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You can start to wonder what, if anything, will be left standing of the life we once called “modern” when Christmas 2021 rolls around. Shopping? Motoring? Working? Mingling? Eating? Sleeping? Waking…? Suddenly, everything is coming apart.

The supply lines are wobbling and many will go down. No stuff, no parts, before long, no food. Energy supplies are shaky everywhere. China’s electric grid is going dark from insufficient coal. Russia lacks the surplus NatGas to keep Western Europe warm. Global shortages drive up US oil and gas prices while people lose jobs and incomes over vaccine mandates — meaning families will freeze as the daylight dwindles. “Joe Biden’s” dark winter is coming on fast.

Ol’ White Joe might be going soon, too, before his vaunted dark winter even arrives. Guess what’s on his schedule this Monday morning.  Answer: an airplane ride from Wilmington to Washington, some remarks at 11:15 about the debt ceiling, and then… nothing. Calling “a lid” on the day. The “president’s” mental mojo has sunk so low that his handlers won’t allow him to gab freely with the Democratic Party’s congressional caucus. They hustled him out of the room on Capitol Hill last week after he attempted a pep-talk to that posse in their deranged effort to pass a $3.5-trillion “social safety net” package that is just a giveaway to ward-heelers in “blue” cities.

But then, who can imagine Kamala Harris in the Oval Office? Surely not Kamala herself, who has been cringing out-of-sight for weeks as the situation worsens. No more trips to Texas to pretend to care about the foreign invasion at the Mexican border that she was assigned to manage. No more anything for Ms. Harris, except hunkering down in the old naval observatory in a paralysis of anxiety and nausea. Do they dare even let her pretend to head the executive branch? Or does she just resign in tandem with Ol’ White Joe, propelling Nancy Pelosi into the job? That will light up our dark winter, won’t it?

The daunting fact is that the country is leaderless, and at quite a bad time. But the vacuum will be filled, sure enough, and perhaps by means that America has not seen before: an unscheduled transfer of power. And to whom?  There has been an awful lot of chatter on the down-low about one Donald Trump having engineered a setup in late 2020 whereby he used the continuity-of-government provisions to declare that year’s election invalid and clear a path through the legal minefields to resume governing. Sounds wild. Sounds kind of like the political back-story of my own novels… but need you be reminded again that life imitates art? Gives me the creeps, I confess.

Meanwhile, the country is too busy committing suicide by Covid-19. The stupid vaccine mandates guarantee the loss of hospital services and the failure of medical care generally as nurses, technicians, doctors, and even the cleaning crew peel away from their jobs. Ditto, public education… and just about everything else, really, where employment is conditioned on getting vaxed. A lot of ordinary people have weighed the costs and benefits and have decided to opt out. No thank you on blood clots and a premature death. Help wanted signs are plastered everywhere and no help is on the way. For many businesses, no parts or raw materials are on the way either. The truckers don’t want the vax.

With the vaccine program failing, Pfizer and the gang are looking to ride to the rescue with a new magic Covid cure pill that does exactly what Ivermectin has been doing, though constantly maligned in the mainstream news. Get a load of this statement issued by the Associated Press on Friday.

“Falsely touted as a treatment for Covid-19?” That’s about as maliciously dishonest as you can get, since it will contribute to killing people whose lives would otherwise be saved by the Ivermectin protocol — which has been shown to be safe and effective in the clinical setting around the world. By the way, Ivermectin is an off-patent drug costing only about two dollars a pill. Since the Covid-19 early treatment protocol runs five days, that’s about $10 for that medication. It must gall the pharma companies to see that enormous profit-potential slip through their hands. Their go-to drug the past two years has been Remdesivir, which is neither safe nor effective and costs $3,100 for a course of treatment (NPR-News). How much do you suppose Pfizer will charge for its new ivermectin replacement?

So, while America strangles its economy to death, seemingly on-purpose, do you suppose the capital markets will not notice? You bet they will, and that means big trouble for Wall Street, probably soon. This is their season of the witch, you know, and just last week they twitched up-and-down five hundred points a day. Looking a little shaky.

Is it a coincidence, by the way, that four officers of the Federal Reserve have been outed for trading stocks and bonds in a pattern that looks an awful lot like front-running the Fed’s own “guidance”? Robert S. Kaplan, head of the Dallas Fed, and Eric Rosengren, head of the Boston Fed announced their “early retirements” last week over stock-trading ethics issues. Fed Vice-chair Richard Clarida’s financial disclosure statement indicated that he dumped millions of dollars in a Pimco bond fund and jammed them into a Pimco stock fund the day before Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced emergency interventions to battle the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2020. Mr. Clarida was involved in deliberations leading to the change in Fed policy. And Richmond Fed president Thomas Barkin is under scrutiny for voting to bail out the corporate bond market while sitting on a portfolio of corporate bonds. In his past role as CFO of McKinsey & Co., a global consulting firm, Barkin advised Purdue Pharma L.P. on maximizing sales of its painkiller OxyContin, the infamous scourge of the US opioid epidemic.

There are your chieftains of America’s central bank, a dumpster fire riding the garbage barge of our nation’s economy into a blood-red sunset. That cursed vessel is sailing past epic disorders like the container ships idling offshore of California and New York, full of stuff going nowhere. The country marinates in the fetid exudations of institutional rot, waiting for the lights to flicker out.


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  1. Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 9:43 am #

    We can hope that the recent resignations in Australia, over corruption, will have a chain reaction and more people will start looking more closely at who is behind the scamdemic in this country.

    While we still have the semblance of a nation.

    • shotho October 4, 2021 at 9:54 am #

      Within a year, virus will be the last thing on people’s minds. More pressing concerns will be jobs, energy and food.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:00 am #

        Then we’d better hurry up with the courts and hangings.

        Australia can hold kangaroo courts.

        • FallenHero October 4, 2021 at 10:28 am #

          What are your guys opinion of Alaska’s prospect as a state going forward? Both for the people, clinate and if it can defend itself.

          • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 10:42 am #

            There are Russian nationalists who claim the Czar lacked the authority to sell Alaska, therefore it still belongs to them. Look out Nanook, they may return.

          • outsider October 4, 2021 at 10:49 am #

            Alaska should have never been made a state in the first place. Neither should Hawaii, in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles away from the mainland. In the coming secession, they may be the first places Heritage Americans should flee to.

          • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 10:55 am #

            Is Alaska able to feed itself?

            That would be the major question on my mind if I was thinking of relocating there.

          • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 11:30 am #

            The Eskimo’s lived a long time feeding themselves. It all depends. Do you like moose and seal meat?

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          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm #

            Survival experts say no: Too cold. Too much fuel needed and too short a growing season. Maybe the Panhandle with a focus on fishing?

          • HappyMotorist October 4, 2021 at 12:58 pm #

            MARA

            Make Alaska Russian Again?

          • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

            Well, after the pole shift and hardening of the soil post permafrost, it might be gr8. But I think the republic will survive in the northern flyover states.

          • GG October 7, 2021 at 6:57 am #

            I like mara’s idea of making it Russian again since we have taken most of it’s resources and the oil pipeline is about to run dry…..

        • pyrrhus October 4, 2021 at 11:23 am #

          The medical profession will not survive this episode, in which tens of thousands of people have been murdered by the use of ventilators (for which the hospitals are paid $39k) and the sheer lack of effective treatment while the miracle drug Ivermectin has established around the world that is nearly 100% effective, and treatments with HCL, Azithromycin and even OTC anti-allergy drugs have proven highly effective…Nor will the heavy handed promotion of a completely ineffective vaccine which has killed more than 100k and caused grievous injury to far more, be forgiven..

          • edpell October 4, 2021 at 11:36 am #

            Can we bring back the guillotine?

          • ThorsHammer October 4, 2021 at 11:51 am #

            pyrrhus

            I and others who suggest that Merck’s new miracle pill Molnupiravir is just Ivermectin with a “secret ingredient” to make it patent-able may unfortunately be wrong. If Derringer’s description of the molecular design of the drug is correct, it has the potential to outshine the mRNA injections as the new Grim Reaper.

            https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=243781

          • Gonga Din October 4, 2021 at 12:11 pm #

            The new drug should be named Iver-schmuck-tin. Welcome to Schmuckistan. Too much free and not enough brave.

          • draupnir October 4, 2021 at 1:05 pm #

            Edspell, apparently Obama bought lots of them and they are being stored in FEMA camps. The ICDS code for death by Guillotine is ICD 9 97–legal execution,
            http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Videos.php/2021/09/29/fema-s-billing-code-for
            Though why something so messy would be chosen is odd. Maybe it’s cheap?. Maybe some important people get a kick out of it?

          • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:14 pm #

            Spot on, Pyrrhus. Apart from a few thousand medics, most of them were all in for the Big Lie. They need to be reminded of what happened to Hitler’s docs at Nuremberg. They will never gain the trust they once had.

          • mumbai October 5, 2021 at 12:09 am #

            The King of Epirus had the sense, and decency, to retreat following a too costly victory.
            It didn’t save his country from vengeful Romans – never underestimate the vindictiveness of the inadequate who would quite happily cut off their nose to spite their face.

        • Bilejones October 4, 2021 at 12:38 pm #

          I saw two things this weekend that made me think the end may be nigher than they think.

          The first was the claim (undocumented but lunatic enough to be correct) that the bill that the Democrats are having their spat about contains funding in the low billions for illegal immigrants to attend 2 years of Community College.
          The second was concerning the degree that Congress has sealed itself off from constituents.
          No letter mail is accepted (Iraq Anthrax hoax don’t you know.) Emails are all responded to with automated “Thank you for” spam return note.
          Telephone calls all go to voice mail. Return call extremely unlikely unless you are enquiring about where to send money.

          I don’t think even Americans are stupid enough to accept this.

          • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 1:20 pm #

            If only we could send an electronic virus to their servers, maybe that would get the message across…..

          • NZRico October 4, 2021 at 3:57 pm #

            Make that THREE things:

            “The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended mail deliveries to New Zealand due to an unavailability of transportation.”

            https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/452764/united-states-postal-service-suspends-mail-deliveries-to-new-zealand

            “Unavailability of Transportation” W.T.A.F. ???

          • observex October 4, 2021 at 8:01 pm #

            Bilejones, this is so upsetting if true: “No letter mail is accepted.”
            Is there a source?
            I cannot imagine older people writing letters going to into a void unanswered.

          • Bilejones October 5, 2021 at 4:12 pm #

            I tried a Maryland congressman at Random, not mine but a name I recognized:Steny Hoyer.

            https://hoyer.house.gov/

            Find any mailing address?

        • Ed Haskell October 4, 2021 at 2:58 pm #

          “…kangaroo courts.”

          Good one!

          • abbybwood October 6, 2021 at 12:50 am #

            If you are emailing a member of the House they check your zip code and if you are not in their district they will not accept your letter.

            But even if it gets accepted, most will completely ignore you.

      • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 10:10 am #

        shotho, the vaxxed will be dropping like flies this Fall & Winter.

        You are correct about all those other concerns, however.

        Sad but True.

        • ThorsHammer October 4, 2021 at 11:39 am #

          Ever the optimist, O.G.

          I think Jim got it wrong by suggesting Obiden will be gone by fall. If he actually is a hologram being played by an actor in a mask he is immortal. The Handlers really don’t want Round Heels occupying the office of Acting President, passing out favors from her favorite couch.. Far better to have a Dead President there who can be managed by withdrawing communication links if the actor starts to think he is President and goes off script. With a strong injection of sedatives every afternoon he can be kept well rested and a virile 80 for the necessary public appearances.

          A note of caution to the Actor playing President. Remember what happened to the actor employed by the CIA to play Osama bin Laden..

          • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 2:31 pm #

            I am optimistic, TH.

            However, we must first earn our Paradise.

            Right now, it is “time to make hay.”

          • benr October 5, 2021 at 7:50 am #

            The actors playing OBL died in any ways.
            Buried in a cave system in Tora Bora.
            Droned to death.
            One was killed in his bed and his corpse buried at sea.
            The real one probably died of kidney failure.
            Much like the actor who played Saddam was found in a Spidey hole and hung.
            Give that one props for giving his executioner shit for tying the nose wrong.
            I remember how many times we were told someone whos face or name was on a card died only to hear that name over and over being killed when they needed a win of some kind.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most-wanted_Iraqi_playing_cards

        • SpeedyBB October 4, 2021 at 4:08 pm #

          …aaaand this jewel, from the Newsweek website (Newsweek is still a thing??)

          https://www.newsweek.com/memphis-teen-football-player-who-died-covid-was-vaccinated-mom-says-1622659

          The quote from the grieving mother:

          She described her son as lovable and outgoing, and encourages people to get vaccinated.

          “I’m not saying the outcome wouldn’t be different, but, you know,” she said.

          YA KNOW?? Yet one more bit of cultish response.

          Cannot make this up.

          • MaryQueen October 5, 2021 at 9:59 am #

            Paula’s right (below), the culted are sacrificing their children.

            And then asking others to do the same!

            That article is insane. Wow.

      • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:14 am #

        Or food, ammo and land.

        • mumbai October 5, 2021 at 12:14 am #

          Or as they say in Ozland, “petrol, bait, ammo. & ice” is all that is needed for a weekend away from home.

      • E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 10:24 am #

        “Within a year, virus will be the last thing on people’s minds.”

        Many of believed that in March 2020. Or this time in 2020.

        Something is sustaining this Corona-Panic social-phenomenon that keeps it in the news. One is reminded of the 1980s movie THEY LIVE. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean.

        I believe the Corona-Panic, or Corona Religion, has been influential enough even to survive major recession (it already has done that, all too few people rebelled) and small-scale food shortages.

        • pyrrhus October 4, 2021 at 11:25 am #

          John Carpenter had definitely seen the future…

        • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:34 am #

          From THEY LIVE

          “Heheheh…it figures it would be something like this…”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPZOi8EgcYM

          RIP Hot Rod!

          • Bilejones October 5, 2021 at 4:31 pm #

            Wrong movie.
            Think of a 1973 movie set about half a century in the future:
            Soylent Green.
            Goes live in 2022.

            Hence all the fake meat propaganda.

        • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:02 pm #

          They live, we sleep. We those glasses. Make the masses put them on.

      • Unperson37854 October 4, 2021 at 10:59 am #

        Everything surrounding Covid is a grift. Some people think it’s some grand conspiracy to cull the herd, I think it’s far simpler than that. Perhaps a 50/50 chance on it being natural versus a gain of function man-made virus gone wild – but it doesn’t matter, the grifting is all the same – and the mechanisms to grift never more influential.

        What if they never came up with a vaccine? Everyone would still have their jobs despite the virus still be around and the MSM would be talking about some other existential threat like racism or anti-lockdown folks.

        The truth is, whether everyone takes a vaccine or vaccines were never invented, the whole impact of covid (in any realistic sense) would still resolve itself in under 36 months if not sooner.

        The illusion is that we have more control than we do – and sell that to the masses and exploit them.

        • E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 12:19 pm #

          Unperson37854 said:

          “Everything surrounding Covid is a grift. Some people think it’s some grand conspiracy to cull the herd, I think it’s far simpler than that.”

          I have a simple explanation. It is a religion. A religion in the true sense as defined within the field of anthropology. It was a major-breakthrough apocalypse cult. Occasionally these can happen when circumstances align.

          If a rookie Martian anthropologist descended on our planet, encountering ‘Corona’ for the first time, the Martian would probably describe the social-phenomenon of ‘Covid’ as a religion, if keeping consistent with all previous definitions of what Human Religion is.

          (With apologies to Mr. Kunstler for posting this twice,) Let me again post my transcript of the Tucker Carlson writers’ recent, excellent broadside against Corona-as-literal-Religion:

          TUCKER CARLSON ON THE “CORONA CULT”:

          https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2021/09/28/tucker-carlson-on-the-corona-cult/

      • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 11:30 am #

        ” jobs, energy and food.”

        Shotho,
        I thought there were Four Horsemen.

        “Civil disturbances” will be the fourth. Personally I have no future issues with Jobs, energy, nor food. I am well positioned. It is the fourth one that will get me.

        Of this I have no doubt.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm #

          four horsemen of the apocalypse are four biblical figures who appear in the Book of Revelation. They are revealed by the unsealing of the first four of the seven seals. Each of the horsemen represents a different facet of the apocalypse: conquest, war, famine, and death.

          • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 8:03 pm #

            anmari,
            Thank you, but it was meant to be a reference…an allegory…I claim literary license…and as a graduate of a public university, I claim ignorance….

          • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 11:25 pm #

            Elysian, thank you! I think civil disturbances among other things fall nicely under the category of conquest. And I don’t see any need for allegory, this is happening any way you frame it.

      • amb October 4, 2021 at 1:15 pm #

        The dumb, clueless Globalists don’t realize that all of their machinations are just setting them up for removal and execution. Once it comes down to lack of food, clean water, and energy… the masses will indeed rise up and take matters into their own hands. Bloody hands, I might add. I look forward to that day. I would love to partake myself. Would be glorious to see all of these swamp critters hanging from lamp posts. Can’t wait for the guillotines to be rolled out.

        • Eppur Simuove October 4, 2021 at 1:39 pm #

          “Can’t wait for the guillotines to be rolled out”. Beware of revolutionary fervour — once lit, there’s no predicting how that fire will spread. The people you hate may not be fireproof, but you and your loved ones aren’t either.

          It’s not impossible that America’s rulers can be held to account, and some legitimacy restored to government, through lawful means. Unfortunately those means are neither easy nor glamorous, and don’t afford blowhards gratification through redemptive violence.

          • Ron Anselmo October 4, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

            Your comment seems to imply that lawful means – in other words Constitutional – and violence, are mutually exclusive. They are not my friend.

            The country’s solutions are no longer political – the sooner that fantasy is put to rest, the better.

          • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:20 pm #

            The Deep State has nullified the rule of law without realizing that that cuts both ways.

        • rube-i-con October 4, 2021 at 2:32 pm #

          like they haven~t planned for lack of food and water etc.?

          why do you think they pay people to not work?

          i hope you~re correct, but they~ve planned for your scenarios, it~s basic stuff

          “just get the shot and you can buy food”

          • Pete October 5, 2021 at 10:25 am #

            I think they’re absolutely working a plan for lack of food and water.

            How many folks are now getting groceries delivered?

            How much personal responsibility have we abdicated by allowing others to select our groceries? Yesterday, we took delivery of a big salmon fillet that somehow escaped it’s container and was laying in the bottom of the bag.

            The totalitarians who fear our guns are in control of our personal supply lines now. That has been their biggest obstacle to their plans. Think about how you would solve that problem. Think about how it was solved in the past. Siege warfare?

            Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door.

      • Bilejones October 5, 2021 at 9:09 am #

        There’s a reason why the sudden disruptions in the food supply, especially of meats. It’s no wonder that animal free “meats” are being so assiduously pushed, they have to keep things on track
        Soylent Green was set in 2022.

      • Warren October 5, 2021 at 3:12 pm #

        The virus will be in the past, but the ramifications from the clottery will be ongoing well past a year.

    • Walter B October 4, 2021 at 10:30 am #

      As I have discovered personally through my last six years in governance of my own small municipality, corruption is definitely rampant everywhere which is a problem. The bigger problem is that so many of the American people have accepted it as a way of doing business that there can be no hope that it can ever be turned around. When shown how easy and how prevalent it is to lie cheat and steal and tolerate those who do, a majority of people here say, “Hey, I’d do it too and so would you if you could!” Seriously, I am not exaggerating.

      IMHO our nation is thoroughly collapsing because it replaced God with Money and the pursuit of it by all means possible. If it can make you money, it has to be good. If it can make you stinking rich, it is even better. He who dies with the most toys wins. Once these became the new American Religion, we we doomed. So what if half or most of the people on the planet are killed off as long as someone gets stinking rich! Maybe they’ll throw me a crumb or two if I survive.

      Good luck with that America sorry to see you go. One upside to this all is that they will have finally found a way to turn lead into gold – you know what I mean, don’t you?

      • butter56 October 4, 2021 at 10:39 am #

        You left the other tenant of the new religion, worship of diversity

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 11:27 am #

          @butter

          Is not diversity in the Universe the rule and homogeneity not the exception?

          Pathogens love homogeneity in populations. yum, yum

          I prefer my spaghetti sauce to be rich in the blend of exquisite spices. Otherwise, it’s just tomato soup.

          It ain’ta religion; it’s just the way things are.

          I could be wrong.

          ~toktomi~

          • butter56 October 4, 2021 at 11:54 am #

            I could be wrong too but it seemed simpler when we were less diverse. Over complex as our host says, but I like my spaghetti the same way. History is about diverse peoples in conflict, that’s might change if we make it to the Star Trek era.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

            Enough of your foolishness. Put people in a room and factions form within twenty minutes.

