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I like to keep up with the Academy awards to see just how much Hollywood has lost its mind from year to year. And since America is marinated in the juices of Hollywood, it’s a nice Rorschach test for the mysterious tendings of our nation.

By the way, I got in a late screening of Black Panther the night before. It’s about the techno-metropolis of Wakanda hidden deep in the African jungle lo these many centuries. (Who knew?)  The elite of that utopia travel the world in flying saucers. When trouble turns up, what weapons do they reach for? Spears. I kid you not. My favorite line in the movie: American white G-man to Nakia, Black Panther’s ex-girlfriend: “Put that spear in the trunk!”

So… I tuned into the last ten minutes of the red carpet pre-game. Side boob as far as the eye could see — from women who will return to anti-rape culture activism when they get over their hangovers. Everybody on the runway was “stunning.” And they appreciated being informed of that, because they hear it so seldom. Glenn Close revealed that her gown contained four million beads and weighed forty pounds. I hope she donates it to the Clinton Foundation for HRC’s 2020 nomination acceptance speech.

Oh, Black Panther just won its first award: costume design. It’s amazing what you can do with vibranium. It drapes beautifully, breathes, and can recharge your Tesla. I confess, the costumes kept me going through that movie because the story was so incomprehensible. LL Bean will be offering field jackets in Vibranium next fall, with a special pocket that charges your cell phone. I want one!

Cut to Marty Scorsese selling Rolex watches. Every American should have one, and when AOC is finally president, every American will have one!

Oh, Black Panther won another statuette-of-color for production design (sets and stuff). Fer sure, I felt that I was transported to another world where absolutely nothing was recognizable, which is also how I feel when I read The New York Times.

Followed by the strangest musical number of the night so far: Jennifer Hudson costumed like an elevator operator in front of a Supreme Court backdrop, belting out a power ballad about women and… well… power (from the documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Well, RBG is getting on in years. She certainly deserves an elevator in her place of business. More power to the ole gal!

Uh-oh, Black Panther just lost in the Sound Editing category. Unfair! Ballot recount, please!

Bunch of white guys won the Sound Mixing award for Bohemian Rhapsody. They all look the same. Same tuxedo. Same plain vanilla speech. Boring. I cannot tell you exactly how sound mixing differs from sound editing. Probably doesn’t. Fake award! Investigation perhaps?

Saved by another musical number: From Mary Poppins Reboot. Ole Bette Midler in an outfit that said Waitress-in-a-donut-shop. I think the song was composed in eleven minutes in the parking lot of the Shake Shack on Sunset off NW Knollwood.

Here comes Pharrell Williams in a camo tuxedo, soon to be worn by US Army Rangers in the forthcoming invasion of the Hamptons. Followed by some chick in a jogging outfit (best animated short). Followed by an hysterical babe “fighting for menstruel equality!” Empowerment, yes! Hear us roar! (Grrrowww!)

Commercials coming hot and heavy now, like the flak over Saarbrucken, 1942. A kind of battle fatigue settling over the auditorium. If it was me out there, I’d be hitting that half-pint of rock’n-rye in my back pocket.

More boring white guys picking up their awards for visual effects. Space movie. Does make you kinda wonder if we actually went up there in 1969, or was that a visual effect too? British accents. (Fake?) The odor of colonialism wafting out over the audience. Thank Gawd that’s over with.

Awards for short films nobody will ever see. (Yawn.)

Spike Lee wearing some kind of futuristic cab driver get-up: “Do the right thing.”

I confess, I don’t care who wins the bigly awards. (Double yawn.)

Most interesting feature of the whole excruciating spectacle: Nobody even mentioned the name of he-who-will-not-be-named-here-either (hint: occupies White House.) The word must have gone out… don’t…go…there. Was it the Jussie Smollett effect, or is something more sinister a’foot?

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  1. malthuss February 24, 2019 at 11:37 pm #

    I will skip watching the awards, again.

    But Id like to read others comments, who watched or have an opinion about the WINNERS.

    • K-Dog February 25, 2019 at 2:53 am #

      I wonder if during other times of national confusion that the vacuous vapidity of our entertainment industry has been as rampantly blighted? I’ll guess so, for in such times the only game is droll competition between peers. Nobody progresses or dare claim in this swamp of national torpor that they know a way forward or out. The wolf drools in Washington but all we can do is listen to cat fights in the middle of the night and hope for a side boob fail.

      • njguy73 February 25, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

        During the Depression and WW2 Hollywood gave us The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, Citizen Kane, and Casablanca.

        You think any film made last year will still matter seventy years from now?

        • gonetohell February 26, 2019 at 2:23 am #

          And yet the worst of them will still have more historical significance than yourself.

          • njguy73 February 26, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

            You’re absolutely right. The worst film made in 2018 will still have more historical significance than me.

            And more than you.

            And more than anyone else posting here, unless Jim Kunstler himself ends up being remembered as the unfairly maligned prophet of his time.

    • Kafkaesque February 25, 2019 at 9:19 am #

      Drek, crap on toast, other terms come to mined, as in ‘life sentence’.

    • Neon Vincent February 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      I watched the entire ceremony and made predictions about most of the categories in advance. I called most of the winners and even anticipated most of the upsets, such as “BlacKkKlansman” beating “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” for Best Adapted Screenplay and “First Man” beating “Avengers: Infinity Wars” and “Ready Player One” for Best Visual Effects, even if I didn’t think they were favored, but one award surprised me, Olivia Colman winning Best Actress. She won the equivalent category at the BAFTA Awards, but I expected Glenn Close to take home the little golden man instead. Just the same, I enjoyed watching Colman giving her spontaneous stream-of-consciousness acceptance speech and so did the audience.

      • Neon Vincent February 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

        As for the lack of the mention of Trump, that didn’t stop the presenters and awardees from being political and criticizing him indirectly. Barbra Streisand spoke about truth being under attack and Spike Lee implored the audience to “do the right thing” and go to the polls next year. The entertainment professionals in the hall and many of the viewers at home knew exactly who they were referring to and what to do about it.

        Just the same, the Academy voters had some chances to score political points with the winners of the documentary awards and chose not to. It would have been easy for the members of the Motion Picture Academy to make a statement by voting for “RBG“; instead, they gave the award to “Free Solo.” In this case, they bowed to popular taste as “Free Solo” earned $2 million more at the box office than “RBG,” making it the most lucrative nominated documentary (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was the highest earning documentary released during 2018, but wasn’t nominated).

        They could have also made an “it could happen here” point by voting for “A Night at the Garden,” but instead honored “Period, End of Sentence” to make a statement about sexism. That’s much more indirect. By the way, that’s one of the awards Awkwafina, the “chick in a jogging outfit” gave out.

        • Neon Vincent February 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

          In contrast, the movie awards show that had no problem mentioning Trump were the Razzies, which nominated “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9” four times each, including two shared ones for Donald Trump. They followed through, as “Fahrenheit 11/9” won three Razzie Awards, two for Trump and one for Kellyanne Conway, while “Death of a Nation” shared two of them, both for Trump, as Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo with his “self-perpetuating pettiness.” Conway won for Worst Supporting Actress, beating Melania Trump.

          • Neon Vincent February 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

            Finally, I wish to address our host’s comment that “America is marinated in the juices of Hollywood.” Most of that marination is in fantasy, as nine of the ten highest grossing films of 2018 were speculative fiction, including the highest grossing film about politics and government, “Black Panther.” Even the one top ten movie that wasn’t about superheroes, science fiction, or fantasy, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” had strong escapist elements. I’ll leave what Americans taste for escapist fantasy means as an exercise for the reader.

          • gonetohell February 26, 2019 at 2:35 am #

            JHK equates Hollywood with liberalism/socialism, because that’s how his strict diet of Fox nonsense has informed him.
            So, he is compelled, or is it required, to attack the goings on of this particular affair. Ironically, the affront to humanity that occupies the WH is apparently okey dokey.

          • hmuller February 27, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

            Gone to Hell,

            Most loud mouth Hollywood celebrities are left-of-center, although this may be hard for you to see since they are not left-of-you.

            I see that the Jussie Smollett fraud has not shaken your faith in the fake news, ideologically driven sloppy reporting of CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of those clowns..

    • draupnir February 25, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

      I saw that weepy woman speaking about menstrual equality. Not having seen her short feature, I’m not even sure what that means. Does it have something to do with women being considered ritually unclean during that time of the month in some religions or something along those lines? Can’t cook, can’t clean, can’t perform your marital duties, really shouldn’t even be seen. Just go lay around in your room and eat baklava. I thought that was considered a five to seven day mini vacation and eagerly anticipated every 28 days. Certainly, lets save these women from that awful burden.

    • Walter B February 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

      Yes indeed, I gave up on the BS decades ago myself and I find that reading Jim’s analysis of the non-event more than sufficient coverage and even entertaining as well. I was away for a few days searching Damascus, Pennsylvania for a new home with my brother for him to purchase now that the folks are gone. It was amazing Jim and probably a lot like your neck of the woods with a few small 1950 kind of towns surrounded by miles and mile of working farms, wooded hillsides, and very friendly, working white people. It was great, it really was and very heartening to know that places like this still exist and in a big way.

      Hollywood, the denizens that inhabit it, and their worthless sellout biddies in DC can have their demented lives and corruption. As long as a few places exist like Honesdale and Hawley Pennsylvania exist, and the people and the lifestyles there remain intact, America shall continue to have hope. It’s only “flyover” country for the sardines in the airborne tin cans and who gives a damn about them anyway?

  2. malthuss February 24, 2019 at 11:44 pm #

    GREEN BOOK WON.

    Totally pc film.

    • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 6:28 am #

      Even Peter Bradshaw in the Graun said it was ‘shallow’ 🙂

      “In the end, there was enough good news – or news that made a certain sort of sense – for this not to be simply another exasperating Academy Awards pageant of mysteriously over-promoted nonsense.”

      “A friend of mine said that by the time this awards season was over, this film should have the word “REALLY?” added to its title. Green Book REALLY? becomes this year’s technical winner of the “best picture” accolade and surely now is added to the list that includes Crash, Chicago and Argo in the What Were They Thinking? categories.”

      theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/25/oscars-2019-green-book-olivia-colman-the-favourite-alfonso-cuaron

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 7:33 am #

        But it’s interesting to read the comments below the article too. Audiences don’t always agree with critics.

        • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 10:08 am #

          Once upon a time, movie goers opinions and money mattered.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 26, 2019 at 9:22 am #

        I was planning to see Green Book. Then, I gathered it was just another dime-a-dozen White Saviour narrative, so didn’t bother.

        But the Negro Motorist Green Book is a really significant topic. It’s just that its story deserves to be told in a way that centers the experience of people who actually used and needed it. This documentary on the Smithsonian Channel looks interesting. Maybe I’ll check it out.

    • hmuller February 25, 2019 at 9:54 am #

      I’m waiting for them to ban “Gone With the Wind” from ever again being publicly broadcast because it’s politically incorrect. All those slaves so happy to work on Tara; so sad to be unemployed by emancipation. Yes, it may be slanted and even silly; but art often reflects its time.

      You may think I’m off the deep end. But if they can tear down the statues, rewrite the history books, burn the books and films which tell of the past; we are already in the Orwellian Globalist prison matrix.

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 10:08 am #

        They just re-purposed it into Downton Abbey, hmuller, with the upstairs people being ever so solicitous towards the downstairs people and His Graciousness never getting any of the kitchen-maids pregnant and then kicking them out to languish in the workhouse with their sickly, unacknowledged children.

        I enjoyed Downton Abbey (mostly for he dowager countess Maggie Smith) and even Gone with the Wind in its time. Fiction is fiction.

        • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 10:10 am #

          *the*

        • hmuller February 25, 2019 at 11:49 am #

          GA, I’ve been meaning to borrow Downton Abbey from my sister and binge watch it. I enjoy “period pieces” (is that the term?). Guilty confession – I’ve watched the Australian soap opera “A Place to Call Home” set in the 1950’s; and I liked it, though it could use more kangaroos.

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

            It’s great fun, hm. Enjoyable fluff (but there are some dark bits). And Maggie Smith is a treat. I don’t want to give you any spoilers but the level of fantasy involved in the pretty sister and the Irish chauffeur with IRA connections is a hoot.

            My favourite fact, though, is that His Graciousness had a dog called Isis, before Isis meant ISIS, so they killed it off quietly and got him another one.

            Binge watching it is the way to go!

            cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/1/590x/Downton-Abbey-Isis-514420.jpg

        • JulieK February 25, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

          That’s exactly why I never liked Downton. Those aristocrats would never, never have been that concerned with their servants. They would barely notice them. The whole presentation was phony. The servants, though, would know a great deal about the upstairs crowd. They would watch them closely because it’s a question of survival. The man behind it all, Julian Fellows, I think, always claimed that he knew a lot about the aristos and their lives, so he must’ve meant it to be accurate, even if it’s fiction. He put a heavy layer of sweet sauce over a plate of garbage and everyone bought it.

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

            …”and everyone bought it.”

            What makes you think everyone bought it? Loads of people just took it for what it was – entertainment. If you want some truly depressing, realistic English historical drama, try ‘The Village’.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Village_(2013_TV_series)

            Maxine Peake is excellent, as ever, but it was unrelentingly depressing for the first half of the series.The thing is, we got to see both series. So we didn’t end up any dimmer or dumber for the experience.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 6:06 am #

            “The Plot”

            “The Village tells the story of life in a Derbyshire village …John Simm plays Bert’s father John Middleton, an abusive, alcoholic Peak District farmer, and Maxine Peake plays Bert’s mother, Grace.

            “Writer Peter Moffat has spoken of wanting to create ‘a British Heimat’, alluding to Edgar Reitz’s epic German saga Heimat, which followed one extended family in a region of Rhineland from 1919 to 2000. Unlike Downton Abbey, this version of history is a working-class history—”domestics are expected to face the walls when the master walks by”.

            I’m sure you’d find it realistic enough. It was brilliant, but not for the fainthearted, in its early part.

      • benr February 25, 2019 at 10:50 am #

        Hmm
        Where is heckle and Jeckel or the little rascals?
        Won’t be long and the Three stooges will also be bought and taken off the market.

        • hmuller February 25, 2019 at 11:57 am #

          Yes, the Three Stooges mocks bipolar and low IQ people. Can’t have that.

      • njguy73 February 25, 2019 at 11:50 am #

        Someday a kid will visit a slavery museum and come out with no idea as to who owned the slaves.

        • hmuller February 25, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

          What makes you say that, njguy? I haven’t noticed “white people” being shielded from any blame. Quite the contrary, they’d pin Aztec human sacrifice on us if they could.

          • njguy73 February 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

            You keep tearing down statues of Robert E. Lee and taking names like Jefferson off stuff, it may reach that point.

            Unless history is rewritten such that a mythological entity called The Man is said to be responsible for all oppression throughout history.

    • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

      I had a choice at Thanksgiving–my mother in law from Philly was down, should I take her to the look down on Southerners movie or the Judy Garland re-make? I couldn’t bring myself to go for the lecture and wondered if this Lady Gaga person could sing as well as Barbra Streisand. We did the Star turn. Gaga did fine but after the opening wall of rockabilly sound my mother in law’s hearing aid could only pick up the f word for the rest of the movie. Still haven’t seen it though I eventually had to go see Selma and The Help and will get around to it.
      Now Hidden Figures was interesting. After watching Apollo 13 a few years ago I thought the moon shots were white men projects. Here in Alabama Werner von Braun ran the Saturn 5 project in our town with his Operation Paperclip colleagues and every kid in schools’ dad. The big scandal and honest truth was that von Braun founded an engineering school as University of Alabama satellite campus so that he would not have to deal with the bureaucratic politics of Alabama A&M which was predominately black founded in 1890 that HAD an engineering department. I don’t know how many black engineers he actually hired. So we might be able to add racist to his resume along with Nazi. We all thought he was a great guy but the town didn’t put up any statues so we don’t have to take them down. We did name the Civic Center after him….

  3. Pucker February 24, 2019 at 11:46 pm #

    Great interview with Brent Bednarik….

    • BackRowHeckler February 24, 2019 at 11:50 pm #

      It was good. Impressive, well spoken guest, and Jim is an excellent interviewer.

      brh

      • Pucker February 25, 2019 at 12:44 am #

        I wonder how the Taliban has been able to perpetuate their war all these years? I wonder if the Americans/ Saudis/ Pakistani’s have been arming both sides just to keep the drug profits flowing?

        • K-Dog February 25, 2019 at 2:42 am #

          Earth to Pucker. There is a new article to say something about. COCKAROACHES to the corners! Lights on!

        • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:15 am #

          Pucker

          Not just those three, and not all the Americans.

          Remember who is using that drug money.

          Idiot in the pharm industry today said that the FDA caused the opioid epidemic by allowing the use of opioids for chronic pain as well as acute pain.

          Obviously the medical and pharm community had nothing to do with it.

          • Farmer Joe February 25, 2019 at 10:37 am #

            “Idiot in the pharm industry today said that the FDA caused the opioid epidemic by allowing the use of opioids for chronic pain as well as acute pain.”

            I can’t say the medical community had no role, but I definitely think that it’s fair to say that the control of the drug trade in places like Afghanistan is a greater contributor. It seems like the American people will ignore anything to keep from engaging with reality.

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 11:14 am #

            Farmer Joe

            I think you need to read about this pharming family:

            newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/30/the-family-that-built-an-empire-of-pain

            It’s a long article but well worth the time. It gives the details on why the transition was made almost inevitably by individuals from the Sackler product (original formula) to that of the illegal drug dealers.

            They are only now, somewhat belatedly, facing a lawsuit for ““actively participat[ing] in conspiracy and fraud to portray the prescription painkiller as non-addictive, even though they knew it was dangerously addictive”.

            They knew. Like the tobacco companies back in the day.

            Even individual doctors were harassed into using the drug. And not just by the pharma industry but by the system that allows their patients (sorry, consumers) to demand stuff as if they are buying sweeties in Walmart and rate their doctor according to how well s/he complies with their demands, which in turn affects the doctor’s remuneration.

            forbes.com/sites/kaifalkenberg/2013/01/02/why-rating-your-doctor-is-bad-for-your-health/

            “Last February researchers at UC Davis, using data from nearly 52,000 adults, found that the most satisfied patients spent the most on health care and prescription drugs. They were 12% more likely to be admitted to the hospital and accounted for 9% more in total health care costs. Strikingly, they were also the ones more likely to die.”

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 11:16 am #

            Re doctors, ‘using’ the drug in the sense of prescribing it. Bad choice of word.

          • butter56 February 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

            I can understand the chronic pain people getting hooked by prescription opioids. It’s hard for me to imagine that a doctor writing for 20 hydrcodone for a toothe ache or kidney stone is getting people addicted. Your problem is treated but you go ,oh shit I’ve got to go by heroin now

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

            butter56

            It’s a long time since I read the article, but from what I recall it was long-term users who got hooked. And who knows if they found something worked the first time, they maybe asked for it again and again.

            The problem was that it was the original formula that was addictive, so when they changed the formula, after pressure, the new formula didn’t do the business, addiction-wise, for those hooked on the first formula, even it it worked fine as a painkiller for new users. So the ‘original formula’ addicts turned to heroin.

          • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

            Pain has two components, the physical damage part, pain sensors and a stress part. Someone post surgery for example hurts physically due to the incisions, but five days later healing is underway and the pain subsides. During the acute pain part, the body anticipates the onset of pain with a stress release prior and during the pain onset. The patient learns to anticipate the stress release and take pain meds when feeling the stress onset. That is the problem. After a while, when the pain itself subsides, the med is taken to offset the stress onset. When the pain is gone and the patient is taking the meds to prevent stress release, he/she is addicted. The brain changes, neuroplasticity, to require the meds to keep stress away.

            Post surgeries are pushed out the door to keep costs down for Medicare. No Rehab is done to wean patients off of pain meds. Addiction becomes permanent.

            When the MD finally takes away the prescription, sometimes not for awhile, it is too late. The find out that her ion is cheaper than black market oxycodone.

        • SpeedyBB February 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

          Pucker, did you ever hear of the Pentagon plan, leaked maybe 10 years ago, proposing funding and arming a “salafist group” in order to destabilize those impolite states refusing to curtsey to Uncle?

          Soon thereafter who should appear in Iraq with a parade of 100 brand-spanking-new white Toyota pickups but ISIS, armed to the teeth, voila.

          It’s what’s known in the trade as “Let’s you and him fight”. Cruel and despicable but that’s show business.

  4. BackRowHeckler February 24, 2019 at 11:48 pm #

    Good review, Mr. Kunstler!

    Tells us all we need to know.

    I’m glad I didn’t waste my time (watching it)

    brh

    • EvelynV February 25, 2019 at 5:59 am #

      brh

      That is a good solid sentiment to express.

      Why waste your time watching yet another self-back-patting event when you can waste so much of it, apparently practically every waking moment of what little of it you have left, hanging out on a forum with a nice sizable handful of regulars such as yourself repeating over and over and over and over again the same general verbal mush?

      • Farmer Joe February 25, 2019 at 10:46 am #

        What are you here, Ev?

      • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

        “general verbal mush?”

        Evelyn,
        Those amongst us who are toothless have very little option….

    • Paulo February 25, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      Excellent Review, but I couldn’t believe you actually watched it? My wife and I certainly didn’t.

      Here is how you know you’re in a good space. When a head talker mentions a “star” of whatever sex, colour, creed, you haven’t a clue who they are talking about? Furthermore, you don’t care. Although I do know who Glenn Close is and thought Fatal Attraction was pretty scary/good. And the latest news, even though RB? Kelly is supposedly a nightmare sex predator, you haven’t a clue what music he does and don’t care? R&B? R&B ? (I get it…it must be Rap). It sure as hell isn’t Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett. Rap? Come on, now.

      God help us all. I’m not sure it’s worth saving.

      Thank you for the Review. It sounded bang on.

      • BornToKillPeace February 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

        R.Kelly’s, “Step In The Name of Love”, is one solid track.

  5. Tate February 25, 2019 at 12:04 am #

    It doesn’t have a good look to Middle America anymore.

    • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      Middle merica. Like the somalis in Maine and Minnesota, courtesy of Imam Barry?

  6. malthuss February 25, 2019 at 12:22 am #

    any word on how many people viewed this years Awards?

  7. Q. Shtik February 25, 2019 at 12:30 am #

    I take pride in not giving my attention to politics or to Hollywood. Specifically, I avoid the political debates and all entertainment award shows. I rarely go to the movies either.

    In place of the Oscars I began tonight reading a novel on my computer titled Educated. It was selected by my wife’s book club and apparently has gotten excellent reviews, best seller list, etc.

    • Pucker February 25, 2019 at 1:05 am #

      Some people complain that if you read in your spare time that this is a sign that “you have too much time on your hands.”

      I guess that they think that Reading is a big distraction from working at some crappy job, or watching Hollywood TV and movies?

      • Pucker February 25, 2019 at 1:09 am #

        Bloke on his deathbed: “I really wish that I had spent more time at the office working, or at home watching TV and Hollywood movies.”

      • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:30 am #

        Pucker

        Or you might learn something that contradicts the Orwellian world that is being cast down on us.

        Anybody notice that the contents of movies is becoming Orwellian. Teaching us the pc messages of Big Brother.

        • messianicdruid February 25, 2019 at 11:21 am #

          Revelation of the Method

          The ‘elites’ do tell us through their books and publications and news releases, etc. what they are doing – this is called revelation of the method. If you are too stupid to recognize it for what it is that is your problem, from their point of view. It is a form of ritual mocking of the victim.

          • volodya February 25, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

            They’re been mocking the victim(s) for a long time. It’s not like they’re shy about it.

      • BornToKillPeace February 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

        “Some people complain that if you read in your spare time that this is a sign that “you have too much time on your hands.”

        lol. I’ve noticed this as well. Yet every asshole ever who ever complained on this topic, seem to carry a dish package, or own a jersey with another man’s name on the back. lol.

    • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:09 am #

      “I rarely go to the movies either.”

      I’m fortunate enough to live within walking distance of two small arty-farty cinemas where Hollywood blockbusters are not overwhelmingly represented. I’m a member of one, so it costs me less (plus age-related discount). It’s just like Ye Olde Days, before the multiplexes, but with better food.

      Where one of my brothers lives, in Hebden Bridge, they have a ‘a thriving, independent, not-for-profit cinema operated by (the) Town Council.’ Talk about being transported to another era. The people who use is even get to choose the films periodically. It’s a social thing.

      c1.staticflickr.com/9/8168/7118476867_67411fa1cc_b.jpg

      The occasional gem does come out of Hollywood. Manchester by the Sea was heartbreaking and I subjected myself to having my heart broken all over again when it turned up on TV a few weeks ago.

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:13 am #

        The queue outside is because they don’t sell tickets in advance – you just turn up at the door. Like I said, a step back in time – or perhaps forward to the future too. Gives you a chance to share your umbrella with your neighbours in the queue and have a chat. Good old Yorkshire 🙂 .

      • islander800 February 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

        Hebden Bridge sounds a lot like Sidney, British Columbia, a small community on Vancouver Island near Victoria. It’s a healthy sea-side town with a thriving independent-merchant-stores main street and town dock stretching down to the sea, overlooking the San Juan Islands and distant Mount Baker, Washington. They also have a town-owned indie theater, housed in the town’s 1950s movie theater. It has great support from town patrons. They recently renovated, replacing the 70s-vintage worn seats using much more comfortable seats bought used from a movieplex that was upgrading to new seats. It seems to be an theater alternative that many will gladly support – at least in smaller communities are economically healthy.

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

        They do sound similar in ethos, islander800.

        Hebden was an old mill town which died the usual death. Then some hippie types squatted in one of old mills back in the 70s and attracted some artistic types and the place came back to life. It has a railway station, which meant people working in cities like Leeds and Manchester could live there. So now it’s quite prosperous (in what is known as the muesli belt!) and has lots of character so plenty of visitors and hill walkers. It’s Bronte country – Haworth, where they lived, is just up the valley.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebden_Bridge

        There was a programme on TV here about a week ago which was part of a series on island communities – the first part was the San Juan islands and the second half Avery Island in Louisana. I missed the first half so now I’ll have to try to find it on catch-up!

        They seem to have retained the old seats in the Hebden Picture House!

        hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk/the-cinema/

        I don’t know if you got the (excellent) police drama series ‘Happy Valley’ over your way, since a lot of BBC dramas are exported. It was based in Hebden. The ‘happy’ in Happy Valley refers to drugs issues, not jolly inhabitants!

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      Hah! Boy, do I agree with you. I turn on TCM occasionally and am amazed that Hollywood could make really good, entertaining movies and not the drivel that is being produced today. I want to go to the movies for entertainment and will whenever the contents are entertaining.

      Watching the Red Carpet and remembering Stewart, Crosby, Kerr, Hope, Hepburn etc., folks who really had talent. Enclosing someone in a million dollar suit or dress does not make them an actor.

      • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 11:37 am #

        I think some of today’s actors have incredible talent. What they don’t have is the class of yesterday’s stars. Some might even call it ‘gravitas’. Mostly because people just don’t grow up anymore.

        • Sam Stone February 25, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

          @goldpen…”Mostly because people just don’t grow up anymore”. You are spot on there. I personally haven’t watched an awards show since the 60s. Only watched then because that was what the family TV was tuned to.

          • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

            Hey Sam! Hopefully that winter storm didn’t treat you too badly last week :-)?

    • EvelynV February 25, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

      Shtik,

      It’s beneath you to use such a hackneyed phrase – “I take pride…”.

      Self centric ego-ridden cliche that brings to mind another – “pride goeth before a fall…”.

    • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      “I take pride in not giving my attention to politics or to Hollywood. Specifically, I avoid the political debates and all entertainment award shows. I rarely go to the movies either.”

      Q,
      BUT…my father used to say (as we did battle on the snooker table), “A good pool player is the result of a misspent youth”….

      We are sinners, all.

  8. Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 12:42 am #

    Was Jussie even in the house? I can’t imagine him staying home since he is devoid of shame. Or did they deny him entry? They certainly didn’t show his grotesque smarmy face on the camera.

    I’m watching the After Show: blast from the past – Paris Hilton. Still looks great. She’s at “Elton’s” party and issupporting his charity. In other words, they’re trying to rehabilitate her after her anti Gay gaffe. She’s been persona non grata for years now.

    • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 8:10 am #

      His Hollywood peers are furious with Jussie because he got caught.

      • Paul Ford O'Neil February 25, 2019 at 9:58 am #

        Hello James,

        Down at the confluence of the Anacostia & Potomac a windy day is blowing the brain-farts away.

        You are right – it seems there may be more [YES, much more . . .] to the whole “Jussie Smollett effect, or is something more sinister a’foot?”

        youtube.com/watch?v=Q7lyja9JgrA
        youtube.com/watch?v=iQlYlhU91wM

        Carry-on until you are carrion.

        Regards,
        PFO

        • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

          Oooooooooh…..Is something more sinister afoot indeed!

          Thanks for posting those vids. For those with limited time just watch the second one for the juiciest implications. Is the female version of Obama Part Deux in trouble? Bwahahahahaha…..

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      Poor Jussie.

      Being crucified for putting into action the sentiments of the rotten MSM. When are we going to put Mika and Don Lemon into the slammer for doing verbally what he acted out. After all, he is an actor, isn’t he?

      • hmuller February 27, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

        I think CNN’s new motto should be: “When Others Report the Truth, Sometimes We Have No Choice”

        Too long?

    • aibohphobia February 25, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

      Definition:
      Jussie-tice: What happens when Jussie gets convicted for falsely reporting a hate crime….
      Of course, the elephant in the room is the political overtone . wasn’t this really just a cynical attempt to link Trump to a hate crime by putting MAGA into the speech of the attackers? I want to know if they admit to even saying MAGA. Or was that just something Jussie added later?

    • SpeedyBB February 27, 2019 at 10:07 am #

      Paris: “So look at me: I’m a Fag-Hag at heart. No really. All that other stuff was just a simple misunderstanding. Still looking at me?”

  9. Pucker February 25, 2019 at 12:44 am #

    The Chinese have a proskynesis mindset, so they won’t “Play Ball”….

    “As I said earlier, for the first time in history the elite power groups who operate on a supra national level can’t find common ground. One system is broken beyond repair, the other system struggling to be born. Clinton vs. Trump was simply a microcosm of this all-out war.”

    Daniel Estulin
    In the Shadows of a Presidency

    • SpeedyBB February 27, 2019 at 10:14 am #

      I find watching the Chinese aktion in Sinkiang, dealing with the stalwart hard-core Muslim community, fascinating.

      Two totalitarian ideologies collide, neither willing to break ranks. The one with more temporal power overwhelms the other, which secretly gives up nothing at all. The Chinese can grind away, flood the territory with Han interlopers, force beards to be shaved and food to be eaten during Ramadhan. But they will not change the hard hearts of the Ummah.

      The Sinkiang campaign is not at all like the “meeting of cultures” in modern Eurabia, where a totalitarian ideology barges right in and treads all over a weak liberal humanitarian one. By the time AfD and its more resolute counterparts attain power it will be too late, Game Over, more or less. Already looks that way in Belgium, France and the UK.

  10. Pucker February 25, 2019 at 12:58 am #

    Somebody in the Comments section to a website last week said: “I wish that Jesus would hurry up and get it over with.”

    Does anyone know anything about a Christian sect called ”Dominionism”?

    • K-Dog February 25, 2019 at 3:32 am #

      I was in a coffeshop last week. More trendy than SBs. This is Seattle and we do have better places. Young lady behind the pastry case was covered in tattoos. The colored inks tried hard to ruin her looks but her youth still shined through and she was eager to please. The excessive skin art seemed out of place.

      I won’t call him a boyfriend because he was obviously too hungry for her for that. A moth to flame and she was burning hot to him. I was not in the mood. One look at him and I was faga-maga-raga in my head. Physically I kept it together but mentally my brain-pan was steaming my loaf.

      The dude had piercings all over his face. Holes in his cheeks were filled with turquoise studs. The studs did not look easily removable. But so what, live and let live. Then the heat cooking my noggin changed everything.

      It is one thing to see a pretend devil character in a Hollywood movie. Devil horn stubs beneath the skin, but right then, a paying customer who did not deserve to be disgusted was pissed me off to see the real thing. Silicone implants to mimic Satan. Two cone shaped lumps under the forehead of a head shaved bald and tattooed. He looked like Scratch! Our Scratch with the horns.

      Live and let live, fuck that. Everybody else there was on their way to put in their time for the man. Everybody else worked. And like it or not everybody was doing their part to keep this merry-go-round turning. Socialism in action but not for him. He was better than that. He could deface himself and render himself unemployable. Maybe get something going with the young lady and leave her with a child to feed in a couple of years while he ran after something more important than taking care of a family. It was a clear case of anything goes and fuck anything that matters.

      Dominionists would ‘feel me and would approve a law against making your face look like the devil. Care to chime in Scratch?

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 7:47 am #

        “The dude had piercings all over his face. Holes in his cheeks were filled with turquoise studs. The studs did not look easily removable. ”

        Other than the fact that this sounds quite revolting, I can confirm that in very cold or very sunny weather earrings can burn or freeze (not literally…) your ears – it’s actually almost painful – so I can’t imagine what this must feel like in even moderately extreme (yes, I know…) temperatures, having mutilated your actual face and being a full target for the sun’s rays or exposed to a significant chill.

        The things below the skin sound gag-inducing – possibly literally if you were eating or drinking.

        “Maybe get something going with the young lady and leave her with a child…”

        I wonder if she was called Rosemary.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

        That’s the good Kdog talking – the one who remembers the Civilization his “conscious” self rejects. Ditto your hatred of Gays. Only the Pushy ones, you retort! They all tend to be like that now and are becoming more so each generation. Narcissism is the modus operandi of the Gay psyche. What is acceptable and even natural (in due measure) in woman utterly blights a man. The Old Civilization (which you follow in this but reject in most ways) kept them down and out of sight – for the good of all.

        Look at the look on Jussie’s face: utter self satisfaction and complacency. Extreme and unwholesome self love. That is their Mark of Cain. The blighted countenance that warns others of their presence.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

        Could magnets be used in an interrogation?

      • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

        Dog,
        Where I live, and it is somewhere remote, I suffer from lack of racial AND the cultural diversity you describe. Your story does remind me, however, of an incident dozens of years past;

        My buddy and I were in Reno, Nevada, enjoying one of our then quarterly debauches. We were in the back casino of Harrah’s, one block off Virginia Street. We observed casino security escorting a couple from the casino floor. The spectacle we saw I will now describe.

        A very fat, (leviathan fat) male, of about 6’+ weighing over 400 pounds, dressed completely in black leather, studded with spikes, pins, belts and other accoutrement. He appeared to be in is mid to late 20’s, completely bald. His scowling face set in rolls of fat, small piggish eyes hostile and searching…heavy boots on the carpet.

        But that wasn’t the weird part. In his right hand, he was holding a leash. The leash was attached to his consort…a desiccated, washed out, ridden-hard-and-put-away-wet female. The leash was attached to a large studded collar on her neck., and I would suggest that the collar was the most attractive part of the woman. Her make-up appeared to be applied with a spatula, her eye shadow a deep black and applied without judgment. Her hair blowsy and an unnaturally red. She also was dressed in full leather( not attractively) and with spiked-heel boots.

        This, ladies and germs, was in the early 90’s…an example that, according to the Dog, might not now pass for comment.

        We two X-cops were neither offended nor intimidated…just curious.

    • messianicdruid February 25, 2019 at 11:35 am #

      “Does anyone know anything about a Christian sect called ”Dominionism”?”

      This is my take. The Dominionists would not agree with me [ big deal – lol ] Their “easy-believism” is fulfilling prophecy, but not as they imagine.

      “God gave Adam rulership over the earth, but not ownership. God owns all things by right of creation. He remains sovereign over His creation and has given man mere authority–not sovereignty. The earth is not ours to do with as we please. We are managing God’s estate, and our Dominion Mandate gives us only the authority to treat His estate according to His will, which is His law. Therefore, we will be held accountable to Him for how well we manage that estate according to our level of authority.

      To take ownership of God’s estate is the spirit of antichrist, for then rulership is done as if the estate is our own and can be ruled according to our own will and our own laws.

      The Gospel of the Kingdom is based upon these foundational truths. A Kingdom is a King with a Domain. It is a King-dom. When man fell in the Garden of Eden, God did not lose His Domain. What He lost were ambassadors of His Government, and He has been working since then to train His ambassadors, so they can be entrusted with the Gospel of the Kingdom.”

      gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2007/01-2007/dominion-in-the-kingdom-part-1/

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

        Thus National Socialism. No Man can be allowed to “own” too much of what isn’t his to begin with. For we don’t even own our bodies – nay not even our very selves.

        If a child refuses to share, he is made to anyway….

        • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

          Janos,
          You know the term for American enlisted personnel? GI, stands for “Government Issue”.

          ” For we don’t even own our bodies – nay not even our very selves. ”

          A GI must take care of government property…this includes himself. It is a punishable offense in the military to become sunburnt…. The military invests millions in training, and that money trained an asset, and the asset is not to be squandered, until ordered to do so.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

            Didn’t know that. Interesting parallels. Of course, God loves his property – which are really parts of Himself. Thus the analogy breaks down, thank God.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 6:28 am #

            “Of course, God loves his property – which are really parts of Himself. ”

            That’s why when he’s tossing so much of his property into a big everlasting fire – way more everlasting than the worst thing his property has ever done or could ever do, he says ‘this is hurting me way more than it’s hurting you’. Com-passion. But not as we know it.

            Or human projection.

  11. Pucker February 25, 2019 at 2:29 am #

    What’s the difference between being a Vegetable, being in a Coma, and being a registered Voter?

    “The vegetative state is a chronic or long-term condition. This condition differs from a coma: a coma is a state that lacks both awareness and wakefulness. Patients in a vegetative state may have awoken from a coma, but still have not regained awareness. In the vegetative state patients can open their eyelids occasionally and demonstrate sleep-wake cycles, but completely lack cognitive function. The vegetative state is also called a “coma vigil”. The chances of regaining awareness diminish considerably as the time spent in the vegetative state increases.[7]”

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      Okay, Pucker, so what is a registered voter?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

      Yes, remember poor Terry Schievo (sp?). Her Husband had the doctors starve her to death because he didn’t believe she was really in there anymore. Christians were freaked out claiming she was. Both sides were very extreme: either a full fledged human being or a vegetable. Nothing in between was allowed. No third parties. I think she was aware – about at the level of human house cat. She smiled occasionally but there didn’t seem anything particularly human there. But still would one starve a cat to death – or a newborn baby? The State of New York would…..

