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The Blob Begins to Quiver

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     When you deny what is self-evident, you are at war with reality, and that never ends well. This is the ultimate disposition of our country’s years-long misadventure in maximum dishonesty. The American administrative Blob has not just lied about everything it does, but used the government machinery at hand to destroy everything it touches in a terminal-hysterical effort to cover up its misdeeds — including especially its crimes against its own people.

     Get this: there is no way that Ukraine can avoid defeat in its US-provoked struggle with Russia. Russia has every advantage. It is next door to Ukraine. It has robust arms production capacity. The terrain of the war is its own historic “borderland,” which it has controlled since the 18th century, except for the past thirty years when Ukraine functioned as Grift Central for US military contractors and their political enablers. Despite massive arms assistance from the US and grudging contributions from the NATO contingent in Europe, there is almost nothing left of the Ukrainian military in troops, equipment, and munitions. Ukraine will return eventually to demilitarized “borderland” status.

     What are NATO’s alternatives now? It can try to return to negotiation. Russia has no reason to trust that process, given how the Minsk 1 and 2 accords worked out (NATO and the US willfully and dishonestly voided them). The US and NATO could send their own troops into Ukraine, but that would be suicide, considering the alliance’s arms and munitions drawdown and America’s feminized army. The US could go a little further and provoke a nuclear exchange (suicide by other means) — and given the level of terminal-hysterical insanity in the US Blob, that’s not out of the question.

     One likely, reality-based alternative is to stand by and let Russia complete its Special Military Operation to pacify and neutralize Ukraine. The prevailing theory is that this would be the end of America’s world dominance militarily, and effectively the end of NATO, but also the end financially for the US, as the non-West abandons the dollar. In that scenario, the BRICs dump their trillions in US bond holdings, sending all that putative “money” back to America, stoking a king-hell inflation, effectively bankrupting us. It would be the final fruit of the disastrous “Joe Biden” regime imposed on us via election fraud by the Blob: the US reduced in a few short years to a broke, socially disordered, marginalized power susceptible to its own political breakup — not a tantalizing outcome, but perhaps better than turning the planet Earth into a smoldering ashtray.

     That outcome would force our country to turn inward and face its own stupendous failures of honor, decency, and integrity. It would be the end of the Blob’s hegemony inside the USA. The question is whether the Blob sets America’s house on fire in the attempt to save itself and escape a legal accounting for its crimes. One kindling stack already burning is the pile-up of jive prosecutions aimed at Mr. Trump. You know that the attempt to kick him off the game-board using Special Counsel Jack Smith may easily lead to severe civil disorder, and possibly a counter-coup, a US first!

    The current Mar-a-Lago “Doc Box” case is as much a complete fabrication as were RussiaGate and Impeachment Number One — Mr. Trump’s telephone inquiry to Ukraine about the Biden family grifting operations there, now firmly documented to be true. An upright judge would summarily dismiss the Mar-a-Lago case and slam sanctions on the US attorneys involved, including disbarment and criminal investigation for mounting a maliciously fraudulent prosecution. AG Merrick Garland and his deputy, Lisa Monaco, obviously would have some ‘splainin’ to do, possibly before juries.

      A long list of public figures populating the Blob await a reckoning: Hillary and Bill Clinton and their retainers, Barack Obama and retinue, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Christopher Wray (plus Rosenstein, Strzok, McCabe, Carlin, Ohr, Mueller, Weissmann, Horowitz, Atkinson, Ciaramella, Vindman), Rep. Adam Schiff, Senator Mark Warner, William Barr, Avril Haines, Marie Yovanovitch, William Burns, James Boasberg, Marc Elias, Michael Bromwich, David Laufman, Alejandro Mayorkas, Xavier Baccerra, Anthony Fauci, Rochelle Walensky, Francis Collins, Lloyd Austin. Mark Milley, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Ron Klain, Nancy Pelosi, Liz Cheney… the list goes way on, but there’s a start.

     The weeks of summer 2023 are the fulcrum for a great public attitude adjustment. The Blob’s psy-ops are finally failing among just enough of the formerly mind-fucked to tip the national consensus against the gang behind all this treasonous political depravity. Even the so-called mainstream media is running scared. If they happened to turn in a desperate act of self-preservation, it will be all over for the Blob.


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726 Responses to “The Blob Begins to Quiver”

  1. NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 9:49 am #

    Biden announced to our “enemies” that we have to send War-Crime Cluster Munitions to Ukraine because we do not have any munitions left to send. When those runout, as they will, all we will have left is Nuclear Weapons. Will we use those?

    Ask yourself this: How is it that the USA spends a trillion dollars a year on Defense but is being pistol-whipped by a nation that only spends 65 billion a year? How did little Russia drain the munitions of the United States and all 31 NATO members? Where did all of that money go?

    • stonned July 10, 2023 at 9:57 am #

      “Where did all of that money go?”

      Best play a game or two of that iconic board game from the last century, “MONOPOLY”.

      Ain’t gonna be pass’n GO too much longer, goy.

      Game’s almost over….

      FOR YOU.

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      • abbybwood July 10, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

        And with the Covid-inspired “mail in ballots” we have LOST the “Secret Ballots”!

        Remember when we used to go to the school cafeteria or car dealership showroom to give our address to the old ladies with the big books? We’d find our name, sign and get our ballot? Go on in the secret spot to mark our ballots then tear off the top to prove we voted (used to be a receipt for a free margarita at Baja Cantina!). Then we would put our secret ballot inside the sleeve into the big box which would later be driven to the central Voter place to be counted.

        Now we fill out the huge 4 page ballot then place it in an envelope and sign and date the outside of the envelope and mail it in.

        Get it? They open the envelope and save the signature with our votes. It is very clear who voted for this one or that one.

        They could easily amass a data base of who voted for Trump or Biden. We have dutifully placed our address and signature right along with our ballots!

        ?

        • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

          It’s easy to lose the envelopes with the votes they don’t want to have to count, also.

        • Daddyotis July 10, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

          Putting aside for a moment the fact that mail-in ballots are a ready-made cheating platform, the best way to avoid what you are describing is to always vote in person no matter what they tell you about how “convenient” it is to vote (cheat) by mail.

          • Uncle Bob July 10, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

            How odd that the people who hector Americans about needing to be more like Europe are the same people who push vote by mail, when such voting is illegal throughout Europe because it promotes “voting irregularities.”