            Blacks sit with other Blacks because they like each other more than they do Whites. Only Whites are confused at such an utterly basic level.

          • malthuss October 4, 2021 at 1:22 pm #

            you conflate ‘the universe’ and its VIBRANT diversity with

            nations
            borders
            racial differences
            social and economic differences

          • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm #

            Not a grest analogy.

            Typically the spices make up less than 1% of the total sauce volume.

        • malthuss October 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm #

          butter, the noodle head makes spaghetti sauce and ethnic conflict into a strange soufflé.

          Read Brimlows bestseller. He tells some sorry take of a leftist who is all for endless immigration because his ancestors were
          [fold hands in prayer] IMMIGRANTS.

        • Q. Shtik October 4, 2021 at 3:19 pm #

          You left the other tenant – butter56

          ==========

          Should be tenet

          A tenant is someone who rents or leases a house, apartment, etc. from a landlord. A tenet is a principle, dogma, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true.

          • Ron Anselmo October 4, 2021 at 4:32 pm #

            Lasted way longer than I thought…

        • Amman October 5, 2021 at 10:51 pm #

          Better a job with apartheid than hunger with an empty slogan? In any event, insincerity planned the agenda.

      • Karen October 4, 2021 at 10:46 am #

        Walter, corruption has always been rampant in the US of A.

        Difference being that the patrician class and monied elites could keep a better lid on things.

        Americans were told that petty corruption is worse. Bribing cops and low level bureaucrats. And they bought it, and it was minimal in the US and prosecuted whenever possible.

        Meanwhile, the big grift was ignored, and was reserved exclusively for the connected.

        America is where the little people accepted that rules are for little people, and the big people? Well, they would never… or at least they’re discreet.

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:07 pm #

        America is great because America is good. When it ceases to be good it will cease to be great.

        De Tocqueville

        • malthuss October 4, 2021 at 1:25 pm #

          USA has been bad and will get worse>

          endless war
          crime
          legal late abortion
          lying media

        • Anthea October 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm #

          In my recollection, which only goes back to the 1950s, it would be a stretch to say that people in general were “good.” I guess the difference was that most of them at least believed in being good and had some core standards about what that meant. Some were even cognizant that there were seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

          The sense of sin has been greatly eroded. It is acceptable to watch porn and eat to the pont of obesity. To fail to be envious of the Kardashians and other celebrities is to be out of touch. For many, the goal in life is to never have to do much of anything. Most people want status symbols (expensive houses and cars) merely out of pride–to show off.

          You could say that the seven deadly sins have been normalized, or even embraced.

          Back when America was much more “good” than it is today, Americans also had courage. I recently read Daniel Boone’s biography, “Bood and Treasure,” which gives you a sense of the diminution of courage since that time.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 10:47 pm #

            Yes. Something changed. We couldn’t have gotten this far with people like they are now.

    • AreC October 4, 2021 at 12:07 pm #

      My initial thoughts regarding the “pandemic” were that it was a psyop to disguise another fiscal crash. I assumed that the people in charge knew that the shots were shit and their administration would be limited to the disposable elements of the population. Things changed when I saw them required for medical staff, pilots, and the military. Does anyone know what the end game is? Do the powers that be actually believe in this? Are they taking these shots? I think I’m fairly sharp but can’t figure this out at all.

      • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:25 pm #

        AreC. That bugged me too. Either they are trying to subjugate the military/healthcare and show them who’s boss, or they are trying to gut the system completely. For them, thousands of nurses and GIs walking out is a win because it throws things further towards their goal: utter chaos. I can never decide if they are brilliant but evil geniuses or just fools blinded by the elitist arrogance.

      • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

        World domination. Decimate the military, the infastructure, trade, production, medicine.
        Indoctrinate the masses and the hordes now arriving.
        Cull the useless.
        Imprison the free.

        Now I am alone. O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
        Is it not monstrous that this player here,
        But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
        Could force his soul so to his own conceit
        That from her working all his visage wann’d,
        Tears in his eyes, distraction in’s aspect,
        A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
        With forms to his conceit? and all for nothing!
        For Hecuba!
        What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
        That he should weep for her? What would he do,
        Had he the motive and the cue for passion
        That I have? He would drown the stage with tears
        And cleave the general ear with horrid speech,
        Make mad the guilty and appal the free,
        Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed
        The very faculties of eyes and ears. Yet I,
        A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak,
        Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
        And can say nothing; no, not for a king,
        Upon whose property and most dear life
        A damn’d defeat was made. Am I a coward?
        Who calls me villain? breaks my pate across?
        Plucks off my beard, and blows it in my face?
        Tweaks me by the nose? gives me the lie i’ the throat,
        As deep as to the lungs? who does me this?
        Ha!
        ‘Swounds, I should take it: for it cannot be

        But I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall
        To make oppression bitter, or ere this
        I should have fatted all the region kites
        With this slave’s offal: bloody, bawdy villain!
        Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!
        O, vengeance!
        Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave,
        That I, the son of a dear father murder’d,
        Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
        Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words,
        And fall a-cursing, like a very drab,
        A scullion!
        Fie upon’t! foh! About, my brain! I have heard
        That guilty creatures sitting at a play
        Have by the very cunning of the scene
        Been struck so to the soul that presently
        They have proclaim’d their malefactions;
        For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
        With most miraculous organ. I’ll have these players
        Play something like the murder of my father
        Before mine uncle: I’ll observe his looks;
        I’ll tent him to the quick: if he but blench,
        I know my course. THE SPIRIT THAT I HAVE SEEN MAY BE THE DEVIL : and the devil hath power
        To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps
        Out of my weakness and my melancholy,
        As he is very potent with such spirits,
        Abuses me to damn me: I’ll have grounds
        More relative than this: the play’s the thing
        Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

        • hmuller October 5, 2021 at 12:43 pm #

          Hamlet. Act 2, scene 2. In case anyone was curious.

          • GreenAlba October 6, 2021 at 9:25 am #

            “Why, what an ass am I?” reminded me of a silly childhood joke over this way (we were easily pleased in the 50s) when you’d ask someone to sing the ‘Siamese national anthem’, to the tune of God Save the Queen.

            It went:

            Owa tana Siam
            Owa tana Siam
            Owa tanas…

          • anmariwakaranai October 6, 2021 at 6:36 pm #

            Lol!

      • tahoe1780 October 4, 2021 at 7:29 pm #

        and spouses…Louisiana’s Largest Health System Fines Employees if Their Spouses Don’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

        https://trialsitenews.com/louisianas-largest-health-system-fines-employees-if-their-spouses-dont-get-covid-19-vaccine/

      • jgalt October 5, 2021 at 3:59 pm #

        Like corrupt Joe’s fake shot, most of the powers that be are not taking them. Just read that over 100K have died within 14 days of taking the shot, and that there are over 500K adverse reactions, many quite serious, like the 12 year police officer who is now crippled after his shot taken as a result of it being made mandatory. Since our CDC and NIH will not tell us the truth and punish anyone who tries, maybe we have to accept these numbers. As for me and my family, no shots, no time. As a result, we are the modern version of the lepers of biblical times, especially in Demoncrap-ruled states.

    • HowardBeale October 4, 2021 at 12:35 pm #

      There is no hope. We are doomed!

    • Htruth October 5, 2021 at 9:57 pm #

      Ivernmectin Works YouTube Style: https://americanyellowvest.wpcomstaging.com/2021/10/06/ivermectin-youtube-style/

  2. Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 9:46 am #

    Speaking of malicious dishonesty, the Market Ticker guy offers proof of that “UP AND DOWN THE LINE FROM BIDEN TO FAUCI TO THE CDC AND THE NIH AND FDA AND EXTENDS TO EVERY SINGLE ******* IN THE MEDIA CLAIMING THIS IS A PANDEMIC OF THE “UNVACCINATED”; THEY ARE ALL — EVERY ONE OF THEM — LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH AND MUST PAY FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE.”

    https://market-ticker.org/post=243789

    • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 10:01 am #

      Well, we can only hope that they’re only worthless then, at least, and not actively malicious. That’s one angle we haven’t explored yet. What if the damn vaxxes are just essentially placebos to placate the restless herd and to provide the final round of profits for big pharma before the whole shootin’ match goes down the toilet? That might actually be the best possible outcome that can be hoped for at this point.

      • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:12 am #

        Sure, but by then there won’t be much left after they’ve systematically raided the globe of all the really important stuff. Evil, thieving, woke GloboCap monsters!

      • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 10:29 am #

        Dr Yeadon has speculated that 85% of the first 2 jabs were placebo.

        The odds of blood vessel injection is low. Aspiration is a safety measure but is statistically surprising when it actually does draw blood into the syringe from a vein.

        Now, if it is rare that the needle accesses a vein in the shoulder and then, when it does, there is an 85% chance that that doesn’t matter because it is Just saline water, then deaths will be low. That is, there will be very few (relative to the the jabs jabbed) immediate deaths.

        That would accomplish 3 goals:

        1) Get the slow-acting (2-3 years) toxic poison into 15% of the people plus, perhaps, get the non-lethal Operating System goop (e.g. graphene oxide) into 100% of the double-dosed.
        2) Normalize jabs in the public’s minds to shoot whatever they so choose later in a never-ending, VaxxPass-verified booster program.
        3) Ostrasize and demonize* the “hesitant” Purebloods.

        Mission accomplished.
        – President George W. Bush

        *The Devil loves to turn everything upside and backwards.

        • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 10:45 am #

          Yes, I had considered the idea of #1 as well. Why not make the toxic batches random? You certainly don’t want to kill off everyone with the first round, especially indiscriminately. Much more effective to throw additional confusion in the mix, if nothing else just for laughs and because they can. And indeed, the whole vaxx program is a long term project, meant less to just kill off the current generation of oldsters en masse (although that’s an added plus!), but to normalize the whole mess for the youngsters, who had better believe that this is absolutely the “new normal” for the rest of their lives. And what’ya know? They seem to be taking to it just fine from what I’ve seen. Poor bastards!

          • Walter B October 4, 2021 at 1:48 pm #

            Indeed, it would be wisest to be selective in who get the crap and who gets the H2O.. Certainly you would want to get the military juiced up to reduce our ability to defend the take over:

            https://americanmilitarynews.com/2021/09/army-flight-surgeon-says-pilots-risk-sudden-cardiac-death-from-covid-vaccine-side-effect/

            And the police can be replaced by Afghan refugees, you would think:

            https://www.wsj.com/articles/police-departments-strive-to-persuade-officers-to-get-covid-19-vaccine-11632488400

            All we can hope for is that the resistance to this thinning of the herd picks up speed before they simply round up the unvaccinated and “isolate” them for “safety”. It’s only one small step for humankind once the ghettos (FEMA Camps) are full to a “Final Solution”. Oh, no, that can’t happen here! BULLSHIT!

          • Ron Anselmo October 4, 2021 at 2:28 pm #

            “….but to normalize the whole mess for the youngsters, who had better believe that this is absolutely the “new normal” for the rest of their lives. And what’ya know? They seem to be taking to it just fine from what I’ve seen. Poor bastards!” ~ Disaffected

            Youngsters “taking to it just fine” because they take their cues from their parents.

            Ah, the fear, cowardice & beliefs they’re born into – poor bastards indeed!

            My sons – late teens, tomorrow’s fearless young lions – will have none of it – I give them different cues.

          • Walter B October 4, 2021 at 3:11 pm #

            You cannot underestimate the power of the public school system and peer pressure on the youth Ron, for they have been resisting or accepting government programming since we turned them over to the school systems. As you watch the percentages of the different groups who comply with the lying scum at the top, you will find that a huge percentage of teachers buy into it:

            https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/nyregion/vaccine-mandate-teachers-nyc.html

            96% of teachers in NYC, compare that to law enforcement:

            https://www.newsweek.com/police-across-america-revel-against-vaccine-mandates-1629462

            In the dream world of education everything is wonderful. In the street world of the police, well they weren’t born yesterday.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 4:50 pm #

          Speaking of upside down, turn the cnd flag on it’s head and take a look…..beast?….10 horns….?….

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 11:58 am #

        @disaffected

        seems to me

        You’re speaking of, arguably, the single most important consideration of this moment; what is the purpose of this vaccine madness?

        I believe that we can rule out profits except in the minds of the bit players.

        Apparently, lethal injection is or will be the “final solution”.

        So, how are they going to do it? And WHEN?

        ~toktomi~

        • abbybwood October 4, 2021 at 1:47 pm #

          All this could be a simple Beta test as part of “The Great Reset” just to see if they have the power within the CIA controlled MSM, politicians from county to federal levels, getting the military woke and ready, getting major medical establishment and cowardly doctors on board etc.

          How many complied with masks, lockdowns, closing businesses etc. and how quickly? How many millions are unjabbed refuseniks and not just hesitant?

          We can believe they have all these statistics gathered to see how their CONTROL plan is panning out. Pretty good on the coasts. Not to hot in the south.

          Here is one example of how the Mockingbird CIA media are treating any politicians who are balking at making jabs mandatory for 5 year olds and up:

          https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/10/03/wv-gov-justice-no-chance-of-covid-19-vaccine-mandate-for-children/

          This woman on “Face the Nation” is a straight up Nazi bitch.

          All these control freaks (because they are all actually freaks) need to be put in their places by the American people and fast.

          The Governor of WV was waaaayyyy too tolerant of “Margaret”.

    • E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 10:27 am #

      Karl Denninger of http://www.Market-Ticker.org/nad is one of the best sites on the Corona-Dissident Internet.

      All reading this should consider occasionally-at-least surfing over to the Market-Ticker blog.

      (NOTE: You need to add the “slash nad” to get to the Covid-related material.)

      • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 10:49 am #

        Don’t go close the Saker blog then. He’s gone totally meltdown crazy with his anti anti-vaxx bullshit. I’m totally fed up with that site now.

        • E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 10:58 am #

          Wow.

          The Saker: “I have banned the topic of COVID from the blog.”

          [quote from The Saker's list of rules for commenting]

          18) I am banning any comments which mention, even indirectly, the medical aspects of SARS-COV-2/COVID19 including, but not limited to: origin, prevention, effects on health, treatments and putative “non-existence” (including the “its just like the flu” kind). However, I am specifically ALLOWING comments about the political, ideological, social and economic aspects of SARS-COV-2/COVID19. Any attempt to “smartass & bypass” this ban will result with an immediate removal from the infringing comment. A second attempt will result in a permanent ban. The “Cafe exception” has now been canceled and this rule applies to the entire blog!

          19) New! Okay, I am fed up with all this idiotic “there is no pandemic” nonsense. So, from now on, any post denying that there is a pandemic will be removed and its author banned.

          [end quote from The Saker]

          — This is a strange position and I am not familiar enough with The Saker (having read him only occasionally) to guess what might motivate this. Any ideas?

          • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 11:14 am #

            Lots of speculation. I didn’t want to think this at first, but I think he got a call from “some of the boys up Langely way who shall not be named” to advise him that living in FL and posting an avidly pro-Russian blog might put him in a bit of “a predicament” with the US authorities and that his editorial policies regarding Covid might in some small way help his legal standing if push were ever to come to shove. He insists otherwise, but what else would he do in that case?

            And he goes WAY overboard in enforcing these new edicts, to the point in interceding in comments with denigrating and humiliating comments toward anyone who even comes close to violating them and invitations to go elsewhere. Totally condescending bullshit.

          • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:36 am #

            A. Karlin is another Russian who has completely failed on the topic of WuFlu and is no longer worth reading.

          • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

            I think it’s because he prefers to discuss international politics and the talk about the virus/pandemic/vaccine, etc was taking over the comments.
            I haven’t been there in a while, but it is a good place to find out what’s going on in other countries besides the US.

          • abbybwood October 4, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

            I only occasionally read him on Unz and I notice he hasn’t been there lately. I don’t think people who comment there would put up with his “rules”.

          • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

            Guy appears to be a typical nmalignant arcissist. Has a little cult following on the Interwebz and no one can challenge the narrative, despite him running a site that he would say has intellectual underpinnings and should, by its nature, be a place for discussion.

            A frothing, over the top reaction such as this really just says that he is insecure in his position, and likely afraid he made the wrong one. My advice would be to visit regularly and heckle him mercilessly.

          • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

            That should say that he is afraid he made the wrong decision.

          • Dr_Wellington_Yueh October 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm #

            You left out the part where he wishes us unmodifieds a “shitty life”.

            …and not a month later he’s begging for funds.

          • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:05 pm #

            He’s Russian. I think he’s on our side. By disavowing the science talk he can get to the real issues without provoking the nanny state.

            Or rather, without provoking the beast.

            Imma head over and take a look.

            Btw, dr. YUEN, you should repost and have pinned your google cache comment of yesderday, as they rewrite history and change the game, yet again.

    • Islander October 4, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

      BoO

      “speaking of malicious dishonesty, the Market Ticker guy offers proof of that “UP AND DOWN THE LINE FROM BIDEN TO FAUCI TO THE CDC AND THE NIH AND FDA AND EXTENDS TO EVERY SINGLE ******* IN THE MEDIA CLAIMING THIS IS A PANDEMIC OF THE “UNVACCINATED”; THEY ARE ALL — EVERY ONE OF THEM — LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH AND MUST PAY FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE.”

      Right!!
      And Market-Ticker also has a post up that bears reading in full, on the current crash in supply lines:
      “Supply Collapse–Inevitable?”
      “https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=243788

      He starts out
      “There is data out there at this point that says it is now taking roughly a month for a ship to be able to dock and offload its cargo — an unthinkable concept just a year or two ago.

      Sure, there were strikes by longshoreman and various other events, but this is not that.

      This is from mandates and the impact they’re having.”

      One of the commenters provides this 15th C ditty:

      ” “For Want of a Nail”, which is centuries old (1400s).

      For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
      For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
      For want of a horse the rider was lost.
      For want of a rider the message was lost.
      For want of a message the battle was lost.
      For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
      And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”

      In a “global” world small disruptions can magnify quickly.

  3. debt October 4, 2021 at 9:47 am #

    Lord, how I hate the 21st century.

    • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 9:59 am #

      Seconded!

      • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:02 am #

        There’s a word for illness caused by doctors and medicine, but I don’t believe we have a similar word for problems caused by government.

        • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 10:31 am #

          Revolution

        • Bilejones October 4, 2021 at 2:23 pm #

          Democide.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:15 pm #

          deicide
          Killing putrid things putricide
          Destruction of books tomecide
          Destroying words logocide, verbicide
          Destruction of a culture ethnocide
          Destruction of ancient buildings/monuments petracide
          Destruction of laws legicide
          Destruction of liberty liberticide
          Destruction of life biocide
          Ruining a suitor’s chances suitorcide
          Ruining someone’s reputation famicide
          Killing the mind (brainwashing) menticide
          Killing a faith fideicide
          Killing facts (distorting the truth) facticide

          • O.G. Hawkins October 6, 2021 at 6:41 pm #

            Destruction of descriptive language: Adjecticide & Adverbicide

    • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 10:02 am #

      Nah! Just many of the people who are living in it. Must be a whole lotta bad karma being played out in the current round.

    • tlauria October 4, 2021 at 10:33 am #

      Lord, how I long for the 17th when I could run a scoundrel or two through with my rapier!

      • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 10:51 am #

        LOL! That’s the spirit! Definitely gotta be discrete with the rapiers these days. No wonder the damn scoundrels are proliferating!

      • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:37 am #

        In my city, there is an urban program called, “Punch 4 Peace,” that is effectively legal, non-lethal dueling via the sweet science of boxing.

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 12:01 pm #

        @tlauria

        I dread the day that I may be compelled

        ~toktomi~

      • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 1:55 pm #

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXXacJ87Tuw

    • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm #

      Give me the good old days of the mid to late 19th century any day!

      • debt October 4, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

        It was still the Age of Exporation. John Muir walks into Yosemite Valley in 1869. Even better the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Wish I’d been on that ultimate wilderness trip. Then again, maybe I was…

  4. Bill of Rights October 4, 2021 at 9:51 am #

    Hi Jim: I’ve noticed that many readers like to quote particular zingers in your blog. One of my favorites is from last year when the lockdowns began and you wrote “During wars they still kept the bars open”. Could we somehow submit/organize the Top 10 Kunstler Kwotes of 2021?

    Imagine in last week’s staged vaccine booster shot for Joe Biden, that it was VP Harris administering the shot and Old Joe dies the next day. BTW why didn’t they have Dr. Jill give him the shot? She’s a real doctor they say.

    • draupnir October 4, 2021 at 10:44 am #

      ‘a real doctor of education, I believe.

    • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 10:51 am #

      Old Joe’s injection was as phony as that stage scenery behind him.

  5. JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 9:53 am #

    The country marinates in the fetid exudations of institutional rot, waiting for the lights to flicker out.

    That, Mr K, is an apt and thoroughly depressing description. Bullseye.

    Or…waiting for the oven(s) to preheat.

    I don’t think I can take much more. 🙁

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 10:37 am #

      You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
      Buh buh buh baby
      You just ain’t seen nothin’ yet
      Here’s somethin’
      Here’s somethin’ that you’re never gonna forget
      Buh buh buh baby
      You just ain’t seen nothin’ yet

      You ain’t been around
      – Randy Bachman

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:12 pm #

        What was Overdrive’s first name?

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:20 pm #

          His nephew Tal lives in your neck o the woods J

  6. NickelthroweR October 4, 2021 at 9:54 am #

    Greetings,

    For quite some time, people have offered up their dystopian novel of choice to describe what is happening. Is it a drug-fueled utopia like Brave New World? Is it that boot stomping on your face forever like 1984? Is it an illiterate, cartoon-loving world like Farenheit 451?

    Nope – it is Atlas Shrugged for the win!

    See, useless Kens and Karens – people that have NEVER in their lives produced anything of value, switched the economy off and on like a light switch because they are drunk with power and wanted to punish us for not doing exactly as they wish. Only in Atlas Shrugged can you find such useless people.

    When shutting down our businesses wasn’t enough, they paid our workers more to stay home instead of produce things. Only in Atlas Shrugged can you find such madness.

    Now these Karens are demanding that we fire our critical workers and do so for entirely ridiculous reasons. Only in Atlas Shrugged will you read about such stupidity.

    In all the other dystopian novel, at least they managed to keep the lights on and the trains running.

    Atlas Shrugged for the win!

    • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 10:00 am #

      Going Galt looks like a better and better option for any sane people that have any modicum of productive skill.

      • NickelthroweR October 4, 2021 at 10:21 am #

        Ayn Rand, unlike the other authors, offers us a solution to the problem and that is Going Galt. The producers will have to withdraw their support for the failing system and band together among themselves. It won’t be easy but it is our only way out of this terrible situation.

        I know that people refer to me as “Noah” behind my back because of all the warnings I’ve dished out over the years while I build my Ark. My warnings always include a plea for the listener to acquire tools, skills and a bit of land. Sadly, skills, tools, and land sound like hard work and why work hard when the markets only go up, when Bitcoin only goes up, and when homes and collectibles only go up? I look like the biggest fool in the world to these people as I sit here surrounded by tools.

        The problem that will face the producers is that of all the people that drank the Kool-aid. How will we deal with all the zombies?

        • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 10:54 am #

          When the internet goes down for the last time and even the electricity sputters, how many bushels of corn will a bitcoin buy?

          • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 11:20 am #

            I could never understand where the value of bitcoin comes from.

          • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:40 am #

            BRH-

            BTC proponents like to claim the, “value,” comes from the, “work,” done to solve the mathematical puzzle to, “mine,” coins.

            Okay…except as far as I can tell the puzzle is just that. It’s not like processing SETI or folding protein data.

            They also like to claim the, “value,” originates from the requirement that transactions get validated by a certain %age of clients.

          • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:08 pm #

            The topic of crypto Bitcoin is complex because its technology and economic transvaluation is unprecedented.

            Bitcoin saves electricity contrasted with the global fiat system.

            Bitcoin is decentralized, meaning TPTB are impotent in their attempts (and there have been ongoing attempts since its inception) to control or abolish it.

            Bitcoin, like historical gold, was first a collectible, then (like Bitcoin now) a store of value, and eventually a means of economic transaction (happening, in localized ways, already).

            Electricity — meaning, here, the internet — won’t “go down for the last time”, especially if/when global depopulation frees up more electricity re demand destruction.

          • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 3:14 pm #

            Clearly, Soul F., you don’t join JHK in foreseeing a world made by hand where we all take a technological step backwards.

            I don’t know what will happen, neither do you.
            Predictions are very tricky, especially when they involve the future. (As the great sage said)

          • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm #

            hmuller,

            Both can happen at the same time. WMBH, plus a greater span of independence for those who create an economic and information community away from TPTB, even though it’s harder going.

            Yes, no one has a crystal ball. It’s fun (or exasperating) to speculate, but I’m neither a wholesale cynical doomer OR a utopian.

            Most will go under, but I believe that many will not only survive, but thrive.

        • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 11:37 am #

          “I know that people refer to me as “Noah” behind my back”

          Nickel,
          I wish that comments behind my back were as benign.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:23 pm #

          ^^^^^this in sanctuary cities. More than 4 days walk from zombie central.
          Not on the coasts. TORA BORA!

        • benr October 5, 2021 at 8:29 am #

          The power won’t go out all the way it will be a series of brownouts or sags then out for an hour.
          The outages will increase and the lengths of time will increase till having power say eight hours out of the 24 will be normal like in South Africa.
          Water rationing will also start since it takes power to make the pumps push the water.
          Gas will stop being dispensed since that takes water so will cooking and restaurants.
          Everything revolves around electricity.

    • Pete October 4, 2021 at 10:00 am #

      Read all of them except, Atlas Shrugged, though I’m looking at it sitting on my shelf. It’s 2 1/2 inches thick…

      Better get crackin’

      • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:20 am #

        I read The Fountainhead and We, the Living, and got halfway through Atlas Shrugged before quitting Ayn Rand. I think her novels are tedious, at best. Her Objectivist philosophy is a toy, imo.

        • NickelthroweR October 4, 2021 at 10:22 am #

          A producer would understand it – everyone else, not so much.

        • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:11 pm #

          As novels, their didactic pulpit-pounding and aesthetic clunkiness makes the reading tedious indeed. Rand should’ve stuck to philosophical essays.

          • Anthea October 5, 2021 at 2:56 am #

            Agreed.

        • Anthea October 5, 2021 at 2:55 am #

          IMHO, Rand was a very poor writer, from the standpoint of cratsmanship. Her characterization is particularly poor and winds up being a continual irritant when trying to read her works. They are all two-dimensional, speak in a stilted way, and often behave in ways that are not very believable, let along relatable.

          On the “ideas/ideals” front, she makes many good points. But, to me at least, they are presented in such a brittle way, that they don’t really resonate. Maybe some of this is just my temperamental makeup; I am not much moved by railroads and steel mills. The characters’ lack of a human dimension is disturbing. Without it, their focus on industrial stuff comes out, by default, making their motivations seem suspect. There is no real reason to think they are motivated by pure pride and greed, for example. Creative people in any medium can become a little OCD. It’s just that, without a human dimension to them, they don’t come across as being motivated by relatable goodness and virtue.

        • Linda October 5, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

          I love Atlas Shrugged. I loved all of her books including her non fiction “The Virtue of Selfishness.” Also her play “The Night of January 16th. The play is performed and twelve members of the jury are selected to make the final judgment whether the person is guilty or not guilty. Rand wrote two endings. Great stuff. I just don’t believe in her objectivist philosophy but like her brilliance in literature and ideas.

    • So many liars October 4, 2021 at 10:15 am #

      I read Atlas Shrugged earlier this year while I was in quarantine with sniffles from C-19. I’m about to have some surgery and need reading recommendations for a week or two.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:21 am #

        If you haven’t already, you might read Thomas Wolfe’s You Can’t Go Home Again.

        I finally got around to reading it in 2008 or so, and I was shocked at how relevant it still was.

      • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:25 am #

        WMBH series, by James Howard Kunstler.

        Voltaire’s Bastards, by John Ralston Saul.

        All the best authors use three names. 😉

        • So many liars October 4, 2021 at 10:35 am #

          Thank you Beryl and JT.

          I’ve read WMBH series, also The Long Emergency (3-4 times actually).

          I wish we knew more about the chaotic times of collapse between the present and the times described in WMBH. So many questions and unknowns: civil war on a national level? smaller skirmishes between states/regions? China’s actions and ambitions? A lot of turbulence ahead.

        • Karen October 4, 2021 at 11:02 am #

          Ernest Hemingway

          Fyodor Dostoevsky

          Charlotte Bronte

          Ray Bradbury

          George Orwell

          Stephen King

          Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

          Emily Dickinson

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm #

            We’re talking survivalists.

            During the Children’s Crusade against America (the Dreamers), Stephen King told all his White readers that they were scum for not welcoming them with open arms. Seriously, he hates his lower middle class base with a passion.

          • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:13 pm #

            Thomas Pynchon.

          • MaryQueen October 5, 2021 at 10:22 am #

            Stephen King is such a wokie asshole

      • Hardrock October 4, 2021 at 10:27 am #

        To get in the mood for what may be coming….

        “One Second After” – William Forstchen

        “The Road” – Carmac McCarthy

        And then, of course there are all those books by that Kunstler guy 🙂

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 11:16 am #

          @hardrock

          If one already has a vision of the gist of the story around us, then one might just as well skip to “Patriots” by James Wesley Rawles.

          Basic Tenet of Life #1
          The meaning of life is simple. It is merely staying alive.

          Although, that tenet may have recently been superseded by this.
          Human life will go extinct. [Missed that in the bible?]

          ~toktomi~

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

            Staying alive means to minimize diversity. Sheesh. Will you please integrate?

        • Tate October 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm #

          Well, since you mentioned Carmac McCarthy, there’s “Blood Meridian.” Yeah, I know it’s in the past, but the past may be ‘prologue to the swelling act?’

      • C.O.Jones October 4, 2021 at 10:59 am #

        I’m re-reading Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn. Also The Art of War by Machiavelli and Paradigm by Jonathan Cahn.

        • Hardrock October 4, 2021 at 11:41 am #

          C.O.: I learned something today. I thought for sure you were mistaken when you attributed “The Art of War” to Machiavelli.

          I have a copy of “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu…..which predates Machiavelli by millennia.

          Thanks for the info….I’ll check it out.

          M had to know about Sun Tzu….wonder why he chose the same title??????

          • C.O.Jones October 4, 2021 at 1:32 pm #

            Hardrock: I’m sure Niccolo was familiar with the work by Sun Tzu and I think he used it as an inspiration. I’m not yet halfway thru Machiavelli’s treatise – it’s not light reading by any stretch – but my take so far is “here’s how to get your opponent to destroy themselves without having to lift anything heavier than a pen.”

            Or, if you like “Here’s how I would do it” with the same title.

            Sun Tzu was more visceral, Machiavelli more cerebral.

            My impression may change as I progress the the book but it’s fascinating reading.

          • Tate October 4, 2021 at 11:38 pm #

            Well, the neo-con Jonah Goldberg stole the title of his second-rate book, “Suicide of the West” from a first-rate previous book by James Burnham. Did he do it out of spite? That would be my guess.

          • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 1:23 am #

            Marco Polo probably brought it back and who the hell else but the Mach would have read it in those days apart from a few dusty monks whispering in the ear of Sancta Papa.

        • Uncle Abraham October 4, 2021 at 12:28 pm #

          The Cancer Ward by Solzhenitsyn is excellent. And Cervantes Don Quixote is required reading.

          • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm #

            Shakespeare’s King Lear and Macbeth are obvious choices, but for what’s happening today, his much underrated Timon of Athens is essential reading.

            Don’t believe all the idiot critics who dump on the character of Timon. They don’t get the play at all.

          • Sean Coleman October 4, 2021 at 3:45 pm #

            I only read Don Quixote about four or five years ago. I cannot remember the name of the translator (some say it was more of a team) but i was, I think, from the earlier years of the 18th Century. It was one of the funniest books I ever read. This sentence sticks in my mind as it occurred frequently:

            “They looked at the knight in astonishment.”

            It had a surprisingly contemporary feel to it, except they were much saner then, even the Don.

          • Tate October 4, 2021 at 11:40 pm #

            I like the musical.

      • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 11:14 am #

        As I Lay Dying

        William Faulnker

        • Sean Coleman October 4, 2021 at 3:40 pm #

          I read it when I was about twenty. I found it hard to get into at the start but it was marvellous.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:32 pm #

          Can’t beat the Faulk!
          Suicide by 40 proof, and who could blame him.

          • Tate October 4, 2021 at 11:43 pm #

            Don’t care much for him. Cucked too much.

            And what did you mean the other day about me attacking your father upthread?

          • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:07 am #

            Just jokin Tate. Well, kinda. Don’t really wanna get into it here, maybe on the late night thread, like usual. Thought u were referencing the big guy. Oh. It mighta been Tom. Shit sorry.

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm #

        You had a cold in other words but want to feel relevant.

        • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:20 am #

          Lol…. gotta tell yah Jarek, that I feel like Debra Winger in that movie with the kkk guy. Luv yah, but I’m reaching for my glock at the same time.

          • Jarek October 5, 2021 at 7:15 pm #

            I don’t think I was talking to you, but thanks anyway.

      • Bilejones October 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

        Couple of short ones by Tom Wolfe.
        Radical Chic and Mau-mauing the flack catchers.

        Written in 1970, it’s remarkable for how it’s exactly the same types performing exactly the same idiocies as today’s Wokels.

        They have learned nothing in 50 years.

        • Tate October 4, 2021 at 11:48 pm #

          Those Mau-mau’s sure stumbled on the golden fleece. That racket should endure as long as this republic, I give it maybe another 5 years/

      • messianicdruid October 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm #

        Obadiah – soon to be fulfilled.

        • messianicdruid October 4, 2021 at 4:09 pm #

          “When the means of great violence are widespread, nothing is more dangerous to the powerful than that they create outrage and injustice, for outrage and injustice will certainly ignite retaliation in kind.” pg. 200 The Dosadi Experiment. Frank Herbert

          • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:50 am #

            Outrage…..unless everybody’s so drugged up with alien worms in the vax and lithium in the water and whatever else raining down and resonating through us while we eat big macs and crack that 6 pack watching CNN, tweeting the latest scree from lady gag me that we don’t even notice the dude with the machete in our living room until…

      • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:30 pm #

        A Canticle for Liebovitz

        Think After the Goldrush by you know, that miner for a heart of gold.

      • Anthea October 5, 2021 at 3:02 am #

        The best book I’ve read in many years is “The Religion,” by Tim Willocks. It’s about the Great Siege of Malta in the 1500s.

    • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 10:40 am #

      I read a lot of her novels in my 20’s including Atlas Shrugged. I might have to revisit it.

      • Tate October 4, 2021 at 11:55 pm #

        I got knocked out of a College Honors program because I told the committee I was reading Atlas Shrugged. I even told them I like it (I lied, I didn’t trust my own judgement.)

        • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:24 am #

          Her hair was a shiny helmet….more like hell mutt.

          Oh. Survivor by chuck pahliachuck or something fight club guy, read em all.

          Black black humour.

    • SvrzoH October 4, 2021 at 11:36 am #

      No storytelling in the comics that I’ve read as a kid can come even close to the supernatural powers of the “heroes” in the “Atlas”.
      Only obedient few of “us” or 90% of humanity were allowed to be part in the life of protagonists in the book. Even then they are scolded by the Rand as useless parasites sucking on the talent and glory of the captains of the industry or, as called today, “job creators”. They are a suspiciously omitted as major work force at the end, in the building the compound in the Rockies, and reader was left with impression that “you-know-who” had built it, all half a dozen of them.
      Piss over “Robin Hood” was a special touch.
      Childish work of fiction but covert work of propaganda, yet became the literary guiding light for “Rearden-wanna-bees” in this country.

      • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 11:40 am #

        SvrzoH,
        Yeah, what you said….

        • SvrzoH October 4, 2021 at 2:56 pm #

          Your hart is full of Jes…errr Hank?

      • Tate October 5, 2021 at 12:04 am #

        Reading that “novel” was work, of the unproductive kind. Ironic.

    • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

      Cuffy Miggs. Ma Chalmers and her soybean cult. An aristocracy of pull.

      Humanity didn’t submit to the rule of the Aryan Supermen of Industry so it deserved what it got.

    • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm #

      If there is anything that has been made completely obvious in the last 20 months, it is that we live in a topdown economy.
      Producers can’t produce if the boss says No. They can’t produce without supplies. They can’t produce without energy. And it only takes one order from on high to shut the whole thing down. One order to make millions of people submit to forced inoculation. For that matter, someone had to have given the order to turn the bioweapon loose in the first place.
      And growing tomatoes in your backyard ain’t gonna keep you alive very long.

    • abbybwood October 4, 2021 at 2:01 pm #

      For some reason “Ecotopia” comes to mind.

      That would be a fun movie!

    • Dr_Wellington_Yueh October 4, 2021 at 3:38 pm #

      See Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Player Piano, re: the ‘weeding out’ of artisans, and other true producers. And then his Cat’s Cradle on why it’s bad to piss off smart people.

      Or Fredrik Pohl, The Midas Plague, in which citizens are compelled to buy useless crap because the robots won’t stop.

      • Uncle Bob October 4, 2021 at 10:28 pm #

        Where we can read “Chinese factory slaves” for “robots,” no doubt. But you can also say Americans are also robots for endlessly buying ever more stuff, whether it’s actually needed or merely a convenience or even something you want simply because nobody else you know will have one.

        Revelation 17 and 18 likely shows America’s end.

        https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2017-18&version=NIV

        • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 1:34 am #

          By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.

      • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:27 am #

        I like kurt.

        • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:30 am #

          Also Neuromancer by William Gibson. Bit of a one trick pony but to me that book was seminal. Right up there with Ursula LaGuin (sp?)

          • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:39 am #

            And Dostoyevsky. For some reason I cannot get enough of that guy.

            In high school up here, A Day in the Lfe of Ivan Vassillyich, (sp?)
            Was required reading…. no longer.

            Fav quote…. if you can’t say something so a 6 year old would understand, you don’t know what you’re talking about..
            That was more of a paraphrase .

            And writing his novel on cigarette paper, match books, wow.

    • jgalt October 5, 2021 at 4:26 pm #

      But where is our own John Galt, and where is the hidden valley where productive people can gather to live a free and worthwhile life? Sadly, Any Rand, herself the victim of marxist rulers in Russia, saw exactly what was in store for America and issued her warnings. Her most stark warning was her movie, “We the Living”, based on her life under communist dictatorship. Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957, but apparently, our politicians and military brass never became familiar with the book and its warnings, or they ignored its lessons.

  7. Lawfish October 4, 2021 at 9:55 am #

    You’re not kidding about those supply shortages. I went to Home Depot yesterday to get some 24″ LED fixtures. You know, the basic ones that they usually have 10,000 of in stock. Zero. Many bare shelves. $hit’s getting real.

    • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 9:59 am #

      Couldn’t find any — not one container! — of French’s Yellow Mustard at Safeway yesterday. Went with store brand. Woe is me!

      • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:03 am #

        The right mustard is critical to happiness and quality of life.
        No two ways about it.

        • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:29 am #

          Ice cream is in short supply for months now. Five bucks for half a pint of lousy, dried out blueberries. Good thing I rarely eat meat too!

        • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 11:00 am #

          For years I bought PUR water filters for about $6.50. Now they’re $20 each. I thought it was a mistake. No, they tripled in price. I’m debating whether to buy at this price.

        • Dr_Wellington_Yueh October 4, 2021 at 3:42 pm #

          Inglehoffer. It’s the right mustard.

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

        I scored a superb yellow mustard at a dollar store. Few ingredients, one of them being tumeric. I give thanks to God every time I use it.

      • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:46 pm #

        Mix tumeric with mustard powder and water. Done.

        • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 12:32 am #

          Oh, and vinegar.

      • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2021 at 8:40 pm #

        Make your own! Get ready for the WMBH…

        https://www.servedfromscratch.com/dijon-mustard-from-scratch-2/

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 4, 2021 at 10:12 am #

      no old-work electrical boxes for last six months here

      • stelmosfire October 4, 2021 at 10:26 am #

        How many ya need? I’ve got the 4 b’s covered Bullets, band-aids, beans, and boxes. Boards also. I think I even have a box of buttons.

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 11:49 am #

          @stelmosfire

          “buttons”

          That strikes a cord. Made me smile.

          It was on the list essentials for this old-time doomer during earlier years imagining longer term survival. Received a gift at one point of a small baggie of used buttons as a joke gift in loving ridicule of my doomer ways.

          connectors of all sorts – twine, tape, buttons, zippers, thread, clamps, glue, containers, nails, screws, and bolts.

          “Light a candle, light a votive, step down, step down.”

          ~toktomi~

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

            What about a baseball bat? Or tools? Do you have a siphon tube for gasoline? A crow bar? Have you watched “The Crow”?

          • stelmosfire October 4, 2021 at 1:18 pm #

            A crow bar? maybe a half dozen 1 through 4 ft.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 2:21 pm #

            What about the seven foot long Fireman bar to tear down walls?

