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Since “Joe Biden” flat-out promised last February to “bring an end to the Nord Stream pipeline” — and let’s assume he meant both NS 1 and 2 — why seek further to unravel a fake mystery? Is our apparitional “president” not a man of his word? Of course, the machinery behind “Joe Biden” so far denies any credit for the consequential act, but who in this land is unaware that the US government’s default setting these days for answering anything is to lie?

The purpose of the act was likewise simple, plain, and obvious: to foreclose any possibility of Germany negotiating a separate peace with Russia around the financial and economic sanctions imposed by the USA over the Ukraine operation. Don’t you suppose it was clear to any German with half a brain that NATO’s joining of the sanctions was nothing less than a one-way ticket to Palookaville for Euroland? That it would mean goodbye to its advanced manufacturing economy and then goodbye to a comfortable, modern standard of living?

Not many weeks ago German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock told the world that Germany would support Ukraine (and US-driven NATO policy) “no matter what German voters think.” That was all for show, you understand, to maintain the flimsy pretense that NATO had any actual stake in whatever happens in Ukraine — as the result of the dumpster fire set there by America. At the same time, that very same German foreign ministry was sneaking through back channels to feel out the Russian foreign ministry on ways Germany might get Russian natgas on the down-low, through third parties, say, Turkey, buying time until the glorious day those Nord Stream pipelines might re-open and the former normality of German economic life would resume.

“Joe Biden” slammed the door on that pretty conclusively Monday, blowing up the two pipelines, a premier act of insanity by a US government fueled at every level and in every direction by psychotic strategic thinking. For starters, consider that the Nord Stream sabotage amounts to the leading member of NATO committing an act-of-war against the rest of NATO. What else do you call depriving most of Europe of the means to make a living — or merely to stay alive?

As it happens, Germany is in no position to answer this casus belli by going to war against the USA. Germany has a Potemkin military — America has made sure of that since 1945, the last time these Teutons of northern forests went batshit crazy against Western Civ. Seems to me that either Chancellor Olaf Scholz acknowledges this deadly affront to Germany and negates further participation in the NATO Ukraine idiocy, OR, within a few months he will face a violent political uprising from his own people and his government will fall — and not necessarily within the framework of any orderly parliamentary procedure. More like mobs in the streets… chaos… government buildings torched… officials strung-up — real insurrection, not the fake kind we hear about endlessly from the American Party of Chaos.

How, exactly, do any of the major NATO countries continue to regard the USA as any kind of ally? They won’t and they can’t. Anyway, and despite the recent panicked expansion of NATO, member countries of the adjoining scaffold known as the European Union are peeling off one-by-one. Georgia Meloni, soon to be Prime Minister of Italy, couldn’t have put it more plainly when her coalition won last week’s election: she and they oppose in the strongest terms all the Woke nonsense that the World Economic Forum has programmed into the EU. She and they are against the cancellation of individual liberties and tyrannical affronts to due process of law; are against the degenerate campaign to undermine family, church, and national sovereignty; and are unwilling to act as a dumping ground for anymore Third World hordes the EU stupidly induces to come to Europe’s shores.

Don’t worry, before much longer something similar will happen in France, too. Perhaps the mobs of nationalists in Paris will be inflamed enough to roll out the old “national razor,” to make their seriousness emphatic. Adieu Fifth Republic. The Sixth is on its way to the maternity ward and it will not recognize the EU as its maman. There’s a whole lotta shakin’going on across Europe. Holland’s farmers were already furious over Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s disgraceful obeisance to der Schwabenklaus’s malevolent program aimed at shutting down Dutch agriculture. Rutte will be gone before spring planting time, 2023. Sweden, like Italy, had repudiated its Woked-up Leftist rulers just weeks ago in an orderly national election. Crowds of protestors lit up Prague this week. It’ll still be good marching weather all over Euroland for some weeks ahead.

The Euro currency fell below par with the US dollar. Its days are numbered and when, perforce, it must be replaced by the old national currencies — francs, marks, guilders, liras — then submission to the EU will reach a logical end and it’s back to national sovereignty, too. The UK, America’s wing-man, has become an entirely feckless, sinking operation. The country is functionally bankrupt, the pound is dying, and, by resorting again to the old QE bond-buying racket, the Bank of England has just doomed the country to even more ruinous inflation. Liz Truss will be a three-month wonder. Things might get so wild in Old Blighty that Nigel Farage will wind up in 10 Downing Street.

As for Russia’s doings in Ukraine, the Donbas oblast elections are a done deal. Mr. Putin has not yet responded to the extreme provocation of the Nord Stream vandalism. I doubt he will make some histrionic tit-for-tat act of retaliation against any critical infrastructure of NATO or America itself. Rather, he will now methodically proceed to wipe up the floor with Mr. Zelenskyy’s army, eliminate whatever American missiles and other ordnance are stockpiled around the place, complete the occupation of the Black Sea coastal territory from Kherson to Odesa, and put that troublesome backwater of Western Civ in order. The hallmark of the operation will be a measured and businesslike approach. Russia will just get it done, put out the dumpster fire, and refuse to allow the USA to start World War Three.

“Joe Biden” and his regime of Satanic degenerates will just have to lump it. They will have lost Europe’s loyalty by the foolish Nord Stream caper. They will have enough trouble on their hands at home with America’s collapsing economy and all the ill-feeling they have generated with the Woke insults, persecutions, and punishments inflicted on half the population — not to mention the coming dire repercussions of the wicked Covid “vaccine” scam. In the meantime, “Joe Biden’s” Party of Chaos faces the wrath of American voters in the midterm election. And if, perchance, they take the majestically stupid step of cancelling, postponing or somehow messing with that election, they will face the wrath of the voters from the ground beneath the hanging tree.


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  1. Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:19 am #

    Yes Jim, Dopey Joe clearly threatened to take out the pipeline and so whether or not he did, we own it. Surely that cannot be a good thing.

    “USA Today op-ed says Biden’s ‘Where’s Jackie?’ gaffe ‘demonstrated generosity and professionalism'”
    Unfuckingbelievable!!!

    While it is sad, depressing, and embarrassing that this once great nation is now led by a brain dead, demented career criminal it is also very appropriate that this mindless idiot is at the helm of the doomed ship of state that is America. Dopey Joe may be a pathetic and disgusting pedophile, but the bulk of the people that he rules over with impunity are themselves lost and deserving of the trials and tribulations that await us all on our long emergency down the road to perdition. Once a nation embraces corruption and fraud as a legitimate way of transacting the business of a nation, anything goes, nothing really matters, and no one really cares. Enjoy the ride America, you’ve earned it.

    • benr September 30, 2022 at 10:30 am #

      With the hordes of third worlders and obvious corruption all we need now to complete the descent are cartels gunning people down in the street and tossing severed heads onto dance floors across the land.

      I used to wonder how Mexico got as bad as it has been and now, I get to see the unraveling firsthand.

      • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 11:39 am #

        The cartels control things in Mexico except in a few Zonas Turistas where police are omnipresent.

        In the US, the toddler Cartels, the local mobs, are forming into greater Mobs, and being supported, not being fought by the Federal government. Europe has its own set of mobs, being the source of the US mobs, same with Asia.

        With a free pass here, no wonder the Mob has prospered here. Now they have even succeeded to taking over the Feds.

        JFK was no hero, he was the favorite son of the Irish Mob out of Boston. George Giancana has pulled no punches in his book about the Chicago Mob and brother Sam that they killed JHK as a result of a dispute between Irish and Italian Mobs.

        Mexico is a much safer place than the US right now because the mob there is in place, organized and homogeneous. In 2012, a group of drug merchants around Lake Chapala decided to challenge the local cartel. Big mistake, they were wiped out. Do not mess with the cartels, safe!

        Our federal government is the apex of the Mob culture, the ultimate Capo and his gang. They are parasites feeding on the very gullible Drug ridden American public.

        And winning.

        • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 11:42 am #

          BTW, for all the potential expats, Merida has been made a neutral zone between the cartels where their families are situated. It is considered the safest city in North America.

          • Ron Anselmo September 30, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

            A glamorous older woman once told me that “Honey flows year ’round in Merida”, and it always stuck with me.

          • David Webb September 30, 2022 at 5:50 pm #

            That’s good to know, Merida is where my son-in-law’s family is from. I was a little concerned about him and my daughter taking a trip down there a couple of years ago. I was hoping that family connection might give us an escape destination if things get too crazy here.

        • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

          Legalize all drugs and the many of cartels will go away. Unfortunately, the cartels are here to stay because too many lawyers and other types of parasites in the USA are also benefiting from prohibition.

          • Uncle Bob October 1, 2022 at 11:15 am #

            I suppose this means it’s acceptable to have drug intoxicated drivers on the road, mowing down other Americans. Or workers having the DT’s at work, or dropping dead at their desks because they take fentanyl-laced “recreational” drugs at lunchtime.

          • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 8:01 pm #

            Yessiree Uncle Bob. Just like ending the prohibition of alcohol meant that it is acceptable to drive drunk, go to work drunk – or at least get drunk once you get to work, go to school drunk…

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

          It makes more sense with Bobby. Bobby swore that he would crush them – even though the old man had been in with them. In other words, getting rid of him was personal as well as business.

          The Irish were small potatoes compared to the Italians. They usually didn’t challenge them, though disputes did happen as in Hell’s Kitchen in New York.

        • Annie Dunkin October 12, 2022 at 1:12 pm #

          Why are you wasting some time reckoning on your monthly earnings after you can work staying reception simply along with your computer and itinerant you’ll be able to earn up to $4000 at intervals three days
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      • Anthea October 1, 2022 at 11:35 am #

        In any coming period of social/economic collapse, the Mexican drug cartels will be the most dangerous faction. They are probably the only faction within the US that has money, arms, organization, and experience in, de facto, taking over a country.

      • megabeth October 1, 2022 at 11:49 am #

        I used to go to school in Northern Mexico, right after they remonetized, just as the PRI anointed, then disposed of Colosio, and just before Zeta started reintroducing Aztec soccer to the public. I don’t think the United States will ever get that bad, as long as we have core Americans and their dignity culture–at least up north. Mexico’s intrinsic culture is metropolis/periphery, with the vast majority being the peripheral indio and mentioned. They are still <>, resentful, and running on personal honor codes. Even before Mexico crumped, before <>, it was as different from Anglo culture as cheese and chalk. I’d wager that almost all Latin-Amerucan cultures bear only a veneer of the West.

        • megabeth October 1, 2022 at 11:52 am #

          Okay, note to self: no French quotes, here!

          Mentioned, not `mentioned’

          “Hijos de la chingada”

          “el monstruo llegó”

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

          The Old Religion of Horror is always trying to come back. Some of the Aztec gods hide behind Catholic saints as in Voodoo. And a few years ago, the Church suppressed the cult of a new one named, “Saint Death”, a grinning female skull. They were coming out of Catholic drag with that one. Was it one of the Old Gods in a new guise? I don’t know enough to say. But it was much loved by the Cartels who delight in decapitation and skinning the face and stretching it onto soccer balls.

    • justanotherguy September 30, 2022 at 10:30 am #

      this blog never fails to raise rage – and the divergence between the “government” and more than half its citizens becomes clearer every day.

      i fear for my children – these psychopaths think the nukular thing is playable poker chip. i have no faith the nil (so far) reaction to the pipeline sabotage will not go unanswered, but if not, there will be another provocation.

      • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:39 am #

        Fear for yourself j-a-g, it’s the Quickening and the pace will pick up and steamroll all of us and pretty damn soon. There were 6 million Jews genocided in the Reich, and 1.5 million of them were children. Demonic scumbags love child sacrifice destroying innocence is a special treat for Moloch.

        • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

          prove it or stow it !

          • benr September 30, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

            Nazi Germany kept extensive records on IBM hardware.
            Denying millions of people died as a result OF Nazi Germanies pogroms against Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, disabled people(retarded), political dissidents, gays and anyone else they decided to jail, and murder is stupid.

            The only issue I have with any of it is ignoring millions of non-Jews who also went through the same horrible fate.

          • benr September 30, 2022 at 5:12 pm #

            I would like to FURTHER add that much of the rhetoric we are seeing regarding white people is the same language used about the Jews in Germany.
            It all starts with dehumanizing people and villainizing people.
            If people don’t speak up and out it only ever stops with camps and mass murder.
            History shows this over and over.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:42 pm #

            Nice, Rain.

            I got to wondering, “why do these tards keep bringing up the ****?”
            So I looked.

            That’s what turned me.
            I looked at the actual claims, then the “evidence”.

            Almost wrecked my mind.
            Traumatic to learn the truth, it is.

          • Uncle Bob October 1, 2022 at 11:21 am #

            Tom Watson, the fuhrer (if you will) of IBM, got an award from the Nazis for providing them with a way to keep track of their citizens, including their “racial purity.” He threw a fit when he was forced to return it. He is still seen as a god in the area where I live because IBM provided thousands upon thousands of jobs in its headquarters and its factories here.

      • drattastic October 1, 2022 at 9:05 am #

        Alzaebo, so many see truth but refuse to see the whole truth. A lifetime of conditioning has blinded so many in regard to those who cannot be criticized or even questioned.

    • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 10:52 am #

      “Whether or not he did it, we own it.”

      That says it all right there.

      I’m not convinced we did it. Something smells fishy.

      Tragically that doesn’t matter.

      • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:28 am #

        I agree, W-G-A. It probably doesn’t really matter who did the deed. We all know that the highest political offices are filled with people who do dangerous, inexplicable, frankly insane things for reasons no sane person could conceive of. The Market Ticker guy maintains that (technically) it wouldn’t be all that hard to put a hole in the pipeline, which opens up the possibility of entities with less technical ability than we might expect. But never mind that.

        The real question is how this will play out. I don’t think Mr. Putin will do anything crazy, but whatever he does will be carefully thought out (in ways that will likely be opaque to most in the West) and bring serious consequences to all and sundry. Already the frozen food industry in Germany is going bankrupt and cannot afford the energy needed to keep the frozen food frozen. It’s going down. Other things will follow.

        The EU is certainly finished. In the long (very long) run, we may find that this painful and likely prolonged interlude reinvents Europe for the better. I don’t think the recent arrivals will hang around for the cold winters and absence of the free stuff they came for. Afterwards, it’s a question of whether there is any will left in the enervated populations.

        This little episode just means that what was inevitable will happen sooner than expected.

        • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 11:46 am #

          The EU, the WEF, the US GOVERNMENT, all just Mobs. Russia, China and Japan all have their own mobs.

          Think maybe the WEF is just economically warring with the global Mobs to take over eventually?

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

          That is interesting. The Market Ticker is telling people that it’s a piece cake to blow up a fortified pipeline 50 meters under the Baltic Sea, which is patrolled by multiple NATO ships?

          Nice spin, dude, but a flat out lie.

          But I will add that to my newly formed List of Lies and Spin.

          I am very interested in how they will manage this whopper of an atrocity.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

            He’s usually very sharp. What’s his problem on this?

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 12:55 pm #

          Also there was not ”a hole”.
          They blew three enormous holes in two different pipelines.

          Sure, “we all killed Kennedy” and anyone would punch a hole in a pipeline.

          A bodyguard of lies. A media of mirrors.

          This will be the Mother Of All Propaganda Blitzes.

          • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

            Interesting, Paula. He’s usually a good source for mechanical type practicalities. We’ll see if he changes his tune or what justification he comes up with.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

            I don’t know what the deal is.
            Maybe he was paid to be an influencer on this one. I don’t know him, so I’m just doing a troll-like guess there.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:46 pm #

            Market Ticker?
            Maybe they got tired of his deep dives on Covid data sets, and told him, “this, or your whole family dies.”

          • Paula D October 1, 2022 at 11:44 am #

            Always a good bet, Alzaebo

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

            No shortage of people who are spot on about one psyops and clueless about others.

            If someone has an anti-Russia bias, that pretty much colors their opinion.

          • Anthea October 1, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

            Karl Denninger has some “blind spots”–or “something else.” He will not entertain any “conspiracy theories” about 9/11 or the supposed moon landing, though you’d have to be retarded to believe the official story on either.

            OTOH, the guy is right much more often than he’s wrong.

        • Mac September 30, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

          Belgium figured out a pretty good grift, which seems to be coming to an end. What exactly do they produce there anyway, besides chocolates?

          • megabeth October 1, 2022 at 11:57 am #

            Well, a branch of my family. 🙂

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

            Massive child trafficking rings.

      • happiface September 30, 2022 at 12:21 pm #

        Israhell has some game into the pipeline thing–they want to sell their own gas to euro land and those damn joos will stop at nothing to get the rest of the world to kill each other…payback i guess

      • neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

        FYI: one of our battleships was shown to be located just 1 mile from the epicenter of the NS explosion, several hours before it took place. This has been verified by multiple sources. The US Corporation surely did it.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

          We did it, or we allowed it to be done.

          • neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

            Yes. Perhaps the battleship was simply there to see that our ‘hit’ was set up to be accomplished.

          • taijitu September 30, 2022 at 7:22 pm #

            …or ordered it be done. Ann Applebaum never fell very far from the tree.

        • Lyndy33 September 30, 2022 at 2:05 pm #

          We haven’t had Battleships since WWII, except for the short time one was involved in Vietnam. What kind of ship was it? Reference please. I find reports that Russian ships were there.

          • neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 2:55 pm #

            The new ‘Journalism Protection Act’ may make it illegal to provide specific references without permission, hence the recent review process on this site. You’ll have to do your own research. Not rocket science, BTW.

          • neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

            lyndy: i was in error calling them ‘battleships.’ I was using the term for any Navy ship (most of which are designed for ‘battle.’). Then, again, perhaps you need to restart your OCD meds. 🙂

          • Uncle Bob October 1, 2022 at 11:31 am #

            You clearly forgot that the four Iowa-class battleships were rebuilt and rearmed in the 1980’s so they could fire cruise missiles. They also were used to bombard enemy fortifications into at least the 1990s. All have been decommissioned.

            https:
            //en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa-class_battleship

      • drattastic October 1, 2022 at 9:13 am #

        Who benefits from this and who is capable of pulling it off, kinda narrows it down to about two countries, the US and the country of those who cannot be named.

    • Rodulf September 30, 2022 at 11:20 am #

      I have to concur…we deserve what’s happening.

      • cbeard September 30, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

        I don’t deserve what is happening. Very few in my extended family deserve it either. For years I have recognized the dangerous path we are on and warned anyone who would listen. Friends, neighbors, politicians, anyone who would listen.

        • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

          just what we need, stupidity telling us what we deserve ?

          • Uncle Bob October 1, 2022 at 11:32 am #

            Back under your bridge, troll.

        • Anthea October 1, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

          @ cbeard:

          I can think of nothing that me and mine did to “deserve” this, nor can I think of anything we could have done to stop it.

      • steppingup September 30, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

        trickle down corruption…

      • Dr_Wellington_Yueh September 30, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

        Does the gut bacteria deserve it when the host decides to drink a brake fluid cocktail?

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:33 am #

      Re: the “Where’s Jackie?” Epic Gaffe, of course they will spin it as victory – the emperor has new clothes, still.

      • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 11:50 am #

        Dementia has periods of delirium when no normal mental processing takes place. The demented person just loses it, has no train of thought. The farther along, the worse it gets.

        We are witnessing it.

        After awhile, the demented brain cannot even run its body. Death ensues.

        Explains Biden, what about “NOKO is our ally”Kamala Harris?

        • neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

          You’re correct. Some refer to it as on/off periods where dementia is on then goes off and the patient looks fairly normal for a just a few hours, to only lose . Biden looks like he’s in the latter part of ALZ dementia stage III (out of 4) when neuronal degeneration moves into the brain stem, then dirt nap time. We can only wish for godspeed. Then again, given his history of vascular brain disease w/ multiple aneurysms, he could have vascular (multi infarct) dementia and could go anytime (perhaps he already has, hence the appearance of masks of what looks like doubles).

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

            I’m guessing he has Lewy Body? That would explain long moments of clarity.

          • megabeth October 1, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

            I would have guessed moderate stage. I had this theory that damage from the 1988 aneurysms made him disinhibited, testy, uninsightful, and impulsive, but he was pretty bad before that, as I recall. About as much sense as a cat trying to cover up a turd on linoleum.

        • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:01 pm #

          Kammy is just stupid JAZ. There is only one cure for stupid though it can be administered in many ways. Let us hope that she is vaxxed and boosted, because I believe in live and let live regardless of the consequences.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

        That one seemed to finally get to the White House Press Corpse.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

        How did they spin it, Mary? I missed that one.

        • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:58 pm #

          I was referring to what WalterB said above:

          ““USA Today op-ed says Biden’s ‘Where’s Jackie?’ gaffe ‘demonstrated generosity and professionalism’”
          Unfuckingbelievable!!!”

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 5:52 pm #

            Oh OK. I can’t imagine how they justified that.
            Did they just assert it Walter? Or did they spin some more?

          • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:04 pm #

            Oh, the Mouth of Sauron spun it alright, claiming that the dead woman was on “top of mind” whatever the fuck that new definition entails. More like Dopey Joe is at bottom of rectum.

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

            @Walter, LOL. “Bottom of rectum” – that’s a keeper!

    • SW September 30, 2022 at 11:37 am #

      Great post & I have to wonder what it will take before our allies realize they’re actually stooges. They’ve gone way past useful idiots status and look more like plastic ducks in a shooting gallery just waiting their turn to be blasted. Their horror to commit to any patriotism has finally caught up with them. Italy, Sweden throwing them out looks like the citizens are tired of being told how happy they should be to give up their farmland, free speech and to be locked in their homes indefinitely.

      Walter — I agree Biden has become the perfect figurehead for the corruption in the government.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

        He’s also the perfect figurehead for taking all the blame when they finally decide that’s enough destruction, and bring in their new figurehead with seemingly clean hands.

        Joe will be discarded like a used fly tape.

        I kind of think right now that the plan is to let Joe die in office. Removing him for incompetence begets the question, how did someone not not notice his condition sooner?

        I think he will be posthumously painted as a bad guy, ni=ot a senile one.

        • Q. Shtik September 30, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

          Joe will be discarded like a used fly tape. – B of O

          ===========

          Ha ha. Great image Beryl.

          • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

            More like used toilet paper.

        • SW September 30, 2022 at 4:43 pm #

          Beryl — Biden will be lauded as a working class hero because he rode a train when his kids were little and before the first bribes paid off. Then his memory will be erased as effectively as Afghanistan and covid mandates. But you’re right that there will never be any acknowledgment of his senility or involvement In Ukraine’s corrupt business deals.

        • Irish September 30, 2022 at 5:58 pm #

          I think they’re going to kill off Sleepy Joe very close to the mid-terms, just so they can use it as a reason to delay or cancel the voting.

          • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 8:09 pm #

            Honkeypox is gonna get him. (Damn you anti-vaxxers!)

            The Big Guy will be mourned as a hero, no cancellation, no tarnish.

      • Katerina September 30, 2022 at 5:52 pm #

        What amazes me is the mentality of the average americans. Here James Kunstler has provided another post full of information that is factual, urgent and extremely important. We, as a human race, are in grave danger like never before. And what response do we get from most commenters here? Yeah, shit happens in the world SOMEWHERE, and then they are back to their favourite pastime of navel-gazing.. again! This is either the lack of intelligence to grasp the extremely dire situation in the REST of the WORLD, caused by YOUR god-forsaken so-called country which is run by criminals with satanic, evil agenda or this is some kind of self-preservation safety default where for you people ignorance is bliss, i.e. don’t want to know! That is WHY you are where you are, on the edge of the abyss and a lot of you don’t have a clue as to how you got there. And most don’t even realise that they are now standing on the edge of this abyss, while still bleating about damn elections as if that will somehow make any difference. If elections mattered they wouldn’t have let you vote – golden words! Lift your heads from your navels for Christ’s sake and take in the BIGGER PICTURE! Or are you simply incapable of doing that? The global parasite that had attached itself to your country and sucked it dry is now driving this world to annihilation!!!
        Yes, all of you including..
        Want to talk elections? You will deserve everything that’s coming to you if you continue to be so totally insociant and absolutely ignorant – on so many levels. But convincing yourselves otherwise. But then, of course, you are the americans, the “indispensable” -(LOL) and you know it ALL. Yeah, right..
        Humbleness, understanding and empathy are actually very good qualities in anyone’s character. Sadly, much lacking in US of A.

        • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:17 pm #

          Jim’s posts exceed all mainstream media (which I totally ignore) and are my main source of information on what is going down.

          I could not agree with you more on elections, and I cannot understand how anyone with the ability to think, even just a little bit, can fail to understand that with the last two presidential elections being claimed to be rigged, once by either side, (and I for one certainly believe the last one was rigged), how can anyone put any faith in any elections going forward?

          Plus, what does it matter with the Uniparty that exists with the sellouts in DC anyway.

          Go figure.

        • Gail October 1, 2022 at 7:26 am #

          Katerina,
          At this point, what would be the suction, in your view?

          • Gail October 1, 2022 at 7:28 am #

            Haha, well suction is a nice word, but “solution” is what I meant. Typing onto a tiny phone screen is not my strong suit.

        • CheezusCrackers October 1, 2022 at 9:45 am #

          Very good Kat. You have opened some tasty cans of worms.

          As to American navel gazing etc…let’s be perfectly blunt. Since the 1920s and the rise of psychoanalysis, much of the West has been subjected to increasing amounts of brainwashing. Polite society refers to it as marketing, advertising, public relations and such. Call it what you will, there has been a deliberate and documented effort to control the masses w consumerism, planned obsolescence, and, in the final analysis, outright lies. This accelerated precipitously after WW2 when the idea that the People couldn’t be trusted to vote for the “right” leaders became entrenched in the West. In sum, Americans are no worse than Europeans: we’ve all been subjected to brainwashing and mass media manipulation, so the People are understandably slow to realize the danger (and humans have a natural normalization bias).

          As to elections, couldn’t agree more. This goes back to the deception outlined above. The system, the powers that be, the DC Regime, whatever you want to call them, have been rigging the system for generations to give everyone in so called democratic societies the illusion of choice and representation. Somehow they screwed up w Trump in 2016 by not rigging enough. He was not supposed to win. That’s evident from the overwhelming efforts made post 2016 to demolish his administration and ensure that a brain dead Corruptocrat Sock Puppet got installed in 2021. So elections at the federal level at least are illusory at best. (Mr. Kunstler’s apparent optimism that a GOP majority in 2023 will somehow result in any meaningful reforms is exhibit A in how effective the societal brainwashing has been— we just can’t embrace the totality of the corruption).

          As to solutions you allude to– humility, seeing the big picture– its getting out there. A lot of us Americans are well aware now of the evil of the American Empire and the necessity for change.

          As to practical solutions, the only peaceful ones i see are economic: national strikes, work stoppages, walk outs, mass civil disobedience. In short, if people of the West are going to throw off our respective criminal rulers we have to stop supporting them w our labor and money. We have to bring the gears of the machine to a grinding halt. And it has to be done *before* we are all reduced to a condition where we’re too weak, hungry, and poor to act. This was the lesson of Mao’s famines.

          The oddly good news is that everything we see from the Criminals in DC and EU reeks of desperation. Blowing up the pipelines? Sheer desperation. Sending $67 billion to a corrupt regime in Kiev? Putting a brain dead octogenarian on stage for a Reichstag Fire and brimstone rant? Raiding the home of a former President? Hundreds of political prisoners for trespassing? Ruining the economies of Europe for a phony climate crisis and a border dispute between states that no one in Europe cared about until now? All of it is mad, panicked, reactionary attempts to stay in control. But it’s falling apart nonetheless.

          One of two things will happen. Either brave leaders will arise and lead the national strikes/ economic war to topple the crooks, or the system will finally collapse — the host on which the parasites have gorged will finally die— and we will rebuild in a world that will be remarkably like the one envisioned by Mr. Kunstler.

        • NMaddog46 October 1, 2022 at 10:03 am #

          Wow, and I was just thinking to myself about the quality of comments on this blog. We have our share of ignorant people that’s for sure but we haven’t cornered the market like our European friends.
          A thousand years of war, each time getting more efficient at slaughtering each other, then whining about where are the Americans?
          I think the world is slowly waking up and I hope it’s not too late. Many of us know what’s going on and it’s frightening. Yes history repeats itself but Europe is like a broken record. Let’s try that again, as if maybe we won’t get shocked this time.
          I’ve spent time in your various countries and always enjoy myself, but you’re so left Ya can’t even see it. You’re all looking into the same abyss together and marveling about how you got us Yanks to support it. What’s the average person supposed to do? We live in big brother’s world now where everything we do is tracked, recorded, caught on video, yet you mock the Yanks for hanging on to their guns.
          As I recall you all fawned all over Obama like groupies as his thinly veiled Marxist agenda was played out for all to see. Then mocked Trump when he told you, you’d regret relying on Putin for your energy.
          We are in a world of shite and right now an election is all we have, though your comment, “If elections mattered”, was spot on.
          Things will get much worse, and it’s coming fast. We’ll see it for ourselves and future generations, if there are any left, will wonder why we just sat and watched it happen.
          Godless Americans? You got that right, but where’s this holy place you’re from, I’d like to see it?

          • megabeth October 1, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

            Europe (where all my people escaped from) just can’t stop wallowing in its own blood from time to time. And blaming America for it, apparently.

          • Katerina October 1, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

            NMaddog46

            You are mistaking me for perhaps being an american, I can assure you I am not. For me your presidents were just another bunch of puppets put there by Cabal, (or, if you prefer, deep state) to carry out their AGENDA. Bushes, Clintons, Obamas etc. Trump turned out to be a bit of a conman, saying all the things people really wanted to hear, got into White House and immediately got under control of this Cabal. Had to pledge alligience, pay back the favours and do 180 turn on all his election promises as that was NOT part of the agenda. And what americans got now is even difficult to put into words. But very fitting, BTW! I believe JHK called it a hologram “president” at one stage. I think this Cabal is simply screwing with you americans – finding the MOST unsuitable ones and then having fun watching the idiots voting for these – in droves! You have been had and most of you don’t see it. Yep, that is the brainwashing in action.You are fed this constant garbage, BS and nothing but lies 24/7 and lots of you swallow this stinking shite. For a start stop watching the idiot box! It’s killing your God given brains, your ability to THINK, analize or even ask questions.
            This effing Russophobia that has been whipped up to something unbelievable(!) – ask yourselves this question – what did Russia did to you, americans that now you have to HATE that place so much? Nothing; you have been simply brainwashed into this bizzare hatred. Same with Iran and China. None of those countries are your enemies as they have done nothing to you, americans.
            While the entity called USA has been on unstoppable global crime spree for decades and which has now got the world on the brink of the nuclear exchange!
            As I have already said, Russia is not your enemy and never has been. On the contrary, Russia was firmly behind you in your fight for independence. And helping big time. You wouldn’t find that in your history books now. During WWII were allies once again. But then you got taken over by the global parasite which has seething historical hatred towards Russia and since this lot controls ALL of your mass media – hey presto – now we got whipped up delusional, extreme and off-the-charts Russophobia!
            As I have already pointed out – you have been had. Wake up!
            In fact get behind Russia and it’s President – it is the ONLY country that can destroy this global parasite and he is the ONLY man in this world right now that has been sent to us by God to lead this mortal fight! Support it with all your being as this is the only way that will release you from it’s deathly grip. As well as the rest of humanity. This is THAT battle between GOOD and EVIL. Choose your side carefully.

          • Brite Bart October 1, 2022 at 7:23 pm #

            Great comment!

        • megabeth October 1, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

          Way to slather paint with a continent-wide brush, Katerina.

          Oh, hey, what is this shit in my belly button?

          • Brite Bart October 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

            “Wake up!
            In fact get behind Russia and it’s President – it is the ONLY country that can destroy this global parasite and he is the ONLY man in this world right now that has been sent to us by God to lead this mortal fight! Support it with all your being as this is the only way that will release you from it’s deathly grip.”

            Thanks Katerina, I had a good guffaw over that!?

    • cbeard September 30, 2022 at 11:43 am #

      I hope JHK is right about forthcoming repercussions for the covid scam and I would hope the voters will not tolerate another stolen election, but I have real doubts about either happening. So far, nothing has been done to rectify the last electoral fiasco.

      • neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

        ‘So far, nothing has been done to rectify the last electoral fiasco.’

        This is a very worrisome fact. We have 200+ million guns still used for target sports and hunting only. Not what the founders protected them for. The 120+ million gun owners still sitting in front of the boobtube bitching about the govmint.

        • Redneck Liberal October 2, 2022 at 7:42 pm #

          Really? A doctor who constantly calls for armed resistance to some imaginary unnamed enemy-of-the-people has surely forgotten his Hippocratic Oath, yes?

          Have you got out in the street with your massive armoury & started to ‘fight’ against this all-consuming deadly “demonic” cabal of pedophiles & baby-eaters? No. You. also, “sit in front of the boobtube bitching about govmint.”

    • Bill of Rights September 30, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

      I’m on a business trip in east germany and southern germany. People hardly talk about the pipeline bombing.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 12:58 pm #

        Really? Wow! That is amazing.

      • Yngvi September 30, 2022 at 10:24 pm #

        Yep, my mom, who lives in Germany, says the MSM hardly mention it anymore.

        • Paula D October 1, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

          Same here. They dropped that sucker right down the Memory Hole when they realized people weren’t falling for their lies.

          But Germans might pay attention when they are cold, hungry and jobless.

          Or not.

    • 5.56 September 30, 2022 at 7:20 pm #

      Does anyone consider that the pipeline was never really bombed and it is all just a psy-op with media on-board and the “players” (actors) going along with the script? Just because there was a picture of what appeared to be a detonation underwater doesn’t mean it’s “real”. I don’t think we have to worry about nukes to destroy targeted populations. The are Club K missiles with bio-weapons hidden in shipping containers that are in tactical areas throughout the U.S. and elsewhere.

    • taijitu September 30, 2022 at 8:19 pm #

      Like “sad, depressing, and embarrassing,” the sixth leading cause of death in Canada is medically-assisted suicide. You can get a get-out-of-jail card just by being poor – it’s a reason to kill yourself. Had I known earlier, I might’ve stayed rich.

  2. Penelope Dreadful September 30, 2022 at 10:25 am #

    Love the Eric Hoffer quote! I got to dig out my copy of The True Believer. I am working my way thru the Writing on the Waterfront currently.

    My candidates for the pipeline bomber:

    1. The USA;
    2. Germany, because their leadership has stated that their voters’ concerns do not matter. This helps burn the bridge down behind them.

    • Hereward the Woke September 30, 2022 at 10:31 am #

      As usual, an excellent summary of exactly where we are. Paula, my candidates for the pipeline job? 1. USA; 2 USA; 3 USA. Mean, motive and opportunity all checked off. All eyes are now on Europe in general, and Germany in particular.

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:33 am #

        Yeah I don’t know where Germany would have the military might to have gotten that done.

    • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:34 am #

      Don’t count out Israel. I listened to a podcast with a former alphabet agency spook who rated the various spook agencies around the world and his remark about the Moose-ad was that they will do absolutely anything to achieve their goal of protecting their own people and are skilled on dumping the blame on some witless patsy.

      Remember the Dancing Israelis in Secaucus, NJ on 911 which story was “debunked” by the media? I know cops that were there, it was true. I’ll leave it at that. It’s US against Them and we ain’t gonna win.

      • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 10:45 am #

        There seems to be a coordinated effort to rush to judgement against the US. The stakes are too high for that.

        The “evidence” so far is only circumstantial.

        The US gov has made no official denial, to my knowledge. The pentagon supposedly denied it, for what that’s worth.

        Israel certainly had means, motive and opportunity. This is the only blog I’ve seen where anybody suggested they might be a suspect. They are certainly a suspect.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 10:55 am #

          Victoria Nuland said pretty much the same thing Joe said, so it cannot be dismissed as the rambings of a senile old coot. She was aware of what he said, and she did not refute it.

          • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 11:16 am #

            I know they said those things. It’s still only circumstantial evidence. Would you go to war over that?

          • Unperson37854 September 30, 2022 at 11:23 am #

            As did Senator Johnson (R), or at least he wanted assurances from Nuland that they would “end” it.

            Like what Johnson has done on vaccine injuries, but don’t trust him on geopolitics.

          • SW September 30, 2022 at 11:47 am #

            Who benefits? That’s the question to be answered. A false-flag operation on Russia’s part doesn’t make any sense and multiple opportunities to make peace (or never begin this proxy war) have been brushed aside. I don’t want to believe the US would stoop to this act but it’s hard to ignore our history of international meddling. Even an old war hawk like Henry Kissinger said in April that we needed to stop the war & negotiate.

          • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

            I heard Victoria Nuland was seen emerging from the Baltic Sea wearing scuba gear.

            Ok, just kidding. But that bitch hound from hell has done a lot of damage. Why can’t she be charmingly goofy and clueless like Kamala?

            The not ready for primetime Veep recently delivered a speech at the Korean DMZ praising the US alliance with North Korea.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

            Well remember, Nuland is a dual citizen and the Duals control our foreign policy.

            To quote Joe Sobran, “We would be thrilled with dual loyalty.” In other words, we don’t get it.

          • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth September 30, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

            Condoleezza Rice speaking 2014

            – “You want to change the structure of energy dependence. You want to depend more on North America energy platform … to have pipelines that don’t go through Ukraine and Russia”

            This plan was years in the making, most likely hatched when the funding for the Shale Oil and Gas was doled out. The only problem is that all the exporting has doubled US Nat Gas prices and many of the Shale plays are maturing faster than expected.

            As planned the last fossil fuel energy products will be sold by the US and its Arabian Peninsula allies. All other large holders Russia, Iran, …, will be denied the privilege. The great reset spells the end for oil and gas profits and the date is quickly approaching.

          • Not_GeorgeT September 30, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

            Nuland, the cookie person at the 2014 overthrow of the legitimate government of Ukraine.

            Lot’s of U$ tax dollars spent there, saddling future generations with the bill.

            However, as I’ve noted before on here, it can be a good idea to let things marinate a bit rather than jump to conclusions. The pipeline event fits this approach.

            Mossad, wouldn’t put involvement by them as off the board.

            Russian Federation, definitely not in their interest to remove leverage points from the board.

            Here in US, we are about a year behind Europe in the financial and resource crisis timeline.

            Unless someone gets the bright idea to accelerate the process.

            If this occurs, I’d look right here first, and I definitely wouldn’t rule out such attempt at acceleration given the present lineup of players in DC.

          • MD3 September 30, 2022 at 8:12 pm #

            If Nuland ends up like il Duce it will take more than piano wire. The mooring line used on the QE2 is probably what would be needed. This reminds me of a quip Michael Savage once made when he said that there was enough material in the seat of Hillary Rodham’s pant suits to clothe the world.

        • BeeGee September 30, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

          I think 9/11 was a joint Neocon-Mossad effort and can imagine the Nordstream effort was as well. What a terrible thought.

          • thirdcoastlegend September 30, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

            The Saudis provided funding and the patsies in the airliners.

            Mossad came up with the demo plan and the rigging team.

            Cheney/Office of Special Plans approved the deal and ensured US defenses looked the other way.

            The loose ends of the planners and riggers were likely tied off as soon as Tower #2 was down.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

          Israel??? Israel had the means, motive and opportunity?

          You can’t just recite such a ridiculous claim without backing it up.

          What motive?

          What means?

          What opportuntiy?

          Meanwhile the US is on record, for years, opposing the pipeline, That’s motive.
          The US Navy was operating “drills” in the Baltic Sea which involved mines, in July and August. The USS Meergard (sp) had only left a few days before.
          That is means and opportunity.

          Until you show us Israeli minelaying ships recently in the Baltic Sea I will dismiss your ravings as that of a US operative showing bullshit as part of the Bodyguard of Lies.

        • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 8:17 pm #

          “There seems to be a coordinated effort to rush to judgement against the US.”

          Really? Where?

          I searched “Nordstream Explosions” and mostly saw the usual: “Russia, Russia, Russia!”

      • steppingup September 30, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

        The family that is in control of the Wests currency, and we all know who that is, has trillions for all these think tanks, and they didn’t miss a single stitch. Nothing happens without the money to make it happen, whether it’s 911 or covid or Woke or Reset and everything else that’s happened since 1971 when the whole world became fiat or phoney as I like to call it. When my dollar went from an asset (U.S. Treasury Bill) to a liability (Federal Reserve Note). I hope everyone knows that a note is an instrument of debt. So, these banksters families has been spending trillions on think tanks. Now, it’s time for a return on their investments. Shit like Rumsfeld the day before 911 telling the American people how the pentagon is missing 21 trillion bucks. My bad, but look, 911. These aholes want to own the whole world, we just happen to be in the way. They have had years and unlimited funds to plan this shit, and there is no stopping it now. Just get ready for one hell of a ride……

      • Deb October 1, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

        The paranoid always want to blame the small population of the reliably superior Jews. Alas, delusionally idealistic liberal Jews encouraged Arabs to infiltrate Israel long before Europe embraced this path to oblivion. Israel won’t be coming to rescue anyone, nor are Jews looking to run the world. They can barely manage their tiny island in the sand. But at least they are still trying, which is more than most other other western countries.

        • Jarek October 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

          No, the Arabs were there first and stupidly allowed the Jews to get a foothold.

          You got it backwards.

    • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 10:35 am #

      Eric Hoffer was Lyndon Johnson’s favorite philosopher. Imagine a partially blind longshoreman writing such an insightful and influential book as ‘The True Believer’.

    • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      Israel

      • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 10:48 am #

        Nah, why would Israel involve itself in that mess?

        • happiface September 30, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

          israhell–search the facts why–there are many

          they want to sell their own gas–they want euro land to kill millions,payback

          • 5.56 September 30, 2022 at 7:36 pm #

            Maybe they want to own Ukraine?

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

          Why are their missiles pointed at European capitals?

      • CrusherMuldoon September 30, 2022 at 10:51 am #

        What’s their motive: Delayed payback for the Holocaust?

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 12:50 pm #

          Read the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. The Bar Kochaba rebellion against the Romans. Hundreds of thousands of civilians slaughtered. It goes much farther back than the 20th century.

          • CrusherMuldoon September 30, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

            Gibbons has pretty much been discredited

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

            Oh? Do tell.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

            Correction: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

          • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

            Crusher, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of Gibbons. The Bar Kochba rebellion happened 133-135 AD. It is what it is.

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 11:05 pm #

          Of course. The one committed by the Russians in 1916-7, per the headlines in the British Independent. Did you know 6 million J**s were killed by Tsar Nicholas?

          Oh! You mean the other one.
          The one planned by King Haman when Esther wanted to jump from his to the Great King of Persi’s bed.

          No? Then what about the one where Romans killed so many the blood washed four miles inshore? Like blood spurting out of the ground weeks later where Wiesel walked.
          Everybody knows blood does that.

          Not that one either? Was it that rumor made up by a clerk at Wannsee? He got a lot of mileage out of that one, for sure. They made movies and books out of it! We all know if it’s in a movie, it’s true.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 11:06 pm #

            Gah! Got my goat.
            Great King of Persia’s bed

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

            Well said. They tried this shit in WW1 but it didn’t fly. And before that as well as you say.

    • Islander September 30, 2022 at 10:45 am #

      Means, motive, opportunity.

      Only the USA had all three

      Diana Johnstone lays it all out.

      Germany has a couple of motives—destroyed pipelines also probably mean that they don’t owe Russia for their contracted gas, because there is no means of delivery (except through Poland, hallelujah!).

      Poland also has motives, but not the means and opportunity, unless they actually did the dirty in the BALTOPS games this past summer.

      This crime was publicly announced, and it was carried out in plain sight.

      All of the head scratching is kabuki, whose aim is to confuse and misdirect the public,with the aim of roping this boulder around Russia’s neck.

      I hope CFNers are smart enough by now to see straight through the infantile kabuki.

      • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 11:01 am #

        Israel

        Means – Advanced modern submarines and drones.

        Motive – They sell gas. They hate Russia. Disrupt relations between US and Europe.

