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Kicked to the Curb

I begin to understand why the death of Ferguson, Mo, teen Michael Brown sent such shock waves through America last year. He truly symbolized our country: an overgrown, oafish, wannabe thug making one bad choice after another until his final, suicidal lurch against authority — followed by all the exculpatory lying on his behalf: the “gentle giant,” hands up, don’t shoot! This is exactly how America acts on the world stage these days. We are the Michael Brown among nations, high on exceptionalism, stoned on entitlement, swaggering moronically from one place to another grabbing what we feel like, smashing things up as we go.

Also, as in the case of the actual Michael Brown, supposedly sentient observers do not have the guts to call bullshit on all the excuses we make for ourselves. Has any self-styled presidential candidate made a peep about America’s idiotic campaign to make Ukraine the 51st state? Has Hillary (“It’s Her Turn”) Clinton asked publically why the US is egging on NATO to stage military exercises on the Russian border? Do we still have a senate Foreign Relations Committee, and does it convene once in a while? Is The New York Times so preoccupied with its “Gay Cities” index it forgot that the world is full of serious conflicts and hazards that extend beyond the choosing of apartment décor?

Likewise, there are obvious reasons why we’re so busy demonizing Vladimir Putin. He’s the only serious adult on a stage full of special ed students. When Vlad goes on vacation what does the American media do? It launches into raptures of speculation about his “love child” — because in this country any political leader foolish enough to step out of the spotlight for a few minutes will be gleefully unmasked as a “cheater,” a lothario (because, despite our ultra-pornified 24/7 twerk-o-rama culture, we apparently think sex is bad), so then the peanut gallery can enjoy the grotesque spectacle of apology and the inevitable punishment that follows despite any apologies. Vlad walked out of a winter Olympic venue fourteen months ago and said, simply, “I’m divorcing Lyudmila….” End of story. Oh, and Vlad also doesn’t subscribe to the current American notion that being homosexual is a major life achievement. That truly offends!

This also explains America’s obsession with cartoon superheros, and especially characters who enjoy high-tech prosthetics for projecting power — all those robo-soldiers and cops, and the fabulous American Sniper with his thousand yard kill-shot. Without all this magic we’d be revealed as weaklings, our vitality sapped by decades of Froot Loops, Cheez Doodles, and Pepsi, our brains shriveled by untold hours of conditioning by way of Grand Theft AutoDark Souls II, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. What do foreign leaders think when they have concluded their mystifying sessions with our Secretary of State, the haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, John Kerry. Do they look around the floor of their ministerial offices to see if any sawdust leaked out of his head?

Has anyone actually looked around and noticed what a scabrous sight American towns and cities present these days? There are places here in the old Yankee northeast that Borat would be ashamed to call home. We live amidst so much delaminating plastic it’s a wonder that virtually everybody doesn’t have cancer. The squalor is awesome, and to make matters worse, we’re even too lazy to clean up the stuff that is just lying around on the ground and certainly too lazy to try to grow anything in that ground if it didn’t promise to grow up looking like a pepperoni stick or a corn dog.

America’s moment of getting kicked to the curb by other nations is at hand. I don’t think it will be a kinetic war, not right away, but it will be a hearty financial beat-down, and many of the members of our insane clown posse in Europe are going to feel the beat-down, too. America tried, at the very last moment, to join the new BRICs development bank. Who finally decided that? Barack Obama? John Kerry? Jack Lew: the Three Stooges? Get gold. If you can.

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469 Responses to “Kicked to the Curb”

  1. Cold N. Holefield March 23, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    You’re spot on once again, Jim.

    Around and around it goes, when it stops nobody knows. But plenty of folks have been guessing. I can’t possibly speculate when because I’m not sure it’ll ever stop. You can’t corner the rat if there are no corners. And I really am beginning to think there are no corners. That’s a lie, I’m not beginning to think that — I’ve been thinking it for a while now. The thing about chewing gum and blowing bubbles, is that when one pops, you chew a little more, then blow another one and that can and does go on in perpetuity. Bubbles come and bubbles go, but there are always bubbles.

    Message In A Bubble

    • Cold N. Holefield March 23, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Sorry, damn link screwed up again. Here’s one that works.

      Message In A Bubble

    • shotho March 23, 2015 at 10:19 am #

      Bubbles always pop. It’s a law of nature. And there’s nothing new under the sun.

      • malthuss March 23, 2015 at 11:37 am #

        And ‘No empire is forever’ but USA didnt have to go down like this.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

      That’s what they put Genies in Bottles not Bubbles. What up with you link problem? Linkitis?

  2. barbisbest March 23, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    What about silver? Thanks for remembering the real JHK. A sense of the past is irrelevant in a technological civilization. Technology becomes a form of control, of manipulation. Look at the where the culture is centralized?!? Is authority with the elders and stories they tell. In modern society, the culture is in the media! Richard Stivers from the film Fall and Winter.

    World War I issued in ushered in pernicious forces including industrialized warfare and more recently a takeover of systems of communication and the most sophisticated system of propaganda in human history was created. Those who are most successful at manipulation succeed, and those who don’t have that capacity, do not. This has created a society that is run by severely deformed and stunted individuals who are disconnected from the real but promote systems that insure self destruction. To be continued

    • Beryl of Oyl March 23, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      I like that, run by stunted individuals. I hope you do continue.

    • sprawlcapital March 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      A very good book that deals with the aftermath of the Great War is Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919, by Ann Hagedorn (2008).

      We are approaching the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, which helped convince millions of Americans that they hated Imperial Germany. Had that one torpedo missed its target, history could have been much different.

    • abbybwood March 24, 2015 at 12:11 am #

      Speaking of JFK…I highly recommend watching this documentary:

      “JFK to 9/11: Everything Is A Rich Man’s Trick”:


  3. Smoky Joe March 23, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    “America’s moment of getting kicked to the curb by other nations is hand. I don’t think it will be a kinetic war, not right away,”

    Jim, I don’t want to fuel another rant…okay, I do! You probably know of Richard Clarke’s book Cyberwar. Clarke shows how stupidly the US let China build our Web servers, including those used by our military, with “logic bombs” and hacked chips. They could bring down our civilian infrastructure before shooting even began, and they could also make our military blind. Their chips are in your Mac and mine, and in other readers’ PCs and tablets.

    When the Chinese agreed to use more licensed copies of MS Windows, rather than simply pirating it, that came with a price: MS let the Chinese see and alter the Windows APIs, and Chinese coders rewrote them to make their operating systems less vulnerable to our gov’t hackers.

    Oh oh. And don’t think Putin–whatever one thinks of the man, he’s not stupid–hasn’t read Clarke’s book and sent the appropriate instructions to FAPSI, the Kremlin’s pet hackers.

    Meanwhile, America resembles the woman I saw stumbling along the verge of our local strip-mall, home to a really good Chinese restaurant: inked up, an adult (!) wearing a tank top in cold weather over pink camo PJ bottoms: a Kunstlerian clown if ever I saw one.

    Inside the restaurant, there’s not a speck of trash and the Chinese staff run the place with a work ethic we’ve not seen here since the early 60s.

    I think I see the future.

    • malthuss March 23, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      ‘Inside the restaurant, there’s not a speck of trash and the Chinese staff run the place with a work ethic we’ve not seen here since the early 60s.’

      Chinese businesses and ‘chain immigration’.
      Rumor has it so many Chinese work at the family business bc that allows so many of them to legally move here.
      ‘they have a job’. The job may only be waiting on five tables in six hours but it is a job.

      • Arrow March 24, 2015 at 9:07 am #

        … and that job is more than a great many recent college graduates can land in this godforsaken can obtain. Oh wait… they’re over-qualified, and on the dole with an Obamaphone. They can just live in Mom and Dad’s basement playing video games until something better “comes along.” That “work ethic we’ve not seen since the 60s is what allowed it to come to this. Everyone was compartmentalized… kept their heads down and was a slave to the machine. Ignorance and complacency is how it’s come to pass that the walls are tumbling down. Many of the younger set are cognizant of this (whether they can articulate or not) and simply choose to stand back and watch the circus.

      • Smoky Joe March 25, 2015 at 9:56 am #

        Wrongo. I’ve never seen folks work harder. I can tell you first hand that any of the Chinese I know can outwork 10 white Millennial college students, who can’t even get a job unless rich daddy helps.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 23, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      Has there ever been a reasonable explanation for that major power failure that hit the Northeast in 2003? A NYC resident I know says that she was not a conspiracy theorist before that, but hearing that first blamed on lightning in Ohio or someplace, and then a branch on a power line, changed her. She also wondered why New York City was left without power so much longer than upstate areas.
      The last story I heard, on the local news, was that “the new computer programs make it easier for an outage in one place to spread to the whole grid”, or something else along those bizarre lines.
      Since you mentioned the Chinese, computers, and infrastructure, I thought I’d bring it up again.

      • sauerkraut March 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

        The Grid was designed to carry a fraction of today’s power. It is maintained at its present capacity only by clever use of resources and instant changes of allocation, which is possible only with computer control. Therefore the Grid is susceptible to both computer glitches and just about any disruption of the (now) inadequate physical resources.

        That is why the experts want a trillion dollars invested in the grid. But hey, they’re just experts, what do they know, and anyhow they’re only after funding so they can raise my taxes.

        John Stewart did a show on the power outage at the time, including scathing commentary from north of the border.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Catch last nights Sixty Minutes if it’s online. One segment was about how we handed China our Rare Earth Elements industry. Rare Earths are apparently in all advanced electronics, military not excluded. They don’t have environmental controls and of course don’t pay their employees as much. And so countless knowledge, techniques, and patents passed to a foreign nation.

      Are we still planning to defend Taiwan? Why bother? We aren’t even defending America. Truly Capitalism is the destroyer of Nations just as much as Communism.

      • barbisbest March 24, 2015 at 11:27 am #

        My gosh, Janos, now that is smart!!! Capitalism Is the destroyer of nations. Spot on.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

          That’s not what I said. You left out Communism. But you like Communism, don’t you? Even though it is raping America just as it raped Russia and China.

          The answer is not Marxist Socialism but National Socialism.

          • Smoky Joe March 25, 2015 at 10:00 am #

            Get all your National Socialist friends to have a big rally and we’ll get out a few vintage Lancasters and sticks of incendiaries. History shows us that Nazis burn well. Or maybe some P-47s to do strafing runs? SO hard to decide the best way to be rid of Nazis.

  4. ararboin March 23, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    And don’t forget the fraud of GMO technology.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 23, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      I’m thinking it may have something to do with all the fat kids. Seriously. Everything we do right now related to obesity in children takes a blame the victim approach.

    • sprawlcapital March 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      GMO technology is a fraud only in the sense that–contrary to the claims of agribusiness–it will not help feed the world.

      Other than that, it does what it says it will do: GMO technology shreds the web of life, by transferring genes between unrelated species, or by artificially deleting genes. For example, GMO corn can have a gene from a bacterium spliced in, so that every cell of the plant produces a toxin that kills corn borers. And this trait is passed on to subsequent generation.

      Now there finally may be some push-back. On the front page of the New York Times a few days ago there was an article about a call for a moratorium on engineering the genes of the human species for improved babies.

      Unfortunately, shortages of fossil fuels need not slow down genetic engineering. The raw material of the gene hackers is life, and life is solar-powered.

      The only thing that will slow down genetic engineering is a public educated in science and morality. The prospects are not good, therefore; at least not now.

      • sauerkraut March 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

        Agreed, Sprawl, except for the push-back. There was push-back at the beginning, IIRC, Harvard pro, MIT con.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

        Or put a gene from Trout into Tomatoes to help them stand the cold. Troutatoes.

        • Fan of Entropy March 24, 2015 at 9:04 am #

          … or Tomatrout.

  5. pequiste March 23, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    The USA as Michael Brown metaphor strikes very close to the bone – USA: the incarnation of the Hip Hop Nation.

    However calling Vlad Putin the only Realpolitik player on the international stage is to do a great disservice to heavyweights like Xi Jinping in China, PMs Ergodan in Turkey, and Modi in India, They are dead serious guys and not to be messed with with impunity. It is the leaders of the West, Africa and South America who appear, and are, incompetent, incoherent, and impotent.

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  6. fodase March 23, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    A classic shredding of The Untied Clown States of America!

    Right on, Jimmy, you killed seven with one blow!

    Haven´t lafft out loud like that for a long time…sawdust leaking out of Kerry´s head lol, so spot on, I can just see the European leaders actually saying that to their aids once the moron leaves the meeting room…


  7. newworld March 23, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    Its worse than you think, Mr. K forgot to mention the conservative faction and its near complete abandonment of substance for political street theatre over Iran/Israel. Drudge, the talk radio shysters and the elected officials have basically ceded everything to be obsessed with something that frankly means squat to the average American.

    It should be quite fun to watch Ted Cruz deliver hosannas to our invaluable ally in the ME in Spanish to the well fed GOP women and the men who buy them their cheese doodles.

    If Jim Webb runs for president, I’ll vote for him. (he also wrote a very good fiction set in Vietnam)

    • Neon Vincent March 23, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Speaking of Ted Cruz, I’m going to refer back to our host, who asked “Has any self-styled presidential candidate made a peep about America’s idiotic campaign to make Ukraine the 51st state? Has Hillary (“It’s Her Turn”) Clinton asked publically why the US is egging on NATO to stage military exercises on the Russian border?”

      No and no. Asking those hard questions isn’t likely to get any major party candidate the support of the insiders they need in the invisibile primary, where they go around asking for support and donations before they ever get their names on a ballot. Neither of those queries will likely be coming from the lips of Agenda 21 paranoid Ted Cruz, who is announcing he’s running for President today. He’s likely to be asking why we aren’t being more aggressive, both about Ukraine and about Iran, never mind that the U.S. and its allies need the latter to fight ISIS AKA The Sith Jihad.

      As for Cruz’s domestic policy, especially his interest in making the U.S. a more liveable and sustainable place, forget about it. He promises to be the first of many Republicans playing the roles of maniacs promising American voters that they can keep their cars, McMansions, and commutes this year and next. Expect a lot more “Green is the New Red” and “Agenda 21 is the new black helicopter” coming from the campaign trail until November of next year.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

        You’ve chosen Environmentalism as your path to power – like so many others. You don’t care about the Environment nearly as much as you do about power. If you did, you’d be against the Amnesty. As Ed Abbey said, unless we stop the Mexicans, nothing else we do matters.

      • Ussi March 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

        Oy, JHK and you are a bit behind the curve if you think Hillary needs to ask why we took over the Ukraine.


      • trypillian March 25, 2015 at 12:51 am #

        What’s wrong with Ukraine becoming the 51th state? Borscht, cabbage rolls, dumplings, garlic sausage and chicken Kiev would be availble for foodstamps. Hillary and Jeb could fleece IMF funds claiming international support, The Fed would welcome a branch overseas office to print more worthless paper and Sarah Palin would be able to see Russia (again) from her backyard! I think it’s a slam dunk.

    • shotho March 23, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      I second Jim Webb!

      • barbisbest March 23, 2015 at 10:28 am #

        Okay, if we don’t get JHK, I’ll third on Jim Webb. He’s tough.

        • shabbaranks March 23, 2015 at 11:54 am #

          Make that a fourth for Jim Webb. He’s the anti-Hillary and Neon Vincent has it right about the Republicans.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

        Remember he voted for the NDAA. He’ll do as he’s told. Stop grasping as straws. You’re not getting into the lifeboats. Embrace your fate and swim into the mouth of the Great White Shark. It’ll be a Black Hole, a portal to a new reality.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      I’m going to look up Jim Webb. The Republicans went off on a tangent, for some reason. There won’t be anyone to vote for in the next election, at this rate.

  8. K-Dog March 23, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    “America’s moment of getting kicked to the curb by other nations is athand.”

    Could be but maybe the can gets kicked down the road a little longer. Another week of misanthropic wishful thinking with a dash of schadenfreude mixed into the weekly stew of gloom. I get it, American is full of clowns. We look like clowns, we act like clowns, but expecting the universe to punish our social perfidy on any kind of schedule is perhaps expecting too much justice from the cosmos.

    Mother nature is a cruel mistress and she demands accountability; but she demands it on her own time.

    She may have decided that we need to experience president Jeb before the great sufferings commence.

    • barbisbest March 23, 2015 at 10:27 am #

      OMG K Dog, we get to experience Jeb before the fun really starts! Wish for death. Of course, as John Jeavons mentioned in Fall and Winter, the earth may be desertified in 70 years. Growing food is probably a really good idea.

      • K-Dog March 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

        America totally deserves King Jeb. If he is in before the fun and games really get underway a national emergency can then make his tenure permanent. The royal house of Bush will then be officially hereditary and America will be a little bit more honest.

        And why not. The county I live in did away with voting booths a few years ago to discourage participation of the less than affluent in the political process. Done to save money allegedly. Free vounteer senior citizens who supervised elections for no pay were apparently too expensive in a county were the average property tax bill is in the thousands of dollars.

      • K-Dog March 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

        And growing food is a good idea. Worked on getting a garden in this weekend myself. Bought a new roto-tiller and started turning ground. Great fun, developing skills to survive collapse and having a great time while doing it!

        • sprawlcapital March 29, 2015 at 1:15 am #

          In recent years, operating my roto-tiller has made me aware of the incredible amount of energy stored in gasoline. With probably 2 quarts or less of gas, I am able to till and pulverize the soil in a garden about 22 feet on a side. The manual labor required to do this would be tiring for a younger man than me.

          Maybe a tiller can be made to run on sustainably-produced ethanol, but it will not be easy to replace liquid fossil fuels.

    • toktomi March 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      I try to look at it this way…

      He’s just like another lit cross on the hill
      or overly embellished hood ornament.

      It’s merely annoying.
      It has no affect or relevance.

      Ranting about symbols is just a bit silly.

      Pay it no mind.

  9. shotho March 23, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Damn straight! Give ’em hell, Mr. K. Disgust is the only sensible response left.

  10. George March 23, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    “America’s moment of getting kicked to the curb by other nations is hand.”

    There are no plans, only a theme and a theme is no plan. The generals have been doubling down on all the high-tech wizardry that’s never worked ever since Viet Nam and as a means by which to land seven-figure salaries when they retire. They all know it’s a hopeless fiction yet they buy into it so they can score big on retirement. At some point, possibly when the great fiction that is the financial community has another shakeup, the European community will back off their NATO commitments (and the US) and Putin will call our generals’ bluff. It’s all a very elaborate house of cards and it can’t last much longer.

    A few years ago the defense department held some war games to demonstrate the effectiveness of all their high tech wizardry. There was a retired general who was making a living by bad-mouthing all these so-called weapons systems on the talk-show circuit. He was a regular guest on the morning news shows. So, to shut him up they brought him out of retirement to be OPFOR (Red Opposing Forces) Commander. They were sure they had the game rigged in their favor yet within the first minutes of the war games this retired general annihilated the entire combined forces of the Blue team. He sunk every ship and destroyed every plane. All the infantry, artillery and armor forces were killed. In just minutes he called their high tech bluff and made fools of them all. The US has been in Afghanistan for 12 years and the Taliban is still there and the country is given to chaos. Ten years in Iraq and it’s a failed state. The idiots in Washington are all insane and getting more insane by the minute. They think they’re in control yet events, not people, are in control now.


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    • Chikot March 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

      There is no substitute for artful military leadership. I do not think US military has capable generals leaders of men… Considering Petreus was so lauded and the guy is basically a nobody , I can only imagine what the rest are.

    • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      Don’t forget the first Trannies are being enlisted into the US Army this spring, somebody’s bright idea to increase moral and make a better fighting force.

      i wonder if Putin has learned of it yet?


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  11. Polymetheus March 23, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Yep, at the next meeting of the Chamber of Commercial Horrors in Anytown, USA, the flyer—stapled next to ‘Have You Seen this Missing Teenager?’…itself just under the ‘Re-Warred: Fluffy the companion kitty what gives me cumford as um on disAblity’—there’ll be a vote on the Oh Ficial Signage plan of the Council:

    SlubberdegulionVille, Home of the CornDog

    Meeting to be held in the old post office, next to the dog grooming business going out of business sign.

  12. barbisbest March 23, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    We have created an industrial produced reality that has no relation whatsoever to the planet earth, a seamless holographic image we live in called “civilization”. The preoccupation of the super rich to do nothing but augment their wealth is a pathology. The lunatics are running the asylum. Michael Parenti from the film Fall and Winter.

    Great post JHK as usual. The kicking, I believe, has already begun. I doubt other powerful countries now will stand by and let us do what has been done in the past. Where it stops nobody knows.

  13. the blame/e March 23, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    From where I am sitting, as just another fat ass, your thesis on Michael Brown is all wrong. Perhaps you have been reading too much Orlov and are being led astray from your true self by a Russian expat who (also?) believes that Americans are all Michael Browns — fat, uneducated, and insane. But I just love Orlov; just another foreigner behaving badly in my country, living on a boat, tied to this country by the slimmest of threads (sorry, I meant ‘lines’.

    In a country whose food supply is basically poisoned by the inherent processing that food requires, where food is just poisoned quadrotriticale — all bulk and no sustenance, then Michael Brown is all of us on so many levels. But “entitled” is not one of them.

    The cops murdered an un-armed citizen. Simple as that. In a society where the police protect the people and the military protects the government what more can be going on than how our fully militarized police force is killing, murdering, the unarmed people in the name of its war on terror? More to follow.

    Entitled is what the politicians call the suckers who paid taxes in both private and public pension systems that have been bankrupted by the politicians (for “under-funded” pension systems read under-nourished and an under-fed general populace, who are about to become broke and starving when the government and pension providers and pension managers welch on their promises, again.

    The use of the word “entitlement” is just these pension Ponzi schemers and thieves calling their victims names in the same way the bully blames the victim for the violence inflicted or about to be inflicted upon them.

    Are you a bully too, Mr, Kunstler?


    • DA March 23, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      The racist whites in the US have all convinced themselves “it’s a black thang” and that it could never happen to them. My won’t they be surprised!

      • Therian March 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

        Let’s be realistic here. Our entire culture, including the dominant Caucasian culture, has bought into the atavism of the prison and ghetto. However, not all degrees of atavism are equal. The black community in America is far more violent than any other ethnicity you’d care to name.

        Yes, you’re right that the future will feature negative surprises for everyone but I doubt the Caucasians and Asians will commence with raping, murdering, and pillaging at anything like the rate of blacks. And boy are those rates truly incredible!!

    • malthuss March 23, 2015 at 11:30 am #

      The cops murdered an unarmed citizen.

      The cop killed an armed citizen.

      A guy who weighs 300 pounds is armed. He has two of them. [fixed that for you].

      • vengeur March 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

        Still they cling to the obvious lie that he had his hands up and was “executed”. This proves that there still ARE people who watch MSNBC.

    • kansas ham on wry March 23, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Agree with the inappropriateness of the Michael Brown analogy – was he a ‘wannabe thug?’ Probably, but that isn’t justification for a summary execution. Here’s the one fact that none of the Darren Wilson apologists have been able to explain to me: Brown’s body was 148 feet away from the patrol car where the incident ostensibly began at. How does the body get half a football field away from the place where it all started at? Yep, someone was charging someone allright. My vote is on the 6’4″ white cop. And I’d feel better if the folks concentrating on the ‘hands up don’t shoot’ fallacy would at least acknowlege the OTHER part of the DOJ report, which claimed systemic racial bias, selective enforcement and abuse (remember the black who was charged with assault for bleeding on the officer’s clothes during a beating?) You can’t focus on the one statement without acknowledging the pre-exisiting conditions that give it the veneer of believability.

      But as for the larger point he was making, spot on. The Ukraine is out-and-out provocation, and baiting the Russian bear makes as much sense as giving a baby a hand grenade to play with. Nothing good can come of it. Apparently the blockheads who pull the strings have decided that if they can’t sit at the top of the dunghill, they’ll just lay waste to the thing. Sorry, but the quasi-religious belief in ‘American Exceptionalism’ has even less veracity than ‘Hands up don’t shoot.’ It’s just a way to make us feel good about ourselves while the sharpies use our distraction to steal everything that isn’t bolted down. Meanwhile, the ice caps melt, the plutocrats seems hell-bent on turning everything worth owning into a corporate subsidiary, income inequality continues to climb, the flow of departing jobs will increase to a torrent if the bipartisan TPP trade bill is approved, and California (which produces a staggering amount of foodstuffs) has a year of water left. Hoard gold? No thanks – it has no nutritive value. I’m laying in a stock of food (and guns).