          • stelmosfire October 4, 2021 at 5:14 pm #

            We called ’em pike poles. I got me one of those too. They switched to fiberglass so I took home a nice 10 ft ash handled piece. Kinda like this one.

            https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fd/dc/86/fddc860bc6236d18ac15357ee89165c1.jpg

    • MiddlePeninsula October 4, 2021 at 10:24 am #

      First of all, no Charmin at Costco. Got the Kirkland brand instead. At the local grocery store, lots of holes in the shelves and freezer. Made me think of the former Soviet Union where the grocery stores looked similar back in the day.
      I’m already bugging the grandkids about what they want for Christmas and I also tell them if they want “cash”, that works too. My stepsons are in HVAC and they tell me it is really hard to get parts. Some folks are simply replacing systems because they can’t get parts to fix the old system. An expensive remedy, no doubt.

      • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:35 pm #

        I’ve promised my youngest kid an apple for Xmas. I think he’s expecting something a bit different from what he’ll actually get. For his birthday, it will be an eggbox rather than an Xbox.

      • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2021 at 8:50 pm #

        First of all, no Charmin at Costco. Got the Kirkland brand instead.

        Is this the ultimate ‘first world problem’? Shit paper is shit paper, the brand meaning zilch.

        • Tate October 5, 2021 at 12:11 am #

          Um, actually, no. You ever tried Kirkland brand TP?

        • benr October 5, 2021 at 9:03 am #

          As per usual you are wrong.
          Get the bargain basement single ply no name brand and while you are sandpapering off the cling-ons you still manage to poke a finger through through the strangely rough tissue paper.

          Now get the Charmin variety soft absorbent and stout enough to clog lessor plumbing.
          Its like eating rat and then grass fed filet mignon.
          Riding in a lowered mini truck and going for a cruise in a Rolls Royce.

          With that said no toilet paper?
          Get cheap cloth wash clothes and take a shower with lots of soap.

      • Uncle Bob October 4, 2021 at 10:44 pm #

        “Made me think of the former Soviet Union where the grocery stores looked similar back in the day.”

        When the ice cream shifting rotate in the WH nominates an actual Society raised communist to be Comptroller of the Currency so she can destroy the American banking system, you really are looking at living in the USSR West.

        https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bidens-pick-comptroller-currency-pro-communism-remarks#

        “Some folks are simply replacing systems because they can’t get parts to fix the old system. An expensive remedy, no doubt.”

        I recently bought a new car because I heard of the supply problems that are expected to last through 2023 — just about long enough to tether everyone to going a couple hundred miles before they need a 14-hour charge for their “Earth-saving” electric cars. My existing car is fine, but it’s also 13 years old and parts will probably be a problem reasonably soon. Also, getting a loan will be hard soon because of the Fed’s idiocy and the increasing effects of ESG scores on consumer loans going forward — not to mention the ridiculous inflation of car prices (about a grand a month where I live).

        • Uncle Bob October 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm #

          Not shifting rotate, ice cream-gobbling dotard.

        • Ricechex October 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm #

          Interesting. I recently bought a new car for the same reason. I also considered that as the dollar goes down in value, better to by now. My car was fine, also 13 years old, over 100K miles. I bought a hybrid thinking that might help a little bit.

    • Tate October 4, 2021 at 10:29 am #

      No sweet onions at Kings (Kroger) yesterday. No sweet onions!!!

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm #

        60 container ships full of sweet onions, now rotting in the holds.

      • draupnir October 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

        No strawberries at Sam’s yesterday. Oh, no! No strawberry pie! We’ll have to have lemon meringue instead. Surprisingly, I got everything else on my list including 3 bottles of magnesium, which treats my restless legs, and 3 bottles of 5000 IU D3. I am anticipating we will be running out of supplies of such items before too long, not to mention prescription pharmaceuticals. My large order for N-acetyl cysteine has arrived (that stuff is cheap). I started that originally for elevation. I’d heard of its anti-cancer properties, though I didn’t put much stock in that. However, to my surprise, it seems to be shrinking a hard tumor I’ve been ignoring that was growing slowly but inexorably. from my skin. It is now less than 1/4th its former size and smaller every day. Cancer? Probably. Almost everyone in my family died from cancer. I did get 20 lbs of enormous yellow onions. I’m going to caramelize them and make onion jam and canned onions. That will perk things up if fresh are not available.

  8. Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 9:55 am #

    Rats off a sinking ship. This sucker’s going DOWN!!!

    • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:08 am #

      Seems so, Dis. SloJoe’s peeps calling an early lid today and an early lid for Americans for the year. When hunger and cold set in, it will be so much harder to resist. Soldiers and police officers will be far less likely to join us when their own security depends on sticking with the bad guys.

      • hmuller October 5, 2021 at 9:55 pm #

        Do you think the guardians got jabbed with the same vaccine as the general population?

        Hard to say. If the wives, children, and relatives of these guardians start dropping dead; their loyalty will transform into armed opposition.

    • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

      @disaffected

      Well, who could have seen that coming?

      Oh, that’s right, all those nut crackers hanging out 20 years ago at AlasBabylon and DieOff2

      James was probably there, along with Denninger, Perry Arnett, Astyk, McMahon, and, of course, Jay Hanson among other notables.

      ~toktomi~

    • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:28 pm #

      Divers finally reached The Lusitania some years ago. It had obviously been packed to the gill with munitions. The German Wolf Pack had every right to down her.

  9. Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 9:58 am #

    Notice that Kamala the ho warned that we might be facing acute shortages around Christmas, but fell short of making any suggestions as to how to, you know, prevent this?

    Reminds me of Jimmy Carter’s leadership style. Wear a sweater.

    • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 11:05 am #

      Dr Fauci will tell us to wear two sweaters and 5 face masks.

      • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:42 am #

        He’s already saying, “don’t gather at all, it’s too dangerous.”

        Trashing traditional holidays is all part of the pinko plan to break down and destroy Western society and culture.

        • abbybwood October 4, 2021 at 2:06 pm #

          Right.

          The last thing they want is us talking amongst ourselves.

        • MiddlePeninsula October 4, 2021 at 2:18 pm #

          I am leaving in a few days for a family gathering in Boise. Then in mid-November, I am hitting Miami beach. I didn’t think about Christmas, but in honor of that little troll, Fauci, I am going to invite an absolute horde of folks. No masks allowed! I’ll send “Liar, Liar Pants-On-Fire” Fauci a picture of the group. I sincerely hope it causes him to have a fit.

      • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:36 pm #

        And a vaccine on a pear tree.

  10. BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 10:13 am #

    China is going dark due to coal shortage, apparently rolling blackouts across the country and major factories being shut down on a selective basis. Same thing happening in the UK severe natgas shortage, also, gasoline for motor transport almost non existent in parts of the country.

    Meanwhile, IPO for Rivian, maker of EV trucks coming up, value of the company valued at $80 billion. $80 billion? Rivian has yet to sell 1 truck, which has a base price of $70,000.

    It’ll be sorted out by UN and EU elites at the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glascow at the end of the month, where they will be laying down the law on the Western World. Rest assured John Kerry the Climate Czar will be winging in on his Gulfstream IV, partaking in the free Champagne, Kobe beef and escargot entrees, f#kkng us over and selling us out to his billionaire Globalist chums.

    Pete Buttgieg, Transportation Secretary … what’s he doing about the backed up freighters at ports in Cal. and NYC Jim mentions. I know he just gave birth to twins, so cut him some slack? Last I heard from him was that he plans to make the DOT ‘more diverse’, also, ‘end gasoline powered cars by 2025’, 3 years from now. That’s it, those are his plans. Are you reassured?

    -Marlin, xHe, xxHim

    • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 10:20 am #

      Best to stock up on a bicycle, but then again those are hard to find in the marketplace these days too!

      • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 10:32 am #

        I was looking for a lawn mower last week Cowbell; nobody had any, finally located a cheapy at a small hardware store 3 towns from here. This will at least get me thru till the end of the season (about a month from now) All that was available were electric lawn mowers nobody wants still sitting on the shelf. My old one, a Honda, lasted about 10 years. The engine is still good but the frame itself cracked in half due to hard use and fatigue.

        -Marlin, xHe, xxHim

        • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 10:43 am #

          I’d consider looking for another frame. Those older Honda engines are built rather well. 20+ years on one here.

        • stelmosfire October 4, 2021 at 11:02 am #

          Marlin, Keep that Honda engine. Or trade me for something.

          • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 11:23 am #

            I’ll bring it up. You can have it.

        • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:31 pm #

          I use a manual. Of course I’m not a wealthy landowner like you what with your green acres.

          I see other poor people with tiny plots using gasoline mowers. It’s a status symbol. They want to rise up on the Pyramid.

        • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:38 pm #

          BRH: to paraphrase the old adage: I complained I had no lawn mower until I met a man who had no lawn.

          • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm #

            Lol

        • benr October 5, 2021 at 9:07 am #

          Why not take it to a welder and have the frame welded back together?

      • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 10:49 am #

        I bought mine with my stimmy $$ last March. Smartest purchase ever for these times.

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 12:39 pm #

          @MaryQueen

          “Smartest purchase” – edible?

          ~toktomi~

      • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 11:25 am #

        If you happen to live in North Florida (Red Hills area) I have two Bianchi from the mid 1980’s. Ishiwata chromoly. Might even part with my spare, a Specialized, aluminum. Holding onto my Serotta ti-carbon for use when there is no more auto/truck traffic and before the roads become impassable.

      • spaingaroo October 4, 2021 at 11:52 am #

        I have been doing the rounds of the bike shops around here (Granada area in Spain) and one of them told me that he can’t get any new bikes until at least Jan next year. How is he going to survive without selling any bikes at Christmas, or before.
        Decathlon will be the only bike store left soon. Not that they have almost any bikes either, only two models available out of about twelve ‘gravel’ bikes. Only on the internet too, and although one of those models was the one I wanted, it took about a fortnight to come in, from when I decided on it.
        They and Amazon of course.
        It seemed a shame to me to not go to a local bike shop, but they don’t seem to want the business, it seemed to me. I have been out of cycling for about six years and it all seems to have changed.

    • Dr_Wellington_Yueh October 4, 2021 at 3:53 pm #

      End petrol in 3 years, heh! I spent 20 minutes of my Saturday plodding along behind a ’62 Chevy pickup towing a trailer made from the bed of another ’62 Chevy pickup, and it was literally exhaling gasoline fumes. This is the outskirts of Los Angeles.

      The folks who haul away your scrap, cut your lawns, fix your jacuzzi, patch your leaky roof…those folks are not going to be driving electrics in 3 years.

      “Oh! Fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar!”

  11. Hardrock October 4, 2021 at 10:19 am #

    “….waiting for the lights to flicker out.” – JHK

    Reminds me of “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” by Kipling:

    AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

    There’s a few more stanzas….http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_copybook.htm
    and it’s worth reading

    • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:23 am #

      I’ve come to appreciate Kipling way more than I did when I first read his work.

      It seemed dated to me then, but it has real staying power.

    • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanx 4 the link H

    • Uncle Bob October 4, 2021 at 10:50 pm #

      A Beck aficionado?

      • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 1:55 am #

        Me? Looked like a good crowd at his last outing a couple of days ago, beck I mean.

  12. MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 10:19 am #

    Thank you for today’s article, James!

    We are definitely a “dumpster fire riding the garbage barge of our nation’s economy into a blood-red sunset”.

    Nailed it!

    This winter ought to be a doozy. Hanging on for dear life.

  13. teddyboy46 October 4, 2021 at 10:19 am #

    and to top it all off playboy has a transgender man on its cover. Now I know the end is near.

    • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 10:30 am #

      What, really?!?! That is insane. What in the hell would Hugh think of that!?!?

    • stelmosfire October 4, 2021 at 11:06 am #

      I don’t usually watch football but I watched some of the Pats game last night. I was shocked to see a couple of guys waving pompoms in the cheerleader line with all the hot girls. “Oh the Humanity”

    • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 11:46 am #

      “playboy has a transgender man on its cover”

      Teddy,
      For THAT you can thank his unworthy heirs and assigns….

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm #

        Look what the Ford boys did with Henry’s legacy. Boy did they ever get with the Program to destroy the White Man and his Civilization.

    • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

      @teddy

      breathe. Trans in one form or another has been a staple of human existence forever. We once had a male dog back in the days when all the neighborhood dogs ran wild that was occasionally visited by some of the locals and was gaily molested. My step-dad was apparently freaked out by this and quickly rehomed or, perhaps, repurposed the different creature.

      They don’t procreate generally and certainly are no threat. I sincerely wish that I could say the same for religious types.

      ~toktomi~

      • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 6:39 pm #

        Come on tok, you’re beginning to sound like a ………

        • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2021 at 9:19 pm #

          …like someone with common sense.

          • benr October 5, 2021 at 9:18 am #

            You would not know common sense if it punched you in the nose.
            You certainly don’t have any.

          • Redneck Liberal October 6, 2021 at 5:03 pm #

            Another BRILLIANT retort! benr, you just constantly impress me! So insightful! And you used accurate punctuation this time. Wow.

          • benr October 7, 2021 at 7:02 pm #

            @rl

            I don’t want to waste time being Don Quixote tilting at your nonsense you don’t care about the truth or reality.
            Simply pointing and laughing at you is enough.

    • SvrzoH October 4, 2021 at 8:37 pm #

      I would be afraid to open centerfold. Imagine 16-17 y/o guy in search
      for the “ultimate” view.

    • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 2:03 pm #

      And she wept at the foot of a rainbow cross.

  14. E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 10:20 am #

    Kunstler wrote:

    “America strangles its economy to death, seemingly on-purpose”

    Inflation in the USA is running at 5%+ for six months running (next announcement, Oct. 13th, covering Sept 2021).

    The last time inflation was this high in the US on a six-month sustained basis:

    Much of the period of early 1989 to mid 1991. (FED Chairman Volcker had “whipped” dogged high inflation in the early 1980s, but it briefly came back to the 5%+ level in line with the early ’90s recession.)

    The next time inflation came close to current levels was just ahead of the so-called Great Recession. Inflation stood above or near 4% from Nov 2007 to Sept 2008, but only briefly poked above 5% in June-July-Aug 2008, in line with the gasoline price spike. And now oil has pushed above $80/barrel again.

    Hmm….

    • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:37 am #

      Who needs gummint inflation numbers? Haven’t they changed the formula repeatedly in order to fudge results that serve themselves? Everybody sees and feels the real thing.

      • E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 10:48 am #

        RE: JTinMD

        “Who needs gummint inflation numbers?”

        If you prefer, you can consult

        http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts

        by dissident economist John Williams.

        He claims the government CPI inflation data was “fudged” in a systemic way starting in the 1990s. At that link you can see tThe government official inflation (red line, the numbers I referred to) vs. his alternate measure (blue line).

        In either case, the 2021 inflation rate equals the 2008 pre-Great Recession rate, except that 2021 looks to be more sustained and possibly somewhat higher than 2008’s, whatever exact number we want to peg them as.

        • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 11:02 am #

          EH: You’re a bit faster on the keyboard than me!

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 11:01 am #

        http://www.shadowstats.com

        (September 14) CPI INFLATION – The August 2021 Annual CPI-U gained a softer than expected 5.3% month-to-month, minimally backing off its 13-year high annual inflation rate of 5.4% in both June and July, otherwise at a 13-year high annual inflation rate, similarly with the “Core” CPI-U at 4.00%, otherwise still at a 30-year high, June and July excepted. (Bureau of Labor Statistics – BLS).

        Year-to-Year August 2021 ShadowStats Alternate CPI Annual Inflation (1980 Base) declined to 13.2% from 13.4% in June and July, which then also matched the prior 13.4% peak in July 2008, otherwise against a 13.4% peak in June 1980.

        Copyright 2003-2020. Shadow Government Statistics, Walter J. Williams.

        For anyone not familiar with John Williams’ work, Shadowstats presents a real perspective on economic-related events and numbers by using a baseline from 1980.

        from his background notes:

        “Nonetheless, the quality of government reporting has deteriorated sharply in the last couple of decades. Reporting problems have included methodological changes to economic reporting that have pushed headline economic and inflation results out of the realm of real-world or common experience.”

        Copyright 2003-2020. Shadow Government Statistics, Walter J. Williams.

  15. Condition Red October 4, 2021 at 10:23 am #

    What a sad spectacle it is to watch JHK sink ever so slowly into his own morass of miasmatic perfidious bullshit.

    He whines about VP Harris and her qualifications yet has nothing whatsoever to say about the shameful insertion of a 4th rate TV shithead – a proven con-artist, liar and whoremonger. That’s just dandy.

    And his stance, coming from zero expertise, about Covid, is downright criminal. Hey Jim – shut the fuck up about the Bug. You don’t have even the slightest idea what you are saying.

    All this in the service of Patreon $$ siphoned from the lower orders – JHK will never recover even a scintilla of respect. He is done.

    • Karen October 4, 2021 at 10:25 am #

      ZeaWolf77 still crying bout Donnie!
      Get your head checked mate
      Get it sorted

    • E. H. Hail October 4, 2021 at 10:29 am #

      I think JHK has said Trump is a con-artist or showboat and not worthy of a serious country, or words to that effect, but still grudgingly supported him in 2020. Not as pro-Trump but as anti-anti-Trump. (Everyone knows Trump is something of a con-man; even his supporters.)

      • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:39 am #

        What, maybe there are three or four who aren’t sleazy con-artists?

      • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 11:09 am #

        Trump was a businessman, a real estate developer in the most corrupt city of the world. He had to deal with the mafia, the gangs and the most corrupt governance and judiciary in this country.

        He was successful, just with that statement means he left a cadre of enemies behind as he moved up the power ladder. I notice that so far, the only judicial damage done to him is a bunch of wet-dreams from the nutty side of the media.

        All the antiTrumpers are total products of the MSM believing all the lies propagated against him by the Leftist wienies in the country. You are the products of the greatest smear campaign in history. I always noticed that Trump’s retorts through Twitter were in a defensive mode. Someone took a shot at him and he fired back.

        He was the ONLY person in the last forty years that knew what damage was being done by the Leftist deluge, the Deep State, and tried to go to war against them. He lost because he was so terribly outnumbered, but I am hoping that the continued failure of the Deep State in every facet of our discussions will resurrect Donny or an identical substitute. If no, 2022 and 2024, the Republican America is going away, deluged by millions of gimme artists.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 11:31 am #

          Wayne Barrett made a career out of finding the dirt on Donald Trump, but he couldn’t seem to find any actual criminal wrongdoing, perhaps just some unethical behavior he was allowed to get away with by city government and other political ties.

          As he himself put it, “Even I was surprised by how clean I am”.

        • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:45 am #

          JAZ-

          Your first paragraph is exactly why Trump’s behavior mystified me so much.

          He dealt with all the corruption in real estate and media for *decades* in NYC.

          Suddenly, he’s elected president and magically reverts to, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” mode?

          He really thought the Swamp was going to fight fair and deal with him in good faith?

          It simply does not compute.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 12:05 pm #

            He was able to make deals with all kinds of slime balls because he understood that you have to give something to get something, and so did they.

            He didn’t understand that the Swamp in DC was a whole other level of sliminess.

            I think he really expected people such as Mitch McConnell to have a modicum of patriotism.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:36 pm #

            He’s pushing the Vax now. It’s probably why he isn’t under more fire than he is. That’s after throwing his supporters under the bus on 1/6.

        • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2021 at 9:29 pm #

          “He was the ONLY person in the last forty years that knew what damage was being done by the Leftist deluge, the Deep State, and tried to go to war against them.

          The ONLY one? I very much doubt that, JohnAZ. In fact, I’d bet he didn’t give an actual f*** about any of that before he accidentally got elected. Even then, his Minders (Bannon, Miller et al) ran the policy show, not the Beknighted Flim-Flam Man from Queens.

          • Uncle Bob October 4, 2021 at 11:12 pm #

            You seem to underestimate Americans’ frustration over being bossed around by arrogant assholes with degrees from Ivy League schools but without a gram of common sense or desire to leave things that work alone (e.g., two sexes rather than 463 fluid “genders”). No, the important thing is to drag the troglodytes into the bright future afforded only by Marxism — even though it has failed everywhere (with the exception of enslaving the masses for the benefit of the few — ironically, since that’s the opposite of how the Fascists, Bolsheviks, Nazis, ChiComms, and other Marxist utopians pitched their revolutions to the people). Of course, THIS TIME it will work, because THIS TIME it’ll be led by THE RIGHT PEOPLE. And everyone will be equal, but some will be more equal than others, right tovarisch?

