the remnants of nice oval islands that pieces have cleaved off and fallen in the ocean. Hence the abrupt cliffs on the north side of Oahu, the fracture site. Eventually, in a few million years, all of the Hawaiian Island will be gone, replaced with new ones.

          BTW, the Canary Islands have fractures forming high on their highlands where geologists think a piece of the island may be getting to cleave off.

          That happens? Goodbye East Coast.

          • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 6:13 pm #

            Wow that is a lot of technical information John!! This must be a topic that really interests you. If any of the islands were made of diamonds they would probably be difficult to walk on and perhaps they would last longer? I have heard that though. That many islands can literally crumble because volcanic rock can be very brittle. And I have heard about the Canary islands that a portion of La Palma could slide down into the ocean and it would be really devasting for coastal West Africa, Brazil and the East Coast. Like apocalyptic type scenario for those regions at least.

          • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

            The Jazzer’s a science nut.

    • JohnAZ September 24, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

      Japan, Philippines, Kamchatka, all started as sea mounts.

      Humanity needs to acknowledge the sum total of what is going on around us. Climate change is real, it’s effects are local and overstated by Gore, Biden, Kelly and the WEF as a grab for power. But the effects are there.

      As you mention, are the sea mounts and ridges getting hotter, IOW is Gaia blowing off more heat?

      CO2 and methane do store infrared, heat, in their bonds, so they are probably contributing.

      IMHO, there is a factor that may be the leading culprit. Cities, ie heat islands. Why is the northern hemisphere getting warmer faster than the southern? More cities.

      A positive feedback comes from the removal of ice from land and water. Darker backgrounds heat more. Also, dirt in the air causing ice fields to get darker has the same effect. The latter has been noted in the Alps.

      The amount of money, time and effort going into AGW is insane. Add on, everything so far has been to measure and prove the existence of AGW, hardly a dime has been spent on adapting to a new reality.

      This winter, Germany et al is going to find out what the WEF Mob is doing to them. I expect to see a modified reaction to Gretaitis in the Spring.

      • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

        In the deep background keep in mind that there are processes occuring that outweigh anything occuring on or within the surface of earth. At every single moment the moon is drifting further and further away from the earth. And at the same time the sun is becoming more and more luminous. Plate tectonics are rejuvenating but will wane as the moon does. And the red giant sun? Well, you know the story.

        • JohnAZ September 24, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

          Betelgeuse. Serious discussion going on about it going nova. Black hole time.

          So many potential natural disasters, it takes arrogance to think that we make so much difference.

          Talking millions of years though, but not on everything.

          Cascade mountains are active volcanoes, Rainer blows, goodbye Seattle

          Canary Islands landslide, goodbye New York.

          Cascadia fault slips, good bye Seattle, Portland and maybe San Francisco.

          San Andreas, good bye California.

          But the biggest, and currently getting increasing attention is the mid continent super volcano near Yellowstone. That one goes, goodbye US.

          Vesuvius goes, goodbye Italy. It is part of a super volcano.

          Anyway, how about a glass of wine and not worry much about what might happen. Do this and the power creeps of the world might lose their handle of fear.

          • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 6:25 pm #

            Oh sure! Sparkling white if you have any please. Who doesn’t like bubbles lol? Honestly one way or the other when its your time its your time right. So its like good to talk about things but in the end somehow you just have to come to a peace. And like you said fear is definitely a tool that can be used to control people. But getting back to Betelgeuse im actually kinda hoping it goes nova. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see!? They say that it could be so bright its visible in the daytime. Supposedly we are far enough away that it won’t hurt us so why not wine and stellar fireworks.

        • BackRowHeckler September 24, 2022 at 4:38 pm #

          Yikes! Your post revives disturbing memories of a certain Twilight Zone episode, SSL.

          • SoftStarLight September 24, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

            LOL boo!! Yep I know the one I think. The whole rogue planet scenario going into and then away from the sun. That’s the sun’s fault in totality in my opinion. 😉

        • BackRowHeckler September 24, 2022 at 4:38 pm #

          You know the one.

    • Redneck Liberal September 25, 2022 at 7:11 pm #

      Please attribute your cut&paste work,.