      • Therian March 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm #


        Seems you’re still buying the lie that he was in retreat mode when any non-liar on the scene saw him reach into the cop car for Wilson’s gun. It’s Trayvon Martin all over again. How many times did he need to bash Zimmerman’s skull against the pavement before he needed to get his ass shot? Two? Five? How many? Please tell us.

        I’m not sure how you connect Michael Brown with the Ukraine. A non-sequitur if ever there was one.

        • kansas ham on wry March 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

          ‘Any non-liar on the scene saw him reach into the cop car for Wilson’s gun.’ Specifics and names of the ‘non-liars’ please. Wilson ‘stopped close to them’ (according to Wikipedia) and the proximity that Wilson specifically chose led to the close-in struggle. If Wilson thought these guys were the thieves, why not keep them in sight and call for back-up rather than inserting himself into a close-in situation where he was outnumbered. That’s just poor police tactics. Did Wilson try and grab Brown from his vehicle or did Brown specifically reach for his gun. I guess the survivor is the one who gets to submit a version not capable of rebuttal.

          I notice you didn’t give any explanation for how the body ended up so far from the car where the incident started. Teleportation? Did Al Sharpton move it when no one was looking? And no comment on the DOJ report that showed pervasive racism and targetted prosecution. Maybe you can address those in your rebuttal.

          As for the connection of Brown with the Ukraine, JHK did that and I was merely commenting on the remainder of his article. He described America as ‘overgrown, oafish’ and behaving like thugs in trying to force the world to comport to our whims. Maybe in the future reading the rest of the article before commenting might help to clear things like this up.

          • Therian March 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

            I’m not going into the timeline when even the ordinary stations like CNN that have analyzed it to death said that Brown bullrushed Wilson several times. Hint to Kansas … a gunshot WILL push your body back quite a few feet. He was NOT “walking away”. He was NOT “surrendering”. He was NOT “innocent”. I noticed you didn’t touch the Trayvon issue with a ten foot pole.

            Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackass, of course, were indicting Wilson before any arraignments took place.

            These punk ass blacks think they can go into stores, push aside any and all customers, push aside the proprietor, grab whatever the hell they want, and then bullrush police. And then their sorry “community” wonders why, after several assaults, a theft, and a resisting arrest they end up DEAD. That’s one less PUNK besmirching America.

          • kansas ham on wry March 27, 2015 at 8:03 am #

            Therian, I ask for specifics and get a breezy dismissal along the lines that ‘it’s been so thoroughly rehashed that I don’t have to show proof.’ If the evidence is so voluminous that it is lying around like snowflakes after a blizzard, it would be easy to answer my request. The fact that you won’t (or can’t) suggests otherwise.

            And thanks for your hilarious ‘hint’ that ‘a gunshot will push your body back quite a few feet.’ Apparently according to you, one hundred and forty eight of them. We are to believe that each of the six bullets Michael Brown took catapulted him back eight yards on average each time? That’s some pretty impressive ordinance. I wasn’t aware that handheld howitzers were standard patrolling equipment of the Ferguson PD. But thanks for trying – I haven’t had that good a belly laugh in ages.

            As for the fact that I ‘didn’t touch the Trayvon issue with a ten foot pole,’ well…….yes. Maybe it was because it had nothing to do with the original comment or the point JHK was trying to make. Unlike you, I try to stay on topic. But if you’re going to cherrypick incidents that you think prove your racial point, do I get to as well? How far back in time should we go? Medgar Evers? Goodman Cheney and Schwerner? Emmett Till?

            But since this seems to be important to you, let’s for a second do a race reversal on the incident. Imagine a white kid who just came back from the store after buying Skittles. He is followed by an anonymous angry black man (who it later turns out has been arrested for shoving an officer in the performance of his duties and had a domestic violence complaint later that same year). The black man is aggressive and demands to know what he is doing. The white kid sees this angry black man has a gun, fears for his safety and tries to defend himself. In the course of the fight, the black man shoots him dead. How do you think THAT would have played out in the eyes of the Police? Would you have given the black man a pass as legitimately defending himself? Somehow I doubt it.

            And let’s just say that since the 2012 shooting, Mr. Zimmerman has demonstrated a continued anger management problem. Wikipedia mentions five incidents in 2013 (including assaults against his ex-wife, her father and a separate girlfriend). In 2014, he was involved in a road rage incident where he told the other driver ‘Do you know who I am’ and ‘I’ll (bleeping) kill you.’ And in 2015, he was back in the news for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his (presumably new) girlfriend. This sounds like a person that needs to be kept as far away from guns as possible. If he is your exemplar of victimized caucasians, you really need to find another poster to genuflect before when you turn in at night.

            But back to the original point…….capitalizing words because you feel so strongly certainly demonstrates your certainty. But volume is not a substitute for proof. And until you provide some, my original arguments remain unrefuted.

          • DA March 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

            Too bad there aren’t a few less ‘Therians’ commenting on shit they know nothing about as well. Oh well, we live, we learn, or so they say at least.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

        You’re really out of the media loop: it’s racist for Whites to own guns. You’re defending the people who wish you nothing but harm.

        • kansas ham on wry March 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

          Not the first time I’ve marched to the beat of a different drummer (nor will it be the last). Somehow I’ll manage to live with the shame.

          And as for my ‘defending the people who wish you nothing but harm’ I simply have reservations about anybody (be they black, white, oriental or green) being gunned down in the street under such dubious circumstances. I call it enlightened self-interest – a police department as out-of-control as Ferguson’s apparently was is a threat to my lily-white skin as well.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

            Well sure, but the Blacks took the bait and made what could have been a uniting issue into more Black Grievance. And guess what? They always will take the bait. It’s simply their nature to be aggrieved and blaming more successful people.

            Would they care much (or at all) if a Black cop shot an unarmed Black kid? I say no, except for the family of course. They hate us far more than they love themselves. And beyond that, their hatred of us brings all kinds of goodies and reparations – insuring that the situation will never change.

          • Therian March 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

            Oh really!? Then why isn’t the white community in the Ferguson area storming City Hall, the Police Department, and the Justice Department due to their awesome fear of the Ferguson Police. No, they’re SUPPORTING the Ferguson Police except, of course, no doubt excluding some lily-livered social worker types who are working out their White Guilt.

            It’s really quite simple. If you don’t go into stores and assault customers, step on them, grab handfuls of whatever you want, and try to take officer’s guns from them, you are very, VERY safe, indeed. Like the media, you start with a fiction as if it was true from the get-go and then run with it.

          • DA March 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

            Like the media, you start with a fiction as if it was true from the get-go and then run with it.

            Et tu Therian, et tu?

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

        Even Eric Holder, who desperately wanted to bring Wilson down, admitted that there was nothing there but ghetto liars.

        • Therian March 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

          Same with his boss, Mr. Obama. This kid was heading for a life of terrorizing stores and communities like he did that day. I don’t care how they dressed up that pig after his death to make him seem like a pillar of the community. After Trayvon got his, the black demonstrators were out with placards of Trayvon at age 7 or 8 playing on our sympathy for little children.

          The black community NEVER apologized for Tawana Brawley. They NEVER apologized for the travesty of the OJ Simpson case. They NEVER apologized for trying to take down the Duke Lacrosse team. And guess what … the prosecutor in that case was DISBARRED FOR PROSECUTORIAL ABUSE OF POWER.

          Whites, on the other hand, are suppose to apologize for every single black sparrow that falls off of the telephone wire. It’s stupid.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      The man up in Ballston Spa, the one whose family has just been told there will be no police indicted in his death, was unarmed also, wasn’t he? Why doesn’t he get headlines, and protests?
      Could it be that our government wants to lay blame for the ‘black community’s’ failure to launch at the feet of ‘white racism’?
      There’s a college dude in Schenectady who had his face bloodied when police arrested him after a disturbance related to a hockey championship. He’s considering suing, but he only made local newscasts, while a black student in Virginia has the who school out protesting about what “they” are doing to “us” (every darker complexioned person on campus). Why should it only matter if it is a black person involved?

      • Therian March 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

        Well said, Beryl!! Well said. If there’s any “exceptionalism” in America it’s our relentless bending over to the black community to say “Thank you, Sir, may I have another?”.

        • DA March 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

          Or the bending over to accommodate stupid-assed comments such as yours. American Exceptionalism exists for sure, and never more epitomized by your stupid shit.

    • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

      Yeah, he was unarmed because he couldn’t get the gun away from the cop.

  14. DanandMary March 23, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Two words I thought I’d never hear from you… “Get gold.” I felt I lost legitimacy when I told you I was a ‘stacker’.

  15. teejay March 23, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    News from the Southern front…
    I was invited to a garden party this weekend in my little part of rural north central Florida at an acquaintance’s home on ten acres. At the small risk of offending any of the other ‘partiers’ (small chance of ANY of them reading this blog), I thought I’d share a few candid observations.
    I was first and foremost ridiculously conspicuous in my body type compared to EVERY other guest, save one. I am 5’10” and weigh about 170. Not just overweight were the 20 or so other adult guests, but clinically obese, and most in their 30’s and 40’s. I bought a green salad with lots of good stuff in it, which went largely untouched. Most of the other fare was some variation of cheesey, creamy, casserol’y carb, and plenty of grilled meats, cake, and HFCS laden soft drink of some type or other, many of them “diet” (which I suppose, is the sum total of effort of concession for the participants to address aforementioned obesity). Oh, and lot’s ‘o cake and deserts too!
    There were 3 unwed mothers, with unruly babes running about (not out of the ordinary…I like kids), that were being actively indoctrinated on the Mac ‘n cheese/soft drink road to obesity. I later learned that all 3 were living in their parents homes, and on some form of govt. assistance for single parents. One was on SSDI, although it was unclear what said ‘disability’ was, other than “too fat to work”.
    I witnessed about 6 or so of the guests, in a postprandial bliss, proudly comparing their latest ink masterpieces with one another. Hey, if you’ve got a bunch of excess “canvas” due to an ever expanding girth, you oughtta put it to SOME use, right!?
    There was not much conversation that could even be lightly construed as stimulating on the evening. Even an attempted foray into local politics was met with mostly blank stare and silence. I finally ended up chatting some gardening talk with the father of one of the attendees who was dragged along kind of as an afterthought by his daughter, I think because he was recently a widower. He was 82, and from New England. It turned out that he was actually more awake and aware, by far, than anyone else. A kid during WWII, he remembered well a different era. An interesting evening of insight…to be sure. Oh, and lo and behold, there were a few tools missing from the open bed of my pickup truck upon inspection in the morning…I wonder where they went?

    It’s more than mildly concerning, my friends, even out here in the hinterlands of rural America. The US/Michael Brown analogy is a fabulous one, and certainly crosses all strata of race, demographic, and geography. I have no answers, only observations.

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    • vengeur March 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      You made me look up “postprandial”. Thanks.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      That they stole your tools is a good sign is it not? They want to work! You’re being there was fortuitous indeed.

      • malthuss March 24, 2015 at 12:35 am #

        Thieves steal to resell,

    • Buck Stud March 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      It’s one thing to eat like a field hand when doing physical labor all day and quite another when sitting on the posterior engaging in any number of electronic diversions.

      And so here in the USA we go to ridiculous and incoherent counter extremes like driving five miles to the local gym in order to walk 20 minutes on the treadmill.

      The beautiful irony is simply engaging in normal physical activity like mowing the lawn, painting the house, tending the garden, etc, etc, etc would burn far more daily calories and curb avaricious appetites. And the biggest bonus of all: Actually getting something done while ‘working out’.

    • Ishabaka March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Conversation? That’s so ’90’s. The Thumb People commune with their sail fawns these day.

    • BackRowHeckler March 24, 2015 at 12:19 am #

      To find those tools check down at the scrap yard. It doesn’t sound like the people you describe will be doing any actual constructive work with them.

  16. 99 cent nation March 23, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    I am leaving this dung heap we call a country and will never look back. Run before they turn you into a mutant money grubbing robot.

  17. newworld March 23, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Don’t accept passiveness for acceptance, both Brown and Trayvon Martin are poorly thought of in Democratic voters circles as well as in the social circles of the “racist whites” of the Stupid Party.

    Shoving those two into the faces of the “common enemy” while it sounds great at DU or Kos is at best short term thinking, but honestly as JHK writes that seems the best anyone can do these days.

    Really am I to believe the coming Hispanic majority wants the likes of Martin and Brown to be the faces of their collective political will? Much less high striving Asian Americans throwing their energies into false veneration of two thuggish acting boys.

  18. lsjogren March 23, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    You should stop reading Kunstler and just watch MSNBC. Then you won’t need to worry your pretty little head over any facts that don’t conform to the doctrine of your political cult.

    • lsjogren March 23, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      By the way: People who are looking for a leftist lapdog ought to know by now that Kunstler is the wrong place to find one.

      • vengeur March 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

        Which is why they get in a huff and call Jim the “R” word (which is the Caucasian version of the “N” word) and then disparage him for being “old and white”. Because as we all know, only white people get old.

  19. peakfuture March 23, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Gold/silver – definitely some is probably a good idea, but what JHK has is even better – a place to grow food, good (we hope!) neighbors, a network of like-minded friends and colleagues, and a wide skillset. If you have some of these, you are most likely in better shape than most. And speaking of shape – if you are in good physical condition, that is a huge leg up on the rest of the population.

    John Michael Greer isn’t to keen on gold, but as a hedge against currency insanity, it is pretty much at the top of the list. As many have stated, every fiat currency that has ever existed has imploded.

    Orlov’s commentary is pretty spot on. No matter what the reality of Ferguson, the larger picture is that we have become a nation of fools, and the situation with Ukraine is one of the biggest glaring examples of this.

    My investing mantra has been invest in yourself, and invest in your community. Learn something. Make connections. Be a decent citizen. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to use your turn signals (while we still can drive), to say please and thank you, and work on things that are important for society.

    • Ishabaka March 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Sixty percent of adult Americans are overweight/obese. If your BMI is 24.9 or less, and you can run one mile at any pace, you are a winner these day.

  20. noel bodie March 23, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Speaking of clowns, does anyone think(cue the dramatic music) a Manned Mission to Mars is a good use of limited resources? I don’t and yet it seems to be gaining traction with “rocket scientists”. Is it just a scam to protect/enlarge their budgets? What kind of theme music will CBS have? Will Leslie Stahl become a Martian? Stay tuned.

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    • vengeur March 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Nasa is a jobs program for scientists.

      • noel bodie March 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

        So it seems.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

      Why not? We might as well see what’s there. Maybe it will someday provide a refuge for the persecuted White Race. Also many useful things are usually learned by such “useless” ventures.

  21. newworld March 23, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Jim Webb won’t go anywhere, let us be real on that. The wonderful fuzzy cuddly Race Men of the Left will tear him apart.

    Webb wrote that perhaps poor whites should not be discriminated against when it comes to race quotas, and that is not a selling point to the Race Men of the Left. Hell they will probably dissect his book “Fields of Fire” to find out one of the characters used the word “nigger” and that the character was central to the story. So Webb is doomed.

    Too bad I think he could have shaken things up at least a tad, but both Left and Right would unite against him. From the Left the Race Men and from the Right the lunatics obsessed with Israel like FAUX News’ Hannity, a zealot in need of a cliff in which to throw himself off.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Are you on your blood moon? Heretic Hagee says Israel is the Apple of God’s eye.

  22. patrickd March 23, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Well said, Jim!

  23. malthuss March 23, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Over at You Tube – at ‘X22 Report’ – his latest talk – In France the Gov is taxing shadows.
    I kid you not. If yr building has a shadow that falls on public property you owe them.

  24. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Why new Chinese emission center is called “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank”?

    Because that what it is. It will create new money to fund large latest technology infrastructural projects in Chinese technological zone – or “labor separation zone”. That’s the best way of running complex modern financial system – underwrite new emission with new productive capacity.

    Why America can’t do the same thing? Economists estimate that for self-sufficient labor-separation zone you need 500 million people – US already have 320. With Canada and Mexico – probably more than enough.

    Buy gold? That might be a good advice, but not for everybody. Gold will become a desirable commodity not only for legitimate use of the government (to settle trade deficits for resources, not available internally), but also for criminals. And at some point you’ll have to flash it out for exchange for some necessity.

    I wonder, why Americans are not suggesting the real solutions. Too much propaganda from “alternative” media, the Austrians, Peter Schiff and the likes. American Government still has legitimate, Constitutional power to emit money for internal productive projects, sufficient to employ all people who want to work – and I am sure that the majority of Americans do.

    All that is lacking is political will and elementary education of American people in the foundation of real money and real economy

    • AKlein March 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Fincaln, of course you make sense with your recommendations. From what I can tell, the major impediment to this is that our government would have to discontinue its love affair with Wall Street and all its non-productive handmaidens. That is the rub. Too many in the US have become addicted to “easy money.” That’s the advantage the Russians have. The Russians are used to having to work hard, so it’s not a cultural shock. Here in the US we have legions of people who have never had to apply their efforts to real, productive, work for a single day in their lives. And I do not mean welfare recipients. I mean many, many middle management types, especially in our financial sector, which as JHK opines, is largely an edifice of rackets based on make-believe. When we are forced to deal with reality, as you put it “real money and a real economy”, there will be a huge number of people whose “skills” will be of zero value. That will be a huge calamity for them and potentially a huge social problem for the rest of us. Suddenly, they will be irrelevant and unimportant. They will not want to accept that.

      • MisterDarling March 23, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

        ‘Ello AK,

        re | “And I do not mean welfare recipients. I mean many, many middle management types, especially in our financial sector, which as JHK opines, is largely an edifice of rackets based on make-believe.”-ak.

        We’ve seen middle-management and white-collar employment collapse to a third of it’s pre-90’s bulk, and it’s still struggling to escape the noose. You’d think that with all of this ‘growth’ the opposite would be true… Unless of course it had nothing to contribute. But hey, who’s counting? Sales and tangible productivity are so 20th-Century anyway. All we need is more QE to fund stock buybacks and make our own ‘growth’ that way…

        /s… (yes, I was being sarcastic there)

        “When we are forced to deal with reality, as you put it “real money and a real economy”, there will be a huge number of people whose “skills” will be of zero value. That will be a huge calamity for them and potentially a huge social problem for the rest of us. Suddenly, they will be irrelevant and unimportant. They will not want to accept that.”-ak.

        And that’s where the concept of “The Die-Back” kicks right into high gear. Just ask JHK, or Orlov for that matter.

        Nicely done AK,


        • ozone March 24, 2015 at 10:16 am #

          All fascist and wishful cornucopian bullshit aside, you guys have zeroed in on the most salient of points; defining ‘necessary’ in a coming age of energy constraints and an overburden of population. Dire stuff, but, just like the Hokey-Pokey, that’s what it’s all about!

          Is the current iteration of the human race capable of long-term thinking (chilling as that may be)? Or do we just lurch from one crisis to the next until one wrong foot pitches us into extinction?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Yes as Hitler said, the real wealth of a nation is the brains and brawn of its people. Unfortunately perhaps, the Constitution says our money is to be based on gold and silver. Perhaps you should review it. We probably don’t have any gold anymore at Fort Knox, but that wont stop the endless talk about returning to a gold standard. It’s just one layer of illusion on top of another.

  25. ozone March 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Cruelly comic, Mr. Kunstler.
    In this national zeitgeist context, the Michael Brown analogy is more than apt. No quibbles here. (From the “race neutral” corner.)

    As to this segment…

    “Has any self-styled presidential candidate made a peep about America’s idiotic campaign to make Ukraine the 51st state? Has Hillary (“It’s Her Turn”) Clinton asked publically why the US is egging on NATO to stage military exercises on the Russian border?”

    …things are getting interesting and crowded with shadows of suspicion. What *is* hiding in those totally private and innocuous e-mails of the former Sec. of State, and why do they want this wrinkle ironed out right quick and consigned to the Dungeon of Wha’happen? or the Oubliette of Forgetfulness? (“Wedding plans”, my ass…)

    Check it out; big fun! Are/were promises exchanged? (Perish the thought, Poppets.)


    Jim, you’re correct. For the most part, the world is being run by an insane clown posse, which makes even the marginally reasonable seem like giants of statecraft and social philosophy. (Nope, no longer the benign, kindergartener-traumatizing circus clowns, but the dreaded Killer Klowns from Outer Space. 😉 )

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    • ozone March 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Ps. Let’s hope it’s “a hearty financial beat-down”. That will make a lot of the crazier and nastier schemes of world hegemony improbable or, in the best of instances, impossible. (We shall see; as you say, events are now in charge, since most of the effectual levers are either broken or actuate massive fraud.)

  26. Coldwarvet March 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    As a very long time follower of your Monday blog, I’ve got to register for this one to say: this is the best in a long time! Thanks for making my morning! Great, incisive analysis and incredibly cogent and piquant writing.

    • Ishabaka March 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

      I agree, today’s blog really hit the old nail.

  27. vengeur March 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Ukraine would have to become the 52nd state, since Israel already has claim to being the 51st.

  28. LLPete March 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    JHK, allow me to suggest one editorial change to your sentence beginning with, “He truly symbolized our country: an overgrown, oafish, wannabe thug making one bad choice after another until his final, suicidal lurch against authority — …”

    That should read, “He truly symbolized our country: an overgrown, oafish, wannabe thug making one bad choice after another until his final, suicidal lurch against the local corrupt extortion and revenue collection authority — …”

    • And So It Goes March 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

      “suicidal lurch against the local corrupt extortion and revenue collection authority — …”

      So true, and well said LL Pete.

    • marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

      the Ted Cruz show

  29. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    “Ukraine would have to become the 52nd state, since Israel already has claim to being the 51st.”

    It might be a very bad idea: Ukraine just opened up a second front in its civil war – now it is not between Kiev and pro-Russian republics, but between Kiev and the Governor of Dnepropetrovsk – Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky.

    According the official Kiev site, Kiev just sent National Guard troops to “maintain law and order” in Dnepropetrovsk.

    Spiders in a bucket start devouring each other.

  30. consultant13 March 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Hi Jim,

    Kicked to the curb. Yes, and we did it to ourselves.

    All of this is summarized in that word you introduced to us–clusterfuck.

    A clusterfuck left unattended results in another one of your consistent themes–collapse.

    We’re in a kind of slow motion, rolling collapse right now. Not much works as it’s suppose to. You see it everywhere. We lack the will to do what’s right because we no longer know or even care what’s right.

    If a big, WW II type event comes along that we can’t ignore, we’re toast.

    Which is to say we are toast. Climate change and the energy crisis are such events. We are essentially doing nothing to alter the course of those events. We’re using less oil only because the 1% collapsed our economy and not because we’re trying to avoid disaster.

    But while we use less, we and others still use a lot.

    The Day After Tomorrow is coming fast.

    At some point in the near future, we might look back fondly and recall Putin as the sane Russian leader.

    At some point, when things get tighter than they are now, leaders of other big nations might things it’s time to rearrange the chairs on ship.

    Here in the United States, we know what needs to be done, but it involves so much real work. We seem to have lost our talent and zeal for real change or reform.

    And why not? So much cable tv to watch. Las Vegas beckons. Oh the beaches. When can we go?

    America will be on the beach as the tide rises.

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    • Florida Power March 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

      “Climate change and the energy crisis are such events. We are essentially doing nothing to alter the course of those events. ”

      I’d like a list of 10 things I can do right now to alter the course of climate change.

      • consultant13 March 24, 2015 at 10:07 am #

        The problem is so big and complex, it’s going to take a “WE” to put a dent in the problem.

        The most important thing “WE” could do right now is to drastically reduce our use of cars & trucks.

        Build out mass transit in the top 30 metro areas so that the majority of people are within 1/2 to 1 mile of a station stop. Get intercity passenger rail running between our cities.

        This strategy alone would have huge benefits for everyone.