  12. tucsonspur February 25, 2019 at 3:24 am #

    “in a camo tuxedo, soon to be worn by US Army Rangers in the forthcoming invasion of the Hamptons”

    “Spike Lee wearing some kind of futuristic cab driver get-up:”

    “Ole Bette Miller in an outfit that said Waitress-in-a-donut-shop.”

    Jim, you’re just too marvelous, just too marvelous for words.

    And they dragged out John Lewis, looking and talking like he’d just come from Palookaville, with that ever present “I remember, whitey” stamp across his face.

    Remember Trump’s “blood was coming out of her eyes, coming out of her wherever”? Maybe that led to this:

    “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar.”-‘Period: End of Sentence’ producer Melissa Berton, which won the Academy Award for best documentary, short subject.

    • tucsonspur February 25, 2019 at 3:28 am #

      Jim probably knows it’s Midler.

      • K-Dog February 25, 2019 at 3:35 am #

        She could grind him up and have room for desert.

      • K-Dog February 25, 2019 at 3:37 am #

        dessert It happens!

        • tucsonspur February 25, 2019 at 4:22 am #

          What kind of dessert would one want to have in the hot desert?

          Maybe a cool key lime pie?

          Probably one of those ice things.

      • James Howard Kunstler February 25, 2019 at 6:52 am #

        Typo. –JHK

  13. goldpen February 25, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Every year for at least the past 15 years I have had this fantasy that an 8.2 earthquake would strike the auditorium of the Oscars right as the Best Picture Award is being announced. Now, now I know some will think this is a horrible fantasy because such an earthquake would also impact many who are innocent. Actually my fantastical hope is that this would be a miraculous earthquake that would only affect the auditorium while leaving the rest of the LA basin untouched.

    Anyhoo…..another year and fantasy not fulfilled. There’s always next year.

    Mista Jim I noticed that you didn’t give a review of Lady Ga Gag’s performance with her new cuck Bradley Cooper. I’m sure it was groping….I mean gripping.

    Speaking of groping, Harvey Weinstein despite his exile still managed to sneak in and grope five young actresses last night. More miraculous than my fantasy earthquake!

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      I have the same fantasy about the Capitol building during the State of the Union. Talk about fixing a problem in one fell swoop.

    • njguy73 February 25, 2019 at 11:57 am #

      An earthquake interrupted a World Series but never an award show.

      Maybe God is a woman after all.

  14. Brabantian February 25, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    Below the media radar re the alleged ‘moon landings’ of 1969-72 which JHK mentions sceptically above –

    And following up with the funny faces that ‘moon landing hero’ Buzz Aldrin was making the other day, at age 89, standing next to Trump at the White House … Buzz seemingly hinting it was all a scam –

    3 days before his death on 7 March 1999, director Stanley Kubrick confessed to fellow film-maker T Patrick Murray, that he had faked the films of the USA claimed 6 ‘moon landings’ of 1969-1972, an era when the CIA had its own film studios at Laurel Canyon, California

    “Kubrick made it clear that he had agreed to the interview for a very specific purpose. He knew that he was close to death & he wanted to get something monumental off his chest before he died. Almost immediately after sitting down, he proceeded to tell the stunned interviewer that the moon landings were fake & he himself had been the director in charge of the filming proceedings.

    T (T. Patrick Murray): That we didn’t land on the moon, you’re saying?

    K (Stanley Kubrick): No, we didn’t. It was not real.

    T: The moon landings were fake?

    K: A, a, a … fictional moon landing. A fantasy. It was not real.

    T: The moon landing in ’69 …

    K: Is total fiction. I perpetrated a huge fraud on the American public, involving the United States government & NASA, that the moon landings were faked, that the moon landings ALL were faked, & I was the person who filmed it.

    T: Why did they have to fake it? Why would they have to do that?

    K: Because it is impossible to get there.”

    For a good laugh, take a look at the ‘Onion Moon Landing’ on YT, an alleged ‘recovered true original’ videotape of the ‘men landing on the moon’, full of four-letter words, 3 minutes, quite funny

    • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 9:07 am #

      I came to the conclusion years ago that the moon landings were faked. I think the biggest tip off to me was when a NASA scientist last decade remarked a big problem they were trying to deal with in planning for manned trips to Mars in the future.

      What is the problem? He said that they didn’t know how to protect humans from very high outer space radiation beyond the Van Allen Belt.

      It was a face palm slap for me at the time.

      Sooooooo…….Had NASA forgotten how they did this in the late 60s and early 70s? Do any scientists and engineers keep notes?

      Yeah. Right. Men went to the moon. Uh huh.

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:54 am #

        “Yeah. Right. Men went to the moon. Uh huh.”

        Uh-oh, I’ve er…landed on one of those sites.

        Next episode… how the attack on Pearl Harbour was faked to get the US to join the war. Seriously. There’s a secret bunker in Nevada where the descendants of the fake casualties are hidden to this day.

        “Had NASA forgotten how they did this in the late 60s and early 70s?”

        People forgot how to make concrete for about 1400 years. Someone lost the recipe in all that empire-falling 🙂

        • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 10:00 am #

          ….and don’t forget that NASA has endured a lot of budget cuts over the decades. Maybe the notes on how to survive deep space radiation were lost due to lack of funds.

          Next up……Earth is flat.

          Bwahahahahahaha…..

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 10:22 am #

            I will accept a lot of things, goldpen, but not that the earth isn’t flat. Didn’t you see that Meryl Streep film, ‘Postcards from the Edge’? Meryl knows. Meryl’s been there. 🙂

        • Epicur February 25, 2019 at 11:14 am #

          Don’t forget, wrasslin’ is real.

          youtube.com/watch?v=dLxpNiF0YKs

          • butter56 February 25, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

            Yeah, vaccinations don’t work either. Also, Hitler , Elvis and JFK are partying down in Argentina. I got this info from Ricks Cafe American in Casablanca. I’ve heard good intelligence has been coming out of there since WW2.

      • Nightowl February 26, 2019 at 4:13 am #

        I have to say that I was unaware of the tape of that NASA employee until the moderately ripe age of 42.

        I’ve been the exhibits at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space museum many times, know all about the Kubrick stuff (which is questionable, I have never found a definitive source for his statements on this), and am aware of some of the admittedly staged photos used for PR, etc.

        But I never really questioned the landing other than for the obvious propaganda value it had for us at that period in time.

        I must say, however that that tape is something else…

    • EvelynV February 25, 2019 at 9:15 am #

      Not only that, Kubrick admitted that your mother faked your birth.

      • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 9:53 am #

        Not speaking for Brabantian, but I have long suspected that my birth was faked. I was allegedly born in a US Army post hospital that is conveeeeeeeniently no longer there. As if it ever was there!

        No one from my past schools while “growing up” remember me. Sort of like no one at Columbia Univ remembering Obama.

        I think I was a dark op MKUltra CIA fake baby! Oh, and when I was 4 years old I was in my hometown’s newspaper commenting on the first moon landing! A picture of my making the shape of a rocket with my hands. I was probably being directed by Kubrick and I probably wasn’t actually even in my “hometown”.

        I still have the newspaper clip. It looks so real. Oh they’re very gooooood…..

    • James Howard Kunstler February 25, 2019 at 9:36 am #

      For the record, my crack about moon landing was a gag, pure and simple.

      • capt spaulding February 25, 2019 at 11:21 am #

        Yes, but it is definitely made of green cheese.

        • RIB February 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

          Nope, American cheese

          • capt spaulding February 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

            Those Krafty bastards put another one over on me!

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

        Well yeah, it’s like a spaceship made of green cheese after all :-). And there are aliens living in it and they come to earth at night and do…well you know the rest lol….

        • butter56 February 25, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

          A friend of mine has two kids who are both unbelievably smart and look like movie stars. His wife say an alien had to have come down and made her pregnant but she doesn’t remember it

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:54 am #

            Hmmm that sounds like a familiar story lol :-).

          • hmuller February 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

            Maybe he should have the whole family DNA tested to see who is related to whom. The threat alone maybe dislodge tawdry secrets long hidden.

        • capt spaulding February 25, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

          Oh yes, the probe, I’d rather not talk about it.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 6:48 am #

            Sightings of UFOs and stories of probes have steeply declined since the advent of sex shops and especially online ordering of their myriad gadgets.

            Correlation? Causation? Who knows? 🙂

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:53 am #

            LOL 😛 you so crazy!

          • SpeedyBB February 27, 2019 at 10:48 am #

            GreenAlba, I’ve had the curious thought that the Visitors are somewhat like the wildlife experts who only partly camouflage themselves, such that wild animals can get the sense of something living and watching them but not menacing enough to cause them to bolt.

            For anyone with a persistent case of the doubts I respectfully refer you to the 2010 “Disclosure” videos recorded at the National Press Club, mostly testimony by retired USAF officers responsible for security at nuclear weapons sites.

    • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Just look at them at the Apollo 11 press conference. For Christ’s sake these guys look like they are getting prepared to be water boarded.
      youtube.com/watch?v=BI_ZehPOMwI

      • Yeah, this is what rock steady professional men acted like back then. Men who grew up eating organic food, getting exercise and fresh air, spending the hours and days with books and conversation, instead of social media. Men who respected knowledge, science, and philosophy, electing for a career of service, without a recruitment movie staring Tom Cruise.

        You think the Air Force was selecting for something else?

        As the conference continued, they loosened up a bit, their moderated voices picking up speed, and letting their guard down a bit.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill February 25, 2019 at 10:54 am #

      Last week I was listening to a Geopolitics & Empire podcast that featured an interview with Dmitry Orlov from December 8, 2018. During the interview he told the host about a Russian scientist he spoke to. This scientist told him they were planning to send a mission to the moon to see if any of the Apollo stuff is actually up there. If true, doubt about the moon landings expands well beyond the tin foil hat crowd. Personally, I’d love to see someone either validate that it’s true or validate that it was faked.

      Gotta wonder how it would play out if proven a fake. Lots of faith could be crushed, from faith in the government to faith to the idea that we are going to Mars and will soon be mining asteroids. Hell, that one Russian expedition could do more to unravel this country than all of the hysterical hand waving about the last election.

      • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 11:18 am #

        Yes I heard that podcast too. Dmitry also said that with Russia’s new missile systems, which Putin announced early last year, that the US no longer has any….as in absolutely none….ability to do a successful first strike. He’s said this more than once in his bi-weekly blog as well.

        Oh, and he’s also said that US aircraft carriers can be taken out with no real ability to thwart the new hypersonic missiles. That they are in essence now just big floating coffins in the water.

        Anyone here with a lot more knowledge of such things than myself have an opinion on these claims by Orlov?

        • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 11:32 am #

          He leaves one big thing out. FBM submarines. Both sides have them, they are hidden, undetectable, and close enough to their targets that there is no defense. Fleet Ballistic Missile boats are what forced the MAD folks to finally cave. Still no answer.

          Carrier forces have one job in a crisis, get their planes launched in time to do their missions. The ships are expendable.

          The hawks of the world are full of s—t. If someone pushes the ultimate button, the world will not be worth living in.

          • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 11:51 am #

            Oh yes, Orlov does mention the FBM submarines too. He brought up the Russian’s “Poseidon” weapon:

            “Russia has reportedly commenced sea trials of its ultimate doomsday weapon, a nuclear-capable underwater vehicle (UUV), dubbed ‘Poseidon,’ purportedly designed to deliver a 2-megaton nuclear warhead to destroy naval bases, carrier strike groups, and entire coastal cities by triggering a radioactive Tsunami wave.

            The sea trials of the “Poseidon” began last week and are primarily focused on the UUVs guidance system and underwater operations in autonomous mode. Work on the “Poseidon” is reportedly progressing according to schedule, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a July 19 statement….”

            The above taken from here: thediplomat.com/2018/07/russia-begins-sea-trials-of-nuclear-capable-poseidon-underwater-prone/

          • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

            Even with a Poseidon, ya gotta know where the FBM is. We have Asroc, on the surface and the same capability on subs to do the same thing. But ya gotta know what you are aiming at.

            I will tell you the deadliest threat of both sides and any other small country like NOKO.

            The EMF wave off a nuke cripples all silicon based electronics. It just destroys the devices with ionization. This was being discussed when NOKO was showing off a couple years ago.

            The EMF wave will shut down everything due to the computerization of everything.

            Instant 12th century.

          • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

            “a radioactive Tsunami wave.

            The sea trials of the “Poseidon” began last week and are primarily focused on the UUVs guidance system and underwater operations in autonomous mode. Work on the “Poseidon” is reportedly progressing according to schedule, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a July 19 statement….”

            Goldpen,
            I suspect that the Russians got help from extraterrestrials…how could they build something so advanced and otherworldly so quickly but from secret communication, direct from Uranus…yeah….

        • Orlov is a crank….

          • Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

            This from one who trumpets the NYT everyday? Curious…

          • BornToKillPeace February 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

            Couldn’t finish the sentence Snack Packaging? Don Lemon’s balls in your mouth?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      There’s a very interesting youtube or a series of them: NASA official admits they’ve lost the original films of Apollo program. In other words, they’ve been hidden or destroyed because they won’t stand up to modern technical scrutiny. I became very open to this question after watching that.

      • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 9:53 pm #

        Employment here in Huntsville collapsed in the early 70’s. Boeing moved 5,000 jobs back to Seattle. GE terminated 2,000+. It was a bloodbath. I doubt they kept the historians. I am always up for a good conspiracy story though.

    • seawolf77 February 26, 2019 at 12:35 am #

      It’s impossible to get there. Amen. We can’t get there today, we can’t get there yesterday, and we won’t be able to get there for at LEAST another 100 years, probably 500 years.

    • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

      @ Brabantian
      oh please. why you want to have the truth about everything? Don’t you need a little myth in your life?

  15. FincaInTheMountains February 25, 2019 at 9:23 am #

    The big story is not whether Americans faked the Moon Landing, but why the leadership of the USSR went along with it.

    I guess even then they were planning the “Enclosure” – the privatization of Soviet public property and becoming on equal footings with American elite.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enclosure

    Boy, have they been taken for a ride!

    • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 9:32 am #

      That ‘s easy. The faking of the moon landings had ancillary goals. One of them was the promulgation of the nuclear weapon myth. The critical link in the man with his finger on the button is the ICBM. It’s not bombers or nuclear submarines, which have people between them and nuclear holocaust. An ICBM has no such conscience. So doing wonders with rockets is essential for people to believe ONE man can destroy the world. This increases American and Russian power simultaneously. People think this is a pride thing. This is a power thing.
      It’s the same reason people who liked the 50’s are Republicans and people who liked the 60’s are Democrats. No Republican will ever admit to fake moon landings, and the corollary no one who voted for Trump will admit the moon landings were faked. It’s admitting to being had, and no Republican will ever admit to that. They use that against them, unbeknownst to them.

      • Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 11:25 am #

        No Republican will ever admit to fake moon landings, and the corollary no one who voted for Trump will admit the moon landings were faked

        You were doing so good up until that statement. Most people who voted for Trump or who simply refused to vote only had one primary goal: to NOT elect Queen HRC. Faked moon landings are a whole nother topic altogether.

        Most Americans of a certain age have a sentimental attachment to the moon landings, which were one of the few feel good things to come out of the 60’s, so they simply refuse to consider it a possibility altogether.

        • messianicdruid February 25, 2019 at 11:44 am #

          I am relieved to be free of another label.

        • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

          I guess I’ll never understand the HRC vitriol. After everything Trump has done and so few have abandoned him… it’s amazing to me. Even SSL has at least a little buyer’s remorse. Most don’t. I’ve heard some say he’s the greatest president ever.

          • Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

            After all this time, I guess you won’t.

          • Nightowl February 26, 2019 at 4:21 am #

            You won’t because you live in a world in which people believe Trump is akin to Hitler.

            With that level of deductive reasoning and critical thinking, it is no surprise that you are entirely unaware of why one might find Clinton so vile.

          • devon44 February 27, 2019 at 11:02 am #

            People don’t like HRC because of her dead, evil eyes. You’ve become so ‘civilized’ that you’ve lost your animal instincts. One look at that woman, and all my instincts tell me to flee – just like if I happened across a rattlesnake while hiking.

            One fun theory I heard the other day is that liberals have ‘evolved’ away so many of their natural instincts that your disgust threshold is nonexistent. That would explain how you can look at a 10 year old boy wearing a dress and makeup, stripping for older men, and not only not be horrified by it, but actually would say it is ’empowering.’

        • The evidence against the moon landing is laughable.

          Really, the best they have is some apocryphal bullshit about Kubrick’s last words!

          Flat Earth, the fookin’ Reptilians, vaccines cause autism, and the game moon landings are all on par.

          • Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

            I don’t know if they did or they didn’t, but there’s at least a plausible rationale for doing so.

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

            Where’s RocketDoc when you need him?

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

            spacecentre.co.uk/blog-post/know-moon-landing-really-happened/

          • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

            Yes experts know everything and are never wrong…..

          • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

            Like the experts on those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq….

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

            I’m leaving you to RocketDoc, SSL – I hope he’s not on holiday.

            RocketDoc and SoftStarlight – it has a certain je ne sais quoi as a pairing 🙂

            The WMD ‘experts’ were spooks. Not my favourite category of expert.

          • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

            I don’t have time for RocketDoc. Janos is bringing me to inner earth :-)! Tell him to call me. The King of inner earth said that I can still get calls on my phone down there.

          • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

            I will happily leave you to Janos, SSL, There are some things a person aspiring to a modicum of dignity will not do, and one of them is argue about fake moon landings.

            Happy Mo(o)nday 🙂

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:24 am #

            If you say so put it would be fun too. Happy belated Moonday!

          • Nightowl February 26, 2019 at 4:38 am #

            No stake in the conspiracy game, but where does Russia Truth fit on your spectrum, I wonder?

            “Tin foil for thee, but not for me.”

            Heh.

          • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

            Thank you. I did not realize so many did not want to believe anything good about our usually dysfunctional government.

          • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 10:03 pm #

            Thank you. I did not realize so many did not want to believe anything good about our usually dysfunctional government.

            And thanks to GA for her winsome hopes that I have something useful to add to moon landing non-believers. It’s just too hard to doubt everything.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

          I voted for Trump and am open on the question – so you’re wrong.

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

        I believe you seawolf. It is very plausible that the moon landing was fake. And I voted for Trump nonetheless lol. But like you said I have buyers remorse which is true. I still wouldn’t have voted for Hillary but I can’t argue with you on that either.

        • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm #

          It is equally plausible that a few guys went to the moon and everybody said been there done that and lost interest. Especially when it cost money.

  16. tractorguy February 25, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    The most stomach-turning part of the whole night was those harpies talking about ‘menstrual equality’. I laughed out loud, turned to my wife, and asked, “What the hell is that?” She rolled her eyes and laughed too. “I have no idea!”

    • JustSaying February 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

      I thought it was a joke but it is real:

      congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/972

      This bill establishes a tax credit, a tax exclusion, and requirements that apply to the purchase or distribution of menstrual hygiene products.

      The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) expand the tax exclusion for reimbursements from a health flexible spending arrangement to include amounts paid or incurred for menstrual hygiene products, and (2) allow a refundable tax credit of $120 for certain individuals who use menstrual hygiene products, subject to adjustments for inflation and a limitation based on adjusted gross income.

      • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

        Thanks! I really needed a genuine laugh. Gawd bless ‘Murica!

      • Ricechex February 25, 2019 at 11:34 pm #

        Well now that is interesting. I can’t even get regular OTC saline eye drops credited on my Health Savings Account without a written RX from the MD. I wonder if the MD will have to write an RX for tampons.

  17. RB February 25, 2019 at 9:33 am #

    I don’t think MAGA will get it done. There’s just no material to work with of any substance. I still like John Wayne movies, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey B, and that generation. Then for musicals there’s Singing In The Rain. I could figure out those. I even liked Reagan movies. I think we are screwed. This is all a freak show now. No hope.

  18. seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    Driving Mrs Daisy won again.

    • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 10:12 am #

      More like, ‘Driving While Black.’

  19. GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:56 am #

    “Driving Mrs Daisy won again.”

    But she’s got married in the meantime.

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:54 am #

      Someone once said that all movies run on 13 plot lines, just adaptations.

      I think that has dropped to two or three.

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

        Hmmm, so they are sorta like pre-packaged meals from Walmart.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

        Yeah, apparently there’s only seven jokes. The variables remain the same – only the values or incidentals change according to the present.

  20. FincaInTheMountains February 25, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    promulgation of the nuclear weapon myth == seawolf

    Today’s political news in the United States showed that the fear of a certain part of the American establishment of Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly was not due to the fact that they were afraid of the damaging factors of a nuclear explosion, but with the possibility that their compatriots would understand – they are being set up not only by their own politicians, but also by the so-called American intelligentsia.

    But in order for you to understand how this affects the situation in US and in Russia, I must explain to you, my dear readers, the difference between a hot war and a cold war. I tried to do it in the previous post, but judging by the comments, I did it badly.

    And so I decided to approach the bomb again and this time I will start with a proposal to forget everything you know about the connection between war and the economy.

    In particular, contrary to the very popular point of view, an emerging war cannot enrich America, since all previous wars enriched the United States because they increased the circulation zone of the dollar. And the current war can not increase the circulation zone of the dollar because after the collapse of the USSR this zone reached a planetary scale, that is, the maximum, and the only reason why the dollar has not yet collapsed is that both China and Russia are buying US securities, essentially saving the planetary circulation zone of the dollar. After the war, it can only become smaller, MUCH smaller, even disappearing completely.

    This is important because the cold war is a way to destroy the enemy by economic means, and if the cold war happens, Russia will have no choice but to bring down the dollar if it does not want to repeat the fate of the USSR, which did not use Black Monday in 1987 and did not finish the United States off at that moment the “winner” in the cold war was not even on his knees, but one could say he was lying in a pool of his own vomit.

    October 19, 1987 is the day on which the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell the most in its entire history – 22.6%, and if Gorbachev had not signed a surrender six months before in Reykjavik, of which the recently dead INF treaty was a part, then the fall of Dow Jones on one of those days with a guarantee would be at least twice as big.

    And if the USSR in those days showed a space fighter, which later became the Avangard system, then the United States as a federation would most likely seized to exist already in the early 90s.

    But in order to achieve such a victory in the Cold War, Russia needs to create a threat of the first or, as they say, in America preemptive strike with missiles, which in 5-10 minutes after launch will reach all the launch positions of American missiles.

    Now Russia does not have such missiles, since even Avangards from Siberia to the USA will fly in about 15 minutes. But if Russia builds 16 missile cruisers that Putin was talking about, then after approaching the coasts of the USA, they will be able to simply shoot out the launch positions of the American missiles.

    I repeat once again – Russia does not have to shoot the United States, but it must create the threat of such shooting, in order to force the United States to build a real missile defense system, which could at least theoretically intercept 800 Russian combat blocks with a flight time of 10 minutes, and which should cost around 20 trillion dollars and not 200 billion, which costs EURO missile defense, whose task is to intercept a retaliatory strike by 10% of Russian missiles that survived after a “preemptive” strike by the United States.

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Why waste all that money, Finca?

      Just support dictators in South and Central America, watch them export all their opposition folks, kick back and watch the US commit suicide internally trying to absorb the next ten million socialists.

      So who are the really stupid people?

      • Epicur February 25, 2019 at 11:33 am #

        “…kick back and watch the US commit suicide…”

        There’s a fair amount of evidence that his is Putin’s strategy. He is trying to do to us the same thing we did to the Soviets in Afghanistan.

        • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

          There was even a James Bond movie where the Mujahadeen were the good guys, today’s Taliban.

          Anyone ever think we might be there to protect the drug routes?

      • EvelynV February 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        Assuming any part of your bullshit conjecture is realistic, more likely since they are trying to flee they are now hardened anti-socialists.

    • The New York Times today published an editorial by former chief of station for the CIA, John Sipher.

      A concise history of Russian paranoia and its evolution as a secret intelligence state since the original establishment of the Cheka by Lenin.

      It details why the crypto-Russian government is incorrigible and will never stop its constant existential task of bullshitting the world and it’s people to stay in power. The generation of disinformation is its asymmetrical leverage to dominate its population through coercion and terror and its pathetic abuse of human nature to maintain oligaric power.

      • JustSaying February 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

        Hmmm, sounds like some other country we know….

      • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

        That sounds like what the ‘Murican secret intelligence state does! But with more smooth sophistication.

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

        I am impressed that you are always on your point no matter what. All these other drifters are having a tough time competing lol!

        • Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

          Lil’ Snacker’s a grown up version of the Lil’ J-Bot. Might even work in/for the same bot center.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:22 am #

            You think so? He seems real to me.

    • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

      “I repeat once again – Russia does not have to shoot the United States, but it must create the threat of such shooting, in order to force the United States to build a real missile defense system

      Komraden Finc!

      Where do you get such crazy ideas, such Machiavellian plots?

      Oh yeah, we did that to the Russkies in the 80’s…40 years ago.

      I thought you guys played chess, not checkers….

  21. malthuss February 25, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    Meanwhile, news abroad, in Canada, all animal products are gone form Canadian recommended food chart and in New Zealand,
    immigrants are checked for BMI–body mass index, aka percent bodyfat.

  22. George February 25, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    Instead of watching the Oscars, I worked on my Meccano (#meccano) model of an Antonio Carraro Tigre 4000 tractor.

    • BackRowHeckler February 25, 2019 at 11:22 am #

      Time well spent, my friend.

    • EvelynV February 25, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      (yawn) Any time dumped down a rat hole is like matter sucked into a black hole.

      • George February 27, 2019 at 9:53 am #

        It seems some people are just bracing at the bit to throw in a negative comment. That tractor was necessary to help my robotics students understand the programming tasks associated with robotics.

  23. Ishabaka February 25, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    I’ve basically stopped going to the movies since they’ve become alt-left propaganda pieces with all the subtlety of a Khmer Rouge video about Democratic Kampuchea: youtube.com/watch?v=Ko9wikf_RBc

    • JustSaying February 25, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      I stopped going because they all suck!

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

        Yep!!! Nuff said ;-)!!!

  24. newworld February 25, 2019 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks for suffering for us.

    I can recommend one documentary to all here, FYRE Festival debacle, pure Americana of late stage decadence.

    IMO it was a brilliant marketing campaign what I would bill as a secular Hinduism (my apologies to real Hindus) of waving around tight young white girls with just enough splash of colored people to create a fantasy world for overpaid drones or trust fund dupes.

    For my fake Hinduism secular faith the head cheese will have a statue that looks like the owner of Instagram the Zuck with many arms and bug eyes, YO.

    • Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 11:15 am #

      That was great! Like watching a plane crash in slow motion.

  25. newworld February 25, 2019 at 10:34 am #

    And I haven’t seen the Oscar’s broadcast since they last had John Wayne on it.

  26. Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 10:38 am #

    The satire is delicious this morning, Jim, keep it up!

  27. seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 10:49 am #

    I couldn’t even finish watching “Black Panther.” While visually stunning I couldn’t follow the story at all, everything moved to fast, and I didn’t care one twit what happened to anybody in the movie. And this after many of my friends raved about the flick. Go figure.

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 11:08 am #

      Seawolf

      One of the declines of the movies is that they are made for young folks, with their short attention spans. They are all cut up into a succession of skits, jumping from one set of characters to the next.

      The young folks are products of Television. Why skits? That is the production distance between commercials.

      People with longer attention spans have a tough time trying to keep it all straight.

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

        Or perhaps they just don’t produce much good stuff anymore? They have a severe lack of creativity and lack substance. I am young and I don’t pay much attention to any of this stuff. None of my friends do either. Are we outliers? Possibly, but I honestly believe a lot of people don’t care whatsoever. You can pick and choose and stream anything you want to watch now so you can cut out all of the cookie cutter stuff.

        I love horror. And I saw a good movie on Amazon the other night called Hell House. It was not any big production at all but it scared me pretty bad lol. It’s the best horror flick I have seen since Sinister.

        imdb.com/title/tt4267026/

        • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm #

          “Sinister” was very good. I hear “The Quiet Place,” is pretty good though I have not watched it yet.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:20 am #

            Holy crap do you remember the scene where Ellison is watching the reel “Pool Party” and the demon basically looks at him and the projector catches on fire? That demonic, triangular face gave me chills I still can’t shake!

      • Ricechex February 25, 2019 at 11:37 pm #

        So insightful. I never thought of it that way, but it certainly seems to be true.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

      That’s your inner racism talking. I’m watching it now and it’s not bad. To my surprise, Whites aren’t portrayed as clowns or super villains. It just focuses on Blacks. I have no problem with it on that level.

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

        Hmmm so maybe it is ok to branch out a little bit. I wasn’t even gonna consider it given the title.

      • Exscotticus February 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

        I haven’t seen it. Do whites carry spears, too? Or is that the movie’s principal homage to black African culture?

        • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

          No, they’re afraid of the Global White Culture and thus remain hidden. But some of them think that they’re super technology could defeat it. The secret is Vibranium!

          Same conflict with Star Wars: if you have “blasters” or ray guns or even regular firearms, you don’t need swords anymore – even light sabers. But then all the fun is gone….

    • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

      “And this after many of my friends raved about the flick. Go figure.”

      Wolfie,
      …get new friends….

  28. BackRowHeckler February 25, 2019 at 10:57 am #

    Good article in the WSJ today, headline ‘Frackers Endure Reckoning on Wall Street’. Upshot is these drillers in Texas and ND are producing a lot of oil but they’re losing money, and Wall Street is increasingly reluctant to lend them anymore money to keep operations going.

    As a layman its hard for me to believe these companies cant make a profit at $55 per barrel, which just shows you how expensive fracking must be.

    Brh

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      With fracking, like regular drilling, the expenses are all up front. One the hole is drilled, they hope they get enough out of the hole to justify the outlay. As they get farther from the sweet spots, the pay back declines.

      In Texas, a new technique is being employed. Instead of going from one site to another, x-y, they are going deeper and fracking additional strata. It seems to be working.

      • BackRowHeckler February 25, 2019 at 11:35 am #

        Incredibly, it turns out some of this fracking is occuring around Titusville and Oil City, Penn., where the original oil strikes happened in 1859.

        Brh

        • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

          Huh. Thanks for the update. My grandparents lived in Meadville, Pa, right in the neighborhood.

  29. anville February 25, 2019 at 11:10 am #

    Wow, particularly insipid column this morning. JHK has the capacity to be quite insightful, but I feel lately that he’s slipping further into angry “get-off-my-lawn” old man territory.

    I didn’t watch the Oscar’s show last night because I knew I wasn’t interested. I suspect JHK also knew that he wasn’t, but proceeded to watch anyway, and subject us to this screed about pop culture.

  30. Ol' Scratch February 25, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    What, no mention of Vice? (I guess Bale won 2 for his portrayal of our Dark Lord).
    Better tread lightly for a while, Jim! The devil incarnate Lord Cheney never sleeps, nor does he ever forget!

  31. BackRowHeckler February 25, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Did ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ get any mention at the Oscars?

    Brh

  32. njguy73 February 25, 2019 at 11:47 am #

    Glenn Close’s gown weighed forty pounds.

    For comparison’s sake, an NHL goalie wears thirty-five pounds of equipment.

  33. JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 11:49 am #

    Hey, all you Apollo conspiracists.

    Check out Wikipedia on Third party observations of the Apollo landing sites.

    I would say enough independent sources have confirmed that the left overs are still there.

    Or did some conspirator shoot that stuff up there so that people could take pictures of it forty years later.

    Give me a break.

    • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      Well you know the Devil planted all them dinosaur fossils just so humans wouldn’t believe in Creationism.

      It’s twoo!

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

        “Well you know the Devil planted all them dinosaur fossils just so humans wouldn’t believe in Creationism.”

        I thought it was God who was supposed to have done it as a test of faith. A born-again girl told me that.

    • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

      Where’s the link?

      • goldpen February 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

        You don’t need a link my child. Just have faith and you will be rewarded for your belief in things not seen.

        Okay I’ll give this link to a ministry with its own creationist museum. Now they do actually believe dinosaurs existed. They only believe the Devil created misleading radio carbon dating. Doh!

        Dinosaurs were around when Jesus walked the earth!!

        creationmuseum.org/dinosaurs-dragons/

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

        I believe you.

    • RocketDoc February 26, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

      Another voice of reason.

  34. volodya February 25, 2019 at 11:56 am #

    The only awards that matter, to the extent that they matter, are best pic, best actor, best director. The rest don’t.

    OK I confess I didn’t watch. But am I to understand that Black Panther didn’t get best pic OR best actor OR best director?

    WTF? You kiddin’ me? All that money, what, $200 million to produce and over a billion at the box office, and they get those three nothing trinkets?

    “Best costume design”? “Best production design”? “Original score”? Fuck right off. These are consolation prizes AT BEST, in a contest where I guess EVERYBODY gets something, where EVERYBODY is a winner, and they’re trying to dress this up as “historic?”

    I can imagine Chris Rock building a routine around this latest slap in the face, and Spike Lee venting more rage in another movie.

    I don’t get it. With that kind of loot, the studio should’ve had the wherewithal to EASILY buy something more, at least ONE of the Big Three. Don’t they do lavish dog and ponies … oh, there’s “rules” around lobbying? Really? Seriously? But I thought the studios sent nit-wit starlets to blow everybody in sight. Don’t they? Yeah, I know, Avengers grossed up more. So what, a billion, two billion, Black Panther was about BLACK PEOPLE. And what’s wrong with these guys, so bloody what if the other movie made more money, you send out twice as many star-lets to blow twice as many guys.

    Anyway, I don’t care about the – cough – rules. This is obviously White Hollywood closing ranks, racism most vile. Any movie about White folks tallying up that kind of dough would’ve walked away with something better than those three pissant awards … just a cotton pickin’ minute, isn’t the movie based on a Stan Lee comic? Isn’t, er, wasn’t Stan Lee a White dude? Jesus H, they couldn’t find a Black comic artist? Don’t black lives matter?

    I don’t get how this happened. Marvel Comics is owned by Disney. Isn’t Disney a Jew run company? Don’t Jews control everything? I’m totally confused.

    • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

      V

      Maybe the problem is as simple as:

      White people watch white people and Black people watch Black people. No racism, just like when they integrated the schools, Blacks hung with Blacks, Whites with Whites, Asians with Asians, etc. Human nature. Adults do the same thing, the famous “neighborhoods” of Chicago are proof of that.

      The Black movies are just a continuation of the same thing. Why are they not appreciated more at the box office?

      Maybe because only 12-16% of the population is Black?

      Did Black Panther get released in Africa? Wonder what the reception was there.

      • volodya February 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        I was mostly being sarcastic. But you’d think that that the company that made the movie that pulled in almost 1.5 billion and was the second highest grossing pic would have bought at least one major award. When I say “bought” I mean “bought”. Does anyone think these awards ceremonies are on the level? In any case, this is one more issue that’s high on the list of things that don’t matter. But yeah, good question, I wonder how the movie did in Africa.

        • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

          Does anyone think these awards ceremonies are on the level?

          I thought the awards [I watched one time, long ago] was dull and scripted. too scripted. too much applause.

          no booing = boring.

        • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

          I am waiting for Africans to beam me up in their flying saucer :-). Shouldn’t we all be Wakanda-bound?

          • volodya February 25, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

            Maybe we can go together. I’ll bring us some wine and munchies. What do you like?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

            No, you’re coming with me to the Inner Earth. Get lost Volly.

          • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

            Really :-)??? Now I am definitely coming with you :-)!!!

          • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

            I’m trying to make contact with their emissaries here in the Upper World – usually halflings. The Dwarf Halflings pose as or actually are little guys who work as cobblers or jewelers, etc. The Elven halflings usually pose as young gay men. The results have been comical I must admit. The Dwarves order me out of their shops and threaten to call the police. The Elves think I’m some crazy coming on to them – but they’re willing anyway. I can tell some of them are the real thing because they’re snickering as they put on the act. Halfling scum!

          • elysianfield February 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

            Janos,
            Once you go elf….

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:13 am #

            Lol halfling scum trying to get the best of you, how dare they! But then of course they would!

          • seawolf77 February 26, 2019 at 11:18 am #

            Once you go elf, no more off the shelf.

      • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

        No, Whites watch Blacks.
        Michael Jackson.
        Actors.
        comics.

        hell, one of them played God. The old guy whose name eludes me.

        took awhile to find…Morgan Freeman.

        • JohnAZ February 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

          Whites watch white dominant movies, Blacks watch Black dominant movies.

          I look for and watch Morgan Freeman, Denzel Eashington type movies and listened to Michael Jackson.

          I just have no interest in an all Black movie, I guess I cannot relate. And I think it goes both ways.

          Awards shows are an industry in themselves. The are just recycling capital in Hollywood. The movies are boring, the stars are boring, the clothes are boring. I wish we had Joan Rivers and the Fashion Patrol back, it at least added a little humor to the prelims.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

        Yes, it’s that simple. Natural preference for one’s own, also called Racism – but only when Whites are involved.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

      So you’re saying that Jews don’t control Hollywood? More proof of your identity.

      I don’t think you are confused at all, but rather confusing. A very different thing.

  35. capt spaulding February 25, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

    I read that Einstein was killed by the deep state because he knew too much.

    • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

      did they get his secrets before the killing?

    • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

      Gosh I think your right. Tell me more!!! Was he wearing a turtleneck when they axed him ;-).

      • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

        They made him shave his mustache, but just on one side. His mind dissembled and he twirled into a vortex of nothingness. They buried his mustache hairs in a heart-shaped chocolate box that had E=MC2 in raised letters embossed on it.

        • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:07 am #

          Lol a vortex of nothingness! Did he become a black hole?

      • capt spaulding February 25, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

        That’s funny, SSL, you deserve a tip for that one.

        • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:05 am #

          Why thank you Captain :-)!

  36. 100th Avatar February 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

    People still pay attention to this.

    An industry marketing campaign branded as an awards show.

    It’s spectacle to ensure their product “actors” are given importance.

    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the american public.

    • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

      Wow you don’t say!!!!! You mean it is scripted and complete and total BS???? I thought I was supposed to be basing my life on this stuff lol.

      • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

        I await your words of wisdom this week eagerly :-).

        • 100th Avatar February 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

          The preoccupation with showbiz celebrity in this country is another testament to the cultural void.

          Gauche

          • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

            Yes, we need a new culture to fill that void. I think we are slowly creating one with our brain trust here. And in other places too. Stay tuned!

