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1,004 Responses to “Lost in Translation”

  1. John of the West October 22, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    These sideshows are getting more and more common as a way of distracting people from the reality that we cannot live on phantom debt any longer. However, it is not just the arrangements of day to day existence of the nation that will have to change, but also individual and family living arrangements. We’re living in an age of deliberate and wasteful excess now, like a twenty-something whose rich grandfather left him the keys to the Porsche and the combination to the bank vault in the floor. As our decline accelerates, there will be less and less available to live on, and people will have to make do in ways that would have been familiar to our ancestors, but not our grandparents.

    Visit http://www.darkageprep.com for more on this topic.

    • CancelMyCard October 22, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      “As our decline accelerates, there will be less and less available to live on . . .”

      This is happening in slow- (or in many cases rapid-) motion to more and more millions with every passing year. Within a decade, the US will have become nothing more than another banana republic.

    • Neon Vincent October 22, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      “t[W]e cannot live on phantom debt any longer” — That reality finally caught up to Sears, who finally declared bankruptcy after earning less and less money and ending up billions of dollars in debt. As for living (and dying) the way our grandparents did, 80,000 Americans died last flu season, the most since 1976 and possibly the most since 1918, the year of the Spanish flu, when an estimated 675,000 Americans died. I’m planning on getting the flu vaccine at my next doctor’s visit.

      • Paulo October 22, 2018 at 10:44 am #

        Good article and comments.

        I have two takes. One, the sooner a debt crash occurs the more likely it is the fluff will fall off the granite top tables (bought on time). Two, keep it in the closet and I don’t care what persuasion it is. In public let’s have civility and acceptable appearances. Polite discourse. Let’s leave the doggy leashes and costumes, necking, skull tatoos and piercings somewhere else. No blue ribbons for teenager identity angst that now seems prevalent into middle age.

        Time to grow up and Egads!, get a job.

        • DrTomSchmidt October 22, 2018 at 11:24 am #

          A reasoned response, Paulo. Not in tune with the rabble-rousing here, but I think we would welcome that society.

          • dfnslblty October 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

            Well reasoned indeed; with a failure to look beyond the symptoms – potus’ paranoia and greed leave many indecisive, insecure and angry/fearful.
            Unmilitary and socially responsible leadership would diminish the number of citizens on opiates and leashes.
            Look to the causes of the symptoms.
            industrial,military, corpor complex

      • jarvis October 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        Neon, If 80,000 people died of the flu last year you would think someone would have noticed? if the flu season is 5 to 6 months that’s roughly 500 people dying every day!
        Remember last years flu vaccine was a total miss I wouldn’t trust anything coming from the CDC remember they own the patents for the flu vaccine.

        • Neon Vincent October 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

          I noticed it was bad at the time and so did the CDC. The agency changed the subject of a special session about nuclear detonation to the flu epidemic this past January. The next month, the CDC declared it the worst flu season since 2009 when the outbreak was not even half over. That it got worse didn’t surprise me. That it ended up this bad did.

        • bhnj13 October 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

          While 80,000 seems high that is the estimated number of deaths from flu, pneumonia and where flu was an underlying condition but not the cause of death on the death certificate.

          • bhnj13 October 25, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

            While 80,000 seems high that is the estimated number of deaths from flu, pneumonia and where flu was an underlying condition but not the cause of death on the death certificate.
            They count flue and pneumonia together so that number seems reasonable given how the cdc defines their reporting.
            I do recall seeing hospitals in CA last year setting up flu tents in their parking lots to deal with the numbers.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

        Sears did not die from natural causes. The debt disease that killed it was imposed by financial parasites, notably a hedge fund operator named Eddie Lampert.


        “… Lampert loaded Sears up with debt and sold off many of its most valuable assets. In 2015, when it was already obvious that Sears’ days as a going concern were numbered, Lampert’s hedge fund created a publicly traded real estate investment trust called Seritage Growth Properties. Lampert then had Sears sell 266 Sears and Kmart properties to Seritage for $3 billion. The retail chain then paid the trust a total of $135 million in rent in the first year of the lease agreement for stores it had previously owned, with guaranteed rent hikes in following years. What made the sale suspect is that Lampert was Sears’ chief executive and largest shareholder and, at the same time, was chairman of Seritage’s board of trustees. …

        “The biggest losers in this, as in other retail bankruptcies, are the workers thrown out of work as stores close. There are also about 100,000 retirees who will face cuts in retirement income if Sears can offload their pensions to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in the bankruptcy. Whatever happens, Lampert is likely to come out of this a winner.”

        Instead of turning the company around and making it a profitable retail venture again, this guy used it as a means to pay himself, until it was a dried-out husk and everyone except himself got screwed. How this applies to the wider ruling class and the outlook for people generally is left as an exercise for the student. The point, though, is this: it was a choice. We can push to make different choices.

        • Neon Vincent October 22, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

          I quite agree with what you wrote. I call the former CEO Fast Eddie Lamprey because of his draining of the lifeblood of the company. I also plan on writing about it later this week and sharing the link on Friday.

        • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

          On this, we agree.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 9:27 am #

            A gold-star day. Let’s treat ourselves to tropical drinks, with the little umbrellas. 🙂

        • islander800 October 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

          Lampert exemplifies the worst of modern capitalism, the “vulture capitalist”. He’s already driven the Canadian Sears into bankruptcy, leaving many employees with pensions a fraction of what they’re entitled to. Canadian Sears was a successful, profitable company, even as American Sears was struggling under his “watch”, before he bought controlling interest. Then the bloodsucker bled it dry. Now, he has the audacity to announce his intention to “buy” the remaining brands of Sears, at pennies on the dollar, after HE drove the company into the ground. Talk about balls. The sad outcome is that it’s not only Sears employees that’ll suffer. Many malls will lose their key anchor store, driving the malls into a downward spiral, causing cascading effect on other retailers and their employees caught in the wreckage deliberately caused by Lampert for his own personal enrichment.

          There’s a special circle in hell for “hedge fund” geniuses like Lampert – and the politicians that make it perfectly legal for him and his ilk to cynically rape the hard-built equity of 20th century firms for their selfish personal gain.

        • Exscotticus October 24, 2018 at 10:42 am #

          >>> How this applies to the wider ruling class and the outlook for people generally is left as an exercise for the student.

          Our resident class-conscious Marxist has spoken. Ready the pitchforks and torches for the proletariat revolution!

          • pete October 25, 2018 at 9:04 am #

            of all the dumb comments posted here, that was lame.
            Pull your head in, pigman

        • benr October 25, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

          While some of that might be true lets get real!
          I tried to support SEARS with big ticket items!
          They where always more expensive than other outfits and always arrived damaged!
          After awhile we gravitated to Best buy or pacific sales inside best buy or home depot and Lowes.
          Sears died because they provided a service that was less convenient, more expensive and an all around large pain in the ass to use.

    • Sean Coleman October 23, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      “These sideshows are getting more and more common as a way of distracting people from the reality that we cannot live on phantom debt any longer.”

      It is curious how often the ‘distraction’ argument is used. And I think all those who use it approve of the progressive development in question.

      I don’t approve of any of them and I suppose it also follows that I don’t regard any of this as a distraction from weightier matters.

      It is not being done to distract. If it were it would not be half as worrying.

      Two other things come to mind.

      Firstly, the excellent Red Elephants YouTuber did some research on who was funding the procession that is moving towards your southern border and the television pictures and (I assume) the media advice. It is, of course, the usual suspects. I noticed that there is a man in a wheelchair at the front. This reminds me of September 2015 when a few hundred of the so-called refugees stuck at the railway station in Budapest decided to march on Vienne. They were advised to stick to the main roads, where the cameras would see them. I don’t know who was giving the advice: no-border do-gooder fools or Hungarians looking to dump them onto Austria. At the front of the column was a man in a wheelchair, another holding the EU flag and a third with a photo of Angela pinned to his clothing. That is an aside. ‘Red Elephant’ said that they will register on arrival as Democrats and vote accordingly. I do not doubt it, but that is not the main reason, or the ‘real’ one, which is irrational, fantasy.

      The other thing it reminds me of is when people say they are “bored” by pornography.

      The distraction argument, the argument that the liberals like immigrants because they vote Democrat and the claim that pornography is boring have this in common: they are all essentially untrue and seek to rationalize what is essentially irrational.

      Or, if you prefer, they are… a distraction!

  2. venuspluto67 October 22, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    As your weekly screed is becoming increasingly sad and predictably reactionary, I’m pretty sure that reading it anymore serves no useful purpose. I probably should have figured that out a while ago, but then again, I do have way too much time on my hands many days.

    • noel bodie October 22, 2018 at 10:16 am #


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    • shotho October 22, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      What is a ‘screed’ and how does it differ from serious discourse?
      I suggest you use your free time for other pursuits than reading screeds.
      I will continue to read these essays as I find them thoughtful.

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      why do all the anti-JK types sound like jilted, ex-girlfriends?


      Jimmy… you old dawg!

      🙂 heh heh

      • DrTomSchmidt October 22, 2018 at 11:24 am #

        Huh. Hadn’t noticed. Perhaps.

        • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          I’m just being facetious, Dr. Tom

          I’m about 90% bullshit, and 10% tiger blood, so, don’t take me very seriously 🙂

    • EvelynV October 22, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Venus I agree with the gist of your sentiment. JHK’s recently acquired obsession with genderism makes me think he’s gone of the rails.

      In comparison to so many other serious matters it is inexplicable he finds it to be such a worthy topic. Not a word about mad dog Bolton’s success at getting the whitehouse pig to tear up the nuclear treaty with Russia.

      I used to look forward to coming to this website on Mondays. Now it is just another shytehole,

      • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 11:46 am #

        >>> JHK’s recently acquired obsession with genderism

        Actually, it’s the Left’s long-standing obsession with genderism (and every other ism) that is the issue. We wouldn’t be talking about it if the Left stopped trying to pass laws that favor 0.5% at the expense of 99.5%.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

          Ex, you and JHK are both making the same straw-man argument in favour of discrimination against a minority. Laws intended to protect minorities do not ‘favour’ them. Such laws are aimed at securing for them the same rights as you and me. The same. Not favoured rights. The same rights.

          I’ll give you this much credit over JHK: while you simply take your prejudice for granted, he openly declares and advocates his prejudice. “I propose”, he writes, “that the correct place for the marginal is… on the margins!” As if that’s obvious. No, it isn’t — it’s a declaration of bigotry. On the margins is another way of saying outcast.

          JHK adds: “The argument lately, especially on the Progressive side, has been that the marginal ought to occupy the center (of American life).” If by ‘occupy’ he means ‘be included, along with everyone else’, I’m proud to agree vigorously with this statement and to encourage others to join me.

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

            I saw an excellent example from Russia not so long ago of ‘marginals’ being kept on the margins.

            A young woman was interviewed with her female partner. They were just a young couple quietly living their life and minding their own business, as such a couple in Russia who value their safety would be advised to live. No controversial clothes, no controversial haircuts. Standard Russian not–that-well-off urban clobber.

            One of the young women had been stabbed in the abdomen in the street by a homophobic attacker. When she came out of hospital she went to the police to report the attack. I already have to ask why the police were not already involved while she was in hospital, but then I live in a different world.

            The police officer at the desk told her to get lost – the police service was not there for people like her. The End. Or perhaps not. Maybe next time someone will kill her. On the margins.

          • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:25 pm #


            “If by ‘occupy’ he means ‘be included, along with everyone else’, I’m proud to agree vigorously with this statement and to encourage others to join me.”

            Agreed. Marginalization is so, je n’est ce que, fucked-up?


          • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

            >>> Ex, you and JHK are both making the same straw-man argument in favour of discrimination against a minority.

            Requiring people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender designation on their drivers license isn’t discrimination.

            Speaking of which, liberals like yourself have no problem with discrimination when it suits your ideological goals. How about Walmart unilaterally deciding not to sell firearms to 18-year-olds who are legally allowed to purchase them under state and federal law? That’s agism, yet I’m not seeing any liberal hue and cry over it.

            >>> Such laws are aimed at securing for them the same rights as you and me.

            Really? I have the right to switch my gender at will based on my particular feelings at the moment? So I could join the women’s basketball team one day, and the men’s team the next?

            Liberals like yourself aren’t looking for equal treatment under the law; you’re looking to carve out privileges for your favored classes.

          • amb October 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

            Elrond: This is not bigotry by JHK, it’s common sense and basic survival. These aren’t “minorities”, they are groups of perverts that belong on the margins and shouldn’t be enabled to infect our population, especially our children. Homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, trans-sexuals (and whatever other insanities they’ve invented to date) are all perversion and non-survival. The fact that this viewpoint would be argued with only shows how totally out of orbit, perverted and inverted the arguer is. Permissive, perverted, chaotic societies like these perverts are creating don’t last very long in the large scheme of history. The fact this even needs to be discussed blows my mind.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

            exscotticus: “Requiring people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender designation on their drivers license isn’t discrimination.”

            This evades the point, which is that the gender designation on their drivers license can, indeed, be wrong. The discrimination lies in the Trump administration proposing to enforce genitals as the standard and silence objections, however sincere.

            Ex, please meditate on the following biological fact: genitals and brains are both sexual organs. The fact that the one is visible from the outside and the other is not does not change this.

            amb: “This is not bigotry by JHK, it’s common sense and basic survival.”

            Spare me this survival horseshit. Just don’t even bother. If you wanna list off threats to human survival, equal rights for transgender people is so far down the list you’ll die of old age before you reach it.

          • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

            >>> This evades the point, which is that the gender designation on their drivers license can, indeed, be wrong.

            Did you know that if something on your drivers license is wrong, it’s YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to fix it?! That’s the law. It’s not the world’s responsibility to accommodate your feelings, your emotions, your laziness, your scheduling conflicts, your socioeconomic geopolitical existential situation, or whatever privileges you’re trying to carve out for yourself and your kind.

            >>> genitals and brains are both sexual organs.

            No, Elrond, YOUR brain may be sex organ; my brain is not.

            Elrond, please meditate on the following fact: The world is not about your mental issues and genitalia. When you enter an American bathroom, we don’t care what your sexual proclivities are. NOT INTERESTED in what gets your FREAK ON. Don’t CARE how you FEEL. Legally, you’re either a MAN or a WOMAN, and you use the bathroom that corresponds to your legal status.

          • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

            Just tell me one thing, Elrond. If you had a 10 yr old daughter, how comfortable would you be sending her into a Ladies Rest Room where the only other occupants at the time are 3 middle aged men in dresses?

            I don’t believe there are many mothers comfortable with such an arrangement, probably not even Green Alba herself.

          • amb October 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

            amb: “This is not bigotry by JHK, it’s common sense and basic survival.”

            Spare me this survival horseshit. Just don’t even bother. If you wanna list off threats to human survival, equal rights for transgender people is so far down the list you’ll die of old age before you reach it.
            What I’m saying is that this nonsense isn’t even worth talking about or discussing. Sexuality? Please give me a break. You have a penis, you’re a man. You have a vagina, you’re a woman. End of story. Anything above or beyond that is pure insanity (and sexual perversion).

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 10:03 am #

            hmuller: I won’t respond to your hypothetical, because it’s framed to reject the very point at issue, the point that I will not let go. Trans people really do have a gender identity that differs from the one the world assigns to them. I side with them and against you.

          • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 10:42 am #

            My hypothetical does not reject any of your ideological beliefs. Let’s say I agree with you fully.

            I present a possible real life situation in which your action is required. Pragmatically, what do you do? You don’t have the courage to answer that simple question. Because you can’t.

          • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

            Most fathers would take their 10 yr old daughter to another rest room or wait for the trannies to leave. Although 99% of trannies may be lovely, harmless people; something very basic and instinctive says “clutch and protect your young children when they are nearby.”

            But Elrond sits so high atop his moral horse named “Left-Wing Ideology” that he can’t say he’d opt to protect his own flesh and blood in this situation. Neither can he say he’s fine with the Trannies and little Ellie in the ladies room.

            Instead, his answer is that he need not answer because I’m a terrible person. Sounds like a cheap evasion to me. What do you all think?

        • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 9:54 am #

          exscotticus: “Did you know that if something on your drivers license is wrong, it’s YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to fix it?!”

          Except trans people won’t be allowed to. That’s, like, the entire point of this new policy, which I know you understand. So here’s you, yelling that it’s THEIR RESPONSIBILITY to change something that they MUST NOT change.

          exscotticus: “That’s the law. It’s not the world’s responsibility to accommodate your feelings…” etc.

          Yes. The federal government is granting itself the power to dictate people’s private lives. Isn’t that just so deeply satisfying? As long as they’re doing it to people you don’t give a shit about, I mean. Take a deep breath and enjoy the feeling while it lasts. There’s pleasure in seeing Don Corleone deal out street justice, and in seeing Uncle Sam validate your personal bigotries. Just admit it: when you say the world, you mean yourself. ‘It’s not my responsibility to care about their feelings!’ Just you wait, bubba. Go down this path and you’ll get your turn under the jackboot in due course.

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 10:16 am #

            >>> Except trans people won’t be allowed to.

            Trump’s policy merely overturns Obama’s and returns things to the status quo prior to Obama allowing trannies to dictate national bathroom policy. Trannies need to follow the law, get their gender reassignment, have their license updated to reflect said changes, and then use the bathroom that corresponds to their new gender.

            What they don’t get to do is make public gendered bathroom choices based on their feelings and emotions.

            >>> The federal government is granting itself the power to dictate people’s private lives.

            WTF are you talking about? As a tranny, you can use whatever bathroom you want IN YOUR OWN HOME. But if we’re talking about the public sphere, and public bathrooms, then it’s no longer a “private” affair. The fact that you can’t even distinguish between public and private is a testament to the numerous deficiencies in your knowledge base.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 11:08 am #

            Exscotticus: “[Trans people] need to follow the law, get their gender reassignment, have their license updated to reflect said changes, and then use the bathroom that corresponds to their new gender.”

            On this you are simply wrong. Your scenario can happen under the current rules, but not under the new proposed rules. Quote: “Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering an interpretation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans sex discrimination in federally funded schools, that ‘would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.’ (This would defy the scientific and medical evidence embraced by major organizations like the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association.)” (Link.)

            Exscotticus: “You can use whatever bathroom you want IN YOUR OWN HOME.”

            Black people under Jim Crow could drink all the water they wanted in their own home, but not from a public fountain. They could eat at home, but not at a lunch counter. You really are making a spectacle of yourself, lecturing me about ‘deficiencies in my knowledge base’, when evidently you’ve never heard of or don’t understand Brown v. Board of Education. “Separate but equal” was bad and evil, and the Supreme Court of the day rightfully stomped it dead. Now here you are, playing sock puppets with the corpse.

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 11:20 am #

            >>> Your scenario can happen under the current rules

            Wrong. Under the current rules, trannies don’t have to wait for a legal change in gender. They can use whatever bathroom they feel like using. They can even change back and forth every other minute.

            >>> Black people under Jim Crow could drink all the water they wanted in their own home, but not from a public fountain.

            Straw man. No law—spoken or unspoken—is preventing trannies from using public bathrooms. They must simply follow the same rules everyone else follows. Use the bathroom that corresponds to your legal gender.

            Over and over, you’re trying to justify giving trannies special privileges.

            You claim you’re against “privilege”, but you define it as anyone with existential advantages. As an example, you cite “spoiled rich kids”. So if I earn wealth, I’m not allowed to share it wealth with my family?! Because irresponsible parasitic people have children they can’t afford to feed, let alone educate, my children’s education should be penalized to create parity with the children of the poor?!

            It’s clear that you think the government should decide who gets my wealth. Isn’t that right, Elrond? From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. That’s the sort of world you want. And I am here to tell you that this notion is the antithesis of American culture and values.

            Really—Canadian—just STFU about American values of which you know nothing.

      • GhostOfHam October 22, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

        Perhaps if one can change the language of (objective) sex identity (as gender) then one can manufacture consent to the definition of a gulag.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

          Or perhaps one can persuade another that their beard is made of green spinach. This is guilt by association, complete garbage.

          It’s also an inversion of the true difference between a free society and a totalitarian one. A free society is one that secures the ability of each of us to lead our own life — dare I say, to pursue happiness. The opposite of that is a society that dictates to the individual what they are, or what they can possibly be. I say that this includes imposing a “strict definition of gender based on a person’s genitalia at birth”.

          It was Orwell who had O’Brien say to Winston: “The command of the old despotisms was ‘Thou shalt not’. The command of the totalitarians was ‘Thou shalt’. Our command is ‘Thou art’.” How disappointing to see so many choosing O’Brien’s side.

          • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

            >>> A free society is one that secures the ability of each of us to lead our own life — dare I say, to pursue happiness.

            WRONG! And this is why your views are so screwed up.

            It is not the role of government or society to “secure the ability” of anyone to do anything. A free society sets up a framework in which people can attempt to pursue their own ends—so long as those goals don’t impact anyone else’s right to do the same.

            There is no role of government to secure ability or outcome. Some people may be able to pursue their dreams and some may not.

            Liberals like yourself want government to tip the scales in favor of your preferred minorities, to tax the majority for the benefit of minority classes, to right all the wrongs inflicted by fate and nature and a cruel malevolent universe.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

            This is a semantics flame. Since I’m guessing the word ‘ability’ is what set you off, let me substitute scope, as in the Aristotelian definition of happiness: The exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope. Happy now?

          • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

            No because your every post proves that when you said “ability”, you meant “ability”. You have no problem passing laws to create equality-of-outcome.

            Not enough transgenders on corporate boards? No problem! Pass a law requiring every board of directors to include at least one trasgender!

            You don’t want a NEUTRAL government framework; you want a government that systematically and actively gets involved at every level to create actual literal equality in every way.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 10:50 am #

            This is factually incorrect. I’ve been posting here for many years now, and Google is your friend. I challenge you to point out to me an occasion when I have advocated affirmative action.

            exscotticus, I’m going to explain to you what I previously explained to Janos. (Tate, this goes for you too.) I am not some Harrison Bergeron caricature. I’m not your cartoon libtard you hear about on Fox News, or whatever even cruder propaganda tit you suck on. I am not here for you to score points on. What I am is serious about a world that offers freedom, justice and prosperity for all. And I take “all men are created equal” seriously.

            All men are created equal — this is the fundamental American creed, and it disgusts me how much contempt the political right has for their own country’s highest ideal. “One throwaway line by Jefferson was all it took to create this monster”, as Janos once burbled. This contempt disgusts me, but it doesn’t surprise me, because it’s the creed of a society that rejects privilege and embraces equality; while under the influence of the ever more radical Republican party over the past 40 years, the U.S. has cemented ever great privilege and ever greater inequality.

            What all men are created equal means is that American society is, or should be, opposed to privilege at all times and in every way. The word privilege also is not a cartoon, whose meaning you can twist to suit yourself; it means something specific. Privilege exists where there is one set of rules, or expectations, that apply to some people; and another set of rules for the rest. Privilege is how Wall Street bankers almost blew up the economy, and got punished with bailouts and bonuses, while millions of working people bear criminal records for getting caught with a joint. Privilege is when spoiled rich kids have their paths paved with gold into elite schools, cushy high-paying jobs and powerful political appointments, while millions of regular people groan under insupportable student debt they can never hope to pay back. Privilege is my enemy.

            This doesn’t mean that all differences between people have to be erased. It doesn’t mean pretending some people aren’t better or worse at doing some things. I am not your Harrison Bergeron lampoon. In my world, outcomes will reflect people’s merits. Barriers will be removed, and so will golden roads. Criticize that, if you can.

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 11:00 am #

            OK Elrond. Let’s try a simple test…

            California just passed a law that requires publicly traded firms in the state to place at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. It also requires companies with five directors to add two women by the end of 2021, and companies with six or more directors to add at least three more women by the end of the same year. It’s the first such law on the books in the United States, though similar measures are common in European countries.

            Do you agree or disagree with this law?

          • Tate October 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

            Thanks for telling us what our nation is all about, Elrond Hubbard. Since all 7-ish billion people on planet Earth now claim U.S. citizenship, I suppose under the one (woe)man one vote principle, you now have the votes to override the opinions & wishes of those of us whose forebears actually lived here for generations, who shed their blood, paid their taxes, raised new generations & built this country from scratch.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

            Exscotticus: In my view, laws like that are a vehicle for privileged women to leverage their careers, those of their friends, and the careers of other members of their class. They help almost nobody who wasn’t already better off to begin with.

            What I really dislike about that law, though, is the opportunity cost it represents. All the political will that went into getting something like that passed could have gone toward securing gains for, and improving the lives of, large numbers of people who work for their daily bread: a livable wage, universal health care (not just ‘access to’ health care, but actual care, free at the point of use, like every advanced country except the U.S. enjoys), and so forth. As FDR once put it, necessitous men are not free men. Relieving people of the burden of worry about their economic security and their bodily safety makes them more free to pursue their happiness. Securing substantial gains like that is a much better use of people’s time and effort than this kind of thing.

            I keep saying this: don’t mistake me for a Democrat — at least, not one of today’s Democrats. Try Eugene V. Debs and you’re closer.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            Tate, I have no vote. Say it with me, now: I’m just running my mouth.

            But as a Canadian, I’m qualified to run my mouth about the U.S. more than someone from any other country might be. After all, we started out as one and the same society. You guys never stop bragging about 1776, when you revolted against the crown and we didn’t. So I feel free to jaw, for example, about 1812, when your attempt to annex us failed completely.

            You also like to go on and on about freedom. But the dirty secret of the American revolution was that the slaveholders’ reluctance to give up slavery was one of its main motivations. This was certainly the case at the elite level where the big important declarations were being made. This hypocrisy was not lost on Dr. Johnson, who quite pointedly asked in 1775: “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?” Slavery was already on the decline in Canada and other British possessions at the time, being ultimately abolished completely in 1833. But to extirpate this crime against humanity from the “land of the free” took more than 30 additional years, and enormous bloodshed. Good riddance, and congratulations on eventually catching up with us.

            So when you pat yourself on the back for shedding blood (lots of Native American blood, and lots of blood of people fighting to protect a hideous, criminal system); for paying your taxes; for raising new generations (what, you want a medal for all the sex you’re having?); and for building your country from scratch; when you congratulate yourself this way, I laugh. Don’t forget about burning the village, and cracking the whip! Don’t forget, as I don’t forget, whose former land you’re standing on and whose browns hands actually built much of the country you give yourself credit for.

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

            >>> In my view, laws like that are a vehicle for privileged women to leverage their careers,

            OK Elrond you got me on that one. I forgot that when it comes to your brand of liberalism, it’s wealth that matters above all else. The poor are your favored class.

            >>> I keep saying this: don’t mistake me for a Democrat — at least, not one of today’s Democrats.

            I’ve never called you a dem—which wouldn’t even make sense in Canada. I call you a liberal, because at the end of the day, you still have your favored classes that you want a non-neutral framework to subsidize. Trannies. The poor. Etc.

          • Tate October 25, 2018 at 6:26 pm #


            above you write:

            “I’ve been posting here for many years now, and Google is your friend. I challenge you to point out to me an occasion when I have advocated affirmative action.”