          • WilliamShatnersPants July 10, 2023 at 8:16 pm #

            Uncle Bob, can you clarify just what you mean? See this:

            europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/ATAG/2018/623556/EPRS_ATA(2018)623556_EN.pdf

            16 of the 28 members of the European Parliament have mail-in voting rights.

    • JackStraw July 10, 2023 at 9:59 am #

      Sending cluster bombs has to be the last gasp of a dying, immoral cabal of warmongers, and it will cement the hatred of this country by hundreds of other nations.

      BRICS will be the financial daisy cutter that will finish us off.

      • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 10:34 am #

        Absolutely!!

        BRICS++, more than just BRICS, has been quietly growing over the last five years or so. It is, so far, a economic enclave that is the enemy of the WEF.

        Patriots in the US are facing a conundrum, who is the worse of the two. As our own public enemy number one, the Biden administration, is hell bent on subjugating the US to the climate change idiots of the WEF, patriots are torn and supporting BRICS++, Ie Russia in the Uke war.

        The power of BRICS++ is starting to show in Ukraine. Two NATO countries are reluctant to back Ukraine now and others are wavering. The cluster bomb fiasco that is coming is the last ditch effort of the US to bleed Russia by destroying the population of Ukraine. I wonder how few young men will be left in Ukraine before the Biden Zelensky connection is exhausted. Zelensky et al should be facing war crimes tribunals for their ambivalence to the destruction of their country.

        BTW, Trump was impeached, number two, for trying to break the connection between the Biden’s and Zelensky. Definitely, one point for him. It also shows the power of the Blob and its support of the WEF ( NATO).

        • SpeedyBB July 12, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

          Anybody catch that photo of the grand NATO clubbers, uniformly tall, elegant with that dismissive Euro-snooty look, standing around and chatting in twos and threes, while the Z-man is all alone and ignored, like the nerdy kid at the prom (the one nobody likes, but they pretend because of his daddy) – the dork with the b.o.

          Zelensky is standing there with his dick in his hand, as the chilling words of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg resound: “But you have to win the war first. If you do not win the war the deal is off.”

          Now did his hosts ask him to play the piano?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 13, 2023 at 9:19 am #

            “…the grand NATO clubbers, uniformly tall, elegant with that dismissive Euro-snooty look, standing around and chatting in twos and threes, while the Z-man is all alone and ignored, like the nerdy kid at the prom (the one nobody likes, but they pretend because of his daddy) – the dork with the b.o…
            Zelensky is standing there with his dick in his hand…” ~ SpeedyBB

            ^ That’s a Zappa tune right there. ^

          • ThorsHammer July 13, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

            @SpeedyBB

            Just imagine that you are a Secret Service agent charged with protecting the President of the United States. Your supervisor hands you a fingerprint sample and a bodily fluid swab taken from the inbox for the Presidential East wing and instructs you to do a data match of all available ID sources on file.

            He provides you with a secure, padded, sound proof room to work in. In the background, repeated every 30 seconds are two words— Julian Assange. If you don’t begin to quiver and pound on the walls within an hour the voice over switches to the sound of a pack of African wild dogs tearing apart their prey with the words Seth Rich in the background.

            Move along now—- nothing to see here.

      • abbybwood July 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

        And hopefully as those cluster bomb munitions are brought into Ukraine Russia will quickly dispatch them with a Kinzal missile strike!

      • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

        Not only did the president of Mexico propose to renationalize Mexico’s oil, he also applied to BRICS..

        Expect a major propaganda push about cartels and immigrants soon, as the drumbeats for war on Mexico ramp up their rhythm.

        Our overlords are so predictable. And so are their subjects.

        • ThorsHammer July 13, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

          @Paula D

          Now if ALMO gets 100 “outdated” SK 27’s as a bonus for joining the BRICS like the deal the US used to insist on having with Saudi Arabia, it will be interesting how many cartels will still be around within a year.

          I predict that Sinola, the ruler of Baja California, will be the last one standing. And then ALMO will supply them with arms to see if they can take back SOCAL while the Federal Army repatriates Texas and nationalizes all of Texas’ gulf oil wells. (Financed by total appropriation of Carlos Slim’s 85 billion $ net worth plus all the PEMEX oil revenues)

          The Trump Wall will be completed, but the razor wire will have to be turned around the other way.

    • rudyspeaks July 10, 2023 at 10:03 am #

      Your second paragraph poses what I consider the central revelation of this war: The Pentagon is a hustle (sooo different from the US “higher education” business, or our “Health Care” racket… just about ANY large enterprise we’re forced to participate in). Our mighty fleets will be reefs within minutes of WW3’s beginning because the Ruskies (& Chinese) operate a weapons producing system, not a front for diverting Middle Class money to the 1%. Hypersonic missiles are a game-changer, but Pentagon hustlers failed to develop them… and, further, can’t even keep up with “8 cents on the dollar” Russia in old fashioned artillery shells!

      • Hated American July 11, 2023 at 8:32 pm #

        It all makes sense when it is understood that the intent of the “US Government” is to bleed us dry, ruin us, and genocide America, just as the “Ukraine” war has been to cleanse it of white, Christians, and kill as many Russians as possible as well. We are occupied by an unaccountable ruling regime, have been for some time. That is why none of these pols care about votes anymore. They are all installed, and laugh at us.

    • p0llex July 10, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

      “Where did all of that money go?”

      McMansions in northern VA

    • Katerina July 10, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

      to NickelthroweR

      “little Russia”?! It’s THE biggest country on the planet – with TWELVE time zones! How many US got? Obviously you are not familiar with the world map. But of course, another ignorant american.
      As for Russian military power, it has left US of A and it’s NATO satrapies in the dumps long ago!
      Educate yourself first and THEN write your comments.

      • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 6:26 pm #

        Yawn. Former Army Officer and History teacher here. Russia is tiny in population with only 140 million or so people.

        How about you educate yourself first and THEN write comments.

        So pathetic.

        • Katerina July 10, 2023 at 7:42 pm #

          to NickelthroweR

          Population figures do not matter when 80% of your population is dumb, fat, stupid and shockingly ignorant.

          • benr July 11, 2023 at 9:47 am #

            I can walk around any city in America and 80% of the people I see are not obese.
            I can walk around and see 80% are also not as stupid as you claim.
            What I am beginning to see is that a shocking percentage of people wandering around are clearly not American born and look lost.
            There is much to dislike about American culture especially on the leftist Democrat side of things with this huge, bizarre push for queer everything and transgender bullshit.
            Falling for this game clearly shows Americans have lost their minds but people are pushing back finally.
            The one thing glaringly obvious in your posts Katerina is that you’re an idiot.