          • Redneck Liberal October 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm #

            “…arrogant assholes with degrees from Ivy League schools but without a gram of common sense or desire to leave things that work alone.

            Hmm. Isn’t this a lucidly accurate description of Trump, too? Read “Peril”.

    • Karen October 4, 2021 at 10:32 am #

      All this in the service of Patreon $$ siphoned from the lower orders -SeaWolf77

      Well it works for:
      Savage
      Shapiro
      Carlson
      Levin
      Coulter
      Hannity
      Ingraham

      Gotta find your niche.
      Your fishing hole.

      Trolling the depths not going to land you a whale, but it will feed you just as well.

      • Uncle Bob October 4, 2021 at 11:01 pm #

        How big is the ChiComm flag you have flying from a pole in your front yard? Or do you prefer to dress in black, hit police horses in the face with bricks, and launch fireworks at cops and call it “peaceful protest?” I imagine Soros et al. subsidize you quite well.

    • Mostly Disagreeable October 4, 2021 at 10:42 am #

      This must be a parody.

      • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 10:54 am #

        It’s a two year old level temper tantrum.

    • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 11:31 am #

      I’ll see your morass of miasmatic perfidious bullshit and raise you two fetid exudations of institutional rot.

      • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 11:44 am #

        Speaking of miasmatic perfidious bullshit I just learned that a family from whom we happen to buy fresh eggs (store bought do not come close) in our tiny town all came down with covid. This includes the wife’s mother (hope it’s not too offensive to use words like “wife” or “mother”). They were vaccinated. The mother is recovering well following monoclonal antibody infusion.

        • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm #

          Correction. Just got a text from my wife (ach! that word again!) and the family was NOT vaccinated. They live on a farm, homeschool, and I gather don’t get around too much anymore. Maybe a bat bit a chicken?

          Nevertheless we must tell the truth, as it will set us free.

          • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm #

            Paula D– they are not all elderly. That’s much of the problem. It’s a debit extending indefinitely into the future.
            Fitts is great, been following her for years, but alas, she is in danger of becoming a broken record. Does she “engineer” her breakfast?

            Whitney Webb is 1st rate. I’m surprised she is still alive, but she has not yet achieved Assange rank.

        • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 1:18 pm #

          The epidemiology of this virus has never made sense.
          A guy eats a bat in China in December and two months later nursing home patients in Washington state start dying?
          And then it goes to nursing homes in New York?
          And then it dies out in the summer, as respiratory viruses do, but the Second Wave arrives, as predicted, just in time to scare Americans into lining up for the jab. The Second Wave is said to have started in the UK, and the first one who fell to it in the US is some dude in Colorado, who never left his town?
          And then India, who was untouched for over a year, come up with the Delta variant, and the US sits over here ramping up the fear, but not shutting down air travel from India?
          And then this last summer, for the first time in human history, a respiratory virus spreads throughout the summer? And it especially targets people in resistant states like Florida, Texas and South Dakota? Oh, and children who were pretty much unaffected by the virus, up until Summer, 2021? Just in time for the jabs for kids?
          How the hell does a family out in Podunk Wherever you live manage to all come down with the covid? I know many people whose family members got sick, but they didn’t. Must be a new “variant” spreading just in time for the Final Push to get the resisters jabbed.
          Maybe it’s the Mu variant. They didn’t even bother to come up with a creation story for that one. Why bother, when it turns out the vast majority of Americans are blithering idiots who believe anything? No, the Mu spontaneously generated in 30 countries, at the same time. And it will be presented with fanfare when they want to explain away a more lethal disease sweeping through resistant states (while leaving thousands of homeless people living in squalor on the streets untouched).

          • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 1:35 pm #

            Oh, and it’s especially killing off natives on reservations. Because, you know, there’s a lot of international travel between China and the rez.
            Not all, though, just the ones in the Dakotas that live over pipelines and shale, and the ones in Arizona who live over uranium.

          • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

            Point well taken about the homeless. Talk about a control group that should by now be extinct.

            Maybe they are not susceptible owing to their lifestyle (drugs, malnutrition) sort of like the wino in The Andromeda Strain (whose elixer of choice was Sterno, which rendered the virus inoperable for some reason I can’t recall).

            It’s difficult not to at least entertain the notion that there is perhaps an attempt with covid to save medicare/medicaid by eliminating a particularly needful population (obese, diabetic, etc etc). And helping out social security too. — although Denninger points out that SSA is doing OK. The homeless don’t make too many demands I imagine on medicaid — unlike the sad enlarged specimens being wheeled into the cardiologist’s waiting room for their quarterly checkup.

          • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm #

            They want the pension/Social Security funds, for sure.
            I posted a video last week of a dude 2 years ago tying in Extinction Rebellion with the pension fund grab. He claimed there was some trillions to be stolen.
            And shortly thereafter came the Covid.
            I think that giving them credit for trying to “save” Medicare is too kind to them. The medical-industrial complex is 19% of the economy and most of it, as you point out, is spent on wheeling obese elderly people from radiology to infusion centers to hospital beds. I’m pretty sure that our ruling overlords have decided to stop all that.
            Here’s another interesting video, with two of the smartest people around, Whitney Webb and Catherine Austin Fitts, connecting some dots.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iLR3AjnHJk

          • zenfugue October 4, 2021 at 4:20 pm #

            Fabulous, succinct chronology… thanks!

          • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm #

            see 7:40PM reply. not sure why it got misplaced.

    • spaingaroo October 4, 2021 at 11:55 am #

      what a sad spectacle to see paid trolls affect sadness!
      Or is it comedy?

    • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm #

      @red

      As far as I am concerned, you have every right to your hate speech. It’s even codified in the Constitution.

      Now, do you have anything to contribute to the conversation or will your unresolved childhood pains control to you the point of simply destructive urges?

      ~toktomi~

    • Amman October 4, 2021 at 3:41 pm #

      Sad spectacle, eh?

    • benr October 5, 2021 at 9:24 am #

      Seadolt alert look at this buffoon going on about the Donald…STILL.
      Dunce of the day awarded yet again, begone foul knave to your corner and pointy hat status.

      You simple bastard own the dullard pretending to be resident @ 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,

      All yours and the decent is obvious to even the most stupid person.

      Biden is the wrong man at the wrong time doing a lousy job.

      https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-is-the-wrong-leader-for-america/ar-AAP93sL?ocid=msedgntp

      Across the political and demographic spectrum, Americans wonder not if the “American Moment” has passed but whether the United States will survive President Joe Biden’s dismantling of the country.

      Biden demonstrates an attitude toward our nation that is, at best, ambivalence, and, at worst, a dangerous disaffection that seems at times like hatred. We have seen our understanding of who we are in the world riven under the disapprobation of a hard-left political vision that seeks to eliminate any vestige of U.S. history.

      The current attack on American values and history began decades ago, but the existential emasculation that has produced extreme chasms between Americans has only recently been revealed.

      It came to the forefront during the first presidential campaign of former President Barack Obama and persisted throughout his eight years in the Oval Office. His vision of “hope and change” was a hope that American individualism would be replaced with European-style collectivism and a change to a globalist system that featured Marxist economics.

      The Obama administration did not like America.

      • benr October 5, 2021 at 9:25 am #

        decent should be descent!

        typing 101 is killing me.

  16. Karen October 4, 2021 at 10:24 am #

    Papers from Panama, papers from Pandora.
    Y nada

    The elite’s revolving door from the executive suites and board rooms to limestone DC bureaucracy HQ’s goes on and on. Even pseudo-bureaucratic institutions like “the fed”.

    Making money for you and yours is the name of the game folks.

    You’re angry, because you’re frustrated, because you’ve been playing the wrong game. Let me guess, you thought it was all about community, patriotism, and the common good?

    Nobody likes getting suckered.
    Played for the fool.

    But what they like less is not being allowed to join the winning team.

  17. thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 10:28 am #

    Feds to tax unrealized gains in Bitcoin and Ethereum:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2021-10-03/bitcoin-and-ethereum-unrealized-gains-be-taxed-analysis

    Oh man is that gonna hurt for some folks out there….

    • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 11:13 am #

      If and when those crypto currencies go down, will the IRS send back the tax money they took from the holders?

      • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:46 am #

        Imagine being a BTC or ETH multi-millionaire and only having a few thousand USD in your checking account.

        Oops.

        • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 11:55 am #

          Coast,
          Well, reality intrudes….

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 12:58 pm #

          @thirdcoast

          That sounds like a very unlikely scenario.

          I could be wrong.

          ~toktomi~

    • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:50 pm #

      They also want to tax real estate gains. That will put countless people out on the streets.

    • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:32 pm #

      Bitcoin can NOT be taxed. It is decentralized.

      Even were this possible, smart Bitcoiners hold on to their Bitcoin assets, meaning they couldn’t be taxed on it anyway since they don’t spend it.

      Etherium, and other cryptos and alt-coins, are a different story. They’re all going down, or will be devalued into the equivalent of junk futures.

      • Trean October 4, 2021 at 3:13 pm #

        Anything can be taxed. If the government makes it illegal with a 25 year penalty and confiscation to own undeclared bitcoin or similar people will fold real quick. Particularly when they declare all your assets subject to seizure as the proceeds of crime. Plus of course a snitch line with a 10 percent reward for your family member, friend, boss.
        The line will be, undeclared electronic currencies are funding crime and terrorism and Congress will pass it in a heartbeat.

        • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

          Trean,

          I’ve spent over two hundred hours going down the Bitcoin rabbit hole. The people who write these panic Bitcoin articles get their info either from doomer sites or MSM-backed economics sites/news feeds. IOW, they know fuck all about the topic.

          Once again, Bitcoin’s decentralized. TPTB know nothing about anyone on it (nor does anybody else, including those who transact with it.). I’m not talking about specific transactions, I mean they don’t know identities, let alone amounts in anyone’s hardware wallets. It’s been unhackable for the 12 years since its inception, and its efficacy and safety have been getting exponentially better every day.

          • neurodoc October 5, 2021 at 9:52 am #

            What about monero, pirate chain and dero. They too are decentralized, ‘privacy’ coins that would be hard to tract by any gubmint thug group. The irs apparently put out a bounty to break into (for the lack of a better word) monero, and so far, no one has. Hopefully that will remain so.

      • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:42 pm #

        SF: they know who’s got bitcoin. When they grab them by the gonads, they’ll pay tax alright.

        • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 4:45 pm #

          They DON’T know.

          Back up your assertion with facts.

          • neurodoc October 5, 2021 at 9:55 am #

            The only way gubmint can know is if one is naive enough to keep their purchased crypto on the exchanges, which can be coerced by gubmint. If you have a private wallet no one can know unless you let them. Esp if its a hard wallet.

  18. Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:30 am #

    I was recently reading about the negative effects of sanctions on the most vulnerable members of a society, when it occurred to me that we as a country have been placed under economic sanctions by our own government.

    • JTinMD October 4, 2021 at 10:42 am #

      Not my government.

      • Karen October 4, 2021 at 10:53 am #

        No matter who you are or where you were born, you have been assigned a government.

        And if not, you will never participate.
        And if you think you will avoid participating, think again.
        They always have you.

        Bagged and tagged from day 1.

        You’re in a managed preserve.
        You’ve never been free

        • hmuller October 4, 2021 at 11:20 am #

          On an oval office couch
          Old Joe lies dreaming
          Of his master Cthulhu
          Who waits sleeping
          In his house at R’lyeh

          The shit is now hitting the fan.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 6:55 pm #

          No going off the reservation.

        • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:18 am #

          Right, there isn’t an opt out button. Hasn’t been one for at least a couple centuries. Still, I say “not my government.”

          You can’t kill an idea.

    • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 10:42 am #

      Good point Beryl.

      People in New England are worried about their ability to keep warm this winter, what with the Biden Administraton driving up the cost of No 2 heating oil, and Natural Gas.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 11:11 am #

        Considering the main differences between No 2 heating oil and diesel are red dye vs road taxes, lots of other costs will also rise.

      • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 11:25 am #

        BRH

        In 1973, we were living in Newport, RI in the navy. I remember what happened with the inflation of that period and the oil squeeze OPEC put on the US.

        One big problem is the dipstick young people do not understand how bad this is going to get and like Europe is discovering right now, how bad an oil and gas shortage can be. Add on the ignorant immigrants who do not have a clue what a shortage will look like as they have never had the resources in the first place.

        My prediction for next year is pretty darn pessimistic. IMHO, the demographic shifts in this country and the stupidity of the youngest generation will lock in the Democratic Party, especially the Progressives. Once the gimmes are in control, they will suck America dry, and in short order as the productive folks are going to abandon ship.

        2024 or maybe 2026, the great delusion is going to hit and maybe the millions of immigrants will have to take their gimme attitudes elsewhere. They will find out that there is no other place to go.

        In the meantime, Panama says another 60000 Haitians are on their way, Jo Jo and Heels up are ecstatic.

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:03 pm #

          @John

          I would suggest that the overwhelming majority of “people do not understand how bad this is going to get”; not you, not me, virtually nobody.

          I can’t even imagine what I have long prayed for and worked for, an opportunity to return to stone age existence.

          ~toktomi~

          • hmuller October 5, 2021 at 12:53 pm #

            At least they had small government in the stone age.

          • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:24 am #

            Perhaps a silver lining?

            The Third-Worlders arriving daily have much more appropriate experience for the new world of hardship and deprivation that’s barreling down the tracks. Maybe we could learn a thing or two! 😉

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:53 pm #

        Alexandra on English pensioners freezing to death: It’s an issue.

        In other words, as long as colored immigrants are warm, the issue is on the permanent back burner.

      • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 1:37 pm #

        Ah, if only the frackers hadn’t spent the last 20 years flaring off all that natural gas.
        Oh well, hindsight is 20/20

      • Redneck Liberal October 4, 2021 at 9:37 pm #

        This sounds extraordinarily familiar, Marlin. One of your perennial grizzles, in fact. Has it not ever been thus?

  19. butter56 October 4, 2021 at 10:36 am #

    Great powers throughout history have lifecycle. There is the rise, the peak, and the decline. We are in the decline, and in the decline, you don’t produce good leadership. I suspect that most of the people on this blog are like me. We were fortunate to live when we did. Personally i saw America at its peak when it I was a boy. The decline is hard to watch but inevitable.

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 10:46 am #

      The last act of a Great nation is the looting of its treasury.

      You are here.

      —–

      My dad was born in 1946. My Mom in ’47. Rural Saskatchewan.

      They turned 76 & 75 in July. They had the absolute most luxurious run for average Joes ever. Almost all of mankind eeked out a bare subsistence for 30 or 40 years yet Mom & Dad flew to Hawaii and back several times on mid-level government jobs.

      1946-2021 was no picnic but it was compared to the immediate future.

      • malthuss October 4, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

        Who is the doctor? This Yeadon?

        • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 4:28 pm #

          I Believe that it is Dr Michael Yeadon.

          He is British. He was decades in Big Pharma including 17 years at Pfizer where he became a Vice President of that firm.

          He later had much success running his own BioMed company.

          Dr Yeadon has been a well-publicized opponent to these mass vaccinations throughout all of 2021. His interviews have been posted many times here on CFN.

      • SvrzoH October 4, 2021 at 3:06 pm #

        Wheels coming off in Saskatchewan? What in the world is this?

        https://en-volve.com/2021/09/30/canadian-grants-themselves-frightening-power-to-seize-private-property-in-the-name-of-covid/

        • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm #

          Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has lost his patience with me?

          “The feelings are mutual, Bud!”

          ——

          I am a hermit in a rented house10 minutes from the Sask. Legislature Bldg where Mr Moe signs such Draconian bull shit. I have my weed and my groceries delivered.

          What is the Over/Under on my being allowed to simply remain unjabbed and exist in this very simple way?

          Dec. 31?

          • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 7:06 pm #

            When you get tapped, just follow. God speed, boyo.

    • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 11:16 am #

      Yes, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s to me was great.

      • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 11:33 am #

        The roots of what is occurring right now occurred in those 60s and 70s. The Progressive movement started with the Civil Rights movements, and the anti war movement. They got their aims, the Civil Rights Acts and the end of Viet Nam, but just kept going with their destruction of America.

        Ask your Liberal friends what they see as the future structure of America. They do not have a clue. All they want is Progressive change to keep happening and do not have any goals to pursue.

        The picture of Jane Fonda on the anti aircraft battery in Viet Nam still wells up deep anger in me.

        • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 11:59 am #

          John,
          I too share the outrage. I have been long-prepared to forgive Jane her excesses…as soon as the Jews forgive Hitler….

        • butter56 October 4, 2021 at 12:32 pm #

          Changing immigration laws happened about the same time as well.

        • Socrates-Detroit October 4, 2021 at 12:34 pm #

          The backlash is always worse—like paying for what you did with huge interest.

          Blacks were discriminated against. Attitudes take years to change, yes, but after 1945 especially, Federal and State governments should have removed a legal barriers. It took 20 years.

          The Vietnam war was a bright shining lie.

          Both these events corroded much of middle of the ground, middle America’s trust of government in particular, and institutions in general.

          The thing is, while I too despise the government, governments in general, absent a watch dog government, unfettered laissez-faire leads ultimately to feudalism, or the law of the jungle, or a dictatorship or communism, if one entity can dominate the others. Eventually it collapses and cycle repeats.

          So we need some government.

          And it appears we are headed in the direction of feudalism with a modern face, or state control, where it will be difficult for “ordinary folks” to live freely.

          The founding fathers, extremely well read and intelligent, working on a largely blank canvas called America, recognized all this.

          They came up with a divided limited government, that none the less, would keep any private interest(s) from getting too powerful.

          To a significant extent, that depended on courts, Congress, states, counties, and individuals and families, and churches, zealously guarding their prerogatives; not trading them for convenience.

        • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm #

          Yes, Liberalism became Socialism became our version of Communism, Political Correctness – and now it’s gone kinetic as Wokeism.

        • MiddlePeninsula October 4, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

          John AZ,
          How old is that Fonda woman? I think one day she is just going to shrivel and melt like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz. That one piece of connective tissue she has left is finally going to snap like a fresh green bean. She will just be a grease stain somewhere. She should have been charged with treason. Evil folks really live a long time (Soros, Piglosi, Feinstein etc.) Why is that?

          • Wizard of the Saddle October 4, 2021 at 9:21 pm #

            Isn’t it obvious? Sold their souls to the Devil.

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:08 pm #

        @MaryQueen

        Yes, we were the most entitled generation of the masses anywhere at any time. And then they shot the Kent State students and massacred the Panthers.

        the “wave speech” from Fear and Loathing…

        ~toktomi~

        • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 2:19 pm #

          Kent Staters were throwing cinder blocks at armed men. Too stupid to live.

          The Panthers! Lol. What are you smoking? They were as bad as BLM is.

        • Tate October 5, 2021 at 12:23 am #

          Three of the four shot were jews.

      • SvrzoH October 4, 2021 at 3:13 pm #

        Generation born in 30’s in the US was the luckiest, as a whole, that ever existed on the planet. As a kids they “barely noticed” hardship of the depression, and when ready for labor golden gates were opening left and right for them. Mostly exited by now, never knew the crazy world of today.You are in the last generation to pick up some of the crumbs of the prosperity that the US offered.

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 8:19 pm #

          Well, the depression was hell on my mom (born in ’32) with Irish immigrant parents, who really struggled to survive.

          But after childhood, yes, she lived a pretty ideal life, opportunity-wise. And my dad as well.

          I agree, they had it the best of any generation probably in history.

          • SvrzoH October 4, 2021 at 9:29 pm #

            Ever saw pictures of the kids in the war zones playing on burned out tanks? Smiles from ear to ear. That’s what I meant to say.

          • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:31 am #

            They’ve been tagged as the “Silent Generation.” Very fortunate indeed.

      • Wizard of the Saddle October 4, 2021 at 9:18 pm #

        I agree, Mary. It was a good time to be a kid. I know it is the tendency of all older people to look back on their childhood with rose colored glasses, but I honestly would not trade out with the kids of today. They have really gotten a raw deal and will never know the great nation we both grew up in.

        • Amman October 5, 2021 at 2:29 pm #

          Perhaps they have a very good idea from the music, movies, the TV shows and from parents. The wealth part, like $100 dollars buying 5 large stuffed paper bags of groceries, they probably will not know.

          • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:37 am #

            Five bags? A hundy in 1970? I woulda made three trips to get the groceries in for Mom back then. Food and dry goods for two weeks, including her famous Sunday roast beef dinner! For a family of ten!

            “And you knew who you were then
            Goils were goils, and men were men “

          • Amman October 7, 2021 at 9:41 am #

            @JTinMD

            Oh No. Not 1970 which is part of the 60’s. This was around ’79. We are also talking upscale areas of Westchester county, NY. you see….