            But on March 22, you wrote:

            “In my experience, ‘all men are created equal’ is often misunderstood and frequently misrepresented. The idea of ‘literal’ equality is often advanced by those who reject substantive equality (i.e. the kind of equality I defend) as a straw man.”

            If you don’t advocate for affirmative action, what then do you mean by ‘substantive equality,’ which you write that you defend?

      • uslabor October 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

        Evelyn, my take:
        A theme thoughout Kunstler’s writing, you’ve noticed, is culture collapse. Gender ambiguity, (genderism?), is a symptom of that collapse of the common culture that ties Americans together.
        JHK’s “obseession” seems timely, given the noise on NPR, NY Times, etc.
        These essays are free, at least I haven’t paid,yet. I don’t always agree, and some articles are better than others, but if you tired of reading the “shyte…” why post about it?

      • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

        ” the whitehouse pig”

        Still your tongue…remember that he is OUR White House pig….

    • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm #


      I suppose it must have some amusement value, as it keeps drawing me back too. Thanks for that Jim.


    • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

      Society must remain hetero-normative. He didn’t even say as much, but even what he did say was too much for you. And we thought you were one of the good ones. Look, you guys rule the Catholic Church and countless bars and clubs. Isn’t that enough for you?

    • benr October 25, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

      The truth is rather painful huh?

  3. tahoe1780 October 22, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Saw this over on ZeroHedge this morning and it resonates: https://lesstraveledroad.com/2018/08/01/the-united-states-of-empire/#comment-953

  4. Walter B October 22, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    You have to hand it to them James, it took a lot of balls to even attempt to distract, disembowel, and dismember the American public by playing the deviant sex card, but it appears to be working. At least working far better than any of us would have thought. Selling simpletons on the idea that they can create their own realities simply by wishing it to happen does not stand any chance of success unless there are enough simpletons out there to make enough noise to advance the agenda. I suppose that was why the effort to simplify the kiddies started in kindergarten so long ago.

    I am so fortunate to still have young children and work with young adults, though it is painful to witness the torment that is now going on in the teenage crowds, at least the ones I am surrounded by. The “choices” that these kids are being forced to make, break and change with every shift in the wind are really screwing so many of them up that it is painful to watch. It is so sad to see 12 and 14 year old tearing themselves apart mentally deciding what kind of sex they are or will be and the pressure from each and every group that constantly badgers them to join the ranks of the bi, the pan, the omni, the whatever while at the same time shunning the possibilities of hetero at all costs.

    Smoke ’em if you got ’em!

    Chaos, as you stated was the goal and it is upon us as the scramble to pay their debts consumes the hapless consumers. I suppose that we can always look to the bright side which appears to be that drug sales, including legal, illegal, and soon to be decriminalized will keep our economy rolling at least for a few more years if they are “lucky”.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

      Quite true: being normal or “cis” is the lowest rung. Combine that with being White (lowest rung) and genetically male (lowest rung) and the losers in life’s lottery become desperate to be something weird – when they should in fact be training to be the Proud Rulers of all they survey.

    • ozone October 23, 2018 at 8:44 am #

      What I’m seeing is a strange state of victimization (“being” a victim) to advance whatever bullshit agenda suits at the particular time — a weird way of empowerment by claiming dis-empowerment, if you will.

      …And we would do well to remember that it was ol’ Turd Blossom who started this “creating our own reality” bamboozlement. The Cheney administration REALLY took our eyes off of what our existential troubles were, didn’t they? (Quite on purpose.) I curse them daily, and it’s the basic reason why I have no respect for the ‘republican’ mindset… the modern iteration of it is nothing of the sort. Just a screen to cover for greed and supreme selfishness, couched in fearful fantasies.

      • Walter B October 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

        Dirty Dick Cheney is perhaps the most nefarious criminal to crawl out of its mother’s buttocks in my lifetime and I agree wholeheartedly with you on the blame that may be heaped upon his wretched shoulders. I will leave his judgment to a Higher Authority, but personally, Dirty Dick is the kind of human being that makes it damned near impossible to follow the Master’s instructions as to how we should live and treat others.

  5. shotho October 22, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    So, we have a situation that the center does not hold. What will society become if there is no cultural unity and coherence? Yes, the financial foundation is crumbling, but that is because our culture has been steadily eroding as the character of the American people is increasingly weak and dissolute. Work and sacrifice are now dirty words that mean nothing, least of all in a spiritual sense.

  6. PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    “Now they want to drag the country across the event horizon into what they hope is a transhuman paradise of rainbows and unicorns.”

    When the infantile fantasies of overgrown toddlers end, this “new progressive” population will march in columns toward the end of their rainbow: the gross tattoos, the badly hued hairdos of blue or some other unnatural, piercings & many other forms of self mutilation of ears or faces or genitals, adults dressing as stuffed animals or cartoons; and at the end of their journey, blinded by the rainbow, and just vaguely in the distance, beautifully resplendent in his white uniform with gold epaulettes, his hand outstretched– is the smiling, unsmiling face of Josef Stalin.

    Za Rodinu! za Stalina!

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    • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      Yes Pete, it appears much of society has become a tattooed, pierced, opiated, meth-head, gender-uncertain collection of circus freaks with no meaningful jobs, no prospects, no future, no hope. I don’t think this all happened by accident.

      • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 11:50 am #

        hey but we have the caravans from Belize (or wherever) to save us, right?

      • Tate October 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

        It happened by accident if you think of certain [special people] who just happen to all think & act alike as accidental.

  7. newworld October 22, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    “Dangerous?” Most certainly, but unlike most conservatives I have no wish to stop this.

    Much of what you wrote can be described as Intersectional Theory.

    Intersectional Theory is to us white men what Naziism was to Jews a brutal ugly gateway for Zionism to establish Israel. I support Israel.

    I’m not going to whine about Intersectional Theory and its ugly tactics like most conservatives, hell I’ll even write their anti-white screeds for them.

    As for the gender stuff, I have no power nor wish I had the power to save the children of Blue Progressive America, their despair is a stark lesson on nature.

    • Tate October 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      “Intersectional Theory is to us white men what Naziism was to Jews a brutal ugly gateway for Zionism to establish Israel. I support Israel.” — newworld

      White men have to be on their toes. Many will not pass through the gate.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

      But does Israel support America? Why did they attack the Liberty? Why the false flag in Egypt? Why the smug satisfaction after 9/11?

  8. Georges1202 October 22, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Here in Switzerland old-timers lament that a drive in the country no longer results in a insect-schmuttzed windshield. The fauna is disappearing and we still don’t know where to go to the bathroom.

    The real problems never disappear.

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      ‘momentarily Finca’

      da, George

      at least you can send men to defend the Roman pedophiles there

      ‘Finca off’

      ha ha 🙂

    • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      Wow you live in Switzerland? That must be really neat!

    • bhnj13 October 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      brilliant analogy. thats humanity in a nutshell. almost all collapsed civilizations obsessed over trivial things while they slowly died off. we have many obsessions and trans-o-mania is but one.
      We have so many more and bigger fish to fry and those bigger fish are just sitting on the counter, starting to rot, clock ticking away, while we argue in the other room about whether bruce jenner is “beautiful”.
      the public only has so much mental bandwith and its being occupied by shit like this. Paradoxically i think that is the underlying point of JHKs post, yet that’s all he talked about!!!! priorities people

  9. robert magill October 22, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    I suspect the motivation, largely unconscious of course, in all the current the gender hoopla, is the resentment of  ages old despicable treatment of females starting in infancy. Being however, largely unconscious, it has little hope of succeeding,especially now with the US and the West in decline and those implacable enemies of sincere gender equality unlikely  moved a whit towards equity. Gender equity must await the fall and then be stitched together along with the rest of the remnants of humankind.

    • ozone October 22, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      I would say so too. A post-collapse reset based on necessity and practicality will not be wasteful of its greatest asset: human potential. (No gender specified.)

    • Cavepainter October 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      Well Robert, you say “largely unconscious of course”. My I emphasize the “of course” part? After all, societal survival has always relied upon apportioning relative and effectively functional gender roles appropriate to circumstantial pressures. Doing so has never been easy and most often ended in failure, made clear by the high survival fail rate of tribes (societies if you will) throughout human history. After all, we’re dealing with the tension innate to difference in the basal agenda of the female as opposed to that of the male. Fail or succeed the process is highly nuanced in all tiers of society, from intimate interaction on the personal level (mom to child) all the way up through classes of beta to alpha. Collectively or on the personal level there necessarily is a consensus core (the center) to allow flexibility in balancing that “innate tension” to purpose.. Today’s political theater though is about ….well, theater, scripted with the emotional drama of the neurotically dis-adapted.

    • Tate October 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

      “Sincere gender equality” is based on the recognition that the two & ONLY TWO genders perform complementary roles in a well-adjusted society. It’s apples & oranges. A society re-stitched together again after the collapse will naturally reform along these lines. Or if it doesn’t, it will be replaced by one that does.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

      As if men and women don’t have different life paths and mentalities.
      To deny it is Anti-Life. You guys are so cut off from Nature.

  10. BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Yes, all this ‘Gender Identity’ nonsense has really created a freak show here in the USA. I wonder how long this particular episode of Freakism will last. I feel sorry for young people being sucked in by it, ‘specially boys. When they grow a little older and enter the real world of men they’ll will quickly find out nobody really gives a f-k about their precious ‘Gender Identity’, and mincing around and wearing woman’s clothes is a good way to get your ass kicked, especially if times get hard like many here think they will, and conditions become more Darwinian. It will be a painful lesson.

    About this swarm of Central Americans moving north, in ‘Camp of Saints’ it was the Last Chance Armada. What we are witnessing now is the Last Chance Caravan. Has it been orchestrated to ‘interfere with our elections’ by lefty NGOs? Don’t know, and our MSM apparently isn’t really trying to find out. I think they are trying for another ‘Children ripped from the arms of their mother” meme to garner coveted ‘white women’ votes. But it may backfire. White women may look closely at photos of this spectacle and see thousands of swarthy, wild eyed young men trekking north and fearfully think ” … they are coming for my precious daughter.”


    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      “Yes, all this ‘Gender Identity’ nonsense has really created a freak show here in the USA. I wonder how long this particular episode of Freakism will last.”

      ahh.. what is the Dow Jones at?

      • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        Probably much too high, Pete. Altho I don’t really know how they arrive at the 26000 figure, or what it actually means.


        • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 11:28 am #

          ya, its all bullshit is what it is.

          the thing is, is that when the next recession hits, which it will (if we really got out of 2008, idk), it very well may go free fall, and nothing will stop it…

          so, that’s when the Dream ends.. and you’ll be at the ranch there helping me pick apples

    • Cavepainter October 22, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

      Witnessing bull dykes entering a bar displaying their characteristic demeanor of pugnacity has always amused me. Men by the age of nine have learned that appearance of “wanting a fight” damn well usually gets one. Illustrates to me just how innately nuanced are the signals within and between the two genders, thereby beyond detection by those who’ve not been able to sort through the puberty mine-field of sexual identity. Now though morn the children of today who are having blurred any models of gender alignment..

  11. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Very astute and well-reasoned article. Frankly, I am sick of listening to gays, and watching dudes slurpy kissing each other on TV shows. I guess Hollywood is trying to queer-norm the country, and then the world.

    I don’t think it is going to work in the long run. I hope it doesn’t. If queers are born, and not made, then it is an aberration just like autism or mental retardation. We probably shouldn’t throw rocks at them, but neither should we accept as normal, their perverse and filthy life style. As a matter of fact, those Wonderful American Gays are a murderous lot. They are worse than Nazis, to wit:

    “It is estimated that between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were imprisoned in concentration camps,[40][41] but it is difficult to put an exact number on how many perished in them.”


    Let’s assume all of them were killed, and give the Nazis a score of 15,000!

    Next contestant, American Homosexual Men!

    Since the epidemic began, an estimated 311,087 MSM [men who have sex with men] with an AIDS diagnosis have died, including an estimated 5,380 in 2012.


    Each year another 35,000 or so men who have sex with men get HIV. All from the refusal of their “top” to wear a condom. Because you know, having a really good orgasm is more important than a little thingy like your “bottom” getting a horrible disease.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Wow, you need it bad.


      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        Sooo, you agree with my numbers, right?

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 10:48 am #

          do you want me to buy you a drink?


          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 10:55 am #

            Sure, but you ain’t getting none. Plus, there ain’t gonna be no after party at my house, and the only phone number you will get is for my BFF Penelope Dreadful, who is an attorney.

            You would be surprised how much legal business I drummed up for her in bars.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 11:15 am #

            “Sure, but you ain’t getting none.”

            sweet 😉

            your own subconscious betrays you

          • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

            I think Squeeky doth protest too much.

          • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

            In the mid-West we call that a certain kind of teasing.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

            I defend her honor against you bastards (in hopes of getting some that way).

          • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

            “I defend her honor against you bastards (in hopes of getting some that way).”

            I’ve got a feeling you’d have better odds with her attorney. Just think of all the litigation you two could get into…


    • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      The SA Brownshirt leadership was 100% homosexual, and it was noted many members of the ‘Liebstandarte SS, Hitler’s personal bodyguard, showed many feminine characteristics.


      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        Oh, I sure there were a bunch of queer Nazis. Particularly after reading Male Fantasies Vol.1 and Vol. 2. It is a Jungian analysis:

        ” These two volumes center upon the fantasies that preoccupied a group of men who played a crucial role in the rise of Nazism. Theweleit draws upon the novels, letters, and autobiographies of these proto-fascists and their contemporaries, seeking out and reconstructing their images of women. Heavily illustrated with cartoons, advertisements, engravings, and posters of the era.

        Theweleit’s book asks some key questions for those of us interested in Men’s Studies. [It] takes us inside the psyches of men who, in Theweleit’s analysis, are not destroying and murdering out of sublimation, but because they want to.


        I highly recommend these books for the pictures alone if you are not into analysis and stuff. They are fascinating. I really found the episode where one of the camp commandants masturbated in public while prisoners were being flogged to be revealing.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • Eoin October 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

          Two men were drinking in a pub, and proceeded to have a conversation that amazed the both of them.
          They had everything in common.
          Same age , same politics, same fashion sense, same foreign languages, played the same sports…., absolutely everything.
          Quite drunk when the bell finally rang, they went outside to smoke.
          Realizing that the evening was over, one said to the other “By the way, are you homosexual?
          Somewhat taken aback, the other replied, no; and you?
          His friend replied, no….; pity, isn’t it ?

      • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

        Remember, Hitler crushed this group. Perhaps that was one of the reasons. 100%? Not even 100% of Catholic Priests are gay, at least not yet. You are projecting….

    • amb October 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      I like you Squeeky. More and more.

      • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

        Unrequited you shall remain….

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

        Thank you, Amb! I hope it is because of my rapier like wit, and overall intelligence. And not just because I like cats and guitars. (And pipes, but don’t tell anybody!)

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

    • wet dog October 22, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

      I was in DC during the mid-90’s, the height of the AIDS epidemic. A survey asked gays how many partners they had a year. The answers came in at over 75 per year.

      That’s pretty messed up. You’d have to assume most of those were anonymous hookups. And people want this normalized? And then say that children should be raised by people like these, so they are exposed to such a huge number of sick people? Because it is sick, and not at all conducive to raising a family – not one bit. It’s all meant to groom the children for abuse.

      Also, the idea of a monogamous gay couple is laughable. That isn’t how it works for them, unless they’re so old no one wants to go near them anymore.

      But getting back to JHK’s theme of the decline of our culture, here’s a story I just heard: a catholic couple with 4 foster children just got divorced, because the woman wants to be “poly-amorous”. I almost laughed. A mid-30’s woman expects men to be interested in her and not simply as a quick one-night stand? Delusional. But now the kids are upset that the father is gone, he’s upset, and these at risk kids are in a 1000 times worse situation. Strange men coming in and out of the house at all times? Any of them could be a pedophile, and the kids are exposed to this.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

        I agree with you on the promiscuity stuff. I would have guessed more than 75. And yes, every queer couple with kids is a STEP FAMILY. There is just no way around it.

        As far as divorce, my BFF does a lot of Domestic Relations work, and trust me, women from about 35 up to maybe 55 are just bat poop crazy. We are doing one now, where a guy married a chick with 3 kids. He is younger than her, not bad looking, and reasonably intelligent. BUT, she wanted someone more motivated than him, so she divorced him after about 3 years.

        Now, she is calling him on the phone and begging him to come back. But he isn’t.

        I do the intake on a lot of these cases, and the men walk out much happier than when they come in. My standard spiel goes something like:

        “You are here today because God loves you, and he wants you to be happy. Because you haven’t been happy have you? Did you look forward to coming home every night to your wife, or did you start to get worried on the way home about what kind of mood she would be in, and how much hell she was going to raise? Did you have to walk on eggshells around her?

        This is what God is saving you from. You didn’t do it for yourself because you are a responsible person, and were going to do your duty no matter how miserable it made you. So God fixed it to where your wife filed for the divorce. All you have to do is embrace it, and accept God’s love for you.”

        I have more in the standard package, but I promise you nearly every man I gave that speech to went away happy that the old biddy filed for divorce. Predictably, when the man no longer worried about losing the harridan, the shrew would go into drama mode. Because she wanted the divorce to hurt him, and now it wasn’t.

        Sick, but true.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • wet dog October 23, 2018 at 2:13 am #

          That’s a tough job you have.

          Every year, I see more kids coming out of broken homes. That’s the tragedy of all this. That was a good man you’re counseling, willing to adopt 3 kids who weren’t his own, and she didn’t appreciate it. What in the world was she expecting? The boys won’t become men, and the girls will be damaged goods in many ways.

          I am a few years behind the Kavanaugh and Ford generation, and we ended up being a real bunch of losers. Frat boys, party girls, and they raised all these snowflakes. I did know high quality girls back then, but haven’t seen one in years. I never married as my freedom ended up being most important to me, and the girls I could have married, well, I’ve seen how demanding and bossy they were to their husbands, so I don’t have regrets.

          A friend of mine has 3 kids, late teens, early 20’s. Two don’t know what gender they are, and have gotten on anti-depressants because they are so confused. I’ve also seen innocent, young girls here who’ve started high school, and by junior year they’re dressing like hookers and swearing like teenage boys.

          I think this culture wants to steal the innocence of the young, so as to feed off of it. It’s sick stuff.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 10:29 am #

            Our culture is narcissistic and selfish. A good relationship is built on sacrifice and trust. Two things that are mostly missing from our culture today.

        • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 8:09 am #

          “So God fixed it to where your wife filed for the divorce. ”

          Squeeky, please tell me you don’t really come out with this grossly embarrassing sh*te, even ironically.

          Although it does remind me of those old jokes about the difference between a rat and lawyer (in this context: there are some things even a rat won’t do…).

          I met my husband when I was 48, BTW – he seemed quite taken. Married him when I was 58. Maybe God fixed that too. Maybe God isn’t into stereotypes either.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 11:00 am #

            At 58+, I am happy to see that you now lie outside the bat poop crazy years. However, I am far from the only person to notice the syndrome. This guy says it quite well. It is rather long, but well worth the read:
            Middle Aged Women Going Crazy

            A disturbing trend I have been noticing for a while among my circle of friends, acquaintances and coworkers is the break-up of a long-term marriage that is initiated by the wife, who then proceeds to cavort about like a teenage girl, quite often ending up with some tattooed scumbag several orders of magnitude lower on the socioeconomic ladder than the ‘good provider’ husband she just left. These divorces are almost always initiated by the woman and usually the husband is shell-shocked and says that he ‘didn’t know what hit him’.

            The motivation of these late-blooming slatterns is easy to divine. Women in their early forties can still be fairly attractive if they are well preserved, but in a few short years, they are decisively into grandmother territory. By that point, their sexual appeal will be a distant memory and that can be hard to take. It is a regrettable fact that, sexually speaking, women hit a wall in their late thirties to mid forties that is fairly hard. Men, in contrast, can be desirable well into late middle age if they stay in reasonable shape, dress reasonably well and don’t lose their hair. But understandable or not, the popularity of ‘spiritual adultery’ among married women has serious consequences for our society.

            The obvious victims are the children. Instead of growing up in a stable home, secure in the knowledge that both of their parents will always be there for them, they have to make their own way through the wreckage of a broken home.

            Unfortunately, we as a society so obsessed with victimhood that we ignore other – possibly greater – damage that this sort of thing causes. Let me explain. It is a fact of human society that it is the job of women to select men and not the other way around. This is because men, by nature, are more wanton in their lust. Because women are the choosier sex, the type of men they tend to choose is a powerful normative force that shapes what is considered acceptable male behaviour. When women choose men on the basis of their ability to be a good provider, men will respond by working hard and being responsible. When women prefer the charismatic, bad-boy type, why make the effort to go to school and work hard? Just hang around, be an asshole and pick up the beta-male provider’s loopy wife (as well as his house, because the wife inevitably ends up with the matrimonial home). A lot easier to live the life of a Jersey Shore goon.

            Of late, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about what is wrong with today’s boys, in that, for the first time, girls outnumber boys in university. At the same time, it has also been noted that an alarming portion of young men today choose to be underachievers, content to play video games, drink beer and game women in bars. I think part of the reason women outnumber men in college campuses is because university attendance is too high. This makes a university degree less important and I think men are picking up on this fact better than women. Nevertheless, I also believe the rise of Generation Slacker and the renewed preference of women for charismatic love-em-and-leave-em types like Alex Rodriguez is not unrelated.

            If you want to see the negative social consequences of a society where women prefer this sort of sexual partner, look at Africa. There, women do all the work, raise the children and bear all the responsibility. The men hang around, flex their muscles, drink and screw. The result: abject poverty, broken families and a background level of violence that is jacked through the roof. Not good.

            Evolutionary psychology teaches us why women desire alpha male thugs. In the hunter-gatherer era where most of our DNA developed, mating with the leader of the pack was the best way a woman could ensure the survival of her children – and her. The further down the pecking order she had to go to find a mate, the worse it was for her in a harsh, unforgiving world.

            Our social environment has changed considerably since those days so that such preferences have become a maladaption. In a civilized environment, it is much better for the well being of the woman – and society – if she chooses the conscientious beta male instead, the proverbial ‘good provider’. He would be low down on the pecking order of Genghis Khan’s hordes but is high up in the civilized world. Think Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

            For this reason, civilization has evolved over the centuries to strongly encourage women to select the beta-provider mate and shun the alpha-cad. In the West, Christianity has played a prominent role in this regard, but all advanced societies have independently developed customs and traditions that serve this purpose. If they hadn’t, they would have self-destructed.

            Which brings us back to today’s society. In the sixties, the sexual structure of our society broke down as people rejected the traditional family in favour of sexual freedom. While my instincts run libertarian in most things, the freedom to shun the customs and traditions regulating human mating behaviour has huge externalities (to borrow the language of economists). Society restricts our freedom to steal a lollypop from a variety store because exercising this personal choice corrodes the institution of property without which organized society is impossible. Society used to restrict our freedom to commit adultery for the same reason: significant external costs born by everybody when the institution of marriage is broken.

            Because it is permissible in the age of feminism to bash men, it remains socially acceptable to frown upon married men who indulge in the universal male desire for cheap, throw-away sex. This is good. Unfortunately, because of feminism, it is not socially acceptable to frown upon married women who exercise their equally primitive desire to fuck alpha males. If our society is to survive in the long-term, this must change.


            I suggest that if you have male children, copy and paste this into a word processor and make sure they read it often. Nothing beats being prepared for when the SHTF. (Schizophrenia Hits The Family).

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 11:49 am #


            I should have stopped at ‘A disturbing trend I have been noticing for a while among my circle of friends, acquaintances and coworkers is the break-up of a long-term marriage that is initiated by the wife…”

            Since the rest of your cod-evolutionary theory patently has nothing to do with my circle of friends, acquaintances and coworkers…”. And I find the longer the chunk of copy-pasted text, the more cod you’re going to get.

            Thing is, Squeeks, the people I keep company with – and work with – are what I think of as normal. A couple have split up with their long-ago philandering husbands, but most are still married to the men they met as students. Nobody is mad or has even been through anything approaching a mid-life crisis.

            My own two sisters-in-law, for example, have clocked up almost 80 years of marriage with my brothers, whom they met as students. My husband’s brothers and sisters – those who are married in the first place – are in similar circumstances. And most of my friends and workmates are the same (apart from the two ‘singles’ mentioned above, both of whom had philandering, waste-of-space husbands and have chosen serenity and independence over romance as a consequence, and have brought up sensible kids too).

            Personally I don’t know anyone who’s snagged an alpha for a quick fling, but that’s just me. I would never have gone near one, for the simple reason that conceited people make me turn the other way, lest they should think I’m paying them the slightest attention. And most alphas are conceited.

            Me, I’m a true beta. But clearly passable enough to have garnered sufficient attention to have shared my life when I wanted to. How much attention does anyone need? Between no. 1 and no. 2, from mid-thirties to mid-forties, when I decided to get out there again, I just got my head down and brought up my kids without the kind of distractions that I didn’t think would necessarily do them any good. No time for histrionics or bat-poop craziness. Just a mortgage to pay and food to put on the table.

            One of my friends/ex-colleagues has a husband whose brain tumour has made him unable to work for many years – he’ll never work again – she’s been the main breadwinner for a decade in her family. Another is in the same position because her graphic designer husband gradually went blind. These are the kind of real families I know. No-one has the time for the kind of idiocy you describe.

            You live in a different world, Squeeks – and not one I’d care to share.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

            Green Alba

            I am truly happy that you live in a world where people stay married, and wives don’t file for divorce to run off with Jocko, the biker and meth dealer. HOWEVER, your world is the world of upper middle class+ white folks. Which marital stability has a lot to do with them being in the upper middle class+ to start with.

            I read a story just the other day where now, over half the births in the USA are out-of-wedlock.

            Meantime, as far as life in the rest of the world, you might find this of interest. Prof. Wax has drawn quite a lot of criticism, but I think she is on firm ground here. She talks a lot about people who are removed from the general hoi polloi.


            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

            PS: I do not stuff my “long” posts with “filler.” I do not gallop like Gish.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

            Lower class couples can have stable relationships too. Personal choice seems to be missing from the equation here. Again, the ingredient that our culture just can’t seem to get its collective mind around in my opinion.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

            And ultimately Jocko is likely to be the one to abuse you and use you so again – better to stay home and be a good girl ;-).

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

            “HOWEVER, your world is the world of upper middle class+ white folks.”

            Upper middle class? Moi? You’re funny, Squeeks. When you’re not terrifying.

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

            “better to stay home and be a good girl ;-).”

            Some of us, amazingly, are capable of both going outside, observing what’s there, AND managing our own moral conscience.

            Why do you have to make women sound like morons?

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

            “Which marital stability has a lot to do with them being in the upper middle class+ to start with.”

            Your president being a worthy example, clearly.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

            Green Alba:

            I applaud you for being able to intelligently manage your life! Kudos!

            However, it seems to me like you tend to the solipsistic. If you listen to the youtube video, at about 1:11:00, she discusses what you just said.

            I am quite sure, even though I have never met you, that you have not gotten into a hair weave pulling brawl at Chuck E Cheeses. That does not mean, that belligerent attitude does not exist among a significant portion of the population.