        Opportunity – Recent NATO exercises most certainly included Israeli subs. It is typical, not uncommon at all.

        • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 11:25 am #

          While the rest of the world is fighting each other, Israel is left backstage and out of the line of fire. The logic may be evil, but it certainly does make sense.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:25 pm #

            How does Israel get Joe to claim he was going to do it, ahead of timme?

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

            Why, Walter B! My faith in you is vindicated yet again. Your dauntless courage and experience in dealing with real, live gangsters shows.

            When determined to contend in a dangerous field against larger players, what should one do?

            Why, get them to kill each other.

            Israel has been fighting over control of the offshore gas fields from the Palestinian coast to Cyprus, and the fields in east Syria and the Golan.

            Now, energy finance is directly to the larger finance constellation in which sons of Abraham are the largest player, as owners of the BIS banks, the BoE, the Federal Reserve, etc.

            But I think this plays to a larger picture yet.

            Israel, their second homeland (they are from Canaan, Abraham was born in Ur, Iraq) has served its purpose and is about to be overrun. Egypt’s Arab population alone has exploded from 20 million to 100 million.

            The Kagan clan running neocon policy is preparing their other homeland, the place to which they fled after 70 AD. There they found other recent invaders of like culture, true, people of like mind.

            Nonetheless, after 300 years they were able to proclaim their true identity openly. The empire of Kazaria was the 3rd most powerful empire after Greco-Roman Byzantium and Zoroastrian Persia.

            The Nulands, Blinkens, and Freelands running both old Joe and young Justin are preparing a new stronghold in Kazaria (the Ukraine) that their nation might continue, and continue on top.

            This is the way they do it, their way for thousands of years.
            They are masters of political and mercantile war. A permanent minority must be.

            So Israel certainly has an interest here. I don’t doubt, however, that America was the knife. I can suspect the hand that holds the knife. Ukraine is a case of “let’s get you and him and him to fight.”

            ****
            Jarek mentions the Boston Irish and Chicago Italian gangs. Yet they were the small potatoes. The originators of the political campaign leading to, and 78% of the gangs of Prohibition were of a different ethnicity entirely.

            What gain? The Bronfmann family, Canadian distillers of Seagram’s, suddenly had a lock on political payoffs in the US, the beginnings of blackmail surveillance (listening to early hidden speakers in their brothels), and this cartel was able to use their banked profits to buy up the near-bankrupt weapons manufacturers after WWll was ended.

            An ancient and most capable gangster culture. As JohnAz notes, the other ambitious gangsters took note, and emulated this successful standard.

            That this adept, radical faction hides behind their innocent majority? Well, don’t all gangs do that?

            All are players. None are innocent.
            This is Gangster World.?

        • Islander September 30, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

          WGS,
          Yes, Israel is also a candidate.

          Although they aren’t really needed to *further* disrupt relations between US and Europe. Also, I have read that surely the Russians knew this was coming.

          Would they have acted without the connivance of the USA?

          Also, I think Israel does not want to burn bridges with Russia.

          But they have the chutzpah to try.

          Look at the USS Liberty.

          Still, Biden said the USA was going to do this.
          That was a threat.

          • Islander September 30, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

            But, yeah, they would like to steal Russia’s gas business.

            If Russia suspects Israel is behind this, watch out, Isreal.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

          There is little distinction between Israel and the United States I’m afraid.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 8:38 pm #

            I am so not noticing Biden’s administration. Noticing is a crime, but to criticize is rank heresy.

        • workingclasshero September 30, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

          Motive – They sell gas. They hate Russia. Disrupt relations between US and Europe.

          Last but not least another FU right in the face of the Russians and the rest of the world to say-“what if we did do it, what are you going to do about it?”

          love it, hate it or loath it-the U.S. rules.

      • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 11:18 am #

        “I hope CFNers are smart enough by now to see straight through the infantile kabuki.”

        Islander,
        Whodunnit? I would like to think myself smart enough to withhold judgment until, or if, a clear situation presents itself.

        And I doubt that will ever be the case.

        Unsolved misteries in our popular culture;

        Who shot JFK.?
        Did Epstein hang himself.?
        Was Liberace really gay…?.

        • happiface September 30, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

          Liberace was as gay as they get–many many bfs–his long time bf,house boy told all—JFK,oswalds first shot hit the ground-2nd shot hit jfk in the throat–third shot was from a ar-15 being held by a ss guy standing up in car behing jfk–the agent was looking up a the window where oswald was and accidently fired his weapon,there are known pictures of this–jfk had a .22 hole in his skull–oswald fired 6.5 creedmore rounds,much bigger round-a retired detective from austrialia anaylized all the angles of the shots and concured with this finding-they covered up these facts to protect the secret service–the kennedys knew all this,why they have been so quiet–Epstein is still cloudy–but oswald was a cia patsy,a set up,why this was so messy–all the details around oswald are pretty interesting–he got played by both the cia and the russians–it is kind of crazy his whole story

          • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

            Happy,
            I am leaning towards Johnny Rosseli, using a .221 fireball in a Remington XP. 100. I actually visited Dealey Plaza and found the storm drain that provided egress to the Guadalupe river.better than a half mile away Angle of the shot was perfect and consistent with wound characteristics..

            Also, the drain is at the base of the “Grassy Knoll”

            And I am intimately familiar with the weapon and round in question. Once shot a three shopt group under 1/3 MOA at 100 yards with the combination. I…know a guy that still has one….

          • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 3:39 pm #

            “group under 1/3 MOA at 100 yards”

            Why be modest? The actual group was .156 of an inch. It was a”wallet group”…carried it around for years.

        • messianicdruid September 30, 2022 at 1:53 pm #

          Why can’t I wear white after labor day?

          • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

            “Why can’t I wear white after labor day?”

            Druid,
            The same reason you should not wear pearls before five(PM) ….

          • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 4:15 pm #

            Or before swine.

          • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 5:32 pm #

            Same reason why you can’t have a beer before noon.

      • Creekwood September 30, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

        Russia, too, had means, motive and opportunity. The state gas giant (Gazprom) is contractually obligated to supply European nations with natural gas. And per John Pietro today at The Transom, it wants to avoid paying penalties for failing to fulfill these obligations. Since July, Gazprom has been engaging in political stunts regarding the two Nord Stream pipelines. They were running at only 20% when Russian “erroneously” shut them down in July for “maintenance issues” — a “political stunt.” Then, at the end of August, despite Gazprom’s contractual obligations, Russia halted all exports via both pipelines, which is where things stood when it exploded the other day. And this explosion conveniently brings the “force majeure” clause in those contracts into play, enabling Gazprom to avoid paying for its failure to deliver gas. Politically, this act of sabotage (which no one will ever bottom out), also enables Putin to flex strength by, in Pietro’s words, by “throwing gas on the fire of domestic discontent on the Continent” — means, motive, opportunity.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 1:13 pm #

          That is ridiculous. Why would Russia not want to supply gas in the pipeline they had just spent $11 billion building? They get paid for it. Can you understand that simple fact?
          They want to supply the gas because they get paid for it.

          Russia didn’t shut down the pipeline, Germany did. They put sanctions on it. They were forced to do so by the US.

          Then Canada refused to give the needed part back because of the sanctions.

          Putin had no motive.

          Russia had no means or opportunity. They were not in the NATO minelaying Baltops exercises in the Baltic Sea last month.

          You are flat out lying in the service of your owners.

          • Creekwood September 30, 2022 at 6:17 pm #

            Like J.S. Mill, Paula, your inquisitorial certainty betrays an authoritarian side.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 8:58 pm #

            Oh, is pointing out blatant lies and the subsequent illogic that follows ”authoritarian”?

            That’s a new one.

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 8:47 pm #

          Imagine if those pipes had been running at full-on capacity when they blew.

          I wonder if somebody got a tip, or at least got suspicious.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:00 pm #

            They weren’t running because of the sanctions the EU placed on Russia.
            Step one: Sanction Russian gas and oil
            Step two: Gas and oil stops.

            Step three: Accuse Russia of weaponizing gas and oil.
            This step does not logically follow steps one and two.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 11:24 pm #

            I have to say, Paula D, you’ve made the case magnificently.

            I’m willing to entertain alternate players- Poland, Germany, Israel; but your refutations and Islander’s “means, motive, opportunity” are sterling.

            This was the work of the Deep State of the United States. Not a doubt in my mind.

            Damn right it serves my bias, because these f****rs have killed my country and mean to genocide my people.

          • Anthea October 1, 2022 at 7:23 pm #

            @ Paula D:

            There was also (re needed maintenance) the turbine that was being repaired in Canada, which Canada refused to return to Russia because of sanctions. When it was finally sent back to Russia, it was detained by another country en route. I don’t think Russia ever got it back. If I remember right, Russia’s being unable to get the turbine back was the “force majeure.”

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

        Thank you, Islander.
        I would hope that CFNers are smart enough also.

        I find it very suspicious that fingers are being pointed at Israel. Like you say, the headscratching is kabuki.

        The more theories scattered around, like caltrops on a road, the more distracted and confused the general public gets.

        It is blazingly obvious who actually had the motive, means and opportunity in this crime.

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

          Israel is a nation without borders so to speak. Does it not extend to the highest levels of our State Department?

          Paula, c’mon! You’re better than this.

      • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

        “This crime was publicly announced, and it was carried out in plain sight.”

        its so obvious that all those tacky yellow and blue rags are suddenly gone from a libtard enclave in Oregon. . .

        as the morons await their next emo trigger to display their ignorance.

    • Rodulf September 30, 2022 at 11:28 am #

      3. UK
      4. Israel

      Both laundering dirty money and bankrolling human-trafficking.

    • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 11:52 am #

      3. Greta’s gang.

      • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 8:30 pm #

        Heh! There’s a selfie of Greta in scuba gear by the pipe, out there on the Web

    • happiface September 30, 2022 at 12:23 pm #

      israhell–search the facts why–there are many

  3. BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 10:30 am #

    Meanwhile, Congress just voted for another $12 billion in aid for Ukraine. That brings the total up to about $80 billion since February. $80 billion! Think about that.

    • benr September 30, 2022 at 10:31 am #

      The defense industry is laughing all the way to the bank.

    • Disaffected September 30, 2022 at 10:31 am #

      It’s all funny money now anyway.

    • Hereward the Woke September 30, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      It’s a Twofer for them, Heckler. Screw the US budget AND help the globalists.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 10:41 am #

      “The government chooses to allocate funds to Ukraine specifically because it is untraceable.

      Ukraine does not have the financial infrastructure to account for anything entering and exiting the country.

      It’s all by design. A government-backed money laundering operation.”

      https://twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1575124887009632258?s=20&t=mtDxUf5SPd5jK9j5-4kUyA

      How is it that no one in Congress or the legacy media seems to be avble to recognize this glaringly obvious fact>?

      • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:46 am #

        They all know it but they all profit from it. They are on the dole. Everyone knew that Al Capone was a murdering criminal scumbag, but those he fed and paid didn’t care and did his bidding. A fat paycheck and a bloated pension will by you all the sellouts you need.

        • Q. Shtik September 30, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

          buy

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:10 pm #

            You’re wierd.

      • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 10:47 am #

        Because they are on the take.

      • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:29 am #

        I’m sure they all know. But the miscreants you’ve mentioned, Beryl, benefit directly and indirectly from keeping their mouths shut.

      • Creekwood September 30, 2022 at 11:37 am #

        All a racket. I’m representing a US arms dealer that a few months ago secured a $600 million contract to supply Ukraine with weapon systems. The contract is “asymmetric,” meaning outside the normal government procurement route, because the job is “black” — covert. The initial “mobilization payment” of USD30 million was routed to this company’s South African affiliate 20 days ago through the SWIFT system, but the South African Reserve Bank is holding the money and so far will not clear release of the funds. Might never get it. Can’t sue — it’s all secret, untraceable; and you have secrets to keep. Multiply this incident: the corruption and deceit is staggering.

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 8:53 pm #

          Lawsy that’s good intel, Creekwood.
          It’s like reading about Middle Eastern finance. As David Goldman says, “it’s generals all the way down in Egypt.”
          (They own everything, from warehouses to apartment blocs to factories to ports.)

    • Walter B September 30, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      Don’t worry BRH, half of that comes back in kickbacks to our corrupt politicians thereby reducing the need for increased taxation on us. Another large pile is raked in by the alien (demonic) hybrids like Dirty Dick Cheney which trickles down to the lawncare and house cleaning workers. What a system.

      • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 11:04 am #

        You forgot that the money sent to Ukraine was tax money. This is how our public servants pump that money into their pockets, like a fire hose.

        • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 11:55 am #

          70% was tax money.

          The other 30% was made up, called the national debt.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:17 pm #

            Yup, best to estimate that 80% of any public funds are stolen. It’s called the CAFR system, law in all states since 1972. The “legislative law lists” show who’s getting a cut, which is everybody, and what their cut is.
            (Certified Annual Financial Review)

            Anybody remember Jacksonville, Mississippi? The water situation?

            White people showed up and fixed it in three hours. Turns out the city council was trying to extort a billion bidenbux into their own pockets.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:27 pm #

            Woops, the other side of CAFR?
            All public funds and government pension funds must be managed, so who manages them?

            Why, the politicos themselves. Being in public office means one can get a deep discount loan against the pool, “investing” it for yield- 3% payments to the fund, 3% back to the taxpayers, the rest to the senator or governor or mayor or AG.

            This is why “property development projects” happen. Non-profits must only spend 3% to qualify, NGOs by the millions are quite simply agents of the state.

            What a system. This whole world is being looted.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:30 pm #

            Apologies, Jackson- MS, not FL.

  4. Disaffected September 30, 2022 at 10:31 am #

    And if, perchance, they take the majestically stupid step of cancelling, postponing or somehow messing with that election, they will face the wrath of the voters from the ground beneath the hanging tree.

    No doubt whatsoever that they’ll mess with the election – 2020 proved that they are that craven – but as to the wrath of the voters, I’m still not sure. I’ve learned to never underestimate the stupidity of the American voting public. That said, there is a groundswell of resistance to all this nonsense building that likely won’t be expressed in the voting booth, but as Jim notes above, underneath the metaphoric hanging tree.

    • Hereward the Woke September 30, 2022 at 10:41 am #

      Dis, I think this winter will tell us how sheepish or not modern people really are. If it’s a rough one and food and fuel grow scarce, then even the most subservient are going to be angry. I don’t have much hope for we Swiss. We may refuse to yodel if things get bad, but that’s about it.

      • Disaffected September 30, 2022 at 11:10 am #

        It appears to me (has since the scamdemic first broke out) that they’re actually trying to provoke an armed insurrection in order to justify martial law, a militarized crackdown, and hard core home lockdowns. That would dovetail nicely with another scamdemic scare and/or banking and food crisis. Perfect trifecta, right there.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

          I agree Dis.
          They started by flat out lying about an “armed insurrection” that wasn’t, on Jan. 6th.
          Then they switched to “cover your face and stay home” orders sure to piss people off.
          Then General Milley announced that the main target of the US military was ”white supremacists”.
          This was after they held riots all over the country and told law-abiding citizens that they were not seeing riots they were seeing ”peaceful protests”.
          This is a setup.

          • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 8:36 pm #

            Yup, false flag dead ahead.

            Until I come up with a better theory, I’m putting my money on “assassination” of the ‘Ho by “white supremacists”. Our new Number Two, the Hildebeast, will honor the memory of the ‘Ho by making sure those deplorables pay.

          • Paula D October 2, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

            Wow, Blackbird, that is a good guess.

            That would take care of the Spiro Agnew problem.

          • Paula D October 2, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

            And then “Joe Biden” dies and the whole nation goes into mourning. He has three funerals.

            And then Hillary is president.

      • Unperson37854 September 30, 2022 at 11:32 am #

        And never mind JUST scarcity, but if people’s heating costs triple on top of their food and fuel costs already going up, you’re going to have a large portion of the population unable to pay the bills. One wonders what would happen if the midterms were held in January versus November after a couple months of not being able to pay the bills sets in to the publics psyche.

        Right now, the left is somehow managing to sell the delusion that the reason for everything going wrong is climate change (another leftists bogeyman that is deliberately intangible and unmeasurable), and that the only solution is voting for the climate change party, and that doing so will lead them to their utopia, and that any “sacrifice” happening now, is only temporary, and worth it.

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:34 pm #

          What really scared and angered me about climate change is that it’s an excuse, a trp set long ago.

          Rationing? Sure.
          But worse, it’s an excuse for migration by “climate change refugees.”

          The hordes are coming.
          Soldiers do one thing- take territory, loot, food, and the women.

    • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 11:10 am #

      Didn’t Margaret Thatcher say, “You can always trust the Americans to do the right thing but only after they have tried everything else first.”

      I think everyone is trying to fix this situation the right way, through our voting system. Nobody wants to rush to war with the government.

      I also think Mr. Kunstler is right on the mark with that statement. Once everyone knows the system is broken, all bets are off.

      • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

        Churchill I believe. He admitted in his post-war writings that the reason for WW2 was that Germany wanted to remain a real Nation and not submit to the Financial Overlords.

      • Ron Anselmo September 30, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

        “Once everyone knows the system is broken, all bets are off.” ~ WGS

        Take an informal survey on this and I’ll bet that 75% will say that the system is broken. It’s not news. Additionally, I’ll go “all in”, knowing nothing will happen, which is also not news. Go ahead, vote harder!

        Even when we have no heat, no food, no fuel, no money – nothing left to lose – I question whether or not we’ll have the will to fight. Long odds on that. Even though it’ll be too late then anyhow.

        • messianicdruid September 30, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

          The kast hand is the only one that matters. Tight and Aggressive.

          • Q. Shtik September 30, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

            What is a “kast” hand? I did a search and everything Google gave me dealt with the “last” hand.

          • benr September 30, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

            Cast hand

            What is a cast card?
            To cast a spell is to take a card from where it is (usually the hand), put it on the stack, and pay its costs, so that it will eventually resolve and have its effect. Previously, the action of casting a spell, or casting a card as a spell, was referred to on cards as “playing” that spell or that card.

          • messianicdruid October 1, 2022 at 7:06 am #

            The last hand in a tournament is the big winner. A “cast card” is new to me. Don’t know if that works when every hand is shuffled.

          • mrs_saj October 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

            ‘kast’ was a typo, should have been ‘last’. Does anyone else look at the keyboard to see what letters are near the out-of-place letter that was typed, or am I just weird?

            Tight and aggressive are descriptors of style of play in poker. The last hand in the tournament decides the winner because that is when the second place finisher loses all his chips.

            I play poker.

    • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 11:21 am #

      “wrath of the voters, I’m still not sure. I’ve learned to never underestimate the stupidity of the American voting publicC

      Dis,
      As long as the population is in relative comfort, there will be no kinetic issues.

      • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:35 am #

        “As long as the population is in relative comfort” is, as you said, the critical issue. That’s increasingly not the case, but so far it’s mostly being financially pinched and unable to afford the junk we’ve all become accustomed to. Now it’s reached the point where a lot of people can’t afford the kind of food they’re accustomed to. When it reaches the point where they are actually cold and cannot do anything about it, actually hungry and cannot buy food, then we’ll see what happens. They might get a whole lot nastier than anyone anticipates, but will they seek out those who have caused this or will they just turn on one another?

        • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

          Right now, the American government spends most of its money giving out welfare to keep the folks quiet. As long as the financial system “keeps the faith” on the dollar, they will keep up the game. The gimmes will just keep voting them in and we are acquiring more gimmes with each election. Keep the presses running.

          Just the fact that the US is losing its economy and the people keep voting the bastards that cause the problems into office is amazing.

          Or maybe not, laziness is a human trait!

          • cbeard September 30, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

            I don’t think it is laziness. It is a fact that you can’t fix stupid.

          • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

            The bread and circuses with which they entertain the stupid will not mean a thing when they’re cold and there’s no food. No one will care whether they have the latest iPhone or not. The reality is that we must produce things that are necessary in order to live: food, shelter, clothing, etc. Right now what little we still produce is fundamentally imaginary – financial services, pictures on little screens, unnecessary surgical procedures . . .. These things are meaningless. I hope it’s not as painful as I think it’s going to be, but I look forward to a return to producing actual things people must have in order to live. If we can’t figure out how to do that, we deserve what’s coming.

        • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 8:45 pm #

          When the food disappears, people will wait for hours in Walmart parking lots for Spam and Velveeta from Uncle Sam.

          When the gas company won’t refill the tank because the previous bill hasn’t been paid, people will seek “temporary refuge” in the emergency shelters set up in what used to be malls.

          When the bank account drops below zero, and stays there, people will pack themselves into post office boxes, surrounded by strangers in post office boxes, in exchange for having their financial sins forgiven.

          When the train comes, people will shove each other out of the way to get on.

      • Unperson37854 September 30, 2022 at 11:35 am #

        ^exactly^

        We don’t know hardships. Who doesn’t have access to the internet, or a smart phone? Very, very few people – and the govt. will make sure you have these things to placate you and keep you docile.

    • Creekwood September 30, 2022 at 11:45 am #

      The last free election in America was 2016, and I don’t expect to see another one here any time soon. But I will not live by lies or be silent about any of it. I reject the Machine’s world of appearances, its gnostic mysticism, its demonic mendacity.

  5. Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 10:32 am #

    “Breugel’s prophetic depiction of mid 21st century daily life in Euroland”.
    “Adieu Fifth Republic. ”

    That’s an A+ right there, without having to read the rest of the piece.

    • Islander September 30, 2022 at 10:51 am #

      Agree!

      I love that painting.

      All of Breugel, but especially that one.

      • mrs_saj October 1, 2022 at 12:55 pm #

        I’ve never heard of him, and I do own a few European antique paintings. The one in this week’s blog is titled Hunters in the Snow.