        -it would cut the expense of having to own a car or owning more than 1 car for individuals and families. This would equal a huge savings for people (add up the cost of car ownership)
        -it would provide transportation options within and between metro areas
        -about two-thirds of the oil used in America is for personal transportation. We could greatly cut our oil consumption and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and our primary reason for staying tied up in the Middle East
        -we would greatly reduce the huge amount of carbon dioxide each of us puts in the air from our cars
        -the building and ongoing maintenance of this transportation system would be a huge public/private partnership that would create thousands of jobs and collateral investments for decades to come
        -we don’t need to invent ANYTHING to do this. We know how to do this

  31. Q. Shtik March 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Speaking of Michael Brown and Ferguson, MO, does anyone recall that it was 11 years ago (or was it 11 days?) that 2 cops were shot in Ferguson..one in the face and the other in the shoulder?

    Have any of you readers been able to learn the race/color of those two cops? I have tried in vain. I even exchanged several emails with a journalist who wrote a major article on the incident. I chided him for leaving out this potentially important detail. He replied that the victims’ race was irrelevant and besides the police were unwilling to mention the victims’ race.

    Does anybody know?

    • malthuss March 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

      Ask Paul Kersey at ‘SBPDL’ blog.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

      Well, Q – I think you can find the statistical breakdown of Ferguson, MO cops by race (~90% white?), and then simply calculate the odds that one or more of the 2 cops were non-caucasian (~<20% chance of a black cop being shot?). I know it's a bit more nuanced, as the white higher-ups might have "pawned" their black compadres into the most dangerous positions (HAH! And don't forget the National Guard!).

      I kinda found myself wondering about the clearly black shooter who self-confessed. Did they find the rifle at his place/confirmed ballistics? From the video released, I heard 3 shots fired – 2 apparently hit cops, and he was "not aiming?!?" One hit in the head, bullet permanently lodged behind his ear – released the next day? A *Wowzerz* sort of story, there… Wonder if that black guy got the sort of "black site" Chicago-style 70's treatment, where his dad/brother/cousin/son/nephew/friend would be offered a clean slate (how's that for conspiracy)?

      • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

        Read the other day property values in Ferguson are plummeting to almost nothing and houses are being abandoned, not sold. 2 or 3 years from now I wonder how many whites will be left in Ferguson, Mo. My guess is about 0. As for businesses along main street, bail bond outfits, check cashing joints, package stores with bars in the windows, methadone clinics, all in one storefront to get your WIC-obamaphone-foodstamps-EBT card, hair dressing parlors, and a lot of empty space, that’s about it. About that time PBS will show up and do a story about how the community ‘has healed’ since all the whites have been chased out of political office and out of town.


        • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

          unemployment rate: 65%

          crime rate: thru the roof

          HS graduation rate: 29%

          How many people on Section 8?: everybody

          But at least Whitey is gone. Its a start.


    • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 6:53 am #

      I think both of them were Jewish, but I’m not 100% positive.

  32. Therian March 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Great weekly, Jim. I especially like the Putin comments. Our politicos are like kindergartners throwing turds at each other in a sandbox while Putin, an alleged Asperger’s case, looks absolutely composed and restrained compared to our passel of ninnies.

    Our country really IS oafish because there are a critical mass of middle-aged people searching for identities via tattoos and dying their hair magenta. In America, 50 is the new 20. Thanks for the laughs and the insights.

  33. Cold N. Holefield March 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    At least Putin had the nerve to beat the sawdust (speaking of it) out of his wife before he finally divorced her and at least he had the nerve to ultimately divorce her unlike Bill Clinton who obviously never put Hillary in her place where she belongs and denied having sex with that woman Monica Lewinsky) when he clearly had sex with that woman. If Bill had beaten the shit out of Hillary day in and day out until she went batshit insane and her calves swelled to the size of tree trunks and then divorced her and proudly admitted to having sex with all those other women, he would have gotten my vote. Honesty matters. American politicians are dishonest pussies, and yes, a dishonest pussy is worse than an honest one. Not to worry, Bill got his comeuppance. From his appearance, he obviously has AIDS.

    • vengeur March 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      I’d put my money on Hillary in any Bill/Hill Smackdown brawl. And I can assure you it would be TLC (tables, ladders and chairs) that would rain down on babyfaced Bill. The idea that Bill could beat up Hillary is ludicrous.

    • CrusherMuldoon March 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

      Cold would you run for school committee in my hometown in RI, please?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      You are a caveman, a dinosaur. You need to take a bath in the Bria Tar Pits. Get some sophistication if you want to get away with rape like Bill did. Women love a handsome liar and will forgive him anything. An honest poor man they hate.

    • marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      puritan porn clusterfuckers

  34. davidreese2 March 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    I am quite sure that Jim was born in NYC; at least he spent his childhood there. But had he been born in Mississippi, Israel, Russia, or wherever else, I’m sure his views would be the quite similar to those he holds at present.

    Mr. Kunstler is an independent, original thinker. (Not many of those left these days.)

  35. CrusherMuldoon March 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    Also, as in the case of the actual Michael Brown, supposedly sentient observers do not have the guts to call bullshit on all the excuses we make for ourselves.

    Bravo, James!

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  36. CrusherMuldoon March 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Somewhere, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are ltfao.

  37. volodya March 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Funny how the world changes but doesn’t.

    A hundred years ago it was the rotting remains of the Ottoman Empire that were being picked over. A hundred years later it’s still the rotting remains of the Ottoman Empire being picked over. But now, instead of European vultures circling, it’s the black-wings of ISIS

    What got resolved in the last hundred years? Not much apparently.

    A hundred years ago it was a squabbling and dysfunctional mess of ethnicities in the form of the Hapsburg empire, a hundred years later it’s a squabbling and dysfunctional mess of ethnicities but this time in the EU and Eurozone.

    A hundred years ago it was a large and prosperous Germany menacing its neighbors. And now? Germany has its day in the sun as the Kaiser wanted. And how the fuck did this happen? Not via military conquest but rather via treaties and banking arrangements.

    You see, after three calamitous clashes the French were/are so un-nerved at the prospect of the tramp, tramp, tramp of jackboots that they thought it better to embrace the enemy.

    The Germans for their part, magnanimous in defeat (or was it victory), looked at what they were offered and took advantage. Germany got a market for its goods and Germany prospers. Wasn’t that something. Germany lost? No, Germany won. Give war a chance, no?

    An interesting approach this is. You’ve heard of a pre-emptive war? This looks more like pre-emptive surrender. It’s like the head-waiter said in Rick’s Café in Casablanca, give the Germans what they want because, knowing them, they’ll take it anyway.

    We’ll see how the French approach works out. Well, we can actually see it now. French girls don’t have to worry about swaggering German soldiers in town squares. But, as we’ve seen, this misconceived exercise is coming apart.

    And let’s be careful. Let’s not slander them all. The French farmer did as he was asked by his perfumed and monumentally corrupt and incompetent betters and was sent into the abattoir at Verdun where he died in his hundreds of thousands. His reward? Disdain. The farmer’s life was expendable. That the next generation of French farmers failed isn’t a discredit to them but rather to the doddering geriatrics running the show at the time.

    And what do we have across the Channel? The toffs really fucked it up didn’t they? Britain had a go a hundred years ago against a far better trained and armed adversary and paid bitterly for the leisurely amateurism of its upper-class. If you want proof that high birth is no guarantee of intelligence or ability, look no further.

    No matter, a generation later they did it again. While in the inter-war years the German military was a hive of innovation and energy, the lords dozed and sipped brandy. While panzer battering rams and murderous 88’s kicked Brit ass all over Europe and North Africa the blundering British barons insisted that slow, pea-shooter armed British tanks could prevail. Well, they couldn’t and no evidence could convince them. Bye-bye Britannia, it rules the waves no longer.

    The Russians? Well, they’ve come a long way from the days of the Czar. Have they learned anything? They replaced a nasty caste of aristocrats with a nasty gang of kleptocrats with a whole lot of killing in between. Is this an improvement?

    The Archdruid over there I think has a point. Fascism and communism provided alternatives that moderated the rapacity of American plutocrats. But communism is discredited, fascism is in the grave. Can they resurrect? Maybe, like a movie re-run. But in the meantime, the American point 1 percent runs rampant.

    • And So It Goes March 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      I very much Appreciate this informed, well thought out post.. I am saving it to my computer to re-read.. Very well said… Volodya.

      • wpa_ccc March 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Ditto. Great post, Volodya.

      • volodya March 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

        Glad you liked it.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

      Exactly. The State must rule its economic nobles with an iron hand. Not rob them, rule them. And if they submit willingly and cheerfully, they can have honor and influence beyond their riches. If not, let them be driven forth with fire and steel and tomatoes and taxes,

  38. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Too many in the US have become addicted to “easy money.” — AKlein

    Oh, come on now! I have worked in both – Russia and US, and I remember in Russia(Soviet) we had a joke – “We pretend to be working, and they (the government) pretend to be paying us” – and it was to a large extent reflection of real picture.

    From my personal experience – and I worked in Hi-Tech – Americans have to a large extent better work attitude and discipline.

    It is just a question of proper motivation.

    • AKlein March 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      I am talking about the financial sector personnel, not the technical people. Totally different personality types.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

        Ah, those… With couple of years on unemployment check – contingent on learning some useful skill in a professional school, they’ll be glad to do some welding or carpentering – it could be fun, too!

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Yes the Russian is either at your feet or at your throat, nothing in between. Serf or Lord. The American merchant or British yeoman is incomprehensible to them since the prosperous peasant class was exterminated by the Communists.

      • marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

        you don’t hear very much at all directly from Russia, just the BS that others write about it

  39. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    May be the Nation will have to go through some painful transition in order to get their asses out of constant TV propaganda and grow some real political leaders – right now, unfortunately, I don’t see a single one.

    But it definitely will happen.

  40. MisterDarling March 23, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    J H K’s offering this week is little something for everybody – guaranteed to get tongues wagging, fingers tapping or frothy spittle flying – as the case may be.

    Under these circumstances I’ll choose to probe selectively at things I prioritize.

    Re | “Has any self-styled presidential candidate made a peep about America’s idiotic campaign to make Ukraine the 51st state? Has Hillary (“It’s Her Turn”) Clinton asked publically why the US is egging on NATO to stage military exercises on the Russian border? … Is The New York Times so preoccupied with its “Gay Cities” index it forgot that the world is full of serious conflicts and hazards that extend beyond the choosing of apartment décor?”-J H K.

    This cuts to the chase about all that is wrongest in US Foreign policy: the inabilty to get over ourselves and work with the world as it is, not as it ‘should’ be according to perfumed & pampered media mandarin distractionists.

    Anais Nin (someone who could write with authority about prostitution) wrote: “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”. After a moment’s contemplation you realize that this pretty much nutshells everything about US Foreign [attempts at] Relations – and all those subsequent blowbacks.

    Re | “Likewise, there are obvious reasons why we’re so busy demonizing Vladimir Putin. He’s the only serious adult on a stage full of special ed students. When Vlad goes on vacation what does the American media do? It launches into raptures of speculation about his “love child” — because in this country any political leader foolish enough to step out of the spotlight for a few minutes will be gleefully unmasked as a “cheater,” a lothario (because, despite our ultra-pornified 24/7 twerk-o-rama culture, we apparently think sex is bad)”-J H K.

    America never really got the memo that the rest of the world DOES NOT GIVE A F@CK about ‘marital infidelity’ with anything near the intensity that we purportedly do. I say “purportedly’ because we fail horribly at maintaining the ridiculous standard that we set for the electioneered celebrities, who currently fill in for political leadership.

    This comes as no surprise to seasoned outside observers. If we don’t understand the difference between short- and long-term, tactical and strategic, why should we get the difference between someone’s private issue and a Matter of National Importance?

    Re | “What do foreign leaders think when they have concluded their mystifying sessions with our Secretary of State, the haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, John Kerry. Do they look around the floor of their ministerial offices to see if any sawdust leaked out of his head?”-J H K.

    Secretary of State is not a position that is taken seriously by the White House – and it shows. The SecState’s job for the past 25 years is going around the globe like some over-dressed porter, transmitting heartfelt apologies, checking up on minions and making ridiculous demands – and taking the blame when things go south.. At this late date, the Secretary of State is “an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill”.


    Re |”America tried, at the very last moment, to join the new BRICs development bank. Who finally decided that? Barack Obama? John Kerry? Jack Lew: the Three Stooges? Get gold. If you can.”-J H K.

    Who didn’t see this?


    Thus, answering the question for a late-comers about why Russia, India and China have been buying up gold bullion at such a furious pace past five years – which accelerated after The Fed intervened in Spring of ’13 and dropped the price to the $1200-1300/oz range.

    Of course the current administration wanted to get on-board at the last minute – their Wall Street masters wouldn’t want to be left with no leverage, after all. But at this late date, Wall Street has figured out that even they can get left in the cold. The BIS has all but sent out ‘royal town criers’ announcing the fact.

    “Er, *sorry* Wall Street, but you __knew what this was all along__, *b a b e*… But *hey*, this is no time for tears! Like we used to say back when it was good: “I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone” right babe?”



    Good-Bye Unipolar World…

    Hello ‘Multi-Polar’ Who-Knows-What!

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    • marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

      rhetoric that blows up in your face

  41. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    America needs a good project – a driver of hope and economic growth. I think a very good idea is something like NAWAPA – bring Alaska’s waters to Western States, and in a meantime save a few dozen trillion dollars of prime California real estate.

    CNN instead of spilling their everyday BS propaganda, could report on the progress of the project.

  42. volodya March 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    This cuts to the chase about all that is wrongest in US Foreign policy: the inabilty to get over ourselves and work with the world as it is, not as it ‘should’ be according to perfumed & pampered media mandarin distractionists.

    Anais Nin (someone who could write with authority about prostitution) wrote: “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”. After a moment’s contemplation you realize that this pretty much nutshells everything about US Foreign [attempts at] Relations – and all those subsequent blowbacks. – Mister Darling

    Yep, that pretty much says it, it tells you all about the distorting prism through which the U.S sees the world and the disasters that resulted.

    Though, I wonder about this “unipolar” idea. The United States was the most powerful country after the dissolution of the USSR and the spate of theft that crippled Russia and former Soviet states. I think you can say that the 1990s were the closest the world ever got to being unipolar.

    But I think it’s hazardous to over-estimate US power and influence. For example, I think that Russia wasn’t AS powerful, nor China, but that means only that, that their respective reach wasn’t as long. It doesn’t mean that they were weaklings. Both of them still ruled over large swathes of the globe and their near abroad was still substantial.

    It’s the old saying, if you use your influence you lose your influence. The US, in my own estimation, has been enormously influential by its example. EVERYBODY, ok ALMOST everybody, wanted what the US had, not quite comprehending the unique mix of culture, tradition and institutions that brought it all about, that made the US the US. And that couldn’t necessarily be duplicated on other turf.

    Do Chinese cities resemble outwardly American cities? Sure, they look at the American way of life with all the consumer goodies and they want that too. Enough with Revolution and meetings and rallies, people want meat and refrigerators and cars. Emoting with thousands of your identically dressed comrades in public squares may feel good but it doesn’t get anything done and it doesn’t feed you.

    But, by deliberately using its influence, the US diminished itself.

    I think that foreigners just got sick of guys like Kerry telling them what they ought to do. And foreigners got sick of the US getting involved in local issues about which Americans knew nada and which were far removed from US shores. And the US showed the limits of its collective knowledge and will and capacity in its numerous foreign military misadventures.

  43. PeteAtomic March 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    What amazes me is that the US media loves to bang drums & scream & holler over the ‘dictatorial’ Putin and his centralization of power, and in the next news story extrapolate on the 3rd Bush family member (and accompanying advisors from the last 2 Bush Presidencies) bid for the White House! If that isn’t a great example of cognitive dissonance in US politics, I don’t know what is.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      I don’t think “the US media loves to bang drums & scream & holler over the ‘dictatorial’ Putin and his centralization of power.” To be fair, the turd blossom Putin has threatened to nuke the planet if his BOTOX doesn’t hold up, and yet nary a peep from The West as compared to Saddam and his “WMD.” Russia is a million times more the threat than Saddam could have ever hoped to have been. If anything, The West is cowardly picking on easy targets like Saddam and looking the other way when bully boy Putin flexes his bare chest.

      • marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

        Russia is no threat not after Afghanistan, they have learned their lesson there or did they?

        • Cold N. Holefield March 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

          I’m applying the “official” logic used to invade and occupy Iraq. It’s not my logic, it’s the propagandists’ logic.

          I think Russia is a threat, but not necessarily a nuclear threat. It’s a Kleptocracy and as such it needs to replenish its Marks. Russia is what The West can rather quickly devolve into since it has its share of kleptocratic tendencies that are increasingly going unchecked thus being given tacit state approval.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

            So Americans should stay out of Russian and not do business there. Who says we have to live in a unified world? Why can’t there be any numbers of economies in the world and not just one big one ruled by a very few? You’ll never be one of the big boys – never, never, never!

  44. LLPete March 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    A while back JHK said that we were suffering from a failure of leadership across the board and on every level. How can that be when we get the kind of leadership we want and deserve?

    • marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      most presidents don’t know what they are doing

  45. marzo@cox.net March 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    I cannot maintain her
    With silver and gold
    And all of the fine things
    That a big house can hold

    If I was a poet
    And could write a fine hand
    I’d write my love a letter
    That she’d understand

    And write it by the river
    Where the waters overflow
    But I dream of pretty Saro
    Wherever I go

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  46. Q. Shtik March 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    At least Putin had the nerve – Cold N.


    When Vlad retires from running the country he should open a fast food joint in Moscow and name it Putin’s Take-Out.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 6:50 am #

      Or a nightclub called Botox.

      If Putin’s eyes close up any further from all the onabotulinumtoxinA, his trainer’s going to have to take measures.

      Cut me, Barack

  47. almost March 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    You picked the wrong guy for your metaphor, Jim.

    The United States is actually the Darren Wilson of nations: A punk-ass chickenshit in a uniform who roams around bullying and robbing everyone in the neighborhood, empties his clip into anyone who dares to resist his precious authority, and then claims that he was acting in self-defense.

    Cut and paste this into the beginning of your piece, and the rest of it works. Your analysis of world events is pretty good, as long as you stay away from race. Your analysis of racial dynamics is consistently atrocious, though it does seem to play well with the white-supremacist faction of your readership. Let them go, Jim. You don’t need them. Dmitry gets by just fine without them.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

      Here is hatred of one’s own race raised to the nth degree. Quite common on the Left. Roseanne Barr tweeted the address of Wilson’s parents. It’s not enough that he lost his career and will have to look over his should for the rest of his life – his parents have to be destroyed as well.

      • ZrCrypDiK March 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

        Aren’t you one of those non-Pelegians? You know, sins of the father, and such X-tian drivel?

        Let me tell you – sins of the father(&mother) are real – it’s called genetics. Look it up, if’n ya don’t belieb-DAT.

        In other words? Yes, his parents ARE guilty. You happy yet, with your (ill) logic system?!?

        The truth hits everybody, in ‘large’ doses…

        • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

          That’s racist. You’re implying that Blacks can never do any better than they’re doing now – because “itz” genetic. Just because you’re right doesn’t make it ok. This is what we call a hate fact.

          In fact, IQ is largely genetic but character is more environmental. Almost is responsible for his own bad character. Of course you would say it’s the institution or the family. You are partially right again.

          • ZrCrypDiK March 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

            “That’s racist.”

            Wowzerz – rly? I’m not quite sure how to reply, *honey*!!! Putting words in my mouth, to be sure (I said nothing racist, resident)…

    • consultant13 March 24, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Totally agree.

  48. BackRowHeckler March 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    “Get gold. If you can.”

    good advice, Jim. We’re planning on doing just that this coming summer, going prospecting in Carson City, Nev area, getting the $$ and gear together now. Recently learned transporting a sixgun across state line is a major felony, so it looks like we will be going unheeled. I guess I’ll have to count on the government to protect us from snakes and 2 legged snakes.


  49. exdetroiter March 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Excellent. You are spot on!

  50. Therian March 24, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    Ah, I see Jim removed the Michael Brown thread. Jim, it’s your blog but don’t you see that the problem with race relations is precisely that one cannot DISCUSS them. I have often commented that the white race is the one going downhill the fastest mostly because our young people are adopting the fashion and speech of the prison yard and the ghetto.

    Racism coming from all races has never been more virulent, yet more underground, than it is right now. Putin knows how to handle human relationships and he is truly color blind. If you want to be a Russian, you must speak Russian (not Spanish, Ebonics, or anything else) and you must behave yourself in public in accordance with age old morals or … you must LEAVE.

    No moral relativism in Russia and that is a huge reason why he enjoys very high levels of support. No making heroes out of gays, lesbians, or trannies. No adulation just because you’re a minority. You live in Russia, you are a Russian. We could do a LOT worse than he is doing in his country. Yes, he takes guys out but he’s not a coward who does it via covert ops. He just takes you out.

    One can think what they want of Mr. Putin but I think he represents old school social, behavioral, and moral values. Russia has, if anything, been exceedingly nice to Europe given that they could nationalize their oil and natgas industries in a trice and freeze the EU equivocators out at his will.

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    • DA March 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      I wondered where my comment went. Yes, it appears Jim is both a coward and a racist. This blog and comments is a waste of time anyway.

  51. MisterDarling March 24, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    For all those that get a *midsection ‘crisis’* for news about ISIS, you won’t want to miss out on this link:


    And there you were wondering how those ISIS boys on Saudi Arabia’s tender southern flank were going to get armed… Well by the US naturally!

    Looking back over the past 70 years, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Chairman Mao told a US reporter that the Peoples’ Liberation Army “had a direct claim” on US war material – through all the corrupt Nationalist warlords pretending to fight him while they were selling him weapons and ammo they were getting to fund their getaways, back in1949…

    Perhaps Volodya is right about all this, things change… and then again, they don’t.

    At all.

    • Therian March 24, 2015 at 3:49 am #

      Of course!! For decades we’ve been on very friendly terms, overtly or covertly, with the Sunnis but mostly on bad terms with the Shia and the Wahhabis. We were among Al Qaeda’s original funders just as Saddam was our bitch for a very long time.

      That’s why Mr. Putin is amused at our incredible hypocrisy. We’ve laid in bed with a lot of nasty dogs in the world and then bitch and moan that we’ve caught fleas.

      I know comparisons with Rome seem hackneyed but Rome’s death was largely because of the bankruptcy caused by trying to sustain the Empire’s girth through endless, far flung, military incursions. Eventually they took a seemingly innocuous group, the Goth Tribes, for granted and got clobbered first by Alaric of Gaul at the Battle of Hadrianople where almost 45,000 Roman troops died. In today’s world that would be like one MILLION troops dying in one battle. Then, of course, the Vandals curled up from North Africa and finished off the Romans in 600 A.D.. The United States has spent trillions trying to bend everyone to our will.

      I believe the new China-Russia alliance combined with the EU’s cozying up to Putin (out of self interest, of course) are just the first warning shots over the bough. We’re broke. We don’t even send out tax forms any more. Corners are being cut throughout government and this trend will continue until the fragile chains of alliance break when our self interest doesn’t align with anyone else’s.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 4:47 am #

        I was wondering about that. The library has the forms but not the booklets. Do the booklets still exist? Or is everyone supposed to get their taxes done by professionals now?

        • ZrCrypDiK March 24, 2015 at 6:14 am #

          i1040.pdf (not to be confused with f1040.pdf). On IRS.GOV, I do believe. I suffered through those *motions* last Fri(day)…

          Friggin nightmare – and that obamacare form is SH! for those who don’t have insurance. Most complete utter sh! I evah seen. Someone got paid to *DO* that.

        • Therian March 24, 2015 at 11:45 am #

          You can only get 1040 forms by CALLING the IRS. Even H&R Block doesn’t have ’em!! Unreal. Nobody has ’em. It’s like you have to exhaust your printer’s toner cartridge to print all the stuff out or else use a preparer. I’m almost 63 years old and this is the first year I used a preparer and will never do it myself again.