            But, listen to the Amy Wax video. I think you will learn some things. I promise you that it won’t hurt.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

            Because some women make moronic decisions (within the context that Squeeky provided) and not many women are celibate so um…..Women are sexual creatures too and there is temptation no? Let us not deny the attraction to the Alpha. We know it is real. I am not talking about day to day going out into the world.

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 2:39 pm #


            “However, it seems to me like you tend to the solipsistic. ”

            It seems to me that if you advise me strongly to show your tract to my hypothetical sons, you have somewhat set that agenda. My point was not my life, but the fact that I have magically managed to have a circle of friends and family – with widely varying standards of living – to whom your supposedly common scenarios would be mind-boggling.

            It also seems to me that you ignore the fact that your own experience is coloured by the field in which you work, which brings you into contact specifically with the kind of people you warn against – or at least their spouses. And fewer of the normal kind. And possibly a lot of stories told in bars 🙂 .

            It also seems to me that you ignore the possibility that some of your male clients are not telling you the unvarnished truth.

            And that you must be well aware that rather more men cheat on their wives than vice versa and that this clearly influences the decisions of many wives to instigate divorce proceedings.

            Further, I recall reading a quote from someone who I think was a representative of the Association of American Divorce Lawyers, who stated that pornography was implicated in just over 50% of American divorces. Perhaps many of the women were just fed up with this intrusion into their married life and the damage it may have done to the intimacy of their marriages, since the users are still overwhelmingly male.

            There are all sorts of reasons why people divorce. I find your focus on just one of them slightly bizarre.

            I’m more used to hearing from women abandoned for a younger model and trying to feed their family and keep a roof over their head on a suddenly reduced income while he enjoys his second family.

            And I’m quite sure if there were a huge phenomenon around middle-aged women going batty in my country, I’d have heard about it in more than isolated anecdotes, which we can all dig up. You have to remember that everywhere is not entirely like America, as well.

            I will listen to your clip when I have time – I’ve already wasted too much time on here to day and work beckons. No-one’s fault but mine…

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm #


            “Because some women make moronic decisions…”

            Thank you for specifying *some*. Most women don’t. Some men make moronic decisions too.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

            Totally agree with you there!

          • Janos Skorenzy October 23, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

            Squeeks is right, Alba: you are arguing anecdotally again: YOUR experience; people YOU know. Squeeks sees it more objectively, both in terms of her court experience and research. She’s more masculine in her thinking here than you are. More rational and objective.

            You may see more men leaving women, but in fact, women bring more than 70% of the divorces. So the question becomes, Do you really see more of what you say? Or are you editing your experience – playing a trick on yourself in other words?

          • GreenAlba October 24, 2018 at 9:27 am #

            “You may see more men leaving women, but in fact, women bring more than 70% of the divorces. ”

            If my husband cheats on me and I divorce him, the divorce is down to him. Sorry.

            You’re not being very masculine in your thinking. Or rather you are.

            And if Squeeks’ approach is so objective and impersonal why do I know so much about her drinking habits, religion, trailer, father, survivalist plans, SUV, cats, shoes, sexual preferences, visceral bigotries and murderous political fantasies?

            “Do you really see more of what you say? Or are you editing your experience – playing a trick on yourself in other words?”

            Nothing whatever to do with my experience:


            In other words…Janos does it again.

            Just found this – it’s a hoot:


          • SoftStarLight October 24, 2018 at 10:43 am #

            In the second article you posted it said that often the men who leave their wives don’t necessarily run to “trophy” type women. They flee to women, ok so maybe younger overall, who look up to them, laugh and joke with them, and make them feel like KING OF THE WORLD. There is a natural dynamic that is not being discussed and is always ignored with disdain apparently. But again – what the heck do I know lol.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

            Green Alba:

            I enjoyed your AWS link. (Abandoned Wife Syndrome). But if you will note carefully, above I spoke about a much younger type woman, than 50+ year old set.

            Certainly men can be terrible. That is one reason I do not date. There are others. My last boyfriend told me he had to go down south to work, and all the time I knew he was planning to go to Boy’s Town, just south of the Laredo. (I had previously snuck his phone password!)

            Anyway, when he got back, and then went to work the next day, I put all his stuff into black garbage bags and set it out on the curb. Then, I called him and suggested that he might want to beat the garbage truck to them. Which, he did. Those were the last words I ever spoke to him.

            Secretly, I was glad he gave me an excuse to dump him. He married about a year and a half later, and now has two kids. He is probably happier. I know I am.

            BUT, all that being said, “men are bad, too” does not answer
            “middle age women are quite often crazy.”

            I still wish you would put the youtube link on with Prof. Amy Wax, and listen to it in the background.

            And, as far as men behaving irresponsibly, I think that problem is going to get much worse as more and more boys are being raised by their crazyish single and divorced women. The Impulsive Index is going to spike upwards. That’s my prediction.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • GreenAlba October 24, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

            “and make them feel like KING OF THE WORLD.”

            I’ll be treating it with disdain too, I’m afraid 🙂

            I’m married to an adult.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm #


        BUT, you should really put this on in the background, and listen to it. I linked it above, but it is so on point, that it bears re-linking:


        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

          Thanks Squeeky! Very on point indeed!

  12. lost-in-north-dakota October 22, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    JHK wrote: It’s Kafka’s nightmare of the murderous bureaucratic state that disposes with the rule-of-law.

    My question: Which of Kafka’s books is he most specifically referring to? I think that I’d like to read it. Thanks.

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    • Georges1202 October 22, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      I would the ‘The Trial’

      • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        In which Mr. ‘K’ experiences a nightmare.

      • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 11:51 am #

        Brett Kavanaugh’s “job interview” was so reminiscent of Kafka that it was difficult to view it in any other context.

        • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

          And like Joseph ‘K’ in ‘The Trial‘, our Kavanaugh ‘K’ made some very serious mistakes right from the start. The extreme lack of empathy our ‘K’ showed the American public revealed a flawed character. Just like in the book.

          • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

            I know, that was mean.

        • Eoin October 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

          True dat !
          Also made me think of “Disorder in the Court” stemming from “Malice in the Palace”, ala the Three Stooges.

      • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        ‘K’ is in more than one book.

        The Castle

        The Castle is Kafka at his most beautiful and, perhaps, his most emotional. The Trial and Metamorphoses are full of their own depth, and their own complicated sadness, but they don’t strike the heart with the same poignancy as Kafka’s final, unfathomable novel. The Castle is the story of K, who claims to be a Land Surveyor, sent by someone unknown, for some purpose unknown, to the Castle, itself an unknown quantity. What K is supposed to accomplish we never discover.

        Kafka shows the madness of men lost in struggles they can’t fully apprehend. Kafka shows how easily men are distracted by the inconsequential and the irrelevant and in Trump times, the irreverent.

        We are like leaves tossed by the wind. Leaves who imagine they fly when really all they do is blow by.

        • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

          “We are like leaves tossed by the wind. Leaves who imagine they fly when really all they do is blow by.”

          That’s the best line I’ve read in a long time. Is it yours or Kafka’s?

          • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm #


          • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

            Now it is yours.

  13. hmuller October 22, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Identity politics presents some paradoxes. As JHK suggested, not seeing people as individuals, but treating them differently based on race, ethnicity, gender, orientation. etc is something Nazi’s and Bolshevik’s did. Yet those who do so in our society claim to be anti-fascist – a great irony they will never grasp (along with their “anti-fascist” attempts to stomp out free speech).

    Of course, if you’re dissatisfied with the group determined by your genes, sometimes you can sneak across the line into another category, like Elizabeth Warren. Released whistle blower Chelsea (Bradley) Manning like so many “new women” still has all his/her man parts dangling under that dress – which I think constitutes cheating. But I don’t get to make the rules to this game.

    I hope President Trump is very careful this year when he pardons the Thanksgiving turkey. It could be Hillary in feathers trying to escape on a technicality.

    • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      Wait a minute! I thought Bradley, errr Chelsea! Manning was given the operation by the Federal Bureau of Prisons? the full treatment, hormone therapy, dick removal, creation of women genitalia, special medications etc. No?


    • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      “. Released whistle blower Chelsea (Bradley) Manning like so many “new women” still has all his/her man parts dangling under that dress – which I think constitutes cheating. But I don’t get to make the rules to this game.?

      …Sometimes you feel like a nut…sometimes you don’t….

      • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        Not being scientifically inclined, I was wondering …

        When one of these men decides to convert to being a woman and goes thru with the operation, can their DNA or chromosones that say they are still male be altered too? If no, are scientists working on it? At this point it seems like an insurmountable problem.


        • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

          I’m no scientist, but No, the DNA is not changed in these transitions. Someday, maybe.

          Now I must flagellate myself, while screaming “Mea Culpa”. I was mistaken Chelsea Manning was surgically altered Saturday OCT 20, 2018 after a decade of talking about.

          I don’t know who paid for the surgery, but apparently not the US Army, since Obama pardoned and released Chelsea from military prison a few years ago.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

            The Man Who Fell to Earth said, I’m not scientist but I know everything begins and ends in Eternity.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

      You would find Manning attractive except for that hidden reality? Is this some desperate attempt to avoid becoming a stalking horse of Ms Manning?

  14. RobH October 22, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    Which American ‘culture’ is collapsing Jim?

    • volodya October 22, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

      Not to presume to answer for our esteemed host, but the one with roots in a thousand years of British language, literature, law, custom, music and religion. Let’s not forget a few hundred years of American life.

      And, not to belabor the point, but American political institutions bear an uncanny resemblance to those British, a house of commons, a house of lords, a judiciary, a king.

      The consensus surrounding what to do, how to do it, how to behave, all that learned behavior that constitutes culture, looks to me also to be evaporating. What takes its place is the question, but what’s coming from the alleged bastions of higher learning looks hopelessly removed from objective reality.

      To be fair, their were dividing lines from the get-go, the chief being the one that the US fought a civil war over, its geographic expression found in the Mason-Dixon line.

  15. FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Eros, Sex, the Great Manipulator and Giordano Bruno

    Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake not for the fact that he allegedly proclaimed that the earth revolves around the sun, but for writing the book “De vinculis in genere”, which translates as “the Great manipulator”.

    The Catholic Church considered that “the Moor did his job (Othello)” and now you can get rid of him.

    Today’s financial capitalism is a society in which the price of any product 50 percent consists of the price of advertising built on sex and hatred (envy) of a neighbor – feelings that are ruled according to Giordano Bruno by the daemon magnus (Latin for Great demon).

    The modern consumer society, which today is falling apart before our eyes, is the implementation of the concept of Giordano Bruno, further improved by Sigmund Freud.

    Giordano Bruno’s The Great Manipulator is one of those forbidden books that reveal the secrets of the masons and the Catholic Church, possession of which is very bad for your health, and using this knowledge to achieve selfish goals, is fraught with death, and above all death spiritual.

    But in modern society, these ideas permeate economic and political life so much that you need to know something all the same, just not to allow yourself to be manipulated.

    So seek the original of this book and read it at your own risk

    • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 11:59 am #


      Your comments motivated me to do a little research, as I was only passingly familiar with Bruno.

      The book you mention “The Great Manipulator” is not available based on my quick search. Maybe a more thorough search will locate a copy. But the religious scholar Ion Culianu, (mysteriously murdered in 1991), summed up parts of the book in his work. It reminded me of the ideas of Edward Bernays – founder of modern advertising.

      So what’s it all about? More than 400 years ago Bruno saw clearly the way propaganda and thought control could be used to manipulate society and discussed it in surprisingly modern terms.

      People look at me like I’m crazy when I try and tell them we often live in a hypnogogic state. Television (as one example) puts most people into a receptive, hypnotic, believing state. The authority figure, let’s say the news anchorman, tells you what to think about everything happening in the world, punctuated by ads for things you must buy.

      It doesn’t always work, thank God. Like when Andrea Mitchell beat the drum for massive intervention in Syria – to save those poor children. No mention that Hillary and Obama fomenting war in Syria was the source of those children’s sorry state. But i digress.

      Let’s just say controlling minds to see and think what you want is a form of magic, broadly interpreted. Remember Bush’s much repeated Iraqi “shock and awe” campaign; it kind of evokes the word “Shekinah”. But this leads us down many rabbit holes, so I’ll stop now. http://katehon.com/article/great-manipulator-magic-and-modern-society

      • FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

        De vinculis in genere, by Giordano Bruno

        Here’s a little brief from Oxford University:


        As for the book itself, you gonna have to look yourself, I won’t take that responsibility.

        • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 12:15 am #

          Through the darkness of futures past, the magician strives to see,

          Into the abyss he whispers: fire walk with me.

  16. PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 11:00 am #


    eek! swamp monster!

  17. Petro October 22, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Today’s post is so bonkers, it’s hard to know where to start.

    JHK has it exactly opposite/upside-down wrong. All this gender/sex/trans stuff may make some uncomfortable, irritated, and offended. I get that. But to say that by trying to extend a sense of acceptance & compassion to “marginalized” people by the “Left” it will lead to “Bolshevik- and Nazi-like killing machines” is absurd and simply not rational. The Right Wing has been actively involved in demonizing so many different people. We see an autocratic, would-be “Strong Man” president actually celebrating violence in his ongoing Nazi-like rallies, while using some of the most intemperate, offensive, and paranoid terms to describe these easy-to-pick on groups. It’s an obvious, Us-Against-Them strategy.

    Trump regularly ignores the rule of both national and international law, let alone the unwritten rules of tradition and basic human decency. He tells outrageous lies and creates his own reality while readily available evidence can be found to contradict the fantasies he weaves. Yet JHK tells us this morning it is Progressives who will bring about “Kafka’s nightmare of the murderous bureaucratic state that disposes with the rule-of-law.”

    • FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      No, Kunstler got it right!

      It’s all part of the effort to Build Hell on Earth.

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 11:17 am #

      “Nazi-like rallies”

      ya, all those guys in uniforms..and the martial music.. and the raised arms.. and the talk about invading other nations cuz its our right… and


    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      JHK is right. The Left is already trying to rewrite the rules of Free Speech ostensibly to protect the fragile victims of homophobia and racial and gender bias.

      My God, but the Left is putting on masks and picking up baseball bats to beat up people they disagree with.

      Is any of this sinking in??? The Left even had their version of Horst Wessel, which I wrote about several years ago. I am just going to post most of it here so nobody will think I am blog pimping or anything, because I am not currently blogging on this particular website.

      The Trayvonazis

      I do think there are some people who innocently hold grossly erroneous beliefs about the Trayvon Martin incident, and do not protest out of any race-baiting animus. They believe he is dead because of racism. This song seriously hurts their feelings, and for that I am truly sorry. But somebody has to ask how they got to that point??? What ever made them think that somebody who shot a person, when that person had just attacked him, broken his nose, and was in the process of banging his head against the concrete, was some sort of racist? My answer is that they are simply the innocent fish who got caught on the race-baiting hook. They were either directly reeled-in by this particular instance of race baiting, or predisposed to jumping in the boat by previous race baiters poisoning the racial atmosphere for the last couple of decades.

      Which is why race-baiting is so bad in the first place. The whole point of race-baiting is to stir up racial divisiveness. Of course some people are going to fall for it. Isn’t that the whole point???

      Sooo, I wrote this song. If someone is of a mind to be a racial scapegoater, and go around stirring up racial divisiveness for self-aggrandizement and/or money, then they might as well do it right! Therefore, I went to the masters of race-baiting, the Nazis! I mean, who ever did race baiting better than the Nazis? This song is set to the tune of “Horst Wessel.”

      Horst was a Nazi street thug who got shot by somebody. It could have been a communist, or his landlady over unpaid rent, or his hooker girlfriend, or one of his hooker girlfriend’s johns, or somebody else he owed money to. The Nazi higher-ups settled on the commie, and made this song into the Nazi National Anthem. A youtube video is above in case you do not know the tune.

      The Trayvonazi Song
      To The Tune of “Horst Wessel”
      by Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

      Comrades we must, remember Trayvon Martin!
      As we march on, and on with steady gait!
      Join in our song, put on and wear your hoodies proudly,
      As we fight on, against the Racist State!!!
      Join in our song, put on and wear your hoodies proudly,
      As we fight on, against the Racist State!!!

      The sidewalk calls, his Profile there in chalk lines!
      And there his Blood, which time has turned to Black!
      Do not forget, the Injury which left him dying,
      Was not from gun, but bigoted attack!
      Do not forget, the Injury which left him dying,
      Was not from gun, but bigoted attack!

      So let us march, the Struggle has not ended!
      Let bugles ring, and proudly beat the drum!
      We can not stop, or ever rest in peaceful slumber,
      Until the Racist State we Overcome!
      We can not stop, or ever rest in peaceful slumber,
      Until the Racist State we Overcome!

      Comrades we must, remember Trayvon Martin!
      As we march on, and on with steady gait!
      Join in our song, put on and wear your hoodies proudly,
      As we fight on, against the Racist State!!!
      Join in our song, put on and wear your hoodies proudly,
      As we fight on, against the Racist State!!!

      Sooo, anybody can use this for FREE, with attribution. The words seem to work well with the basic melody. I marched around the Music Room several times banging on a big empty coffee can and I was able to stay in step!!! It did kind of freak out the cats, so if you have pets, try not to disturb them.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      PS: Here is a youtube of the Horst Wessel song in case you do not know the tune:


      • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        you are a genius


        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 11:36 am #

          Thank you!!! I am glad somebody appreciates me, and likes the stuff I do.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

      • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

        A girl who knows the Horst Wessel song. I think Janos has found the love of his life. LOL

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

          You have a very “rye” sense of humor.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

          • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

            Haven’t had a drink in nearly 10 years, but I do like rye bread.

            It was January 20, 2009, Obama’s inauguration night, last time I got plastered. No, I was not celebrating!

        • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

          ha ha ha

          they seem to have a few things in common LOL

        • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

          “I think Janos has found the love of his life. LOL”

          And he can keep her in drinks with no hope of getting anywhere. Non-consummation is a useful thing for such people.

          They get to sublimate their longings in authoritarian politics and dream of other utopias.

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

            Whoa, that was really a dig! So she knows what she wants. What’s wrong with that?

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            I was talking about Janos.

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

            But I think that, considering the language Squeeky uses about people she doesn’t like, she would hardly resent a ‘dig’.

            I have little idea about Squeeky’s authoritarian aspirations, while Janos makes his quite clear. Hence why I, obviously mistakenly, thought it was obvious.

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            Janos is always one step ahead ;-).

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

            I know where you are going with that. I am not as stupid as you think I am :-).

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

            I was going no such place, SSL, you re doing it again.

            I don’t think you are stupid at all. In fact the evolution of your comments from the early ones to the current ones tells me exactly the opposite.

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

            🙂 Thanks!

          • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

            GA, “Non-consummation” certainly keeps the elementary school nuns on edge.

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 5:33 pm #


            From what I’ve heard from people educated by nuns, in more than one country, many spend their time biting the face off one another (or the nose, in the idiom of the French person telling me what they had been like). Nothing saintly about it and a strong lack of the milk of human kindness.

            But I’m sure they’re not all the same. And teachers can be sorely tried 🙂 .

          • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

            “They get to sublimate their longings in authoritarian politics and dream of other utopias.”

            kinda like the girls Anti-sex league in Orwell’s 1984 ?

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

            I think it was the Party that discouraged positive thoughts of sex, rather than the girls being the originators of the idea, but I don’t remember.

            Such longings can also be sublimated in religious fervour, of course, not just in fantasising about great leaders (or, as in Squeeky’s case, right-wing death squads). Sometime the two are combined, of course.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

            Green Alba.

            True. I don’t mind digs. In fact, I dig them.

            Plus, if you think about it, celibacy is kind of like the ultimate in Tantric Sex. Because you never release the energy. Of course, drinking a 20oz mug of Seattle’s Best Henry’s Blend at 10:47 PM CDT will kind of juice you up, too. If you know what I mean.

            I needed a boost, because I got a new guitar, and I am comparing it with one of my old ones to distinguish the tones of Super HiLo’Trons. As opposed to Alnico 5s. I stayed up all night Saturday Night listening to Blues Before Sunrise, then conked out and argued in my dreams with the NPR people. I love interactive dreams with external sources.\

            I even invented a joke in my dreams, and it was hilarious to me, but the NPR person never said a thing. Go figure. In my dreams, I thought it was over his head. Upon reflection, I am not sure. It is possible that the joke simply isn’t funny. But, you seem like a relatively smart Brit, sooo, here is the joke:

            Ronald McDonald, the Clown, went into an IHOP, and the workers there teemed all around the famed representative of the culinary world. The IHOP manager offered to make Ron McDon some bacon and eggs. Which he did.

            Ron McDon ate them, and the manager asked, how did you like that? Ron McDon replied, “That was great! But when are you going to bring out the bacon and eggs???”

            So, I think that is hilarious, even while awake. But maybe it is over people’s heads. What do you think???

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 8:58 am #

            I think there are too many ‘Golden Arches’ in the world. They block my humour glands.

      • michael October 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

        Keep working on it.

        I have come to the conclusion that the English language is incapable of producing decent poetry but maybe you can prove me wrong.

        On the other hand English is superior to German for matters scientific and mathematical by a very wide margin.

        • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

          And conversely Germans are superior in matters scientific and mathematical than are the English.

          Go figure….

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 11:18 pm #

          Oh, there is wonderfully decent poetry in English. La Belle Damn Sams Mercy by Keats, Idols of the King by Tennessee Williams, Antigonads by Somebody Huge Mearns.

          There is even a great deal of wonderful crap poetry by people like Allan Ginsberg, and that crew. Plus, try out these books: Outlaw Poetry. The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy, First Loves, Tolkiens’ Ballad of Luthien Tenueval (sp).

          Plus go to youtube and check out Obi Wan Kenobis interp of The Wasteland:


          This is the best reading I have ever heard. He does a great Sweeney and The Nightingales, too. I have a two cassette thingy I stole from my dad.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

          OH, and as far as German Poetry, I remember one called The Earl Konig, which means The King of Earls. I think the Krauts were trying to do us one better, because all we had was a Duke of Earl.

          • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 12:23 am #

            I’ll admit your Ronald McDonald story flew over my head. Maybe you can explain it.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 12:33 am #


            OK, McDonalds also makes bacon and eggs, of a sort. However, they are not exactly the cream de la cream. Such that, when RonMcDon ate some real bacon and eggs, he did not even recognize them as bacon and eggs.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 9:22 am #

            “Oh, there is wonderfully decent poetry in English. La Belle Damn Sams Mercy by Keats”

            Your French spellchecker needs resetting – it’s almost unblocked my humour glands. 🙂

            But I’m relieved that I got the Macdonalds joke right. It was kind of obvious, even to a non-patron who’s never glimpsed their bacon and eggs – I thought I might have missed something deeper.

            My daughter worked there for a year around ending school and starting university. She finally quit when they told her to wear something really stupid for the entertainment of the punters – who were too busy stuffing their faces to care. I’d have to be starving. And then some…

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 10:49 am #

            Green Alba:

            Quelle Horreur! I am glad you caught the Keats messup. But perhaps you should re-read the other three titles. . .


            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 10:58 am #

            Ok Squeaky,

            Now I see it. I was searching for a nihilistic commentary upon the paradoxes of post-modern society from the perspective of a man painted to look like a clown served by unapologetic carnivores.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm #


            You said, “Now I see it. I was searching for a nihilistic commentary upon the paradoxes of post-modern society from the perspective of a man painted to look like a clown served by unapologetic carnivores.”

            Uh. . .yeah. . .that, too!


            Perhaps one day, my works will make it to The Explicator. If not, mayhaps a new edition of The Stuffed Owl.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • michael October 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

            Thanks, I will check it out.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 11:29 pm #

          Oh, and I almost forgot the wonderful poetry of Charles Tanz, American Bard. I had some email exchanges with him, and he is really an interesting person. His “Thank God It’s Only Chlamydia” is one of a kind. Here is his latest from a few years ago:

          He’ll Never Row His Boat To Shore!
          The Saga of Michael Brown

          There was a store in Ferguson town
          With grocery goods and meats.
          And in one day strolled Michael Brown,
          Who stole some Swisher Sweets.

          To mix tobacco with some pot
          Is what he meant to do.
          Though smoking certainly is not
          A healthy thing to do.

          Abetted in this robbery
          By his friend D. Johnson,
          Who then would tell a great big lie
          As soon as it was done.

          And thus began the fatal chain
          All across the nation.
          Just like those things that happen in
          Final Destination.

          The post-death autopsy, it found
          Michael weighed three hundred,.
          And he would throw his weight around.
          Getting what he wanted.

          Meanwhile an innocent white cop
          Was out there on patrol,
          When he made a 10-20 stop,
          On Michael on a stroll.

          Officer Wilson was his name
          Just 26 years old.
          A man with no real claim to fame,
          Who did what he was told.

          He requested that Michael halt,
          And step out of the road.
          What happened next was Michel’s fault
          As to the car he strode!

          Reaching through the window with
          His gentle giant paw.
          Brown punched Wilson in the head
          Before he even saw!

          Then Brown then tried to steal his gun
          To shoot Poor Wilson dead.
          But even though Wilson was stunned,
          This brave man kept his head!

          Michael Brown was so much bigger
          Still Wilson kept his gun,
          And though dazed, he pulled the trigger.
          This was shot number one.

          Brown then backed away and ran,
          But then turned back around,
          Then madly charged the policeman
          So Wilson shot him down.

          Wilson plugged him six more times!
          And only then Brown stopped.
          Was he high, or was it his crimes?
          Or Suicide by Cop?

          Brown lay there in the blood and gore,
          As people gathered round.
          He’ll never row his boat to shore.
          He will not make a sound.

          Meanwhile Johnson lied that Wilson
          Shot Brown down like a brute,
          While Brown kneeled, his hands to the sun
          And begging, “Please don’t shoot!”

          Johnson’s lies got spread all around
          And caused an angry mob.
          Poor Wilson got run out of town,
          Just for doing his job.

          Then, a grand jury heard the case,
          With all the evidence.
          Finding Johnson was way off base
          And Wilson’s innocence.

          But still the lie was spread around
          There wasn’t justice yet.
          Criminal blacks burned down the town,
          Lest we forget! Lest we forget!

          This is a saga about the recent events in Ferguson. I believe I have a unique perspective, because I am an assistant manager at a convenience store, and there are all kinds of mean people who come in and dare you to stop them from stealing things.


          I haven’t communicated with him for a few years, and I need to get back in touch with him try to get him to write some more of his wonderful poetry. He is a very sensitive person. I think Charlie has the potential to become the Premier Poet of our Age. His creations never cease giving me pleasure. Really. Every time I read his poetry, I find some new gem buried in in. Maybe not a precious gem, but something more than mere quartz.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

    • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm #


      So well said. This is becoming a real goose-stepping crowd here on Clusterfuck Nation. Strange times indeed.


      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm #


        I haven’t noticed any Antifa people here. Which ones are they, because I want castigate them.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

      • Janos Skorenzy October 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

        What a wonderful poem. What a wonderful man.

    • GhostOfHam October 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      New Boss same as the Old Boss?


      Scroll down and you’ll notice that the Repuplicats are members of an INTERNATIONAL alliance.

    • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

      Petro: “[T]o say that by trying to extend a sense of acceptance & compassion to ‘marginalized’ people by the ‘Left’ it will lead to ‘Bolshevik- and Nazi-like killing machines’ is absurd and simply not rational.”

      Well said, Petro, but who said people were rational? Trump is the rampaging id of America on full display. Whatever else he is, Trump is the champion of that segment of the population who are good and sick and tired of having to swallow their prejudices in the name of securing equal rights for all. This same motive drives the consensus among the majority of people posting here: the demand that their prejudices be honoured, and that people who trigger them be cast into the outer darkness. Janos, Tate, exscotticus, Squeeky, and I’m sad to say in some ways JHK — they all go about in the night of first ages, of those ages that are gone. Each prefers in their degree (Janos most of all, by far) the ecstatic escape of unreason to living out the meaning of the American creed: that all are created equal.

      What will bring on the Bolshevik- and Nazi-like killing machines isn’t the effort to address discrimination and afford full civil rights to everyone; it will be the reaction to those efforts. Blaming this on the left is the “look what you made me do” syndrome.

      • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

        Elrond, given the current state of Canadian education, it doesn’t surprise me that you’ve never studied the finer points of America’s founding documents.

        So let me rock your world by telling you that Jefferson did not mean all people are literally created equal. Shocker!—I know. Take a moment to let that percolate in what you’ve now explained to us is not just your brain but your sex organ.

        Context matters, Elrond. And in the case of Jefferson’s quote, he was referring to equality of rights before the law. He was arguing for the very neutrality that liberals like yourself throw under the bus at every opportunity.

      • Tate October 22, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

        If we afforded full civil rights to everyone, EH, then we would have to roll back the last fifty years of discrimination against white males. But in your fever-swamp NPC deracinated & emasculated Bergeronesque utopia, a level-playing field is BAAAAAAAD.

  18. ozone October 22, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    “Yes, all this ‘Gender Identity’ nonsense has really created a freak show here in the USA. I wonder how long this particular episode of Freakism will last. I feel sorry for young people being sucked in by it, ‘specially boys. When they grow a little older and enter the real world of men they’ll will quickly find out nobody really gives a f-k about their precious ‘Gender Identity’, and mincing around and wearing woman’s clothes is a good way to get your ass kicked, especially if times get hard like many here think they will, and conditions become more Darwinian. It will be a painful lesson.”

    I don’t think it will last into the ‘next generation’, because it’s just underwhelmingly stupid. As you infer, this crapola is just an offshoot of “lookatme, lookatme!” grasping for fame and adoration. The present generation has been taught that garish celebrity is the ultimate goal, the peak of success. — ‘Bling’ goes with that too. For far too long the *real* American creed has been: “If you’re so smart, how come you ain’t rich?” This is the only ‘culture’ in the world that doesn’t give due respect to the humble craftsman/tradesman; those who make a living, but sure as hell ain’t getting rich thereby. The hierarchy is all about measuring wealth (not skill, imagination, utility or workmanship)… if you ain’t got a lot of it, you ain’t shit.

    As far as that “Last Chance Caravan”, one could easily apply a right-wing motivation to that as well. It’s gettin’ on midterms and the GOP needs duh publick to be a’fear’d. (And yes, by gawd, they’re frightened of damn near everything.) What better image to garner support than an army of thugs and murderers on the march toward the indispensible nation presented and amplified on the tube and intertubes every day?
    First, the Messican po’po’ blocked ’em with a huge force, then, stepped aside and let ’em through. At whose direction?

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    • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      Good points all, Oz.

      Not having proper respect for tradesmen/craftsmen is something that started a long time ago, Pete, when mass production in large factories overtook products created by independent men in workshops in homes and barns. A good example of this is right here in New England, the beautiful, simple plate, cups, vases and serving pitchers fashioned from from silver in little shops in and around Boston 1650-1818 (Paul Revere’s death) taken out by the massive International Silver Company on Meriden CT. (Which wasn’t even really silver but nickel steel invented in Germany)


    • BackRowHeckler October 22, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      Also , Oz , as far as who is behind this latest migration north out of Central America, isn’t it really the job of the big news organizations to find out, to dig for the truth no matter where it leads, instead of advocating for one side, which they seem to be doing now?


      • ozone October 22, 2018 at 11:43 am #

        You’d think so, wouldn’t you? Seems that they’ve changed the description of the journalist’s job to: Stake out an ideological position [determined by the boss] and defend it by obfuscation, misdirection, alternate narratives and the squelching of background and facts… or find another job. 😉

    • Tate October 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

      “At whose direction?”

      Who do you think? Knowing your ideological bent, you’re implying that there exists some top-level Republican conspiracy to let them through? Careful, the tin-foil should only be worn 16 hours a day, Lol.

      • ozone October 23, 2018 at 9:07 am #

        You’re ascribing the original idea to the wrong person. Go back to BRH’s comment…. or don’t. Take off the blinders or you’ll keep going down the wrong roads.

        • Tate October 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

          See my reply to you below.

  19. Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    NYC to add nonbinary ‘X’ designation to birth certificates

    What we have here are a class of people obsessed with their mental issues and genitalia trying to foist their psycho problems directly onto their offspring.

    Birth certificates are not interested in a newborn infant’s gender identity, or any other identity issue that is the obsession of liberals. And even if the state was interested in amassing such data, how on earth would the parents be in a position to know what’s going on in a newborn infant’s mind?

    What birth certificates are interested in is biological sex, which is a medical question—not a “feelings” question open to opinion and interpretation.

    But as we’ve seen time and again, attacking language is the liberal response when facts don’t support their conclusions, when they can’t win arguments on rational merits.

    Who can forget former president Bill Clinton trying to argue that he didn’t lie when he said there was nothing going on between himself and Monica Lewinski, because, after all, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word is… is.”

  20. messianicdruid October 22, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    “The game is to produce a never-ending chain of self-referential, status-enhancing world-views as a replacement for consensual reality.“


    And you wonder why there hasn’t been a decent movie in years.

    • SomeoneInAsia October 22, 2018 at 11:50 am #

      There’s a reason why I haven’t stepped inside a cinema for nearly twenty years already.

  21. capt spaulding October 22, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    I have decided to join the trend, but rather than just change my gender, I have decided to become a Transpecist. No longer will I be imprisoned within a human body which doesn’t feel natural at all to me. I will stay a mammal, however, but I will become a Blue Whale, because of all the mammals, they have the biggest junk.

  22. Figaro October 22, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    This Progressive gender bending has only one real aim…to de-masculanize the male population and render it incapable of any but token resistance. A male population reduced to near eunuch-like status is the leftist-globalist wet dream come true, gun control being only
    one facet of their overall plan to crush any form of resistance.

  23. akmofo October 22, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    CNN/NYTimes employees should be sent to the Saudi embassy in Turkey. And hopefully we’ll never hear from them again.

    • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

      Ha ha, akmofo, you’re too much! Good joke… everybody laughs… roll on snare drum…


  24. SomeoneInAsia October 22, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    You know, regarding all this babble on gender issues, I sometimes wonder if there isn’t in fact a specific kind of sexual orientation which all those in positions of power today have in common: necrophilia.

    After all, they’re all pursuing with utmost passion the destruction of nature, humanity and civilization, aren’t they?

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    • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      Rumor has long had it that at least some of the secret societies (Skull & Bones) are into that shit. Hey! Once you go corpse you can never go back!

      • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

        ha ha

        you hear that one when a Mexican, a german, and an American go to the funeral home?

        (drum roll)

      • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

        Good G_d Scratch!


      • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

        Speaking of skull & bones…

        There’s an amusing story about how Prescott Bush (father to George Senior) discovered the bones of Geronimo and brought them back to the club HQ at Yale.

        He found them around midnight under a tombstone on Fort. Sill, OK marked “Geronimo”. So far, all judges have denied Indian lawsuits to get the bones back. Time to call in Elizabeth Warren. Let’s see if she’s got the balls to tangle with that crowd or is she more of a cigar store wooden Indian – all display, no stomach for warpath.

        • Tate October 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

          I proposed in this comment section months ago that revenge could be exacted on ole’ Prescott by digging up his bones in Greenwich, CN. But who would do the deed? Not me. It would have to be a citizen of the Great State of Connecticut.


          • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

            I suggest the Apaches dig up Prescott and take his bones back to the reservation where tourists can pay $1 each to look them over. Fair is fair.

          • Tate October 24, 2018 at 12:08 am #

            I wouldn’t pay 50c to look at his bones. Unless they had a tail & cloven hooves. Now there might be possibilities there… but then who would dare dig them up in the first place? Maybe that’s why they’ve never been dug up!

    • GhostOfHam October 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Can you foresee that no too long from now child anal sex will have to have its deviance normalized too?

      Just think of all the Hasterts in the world who will no longer have to worry about being blackmailed by former pizza pages. Freedom – FREEDOM at Last! With Toppings!

      • Elrond Hubbard October 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

        No, I don’t foresee that. As the many and undeniable revelations about the Catholic priesthood have demonstrated for us, that kind of vile and systemic abuse of children thrives best under conditions of inequality of power. The solution is to turn over the rocks and let the sun shine in.

        Shame and secrecy are the weapons of the abuser. Telling ourselves and each other the truth about ourselves, in a way that’s informed by science and nourished by empathy, is how we take those weapons out of abusers’ hands.

        • michael October 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

          And where on this earth has equality between the powerful and powerless been established or even only raised above the level of empty slogan?

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

            Are you suggesting that because the reign of Christ on earth hasn’t arrived yet, we might as well abandon all pursuit of justice? Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law and so forth? I don’t think that follows. ‘Tis better to light a single candle and so forth.

        • Sean Coleman October 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

          “the many and undeniable revelations”

          They are indeed many but they are definitely deniable, even if largely undenied.

          The choice of the words might be, er, revealing.

          They are revealed truths, a terrible secret that nobody, but nobody, ever suspected until the fearless warrior-journalists vanquished the dark forces of the Powerful.

          We have legions of them in Ireland where all our history has been re-written in the harsh light of this terrible knowledge. The trouble is, when you catch any of these leprechauns they vanish right in front of your eyes and you find yourself grasping at thin air, just like Darby O’Gill and the little people.

  25. JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Indulging teenagers after a childhood of participative trophies.

    That is what is creating the charge toward chaos noted by JHK. These kids have never had their feet held to the fire about anything, no limits enforced on their behavior, no “hard times” to temper their iron. Ask and ye shall receive, period. Daddy is the “enforcer” in most households and the decline of the impact of Daddyism would explain much of what we see. I have never heard of a soccer dad, just soccer moms.

    No wonder the millenials behave the way they do. No wonder they clamor to go to college, a four year escape from adulthood. No wonder they are narcissistic in nature, many studies have been conducted showing that indulgent childhoods begat narcissists.

    One day they have to leave the hallowed campus and the world awaiting them is neutral everything and does not give one damn about them. Yikes! What do I do to get the attention I “deserve”. Rebel, scream, shout, join Antifa, rail against all those folks who won’t indulge me. And especially condemn the leader of those people who will not treat me as special as I think I am. The last thing they want to do is acknowledge the goodness of a common culture that does not indulge them. The core of the emotional childlike Democratic Party is comprised of single immature women and these childlike results of our higher education system. Strong men and rational women stay away, you will not fit.

    I have espoused my theory that people evolve from liberal to conservative as they accumulate capital and want to protect it. These “children” never do that. They dwell in a perpetual fog of adolescence and when they do not get their way, descend into cell phones, email, Facebook, alcoholism, marijuana and drugs. These frat boys and girls reject all the avenues open to them to progress. They want everything handed to them on a golden plate.

    Another aggravent is the indulgence shown this group by our advertising industry, as twenty somethings are big time consumers. Social media is really bad about this.

    There is such a conundrum in the adolescent crowd. Never in life is there such a conflict. Never does one think they are so smart and in reality so damn dime and ignorant. Higher education institutions are just loaded with adolescent adults, they are called “professors”, who dump their nonsensical tripe on the next generation.

    Wrap all this childlike prolonged behavior and what do you have:

    The Democratic Party, Mommyism, and Liberalism in general.

    • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      Oh yeah, what is the best example of the child culture, second to he campus.

      The ultimate make believe world: Hollywood, especially Disney and Marvel Comics.

      Children, put down your game boys and get to work!

      Men, get your butts out of the frat house. The gals are passing you by.

    • Tate October 23, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      I don’t think the narcissism is restricted to the Greeks, JAZ. Not anymore. Otherwise, outstanding comment.

  26. Petro October 22, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Two Fridays ago, JHK clearly predicted that on the following Monday, 10/15, the markets would experience something profoundly negative: “…begging the question: who will show up on Monday. Nobody, I predict. And then what?” It struck me that he used no qualifiers like “maybe” or “perhaps”. In other words, a firm prediction that trading will basically fall to zero. I thought, wow, that’s pretty firm, maybe he’s right this time. Well, it’s all back to business-as-usual (for awhile, anyway) on Wall Street.

    No follow-up to that doomsday prediction? Nothing from the readers here, or the author himself? What happened? Instead, we get yet another sour “I don’t like the new neighbors, they’re weirdos!” essay.

    • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      Predictions are mostly for entertainment value, but the market fundamentals remain as quixotic as they ever were. One day soon.

    • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      Homeostasis, the steady state, has many feedback loops that maintains order in the marketplace. Change is slow but inevitable. JHK predictions are pretty much right on, but will take much longer to occur than he acknowledges. People will fight to keep the ship upright but when the inevitable happens, they jump out of windows.

    • GhostOfHam October 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

      Novelists may tell the future darkly. He may get the brush a little too dark on a detail, but step back, and the painting still works . One thing he’s right on: Washington (its geographically national jurisdiction) will get The Bomb.

  27. ozone October 22, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Okay, let’s get to the upshot/denouement of all this [out]ragin’ and huffin’-and-puffin’ —
    Who should be killed first? Anybody care to address that in black and white (beside the usual baiters)? The Theater of Cruelty show… must go on.

    Talk is still cheap, but a crowd can be talked into a lynching by the proper Personality… can’t it?

    • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

      “Talk is still cheap, but a crowd can be talked into a lynching by the proper Personality… can’t it?”

      I’d have proposed Squeeky, but she’s shown deplorable softness towards those filthy and disgusting gay folks by proposing that ‘we probably shouldn’t throw rocks at them’. Disappointing. Certainty is the first requirement for the Personality who will save the day. And this sounds too much like weakness. Next thing you know she’ll be offering them a saucer of milk and letting them try on her shoes.

      I’ve always thought Squeeky and her acolytes would benefit from an assertiveness course. It is not good to be so shy are retiring about one’s views on other people’s behaviour. All that free booze money could have paid for it by now.

      • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

        …shy and retiring…

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

        Well actually, I think the only thing that can save the country outside of a natural disaster like a meteor strike, or Yellowstone cooking off, or a massive and prolonged financial disruption/depression, is Right Wing Death Squads.

        We really need our own Pinochet-type to come in and take out all the trash. But those kind of people sometimes go overboard, like Hitler, and take off on weird tangents like Hitler and the whole anti-Jew thingy. Which, being a good part Jew myself, I tend to view with some alarm.

        At any rate, the country is probably 75 years or so away from that, having not yet been hurt enough, as they say in substance abuse rehab. I will probably have been mouldering in my grave a few years by that time.

        IMO, Our country has already been lost to the Useful Idiots set in motion by the commies back in the 1930s and 1940s. The problem is, that the Cold War ended before the Russkies could come in and shoot them, or gulag them. Which is what they would have done with them. You might enjoy listening to this guy, Bezmenov, a former KGB’er. This is a short excerpt from longer speeches. As he said, “unplug the bananas from your ears”:


        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

          OK, I take back my comment just now to SSL where I let it out that I didn’t have much to go on regarding your aspirations to authoritarianism. Cute 🙂

          I’ll pass on the clip, thanks. KGB folks aren’t my thing.

          “Which, being a good part Jew myself, I tend to view with some alarm.”

          Aw, come on. Take one for the team. It’s for the greater good.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

            Sooo, all your confirmation bias aside, did you listen to the video? If the written word is more your speed, I put the transcript of the interview way down below.

            If you are truly worried about real live authoritarianism, and not just Left Wing Fantasy Authoritarianism, then I suggest that you start with Antifa. Quit believing the stuff the Main Stream Media spin, and look at the facts. It is the Left who is putting on masks, taking up baseball bats, and beating up people who disagree with them. That sounds pretty authoritarian to me.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

            I’m not a fan of Antifa, Squeeks. Or Authoritarianism of any hue.

            Don’t read between the lines. It’s as bad as Chinese whispers.

          • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

            “Don’t read between the lines. It’s as bad as Chinese whispers.”

            whhaaaat… ?

            your british expressions are so cute.. 🙂

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

            Seems like it all matches up with what’s happening. Revisionist history, indoctrination rather than education, and subversion of the traditional ways of looking at things.

        • ozone October 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

          Soooo, Squeekers,
          Are you insinuating it’s going to take some damn fur’ners to step up to the abattoir door and start taking out the undesirable ‘Murkins with extreme prejudice?
          No Americans of a certain special orientation to get ‘er done and make the country all sparkly and shiny again?
          And here I thought we’d found some real patriots. I’m disheartened by the lack of conviction…

  28. Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    Who’s a thunk it would ever come to this? Untold numbers of (and growing) variations on gender identity and sexual appetite. Apparently the younger generations (and some of the old) have taken the whole “virtual reality” concept completely to heart. Poor bastards! Can bestiality and necrophilia be far behind? Caligula much?

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm #


      they are too busy on the phone with their lawyers, apparently

      I wonder when lawyers will become automated? that’ll be really when Hell is on earth…

      sorry, buddy


      • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

        Automated lawyers are already a “thing” for the normal day to day stuff, so I imagine trial law will be affected dramatically sometime soon as well, at least for the plebes.

        • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

          Do they actually have an automated lawyer who fucks you in the ass, then hands you the bill?

    • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      In virtual reality it is possible to cross over.

      Wanna tiptoe through the tulips with me? All things are possible. Today I will be a ballerina in a pink Tu-Tu. How about you?

      While none of this is anything new, with virtual reality perversion will not just be for the few.

    • michael October 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

      Please do not demean emperor Caligula, a man of refined style and humour. If you need a Roman reference point maybe Caracalla (“the common enemy of man and beast”) is what you want.

  29. rosco October 22, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    it’s all about the goddess-given right to crush your opponents as a man-girl:


    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      so when the growing list of man/gurls dominate ‘womens’ sports, will “progression” be achieved?

      then what?

      Why don’t men and women just compete together? What’s the point of sports, anyway?

    • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

      I saw that. Its the buzz. How fake it is.

  30. jdhines October 22, 2018 at 11:59 am #


    “Daddyism represents rules and boundaries. The Left prefers chaos.”

    Who prefers chaos? It seems to me that G3 is awfully fond of chaos himself. Am I missing something?


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    • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      Wrong, Trump will probably be the last “manly” president this country will have. He utilizes divide and conquer to tear down the Deep State and I hope the apparent “chaos” continues.

      • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm #


        Manly, are you kidding? If he was a real man he would’ve served his country in Viet Nam, not skated because he had a rich daddy. Bone Spurs, right. Don’t try telling us that he was only being smart.

        No, he was being a coward. The closest this punk every got to the military was attending some rich boys military school. Yeah, a real tough guy.


        • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

          Hey jhhines,

          Trump is less reprehensible than Clinton with his written promises of “I’ll join y’all later, just give me a deferment for now.” Yeah, sure.

          And then there was that ass dragging George Junior who joined the Air National Guard because his daddy made him. Then missed most of the drills – because he could.

          I retired after 20 years in Army Intelligence; I don’t expect we’ll see many Presidents with military service in the future. That day has passed when the draft ended.

          • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm #


            That’s why I don’t cotton to Chicken Hawks.


          • hmuller October 23, 2018 at 11:12 am #

            I’ll grant you the bone spur deferment sounds bogus. For how many years did these incurable bone spurs go on?

            A working class young man with such a claim would have been told, (minus the expletives) “The Army has doctors who can cure your bones spurs, now get on the bus!”

            Vietnam was not a war for privileged people to fight in; they saved it just for us.

    • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      No Trump has chaos by the pussy and he ain’t letting go.

      • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm #


        I know two things for sure. He likes pussy and he is a pussy.


  31. Luhrenloup October 22, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Then you have the situation with blacks where anything you say on the topic labels you as racist. This “abused” minority, 12 percent of the population, has almost as many images in every advertisement, every publication one picks up as the majority population has, (notice I didn’t say whites. they’ve got me trained.) Dare I say it, as a group, they commit more crimes, more violent crimes, and law enforcement now refusing to state a person’s race when reporting crimes doesn’t help the situation, but merely puts the rest of us in harm’s way. And ostracizing Charles Murray, he of “The Bell Curve” does not negate his findings, blacks are not as intelligent as other races. This needs to be taken into account.

    Why are blacks allowed to be racists?

    BLM is wrong, all lives matter. Isn’t it about time they cut the We Shall Overcome routine, and step up to the plate, acknowledge themselves as Americans with no hyphen. It’s not just blacks being murdered by police, the weak, the poor, the mentally and physically challenged are also getting killed at will. Be it noted that the Asians, who suffered greatly in this country, overcame this burden and are valued contributors to our society. It’s about responsibility, to oneself, to one’s community. If blacks want to stop police brutality, they must include us all in their grievances.

    • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Do you visit SBPDL?

      WE now know that IQ is set by about 3,000 snps at the time of conception. however smart you will ever be is determined by the set of iq relevant snps your parents contributed that night when they made you. waiting for some preschool intervention is much too late.

      blacks, who are so distant genetically from the other human races, simply don’t have the right snps. so programs like head start can never succeed in making them iq 150, each n every one of them.

      xt idea was not accounting but science. the idea of program evaluation was that evaluators trained in science and statistics would take the legislative intent of a government program as the research hypothesis and them apply scientific method to the output measures to see if it did what it was suppose to to do.

      that sounded good to me and that’s why i took so much math and statistics. i was preparing for a newly emerging professional discipline – or so i thought.

      then to my horror i learned of the westinghouse study of head start.

      it was a big well funded study that simply blew head start out of the water.
      that was 1970. in my naivete i thought everything was now done. the research design was so good and the conclusions were so solid i thought there was no room for me in my new profession.

      boy was i wrong.

      head start didn’t do diddly, but no one cared. people wanted head start to work so they ignored the evidence and have continued to ignore it for fifty years. there have been many head start studies and they all find the same things. if you enrich the learning opportunities for a young kid they test better at first. but the improvement starts to fade. by the time they are a teen the black kids are still far behind the white an east asian kids.

      the effect is indeed a head start in a race but the other races soon catch up and surpass them. since blacks mature faster than whites. it would make more sense to give the white kids the head start. but of course if you had given the white kids the boost they would have just exhibited their intellectual superiority earlier. some of the asian superior school performance probably comes from just this effect. the asian ‘tiger moms” who push their kids to excel probably give them a boost too. /SBPDL

      • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

        So true, Malthuss. Politics trumps science and real world results every time.

      • thwack October 22, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

        blacks, who are so distant genetically from the other human races, simply don’t have the right snps


        at least we aren’t confused about which bathroom to use?

        Just sayin

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          That’s pretty much true. But there are some other confusing things in your community. From one of my fave youtube personalities:


          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

        • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

          I know you are not confused.
          There are lots of Black trannies.

          • thwack October 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm #


            But are they “the worlds foremost problem?”

            or like Henry Ford said, is it the Jews?

            Check your priorities pink face.

        • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

          “at least we aren’t confused about which bathroom to use?”

          Yes, your culture is advancing…remember when we had to mark them for those of you who were confused? You know, in the 30’s thru the 50’s…


          You’ve come a long way, baby….

          • thwack October 22, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

            Does your mother know you talk like this?

            I bet she is turning over in her ash tray?

          • elysianfield October 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm #



            It was only for the terminally confused….
            Things are all better now.
            How else can we help you?

    • Luhrenloup October 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      Adding to my post I would like to say that we whites contribute to the tension between the races by our unfounded feelings of guilt with anything having to do with blacks and the underlying hostility this creates in us. it’s the old Karpman Drama Triangle of perpetrator, victim, rescuer. We are not responsible for the situation they find themselves in, and the more we sympathize the more we feed the anger the hatred, the victimhood.

  32. volodya October 22, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    JHK is right, the Democratic Party and the Shumers and Pelosis and Clintons of the world do not give a shit about those they purport to speak for. Bill inflicted globalist schemes, promising prosperity and ignoring what anyone with a stitch of common sense told him, that the result of removing fetters on the Oligarch elite would be economic decline for America and financial calamity, including and especially for those that the Democrats show such concern for, you know, Black people.

    Obama, for all his strutting, grinning superiority, gave Wall Street a get out of jail pass and shoveled uncounted trillions at them. The ordinary Joe? They were considered “deplorable” before Hillary birthed the term and treated as such. So fuck ’em. How could it be otherwise, Obama’s administration was infested with Wall Street, and if that wasn’t instructive enough, he got a former JP Morgan exec as his White House Chief of Staff. Don’t tell me that these were the best and the brightest, or that their academic and career work made them uniquely qualified. They were the worst and the most compromised, their ilk ruining America economically and financially, and using them because they supposedly understood the workings of the financial system is tantamount to using Mafia bosses as the heads of commissions to eradicate organized crime. Anybody with a brain cell that sparks up once in a while could predict with a fair degree of certainty that the Mafia would get fat and happy and likewise Wall Streeters.

    “Progressives” make me laugh. These folk are about as “progressive” as the GDR was “democratic”. As for that lamentable rag, the New York Times and its idiot columnists, these people are the chief proponents of the preposterization of public discourse, and what they tout is a monument to absurdity. Debt doesn’t matter? Blow me. The New York Times, with its dismissal of reality and real things, is what JHK would call an arrangement without a future, its only possible usefulness in the coming years in a latrine.

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      ““Progressives” make me laugh. These folk are about as “progressive” as the GDR was “democratic”. ”

      huh, good point.

      • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:11 pm #


        Trump and the GOP make me laugh too. They’re just racist fascists who have been pulling the economy wool over the eyes of uninformed voters now for 50+ years. Pretty funny, when you think about it. Just a bunch of suckers.


        • hmuller October 22, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

          Clearly, you know nothing of the war to unseat the deep state and the alphabet agencies, “the American Stasi”. That is new and opposed by many Republicans and most Democrats.

          You exist in a whole other world than I do. And I’m sure you’ll say yours is the true one, so I should probably shut up and not waste my time.

          But I’ll just say the true paradigm is not Dem vs Rep, or even Liberal vs Conservative; it’s Patriots vs Globalists. If you want to live in an Orwellian nightmare support the globalists.

          • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:49 pm #


            Excellent points! I realize the paradigm has shifted, but I just can’t stand being played for a fool by the rich and their lackeys. I grew up with the Repugs, I know how they think.

            Of course, the Dems are not lily-white either. As for the Deep State, Alphabet Agencies and Globalists, no doubt they are up to serious mischief. If I’m not wrong, it seems Trump is pretty much a Globalist as far as cross border business goes, no?


  33. malthuss October 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm #


    Where can I find the things included in it?
    I read Televisions are now part of CPI.