      • stelmosfire July 10, 2023 at 6:57 pm #

        I thought this was an interesting map showing the real size comparison of the countries of the world and how they are grossly misrepresented on a Mercator world map.

        httpx://www.visualcapitalist.com/mercator-map-true-size-of-countries/

        • aelpha July 12, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

          Antarctica is tiny!

    • Anon1970 July 10, 2023 at 6:05 pm #

      US defense contractors are required to pay their workers “prevailing wage rates” (i.e. union scale) under the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, as amended. These costs are then passed on to the US government.

    • jgalt July 10, 2023 at 9:20 pm #

      We could hazard a guess that the Biden mafia and other Demoncrap degenerates are receiving large campaign donations, or just outright bribes, and likely be right. No audit of the funds or weapons invites total corruption on both sides. Sure to be plenty of Ukrainian multi-millionaires, possibly billionaires, with Zelensky sure to be among them. Grifters never stop grifting!

  2. Penelope Dreadful July 10, 2023 at 9:51 am #

    I think the Blob will endure, and we will crash as a Nation. The reason why, is that we have hit a Critical Mass of Stupidity, and that is when stuff goes BAZOOOOOM! I mean look, how many blue cities keep electing Democrats even when businesses shut down and flee. I just do not see things ending well.

    • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 10:09 am #

      When a business shuts down and flees, it takes Republicans with it.

      I fled California because I realized that it was no longer safe to even have a discussion concerning genital mutilation, the $25/hr minimum wage, the open border, and the decriminalization of theft. Just questioning those things could get one hurt.

      The people that support this lunacy can not make the connection between the policies they support and the empty storefronts. You may as well ask them to do some Algebra or something.

      My only desire is that California enact 15 minute cities and outlaw moving out of state.

      • Lyndy33 July 10, 2023 at 10:20 am #

        There are no U-Hauls in California.

        • john0 July 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

          It’s foolish to haul crap with you anyway. Just take essentials, sell or donate or just leave the rest and replace it from garage sales where you are going.
          The price of U hauls per mile, the basic rental, the price of gas…it’s just not close to worth it.
          Start fresh, you will be glad you did.

      • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 10:26 am #

        NickelthroweR, I sure hope that whatever state you migrate to that when you get there you will not vote as you used to in California.

        My State is being over run by California refugees fleeing their ruined state. They drive up property values and make housing unaffordable to native residents of my State. They then vote for the same commie crap and commie people they voted for in California. Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, my neighboring states, used to be as red as my State. Not anymore. Nevada is blue. Arizona is a bluish purple and Colorado is a blue as the evening sky. All because of California refugees.

        Please, I beg you, please consider this in your new home.

        California’s refugees have a bad name where I live. Even the refugees get it. A family moved into a home across the street and when we met them they literally said “yeah, another California family has moved into your neighborhood, don’t hold it against us.”

        It’s a shame you people can’t stay in your State and fix the problems you created. Instead you’re coming to mine and screwing up things here.

        • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 10:55 am #

          You need to shut the hell up. I’m sick n tired of people telling me what I can and can not do after I move.

          I’m a business owner and I manufacture precision tools and do so here in the United States. You should drop to your hillbilly knees and thank ghaud that someone like me moved in.

          Now, where you hidin’ the women?

          • john0 July 10, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            Just flat lookin’ for trouble, aren’t you.
            Lucky you haven’t tried your hand at exploiting Appalachia…
            People like you end up lost at the bottom of strip mines where actual Hillbillies live.
            A little trivia for your education:
            Hillbilly is not originally an American term. The people brought it with them from Scotland and Ireland.
            They were known to be rather vindictive then and there, as well.Tradition remains quite important to many of them, and small players who think they are big time elites like the Mine Owners soon learn the many ways in which they simply are not in those leagues,often just prior to their dirt naps.

          • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 4:12 pm #

            @John0

            I live in Appalachia and even though it is the biggest welfare fraud in the country (1 in 4 workers on “disability”) I get along with folks just fine.

            The only person anyone around here needs to worry about is me.

          • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:22 pm #

            I keep all of my women in the basement. One for each night. Yeah!

          • megabeth July 10, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

            Hey, don’t be so rough on old Cank. He hasn’t had a good day since 1963.

          • Ron Anselmo July 10, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

            I love you Nickel!

        • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:06 am #

          Do not Californicate the West.

          The extreme condition of the body politic in California is a wonder, as well as Oregon and Washington.

          It is actually the coastal cities is where the Leftist socialist autocratic populations arise.

          Why? Easy!

          City dwellers are totally dependent on the service sector to provide them goods and services. What they want is a power to give them stuff? In their eyes, that is the job of the federal government, it is the creed of the gimme group.

          What really adds to this is the cities becoming the domain of illegal immigration and the dependent Black and other minority populations, making the cities Blue zones and everywhere else, Red.

          If CW starts, it will be very short and will be a massive siege against the cities. Look to a leader for the Reds that basically just ignores the DC crowd and creates an alternative US government. Just as Jefferson recommended in the Declaration.

          Trump in a lame duck term? Could he acquire enough power to shut down the city based Deep State and its domination of America? Term one says no.

          What is the alternative, someone who believes the city power needs to be curtailed? Someone who will start the shutdown of the Deep State. IMHO, there are a few GOP candidates that voice some opposition to the Deep State, but not to the degree that Trump does. That is why they cannot crack his 30% lead among the GOP voters. Conservative, TeaParty GOPers recognize the BS RINO syndrome. Deep State wolves in sheep’s clothing.

          The vote is supposed to be the change agent to stop the autocratic Deep State, Uniparty environment that currently exists. The vote is so corrupted, by both sides, that it no longer fulfills its function.

          The alternative is the creation of a new government and the violence that will follow.

          • D from OR July 10, 2023 at 11:35 am #

            “Do not Californicate the West.”

            What are you even talking about. It already happened.

          • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

            And to think, back in the day they said “Go West young man, go West.”

            Now they would call the man a shemale and tell it to go West to loot, steal, murder, rape, and pillage, all in the name of Gavin Newscum.