  71. Q. Shtik September 24, 2022 at 5:42 pm #

    Thursday I had an appointment with my Primary Care Physician (PCP). I needed to get an EKG in order to be okayed for cataract surgery which is scheduled for Oct 11th. (Everybody tells me this surgery is no big deal but it skeeves me just thinking of someone cutting into my eyeball. What if the doc was out on a bender the night before and has a case of the shakes)… but I digress.

    So I attempted to sign in upon entry to my PCP’s office. There are two manned sign in windows each with half inch thick bullet-proof glass blocking virus germs with a big opening at the bottom for sliding documents in and out and 3 or 4 inch openings on either side of this glass.

    The young guy waiting on me has his face (nose and mouth) properly covered with a mask. I have on the same light blue colored mask I’ve been using since the pandemic started several years ago. I have it on half-assed, not even over my mouth much less my nose to register my disdain (when you’re 2 months shy of 82 you can get away with being a cranky curmudgeon).

    So, I’m at least half deaf and I can’t “hear” people unless I can see their lips. So I ask the young fella to kindly lower his mask so I can hear (i.e. lip-read). He smiles but refuses. He begins to ask a series of questions to confirm that I in fact do not have symptoms of Covid. I again point at my ears and tell him I can’t hear. He rises from his chair and brings his mouth close to the 3 inch wide opening on the right side of the bullet proof glass and begins to ask again the canned script of Covid questions, still with his mask on but this time with a much louder voice… loud enough to make other waiting patients stop staring at their cell phones and look at me. I can see cartoon-type thought clouds over their heads containing the words “check out this old fart.”

    I said “The answer to all those questions I think you asked me is NO.” Finally the young dude was satisfied and asked me to have a seat until called.

    A “Medical Assistant” took me to an exam room, took my vitals (weight, blood pressure, etc) and began to ask me questions beginning with “what is the purpose of your visit today?” She also wore a properly deployed mask as did all other employees in this facility. I tried to get her to lower her mask but she wouldn’t. I can only imagine the pressure that must have been applied by management to get such 110% compliance to the mask rules. Haven’t these people heard that Biden said the Covid-19 Pandemic was over?

    Eventually I got to see the doctor, a very competent young woman. I started the conversation by explaining my deafness problem and requested she lower her mask. She said “If you agree this is a secret between you and me I will lower the mask.” I said “absolutely because we both know these masks are BS anyway.” The visit proceeded very nicely from then on.

    • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 10:08 pm #

      Funny you mention all that. I had to see one of the heart doctors about my Jun SVT incident Thursday, and noticed the same things. I tried to coyly hit on the young “Medical Assistant” who performed all the perfunctory details (just as I did the receptionist up front), as I always do with the young attractive phillies these days, and we hit it off quite well. I had her talking a mile a minute before she finally had to leave, before chatting up the young Asian male Dr. that followed. He seemed amused by all of it, probably writing me off as an eccentric nut. Gotta do a treadmill stress test this Friday, and I told him I was looking forward to breaking their machine. Before it was all over I had him laughing and slapping me on the back too, just as I do everyone else.

      • JohnAZ September 25, 2022 at 10:33 am #

        Shoot, Dis.

        They do not even need a treadmill to get you excited and your heart rate up.

        Just send in the fillies.

      • BackRowHeckler September 25, 2022 at 3:53 pm #

        Watch out Dis I know a guy who had a heart attack on one of those stress test treadmills.

    • JohnAZ September 25, 2022 at 10:43 am #

      Q.

      As a cataract surgery recipient two years ago, do not worry. It is amazingly quick and painless. You will see a bright light during the procedure, that is it.

      The difference removing those discolored lenses makes is striking. Colors much more intense and having distance down to computer distance in focus is wonderful. For me, two years and no decline in acuity.

      If you have astigmatism and have the bucks, they can make a lens that corrects the defect. It is more costly, but worth it IMHO.

      Lots of eye drops before and after the procedure to keep things moisturized and sanitary.

      It is a marvelous improvement, good luck.

      • Uncle Bob September 25, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

        You may see a bit of red once they cut into your eye. You’ll be awake for the surgery, but sedated so you can move your eye during the operation. As JAZ said, it’s not a bad surgery, and you’ll love the results.