  34. budizwiser October 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm #


    james – ok we get it – you’re pissed off at people that are successful at “fashion.”

    But – how about some exposition over an [empty?] drum of oil?

    What’s the frackin’ deal with this shale shit?

    I am no longer amused by your gay rantings.

    I Long for the Emergence of some critical expository perspectives about the Geography of Nowhere to be found energy resources.

    Thank you, for letting me about all the queer lefties and bad FBI types and their ilk. But why so much thought about them?

    When TSHTF we will all be counted for what we’re worth……..

    • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      JHK wrote about shale a few months ago. What do you want? Weekly shale oil updates? Sorry dude JHK is not your financial investment advisor…

      • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

        Still, he might want to know what his audience wants. Perhaps JHK does need to get out more and by that I mean be less enamored with the NY Times.

        JHK as a financial advisor? Being told ‘Sorry dude‘ is a very good thing. You don’t want his financial advice. I think even JHK will agree with that.

        • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

          >>> Still, he might want to know what his audience wants.

          His audience is made up of many with differing opinions on everything. Good luck trying to figure out what “it” wants.

          JHK writes two free editorials a week. He’s entitled to write about whatever inspires him. The day he decides to monetize these writing exercises is the day he needs to care about his paying customers’ opinions.

          • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm #


      • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:14 pm #


        He’s not much of a forecaster/adviser of anything, truth be told. I’ve been reading him for years on end and can’t remember one forecast/prediction that he was even close on.


        • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

          I agree. And it amazes me that anyone could misconstrue what I wrote to suggest I believe otherwise.

          JHK himself has admitted over and over that thanks to Fed manipulation and intrigue, our markets are not functioning rationally. So facts, logic, reason aren’t particularly useful when it comes to forecasts.

          Incidentally, i’ve followed the predictions of those who got “The Big Short” right, and their track record ain’t much better. Warren Buffett also makes collosal mistakes. But, as with trips to Vegas, you only ever hear about the winners…

          • jdhines October 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm #


            I get it, but why keep predicting when he so clearly lacks talent in this regard or, perhaps, that circumstances (Fed manipulation, etc.) make it impossible? Is it not a bit of doing the same thing over-and-over and expecting different results?

            Don’t get me wrong, I believe JHK is a gifted writer and a brilliant guy, just a bit misguided as of late.


          • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

            >>> but why keep predicting when he so clearly lacks talent in this regard

            Well in the long scheme of things, like, hundreds or thousands of years after we’re all dead, no one is going to remember that JHK’s predictions were off by 25 years. What people will remember (perhaps) is that JHK presciently predicted all these things that eventually came to pass.

            Is anyone criticizing Michelangelo because his drawings and predictions of tanks and helicopters were off by hundreds of years?

        • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

          He didnt see the ‘bail out’ that would push DJIA from under 10k to 25k, as things go sour for the commoners.
          Thats all.

    • K-Dog October 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      Most cosmetics are extracts of oil. The technology of pretending shall be greatly affected by the demise of cheap oil.

      Now at about 80 a barrel. gas is hitting the mark where the minimum wage calls in sick.

      Why so much thought about them? It is his stalking horse of course! To see what the bush shakes out. The angle of his dangle.

      I just helped you so reference the web page I linked above for your shale info and bring the subject to the handful of people who peek in here. I am a collapse dog. That is why I am here.

      What do you think of this? Oily Stuff It was a link on the Oil-Price.net page I posted. Here is a chunk of it.

      “what total upstream shale oil debt actually is. We found it to be between $285-$300B, both public and private. Kallanish Energy Consultants recently wrote that there is $240B of long term E&P debt in the US maturing by 2023 and I think we should assume that at least 90 plus percent of that is associated with shale oil. That is maturing debt, not total debt.”

      • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

        K Dog

        Make a long story short.

        My family receives royalties from a well in the Eagleford formation. The models of what fracking is are true, I saw it happen. Initial bonanza after the liquification of the shale, then hyperbolic falloff with time. In our case, about six years. It then becomes unprofitable to pump and they cap the well. In our case the first well was drilled to 5000 ft. Another one which is starting to produce was drilled to 10000 ft. The second well was much more expensive to do than the first.

        That is fracking, All formations have sweet spots where the best return occurs. From there, the expanding radius of wells each produce less than the last. So diminishing returns are part of the equation. Fracking will be an investors nightmare with time. The landscape left behind is hideous, check out the area around Williston, ND on google earth. People who think fracking makes us energy independent must be watching CNN. Hopefully, fracking will bridge a gap until the next huge discovery.

  35. FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Lost in Translation?

    The most striking result of Putin’s words “And they’ll just die like dogs” is that virtually no American edition notify their readers, listeners or viewers, that is, those who actually will do the dying, because they will not have time to repent.

    Moreover, this is especially striking because all this happened against the background of preparations for Bolton’s visit to Moscow and, in theory, such a statement may mean that this preparation is not going very well and Putin signals Trump that at this level of mutual distrust there is nothing really to agree on.

    In theory, the Clintonoids had to take advantage of this statement in order to deliver another blow to Trump – they say look, good people, with whom our Donald Trump was going to be friends! (good people are the American voters, that is).

    Nevertheless, they did not dare to take advantage of this truly magnificent opportunity.


    The only more or less well-known author in America who decided to raise this topic was Masha Gessen, a great patriot of both Russia and America, who managed to screw-up and disperse the most harmful radio station Radio Liberty (Svoboda) in just six months, when Obama kicked Hillary the hell out from the State Department and from the board of the presidential Boeing described her policy in the previous 4 years as “stupid shit policy”, promising not to repeat her mistakes.

    Then Masha was at her best, and even now, although she showed ardent ignorance in matters of interaction between preventive and retaliatory nuclear strikes, she again served Russia and America a great service, catching, in her opinion, Vladimir Putin in a lie.

    Not only did she convey the message of Vladimir Putin to the readers of New Yorker, she also explained to them that according to the Russian military doctrine, if the US tries to do with Russia what they managed to do with the USSR, “they will die so fast that they won’t even have time to repent”.

    That is what Putin’s words in Valdai, in combination with the Russian military doctrine, mean:

    The Russian Federation reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to an attack on Russia and/or its allies involving the use of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction as well as in the case of aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the existence of the state itself is threatened. Decisions regarding the use of nuclear weapons are made by the President of the Russian Federation.

    Indeed, the USSR had collapsed, and the United States, having established the medal “For Victory in the Cold War,” admitted that they had taken some actions to ensure this collapse, the fact of which is the fact of this victory, and the above-mentioned actions as aggression against the USSR.


    Consequently, the USSR did not use nuclear weapons in time, “when the very existence of the state was threatened,” and the appearance of these words in the military doctrine of its successor, the Russian Federation, after this fatal error for the USSR means that Russia does not intend to repeat it.

    That’s all, as Putin says.

    Meanwhile, among the readers of New Yorker there may be people who influence, if not the placement of EUROPRO in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders, which Russia believes violates the INF Treaty, then the size of Trump’s support in the Congress and Senate, if he decides to take EUROPRO out.

    And, unlike Masha Gessen, they do feel the theory of Colored World Projects with their own tender ass (as they will look for it on the Moon in case of anything), although they are not familiar with it in the academic (yours truly) presentation.

    And in vain, as the theory of world projects says that the ongoing conflict is religious in nature and now essentially is the World War of the Roses, which was the war of two quasi-Christian parties – York and Lancaster – provoked by the anti-Christian party – the emerging Valois dynasty through the English Templars.

    (York and Lancaster are quasi-Christian parties because after the Great Schism of 1054, none of the parties in the West can be considered truly Christian)

    And the fact that the conflict in progress is the War of Roses, among other things, means that the secular causes of the conflict are just disguises for religious ones, and not vice versa, which Putin himself confirmed by reminding Trump that by sending Bolton to Moscow, he risks not only the physical existence of his country, but also the souls of 300 million of its citizens, as the words “they just die like dogs” combined with the inability to repent, in the framework of Christian eschatology, which Trump subscribes to, means that they are, according to Putin, will go to hell, as citizens of “Evil Empire” that destroyed the world.

    And for at least some New Yorker readers who understand the Judeo-Christianity, the arguments of Masha Gessen, that Putin is lying, saying that the Russian military doctrine does not have the right to preempt, since Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to what it interprets as aggression, and it does not matter whether nuclear weapons were used within the framework of this aggression and whether Russia was its target, do not go anywhere.

    The fact of the matter is that the addressee of the intentionally rude phrase “they just die like dogs” are Trump and Trump’s supporters, who, unlike Masha Gessen, know that after using a nuclear weapon on either side, blaming for the destruction of the world will do a Judge who draws information not from “New Yorker” and not from “New York Times”, not to mention its name by night, but from the fact that he himself is the Truth and does not need the media to tell Him whether Russia used nuclear weapons first or in response on aggression, the target of which it has become.

    Thus, this analysis is the first practical application of the Theory of World Projects, which Vladimir Putin seems to be familiar with, since it was pointless to involve this argument with Hillary – the old woman is sure that she has a cushy job and a warm place in Hell (may be too warm) for her to give a damn.

    But Bolton and Trump have something to think about now – Bolton in Moscow, and Trump in Washington. Although the INF treaty is doomed in any case – the limitation of strategic weapons is not important in itself, and it makes sense to save them only for concluding a new comprehensive treaty on friendship and cooperation between Russia and the United States, the time of which I think has not yet come.

    • michael October 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

      You could greatly benefit by adopting the following principle:
      perfection is not achieved when there is nothing left to add but instead when there is nothing left to be stripped away.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 4:23 am #

        Are you subjecting to literary criticism the message board post? Well, well…

        Have you visited the ZeroHedge lately? You may find a much more fertile ground there.

  36. JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm #


    JHK rants against disruptions of the Common Culture which I totally agree with, he wants concentration on coming together instead of the divide and conquer attributes of the Deep State.

    He used to be a Democrat then the Democratic Party went insane. Too bad, also, because a lot of climate and social issues need the Leftist viewpoint, but in their quest for power alone the Dem leadership has betrayed their constituency for the ult Left. Guilty party? Bernie.

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    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      poor Bernie

      don’t u feel bad for that guy?

      he tows the party line this whole time, and what does he get in return?

      the intellectual equivalent of the gulag..

      I actually kinda feel bad for the poor fella…

  37. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Styxhex did a good video on this topic today:


    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

      styxhex is a pretty smart, dude. I don’t always agree with him, but he has some good points.

  38. RocketDoc October 22, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    Next month I am going to the debutante ball in my small southern town and I don’t believe I will meet or talk with one person that knows what CFN is or that collapse is occurring. It will be black tie for 800 friends and acquaintances similar to when my own daughter was presented in 2009. It’s a fundraiser for the symphony, the girls are sophomores in college and having been to fraternity keg parties at University, are not naive. It began in 1958 and has obviously “changed” but it will be a very nice party and celebrate the well to do in our town. I have been a collapsnik for 10+ years but the world is not ending yet. There will be no gender fluidity on display.
    JHK is not a fan of us southern rednecks but we will keep on keeping the main thing the main thing until the ATMs close and then we will cope (or unlock the gun safes…..)

    • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm #


    • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

      USA is being ruined. Collapsenik, 12 years ago the world had a billion less resource needy mouths.

      • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

        Then it sounds like they need this baby-inhibiting behavior in the third world. Meanwhile we need to start acting “right” here :-)!

      • RocketDoc October 22, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

        I spent 5 years in the 1970’s in DC trying to change the political conversation from Soviet, Soviet, Soviet to the world’s poorest billion people and their future. That was before there were 4 billion of us. But Reagan had Morning in America and a return to Mayberry in mind. So now we have the biggest f…ing army on the planet and not a clue…. We ruined ourselves, the immigrants are generally an improvement. It won’t work of course but it often seems to me that they appreciate what we have more than we do.

        • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

          To me the immigrants at this time appear to be very entitled and think they can come here and tell us what they want and what they will take. I say hells to the no, keep em all out! Why are other countries not responsible for their own development and future? We are not God – we don’t have to take care of everybody.

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

            So basically they are scum as far as I am concerned. To desecrate out flag and carry theirs! It is an invasion.

        • Tate October 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

          They appreciate us so much that they paint swastikas on our flag before burning it as they march toward our southern border demanding to be let i.

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

            Oops my reply to you is above lol! I am having a blond day ;-).

          • RocketDoc October 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

            Perhaps it will work. Asking politely and standing in line at the consulate probably won’t. They actually are not “immigrants”, yet. You are probably right that poor people will take whatever you offer them. But we are generalizing–many work hard–some are Willie Sutton’s–“I seen my opportunities and I took ’em”. Currently we take 1 million immigrants a year. The foreign born population is 14%. I am OK with this “number” but I am not OK with the immigration system that IS broken and COULD BE fixed…..

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

            I say let’s pause immigration entirely for a while. Who will that hurt?

  39. SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    So forgive me for my Monday morning blond moment but why does this stuff matter again (yawning…)? Big Daddy is in the peoples’ house so really what could go wrong?!

  40. SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    Did you see that our amazing President is one step ahead and alerted the military since the invaders are still coming? Gosh now He is an amazing Leader!

    • Georges1202 October 22, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Yes, the Dear Leader! Nothing puts the old chill into a NYC real-estate con-man’s heart than the idea of 10,000 unwashed coming up from ‘Where?’

      Worse than the killer bees.

      • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        But it is still his money ;-). He is awesome at chess!

    • BuckP October 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      If our MIC performs as well as it did in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, these poor huddled masses of Hondourans with nothing more than the clothes on their back will walk right in.
      Where did America’s heart go? Well, I don’t think she ever had one! FDR wouldn’t let the the Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s genocide disembark from their get-away ships. Jim Crow? Native American genocide? Standing Rock? Ludlow massacre? Kent State? wedding parties murdered in Pakistan by US drones?Highway of Death?……..
      BTW, Who is responsible for turning Central America into an impoverished killing field? One guess–

      • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

        Ah, so you basically hate America (at least from what I am hearing). Nothing good to say about the country at all? If that is the case shouldn’t you try to find a country/culture that more closely fits your values?

        • Georges1202 October 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

          America as an idea is gone.

          Maybe it never was a good one at that. A country that still respects itself would never allow a 2-bit shyster piece of shit like Trump to go anywhere near the White House.

          It’s the end game now. The rich will take all they can until they are strung up.

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

            Ok so the last thing you said I feel. The rich have done a lot of destruction. We also need to look at who they are all connected to.

        • BuckP October 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

          I bet you stand for the anthem at a ball game with a beer in one ahn and a plate of nachos in other and call yourself patriotic! Disgusted and disappointed in my country, yes. Tired of $800 billion wasted on defense.while our healthcare is the most expensive and least efficient in the world and getting worse. $600/month for insulin is bull shit. Asset stripping of the citizery, hollowing of the middle class, out of control racketerring, corruption, too much dark money in politics, jailing of whistleblowers, silencing of dissidents on the internet, Patriot act, SCAD’s (state crimes against democracy), ZIRP which killed savers, drone killings of innocents and on and on. We can be better but I don’t know if we ever will!
          “Patritism is the last refuge of the scoundall” _
          Samuel Johnson (maybe

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

            I have zero interest in sports and only hear about it when the men in my life are talking lol. I don’t like beer either because the taste is totally gross. Nachos I can only do sparingly as I have a figure to keep under control. I agree with you on a lot of these problems though. Don’t you think since things are so bad that we need a drastic solution? I am not understanding why patriotism is bad. Seems pretty necessary if we are a country. Please do educate me.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

            For your entertainment, about standing for the flag, from India:


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            Girl Reporter

          • BuckP October 23, 2018 at 2:26 am #

            To SoftStarLight
            “Corporate capitalism, which has destroyed our democracy, has given unchecked power to the uber-rich. And once we understand the pathologies of these oligarchic elites, it is easy to chart our future. The state apparatus the uber-rich controls now exclusively serves their interests. They are deaf to the cries of the dispossessed. They empower those institutions that keep us oppressed—the security and surveillance systems of domestic control, militarized police, Homeland Security and the military—and gut or degrade those institutions or programs that blunt social, economic and political inequality, among them public education, health care, welfare, Social Security, an equitable tax system, food stamps, public transportation and infrastructure, and the courts. The uber-rich extract greater and greater sums of money from those they steadily impoverish. And when citizens object or resist, they crush or kill them.” — Chris Hedges @truthdig.com.

            Also, based on false flag psyops like 9/11, 7/7 and phony WMD accusations, we kill people, usually Mislims, all over the world. Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winnersure loved those drones. These are war crimes and because we are the biggest fish in the pond, we are not held accountable. BTW, OBL was never wanted for the 9/11 attacks just theembassy bombings in Africa. The taliban said they would turn him over if proof of his involvement in 9/11 was provided. Subsequently, no proof was provided. We invaded and have been in Afghanistan for 17 years.
            Maybe, when we take our country back from all these aforementioned bastards, I’ll feel like being patriotic again!

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 9:14 am #

            Thanks BuckP. I actually agree with you on most everything that you said. I always thought that 9/11 was in inside job and we should have never gotten entangled in Afghanistan. Honestly, we really should not get entangled anywhere unless we are directly threatened and of course its undeniable. That is why I like the America First approach of Trump. But he is one man and there are so many traitors everywhere working against him and us every day. I do understand your frustrations as I often get down when thinking about these things. However, maybe I am wrong but I feel like we may actually have an opportunity now to stop this. I hope you are politically active!

      • Tate October 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

        “Who is responsible for turning Central America into an impoverished killing field? One guess–”

        Central Americans, of course. But being class-stratified societies heavily based on race, that’s only to be expected. We can expect the same for ourselves as we import their permanent underclass.

        • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

          “Central Americans, of course.”

          Shee-it yeah! Whole goddamned continent is full of messikins….

          • Tate October 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

            My point seems to have completely eluded you.

          • elysianfield October 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

            I understood your point…but sometimes I cannot help myself.

            “Central Americans, of course” might be a bit superficial. I would expect that “Central Americans”, like everyone else, would like peace and prosperity…and a civil existence, and would be capable of providing for themselves save external issues.

          • Tate October 24, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

            i get tired of people blaming everything on America. That’s why I said that. Sure, American capitalists had a hand in their misery.

        • capt spaulding October 22, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

          There’s no need to import. We are busily creating our own underclass, on just racial grounds, and soon to expand into the economic class. The industrial jobs that made the middle class are gone, notice how prosperous China has become? They’re building a bigger and better navy too, another sign of money to burn. It all ends with the collapse of America, and the crowning of China.

      • BornToKillPeace October 25, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

        Concerning the heart; the American people didn’t “do” those things. N.A. genocide is the only one listed that wasn’t entirely propelled by a Propaganda-Media + Corporate,+ Gov virus, and to that we need not judge a people(s-) (which century-region?) as divorced from our contemporary experiences and arrangements.

        I’d imagine they would look back and sense us the fools anyways.

  41. BuckP October 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    This whole issue seems to be over bathroom usage. Most buildings and arenas now have one-holers for privacy. Whatever happened to common sense? Oh, I forgot, it is now in short supply because everthing is an issue today.
    Meanwhile, while our, state of the art F-35’s, are grounded, Putin just announced that Russia has developed hypersonic ICBM’s, which our ABM system is defenseless against, and nuclear-powered torpedoes armed with a 50 megaton nuclear weapon at the tip, which would cause a radioactive tsunami. He said these weapons would only be used if Russia was attacked first (kind of a Doomsday option). With nuclear-armed NATO members closing in around them who can blame them.The Russians did all this with 8.5% of the USA’s military budget. So much for the American hawks first strike option going back to General Curtis lemay.
    Putin also said the American empire, in place because of the fiat dollar being the world’s reserve currency and the threatening presence of the world’s largest military, is near an end because they have made too many mistakes. Russia, China, Iran and the EU are implementing an alternative to the SWIfT system, which the USA frequently uses as a hammer.
    The Chinese invented chess but the Russians perfected it . They are the grand masters and that requires patience. We, here in America, have no patience, we want it all now and to hell with the future. We drive fast, eat fast, golf fast, screw fast, work fast and live fast. The rest of the planet seems to have grown weary of our arrogance and domination.
    Common sense or not, winter is coming!

    • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

      Well that is because Yankees run everything lol ;-).

  42. Opie October 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    This John Derbyshire quote sums it up perfect.

    “Nothing matters to these people but power: not our institutions, not our laws and customs,
    not out history, not our Constitution, not truth or falsehood, not science or reason, not decency or respect,
    only Lenin’s who-whom—whose boot is stomping on whose face?
    They are determined that it shall be their boot, our face; and in their view, every means is legitimate to bring that about.”

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    • Georges1202 October 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

      It’s a species failure. If humanity had some kind of DNA coding reboot where we could actually say at some point, “Enough” – then there might be a chance.

      But one look at Jared ‘The Butler’ Kushner and you know it’s pretty much over.

      • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

        Why do you hate Jared?

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

          He doesn’t hate Jared. He is just repeating what everybody around him says. He can not think for himself, sooo he just poses as smart by echoing what he considers smart people would say.

          It is a pretty common coping mechanism. A lot of sociopaths also mimic normal behavior to pass as normal. And people who are stupid, and can’t think, mimic those who aren’t and can’t. I bet you Old Georges walks around the park with a volume of Dostoyevsky in his hand. Or maybe Godel, Escher, and Bach.

          If Georges1202 lived 100 years ago, he would have been busting up saloons and preaching about the dangers of alcohol and dance hall girls.

          If he had lived 80 years ago in Germany, he would be making bad comments about the Jews. (Which, come to think of it, he is also doing in 2018! But, I digress.)

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          Girl Reporter

          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

            Wow no doubt! I also said a while back that Georges was jealous of Trump and I think he is. I think a lot of men really are but they don’t want to admit it :-). That is just my take but what do I know.

          • Georges1202 October 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

            I am become humble. The destroyer of hubris.

          • elysianfield October 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

            “I am become humble. The destroyer of hubris.”


          • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

            That is poetic :-).

  43. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    Talking about how America got to where it is today, vis a vis the SJW and gender confusion stuff, here is a transcript of the Bezmenov Interview youtube video I posted above in response to Green Alba. I have bolded some of the best stuff.
    In entertaining and concise language, KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov – who was a foreign correspondent for Soviet media in the West and a KGB officer who defected to Canada- lays out the process of ideological subversion using Marxist ideas that the United States has gone through over the last 50 years. This transcript is from 1984:

    Bezmenov: Ideological subversion is the process, which is legitimate, overt, and open; you can see it with your own eyes. All you have to do, all American mass media has to do, is to unplug their bananas from their ears, open up their eyes, and they can see it. There is no mystery. [It has] nothing to do with espionage. I know that espionage intelligence-gathering looks more romantic. It sells more deodorants through the advertising, probably. That’s why your Hollywood producers are so crazy about James Bond-type of thrillers.

    But in reality, the main emphasis of the KGB is not in the area of intelligence at all. According to my opinion and [the] opinion of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower [are] spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process, which we call either ‘ideological subversion,’ or ‘active measures’— in the language of the KGB—or ‘psychological warfare.’ What it basically means is, to change the perception of reality, of every American, to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country.

    It’s a great brainwashing process, which goes very slow[ly] and is divided [into] four basic stages. The first one [is] demoralization; it takes from 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years which [is required] to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, exposed to the ideology of the enemy. In other words, Marxist-Leninist ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged, or counter-balanced by the basic values of Americanism (American patriotism).

    The result? The result you can see. Most of the people who graduated in the sixties (drop-outs or half-baked intellectuals) are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, [and the] educational system. You are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them. They are contaminated; they are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind[s], even if you expose them to authentic information, even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still cannot change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words, these people… the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To [rid] society of these people, you need another twenty or fifteen years to educate a new generation of patriotically-minded and common sense people, who would be acting in favor and in the interests of United States society.

    Griffin: And yet these people who have been ‘programmed,’ and as you say [are] in place and who are favorable to an opening with the Soviet concept… these are the very people who would be marked for extermination in this country?

    Bezmenov: Most of them, yes. Simply because the psychological shock when they will see in [the] future what the beautiful society of ‘equality’ and ‘social justice’ means in practice, obviously they will revolt. They will be very unhappy, frustrated people, and the Marxist-Leninist regime does not tolerate these people. Obviously they will join the leagues of dissenters (dissidents).

    Unlike in [the] present United States there will be no place for dissent in future Marxist-Leninist America. Here you can get popular like Daniel Ellsberg and filthy-rich like Jane Fonda for being ‘dissident,’ for criticizing your Pentagon. In [the] future these people will be simply [squashing sound] squashed like cockroaches. Nobody is going to pay them nothing for their beautiful, noble ideas of equality. This they don’t understand and it will be [the] greatest shock for them, of course.

    The demoralization process in [the] United States is basically completed already. For the last 25 years… actually, it’s over-fulfilled because demoralization now reaches such areas where previously not even Comrade Andropov and all his experts would even dream of such a tremendous success. Most of it is done by Americans to Americans, thanks to [a] lack of moral standards.

    As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures; even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him [a] concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it, until he [receives] a kick in his fat-bottom. When a military boot crashes his… then he will understand. But not before that. That’s the [tragedy] of the situation of demoralization.

    So basically America is stuck with demoralization and unless… even if you start right now, here, this minute, you start educating [a] new generation of American[s], it will still take you fifteen to twenty years to turn the tide of ideological perception of reality back to normalcy and patriotism.

    The next stage is destabilization. This time [the] subverter does not care about your ideas and the patterns of your consumption; whether you eat junk food and get fat and flabby doesn’t matter any more. This time—and it takes only from two to five years to destabilize a nation—what matters [are] essentials: economy, foreign relations, [and] defense systems. And you can see it quite clearly that in some areas, in such sensitive areas as defense and [the] economy, the influence of Marxist-Leninist ideas in [the] United States is absolutely fantastic. I could never believe it fourteen years ago when I landed in this part of the world that the process [would have gone] that fast.

    The next stage, of course, is crisis. It may take only up to six weeks to bring a country to the verge of crisis…

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    Girl Reporter

    • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

      Not taking sides here, but you do realize that in the spy vs spy game disinformation and counter-disinformation is used by both sides to confuse and counter-confuse everyone involved. In other words, while the mass media ideological subversion part of your post seems to be incontrovertible, the attribution of it to the Soviets/Russians by a known KGB defector would seem to be a little… suspect to say the least. The CIA has long had the same goal for Americans itself.

      Other than that, party on Squeezy! You seem to be taking this “Girl Reporter’ thing to heart!

    • malthuss October 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

      Physical aspects,

      Fast Food

      —feel free to add to list.

    • If the Soviets were so good at augury why couldn’t they avoid the crack-up?

      This stuff is complete horseshit- one would expect to read out of the pamphlets advertised in the back of Popular Mechanics in the 1970s

      Its the junk Glenn Beck recycled in the 2000s

      • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

        >>> If the Soviets were so good at augury why couldn’t they avoid the crack-up?

        You know you’re gonna die. What are you doing about it?

      • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

        Some more “infernal truthiness,” eh? On the other hand, who’s cracking up now? Oh that’s right, you read the NYT and they say everything’s fine, other than Trump.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      The guy was just telling you the contents of the Russian Thriller “The Eternal Call”, – the Dulles’ Plan, but in reverse:

      The “plan”, written in the form of a villain’s exposition, describes how the United States will destroy the Soviet (Russian) people from within by means of a “fifth column” seeking to corrupt basic cultural values of the Soviet society.