          • john0 July 10, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

            This fails to consider two main issues:
            1) Lincoln’s Tyranny provides Biden with the Precedent and Laws backing him so that he really can order an F-16 to fire a Hellfire missile up your Wazzoo.
            2) In the best of world ages, when physically fir men were the rule instead of the exception, untrained troops vs well trained Professional Armies equaled mincemeat, AKA Cannon Fodder.
            People complain of After School Satan Clubs, but don’t establish After School Military Tactics and Strategy Clubs .
            There would likely be attempts at cancelling,but as they are traditional academic subjects and require no weaponry, there really would be zero grounds for blocking such clubs.
            Also, unofficial athletic clubs based on fitness to military standards would be worthwhile and could be based on the US Navy Seals Fitness Regimen,. with participants judged on how much they could complete, with no expectations of anyone anyone actually completing the full demands of a SEAL.
            My idea for teaching youth Strategy and Tactics comes from Taiwan, where that is the practice, After School, In Local Parks across Taiwan they are mindful that China Joe’s word is worthless and they count on only themselves and have the sense to realize there is no hope of defending themselves randomly with no idea what they are about.
            Would that Americans had that much sense remaining but they just keep prattling platitudes about refreshing the Soil of Liberty.

          • Anthea July 10, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            @ JohnAZ:

            While I think you are for the most part right in saying that the cities would not fare well in a confrontation between rural and urban areas, don’t underestimate the city dwellers. As I’ve said before, the Mexican drug cartels will be the real threat, as they are well armed, well organized, and well trained. And–perhaps most to the point–they enjoy the support of the federal government. In any serious confrontation between rural and urban areas, we should expect the federal government to provide the cartels with every conceivable kind of weaponry, plus anything else they might want or need–and put them on the payroll, lavishly.

            Of course, even in such a case, the cartels would still face some formidable problems. One of them is the black population, which is useless for military purposes and would be causing all kinds of havoc. The other problem would be the probably very great difficulty anyone would have in leaving the city (whether for military or personal reasons) by any means other than on foot.

            Rural people seeking to subdue the cities need to be aware of both their strengths and their weaknesses.

          • Cactus Girl July 10, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

            It always makes me laugh when “country people”, who can’t do anything without a car, talk about “city people” getting massacred. I really suggest you read “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”. Written by a guy who survived the 2001 collapse in Argentina. I especially recommend the chapters on what happened to people living on ranches and farms out in the country, if you have the stomacch for it. Gangs have cars, you know.

          • Vegan Shark July 10, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

            Instead of (or at least in addition to) our shouting matches about trannies, we ought to be debating the best way of splitting the Untied States into separate nations. All kinds of questions and complications are involved, and they need to be dealt with. It’s past time to start the discussion about the real no. 1 domestic issue.

          • Uncle Bob July 10, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

            Shark, there’s no realistic way of splitting the country. Nobody really wants to move and lose their home, their job, and their friends. Democrat states don’t want to lose the income Republicans bring their states, and Republican states don’t want the fallout from the media calling them the home of racist rubes. So, for example, you end up with Greg Abbott California-ing Texas by trying to placate illegal aliens, Democrat refugees from their own hellhole states, and assholes in El Paso, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Brownsville. The country is fucked, no two ways about it.

        • Uncle Bob July 10, 2023 at 6:54 pm #

          Those people are called locusts.

          I speak as an Upstate New Yorker. I can’t stand the City and its socialist dumbass residents who can’t afford to live there anymore, so they’re migrating here and electing communists to local and state offices. If I wanted an AOC acolyte to represent me, I’d move to her shithole district in the City and have the real, bucktoothed, scrawny, high-talking, arrogant, economically-illiterate dumbass represent me. And no, I don’t want to fuck her, despite her wishes. I don’t like women with dead eyes and no ass, especially if they’re dumb as a post.

          • Vegan Shark July 11, 2023 at 3:54 pm #

            Uncle Bob,

            I don’t minimize the challenges and messiness of partition. That’s what I meant by, “All kinds of questions and complications are involved, and they need to be dealt with.” Maybe that should have been said in stronger terms.

            But can we carry on with the red-blue hostility endlessly? (Yes, the red-blue model is an oversimplification. But this subject is impossible to discuss without oversimplification.)

            What if the only alternative to legally dividing the country is something like the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, with its sickening bloodshed and atrocities? Don’t say it can’t happen. Both sides (or all sides) in the U.S. are armed and dangerous.

            People do pick up and move if they feel it’s urgent enough. Consider the diaspora of Californians currently underway. Or the wave of Yankees fetching up in southern states. Or your own example of New York City “locusts” subverting upstate New York.

            There are a few examples of benign separation. Some years ago Czechoslovakia bifurcated into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic with no drama.

            We ought to at least be thinking and talking about secession as one possibility.

          • ThorsHammer July 12, 2023 at 7:37 pm #

            @ Vegan Shark and Uncle Bob

            Succession will seem a lot more reasonable when China and Russia finally loose patience with playing at war as if we were back in 1917. Ten air burst nuclear bombs triggered at 60-100,000 ft elevation over North America will essentially put an end to the industrial era over the entire continent. Water will no longer flow from the pipes and sewage will flow into your living room instead of down the sewer. Cars or trucks with electronic controls will die in the middle of the streets, never to run again. The supermarket shelves will be as empty in RedNeck as they are in New York, because there is no fuel in the filling station tanks and no trucks to deliver it. The black SUV’s of the Cartels will be just as immobile as those in the garages of suburban joggers. (At least the joggers will be a little better equipped to run for the hills.)

            Half the population of the USA will be dead of thirst, starvation, or fighting within a month. Succession will be a de-facto condition, not just a topic of idle chatter.

            Here is how it might take place in my native Oregon. The redneck stump farmers I grew up around may not fully understand who the enemy is, but they have all been to Portland and seen the sub human fentanyl freaks shitting on the sidewalks or to Eugene and seen the girlie men covered with tattoos and wearing dresses. And they do know who they hate.

            Everyone has a farm truck built in the days before the digital era, and a giant fuel tank holding regular gasoline. More than a few ranchers on the eastern side of the state still have remudas of cow ponies. They all begin to muster on the northern border of Cascadia. When the grass for the cow ponies begins to run short and the salmon nets no longer are full they begin to move south, driving every sign of Wokeism before them. Raiding parties fan out before them, turning dairy cows into hamburgers and girlie men’s dresses into diapers.