  72. Amman September 24, 2022 at 5:51 pm #

    All I know is everything that the Government touches turns in a stinking pile of S–t. – TRUE LINES

  73. Q. Shtik September 24, 2022 at 5:52 pm #

    During a recent game played by the KC Chiefs I noticed that Rutgers star running back, Isiah Pacheco, had been picked up during the draft. I never had a doubt that he would wind up in the pros but I was surprised to see him on the field as a rookie within the first two games of the season. This kid is going places.

    That got me to wondering about Rutgers’ current roster, having lost so many players to the pro draft and simply to graduation. I googled it and was astonished to see how big a deal football is at the BIG 10 college level. Pictured were 129 players, 40 who appeared to be White and 89 POC.

    There were 15 individuals comprising the “Football Coaching Staff” and 69 comprising the Coaching Support Staff. Think about that. That’s 84 people earning a living wage in college football in just one BIG 10 football program. I believe Head Coach Greg Schiano is the highest paid State of NJ employee.

    If Professional and College football (not to mention High School) ended tomorrow our economy would fall into deep depression the next day.

    • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 9:57 pm #

      I was going to mention Pacheco to you a few times before. Amazing at how many quality skill position NFL players Ruckers produces for being a rather mediocre program. Greg Schiano, in particular, is a great head coach.

    • cbeard September 25, 2022 at 11:36 am #

      That’s funny. If pro and college football went away, it may upset a lot of rabid jocks, some couch potatoes who can’t converse about anything other than sports. It would save the fans a lot of money spent on exorbitant ticket prices and it would save the taxpayers billions of dollars, by not subsidizing the building of stadiums, donation of land and tax giveaways. The colleges should not be in the business of proving ground for the NFL, but should concentrate on education in useful fields of study that would actually increase the odds of employment. Instead of useless degrees in womens stucies, diversity, etc. There are so many people in college who don’t belong there and would be better off in every way, be it financially, job security, job satisfaction, by learning a useful trade. Work, even hard physical labor is good for the soul.

  74. Paula D September 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

    Gosh, why does Russia need to send more troops to Ukraine?

    From MoA: “Ukrainian partisans, sometimes working with special operations forces, have blown up warehouses holding ballots and buildings where Russian proxy officials preparing for the vote held meetings.
    Ukrainian officials have acknowledged that they are engaged in a campaign to assassinate key Russian administration officials; more than a dozen have been blown up, shot and poisoned, according to Ukrainian and Russian officials.”

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 6:36 pm #

      I’d say that Putin has not a lot of choice here, with Ukraine nazi terrorism on the rise.

      • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

        Are the anifa Nazis too, Mary? I only ask because of your incredible desire to learn, almost to a fault. I mean you must know, right?

        • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 6:37 pm #

          Antifa in the US are definitely brownshirts, one could say they’re Nazis, sure.

          Why so Elliot Rodger today, Jarek? Someone piss in your Post Toasties?

          LOL.

          • Redneck Liberal September 25, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

            The tattered army of douches wearing cheap Chinese-made red baseball caps are easily discerned as the proto-fascists in the US.

            I recall JHK Admin several years ago predicting that Fascism would come to America wrapped in the Flag and waving a bible. That was in the days when he could clearly see the incipient danger ahead. Now, he embraces that fascist movement, at every level of the spectrum. It’s sad, actually.

  75. BackRowHeckler September 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

    German Chancellor Scholtz is in Saudi Arabia begging the King for some spare natgas. How will they get it to Germany? And WHAT ABOUT KASHOGGI? LOL!

    For the first time ever I’m beginning to see criticism in the legacy media of the ‘Transition to Renewables’ — on how absurd trying to run a modern country on wind turbines and solar panels is. It took Putin and realpolitik — and impending winter — only 6 months to smoke out the ‘”Net Zero’ delusion. Nemesis has arrived. I did see a WEF representative — a smarmy old hag — make a case for de industrializing Germany and replacing industry with a Digital Economy, whatever that is.

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 6:36 pm #

      Oh yeah they want to de-industrialize Germany, alright.

      I think my post just below yours is very appropos.