      This is to be accomplished by subverting the carriers of this culture (literature, theaters and cinema) to promote violence, depravity and other vices. In addition, these agents will work to plunge the governmental structure into chaos, bureaucracy and corruption, as well as sow nationalism, ethnic hatred and mistrust among the general populace.


      Nothing personal, even a turned spy needs to make a buck or two.

      • Ol' Scratch October 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm #


    • PeteAtomic October 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      the full interview on youtube is interesting

  44. Since the New York Times, and quality print journalism is my favorite subject, I appreciate the criticism, but lets make sure all these wonderful commenters know what we are talking about here:


    Well, there it is. The transgender stuff is on the right side, single column, above the fold.

    If the question is, why is it newsworthy? Rather than some cock-eyed propagandistic stunt, I suppose its because the Chief Executive has propounded on the subject, is purporting to propose legislation. The subject has been a Big Deal since as far back as 2014-16, (the bathroom wars?). Its big news of public interest *shrugs*. By the way what did our host think of the rest of the A-1 page? Take a look at that full color photo of the river of humanity coming our way.

    The proposal comes from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, run by a Trump appointee, Alex Azar. Alex was one of those beltway yuppie republican lawyers who hung out with the likes of Brett Kavanaugh and Ken Starr. You can look him up on wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Azar)

    Specially, he believes unborn fetuses are something the government needs to have power over. Azar opposes abortion rights. Azar is a fetus’s best friend- if a fetus could think, and wasn’t a meat vegetable with zero conscious awareness.

    As for Mommy and Daddy issues, they were always a feature of human existence, but clearly, public transgenderism is new, or at least, newly visible. Its not new. Men have been dressing up in women’s clothes since time immemorial. Folding this into the Mommy and Daddy issues doesn’t create more light than heat. Sex is always hot, always roiling, always complex.

    The cold fact is some people want some degree of self-declarative prerogative in terms of the official status of gender. Seeing as how this doesn’t affect me in the slightest, I have to wonder why anyone would care. Its propriety, pure and simple.

    We should, instead of “Male” and “Female” bathrooms, just have “Penises” and “Non-Penises”, which is the strict line of demarcation we are really talking about.

    Its the Dick that is threatening, not the makeup or the dress. Dicks rape, Dicks fly out menacingly from Brett Kavanaugh’s zipper- Dicks are dangerous. Dicks need to be kept out of sight, out of earshot, out of mind, and certainly, out of public conversation lest the impropriety threaten the guileless minds of young Christian children.

    Female anti-rape activists have a point when they argue against males identifying as female, being allowed into “women’s” locker rooms and bathrooms. Its the menacing Dick again.

    So why not just switch sex from Male or Female to just Dick/No Dick? And let the gender chips fall where they may.

  45. Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

    >> So why not just switch sex from Male or Female to just Dick/No Dick?

    Because that’s not good enough for libtards like Elrond. They want transgenders to have the right to chose whatever bathroom they desire at any time according to their feelings and emotions. Nevermind what the 99.5% want; transgenders alone get to dictate national bathroom policy at the expense of everyone else.

    • They’re clamoring to be categorized, not appointed bathroom czar. Thats the title our esteemed HHS chief is going for apparently. I suppose it is in his wheelhouse- strage to say for a former big Pharma exec whose prior wheelhouse was raising prescription drug prices.

      Say, didn’t Trump make some campaign promises about them drug prices?

      • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

        >>> They’re clamoring to be categorized, not appointed bathroom czar.

        No—they’re clamoring for special privileges. Under liberals they get them. For example, Obamacare forces everyone to pay gender reassignment premiums despite the fact that 99.5% of us don’t want it and will never use it. Elrond would argue it’s a benefit for us all! In reality, it’s all of us being forced to pay for the gender bender surgeries of 0.5% of the nation. I’m sure all of us would love to force 99.5% of the country to subsidize our medical lifestyle choices, too.

        • “Obamacare forces everyone to pay gender reassignment premiums despite the fact that 99.5% of us don’t want it and will never use it.”

          Well, the mandate is gone, so, you don’t have to buy an Obamacare insurance plan. You can get private insurance or none at all, but in any case, with any insurance, you’ll be paying for other people’s problems. If you have a pre-existing condition, the taxpayer-supported Medicare is sometimes, I think, a more affordable option. Thats why its called the “Affordable” care act.

          Everyone has been paying for gender reassignment surgery since the advent of modern medical practice. Where ambiguity existed it was common- routine, even, to amputate one or the other sex organ of an infant, who was born that way. This created the sad situation of gender males having no penis or gendered females with a penis. It was rolling dice and pretending nothing happened.

          Just exercise a little Empathy and you’ll see that while this is a real medical condition, its essential to treat it in the right way.

          Given that unicorns in fact exist, in a manner of speaking, we should at least allow the possibility of an operation that could alleviate the private suffering of an individual, and not deny him a procedure that could limit his ability to be a productive citizen. Such an insurance system would unfairly burden a small proportion of people paying into the insurance premium pool.

          “Transexuality” is contingent on being a matter of private pain- not a disability in and of itself, and only if it is untreated private pain.

          I’d love to hold everyone in the world back from the tattoo needle and the gauge-holer, but sometimes amputation is required for people to feel whole. Its a small snip, many men have had it.

          Hormone regimens are a standardized therapy, like diabetic care which is supplied to millions of Americans.

          • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

            >>> but in any case, with any insurance, you’ll be paying for other people’s problems.

            Perhaps. But you’ll be paying for other people’s problems that you yourself may potentially or even likely experience. Forcing 95.5% of the population to pay for the gender reassignment surgeries of the 0.5% is nothing more than a subsidy to the transgender at taxpayer expense.

            >>> Just exercise a little Empathy and you’ll see that while this is a real medical condition

            Wrong. It’s not a medical condition. A “man trapped inside a woman’s body” or vice-versa faces no immediate, intermediate, or long term health issues whatsoever. Are they unhappy? Perhaps. Just as millions of women are who feel like their breasts are too big, or not big enough. How about we fund everyone’s mastopexy, otoplasty, rhytidectomy, abdominoplasty, liposuction, etc.?. The world is awash in people unhappy with their bodies. But that doesn’t create in me an obligation to sacrifice myself or my family. If you want to sacrifice yours, go right ahead.

            >>> we should at least allow the possibility of an operation that could alleviate the private suffering of an individual

            Oh I’m not denying it or making it unlawful. I’m just not going to pay for it if I have any say over the matter.

            >>> but sometimes amputation is required for people to feel whole.

            Then I suggest these people SAVE UP just as the rest of us save up for our cosmetic surgeries to make us feel better about ourselves.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          Exscotticus: “They’re clamoring for special privileges.”

          False, and dealt with already. Next question.

          Exscotticus: “Obamacare forces everyone to pay gender reassignment premiums despite the fact that 99.5% of us don’t want it and will never use it. Elrond would argue it’s a benefit for us all!”

          Elrond would argue that you’ve just described insurance working the way it’s supposed to work. I’m going to bet you’ll never get endometriosis either. So let’s hear you piss and moan about all those greedy women getting treatment, on your dime, for something else that doesn’t apply to you.

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

            No—Elrond—that’s not how insurance works. You have choices. You pay for insurance that’s relevant to you. A law that requires everyone to purchase gender reassignment insurance they’ll never use is nothing more than a taxpayer subsidy for a tiny fractional minority.

            There are all kinds of medical procedures for people who feel they’re “trapped” in the wrong body. There are skinny people “trapped” in fat bodies that want liposuction. There are beautiful people “trapped” in ugly bodies that want cosmetic surgery. Guess what? The ACA doesn’t cover any of it.

            The ACA was written and enacted by liberals without a single conservative vote. It was shoved through with all the pork and special interest handouts to their favored classes that they could muster. And this is why we all subsidize fringe transgender lifestyles while completely ignoring common things that inevitably ail us all.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

            Exscotticus, since I enjoy the benefits of a universal medicare system that largely relieves me of the shortcomings of privatized health insurance, this is more idle curiosity on my part than anything else. But I’d like to know — assuming you have private coverage, not Medicare, and in fact that you have coverage at all — how relevant, really, do you feel the coverage you have is to your needs? And I don’t mean just your anticipated medical needs, I mean your needs as a human being.

            To my way of thinking, private medical insurance is a protection racket, plain and simple. Instead of mafia-like overt threats (“Nice legs you got there, shame if they got broken”), the racket leverages the inherent, unavoidable risk that comes with simply being alive, into a shakedown. The system is built from the ground up to use your needs and your fears against you. And yet, you reflexively defend the system that is swindling you — at least, that’s how I read your proclamation that you only want to pay for insurance that’s relevant to you. By design, the system you live in cultivates your fear of being cheated somehow, uses that fear to pull off the greatest swindle of them all, and has you blaming trans people for it. I’m telling you, without heat: from my point of view you’re suffering from Stockholm syndrome.

          • Exscotticus October 24, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

            >>> But I’d like to know… how relevant, really, do you feel the coverage you have is to your needs? And I don’t mean just your anticipated medical needs, I mean your needs as a human being.

            Elrond, I don’t expect any insurance to handle my “needs as a human being”. I honestly don’t even know what that means.

            Getting back to a medical context, I don’t need many things I’m required by law to have. I don’t need: shrinks, infertility treatments, sex change operations, autism spectrum disorder treatment, drug rehab, etc.

            It’s like forcing someone who drives a subcompact to purchase tractor trailer insurance. Who does that benefit? Obviously those with tractor trailers, since their premiums are being subsidized by those who will never use the insurance.

            Do you have horse insurance? What? Don’t have a horse and never will? What if your government forced you to buy horse insurance anyway?

            An amazing thing happens when you remove all the special interest pork from the ACA. Suddenly, you have more competition and dramatically lower costs. And the only losers are the big monopolistic companies that want as much regulation as possible (to avoid competition). And of course all those previously subsidized special interest groups that will now have to save up for their cosmetic surgery—just like the rest of us.

  46. pedal pusher October 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Its the Phthalates, stupid!

    I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again because its worth discussing, researching and sharing:

    There’s a growing body of evidence linking industrial environmental poisoning to the sexual identity circus of late. An interesting statistic I saw recently stated that sperm count is down by 50% across much of the western world over the last 50 years, which coincides with the “plastics revolution”.

    • That doesn’t even scratch the surface bro.

      “Of the nearly 4,000 food additives evaluated in a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost two-thirds have never been tested for their toxicity after being eaten.” Page A-3, New York Times, Oct. 21, 2018

      Saunter down to the American Chemistry Society annual convention and you’ll discover 1,001 amazing novel molecules without any regulatory oversight being created for sale every year, as they have been every year for 50 years.

      PBDEs, PCBs, DDTs, all that good stuff that comes in Barrels…

      The think about toxins is, the smaller the body the greater the burden, the smaller the dose to reach equivalent LD50. So you got those little kids crawling around, they tend to breath in and swallow a higher concentration of particles being so close to the ground. Whats there? All the usual stuff- arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, asbestos- the closer you live to a highway, the worse off you are.

      Toxic burden is real and far more pervasive than anyone wants to believe.

      • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

        >>> the closer you live to a highway, the worse off you are.

        In the USA, small piston-engine aircraft continue to use leaded “avgas” and enjoy both criminal and civil immunity for its use.

        • This is exactly the kind of fact a sane person blocks from consciousness just to make it through the day.

          Thinking about it, clearly, a rationalization had to be made at every step from mining to production to distribution to use. Today, the equivalent pollution is carbon dioxide.

    • pequiste October 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

      In addition to phthalates that you correctly mention P.P.; let’s not fail to include the spectrum of pharmaceuticals that are constantly and incorrectly disposed of by flushing into potable water systems everywhere; including antidepressants, psychotropics, and hormone-altering birth control pills.

      A most devilish brew of chemicals that humans ever unwittingly consumed.

      But not to worry, those of you who fail to sit in on your local jurisdiction’s water quality board monthly meetings: adding a few tankers worth of chlorine and fluoride daily will make it all better.


      • A brief history of humanity:

        Pollute in situ.



        • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

          A very succinct statement of a great truth. It is what led humans to spread over the glide. An analogy is a virus that uses up its host and moves on.

          The real danger to us is the fact that there is no longer any room to move onto. We have to deal with diminishing resources and increasing competition. Welcome to the 21st century..

        • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

          Oh please! Try…

          Overpopulate in situ.



          You liberals have a serious deficiency when it comes to personal responsibility.

          • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

            You are so right!

  47. wm5135 October 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    “The dishonesty at work here ought to impress those observing the slow-motion collapse of culture in the USA.”

    AMEN! of course there was no shortage of informed powers of the day that were just as sure that Copernicus and Galileo were mad as hatters.

    State of the Union? Clusterfucknation commentary. The recent influx of posters here only reinforces…..

    “The dishonesty at work here ought to impress those observing the slow-motion collapse of culture in the USA.”

    not quite Cartesian but:: – If I refuse to measure it, it does not exist.
    not quite empirical for that matter either. I think therefore your rights and perception do not exist.

    The illusion of intelligence is over rated. Being an old man I can remember when there were Cardinal Virtues. I got mine was not one of the Cardinal Virtues. “and all of this will be yours if you will worship me” — never give a sucker an even break.

    The dishonesty at work here ought to impress those observing the slow-motion collapse of the pursuit of human nobility.

    • America changed “nobility” to “ability”- being one of the first nations to successfully systematise education.

      The mistake, I think, was making it compulsory. OR, at least I think making it non-compulsory would enhance its function- the pursuit of human ability.

      The Virtues should show the way, but “virtue” isn’t even in common parlance anymore.

  48. Pucker October 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

    “It’s exactly what turned the governments of the Bolsheviks and the Nazis into killing machines. It’s Kafka’s nightmare of the murderous bureaucratic state that disposes with the rule-of-law.”

    I used to read Kafkaesque books about Totalitarian societies, and it all seemed so unreal. Not anymore…..

    Boy Scout Motto: “Be Prepared.”

    “A person who is not inwardly prepared for the use of violence against him is always weaker than the person committing the violence.”

    “The Gulag Archipelago”, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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  49. Pucker October 22, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    Lost in Translation….

    This is a job for Chazman.

    Do you remember the story about the desperate woman who was trapped under the car with leaking gasoline? Since Superman and Spider-Man were busy, they called “Pussy Finger Man”.

    PFM arrived on the scene and declared: “Everything’s going to be ok.”

    After a brief pause, the trapped woman started shouting: “What-the-Hell are you doing?!” She burned up in a horrible fire. The city government later declared that it was all some big misunderstanding.

  50. Pucker October 22, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    I met a woman who works for a New York Bank recently. She said that in her son’s high school in New York, the students have to declare their gender, and they have separate restrooms for transgenders. I was aghast. The society is losing its marbles.

    I mentioned to her Chris Hedges new book and the book “The Fourth Age” about the development of AI. I said that in addition to all of the spiritual and mental pathologies spawned by economic collapse of the middle class discussed in Hedges book, “America: A Farewell Tour” (of which Trump is a manifestation) that the rapidly accelerating pace of Artificial Intelligence development would literally drive people MAD as it will challenge what it means to be human.

    • No doubt you’re right. I don’t see any way that A.I. won’t insert itself in between every conceivable human interaction.

      Chris Hedges’s oratory sounds like something out of the 19th century- or Martin Luther King Jr…. Maybe we’ll have A.I. that properly chastises us for the mess of things we’ve made- hm, not good.

      Its likely that an A.I., fed with the corpus (complete literary history) of a person would be able to functionally simulate a person’s life. And those meta-persons will tell us things we’ll doubt and misbelieve.

      • capt spaulding October 22, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

        Read “Rise of the Robots” by Martin Ford. It’s intelligently written, and well researched. Available at your local library.

        • Pucker October 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

          I’ve already read it.

          • capt spaulding October 23, 2018 at 8:04 am #

            What did you think?

  51. pequiste October 22, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    My favourite Kafka tale is “The Penal Colony”.

    A brutal capital punishment that matches or exceeds the crime. Comes with a free tattoo too! (How man trendy-persons, trans-persons, BDSM-inclined persons, etc. will opt for one voluntarily?)

    Thought crimes, which the Evil Fuckers are joyously ever pushing for via the media, politicians, and courts that they control, will soon carry such penalties. Calling a man “a man” shall, in the near future, be proscribed and if someone rats you out: WHOA NELLY. Then it will be off to Room 101 for you, subject, and your meeting with O’Brien.

  52. Pucker October 22, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    The accelerating pace of AI development may outstrip current systems, such as Private Equity, for investing in, marketizing, and getting a high rate of return on investment? Capitalism implodes as AI may consider money as just another human “Myth”. (See Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari )

    • GhostOfHam October 22, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

      I read this pertinent essay today.

      The End Goal Of Western Progressivism Is Depopulation


      • Sure, it sounds good. And he’s even got some facts right. But the way he rationalizes the connections reveals that he is a conspiracy theorist and nothing more.

        • GhostOfHam October 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

          What is the “the way” in which “he rationalizes the connections”?

          • Well, for starters, the replacement population rate that had fallen to below 2.1 by 1980, was before this kid was even alive, and although he believes that “Western Progressivism” was the cause, economics proved to be, and in every country- every single country- replacement rate is inversely correlated to per capita income. The things that are concomitant with that, like education, health care, and so forth, are the real driver, not “Western Progressivism”.

            To see a society outside the ostensible domain of “Western Progressivism” that is observable and well documented, try the Amish sects of America. There you’ll find infant mortality and life expectancy lower than the average, per capita income much lower, and much higher fecundity.

            Mr. Roosh is on a power trip, selling books through his bloggy site. Hes shucking and jiving- nothing wrong with that. But keep it in mind, once you know who your customers are, you don’t stop feeding them their favorite bullshit.

  53. Kiashu October 22, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

    “The Left’s main beef these days is that Mr. Trump is in the White House, signifying that Daddy’s in the House, an intolerable condition. The Left is desperate to get rid of that particular Daddy and Daddyism per se and altogether. Daddyism represents rules and boundaries.”

    Trump represents rules and boundaries? Seriously?

    • JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

      Compared to his predecessors he is Big Daddy. The Left has no concept of law and order.

  54. JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

    Do not take the caravan lightly. The globalist Liberals are daring Trump to enforce the border. Tonight’s count was 14000, which means recruiting is going on in Mexico. This whole thing is orchestrated by the Left.

    So Trump puts the military on the border, and not the National Guard. Remember the difference, the military is trained to kill and the Guard to maintain order. If someone in the Left does not stop this invasion, I foresee bloodshed. If Antifa tries to interfere it could be the beginning of the long forecast civil war.

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    • Exscotticus October 22, 2018 at 11:12 pm #

      I can’t imagine what the Left is thinking. This caravan is a gift from heaven to Republicans. Nothing will bring out the conservative vote more than a lawless invasion army of migrants heading for our borders.

      • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 11:49 pm #

        Mostly young military age men with some women and children thrown in to ellicit emotions of sympathy and guilt for enforcing our border. How many times do we have to do this? ISIS is likely within their ranks.

        • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 10:21 am #

          Looking over the reported imagery, it almost seems like they’re using women and children as shields. That sounds about right for this class of people…

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 10:43 am #

            They are – they always like to use girls and babies as shields and for the water works factor.

        • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 10:35 am #

          ISIS? From Honduras? Please do elaborate…

          Is this a Catholic ISIS that I haven’t heard about?

          Not, I hasten to add, that I don’t see overwhelming floods of people all arriving at once from another country as problematic for you, but…ISIS?

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 10:48 am #

            Here is some info on it but you can also just do a search and come up with much more info.


            Islamic prayer rugs and prayer beads are often found on ranches where migrants come through. This has been in the news for several years now.

            The Islamic term for takeover via migration is Hijra (Arabic) or Hegira (Latin).

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

            @GreenAlba, I haven’t heard any reports of ISIS being caught at the USA southern border. But I have read reports of invaders coming from as far away as Bangladesh. If there’s a human trafficking pipeline that extends all the way to Southeast Asia, then ANYONE can come in. I don’t understand the argument that, because we haven’t stopped anyone with nukes at the border, that it can’t possibly happen.

            The day terrorists manage to slip in, liberals will be the first to claim that it was a collective “failure of our imagination”/ Except that it isn’t. Conservatives are demanding the border be secured. Liberals want open borders. Conservatives have learned the lessons of 9/11; liberals haven’t.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

            And also just keep in mind that any good ISIS member is most likely going to act like a poor Christian refugee and will most likely learn Spanish since many could easily pass for Hispanic. We have to get out of our box and face the unconventional war being waged against us.

          • Tate October 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

            Anything to slow down the people’s awareness.

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm #


            I am neither advocating open borders (as I’ve said to you on more than one occasion) nor denying that terrorists of whatever persuasion could theoretically get in through those open borders that I have not advocated.

            The ISIS story sounded as if it needed some verification and it seems the far-right site promoting it is less than honest, as the details given in both links make fairly clear. That’s all.

          • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

            PS As I’ve also said before, I’m not a ‘liberal’, although I have ‘liberal’ views (small ‘l’) on some matters, while not on others.

            I prefer to make up my mind on individual issues and am not above changing it when the evidence makes this advisable.

    • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm #

      I think we could be getting close.

      • …. Clintonoids?

        • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 10:47 am #

          “…. Clintonoids?”

          Are they like blue haemorrhoids?

      • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 9:52 am #

        If I get your drift – which I may not – yes they would have all voted for Clinton. They are certainly all BLUE :-).

    • ozone October 23, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      Regarding this caravan (where are the camels?), your good buddy, Tate sez:

      ““At whose direction?” – (me, responding to brh implying it were evil lef’ists; me suggesting that would be just as plausible a ruse/ff by duh rightists.)

      “Who do you think? Knowing your ideological bent, you’re implying that there exists some top-level Republican conspiracy to let them through? Careful, the tin-foil should only be worn 16 hours a day, Lol.” – Tate

      As for me? I find entertainment in all of you beshitting your small clothes over this. What a bunch of querulous, terrified kiddies. I smell fear and reptilian “thinking”. Looking to trade liberty for security? You’re going to get what you’re asking for.
      May you live long.

      • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

        From what I have seen you love to throw insults but not much substance. Your arguments may be more attractive if you weren’t so pompous. You must live in an unreachable glass tower or gated community. Good for you. Glad you have YOUR security.

      • Tate October 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

        First, I’m not a “good buddy” of anybody here.

        Secondly, Ozone, I searched for the word ‘direction’ but I couldn’t find where BRH implied that the Left is ‘directing’ the ‘army’ or caravan or whatever you want to call it. I came up with zip so it appeared you were the originator of that idea (not that I would disagree with BRH if he did imply it.)

        And don’t pretend you’re above possessing a “reptilian brain.” Given that the olfactory bulbs connect directly to the “reptilian brain,” you might be revealing more than you realize when you say you “smell fear.” Because all of your high-sounding catch-phrases culled from the Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address & Emma Lazarus pome are going to be tested & soon.

        • ozone October 23, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

          Some mighty high-minded shit from someone with weak reading comprehension skills.

          “About this swarm of Central Americans moving north, in ‘Camp of Saints’ it was the Last Chance Armada. What we are witnessing now is the Last Chance Caravan. Has it been orchestrated to ‘interfere with our elections’ by lefty NGOs? Don’t know, and our MSM apparently isn’t really trying to find out. I think they are trying for another ‘Children ripped from the arms of their mother” meme to garner coveted ‘white women’ votes. But it may backfire. White women may look closely at photos of this spectacle and see thousands of swarthy, wild eyed young men trekking north and fearfully think ” … they are coming for my precious daughter.” — BRH

          Clear enough?
          Now you can proceed to give yourself a better scent and pomade by shitting in your hat and wearing it.

          May you live long enough to see your dreams come true!

          PS. (No disrespect to BRH a’tall; I happen to know he’s a “real-life” guy with his own opinions; but a respect for others’ that aren’t outside of personal liberties.)

          • Tate October 24, 2018 at 12:33 am #

            And how would you know what my dreams for the future are? Projection, perhaps.

            You are quite the flaneur aren’t you with your “find[ing] entertainment in all of you beshitting your small clothes over this.”

  55. JohnAZ October 22, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

    I heard so many Libs state they want to restore civility and American values. I guess their idea of both are Antifa, anarchy, mobs and the dissolution of the USA. Damn you hypocrites!

  56. SouthernYankee October 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    “It must be obvious that this all comes down to a vicious sort of sentimentality. It’s exactly what turned the governments of the Bolsheviks and the Nazis into killing machines. It’s Kafka’s nightmare of the murderous bureaucratic state that disposes with the rule-of-law.”

    JHK, I can certainly understand your concern. But I’m not so sure there is as much to fear as history suggests. Living here in the hinterlands of Florida I can attest to the fact the American people are heavily armed and prepared for battle. And I’m not at all convinced that local law enforcement or even the military, many members of which hail from flyover country, would be willing to fire upon the American people, many of whom resemble their own kin folk.

    No, I believe that the center will ultimately hold, even in the wake of the coming collapse. As for the margins, well for those who are too busy raising our families and building our communities to be involved with such exotic nonsense as you describe, we’ll just wait it out until said margin falls away like so much dross. And if the Liberal Left needs a little help transitioning into irrelevancy I’m sure there will be many down here who will be only too happy to help it along. (:

    • SoftStarLight October 22, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

      Lol I think you are right about all of that! The South is the one of the last holdouts of what’s left of real America.

      • SouthernYankee October 24, 2018 at 12:06 am #

        Yes indeed!

        • SoftStarLight October 24, 2018 at 9:11 am #

          There are a few Yankee transplants in my little town and it is funny because they are all SUPER conservative. Glad to have reinforcements :-)!

  57. trypillian October 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

    There’s a 5G network coming soon to a telephone pole near you. The high energy mm fifth generation wavelength to be universally deployed is akin to the airport body scanners. The power output averages about 10x current 4G, pun intended. This extreme energy will break molecular bonds including chromosomes. The several thousand diseases out there now have a catylst. Cancer rates will increase dramatically. Plus, now you have the ability to pass on your particular malady to future generations.( assuming that there actually will be a future as opposed to planetary extinction ). Local governments have no appeal; there is no choice. Political folly as James mentioned is the driver. The mm 5G wave has short range so they will be placed on every second electric pole, easily zapping fragile bodily organs. Scandinavian countries have barred 5G from schools, understanding the damage done. You are really f****d.

  58. malthuss October 22, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    Anonymous Rapparee said…

    …meanwhile in San Francisco.

    Chief Heather Fong (left), is the first SFPD female, lesbian chief of police.

    Theresa Sparks (center), a former male, is president of the San Francisco Police Commission, CEO of a multi-million dollar sex toy retailer, and a transgender woman.

    Sgt. Stephan Thorne (right), a former female, is the first transgender male SFPD police officer.

    Their Representative in Congress is (you guessed it) Nancy Pelosi.


    • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 12:08 am #

      The quest to make it second nature. Then on to the next fad!

    • So… productive citizens, taxpayer and insurance premium payers all.
      Case closed.