          • Amman October 7, 2021 at 10:03 am #

            *Ahem*

  20. timgenx October 4, 2021 at 10:41 am #

    It is the global JIT based economy malfunctioning. Nobody keeps inventory anymore for crisis situations and when enough disruptions happen in the logistics, too many producer are out of this or that part crucial for their production.

    In worst case few producers are all waiting each other to produce the parts needed! Factory A cannot produce because B cannot produce because C cannot produce because A cannot produce.

    • Mostly Disagreeable October 4, 2021 at 10:44 am #

      It’s the modern version of “There’s a Hole in the Bucket.”

    • PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 11:00 am #

      Great point, Timgenx

    • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 11:43 am #

      We do not have any answers on what is going on. The idea that it is Covid is ludicrous. Someone is benefitting from this debacle, who?

      The computerized JIT control locates every product in every container on every ship. The control is there. What is disrupting the ongoing chain, why are container ships not being offloaded now as they have been for fifty years.

      Are we over saturated, do the ports just not have the capacity any more to handle the increasing shipment loads?

      Is China manipulating the market! If so, why are the ships piling up off American shores?

      Are the totalitarian forces in the Deep State finding another method to control the economy? Is the end result going to be the nationalization of all the ports under Deep State control.

      All you fricking idiots out there that voted for Biden and the Democrats, I hope you are happy with what is going to happen, actually happening as we speak. What a debacle is coming, a nation of gimmes with no way of supplying their gimme needs. Serves the US right.

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:12 pm #

        @John

        Is the “who” a great mystery? We may not be familiar with their names but their positions can probably be extrapolated from their apparent wealth [not $Billions but $Trillions].

        “How” and “when” are much more compelling for me.

        ~toktomi~

        • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 1:41 pm #

          Well, we know it isn’t Biden.
          Personally, I think that our ruling overlords have decided that there are too many of us to keep warm and fed, so they’re culling the herd.
          It’s traditional to slaughter the livestock in the fall, so that you don’t have to feed them over the winter.

  21. PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 10:41 am #

    If much of what we were consuming was made in North America, and not China, supply chain anxiety wouldn’t be an issue. Globalist economic policies allows the US to live off the cheap goods of poorly paid Chinese workers. In return, we sent them raw materials like iron ore, for real estate speculators like Evergrande to use to build dozens of now collapsing Chinese ghost cities.

    So. Solutions? Perhaps we slide back to how Americans lived around 1980. We live with more expensive, higher quality, domestically made goods. Is this feasible & attainable? I think it is.

    What do the 700 or so odd ships off Long Beach have? Most of it isn’t food or perishables. Of course, there are goods on those ships that are critical. Medical supplies, for example. Maybe, possibly? I don’t know.

    However, thousands of designer curtains, and fuzzy haired trolls, and rubber steering wheel covers, and fidgit spinners, and plastic little army men, and the myriad items that make up America’s dollar stores– are not necessities.

    I’m gonna put myself out on a limb and argue that a good portion of what is on these ships from China, are these types of consumer “things”.

    In other words, junk. Lots and lots of useless junk.

    • Mostly Disagreeable October 4, 2021 at 10:46 am #

      A good follow on logistics is
      https://twitter.com/man_integrated

      He also writes on substack, and his been predicting all of this since before March 2020;

      fortisanalysis.substack.com

    • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:56 am #

      “Things”. Some people like things much more than other people do.

      That reminds me- So many liars, have you read any Tim Winton novels?

      • PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 10:58 am #

        No, I have not read any Tim Winton novels.

        Put some suggestions out there. Maybe next time I’m at my public library I’ll see if they have him.

      • So many liars October 4, 2021 at 11:17 am #

        Nope, hadn’t heard of him. I’ll see what I can find in the local library first.

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 11:14 am #

      The US economy is now founded on Fed shenanigans and your copious consumption of this junk. There is no going back to 1980 now. They gutted all that to set-up their “useless eaters” into a freezing, starvation “dark winter.”

      [Kissinger & “Biden”]

      • PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 11:25 am #

        “They gutted all that to set-up their “useless eaters” into a freezing, starvation “dark winter.””

        ya possibly. It’s gonna be depending on where you live, as well I think. Your access to food and water.

      • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 11:50 am #

        Yup!

        There have to be political and economic forces pushing us toward a goal. All the forces here are destroying us. As we go, so goes the world, and I would include all of North America in that. The two keys, Canada and the US, are going to take down the world as they collapse under dictatorial rule.

        OG, here is a thought. The capstone you talk about, what will they have left to have power over if they take down the world. Like the stock market, if you destroy the corporations by destroying their consumer base, aKA the next Great World Depression, then the PTB have no clothes.

        How far this could go is really scary!

        • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 4:10 pm #

          what will they have left to have power over if they take down the world

          They will live in luxury while most of Earth returns to nature.

          They will meet their seemingly impossible carbon reductions.

          They will lord over 500,000,000 serfs that are completely under their control.

          You cannot fathom this on account of your strong normalcy bias.

          • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 7:24 pm #

            Their 500,000 transhuman slaves who they can switch off with the snap of a finger.

            But happy!

          • Anthea October 6, 2021 at 6:30 am #

            Maybe the goal is not to “return the earth to nature” and enjoy a life of luxury.

            These people are Satanic. You might say that they are at enmity with life, whether of the animal kingdom or the plant kingdom. They actually detest nature. You do not hear much about our ruling class walking in the woods to marvel at an unfolding leaf or a dog violet, and you won’t find them camping out, cooking over a campfire, or launching a canoe onto the lake. If they own an estate at Jackson Hole, it is primarily for the pleasure of depriving others of access to nature.

            If they want to kill of most of the earth’s population, it is not because they want to preserve the earth in a pristine state, but for the pure pleasure of killing.

            They detest life and beauty, health and art, with a hatred that is beyond human comprehension. You can see this in modern arts and letters–and, as Jim so often points out, in architecture.

            My guess is that the ultimate goal is to turn the earth into a hellscape.

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:20 pm #

        @OG

        yup, I’ld say.

        The 80’s was the time when exponential financial growth was dragged to it’s knees. The artery had been cut and bleedout begun.

        Isn’t virtually the entire human race but useless eaters at the tit of the fossil fuel cow?

        ~toktomi~

        • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 4:06 pm #

          No. Not if you Believe that every man is a soul made in God’s image.

          It takes a Satanic point-of-view to feel that any human being is a “useless eater.” It is genocidal to think of all 8,000,000,000 souls in that way.

          May God bless you with Wisdom, TikTok.

    • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 12:02 pm #

      ” we slide back to how Americans lived around 1980…”

      Pete,
      Think 1960. …Missed it by a couple of decades.

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm #

        1860. You missed it by a century.

        • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 2:22 pm #

          760.

          19th century technology is gone with the wind.

          20-21st century technology is too complex and fragile.

          Literacy and numeracy are in free-fall.

          Everything’s broken, nothing works. Nobody cares.

          The monks are busy copying old texts, unaware as yet of the Vikings about to invade, pillage, and destroy.

          I think they call it a hard landing.

        • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 3:55 pm #

          Nineteen Eighty-four

        • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 8:07 pm #

          Au Contraire…there were no Twinkies in 1860….

      • rainmaker October 4, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

        Ely I’m thinking the 1930’s might be close. The saying from the Great Depression went- “We had everything but money”. In the Second Great Depression we might say – “We had NOTHING but money”.

        • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 4:47 pm #

          Very clever, Rainnaker.

        • Alzaebo October 4, 2021 at 7:54 pm #

          Mom, married in the Depression:
          “A loaf of bread was ten cents.
          But, who had ten cents?”

          • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 8:10 pm #

            Alza,
            I remember my Freshman Year at State…1964. The local Lucky’s market was advertising loaves of sandwich bread…10 loaves for a dollar…in 1964.

            Being the archetypical impoverished student, I rarely had a spare dime….

        • PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 9:24 pm #

          nice one

          • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:45 am #

            Indeed! Perfect! Start up the t-shirt makers!

    • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

      SO much useless junk. It’s filling up all of those storage facilities we seem to need so badly now. Ridiculous waste! I’m with you, PA. We need to make things here. There is no reason we can’t.

      I would rather shell out for a quality-made item than buy 100 cheapies that fall apart down the line.

      THat goes for clothes and machines alike.

      And food! Why are we sending meat to be rendered in China? Insane.

      • stelmosfire October 4, 2021 at 2:06 pm #

        Mary. I’ll assume that you have never lived downwind from a meat rendering plant. NIMBY syndrome prevails.

        https://assets.change.org/photos/1/yc/qm/hWycqmTwJDNMJRq-1600×900-noPad.jpg?1508406613

        • MiddlePeninsula October 4, 2021 at 2:50 pm #

          My co-worker tells of his first audit experience while working at an accounting firm. He kept bugging his boss to let him do field work. Finally they sent him to a animal rendering plant called Valley Proteins to help with an inventory. He said at the third pile of animal guts covered by buzzing flies and stinking like hell; he started puking. Finally they sent him back to the hotel. He liked to never get that smell out of his clothes. After that, he was much more circumspect in bugging his boss.

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 8:21 pm #

          Why would I, given a choice?

          Plus I’m a vegetarian… so yeah, no fucking way.

      • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:52 am #

        We need to make things here. There is no reason we can’t.

        I can think of quite a few reasons, like energy, for starters. Completely futile resource wars are just around the corner, and they will serve only to hasten resource depletion.

        Atomization has run its course. Time for the return of “huddled masses.”

    • Socrates-Detroit October 4, 2021 at 12:44 pm #

      Better yet, we send them dollars, the Chinese send us shoes, computers, smart phones, clothes, all kinds of useful things.

      The use those dollars to buy capital goods and techfrom the US and Europe and Japan/Korea, to make more, better stuff.

      And they loan us back our own dollars, to help our govt live beyond its means.

      Maybe buy some real assets in the US.

      In short: the US gives China paper and computer data currency—China gives us stuff.

      If, when Chinese decide they want things of value, not paper, it will add an epic shock to an already epically shocked economic system

      • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm #

        I Believe that that is exactly what is happening Right now.

        This is a foreclosure.

        The USA was traded for 3 decades of everyday low prices.

        Made in China

        Owned by China

    • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 1:47 pm #

      Americans buy 5 times more clothes than they did in 1980 and throw away an average of 70 pounds of clothing a year.
      And that isn’t even counting the plastic doodads and singing cards and disposable dinnerware.

    • Dr_Wellington_Yueh October 4, 2021 at 4:07 pm #

      It’s this aspect that has weirded me out a bit lately. A bit contrary to prevailing sentiment, is it not possible that the last 30 years has been used to get China addicted to Western consumption? Now, at a point China and Russia seem to have escaped…apply the choke hold? (How’s that for an ’80s reference? I couldn’t find a way to shoe-horn in ‘batter ram’.)

    • oswegatchie October 4, 2021 at 5:12 pm #

      Maybe my SRAM drivetrain for my Specialized mountain bike is floating around out there on ship #666. Waited 3 months so far with no luck,

      • Dr_Wellington_Yueh October 4, 2021 at 5:40 pm #

        I’ve been ordering much of my stuff from what is now L9 Sports (formerly BikeWagon). They’re in SLC, UT, and are an eBay seller. I’ve ordered stuff from them recently (past few months) without problems.

        Also, there are choices: SunRace. I’ve been using SunRace 12sp cassettes for 3 years now. Many companies are producing drivetrain stuff now, Paul, Box, e13, SunRace, Microshift, more. Sram and Specialized are the ‘gentrification’ of mountain biking…F#(< them!

      • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 8:55 am #

        Get a horse.

  22. robert magill October 4, 2021 at 10:43 am #

    You have Life?  Great.  Then Life has you as well  All of you! Every organ, every drop of blood and, of course, your brain: your mind. But I have free will!, you say. Of course you do. Sort of.

    Now Life is normally quite placid. Even though Life lives on by consuming itself; the feasting is benign, as it is with all Life’s wards; with one notable exception. You.  And the rest of the human race. We are Life consuming gluttons extraordinaire. Think Gettysburg, Dachau, Hiroshima and …factory farming: ad nausea.

    This is not new, of course. Our behavior is old news. Life has cut slack to humans because we have a uniqueness that has warranted observation over time. Time may have just run out. Humans now have the ability to destroy the biosphere. Our pernicious conduct may have convinced Life that without its prompt.interjection; it is inevitable.

    Enter Mr.Covid 19. Force Majeure of modern plagues. Sponsor of the blame game to end all blame games. Seven billion people have an opinion…and an asshole. The ones who have a microphone or a computer demonstrate both, daily. Think Life has a hand in all this? Maybe the plague is a worldwide distraction to give the Biosphere a little breathing room to heal from ongoing human assault? Hmmm.

    Millions are dead. Millions are becoming infected every day. The virus twists and turns and presents a new face constantly. We rush to keep up but seemingly always lag behind. How so? Is it out of our hands?

    • jeff2002 October 4, 2021 at 10:49 am #

      The solution to “always lagging behind,” as so many (censored) vaccine experts have been saying, is STOP VACCINATING with a non-sterilizing immunization that only drives the enrichment of new variants. Like SARS-1, which petered out on its own without a vaccine, Covid would already be on the way out if we hadn’t hit it with a shoddy, leaky vaccine.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 10:57 am #

        We had to. In order to get the vaccine passport imposed, they needed a vaccine.

        Or some kind of experimental crap they could pass off as one.

        • jeff2002 October 4, 2021 at 11:02 am #

          Bingo. The virus exists for the vaccine, not the other way around.

          • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 11:20 am #

            And the vaccine exists for the ID2020/WEF digital SSI pass, without which one cannot enter a store, bank, or travel.

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 11:23 am #

      God did not make Covid 19 even if you call Him “Mother Nature.”

      Covid 19. 9/11. 11/22/1963.

      “Now who would do such a thing? Hmmm? Let’s put our thinking-caps on, shall we? Introduce fear to mass poison … Do you think … that, perhaps, it is … SATAN?!”
      – The Church Lady

    • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:26 pm #

      @magill

      “free will”. I have pondered at times where that might reside, unmolested by all previous programming. I’ve never come up with a plausible story. Perhaps, brain farts are that free will.

      Ultimately, I have concluded, “who needs it?” and “who cares?”. Having traceable sources for my programmed behaviors is much more useful.

      ~toktomi~

      • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 8:13 pm #

        I set before you life and death, choose life.

        Preprograming Garden of Eden.

        See the lovely choice.

        Or, another way, ying yang, light dark, and even before that,
        Chaos, and the void.

        Like all systems, the bubble of the big bang will collapse, leaving some matter, the size of a golf ball, and a whole lotta nuthin.

        And then again perhaps, as he ever will,
        Turn those fragile notes…

        https://youtu.be/w-JtAcpKtYQ

        Oh, oh deep water, black and cold like the night
        I stand with arms wide open,
        I’ve run a twisted line
        I’m a stranger in the eyes of the Maker
        I could not see for the fog in my eyes
        I could not feel for the fear in my life
        And from across the great divide, In the distance I saw a light
        Jean Baptiste’s walking to me with the Maker
        My body is bent and broken by long and dangerous sleep
        I can’t work the fields of Abraham and turn my head away
        I’m not a stranger in the hands of the Maker
        Brother John, have you seen the homeless daughters
        Standing there with broken wings
        I have seen the flaming swords
        There over east of Eden
        Burning in the eyes of the Maker
        Burning in the eyes of the Maker
        Burning in the eyes of the Maker
        Oh, river rise from your sleep
        Source: LyricFind
        Songwriters: Daniel Lanois feat Aaron

    • Anthea October 6, 2021 at 7:00 am #

      What we are living through is the collapse and death of a civilization. While I wouldn’t say it’s exactly normal, this cycle of the rise and fall of civilizations has been repeated hundreds or thousands of times throughout human history. In the past, such events were localized. When Ancient Rome collapsed, it passed unnoticed by most of the rest of the world.

      Humans, for unknown reasons, seem to compulsively create unsustainable social and economic structures.

      The difference is that what we are seeing today is worldwide collapse. The only thing that’s novel about it is the scope.

  23. jeff2002 October 4, 2021 at 10:43 am #

    Though I’m in comfortable company here, I despair (and shudder) at the deepening mass psychosis of the general population. Yesterday I got into a double-barreled debate in a news comments section with a retired nurse; this guy honestly thinks the vaccine is effective, despite case numbers in my state–with the highest vax rate in the country–being 5000% higher than the same time a year ago when there was no vaccine. I cited all kinds of data and even official statements, and he basically just pointed his finger at me as the problem, yammering all the way.

    Or the other day, walking into the local drugstore and casually asking the pharmacist if he ever fills off-label prescriptions to treat Covid. Every head poking from a white coat turned on me. “We’d lose our license.” “It’s not safe.” Etc.

    I’ve got to hand it to the propaganda masters: They know their shit. If anyone wants a short course on how they have been so fabulously successful, this is a great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09maaUaRT4M

    • Rodster October 4, 2021 at 11:02 am #

      “Or the other day, walking into the local drugstore and casually asking the pharmacist if he ever fills off-label prescriptions to treat Covid. Every head poking from a white coat turned on me. “We’d lose our license.” “It’s not safe.” Etc.”

      That’s when you should have yelled back, yeah a drug that’s been around for decades that the FDA themselves have labeled, one of the “safest drugs in the world”. You could have also added, dirt cheap as well.

      • jeff2002 October 4, 2021 at 11:06 am #

        Indeed. Plus I should have asked him how many people have died from HCQ or ivermectin, or mentioned ivermectin’s Nobel Prize. I wish I was better at speaking off-the-cuff. It would come in handy these days.

        • SpeedyBB October 7, 2021 at 3:36 pm #

          jeff2002 – the French have a very amusing term for this: “…down the back staircase…”

          The devastating riposte you should have made to someone’s cutting remark – but it only occurs to you half an hour later.

          The problem with responding to the CovidCultists is that whatever you say just bounces off them: “Well go ahead and get the vaccine” is the mantra, no matter what.

      • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 12:10 pm #

        Dirt cheap brings up a couple of thoughts:

        1) Mr K quotes $2/Ivermectin pill. That sounds about Right for the most corrupt Medical System on Earth. Ivermectin is $0.20/pill and plentiful in mid-Africa.

        2) Who makes Ivermectin? Why are they not freaking out? They could have saved millions and made billions but they get ilLegally shut out of the marketplace and … crickets. That’s strange.

        • cbeard October 5, 2021 at 2:56 pm #

          It is a generic drug now. No patent protection. Anyone can manufacture it.

        • SpeedyBB October 7, 2021 at 3:39 pm #

          My 1v3rm3ct1n (how I write the VERBOTEN NAME in places like FB, so I won’t get canned) came through one of the on-line merchants here in Jakarta. Everything on the plastic bottle is written in Chinese, except for the numbers. I pop one pill a day and hope for the best.

          Moo.

      • Paula D October 4, 2021 at 1:50 pm #

        You’re using a different definition of “safe” than they were.
        You’re both right, the drugs are safe, but not for them to dispense without losing their ability to make a living.
        There are powerful forces at work making sure that there are no safe ways to treat this bioweapon.

    • Disaffected October 4, 2021 at 11:03 am #

      COVID has now entered the realm of cultural myth. There’s no point in arguing about it with anyone. There are believers and there are non-believers, and ne’er the two shall ever agree again. But be careful out there asking questions that give your position away! There’s much treachery afoot!

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 11:19 am #

        Stating such, you’re at the essence of the deep division.

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm #

        @disaffected

        agreed

        So, perhaps, is the time to explore and maybe even to reverse engineer where this thing is bound.

        maybe

        ~toktomi~

    • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 11:27 am #

      It isn’t so much the quality of the propaganda (which is low), but rather the fact that the corporate media is entirely owned by the criminals.

      I have said from the beginning that the media is the most dangerous weapon in their arsenal. Although it is a blunt weapon, the targets are nearly intellectually defenseless.

      • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 2:01 pm #

        Agree. It is the weapon by which all of the psychological manipulations have been made. Gaslighting, repetition of lies, fearmongering – powerful stuff. And effective.

    • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm #

      We’ve been prepped (and tortured) emotionally/psychologically for decades now. They primed the pump! And then 1.8 years ago they went all out.

      As O.G. says, 11/22/63 – 9/11/2001 – 3/13/2020

      The main events to scare us into where we are now. With a LOT of other false flags and wars peppered in between.

      I like to ask people: Did we need vaccines before the 1950s? Nope.

      Were there mass shootings before the 1960s on a regular basis? Nope.

      Some things to ponder.

    • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 9:18 pm #

      That Jeff, was the best video I’ve seen in awhile, with clear points at the end on how to break this mass psychosis.