        Pieter Breugel was Flemish and lived from approximately 1525-1560. He has an interesting style. I also like the one titled The Harvesters.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

      The Dance by William Carlos Williams

      In Breughel’s great picture, The Kermess,
      the dancers go round, they go round and
      around, the squeal and the blare and the
      tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles
      tipping their bellies, (round as the thick-
      sided glasses whose wash they impound)
      their hips and their bellies off balance
      to turn them. Kicking and rolling about
      the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
      shanks must be sound to bear up under such
      rollicking measures, prance as they dance
      in Breughel’s great picture, The Kermess

  6. benr September 30, 2022 at 10:34 am #

    A hearty hail and a wish for fair winds and following seas to the USS Gerald Ford.

    msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-first-in-class-us-navy-supercarrier-is-about-to-set-sail-on-its-maiden-deployment-for-the-first-time-in-over-40-years

    • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

      Remember that all the carrier groups have a lifetime of about a half hour in a all out shooting war. The surface navy was obsoleted with the introduction of the FBM and Fast Attack submarines. The object of a carrier today is getting its nuked up planes off the deck on mission before being blown up. One bomb, one fleet gone.

      Russia invested in a fleet for the Black Sea. Not working out real well.

      • Bilejones September 30, 2022 at 7:35 pm #

        I think Russia’s hyper-sonic missiles have got that down to about 20 minutes.
        Worlds biggest sea-graves.

  7. Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 10:35 am #

    “Zelensky has announced Kyiv will hold no negotiations with Russia while Putin is President and that he is applying for full NATO membership today for Ukraine”
    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1575853498377580544?s=20&t=mtDxUf5SPd5jK9j5-4kUyA

    • Hereward the Woke September 30, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      It’s almost like they want WW3, ain’t it? When are the Ukies going to realise that they’ve been had.

      • Unperson37854 September 30, 2022 at 11:37 am #

        Perhaps Zelensky isn’t the “Ukies” but rather a proxy actor – so there is no “realizing” until the people realize Zelensky doesn’t have their best interests in mind.

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:39 am #

        Wars make lots of money for the people running the show.

    • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      What happened to last weeks big Ukrainian offensive that was driving the Russian army back to Moscow? Suddenly the front has gone dark, no news of any more glorious victories being reported.

      • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:40 am #

        It still astonishes me that every single prediction and supposed fact about the war in Ukraine that the press has promulgated has been provably untrue, and all predictions have failed to come about, yet people treat each new lie as if it came from God’s lips to their ears. We really are in a state of mass hypnosis. I don’t think anything can break through that short of an immediate threat to their lives.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:03 pm #

          Gore Vidal called us the United States of Amnesia.

          Nailed it.

          • mrs_saj October 1, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

            Can I add the United States of Apathy? I am sure there are other great monikers.

            I cannot believe the stuff going on today and people walk around like it’s just any other year.

          • Redneck Liberal October 2, 2022 at 8:38 pm #

            I cannot believe the stuff going on today and people walk around like it’s just any other year.

            mrs_saj

            What else do you expect people to do? Run around like headless chickens? Build bunkers? What would you suggest?

            The sky is not actually falling, you know…

    • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 11:12 am #

      The NATO charter prohibits entry of nations who are currently engaged in armed conflict.

    • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

      Never happen. Article five will pull the US into direct conflict with Russia. The Mob will not stand for that.

      • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:47 pm #

        If the goal is to get a brother war going, that’s exactly what they’re shooting for.

        That’s what WWll was.

  8. JackStraw September 30, 2022 at 10:35 am #

    I have a hard time trying to figure out any reason for destroying Nordstrom, but then this administration doesn’t seem to be operating with any use of logic. Their actions only illustrate a goal of bringing western civilization to an end.

    I hope Putin remains as civil as Jim describes. He has plenty of reasons to be boiling over with anger at the west.

    • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 10:44 am #

      Yeah Russia just spent $11 billion on Nordstream 2, never saw a dime returned on their investment.

      • Islander September 30, 2022 at 10:53 am #

        Gazprom invested 51% stake.

        The other investors are European.

        An AG actually owns the pipelines.

        So, European investors should also be boiling mad.

        Their investment blown up, and no returns.

        They will have figured out the Russia is a much more dependable and honest business partners than the gangsters in DC.

        • Hardrock September 30, 2022 at 11:43 am #

          Just for fun, let’s explore reasons why Russia might sabotage Nordstream to influence public opinion about the Ukraine War and the US. I mean Joe Biden and Victoria Nuland lobbed a softball for anyone who wanted to use their ill-advised rhetoric for nefarious purposes.

          It makes little sense on the surface but then, we live in strange times.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

            They (Joe and Victoria) did do that.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:07 pm #

            The mind can come up with endless possibilities. But the fact remains, it was a most potent bargaining chip, now swept off the table. As Germany goes, goes most of Europe. They cannot back out now. They are tied to the madness of the EU and NATO – which means the United States. Call it Oceania or the WEF or the Great Reset.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 2:14 pm #

            Yes, indeed, Joe Biden and Victoria Nuland are in cahoots with Vladmir Putin, setting him up to blow up his own pipeline in order to blame them.

            Because that makes sense.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:52 pm #

            Jarek nails it. This will be a Tulip Winter in Europe. Michael Yon sees stories of cannibalism by 2024.

      • JohnAZ September 30, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

        If they can place an explosive on the pipeline, they can repair it. Tout suite! Guarantee you, Russia is getting capital from China and India right now to build the pipelines eastward.

        The enhancement of BRICS is what Ukraine is accomplishing.

        People of the US are worried about The R and C and I of BRICS, maybe better worry about the B.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

          No, once the pressure of the emerging gas eases, the pipes will fill with sea water and rapidly corrode.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 2:15 pm #

          It’s easier to destroy than build.

          And the US doesn’t build anyway. It only destroys.

        • Islander September 30, 2022 at 2:17 pm #

          I read that the pipelines can be repaired, but not in time for winter.

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 9:57 pm #

          Ooo, nice. Anybody notice John said “build EASTWARD”?

          Since somebody just shut off the only remaining pipe across Ukraine and Poland- so Poland is out as a suspect, too- the impetus will be to build east, to the BRICS.

          • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:00 pm #

            Ah, shucks. Azerbaijan-Armenia, the Yamal.
            Somebody’s trying to stop the eastern pipeline flow, too.

          • Paula D October 1, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

            Yes, the pipeline that goes to Serbia and Hungary, two countries resisting the Empire’s agenda.

            Now watch the trolls blame it on Russia.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 11:06 am #

      I’m working on half a theory about that.

      After Dr. Aseem Malhotra’s defection to “our side” vis-a-vis the vaxx, I was expecting maybe another school shooting or something similar to distract from it.

      The stakes are high, and I realized that a school shooting might distract here in the US, but the vaxx is a global issue.

      There are people all over the world who deserve to hang for their roles in forcing this abomination on the people.

      We’ve seen that much of the world is awake and angry. We needed a world-class, global distraction from Dr. Malhotra, to give “them” time to discredit his work, before many people are fully aware of it.

      I’m not certain of the timeline, but even if the pipleline vandalism predated the studies, they would have known the studies were coming out.

      We are talking crimes against humanity, for which people deserve to hang. People are desperate to cover it up.

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:41 am #

        Plus, school shootings are only like 1/2 a day’s worth of distraction any more.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

          True.

      • cbeard September 30, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

        I attended the funeral of an old friend last Tuesday. He died from Pseudo nuclear palsy. At first they thought he may have Parkinsons. Had brain swelling, couldn’t walk, stand, sometimes didn’t know where he was. Needed help feeding himself. This all happened in about 2 years or maybe a little less. He had taken two vaccines and two boosters.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

          It seems to be the boosters that are getting people.

      • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:02 pm #

        Good one, Beryl. That’s really good.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

      Read the essay again. As Mr Kunstler says, Germany is now trapped, unable to seek a separate or even a secret peace with Russia in lieu of freezing.

      • Islander September 30, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

        It is not Putin’s, nor Russia’s, style to “screw the Germans.” The people, that is.

        Also, many Germans grew up in East Germany. And still live in what was the Soviet sphere.

        No, this kind of sadism is, IMHO, not Russian.

        It is American. Crazy. Neocons.

        Of course the Neocons may well be working hand in glove with the Israelis. That would figure.

        It is more like the Israelis and Zionists (neocons) to stick it to the Germans

        WEF-er Scholtz doesn’t give an eff about his own people—his own constituents.

        We may be entering a long labyrinth of unintended consequences, when it comes to how this goes down in Germany and elsewhere.

        Ever since WW2 the Germans have borne an enormous burdne of guilt and had to shoulder all the blame for the whole WW2 disaster. Even their own terrible suffering, in fire=bombed cities, after the war when millions of German civs died of multiple causes—had to be ingorned and no one gave a shit about German suffering.

        I wonder whether that worm might start to turn. Like, we’ve had enough, and someone is doing this shit to us. We are victims, and we are not going to take this lying down.

        I can even imagine that many Germans may be more and more inclined to see things the way the Russians do. After all, they have both been the targets of phobic and hateful pile-ons.

        Just wondering. . .

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

          Yes, the Russian soldiers were ordered to rape German women to break their racial pride. They eagerly complied. Of course extreme Russophiles like Paula will deny this. How about you?

          And of course Americans, British, and French soldiers also took their revenge. Starving German women would give themselves for a piece of chocolate and not always get paid either.

          And the tens of millions of Germanic civilians who died by ethnic violence at the hands of the Slavs. Who has told the tale of the Volga Germans? None!

        • Q. Shtik September 30, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

          an enormous burdne of guilt – Islander

          ===========

          I have a serious question: how is the “ne” in burdne pronounced? Is it burdnee or is it burdnay? 😉 😉

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:32 pm #

          I kiss your hands, I kiss your feet, for remembering the Germans.

          More died after the war than during it.

          This was not only revenge, they were the true “sacrifice on the holy altar fire”, that the Antichrist- a culture, its body a nation- might manifest in the year of (unmentionable).

          That we were taught to worship it- Scofield eschatology for the Prots, Vatican ll for the Caths, atrocity propaganda and guilt-tripping campaigns for all Europa’s children- this is the prophecy of Its rule.

    • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

      “This crime was publicly announced, and it was carried out in plain sight.”

      how much figgern’ ya need to do ?

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:06 pm #

        All the figgern’ seems to be desperate attempts to deny actual reality and make up increasingly fanciful alternative realities.

        The pretzels, they twist.

        • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:36 pm #

          Now WWlll begins in earnest. Best to examine it from all sides.

          Blowing the Japanese Navy’s fuel depot in Indonesia in 1939(?) led to much larger events. This is the same.

  9. Night Owl September 30, 2022 at 10:41 am #

    Something this week’s piece leaves out on Germany is that Habeck and several others in the fraudulent government here are on record saying that they have no problem with the country suffering to achieve the WEF’s 2030 “goals.” Half of the leadership are WEF drones.

    I would suggest that they were well aware that the pipeline would be sabotaged. They have been prepping (and nudging) us here for months by blaming Putin, telling us to stop showering, and to turn off the heat. Firewood has reached EUR 500 for 1 sq. meter (enough for about 3 days max.).

    Also, in Italy, it has been uncovered that Meloni is a member of the Aspen Institute, and there are videos of her supporting digital IDs/green passes and pushing most of the WEF propaganda lines.

    The show goes on.

    • Islander September 30, 2022 at 11:00 am #

      It will be interesting to see how Meloni turns out.

      Maybe she will pull a Prince(ss) Hal?

      Doing what needs to be done to get into power, then turning the tables?

      Her speeches certainly are fiery and non-globalist.

      Putin also has shown up in Davos, but I don’t think he is OF Davos.

      So, I am keeping fingers crossed re Meloni .

      At least she is a very good occasion to keep eyes on Italian politics.

      She cannot be pleased at the all-around screaming that she is a fascist . . .

      Basically, a way to try to delegitimize her electoral win and herself as the country’s actual leader. Shades of the Trump Derangement playbook.

      I hope she has a very good information minister who is capable of parrying this crap every time it rears its ugly head. Attempts to delegitimize her and her office must be stamped out on the wack-a-mole model, ruthlessly and with scathing rhetoric.

      No playing nice, would be my advice!!

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 11:17 am #

        We never know what anyone will do, until they get in there. I didn’t expect my guy, Trump, to be the civil liberties president, and he didn’t run on that issue.

        Nevertheless, I was shocked when I saw that covid task force assembled, and my president, night after night “recommending” that the states adopt policies set by a bunch of weirdos, policies that were clearly made up nonsense.

        From people with glaringly bad records in the medical field, or people with no medical experience at all, with backgrounds in being a spook.

        Oh, and the Guy Who Married The Boss’ Daughter. Because he’s always the best guy in any organization, right?

        I digress. Not really though. This is a people’s battle, we are fighting our own governments. It will make it easier if we have a few in government on our side, but we can’t place too much trust in any of them.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:10 pm #

          It turns out the Trump did try to get rid of Jared indirectly, using someone else. Jared told the guy to pound sand and that was the end of it.

          Trump is afraid of losing Ivanka it would seem. And/Or the Kushners have stuff on him.

      • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:47 am #

        I think it has reached the point where those who get into office by promising to enact the will of the people and who then turn on them can expect to find their tenure in office to be brief – and, possibly, dangerous. People are already predicting that Liz Truss will be out in three months, having made it clear she will welcome yet more diverse rape gangs into sinking Britain. People have had more than enough of this kind of betrayal. I don’t think it can continue much longer, especially if Britons are cold, hungry and broke, while illegal aliens enjoy the comforts of four star hotels and guaranteed free meals, etc.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:42 am #

      Thanks for that info, N.O.

      I just assume anyone who wins elections now as a country leader is placed by the WEF. I don’t think anyone else is allowed to get in there. I feel for the Italians, they probably got a Trojan Horse.

    • gustafson.robert.22 September 30, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

      Good point. Interesting

    • Alzaebo September 30, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

      The masters of information know exactly what we want, to the jot, to the tittle.

      Of course they’ll shape the messenger. I still like her speeches, and hope they’ll outlast her. A zeitgeist, a preference cascade, is what we’re looking for.

  10. CrusherMuldoon September 30, 2022 at 10:49 am #

    Eric Hoffer was categorized as having the soul of a poet and the fists of a longshoreman (with an accompanying vocabulary)

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

      “The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

      Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese–and no one says a word about refugees.

      But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace.

      Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.”
      ? Eric Hoffer

      Jarek: He was a clever and vicious fraud as the above clearly indicates.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

        Israel has a big problem with illegal aliens. They have Eritreans sneaking in, among others.

        I didn’t know there was an Eritrea, but there seems to be a lot of them in the human trade going on in the world.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 2:19 pm #

          That’s cause there wasn’t an Eritrea before 1993.

          Another one of those “sovereign borders” thingies that the US only supports when it suits them and opposes when it doesn’t.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

          Like when the entire population of the USA was agonizing over the poor people of Darfur.

          Then Sudan split up and all concern stopped.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

            Yeah we should have taken them all in. Good thinking, Paula. Make the odd assortment of people even odder.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:12 pm #

            You missed the point, Jarek. What a shock!!

            The concern for the people of Darfur was manufactured in order to split up the country of Sudan.

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

            Darfur and seven years ago…..

            So the point isn’t Dafur but rather Sudan? Who cares? You miss the point by caring. Caring is a precious resource and we need all of Ours now to save ourselves.

          • Paula D October 1, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

            The point is the hypocrisy of the west. Also the manipulability of the population.

            These are two of my not favorite things.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:41 pm #

        You are a clever and vicious fraud as well. It takes one to know one.

        • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

          This pot of jareks I dont understand. explain please.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

            The “pot” is quote by Eric Hoffer, the much lauded Longshoreman Philosopher. He constantly emphasized the political dangers of group thinking and the need for radical individualism. In other words, the need to make Americans isolated and weak. Strange thing for a Union man to say, right?

      • R Montanari September 30, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

        And what about the Jews who were ejected from Arab nations and had their property confiscated?
        Why are there still refugee camps in Arab nations? Why don’t they integrate their Palestinian brothers.
        Why is only Israel owes anyone anything?
        Try being even handed – it’s hard to do when you lead with your prejudices.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

          Only Israel owes anyone anything. Insane. Do you have any idea how much they’ve grifted from Europe in guilt money? Who gave them those nuclear submarines?

          They put themselves up on a moral pedestal and idiot Christians bow to them. And how do they feel about you? Oh, if you only knew!

          • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

            So you’re not an idiot Christian? I just spouted out my coffee over my keyboard.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:42 pm #

            Your bigotry is noted. You got picked on by Irish Catholic kids. I get it. Christians face the same in Israel now. Nevertheless, there have been many, many converts there, though the type of Christianity is definitely in question.

          • Q. Shtik September 30, 2022 at 5:22 pm #

            and idiot Christians bow to them. – Jarek

            ===========

            Jar is a kind of half-assed Christian who doesn’t totally buy into the Nicene Creed; like he seems to be OK with multiple gods. He’s OK with Krishna for example.

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

            Multiple “gods”. Oh you moron. Incarnations of the ONE. My index finger, the finger of chastisement, is pointed straight up like any good Muslim’s.

            Krishna is the Christ of India. Christ, the Krishna of the West.

            Shame on you.

        • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

          At least there’s one commenter here that has a mind.

  11. niner September 30, 2022 at 11:13 am #

    alexandra bruce has a great theory about the pipelines

    forbiddenknowledgetv.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/greta-300×224.png

    • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 11:23 am #

      I had to go to the site and click on the Ukrainian Navy divers article to make the image post.

      • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

        I don’t think the Ukraine would be allowed to do a job like this. Not that they couldn’t blow holes in the pipes, but that they couldn’t prevent leaks in their operation. Ukies are a commodity, that’s all.

        The link looked like it would take me to a photo of Greta walking onto the beach in scuba gear, James Bond-like, with a massive fireball rising from the Baltic behind her, a smug near-smile on our hero’s imperturbable face.

        I can see her watching CNN, sitting cross-legged on the floor, wearing two sweaters, Somali rape-rap blaring in the background, watching that gas boil to the surface, exclaiming “Ja!, little fists pumping.

        It would be cool if there was a little door somewhere and you could climb into her mind – and back out, real quick if necessary. A quick look up into the darkness, where the strings disappear.

    • SpeedyBB October 2, 2022 at 8:00 am #

      Merry ole Greta, she a four-oh-four …

  12. Prospero September 30, 2022 at 11:15 am #

    This sabotaged pipeline could be causing environmental damage:

    “Neither pipeline was in operation, but both contained natural gas. This is largely composed of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the second biggest cause of climate change after CO2.”

    “It is feared that the disruption could cause a climate calamity – although to what extent is still unclear.” — Euronews

    • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 11:19 am #

      “Climate calamity”. I have no words.

      • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 11:25 am #

        “I have no words.”

        Beryl,
        How about “How dare you!”?

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

        I just this moment got a text from Mark Ruffalo, asking me to get behind the Dems to fight catastrophic climate change, the BIGGEST issue of our time!

        I responded “LOL, you’ve got to be kidding me.”

        This is the 3d wokie text I’ve gotten this week. One was from a tranny guy in a white dress, who included his pic in his text. I guess he’s running for congress.

        Fucking WEF/big pharma clown show.

        • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

          Running for Congress.

          He’ll probably win lol.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

          What is it about Mark Ruffalo? He’s not the worst of his kind, but he irks me no end.

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

            Typical Bernie Bro. In denial.

    • White German Shepherd September 30, 2022 at 11:21 am #

      Natural gas rises and diffuses into the upper atmosphere.

      An oil pipeline would have been much worse.

      Propane would lie on top of the water in a huge toxic cloud until disbursed by the wind.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:47 am #

      LMAO, they don’t even report on Fukushima anymore. Now THAT was a ‘climate calamity’.

      What about the BP Oil spill?

      Slap on the wrist.

      I often wonder if that one was planned out, too. What did it distract from? I should go research the timing again.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

        I think Marky Mark made a movie of that. The spill, not the distraction part.

        • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 12:41 pm #

          I’ve read enough Dave McGowan to always go for the reason for distraction first!

          • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

            I find that films give a better sense of the sequence of events than than the written word.

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 5:01 pm #

            I wanted to develop a cool timeline program, so that I could plot my big vault of covid craziness on it. Now THAT would be comprehensive.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:16 pm #

        Today neither BBC nor NPR talked about the pipeline destruction.

        They have already dropped it down the Memory Hole.

        That says a lot about whodunnit to people capable of thinking.

        • SW September 30, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

          It wasn’t on CBS news last night either but they did make time to interview people in shelters who amazingly said they wanted to keep their children safe from flooding. But not a peep about a terrorist attack on a major pipeline going to Europe.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:10 pm #

            Interesting. Sounds like they are enforcing a news blackout because the spin is so patently ridiculous.

            Just waiting for the notorious short attention spans of the west to time out.

    • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 1:16 pm #

      Very likely, after the spilled methane is completely dispersed in the atmosphere, so little will have been added to the total that the result is too small to be measured.

      I’ll suggest we worry about other issues – like cows farting. Why couldn’t we just solve this problem by feeding Beano to them and to anything else that farts?

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 1:59 pm #

        How come bison were unable to turn the Great Plains into desert? Or did we nearly wipe them out just in the nick of time?

  13. niner September 30, 2022 at 11:26 am #

    sorry, you can’t get there from my link above — but alexandra’s research is persuasive as to method, means and motive in the pipeline bombing

    forbiddenknowledgetv .net/ukrainian-navy-divers-receive-training-on-unmanned-underwater-vehicles/

  14. Billy Hill September 30, 2022 at 11:29 am #

    If Russia pulled off a false flag on the pipeline this week’s essay summarizes the benefits — basically destruction of NATO and severing of Europe from USA. So while it is possible to ascribe motive, and we trust the means exist, the missing piece is opportunity. With all that NATO war gaming and hubbub going on in the Baltic and given underwater sensors and aerial electromagnetic surveillance one doubts whether the Russians would have had the ability to sneak in undetected. Unless of course they were detected and the USA is waiting for the moment to spring the incontrovertible evidence. But this is getting too Byzantine. Could the Poles have pulled it off? Do they have the means? They certainly have the motive — they hate everybody.

    • Amman September 30, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

      “If Russia pulled off a false flag on the pipeline… ”

      -Stupid is as stupid if’s.

      • Billy Hill September 30, 2022 at 4:40 pm #

        try re-reading. There will be a quiz.

    • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

      Who can trust “the evidence” the deep state produces? I remember Colin Powell waving around his vial of Iraqi biotoxin at the UN. It was probably some sweet&low he filched from the UN cafeteria.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:18 pm #

        I’ve already seen a meme of Colin Powell waving a vial of Putin in a scuba diving suit.

  15. gusgus2021 September 30, 2022 at 11:34 am #

    German makes alot of DOD parts like tank barrels and also heavy equipment and tractors combines etc , I think if you are a elite long enough your brain changes ,they really believe things like changing the Los Angeles freeway system to electric ,even if it’s been 65 years of terrible traffic .

  16. malthuss September 30, 2022 at 11:39 am #

    What is being banned?

    gas powered cars
    gas stoves
    wood burning stoves

    what else as the 1% kills us off?

    • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

      portable gas generators

      gas cans that stay shut

      real bicycles, not toys or faggy mopeds

      i could go on, but so can you.

      • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

        bikes?

  17. stonned September 30, 2022 at 11:45 am #

    “And if, perchance, they take the majestically stupid step of cancelling, postponing or somehow messing with that election, they will face the wrath of the voters from the ground beneath the hanging tree.”

    I don’t think you are being genuine with your readers, dear Jimbo.

    just WHO it is WE are up against ?

    The DC VERMIN are HIRED thugs.

    WHO owns them ?

    WHO owns you ?

    WHO OWNS US ALL ?

    • Amman September 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

      Yes!! WHO?

    • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

      The Who? I thought they were just a singing group. I never knew they had so much power.

      • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 9:56 pm #

        Yeah, everyone thought that the Beatles ran the world.

        “We’re not part of the Establishment – we are the Establishment.” – Pete Townshend. Don’t remember the date or the venue, but I do remember that I read it in High Times.

        Meet the new boss
        Same as the old boss

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

      When Bean chimes in, you know you’re getting warm.

      This is a Plutocracy, rule by the Wealthy. Who are the wealthiest? Well those who can create money out of nothing. The International Bankers in other words. Now who are they? In the West at least, the Rothschilds.

      Corporate giants like Bezos and Gates have their place of course. But not quite at the top. The Capstone is a Pyramid in and of itself after all.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

        When Bean chimes in, it means that anti-semitism has reared it’s ugly head.

        As a Jew, I don’t consider the Rothchilds Jews. Maybe, possibly in name only. They haven’t been real Jews since at least as far back as the Napoleonic wars. Jmho.

        • Islander September 30, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

          Well, they did a lot of the early flunding of the Israeli state.

          Just because they are rich does n[ot mean they are not “real” Jews.

          For starters, anyone connected to the core banking business has to marry another Rothschild. Only the girls can marry out.

          Etc. They are Jews. Very involved in setting up the preconditions in Palestine for the apartheid Israeli state. They are Jews.

          • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

            how did you know about bloodlines?

          • mrs_saj October 1, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

            Malthuss how did you know about bloodlines?

            I read about those same marriage practices Islander is referring to in The House of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson.

        • Q. Shtik September 30, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

          I don’t consider the Rothchilds Jews. – bean

          =========

          Here is the true test:

          Do they wear a yamaka all their waking hours?

          Do they check all their food including bags of potato chips for kosher markings?

        • SW September 30, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

          Bean—I agree the Rothchilds were born Jewish but appear to really worship money and crappy art. Pope John Paul 2, who is now a certified saint apparently, held the Holy See when lots of children were being abused and there’s lots of evidence he knew about too. The man in charge of “handling it”? Cardinal Ratzinger who became the next Pope.

          Very, very few people have ever gotten into a position of power or wealth who worshipped God and not money and the leverage it brings.

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

            If you seek Israeli citizenship, they won’t ask you whether you believe in or practice Judaism, they’ll ask you who you’re mother is.

            Where do people like you come from? It’s been like this for a very long time. Ethnicity, not religion. Or if you will, ethnicity as religion…..

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

            your not you’re, damn it

      • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

        I’ve often wondered about who’s really on top. The Vatican, the masons, and British Royals, etc al. are not Jewish. But are they on the top rung? How about the far eastern secret societies and wealthy families we rarely hear about?

        The Elite comprise a vast web of compartments and ranked echelons. I can’t claim to understand it. But I wonder if maybe they take their orders from something not human.

        • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

          they take their orders from something not human…maybe

        • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

          H, there’s no evidence that’s the case.

          • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 6:57 pm #

            Agreed, bill. I was speculating.

            But ancient texts from nearly every culture on earth speak of encounters with more advanced god-like beings, good and bad.

          • Sean Coleman October 1, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

            Add China to the above list.

        • Sean Coleman October 1, 2022 at 6:17 pm #

          The corporations appear to be leading it. Who owns them? The consensus is Blackrock first (Jewish), followed by Vanguard, Statestream and another fourth one whose name I forget, and I don’t think it matters because ownership is inter-connected and difficult to unravel. Matthew Johnson says Vanguard includes the old Amercian ‘blue-blood’ or old-money families but he thinks this is just a veneer to conceal the true owners. But I think there is uncertainty about this.

          I hear a lot of talk about the Freemasons but I think this is a distraction, rather like the Nazi Azmov (or something like that) Battalion in the Ukraine. Puppets, in other words, for disposal afterwards.

          The idea that the Vatican or the Royal Family are behind strikes me as ridiculous.

        • SpeedyBB October 2, 2022 at 9:06 am #

          “…something not human…” makes more sense than ascribing everything these money-worshipping, status-hungry bores do.

          The Jamie Dimons who are the public face of the invisible finance wizards are not impressive. They are more like efficient, likeable PR flax, but with better clothes and rep.

          I have long felt, based on six decades of study and observation, that there are superior, subtle forces at play, which clownish humankind implicitly obeys.

    • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:38 pm #

      Are you another medieval knucklehead? Or just plain ignorant?

      • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:01 pm #

        who is this addressed to?

        • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

          Stonned. Sometimes with many comments to a poster, it is difficult to know who responded to whom.

        • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

          Stonned. Sometimes with many comments to a poster, it is difficult to know who responded to whom.

          • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:22 pm #

            How did I double post when I only clicked once?

  18. MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:46 am #

    Another excellent essay, James. Thank you.

    “The purpose of the act was likewise simple, plain, and obvious: to foreclose any possibility of Germany negotiating a separate peace with Russia around the financial and economic sanctions imposed by the USA over the Ukraine operation.”

    I think this sums it up nicely. Of course, it’s interesting to read all of the other theories. Since the US hasn’t denied it, I’m guessing that the PTB don’t mind being responsible.

    But who knows. Looks like a lot of players could have benefited from what appears to be a false flag psyops.

    • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:56 am #

      Quite right, as Jim has said. The purpose of the act was in preventing Germany from making a negotiated peace with Russia.

      I’m pretty certain we did the deed, but does it really matter? It suits the needs and intentions of various entities, the usual suspects, who appear intent on destroying every aspect of the world as it exists now in the service of bringing about their New World Order.

    • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:23 pm #

      Who exactly benefits except the US? Maybe Ukraine and Poland will still get transit fees and siphon off gas, but they don’t have the capability to do the deed.
      No one else but the US benefits from this.

      • Billy Hill September 30, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

        Once you rule out the impossible, everything else no matter how improbable could be true.

        Alex Christofouro opines that Austin’s statement on it, especially in light of Blinkin’s and others from the US, suggests that the US does not yet have its narrative straight and the orders are out to the MSM to non-report it. He claims the Guardian (I think it was the Guardian and not the Times) had nothing – zero –zilch on it today. This seems suspicious in light of the typical reflexive “Russia Did It!” that always emanates from London.

        Meanwhile The USA has tightened its grip on its vassal Germany and will be basing the Ukraine War command in Ramstein. There are rumors of sabotage chatter regarding TurkStream.

        All of which suggests that events are spiraling out of control and we are about to enter a direct war between USA/NATO and Russia.

        • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 8:35 pm #

          Great comment, thanks.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:23 pm #

          Yes, I watched Alex also and that is where I learned that Austin gave the same line as Blinken did 2 days before.
          I interpreted it differently. I think I posted my theory somewhere on this post.

          I take it that they had an Official Narrative based on their assumption that no one would know that it was explosions that blew the pipelines. But no one told the Sweden Seismic center to keep their mouths shut.

          The word “leaks” is much more innocuous than the actual destruction they did.
          The insistence on “investigations” before assigning blame means that they thought they could prevent any accusations from gaining ground while they ran out their time.
          Blinken’s “No one has an interest in damaging the pipeline” was their way of denying blame. Apparently Austin dropped that line because citizen reporters had already dug up the Biden and Nuland threats.

          Blinken and Austin are sticking to the planned Official Narrative, imo, while the usual propagandists spread their bullshit fairy dust around liberally.
          But they must know from monitoring the internet that their bs fairy dust isn’t sticking this time.

          Hence, the news blackout.

          I took the Ukrainian control center setup to be extra troops in Germany because they are expecting a lot of unrest.

  19. niner September 30, 2022 at 11:51 am #

    I think Jim has best view on Putin’s next move, which will be the continued methodical Russian advance and consolidation of Novorossia. By that time winter will have blown in, and Europe will be rolled up in the storms and freezes.

    I think they have been idiots, but I hate to see what is coming for them.

    Prime Minister Nigel Farage is a splendid idea.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 11:57 am #

      I agree with JHK’s assessment on what Putin will do as well. One can base it on the history of keeping his head rather than the knee-jerk reaction and insane retaliatory response the US is so famous for.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

        I agree also. Russia has other plans and they will not be assholes about this. They don’t have to anyway. As the Europeans realize what the US did to them they are going to be very, very pissed off.
        Russia can’t do anything to influence that, imo, so it’s best to do nothing and let the US deal with it on its own.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

          There’s no such thing as a non-terrible war, feminine sensibilities notwithstanding.

        • Islander September 30, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

          Paula,

          I think the Russians are probably operating on the principle “Don’t stop your adversary when they are doing shit-stupid things.”

          Speaking of “stupid,” an Italian politico, interviewed by a gimlet-eyed CNN witch about Meloni, stated that it was stupid, and “a mistake” for Ursula Von der Leyen to quasi-threaten the Italians regarding their election outcome.

          She kept trying to “lead” him to give her the types of answers she wanted, but he didn’t go there. I think thisvid was linked at Martin Armstrong.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:26 pm #

            They must be shaking their heads in amazement in the Kremlin when they watch how very, very shit-stupid the US is.

        • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 3:28 pm #

          They’re in the fortunate position of having fairly vast natural resources. They can go it alone if need be. They have no reason to take the bait we keep tossing their way. They need only sit back and let us destroy ourselves, as we seem intent on doing.

        • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 3:40 pm #

          Agree completely.

          I can’t remember a time when Putin was ever not level-headed and diplomatic. It’s unfortunate most world leaders don’t follow suit. They like the bombast and the hysterics, etc.

    • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

      JHK seems to suggest that this will all end with guillotines and hangman’s nooses being applied to EU management. In keeping with all the mud slinging going on regarding feminism, will Europe have what it takes to execute the female offenders like Merkel and Truss etc? Or should the women leaders all be receiving a pardon just because they are the “weaker sex”. It seems to me if women wish to play guy games, then they should all equally accept whatever the outcome is for players who lose the game. Or, if it’s good for the gander it’s not good for the goose?

      • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

        Good Woody. Very good. No room for chivalry at this level of criminal behavior.

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 3:43 pm #

        What an odd question. Of course the women leaders would be held just as culpable as men, as they are in any court of law in the western world. I’ve yet to see any female murderer be given excuses or getting off scott free for being female.

        One wonders where you ever came up with this bizarre strawman.

        • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 9:51 pm #

          MQ, I’m so happy to see that you believe in equal opportunity punishment for evil doers. Evil has no gender.

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 5:04 pm #

            I don’t know anyone who doesn’t believe in equal opportunity punishment for evil doers.

      • GreenAlba October 2, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

        It’s ‘sauce’ for the goose and the gander.

        Mrs Ceaucescu’s sauce turned out to be the same as Mr Ceaucescu’s sauce. I don’t recall any differentiation because of her sex. Arguably people hate evil women even more than evil men, because they’re supposed to be a crime against nature.

  20. Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:56 am #

    Quite right, as Jim has said. The purpose of the act was in preventing Germany from making a negotiated peace with Russia.

    I’m pretty certain we did the deed, but does it really matter? It suits the needs and intentions of various entities, the usual suspects, who appear intent on destroying every aspect of the world as it exists now in the service of bringing about their New World Order.

    • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 11:58 am #

      Grrr. I apologize for the repeat comment. The site is being weird this morning. Or maybe I’m weird. Or maybe it’s just me and the site is fine.

  21. Paula D September 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

    It does matter who did the deed.
    It was a blatant attack on Europe, especially Germany, who paid half of that $11 billion to build it and who was dependent on Russian gas for their comfortable living standards.
    But they didn’t just attack Nordstream 2, they took out Nordstream 1 as well.
    How audacious! How did they think they could get away with such a horrendous deed?
    I think that Blinken gives us a clue. When asked about it on the first day he seemed to give the Official Narrative.
    There was a ”leak” you see. That word sounds fairly innocuous, like a slow leak in a tire, not too much to deal with.
    Then he said that there was no way to know what happened, but there would certainly be an “investigation” and it was in ”no one’s interest” to damage the pipelines.
    Not to worry, Europe, the US will cover your “energy security”.

    So the original plan was to minimize the damage, launch a long investigation (which can’t start until the gas clears up), tell everyone that while the investigation is pending there can be no facts released, (it might ‘contaminate the investigation” doncha know), deny that the US had any reason to do the dirty deed, float the “Putin did it” balloon to see who is stupid enough to fall for that one, and then depend on the short memories and easy programmability of the populations to forget about it by the time the report is released.

    But the Swedish Seismic organization was not let in on the agenda and they spilled the beans the first day. Then citizen investigators dug up the travels of the US Navy in the Baltic Sea the last few months and citizen reporters dug up the tapes of Biden and Nuland threatening to take out the pipeline, and ordinary proles everywhere shared it on the social media that our ruling overlords hate so much.

    And now they have to spin a new story. “Putin did it” is only for the braindead and even the braindead will notice when their heat and hot water and their job is gone.

    “At this point, what does it matter?” didn’t work for Hillary and it is not going to work for this one.

    Maybe WW3 will see Germany and Russia as allies this time.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

      Agree. Of course it matters. Right makes might. We’re not going to win if we succumb to amorality and nihilism. That’s THEIR power.

      The rules of Counter-Revolution are different than the rules of Revolution. Of course Communism is in favor of all kinds of degeneracy up to and during the Revolution. After they win? Volte-face!

      Stalin, a thug and armed robber from Georgia, had a foot in both worlds. When an older female comrade came into a meeting with her much younger lover, he made a lewd remark to Trotsky. Trotsky proceeded to lecture him on Revolutionary ethics and the new social mores. Stalin never made another casual remark to the punk. Decades later he had him hunted down and offed with an ice pick to the head.

      • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

        ?

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:40 pm #

          Lost you? Oh buddy, what can I say? I go fast and then I leap.

    • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

      Of course you’re right, Paula. It always matters to know what actually happened, but I meant it doesn’t matter in the sense that what was set in motion will play out now, no matter who did it, and there will be no retribution for the guilty. It’s my understanding that the contract requires Germany to pay even if they don’t receive anything. In any event, it will be just as ugly whether or not we know all the details.

      And it didn’t work for Hillary in that people have not let it drop. Still, she’s out and about continuing to flap her mouth about Russia Russia Russia, and the consequences of her actions/inactions were for others to pay.

      • Islander September 30, 2022 at 4:22 pm #

        ” It’s my understanding that the contract requires Germany to pay even if they don’t receive anything.”

        I *think* they don’t have to pay if the means of delivery is inoperable.

        This might be a motive for Germany to destroy the pipelines, but . . . means and opportunity?

        Also, they are now deeper in the hole. The only way to get out of the hole would have been to renegotiate a deal with Russia.

        Now that looks neni mozhna, as they say in Czech (with the Good Soldier Schweik shrug . . .)

    • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

      I don’t think a Third World War will even be necessary to bring Germany and Russia together. I think Putin’s “Special Military Operation” will ultimately be enough to bring Europe – but not the UK – into Eurasia, once Europe has been broken. Freezing and starving will cause a lot of breakage across Europe in coming months.

      • Paula D October 2, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

        That is why the US blew up both pipelines, to make sure that Germany didn’t make peace with Russia.
        There were major demonstrations in Germany last weekend demanding an end to the sanctions.

        And then on Monday the US blew up the pipelines.

  22. Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

    Here’s a link to the Safe And Effective documentary:

    https://www.oraclefilms.com/safeandeffective

  23. justbarkedacake September 30, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

    Check out “Banker’s Wars” video by Daniel Natal on the New American website to add some perspective to all this

  24. badberries September 30, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

    Well that was cheery, time to go do some Xmas shoplifting!

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

      Maybe there won’t be an Xmas this year? Remember back during the height of the Corona craze when they tried to cancel Christmas for many of us back in 2020, and were successful on many?

      I refuse to give or receive gifts at Christmas because there is nothing we need. A useless piece of injection molded plastic from China? No thanks. A set of hand knit woolen underwear or socks, or a jar of personally pickled Dilly beans? Yes, thank you!

      • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

        I thought I was the only person who doesn’t participate in Christmas and Santa. Santa in his first appearance wearing the now traditional red and white suit – was advertising a drink which at the time still had cocaine in it, CocaCola. Santa started his career selling what’s now considered to be a dangerous and addictive drug. As for Christmas, Jesus wasn’t born during the Winter Solstice, but the Roman sun god was. When the days first start getting longer, that’s the rebirth of the sun. Jesus was probably born sometime in spring and has nothing to do with Christmas.

        • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 1:39 pm #

          it is not dangerous or addictive unless the consumer of it is stupid

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

          The Church Fathers, in their Wisdom, realized the importance of the Sun in the psyche of the European peoples. Thus the Sun and the Son were conflated as Uhuru exclaimed in the Star Trek episode. Fact had to give way to deeper Truth. It was a most artful addition of a bit of paganism into Christian Truth.

          Only sects with very, very little truth or power, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses (who aren’t even Christian since they deny the divinity of Christ) talk like you do.

          If Christianity had been content to stay in the Semitic world of the Middle East and North Africa, you’re right. It would not have been necessary.

          • Islander September 30, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

            I don’t mind the conflation of the birth of Jesus and the return of the light.

            That combo produced some of the best Christmas carols . . . Hope in the frosty winter . . .

            Like The Holly and the Ivy.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

            Most Seminaries have one big Christmas Tree. Bishop O’Malley of Boston went to a German seminary – and every seminarian and priest got their own Christmas tree in addition to the communal one.

            Saint Boniface is famous for cutting down the most sacred Tree of the Germans with his own hands. Is this not proof of the old Roman adage, You can cast out Nature with a pitchfork but it will return?

          • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 10:19 pm #

            “Thus the Sun and the Son were conflated as Uhuru exclaimed in the Star Trek episode.”

            Uh huh. ‘Cause we all know Jesus and his Dad speak English – with an English accent.

            I’m surprised your parents let you attend Miss Uhuru’s class…

            In Andean Peru you can find many crosses with “INTI” inscribed on top, rather than “INRI”. “Inti” being their name for the Sun, the center of their previous religion.

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 11:46 pm #

            Ah, that’s enriching indeed. They were better people than the Aztecs and Maya. Their religion was far less savage.

          • Blackbird October 2, 2022 at 12:27 am #

            The people of the Inca Empire honored their dead. To the point that eventually, more of their harvest went to the dead than to the living.

            Caused a great civil war. Then came disease. Then came the Spaniards.

        • messianicdruid September 30, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

          It was yesterday.

          • messianicdruid September 30, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

            godskingdom.org/studies/books/when-really-was-jesus-born/chapter-1-when-really-was-jesus-born

  25. badberries September 30, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

    “This boat is sinking, this boat is sinking…” Annie Lennox

  26. badberries September 30, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

    Norway blew up the pipeline. They’re always causing trouble and they never get caught.

    Lutefisk, Lutefisk, Lefse, Lefse

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

      Immediately after the sabotage, a new pipeline from Norway to Poland was opened up. Coincidence?

      Anybody know how much gas this one will be able to deliver? Enough for Germany as well?

      • Islander September 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm #

        No.

        About 1/10 the volume, I believe.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

          Thanks.

  27. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth September 30, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

    Jim, we have much more critical news this week, but you have to be charmed by New York States plan to follow the lead of California and go completely EV for new cars by 2035. Estimates are that the full capacity EV charging structure needed for the entire state of New York would require 160,000 (slow) charging stations plus 16,000 direct-connect fast chargers (30 minute).

    Con Edison got the contract for 2025 to build 16,000 charging stations and just 460 direct-connect fast chargers for $750 million.

    Inflation adjusted how much fat tax payer funded money will be given to the politically connected to build out all of this madness in the next few decades?

    • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth September 30, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      I know that this mostly likely won’t materialize because well Klaus & company have other plans and the price of an EV in 2035 will be $183,000

      • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

        Who says you will own an EV?

        That is not the plan, not at all.

        You are renter class, never forget.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

        I have to exert my will to not pull my hair out at the stupidity.

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

      Cut all cables on the charging stations as soon as they are built. That ought to take care of things.

      • Rain Waters September 30, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

        good, now i can hotrod my estang. . .

      • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 5:18 pm #

        That’s already happening. Scrappers are stripping urban and rural charging stations for copper and other precious metals; in Cal. about 1/2 are down at any given time.

      • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 10:04 pm #

        Check out Jay Leno’s show on his Baker electric car.

        ““These were women’s shopping cars,” said Mr. Leno, who is a serious hands-on collector of autos and motorcycles dating from the 1800s to the present. “There was no gas or oil, no fire, no explosions — you just sort of got in and you went. There were thousands of these in New York, from about 1905 to 1915. There were charging stations all over town, so ladies could recharge their cars while they were in the stores.”

        This is really ancient technology and nothing new, including the charging stations. Only drawback was a top speed of around 25 mph. Which still in today’s towns, is almost fast enough anyway if your speed limits are around 30 mph. A century ago, people were far more honest than they are today, and nobody vandalizing them to steal copper.