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

        Some actor needs to get an award and then dedicate to his brother or cousin who was killed by Black criminals. Or at least give a White Power salute….

        • SoftStarLight February 25, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

          OMG that would be totally amazing. Can you imagine how much we would talk about that if a…think about…White male gave a White power salute and thanked his people and God for his good fortune upon receipt of his award??!! Don Lemon’s head would explode. Joy Behar would have to be undergo some sort of emergency psychological intervention. Alyssa Milano would announce that she is a Lesbian and would renounce the world. And I definitely would then have a new man to dream about all day long lol ;-).

          • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

            Liberal tears are precious and we will pay for them. Like the beards of Old Women, we use them in our magical potions. See “below”…..

          • seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

            Are you talking about this?
            adl.org/education/references/hate-symbols/white-power-hand-sign

          • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 11:55 pm #

            Some people think that every time Trump makes the Ok symbol or Jnana mudra (an obscene gesture in Italy), he is speaking in code to his base, We Deplorables.

            Went to a Gun Show over the weekend. Was great to back with the White American Yeomanry.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 1:03 am #

            Symbols are wonderful and powerful. But there is a higher level of connectivity as well. I know how you feel and you know how I feel and no one has to say a word or display symbols.

  37. volodya February 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    Green Alba, the earth is so flat. It’s just that it exists in curved space. When a satellite orbits the Earth it’s actually moving in a straight line through curved space. Or something.

    • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

      Oh, volodya, don’t tell me Meryl was lying. I’ll never believe anyone again…

      • volodya February 25, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

        I wouldn’t lie to you. Well, maybe sometimes, but only little white lies.

        • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

          Actually I read your comment too quickly. Meryl wasn’t lying, the earth is still flat. God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world.

          Which is flat.

          So we don’t need to worry about rising sea levels anyway, as we can just scoop the extra water over the edge. That’s probably what Meryl was doing when she sent the postcards. Leonardo di Caprio was probably passing buckets along too.

    • 100th Avatar February 25, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

      Everything is flat.
      Because everything is reduced to solipsism.
      Eventually

  38. Exscotticus February 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm #

    Most humorous JHK musings in years. Loved the stream of consciousness narration.

  39. Pucker February 25, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    Bill Cosby’s life may be in danger at the SCI-Phoenix prison in Pennsylvania where he is being held for three to 10 years for sexual assault.
    The 81-year-old has been in prison for four months now and was moved to general population earlier in February. Here, he is among 2,000 other inmates, where he could be more susceptible to an attack. Despite Cosby keeping mostly to his cell, where he eats and exercises, another inmate that is a mass murder has it out for him, Radar Online reported.
    Convicted killer, George Banks, 75, has a target on Cosby for destroying his family, a source told the news outlet. Banks brutally murdered five of his children, two babies, five women, and a man, according to Radar Online. Cosby is rightfully disturbed about the threat and has reacted by hiring inside protection from the “gangsters in Banks’ circle,” according to the Radar Online source. He has money deposited into other inmates’ prison accounts “in exchange for protection,” the source said.
    Prison officials have maintained that Cosby is safe as Banks is held in the capital case unit without access to other units within the prison.
    While Banks is not able to get near Cosby, it wouldn’t stop him from “sending his hit men after Cosby,” Alan Davis, a law enforcement expert and retired Chester, Pennsylvania police force captain told Radar Online.
    “Prisons are their own little worlds with politics, economy, favors and ­alliances, so I wouldn’t rule out anything as being impossible in there,” Davis told the news outlet.

    • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

      Oh well. I wonder who is Banks and why he killed?

      • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

        B-I-N-G-O

        George Emil Banks was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to John Mack, who was black, and Mary Yelland, who is white. His parents were not married. According to his attorneys at his later trial, he suffered severely from racism while he was growing up because of being mixed race.[4]

        • malthuss February 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

          Despite his criminal record for an armed offense, Banks had started working as a prison guard at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1980.

          In 1982 Banks had told coworkers at the prison that “the world would soon be consumed by a race war” and said he wanted “to prevent the five children he fathered with the four white girlfriends from [experiencing] the torment and agony of racism.”[4]

          He was put on “an extended leave of absence” the first week in September 1982 after a conflict with a supervisor and threatening suicide. The prison ordered Banks to be examined for mental health issues at a Harrisburg-area hospital.[4]

    • hmuller February 28, 2019 at 9:43 am #

      Whoever gets to Cosby, you can bet the media will report the assailant was wearing a MAGA hat.

  40. Pucker February 25, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

    Pray to Jesus that the 0.1% who own 90% of the World’s wealth have the wisdom to lead us on the Path of Righteousness.

    • My Point of View February 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

      By chance does this “Path of Righteousness” lead us to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa? Just asking…

      • tucsonspur February 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

        To him, there’s no stop light in human traffic.

        Another billionaire on his well worn path to self satisfaction.

  41. My Point of View February 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

    Today’s column well skewers the bizarro world of the movie crowd but where is mention that placenta eating is a thing out there, and coffee enemas (make mine decaf), rolfing, shopping at Goop and seances with Shirley MacLaine.

    The other year we had #OscarsSoWhite and last night we had #OscarsSoBlack. When do we get #OscarsSoPink for the adult movie genre? I wanna see those video clips in the show! And the Oscar for stupid bigly cartoon boobs goes to dot dot dot Stormy Daniels. Accepting for Ms. Daniels is Miss Twiggy and now dot dot dot a word from our sponsor, Silicone City Health Essentials, Ltd, where we grow ’em so you can show ’em.

    Today we’re back to reality…or is it…Vietnam War draft dodger goes to Vietnam to meet with the other barbarian with a bad haircut. Can’t make this stuff up…

  42. Cavepainter February 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks Jim, again: “Black Panther” is, of course, another example of how the opposite is true to claims of native cultures having been misappropriated by White Europeans. Example: the bundled braided hair tumbling out of football helmets would be a health liability were it not for the personal hygiene practices made possible by Western culture’s contribution to scientific advancements, preventing such “artifice” from bearing vermin vectors that otherwise are health risks (as they remain in Africa).

    This “misappropriation” of Western culture goes on and on, most apparent in the Western literary form upon which all Black writers are dependent – James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison no less.

    Even jazz, blues and the studio arrangement scores that provide the only “musical element” to RAP derive from the Western canon of music as taught to the plantation bourgeois Blacks (entertainers) by Plantation owners.

    Over all, for whatever Blacks suffered through American slave history life here was far more humane than the savagery between tribes practiced in Africa, including tribes profiting from selling into slavery captives from other tribes.

    By the time Blacks arrived in America the level of civilization they were introduced to was centuries ahead of their native one, which offered little to be assimilated. So it remains, “White privilege” belongs to all living in Westernized nations.

    • tucsonspur February 25, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

      “There’s no privilege like white privilege like no privilege I know…”

      Others can’t accept having been, and being, less creative, less productive, less influential and less recognized.

      Thus Spike Lee’s garish, goofy attempt at originality, showboating his ‘inventive’ blackness.

  43. tucsonspur February 25, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

    How about some real life murder mysteries right out of Hollywood, like Superman’s or Marilyn Monroe’s?

    George Reeves:

    theguardian.com/film/2006/nov/18/features.weekend1

    Marilyn: Skip the last two, she knew about aliens, she’s still alive.

    sbs.com.au/guide/article/2017/07/24/4-conspiracy-theories-about-death-marilyn-monroe

    America marinated in Hollywood, Hollywood marinated in murder.

    Manson killings

    Simpson killings

    Sal Mineo

    Black Dahlia

    Menendez couple

    Marvin Gaye

    Siegel

    Johnny Stompanato killed by Lana Turner’s daughter

    Sam Cook

    Notorious Big

    Hillside Strangler killings

    RFK

    Roman Navarro (silver dildo)

    Dorothy Stratton

    I’ll watch L. A. Confidential tonight, get rid of shallow, seductive glitter, take on some gangster grit and gore.

    • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 12:43 am #

      It is weird how there are so many real-life murder mysteries in Hollywood. A city of wild dreams, dashed hopes, drama, amazing riches, skidrow, sunshine, ecstasy, endless nights and death. You can get shallow, seductive glitter with your gangster grit and gore.

      • tucsonspur February 26, 2019 at 4:19 am #

        You forgot tacos.

        You could argue that murder is shallow. Some would say, myself included, that murder Could be noble.

        Seductive, okay. But glitter? Hmmm.

        Oh yes there are many more, but one I should have included is Bonny Lee Bakley, who was killed by Robert Blake. After he was acquitted, he famously said he “was going to cowboy up.”

        • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:44 am #

          Yeah after second thought maybe not glitter. You know, I looked into Bonny Lee Bakley and read that she was a scam artist that married like ten different men to dig for gold. So we do need to add tacos, gold diggers, and men who snap in that list of qualities too!

          • hmuller February 27, 2019 at 12:06 am #

            Yes, Bonny Lee Bakley was a grifter, but that doesn’t justify killing her. Robert Blake was 65 yrs old and supposedly streetwise when they got together. He should have known better. Her previous 9 husbands were a big clue.

            But he was acquitted; so we should assume he didn’t kill her.

    • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      Long John Holmes and the billion dollar boys? i forget.

  44. seawolf77 February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    That makes six fire deaths in Tesla’s in a year. Before anyone jumps in with “gas cars catch fire more often than electric”, consider this…..

    The closest comparable car to what we’re seeing now with Tesla is the Ford Pinto from the 1970’s almost 59 years ago. The were 27 deaths in Pintos that caught fire, over 9 year period on 2.2 million cars…7 times more cars than Tesla..

    Tesla has 350,000 cars on the road and 6 fire deaths in 1 year. That’s a worse rate than Pinto even if the number of cars was the same. And we’re comparing Tesla with a 50 year old econobox.

    There are some modern luxury car models that have zero deaths of any kind over the last five years. Tesla’s total is 54 deaths.

    Safest car ever? Not even by 1970 standards.

    • PeteAtomic February 27, 2019 at 12:06 am #

      lol, a Tesla is the last car I’d ever wanna die in

      if any car,.it’ll have to be in my mustang. If I gotta die in a car I’ll croak in that ole girl

  45. Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    Alba, please get a little cup ready to catch you tears before you read this. Good Queen Bess ordered Blacks out of England.

    Her Majestie understanding that there are of late divers blackmoores brought into this realme, of which kinde of people there are allready here to manie, consideringe howe God hath blessed this land with great increase of people of our owne nation as anie countrie in the world, whereof manie for want of service and meanes to sett them on worck fall to idlenesse and to great extremytie. Her Majesty’s pleasure therefore ys that those kinde of people should be sent forth of the lande, and for that purpose there ys direction given to this bearer Edwarde Banes to take of those blackmoores that in this last voyage under Sir Thomas Baskervile were brought into this realme the nomber of tenn, to be transported by him out of the realme. Wherein wee require you to be aydinge and assysting unto him as he shall have occacion, and thereof not to faile.

    JS: England belonged to the English. Even one Blacks was one “to manie”.

    • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

      “Good Queen Bess ordered Blacks out of England.”

      She wasn’t awfully keen on Catholics either. You’ll need to get me another cup.

      • GreenAlba February 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

        In fact I’ll need a third – Jews got short shrift too if they didn’t convert or pretend to. We’re half way to a tea service.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm #

          Yes, England reached its cultural apogee after the expulsion of the Jews. And began to die once the abominable Billy of Orange brought them back in.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 7:10 am #

            But they brought us fish and chips, Janos, from Portugal, in the 16th century. We wouldn’t be British without fish and chips.

            How can a person miss so much of the rich tapestry of life?

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 9:32 am #

            Well yes and no. Very White Belgian housewives came up with the chips part of the dish :-). Don’t give away the achievements of the sisterhood so quickly! And to the Hebrews no less!!! They have many achievements of their own to tout.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 10:01 am #

            It hadn’t occurred to me to wonder what colour the Jews from Portugal were. Probably a bit more tanned than Elizabeth looked with that white lead makeup over her pock-marked skin.

            But after they’d been here a bit they’d have looked like everyone else. What a sad, paranoid world you want us to live in.

            My friend from Belgium is Creole, but I don’t think she eats many chips. She’s a nice colour. Kids turned out white (dad’s from Northern Ireland). But they might have a recessive gene to give them less pasty-looking kids themselves. Who knows? Who cares? They certainly don’t.

          • hmuller February 26, 2019 at 10:14 am #

            Here’s the true story of fish and chips. A papal delegate was visiting St Columba at his abbey on the isle of Iona in 590 AD. He couldn’t stop raving about how delicious the fish and potatos tasted. Finally, St Columba took the papal delegate to the abbey kitchen and introduced him to “the fish friar” and “the chip monk”.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:23 am #

            A bit of good humor to lighten the mood of an otherwise very serious discussion :-).

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 10:38 am #

            Haha, the old ones are the best, eh, hmuller 🙂

            I was on Iona a few years ago during a trip over to Mull – and onwards by small boat to Staffa (FIngal’s Cave). Very impressive.

            Not much of Columba’s original abbey left, but the restored church is impressive – some of the restoration was done by unemployed craftsmen brought by the Rev. George MacLeod from Glasgow during the depression. A labour of love.

          • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 10:49 am #

            how many 1000s of books have you read or skimmed?

        • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 10:50 am #

          How can a person miss so much of the rich tapestry of life?

          Check the title of Andy Groves book.

          ‘Only the……PARANOID survive’

          your rich tapestry is unraveling.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

            I’ve seen Threads too 🙂

    • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 12:29 am #

      Wow this is very interesting. I hadn’t heard about this until today and so I had to read more about it. It sounds like it was partially, or mostly, a reaction to the viciousness of the Barbary pirates (Muslim Moors) who attacked Cornwall in 1556. She came into power in 1558. It is estimated that as many as 1.2 million White Europeans were enslaved by the Moors during the period of the Barbary pirates. So the Moors were an immediate national security threat. It also appears that Queen Elizabeth was concerned about the employment needs of the growing native-born population and competition with growing numbers of foreign Moors seeking work. So all and all, she appears to have been a Nationalist at the very least. But there is also the Race Realist aspect too. Populations naturally compete for resources and territories. She cared about her people and tribe in the midst of the competition. How many politicians are like this today? Not many it seems.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 1:13 am #

        Got the quote from this review of the grotesque movie about Queen Mary. The English media elite are going all out to change English history – make it seem like Blacks have always been a part of England.

        diversitymachtfrei.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/mary-queen-of-diversity/

        The current Queen Elizabeth is Queen of England. That Queen Elizabeth was Queen of the English – and it makes all the difference in the world.

        • Nightowl February 26, 2019 at 4:32 am #

          I am wondering if the inversion of reality will extend to making historically black, asian, etc. populations white.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 9:48 am #

            Absolutely not!!!!! Blacks and Asians are real people with real cultures and real history. To suggest otherwise is extremely vile and racist. Now Whites, well those are just history-less and culture-less generic humans who are a blank slate and must accept whatever scraps of culture and personhood are bestowed upon them by real cultures.

          • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 10:51 am #

            no

        • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 5:24 am #

          “The current Queen Elizabeth is Queen of England. ”

          Then its citizens are most welcome to her, Janos. Not my area of interest, as you know.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 8:31 am #

            She’s only ER II there anyway.

        • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 9:45 am #

          Yes this is being done across the board it seems. But only for the White race. Every other people on the earth are allowed their own culture and history. They are even allowed racially homogenous domains like Wakanda! It is only Whites, solely, who must realize they have no history or culture without Brown and Black occupation. Whites are nothing more than generic non-people according to the new way. Even though real history does not bear this deception out.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 10:09 am #

            SSL

            I don’t know how weird things are in Louisiana, but please don’t imagine the rest of the world – even the English speaking world – conforms to the bizarreness that’s in your head and in the more histrionic parts of the interwebs.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:23 am #

            Of course Alba. It’s all in my head. I feel like you tell me that a lot. So I suppose that you are not seeing the intentional misrepresentation of history in film and literature. But per your statement above it most likely isn’t that important to you. Of course that is your right. After all we are just a palette of interchangeable colors that should be mixed and matched. Yet, why have a color to begin with if it is not unique and special unto itself?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 11:16 am #

            I don’t share your obsession with colour palettes, sorry.

            In my world there are Germans, Italians, Polish people, Chinese people, Algerians, Indonesians, Russians and all the rest.

            There aren’t any people of any colour who are a homogenous lump.

            And none of us are special.

            Re the misrepresentation in literature, yes, it’s difficult to be unaware of it, historically. Try all the caricatures of black people and Jews, just for starters, over the centuries. If things are evened out a bit, it’s about time, but I don’t look for historical truth in novels or films, unless they specifically say that on the tin.

            I’ve read all Jane Austen’s novels more than once and I don’t recall much of a hint that the whole shebang was sitting on a slave society. Whitewashed out, as it were.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 11:59 am #

            Classic Communist Military Strategy here – used on the battlefield, be they actual or cyber, involving firearms or committees. Mao picked it up from Sun Tzu: When they attack I retreat. When they retreat I attack. When they are stationary, I harass.

            Note that she didn’t even try to defend her previous thesis of Blacks being part of everyday life in old England when the facts were presented to her. But now she’s harassing again since she thinks that even if it wasn’t so, it damn well should be now. Whites don’t exist, therefore they have no rights. She would never say the same about other races.

            These tactics are very effective – she’ll be back to spouting ye Old Black England before ye know it (an attack on reality). Needless to say, we need to adopt these tactics ourselves – without ever succumbing to their distorted view of life of course.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

            Janos

            “Note that she didn’t even try to defend her previous thesis of Blacks being part of everyday life in old England when the facts were presented to her. ”

            Either show me a post where I ever said black people were ‘a part of everyday life in old England’ or shut the f*ck up. You are a truly tedious and poisonous little toad.

            I said there were black people in England since the 12th century, which appears to be the case. No numbers were mentioned, as I didn’t have any. Later, in answer to one of your similar toad spittings, I said for all I knew there were three.

            Go away and lick your blisters.

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 12:15 am #

            May I ask you a question Alba? Please define the bizarreness that you feel is in my head. My point was in agreement with Janos that history is being rewritten to downplay the role of Whites and diversify the history of western civilization in a way that is deceptive to those who are uneducated to the matter. Clearly this is the case with movie scripts as well.

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 12:33 am #

            “And none of us are special.”

            So people who have made critical discoveries in science and medicine for instance. Are they no different than Joe and Jane next door? Are they not special? Gifted to say the least? It is easy to fall into the trap of believing all people are basically the same. It’s natural to be empathetic and willing to give others the benefit of the doubt. But it can often be a risky course of action. In doing so, you can both overestimate and underestimate those you cross paths with.

          • Nightowl February 27, 2019 at 9:26 am #

            PC racism is all the rage.

  46. Pucker February 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

    Webinar: About the Program

    Due to actions taken at the Federal level and legislative activity at the state level, there has been a rise in awareness of and activism around gender identity. As a safeguard, employers are increasingly putting in place proactive policies to ensure that their transgender employees feel safe and welcome in the workplace.

    Join Laura Maechtlen, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Wesley Bizzell, Sr. Associate General Counsel and Managing Director for Political Law and Policy at Atria Corporation, and the incoming President of the National LGBT Bar Association, to explore how this important topic impacts in-house lawyers and leaders.