      Guys, Trans people are just people… like the rest of us, well, maybe not like the rest of us. Special, maybe.

      • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 9:48 am #

        Yes, that is great that they are paying taxes and contributing to society. No issues from me with any of that. However, it is just my opinion that we don’t have to hear about the sexual issues all of the time. It serves no greater good and only confuses children (and some adults too obviously 🙂 ). Actually exposure to such information at a young tender age is really a form of child abuse. But I’ll stop there.

        • You’re riding the short bus on this one SS-Light.

          Children aren’t damaged by information. Besides which, I’d suggest you re-examine a philosophy of keeping kids in the dark and feeding them bullshit like they’re a crop of mushrooms.

          • Tate October 23, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

            Should young children be forced to make decisions about their gender? They are not intellectually mature & informed enough to make these decisions. That is so obvious it shouldn’t have to be stated. But we live in interesting times.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

            Precisely the reasoning that has led to our culture has been destroyed!

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

            ….led to our culture being destroyed….

  59. janet October 23, 2018 at 12:24 am #

    Big Daddy is in the peoples’ house so really what could go wrong?! –SSL

    Let’s see. In two weeks there is a blue wave and Dems take control of the House and its committees. Nancy Pelosi is in charge and “Big Daddy” is spanked daily (no, not by Stormy). “Big Daddy” is spanked by Nancy and a barrage of House subpoenas leading to an impeachment spanking.

    Or, alternatively, in two weeks there will be a red wave, and America becomes great again, a veritable utopia.

    Both are win-win scenarios.

    • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 12:43 am #

      You sure seem to be into spanking lol. I was wondering where you were.

  60. K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 12:27 am #

    Dogs playing poker. The velvet painting comes to mind.

    A prince deserves to be gone and the prince knows it. So what does the prince do. The prince only holds only two pair but he doubles down.

    Ballsy this prince.

    This Alliance Could Mark A New Era For Oil

    Saudi Arabia and Russia could formalize a strategic partnership that would last indefinitely, potentially marking a new era for the oil market.

    In a wide-ranging interview with TASS, Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said that he hopes to setup an official OPEC+ governing body, including a Secretariat, likely to be based in Vienna. The proposal could be finished by December.

    Putting on the heat so to be left alone. Rather transparent. And it will probably work. Trump is not the man to take care of this business. Trump will fold like an empty paper bag.

    Must I drone on?

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    • janet October 23, 2018 at 12:36 am #

      “Trump is not the man to take care of this business. Trump will fold like an empty paper bag.” –k-dog

      Thank you, k-dog, for a comment on something worth commenting about, i.e.,: “This Alliance Could Mark A New Era For Oil”.

      I think Mr. Trump is in way over his head and will “fold like an empty paper bag.”

    • Conversion to a carbon-free economy and a growing opposition to pollution might just leave him with a stranded commodity.

      I doubt any number of commodity trade deals would enrich anyone. Commodities just don’t work that way unless you have a monopoly.

  61. K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    Perhaps Khashoggi was the stalking horse, a spit in the eye to show America how weak America has become. Not having the balls to take care of business now means not having the balls later when SA changes the rules. An aggressive and dangerous tactic. The season finale to this series could be a cliffhanger. Hope we don’t go over the cliff but it looks like we are going over it together.

    • Turkey’s going to pull out its show and tell session scheduled to go live sometime this week.

      I am not sure of the geopolitical reasoning, but Turkey aims to make hay of this against Mr. Bone Saw.

      Maybe its simple pride, having a gangster head of state whacking people inside your borders.

      • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 10:05 am #

        No, Erdo?an is not the easygoing kinda guy who’ll be ok with that shit. Bone Saw crossed a line, big!

        • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 10:06 am #

          That weird thing on top of the ‘g’ in his Turkish name turned into a question mark.

          • The details were released today in the New York Times.

            One of the 15 Saudis who flew in was a ringer for Mr. Koshaggi. They dressed him up in Kashoggi’s clothes and sent him out for a conspicuous walking tour where he was photographed by Turkish security.

            Oopsie- the ringer didn’t change his shoes- the telltale.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 3:06 am #

      Globalizma does not sleep. What’s happening now is a strike and a counterstrike.

      Counterstrike by setting up Saudis, from whom the global traffic purge began almost a year ago. Well, at the same time set up Trump for alliance with the prince.

      As soon as the good guys take a successful small step, the school shooting starts. The threat to the population is the most classic blackmail of the state.

      A young, tender, impressionable (and brainwashed by someone) creature protests against this cruel world. Goes to school, college, cinema, shopping center to shoot, blow up, kill everyone. And then shoots himself.

      Usually, 2 times.

      A caravan of paid Chicanos goes to our borders. Daemons need illegal voters and other slaves. Not even on foot, someone gives them a ride. You can find photos of compassionate trucks and the videos how money is distributed. Everything is well organized – first women and children.

      There and moving forward. Right up to your house.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 3:36 am #

      Globalizma has good working cooperation with cartels. Two of a feather flock together. Took a long time to build – Eric Holder hustled up supplying them with guns piercing the American Police body armor. To track illegal arms traffic, of course. Worked like a charm – results all over U-tube.

    • thwack October 23, 2018 at 9:37 am #

      “Perhaps Khashoggi was the stalking horse, a spit in the eye to show America how weak America has become.”


      Why didn’t they kill him in a drone strike like we do instead of making a dogs meal of a simple Mafia hit?


      kill him in a fake robbery like they did Bill Cosby’s son?

      Its not rocket surgery?

      • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #

        To answer your question the prince lives in his own Saudi gilded bubble and considers himself above having to ask anyone for anything.

        Consider how weird things are here. Everybody making up their own insane rules about how the world works because cheap oil sponsored the belief that the impossible becomes possible. Without a direction in which to aspire, society falls apart, and our citizens are lost lacking all direction and conviction.

        What about SA? It has to be weird times 10. All the princes could be deluded bird droppings spotting fancy purple paper on the bottom of gilded cages. There are a lot of princes and they could all be every bit as bat-shit crazy as this one is, every single one of them! The princes had all the corrupting influences found in America which have polished our youth and quite a few more. There might not be a poet among them.

        Did any of the nimrods who set this system up after WWII tell the royals that the stuff would run out one day?

        That was a rhetorical question, don’t answer.

        • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

          Some of them must have known. One of the peak oil people (the late Matt Simmons?) used to quote an alleged Saudi proverb:

          My grandfather travelled by camel
          My father travelled by car
          I travel by jet plane
          My son will travel by car
          My grandson will travel by camel.

          But it didn’t necessarily come from prince-world.

          • malthuss October 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

            The Space Age may bomb us back to the Stone Age.

  62. tucsonspur October 23, 2018 at 6:33 am #

    People are flocking to Trump like the Germans flocked to Hitler at the Nuremburg rallies.

    He said it bravely and boldly before thousands upon thousands at the Texas rally, and before millions across the nation. “I am a nationalist he declared!” Millions of knees buckled on the Left. The faint hearted passed out and had to be revived.

    A great moment awaits the Golden Gladiator of Gotham, as the growing caravan ambulates like some giant millipede towards America. The moment of Truth is near. Nothing less than the fate of the nation hangs on that moment.

    • Walter B October 23, 2018 at 7:56 am #

      Yes they are ts and one of the things that is driving them to him is the Trump sucks, Trump sucks, Trump sucks crowd that is also pushing the crush all dirty, evil white men agenda. Whether driving the masses to Donald Trump is the desired effect or simply a side effect it appears to be what is happening and may very well lead to the dire result that you alluded to. We may have been had by the Trump/Hillary, good cop/bad cop ploy of 2016 but then, what choice did we really have? True professionals who profit from the manipulation of the masses do not allow for choice but rather control the herd to their own ends and we may in fact be witnessing the greatest deception yet in the history of America. It is going to get real interesting, real interesting.

      • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 9:16 am #

        I think about FDR in 1932 trying to attack the Great Depression after a desperate populace elected the Great savior.

        Today, people are catching on that a lot of bad stuff is hitting the fan , all at the same time. I, for one, believe that this is a coordinated offensive against the nationalistic drift of the USA by a well financed group of globalists. The identity of the USA is what is under attack. The globalists believe that if they are in power the world will be a better place. The rapid re-emergence of the US economy and military (two years!) shows that the US can still overwhelm the world. Pax Americana has ruled the world since WW2 and will continue as long as the Liberal globalists are kept out of power. The alternative is a world, run by a group of incompetents, turning into localized areas of chaos like Obama’s Arab Spring.

        Trump has never impressed me as a wild eyed monster that wants to take over everything and go to war against the world. He is simple, America First and we will win. No candy assing like the last four presidents. He sees the bad things happening and coming soon. Like the rest of D.C. He feels that the problems are beyond control. Like FDR when he started the New Deal. But at least, like FDR, he has a vision of what is needed and is trying to attack the problems. I hope his vision is correct and he can keep the Liberal idiots, who created many of the problems, out of power.

      • Walter B October 23, 2018 at 9:23 am #

        The satanic movement, the Trump sucks, Trump sucks, Trump sucks, or the TS-3 as I shall call it, here at CFN is alive and well and turning up the heat at every opportunity. We mortals cannot fight it, for it needs to be destroyed and only He that Rules Over All can do this. Whatever transpires between then and now must be endured as best we can for they are vile, evil, and full of malice towardsr those who Believe. It is going to get much, much worse.

        • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 9:38 am #

          The stock market, the world tension meter that it is, is getting very nervous today. DJIA futures are down 450 points. Just for grins, I looked up the DJIA just before the Trump revolution in 2016, and it was 18,142 on Oct. 16. We are certainly along way from the horrible meltdown that some people here are forecasting. Qiuitebto the contrary,the presence of G3 maybe the one thing that is stabilizing the markets.

          The international scene is a total mess. Thank you UN and your globalist benefactors.

          • Walter B October 23, 2018 at 9:59 am #

            Globalism means One World government does it not John? And do those TS-3’ers here at CFN not encourage such an eventuality along with the end of family, gender and morality? I understand what is behind this all and I think that you do too friend and while mortals can certainly be possessed and enlisted in the Dark Movement, we surely will not be the ones to put an end to it don’t you know?

            After a cancelled Planning Board meeting last night, I wandered over to thank my Township’s democratic committee people for their support (yes they are supporting me as a republican, though I am not really one). I wandered into a discussion about the unimaginable evil and blind hatred being bantered back and forth over the Kavanagh appointment. The district reps, all older, well to do women ranted mercilessly about how he was an evil rapist (yes they called him that) and that Ford had no reason to lie and that her entire life had been destroyed by the sight of Brett’s dick and how no woman should ever have to go through this and on, and on, and on. I had a hard time listening much less saying anything on the issue but finally suggested that killing all men might be the only way to solve the problem. It was quickly quipped that, yes, it would be a good start. The ladies, if you can call them that, went on to declare that it was imperative that going forward we must only vote women into all elected positions because until this happens, the problems cannot be solved. Haven’t we heard that all before right here John?

            Because of who I am and what I have come to understand about life in this plane of existence I am not afraid of what is coming, but I am really, really sad that it all is degrading at the hands of these demonic lunatics. But then affluence does breed narcissism which degrades into chaos. And there we are.

          • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 10:16 am #

            Sounds like they are useful idiots. Our education system is made to churn them out year to year.

          • malthuss October 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #

            Bring collapse on.
            Its time, maybe.

          • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 10:43 am #

            But then affluence does breed narcissism which degrades into chaos.

            An ethic of balance and moderation is hard to find. Too bad we just can’t keep people who don’t understand that there is something ‘bigger than they are’ out there away from money.

            Problem is I suppose, it would mean most everybody would be broke.

    • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 9:52 am #

      I love your positive spin on G3! Love it completely!

    • elysianfield October 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm #


      The parallels between Trump and Hitler are evident. It is low hanging fruit. His Texas speech was Jingoistic… perhaps more incitement of violence towards the Untermenshen then even Hitler on his best/worst day. He thoroughly excited the crowd with descriptions of immigrants as less than civil…maybe possessing less civility than human dignity would allow.

      …but I don’t care…. I understand what he is doing. I don’t necessarily like it. But we will take what we can get.

      • tucsonspur October 24, 2018 at 3:23 am #

        Well, with some small reservation I do like it. It stokes the nationalist fires and will get out the vote. Damn, those Lefties will be out in droves. Take it we must.

        What will it be for these immigrants here when it all topples? Right. Get what you can take.

  63. Chris at Fernglade Farm October 23, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Hi Jim,

    I never knew you were a fan of Bill Murray? It was a good film! 🙂

    In a sympathy for the Devil moment this morning. I read your blog essay over homemade muesli, fresh fruit and homemade yoghurt for breakfast, and it sort of occurred to me that for one brief moment I’d ask you to imagine the difficult position that the newspapers of account in your part of the world are facing. From my point of view, the stories look bonkers, but on the other hand I once encountered an attitude from the owner of a publication who bounced my work in favour of an appealing young ladies worky. I have it on good faith that the reason for being bounced was that: “Sex sells”. Fair enough I thought to myself upon hearing that.

    But the thing is, why is this particular very frankly marginal group being pushed front and centre? I’m not diminishing their intrinsic worth as people, but you know, it is the concerns of a tiny percentage of the population and if they feel that way, then good luck to them. I’m not particularly interested in what other people do in their bedrooms. It seems like a sordid and unseemly concern of other people to be so concerned – if that makes sense.

    On the other hand I do rather wonder that if in a world of easily available porn (and as a disclaimer I do not approve of the easy supply of such material) that people have somehow escalated their deviances? And then there is the question as to whether it is all some sort of distraction routine to take peoples attentions away from the fact that some people are benefiting from the current state of affairs more than others.

    In a lot of ways the newspaper business may be very similar to the University system in that there are some people doing very well, but then there are a whole lot of people clamouring from scraps from the table with little security to show for their work. A year or two back apparently there were more people studying journalism down here, than there even were jobs. How does that work?

    I’ve heard the oft spoken adage that a rising tide lifts all boats, but what if you can’t get access to a boat? Or the tide rushes in with the force of a tsunami. You can’t swim your way out of that gear.

    And given all the hoo haa surrounding the Russian meddling and then the Kavanagh business, who is seeing all of these stories through to their ultimate conclusion? The thing is serious analysis has been replaced by the much cheaper route of opinion pieces. Are they broke or what?


  64. janet October 23, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    “We may have been had by the Trump/Hillary, good cop/bad cop ploy of 2016 but then, what choice did we really have?” —Walter B

    There were four major party candidates in 2016 including Libertarian and Green Party candidates, plus minority party candidates, plus the option of writing in your own name … or anyone’s name. You had choices.

    Now that we have a president firmly aligned with the world’s dictators, now that we have a president carrying water for the murderous Mohammed’s radical Islam, you cannot now say you had no choice.

    You chose badly. At least be man enough to own your decisions. Nobody forced you to vote.

    I do not regret my vote for the candidate who, at the end of the vote counting, won the popular vote with three million more votes than our 45th president.

    • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 9:45 am #

      Thank goodness Alexander Hamilton and the boys decided that the Electoral College was a good thing to control the effects of big populace States over the little states. We are not a Democracy! We are a republic of 50 states, each with their own needs. Historically, democracies are short lived and chaotic.

      Thank goodness the Electoral process worked in 2016. Otherwise, we would be ruled right now by the California Crazies.

      • Walter B October 23, 2018 at 10:13 am #

        Yes the system was set up with the EC specifically for this reason and functioned as designed. Those that set up this nation knew and spoke openly of how the population centers would corrupt first and then spread and the EC was implemented specifically to counter this. However, playing by the rules means nothing to the TS-3 crowd John. The only rules that they care to follow are the ones that they make up as they go and that give them total power over everything while justifying all of the deviance, despair and degradation that they embrace.

    • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      >>> Now that we have a president firmly aligned with the world’s dictators,

      Name a single liberal president that refused to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Even Carter sold arms! Under Obama, sales of arms increased to their highest levels in history.

      Under Hillary Clinton’s State Department—the candidate you admitted you voted for—arms sales to Saudi Arabia were also approved (after they made a sizable “donation” to her slush fund, of course).

      Time and again, we see libtards like yourself criticize Trump for the exact same policies enacted by Democrats, policies libtards had no problems with whatsoever under Democratic leadership.

  65. SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    Yes Mr. President we are Nationalists. I am glad we don’t have to feel guilty for saying that anymore. Why? Because We love Our Country. Nothing wrong with that at all! Hopefully we can bring the doubters into our circle too :-). Now we finish the wall and forget them (out there) all. They don’t love us anyway. They love their countries and did you see them burning and desecrating American flags and flipping us off? None of that anymore.

    • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 9:47 am #

      If the wall was there, there would be no caravans. Maybe the Hondurans would stay home and fix their own damn problems.

      • SoftStarLight October 23, 2018 at 9:50 am #

        I agree. We so badly need that big and beautiful wall. Again, I personally prefer NO doors unless they are one way and headed south ;-). I also am not falling for the whole argument that we now need to pay these countries to fix their problems. These are extraordinarily corrupt societies and I don’t know if there is any hope for them in their current state. One can always pray though.

  66. janet October 23, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    Donald J. Trump’s stock market just continues to fall. Trump fail.

    That is right, it is Trump’s stock market. He took ownership when he bragged and took credit when it was going up. So now, just before midterm elections, Trump’s economy is crashing.

    But, you protest, Trump cannot be blamed. The market cannot be controlled by any one individual. Have you heard about Trump’s trade war with China. He started it. Trump can be blamed. Investors are worried that a slowing Chinese economy and an escalating trade war could pinch profits. Farmers are worried about Trump’s tarrifs. Trump is to blame for Trump’s own impulsive ideological economic policies. Falling stock markets. Trump fail.

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    • Cavepainter October 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Reply to Chris:

      I accept that our host is correct, the NYT and DNC don’t care. Concern for the former is subscriptions and advertisers, for the latter it’s sponsors and votes.

      In either case the marketing scheme is the same as Disney Studios and the movie industry; both contrive to present history and stories of the day as mythic drama; polar opposite forces in do-or-die battle for dominance. Well tell me, isn’t that why since the first Batman and Superman movies decades ago such has proliferated in time passing, all drawing upon comic book super heroes pulling in millions of bucks – now get this — paid my adults no less than adolescents and teenagers?

      This strategy exploits known innate yearning toward immortality, the emotional equivalent to stone edifices erected to “mythologized” figures whom, by association, us “lessors” enshrine ourselves. Also, the emotional root of all prejudice toward “others”: grace can’t be equal.

      Following that track illuminates why those of Utopian bent (demanding all be equal) can’t handle the empirical evidence that individuals, cultures and societies vary in distinctive ways regarding intellectual capital for engaging reality or an indifferent examination of history.

      Explosion of modern media has created a maelstrom of confusion, resulting in emotional yearning for “simpler” interpretation of day-to-day experience as well history.

      • “I accept that our host is correct, the NYT and DNC don’t care. Concern for the former is subscriptions and advertisers, for the latter it’s sponsors and votes.”

        That is just not true.

        One of the great things about reading a newspaper like the New York Times every day is the absolute hilarity of the editorial thumb in the eye that results when a nation/company/individual pays for Ads to run propaganda, and the layout editor can put it side by side with actual journalism revealing the sordid details such propaganda is designed to obfuscate.

        I fear you’ve thrown the baby out with the bath water here. The New York Times towers over the rest of media today… Its profits are completely dependent on its reputation as arbiter of verified facts and allegiance to principles of journalism.

    • janet October 23, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      Trump TARIFFS. Hurting the very people who voted for him.

      As tariffs continue, panic beginning to sink in among Wisconsin manufacturers.

      Caterpillar knocked back by concerns over rising tariff-related costs

      Trump’s tariffs could end up hurting China’s economy ‘very badly’ over the next few months

      Trump’s tariffs have made U.S. steel the most expensive in the world, Ford says

      Etc. Etc.

      The Putin puppet is attacking the heartland of America.

      Wanna be a nationalist? Do you support America’s workers. Then Vote for America, not for Trump-supported candidates, not for candidates who support Trump tariffs that are destroying the nation.

      • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        You sure as hell do not support the American worker. The workers that have witnessed the decline of manufacturing in the US and their livelihoods going bye, bye. It was those very same workers that finally told you Liberals who have lied to them for two generations to take a hike and voted for Trump, yeah, the rust belt. Your wacko fellow liberals just cannot get over the fact that you LOST because of a constituency who finally got wise to your hypocrisy.

      • Cavepainter October 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

        Ah hah, Janet, as explained above. Your state of Trump hysteria (and that regarding, in general, Whites, males and Western Culture) doesn’t allow managing the fine granularity of our founder’s genius in design of our nation’s government and processes. 8th grade civics class– no longer required — principle of divided powers, term limits, college of electors, etc., etc…..

        The Executive is only one branch of two completely replaceable by periodic elections, and at that it is composed of a body of consulting “chiefs” with guiding input. Yet, you carry on as though that office is a throne of absolute power embodied in that one personage; by your characterization of Trump amounting to Baal.

        Yes, sweetie, you are neurotic by any definition, clinical or otherwise — as in “snowflake”.

    • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 10:52 am #

      Liberals didn’t give credit to Trump when the market grew. But now they want to give credit to Trump for market corrections. Yawn. Whatever. Liberals flip-flop, flip-flop, flippety-flop a doo-wop…

      • janet October 23, 2018 at 11:25 am #

        The 2017 growth was already baked in from 84 consecutive months of private sector growth under Obama. No credit to Trump.

        Then a very Trump-specific 2018 intervention in the economy caused the markets to wobble and the stock market indexes to fall. We haven’t seen the worst of the Trump intervention tariffs. No one else can be blamed. They are the Trump tariffs.

        I have the truth, Mr. Galt and Mr. Scottsman.

        • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

          >>> The 2017 growth was already baked in from 84 consecutive months of private sector growth under Obama.

          LOL. Nothing is “baked in”. Pro tip: Past results do not guarantee future performance. Markets rise until they don’t. Did the dot com market from 1995 to 2000 “bake in” more growth under Bush? No it did not.

    • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 11:16 am #

      You are so Anti-American. Why the hell don’t you worry about this country and not about China, Russia, Mexico, etc. We are in a war with China, being fought in the marketplace. Tariffs are the one weapon we have to fight thirty years of bull—- trade agreements that have given away the farm to many foreign countries. If companies or farmers are being hurt by tariffs, they have been taking advantage of the bad trade agreements to rip off the US and hopefully ARE being hurt by the tariffs. Steel mills are re-opening and our guys are making money now that the negative balances are being addressed. Hasbro is moving back to the US from China, announced by its CEO. The Elite who have been making hay by moving our companies overseas are now being hurt by the tariffs. GOOD!

      Trump’s economy is crashing! What a stupid statement. Maybe in your dreams. Latest estimates say the quarterly growth in the GDP will be 3.3% or higher, a rate that Obama just dreamed about. Yes, Barack the US can have a manufacturing industry. The last quarter of Obama’s incompetence was a puny 1.7%. Before you make such ignorant statements, please know what you are talking about.

      So what if the market wobbles a little. As I said earlier, the stock market was at 18142 just before Trump was elected and had been stuck there during the previous year. Yeah, Trump owns the 6000 pt runup since his election. 500 point ups and downs are trivial and good marketeers make money on volatility. I cannot believe how little you seem to understand in your constant running down of the president.

      • janet October 23, 2018 at 11:36 am #

        “You are so Anti-American.” –JohnAZ

        Trump is anti-American. And too many people believe his lies.

        Trump is crediting his tariffs with persuading U.S. Steel to open a half dozen new plants and now you are repeating the lie, JohnAZ.

        TRUMP at a Pennsylvania rally Thursday night: “U.S. Steel is opening up seven plants.” On Tuesday, he told supporters in Florida: “U.S. Steel just announced that they’re building six new steel mills.”

        THE FACTS: The Pittsburgh-based company has made no such announcement. U.S. Steel spokeswoman Meghan Cox declined to comment on Trump’s claim but said any “operational changes” such as the opening of new mills would be “publicly announced” and “made available on our website” if it occurred.


        Claim: “U.S. Steel just announced that they are building six new steel mills.”

        Claimed by: Donald Trump

        Fact check by PolitiFact: False


        AP FACT CHECK: Trump says US Steel opening mills. Not so. –FoxNews


        Claim: “The head of U.S. Steel called me the other day, and he said, ‘We’re opening up six major facilities and expanding facilities that have never been…

        Claimed by: Donald Trump

        Fact check by Washington Post: Four Pinocchios


        The Evolution of Trump’s Bizarre Lie About New U.S. Steel Plants

        It wasn’t true when Donald Trump claimed U.S. Steel was opening six new plants, and it wasn’t true Monday when he bumped that number to ‘eight or nine.’

        Fact-checkers picked up on the claim months ago, but a direct refutation from U.S. Steel itself has not stopped Trump from making the claim. Indeed, he’s super-sized it.


        JohnAZ, believing and spreading Trump’s lies is anti-American and does not help unemployed American workers. Please stop.

        • Cavepainter October 23, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

          Hey snowflake; you’re the one who advocates national destiny default to however many foreign nationals choose to violate our national borders and immigration laws, hence, national sovereignty and, therefore, cancel exclusive entitlement of citizenship via elected representation.

  67. FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    The Mysterious Death of Khashoggi and the Crisis of the American Media

    I spent three and a half hours in order to view Sunday political programs, and it was a waste of time – there are only two weeks left until the epochal, historic, unique elections and there is nothing journalists can say after the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. It seems that they already know that there will be no blue wave and they just beat the dead horse according to obsolete scenario.

    And the most interesting is what they know and what they don’t know.

    When the World Civil War began, on Hillary’s side were the US legal system, the vast majority of the US intelligence community, University America, and the media.

    And the media, also known as the “Fourth Power”, turned out to be the most effective type of military force in Bastinda’s military operations against Trump and Russia. (By Bastinda in this case, I mean not only Hillary Clinton, but also Angela Merkel and Theresa May – a civil war is world-wide!)

    They know about the defeat of September 28 about the same amount as I do, suggesting that perhaps the Black World Project on that day received a blow even more serious than I thought.

    This is indirectly evidenced by many small things, which, being added to the overall picture, begin to speak of the imminent defeat of the Black World Project ala 1945.

    For example, one of the most informed (judging by past programs) journalist, himself did not know what he was doing when he had divulged on “Face the Nation” that a very late attack of Hillary Clinton against Kavanaugh led to a radical increase in his popularity, since the very fact of the attack of a political enemy in present-day America leads to an increase in popularity, even if this enemy rightly points to your mistakes or even lies.

    And this means that the established media does not any more justify the money that the Deep State pays them, because their propaganda has the opposite effect.


    Even more striking conclusions follow from some of the circumstances of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and Trump’s reaction to it, which was the only subject for a substantive discussion of Sunday’s political broadcasts. And if you believe the established media, it is impossible not to conclude that the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman went nuts and infected Donald Trump with his schizophrenia, convincing him that Khashoggi was killed by accident.

    Meanwhile, if you recall Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May 2017, the dress of his wife and daughter, and his speech before all these kings and princes, you inevitably come to the conclusion that Saudi Arabia decided to buy weapons in the United States after this the speech entitled If you don’t break your connections with terror, your life will be short and your souls will end up in hell, these are really reparations that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay Trump America for sponsoring ISIS and even more importantly for supporting Hillary Clinton.