        The big difference between today’s electrics and the ones a century ago is those old EV’s didn’t explode and burn in spectacular fashion. They used simple, safe, yet effective Edison batteries.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

      All New York political figures would not be caught dead in anything less than the largest SUV available, when they could just as easily get around in a compact or a Prius or something.

    • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

      depopulation

      • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

        the Netherlands, the government engaged in a war with livestock farmers because of “pollution”.

        The goal: To reduce the number of pigs, cattle, and chickens by over 30%.

        New York States plan to follow the lead of California and go completely EV for new cars by 2035. Estimates are that the full capacity EV charging structure needed for the entire state of New York would require 160,000 (slow) charging stations plus 16,000 direct-connect fast chargers (30 minute).

        Con Edison got the contract for 2025 to build 16,000 charging stations and just 460 direct-connect fast chargers for $750 million.
        Inflation adjusted how much fat tax payer funded money will be given to the politically connected to build out all of this madness in the next few decades?

        thanks–Why_weren’t_we_asked_about_Degrowth

  28. Paula D September 30, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

    Well, I thought I could dispassionately observe how the US propaganda machine was going to spin and confuse the proles.

    Huh, turns out it pisses me off to watch, just like every other time.

    • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

      Anyone with even a modicum of intelligence couldn’t help but being pissed off. I’ve tried too, but I found it exceptionally difficult to not become angry. Better to be angry rather than wasting a lot of emotional energy trying to hold it all in, to no avail.

    • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm #

      As I repeatedly say:

      turn-it-off

      I know the boob-tube is a generational crutch.
      The boomers carry it around like an extra appendage
      Always on
      In their living room, den, kitchen, office, bedroom

      Turn it off

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 3:51 pm #

        Paula doesn’t watch TV news.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:35 pm #

        LOL, Avatar, I’m talking about the “theories” spewed on this thread. This is a microcosm of the larger bullshit spewing now in production in the west.

        Couldn’t be the US, we’re the Good Guys, must be Russia or Israel or Germany or Papau New Guinea.

        “Let’s just spitball some theories here”.

        Why? Why can’t we stick with facts and logic?
        There is an agenda here.

        • benr September 30, 2022 at 6:26 pm #

          @paula

          Because the US is mostly too cowardly to do something like this.

          • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:29 pm #

            Worst Reason Ever.

            Ignore all the facts and assign a psychological excuse to justify your denial.

          • benr October 1, 2022 at 9:57 am #

            Not an excuse it is a very simple FACT.

            You can squeal and accuse all you like the empty demented ravings of an imbecile like Biden is no proof.

  29. 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

    The plutocracy, the unelected, do as they wish.

    Their entrenched viziers, up-to and including, heads of state, make sure of that. They even formed a members-only club.

    Ostensibly, they are on a mission to save the planet, but in reality they are on a mission to preserve their status, and their quality of life, in it.

    At your expense, as it has been through all of recorded history.

    All while the states they were born from, the countries that nurtured their successes, crumble.

    We are living through the transition to post-democracy, to post-national sovereignty. To a de facto 1-world centralized government.

    Russia is one of the last pieces on the board.

    And when Russia falls it will be NATO vs China

    All of Europe, North America (at least the important countries in NA) and Japan/SK

    against China and maybe a few outliers, a few African shit holes on the belt and road, and a little fat man with a rocket hobby.

    • Mike G October 1, 2022 at 8:02 am #

      Russia isn’t going anywhere even in a mushroom cloud and before the fallout settles from the west and USA, Russia will still be there as will China.

  30. Amman September 30, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

    In chess, I often, well, always, play with an unusual and cryptic opening I developed which has yielded a 50% or higher winning record against similar and/or higher ranked opponents. (100+)

    So to speak of an Endgame, for the unusual geopolitics of our day, we offer this prediction for the ENDGAME: A War of all against all. In Europe.

    Europe is going down in flames. Buckle up.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 1:53 pm #

      The biggest obstacle in teaching Black kids to play chess is that none of them want to take white. Telling, is it not?

      • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

        They love to take Whitey down in a check-mate style situation though.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

          When BLM was marching in White neighborhoods at night with megaphones screaming, Wake up, motherfuckers and shining bright lights into the windows, I think a clear vision of their desired future was delineated.

          They would love to sack the White suburbs. But it may not be as easy as some of them think.

          • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

            Jarek,

            they are the pawns, left to march on the board,
            your queen and king were taken ages ago,
            it’s just pawn v pawn now
            except hey have a king and a queen and knights and bishops making the sweeping moves

            and pawns to push you
            into their trap

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:33 pm #

            Well put! Our Kings and Queen were Louied and Romanoved. The Protocols gloat about this and how our Ancient Order was strict but Just. Of course they always pretended otherwise in our presence.

          • Soul Forensics September 30, 2022 at 3:57 pm #

            Don’t forget that White gets the first move. Therefore, chess is raciss!

    • messianicdruid September 30, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

      Amman – Can you give the notation?

      • Amman September 30, 2022 at 7:21 pm #

        White Black
        P-K4 – P-K4
        KN-KB3 – QN-QB3
        QP-Q4 – PxP
        KB-Q3?!

        White Development Plans:

        P-KR3 to prevent a bishop pin
        QB – Kb4 to prepare advance of the white King Pawn
        P-K5 to open a white bishop attack line on the KR2 square

        Most important: the black king pawn blocks a black
        Bishop attack on the White King. The opponent
        thinks he is up a pawn early in the game.

        (PS. Sorry, I like classical Notation).

  31. neurodoc September 30, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

    Ben Fulford just pointed out that today, Sept. 30, is the deadline for the US Corporation to pay its annual bond payment package. It appears they are not going to meet the deadline; that invokes a 15 day ‘grace’ period. Either way, the federal reserve note system is in trouble. And, as pointed out above, we no longer have ‘US Dollars,’ we only have federal reserve notes of DEBT. This is BIG!!

    • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 3:07 am #

      Holy smokes. That’s Big Big!

      The Fed reserve is talking about digicash, next spring.

      The roiling of the commodity, bond, pension, and precious metals markets has much to do with the Nordstream moves, but I don’t know enough to make a decent statement on it.

      • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 3:18 am #

        Waitaminute. Wait just a darn minute.

        Instead of my blather and pablum, neurodoc, what you’re saying is the United States is officially bankrupt.

        The world’s reserve currency is…bankrupt. Can’t make its own payments.

  32. redrock September 30, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

    Anyone think the pipeline explosions could have been faulty construction or over pressurization?? Just a thought. Until direct observations are made, WHO KNOWS FOR SURE? Why is gas still spewing out?

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

      The fact that it occurred in several different places on both lines is more than a coincidence or faulty construction/over pressure.

      No, someone did this deliberately with malice and aforethought. The USA covers up and blames Russia for all its issues once again. Poor Russia, they must feel like the ugly step child that gets blamed for everything.

      Lock and load for the weekend!

      • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 3:15 am #

        And Russia officially accepted the referendums, making the eastern Ukraine a Russian protectorate.

        Putin has reclaimed the Pale of Settlement. The “historic homeland” of Vicky Nuland.

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

          Take it, Vicky!

    • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

      I believe Don Lemon attributed it to tectonic shifting by way of global warming

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 3:54 pm #

        Hahahahaha!

  33. Subsidiarean September 30, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

    I heard somewhere that Trump and other former high officials may try to broker a peace deal directly with Russia. Is there any precedent for that, would it work, and what would the WH do about it?

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

      If this pans out then Trump would be well deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize, but they likely wouldn’t give it to him. Apparently Barry did enough to deserve one of these awards for doing nothing more than being a Black President.

      • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

        Obama even joked about how good he was at killing people. I assume he meant in the Mid-East, though Seth Rich and others come to mind.

    • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

      Dennis Rodman is already there

    • benr September 30, 2022 at 6:28 pm #

      No because that would be treason.

  34. cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

    It’s the worst September for stocks since 2008. What does that mean for October?

    Not counting the current month, the S&P 500 has seen a September decline of 7% or more 11 times, according to data going back to 1928. The Dow has dropped 7% or more in September 13 times based on data back to 1928. The Nasdaq Composite has suffered a fall of 9% or more in September six times going back to 1986.

    Oh Grandpappy Joe, how low can we go?

    • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

      Just wait for the magic month of October.

    • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

      The financial collapse will begin in the debt markets. (Already has) Stocks manifest the consequences.

  35. Zoltar September 30, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

    Our “leaders” have long since established that there is no limit to how evil they can be, but one might still have hoped that there is some limit to their stupidity. Evidently not.

    They are so rich, complacent, and disengaged that it has literally not occurred to them that people will not tolerate being needlessly cold and hungry without revolting. Simply voting them out of office is insufficient to reorient them. A few heads on pikes would clarify their thinking wondrously.

  36. beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

    I’ve been staying away from commenting on CFN lately for several reasons. But now I’m back – as if anyone cares. Given my age, I’ve been feeling that it’s important for me to simplify my life as much as possible and stop getting emotionally involved in things that make me feel bad. But I cannot avoid all the negativity around me, so what the hell, I’m going back to commenting here.

    I’ve never said what I do for a living. I always wanted to remain totally anonymous. But anonymity is impossible in this world, so what do I have to lose by revealing something about myself?

    Only one person here has ever figured out what I do for work: Jarek.
    I’ve been in the real estate industry for about 54 years, mostly as a broker, then as a property owner, then as a broker again. I’ve owned my own agency for over 25 years. I used to broker investment property sales, specifically office, apartment and commercial buildings. I’ve done well over the years.

    Why am I revealing this now? For a couple of reasons: What’s been happening in the real estate industry is a perfect example of what commenters here have been saying for a long time. And I’m on the verge of retiring – not quite yet, but close.

    I consider myself an expert in my field, so I think my observations are accurate, although not very popular in this business.

    The level of incompetence is beyond staggering. I’ve been running into agents who have no idea what they’re doing, and what’s really scary, don’t know they don’t know. The market in the Boston area has been very hot, so buyers have made out pretty well (on paper) despite not getting good advice. Of course, that’s about to change. The past year or so mortgage rates have gone up from under 3% to 7.09% as of last week – I haven’t checked this week yet, so rates have probably gone up even more.

    What’s going to happen in the residential market will result in many foreclosures (or abandonments). Even lenders are getting very nervous. Ever since the economy tanked in 2008, many people lost their jobs or were forced out of them by employers. So a lot of these persons became real estate agents, which is easy to do. Most people have a friend or relative in the business here, so it’s been difficult for established agents to make a living. I know of one big agency of 175 agents that has a total of about 150 sales. That means the average agent makes less than 1 sale per year. There will be a calamitous dropoff of agents.

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

      All very interesting. Thanks for the comments Bill and welcome back. Agreed, anything a person can do these days to stay less passionately and emotionally involved in things you cannot change is probably a good thing. It just doesn’t pay, so you may as well sit back and do you best to “enjoy the decline.” I read a book about that very subject, which was recommended by one of the commenters here, and it put things into perspective.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm #

        And thank you for your comment.

        • SW September 30, 2022 at 6:44 pm #

          Welcome back 🙂 I always appreciated your comments & I hope you’re completely recovered from your surgery too.

          • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

            Thanks. It’s nice to be back (to only talk to the good people). Personally, I, too have thought you make a lot of sense in your comments.

            My surgery resulted in me losing muscle mass in my legs, and since I’ve been lazy, I haven’t totally regained my former strength. But that will change over time, and I feel good. Someone I know who had the same surgery last year said it took them about 8 months to get everything back. For me, it’s been a little less than 5 months, so I believe I’m on track.

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

            Many elderly people walk around large shopping malls in the winter time. I’m not saying you have to join a “group” and do this as some do. But for yourself it might be a good idea for the winter.

      • Slugoon October 1, 2022 at 2:35 am #

        What was that book called, cowbell?

        • cowbell81 October 3, 2022 at 8:53 am #

          “Enjoy the Decline: Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States”
          By: Aaron Clarey

    • mitchellc September 30, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

      Your problem – like so many others – is that you (still) care. And the reason you’re emotionally invested is that you believe(d) the usa was “good”.

      Apparently at no point did you ever pause to consider that what you were fed was lies – all of it. How did you not at least understand what happened in viet nam? Never heard ike’s address, believed the lone gunman?

      So now the truth comes washing over you, the truth of your entire existence in one blinding moment of clarity.

      But, there is still hope: to live the rest of your life as aware, enlightened and observant. To watch events unfold as expected, to always be right for the simple reason that you pay attention to life’s core requirements.

      Who has them, who wants them, who can defend them, who can gain them, who can exploit them, and who can manage the entirety into an effective machine creating its own manifested reality.

      • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

        I think he was invested in his living.

        Aren’t we all?

        At the end of the day, everyone is in it for the paycheck.
        From the big guy and Hunter to the talking heads posing as journalists and medical doctors and big pharma employess abandoning their oath.

        Souls, ethics, morals, dignity for $$

        Now, in the grand scheme of things, selling homes and/or renting condos seems very benign to me.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

        Caring is not a problem. In fact, not caring is the real problem. I’m wise to the way things are and what they will become. I’ve lived my life as well as can be expected and I have very few illusions.

        • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

          And you make me nervous. Since you don’t know me I wonder how you know I didn’t know about the lies being fed me? If you ever read anything I’ve written here, you’d know I purposely have not voted since 1968 because I knew things weren’t like what was claimed.

          Having read what YOU have written since you’ve come onto this site, I believe you have an attitude issue. A piece of advice: Try to learn a bit of humility. People will respond accordingly.

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:03 pm #

            Don’t take it personnally, BTB… mitchellc is wrong in his assessments of everyone here.

            Kinda like Jarek.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

      No, I didn’t figure out anything. You told us a long time and I remembered while you forgot. Then you saw fit to deny it when I brought it up.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

        I did deny it then, but I never stated I was in the industry. You made an assumption, which happened to be correct.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:28 pm #

          Why did you deny it btw?

          You’re mad at me now. Before you said, I figured it out. Now it’s just “an assumption”. Are you watching your mind spin?

          Can you admit some people have better memories than you and that I may be one such person? Q has admitted that I remember quite a bit.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 30, 2022 at 3:12 pm #

        Pumpkin & creme pies are back at some McDonald’s locations. Just in case you forgot about them.

        • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

          Name a time and place, and I’ll buy you two such pies and a shake. I’ll watch you consume them as we talk of this and that.

          • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 3:49 pm #

            Rock and Roll McDonald’s in Downtown Chicago, next Saturday, October 8th at 5:15 PM (CST). We can talk about the state of their sorry City while the bullets ricochet around us. Best watch out for any potential car jackers too.

          • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 6:50 pm #

            Part of me really wants to meet Jarek
            Part of me doesn’t .

            It might be a let-down, or the fact that the corporal form would be insufficient,

            I believe Tolkien or Jackson had this issue.
            Sauron was rendered as a fiery eye or a fiery silhouette.

            I’m not saying he’s evil.
            Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase contents were rendered as nothing but a glow.
            Because the genius director knew that mystery is often greater than the reveal

            Sometimes leaving to one’s imagination is superior

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 8:40 pm #

            Pervy.

          • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 9:02 pm #

            MQ are you saying J0rod sharing pies and shakes in a strip mall is pervy, or my wanting to meet him?

            LOL, I can assure you, my wanting to meet him is only because I cannot even create an image of him in my mind.

            He escapes me.

            I remember reading that the host was writing a book, or a piece about a white nationalist, and I was certain he was referring to/interviewing Janos, but it appears nothing came of it, at least yet

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 5:05 pm #

            100th he wanted to meet Beryl… and watch her eat pie.

            Given his other comments about women yeah, it is pervy.

          • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

            Food, Lies, and Videotape

            Having read Jaros since his Vlad days, I can see him when I read his words – and hear him read them. Whether it’s at Jim’s Backyard Jamboree (aka, “Get off my lawn!”), or at quarantine camp in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, I’ll know Jars when I see or hear him.

          • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 11:42 pm #

            Mary is obsessed with me. She wants to me at a McDonald’s I think.

          • Blackbird October 2, 2022 at 12:24 am #

            Let me know the McDonalds. I’ll be discreet.

            I can see and hear Mary too, so it will be a good test of my remote viewing.

    • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

      75 ish and still working. you must be rich.

      difficult for established agents to make a living. odd. versus the new bees? IMO real estate is in a spectacular bubble.

      I talk to a silicon valley realtor.
      he wishes he spoke Mandarin.
      he tells me of his office.
      the top agent was chinese.

      lots of part time agents, house wives, east indians, etc.

      • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:31 pm #

        Well he doesn’t get any pension or SS since he works for himself. This is the context in which he revealed his career in the first place I believe.

      • mrs_saj October 1, 2022 at 2:38 pm #

        malthuss

        I have been land-lording since 2003 and I too think real estate is in a spectacular bubble. I started selling my properties in early 2020 and closed the last sale in Feb/Mar 2022. Also this year, I 1031’d one of the sales into a land purchase. So for the first time in 19 years, I have no tenants.

        I’m watching mortgage rates carefully. I don’t know how many more hikes Jerome has the intestinal fortitude to endure. We’ll see. If my theory bears out that we are in a spectacular bubble, I will be buying real estate again after the correction. We’ll see.

        Also, my rentals were sold mainly to corporate buyers who planned to lease the properties. Based on what they paid me, I don’t know how they can get a reasonable return on their investment. I don’t think there are that many tenants who can pay such exorbitant rents for 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath houses.

        Its fascinating to watch. Someone posted (way above this post) that they were watching presumably intelligent friends buy huge houses at nosebleed prices, bring more children into the world, and invest in bonds without seeing any risk to it.

        • Paula D October 2, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

          My sister’s neighbor had a 3 bedroom house and 2 boys, back before 2008, not sure how much before.

          Anyway, the wife gets pregnant again, they find out it’s a girl and they decide they need a bigger house. (Which I don’t understand. Why couldn’t the boys share a room?)

          Anyway, they sold their house, bought a bigger one at inflated prices, lost it during the crash and now are living in their old house, but renting at higher rents than when they owned it.

          And the boys have already grown up and moved out.

    • Rowdypiglet September 30, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

      Interesting, Bill. I remember all the people trying to get their real estate licenses back around that time. I don’t think any of them ultimately made a go of it. How many do you really need? Especially when they’re so incompetent? We bought our house in 2017, where we intend to spend the rest of our lives. The agents we came into contact with at the time were noticeably brain dead, to the point where most didn’t even answer an inquiry from people with a substantial down payment and bank approval.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

      Thanks for sharing what you are experiencing regarding this, bill. I find it valuable as well as interesting.

      We all need a place to vent – so always glad to see you do it here, whether or not we agree 🙂

    • Soul Forensics September 30, 2022 at 4:18 pm #

      BTB,

      First half-century I lived in the world’s biggest real estate bubble — Vancouver. There’s been (until now, now it’s finally changing) no bust in the cycle. It’s boom, pause, boom, pause, boom.

      I remember so many people who jumped aboard the agent bandwagon here during upswings, but even in the best agent market in the world, it was hard for a naive newbie. Why? Because supply engenders demand. The agents here in Vanc are cutthroat, chicanerous, extremely clever, and hard-working (round the clock on-call, while never denying an immediate response to a client’s request/demand, just like the most successful lawyers). And they scoop up, as in other fields, almost all the business — an even more skewered distribution than the Pareto Principle.

      In any sales/marketing field, the winners are those who are consumed with making money. It’s all they think about and obsess over.

      Now when you get to the political level, you can dispense with hard work, and just focus on the chicanery.

    • Islander September 30, 2022 at 4:27 pm #

      Yes, seems like every other person has a license, in hopes of making maybe one sale.

      I think a lot of these agents are incompetent. worse, I think some are not even aware when they are colluding with their opposite number to manage “the deal” and are not truly representing the interests of their client.

      the hapless client is the source of all the $$$ in the game.

      It might be worth to get a license just to avoid having to work with an agent!!!

      • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 5:04 pm #

        Or you can always just know what you are doing and throw a sign up on the lawn: “For Sale, By Owner” Let the buyer bring his own agent to represent themselves at the sale.

    • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 4:48 pm #

      Welcome back, Bill.
      It is indeed difficult to watch without emotion. How can people be so gullible and idiotic?

      I don’t know if you have kids, but it is worse when you do.
      Spawning intelligent children to swim in a sea of the stupid is like sending them off to swim in a pool of piranhas.
      It seemed like a good idea at the time I was reproducing, but now I have regrets. It would be better to just have me facing what is coming, not my kids and grandchild.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 8:09 pm #

        I can see your point, but in the long run, the joy of having kids ought to outweigh the heartache that maybe could befall them.
        People still have pets, fully knowing that they will outlive them and suffer that painful heartache.

        • malthuss October 1, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

          not all humans outlive their pets.

          and I consider the pet fetish unhealthy when its all about the pet and not the owner. I see this in the past 40, no children folks.

      • SpeedyBB October 3, 2022 at 9:18 am #

        Paula, I am hearing an echo of a very similar conversation from, say, around 1963: “Why should we go to the trouble of having children, whom we will love dearly and worry over, when we are all going to die in a thermonuclear blast?”

        The “balance of terror” was real, immediate and oppressive. On our minds much of the time (my dad being a career Air Force officer, elder brother career USAF as well).

        From the late 1960s onward the danger of an accidental, or an “accidentally-on-purpose” nuclear strike never abated – but the public simply decided it was too worrisome and deliberately selected amnesia.

    • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 5:12 pm #

      50 years in real estate, you must know Boston, BTB. You must know Boston like the back of your hand.

      • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 7:54 pm #

        Not as much as I used to, as there’s been mucho construction over the past several years, and roads have been moved, as well as changed into one-way streets.

        • malthuss October 1, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

          buttgig says some roads are racist.

  37. mitchellc September 30, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

    Jim should have waited and just posted up putins signing speech; everything else is simply subsidiary and moot.

    Putin clearly explained the wests intent of collapsing Russia via economic means to foment a color revolution in order to acquire the globes last great stores of natural resources so as to preserve the $USD global credit (and military control) system.

    What happened today should be marked in everyone’s calendar as the day we lost www3. Reason? Russia didn’t undergo social upheaval and dissolution, but rather formally acquired new territory.