      Humour.

      Dissemination

      Self order, be the hope, truth, sunshine.

      Create parallel structures, in society but no OF it.

      • anmariwakaranai October 6, 2021 at 5:29 pm #

        Might I add prayer..

        The sooner we say thy kingdom come, the sooner it will be done.

  24. Cavepainter October 4, 2021 at 10:53 am #

    Cowbell up stream mentioned shortage of bike parts, being 84 and wife 83, we ride recumbents due to lower back issues in her case and cervical spine issue in mine, making uprights no longer an option (though I was a “class” cyclist” in all categories through my younger years). Was told by owner of our choice bike shop that new recumbents or parts are now delayed at least to next year.

  25. Skylark October 4, 2021 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks Jim for an excellent, spot-on essay. Joe Biden™ (Pat. Pend.) is running like a car that’s racing down the road at 100 miles an hour, when suddenly a tie rod breaks and the car goes far left, heading for a serious crash. His “bringing people together” lasted until about the end of January. So glad to hear the support chants at stadiums (as in “F” J.B.)

    The sad part (well there are many sad parts) is his vax mandates are being supported by the judicial system- and now some knucklehead (A “D” from N.Y., who would’ve guessed?) has introduced a bill (H.R. 4980) which would anyone flying to/from the U.S. be vaccinated. This is a collective madness…we need more Rand Paul’s.

  26. Rodster October 4, 2021 at 11:05 am #

    Jim wrote: “There are your chieftains of America’s central bank, a dumpster fire riding the garbage barge of our nation’s economy into a blood-red sunset. That cursed vessel is sailing past epic disorders like the container ships idling offshore of California and New York, full of stuff going nowhere. The country marinates in the fetid exudations of institutional rot, waiting for the lights to flicker out.”

    Except other nations are no exception either. Anyone think China, Russia, UK, France Germany etc aren’t doing the same crap? I would think as they have learned from the best shysters in the world, i.e. the USA.

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 11:53 am #

      The people looting Earth never thought in terms of countries. Countries were/are another cabal to be greased.

      They love hosting crap like the Olympics. One World Global Unity and all their chess pieces on full display.

    • Gonga Din October 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

      I don’t know, “Red sky at night sailor’s delight.” Maybe it should be sunrise: “red sky by morning, sailor’s take warning.”
      “Destiny is a rising sun”, Bad Company.

  27. wm5135 October 4, 2021 at 11:11 am #

    All together now, with all of the adolescent angst you can muster!!!

    GREED IS GOOD!

    GREED IS GOOD!!

    GREED IS GOOD!!!

    a little comfort for your troubled minds
    Order of Succession:

    Vice President

    Speaker of the House of Representatives – successor to Hastert
    President Pro Tempore of the Senate – Patrick Joseph Leahy
    Secretary of State – Anthony J. Blinken
    Secretary of the Treasury – Yellen
    Secretary of Defense – Austin
    Attorney General – Garland
    Secretary of the Interior
    Secretary of Agriculture
    Secretary of Commerce
    Secretary of Labor
    Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    Secretary of Transportation
    Secretary of Energy
    Secretary of Education
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    Secretary of Homeland Security

    The only exception to the line provided in the law states that to ascend to the Presidency, the next person in line must be constitutionally eligible. Any person holding an office in the line of succession who, for example, is not a naturally-born citizen cannot become President. In this case, that person would be skipped and the next eligible person in the line would become President.

    • So many liars October 4, 2021 at 11:21 am #

      “A little comfort” you say?

      That list is frightening!

  28. Beryl of Oyl October 4, 2021 at 11:12 am #

    They don’t give you “a milder case” either.

    So much for vaccine-generated herd immunity
    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/so-much-for-vaccine-generated-herd

  29. PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 11:13 am #

    “The supply lines are wobbling and many will go down. No stuff, no parts, before long, no food. Energy supplies are shaky everywhere. China’s electric grid is going dark from insufficient coal. Russia lacks the surplus NatGas to keep Western Europe warm. Global shortages drive up US oil and gas prices while people lose jobs and incomes over vaccine mandates — meaning families will freeze as the daylight dwindles. “Joe Biden’s” dark winter is coming on fast.”

    yeah. Well. Yet another argument to get back on a solid, localized economic footing.

    Energy and food really oughta be priority, obviously. I’d argue they both have good solutions. The US really oughta be building nuclear power plants, particularly researching the feasibility of Thorium nuclear application. In regards to energy, it really needs to be an “all of the above” approach. I agree with Jim & others about the end of the petro economy. It is an inevitability.

    With food production, again an “all of the above” approach is most practical. One recent phenomena I’ve noticed locally here at least is the rise of many more small farmers. They may be living on 10 or 20 acres of property and produce eggs or vegetables, or running dairy farms.

    The farmers markets here have gotten much larger in the last 20 years, and are much more full. Now, this is all fine and good for smaller cities and population centers out there. However, what to do with the dozens of densely packed cities in the US?

    I don’t know. I don’t know what their solution will be. More of the same? Trucking everything in. I understand there is an urban farming movement. I don’t know how successful or practical it is. It may help with particular neighborhoods, but may not be to scale for what is needed in that type of environment.

    • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:50 am #

      There are lots and lots of honesty stands with eggs, veggies, and honey in the countryside here.

      I am trying to do more and more shopping at the local farmers’ markets.

      • BackRowHeckler October 4, 2021 at 4:43 pm #

        Here too. The way it works, the farther you get away from the city, the more honor stands you see.

    • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm #

      I hear you about localization and ruralization, Our host has pushed this since TLE.

      The problem is, we are growing our population by impoverished immigration. These folks are going to the cities working against the localization trends. A bomb ready to go off.

    • malthuss October 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

      food production is or can be local or close to local.

      • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

        Not in the cities where most of our population is.

  30. lizharmon October 4, 2021 at 11:16 am #

    It’s time to crush the Walmarts, Targets, Googles and Apples. We absolutely have the power to destroy them and we should use it…wisely.

    • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 11:23 am #

      You/we must. One of the main aims of the lockdown was to destroy small- and medium-sized businesses, so that when we all wake up in the New Normal, we can only shop at the big chains, and we can only enter or engage in commerce with those businesses when we have the global biometric digital ID card, which we can only keep active if we submit to quaxxine shots– among other things.

      Are people understanding now?

      • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 11:46 am #

        Statistically very few. TPTB have engineered this for centuries. Most people won’t Believe anything until their TV tells them so. Sad but True.

        We cannot stop The Beast System now. It will be.

        So it is written. So it shall be done.
        – The Ten Commandments

        Our Best course of action is to ask God for forgiveness for our sins, try our very Best to not break any more Commandments and request Wisdom, Strength and Endurance for the Dark Times ahead.

        imho.

        • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 9:12 am #

          Sure, OG, as long as you believe that stuff. But how can you believe something you can’t believe? That’s just more garbage that inevitably gets used to herd the sheep. ‘Twas ever thus.

      • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm #

        Nope! The consumer base uses the big box stores and Amazon more every year. Why, a few pennies, convenience and now availability of goods.

        Joe Average does not understand what is happening.

    • PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 11:26 am #

      I completely agree lizharmon

      Death to the Big Box! lol

    • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:51 am #

      Get thee to the local farmers’ markets and farm stores!

      Try to pay in cash as much as possible, even if they accept credit cards.

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 1:08 pm #

        Some of them demand proof of vaccination. Leftists love these things. Leftists are fools.

        • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 2:03 pm #

          No gen-tech vegetables for sale.

          All sales contingent on proof of receipt of gen-tech Quaxxine.

          Thank you for your patronage.

    • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

      @lizharmon

      One simple story – the masses have no power in this modern industrial society except maybe en-mass to either pour out in total suicidal destruction of everything or to walk away in total suicidal destruction.

      I could be wrong.

      ~toktomi~

    • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:52 pm #

      Another reason that Amazon (e.g.) will continue to flourish is that the lockdowns play into their business plan.

      Can’t go to the store because gas is too expensive, or because as an unjabbed you aren’t allowed to, or because the shelves are almost bare, or because the cost of goods keep going up?

      Amazon is cheaper, faster (to your front door, no less), and you won’t need your vaxx card (as yet, anyway) to accept your goods.

      This will especially be the case for those in rural areas.

  31. Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 11:16 am #

    The Sikh nows what’s up:

    “They lied saying there weren’t going to be any vaccine passports. Then they tried to justify them by saying it would reduce transmission, but that lie failed, now they are lying saying it’s to increase vaccine uptake, but the real agenda is ID2020 Blockchain Biometric Digital ID.”

    https://twitter.com/SikhForTruth/status/1445035291128078340

  32. neurodoc October 4, 2021 at 11:19 am #

    FACT:
    1-A meta-analysis of 15 studies shows clinically and statistically significant effects for ivermectin in reducing mortality and mobidity in COV infections.

    American Journal of Therapeutics
    pgs1075–2765 Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. http://www.americantherapeutics.com

    2-Another meta-analysis of 18 studies showing efficacy of ivermectin in reducing both symptoms and transmission rates of COV infection.

    American Journal of Therapeutics: May Jun 2021 – Volume 28 – Issue 3 – p e299-e318

    A meta-analysis is essentially a study of studies using data converted to a common metric for head to head comparison between results of different studies. There is overwhelming evidence of the efficacy of ivermectin in treatment of Cov. Now, why would the PTB want to quash its use? Is it just money?

    • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

      Neurodoc

      Could it be the future of drug development, big pharma’s future, depends on the development of the mRNA approach and now Merck’s new daily pill to knock out the virus after infection. Are the development labs all working in these directions?

      Like everything, money is the bottom line. These are impersonal corporations that answer to groups of investors that are only concerned about returns and the future.

      • neurodoc October 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm #

        Remember the movie, Roller Ball, with, i think, Michael(?) Caine. Big corps ran everything and were in total control in place of govmint. Not a good future for anyone below the level of senior VP. Very dysthymic. (and I do mean dysthymic, which is chronic low grade depression that never ends).

        • Wizard of the Saddle October 4, 2021 at 9:42 pm #

          James Caan.

          • neurodoc October 5, 2021 at 10:12 am #

            Yes, thank you.

      • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:36 pm #

        It still stuns me that you continue to think shooting people full of RNA-altering goop is a progressive and good thing to do.

        The human body is fine on its own. Without poisons being hurled at us 24/7 we’d be good to go.

        Food is medicine.

        • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 1:01 pm #

          You just do not get it. My post was totally neutral, I was wondering about why the s corporate direction by big pharma is what it is. My position is neutral. I believe that risk analysis should be used to assertion the reaction to any disease, the closer one gets to 80 the bigger the risk that Covid, whatever it is, will do damage or death. Why, by eighty the vast majority of folks have co morbidities Covid feeds on. IMHO, folks less that 50 should have risks before taking the jab. Kids, only in a very small percentage that have high risk of problems with Covid.

          Me, I am almost 74 with co morbidities. You can belly ache all you want but I will continue to protect myself from Covid, the flu or whatever. So far, so good.

          • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm #

            But you’re not. You’re destroying your immune system. Good luck with the booster.

          • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

            Your opinion, MQ.

          • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 3:34 pm #

            You are “neutral” but us warning you with myriad facts is “belly ach[ing].”

            Got it.

        • neurodoc October 4, 2021 at 1:01 pm #

          MaryQueen: I’ve never advocated mRNA fakes. You must have the wrong person; or, perhaps you’re confused.

          • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm #

            My comment was a reply to JohnAZ not you, doc. I think we’re in alignment.

    • ThorsHammer October 4, 2021 at 12:28 pm #

      Forget meta-analysis and Science. I’m good with 100% success in eradicating the COVID Delta pandemic among the 241 million citizens of the Uttar Pradesh region of India.

      No double blind study done to the highest standard, no manufactured EUA “documentation” of new and untested procedures, indeed no other treatment for the COVID virus in any form has that kind of track record.

      • neurodoc October 4, 2021 at 1:04 pm #

        What specifically yielded a 100% ‘success’ rate?
        How was ‘success’ defined?
        Just curious.

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm #

          Ivermectin.

        • Billy Hill October 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm #

          From Trial Site (referencing MSN’s coverage):

          Recently Indian press touted that Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with about 230 million people was nearly COVID-19 free. An amazing accomplishment chronicled by TrialSite—a heroic public health story demonstrating how organized, proactive testing, early care, and quarantines contributed to overcoming an outright scary Delta variant-based surge from April to May of this year. The proactive use of Ivermectin, included in a home health care kit, showed to be instrumental in combating the incredibly virulent and transmissible strain of SARS-CoV-2. Public health workers made continuous visits to homes in villages and districts across the state, proactively testing and treating the condition immediately, including household contacts. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) praised the effort, yet omitted the use of Ivermectin—a scandal.

          OK, not 100%. And who knows what the future may hold? The virus is difficult to contain. But it would appear the Indians hit upon a winning combination — obviously not just the drug alone, but actual hands-on engagement. Something that used to happen in the USA before we all became “reimbursables.”

          • neurodoc October 5, 2021 at 10:19 am #

            OK, I know about that ‘study.’ It did show incredible success for ivermectin. Thousands, probably millions, of lives saved.

            But the national group psychosis from which amerika is suffering does not even recognize ivermectin as a human drug, despite the FDA approval, Nobel prize, and many studies. That is the nature of psychosis. And we are dealing with a group psychosis no less lethal than that suffered by the nazis and stalinists. Perhaps, in the future, this will be called Fauci’s disease, given medicine’s propensity for naming diseases after their discoverer (or in this case, their creator).

          • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 9:23 am #

            Neurodoc: “Is it just money?

            So, Doc, I’m assuming you don’t think money is the prime mover. Do tell.

  33. PeteAtomic October 4, 2021 at 11:20 am #

    There are some great travel blogs out there about China’s insane real estate industry.

    Developers in China have built what is euphemistically called “new areas” on the outskirts of Chinese cities of cardboard & styrofoam made homes and apartment buildings, complete with plumbing and wiring sticking out of the walls.

    People pay big $$$ for these places to live. Within a few years, the escalators and elevators stop working, the appliances all die & the wallpaper and other features of the house/apt peel off or break.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-2DtL-Wjkc

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 11:32 am #

      The Whole World will look like 1970s Soviet Moscow plus glitzy 2-way black mirrors.

      • ThorsHammer October 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm #

        Naa– Those Soviet apartment blocks were made of actual concrete. They will probably outlast the stick-built suburbs of Middle Class America, and survive as a monument to ugliness of centuries.

        • Soul Forensics October 4, 2021 at 2:58 pm #

          Yeah, even the Berlin Brutalism movement, with its stained and crumbling concrete, is infinitely better than those slapdash “homes”.

    • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:57 am #

      Well, they can just…

      …Build Back Better!

  34. hmuller October 4, 2021 at 11:27 am #

    I predict this Thanksgiving (if Biden is still in office) he will pin the Congressional Medal of Honor on a turkey and send a Marine to live in the Washington Children’s Zoo. His befuddled staff will be too embarrassed to countermand the order.

    Watch for it.

  35. tlauria October 4, 2021 at 11:39 am #

    “Make no mistake, an outright conflict is coming in the US and the people in alternative media circles that fear it need to come to terms with that fear and accept the inevitability of war. The sooner they do this the sooner they can take action to mitigate the damage to their families and communities. There will come a day very soon when you will have to defend your freedoms and the freedoms of future generations with your life. Embrace the suck and move on.”
    ~ Brandon Smith

    https://alt-market.us/in-a-civil-war-the-authoritarian-left-would-be-easily-beaten-but-it-wont-end-there/

    Defeating the Wokesters will be easy. It’s when the Bidens of DC invite in UN-aligned troops that things get interesting. And real.

    • thirdcoastlegend October 4, 2021 at 11:52 am #

      The controlled Deep State will invite the PLA in under the guise of UN peacekeepers.

    • JohnAZ October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm #

      Defeating the Wokesters will be easy.

      Yup. They are all city folks. A truckers strike to stop city shipments would do a number on their futures in a hurry.

      Who will organize such a thing?

      • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

        Of course you know: This means War!
        – Bugs Bunny

      • rube-i-con October 4, 2021 at 6:40 pm #

        the satanists will control and divert resources to where they want them to go

        that~s what this whole imbroglio is about, total control of movement, speech, production, and all services

        more likely they~ll prevent red states from receiving long-haul goods…or try to

        • Q. Shtik October 5, 2021 at 2:36 pm #

          rube,

          What do you have against using capital letters to begin sentences and punctuation (for example, a period) to end sentences? And what do you have against using apostrophes? Is using a tilde instead of an apostrophe some kind of style statement like, for example, a Black person having corn rows?

  36. Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 11:42 am #

    Over the weekend we went to and eating establishment which we visit frequently. Strangely, everyone going in was masked. Strange because it is usually a masked/unmasked mix.

    After determining a mass stick-up, stage coach robbery, or similar event was not afoot, we entered, unmasked.

    The local heath board gestapo had struck. Signs posted prominently on the doors and walls giving testament to the new/old rules.

    Remaining maskless (not my day for a great train robbery), no one questioned us. Order at the counter, find a vacant table, food brought out, identifying customers by shouting out the name on the order. Nothing fancy here.

    Not a single person mentioned our masklessness, service was provided and payment made at the plexiglass divider-of-protection safeguarding the cash register from hereforeto unseen germs, bugs and other microscopic creatures, real and imagined. Oh, those generators of fear and trepidation, they’re everywhere!

    I resisted the urge to get up on a table and ask anyone, anyone, to explain how the mysterious “virus” knows they are maskless while eating and ignores the opportunity to “infect” or otherwise use them as a virus host.

    So, that’s my story from the weekend, just filled with uncontained adventure and excitement while visiting the realm of Covidians.

    • ThorsHammer October 4, 2021 at 12:11 pm #

      George, Not

      Back in the winter during the previous “outbreak” I had a fun similar experience. Needing a few screws for my ski bindings, I went to my local ski shop. Before the door could close I was met by a high pitched command: STOP. Go outside and put your mask on. I smiled pleasantly and kept walking toward the masked clerk cowering behind two layers of plexiglass, explaining that I just needed a few binding screws. By the time I reached the first of his plexiglass shields he had turned into a quivering mass of fear induced protoplasm and his screams turned to a croak.

      “Have a Nice Day” said I, and walked away.

      Some forms of insanity are curable– others not so much.

      • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 2:23 pm #

        There are moments when one needs to have some fun with it. Harmless laughter-inducing events. I do think a good laugh, or even mild chuckle, is good for the heart and good for the soul.

        Mental health mirth, MHM, an acronym is born!

    • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 12:21 pm #

      I resisted the urge to get up on a table and ask anyone, anyone, to explain how the mysterious “virus” knows they are maskless while eating and ignores the opportunity to “infect” or otherwise use them as a virus host.

      That is such a Twilight Zone scene. I picture a young Ernest Borgnine publicly losing it in a Seinfeld cafe and everyone ignoring the crazy man as the nice, young policeman hauls him away.

      • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:46 pm #

        That’s pretty much what I imagine every time I’m tempted to get on a table top and try to shake everyone up with the truth.

        I know what the reaction would be…

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 3:39 pm #

          @MaryQueen

          Could that have anything to do with everyone’s opinions that they are in possession of the truth?

          ~toktomi~

  37. bug_out_now October 4, 2021 at 11:46 am #

    The mainstream media is too busy whoring for Big Pharma to even mention it, but the record June 2021 heat and summer drought has had a significant impact on farm yields and things like the size of fruit, grain kernels and livestock population. Supplementing with foreign imports is difficult with ships bottled up off the coasts and ports hobbled by a trucker shortage. But no worries, there will also be fewer mouths to feed as the true damage of a this vax’nation claims more souls than the virus.

    • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 11:58 am #

      “record June 2021 heat and summer drought ” is in some places. In the Northeast it’s been rain, rain, rain with a few days of sunlight here and there.

      Too much water also can harm the food crops.

      Lots out of balance.

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

      one of these days or years or decades…the tension will be too great. Something will really pop. not yet, but soon
      ?

    • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:41 pm #

      And let’s discuss that ‘heat dome’ – another new ‘phenomenon’. First they spray up the sky until the sun looks like a nimbus (which never used to happen but now they are called ‘sun dogs’ and happen all the time), and then suddenly when the drought came here (Idaho) no more spraying for 2 months.

      It was 100 or 100+ for 2 straight months. All my tomatoes were stunted. Then August was perfectly normal, even cooler than usual. So was September.

      I am really in Dane Wigington’s corner now with regard to weather manipulation. Something is just not right. And the timing is too much coinky-dink for me.