            When the herd of 20,000 remaining Woke sheeple reach the border of the state formerly know as California they are met by the armies of the Sinolians who gratefully take control of the entire Woke herds. They welcome them as additional slaves to cultivate and trim the sinsimella plantations of the Central Valley.

            And that is how Cascadia came to gain it’s Independence from the former American Empire.

        • benr July 11, 2023 at 9:55 am #

          There is a fair amount of actual Conservative people stuck in California far more in fact than the phony voting would suggest.
          In 2008 the defense of marriage bill passed by a wide margin large enough in fact that they used the leftist aligned courts to throw out the will of the people and make queer unions legal in California.
          I refuse to say marriage because traditionally that is a man and women thing not man and man and it does make a difference.
          Everything Conservatives try to reform is either overturned by a corrupt court system or as we saw with the 2020 election, they change laws and rules to cheat.

      • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:02 am #

        Left to itself, Capitalism creates vast disparities of wealth. The idea that people who only care about personal profit, answerable only to shareholders, should be in charge of our economy (and thus our politics too) is grotesque.

        • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:17 am #

          C’mon Jarek. You are a dreamer.

          You want an omniscient government to distribute the wealth fairly to the population. A squeaky clean, Un corrupted group that will give everyone what they are due. That sounds like the Communist Manifesto.

          Wake up. There has never been a government like that. Government is evil by nature and cannot be trusted with the “keys to the kingdom”.

          Our founding Fathers understood this basic fact, inspired by Masonic beliefs and at the time philosophy. The balance of power, controlled government model of the Constitution was the result.

          Currently, the evil of our Deep State is overcoming the rule of law of the Constitution, because of public stupidity and ambivalence.

          The old saying, Capitalism has lots of problems, but it is better by far than what is in second place.

          Jarek, you do not like crony Capitalism, me too. Maybe the causes of cronyism need to be addressed rather than thinking that some miracle will happen to create a benevolent government.

          When pigs fly!!

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:41 am #

            You want an earlier version of what got us here. You still haven’t read about the savageries of early Capitalism, have you? Dos Passos, Sinclair, London, and Dickens?

            Companies were made to treat their employees better. By whom? The government. Selfish swine who only care about profit aren’t going to do it on their own now, are they?

            The Unions and the Government pushed through reforms but they have become coopted by the Beast now as well. Wages haven’t kept up with inflation and companies will pay as little as they can get away with. You don’t expect selfish swine who only care about profit to do differently, do you?

          • Anthea July 10, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

            It is precisely government that corrupts capitalism into crony capitalism. Without government intrusion, conferring monopolies, subsidies, tax advantages, and regulatory advantages, no enterprise could grow to monstrous proportions.

            What Jarek is proposing is precisely what we have now: government intrusion and control over commerce–which will always and everywhere confer special advantages upon its beneficiaries.

            There are other possible approaches to ensuring that capital resides fairly equally in private hands, while at the same time preventing large concentrations of capital. (See Henry George on this, as I don’t want to get too long-winded.) By “capital,” I mean “one of the means of production,” the three means of production being land, labor, and capital. By “private hands,” I mean that capital and the other means of production would be owned and controlled by the people, rather than by the government.

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

            So the government made the Corporations offshore our industrial base? Like hell, they wanted to do it to increase profits. They told the politicians to make it happen.

            You’ve never read about the horrors of early capitalism either, it would seem. Libertarianism is an American mind virus, just like Feminism and Communism. Uniquely American in its appeal to Boobus Americanus.

            Yes, there are ways to remedy it. That means a government stronger than the Corporations and their influence on Government. That means Fascism or National Socialism in essence, call it what you will.

          • Uncle Bob July 10, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

            Jarek, for all your breast-beating about righteousness while bludgeoning Paula the Communist for being what she is, at heart you’re just another goddamned socialist. Don’t lecture us about economics or fairness when your way of doing things results in the enslavement and impoverishment of people, with no way of ever escaping either. Thanks.

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm #

            Nope. You’re failing to discriminate between Marxism and National Socialism/Fascism. The latter treat the upper class very well. As Pinoche of Chile said. Of course you treat people who know how to make things well!

            Assuming they’re willing to play ball with the nation. If not they can take their winnings and leave.

        • abbybwood July 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

          Which is why Russia and China get a bang for their rubles and yuan regarding their defense industries!

          Putin and Xi and their generals decide to do “x” and it gets done without the fancy cocktail parties and mansions. Dollars spent on lobbying Congress and paying consultants out the wazoo.

          Imagine all the tears and gnashing of teeth if the US nationalized the Pentagon!?

          • john0 July 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            You are beyond naive if you actually believe that.
            But that it were true, Communism would be wonderful.

          • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            We were never meant to have a standing army in the first place.

            All these people screaming about the Constitution don’t seem to remember that part.

          • BackRowHeckler July 10, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

            That’s very true, Paula. The founders saw a standing, professional army as an anathema to a free Republic. So in Washington’s first term an official US Army did not exist except for a few companies of aging Revolutionary War veterans in Manhattan, Boston & Philadelphia. That didn’t last long. What happened was two large volunteer militia organizations in the early 1790s were wiped out by Miami Indians in the Ohio Valley … an ‘American Legion’ was quickly formed — a full time professional Regiment commanded by Rev War Veteran ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne. Thus the US Army was born, basically out of necessity.

          • Anthea July 10, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

            @ Paula:

            Excellent point.

          • BackRowHeckler July 10, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

            Correction: that’s the ‘Legion of the United States’, not the American Legion.

            Fun fact: LA Rapper, record producer & hip hop artist ‘Jonwayne’ is a direct descendant of General ‘Mad Anthony’ Wayne.

          • Uncle Bob July 10, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

            Paula, you’re right.

            …and my phone catches on fire….

            The government was supposed to be minimalist, with a militia of the whole (one of the reasons for the Second Amendment) to protect the people from enemies foreign and domestic; without government surveillance of every damn thing they do; and with a sound monetary policy that discourages debt. Even with occasional big government presidents like Jackson and Lincoln, those goals remained in place until Thee Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson came along and tried to create their visions of God’s Kingdom on Earth because, well, they were better and smarter than Madison, et al. Plus, that would allow them to rig things the way they wanted them to be, including the Federal Reserve, the income tax, and popularly-elected senators whose loyalty was to people and party, not the states that sent them to Washington.