    The presenters will lead a discussion on effectively integrating transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people into in-house teams, and will include a primer on key terms and concepts, and a discussion on (1) how to be respectful and supportive (2) how to identify and address transgender bias in language, and (3) how to identify generational attitudes toward gender and transgender identity.

    Speakers

    Wesley Bizzell, Senior Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs at Altria; President-Elect National LGBT Bar Association

    Laura J. Maechtlen, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    • Pucker February 26, 2019 at 12:36 am #

      Did you say “Class Warfare”, or “Ass Warfare”?

  47. Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2019 at 11:42 pm #

    youtube.com/watch?v=vzU6rH-TXmI

    American Sikh angel sings about Peace. But who makes peace without being able to back it up with War? This was the Teaching of Guru Gobind Singh who turned the Sikhs into a martial brotherhood, after one Muslim outrage after another against them.

    I love the way she looks back in the beginning of the video. Yes, I am looking at your ass, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find the rest of your beautiful, plus your song and spirit. As the Tantras say, We rise by that which other men fall.

    • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:06 am #

      That was very beautiful and very peaceful indeed. I also felt very whimsical and wanted to submerge myself and frolic in the sacred river in a spirit of sacred joy. Thank you for sharing. Don’t worry, men struggle to control their predilections when confronted with the natural hourglass, it’s understandable and very forgivable ;-).

      • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 11:07 am #

        Of course Alba. It’s all in my head.

        Queen Green Alba, Queen of denial.

        And when she first appeared, our new resident, a hydra headed jingoist, someone here quickly noticed how slippery the new Queen is.

        WRT–You are very crafty Alba. Indeed, you noticed.

        • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 11:22 am #

          Why thank you, malthuss 🙂

          • malthuss February 27, 2019 at 10:35 am #

            You are welcome. How is the weather in Scotland?

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

            Unseasonably warm. Record breaking in fact. Which is not a good thing for some plants and insects.

            This time last year, we were freezing under the effects of the Beast from the East.

            Such is the new normal.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

            I was in town today and saw from the bus a (tanned!) young woman remove her jumper and proceed along Princes Street in a sort of athletic bikini top. Edinburgh in February – what can I say?

        • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 12:44 am #

          Denial can be a very dangerous state of mind. Denial is the willful ignorance of facts and the maintenance of deception to stave off uncomfortable realities. Minimization and projection run amok. We need to move those in denial forward to a state of coping.

          • Nightowl February 27, 2019 at 9:32 am #

            A means to deal with cognitive dissonance. When a worldview is challenged and the individual knows the challenge has merit, doubling down is the only solution if the person values the original belief too much to let it go.

            As far as racism goes, I learned long ago that most people are racist. Fear of the other is natural, unfortunately. I dated a few Asian women back in my college days, and that was a real eye-opener.

            PC racism is just the latest moronic topic to keep us distracted while the profiteers move ahead with their plans.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

            “Denial can be a very dangerous state of mind. Denial is the willful ignorance of facts and the maintenance of deception to stave off uncomfortable realities.”

            I thought we’d done climate change on the previous thread…

      • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

        Thank you for understanding, SSL.

  48. Pucker February 26, 2019 at 3:06 am #

    A frustrated Christian bloke recently commented on a blog:

    “I wish that Jesus would just get it over with.”

    I presume that he wasn’t referring to the coup in Venezuela?

    • 100th Avatar February 26, 2019 at 10:16 am #

      @pucker: the oscademy awards?

    • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

      Us collapse fanatics feel the same way, with a religious fervor.

      Im tired of the wars and legal infanticide.

      One you tube talk gives a ‘book of revelations’ spin…an asteroid
      will hit earth and the nukes will be detonated.

  49. BuckP February 26, 2019 at 3:47 am #

    If you are tired of all the political diatribe, divisiveness and the constant propogandic blather delivered by the MSM to nudge us into another “save-the-hegemonic dollar” war, check out the 2019 Oscar winning documentary “Free Solo” at your local Imax. Incredibly shot in Yosemite N. P., the movie follows Alex Honnold’s unbelievable ascent of El Capitan, a 3000 foot high verical slab of granite, with no ropes or safety gear. He was the first person to accomplish this superhuman feat. Even though I knew, he made it, I was white-knuckling the armrest and on the edge of my seat during the climbing scenes.
    We need to look to athletics and the arts for inspirationbecause Washington DC is full of do-nothings that are all on the take from their masters. BTW, the politicians don’t really have the power, they are a mere puppet show to feed our delusion.

    “Wherever power seems to exist, it never exists there” —–
    excerpted from the book “Leviathan” by Thomas Hobbes, 1640

    • Cavepainter February 26, 2019 at 6:45 am #

      Such reckless undertakings are the consequence of maleness having been emptied of meaningfulness, hence rather than expression of valorous purpose in benefit of community we end up with narcissistic acts of vainglory. Among native peoples such self-indulged behavior is discouraged because young people are too valuable to community survival. Like the menacing tattoos of today — and other improprieties of the adolescent mind — a pirate mentality is expressed of pure disdain for restraint. Extreme sports says it all.

      • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 7:37 am #

        “Such reckless undertakings are the consequence of maleness having been emptied of meaningfulness, hence rather than expression of valorous purpose in benefit of community we end up with narcissistic acts of vainglory. ”

        So when would you say this emptying of meaningfulness from maleness began, Cavepainter, in relation to the feats of the great mountaineers? Records seem to suggest they’ve been vainglorying in this manner since the 14th century.

        • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:09 am #

          Why are you so hard on our brothers? Don’t you think they have enough coming against them every day?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 10:16 am #

            Who am I being hard on? I’m asking why people – mostly men – can’t climb mountains if they want to?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 10:17 am #

            If you keep looking for what you think I believe, you’ll keep finding what you think I believe.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:32 am #

            You are very crafty Alba I have to give you that. We all know that men are natural adventure seekers and wanderers to some degree. At least when they are allowed to be what they are. What am I missing?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 11:28 am #

            I don’t know, SSL, and carrying on with your ‘crafty’ accusations isn’t going to tell me.

            Cavepainter suggested men do extreme activities to avoid doing useful manly things in their community. The way he put it suggested to me that he thinks this is a recent phenomenon.

            My slightly facetious response suggested that men have always sought adventure by e.g. climbing mountains. I’m not the one who has criticised that – that was Cavepainter. I am perfectly fine with men climbing mountains or crossing the North pole.

            So I have to ask you in my turn (a) what am I missing and (b) what in anything I said about the matter is ‘crafty’? It’s not my fault if you don’t pick up irony – Americans can sometimes be impervious to it.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 11:33 am #

            Let’s not even call it irony. Let’s just call it the mildest of sarcasm – is that allowed?

          • messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 11:57 am #

            “So when would you say this emptying of meaningfulness from maleness began,..”

            Ma and Pa Kettle.

            youtube.com/watch?v=t4oTpMt1Ggk

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

            🙂

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:21 am #

            Sarcasm and irony are allowed. But again a speck of misdirection. But now I understand. And please do proceed.

        • Cavepainter February 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

          Having spent the better part of my adult life as a mountaineer I offer the cautionary quote that was common before “climbing” became a must do fashionable “sport”, “There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but there are no old bold climbers”. Yes, “objective risk”, as they were then called, were understood to be beyond one’s control, but the history of “hardware” development testifies to aim of minimizing risk to life while pursuing the solace and grandeur of rare places. All “extreme sports” are driven by pursuit of celebrity status, unwarranted otherwise.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

            I don’t disagree with you, Cavepainter. I was primarily curious as to why SSL thought I was having a go at men for wanting to climb mountains. It’s none of my business who climbs what or even what their motivations are. I simply said men have been climbing mountains (for the sake of simply climbing them) since about the 14th century, from what I had just read.

            I’m happy to take your point about the motivations of the ‘extreme’ sports folks. Lots of ordinary people that no-one knows die on mountains too, though, through bad luck or bad management.

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:16 am #

            I suppose that I am taking many things you have stated and have placed this in the balance as well. Perhaps my reaction was presumptuous and/or overmuch but it seems there is a pattern of hammering at perceived failures or deficencies in character. Maybe for good reason. But reasonableness would also find that all have failures and deficiencies that could potentially be called out.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

            “Perhaps my reaction was presumptuous and/or overmuch but it seems there is a pattern of hammering at perceived failures or deficiencies in character. Maybe for good reason. ”

            I only have a go at the tossers, SSL. I am surrounded by lovely men – well, not literally, but at least ‘familially’ and friendship-wise – and mostly at work too, when I was there. Which is why I do not tolerate the bad apples gladly.

            And I’m perfectly aware there are lots of awful women out there too – I’ve just been blessed by having neither worked with them nor had anything much else to do with them.

    • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      USA people dont need to be nudged into war..

      USA is at war.

      Under Imam Barry, a bomb every 20? minutes.

  50. SomeoneInAsia February 26, 2019 at 3:56 am #

    I haven’t stepped inside a cinema for more than twenty years now, so all those Oscar awards and nominations etc don’t mean a thing to me. Virtually the only kind of entertainment I watch on any screen anymore nowadays is wrestling. Which I enjoy immensely because it’s like gay porn, especially when it features Timothy Thatcher.

    • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 11:08 am #

      do you watch gay porn?

      The Oscars are like a private clubs party. Members only are welcome.
      A time to pat each other on the back.
      In crowd welcome.

  51. BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 4:14 am #

    Treaties might be signed this week bringing the Korean War to an end, something presidents have wanted to do since 1953.

    There’s talk of awarding President Trump the Nobel Peace Prize. The Prime Minister of Japan has made the nomination, and several members on the Committee are ready to second the nomination.

    What a great honor.

    Brh

    • tucsonspur February 26, 2019 at 4:27 am #

      It’s all so beautifully ironic! I wonder who the voters are. Throw some Real Shade on Obama. Eclipse that undeserving King of Kneelers.

      • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 9:33 am #

        Nobel Lauriate Donald Trump.

        Sounds good, doesn’t it? All you haters out there in CFNation, (you know who you are) bask in the glow … bask in the glow, my friends!

        Brh

    • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      And just think about it. He won’t earn the honor just because of the color of his skin!

    • Snort. I got $5 bucks says it won’t happen.

  52. Dentshop February 26, 2019 at 5:58 am #

    Is this Jim Kunstler or Heartiste? The horseshoe effect of horseshoe effects.

    • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      Feeling uncomfortable?

    • ozone February 26, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      Dentshop,
      Is that the blog where emotionally stunted “men” go to get instructions on scrabbling around in their small-clothes, searching for their undersized equipment?

      • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 11:03 am #

        LOL uh oh – war of the man sticks begins again lol.

      • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 11:52 am #

        I’d never heard of Heartiste – have just ‘educated’ myself with a quick description and some tasty bites.

        Christ on a bike…

        Undersized equipment? I don’t think their balls have dropped.

        Something about pubescent girls and 90-year-olds. Something about hamsters (?), something about…

        “Evade, tease, obfuscate. She thrives when she has to imagine what you’re thinking about her, and withers when she knows exactly how you feel. A woman may want financial and family security, but she does not want passion security. In the same manner, when she has displeased you, punish swiftly, but when she has done you right, reward slowly. Reward her good behavior intermittently and unpredictably and she will never tire of working hard to please you.”

        A real pearl of the cretinosphere. No wonder they have to fantasise.

        • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 11:56 am #

          Any young woman faced with no choices better than these sad clowns would be better off with a dog.

          • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

            Isnt that site mostly parody?

            Who would take it seriously?

            Brh

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

            brh

            If it’s parody and they don’t think they’re on there to learn from each other, then I have to wonder if any of them have jobs or any kind of actual function in the world. If nothing else they could be getting some old person’s shopping 🙂 .

            My favourite dickhead moment was when some moron was writing disgusting tweets about the historian Mary Beard. Another guy stepped in and said to her ‘I know who this guy is – I’m going to tell his mum’.

            And he did. And the moron got slated. And he wrote and apologised to Mary Beard.

            Hilarious.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

          Classic Pavlovian techniques here. Sad if they have to be used. But many men more experienced than me swear that they are absolutely necessary.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

            What a sad bunch of tossers you must mix with.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

            What about those tears you promised me?

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:22 am #

            Hmmm some promises apparently can’t be kept.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

            “What about those tears you promised me?”

            Gushed and gone, Janos, gushed and gone…

            You didn’t say I was meant to conserve them to water your plants.

            BTW, your ‘classic Pavlovian technique’ as applied above to human beings in relationships, would come under ‘Coercive Control’, which is a facet of domestic abuse now dealt with by the courts in the UK, whether it applies to men or to women. I’m sorry you are so far behind, but hopefully you do not have too many women so desperate, so uneducated as to be unable to support themselves, and so lacking in dignity and self-respect that they are willing to debase themselves before swine.

            Although I actually imagine most of the men who believe this claptrap – or pretend they do – rarely come up for air so are not likely to be much of a genuine danger to womanhood.

  53. FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 8:22 am #

    Indo-Pakistani Incident

    While the entire world is watching the small Venice of Amerigo Vespucci on the shores of Lake Maracaibo and the ruin of London by Jack Potroshenko, located on the banks of the Dnieper, expecting the Fourth World War to start there (the Third World War began on March 5, 1946 with Churchill’s Fulton speech), the most dangerous place on the planet happened to be the state of Kashmir and the city of New York, from where the strings of the aforementioned Kashmir are pulled.

    India-Pakistan crisis: Tensions rise after Indian fighter jets bomb militant training camp in Balakot
    yahoo.com/news/indian-aircraft-violate-pakistan-airspace-032700393.html

    That is, a de facto war between the two nuclear powers with the use of the Air Force is in progress, and the Indian Foreign Minister made an unprecedented statement that the bombed base belonged to the Jaish-i-Muhhamed group and promised to publish documents related to this group.

    Meanwhile, quite recently, one can only say yesterday, Dr. Afridi was killed in Pakistan, who, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the US Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta, started collecting blood tests supposedly for vaccination, which allowed him to identify in the city of Abbottabad in a peaceful retiree arch-terrorist Osama-bin-Laden.

    mynation.com/news/robert-vadra-talks-of-playing-larger-role-in-serving-people-bjp-takes-dig-at-congr…

    The problem is that the city of Abbotabad is something like city of Kubinka near Moscow and in it are located all the most important military schools and the headquarters of the Pakistani army and intelligence.

    Naturally, no stranger could be found in this city in principle, but I heard about it in 1985, when hot heads in my brigade of industrial mountaineering told me in a whisper about this city as the main objective of the 326 aviation division after April 26, 1985.

    The Pakistani army in the process of suppressing the uprising of the “damned shuravi” killed God knows how many Soviet prisoners of war illegally detained in the concentration camp of Badaber.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badaber_uprising

    And it does not surprise me that, according to the hints of the Indian Foreign Minister, this “episode” is mentioned in the documents that he intends to publish in connection with the terrorist attack and attack of the Indian Air Force, as well as the death of Dr. Afridi, whom the current Pakistani officials that are friendly with the White House, quite officially accused of having links with the group Jaish-i-Mohammed.

    All this is very strange, but not so strange as such a frank exposure by the US Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense of such a valuable CIA asset as Dr. Afridi, especially since this kind of exposure of an agent is a very serious crime in the United States, even if it does not lead to the agent’s kill, and if it does, then it is EXTRAORDINARY!!!

    However, surprise comes if we recall that President Obama, who actively used the elimination of Osama-bin-Laden during his election campaign in 2012, as his personal asset, that is, as an operation, which he himself directed from the very beginning bypassing conventional channels.

    Moreover, in the New York beer pub McSorley’s absolutely all US soldiers and sailors are convinced that this photograph taken in the Situation Room of the White House, published on the orders of President Obama, tells us that a senior administration official was invited to the headquarters of the operation at the last minute or rather sent to the headquarters of the operation so that at the final stages of the operation, when the number of people involved in it inevitably increases, this official was under constant observation and could not warn Osama-bin Laden about it.

    https://f10.pmo.ee/8-1SUD42OzoUM1CB0txUFNdatzM=/1200×630/smart/nginx/o/2011/05/03/571375t1h6d91.jpg

    And then the murder of Dr. Afridi turns out to be a “clean-up operation” of the ends after the threat of the publication of the above-mentioned materials and the assumption of his position by US Attorney General William Barr.

    The fact of the matter is that Leon Panetta who was dismissed from his post in 2012 was a ruthless and even rude critic of President Obama and even published with Hillary Clinton implicitly but frankly racist books about what kind of brown shit President Obama is, and now he is ruthless and rude critic of President Trump, accusing him again with Hillary Clinton of no less brown fascism and overt racism.

    And if Bastinda’s involvement in the coup in small Venice on the shores of Lake Maracaibo and Jack Potroshenko’s coup in London on the banks of the Dnieper is almost official, then her involvement in the events in Pakistan is somewhat forgotten and could turn out to be a real sensation that would change the situation not only in the United States, but throughout the world.

    • 100th Avatar February 26, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      WordPress.com bro

      • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:33 am #

        Word!!!!

      • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 10:44 am #

        My GRU superiors have very specific orders to target Kunstler and make sure it carries at least some relevant information to current political situation.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 10:54 am #

          They usually communicate with me through Inner Voices.

          It could get pretty fucking annoying at times, especially in the bathroom.

          • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:57 am #

            LOL ok. I hope this doesn’t mean you often post while in the bathroom :-).

          • elysianfield February 26, 2019 at 11:37 am #

            “It could get pretty fucking annoying at times, especially in the bathroom.”

            Komaraden Finc!

            …even more so if the bathroom is public, as in a bus station…some of those voices are real….

            I did note with a bit of alarm the BBC’s reportage of the Indian air strikes…the strikes, not the reportage. A small regional nuclear war is certainly possible between India and Pakistan…perhaps Russia could intervene? Tell them both about Russia’s new wonder weapons? Russia’s new plan to bankrupt the US? Perhaps even open rat lines of immigration into one of the ‘Stans to release population pressure?

        • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

          The GRU no longer exists.

          So who do you really work for, Finca,

          You can level with us.

          Brh

  54. BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    Hey Finca nobody in the USA is worried about potential conflict between 2 nuclear powers, one of them, Pakistan, highly unstable! What the political class is worried about right now is Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress, and can it be used to take down the President. India — Pakistan conflict isn’t even on the radar. It can’t be used against the president so who gives a sh-t? Believe me, that’s the mentality in the DC NYC axis.

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight February 26, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      Thank you for the redirection! I am glad they are all proving they could care less about the actual success and safety of our country. They think people don’t notice too on top of that.

      • JohnAZ February 26, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        There is no reason for the US to exist. It is a legal fabrication based on equality of the vote and equality before the law. That is it. No ethnic basis, no language basis. What we are witnessing is whether that concept will work, whether equality of political and economic opportunity can overcome ethnocentrism. That is the Great American Experiment..

        Right now, it is failing. Why?

        Because the equality is being compromised by ethnic differences. The basic fabric of the Experiment is failing under ethnic pressures.

        Same thing happened to Classical Greece, Rome, the Holy Roman Empire, the British Empire ,and most recently, the USSR.

        Diversity kills empires.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 11:00 am #

          There is no reason for the US to exist

          Another bright idea from Arizona.

          I give you one, but VERY good reason – to maintain the wellbeing of over 300 million people.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

          I think the Masons may have always planned to do exactly this. Always they have raved about a Universal Order and equality, liberty and fraternity – while secretly favoring their own. Clinton also called replacing Whites “an experiment”. Really? By what right do they experiment with us? Where is that in the Constitution? Again, one Law for them and one for us.