    Now begins the long drawn out grind as Russia further consolidates its gains, creates an impermeable defensive perimeter, continues pulling in non aligned countries, and sells its strategically critical resources to demanding buyers.

    Also, As has been proven yet again, nuclear weapons provide no advantage if the opposing side has them as well. Now we’ll really see proliferation as Iran, Brazil and other countries see how effective deterence acts with russias success.

    As for us? We’re done; we played our hand and lost. Europe of course goes first – they are well and truly fucked. But n America? I wouldn’t be surprised if the army was placed on the border to prevent states from defending a wide open invasion.

    Today marks the day those in the know realize the iceberg was hit. Now all decorum has been lost as everyone rushes the liquor cabinets.

    The usa as an idea is done; now it’s a fight by connected factions for survival.

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 2:26 pm #

      Save some of the ice from that iceberg for my whiskey on the rocks!

      • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

        the 1×1 was a favorite, but the 2×2 block ice really lends itself to slow dissolution

    • Islander September 30, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

      “I wouldn’t be surprised if the army was placed on the border to prevent states from defending a wide open invasion.”

      Sense unclear to me.

      Are you saying that army would be placed on border to ensure that illegals or others can enter the country at will?

      • workingclasshero September 30, 2022 at 11:13 pm #

        The WEF supposedly wants the U.S.A. to admit around 50 million Hispanic, African and Muslims by 2080. Individual border states may possibly resist.

    • Anthea October 1, 2022 at 10:42 pm #

      @ mitchellc:

      I think your assessment is correct, and that Russia is the assured winner over the long term (or maybe the short term).

      What puzzles me is that the West is dying by its own hand: destroying Western currencies, industries, and agriculture; destroying its energy capabilities and apparently bent on reducing its population base. Suicide does seem to be the natural course of Statism–to the point that one is tempted to say that suicide is its mainspring. Since the State is by nature parasitical, you might say that it is really a pathology that will inevitably end in the death of the host.

      Why is the PTB intent of accelerating the death of the goose that layed the golden eggs that provided them with wealth and position? Probably because it’s already as good as dead from parasitization. There is nothing much left for the PTB parasites to feed on, and so nothing left for them to do but suck out the last drop of blood–the kill shot.

      Seems like the objective would be for them to end up owning all the assets. Those would be land and its attendant resources. (The West’s resident humans are, for the most part, not assets.)

  38. Roundball Shaman September 30, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

    “Is our apparitional ‘president’ not a man of his word?”

    Yes, he is apparitional. No, he is not President in an elected sense. No, he is not as much a man as he is ghost. Yes, he is a ‘man of his word’ when he can string several coherent words together and he retains enough cognitive ability to perceive what he might have just uttered.

    “…who in this land is unaware that the US government’s default setting these days for answering anything is to lie.”

    You know the old saying… ‘If you’re not Lying, you’re not Tryin!’. And this administration from Hades is ‘trying’ very hard these days.

    When lies is all you have… you lie. What else have you got?

    “… consider that the Nord Stream sabotage amounts to the leading member of NATO committing an act-of-war against the rest of NATO.”

    ‘WE know what’s best for you! Trust us. Whatever We are doing to you, it’s for Your own good. You’ll thank us one day. Oh – and one more thing – you are now new States within the United States Incorporated. Welcome to the family. Resistance is futile…’

    “There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on across Europe.”

    Better teach all these Euro ‘migrants’ and embedded stuffy aristocrats the words…

    ‘Come on over, baby… Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.
    Yes, I said come on over, baby… Baby, you can’t go wrong.
    We ain’t fakin’. Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.
    We got the bull by the horn. We ain’t fakin’.
    Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.
    Shake it, baby, shake.’

    “‘Joe Biden’” and his regime of Satanic degenerates will just have to lump it.”

    These words are a bit unfair. To Satan.

    “‘Joe Biden’s’ Party of Chaos faces the wrath of American voters in the midterm election.”

    And STILL, Democrats will get 98% of all the counted votes across America.

    You gotta love a free and democratic nation in action. U-S-A! U-S-A!

  39. mitchellc September 30, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

    vk.com/@580896205-wow-putins-september-30-speech-welcoming-novorossiya-back-to

  40. beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

    Just a note to the psychopathic misogynists and misanthropes here: I happen to like and support most of the female commenters here like Mary, Paula, Beryl, GA, etc. I don’t necessarily agree with everything they say, but I still like them. Women are definitely superior to men in many respects.

    • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

      You thought you saw psychopathic misanthropes, and then Biden said, ‘hold my Ensure”

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:18 pm #

      Rulo takes the same tack. The alienation of White men and women is perhaps the greatest victory of the New Elite. Always support White women against White men. It has destroyed America.

      • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

        As a White Male, it makes getting a job and keeping it that much more difficult. Now everything is alleged sexual harassment, and White Men are no longer presumed to be the breadwinner to support a family. May as well just stay home and enjoy a 6-pack of cold brew to get me through another long and lonely night.

        • beantownbill. September 30, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

          @CB:

          Didn’t you hear Putin has cancer, diabetes, general heart failure, and his body is breaking down? So says the rumors floating around the internet. And you must know that whatever’s on the internet is the truth.

          • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 3:55 pm #

            Haha, I know right? And yet I see him in these videos celebrating the election throwing his hands up in the air with a big healthy grin on his face. As long as someone from the West doesn’t try something foolish, Putin will be with us for a nice long time. I certainly hope so – he is the craw in the side of the West and shows the Western leaders what a bunch of amoral hypocrites they are.

          • Night Owl September 30, 2022 at 5:14 pm #

            Actually Bill, that is what is floating around on the corporate media you usually consume.

            The stuff floating around on the internet was the stuff you would regularly label nutty (and ask that we simply stop talking about) — you know, like the Great Reset, the dangers of the clot shot, the plan to create a digitalized plantation where we have to present digital credentials to buy or sell, and the destruction of the West as we know it.

            Big, important stuff that your worldview was too small to accomodate.

            You remain one of the most pathetic creatures on this site.

        • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 8:43 pm #

          The reason you can’t ‘get a job’ is because you aren’t working at it. If you did, you’d have one. Despite all the ladies reportedly ‘stealing’ them from you.

          LMAO.

          • Soul Forensics October 1, 2022 at 1:36 am #

            The ladies don’t have to “steal” the jobs from men, silly. That would be so unbecoming of them. Instead they just walk right into them.

            Most professional jobs are now majority women. Women candidates front run the hiring system from mandated top-down PR depts. Equality of outcome — that golden phrase. Ironic, though. It’s unbalanced in their favour, and they’re still bitching.

            Of course, the damage was done long before it ever got to the corporate hiring offices. Women now outnumber men in universities 3 to 2, after all the victim bullshit — which you pretend to oppose — had and has been put in place by the aggrieved victim groups, of which women, in colours including White, are a part of.

            LMAO indeed, bitch.

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

            Oooh looks like I hit a chord, again.

            Maybe women don’t take their jobs for granted and actually do the work, ever consider that?

      • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

        I’m not teasing, but sincerely, is this not the main grievance of the “incel” community?

        I cannot believe there is a gang for white dudes who spend too much time online and can’t find dates.

        Everyone has a gang these days.

        And they’re considered… terrorists!

        Nerds that spend too much time on the internet and are unable to find women who want to put-out… are terrorists!?

        • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:13 pm #

          Yes, incels believe they are entitled to sex with women just because they want it and most are not with women because they are repulsive and damaged, etc. So they end up hating women and want to kill them and the men that can get dates, like Elliott Rodgers did.

          There are a few incel-caused massacres; a big one was in Canada, but I don’t consider them terrorists on the whole.

          Just pathetic.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 4:33 pm #

            What about misandrist women like you? Why does Bill give you and your ilk a pass? Seems like a big oversight on his part.

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:54 pm #

            Big Paula-styled eyeroll for that one, little J.

          • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 5:03 pm #

            Your emotional age: 13

          • Soul Forensics September 30, 2022 at 5:18 pm #

            This is so cute. BTB, the champion of downtrodden women everywhere. How thick are your kneepads, Bill?

            Oh, and while I’m in cross-examination mode, what do you have to say — as a feminist, mind you — about the fact that real estate agents are 56% female, but real estate brokers (the controllers) are only 47% female. Shouldn’t you, by logical extension, cede your position to a female? (Never mind that she may not be as qualified.)

            And don’t use the excuse that you’re now working for yourself. Entrepreneurs are so unjust. You should be sharing your expertise with females so they can learn the ropes themselves, too. After all, this is all about female independence.

          • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 6:40 pm #

            “Yes, incels believe they are entitled to sex with women just because they want it”

            Mary,
            Well, in their defense, the Bible says you gotta do it…a lot….

            It is in there somewhere…you can look it up….

          • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 8:07 pm #

            @elysian field, wherever did you get the idea I consult the bible for anything?

          • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 11:57 pm #

            Mary,
            Never thought that you did…but that you could.

            Yea, and verily….

      • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:15 pm #

        A decent tack for you to take might be to eschew feminism (but first be able to differentiate the actual one you repudiate) with distinctive reasons rather than women as a whole, which I find rather stupid.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:10 pm #

      Thanks, BTB. It is admirable of you to separate yourself out from that lot. I already did not lump you in with them, but thanks for the words of support.

    • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 3:41 am #

      Gallant. And I much agree. Their intelligence and grasp of detail make the ladies here the finest cluster of feminine minds on the web. The girls make this place shine.

      • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

        Your old world mindset betrays you. Chivalry means Patriarchy. A condescension and appreciation to individual women who are doing their part or going above and beyond even.

        Newsflash: We don’t have Patriarchy any more. We have to go back to the beginning. To the Mannerbunds or male hunting packs. Gangs. Warrior bands.

        Meditate on Achilles killing the Queen of the Amazons. The ancient Greeks took the Amazons seriously as warriors. Feminists should appreciate that. No chivalry here, nosiree. They fell in love as she died, their eyes locked together. Is this not romantic?

      • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

        Thanks, Alzaebo.

  41. cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

    This just in from Putin (may he live a long a healthy life):

    Putin accused Western societies of turning to “outright Satanism” by supposedly abandoning traditional values.

    He said: “Now they have moved on entirely, to a radical denial of moral norms, religion, and family …

    “The dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves.

    “This is a challenge to all. This is a complete denial of humanity, the overthrow of faith and traditional values.

    He said: “Sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons: they moved on to sabotage.

    “It is hard to believe but it is a fact that they organised the blasts on the Nord Stream international gas pipelines, which run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea … It is clear to everyone who benefits from this.”

    He said: “I want the Kyiv authorities and their real masters in the West to hear me, so that they remember this. People living in Luhansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are becoming our citizens. Forever.”

    “Indeed, the suppression of freedom itself has taken on the features of a religion: outright Satanism.”

    • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

      Not so much satanism. They have taken on the features of gods:

      Facts:

      -companies bringing back hitherto extinct plants and animals
      -companies building clones for organ harvesting
      -companies building gene editing “software”
      -companies creating body modification hardware and implants
      -companies preserving your “conscious” or soul in the ether..net

      and on and on

      • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

        …companies making the lame and flaccid tumescent….

        • messianicdruid September 30, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

          Classism – the justification of making rules for others [ g-o-d-s ].

    • malthuss September 30, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

      and in USSR I read women averaged 7 abortions.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

      Glory! He has vowed to his People that the West will never again invade Russia. What a leader. What a man. Trump isn’t worthy to stand in his shadow.

      • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

        Trump just wants to be liked.
        I’m no armchair psychologist, but there seems to be enough evidence in the theory that Trump harbors some sort of deep desire to be loved on account of a cold father and a cold socio-economic class that never really accepted him.

        • 100th Avatar September 30, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

          Putin could not care less.

        • benr October 1, 2022 at 10:06 am #

          Trump does not care as much about being liked as being talked about.

          “good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells.”

          ? Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Art of the Deal

    • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 3:43 am #

      Preach it, Vlad!

    • SW October 1, 2022 at 9:55 am #

      @ Cowbells — interestingly, a Russian writer Dovstevsky (sp?) saw that nihilism & the abandonment of values could destroy society. His books are about 150 years old but the characters could be people in the news or your next door neighbors.

      The British filmmaker Adam Curtis is going to release a six part series in a couple of weeks about the collapse of Russia in the 90s. It’s called Trauma Zone: what it felt like to live through the collapse of communism and democracy. It will be on iPlayer. There’s an article in The Guardian by Marina Hyde on the series.

  42. docmartin September 30, 2022 at 2:56 pm #

    If we need to blame, then blame the MSM. They wouldn’t stand up to the CIA etc. They are the key player in all of this.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:33 pm #

      The CIA outright controls them and gives them their marching orders.

  43. cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

    Examples of how the fake president’s mind works:

    “Jackie, where’s Jackie?”
    “Inflation is only up an inch”
    “She was 13 I was 30”
    “End of quote, repeat the line”

  44. CrusherMuldoon September 30, 2022 at 3:17 pm #

    Stabbing suspect found wandering around UConn campus

    Community organizer was looking for the Homer Babbige Library (LOL)

    • BackRowHeckler September 30, 2022 at 5:03 pm #

      We had the UCONN student from Newtown 2 summers ago who went on a rampage with a hari kari sword and hacked up a bunch of people, killing two, then kidnapping a girl and hightailed it to New Jersey. Cops finally caught up with him in Delaware.

      Lot of crazy stuff comes out of Newtown: disappearance of Robert Hoagland, airline pilot Robert Craft putting his wife thru a wood chipper (I knew a guy who was in prison with Craftm he said they called him Chip) Another black airline pilot who’s white wife disappeared (its thought he threw her out of his private plane into LI Sound) Of course the mass shooting of children at Sandy Hook. Then this kid with the sword, whose father was a big TV producer.

      The thing is Newtown is a pretty little place, but a specter of evil hangs over it.

  45. CrusherMuldoon September 30, 2022 at 3:17 pm #

    BTW: What’s up with the Brittney Griner saga?

    • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

      They probably sent her to the Ukrainian front to encourage the fight, and to get out the vote for the acceptance of the new regions into Mother Russia.

      According to the news search there is a whole lot of nothing being said about her. Shows how the US operates, just make a weak effort to do something and then in a few months it will be totally forgotten about and written off (unless you are Snowden of course).

      Looks like the bulk of the vitriol is being thrown the way of her former college coach Kim Mulkey on not speaking out against Griner’s detention.

    • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 3:49 am #

      Apparently the overlarge Miss Brittney is a man, according to xir prison guards.

      • Disaffected October 1, 2022 at 9:59 am #

        Looks like one to me.

      • malthuss October 1, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

        size 14 feet

  46. cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 3:23 pm #

    Wow, to think that a Democrat like Pelosi would probably even think that Blacks are still needed to work the plantations. She came right out and said it about the immigrants being needed to pick the crops. Jaw, meet floor:

    Responding to a question about the topic during the press conference, Pelosi began by admitting that there needs to be both border security and openness to migrants. She said, “The fact is, is that, uh, we have a responsibility to secure our border. We also have a responsibility to recognize the importance of newcomers to our nation. Right now the best thing we can do for our economy is have comprehensive immigration reform.”

    Though she then added, “We have a shortage of workers in our country, and you see even in Florida some of the farmers and the growers saying, ‘Why are you shipping these immigrants up north? We need them to pick the crops down here.’”

    So she blatantly admits the nation should profit off of the cheap labor of illegal immigrants. Welcome to America, please vote Democrat so we can enslave you.

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 4:52 pm #

      Democrats are racist as it gets, always have been.

    • KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 5:11 pm #

      Proving once again , in simple terms ;

      CHARITY STARTS AT HOME.

      But how to do that ??

      I would proffer at least two.suggestions ;

      — Start teaching your children that it is in no way , shape , or form , shameful to be a waitress , toilet scrubber , or peach – picker.

      I DON’T think the average American is lazy , greedy , and elitist .

      I think , instead , the average American perceives, quite rightly , that paper – pushers get treated like their shit don’t stink , and people with shit under their fingernails get treated like shit.

      Under these circumstances, who , in their right mind , would volunteer for the trenches ?

      — Teach your children that not paying your fellow citizen a practical wage , and not treating your fellow citizen fairly,

      Is a thousand times more unpatriotic than evading the draft , or even spying for a foriegn power.

      ( Note to Jarek : I actually got the above two ideas from the NSDAP , circa 1920. )

    • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:42 pm #

      There used to be a bracero program that allowed Mexicans to come across the border and pick crops and then go back home, flashing the cash and living large.

      The Immigration Reform Act of 1964 stopped that and made crossing the border illegal.

      That was stupid. Harvesting crops is by definition seasonal work. Not many US workers had or have jobs that allow them to take 6 weeks off to pick crops.

      They called the bracero program ”racist” and screwed up everything.

    • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

      There is no labor shortage. There may be a shortage of people who want to be treated like shit and paid peanuts.

      Of course Americans in general have gotten soft. So even it paid fairly, few would want to do the stoop labor. This is unfortunate. But until that is rectified, the old idea of bringing temporary labor would be best.

      Obviously this is in the context of an America 2.0. It’s all water under the bridge in terms of this America.

      • malthuss October 1, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

        In California I see brown skinned men doing hard labor.
        They seem to enjoy it.
        brawns not brains?

  47. Sean Coleman September 30, 2022 at 4:43 pm #

    E Michael Jones says that the Germans are now implementing the Morgenthau Plan upon themselves.

    • Jarek September 30, 2022 at 5:04 pm #

      Yes. Now the commentariat has to care enough to look up what that was. Which means accepting the answer and realizing the utter viciousness of the Allies then and now.

      • Sean Coleman October 1, 2022 at 4:49 pm #

        I agree. Few know about the Rheinwiesenlager where German soldeirsGerman pows were held in harsh spring conditions in the open, denied food and water to a large degree, and hundreds of thousands perished. Eisenhower denied them pow status on pupose and made up some vague term to cover his crime. (I hear those who surrendered to P:atton were treated much better.)

        The Morgenthau Plan reminds me of William Petty (Earl of Shelbourne) who I think served under Cromwell. In the late 17thC he proposed transporting the Irish to work in England leaving a small population behind, the country becoming in effect a sheep walk.

        Now I think of it Jones mentions an Israeli plan to kill hundreds of thousands (or more?) of Germans by poisoning their drinking water after the war. He says that, unlike Christians, they see revenge as a virtue and they are bound by no restraints.

        • Sean Coleman October 2, 2022 at 11:35 am #

          There is a Wikipedia page for an organization called Nakam (Hebrew for revenge) which wanted to kill 6m Germans. They planned to poison the water in Nuremberg: Plan A. This was abandoned for some reason (i did not read on) but they did Plan B instead, which was to poison SS prisoners. Over 2,000 ;fell ill but there were no reports of any deaths.
          “It is unknown why the poisoners failed, but it is suspected either to be that they spread the poison too thinly, or else that the prisoners realized that the bread had been poisoned and did not eat very much.[33]”

          Poisoned bread then, so, and now it is poisoned vaccines, and if that fails freeze them and starve them to death.

          • Sean Coleman October 2, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

            Just watched a video on Tim Truth’s Bitchute channel about thousands of fish mysteriously dead in the River Oder in Poland. Only a few days ago men were caught red-handed pouring drums of fish poison into the water in Canada. TT’s interpretation? He thinks it is to stop people going into the countryside to stave off starvation.

          • Jarek October 2, 2022 at 1:10 pm #

            Fascinating. There’s also a book about American Jews in the armed forces who went over to Germany after the war to get some revenge. Can’t recall the title.

            And of course there was the Kaufman Plan to sterilize all German men. It could be done quickly and efficiently, “They wouldn’t even have to miss a day’s work.” The Compassion!

    • Night Owl September 30, 2022 at 5:18 pm #

      No, they are moving to the next stage of the Great Reset, because the election was hijacked and the WEF-owned Green/SPD coalition is now bringing the country down.

      Firewood up to EUR 600 per sq. meter today, and we have been informed that we are most likely in for 7-8 hard winters.

      Which coincides nicely with Agenda 2030.

      Imagine that.

      • Soul Forensics September 30, 2022 at 5:22 pm #

        My thoughts are with you and your family, N.O. Especially this winter. I hope your home is at least well-insulated.

        • cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 5:25 pm #

          Put bales of hay around your house. I see them do this to old farm houses out in the country. Must be a cheap and effective way to bolster your insulation, not to mention it would serve as an added layer of protection against any home invaders.

          Piles of newspapers and magazines are also good insulation.

          • hmuller September 30, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

            But very flammable. Better hope those home invaders don’t know about fire.

        • Night Owl October 1, 2022 at 3:54 am #

          Thanks, man. Unfortunately, our house is from the 30s and the walls are 14 inches of stone. Without heat, it gets quite cold.

          Luckily, we have enough wood for about 3 weeks and I bought a couple of huge down jackets just in case the shit really hits the fan 🙂

          • Disaffected October 1, 2022 at 9:58 am #

            To repeat the old saw, it’s all about layering. My standard winter fare while working from home is a set of lightweight synthetic long johns under a set of Champion sweats, with hoody on the colder days. Works even for scooping snow outside, a high intensity activity in the cold, and then dries quickly and remains warm for low to no intensity activities inside. Electric blanket and several lighter blankets for the bed and a good heavyweight pair of Smart Wool socks and I’m pretty much completely winterized. I keep the heat on 63-64′ or so at night, then turn it off completely on the bright sunny days (which are most), as the sun is pretty damn intense up here in NM and I have a southern exposure.

          • Paula D October 1, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

            I have a southern overhang on my house. It blocks the sun in the summer and lets it in during the winter.
            The old folks that built this place didn’t have central heating.
            Anyway, one year I hung plastic sheeting from the edge of the overhang. It trapped the sun and heated up the space, which is 7 feet.
            It got up to 100 degrees one sunny day although the temperature was in the 30s. Then I opened the south windows and let in the heat.
            I didn’t do it but that one time because I thought it was a waste of plastic and I had to pick up plastic shreds that shredded off.

          • Night Owl October 1, 2022 at 4:41 pm #

            Dis, layering does not work for me unless doing something active. Sitting around in an old stone house gets bone-chilling.