          • BackRowHeckler July 10, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

            In the 1790s the US was threatened by Spanish armies in Florida, Kentucky, and up & down the Mississippi River, & the British in Canada & the Caribbean, not to mention hostile Indian tribes from Michigan to Alabama. Washington & his cabinet quickly realized a part time militia wasn’t up to the task of defending the country and a professional army would be necessary.

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            Score one for the Federalist Papers. Hamilton makes exactly BRH’s point. I kne there were threats but I didn’t know they were that overt so soon.

            If the Antifederalists had won, we would have ended up much smaller, and perhaps not even have survived. Sad, but that is the nature of the world.

            Andrew Jackson always fumed about the battle of New Orleans being fought after peace had been declared. He said that the British didn’t have an empire by sticking to treaties that didn’t favor them. In his mind, if they had not been defeated, they would have quickly build forts all along the Mississippi and that would have been the western boundary of the United States.

            Thus empires caused us to become an empire in turn, with all the corruption endemic to such things. Was a middle ground possible? Theoretically yes, but practically, no.

        • happiface July 10, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          Jar it does not understand capitalism is like sports–there are winners and losers–he is whining because he was always a loser at everything–my bro made himself a millionare by driving a truck–he kept his debt low,worked hard,was honest and true to his wife,family–in sports and in capitalism your suppose to play by the rules–not everybody does–goooooovermint never plays by its own rules–gooooovermint leaders,workers are the most dishonest people on this planet–it is going to bring this country to its knees in the next 10 years—and Jar it will still be a loser

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 10:06 pm #

            Yes, that’s natural. But you don’t let the winners enslave everyone else or sell off the country to pay their debts, stupid.

            You can’t run a county on or for mere personal profits for the very few.

            People say they want freedom, but they still love their chains and worship their masters.

      • workingclasshero July 10, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        My utopian solution to America’s political issues usually runs with an orderly controlled breakup with three geographic entities eventually becoming autonomous nation states: Black republic in the south; New York City/New jersey; California/western half of Oregon.

        The Cali/Oregon option seems the most mainstream and acceptable to me. This would be allot of leftist votes subtracted from the national electoral equation for the remainder of the U.SA.

        • messianicdruid July 10, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

          Central Standard Tribe [ it’s about time ].

      • Cactus Girl July 10, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

        @NickelthroweR: where did you move to?

        • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 4:23 pm #

          I’m on the border of Appalachia and Amish Country.

          Gangs may have cars but there is only one road that connects to my home. Everything else is rivers and forests. Lots and lots of rivers. Once you are 10′ in the forest, you may as well be 100 miles in for it is dense like a jungle. Plant a few people in there with scoped rifles and see what happens to the gangs you mentioned earlier.

          • megabeth July 10, 2023 at 5:12 pm #

            What if they come at you with drones? Some drones are just skeet, but some are as relentless as mosquitoes.

          • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 6:33 pm #

            The canopy is so thick that no drone will be able to see through it. Also, drones work both ways. What makes you think I don’t have any?

    • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      I’m with you Penelope. Jim’s writings are always fantastic and wonderful reads but Jim is always a little more hopeful that justice will be meted out against these miscreant leaches infesting the Blog and sucking it dry. I don’t see justice coming against these people any time soon because by and large most Americans just don’t give a damn. All most Americans care about is “Celebrities on Mars” or the NBA Finals, downloading their porn, getting another disgusting and unrecognizable tattoo on their cluttered arms or whether they were born with the right genitals.

      There seems to be a strong disconnect between what the people are and what their Government is. The United States Government, or Blob, is a powerful reflection of the American people. Sure, there are still stand up people out there who want a strong, Constitutionally ruled America. But for the most part Americans are selfish, lazy, decadent, jealous, dishonest, slothful, envious, arrogant and ignorant people with very little morality dwelling within them.

      How is this different from the Blob? It ain’t. The whole system is coming down. It’s going to be rough when it finally does.

      Personally, I think this is an organized demolition of the last great Country to stand in the way of world communist rule. There will be no saving the USA. There might be pockets of Americans principles here and there but the Country as a whole is finished.

      • Penelope Dreadful July 10, 2023 at 10:29 am #

        Amen! I am not a pessimistic person, but I just don’t see the country as a whole recovering the way it needs to. There has to be a crash, and even then, we may linger on for decades in demimonde mode, or whatever that French term is for “half light.”

      • MX Vet 57 July 10, 2023 at 10:46 am #

        Cankerpuss, that is some clear thinking.

      • Hockeyguy July 10, 2023 at 11:10 am #

        Your last paragraph has described my personal “theory of everything” to explain our current situation. In my theory, China just spent the last 3 decades buying our entire country – with the full cooperation of most of our corrupt elite government – and now, they intend to take delivery of their assets and implement global single-party management of us. This will include isolating, marginalizing, prosecuting, and imprisoning those resisters that won’t bend the knee and get on board with the new CCP corporatist world order. The various “woke” and tranny culture wars are mere distractions to keep us proles occupied as the financial, food, and energy systems are deliberately crashed and re-oriented to benefit the global elite.

        • LagingRunatic July 10, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

          Yep. Giving the PRC most favored nation status was “going to make China more like the US.” Instead it’s made the US more like the PRC. Own nothing, be happy, or go the way of the Four Olds.

        • Qwibqwib July 11, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

          “they intend to take delivery of their assets”

          How will they do this? Seriously, do you think this is possible? What is timeline? How many CCP “workers” do you think it will take to effect this end? Asking for my pet Kangaroo…

        • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 7:42 pm #

          “…China just spent the last 3 decades buying our entire country…”

          Let’s make that “4 decades”.

          During the administration of Superpatriot St. Reagan, I remember being concerned at the land and businesses being bought in the US by the Chinese, as well as the number of US businesses selling technology and offshoring operations to China.

          We started selling out to China well before Most Favored Nation trading status.

          Nixon’s rapprochement with China, of course, laid the groundwork, but at least that had an element of sensible realpolitik about it.

          But hey, selling out to China was good for the shareholders (what the government and media call “the economy”), wasn’t it? And that’s all that matters here in the good ol’ U$A.

        • ThorsHammer July 13, 2023 at 8:55 pm #

          @Hockeyguy

          Spoken like a true American— or in your case Canadian? Things are f—-d up in your country? Must because of the Yellow Peril. Or Vladimir Putin. Or the Sand N—–s from Iran. Or the starving refugees from Guatemala.