          What’s the mystery? Clinton said “it might not work”. So don’t do it. It’s not like it can be undone once done. And what does “work” mean? Create a Brazil with a small White minority in charge, while ordinary Whites are prey of the resentful, seething dark masses? And the Elite themselves travel in helicopters from one building to another, afraid of the very same “citizens”? Is that “working”?

          There are decent men in the Lodge, but there are many kind of Masonry. And I fear it all converges in the higher degrees above the 3rd or Master – which are by invitation only. Thus do the York and Scotch rites meet the feared Grand Orient of France, stating “there is no God but Man” once Man is perfected. And that will only be a very few…..

          The English Lodges broke off communion with the Grand Orient when they pronounced that, and supported the Revolution. But we know that the Revolution itself was funded largely from England – so again there is the division, between public and secret.

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:30 am #

            The inner circles worship man or possibly it is even worse. Perhaps they worship evil incarnate. Because it is secret we can never be sure. It seems that secret societies that are self serving and self centered go against the interest of the people by default.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 9:02 am #

            Janos, point of information…

            Tape, whisky and mist can all be ‘Scotch’. People and even masonic lodges are Scottish. Not that I have anything to do with masonic lodges, although I did accompany my other half to a receptionist’s leaving do in one of their very unglamorous bars.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 9:06 am #

            Other half isn’t in the Masons, I hasten to add. No connection on our part.

          • montsegur February 28, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

            Tape, whisky and mist can all be ‘Scotch’. People and even masonic lodges are Scottish.

            Although, there are those people called Scotch-Irish Americans.

            I once had an Irish professor give me a lecture because I used that phrase, but it actually exists and I have heard it used by those with such ancestry.

            Cheers

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

            “Although, there are those people called Scotch-Irish Americans.”

            It may exist over your way, Montsegur, but it doesn’t exist over here. Here they’d be Scots-Irish. And I feel we have the right to say since it’s us you’re talking about 🙂 . You’re welcome to disagree, obviously, from your different vantage point, and we can’t stop you from using words to describe us that make us cringe.

            I’ve been up Montségur three times, if I may mention it in passing… Walked up from Lavelanet the first time. But Peyrepertuse is my favourite – did a day’s walk to it over the mountain from the Gorge de Galamus.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

            I’m assuming you chose the name because you’ve been there too, otherwise my mentioning it has no point. And you may just have chosen it for historical reasons. In which case, please ignore etc. etc…

          • montsegur March 1, 2019 at 3:01 am #

            And I feel we have the right to say since it’s us you’re talking about ? . You’re welcome to disagree, obviously, from your different vantage point, and we can’t stop you from using words to describe us that make us cringe. –GreenAlba

            I’ll take you up on the offer to disagree 🙂

            But not simply to be disagreeable. The statement, “since it’s us you’re talking about” is a double-sided coin. The “us” in my statement are Scotch-Irish Americans … that is, those Scots-Irish who left the home isles to make their lives in the New World. And I hasten to add, it is not “me” creating such terms … the Scotch-Irish Americans called themselves that … it is their self-description.

            “Scots-Irish” is for me a perfectly valid description of those who remained on the home isles.

            How fortunate you are to have visited Montségur three times. Provence and Languedoc are very special regions. One of my finest evenings camping was in Provence: sipping vin de table rouge, eating a baguette, and watching the sun set while the cicadas filled the air with their noise-making.

            Cheers

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 6:46 am #

            Point gracefully conceded, Monsegur. Historically the word ‘Scotch’ for people was a thing on the departing side too, which is probably why it has survived on the receiving side.

            But it long ago fell out of use, so it sounds not just weird but a bit like something a tourist to these isles would say.

            But I take your point that it’s perfectly valid over your way.

            Similarly, it seems that the first people who left the south of England for your shores had accents more like modern American than modern English, so that’s perhaps another side of the same coin too. The linguistic divergence happened more over here, and some ‘country’ accents in the south west of England don’t exactly sound American but do have some minor similarities of pronunciation.

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 6:47 am #

            I lived in the south of France for four years altogether – it took me a while to get used to the lack of cicadas in the evening when I got back!

    • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 10:28 am #

      Didn’t you get BRH what I wrote in the post?

      The conflict has a potential of blowing wide-open the connections of Hillary and the Dems with Osama Bin Laden, as well could shed an unexpected light on 911.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Indians have an old score to settle with Hillary for Mumbai, and now they’re mad for her instigating the conflict in Kashmir.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Mumbai_attacks

      You see, when you spill so much shit all over the world, sooner or later it’s going to catch up with you.

  55. JohnAZ February 26, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    NY Dems are pushing taxing 2nd homes greater than $5 million in value.

    Then Andrew Cuomo will wonder why people are moving to Florida and taking their tax money with them.

    Wonder if NY liberals are running out of ways to raise government revenue, and what that means for the future.

    Counter arguments have been postulated that the tax-spend doctrine of the Left has limits set by the ability of the folks with the bucks to just up and leave. Think California and New York. If the folks leaving leave their tax-spend mentality behind, the Blue revolution may be in jeopardy, hopefully.

    Are California and New York tax revolutions a harbinger of the Federals in the future. Will the Elite just up and leave when the Liberals try to tax them more and more? If they do leave, does that mean the just folks crowd gets to pick up the taxation slack?

    Remember that possibility when the Dems promise you nirvana by taxing the rich.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 11:25 am #

      I am working on a proposal to our Fifth Directorate to use that fine American dollars they have been printing and stockpiling under the Kremlin walls – very high quality, better than the FED’s – and start throwing them from drones all over New York City.

      What do you think, will they vote for Putin in 2020?

      • elysianfield February 26, 2019 at 11:41 am #

        “What do you think, will they vote for Putin in 2020?”

        Komaraden Finc!

        …Donno…can he tend bar?

  56. JohnAZ February 26, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    The tax law taking away the deduction for State income tax is not an attempt at redistribution of wealth, it is an attempt at redistribution of the population.

    Away from coastal cities towards the Red zones. If folks change their stripes when they move, the days of tax-spend may be limited

    IF!

  57. malthuss February 26, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    Duke University tuition went up this year from $50,000 to $70,000 per year for room, board, and classes.

    And they teach progressive “liberalism.” Remember the Lacrosse team mess?

    • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      $70,000 per year, learn how to hate whitey.

      What a waste of money, you could learn that watching a few hours of CNN or MSNBC, for free.

      Brh

  58. malthuss February 26, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    I found this. Can anyone confirm or deny?

    HAARP is emitting radio waves. It is used for mass mind manipulation and they can manipulate groups of people around you with HAARP systems to target you. They have neuro-computer interface and members in the military including Coronado Naval base which has a Indian swastika for a barracks is working with HAARP in Alaska which has reach all across the US.
    Using neuro-computer interface they can emit their consciousness through HAARP into the atmosphere which effects the minds of people in society especially the weak minded. The European Union created the Human Brain Project which develops neuro-computer interface which can be used like a synthetic telepathy and can be emitted through electronics.

    The USAF has small HAARP like installations around the US. The USAF is working with the Tavistock Institute which develops many of their gang stalking programs. The NSA database in Utah is storing information on targeted individuals such as profiles on them including types of attacks and reactions to attacks as well as personal thoughts, opinions, and emotions. Most electronics are using brain reading software and most major websites including YouTube, Facebook, and conspiracy sites use brain reading software. They are using almost all modern electronics which emit frequencies and emissions. They can control these emissions through programs like bio-neuro hacking software like GENESIS, NEURON, and BRIAN software which claim to be simulation systems of the human brain and human biology or nervous system.
    Scientologists are using these systems. The Church of Scientology is heavily involved in this. GENESIS, NEURON, and BRIAN function through almost all operating systems.

    They can be at a computer thousands of miles away and hack into your computer while implementing these bio-neuro hacking programs and attack your body. Wireless frequencies are also involved with bio-neuro hacking. They covertly add toxic chemicals into food. They track what people eat often through membership cards and will even go as far as polluting the food you frequently buy if you are a targeted individual. They can use these bio-neuro hacking systems to activate these toxins which cause bad reactions or irritations in the body.

    Radio Telescopes can be used similar to HAARP in that they radiate radio frequencies and they can target people with pin point accuracy. Radio telescopes target individuals more than they target groups. Israel has a similar system called Unit 8200 which uses intel satellites which operate in a similar way. Their intel satellites are created by a company in Luxembourg and it is the royal family of Luxembourg that has some command over Unit 8200. There are satellite/HAARP like system in Puerto Rico. Many think HAARP is for weather medication however it is more for mass mind manipulation and mental harassment. I can also effect the weather when they emit certain microwave like frequencies. The USAF has high flying aircraft equipped with Directed Energy Weapons developed by DARPA and defense companies like Raytheon.

    The Bush family have a high authority over DARPA and Raytheon. Vannevar Bush founded Raytheon. They can radiate people with electromagnetic frequencies and also target people with microwave frequencies. Particle Accelerators are really nuclear powered weapons that increase pressure in the atmosphere. Its like increasing the gravity. They can move around this gravitational pressure by ionizing pathways in the sky. They can move this pressure hundreds of miles this way. By doing this it increases the pressure in the atmosphere and can make entire populations of towns or only individuals with it causing them to feel stressed, weighed down, and lethargic. They can transmit this energy into the brain and densify the mind.

    There are other elements to this that are difficult to speak about. However I will say that the US military and the CIA have invested at least millions into psychic phenomena including astral projection, telepathy, and remote viewing. They have invested money into researching these things. The military’s research into these demonic psychic abilities is called Project Stargate. All of the secret societies teach about psychic abilities. They are all involved with that.

    • …. Or maybe not?

    • elysianfield February 26, 2019 at 11:45 am #

      ” They have invested money into researching these things. The military’s research into these demonic psychic abilities is called Project Stargate”

      Malthuss,
      Stargate… and they used technology straight from Uranus….

    • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:40 am #

      It’s just as possible as anything else. Clearly the military, the MIC, men in black what have you are pushing the limits of technology for sheer advantage of power. Who knows what secrets and secret technology they are hiding from the general public. Remote viewing, astral projection, telepathy, etc., have been used by the military for a long time. Ditto with Wall Street and Corporate America. It would come as no surprise to find out that they can access a person’s thoughts. Some people have an innate ability to do so without technology.

  59. malthuss February 26, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    35 chain stores file for chapter 11.
    thats chains, not 35 stores. more like 35000.

    • … Culling a herd of unprofitable businesses. That’s healthy capitalism.

      • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

        if JB has a monopoly? is that still healthy? huh Ms Debbie?

        • ” It was estimated that there were 745,290 franchise establishments in operation in the U.S. in 2017.”

          “Total sales from the nearly 3.8 million retail establishments in the United States reached about $2.6 trillion in 2016. Retailers employ almost 29 million, and support more than 42 million jobs in the U.S.”

          So, 35000 stores of 38000000. So you’re saying that less than 1% of stores are closing.

          I’m not interested for obvious reasons. The rest of the 3/4 of a million franchises are replacing it. (even though a growing proportion may be strictly online businesses.)

          ….Not saying that commercial real estate might suffer.

  60. messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    Green Alba said, “That’s why when he’s tossing so much of his property into a big everlasting fire – way more everlasting than the worst thing his property has ever done or could ever do, he says ‘this is hurting me way more than it’s hurting you’. Com-passion. But not as we know it.”

    Eternal Punishment is against the Law.

    gold-silver.us/forum/showthread.php?95865-Eternal-Punishment-is-Against-The-Law

    Until Augustine and Jerome most of the church fathers taught Universal Reconciliation. They brought their pagan beliefs into the church attempting to scare people into becoming converts. They were converted to the church not to Christ, and thus churchianity.

    • messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 11:26 am #

      My favorite question: If God could save everyone, would He do it?

      gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/if-god-could-save-everyone-would-he/

      • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 11:28 am #

        What a silly question!

        He sent us Trump, didn’t HE?

        • messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

          Salvation comes in three parts: Justification [ saving of our spirit ], Sanctification [ saving of our souls {lives} ], Glorification [ saving of our body ].

          God sends all kinds of people into our lives, for various reasons. Whether or not Trump benefits America, our personal salvation is certain.

          • Well of course. It’s all about you. That’s why is the greatest story ever told.

          • messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

            Was I special before I became aware of being special?

          • messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

            IOW – if God saves everyone, it is about all of us.

    • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:44 am #

      Fire destroys but also brings about new life. As is the case with forest fires at least.

  61. FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    Clinton Emails Reveals Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

    popularresistance.org/clinton-emails-reveal-direct-us-sabotage-of-venezuela/?fbclid=IwAR3XcNIzOKFm2z…

    Does that woman get a rest sometimes?

  62. elysianfield February 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs,

    I am currently reading a book written by Michael Lewis entitled “The Fifth Risk”. It describes Trump’s transition into the Government only days after his election…or to be more accurate, his lack of transition. It is not in any way complementary to Donald Trump.

    If you read this book you might agree with me when I state…”Thank God for the bureaucracy”…that essential services of government can remain running in spite of complete dysfunction at the executive level….

    …It has the ring of truth….

    • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

      Was that the President’s fault, or the previous admin and the deep state teaming up to f_k him over?

      They knew he didn’t have much political experience going in and a little good will would’ve went a long way. How many books does that make now ‘proving’ the president is an idiot and a danger to the Republic?

      Brh

      • elysianfield February 26, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

        BRH,
        Believe it or not…the “adult in the room” regarding the transition teams and relevant laws regarding succession was…Chris Christie. The book states that his suggestions met with derision by the Trump faction…apparently Trump’s team, other than Christie, did not understand the function of the transition teams, or the import of various agencies, along with their hundreds of billions of dollar budgets that run NOAA, NASA, Nuclear regulation, etc. The various agencies had teams at the ready to integrate the new administration into the nuts and bolts of government…no response for weeks….

        All ugly if true.

    • capt spaulding February 26, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

      I read it too. Interesting, but concerning. Like you said, “it has the ring of truth”.

  63. volodya February 26, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

    To whom it may concern but Green Alba especially (because it’s so much fun), if you think that pushing water over the edge of a flat Earth is weird, there’s stuff being bandied about that’s orders of magnitude weirder, mainly that the universe as we see it might be in effect a multidimensional hologram arising from information encoded on a lower dimensional boundary.

    I don’t understand the math behind the hologram on a credit card, never mind the math underlying string-theory, which forms the basis for the universe-as-hologram idea. My education was in the field of business and finance and tax ie vocational in nature, and not scientific or pure mathematics. But, I have to say, the theorizing out there makes Genesis sound reasonable in comparison, the very essence of simplicity.

    I’ll give those ancients (the Jews, their predecessors, the Biblical writers) credit for a few things. I have no idea as to how they came up with it, the original stories and thinkers behind them lost in the sands of time or the middle-east or the Zagros Mountains, depending on who you talk to, but the idea of time being uni-directional from past to future as implied in the creation story came from them, the idea of the universe having a starting point, the idea of creation happening in stages, the idea of a transformation of human consciousness as happened in the Garden, the idea of all humanity living in the present day having two common ancestors, the notion of environmental calamities (the Flood) with a small band of survivors and founding population for humanity, all of them worthy concepts even if we don’t like how they were packaged.

    OK, the Earth ain’t flat, that much anyone can see as the mast of the ship disappears over the horizon. But then Einstein steps into it with his notions of matter curving space and space curving the path of matter through it. Time and space turn out to be twisty and stretchy and what you deem to be “now” and what sits in your version of the present moment may not be the same for somebody else, somewhere else, moving in relation to yourself. So what time is it actually? And what’s flat and what ain’t?

    By the time those old-folks put pen to parchment, people had been living in towns and villages for thousands of years and civilizations had risen and fallen and there had already been a long, long time to sit around and think about stuff. And those stories were already old, old, old, and probably had been written down a multitude of times. We just see a few surviving versions, like the Biblical and the Epic of Gilgamesh. But who knows what’s buried in those desert mounds.

    We laugh and say it’s not science. And maybe it ain’t. But “science” is just one way of looking at things and what qualifies as valid science in some fields would get laughed at in others.

    And is there such a thing as settled science? They thought so until Einstein and his boys upset the apple-cart a hundred years ago. So it seems that a particle can indeed be in two places at once, ie superpositioning, that it need not get over a boundary to get from point A to point B ie quantum tunneling.

    You say “scripture” and the Dawkins of the world start acting all intellectual and superior and roll their eyes. But I think that maybe we ought to re-read those old tomes. I think it would behoove us greatly to not be too sure of what is and what’s not.

    • Try plowing through freshman level math, physics, biology, and chemistry textbooks, old man.

      It will rip your frontal lobes apart and make you wish you’d never eaten from the tree of knowledge.

      • volodya February 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

        I’ve done university level calculus and stats. Also did a course in philosophy. I’ve also done a fair bit of reading on the side. What I’ve never done is higher level math. And what frankly shocks me is the level of confidence in the scientific community in their own pronouncements, unwarranted in my opinion, given the level of group-think in evidence, and the sheer level of wrongness in so many of their conclusions, given new discoveries and new research.

        “Studies show” is the war-cry. Yeah, until other studies show something else.

        A lot less self-confidence is what’s warranted. Stop fucking acting as if they know everything, as if their every word is graven in stone. All “knowledge” is subject to re-thinking. Ain’t never such a thing as settled science. Ever.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

          Well said. Not that the basics are overthrown per se, but incorporated into a greater super-structure – as Newtonian mechanics vs Particle theory and Relativity.

          Apples will continue to fall even as we understand gravity better. Describing how it works as Newton did a bit of, is not the same as understanding why it works that way.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

            youtube.com/watch?v=snqsQFfjmaE

            Celtic rock.

          • volodya February 26, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

            Exactly, Newtonian mechanics was an approximation, relevant in certain circumstances, but not the whole picture.

            As is General Relativity an approximation, mind you, one that’s accurate to an ungodly number of decimal places. And quantum mechanics is the most successful theory out there. The problem is that it’s inconsistent with relativity. So they’re looking for another theory to mesh the two. I read that there’s some half-baked candidates, quantum-loop gravity being one, where the fabric of the space-time continuum is made up of infinitesimally tiny interlocking loops space-time. Don’t ask me what that means. They say it means that space and time are quantized. OK, I think I have an idea what that means ie not smooth.

            They’re talking about looking into the hundreds of gigabytes of data from the Large Hadron Collider to see what they can winkle out of it in terms of “new physics”. They found the Higgs particle which they strongly suspected existed since the 1960s but they found zero evidence so far of super-symmetry. I read that when the Higgs decays, two photons were expected to be emitted at a particular energy level and that’s what they found.

            So now they’re talking about deploying supercomputer algos on the gigantic masses of data they’ve stored since they cranked up the LHC.

            So far nobody knows what dark matter is or dark energy and those two things comprise the large majority of stuff in the cosmos. A lot to do still and time’s a wastin’.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

            Are they still talking about strings? I liked that as they are simply the tentacles of Cthulu. As you know, the Great Old Ones are co-terminous with Time and Space, and thus cannot be destroyed or permanently thwarted.

          • hmuller February 26, 2019 at 11:19 pm #

            Volodya, CERN reminds me of a story I once read.

            It seems “the gods” change the nature of reality to keep pace with what men believe. For example, once the world was flat. When people changed their beliefs, the gods changed the world to spherical, and made the change retroactive, i.e. the world had always been spherical.