          I really think this is another frantic attempt by the government to force economic activity, in this case by funneling more money into the many tax preparers and probably into the computer printer industry as well. If you have a shitty printer and a somewhat difficult return with all kinds of worksheets and schedules, good luck getting nice, consistent printouts with a cheap Deskjet like I have.

          Unbelievable that they put us through this tax torture every year and now they’re not even going to send us the instructions unless we call the IRS and wait 2 weeks for the booklet. Oh, but it’s a “free” country [sic].

          • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

            That’s not true. You can download the forms and the instruction booklet in pdf form from the IRS website and fill the forms out electronically then print them out and mail them. I wouldn’t suggest going this route. The IRS is devoting less and less resources to processing mailed hard copy IRS forms. It’s best to use one of the myriad free online tax services and file it electronically. The IRS has streamlined itself to accommodate that process. If you go the old-fashioned way, if a refund is due, it will take much longer and the chances of the IRS screwing up your return are much higher — and if they do screw up your return, it can be a nightmare to get them to fix it.

          • Therian March 25, 2015 at 10:34 am #

            You didn’t read my post, Cold. I already stated that you can exhaust your $50 printer cartridge and your printer itself to print the stuff out but who in the hell wants to do that?

            You don’t see the irony of your own statement about “streamlining” because the IRS is only “streamlining” at the consumer’s expense. If you’re doing schedule E’s or schedule K’s or any one of a number of things with your taxes or other things requiring “worksheets”, you can exhaust an ENTIRE toner cartridge just to do your taxes.

            I actually taught Computer Science and know better than anyone that the best audit trail for a crucial process like taxes is PAPER and I don’t recall seeing any enviro-alarmism in the news about a paper shortage. As for these online tax services, I find them to be another form of coercion. It won’t be long before every agency you interact with (government, health provider, etc.) requires that you learn yet another piece of software or else go without the service.

            I actually wrote my own grading program in PERL and it took me one hour and it was tailored to MY needs. When I see all the instructors who spent 200 man-hours learning Excel just to enter and compute grades, it makes me chuckle. Then they learned Catalyst to create online course content … another couple hundred man hours. Yeah, this is some “freedom”.

            The founders of Cybernetics (Wiener, Turing, Bertolanffy) would roll over in their graves if they saw how computers were ENSLAVING people.

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  52. tommyrot March 24, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    Hi Mr Kunstler,

    I really like your writing about the long emergency – think you’re spot on about the sad truth of the hubris and foolishness that has led the world to this point. I also really enjoyed the “world made by hand” series although i think your universal depiction of female characters as sex objects or monsters (or both) is rather a shame. The whole passage where Andrew Pendergast muses about his infantile dalliance with homosexuality was laughable and a bit offensive. Regardless, you know how to write a page turner and I’ll keep reading your books.

    I think this post is a bit off though. Can you really express admiration for Putin with a straight face? Maybe stick to writing about what you know…

  53. Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    I believe the new China-Russia alliance combined with the EU’s cozying up to Putin (out of self interest, of course) are just the first warning shots over the bough. We’re broke. We don’t even send out tax forms any more. Corners are being cut throughout government and this trend will continue until the fragile chains of alliance break when our self interest doesn’t align with anyone else’s.

    There is no China-Russia alliance and the EU is not cozying up to Russia. Wealth seeks return on wealth and Russia has immense potential untapped wealth. The problem is, both China and Russia are incapable of realizing that untapped potential wealth without the wily West. Without The West and its machinations, the USSR never would have formed, never would have collapsed and the Kleptocracy that ultimately filled the power vacuum in the wake of collapsed Stalinism. Without The West, none of that would have been possible.

    Same goes for China — without The West it would still be a ass-backwards largely agrarian peasant country with feudal overlords. The West turned China into one giant manufacturing plant and put itself as that nation-state manufacturer’s number one customer. China’s using Russia right now for some bargaining leverage with The West. If The West were to end its True Alliance with China tomorrow, China would quickly devolve into massive civil strife. There is a preponderance of testosterone waiting to be unleashed and Russia is within marching distance of China especially considering the effects of climate change on Siberia.

    • Therian March 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Oh Gawd. So only YOU are privy to this precious “inside” information that we are responsible for the formation of the USSR and modern day China. Do you believe in the Illuminati’s Plan as well? How about the idea that Queen Elizabeth was a reptilian alien shape-shifter? How far do your David Icke-ian assertions go?

      • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

        I’m not sure what you’re on about — I never said anything about this mythical “we” to which you’re alluding. Who, please tell us, comprises this mythical, homologous, uniform “we” because I’m surely not a part of that damnable and damned, according to your assessment, group.

        Speaking of secret societies and the mystical and metaphysical, no doubt you’ve contacted Madame Blavatsky in the hereafter concerning your resolute conviction that America and Europe are going to collapse any day now for the past ten years. Your track record sucks at making predictions. You have no credibility and as a result, your criticism of anything and everything is just more “the boy-wonder who cried wolf.”

        As for how I know The West was responsible for the rise and fall of the USSR and the rise of China — that came straight from the horse’s fingers. Janos himself has asserted, at least in regard to the USSR, it at this space more than once, but maybe not lately since he’s immeshed in other pet-du-jour intellectual forays at the moment. That being said, you don’t need a conspiracy for what I’ve asserted to be true. The evidence for it is all right there in the public historical record for you and anyone else to research and explore.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

          Well Joe Biden said America was Jewish in essence. So if you can accept that, you can accept that the Bankers funded the overthrow of both the Czar and Chiang Kai Shek. Somehow I don’t think you can accept this. And if you don’t, why are you pulling me into your obscure theories?

          Your distaste for “we” shows you to be a devotee of Madam Thatcher who said society doesn’t exist – a truly mad hatter view down the rabbit hole.

  54. Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    Get gold, you say? Here’s a great way to store it until you need it without rendering it idle and unproductive.

    Have your gold and eat with it too.

    Is it my imagination, or does it seem that with every passing year Madonna and Hillary look more and more like twins? We come into this world looking very much alike and we leave it looking very much alike. McDonald’s was/is just following the the natural pattern. Special orders do upset us.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      What’s that spirit with flecks of gold in it? Goldslagger or something like that? Shouldn’t it be possible to “mine” the gold by burning off the alcohol? Want to go into business with me on this venture?

      • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

        Sure. We need seed capital, though. Perhaps Q. Shtik, considering his recent good fortune, would be willing to invest in our little venture. What say you, Q. Shtik? Are you game? We’re patient — we’ll waitr until your tax return process is complete. We can kick off our venture with a night of heavy drinking and some pool.

        We could also distill all the pharmaceuticals and pesticides out of the public drinking water supply and resell them at bargain basement prices. It would make wpa_cca glimmer with pride since he appreciates sustainability and a well-written comment.

        Janos, you’re a genius. What’s your IQ anyway? Is it higher than Jim Morrison’s?

  55. barbisbest March 24, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    “because, despite our ultra-pornified 24/7 twerk-o-rama culture, we apparently think sex is bad),” No, sex is not bad. Sex is an important part of being alive. Depravity is bad, lovelessness is bad, demonizing women (or men for that matter) is bad, deceipt, by some, may be considered bad. The Bible itself is pretty sexy. Over sexualizing the young with bratz dolls that are scantily clad may be bad. Besides, 65% of women are in open marriages and don’t know it yet. But, a good sex scandal can divert the attention of the “bright” masses, especially when something important is happening. A close relative of mine Is polyamorous, and it is quite beautiful. They work to overcome some of the common jealousies.

    In defense of Michael Brown, what else would you expect him to be but an overgrown, oafish, wannabe thug when he lives in a culture that is the same. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? By all means, keep the world safe for the continued accumulation of wealth. And keep those fountains in Vegas going, while the world runs short of water. Eh,we’re in LUCK though, Ted Cruz announced his candidacy yesterday in VA. All will be well.

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    • Therian March 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      I think our culture is sex-obsessed mainly because our marriages and steadfast relationships are so fractured that the reality is that most people aren’t getting consistent, satisfying sex. You always obsess about the thing that you don’t have and we have 1000 TV Channels, a house full of gizmos, gigantic cars, enough food to make every one of us 350 pounds, and closets with 200 garments but the one thing we do not have is LOVE.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

        There’s that “we” again. Is Putin part of the “we” this time? Considering his divorce, I’m guessing he didn’t get enough LOVE. Since you’re fond of the “we” I assume the description you’ve provided adequately describes you? If so, it’s probably a good idea to get off the internet and engage in some healthy activity because I’m not feeling your LOVE. The Amish take something like 50,000 steps a day and as a result, you’ll have to search far and wide to find a fat, sex-crazed one amongst them. That being said, I don’t want to convert to Amishism.

        • Therian March 25, 2015 at 10:39 am #

          I didn’t ask you to become an Amish Mr. Holefield. However, their wariness about technology has done well by them.

          So I take it that any general comment about American Society that I make from here to eternity has to make YOU feel a part of “we” or it’s invalid??? Strange rhetorical ideas you have Mr. Holefield.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      You said you were more than a 5. How much more? Remember, it’s hard for a women over 40 to more than a 5. The attractive older women is largely a chimaera – one sought by countless handsome older men. In despair they turn to younger, brainless bimbos as your hero Bill Clinton did.

  56. BackRowHeckler March 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    3 murders in Hartford the past week or so, and the mercury on the thermometer hasn’t topped 32dF yet! I would be more specific and say “in the hood”, but the whole city is now the “hood”.

    The last one, yesterday, broke tradition because instead of the familiar, close up “shot to the head”, this one was a shot to the stomach. Results the same, tho, victim toes up in Hartford Hospital after a couple of hours.

    The first murder was interesting in that the guy “shot in the head”, just a few days earlier was stabbed with a sharp knife on a street corner in the middle of the afternoon, which he survived. Its a way of life, and death.

    These events are so commonplace and familiar here now you hardly raise an eyebrow on hearing about them, except to elicit calls for ‘stricter gun control’, and hand wringing about ‘white racism’ (by certain influential segments of the population, which postulates everything is whitey’s fault)


    • Therian March 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      That’s why the only expanding cities are the ones in the American West. The big Eastern and northern Midwest cities are bleeding population because they’re far less safe than downtown Kabul or Baghdad. They’re killing fields. The Western US cities are mostly new and do not have the very, very large African-American populations so dominant in the East/Midwest.

      You’re right, BRH, it’s my fault and your fault and every Honkie’s fault. We be BAAAAAAD!!

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

      One Editor explained that’s why they don’t talk about Black on White crime: it’s too dog bites man. People want interesting news! White on Black crime is news because it’s man bites dog.

      • Q. Shtik March 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

        And then, of course, that Editor got fired for saying that.

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

          No, it was a high level interview by a calm journalist to a higher up in the same business. They probably both knew the score and that his answer was nonsense.

  57. volodya March 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Re Iranian nuclear weapons.

    Did anybody see the PBS News Hour interview last night with Yukio Amano, director general of the nuclear watch-dog agency the IAEA?

    Did anyone notice what Mr. Amano said? He said, and I quote,

    “And our information indicates that Iran engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices.”

    As a cynical aside I would say – no shit.

    And I think I saw his interviewer, Judy Woodruff, shaking her head. In dismay maybe?

    Now, no dummy this Mr. Amano, he has asked Iran to – cough – “clarify” these issues. And, he says, there has been “some” clarification.

    Another aside, yes, I’ll bet there has. How much is “some”? Just a guess here but I’ll bet you can measure it with a teaspoon complete with wide-eyed protestations of innocence. Onwards…

    How long has Mr. Amano been asking for clarification? A “long time” says Mr. Amano. See, according to Mr. Amano, this clarification is (unfortunately) – um – “stalled”.

    As a further aside, yes, I’ll bet it is “stalled”. And, to anyone over the age of ten, is that a surprise?

    Now, as the esteemed philosopher Yogi Berra said, predictions are hard to make especially about the future. And, who knows, there MIGHT be a sudden outbreak of common sense. But, if past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, I wouldn’t count on it.

    The mullahs are rational? Sure, I’ll bet they are. We’ll wait and see how rational. How many people will hazard a guess that inside of ten years our bearded friends will be hosting an international gathering for the unveiling of their brand-spanking, shiny new Kebab Bomb. Sitting atop a similarly gleaming missile.

    Any guesses as to the guest list?

  58. pauldorn March 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    James Howard Kunstler is always a hoot. Racist, homophobic, abrasive, cantankerous, pessimistic, misanthropic—I mean, what’s not to like? I had more enthusiasm for JHK until last summer, when Kunstler revealed himself as an unapologetic defender of the racist, ethnic-cleansing, colonial terror state known as Israel. Reading him more critically reveals a rather hateful tone throughout his oeuvre.

    Kunstler has made one significant cultural contribution: He looked at America and found it ugly. Really, not that significant if you think about it. But I’ll concede “Geography of Nowhere” was a notable contribution to the discourse on urbanism. Since that peak, he’s displayed a prolific talent for faulty prediction, certain that social demise is just beyond the horizon somewhere.

    Who are your straw men, Mr. Kunstler, who claim Michael Brown was without flaws? (Or, for that matter, that “being homosexual is a major life achievement?”) Did you miss the recent revelations by the DOJ and others of the loathsome racist practices of the Ferguson police force and the city’s reliance on fine revenue that disproportionately fell on African Americans?

    The real failure in the U.S. is that we have stopped any consideration of progressive taxation of rich people to finance necessary social services. Municipalities rely instead on regressive sales taxes, civil forfeitures, targeted fines, and other creative assaults on lower-income people. This failure to tax the affluent at rates in effect during Reagan or Eisenhower has led to diminishing services, perpetually deferred maintenance, neglect, blight, and abuse. Enough.

    Stop blaming the victims, and start examining the system.

    • Q. Shtik March 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      The real failure in the U.S. is that we have stopped any consideration of progressive taxation of rich people to finance necessary social services. – pauldorn


      Yeah, tax the shit out of the rich because, as Willy Sutton replied when asked why he robbed banks, “that’s where the money is.”

    • BackRowHeckler March 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      You’ve got to be kidding. Are you putting us on?

      • BackRowHeckler March 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Not directed at you Q, but the above post.

    • hortonz March 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Whenever a leftist calls Kunstler racist, homophobic or sexist and calls Israel a ” racist, ethnic-cleansing, colonial terror state” it means JHK won the argument and the leftist has nothing to contribute but name-calling and falsehood. Israel is a multi-ethnic democracy where Christians and Muslims have the same rights as Jews. Palestine is a “racist, ethnic-cleansing terror state” where only extremist Muslims have rights.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

      A few years ago, Muslims were 5% of the population and used 40% of the social service budget. You don’t need to be a math major to see that they are unsustainable. Our Black population is 13%. Our Hispanic population is even greater and exploding. Face it paulie, America is doomed. Like the Maya, soon we will have to throw down our tools and flee into the forests and mountains.

    • Therian March 25, 2015 at 10:48 am #

      Mr. Dorn,

      When Netanyahu spoke before the American Congress, it was well known that the Israeli people opposed the trip and the speech. Do you think we’d have found out about such internal dissension if it was in China or Saudi Arabia? Not a chance.

      You engage in a form of argument polarization that is disingenuous. There are plenty of black racists in Ferguson, MO, who were trotting out Brown’s “resume” as a fine young man so that is your WE. As for the “racist practices” of Ferguson’s police or the police of any other place housing large numbers of African-Americans, maybe there’d be no such “racism” if blacks’ crime rates weren’t 500% to 1000% higher than the rest of the country’s? Racism, to you, means doing your job.

      I’d love to see YOU patrolling an all-black neighborhood, especially as a BEAT COP. Now that’s comedy.

  59. Q. Shtik March 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Nobody hates doing his taxes more than me. The incredible complexity makes me surly for weeks during this time of year. Nevertheless I have pressed on year after year doing my own taxes from my teens right up through this time last year.

    But circumstances in late 2014 have made it necessary to turn to a local CPA. My brother died in Sept and I am his sole heir. He was heavily involved in “the market” and I, as a court appointed “personal representative,” have to see that his final (deceased) return(s) is/are submitted. Needless to say, inheritance of numerous accounts including 3 different types of tax deferred accts (with their related “required minimum distributions”) complicates my own returns, never mind the complexity of my brother’s.

    However, to get to the point: I don’t understand all the complaining here about the forms and instructions. They are all on-line. And besides, there are various services for preparing and submitting your return electronically – I have used Intuit for about 10 years – and some are free.

    As to the issue of printing…this time last year my printer was f’d up and so I couldn’t print a copy to retain in my file. I have since bought a new printer and I went back into Intuit and printed a copy for myself and another for my CPA.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      Good points. I agree. There are plenty of options to file your taxes, but as you say, it gets hairy when you have layers of investments and that’s where a CPA or a tax attorney comes in handy. Could it be simpler? Sure. Should it be simpler? Sure.

      I didn’t know your brother passed away in September. Sorry to hear that, but happy to hear you’re the sole heir to a small fortune, if not a bit envious. Life is Good — sometimes.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      Why is everyone expected to have a full service office at home? Beyond that, some people don’t have computers at all or easy access to the internet. That number is sure to increase in the future as conditions worsen. And what will you say when they say ordinary mail is defunct?

      • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

        Beyond that, some people don’t have computers at all or easy access to the internet. That number is sure to increase in the future as conditions worsen.

        I disagree. The Crematoriums of the future, instead of shower heads, will have internet connections. Zyklon B will be delivered with bits and bytes.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

      Did he have more money that you? Did you end up being the little brother? Do you envy his life as a financial hermit in Florida? One is reminded of what Socrates said, that heroes often opt for introverted lives in their next life to balance out the previous one.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

        heroes often opt for introverted lives in their next life to balance out the previous one.

        That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Who knows, you might have been Hitler in your previous life.

        As for the rest of your comment, I’m guessing Armand had a touch of Asperger’s. There’s no need to bring Socrates into it.

    • Therian March 25, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      And how many man-hours did you spend learning Intuit’s system, Q.? What about mentioning the effed up printer as a forethought rather than an afterthought because it’s a major issue with me when the government implicitly requires us to invest in cartridges, printers, and CPA’s. The IRS is resembling what I call the “death industry” … funeral homes, probate lawyers, when families could circumvent all the cost and “learning” by putting money in bank accounts with multiple owners.

      Our entire culture is creating a whole army of INTERMEDIARIES who not only cost us many thousands but who also complexify, rather than simplify, many processes including dying and tax filing. If I had my way, the IRS would not even exist!! The government receives all of the relevant reports of our income sources so why don’t we simply receive an email from the IRS with notification of our total bill/refund? No, it will never happen even though database technology really is THAT advanced.

      “Every day, computers are finding people easier and easier to use”.

  60. Buck Stud March 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I wonder what cord an Elijah Muhammad or Louis Farrakhan strikes when converting and transforming the likes of a Michael Brown? To speculate, they no doubt first would call him out for being nothing but a typical American ghetto punk in much the same way the Marines re-harden and temper the metaphorical steel of their recruits.

    In other words, they would be brutally honest. They would have told Brown the truth that he was not higher academic material in contrast to the lame lament that Brown was ‘heading off to college’ if not for his tragic murder. They would have told him that he was not really ‘black’ but a pedestrian and typical permutation of American culture. Thugs are a dime a dozen these days; sheep following each other over societal cliffs.

    Still that typical human behavioral dynamic rules the day . We accept discipline and criticism from ‘our own’ but certainly not from those we view as being outsiders and especially those viewed as being historically oppressive. Thus a Farrakhan has a chance to insert his ideology and strike a resonant cord with certain individuals.

    But I doubt a Brown would have ever attempted much less embraced the ascetic lifestyle championed by the Nation of Islam and to ‘drink water from a wooden bowl’ to invoke an Emerson paraphrase. No, he was no more capable of embracing ‘higher Black culture’ than he would have been capable of acting with respect and dignity on a college campus. The truly perverse paradox is that Brown was far more an American commercial culture cartoon than an idiosyncratic and distinctly individual ‘Black Man’.

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    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      Hatred of Whites works wonders. The idea that you must discipline yourself for the struggle ahead can work very well. It’s a bit like pro-Sports or even martial arts when serious.

      • DA March 24, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

        Funny that the ‘Browns’ are dominating pro sports these days then, huh? You guys are hilarious.

        The only thing European descendent whites are good for is creating imaginary financial constructs, which, when they are finally fully revealed, will be of little solace to those who foolishly believed in them.

        Let me guess, contrary to your monikers, you’re both fat-assed old ‘White’ pontificators who stand as much chance of actually winning an actual “fight” as I do of winning the GOP nomination for Prez?

        • Janos Skorenzy March 25, 2015 at 5:02 am #

          Your hatred of your own people is beyond belief. But I but you are a hypocrite who does his best to avoid the Blacks and Brown everywhere you go. You don’t love them – you just want to imagine yourself better than normal Whites. You aren’t – indeed you are far worse. Dante consigned Traitors to one of the lowest circles of hell.

      • Buck Stud March 25, 2015 at 1:16 am #

        For a while it will work wonders, or at least until the fire burns out. I question how sustainable that type of motivation is. although it seems that some souls have an unlimited supply of hate to burn their fire

        • Janos Skorenzy March 25, 2015 at 5:04 am #

          By itself you are correct. There has to be lots of love for ones own people to make the whole thing healthy. In Black America, perhaps the Nation of Islam has come closest to having both of these aspects.

    • Therian March 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Even Louis Farrakhan has delivered dozens of public lectures about black young men and women straightening out their act and being stand-up people. The Nation of Islam would not accept the behavior of Michael Brown and would publicly shun it. That’s an irony that should not be lost on people.

      Farrakhan might be a black separatist but his own constituents appear to have forgotten the Muslim side of who he is. He does not countenance knock-out games, pillaging, a maiming even when Honkie is the recipient.

      I think you’re onto something when you say that Brown is more of a general “American commercial culture cartoon” than a young man heading to “higher Black culture”.

  61. hortonz March 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Overheard a conversation in Croatian between a group of elderly gentlemen in a coffee shop the other day. The gist of it went: “Those fools in Washington and Ottawa! Using our tax dollars to buy guns for a bunch of idiots in the Ukraine who wouldn’t know the business end of a rifle from their ass! My brother in Zagreb hasn’t been paid in over a month! When are they going to help us [Croatia] out?” Clearly, there is little desire in much of Europe, excluding the U.K, to help out the hapless Ukraine while most of the EU is mired an economic meltdown.

  62. Q. Shtik March 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    My gosh, Janos, now that is smart!!! Capitalism Is the destroyer of nations. [Spot on.] – Barbisbest


    Have you ever noticed that someone here will use a word or phrase and before you know it it’s being used over and over. Take the phrase “spot on” – please. It began yesterday with the first comment out of the gate by Cold N. I did an Edit – Find command and would you believe this dog-eared phrase has been used 7 times as we speak?

    • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      You’re jealous. Contrarily, I did a search on “dog-eared” and your use of it was the only use of it. You’re unique, Q. Shtik. I bet no one else who has posted to this comment section had polio either. You’re one a kind and I’m a trend-setter. Together, we make a formidable team.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      She also left out that I said Communism destroyed nations too. A tell for sure.

      I find I even do that to myself. If I use a word then I’ll tend to use it again in the next sentence or so. This tendency, as well as the monkey see monkey do tendency, shows the origin of fads of all kinds.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

        Spot on, Janos.

      • Therian March 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

        Indeed, Janos, and arguably we are becoming the most Communist of all Western Nations. Who else bought half the car industry and all the money center banks after the 2008 collapse? The gumment.

        Between financial services (which are intertwined with the government) and the public sector, right there you probably have 70% of the net economic activity in the USA right now.

        By no means is the American economy even close to a free market.

    • Buck Stud March 25, 2015 at 1:12 am #

      What really annoys me is the Facebook comments where a phrase like “word” or “agreed” is typed to show solidarity for a certain comment or opinion. We are in The Age of the Twitter Bird Brain” for sure.

      ^ Word!

  63. barbisbest March 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    K-Dog March 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    “And growing food is a good idea. Worked on getting a garden in this weekend myself. Bought a new roto-tiller and started turning ground. Great fun, developing skills to survive collapse and having a great time while doing it” That’s great K-Dog! I wish you were my neighbor. I like most of what you post (except I think the U.S deserves a better president than what we’ve had- well maybe) and I can’t find my peeps.
    Yep, hope JHK has good neighbors, hope we all have good neighbors.