      The Green New Deal is looking more and more STUPID every day.

      • Night Owl September 25, 2022 at 7:20 am #

        Hey, we could be Belgium

        They just shut down a nuclear power plant during an “electricity crisis.”

        I wonder how many people upon realizing that doing such a thing makes no sense, will then conceive of a scenario in which it could make sense, and then hit the streets with pitchforks and torches.

        This agenda is so in our faces at this point that I cannot conceive of the level of stupidity required to not see it.

        • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:58 pm #

          Still believe in Democracy, sport?

          • Uncle Bob September 25, 2022 at 2:55 pm #

            Well, Chauncey, not many people like kings these days. Are you advocating a global dictator — and if so, who? Xi? Biden? Macron? Yourself?

          • Night Owl September 25, 2022 at 3:49 pm #

            I have never advocated for a strict democratic model.

            The United States is not a democracy and neither is Germany.

            Unless you have some proof to the contrary.

    • Woodchuck September 24, 2022 at 7:11 pm #

      How will they get it to Germany? It really won’t matter for this winter, events are already set in motion and there is absolutely nothing that can be done to avert catastrophe this winter. Germany’s gas infrastructure was engineered and designed to work primarily with an incoming pipeline delivering gas under high pressure. The entire system will have to be remodeled and changed in order to work without Russian gas feedstock coming in. There’s no time at all left to fix this issue for this winter. If the winter is bad enough and long enough, many Europeans might die in their homes of exposure and other problems. The survivors will very likely be in a *very* bad mood this coming spring.

      • Islander September 24, 2022 at 11:51 pm #

        Woodchuck, you’ve been frequenting the Saker blog and reading Jorge Vilches’s analyses!

        • Woodchuck September 25, 2022 at 10:16 am #

          Yeah, and I think I first heard of the Saker blog here on CFN a while back.

          • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

            If you keep imbibing those Ent ales, you will not stop growing.

  76. MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm #

    “Sweden is taking down public charging posts for EVs because electricity is too expensive.

    Norway is threatening to shut down wind power turbines because they break in the strong winds.

    Belgium shut down a nuclear reactor last night during an energy crisis.”

    https://twitter.com/PeterSweden7/status/1573636436405919746

    Green New Deal Clown Show

    • Islander September 25, 2022 at 7:23 am #

      A trenchant sentence in the linked Twatter thread, re wind:

      “It’s an industry that needs the industry it’s suppose to replace. It’s redundant.”

      Yes, creating expensive redundancies.

      Just use the FF; Wind is basically an expensive detour that wastes a lot of good energy.

      • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

        Just use up the FFF: fucking fossil fuel. The last of Ancient Sunlight. We have enough. To hell with the new generations.

  77. MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 6:34 pm #

    The shop teacher with the tits? Can you imagine if a woman had an actual set like that and came to school dressed the same way, sans bra and letting it all hang out?

    I wonder if a trans-identified woman (fake man) put a big fat dildo in her pants to simulate an exaggerated penis and wore that to the same school. I wonder if she’d be getting the same support from the school board and administration.

    • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 6:53 pm #

      My husband told me yesterday that he saw a neon-signed lorry/van driving through the streets with protest material against grooming kids in school. Parents are waking up. There’s a big hoo-hah going on in Wales with parents taking a local authority to court.

      Meanwhile we have the new Virgin Atlantic advert that’s too cool for school. 🙂

      youtube.com/watch?v=a1eOmsEG01k

      • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 7:01 pm #

        Ugh! LOL, the comments though, they’re mostly great. I’m wondering how many downvotes it has.

        • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

          I like the one that says ‘This is the best British Airways advert I’ve ever seen’. 🙂

          • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

            LOL, gotta love the clever ones.

      • 100th Avatar September 24, 2022 at 8:34 pm #

        They’re totally oblivious to their patronizing and pandering… to sell tickets on a “posh” or hip plane.

        How can we use gays and trans and fluids to sell our rebel brand?

        Check this out Sir Dick…

      • Slugoon September 25, 2022 at 6:12 am #

        Nothing says ‘we hate white men’ quite like a Virgin Atlantic advert.