          Couldn’t have anything to do with your silly national election system that was specifically designed so that your Prime Minister always only represents 20% of the electorate? Or that your revered Pierre I was a cuckold whose young trophy wife had to find a Latin American strongman who was macho enough to father her child? Or that their little boy grew into an adolescent dictator and inherited the Throne but nobody in Canada can figure out how to get rid of him?

          In the Deep State to the South, any potential candidate for leadership must undergo a spinal removal surgery before being eligible for nomination by the Uniparty. After all, the Deep State is in the business of WAR, and how can you be expected to maximize your profitability without loyal and subservient employees?

          Not a theory of everything—- just a brief overview of the real world of 2023.

      • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:25 am #

        Good post. Our Constitution created a representative government, not a pure democracy. Democracy, by its nature, is not a sustainable form of popular control. Democracy is an excuse for totalitarianism.

        So of course, the Blob in DC represents the quality of the people it represents. Evil floats to the top.

        The scary part of this is that it takes the population to change to change that government. When pigs fly.

        The answer lies in the Expat websites available and increasing rapidly.

        • SpeedyBB July 10, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

          All the years I lived in Japan and Thailand I would get friendly but persistent queries on the order of “Well Byron, when are you going to come home again?”

          That line of questioning has gone quiet. I am now awaiting the inevitable “Which way do I turn…?” from those considering an escape, though the greater number of my correspondents are my age and really not in any way ready to face a new and alien culture.

          After a couple of decades of living with, and attempting to ignore, Islam, I looked at a possible move from Indonesia to somewhere in Latinoamerica. I’ve had great times and some scary ones too in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, where I traveled with a Japanese photographic expedition in 1970 to film the Carneval.

          Admittedly, the internet does tend to be biased in its reportage, but after faithfully surfing as many intelligent sites as I could, and getting a feel for the environment, I soberly concluded that none of those countries is an attractive bolt-hole for the disgusted gringo. Just the opposite: smart locals with the means to head for Europe or Norteamerica do just that – although these alternative destinations are proving to harbor their own not insignificant challenges.

          New Zealand? Great place, clean and beautiful (if coldish). Awful, constipated culture and rigid people – like Canada but worse. Their slo-mo economy is tiny and sucks.

          Next door? Aussies are by and large wannabe Americanos. They are also enjoying the colorful, exciting experience of mass immigration from shithole-landia.

          Philippines? Top of the least-worst list. You can purchase a residency for US $10,000 deposited in a bank account, and they allow you to work (which is quite unusual for developing countries). Culture is not very interesting, food blah, medical care scary. Cities are violent but the rest of the country tends to be laid back, Catholic, passive, sociable.

          I could go live in Japan again but the Japanese, polite and helpful as they are, really and truly do not like foreigners, their attitudes, nothing at all about them (although they do ape many western fashions, suitably modified). It is also a deeply unhappy culture, with rampant paranoia, in spite of great material prosperity. I’d head for southern Kyushu if that was my only choice. Traditional values make life decent.

          I simply offer these few observations based on half my life having been spent outside the good ole good ole. If you have a load of dough, it is possible to consider somewhere like Portugal (flavor-of-the-month) or Norway (if you can stand the climate) or even Greece. But even wealth won’t protect you there if it all starts to fall apart.

          I’d be curious to learn how Mr. Snowden has adapted to life in the Russian Federation… what a change after hubba-hubba Hawaii, wow.

          • Katerina July 10, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

            to SpeedyBB

            If you want to know what life is like in Russia, I suggest to take a look at some Youtube “walks along the streets” of, say Moskva, St Petersburg or any other Russian city. Filmed by mostly Western visitors/tourists and then posted on Youtube.
            It will be an eye-opener for most people not familiar with Russia and who are only getting propaganda and brainwashing crap about that country from their presstitude media and political cesspools.
            BTW, then for comparisson, take a “walk” along some of your american cities streets…also found on Youtube.

          • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 7:59 pm #

            To Americans looking to escape, I advise, “stay home”.

            Most Americans:
            1) don’t speak any language other than English,
            2) have never been to another country,
            3) if they have been to another country, they stayed in an American hotel serviced by English speaking staff,
            4) if they left their hotel, went on tours with other Americans lead by English-speaking guides.

            The music has ended, it’s time to sit down.

            Although we are in the Sixth Age of Consciousness (or so say the Maya), the Age of Movement, we need to be rooted while the world around us spins out of control.

            Stay with the people you know, the culture you know, the land you know. This is no time to be the stranger.

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            Words of wisdom. As survival expert, Rawls says, the smiling Latin Americans will turn on the gringos when things get bad. Unless you are well loved for some reason and/or married into a strong clan, get out.

          • ThorsHammer July 13, 2023 at 9:45 pm #

            @SpeedyBB

            Looks like you’ve seen too much of the world! Or perhaps not enough! The secret of a successful cultural transition is total immersion. When I was in the mountains of Colombia in the Peace Corps for two years I would go for months without hearing English spoken. Came back to the US after my tour and immediately met my old high school sweetheart. Moved to Canada with a draft prison sentence hard on my tail. Life gets in the way! If I had stayed in Colombia and married my beautiful Colombian girl friend I’d have never looked back.
            ps: I still dream in Spanish sometimes.

            The hundreds of thousands of gringos who have retired to Mexico may have good lives— often better than if they had stayed home. But few ever grow beyond the readily available expat ghettos. At retirement age cultural immersion is hard to achieve, as is true language proficiency–especially with difficult Asian languages. I recently had a long Zoom conversation with a guy in Ecuador who had done it right. Moved down there the minute his SS kicked in. Married a nice woman who worked in the agricultural ministry– we had a good chat while he was called to the door. He was still not a fluent native speaker, but was integrated into a family and social life like few expats are.

            ps: I just read two lengthy articles by long term gringo expats who live in Nicaragua— Poorest country in Central America. History of civil war. Semi-functioning democracy. Beautiful lakes and volcano mountains. And according to their widely traveled opinions,— the friendliest people in the entire hemisphere. Things are not always what you might expect!

      • kendar667 July 11, 2023 at 6:26 am #

        What you describe is a segment of the population, but not the whole and not the majority. How do explain the rise of MAGA populism, or of RFK for example? No, many Americans are not at all like your generalization.