    If anyone has the balls, man or woman, watch the film Fall and Winter. Speaking of pres. candidates, we keep thinking they are to solve our problems,when we are the ones that need to solve them. Or, maybe most of the world is already dangling over the curb, we just haven’t looked down yet, as John Jeavons says. It’s too bad. We have done most of this to ourselves.

    • DA March 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

      Thanks for that link/suggestion. Looks like some semi-intelligent stuff, unlike the the rest of the crap populating this board these days.

  64. DA March 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    It’s funny how Kunstler slams the blue collar racist morons in his posts (although he talks just like one of them this week) and then encourages them in his comments section. I think Jimbo’s confused and spoiled. Living the life of an upstate NY noble, all holed up and braced for the end of the world in his quaint little garden spread while he spreads the word of the evil of our ways even as he indulges in them himself. Earth to Jim, the stupidity you’re spewing, besides just being stupid, is only going to identify you to the simpleton dolts you’re encouraging. Perhaps one of them will even be the one to end your own little “World Made By Hand” fantasy? Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

    • Buck Stud March 25, 2015 at 1:06 am #

      That’s a bizarre post DA, antagonizing the host. In painting they talk about turning a new painting toward the wall so you cannot see it for a while. And when you come back to it one’s eyes will be refreshed. I have a feeling you might regret not turning your post towards the wall and let it sit a while before posting. But I known that regret many times considering all the stinkers I’ve written

  65. FincaInTheMountains March 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Atomic Energy of the fourth generation

    The essence of the project:

    From a technological point of view today’s nuclear power is based on the use of nuclear reactors on slow “thermal” neutrons using an open fuel cycle. Directly to obtain the energy you can use Uranium-235 or Plutonium-239, and it is important to understand where that comes from. Uranium-235 is produced from uranium ore, usually containing less than 1% of U235(mostly – is U238). In addition to regular expensive enrichment, super expensive isotope enrichment is also required; otherwise you do not get a concentrate with an acceptable level of uranium-235 (3.5%). As a result, fuel for the reactor on slow neutrons is 95% of the uranium-238, and the share of “useful” Uranium-235 accounts for only 5%. Plutonium-239 is not possible to extract from the ore, it is formed only as a result of nuclear reactions.
    In the “slow” reactor Uranium-235 is split, releasing energy. Uranium-238, which constitutes 95% of the fuel rod, mostly remains intact. Only a small part of it, by absorbing neutrons turns into plutonium-239. As a result, the spent fuel contains 94% of the “useless” Uranium 238, 1% generated plutonium-239, and the rest are in other fission products. Plutonium-239 could be used by adding it to the fuel rods of slow reactors instead of uranium-235. The rest of Uranium-238 cannot be currently used and expensive storage to contain it is required.

    When using open loop fuel cycle problems gradually accumulate – increasing the amount of waste continuously requires additional special and very expensive storage to keep spent nuclear fuel.
    Fast neutrons reactors allow to get rid of problems: reduce the cost of the process and repeatedly expand the raw material base. The idea is that by loading into such a reactor rods of uranium-238 with a small amount of plutonium-239 for the “seed”, we get a nuclear reaction to generate heat, in which Uranium-238 is converted into plutonium-239. The output is not only energy, but also fuel bars containing more plutonium-239 than it was before loading into reactor (and less uranium-238). All is remains to separate plutonium, make out of it fuel rods for slow reactors, and the cycle can be repeated as long as we have uranium-238, which is 100 times more plentiful than uranium-235.

    In March of last year, Rosatom has started construction of uranium-plutonium fuel plant for fast breeder reactor “Brest-300”. Design of the reactor itself is nearing completion. All technical problems are solved.

    Russia is steadily approaching the grand breakthrough in the field of energy.

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    • DA March 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Nice sentiment. Unfortunately you’re playing into the hands of the fools who still presume that the human Industrial model can still work, and thus support even more of us than we have now.

      Cliff’s Notes: It won’t, and it can’t.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 24, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

        Sorry, DA, but the fact that US have almost fully de-industrialized itself to attend to its colonial administrative responsibilities, does not mean that the rest of humanity needs to shed 80% of its population to return to pre-18 century production models.

        Russia is showing example of moving forward with technological progress. The plants are real, first reactors(in Yekaterinburg – my native city) are fully functional.

  66. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 6:20 am #

    Half-wit Idiots in Texas are backing secession

    Reuters: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

    (Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
    Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.
    That region includes Texas, where an activist group is calling the state’s legislature to put the secession question on a statewide ballot. One Texan respondent said he was confident his state could get by without the rest of the country.

    “Texas has everything we need. We have the manufacturing, we have the oil, and we don’t need them,” said Mark Denny, a 59-year-old retiree living outside Dallas on disability payments.

    Texas has everything we need. Really? Does it have an independent modern military to protect its oil riches? Or does it have an independent financial system to be able to get along? Or they are planning to lie down under Mexican drug lords?

    • BackRowHeckler March 25, 2015 at 7:19 am #

      Vermont lefties had a secession movement too, at least they did a few years back. I accidentally stumbled upon one of their rallies, in Warrenton, VT, which I thought was going to be a July 4 parade, but turned out to be an anti-July 4 parade. The main speaker was none other than US Senator Bernard Sanders. He whipped up the crowd of Yankees, hippies and college profs in a distinctive Bronx accent, which seemed a little bizarre in the Green Mountains.


  67. Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    DA, I thought you had nothing but disdain for the mainstream media establishment? If so, then what gives with your defense of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin? These two “victims” were created by and for the mainstream media, and the irony is both are terrible examples of the media’s claims of systemic White on Black racism (the only kind of racism that exists in their twisted duplicitous minds). If for whatever reason you now believe the mainstream media’s bullshit, then all I can say is you’ve been had. If systemic White on Black racism exists at all, Zimmerman and Martin aren’t the cases that prove it. In my opinion, if systemic White on Black racism exists at all, it’s the media’s practicing of it that is the example. Liberals have long sought to hold Blacks and any minorities in a state of perpetual victimhood so they can exploit said group(s) for political gain and power. I don’t want to get all conspiratorial, but it’s a tried and true strategy that’s been employed forever now and the Rockefeller and others of his WASPY ilk have had their lifeless hands in it.

    Also, DA, haven’t you noticed that when a young female goes missing and “they” decide to make it national news, it invariably is a young White female? Hardly ever is it a young Black female or a young Hispanic female or a young Asian female. This is the same mainstream media that tells White people day in and day out, in most media outlets these days with the exception of Fox News and a few others, that they are guilty of partaking in systemic racism against minorities of every stripe especially against Blacks. And, to add further insult to injury, even when Whites ultimately become a “disadvantaged minority” in America, they will not receive the official benefit of that designation because they have been found guilty in perpetuity for something the vast majority had no part in. And don’t think Russia isn’t eating this shit up. There’s nothing more pleasing to communists turned kleptocrats than to see a divided and factionalized America along fabricated lines.

    I can hear James Earl Jones voice now as I type; “This is BNN.”

  68. Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    Finca, America’s deindustrialization is a strategy to export pollution. In that regard, it’s worked. Most high-tech industry has remained in America and what little did migrate to China is making its way back. China has proven incapable of manufacturing to precise tolerances needed for high-tech industry. Chinese manufacturing is great at making all manner of plastic baubles though — but any two-year-old can do that. China can have the Walmart plastic bauble manufacturing and The West can have the particle accelerators. Once the scientists manning the Hadron Collider in Switzerland figure out how to make a controllable Black Hole, Russia and China will finally come to heel or they’ll be flushed down that hole in short order.

    • BackRowHeckler March 25, 2015 at 7:09 am #

      Hey CNH a close relative is a defense contractor, employs about 250 people, manufacturing devices and products for mostly fighter aircraft, also for tanks and nuclear submarines. They work with some pretty close tolerances and exotic metals. The problem he has, in this state where Whitney, Colt, and D Lawrence invented the ‘American System of manufacture of interchangeable parts’, where the Wasp and and later the Jet engine was invented, where helicopters were developed, where the Winchester rifle, Sharps carbine and Colt revolver was built, he can’t find any skilled machinists, and has to recruit in Poland, Russia, Germany and Czech Republic to find any.

      We have plenty of Barristas here tho, with green hair, tatts, rings thru their noses, presumably offering sage advice on race relations. Don’t quote me on that because I’ve never been inside a starbucks.


      • Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 8:24 am #

        The only time I’ll enter a Starbucks is when I’m traveling and can’t find a decent cup of coffee elsewhere. I’m not fond of Starbucks or their coffee — it’s over-roasted resulting in a bitter aftertaste. But, it’s better than McDonald’s coffee so I settle on it for my morning cup when I can’t make my own. I make excellent coffee, by the way. It’s taken years of practice and experimentation, but I’ve pretty much perfected it. My family’s addicted to it. In fact, I’m convinced it’s now the only reason they still want me to live — for my coffee because they can’t live without it.

        You’re right, you still need the machinists to run the machines as automated as those machines are these days. I have an acquaintance who’s in the tool dye manufacturing business and they jumped on the outsourcing to China bandwagon a couple of decades ago before bringing it all back because China just couldn’t get it right at those tight tolerances.

  69. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    “Once the scientists manning the Hadron Collider in Switzerland figure out how to make a controllable Black Hole, Russia and China will finally come to heel or they’ll be flushed down that hole in short order.” — Cold

    Cold, are you getting your information from the same source that maintains that Russia could at any time blow the Yellowstone Volcano and turn US into a “Great American Strait between Canada and Mexico” by synchronized detonation of 2 thermonuclear devices on their side of the planet?

    You’re out of your mind.

  70. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    “There’s nothing more pleasing to communists turned kleptocrats than to see a divided and factionalized America along fabricated lines.”

    Why we are always talking about Russian kleptocracy? May be we should talk, for instance, about Chicago Section 8 Housing kleptocracy? Or Medicare/Medicaid looting kleptocracy? Or legalized politician bribing by various lobbying groups in Washington kleptocracy? Not to say what the heck’s going on with Pentagon budget kleptocracy: for instance, where are 2 trillion missing dollars?

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  71. Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Finca, you’ll like this one.

    A KGB officer is walking in the park and he sees an old Jewish man reading a book. The KGB officer says, “what are you reading old man?” The old man says, “I am trying to teach myself Hebrew.” The KGB officer says, “why are you trying to learn Hebrew? It takes years to get a visa for Israel. You would die before the paperwork was completed and processed.” “I am learning Hebrew so that when I die and go to Heaven I will be able to speak to Abraham and Moses. Hebrew is the language they speak in Heaven,” the old man replies. “But what if when you die you go to Hell,” asks the KGB officer. The old Jewish man replies, “Russian, I already know.”

    • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      I am afraid that today they mostly speak English in hell.

  72. fodase March 25, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    The problem he has, in this state where Whitney, Colt, and D Lawrence invented the ‘American System of manufacture of interchangeable parts’, where the Wasp and and later the Jet engine was invented, where helicopters were developed, where the Winchester rifle, Sharps carbine and Colt revolver was built, he can’t find any skilled machinists, and has to recruit in Poland, Russia, Germany and Czech Republic to find any.

    precisely, US americans are woefully inept at picking a profession that will keep them well paid.

    no wonder they can’t find a decent job, and cfners complain that the only growth is coming in the number of bartenders and waiters.

    funny that asians, europeans and indians seem to have little trouble landing great positions in the US that generate envy on the part of the natives.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      I don’t see the envy. I recently visited an Indian physician and his staff was almost entirely White and Black and they seemed as happy as bees in a bonnet. No envy. Instead, cheerful, and I’d say zealous even, subservience.

  73. Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    What an excellent idea. Yet another example of Russia thinking outside of the box. Peak Oil? Fuggedaboutit!

    Drive from Europe to the U.S.? Russia proposes world’s greatest superhighway

    • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      Absolutely. That’s a great project. Much better than trying to blow each other up.

      At some point in the future, Russia will need a counterbalance to Chinese financial power – US (under different leadership) seems like a perfect match.

      US and Russia showed remarkable cooperation in the past under leaderships of great American presidents: Lincoln and Roosevelt.

      I think it’s all the British fault that relationships gone sour. Their dreams of restoring friggin British Empire – they half succeeded by subjugating US Financial system.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 9:21 am #

        Don’t forget Eisenhower hosted Khrushchev’s famous tour of America ever so graciously and allowed Nikita to make an ass of himself as was Nikita’s wont. Still, I liked Nikita — much more than Putin.

        “We will bury you.” As if. Russia buried itself once again with the collapse of the USSR — it’s had a habit of it throughout the centuries. It’s burying itself again. Its destiny is to forever be six feet under. That highway, if it ever gets underway which it won’t of course, will be a highway to nowhere, or better yet, a highway to hell that dead-ends uncompleted a third of the way into Siberia.

        • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 9:25 am #

          Well, you liked Nikita for exactly same reasons Russians hated him – he was an a*hole.

          Also, he managed to half-destroy Russian agricultural capabilities, so Russia had to import half of its grain fro Canada and US.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 10:52 am #

        Great example of Lincoln cooperation with Russia during the American Civil War: Two Russian fleets protecting New York and San Francisco during the winter campaign of 1863 against the threat of British fleet bombardment – look it up.

  74. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    United Nations has recognized the legitimacy of same-sex marriages for all employees of the organization.

    Russia, supported by China, India, Saudi Arabia and other countries in Asia, failed to block the decision.

    The United Nations voted in favor of the provision of special family benefits to employees who have same sex marriage.


    • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Homosexuality is a special project of (mostly British-based) Finance International to re-engineer humans to new stereotypes.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

        Indeed. As Lovecraft put it in the Dunwich Horror, they wish to drag the Earth off to some nameless place for some nameless purpose.

        As you still maintaining that British Finance is British? A man of your acumen must know that British Finance is Rothschild. The British don’t control their own country anymore. If they did, they wouldn’t be destroying it with Muslim immigration.

  75. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Resistance to trans-human agenda of turning the most people on Earth into bio-robots, capable on will switching their gender identities, could be one of the main common mutual understanding points between American and Russian societies.

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    • Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      That would explain the BOTOX injections for Putin, right? In upside down world, resistance equals advocacy and the other way around.

      Injecting pigshit into your jowls to the point it squeezes your eyes wide shut is transhuman, is it not?

      • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 11:25 am #

        Cold, to mildly put it, you are not being constructive.

  76. fodase March 25, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Fincalnthemountains gets first prize for two scintillating posts in a row. good work russki!

    as far as homoseksualiti being a special project of the UK, that gave me a good laff….maybe in the sense that they are pushing it for their own nefarious ends.

    udder ´n at, it´s fairly normal thruout the animal kyngdome and hoomanitty.

  77. sprawlcapital March 25, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    . . . swaggering moronically from one place to another grabbing what we feel like, smashing things up as we go.

    JHK: Whatever we think about the conduct of the police in this incident, the above as symbolic of America today is brilliant. As others have already said, spot on!

  78. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    In a meantime, European Theater of Military Operations remains high tension point

    Czechs are scared: Preparing for a US attack on Russia is approaching the point of no return

    NATO operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’ on Russia’s borders is very similar to the “Barbarossa” plan Hitler conducted in 1941.

    Preparations for the attack then were disguised by “exercises” and were held throughout the 1930s. And it is not a secret that it directly or indirectly involved finance capital of the United States and Britain. Are we experiencing a “black deja vu”?


    Army expands Operation Atlantic Resolve to six countries

    The U.S. military’s Operation Atlantic Resolve will expand into Romania and Bulgaria beginning in late March amid continued fighting and increased tensions in the region.

    “Think of Operation Atlantic Resolve as a yearlong, continuous series of exercises from Estonia to Bulgaria,” said Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe.

    Operation Atlantic Resolve was launched last April in the three Baltic States and Poland as a way for the United States to demonstrate its commitment to NATO as the region faced a new but familiar threat.

    The addition of Romania and Bulgaria brings the number of soldiers conducting Atlantic Resolve training and exercises to about 1,900, up from about 900 now, officials from U.S. Army Europe said.


  79. Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Finca said: Great example of Lincoln cooperation with Russia during the American Civil War: Two Russian fleets protecting New York and San Francisco during the winter campaign of 1863 against the threat of British fleet bombardment – look it up.

    This is relevant in what way? The aristocracy responsible for that gesture was either murdered or run out of the country as a consequence of the communist revolution of 1917— many, if not all, of them fleeing to The West and even, gasp, to America where their ancestors now reside. What was and is left in Russia was/is a bunch of pathetic, piggish peasants who know two things and two things only: Crime & Punishment.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

      Large geopolitical formations have their own development logic, regardless of particular brand or ideology of elite how may govern it at any given time. Stalin and Roosevelt

      • FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

        [who may govern]

      • Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

        I don’t disagree — that’s why Blacks so easily, and even unwittingly, play the victim role foisted upon them and why Russians so easily play the role of subservient peasant slaves and victims in perpetuity. It makes governance easy for any elite group that aspires to power. As well, it’s why those of the Russian aristocracy who did flee and escaped just barely were welcomed with open arms by the elite of The West.

  80. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    Right now, the US “war party” is not against Russia – it is against the rest of the world. So, even if they win, they loose by setting on fire the very environment that sustains the US economy and social stability.

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    • Cold N. Holefield March 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      That’s why there is no winning or losing. It’s all about The Game — it must go on and you must play it well, and part of playing it well is to perpetuate it, not win or lose.

  81. Buck Stud March 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Not bad for GOVT work:


    • Buck Stud March 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

      Is it any wonder that the average sole-entrepreneur/self-employed types who have no guarantee of retirement etc despises “Big Govt” when they see this type of disproportional largesse raked in by Govt employees?

      I certainly can understand their Tea Party privatization sentiment as Govt workers pay/benefits now far outstrips many aspects of private economy workers.

      • Buck Stud March 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

        ^ Word!

  82. FincaInTheMountains March 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    “Russians so easily play the role of subservient peasant slaves and victims in perpetuity. ” — Cold

    Miners and Tractor Drivers of Novorussia may disagree with you on that, Cold.

  83. BackRowHeckler March 25, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Down Philly way, 51 year old father out walking his dog is gunned down by 3 black teens in a street robbery. They said he looked weak and would be an easy mark. They said he begged for his life but they shot him anyway.

    I heard this briefly mentioned on radio talk show last night and had to research to find out where and when it happened. Does anybody with some media savvy know why a story like this stays local and is forgotten, and a story like Trevon Martin goes national, and lasts forever? Its a strange dynamic at work here.


    • ozone March 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

      Here’s one to feed your ongoing obsession:


      (No, they didn’t indicate the fucking race of the dead guy, sorry. But I’m sure he deserved those 2 bullets in the back while lying tased and face down in the snow.)

      • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 12:50 am #

        From your link:

        Recent police shootings in Wisconsin, Georgia and Washington state have drawn the ire of civil rights advocates, though the Hummelstown incident lacks the racial component that has played a key role in many of the other cases. Mearkle is white, as was Kassick.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 1:33 am #

        In other words, Ozone is an antinominalist. What’s that? To quote Mick, “All the cops are criminals and all the criminals, saints.” The antinominalist reverses the common wisdom of the world and in the process often becomes as dogmatic as any middle class cop worshiper.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 1:40 am #

          Got it wrong. Should be “all the sinners, saints”. Sorry Zone.

          • ozone March 26, 2015 at 10:02 am #

            Well, you’re certainly welcome to your opinion, but rather than being a naysayer of conventional wisdom, I’d prefer the notion that I detest the lauding of violence, the ignorance and criminal stupidity that’s displayed everywhere these benighted days! (As you aver below.) I’m sure we have *vastly* different ideas on just how that might have come about, but I’ll keep my own council as I really don’t think it’s going to matter what our thoughts are in the larger schemes of TPTB. (Consider: We’re just sheep; first to be fleeced, then to be butchered. The police? They’re the sheepdogs, to be disposed of when no longer required or when they’re too expensive to feed.)

          • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

            Both you and Ozone are missing the point of my comment. Ozone’s link mentioned as clear as day that both the cop (a women) and the person she shot were white. There was no mystery as to race or color.

      • BackRowHeckler March 26, 2015 at 11:06 am #

        Hey Oz this site is all about our precious obsessions, is it not?

        • ozone March 26, 2015 at 11:29 am #

          Yes it is. Precious *and* despicable, both in the same breath.
          An added bonus is the shrouding of ‘The Big Picture’. 😉

          • ozone March 26, 2015 at 11:32 am #

            Ps. Other, real-life obsessions to check in on, so, lllllllllater.

          • Buck Stud March 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

            in the really “Big Picture” Oz, we are all going to die. But in your myopic obsession with ‘making it through the bottleneck’ you seem to have lost sight of that fact.

            Indeed in your continual disdain of “the unsustainable” you just can’t seem to getting on quick enough without such luxuries modern medicine. How ironic would it be, sanctimoniously plowing your farm fields prouder than Noah only to acquire some type of infection that only modern medicine antibiotics could eradicate.

            Careful what you wish for there Ozo.

          • ozone March 27, 2015 at 8:08 am #

            “…we are all going to die.”
            Well, duh.

            The long leaps to your conclusions must be exhilarating, but it looks like a simple fishing expedition to me.

            Read some Greer for Big Picture ideas on preserving useful technologies.

            Careful about which continuations *you* wish for as well, Bucky.

    • malthuss March 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      Do not be stupid. Or ‘why is so much known about Kitty Genovese and her killer not mentioned’? BC the news needed a fake story to distract from the killer himself.

  84. Janos Skorenzy March 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm #


    Are they even still human? It’s a house, a horror house.

    • malthuss March 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

      What about ‘Jade Warrior War Games in Texas’????

      • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 1:52 am #

        Yeah looks like we’re going to see a military takeover either sooner or later. No doubt most of the Liberals will be fine with it as long as the President is Black. They need protection from those Christians and Teabaggers who were on the verge of taking over and creating a Theocracy. The angels weep at the idiocy of these louts.

        • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 6:45 am #

          If so, then what are all the guns for if not to protect from that takeover? For show? I think so. And gun manufacturers, or I should say the shareholding elite, laugh their asses off. They scared the bejesus out of the heartland rubes all these years into buying and stockpiling weapons only for these heartland dolts to be easily thwarted when martial law is finally implemented. Do you have your stockpile ready, Janos? Will it protect you as well as your words have from Big Daddy? I doubt it. You’ll go willingly so long as they allow you to continue to comment to CFN.

  85. Q. Shtik March 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    the 51th state – Trypillian


    I’m guessing Trypillian has a lithp

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  86. Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    New “spot on” count just in:


    • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 6:37 am #

      Wrong. My search function shows it’s been used 12 times now, three times by you. Thanks for carrying the torch, you pool hall ace. Imagine if I used cloaca or fundament instead.

      By the way, how’s the shoulder holding up? We haven’t had any updates lately and we’ve been concerned. I don’t know who the “we” is but I thought since it’s popular to say “we,” I’d jump on that bandwagon and see how it feels. I don’t think I like it all that much. I prefer oui to we.

  87. Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    Just to be fair, here the other side of the question. Police executed a Mexican a couple of months ago in Pasco, Wa. No doubt at all, it’s all on video. The guy was deeply troubled and/or crazy and/or retarded and had a history of throwing rocks at cars – admittedly a dangerous act. That’s what he was doing that day. He might have thrown one at the officers too, can’t remember. But in any case, he then ran from them, turned around and had his hands up. No rocks or anything else. They then murdered him. Perhaps he had a history with them? But so what – it’s not their job to decide who lives and who dies.

    Hispanics came out and threatened violence, but essentially held back. Either they don’t have the power yet, or they have a different long term strategy to attain power. Despite the video, some White retard cop worshipers came out to protest in favor of the murderers. Unbelievable.

    What would BRH do or feel about this? One gets a terrible feeling that he would get it wrong. Cop worship is a religion.


    • Therian March 26, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      I don’t “worship” cops. Usually I don’t even like them. However, I guarantee you that most “Rainbow Coalition” white liberals, if they had to patrol a ghetto or a barrio would be soiling their underwear with such constant fear that they would have a bigger hair trigger than the cops in Ferguson, Mo. or Pasco, Wa. or anywhere else.