        We’ve got an ‘Inclusion Specialist’ at our place. A strange role to have since nobody is ‘excluded’. But it’s heartwarming to know we’re putting resources in the right place, while we pay crew a basic wage of <£9,000 per year.

        I'm sure the guy who wants to wear a skirt in the cabin will be pandered to appropriately.

    • Soul Forensics September 24, 2022 at 9:53 pm #

      “Can you imagine if a woman had an actual set like that and came to school dressed the same way,”

      Already happened.

      Also in Canada, gorgeous teacher with full but shapely figure in a tight, curve-hugging long dress got sent home by admin and told to come back dressed “appropriately”, whatever the fuck that means in context of “Kayla’s” provocation.

      • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 9:59 pm #

        Yes, women have had ridiculously disproportionate dress codes in the workplace for some time.

        I worked for Arthur Andersen back in the 1980s. Even then, they did not allow women to wear pants! And we were forced to wear panty hose.

        What utter fucking bullshit. I was happy when they got the hook after the 2008 crash. MFers.

  78. tom clark September 24, 2022 at 8:33 pm #

    Sept. 24, 2022…another turn of the crank.

    But still, somehow, life goes on.

    • 100th Avatar September 24, 2022 at 8:36 pm #

      You’re the crank
      And you’re not turning. You’re just squeaking
      Mostly unnecessary noise

      Like a dry hinge

      • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 1:05 pm #

        The squeaky wheel get the oil. But should it?

  79. tom clark September 24, 2022 at 8:49 pm #

    100th Avatar…shut the fuck up.

    I run my railroad and you run yours.

    At least I have a railroad to run.

    • SoftStarLight September 25, 2022 at 2:47 am #

      Pow! Very good tom LOL! Nobody disrepects you and gets away with it. Its your territory anyway lol.

    • 100th Avatar September 25, 2022 at 9:15 am #

      Can’t wait ‘til another piece of brilliance from this toddler:
      It’s the 25th Tom.. a new date. Another turn for you to remind everyone

      Your shtick sucks, Tombo

  80. stelmosfire September 24, 2022 at 8:53 pm #

    The Dow is way down recently. . Pfizer stock is losing market share big time due to vaccine hesitancy. They’re seeking FDA approval for their new SSRI anti-depressant drug Tricoxagin which targets sexually confused female/male transsexuals. Ten mice show promising results.

    • GreenAlba September 24, 2022 at 9:37 pm #

      In other news, bivalent mice show experiment hesitancy and demand lab testing be done on lawyers instead.

    • MaryQueen September 24, 2022 at 10:04 pm #

      My chiropractor got me hip to a new article on a study done that proves SSRIs do nothing to help depression. NOTHING.

      Another scam, like AIDS and covid19, etc.

      • stelmosfire September 24, 2022 at 11:27 pm #

        MQ. um OK, this SSRI is new but the effects are well known.

        • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 10:30 am #

          The peer-reviewed study which has not been disputed says otherwise. I’ll see if I can find it.

        • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 10:34 am #

          https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220720080145.htm

          The best way to deal with depression is exercise, diet, and having healthy supportive relationships.

          • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 10:35 am #

            But of course that doesn’t make any $$$$ for Big Pharma.

      • benr September 25, 2022 at 8:35 am #

        That is actually not true.
        Damn near every mass shooter and crazy mom that drowns her kids are all hopped up on them.

        • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 10:36 am #

          Yes, they tend to do more harm than anything else. Just like the shitty processed GMO food we’re told to eat which is poison.

          • stelmosfire September 25, 2022 at 10:46 am #

            MQ, perhaps you missed the joke?

          • MaryQueen September 25, 2022 at 2:21 pm #

            Apparently.

  81. tom clark September 24, 2022 at 9:07 pm #

    St. Elmo…oh, stop it! Don’t make me laugh.

    • Jarek September 25, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

      laugh? or a high pitched squeaking?

  82. Q. Shtik September 24, 2022 at 9:35 pm #

    Iowa is going thru Rutgers like a sieve in front of a sellout Rutgers home crowd. It’s very depressing. It’s 24 to 3 at the end of the 3rd Qtr.

    • Disaffected September 24, 2022 at 9:49 pm #