    It is natural to assume that the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed by the king responsible for paying out reparation and punishment for those who refused to break off with terror and continue to rage on Trump America, but went too far and used these extraordinary powers to increase his chances of surviving as throne heir.

    And those who do not want to break up with terror and even recently tried to overthrow Donald Trump, organized the murder to the cameras of the Turkish special services, killing two birds with one stone:

    Disrupting the payment of reparations and cleansing those in Saudi Arabia who do not want to break with terror;

    And at the same time compromise Trump in the eyes of his supporters for cooperation with those who, in the opinion of his supporters, do not want to break up with terror.

    From a political point of view, the plan is brilliant! Need I say in this case cui prodest?

    Trump: Muslims must confront ‘Islamic terror’

    • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 11:30 am #


      Interesting post

      How about an alternative idea. I remember when the Crown Prince was appointed by the King, there was a lot of grumbling about his age and his comparatively liberal ideas. Could it be he is being framed by these domestic enemies? Sort of like what the FBI is trying to do to Trump!

      • janet October 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

        JohnAZ, you might be a Muslim and that would explain your defense of Trump’s support of Mohammed. But even if you are not Muslim, you are enabling radical Islam. You have not criticized Trump’s inaction. You have not called for Trump to release his tax returns.

        You have supported Trump’s excuse-making to cover up a murder, making Trump an accomplice after the fact. I hope I am wrong about this but it looks like Trump is an accessory-after-the-fact because he is assisting Mohammed bin Salman, someone who has committed a crime. Trump is assisting Mohammed after he has committed the crime. Trump is assisting Mohammed with knowledge that he committed the crime. Trump is assisting Mohammed with the intent to help him avoid arrest or punishment. What’s worse Trump is an accessory-after-the-fact, covering up Mohammed crimes, and Trump is doing so for Trump’s own personal enrichment.

        Trump will do nothing as the Saudis have threatened to stop filling up his hotels in DC and New York when their huge entourages come to the United States. Besides Trump is hoping to one day built a Mecca Trump Tower.

        • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

          No not a Muslim, just an American that believes in the rule of law, that someone is innocent until proven guilty. Ignorant liberals that crucify people before all the facts are in are what is destroying the goodness of the American judicial system.. All of your claims are made up baloney.

          Trump knows a hell of a lot more about this situation than you do, so for once just wait for the whole story to come in, before shooting off your mouth.

          • janet October 23, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

            The murder was Oct. 2, 2018. The president of Turkey provided the whole story. What else do you want to wait for?

          • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

            The investigation is not nearly over, the Turks said a couple of more weeks. And right now, nothing directs the blame at any one person in SA. That may change.

            What exactly do you want Trump to do to SA? If the Crown Prince directed the hit, what then?

            I just want the facts brought out, where all parties are satisfied, if possible.

            What do we do with our public officials that caused four deaths in Benghazi? What about the 42 potential murders by the DNC? If you think we haven’t directed hits of people overseas, you are naive. Not excusing a brutal murder, just putting it in context.

            I love the way you come up with all the bull about Trump’s plans. Have you got an in with Jr. Or Eric?

    • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      Could it be he is being framed by these domestic enemies? == JohnAZ

      John, read my post one more time.

      In full accordance with my theory of the World Civil War, he’s being framed by Hillary and her allies in Saudi Arabia, who still want to stick to the old ways – supporting islamist terror.

      Besides, they’re being asked politely to pitch in their share of reparations to US.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      Hillary = the evil genius behind the plot + support of Established Media + support in Congress

      Saudis rouge intelligence (just like in US) = execution, making sure enough evidence points to the prince and everything is captured by the camera.

  68. Sean Coleman October 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Excellent article as usual, though I disagree with the claim that they don’t really care about transgender people. I think they really do. Of course it also advances their destructive revolutionary agenda, but they do care. Or at least, I think they do.

    One of Ireland’s last remaining conservative journalists, John Waters, was hounded out of his weekly opinion column at the Irish Times, our equivalent of the NYT, and of his journalistic career. He now has nothing but bad to say about journalists, and I have to say I agree with him entirely. (One reason I like to use the letter ‘z’ in words like, say, fantasize, is because – I believe – the IT spear headed the move to use ‘s’ instead, so that nobody uses the ‘z’ here any more and I am sometimes accused of being ‘Americanised’ for sticking to legitimate spelling.) Waters was convicted of ‘homophobia’ in the court of public opinion although he had hardly ever opened his mouth about homosexuals. Well, he was guilty by association, as he had championed fathers’ rights and written a lot of things to hurt and upset right-thinking people (ie his media colleagues). This is just by long-winded introduction to his claim, which he researched by looking through the back issues of his former paper, that nobody in Ireland’s newspaper of record had ever written about transgender people eighteen months previously, let alone eighteen years, and might not even have ‘heard’ of them (in some cases) and yet it had become an immovable liberal dogma, a touchstone of civilized right-thinking-ness. Just like that. This is of course ridiculous and absurd, even if it is true, but is partly explained by the Irish inability to resist the latest fashions.

    My point is that this does not mean that they do not believe in transgender rights (whatever the hell they might be) or that they do not take them Very Seriously Indeed.

    I know. It is crazy. But it is true.

    Will somebody please step in here and say it is all a distraction?

    But before you do, this reminds me of when I was at university, in my first year of a History BA. I had to do an ‘ancillary’ course that year and chose politics. The USSR must have been part of it because I asked the young post-grad teaching the seminars whether the Soviet leadership really believed in communism, or whether it was just lip service, as I couldn’t understand how anyone in his right mind could do such a thing. “Well,” he replied,”I think they must do. Unless you believe in conspiracy theories.” This was the first time I had heard the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and I did not really understand what he meant (and I still don’t, in a way). Now, looking back, it is obvious that they really did believe in it. Because they were not in their right mind. Because nobody caught up in a mass fantasy can be in his, her or its right mind.

    • “Will somebody please step in here and say it is all a distraction?”

      I will. Its crunch time in the elections, so there is a bag of hot-button issues which the incumbents and challengers can pull from to either confuse, inflame, or otherwise stir the prejudices of voters. But reporting on that does not amount to “their destructive revolutionary agenda”- its simple reporting on the quotations and content of politicians’ actual statements of the day.

      I can’t comment on the Irish Times, but I imagine it is altogether different from the New York Times- an international edition may be available in your location.

    • Sean Coleman October 25, 2018 at 5:25 am #

      Do they really believe in the LBGT stuff, do they really take it seriously, or don’t they, is it just a distraction?

      Here is the reply to me from a reviewer on Goodreads to a comment I made about her initial review. It refers to the famous Asch experiment where, unknown to the participators, actors influenced the way they perceived things. As far as I can remember the willingness to adjust your perceptions to those of your peers (take note, please, media persons) was associated with extraversion. (I will pass on the question as to how they judged them to be extraverts, seeing as only Dot and me are able to tell, it seems.)

      The following are the quotes.

      Sean wrote: “Thanks, Charlene. This is an excellent review. I came across Julia Shaw talking about memory on a YouTube video and ordered the book just now. I am intrigued that it discusses Asch’s experiment (wh…”

      [Charlene replied] In the Asch experiment, the subjects overwhelming reported seeing the same thing as their peers. Meaning, if their peers said the line was longer, when it was *clearly* shorter, then the subjects reported that the line was longer, even though the subjects could clearly see the line was shorter. So, the question became, are the subjects lying about what they see to fit in with peers or do they actually see the line as longer because their peers stated that is is longer? Put another way, do the subjects reassess what they saw (‘Wow. The line looks shorter, but I must be wrong because my peers say it’s longer.”), or is it the case that they would rather just go along with peers than state the truth (“I know damn well this line is shorter. I mean look at it! But, right now I am in the Twilight Zone, because everyone else seems to think it’s longer. I am not up for a big debate about this. I will just say it’s longer. I don’t want to look like a fool.”).

      To find out what was going on, researchers gave subjects fMRI to see which areas of the brain were active when seeing and recalling the lines. From the fMRI studies, some researchers claimed that subjects really were *seeing* the lines as different after their peers told them the lines were different from what they initially perceived. Meaning, they were not lying to fit in. They initially saw the line as shorter but after their peers said the line was longer, they looked at it again, and *saw* a longer line (even though the line is definitely and clearly shorter). It’s not so crazy to get behind this idea because human brains can’t help but see illusions — look up Charlie Chaplin illusion or any illusion in which the brain knows what they are seeing is wrong; yet, the brain cannot help but see the wrong thing (the illusion).

      But, fMRI studies are always plagued with problems, even the best of them, because they call for interpretation. The machine itself has to interpret the data and does not always do so correctly (look up “dead fish” MRI study, in which dead fish actually showed false positive brain activity). In addition, the researcher has to interpret the meaning of the activation in the brain. Just because an area is active, it doesn’t necessarily imply causality. (For more on that, look up MRI reverse and forward inference).

      Shaw thinks people *saw* the lines differently because memories are so faulty. While I don’t know if I buy her explanation fully, I really love her take on it and want it to be true. Time will tell, but her way of understanding how people could see longer lines, which were clearly shorter, is extremely fun to think about.

      Quote ends.

      See? They really do see it. Just as they really do see non-existent ‘genders’, white privilege, refugees instead of immigrants playing the system, ADHD, dyslexia, Marxism, Freudianism, scientific materialism, feminism, the EU, Assad ‘gassing his own people!’, global warming, secret paedophile rings involving the Powerful and all the other strange things they believe in.

      • Sean Coleman October 25, 2018 at 5:31 am #

        The exchange happened in March last year.

  69. janet October 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    “Could it be he is being framed by these domestic enemies? Sort of like what the FBI is trying to do to Trump!” –JohnAZ

    If Trump is innocent, then he has nothing to worry about. It is comforting to know that Mueller is quietly working every day, out of the spotlight, far from cameras and reporters, focusing intently on discovering the truth.

    What is not comforting is the thought that his final report goes to the Trump DOJ and may never see the light of day, because that would mean Trump’s crimes will not be punished.

    And with Trump’s fixers, lawyers, advisors, and campaign managers all testifying about the details of Trump’s crimes that should be a very hefty report. I am concerned also about how Mueller (a Republican appointed by Trump’s DOJ) is going easy on Trump.

    Mueller needs to wrap up the investigation soon (after the election of course… look what Comey did to Hillary). Mueller needs to get tough and get a grand jury subpoena to force Trump to testify.

    If Trump has to testify to the grand jury about collusion with Russia, he won’t have his lawyers with him. He will have to tell the truth. And Mueller will know if Trump is lying because Mueller will have 23 corroborating sources to compare with Trump’s testimony.

    But Trump is getting softball treatment because it was Trump’s Justice Department that appointed Mueller as special counsel. The fix is in. The system is rigged to favor Trump. There will be no justice. Trump could be our first president who is president for life, just like his buddy Kavanaugh is SCOTUS Justice for life.

    Of course, I could be wrong. A lot will depend on the midterm election results.

    • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      It just never crosses your mind that there is no Russian collusion, that Kavanaugh did not do what they said, that the real story is a pack of lies generated by a very biased Liberalized intelligence community. I am waiting for the Mueller report. When it comes in with no collusion, you Dems will just try something else to get to Trump. The truth will come out, and the Dems are the ones that are going to pay for their collusion. And hopefully, the murder of Seth Rich.

      Before this country will get back on track, the Democratic zealots need to be taken out of power. They have given their constituents license to be total jerks, just like themselves.

      • John, please, read a newspaper. Indictments against the Russians have already been issued.

        Not only are you behind the news, you’re up shit creek without a paddle, in the mudflats of conspiracy theory.

        • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

          Yeah, you said it, the Russians, easy targets who will never be prosecuted, or tell the truth. Mueller investigation results will be released just after the elections, I will wait until then to see.

          I do not read newspapers, esp. the NYT, as they contain nothing but Liberal BS.

          All you people who are so into getting Trump at any cost, can join Mika in crying because the Blue Wave is dissipating quickly in the early election returns. And maybe figure out why the polls are so wrong.

        • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

          >>> Indictments against the Russians have already been issued.

          Which doesn’t prove that Trump colluded with Russia in any way.

          >>> in the mudflats of conspiracy theory.

          LOL. You’re one to talk! The NYT makes extraordinary claims regarding Russia collusion. They have yet to offer any proof. That editorial-masquerading-as-news that the NYT published—The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far—was so unhinged and hyperbolic that no one could mistake it for investigative journalism of any sort. Consider their premise…

          The Russian intervention was essentially a hijacking — of American companies… of American citizens’ feelings… of American journalists eager for scoops … of the naïve, or perhaps not so naïve, ambitions of Mr. Trump’s advisers.

          Really? A hijacking? Like terrorists boarding a plane with guns and bombs? Gosh you would think someone would have noticed! I mean it’s like a “hijacking” where no one noticed it at all. Not the passengers, not the crew, not the pilots—no one! And the plane landed exactly where it was supposed to. On time. And no one saw anything untoward. But it was definitely a “hijacking” nonetheless.

          It’s also interesting what the NYT leaves out. For example, the first suggestion of Trump-Russian collusion appeared after the DNC email leak, after Hillary’s machinations embroiled her in yet another email debacle. Instead of focussing on the fact that we had clear evidence of collusion between Hillary and the DNC to thwart Bernie Sanders in the DNC primary, a concerted effort was initiated to redirect attention away from that collusion to one they hoped would undermine Trump at the polls.

          The NYT also conveniently leaves out all the collusion involved in the Christopher Steele dossier. This collusion includes the FBI itself as it paid Steele to continue the dossier…!

          Steele enjoyed a good working reputation “for the knowledge he had developed over nearly 20 years working on Russia-related issues for British intelligence.” Knowing this, in October 2016, a few weeks before the election, the FBI agreed to pay him to continue collecting information.

          So… plenty of evidence of election collusion on the part of Team Blue and the deep state. Any indictments? Of course not…

  70. janet October 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    “after the election of course… look what Comey did to Hillary” –janet

    What Comey did to Hillary was unfair and a violation of DOJ protocol. The FBI should not make announcements, even to announce innocence, like Comey did, just days before an election.

    It would not be fair to Trump and all the candidates who support Trump, if DOJ violated protocol and made an announcement just before the midterm election.

    I do not want Trump to suffer the same thing that happened to Hillary. To be fair to Mr. Trump, and I believe in fair play, Mueller should not make any report, or any public announcements at all, even of Trump’s innocence, until after the election.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      Actually, I am still convinced it was Barack Obama who forced Comey to reopen the investigation, as well as it was Obama who forced Hillary to admit defeat in November.

      The mutual hatred of Obamas and Clintons is off the scale.

      • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm #


        If that animosity indeed exists, who are the mainstream Dems aligning behind? By that I mean, if Trump left tomorrow, and the Dems did not have him as a common enemy, would the party split up into pieces, 1/3 HRC, 1/3 BHO, and 1/3 Bernie?

        I remember that the primary revelation of the Russian Hack was the back stabbing and dirty dealing that the HRC campaign was doing to Bernie as he was ascending in the polls. And the convention was such a farce, with enough votes”in the bank” for HRC to make a Bernie candidacy possible.

        I would say that if Obama is in a line to try to stop the Clinton’s, he would be second behind Bernie.

        • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

          Obama wanted to pass the torch to Bernie in 2016, but Bernie was crushed, humiliated, pretty much finished as a viable political leader.

          Besides Obama (or may be Michelle), I do not see another possible viable leader for the Dems. But who knows…

          In my terminology, Obama (as well as Bushes, Feinstein) = American White Project

          Trump (Bannon) = American Red Project (same as FDR)

          Hillary = American Black Project.

    • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

      >>> What Comey did to Hillary was unfair…

      Not prosecuting Hillary for both her flagrant breaches of national security and her subsequent coverup was unfair to her?

  71. JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    Just read the latest from Turkey, Erdogan stated that it was a definite setup by the 18 people in Istanbul to murder the journalist. I am incredulous they thought they could just waltz in and hit the man without detection. Anyway, Erdogan is not pointing fingers at anyone in the Saudi family, but wants those 18 extradited to Turkey for trial.

    Another thought, who would benefit by driving a wedge between the Crown Prince and the Trump Administration? Maybe part of the investigation should be directed here.

    No Perry Mason moments on this case.

    • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      The prince would. Anybody would, do you really think being associated with Trump internationally in any way is a good thing. The world laughs at Trump. Notion of a ‘wedge’ is disinformation. Where did you hear of it? All notion of a wedge does is give Mr. T excuse to pussy out.

      • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

        If the world laughs at Trump, It is at their own risk. His foreign policy has been successful. We no longer wonder when a bomb will drop on Hawaii or Japan, the oil market is stable( hence my question), the EU is dealing with its money problems, and paying for their own defense, China is no longer fleecing the US and companies are returning, Hasbro being the latest, ISIS is neutralized, Russia cannot violate cruise missile treaty without response. Of course, the old school tries to belittle Trump, they have had it their own way for thirty years. Time to own up boys and girls, there is a new sheriff in town.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

          JohnAZ: “We no longer wonder when a bomb will drop on Hawaii or Japan”.

          Huh? Who was wondering this? Dropped by whom?

          JohnAZ: “The oil market is stable”.

          So, Trump has made shale fracking sustainable somehow? Problem solved?

          JohnAZ: “The EU is dealing with its money problems…”

          The EU has been dealing with its money problems at least since the 2007-2008 crisis. At least.

          JohnAZ: “… and paying for their own defense.”

          When Congress surpassed yet another record for the biggest military budget in history and Trump signed off on it, I wasn’t aware that it included any base closures in Europe, or removing any missile systems. Huh. The things you learn.

          JohnAZ: “Russia cannot violate cruise missile treaty without response.”

          Were they violating the cruise missile treaty before now? Is it your position that, e.g., Hillary Clinton or some other swamp creature would have let such a violation pass were anyone other than Trump in office? Where’s the time machine you used to visit an alternate history where that happened?

          JohnAZ: “If the world laughs at Trump, It is at their own risk.”

          The UN laughed at Trump and he hasn’t nuked them yet, so so far they’re getting away with it.

          • JohnAZ October 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

            What a short memory!

            1. N. Korea and their nukes, remember them? Hawaii and Japan do.

            2. Trump is making sure he doesn’t jump off a cliff at SA. They still send us 1 million barrels of oil a day! Fracking is about topped out.

            3. Italy is in trouble now, joining Greece. EU is fixing to collapse due to financial and political problems. As usual, the bad old USA will probably bail them out to protect the IMF.

            4. NATO country’s feet are to the fire to put in their 2%. I will be surprised if they actual do their share. They will pay for us being there more if Trump gets his 2%.

            5. The report I heard today was that the violation occurred during the Obama time and was ignored to not make waves. Thank God Trump will not make the same mistake. Weakness breeds contempt.

            6. Trump will remember who the funny boys and girls are when the time for support and foreign aid comes around. Trump’s country is making an economic comeback while the other world bozos just flounder.

            7. Add one. The caravan is about to blow up in the Global Liberals face and is reversing the Democratic polling machines. Honduras and Guatemala will be the first names left off the foreign aid list.

    • GreenAlba October 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

      ” I am incredulous they thought they could just waltz in and hit the man without detection. ”

      Perhaps they didn’t. Perhaps they didn’t care. Perhaps there is video footage for home consumption, e.g. in prison cells with political prisoners? I don’t know, I’m just adding to the quagmire of unknowns. Why 18 people?

      If they’d wanted to kill him without detection,two people could have very simply rendered him unconscious and taken him somewhere discreet to put a bullet in his head. The bone-saw business has to have been for a well thought-out reason. Striking terror in the the heart of somebody – or a number of somebodies – strikes me as being high up on the list of possible reasons.

      • capt spaulding October 23, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

        Two lessons to be learned here. 1. Never enter a Saudi embassy and 2. If you’re gonna criticize Putin, don’t be standing in front of a window when you do it. Oh yeah, and stay away from strangers with umbrellas too.

        • elysianfield October 24, 2018 at 11:33 am #

          Or a third lesson;

          …Do it on the Internets, where nobody knows your name….


    • FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      Again, it was a setup of prince Mohammed bin Salman (and Trump) by Hillary and her flying monkeys in US + rogue intelligence in Saudi Arabia who did the killing and left plenty of footprints pointing at the prince.

      Goal – to disrupt paying Saudi reparations to US and make Trump look bad.

      KDog, why is that you always bark the Hillary way lately?

      • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

        KDog, why is that you always bark the Hillary way lately?

        I’ll assume you are bored and just wanted to see if you could get a rise out of me.

  72. San Jose October 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    In the news–a middle school in Colorado hosted career day, and among the presenters was a drag queen named “Jessica L’Whor.”
    How on earth could a principal let anyone within the gates of middle school with a name like that? Would they allow a stripper at career day?

    Last summer, the San Jose library featured story time with a drag queen for little kids.

    Deep sigh,

    Jen in San Jose

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    • volodya October 23, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

      The world has gone mad, especially those touting their greater education and enlightenment. There’s accounts on the web telling us that 10% of students attending NYC schools were homeless at some point last year.

      Let’s consider that New Yorkers consider themselves the intellectual elite, progressive, compassionate, attuned to the needs of the less fortunate. A Blue State IOW. So how in hell does this happen? Also consider that it’s got Wall Street, a place whose denizens have got so much money that they can’t possibly spend all of it, a place full of the best of the best of the best. Supposedly anyway. Can’t they arrange things better than this? I mean given that they’re so smart and educated and rich and all?

      • Tate October 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

        We had a girl from NYC working in our office as a temp. She made a big deal about being from NYC. But she didn’t measure up so we had to let her go. I’m sure NYC does attract the best of the best. But there are also many native NYers who think they’re smarter than they really are.

    • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      >>> Would they allow a stripper at career day?

      The Left has endorsed and normalized strippers for decades. Progressive liberal families think nothing of exposing their children to the pole. As noted many times before, it’s all part of the Left’s attack on cultural norms.

      • Did you watch the video “exposing the children”? They are into “competitive pole dancing”. They are gymnasts- performers- artists. I assume you have to be at least semi-nude- the fabric-to-metal connection probably doesn’t allow for enough friction to keep you from sliding to the floor.

        Anyway, I don’t see anything here worth getting upset about. There isn’t any evidence this is a “progressive liberal” family. The “cultural norms” ostensibly shown here look chaste and downright conventional.

    • https://youtu.be/jSEoyWiIv40

      Meh. Big deal. Show me what damage was done here.

      Drag Queens are a part of reality, going back time immemorial in dramatic history.

      They are featured in the current blockbuster Movie Musical ‘A Star is Born’ (very good film, recommended).

      Kids aren’t stupid- they deserve to know what is going on in the world. Exposure to ideas and people isn’t some dangerous incident.

      • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

        >>> Exposure to ideas and people isn’t some dangerous incident

        Yeah like you wouldn’t object to a public school introducing your children to sex offenders. Or the joys of being a meth addict and leeching off others on the streets of San Fran. No—not a straw man—as I’m responding directly to your statement of principle.

        The same liberals who endorse drag queens at career day flip out when the military comes to recruit.

        • I think kids should see the good, bad, and the ugly, and if they ask their parents uncomfortable questions, so much the better.

          The article you cited refers to recruiters showing up outside of career day, and in violation of school regulations.

          This 10 year old piece of news has to be placed in the context of a nation divided over a war, which was being waged under false pretenses. Public support was at all time lows. Military recruiters were striving to find kids in the nation’s least-advantaged areas with the background being exhaustive stop-loss orders that had decimated morale.

          We were embroiled in a quagmire between Iraq and Afghanistan and many Americans were asking why American lives should be laid on the line to prop up these semi-democratic states.

          As with everything else, context provides a more comprehensive view

          • janet October 23, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

            Game, set, match. Damn, Lil Debbie… thank you for the context.

            “Public support was at all time lows.”

            There is probably less support for Trump’s war in Yemen… but that is because nobody talks about it and we are using Saudi Arabia… or Saudi Arabia is using us. Nobody seems to care.

            THE SUSPECTED MURDER of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia is pushing the U.S. government toward a major internal confrontation over its role in the war in Yemen, one that could have significant consequences for a Saudi-led, U.S.-backed intervention that has exacerbated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

            On Monday, 55 members of Congress, led by Reps. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Ro Khanna, D-Calif., wrote to the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, asking whether the intelligence community knew about a plot to apprehend Khashoggi ahead of time, and whether the U.S. government fulfilled its “duty to warn” him.

          • Exscotticus October 23, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

            >>> This 10 year old piece of news has to be placed in the context of a nation divided over a war, which was being waged under false pretenses.

            Are you seriously arguing that every example I give you can be dismissed on the grounds that some group somewhere doesn’t like what are soldiers are doing? Dude we’re still in Afghanistan. Obama had ample opportunity to withdraw and did not do so. Hillary also supports our efforts in the region. Do not even attempt to argue that the nation is divided on preventing the Taliban from returning to power and fostering another 9/11.

            That article too old for you? Not relevant? Here you go…

            That’s this year buddy.

          • San Jose October 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

            “I think kids should see the good, bad, and the ugly….” (Deb)

            I believe that kids should see the good, the true and the beautiful. I was raised strictly–no violent shows (not even Batman), no dating until I was 16. My parents entertained us with museums, national parks and good books.

            My kids (all grown) now have similar tastes–classical music, hiking enthusiasts, book lovers.

            Whatever floats your boat.


    • K-Dog October 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

      They want to teach tolerance. We are all special flowers.

    • malthuss October 24, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      THE LEFT– destroy tradition and replace it with their lies.
      start w the young.

  73. mow October 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    One nation , under chaos .
    Interesting times indeed.

    • There is a local drag troupe where I live. I’ve never seen any shows- they’re in the local theaters with the burlesque set. Just a fun hobby for most as far as I know .

      I’m dimly aware, so I know. Apparently its a popular thing…

      “The Emmy-winning series returns for a milestone 10th season. A cast of 14 talented drag queens compete for the coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000. Regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews join Ru on the judges’ panel to decide who stays, who lip synchs for his or her life, or who “sashays away.” This season’s celebrity guest judges are headed by superstar entertainer Christina Aguilera and also includes Shania Twain, Lena Dunham, Halsey, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner, and Kumail Nanjiani.”

      You guys are clutching pearls at innocuous stuff- but it gets the vote out by threatening your little snow-globe worlds.

      • Tate October 24, 2018 at 12:00 am #

        See Janos’s comment below on the depravity of Weimar-era Berlin.

  74. janet October 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    The selling in today’s Trump stock market, oh my, the volume and breadth indicated heavy institutional selling. But even more worrisome was the fact that all three major indexes and the Russell 2000 undercut their Oct. 11 lows. That sets back the market’s attempt to end its correction. At today’s low, the Nasdaq was down more than 10% from its prior high. No correction for JohnAZ. Trump fail.

  75. FincaInTheMountains October 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    So those mysterious 160 terabytes of compromising material that Putin gave Trump at the Helsinki summit are beginning to show up.

    Always keep them in mind. Here everything is really mysterious, unlike the not at all mysterious death of Khashoggi.

    All actions take place at the depth, at the level of the Deep State, and therefore in mass media it makes sense to only try to track the consequences.