            The down jackets are 800 fill and were designed for Himalayan expeditions. I sweat in the thing when seated with it on for more than 15 minutes. Once you get a serious down jacket, there is nothing that competes.

          • Anthea October 2, 2022 at 12:44 am #

            @ Night Owl:

            I am a bit of an old hand at keeping heating costs low. In former times, it was not unusual for people to heat only one room of their homes in winter. They would heat only the living room and cover doorways with a blanket if there was no door that could be closed. The kitchen and bathroom were heated only when in use. (Some of my recollections of this pre-date indoor plumbing.) You do have to be mindful of the location of your water lines.

            One thing I always intended to try was the Japanese kotatsu. In olden times, the Japanese did not heat their homes in winter. Instead, everyone sat around a low table covered with a heavy comforter, with a heat source under the table. So you were wrapped in a comforter up to your waist with your lower body under a toasty-warm table. The table was covered with a piece of wood cut to the same size as the table, to provide a hard surfce. In olden times the heat source was a small charcoal burner.

            I’ve never actually done this, but I do have a space heater under my computer desk in winter.

            For many years, I put heated rocks under the covers at the foot of my bed. The rocks were heated by setting them on the wood stove, or they could be heated in the oven. 300° F is about right. Over 350° F will scorch the sheets. Wear heavy socks to bed so you don’t burn your feet. Even better, get one of those heavy soapstone foot-warming stones. I eventually found one at a garage sale. These will retain heat all night long. With this method, you can sleep comfortably in an unheated bedroom. Heating your bed this way is addictive and seems have a wonderful sedative effect.

            One of my old friends told me that, when he was a kid, his mother would turn down the beds for the kids and iron the sheets before they got into bed.

            Some people have told me they like to put a bottle of hot water at the foot of their beds.

        • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 4:02 am #

          Indeed! May all the gods be with you and yours, NightOwl, this winter.

          Soul, I am shamed I did not think on this sooner. Thanks to you, and blessings upon our Champion.

          And Alba! May she and hers fare well! And Islander! And may Hereward yodel freely!

          • GreenAlba October 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

            Thank you, Alzaebo!

      • MD3 September 30, 2022 at 8:14 pm #

        I made a barrel stove for $40. Way more efficient than a fireplace. You can make one and vent it through your chimney.

        • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

          Once your insurance company finds out about your barrel stove they will cancel you. That being said, they work great and make a lot of heat. I’ve seen one used in a shop, but this building was made of steel and had a concrete floor.

          • MD3 September 30, 2022 at 10:01 pm #

            Survive winter / insurance canceled > Die from exposure / current policy

          • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 10:07 pm #

            Well, you’ve certainly got a good point there……

      • stelmosfire September 30, 2022 at 10:15 pm #

        Wow, NO, that’s over $2100 a cord. I can buy seasoned split oak and maple for $250 a cord and that’s in one of the most densely populated states in the USA. I’m buying a ship and a fire wood processor. Burning wood is a lot of work though. Nice heat. Doesn’t Germany have a bunch of coal? My friend heats with coal and I have an old coal boiler in the basement. In PA and WV they practically give the stuff away.

        • Night Owl October 1, 2022 at 4:43 pm #

          It is insane. I picked up a bunch of cheap pallet wood at the end of the summer though, so that has helped.

          Germany has a ton of coal, but the Great Reset dictates that it cannot be used. Won’t be long before wood stoves are outlawed as well. They were talking about it last year.

    • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

      The Morgenthau Plan was a plan to deindustrialize Germany. So it fits.

      • malthuss October 1, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

        deindustrialize u mean de populate.

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

          There would have been massive death caused by the deindustrialization, so both.

      • Sean Coleman October 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm #

        Yes. Whatever term you wish to apply it amounts to the same thing in the end.

        The late great Raymond Crotty, a self-taught farmer who became a self-taught economist and whose brave intervention back in the day won for the Irish the right to hold referendums (sic) on matters like EU plans for further integration is where I learnt of William Petty’s proposals to depopulate Ireland at the end of the 17ty Century,

        And I recall the late great Desmond Fennell, in a short press clipping from the early 80s (I read it in the early 90s in Dolphin’s Barn Library), had a vision one day of an Ireland empty of people except for a small comfortable political class in Dublin sucking from the EU teat, a playground for Europe’s super-rich.

        And I have had my own fleeting vision of a future Ireland (for what it is worth): such an empty country given as a dowry for a Jewish princess.

  48. KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 5:23 pm #

    “We have a shortage of workers in our country, ”

    If there is one lie promulgated OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS that really makes me seethe it is the above lie.

    No , what we have is a legal and tax system that makes taking lower tier jobs plain impractical for citizens ,

    and the same time it encourages or even incentivises or subsidizes the rich to prefer
    Foriegn , or even illegal , labor over native , citizen labor.

    • MD3 September 30, 2022 at 8:27 pm #

      A couple years ago I was talking to a trucker and he told me that he made $80k in 1979 and in the year I was speaking with him (about 2015) he made $80k. That is the experience in my profession, too. I’m in my mid 40’s and I made more money when I was 30 than I make now. My entire profession was disrupted by Wall Street douchebags who captured all of the independently-owned local companies and outsourced half the job to India. The Indians do a C- job, but they’re cheap and capitalism likes a C- minus job when its cheap.

    • Sean Coleman October 1, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

      As a colleague of mine used to say, there are three rules in life.

      don’t f xxx ing get married
      don’t xxxxxx get a job
      don’t xxxxxx buy a house.

      When he would be driving into work an unemployed friend of his, who had everything paid for by the state, would be teeing off at the first hole.

  49. Islander September 30, 2022 at 5:27 pm #

    E.g.,

    “The pipes are built with steel reinforced concrete, able to withstand impact from aircraft carrier anchors, and are basically indestructible without serious explosive charges. The operation – causing two leaks near Sweden and two near Denmark – would have to be carried out by modified underwater drones.”

  50. cowbell81 September 30, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

    Watch for it. The US will probably drop a nuclear bomb somewhere over the Ukraine or elsewhere in Europe, and immediately make the claim that Russia or Putin was the one that did it.

    Wouldn’t surprise me in the least at this point. Any day now…..

    • Disaffected September 30, 2022 at 8:06 pm #

      Could be. Might be even more effective if they drop one here or in one of our many “territories.” The scenarios are countless and I’m sure they’ve got them all covered. Should be fun watching all this develop.

    • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:45 pm #

      Yeah, they have been foreshadowing this for weeks now.

      First they tell you what they’re going to do, then they do it, then they blame it on the Russians.

  51. KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

    By the way , it was before even the oldest members of this forum were around ( ? )

    But waitress ( waiter ) and toilet – scrubber ( janitor ) used to be primarily MALE occupations .

    When did they become stigmatized?

    Around the same time diaper – changer was stigmatized.

    Coincidence?

    • Islander September 30, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

      Waiter used to be an actual profession, one in which its practitioners took a great deal of pride. Kind of like Jeeves . . .

      Unlike, AFAIK, toilet scrubber.

      Feces are biologically and mechanically related to food, but for some strange reason food has a lot of cachet and feces have none at all!

      • benr September 30, 2022 at 6:48 pm #

        Not true!

        Lose an electric circuit in your home not an emergency.

        Loose your toilets or they are overflowing!

        You are paying emergency rates and you almost don’t care about it.

        All because its crap.

        • Islander September 30, 2022 at 10:32 pm #

          Dude, toilet scrubber is not a plumber.

          • benr October 2, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

            I have NEVER seen a job advertised as toilet scrubber.

            Yet the piping system used to transport unwanted fecal matter, urine and water is part of a toilet and when you snake a pipe you are in essence scrubbing the pipe clean so yeah, a plumber is in a manner a toilet scrubber.

            I worked for an electrician (my uncle) who had a side gig working with a plumber when installing new ceiling fans and repairing electrical problems got slow.

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:45 pm #

          benr often misses the point or goes off on a tangent. This is a classic example.

          • benr October 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm #

            Someone seems a lil butt hurt.

            As far as tangents I might stray off on a few but so do you.
            Something about glass houses comes to mind.

      • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 9:47 pm #

        Before chemical fertilizers were available, feces had great value, and farmers everywhere stockpiled it. Human feces not so much, however, composting toilet systems are available. After the stuff has composted for a while, it’s harmless and good for whatever gardening you are doing.

      • Blackbird October 1, 2022 at 11:13 pm #

        Toilet Scrubbers be not proud? Look up “Groom of the Stool” – actually, just think about it. Nobody gets more intimate with the king.

        In Ye Olden Tymes, the Big Guy blurting out, “My butt’s been wiped!”, would have been followed by a dignified man in a starched collar and English accent, calmly remarking, “Yes, and I wiped it.”

    • elysianfield September 30, 2022 at 6:37 pm #

      “Around the same time diaper – changer was stigmatized.”

      Kesa,
      Very simple…like a stray dog…you bring it home, you gotta feed and clean up after it….

      There is a certain logic to this….

      • KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 6:50 pm #

        Yes , that’s why being called a Ho has never particularly offended me.

        To some greater or lesser degree , for the sake of paying the grocery bill ,

        We are all prostitutes.

        Or , if you prefer , mercenaries, then.

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

          Well that’s the most basic level of survival or eroei. Ideally, one gives and gets more than that from one’s job. A vocation and not just a “career”. A marriage not just two takers, one a sex object and the other a success object. A wife not a whore. A husband not a sugar daddy.

  52. hustled enough September 30, 2022 at 5:55 pm #

    Dear JHK Admin,
    ““Joe Biden” slammed the door on that pretty conclusively Monday, blowing up the two pipelines, a premier act of insanity by a US government fueled at every level and in every direction by psychotic strategic thinking.”

    And the evidence for this claim? A claim as to how this would benefit the US? I want to point out that the downside of such an action–if it came to light–would be catastrophic for the US. So, who in US would play this high risk strategy? Not Joe Biden nor “Joe Biden.” He is cautious and so far–let us be blunt–he has been more right about this conflict than you have. But the Russians–if they get found out, what can the Europeans do? Nothing except what they are doing already. So, this makes no sense as a US strategy.

    As the Ukrainians collapse the Lyman pocket (Putin’s “defend the territory at all costs” sounds a bit like another autocrat who had trouble on the Eastern Front in the past), and begin to put more pressure on the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Putin is going to claim that these are Russian territories–and no-one apart from him and those who follow him believes it. His speech was “full-on Dugin.” And he may launch nuclear weapons; I predict that the Ukrainians will continue to attack and force him to really decide to do as he has threatened (if Putin is not deposed first)–and at that point Russia becomes a fully initiated pariah state. Good luck with that.

    I do not understand why you speak with the certainty that you obviously have here. I want to point out that just about every prediction you have made about this war–from its causes to including casualty lists and cauldrons of fire have either not come to pass, or is open to serious and compelling critique. It is possible that we are seeing a seismic shift in Russian attitudes to their leadership. Time will tell, yet more Russians (civilians and members of the armed forces and potential conscripts) appear to be more skeptical of their leadership than you are JHK Admin. They look at the complete incoherence of the Kremiln’s response to the mobilisation and are asking some SERIOUS questions about what their leadership is doing. And I do not understand why you are not doing the same thing and questioning the Russian approach.

    • KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 6:09 pm #

      First problem ;

      ” yet more Russians … ”

      Granted , I am NOT Russian.

      BUT I have been pro – Russian pretty much my entire life.

      I find it very , very , very hard to believe you are my buddy.

      And with that ,

      I won’t even bother with the rest .

      You are either a shill ,

      or a fucking nutter.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:47 pm #

        I think he is paid by the keystroke.
        He shows up when he needs extra cash and spouts the msm line with more words.

        • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 10:14 pm #

          He’s like a bracero troll.

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:22 pm #

            He’s also a moron.

      • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 12:24 am #

        Hi KesaAnna,
        One doesn’t have to be Russian to read non-Kremlin sponsored news dealing with Russia and to follow other sources to see that wheels are falling off of the official Russian government narrative. You also don’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell that a Russian government demanding that its bureaucracy meet mobilisation targets that can only be met by ignoring official Kremlin statements of who is eligible to be drafted will piss off the average Russian–a Russian that has plenty of either personal experience or familial story experience with authoritarian Russian government doublespeak.
        Everything is double plus good!!!!
        Except it isn’t.
        HE

    • MaryQueen September 30, 2022 at 8:11 pm #

      “And the evidence for this claim?”

      One might consider that both Biden and Newland said they were going to take the pipelines out.

      But that doesn’t work for you? OK then.

      • Paula D September 30, 2022 at 9:49 pm #

        Well then, how about the Navy war games in the Baltic Sea last month?
        How about the helicopters flying over the pipeline paths last week?

        Nope? OK then.

        • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 12:30 am #

          Paula D,
          That is your evidence?
          Really?
          Are you familiar with the distinction between correlation and causation?
          Hmm, sunspots were happening, maybe, so that was the cause? Yes! Sunspots…

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

            You should probably slink back under your rock now, you’ve been bested.

      • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 12:26 am #

        Okey dokey–I would love that link. And not to some obscure blogger–but an actual evidence of that claim, MaryQueen…

        • Alzaebo October 1, 2022 at 4:13 am #

          Snigger.
          “Linky! Linky!”

          And just when the fudge DOES correlation point to causation?
          Or does it always “disprove” causation, as oleaginous dipwits would have it?

        • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

          A couple of us posted the Biden link on Jim’s last installment. Or you could do a 2-second google.

        • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:17 pm #

          This took me less than 2 seconds to find.

          What a dumbass you are.

          https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/02/23/statement-by-president-biden-on-nord-stream-2/

          • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

            Hi Slugoon,
            “Evidence? You don’t need evidence these days.”
            And yes, I hear your complaint. Many here do the same thing, unfortunately.

          • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

            Hi MaryQueen,
            The lack of victory dancing suggests that even you don’t think that this is “good evidence.”
            I am trying to wrap my head around how you equate: “As I said when I met with Chancellor Scholz earlier this month, Germany has been a leader in that effort, and we have closely coordinated our efforts to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia further invaded Ukraine.” with “Blowing that shit up!!!!!!”
            Even the video of Biden’s comments does not say “Blowing that shit up!!!!!!”

            And you know why? Because the US was working with its allies. Unless you think the German blew that shit up in concert with the US. And because it makes no sense if the US was getting what it wanted and … so, call be mean names all you want it is not an excuse for not more carefully applying the mind that God and/or Nature gave you to evaluate claims…

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

            You’re even thicker than I imagined. Do you not know who is saying what? Maybe review the thread.

            MY claim was that POTATUS and his flying monkey Newland both claimed that if Russia invaded Ukraine they would end the Nordstream pipeline.

            I’ve provided linked proof.

            If you’re too stupid to comprehend it, that’s your problem.

          • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

            Hi Mary Queen,
            “MY claim was that POTATUS and his flying monkey Newland both claimed that if Russia invaded Ukraine they would end the Nordstream pipeline.”

            “““Joe Biden” slammed the door on that pretty conclusively Monday, blowing up the two pipelines, a premier act of insanity by a US government fueled at every level and in every direction by psychotic strategic thinking.””

            And my claim, MaryQueen, KesaAnna, and all the rest of you drinking the Kool Aid concerned the above claim made by JHK Admin. A claim that you felt was bleedin’ obvious given “the evidence” you offered.

            “But that doesn’t work for you? OK then.” I am glad we agree, MaryQueen.

            You might want to rethink your insults and your claims. Your “evidence” does not support JHK Admin’s claim. You do understand that, right? That is just you “filling in the missing bits,” with a story that makes you and JHK Admin happy. Stay happy. That is OK. Illusions can make us happy. For a while…

          • MaryQueen October 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm #

            LOL, H.E. doubles down once he’s been bested, following the playbook of the entire Democrap party.

        • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm #

          Another: https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1490792461979078662

        • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

          “Likewise, Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland in January vowed that Nordstream 2 would “not move forward” if Russia invaded Ukraine, “one way or another.”

          “If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward,” Nuland asserted.”

          https://www.newswars.com/biden-regime-warned-of-nord-stream-2-pipeline-sabotage-months-before-gas-leaks/

          ABC too obscure for ya?

          • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

            What I said to above fits here,MaryQueen.
            Thank you

          • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

            What a maroon, as Bugs Bunny would say…

    • Slugoon October 1, 2022 at 2:23 am #

      Evidence? You don’t need evidence these days. Take a leaf from the Biden admin’s book: you just have to assert something and repeat it endlessly. Such as, white supremacists are the greatest threat to America. Or, men can get pregnant. See how that works? Good, innit!

      • MaryQueen October 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

        Not sure why you think I make shit up but I don’t. I provided him the links. It took me seconds to google it.

        • Slugoon October 2, 2022 at 6:04 am #

          My reply was under HE’s comment, Mary, not yours.

          But he does make a good point. It works both ways.

      • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

        Hi Slugoon,
        I don’t think that MaryQueen appreciates that your comments can be taken in a number of different ways! Be well. HE

      • Paula D October 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

        Oh, looks like HE made enough keystrokes to pay for a swinging Saturday night.

        “Drinks are on me, boys! I bullshitted and obfuscated a couple of thousand keystrokes tonight, so I’m flush.”

        • MaryQueen October 2, 2022 at 6:25 pm #

          Hahahaha!

  53. KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 6:02 pm #

    The pipelines ?

    Here’s my take on it ;

    You say of the Crack house down the street ,

    ” I’ll never go near , much less set foot , in that house ever again ! ”

    A few weeks , months , or years later the crack house burns down.

    What the fuck do you care who burned it down , or why ?

    Meanwhile the neighborhood Crack head ( CFN’s very own pro – Russian partisan )

    says ,

    ” I don’t give a fuck who burned it down , or why. ”

    I have just about come to the conclusion that these hysterias are not hysteria at all.

    They are control – freakism masquerading as hysteria.

  54. taijitu September 30, 2022 at 6:09 pm #

    I really liked that painting by Brugel which I thought was done by our host and was going to order a copy if not the original from his website. Lol

    • taijitu September 30, 2022 at 6:13 pm #

      *Breugel

    • KesaAnna September 30, 2022 at 7:12 pm #

      Lol , that was my initial thought too.

      I used to say JHK’s paintings reminded me of Adolf Hitlers paintings.

      But now I can say JHK’s paintings remind me of Breugel’s paintings.

      And with that presumably I won’t cause offense , and will sound sophisticated at the same time.

      ( actually I don’t know who the fuck Breugel is )

    • Slugoon October 1, 2022 at 2:18 am #

      My thought too! I wanted to buy one of Jim’s works last month but it had sold.

  55. Fireside Chats September 30, 2022 at 6:23 pm #

    We are nowhere near the endgame yet, I am quite sure.

    I also maintain that, despite the lurid fantasies, none of these “leaders” will be held accountable in this lifetime.

    Also, the cosmic “they” need a world war; and they control all the world’s governments.

  56. mitchellc September 30, 2022 at 6:27 pm #

    Lol, the troll army is out today across all platforms. At what point do they actually quit, or just quietly stop posting as it slowly dawns on everyone that we actually lost?

    Here are the facts:

    – Russia cannot be dislodged from its physical perimeter
    – Russia cannot be prevented from selling its resources to global markets earning billions in foreign reserves
    – Russia cannot be prevented from running its operational 24/7 war economy

    The only solution to “defeating” Russia is via nuclear war, which also unfortunately destroys the west. Same MAD principle that has existed for 70 years

    Like Japan in 1941, we need vast inputs to maintain our $USD credit system, which in turn finances the MIC, which in turn controls resources and therby defends the dollar.

    It’s a perpetual virtuous cycle … until it isnt. And now we don’t have access to the last great stores in a region covering 1/6 the earth’s land mass. Or, 1/2 the size of the entire African continent.

    The smart money has to realize the party is over. We will start to see the first wave getting out of Europe. It presents a classic 1st mover advantage situation, because delaying doesn’t work if there is no possible recovery. (Massive resources suddenly becoming available like manna from heaven.)

    I tell people all the time, buy defensible real estate. That is land where similar people (race, religion, culture) reside. The dollar (and euro) are going Weimar, so hold hard assets.

    • Woodchuck September 30, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

      A long time ago in my youth, I received great pleasure from traveling around from state to state on long distance touring trips via motocycle. I rode smaller displacement bikes, nothing larger than 500 cc. A 250 cc cruiser bike can ride the two lane backroads with no problem, and if you ride conservatively, can get you up to 80 mpg.

      I still ride dirt bikes, but have had too many close calls on the highways and I don’t ride asphalt anymore. I’d love to ride the roads again, but I won’t until most of the idiots are removed from the roads and their cars either parked or shipped off to China. If things turn out right, our car culture will change to a motorbike, bicycle, and public transportation culture due to widespread poverty and fuel rationing. That would mean I get to enjoy motorcycling again without worry of being mangled by a teenage girl squawking on her phone or texting. Some clouds do have silver linings.

    • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 12:34 am #

      Hi mitchellc,
      I am sure that those caught in the collapsing Lyman pocket agree with you.
      And those recruits who are on the front lines without training as part of the current mobilisation are also in agreement with you, because… well, something, though what that might be, you don’t actually say.
      And its not about defeating Russia. Its about resisting an invader who will keep at its aggressive task until Putin makes the calculation that he cannot win. And then he will leave–and the end game is where the withdrawal will be, if we don’t skip the rational and just go to the nuclear bombs and the Western retaliation (which I suspect will start as conventional weapons retaliation…)

      • Slugoon October 1, 2022 at 2:16 am #

        What do you see as ‘its aggressive task’, HE? Please elaborate. In my entire lifetime the Russians have simply kept themselves to themselves.

        Vlad has already won. He’s secured, or will now secure, the south-eastern part of Ukraine, i.e. the parts with ethnic Russians that have been persecuted for eight years by the puppet government that the Americans installed in 2014.

        Gosh, did you hear him speak yesterday? What a man. A true leader that cares about his nation and its values, quite unlike that demented cabbage sitting in the WH.

        • Jarek October 1, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

          That’s what I said. And you wish we had leaders like this? That makes you a good Fascist.

          Bravo!

          We’ll have to wait on turning you into a National Socialist. That’s a higher turn of spiral path back to godhood.

        • hustled enough October 1, 2022 at 2:21 pm