      • Night Owl October 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm #

        Have you read about Gates’s project to block the sun?

        https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2021/01/11/bill-gates-backed-climate-solution-gains-traction-but-concerns-linger/

        The thing that always makes me chuckle is that the so-called conspiracies are coming from the crowd claming people are spreading conspiracies.

        Just another day in clown world.

        • Not_GeorgeT October 4, 2021 at 2:28 pm #

          Keep in mind I’m an advocate of mandatory clown costumes for members of the 3 branches of government.

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm #

          Yes, and I believe they publicized this only because they’ve already been doing it. Maybe to gauge public opinion, although they don’t seem to be worried about that too much.

      • MiddlePeninsula October 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm #

        MaryQueen,
        I was in Boise for two weeks in July. It was miserable. It was over 100 degrees each day and not one drop of rain the entire time. I decided I couldn’t live in that climate. I live in Virginia where is gets hot and humid, but it has afternoon thunderstorms at least once in awhile. God Bless You Idaho Folks!

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 3:17 pm #

          That was unusual. It should have been between 80 and 90.

          The people who live here were gobsmacked at a heatwave this long. Like previously in CA, there were never 2 month long heatwaves. They’d be 3-5 days tops.

          What happened this summer was as unnatural and unlikely as it gets.

          • Hereward the Woke October 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm #

            MQ: But there again, most of Western Europe had a summer with temps 10° below normal for that time of year. It tends to balance out.

          • rube-i-con October 4, 2021 at 6:36 pm #

            …..within the limited frame of reference of a human 70 years old maybe

            Weather (climate if you like) changes over time, tell the palm trees under the Antarctic about hot temps

  38. elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 12:14 pm #

    Employ this weird trick to make Thousands of Dollars more than the “Single Mom”!!

    “Weird Tricks”… perverts all, have to pay double. Make the cheddar if you have an open mind, and the stomach for it….

    The knowledgeable on this site might comment.

    • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm #

      Yeah, I wonder what she could possibly be selling on the computer in her spare time?…. lol 😉

      • elysianfield October 4, 2021 at 8:05 pm #

        I don;t know, but I expect that the product is good, but the shipping will kill you….

  39. MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

    Christiane Northup interview re: vaccines & covid19 in general. HIghly recommend. Jerm Warfare is awesome.

    https://jermwarfare.com/blog/christiane-northrup

  40. ThorsHammer October 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

    Clitroy

    Doesn’t she have a high level of expenses from broken keyboards from sitting on them while performing her profession?

  41. wm5135 October 4, 2021 at 12:25 pm #

    “You can start to wonder what, if anything, will be left standing of the life we once called “modern” when Christmas 2021 rolls around. Shopping? Motoring? Working? Mingling? Eating? Sleeping? Waking…? Suddenly, everything is coming apart.” JHK

    The bitch collapsed in a cloud of “yellow cake”, it’s all inertia now.

    The word inertia came from the Latin word iners, which means idle or lazy

    it’s not the fall that kills you, it is the stop

    • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 3:47 pm #

      @wm5135

      I got to thinking about inertia a time or two especially the notion of “inertia of rest”.

      I pretty much concluded that since virtually nothing in the Universe is at rest there no such thing – kinda like time. [and before you leap into the void, supposedly in a letter to his niece, Einstein once expressed that time is an illusion.]

      ~toktomi~

      • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 10:00 pm #

        That is exactly true tok.

        Everything happens at once.

        • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm #

          You just have be still for a sec to realize this is eternity.

          This second we are in.

          • anmariwakaranai October 4, 2021 at 10:09 pm #

            She came in the wind last night
            A real howler up in here
            Ran the whole day, half the night,
            She came in in the wind last night.

  42. MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

    Single moms don’t have ‘spare time’

    • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 12:51 pm #

      Gotta work those 2-3 side hustles while also bringing up baby!

      If only there was a breadwinning man in her life! She probably drove the first one away due to being a harpy, and now she is collecting loads of court ordered child support from the poor sucker.

      • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 1:16 pm #

        Yes, women get custody in marriage and of course if unmarried. Anthea didn’t seem to realize that, talking about men trying to lure in young women to take care of their kids. It happens, but how about some sense of proportion?

      • GreenAlba October 4, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

        cowbell

        Try to remember you don’t know about people’s lives. I spent many years as a single mother. I’d rather it hadn’t been like that, but we all have our bottom line, unless we are saints, in terms of what we will put up with from a person we realise too late we should never have married.

        The court order (this was the late 80s) got me £25/ week for two children. Not each.

        The the court system was soon replaced by the Child Support Agency, who called me and said that amount wasn’t enough. I concurred but said my ex-husband didn’t earn all that much, so more wasn’t necessarily reasonable. They upped it to £28.

        Then a bunch of men’s rights types started to complain that they couldn’t keep their first and second families. So they got their ‘protected income’ increased and my kids got their support reduced to £3/week. That’s £1.50 per child. After a year or two it increased to £5/week, where it stayed till they were 16, when it stopped altogether, even though one went to college till 20 and the other to university and beyond. Needless to say my kids both worked while students.

        I have difficulty considering my ex was a ‘poor sucker’, while I put his kids to bed and proceeded to force my exhausted brain to work out lesson plans for the next tortuous day facing children with two parents, who bizarrely behaved many times worse than mine ever did.

        • GreenAlba October 4, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

          I should have mentioned that my ex didn’t have a second family, but was still happy to support his kids to the tune of £1.50 per week each. Takes all sorts to make a world.

          • Timmy October 4, 2021 at 6:50 pm #

            Very infrequent poster,. Had a mother who divorced in the 70s in canada. Also had a girlfriend with a common law spouse who was an unreliable provider in the nineties. Neither became comfortable by any government help,. But they may have been extra proud? Dunno.
            If I had to say a common denominator,. Maybe it was a lack of interest in mate selection by the parents involved? It seems like parents are and were pretty lackadaisical about partner selection for their children, and couple that with a ‘do what you feel’ kind of revolution and playboy magazine and James Bond you have a recipe for less than successful couplings. I could stretch out these themes but I hope you get my gist.
            There is a kind of response to want to paper it over with government largesse,. But even my own mother, who was a very left leaning substitute teacher, observed adolescent children under her tutelage who expressed their anticipated future as being eventually themselves raising children on a mother’s allowance. A lot of children are being raised in subsidized housing and on disability and God knows what other benefits. I’ve seen enough in my own travels too for me to raise my eyebrows if it is to be suggested that society needs to pass a very big hat for single mothers. Their situations are to be pitied often,. but the reflexive socialist response leaves us lacking a layer of family, moral, and community prevention and mitigation that only facilitates further degradation. Ok thank you.

          • Timmy October 4, 2021 at 7:18 pm #

            Sorry,. Poor typing. Girlfriend with a mother who had a common law spouse who became a very unreliable provider However my point is that neither partner was really a interlocking part of a common solid social network either shared. One or the other could be jettisoned.
            In that time period all these things became superfluid and mutable in a way it hadn’t been before. The man had less responsibility to maintain his role, as did the woman (my ultimate mother),. and I have no faith in the government to ultimately improve this. We’re going to be out of 1st work welfare largesse to make it remotely possible soon in any case.

            An Ill preprared for infant will be very dire soon indeed regardless of ideology.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 8:44 pm #

            Thanks Timmy. How is Lassie? Why not call yourself Timon, as is Timon of Athens? T is feminine as is m – the on saves it whereas the diminutive y dooms you.

            But good point. To subsidize is to approve. You get more of what you approve of. So much so that women actually boast about being single mothers now.

            Timothy is better but still bad as per the song Timothy. The Spanish Timotheo is better, but Timon is best.

        • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 2:48 pm #

          I know, everyone has their own circumstances to consider, so no personal offense intended. However, I did see a lot of crazies come through the family court division when I was a clerk at the county level. That was enough to make me want to tear the system down.

        • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 3:03 pm #

          That was a long time ago in a land that no longer exists. Women are almost as promiscuous as men now and far more divorce prone. Your story does not illuminate the present situation. We weren’t talking about you in any case.

          • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 3:20 pm #

            Touchy!

            Real world situations that expose how women STILL get the brunt of the hardship is not allowed in MRA world.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm #

            Well yes, men are often better. But we are penalized by a System that hates us and rewards women in hiring, admissions and most egregiously, in family court.

          • GreenAlba October 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm #

            I temped for about 6 months in a recruitment agency where I trawled through BACS printouts to check payments for said Child Support Agency chasing up men for support payments, in this case men employed by said agency. Many did their best to avoid paying, not a few by giving up work rather than support their kids.

            There’s another side to every story. I agree life is different for women with wealthy ex-husbands, but there are rather more of us in more modest categories, to whom gold digging was something that happened in the movies.

          • GreenAlba October 4, 2021 at 4:28 pm #

            And there was no promiscuity involved in my case, on either side. You think a man can’t make your life a misery other than by promiscuity?

            Of course it wasn’t about me. But if people make sexist generalisations they should expect to see their generalisations challenged. I don’t know ANY well-off divorced women.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 5:09 pm #

            Blacks expect the word “racism” to bring the discussion to a close. You attempt the same thing by talking about your ex.

            Women bring the great majority of the divorces here. It’s often in their best interest. Seeing the gushing magazine articles, women lower on the economic scale imitate – and often regret it.

            As for single motherhood, the more you pay women to procreate irresponsibly, the more that will do it.

            Maybe Britain is different? I’ve heard it’s much the same, though maybe a bit better in terms of fairness to men.

            Generalizations are of course absolutely necessary. That’s what a concept it, right? So you don’t have a leg to stand on there.

          • GreenAlba October 4, 2021 at 5:38 pm #

            I don’t care about winning a competition – there are vast numbers of women impoverished by divorce, compared to their ex-husbands. I’m sorry you would prefer they didn’t get a mention.

          • O.G. Hawkins October 4, 2021 at 6:54 pm #

            Not in Ontario, there isn’t!

            Ontario Family Law is an extortion racket.

            Justice [sic] David Salmers of Oshawa had Best pray fogiveness for what he has done to me, my children and my parents. TruStory

          • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 8:28 pm #

            GA, Yoho simply cannot hear anything on this subject. He’s made up his mind and yeah, seems to be based on some movie he watched or the housewives of Orange County stereotypes.

            He obviously doesn’t live in the real world.

            Thanks for sharing your situation, it is the norm here as well, where the moms struggle to bring up the kids and the dads have the luxury of skirting responsibility.

            Yoho is also in denial that most domestic violence is men beating on, stalking, raping etc. women. But “the poor menz” – lol. Women initiate divorce more because they want to protect themselves or their children against violent men.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 8:49 pm #

            There are countless Marys that identify with their sex, not their nation or culture. Women are their nation and culture, one that is transnational and thus undermining all nations where this anti-culture takes root.

            When I complained about an old ritual in a European country (forget which) for male fishermen being undermined by a female politician, Mary responded, “It’s just a ritual”. The past doesn’t matter. Nations and cultures don’t matter. Only women.

            Feminism by itself would have brought down the West if it wasn’t pushed back.

          • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 9:19 pm #

            Way to skirt the very valid points I made, about the violent behavior of men, and why women choose divorce to escape their abuse.

            Yes, I don’t really consider a ritual that big of a deal compared to women being psychologically abused, beaten, threatened, raped, etc.

            Then also let’s review. 95% of violent crime is committed by men.

            People reading along can do the math, there.

            Just had a convo with my lawn guy, James, the other day. He had a father so violent that he remembers being a baby in a high chair trying to figure out how to protect his mother as she was being beaten up. The deadbeat dad ended up dumping them, he was glad.

          • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 9:22 pm #

            There are of course many men treated unfairly, but the majority of domestic violence is done by men. Maybe if MRAs want to ameliorate this, they should start respecting women instead of whining like little babies and hating all women for the behavior of a few.

            All divorces suck (or most), and it’s he said/she said. Sometimes the wrong person gets the shit end of the stick. It happens.

            Some men get screwed. But mostly, women get the shit end of the stick. Statistics bear this out.

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 11:10 pm #

            Yet these are the men so many women are attracted to. Women shape evolution by choosing these “Alphas” (they are, but of course at the level of the jungle).

            Most experts report a lot of physical abuse inflicted by women against men. Some say it’s about 50/50. Of course women are usually afraid to kill, preferring to get another man to do that for them. Yet there are many cases of women killing their husbands.

            Other women (such as yourself), are repulsed by such men, and seeing all men that way, seek to avoid them. This is your right if you can make it work.

            Others try to have it both ways, loathing men a la Feminism, but still seeking to be with men. Men must protect themselves against such women who think nothing of destroying them on a whim with divorce. Women bring 70 percent or so of the divorces in America.

            There is no middle ground between your womanism and traditional culture and nationalism. You don’t deny it. How could you? What you espouse would have destroyed America and the West in time. As it is destroying Japan. It will destroy China and India too. China may have seen the danger in time though.

          • MaryQueen October 5, 2021 at 8:41 pm #

            Everything you have put forth here, “Jarek”, is bullshit and your own fevered imaginings. No stats bear it out. You probably should spend less time hanging out with the RooshV crowd.

          • Anthea October 6, 2021 at 8:12 am #

            @Jarek: Re your complaint that “men don’t matter; only women matter.”

            The reason for this is that men have CHOSEN not to matter.

            When a man does not have honorable intentions towards women, he has chosen to be a zero. When a man feels no responsibility towards his children, he has chosen to be a zero. When he fails to support his family, he has chosen to be a zero. When he is abusive towards his wife and children, he has chosen to be in the sub-zero range.

            Of course men don’t matter. They have CHOSEN not to matter. Women, on the other hand, who have accepted the responsibilities from which men have abdicated, DO matter.

            If the family is the foundation of civilization, women are now creating this foundation alone. Men have decided not to engage in this undertaking.

            In a way, I feel sorry for them. Men can only experiece life in a second-hand kind of way, through women. For women, life is a first-hand experience–of pregnancy and childbirth, the love and care of infants, the formation of children, the business of providing for them. They cannot easily evade life’s demands, and so reap the rewards that life bestows.

            Men can and do choose to live peripheral lives as nonentities, where they need not experience connection, social value, love, and sacrifice.

            It is really a great blessing to be a woman–and often a great hardship. But hardship is the price you pay to be someone who matters. Such a llife, no matter how difficult, is worth any price.

            Men are unfortunate in that they can so easily choose to be ciphers. They will matter again as soon as they matter.

          • Anthea October 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm #

            Men often state that women initiate the vast majority of divorces. While it is true that women initiate most of the court proceedings, men initiate almost all of the divorces.

            The way you initiate a divorce is by abuse, non-support, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, adultery, running the family into financial ruin, isolating wives from friends and family, etc.

            Most men are basically mooches. At the age of 73, my dating days are pretty much over, but I still am occasionally importuned by some guy who wants to be “friends.” With the most recent one, his objective was to move in with me so that he could sell his house in a neighborhood that was going downhill fast, and have a woman around to look after him–and doubtless pay the bills. Men often seek relationships with women with such a plan in mind; they are seeking a life-preserver in the form of both a personal servant and someone to support them. Normally, this is the ONLY male motivation for seeking a long-term relationship. They do so ONLY when they find that they cannot manage on their own and, after casting about for some solution, they decide that their best bet is to find a woman to mooch off of.

            If they succeed, that’s when the gaslighting, pathological lying and verbal abuse sets in, as it is essential to conceal or deny that they are just sponging. One of my friends recently told me a story about how her ex (and unemployed alcoholic) began telling her, “You smoke to much.” He also smoked. The message was that she was spending money on herself that rightfully belonged to him. Another favorite is, “These kids are spoiled brats,” when Dad has rarely spent a penny to provide for them, and that grudgingly. That’s when the constant abuse of the kids sets in, as a rationalization for denying them their needs and wants.

            Of course, hubby has been playing this same game with his wife since day one: “Now I’m going to be late for work. Why didn’t you wake me?” The usual game is, “You don’t deserve anything because you are not good enough.”

            Women will often put up with this until the kids become targets.

          • MaryQueen October 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm #

            @Anthea, lovely posts, so incredibly well-said.

          • Anthea October 7, 2021 at 2:58 am #

            My impression is that, while some men probably get taken to the cleaners in family court, this is almost exclusively a “rich guy” problem. The middle and lower classes have no assets. Maybe a house with an upside-down mortgage and a couple of cars of little value. In the latter case, the men are indignant that the courts order them to support their kids. Often the main reason for the divorce is because it has become clear to Mom that the only way to get Dad to provide for the kids is to divorce him and get a court order.

            The “rich guy problem” of having to hand over assets to his ex is almost invariably a case in which some wealthy old guy has married a hottie who is 20 years his junior. It may be that she was a gold-digger. It might also be that being married to an old guy, however rich, is not very satisfactory: He is not very physically attractive to her (while many other men are), they have little in the way of common interests, and her new and luxurious home is not really her home, but a place were she must tiptoe around his priceless antiques.

            I have frequently read male complaints that his wife or romantic interest is silly, frivolous, temperamental, uninterested in serious subjects, and not his intellectual equal. I have sometimes suggested that they date someone their own age. If you figure on robbing the cradle, you will get someone who is infantile–and who is likely to tire of you.

            One is not necessarily saddened for such men when they complain that they didn’t get their pennyworth for their penny.

            There is an amusing song about this: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+corries%2c+maids+when+you%27re+young&view=detail&mid=2CF047A1AA9E510E41652CF047A1AA9E510E4165&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fpc%3dCBHS%26ptag%3dN6202D120220A9DFA1A1FF2%26form%3dCONMHP%26conlogo%3dCT3210127%26q%3dthe%2bcorries%252C%2bmaids%2bwhen%2byou%2527re%2byoung

        • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 3:53 pm #

          @GA

          Oh, damn, there goes another batch of our myopic generalities, petty prejudices, stereotypes, and blind dogma.

          I hate when that happens.

          ~toktomi~

          • cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm #

            To GA’s statement that she doesn’t know ANY well-off divorced women:

            Bill Gate’s ex-wife (although you may not know her personally)

          • Jarek October 4, 2021 at 5:11 pm #

            The personal is political. Why read anything?

          • GreenAlba October 4, 2021 at 5:25 pm #

            I said I don’t know any, not that I don’t know OF any.

            Here in normal world is where most people live – they don’t share space with billionaires.

          • hmuller October 5, 2021 at 5:10 pm #

            GA, your personal disclosures reminded me of a movie I saw decades ago – “Georgy Girl”. Lynn Redgrave had to decide whether to marry this working class, happy-go-lucky guy who knocked her up. She finally realized he was too immature and irresponsible. Fortunately, she had a very rich older guy (James Mason) who also wanted to marry her. So she chose him.

            I would guess you married the happy-go-lucky clown, and there was no James Mason in a limousine standing by as option B.

          • anmariwakaranai October 5, 2021 at 6:28 pm #

            HMuller, that is nearly the exact plot of Germany’s most beloved author Goethe in his first novel.
            His first love ditches him for the more stable farmer after a roll in the hay and he is besotted still.
            Pretty good novel. Germans are suckers though, I should know.

          • hmuller October 5, 2021 at 10:09 pm #

            Authors do keep recycling the same plot lines. LOL

  43. cowbell81 October 4, 2021 at 12:49 pm #

    Clip of They Live, updated for the 2021 Covid world:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sqVXr8MrNg

  44. Prospero October 4, 2021 at 1:19 pm #

    “The country marinates in the fetid exudations of institutional rot, waiting for the lights to flicker out.” This concluding statement is an accurate summation of the entire article.

    I’m now 71 years old and based on my family history, 90% of my life is in the rear view mirror. The main problem I now have is dealing with the fact that younger people have no future in a totalitarian world that will torture and kill most of them in the very near future. Unfortunately, those who survive will envy the dead.

    • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 1:43 pm #

      That line does sum it up well.

      I decided that I am going to enjoy the next couple of months to the fullest, and then see where I have to be after that. I can manage that much. And I have also decided to live for the day, because the future ain’t too bright.

      In a way, it’s a gift. We are so conditioned to live for the future, not the present. That’s a big mistake. Learning to enjoy what I have now, and stay in the moment.

      • toktomi October 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm #

        @MaryQueen

        I’m not convinced that having the illusion of a purpose, a mission is a mistake.

        The intellectual “understanding” that there is no grand purpose for human life, that the very essence of the meaning of life is simply to stay alive does in my mind detract from blessings of the emotional need to feel that there is a need to accomplish something for some altruistic good.

        ~toktomi~

        • MaryQueen October 4, 2021 at 8:30 pm #

          That’s not what I said. Try reading again, for comprehension.

        • JTinMD October 6, 2021 at 9:47 am #

          The purpose of life is to defeat entropy, which is a fleeting success and can’t be achieved in the long run. So, there’s that.