      That’s the paradox of liberals (like those in Palo Alto) who wouldn’t think of living near a bad neighborhood or actually having dark-skinned friends, love to crow about their fraternal egalitarianism with those people.

      So there are bad cops in Pasco, Wa.? Big deal. There are bad people in any profession. You understate the danger of throwing rocks at cars. Just one that goes through a windshield could cause a fatal multi-car pile-up when that driver loses control.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

        Big deal? Having Bad Cops is a very big deal. It’s not like having a bad something innocuous, like a bad street sweeper. We need zero tolerance for things like this or it will only get worse. In my view, society is too far gone for cops to really handle and I agree, they are stressed out to the max. And they obviously view the public as the enemy – a situation that is simply not viable and one that explains their eagerness to buy military hardware and prepare for war against the enemy – the American People.

        And of course as a White Nationalist, I see multi-culturalism as huge further irritant, and would be even if the minorities were all East Asians. But as they Blacks and Browns, the situation is hundreds of hundreds of times worse and obviously hopeless.

        You yourself sound almost like a White Nationalist, but if memory serves, you are more of an “IQ Nationalist” with someplace like Singapore as your ideal – populated by high level East Asians and South Asians. And you obviously like Singapore Justice. You would probably find fellow travelers in the Steve Sailor’s tribe on Vdare.com (Virginia Dare, the first White born in America).
        I believe that approach fails – like a head without a body. Their birthrate is nil since everyone is trying to “make it”. The other three castes are needed. Even idiots have a place as long as they are good idiots.

        • Therian March 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

          Singapore’s Debt/GDP ratio is among the worst 5 in the world. It’s status as the “Switzerland of Asia” will not last.

          I think we’re in agreement about multi-culti but, unlike you, my only worry about cops is their militarization exercises with various armed forces in the USA. When they’re preventing idiots from harming people there will be occasional overreactions and I’m not saying the cops are always right but, damn, throwing rocks at cars is VERY dangerous.

          I’m also no fan of the Asian Invasion of the West Coast. They somehow cut in line to get into old age facilities which, in five years have gone from 75% white to 75% Chinese. They are masters at gaming the system. However, I detest the excessive materialism of the Chinese which has been a mercantilist state for over 500 years.

          While whites are having increasing difficulty delaying sensory gratification, the Chinese are fabulous at it but it makes them seem like a joyless culture to me. There’s got to be a sensible middle ground.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

            Some otherwise good kids sometimes do deadly things like dropping cinder blocks off overpasses – and they are devastated when people die. Kids like this are living a video game. Nothing is real and everything is a joke. The old systems of initiation where the older men take them out and show them fear and pain are needed.

            Or how about texting and driving? Makes all kinds of sense. Why do we have to look at the road when driving?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

            You’re angry about how America is going down like the Titanic and you like to see cops doing something about it. But such actions do nothing to stop the fall; indeed they hasten it. People are now becoming afraid to call the cops – just like any other 3rd World country.

          • Therian March 26, 2015 at 6:11 pm #


            I dispute your use of the language “Some OTHERWISE good kids do deadly things …”. I was a kid once. I taught older kids for 23 years. I even knew some juvenile delinquents when in my teens. Even those delinquents didn’t drop cinder blocks from overpasses. They smoked in the boys room and the school bus and they got in fist fights after school. Even those ne’er do wells didn’t do things that had a high risk of causing death or maiming. “Otherwise”. That’s some strange language because it’s like saying “Well, Johnny got staight A’s but for some reason he smashed Mr. Peabody over the head with a beer bottle today but ‘otherwise’ he’s a great kid.

            I’m telling you … RUSSIA’s zero tolerance policy for hooliganism is THE answer because the truly “good” kids I’ve known in my life would NEVER, I repeat NEVER, drop a cinder block from an overpass.

  88. FincaInTheMountains March 26, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    What connects Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping? They are the last leaders of the major powers, who combine the power of formal and real authority. To see those who actually manage Russia, just look at the Russian Security Council meeting. To see those who actually manage China, it is enough to look at the collective picture of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. But a pass to the meeting of the Congress or the Senate will not help you to see who actually steers the US. And even the presence at the meeting of the Obama administration will not help you. To see those who really control the West you will have to get to a closed meeting of the Trilateral Commission or the Council on Foreign Relations. Ordinary Americans are unlikely to ever find out exactly what the nominal composition of those who actually manage the Anglo-Saxon civilization
    World political elite are now divided not by the principle of relationship to private ownership of the means of production, and not by the principle of commitment to industrial or financial model of economic development. They share a much more fundamental notion: who are the citizens for the political elite? Anglo-Saxons give a clear answer: the citizens – is the audience, the policy – is this show, the elite – is a closed caste of show producers on which viewers cannot and should not affect.

    Authorities of older and wiser civilization, Russian (Byzantine) and the Chinese know from their own experience that attempts to transform power into a closed caste is a recipe for disaster for the rulers themselves and for their countries.

    If the government is fenced off from the public, hiding behind the scenes and turns the political life into the show, it loses the ability to replenish itself with the best representatives of society, which leads to accelerated degradation of the government itself. Degradation and madness of Anglo-Saxon elite is already noticeable with the naked eye from the example of the Bush dynasty. Compare father, the brilliant CIA-operative, and his children. Perverted understanding of the role of media power makes the Anglo-Saxons to slide into a pure Orvellianism: total surveillance, punishment for Thought crimes, creating “Ministry of Truth”, promotion of irrationality, which reduces brain.

    In fact, there is a world war between the cast of “supermen” who are mad with the feeling of self-exceptionalism and those who understand that access to power is not only a privilege but also a responsibility to its people.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 26, 2015 at 6:31 am #


    • ozone March 26, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      …With “representatives” like these, who needs existential enemies?


      The Lumbering Lummox shuffles from his den to bellow his exceptional belligerence and leave a steaming pile to mark his territory.

      • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

        The Lumbering Lummox – Oz


        Nice alliteration.

    • beantownbill. March 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      All governments suck. I’ve been involved in politics at the local level, and I can tell you from my own experience that once in power, people change. For some reason or another, our brains are structured such that they don’t handle power very well.

      Also, people are so easily manipulated. It seems that many of the masses are not too bright (sorry if this sounds elitist, but this is what I’ve observed). Here is the conundrum: Apparently humans need people in authority to manage society, but the authoriities change for the worst when they gain decision-making power. What to do? I haven’t figured that out yet. I’m tempted to go along with what Alfred Bester wrote in “The Stars My Destination” – give the power to destroy themselves to the masses and see what happens. Look where we are now with giving this kind of power to the elites. We wouldn’t be worse off. Would we?

      • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

        Power and money seem to go hand in hand, so pursuant to your wise observation, the same applies when people come into money. I’ve watched people over the years ascend the career latter, some rather quickly, and it changes them, and many times not for the better.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

        Yes like Sauron, even Jim Jones was once good and the darling of the Democratic Party. His descent really accelerated one he went to the Jungle – always a Heart of Darkness for Whites.

  89. FincaInTheMountains March 26, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    The double standard and hypocrisy of U.S. support for the Saudi intervention in Yemen and Western and U.S. condemnations of Russia’s regional security concerns in response to the right-wing coup in Ukraine will not be missed by most people.

    And so the conflagration in the Middle-East continues.


  90. BackRowHeckler March 26, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    How stable is Saudi Arabia right now? One of JHKs predictions in TLC was that the Saud family could be bounced out at any time. With the collapse of Yemen on its southern border, threats from Iran to the east, and ISIS to the north, Saudi Arabia seems hemmed in and surrounded. Yemen is really in chaos. Saudi Arabia has sent in its bombers, but who exactly is getting bombed? I don’t think all of this is going to end well. Where’s the Pharaoh?

    My posts about bloody street crime in the cities surrounding me seem to piss some people off. To me its one of the most visible and tangent signs of collapse, Is the subject off limits, something not to be commented on? In this new paradigm even facts themselves have become racist, and the truth is unsayable.

    One thing I like the most about this site is that even the libs have left the PC Bullsh-t at the door.


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    • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

      I like your stories about street crime, so don’t stop anytime soon. Who cares what some of the critics here think and say about your opinion? Don’t let that stop you from expressing it. All opinions matter, and your opinion is as good as anyone else’s at this space. I’ve long asserted the House of Saud, by 2040 but perhaps sooner, will be a thing of the past. What comes in its aftermath is anyone’s guess, but oftentimes it’s not the easy and most obvious answer. The answer to Yemen is more Khat.

      Is Yemen Chewing Itself to Death?

    • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      …and [tangent] signs of collapse – BRH


      Your tales of societal breakdown in places like Hartford and New Haven are not lost on me since I spent a couple of years there.

      When Buck posted a link to some beautiful architectural renderings proposed for Yale/New Haven I couldn’t help but realize that a 10 minute walk from the New Haven “Green” would put you in a ghetto where you’d be taking your life in your hands.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      Yes I am more liberal than the Liberals and more conservative than the Conservatives. That’s what being a National Socialist means. We are radical and get to the root of problems. Of course some problems have no root than be gotten at (like the number 3 has no square root), but we get as close as possible. As for the rest, it’s in the hands of God or Destiny.

  91. nsa March 26, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Our LPLs (Language Penetrations Labs) here in Ft. Meade and Langley specialize in the art of injecting cliches into the pop kultur using our vast media assets…..measuring the depth and speed with which these verbal arrows penetrate the popular mind as a measure of propaganda susceptibility. “Been there, done that”, “thinking outside the box”, “thrown under the bus”. For awhile there we had half the masses of asses blurting out “bingo!” whenever they found agreement with a fellow moron. We launched “kicked to the curb” some ten years ago and very surprised it still survives……..

  92. fodase March 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    some ten years ago and very surprised it still survives…

    pretty lame Language Petrations Labs lol if it cant catch a missing word!

    reminds me of the nigerian email and paypal scams

    We have detected that someone entered your acount in a not legal way so we are decide to temporarily shutt it off for your protections.

  93. Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Therian, I agree with you about the IRS, by the way, or I agree with most of what you said and certainly the sentiment. For a number of years now I’ve done my own taxes by downloading the pdf forms and instructions. I never printed the forms out until completed electronically online and I never printed the instruction booklet. I just looked through it as reference on the screen — there was no need for printing. Last year, the IRS screwed up my physical mailed-in return though, and changed my form to take the standard deduction rather than the itemized deduction because the standard deduction was greater. As you may or may not know, you check a box that indicates you are taking the itemized deduction total from Schedule A even though it is less. I checked that box, but the moron who reviewed my manual return at the IRS changed it anyway. I can only assume the dunce didn’t think to look that I checked the box.

    Anyhow, to make a long story short, it was a nightmare to get it straightened out and in order to straighten it out properly the IRS deems you at fault, even if it is their error, and I had to file a revised return. As part of this process, I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with various IRS representatives — a small miracle in and of itself to get a hold of one. One of them informed me that this would not have happened if I filed electronically. I asked why the IRS would not accommodate that without me having to go through a 3rd party and she could not provide an adequate answer. So, this year I used a 3rd party software and completed it online and had it filed electronically.

    The problem with relying on software as you aptly pointed out is that it dumbs everyone down if they weren’t dumbed-down already. Doing your taxes manually forces you to understand the process and the ridiculousness of it. When you use software, it does the thinking for you. You don’t have to understand a thing, and you have to trust it’s doing it correctly. For people like Q. Shit and me, it’s difficult to relinquish that control. But, it was that or risk the possibility of repeating last year’s nightmare. Rock and a hard place, once again. There are so many instances of being caught between rocks and hard places these days, it seems there is no way out.

    I’m not sure what the solution is except to laugh. There’s no reason any of this should be this byzantine in the first place. Surely a fair tax code is possible without making it so unnecessarily complex you need to know quantum physics to figure it out.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

      I swear I typed Q. Shtik and not Q. Shit. Even though it’s all lies, that’s the honest-to-God truth.

    • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      …and changed my form to take the standard deduction rather than the itemized deduction because the standard deduction was greater.


      What was the rationale for not taking the greater standard deduction?

      • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

        The state tax is lower because it allows you to use itemized deductions from your federal return, however, it will not allow you to use the federal standard deduction — instead you must use the state standard deduction which is considerably less than both my federal itemized deduction and the federal standard deduction. So, what you end up with is, if you use the federal standard deduction and thus the state standard deduction you pay more tax for federal and state combined than if you use the federal itemized deduction for both. I stopped using Intuit many years ago because it didn’t take this into account and for a couple of years I was paying too much combined federal and state income tax as a result.

        • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

          hmmm, live and learn.

  94. Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Speaking of words or phrases used repeatedly, the word “black” or “blacks” has been used 53 times prior to this post. Now that’s dog-eared. “Spot on” pales in comparison. Why doesn’t anyone use the term “darky” any longer or “colored?” We need more words, not less, to describe each other.

    • BackRowHeckler March 26, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      The message of ‘1984’ is that we need fewer words, not more. Eliminate the word, eliminate the idea.

  95. volodya March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    So, Saudi Arabia goes to war in Yemen, Saudi and allied air forces commence bombing, Iran demands cessation to hostilities.

    No biggie, a war in a place that doesn’t really matter unless you figure that sunbaked mountains matter.

    No biggie? Well, maybe, maybe not. Because maybe we have no earthly idea where this leads. Just like nobody foresaw the consequences of killing Ferdinand and Sophie in Sarajevo.

    Yeah, I know, it’s different this time. Totally different.

    Just think, while American jets are bombing ISIS forces in Tikrit in support of Iranian proxies, Saudi jets are bombing Iranian proxies in Yemen.

    Maybe it all makes sense if you figure that the US government and its “allies” can walk and chew gum. But, then again, somebody, while serving as the United States’ top foreign policy officer, didn’t store official emails on a government server. Couldn’t be bothered. Roll that over for a bit.

    Maybe it’s time for the US government to go back to the days of Mad Men with type-writers and land-lines?

    What’s that you say Miss Blankenship? The Russians are bombing Kiev? They have Arsenyi locked up? Who told you? Peggy told you? Hmmm…. could you get me President Obama on the line please and thank-you. And could you get me a coffee, …no, just some coffee, yes, you can go home. Good night Miss Blankenship.

    The only people that know what’s going on are the secretaries. Nobody else. I once had a secretary.

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    • BackRowHeckler March 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Phew!! Talk about a Clusterf-ck. This one is so complex its almost impossible to wrap your mind around it. The only analogy I can think of is Thomas Hobbes ‘Leviathan’, where its ‘all against all’ in a fight to the death.

      Our cities in CT are described as ‘Food Deserts’ because all grocery stores, supermarkets and foodmarts have closed down and moved out. Grocery is a business with very little profit margin, and you can have only so much stuff pilfered, stolen and shoplifted before its a lost cause. But people in the cities still have to eat too and need a place to redeem their foodstamps. There’s all these little shops that have sprung up, bodegas, and they are very dangerous places to be. Yesterday in Bridgeport a 32 year old clerk from Pakistan was shot between the eyes as he worked behind the counter in one. Needless to say it is now shut down, the only place in many blocks to buy anything to eat.


      • volodya March 26, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

        BRH you’ve gone off the reservation. Now, what you’re SUPPOSED to say is that crime is WAAAAAAY down. Why? Because that’s what the official story-line is. That’s what they say in the academies. It’s been coming down for a generation.

        See, BRH, the US government figures its legitimate area of concern is in some tribal dispute deep in some desert in the middle of nowhere. How much in the way of treasure and lives got pissed away in the mountains and valleys of the Hindu-Kush? How much in the moonscapes of Iraq? Why do you ask how much? The answer is that we can’t afford not to. That should be obvious, no?

        BRH, you have an attitude problem. I can tell. It’s a matter of trust. You don’t trust your betters do you? Is your conscience bothering you BRH? It should be. They have your best interests at heart. They have ALL our best interests at heart.

        Food deserts? Who cares about food deserts? Not any US government. That’s pretty obvious. And, really, why should they? The market will take care of it.

        Entitlement programs? No, BRH, come on, that’s so last century. You see, you need to get with the program. The oligarchs aren’t rich enough. They need to be A LOT richer. Why? Because otherwise, well, you don’t want to know.

        What to do about it, what to do. It’s a well known fact that the top ten percent of earners in the US pay an enormously disproportionate share of taxes. I guess the most obvious thing is to cut their taxes. So then the government has less money coming in. So, to rectify that problem, you cut entitlements.

        It’s a well known fact that 47% of Americans pay no tax. We know this because Romney told us. They don’t pay tax because they don’t earn enough. They don’t earn enough because they don’t work, and they don’t work because they don’t go for those zero-pay internships. And if you aren’t willing to work for nothing how do you expect to get noticed?

        Are you willing to work at least a half hour a day off the clock? No seriously, if you aren’t willing you’re gonna lose those crucial ten hours you need to pay the rent.

        • Buck Stud March 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

          V Writes:

          “Entitlement programs? No, BRH, come on, that’s so last century. You see, you need to get with the program. The oligarchs aren’t rich enough. They need to be A LOT richer. Why? Because otherwise, well, you don’t want to know.”

          Yes, entitlements are out for the needy and in for the greedy:

          ” Next, it was revealed that the Kochs own a 200,000 acre cattle ranch in Montana that has received more than $12 million of state and federal subsidies since it was founded. Two-thirds of the cattle operation is on public land, which means the Kochs pay grazing fees that are far below market rates while taxpayers make up the difference. (In 2011, the state of Montana proposed raising these fees to get them closer to market, and a guy from the Kochs’ ranch showed up to the hearing to protest this increase.)

          This grotesque set of facts—two billionaires taking subsidies while trying to block our poorest citizens from getting assistance for medical care—was not well received by the press or public when it was brought to light.”


          • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2015 at 7:44 am #

            Koch’s own lots of land, but isn’t Ted Turner the largest landowner in the continental US? Granted, he has done much good on the he owns, for one, trying to restore the buffalo herd.


        • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2015 at 7:56 am #

          I work overtime when the boss asks me.

          For years I worked 2 jobs, the main one in whatever Federal agency I was in at the time (I moved around) and always had a job in the printing industry at night, setting type, burning offset plates, working bindery, mixing ink, operating web or sheetfed presses etc. In the smaller shops you had to know how to do everything and anything. It all stemmed out of a printing technology class I took in HS. Janos complains about Jewish people but there were many Jewish craftsmen in printing, most of them trained in NYC or Boston back in the day, and they were very generous with their knowledge with young people getting into the trade.


          • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

            All that would have ended if you criticized Israel in any way, shape or form.

  96. budizwiser March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    JK – nicely done – you really hit the “cheeze doodle” on the head this week.

    The world is a queer place. How or why the Ferguson rioting came to pass is simply beyond comprehension.

    I think we share that trait. The innate need for our world to make some sort of sense. The subject matters you delineate each week are framed much to didactically for mass consumption.

    Gee whiz, didn’t you know you are supposed to tolerate this society’s lunacy?

    Depravity and indifference are now considered character enhancing. Take a pill and shut up. better yet, fly somewhere and relax………..

    On second thought ……

  97. Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    We haven’t had any updates lately and we’ve been concerned. – Cold N.


    Yeah, I’ll bet.

    The shoulder is improving. I do physical therapy 3 times a week and I’m in week 5.

    Under the heading of “What are the odds?” less than 48 hours ago my wife took a hard fall in our house and fractured HER shoulder. We’re going to try to negotiate a group rate at the PT place ;o)

    Changing subjects, related to the sudden multiple appearance of the phrase “spot on” and also belonging under the heading “What are the odds?” is this oddity:

    In my life I have heard the word “mangey” (as in “mangey dog”) hundreds of times but I had NEVER heard the root word “mange” (a skin condition afflicting certain animals and some people) until this week when I heard it 3 times in two days. The secondary spelling, btw, is mangy.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      My wife’s father, who passed away some time ago, would refer to any dog he encountered as a, or that, “mangy cur.” I had never heard the word cur used vocally prior to meeting him. He had a way with the English language and would harass anyone who was within his orbit for grammatical mistakes. In otherwords, he was a lot like you in that regard. HIs most prominent pet peeve was admonishing people for ending sentences with a preposition. I know that’s acceptable these days, but in his day it wasn’t and he never accepted the change in attitude.

      • BackRowHeckler March 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

        I’ll bet he had only a HS education, too. HS Graduates from earlier times could quote Shakespeare and even knew a little Latin. Go ask a recent HS grad if he knows who Shakespeare even was.


        • BackRowHeckler March 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

          Speaking of education, a teacher in E Windsor was fired today for assigning to his English class a poem by Allen Ginsberg.

          • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

            I’m still waiting for someone to offer an academic refutation of Jimmie The Greek’s remarks that got him fired. I thought his remarks were on the money. Same goes for Ben Wright. The Masters was so much better when he and McCord ripped on each other. Who can refute the LPGA is predominantly lesbian?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

            Probably a homoerotic one about Kerouac.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

            Some people would withstand prolonged torture rather than admit Blacks can run faster than Whites. Why? Because the implications would be unthinkable, namely that we are different and Whites may be able to do other things better than Blacks.

        • Cold N. Holefield March 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

          A Jesuit high school and a Jesuit college — and not many in his day had college educations. He could be a real asshole, but I liked the guy. We would golf together on occasion and he, more than once, would whip it out in front of everyone when he had to take a leak right there on the tee box. He wouldn’t bother to take cover behind a bush or tree. When he did this, I would laugh my ass off — he wasn’t doing it to be funny but that’s what made it all the more humorous — his cavalier non-chalance. He couldn’t care less who was around — when he had to go, he had to go.

          • Q. Shtik March 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

            he, more than once, would whip it out in front of everyone when he had to take a leak


            I wouldn’t do that unless I had 8 inches soft.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 26, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

      One day I kept seeing Blacks spitting on themselves. Life shows you the things it wants you to see.

  98. FincaInTheMountains March 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Dailymail: Boris Berezovsky was murdered because he was about to hand Putin evidence of a coup plot, claims former head of security

    If anybody still gives a f*ck…

    Boris Berezovsky was killed in his bathroom in London because he was preparing to give Vladimir Putin evidence of a plot involving leading oligarchs to topple the strongman in a coup, it was claimed today.

    The exiled Russian tycoon was slain by Western secret services linked to the plan to overthrow the Kremlin leader.

    The theory comes from Berezovsky’s former long-time head of security Sergei Sokolov, who disputed the version of British police that the ex-billionaire took his own life, aged 67, in Berkshire in March 2013.


  99. FincaInTheMountains March 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    “So, Saudi Arabia goes to war in Yemen, Saudi and allied air forces commence bombing, Iran demands cessation to hostilities.” — Volodya

    The cruel irony is that the sheikhs who actively financed extremism at the request of United States would die from those same extremists.

  100. wpa_ccc March 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    February 2011: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to quell fears on Thursday that unrest in Libya would put oil prices on a long term upward trajectory. “We actually think that we’ll be able to ride out the Libya situation and it will stabilize,” Obama, referring to fuel prices, told a group of corporate chief executives.”

    In Feb. 2011, TheOilDrum.com (now defunct) and CFN were predicting “unrest” in the Middle East would DOUBLE oil prices from $110 a barrel to $220. Obama was saying not to panic. Oil is now $50. Obama was right.

    1 … Obama
    0 … TheOilDrum/CFN

    Oil prices have gone down, not up, even though the “unrest” has seen the collapse of four middle eastern countries, five if you include Egypt.

    Major doomster fail.

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  101. fodase March 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    Major doomster fail

    Major doomster´s have been failing since Johnny boy on Patmos.

    Whatever CFN says, the opposite is likely to come true.

    Where is Jimmy Kunstler on $40-50/bbl oil??

    CFN sycophants, where is Jimmy Kunstler on the massive drop in oil prices?

    Perhaps all the alt energy installed over the past decade is starting to make a very noticeable dent in petroleum usage…

    Folks 15 years from now will wonder that we used to need to use so much petroleum.

    The Sun is coming, the Sun is inexhaustible, as is the Wind and the Water.

    All virtually free for the taking.

    First they laughed.