            What is dark matter and dark energy? Once the scientists decide, the gods will make it so – now and in the past.

            Perhaps our collective consciousness is the lathe of heaven, but fortunately we don’t know it.

            Or are we possibly someones’s science experiment inside a virtual reality matrix?

            Either way, I join Janos in hoping those fools don’t open a portal for Cthulu and his cousins to come calling.

          • PeteAtomic February 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm #

            youtube.com/watch?v=snqsQFfjmaE
            Celtic rock

            wow, 2nd music find on CFN here just now. You lot are giving me some new music to listen to, if nothing else 😉

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 6:56 am #

            Glad you liked it PeteA. You might like ‘The Mighty Atlantic’ by the same band. Best played loud! The mighty Atlantic has historically played a big part in the Scottish national folk consciousness, given how it historically separated people from their families that their little country couldn’t feed. And those that their landlords preferred to swap for sheep.

            And, as you have first-hand knowledge of farming life, you might even be interested in the meaning of the band’s name, Runrig. Co-operative farming in practice 🙂

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run_rig

            youtube.com/watch?v=3TPQlWm_GcU

        • “Settled science” is a weasel word (“weasel phrase”?) introduced to the lexicon during the advent of the fake news era.

          All these claims you make, that “science” is too confident… that “Scientists” know everything… that they present claims as irrefutable, are easily disposed with. They’re ALL testable hypotheses even if a scientist is wrong or even lying about being right.

          I perceive your problem as personal… like everyone else, who wants to bitch about facts like… the doctors got it wrong on cholesterol, or that PFOA was harmless.

          Science, the process, survives Science, the failures, and Science, the invalid.

          Science- the process- is not a quorum of claims about science or scientific claims by scientists… or nonscientists.

          To me, all this just increases my (reasonable) faith in the scientific method. It survives. Which is not to say the process can be improved… but after (400+) years its certainly robust… just look around you. Modern life (a product of technology vis a vis the scientific method) is Science in action.

          • hmuller February 26, 2019 at 10:56 pm #

            You are correct, LiL Debie, true science is about a process of open minded investigation and a willingness to change beliefs to fit facts.

            Unfortunately, many people have misapplied it and made it a value system, e.g. “my political opinions are based on science and therefore better than yours.”

            Science does not know anything about moral right and wrong, much less which social policies are better.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 6:20 am #

            “Science does not know anything about moral right and wrong”

            Indeed, hm. A climate science can do his work conscientiously, tell you that if we continue with business as usual, we are likely to bring about our own demise as a species and take a lot of other species with us, then drive home in his SUV to book his six-month sabbatical flying round the world.

            Nobody’s stopping him. He’s told it to you like it is and even he isn’t morally obliged to care one way or the other what happens after he’s gone. Most of them do, though. That’s because they’re humans with families, not because they’re scientists.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 9:45 am #

            *scientist* not science…

    • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      There’s a lot of stuff in there, volodya, and since you’ve named me I feel I’ll have to say something. So I will get back to you because it will require some thought. And I’ve been remiss because I have some fairly urgent work to do and a further distraction came my way in the form of a person I haven’t seen in 50 years, leading to me being incorporated in a school (!) WhatsApp group all reminiscing about everything. Ye gods, have I not got enough temptations? Thankfully they’ve gone quiet.

      So, with apologies, I’m going to have to do some actual work and get back to you – probably not before Thursday as I have yet other duties tomorrow. But I look forward to seeing the follow-up banter from your post when I return.

      Theoretical physics is a mystery to me, though. But I feel there are at least levels of verifiable knowledge and repeatable experiments that give us SOME settled science. For example, we know that witches don’t cause plague – it’s caused by Y. Pestis infecting a flea that jumps on the back of a rat.

      There are some things I am very willing to agree are settled.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

        GA, the problem of modern science is that it is not science, that is, quest for obtaining knowledge of the laws of nature, or, if you prefer, the ability to read the Mind of God, but rather a figure skating, where virtuosos score points for intellectual leaps and supports.

        And now it is at the stage of dancing on the ice, where marks for artistry are still given out for remnants of Newton’s, Faraday’s, Maxwell’s, Planck’s and Einstein’s natural philosophy, but gradually the “science” moves to pair figure skating, where all this nonsense will simply disappear so as not to interfere with intellectual jumps and supports.

        • messianicdruid February 26, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

          “The princes of DNA like James Watson are among the ugliest scientists that ever existed. Watson is a strange atheist, in that he obviously finds himself to be godlike. But let us look at the actual content of his work. DNA is used by the cells as a source of information. It tells them how to build other parts of the cell as well as the greater body of the organism. But if we look closer, we find very great mysteries, ones that are never mentioned. For a start, the DNA strand itself is built and replicated by enzymes. These enzymes can cut the strand as well as move around the sugars and phosphates that make up the strand. Problem is, to do this, the enzymes must have self-locomotion and a sort of intelligence. The DNA tells the cell what to do, but what tells the enzymes what to do? We have a reductio at precisely this point. We are told that the body and cells do what they do because the DNA instructs them to do it, but why and how do the enzymes do what they do? There is no room for a blueprint inside the tiny enzyme. What propels it? Even more to the point, what propels it in the proper direction, at the proper time, to do the proper thing? I am not proposing that a god tells them, by whispering in their tiny ears, I am just showing that the discovery of DNA is no great step to understanding the origins of life. DNA is just a code, but it takes a sort of intelligence to create a code, another one to replicate it, and a third to decipher it. For this reason, DNA can in no way be a source of intelligence at any level, either cellular or human.

          That is why I fail to see how Watson’s work as a scientist supports his certainty as an atheist. The discovery of DNA does not even push us a tiny step closer to atheism. A code, any code, is indication of neither theism nor atheism. A code is only a code, and unless some information about gods is encoded directly on the strand, we have proof of nothing. Codes can be manufactured, we know that. Codes may also be natural, although that is only a conjecture at this time. To believe in manufactured codes is easy, since we can manufacture them ourselves. To believe in natural codes is not as easy, since we must be shown how a code can generate itself.

          In fact, this is probably the strongest real argument of the theist. The theist states that, intuitively, the self-generated code is impossible to imagine. This intuition is not a proof of course, or even a strong indication, but as a bald postulate, the idea is as solid as any other. How can electrons and protons and mesons and so on, rushing around in gravitational and E/M fields, accidentally stick together or form structures, just as a matter of statistics, forming codes that other accidental conglomerations have a use for? Such a theory is just as fantastic as any other religious assertion, surely. The theist proposes these structures are not accidents, while the atheist demands that they must be. It is fantastic if they are and fantastic if they are not. It is beyond comprehension, proof, or all argument either way. The argument is ultimately beyond all math and logic, because all math and logic must begin with a postulate. This postulate of accident or no accident is the first postulate of all physical theory. It requires an unfounded belief either way.”

          mileswmathis.com/atheism.html

          • elysianfield February 27, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

            “In fact, this is probably the strongest real argument of the theist. The theist states that, intuitively, the self-generated code is impossible to imagine….

            Druid,
            Then that which we cannot imagine must be magic?

            And magic translates to religious faith?

            And the certainty of faith regarding our scientific ignorance demands no further study?

            #Settledscience

      • volodya February 26, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

        Ah yes, the infamous Y Pestis.

        Except that maybe what happened way back wasn’t Y Pestis and it wasn’t the Bubonic Plague.

        IF not, then we owe it to ourselves to figure out what really happened because these outbreaks have a way of doing do-overs.

        This is the trouble with “settled” science. It shuts the door on free inquiry and filtering out the truth:

        newscientist.com/article/mg17223184-000-did-bubonic-plague-really-cause-the-black-death/

        I’ve read that in some locales (I think it was a town in Austria) the pattern of transmission and death as evidenced by records of who lived where and who died when, was consistent with hemorrhagic fever.

        Maybe those centuries of repeating plagues were more than one thing. Maybe we ought to nail it down.

        • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

          “Ah yes, the infamous Y Pestis.

          Except that maybe what happened way back wasn’t Y Pestis and it wasn’t the Bubonic Plague.”

          Volodya, just dropping in for a very quick post-prandial fix, so not able to deal with your broader question. However, i get a lot of flak on here for being picky about words. i get called ‘crafty’ and ‘slippery’ for insisting on their proper use.

          So, I don’t see that what you’ve said above contradicts my proposition that plague is Y. pestis. You seem to be saying the black death, a term I didn’t use, might not, historically, have been – or have been in all cases – the plague. I hope you can see those two propositions are not contradictory.

          Plague remains Y. pestis, whatever the historical incidences of what is referred to as the black death.

          Plague/Y. pestis exists even today in the US. The vector, from what I recall, is the prairie dog, but I’d need to check.

          So, your last sentence should, I think, say ‘those centuries of repeated instances of the black death’ or else you need to clarify that you mean ‘plagues’ in a more general sense than the more precise ‘plague’, which remains Y. pestis, as far as I understand.

          This is plague:

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_(disease)

          This is plague or plagues in the more general sense, which can include even a plague of insects:

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague

          Precision matters, and it is not crafty or slippery to insist on the correct meanings of words, although I know it’s not you who keeps making that accusation. Others do it for their own reasons.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

            I shouldn’t have said ‘the’ plague in line eight – that is a colloquialism more suitable for the general meaning of the word. The disease ‘plague’ is Yersinia pestis. People might be suffering from something else that has a similar pattern, but then it wouldn’t be plague in the current medical sense.

        • elysianfield February 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

          Volodya,
          Good News! There are those who understand that Rattus rattus has been badly maligned, and are hard at work rehabilitating it’s image;

          bbc.com/news/world-europe-47370291

          Look at that face…who wouldn’t be moved to help?

          • volodya February 27, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

            A fat rat. Too much of that rich and buttery German cooking.

    • elysianfield February 26, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

      ” But I think that maybe we ought to re-read those old tomes.”

      Volodya,
      I would opine that the “old tomes” provide unquestionable wisdom, but not necessarily knowledge.

      • volodya February 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

        I would agree, but I would also suggest that maybe the point of those old writings wasn’t objective knowledge in the first place. Right now there’s a conflict between science and religion, which I think would have puzzled the writers of the old testament for example. Did they really mean that the universe was literally created in six days? I doubt it, I doubt they cared whether it was six days or six minutes or six nanoseconds as that wasn’t the point of the story. I would guess that there were varying perspectives back then just as there are now, but it seems to me that the point of it was to set a moral context for human existence.

        It’s ironic that religion and science are fighting because to my eyes they’re about different things. Kind of like engineers telling a class full of students at Le Cordon Bleu that engineering is superior. Engineering is about one thing, cooking about something else entirely. Such it is with science and religion.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

          volodya

          “but it seems to me that the point of it was to set a moral context for human existence.”

          I would agree. Humans everywhere have always told each other stories to try to explain their origins, their existence and their predicaments.

          Re biblical knowledge, I’m with EF on this. There has always been wisdom, gained over individual and community lifetimes, but systematic knowledge took millennia to develop.

          Re the grislier stories, I suppose, for the ancient Israelites, if you wanted to smite whole tribes of strangers and take their land, human psychology is such that you, the ‘good’ people, would sleep better at night if you could tell yourselves your god sanctioned it.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 6:14 am #

            And the ancient Israelites aren’t the only ones guilty of bringing their imaginary friend in to sanction their own base aspirations, as we know.

            Some current believers in a ‘new promised land’ have done so on these very pages.

            And the British empire did the same in its day.

            Land of hope and glory, mother of the free
            How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
            Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set
            God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet
            God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet

            Such is homo grabby-ens.

    • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 1:52 am #

      The ancients knew the earth was round long before space travel was supposed to have existed.

      • seawolf77 February 27, 2019 at 9:42 am #

        “The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.” Ferdinand Magellan
        This quotation is often found on the internet attributed to Magellan, but never with a source, and no English occurrence prior to its use by Robert Green Ingersoll in his essay “Individuality” (1873) has been located. Thus, it it most likely spurious. In that essay Ingersoll states:
        It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions, — some one who had the grandeur to say his say. I believe it was Magellan who said, “The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church.” On the prow of his ship were disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success.

        • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 9:55 am #

          Sometime disobedience and defiance are very necessary. That is very true. But if truth would have been embraced there would have been no controversy.

          Isaiah 40:22 “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;”

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

            “But if truth would have been embraced there would have been no controversy.

            “Isaiah 40:22 “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth…”

            It says ‘circle’ not ‘sphere’. When Isaiah was written, the understanding was still that the earth was a flat circle.

          • SoftStarLight February 27, 2019 at 11:52 pm #

            What about this one?

            Job 26:10 “He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.” It sounds like a view of the earth from space. A sphere still has the shape of a circle. And using the word circle is just a descriptor for the shape of the sphere? How can we be certain what the general understanding of the shape of the earth was 5,000 years ago and further back? Only fragments of texts remain.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2019 at 6:00 am #

            SSL

            You can tell yourself whatever you like, the ancient Israelites saw the earth as a flat circle with the vault of heaven above.

            upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/Early_Hebrew_Conception_of_the_Universe.png

            Crikey, didn’t you do this stuff in Sunday School? I did.

            But I’m sure if you look closely enough you’ll find the bit where a random goat herder confirms, in his musings, that it’s an oblate spheroid.

            It’s just before the bit where Mr and Mrs Titanosaur Argentinosaurus huinculensis and Mr and Mrs Woolly Mammoth are making friends on Noah’s ark.

            They’re stories, SSL. And whether or not you stop taking them literally won’t stop god existing if he does.

        • elysianfield February 27, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

          Wolfie,

          “The church says the earth is flat”

          The science is then settled….”

    • montsegur February 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

      We laugh and say it’s not science. And maybe it ain’t. But “science” is just one way of looking at things and what qualifies as valid science in some fields would get laughed at in others.

      volodya,

      I’ve come to think there are at least two varieties. One is “big S” Science, that has made the famous discoveries.

      The other part is “$cience” — “research” done in the name of supposedly proving something to sell a product or a political notion. Lots of $cience out there, and people too often confuse it with the “Big S” variety.

      I think it would behoove us greatly to not be too sure of what is and what’s not.

      Strongly agree on this point. Too many don’t realize that as powerful as the scientific method is, there are some areas of inquiry that it cannot usefully investigate. Too many make their belief in science a faith, and at that point, it becomes dogma for them.

      Cheers

      • volodya February 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

        Montsegur, you say: “Too many don’t realize that as powerful as the scientific method is, there are some areas of inquiry that it cannot usefully investigate.”

        You bet. To take one example that will no doubt get the eyeballs a rollin’ among the intellectual set, it’s the one-offs. It seems to me that the basis for science as we practice it is to ask one another, did you see what I saw? The problem is the “one-offs” the kind of stuff that we see that cannot be verified by someone else because it’s here and then it’s gone, nor tested nor replicated nor falsified in a lab under controlled conditions. You know where I’m going with this, it’s the paranormal stuff I’m referring to, and I’ll give an example. My grandfather was working in the barn when he heard the voice of his deceased father. That’s impossible you say, he’s dead. At least a lot of “rationalists” would say the same thing, that a dead man doesn’t talk.

        So what am I supposed to do, call my grandfather a liar? Tell him he’s nuts? I can tell you, he wasn’t nuts, not by any stretch, yet he heard what he heard and there was nobody there to say no, they didn’t hear anything, or alternatively, yes, they heard the same thing, a voice coming out of nowhere. This is something that doesn’t fit into what “science” does, while a neurologist can say such a phenomenon as my grandfather experienced is “explainable”, being explainable by such-and-such doesn’t mean that in this particular case it is actually explained.

        There’s other areas, for example, what does science have to say about the judaic notion that an individual life is invaluable and irreplaceable? What about the alternative view, that what matters isn’t the individual but rather the collective or the state, that an individual is indeed replaceable and has no real value in the grand scheme? What did Bismark(?) say, that the graveyards are full of indispensable men? Is it the place of science to pronounce on this?

        Anyway, I’m not sure that this is the kind of thing you’re thinking about but I’d be interested in what you’ve got to say on it.

        • montsegur March 1, 2019 at 3:30 am #

          volodya,

          Check, paranormal phenomena is one area the scientific method has difficulty investigating.

          I could write a lot here, but what I mentioned about science as dogma is one reason, among others, that hinders scientific investigation of such topics.

          I hear you re: your grandfather’s experience. I had one experience in my back yard that was plainly weird and for which no obvious rational explanation existed. I know what I saw happened for two reasons; one was that a household pet was with me and reacted to the same noise and sights I saw, and the second reason was that the neighbor’s children got blamed by their parents (the incident involved water spilled out of a pool). When I heard the children had been scolded, I took the chance of telling the neighbors what I had seen and that the children had not been present. What was interesting at that point was the older woman of their household slightly smiled, and said “GrandPa”. Made me think they had experienced out-of-normal activity themselves.

          Is it the place of science to pronounce on this?

          It is out of their swim lane. But that is a broad problem in Western society today. Nobody stays in defined swim lanes, and that contributes mightily to the magnitude of unhappiness in society … the partisan divide in politics being only one aspect of such.

          As you can probably discern, I have conflicted feelings about science. The scientific method, coupled with the application of its findings in the form of technology, have wrought huge change in our world, much of it beneficial, but some of it not.

          Against that, we have the cultural memories of people like Mengele, the experiments with the Atomic Soldiers, even smaller cruelties like subjecting goats to nerve gas (to “make sure” it worked as expected) … bottom line is that “Big S” Science’s commitment to ethics is fuzzy, while $cience makes no pretense at all of being ethical. IMO, all of this serves to corrode the belief of the little people in the legitimacy of the authorities.

          Sorry if I wandered down too many paths in this reply.

          Cheers

      • volodya February 28, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

        And you say “research” done in the name of supposedly proving something to sell a product or a political notion. Lots of $cience out there, and people too often confuse it with the “Big S” variety.

        People charge that the science of climate change is infused with political activism, as you say, a political notion, or one that’s come to be a tribal signifier like tattoos or a head-dress. Not to mention commercial interests.

  64. seawolf77 February 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

    What does Coors Light and sex in a canoe have in common? They’re both fucking close to water.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      Do you know what gynecologist and a tour guide have in common?

      • malthuss February 26, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

        they know things form the inside?

    • PeteAtomic February 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm #

      coors light is gross

  65. FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    perhaps Russia could intervene? Tell them both about Russia’s new wonder weapons? Russia’s new plan to bankrupt the US? == elysian

    Oh, it takes little to deceive me –
    I cannot wait to be deceived!

    A.Pushkin, Confession, 1826

    • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

      Confession

      I love you, though I rage at it,
      Though it is shame and toil misguided,
      And to my folly self-derided
      Here at your feet I will admit!

      It ill befits my years, my station,
      Good sense has long been overdue!
      And yet, by every indication,
      Love’s plague has stricken me anew:

      You’re out of sight, I fall to yawning;
      You’re here, I suffer and feel blue,
      And barely keep myself from owning,
      Dear elf, how much I care for you!

      Why, when your guileless girlish chatter
      Drifts from next door, your airy tread,
      Your rustling dress, my senses scatter
      And I completely lose my head.

      You smile, I flush with exaltation;
      You turn away, I’m plunged in gloom;
      Your pallid hand is compensation
      For a whole day of fancied doom.

      When to the frame with artless motion
      You bend to cross-stitch, all devotion,
      Your eyes and ringlets down-beguiled,
      My heart goes out in mute emotion

      Rejoicing in you like a child!