  102. wpa_ccc March 26, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    fodase: “The Sun is coming, the Sun is inexhaustible, as is the Wind and the Water.”

    Don’t forget tidal power plants, some of which have been in operation since 1966. That is tested technology.

    And geothermal power plants are operating in 24 countries. The USA has 77 geothermal power stations in operation.

    Tidal and geothermal are two more sources of sustainable, non-polluting energy and we have just begun to make increases in efficiency and increases in capacity and decreases in cost in alternative sources of energy. The future is bright.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      You forgot to mention the cow’s farts.

  103. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 2:26 am #

    Finally the war came to Saudi Arabia – country that is fueling the civil wars and revolutions, now it announces the start of military operations against neighboring Yemen and puts together a coalition.

    On the night of March 25 and 26 they conducted airstrikes against the capital of Yemen, under the control of Huthis (movement of Ansar Allah) – Shiite rebel group backed by Iran. In less than a day, the number of casualties has exceeded 6 dozen.

    Upcoming military operation in Yemen has been already given a name – “Decisive Storm”. The coalition, according to the Emirati Al-Arabiya News, in addition to Saudi Arabia, has 9 other countries – Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar and Pakistan.

    Possible scenario for a military operation “Decisive Storm”

    Massive air strikes will soon enough lead to the suppression of Shiites immobile SAMs with little or no losses in the coalition Air Force. If the mobile air defense system will be actively involved, they will also be suppressed. Large military facilities, infrastructure and communications will be destroyed. All this will be accompanied by large civilian casualties. The aviation component by itself will not achieve victory – it is clearly shown by anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria. It only can weaken the Shiite forces, resulting in the activation of the forces of Islamic State, but this time in Yemen (where ISIS also exists – the local wing of Al-Qaeda joined the Islamic State). So, if everything is limited to the air component, the country will start to remind Syria, torn apart by a civil war, but will not succeed in restoration of Hadi regime.

    If the ground forces will be introduced – then things can go very differently. Possible rapid defeat of the main Huthis forces, but the guerrilla warfare will be there for a very long time, and the occupation regime will constantly take heavy losses that may gradually destabilize the situation in the camp of the Saudis. This may contribute to gaining strength by militants of Islamic State. Another option – a protracted war, with heavy losses and destruction, if the actions of the command of Saudi Arabia are not competent enough (which is very likely, given the lack of experience in conducting large-scale operations, and the overall level of Arab states warfare). This option is likely to lead to the disintegration of the country into 2-3 fragments, depending which side will be supported by the population.

    Global implications of conflict in Yemen

    Depending on what kind of results the Shiites will be able to achieve, it will strengthen or weaken the influence of Iran. Even the creation of the pro-Iranian Shiite Yemen in one part of the country will lead to a serious increase of Iranian influence. But the long civil war like in Iraq and Syria – on the contrary – will take strength and resources away from Iran to support their “own” party. In any case, the differences between Iran and the Sunni coalition would worsen even more.

    Already on March 26 was the information about warning shots from Egyptian Navy across the bow of Iranian ships heading to the coast of Yemen, apparently carrying military supplies.

    As for the situation in the Middle East as a whole – that is another big step toward complete chaos in the region. The US and its allies continue extremely reckless policy, leading to increasingly worst results, or else just specifically destabilizing the region by all means.

    Now that creates a funny situation – a Sunni radical can in one day be in different statuses: in Syria – a good friend who needs a little help, in Iraq – a terrorist and a monster, and in Yemen – the brother for whom we must fight – just buy a ticket to appropriate plane. But the plane can fly to Paris or New York.

    As for Saudi Arabia or UAE they apparently did not take into account that all of that may turn around – the monster that the Saudis had fed and grown, sooner or later, goes against them.

  104. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 2:47 am #

    Austrian politician: trains with US armored vehicles go through Austria toward Russia

    The leader of the Austrian Freedom Party Heinz-Christian Strache posted on his Facebook page a photo of American APCs Bradley, following through territory of Austria in the direction of the Russian border.

    “NATO tanks again go through Austria … These images made yesterday at about 7 am in Linz … about 50 BMP … follow in the direction of Eastern Europe”

    Strache has promised to raise the issue in Parliament on the inadmissibility of participation of neutral Austria in preparation for war.


  105. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 3:18 am #

    The transit through the Gulf of Aden is about 10% of the world’s oil transit.

    The Somali pirate problem was solved by creating a permanent international naval group and escort oil tankers and other merchant ships through the route adjacent to the Yemeni coast.

    Now the situation could get worse, and military support will have to take into account the hazards and risks posed by the Yemeni side.

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  106. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Finca: “You forgot to mention the cow’s farts.”

    Finca, the quantity of methane production is independent of the coloration of the cow.

    For example, a cow with a spot on his front right leg, or a spot on his nose, or a spot on his ear, or a spot on his ass, or a spot on his left rear leg, a spot on his right rear leg, a spot on his right front leg, a spot on his left front leg, etc. does not alter the quantity or quality of methane production.

    The same is true of humans. I discovered a spot on my forehead, a spot on my right arm, a spot on my right leg, a spot on my left arm, a spot on my left leg, a spot on right foot, a spot on my left foot and a spot on my chest. Until I found a doctor who was spot on in dealing with spot on phenomena, no matter where it is located, my methane production was severely limited, spotty in fact.

  107. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Bab-el-Mandeb strait brought under control by the Egyptian and Saudi Navy

    Iranian news agency “Fars” reported that Yemeni armed units of the rebellious Shiite movement “Ansar Allah” are preparing for large-scale military operations against the Saudi Arabia, including closing of strategic Strait Bab-el-Mandeb. “Yemeni forces are preparing to block the Bab-el-Mandeb with land-sea missiles” – quoted by a source in Yemen.

    According to him, the missiles will be aimed at the ships that try to pass through the strait, and “the defensive scenario has been under consideration for several months.”


    Oil tankers that are coming from Arabia through the Strait of Hormuz (which in the case of a US or Israel attack is threatened to be cut off by Iran), go around the peninsula, enter the Strait Bab-el-Mandeb and then go to the Suez Canal. That is, the logistics of oil supplies could be in serious danger.

    If they will be using Russian anti-ship mobile missile systems “Bastion”, the ships in the strait are as good as dead.

  108. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Finca: ““Yemeni forces are preparing to block the Bab-el-Mandeb with land-sea missiles” – quoted by a source in Yemen.”

    If “unrest” in the middle east causes a disruption in the smooth supply of oil, other big reserve sites will take up the slack and there will also be more receptivity generated toward developing sustainable, non-polluting alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, hydro, SSB, hydrogen, body heat, plant sugars, solar wind, methane, piezoelectric vibrations, sludge/biomass, GFP, bacteria, carbon nanotubes, and other alternative sources we are not even aware of right now.

    The future is bright.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Body heat?!!? Meshugenah green man

  109. michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Indeed, what a brilliant future awaits us lucky, exceptional people in the US. If there is an election in 2016, if we partake in that humiliating farce, we have a choice between Hitlery Clinton or whatever scumpublican gets the GOP nomination. The scumbags have already made their intentions clear about bombing or if they get really desperate for oil, invading Iran. That and their plans to slash social security, medicare, and other safety nets at a time when people need them more than ever. Both will trounce on Venezuela, as Obama the “peace president” had the audacity to speak with a straight face that the small nation is a “grave threat to the national security of the US”. Seriously? I am betting if they hadn’t stopped selling their oil in US dollars, they were starting to either talk about it or put such a plan in action. If they have any gold, they would be well advised to stash it. Look for a Ukrainian style coup in that country to happen at anytime. Then the US will plop in an oligarch who will sell their own people down the drain and rule with an iron fist, probably complete with US “advisors”, death squads, the whole nine yards.

    How are the cops acting in your city, county, and state? The sons of bitches are on steroids up here. This black Camaro comes racing up to ride my ass as I was coming home from paying the bankruptcy lawyer the 660 dollars we had to borrow to pay that blood sucker off to get the goddamned creditors off our backs. I get into the next lane and the motherfucker passes me. It was an undercover cop car, one of those new super gas guzzling Camaros they came out with. He was apparently hoping I would speed up because he was on my ass then he could give me a ticket for speeding, a cracked windshield (all it takes is a little nick and they will throw the book at you). The other stunt these cocksuckers like to pull is race up to people and run their license plates. I heard that they can now access a data base that gives them advice on who they should pull over so they can steal their money to try and prop up the local, county, or state budgets which are all in a state of chronic contraction due to what will prove to be an ever eroding tax base as a prelude to collapse.

    My city is a very middle class city, there are some nice areas and there is a bad area with a lot of hard drugs and people on disabilities and some homeless. The local swine feast on them. I know a gal that I used to work with that almost drank herself to death and then got on disability (she stopped breathing for 15 minutes and her kids begged her to quit and she has been sober ever since). Her son walked across the street in front of his house. They ticketed him for “jay walking” and used that as an excuse to search him. They found a small bag of marijuana and fined him for that as well. It’s not like they give a rat’s ass about anyone’s health or well being, they just want an excuse to pull you over, search you, and steal as much money as they can. Pushing a shopping cart around is a $100 ticket. There is a fine for dumpster diving now (I am told, and if I don’t find a job soon, I will be the next one fishing for cans and bottles or discarded food). The 12 or so homeless were arrested and ticketed for sleeping in the public park for “loitering”. Instead of trying to help people when they are down, their response has been to kick people in the face.

    Now our ever so benevolent, competent, and trustworthy group of gangsters that some still call “the government” are telling the banks to report people who try to withdraw any substantial amounts of money from their accounts. Gerald Celente reports that when he went to withdraw his money, they asked him why, and gave him the run around. Why? None of your fuckin business. I would have lept over the counter and came down on that person’s throat with both of my feet. Apparently they are afraid that people will wise up, withdraw their cash while some people are still stupid enough to believe the dollar has any value or can be trusted as a medium of exchange, and convert it into gold, silver, or other tangible commodities. That will now get you on their suspicious activity list. Your government in action. Don’t you just love them? Not….

    Now when the cops pull you over, getting back to the cops on steroids theme, I am told that when they inevitably search you after asking you if you are taking any prescription drugs and the usual campaign of harassment and sometimes killing, if they find a large sum of cash they can confiscate it. You have to go to court, probably with some expensive blood sucking lawyer, and explain to the judge and fight to get your money back. In some states, like the neighboring good fascist police state of Ohio, they can strap you down and forcibly draw a blood sample from you. Other places, when they take your cash they have it tested for drug residue, and if they find it (most paper bills have traces of drug residue) then they can confiscate (steal) your car!! Never mind that the cash in your pocket or wallet may have changed hands some 200 times or more, never mind that you never snorted a line of nose candy in your life, they can use that as an excuse to steal your goddamned car.

    This is INSANE and then look at US foreign policy (bombing Iraq and Libya for trying to dump the US dollar for their oil then going back in to bomb the nut jobs that took over in the power vacuum that we created) and the murderous, heinous insanity we started in the Ukraine and it becomes very clear indeed. We are getting kicked to the curb and our complete collapse seems to be drawing very, very close right now

    • hortonz March 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

      Did you catch Tavis Smiley’s Detroit town hall last night Michigan native? Three black “community activists” [aka black racists in progressive clothing], a token white liberal and Arab-American spokesman talked about the plight of those “forgotten” people who aren’t enjoying the fruits of the city’s comeback. Or, to put it bluntly, the three Afro-Americans spewed forth a litany of complaints against the city’s white businesspeople, mayor and residents. The token white and Arab added their voices to the anti-white chorus and Tavis, the megalomaniac Marxist who makes his living on a network that wouldn’t exist without the generosity of white benefactors and taxpayers, wouldn’t allow any opposing [eg. conservative, moderate-liberal or libertarian] point of view. My question to you then is this: when America finally becomes a third-world country and the struggle for survival makes 20th century identity politics look ridiculous, what will we do with all the assorted actors and stooges who made their living off grievances? They won’t be of any use as manual laborers, and their megalomania makes them unsuited for leadership positions in the new epoch. Will we have to let them die of starvation or can they be rehabilitated?

      • michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

        My cable and internet were shut off for non payment, but even when I had cable, I rarely watch television. If anything comes on about Detroit and its politics, I shut it off with all deliberate speed. Detroit is toast, a dead city that will never recover and only continue to decay until they finally raze the whole goddamned area and convert the parts that are not polluted into farmland that will grow food organically and transported using sail boats on the Detroit River and the areas along the great Lakes. We are all going to become farmers and craftsmen in a post industrial society. There will be no choice. Either make the conversion or perish. If the continent of north America is still habitable, let us hope some form of neo feudalism doesn’t take place.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

      A most excellent reply. I suspect a JHK poppet. Just a bit toooo conVEEnient. Guy surfaces months/*years* later, and has the typical jobless phenomena…

  110. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Finca, you need to stretch your imagination to get to the spot on which you can understand this. When it comes to energy, body heat could get us closer to generating energy the way nature does: free and efficient.

    For example, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced that excess heat from the subway tunnels (generated by body heat) and an electric substation would be funneled into British homes.

    “The heat your body produces can warm an entire building, complete with offices, apartments and shops. At least that’s what’s happening in Stockholm and Paris. Jernhuset, a state owned property administration company is putting together a plan to capture body heat from train commuters traveling through Stockholm’s Central Station. The heat will warm water running through pipes, which will then be pumped through the building’s ventilation system.

    Paris Habitat, owner of a low-income housing project in Paris, will also use body heat to warm 17 apartments in a building, which is directly above a metro station near Pompidou Center. On a more morbid and less sweaty note, a crematorium in the United Kingdom is using gasses released from the cremation process to heat a crematorium. The energy in cremated bodies is already being captured when it has to pass through filters to remove the mercury in the deceased’s fillings. Instead of letting the energy escape, pipes are used to pump it through the building.”

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    • Cold N. Holefield March 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      I take it you prefer Spotify to Pandora. Is that correct? One thing about you — your comments are, for the most part, grammatically spotless. I can spot a perfectionist a mile away, and you, my friend, are a perfectionist. You forgot to mention the spot on the dog’s ear, though. That’s the most important one — it’s the mark of the beast.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      Yes and compost piles will heat 2000 sq foot homes. And each car will have a steam engine that carpoolers in the back seat will feed as they ride – for free. With what you ask? Oh, I don’t know, the unread Sunday NY Times for starters. They can pick them up off people stoops. What about the carbon footprint? Well the car owners and poolers will have to pay back carbon credits and/or plant trees or volunteer at the NY Times.

  111. Ted Stosterone March 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Great article, JHK. It’s not like it was ever hard for you to tell us what you think, but I feel like the gloves have come off entirely now and the sentiment is even more powerful.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      ^ What he said! JHK bloodied his knuckles with this last post.

  112. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    michigan_native: “We are getting kicked to the curb and our complete collapse seems to be drawing very, very close right now”

    Michigan, you paint a picture of a police-state actively persecuting the poor. If you believe that, then it makes no sense to stay in the USA. There are much better places to live in the world than the USA, as all the myriad of national rankings make obvious. For example:

    USA is 49th in life expectancy (out of 224 nations surveyed)

    USA is 61st on the Environmental Performance Index (out of 163)

    USA is 85th on the Global Peace Index (out of 149 nations surveyed)

    USA is 11th on GDP per capita (PPP) (out of 227 nations surveyed)

    USA is 114th on the Happy Planet Index (out of 143)

    USA is 46th in suicide rates (like you, not happy people) (out of 100)

    But the USA is still #1 in two areas: patents and space exploration.

    It is a big world, Michigan_Native. No one is keeping you here by force. Explore, discover, and find a better place to live.

    • michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Blah blah. If I could expatriate, I would. The US government is making it harder and harder for its people to flee the sinking ship, because they don’t want their tax slaves to escape. USA is still number one, you say. How long will you be so exceptional, so number oneish when the 2/3 of energy we need to export dries up because oil exporting countries stop taking US dollars? All of those roads, bridges, infrastructure was built on this delusion that there would always be endless cheap or free energy, and we neglected mass transit for a car culture which will all suddenly become defunct. Useless. According to JHK, the greatest misallocation of resources in human history. The collapse is already well underway. Then let’s see how cocky and arrogant you exceptional, flag waving imbeciles become when you country makes the complete plunge into third world helldom. Then you will be humbled and silent, you are just too ignorant and brainwashed to realize it now.

      • michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

        Also, “number one in space exploration”. Now that one really cracks me up. We can’t even survive on the planet we are on, if anyone cares to do their research, we are damned close to extinction. So what is the response to declining fertility and the wholesale poisoning of the planet? Let’s waste billions of dollars exploring space because we have to expand out into the cosmos and all that other hocus pocus horse shit about the human need to explore. Here is the truth. The human race is like a fucking cancer that destroys everything it gets its hands on. We should be quarantined to this planet so the cancer doesn’t spread. What a waste of time and resources, exploring space. Not content to fuck uo the earth, people have this idiotic notion that we can and should colonize mars, etc. The only consolation for me is that I know you have to cooperate and get along in space. If you do not, you perish. So you know that shit is never going to happen, but meanwhile the Star Trek types have these delusions and foolhardy notions about exploring space and reaching out to the cosmos and all that grandiose never going to happen bullshit. Keep wasting money on that. What a brilliant idea. Not

        • malthuss March 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

          Gov Inc hopes the lunar rocks will power our civilization forward.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      “But the USA is still #1 in two areas: patents and space exploration.”

      Ayup, gotta do this again, my *friend*. Space exploration? Is that why we have to (hijack) hitch-hike to the *space station*?!?

      Let it go. You have proven you can argue any side. I get it – socks for development…

  113. michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    Body heat? You are serious? Good luck staying alive in these prolonged, minus 20 winters that seem to be getting more savage each year. Global warming produces these winters from hell, and if the Gulf Stream shuts down, which I think is starting to, you will have year round savage cold. If anyone thinks body heat is going to save you, the fact the growing food in North America will no longer be possible aside, I would suggest people have watched The Matrix too many times. Bad breath and hot air from peak oil and global warming denialists would likely keep you warmer

    You would be better off fleeing southwards towards the equator, and hope that somehow all those people in central and south America will forgive us Yankees for exploiting them, killing them, overthrowing their elected leaders, assassinating their leaders, or otherwise treating them like shit. I have a feeling that those who do try to flee when North America becomes uninhabitable, they will not get a warm reception, not like we deserve one to begin with. Watch the Obama regime stage another coup in Venezuela and bring in their sell out, their puppet, their butcher, their oligarch.

    • malthuss March 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      ‘The US government is making it harder and harder for its people to flee the sinking ship, because they don’t want their tax slaves to escape.’

      USA and Philippines are the only two [to my knowledge] countries that require Citizens to ‘pay up’ regardless of where on the planet you may be.


  114. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Michigan_Native: ” I have a feeling that those who do try to flee when North America becomes uninhabitable, they will not get a warm reception, not like we deserve one to begin with.”

    You have a feeling? Do you have any actual experience?

    You are spot on about the desirability of heading toward the equator where neither heat nor air conditioning are required, where fresh fruits and vegetables are dirt cheap in open air markeplaces, where people are much more hospitable than even the southern culture of the USA.

    You are also spot on that we don’t deserve a warm reception. But ex-pats who have lived for years and decades closer to the equator report in spot on fashion that Latin Americans are more forgiving than you think. They are capable of distinguishing between the American people and the American government. As long as you are not in uniform, you will likely be welcomed.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Yes and every living human could be fitted into the State of Texas. Or put in a cube, a mile wide, high, and broad. Just stack ’em up like wood.

    • michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      What I heard from people interviewed on youtube is that like anywhere else, they are your friends as long as you have money. The minute you do not, you become a nobody. Nobody calls you, nobody wants to be your friend, nobody has the time of day to so much as call you. They sure as fuck do call you when they need something from you or want your money (I am talking about people in general). So in that regard, our friends south of the border are no different. I share a sense why they would hate gringos, being half blooded Chippewa Native myself, and I have read about what the US did in Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, etc with Venezuela being the latest and I am goddamned ashamed about it but there is nothing many of us can do as we have no control over the government. I heard it was dangerous to vacation in Mexico, that the drug cartels have overran that country and they resent North Americans big time down there (and I don’t blame them)

  115. Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Don’t worry, scro – lots of tards out there are living kick ass lives. My first wife was a retard. Now she’s a pilot.


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    • ZrCrypDiK March 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

      AmazING ([s]cro-magnon?). That’s how you describe your first wive. I call hijinks – you’ve never been married, *LONER*.

  116. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Window of opportunity

    Somebody said that the period between February 27 – the murder of Nemtsov in Moscow and May 9 – the day of Victory parade in the Red Square presents a celestial window of opportunity for Putin.

    Putin is a Judo master: The basis of the principle of Judo is to use the strength of the enemy to a maximum effect to defeat him, unlike many Western forms of wrestling where fighters rely on their own strength.

    Did he get the Saudis where he wanted them?

  117. Buck Stud March 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    “I wouldn’t do that unless I had 8 inches soft.”–Q

    Many people remember John Holmes as the well-hung porn star. Personally, I think he was a tragic,pathetic figure never able to rise above base chakra instincts.

    Put another way, never give a damn about those would judge your penis size.

    • michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      Was that that guy who started to do gay porn to feed his coke habit? Sick.

    • Q. Shtik March 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      Put another way, never give a damn about those would judge your penis size. – Buck


      Why judge? Just use a ruler…or in my case, a yardstick.

      • ZrCrypDiK March 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

        I cant believe you idiots are POASTING this drivel, and you’re not banned. I consider your discourse srsly *LACKING*.

        Yeah, 6.2 inches, on the Q-SH! yardstick ™. YOU HAPPY?!? Crawl outta da cellar, yet?

  118. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Cold: “JHK bloodied his knuckles with this last post.”

    Spot on, cold! My sentiments also. Where I take exception is in the portrayal by some (brh, Michigan_native) of the third world as a “hell hole.” Therefore, I do not share the sentiment that the USA should avoid becoming a third world nation. That is exactly what the USA should become and is successfully becoming.

    Still, the USA does not yet have the advantages of living in a real third world country, like Panama. Panama actively encourages Americans to retire there and provides economic incentives:

    “The Panamanian government encourages retirees to retire here with one of the world’s most generous programs with many benefits and discounts. To qualify for a retiree visa the only requirements are a proven monthly income of $1000, a health certificate, and a police report.

    Some of the benefits for retirees:

    25% off restaurants
    50% off hotel accommodations from Monday-Thursday
    30% off bus, boat and train fares
    25% off domestic and international airline tickets
    10% off prescription medicines (much cheaper than US prices to begin with)
    15% off dental and eye exams
    50% off closing costs for home loans
    50% off entertainment including movies, concerts, theater etc. (a regular movie ticket costs $4 – the retiree price is $2.)

    To portray countries like Panama, which have low crime and are safe, as “third world hell holes” is NOT spot on. Such a characterization is a travesty and reveals gringo ignorance and gringo paranoia.

    • michigan_native March 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Well my friend, if you find drinking contaminated water, living with lice, lacking adequate heat in the cold or ways to cool off when it’s too hot, if you like starving to death, sleeping in mosquito nets, and dying many generations before you have to, then the third world is indeed the place for you to be. It’s coming to America, even the police state oligarchs that preside over the third world hell holes are making their way to the US.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 29, 2015 at 1:20 am #

      “10% off prescription medicines (much cheaper than US prices to begin with)”

      OMG, haha, you just spewed that? 10% off is much cheaper?!? That’s why I *LOVE* u, soker – you can spin some YARN. Ayup, I do love you, mud hut adobe wannabe.

  119. BackRowHeckler March 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Let’s see here. What do we have?

    Again in Bridgeport, just yesterday, a garden spot if there ever was one, once the site of Remington-UMC, employing 18000 making almost every cartridge used in WW1 & 2, now a welfare colony. Seems as tho a ‘Brother’ named Jamiel went to this construction site looking for a job. The boss, Jose, evidently had no jobs. Not to take rejection lightly, Jamiel whipped out a semi auto and pumped 5 rounds into Jose, ending the interview rather abruptly. Now there is an opening of course, but Jameil won’t be around to fill it because he was arrested by Bridgeport police later in the day and is now in New Haven lockup!

    i guess the whole job application-interview process has changed over the years to what it is now in Bridgeport, CT.


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    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

      Jose had no jobs for a Brother – or a White either. Normal people hire their own first – and there’s no lack of Hispanics for Jose to hire. This is what called “capturing” an industry. Many industries in many states are now lost to Whites and Blacks.

      • Therian March 29, 2015 at 2:22 am #

        Try finding a non-Hispanic construction crew or a landscaping crew out here in California. My apartment complex is undergoing renovations and the job is being done by a really incompetent Mexican crew who is taking six weeks to remodel 4 studios with 15 men on site.

        California really has become a farcical place because the ownership groups that buy high rise apartment complexes spend more than $600K per apartment (for 600 square feet) but they have a “beer wallet” when it comes to maintenance and upgrade. Then suddenly they are the picture of frugality.

        Of course, ultimately, the entire bill is being footed by the residents who are paying $2700 in rent for a STUDIO. I’ve always contended that “money has no party” and Palo Alto is a ridiculously BLUE town (it’s about 70% Democrat) yet these robber baron landlords don’t seem to mind screwing the little guy if no statute is being violated.

        The rentier class is killing both retailers and tenants in Palo Alto and lifelong residents are rushing to the East Bay though even that’s futile since even the blue collar East Bay is rushing headlong into $2K for a 1 BR apartment.

        It transcend race, creed, and color. This place must be the greediest town outside of Manhattan yet it doesn’t have a tenth of the culture of NYC. I’m moving to Arizona in a few months (found a place) way outside of Phoenix. Nowheresville never looked so inviting.

        • Q. Shtik March 29, 2015 at 11:17 am #

          Nowheresville never looked so inviting. – Therian


          Yeah, if you can tolerate 115 D heat.

    • malthuss March 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

      Ya read about the gal at ‘MLK apartments’ who had two of her four children in the freezer?

      Or the gal in OC [47 y.o.a.] who stole a baby in hopes of passing the infant off as her own?
      Day after babe was stolen it was found in a dumpster.
      Or – well I could go on.

    • Buck Stud March 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm #


      I suppose I shouldn’t chuckle that Brother Jamiel decided to gun down Capataz Jose but your particular brand of reporting is so damn sardonic that I just can’t help myself. Silly human race:


  120. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Did anyone notice there was a country that went the first 75 days of 2015 without using any fossil fuels for electricity? That’s right: 100 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewable power in January, February, and half of March.

    When countries are going for months at a time without using fossil fuels for electricity, I think that is a demonstration that alternative energy is not just a green shoots pipedream spawned by Al Gore. It is spot on wise use of resources to avoid environmental contamination and show that dependence on fossil fuels can be reduced, nation-wide. Nothing inevitable about oil. The USA should use 1/7 per capita of what it currently uses.

    The USA should conserve, reduce combustion engine usage, promote public transit, and become more like third world countries in terms of kg of oil equivalent per capita energy usage.

  121. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Fighter jet downed near Yemen’s Sana’a

    Yemeni resistance forces has downed a fighter jet in the Bani Ziad region north of Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a.


    Well, here we go… I doubt it was downed by AK-47

  122. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Funny how something not ordinarily used becomes a fad, as Q pointed out. This week we are up to 40 instances of the words “spot on” … and counting… we on our way to a spot on record use of spot on.

    • Therian March 29, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      I say that you are spot on, Asoka.

  123. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    Janos: “Normal people hire their own first”

    No, normal people hire the person best suited for the position. If the hardest working most competent carpenters are Mexican, and if you want to stay in business, you hire the Mexicans. If you want to maintain racial purity, then all the poor-work-ethic whites end up out of work and collecting unemployment checks. There are more whites on welfare and foodstamps than any other racial group. And it is not just because there are more whites. Here are the numbers:

    Blacks comprise 22 percent of the poor, but blacks only take in 14 percent of government benefits. Conversely, whites make up 42 percent of the poor, but take in a disproportionate 69 percent of government benefits.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

      Blacks are 13% of the population and are using way more than their share. Thanks for pointing that out.

      • DA March 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

        Blacks, whatever their share of the population, have big, abnormally large, raging, venous hardons for people of the Janos ilk, especially their imagined virgin female types, who unfortunately lost their virginity to their Janos fathers at unspeakably tender ages. And therein lies the rage…

      • Therian March 29, 2015 at 2:27 am #

        Well, Janos, he just pulls any old numbers out of his ass to see if it gets by people’s bullshit filters. He’s like a Neocon i.e., “from the throw shit against the wall and see what sticks” school of fact citing. If the shit sticks to the wall, then he’s gotten away with it. If it doesn’t, he moves on to another argument in hopes that you’ve forgotten the previous argument.

        The guy is just absolutely demonic but he’s not as wily as Satan whom he likely admires.

        • wpa_ccc March 29, 2015 at 11:47 am #

          Learn to read. I did not cite the absolute number, just for the percentage “of the poor” for both poor Blacks and poor whites. Proportionately, among the poor, whites are the biggest users of government benefits.

  124. wpa_ccc March 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    Carrying on in the Hugo Chavez tradition:

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.

    For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration’s recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses during anti-government protests.

    To date more than 4 million signatures calling on Obama to reverse the order have been collected, and Maduro has set a goal of gathering 10 million ahead of the Summit of the Americas taking place April 10-11 in Panama.

    On Friday, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the signatures would be presented at the summit.


    Venezuelan crude is selling at $46.19.

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    • BackRowHeckler March 28, 2015 at 1:15 am #

      Are you sure they aren’t lining up to buy toilet paper? I understand its pretty scarce, along with everything else in the socialist paradise.

  125. Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2015 at 11:46 pm #


    Rumble in the jungle, with many a weave left on the battlefield. Beside Duh, does anyone still believe they are like us?

  126. BackRowHeckler March 28, 2015 at 1:29 am #

    Michigan Native, Holy Sh-t! that was quite a rant yesterday. Very impressive! What the hell set you off?

  127. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    Stephen F. Cohen: “for the first time in my long life (I began in this field in the 1960s), I think the possibility of war with Russia is real,” and he clearly and unequivocally places all of the blame for it on the U.S. leadership. He calls this “possibly a fateful turning-point in history.” He also says “it could be the beginning of the end of the so-called trans-Atlantic alliance.”


  128. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 3:54 am #

    Here goes another one:

    US Rescues 2 Saudi Pilots From Gulf of Aden

    A U.S. helicopter rescued two Saudi pilots from the Gulf of Aden after their F-15 fighter crashed during an air mission over Yemen on Thursday.


    Just crashed, ah? Probably the pilot felt an urgent need to go to the bathroom and left the cabin

  129. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Yemeni Huthis are moving artillery units to the border with Saudi Arabia

    First Artillery Brigade in Saad beginning to move in the direction of the Al Baqa’a on the border with Saudi Arabia


    The military operation of Saudi Arabia and her friends quite obvious will not be a cakewalk.

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    • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2015 at 5:36 am #

      Yes I checked today: the Sunnis are about 60% of Yemen and the Shia 40%. And get this – Saudi Arabia also has a lot of Shia – in the South. The whole region is getting ready to explode.

    • Q. Shtik March 28, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      The military operation of Saudi Arabia and [her] friends quite obvious will not be a cakewalk. – Finca


      Finca, I’m curious, is it customary in the Russian language to refer to all, or some, countries as possessing female gender?

      I don’t think of countries as possessing gender and so I would have said [its] friends. I can’t say I am speaking for all Americans.

      Understand, I am not correcting you (especially since JHK gets really angry when I do that) but rather just want to know because I am interested in language.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

        Not sure – never thought of that. But Russia, America, England, Germany, France in Russian all have a female ending, while Israel, Kazakhstan, (all ‘stans’ for that matter), Lebanon have male.

        Libya is female.

        • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

          China is a ‘male’.

          • Q. Shtik March 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

            So then if the sentence was about China rather than Saudi Arabia it would have read:

            “The military operation of China and [his] friends quite obvious will not be a cakewalk.”

            Is that correct?

        • elysianfield March 29, 2015 at 11:05 am #

          As is Labia…

  130. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    Bloomberg: Russia remains a major market economy that cannot be derailed by a few timid restrictions


  131. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    Operation of Saudi Arabia has faced unexpected. Huthis do not want to be a target in a shooting gallery, they treacherously attacked the positions of Saudi troops on the border with Yemen. During the battle several Saudi Arabia tanks and artillery units were captured, royal armored vehicles and different weapons and ammunition.

    It seems that Saudi Arabia will become a major supplier of weapons to the rebels, about the same as their colleagues in Kiev have developed conveyor of gratuitous military aid to Novorussia militia.


    *** WARNING *** The above information is not verified, however the author is well known Russian journalist on the ME, working for TASS.

  132. wpa_ccc March 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Finca: “It seems that Saudi Arabia will become a major supplier of weapons to the rebels”

    And from where does Saudi Arabia get the weapons? Who manufactures the weapons?

    • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      Take a wild guess. …. Yes, US of A

    • Therian March 29, 2015 at 2:28 am #

      I’m guess Mattel or Milton Bradley.

  133. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean

    Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

    “While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.


    Is that email server the last line of defense between now and the outbreak of major war in Europe?

    American troops keep merrily deploying in Eastern Europe – The 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the US Army sent from the airport of Constantza to the outskirts of the city of Galatci, a few kilometers from Moldova and Odessa area.

    • Buck Stud March 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Sorry Fin but you’re stretching again. Gowdy is simply on a political with hunt; after all, he doesn’t seem very concerned about Walker’s email fiasco or Jeb’s email omissions.

      IOW, this ain’t about Russia, Ivan.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

        “the citizens – is the audience, the policy – is the show, the elite – is a closed caste of show producers on which viewers cannot and should not affect”

        FYI, my name is not Ivan, as yours is probably not John.

        • Q. Shtik March 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

          FYI, my name is not Ivan, as yours is probably not John. Finca


          In America every Tom, Dick and Harry’s name is John.

  134. fodase March 28, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Is there anything less salient to the CFN conversation than Rossiya/the Ukarine/Hillary Clinton?

    Finca, shut the hell up about NATO and Russia, it`s not going to amount to anything. AS USUAL.

    Bud, send me your address and I`ll visit you since youre in South America/Central America like me, I want to see your farm, I think it`s great that youve set up a farm and are processing palm hearts etc.

    For the CFN diehards out here, wpa_ccc (who is awesssome) is not me, he is in Central America (as far as I know) and I live in Brazil.

    wpa_ccc, that said, I could visit you as well buddy, in addition to Finca. I have a strong back and would love to help you guys install a microhydroelectric system or solar panels etc.

    It`s in the doing that we get to know the world, not the `learning about` – Albert Schweitzer


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    • Buck Stud March 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm #


      Last time WPA/Asoka was spotted here on CFN via a You Tube clip he was in New Mexico constructing adobes…he told us he was ‘the black guy’ mixing mud. And no, I’m not making this up.

  135. wpa_ccc March 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    Please do not visit Indiana until it repeals its new law which legalizes discrimination (using the excuse of “religious freedom”).


  136. fodase March 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    wpa_ccc (or asoka, if thats who he is) and i dont agree on everything, weve had our spats in the past out here, but were realists and dont mind getting our hands dirty and living with the native indian tribes if it comes to that.

    nothing a good dousing with ayahuasca can`t resolve among us.

    fodase in dreamtime

  137. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    From the point of view of the law now very critical becomes the date of the destruction of these server data, since October 28, 2014 was issued first subpoena (a congressional committee investigating a crime is a court of law) requiring to provide the court with all correspondence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    And if it turns out that Mrs. Clinton, under subpoena, deliberately destroyed documents that are material evidence in the case of terrorist act, under the investigation by a special committee of the US Congress, the consequences for it can be much more serious than those that came for her husband, when being the President of the United States he lied under oath.

  138. wpa_ccc March 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    wpa_ccc (or asoka, if thats who he is) and i dont agree on everything

    Correct. I agree with you and Asoka on some things and I disagree with you and Asoka on other things.

    For example, I won’t be joining you, or Asoka, in an ayahuasca ceremony.

    But I would gladly lend a hand helping you in putting up solar panels or helping Asoka in plastering with stucco… that is, if Asoka still lives in an adobe structure.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      “I agree with you and Asoka on some things and I disagree with you and Asoka”

      STFU, @$$-soker – we all know it’s you (and well[es]). Take heed (lulz)/././

  139. fodase March 28, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    look bixxes, asoka is not me, i cant speak for who wpa may be, but i can tell you that i , the great welles, am neither of those two fine gents.

    and if wpa_ccc, whom I admire for being so well-informed & realistic about the real state of alternative energy and other societally positive aspects, is not asoka, then i officially miss asoka.

    also, it is ridiculous to wonder who be who. just argue your point based on fact. that`d go a looong way towards bettering the banter in this jernt.


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  140. BackRowHeckler March 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    Figure this out,

    There’s fighting all over the Arab world, but Dubai, a Gulf State, is hosting a high profile, international horse race this weekend, paying the highest purses anywhere on earth!

    This reinforces my theory that, even if the US went into total collapse, 100,000 people would show up on Saturday afternoon in October for the Ohio State-Michigan football game, no questions asked.


  141. wpa_ccc March 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    “Take a wild guess. …. Yes, US of A”


    I have been informed on CFN that the USA no longer has manufacturing jobs. Besides CFN also tells me the USA is broke and weapons are expensive. USA? Does not compute.

    • ZrCrypDiK March 29, 2015 at 1:38 am #

      11:11. Rly?!?

      Who exactly here on the CFN sh!tlist told you that? Wut I thought – no ONE. Makin’ sh!t up, as you speak. That’s why I LOVE u… Your JHK’s premier sockie. And you do a gud job, *sock*.

  142. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Middle East Fairy Tale

    Once upon a time Scorpion asked Turtle to carry it over Suez Canal.

    ”But you will sting me, and we both will drown” – said the Turtle.

    “Do not be afraid. I really need to the other side of the channel. Why would I want to sting you if you take me there”- said Scorpion.

    Turtle entered the water and swam the Suez Canal to the other side. In the middle of the channel Scorpion stung her.

    “Why did you do it, now we will both drown?!” – cried the dying turtle, sinking to the bottom of the channel.

    “This is the Middle East, baby” – said the Scorpion and went to the bottom…

  143. BackRowHeckler March 29, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    2015 Dubai World Cup Results:

    1) Prince Bishop 15-1

    2) California Chrome 3-2 The favorite, came up short

    3) Lea 4-1 made strong bid on last turn, but not enough

    There you are, something else going on in the ME beside beheadings, bombing and warfare.


  144. Q. Shtik March 29, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    “10% off prescription medicines (much cheaper than US prices to begin with)” – ZrCry quoting wpa


    Zr, I think you missed wpa’s point…viz that before even taking 10% off, a drug’s price is much cheaper in Panama to start with. e.g. Say a drug in the US costs $50. In Panama it might cost $25. Then you take off 10% and now it “only” costs $22.50.

    I like the movie ticket example better. We pay 10, 11 or 12 dollars for a ticket. In Panama they pay $4 (assuming wpa’s info is correct) and expats get 50% off and pay only $2. The problem perhaps is that the films are from the ’70s and are the kind of pablum only shown on airline flights.

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  145. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    India’s nuclear capacity to be increased to 17,080 Mw by 2022

    The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) on Tuesday said that nuclear capacity through indigenous reactors and reactors with international cooperation would be increased to 17,080 Mw by 2022, from the present level of 5,780 Mw.


    Obviously, India is planning to run on something a little more reliable than just cow’s farts and body heat.

  146. Q. Shtik March 29, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    The rentier class is killing both retailers and tenants – Therian


    What workable solution do you have for repealing the law of supply and demand?

  147. Q. Shtik March 29, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    because the IRS is only “streamlining” at the consumer’s expense – Therian


    I agree, in general, with the entire thrust of your comment. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t detect another business or governmental agency shifting a cost or an effort from themselves onto their customers. Between technology (EZ Pass, for example) and shifting the burden onto the customer (print your own effing tax forms) is it any wonder umpteen thousands of jobs have been eliminated.

    This is somewhat tangential to the above but…….my wife has an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon about her fractured shoulder. In setting up this appt my wife was directed to a site where a “patient packet” exists. It must be printed out and filled in and brought to the office 15 mins ahead of the actual appt time. The form is 6 pages long. One of the questions: What is your spouse’s social security number? Next they’ll want to know the name of your third grade homeroom teacher.

  148. wpa_ccc March 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Q: “Between technology (EZ Pass, for example) and shifting the burden onto the customer (print your own effing tax forms) is it any wonder umpteen thousands of jobs have been eliminated.”

    Classic! Bitch about how inefficient and how wasteful and how big government is. Claim that you prefer small government like a good conservative.

    Then, when federal government shrinks under Obama, when some responsibility is shifted to you, you bitch about that. Hypocrite is the word to describe you.

  149. progress4what March 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Thanks for the week’s work, JHK. Here’s one of the best metaphors that you’ve ever created.

    “He truly symbolized our country: an overgrown, oafish, wannabe thug making one bad choice after another until his final, suicidal lurch against authority — followed by all the exculpatory lying on his behalf”

    Magnificent. And it’s interesting that the lying continues. At least a couple of posters this week truly seem to believe that Brown had his hands up in total innocence as he was deliberately executed – even though all physical evidence contradicts this lie.


    On another matter, this discussion thread discourages discussion. KansasHamonWry, for example, posted a comment that included this logical non sequitur, “And until you provide some, my original arguments remain unrefuted.”

    Sorry Kansas, but your arguments are unrefuted because you posted them on the 27th in response to a comment made on the 23rd – and no one refuted your arguments because hardly anyone read them.

    Brown was charging while Wilson was shooting at him in self-defense. There’s your refutation. You’re welcome. Sorry I was late to the refutation party.


    One more thing, wpa-ccc is certainly “the poster who must not be named.” Why he persists on this discussion thread is a testimony to something. Why he lies about his original handle is also a testimony to something. Not something good, mind you, but something.

    OK – I’ll be back in a week or two, late on Sunday, when I can skim all the comments at once without having to bounce back and forth in place and time. This discussion would be much better if “nested comments” were disabled.

    At least the automatic pagination was disabled. Thanks for that!

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  150. wpa_ccc March 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    (RNS) Though the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made Indianapolis its headquarters for nearly a century, the denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers.


    A tsunami of an economic boycott of Indiana, as more and more withdrawals from Indiana business, conventions, and tourism.

    Gov. Pence is just beginning to feel the strength of a national movement to defend human rights. Pence should not have signed SB101, which is divisive and provides legal cover for predujice.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Governor Pence is one of the greatest men of out time. Future ages will marvel and wonder if such a man actually walked the Earth or if he was just a mythical god like Mercury or Balder.

      It’s true you people are far more organized than we are and thus quicker off the draw. But if he holds fast, Indiana will become a favorite vacation spot for American Conservatives. We will make up the loss and then some. And then some more.

      The people are tired of trash talking queer trash. Dan Savage talked about licking door knobs at a Republican campaign headquarters, hoping to give people his flu.

  151. wpa_ccc March 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    March 29, 2015 at 1:38 am: Who exactly here on the CFN sh!tlist told you that? Wut I thought – no ONE. Makin’ sh!t up, as you speak.

    ZrCrypDik, I am not “making shit up.” The likeable host of this here Clusterfuck Nation has maintained that we are broke. Do you not believe what JHK says?

    JHK: The underlying reality is that we are a much less affluent society than we pretend to be, or, to put it bluntly, that we are functionally bankrupt at every level: household, corporate enterprise, and government (all levels of that, too).

    This refrain is repeated by individual CFNers, too. They believe it.

    ozone May 12, 2014 at 10:48 am: Hey now! Did you know it’s “Infrastructure Week” in this grand broke-ass country of ours? Yep. Go out and fix a pothole this week; your country thanks you!

    It is almost part of CFN’s dogma that the USA is broke.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      The Elite you love so much are doing fine. So you’re right on that level, the only one you care about.

  152. wpa_ccc March 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Janos: “The Elite you love so much are doing fine.”

    Yes, I love the elite, Janos. And I love the non-elite, also. There is love enough to go around for everyone, of all classes, all races.

    The elite are white. Are you dissing whites?

  153. wpa_ccc March 29, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Janos, so how do you decide who to hate?

    I don’t hate Gov. Pence, but I oppose his signing SB101.
    I don’t hate David Duke or Rush Limbaugh, but I oppose their racism.
    I don’t hate ISIS/ISIL but I oppose their use of violence.
    I don’t hate P4W, but I oppose his position on immigration.

    The world doesn’t really need any more hate.

    Do you have a race, class, sex, religion, and sexual orientation formula you apply to decide who to hate? Must be tricky.

  154. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    All roads lead to expensive oil

    The essence of the maneuver by which Saudi Arabia has brought down the price of oil is in establishment of a permanent discount in relation to the prices that American and Multinationals charge for oil in Asia. To put it roughly, the sheikhs turned up the oil valve and said to Asian buyers: “we will be selling you oil at ANY price offered by Americans, minus one dollar.” Under these circumstances, the US and Multinationals oil companies began to rapidly drop off the Asian market and were forced to sell oil to the main and most capacious oil market in the world – United States, where already there is a surplus production of shale oil. That led to a sharp drop in oil prices everywhere in the world.

    A very important point: oil shale is actually “locked” in the United States for logistical (there is simply no necessary infrastructure) and legal reasons (“Obama faction”, whose enemies are actively sponsored by American oil companies, holds the presidential veto for key Keystone XL pipeline ). So “traditional” oil companies stifle shale oil companies, since traditional companies have significantly higher pain threshold, and the minimum price of profitability of production – is much lower.

    Why is it important to Saudi Arabia? Death of shale oil companies will cause a significant amount of oil to disappear from the market and that in the future will provide a very high price for a very long period of time. There is an opinion that as soon as prices will rise, the large sums of money will flow to US shale production again – it will not. No one will want to invest in projects that can be killed by sheikhs at any time.

    Number of working wells dropped by 49%, and the decline has not stopped. They are mostly closing the wells that lost efficiency (in shale it falls very quickly), leave only those that are working at maximum, and the commissioning of new wells is significantly less (no money!). Which leads to reduced new drilling but the current output does not fall so much. As soon as the current “best” wells begin to lose yield (about summer-early autumn this year) we will see production decline and massive shale companies bankruptcies and a sharp rise in oil prices. That is exactly what Saudis want.

    Some companies will still keep bringing new wells online due to the fact that they have already paid for the sites and is better to get oil even at $20 than nothing. Plus, some companies have subscribed in the past for tax breaks that are tied to the number of wells: if you do not drill, even at a loss, they get very serious tax penalties. These two factors can provide for the last temporary fall in oil prices.

    And after that, the shale oil industry in US awaits almost inevitable – the decline of production, bankruptcies, rising prices.

    The situation in Yemen can greatly change the aforementioned scenario. The situation is difficult to describe in a few words, and it is important to remember that simple explanations like “Shiites are fighting against Sunnis” do not reflect reality. For example, two F-15 of Saudi coalition were not shot down by Shiite rebels, but rather, by the Sunni defense forces in Yemen. Blocking Strait of Bab El Mandeb also will not lead to catastrophic consequences: it will affect only Egypt and to some extent oil supplies to the EU. The REAL stake in this game is the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. There is hectic Shia population; there are major oil resources of the country. If that area ignites, the next day the oil will be at $90 and $120 in a week.

    If you look at things pragmatically, Moscow would be happy with both versions of events. If the Saudis will quietly finish off American shale oil industry, and Russia will enjoy a rise in prices, then everything is fine. If the Arabian Peninsula is immersed in a real war, which seriously undermines the oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia and plunges the region into long-term chaos, Moscow also has no reason to be sad.

    Yes, in this scenario, the US shale survives, but oil prices will allow Kremlin to quite comfortably continue the conflict with US.

    By the way, if Riyadh suddenly changes its mind to choke American shale, then secretive, but effective assistance to forces wishing to undermine Saudi Arabia would be justified. Moscow has already had a positive experience in the hybrid wars, and in this case, in general, does not care who to bring drown: American shale or Arab sheikhs.

    Nothing personal, just business.

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