        Those are the people JHK is speaking of and writing about with his optimism but I guess you are falling for the narratives. Remember J6, probably the largest protest in American history? People out in freezing whether singing, praying etc. And then being characterized as an insurrection by the Blob.

        • Hereward the Woke July 11, 2023 at 7:07 am #

          Kendar: I remember J6. I also remember how they were played and outwitted by the Deep State into going into the congress buildings and then thrown into prison on “file and forget” charges. Oh, and also how Trump threw them to the wolves. MAGA talks big but is too slow and clumsy to outwit the DC psychopaths. As for Trump, his and our great tragedy is the even if by some miracle he gets re-elected, he’ll commit the same dumbass mistakes as the first time.

          • kendar667 July 11, 2023 at 10:27 am #

            I don’t disagree. Trump is just the current leader of the populist movement and has many faults, but the movement is bigger than him and started well before he got involved. It formed from the remnants of the Tea Party after that got co-opted by the Blob, but even began before that in the Perot era.

            My point is that the MAGA movement, or whatever you want to call it, is large and is growing. The Blob has a special hatred for this movement and the people in it because they represent everything the Blob isn’t. That’s why it will come down to a showdown, a cage match to the death with either the Blob or the people victorious. JHK seems to be of the view that there will be a reckoning for the Blob and I agree.

    • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 10:42 am #

      The Blob will endure?

      In charge of what? Do you believe the country can endure the divisions evident now? Are Patriots, 49% of the country, are not going to put up with this WEF- Biden Mob BS much longer.

      Contrary to public opinion, the real strategic power in this country resides in the Red zones. If an all out conflict starts, the Coasts and cities will fold, overnight.

      All it will take is a leader of the Reds to cut off the cities. Starting with putting every rioter in jail.

    • Wizard of the Saddle July 10, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

      Our cities are terminally dysfunctional today under their new multikulti management for precisely the same reason that the formerly high-functioning nations of South Africa and Rhodesia (now “Zimbabwe”) have turned into basket cases due to their own flips in the ethnic makeup of their senior management.

      …..and yet the WHOLE WORLD pretends not to notice this consistent trend.

      Reality may be ignored, but only at your peril.

  3. Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 9:55 am #

    As long as we keep using technology capable of easily cheating, we will not know who those cities did elect.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 9:56 am #

      Meant as a reply to Penny.

      • Penelope Dreadful July 10, 2023 at 10:05 am #

        Thx! Personally, I do not think Pennsylvania has had an honest election in decades. They might have had a few where the cheating was not sufficient to win, but none that were honest. Those black precincts in Philly and Pittsburgh can gin out enough crooked votes to affect the Senate races.

        • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 10:10 am #

          Funny how civic-minded those people are when it comes to voting. 750% turnout as they had in parts of Detroit in the last presidential election.

    • rudyspeaks July 10, 2023 at 10:05 am #

      Again! A smart post! Bring back paper ballots/ink marker! You’ve identified the central problem our “democracy” has to correct. (WTF are “Voting Machines” for?)

      • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 10:18 am #

        Voting machines were another boondoggle, put into place after the obviously stolen election of 2000. (The Supreme Court coup.)

        As usual, Congress passed a “reform” that made things worse, with the HAVA Act, which spent billions to provide every precinct in the USA with unaccountable proprietary machinery which made it impossible to ever audit an election again.

        Much like after the bioweapon anthrax was released on the US public starting one week after 9-11 (to be used to gin up war with Iraq), and it was revealed to be an (illegal) US bioweapon instead of Iraqi, instead of insisting that the illegal bioweapons labs be shut down, Congress passed the Project Bioshield Act, which gave billions to stockpile “vaccines” and established the Emergency Use Authorization Act that allowed them to push through Remdesivir and the GMO injectables that put spike proteins into millions of people’s blood stream.

        As George Carlin pointed out,
        “Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”

        • Islander July 10, 2023 at 11:07 am #

          “As usual, Congress passed a “reform” that made things worse, with the HAVA Act, which spent billions to provide every precinct in the USA with unaccountable proprietary machinery which made it impossible to ever audit an election again.”

          Yup.

          It is almost as though some dolt —or evil genius?–invented the “chad” type of paper ballot in order to bring down the concept of paper ballots and usher in the Brave New World of Diebold and Dominion.

          Now we have the left battling against voter IDs. I have just been doing some reading on this, and IMO voter ID foes are really trying to institute another form of affirmative action.

          They always make the “it is harder for minorities to comply,” argument. They have to “jump through hoops” to get an ID.

          Um, no , they don’t They can just do exactly what everyone else has to do to get an ID. Learn to drive, take the test, pay the fee, provide birth certificate etc., and get your license/ID.

          Those who don’t or can’t learn to drive can go to their state DMV and get an ID by doing everything else except the driving part.

          Back in the day, civil rights activists had voter registration campaigns.

          So why don’t they put their energy into helping people get IDs who need them, rather than trying to sink the requirement for an ID—proving that you are a US citizen and have the right to vote. .Surely having an official state ID would be an advantage in other life spheres as well.

          But no . . . Requiring an ID is now a form of DISCRIMINATION.

          Should NO ONE need to identify as a US citizen in order to vote?

          Is THAT the idea?

          Or do only “minorities” get to vote without proper IDs?

          • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

            And now watch as our Masters gracefully leap from “requiring ID is discrimination!” to mandatory digital ID.

    • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 10:37 am #

      Beryl, it is staggeringly amazing to me that the formerly most wealthy and technologically advanced Country takes weeks, if not months, to count an election.

      I can solve the problem right now and I can do it for free. No experts, just an ordinary guy living in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. It’s simple.

      1. Voter arrives and shows ID.
      2. They are given a paper ballot.
      3. They dip their finger in ink (once finger is dipped they cannot vote again).
      4. They enter a booth and put a check mark in ink next to the candidate of their choice.
      5. Exit ballot and put ballot in a slotted, locked, wooden box.
      6. Box is taken every hour to a big room where chubby white haired democrat ladies in librarian glasses count the ballots.
      7. Ballots are then taken to another room where chubby white haired Republican ladies in librarian glasses count the ballots.
      8. Vote counts are added to the tallies.
      9. Voting places close at the appropriate time.
      10. Counted ballots are sent to the County where they are added to precinct counts.
      11. County declares final counts. In Utah that would 29 counties with results to add together using a calculator.
      12. Winner declared.

      This isn’t rocket science. Unfortunately, we are too arrogant and to prideful to admit that our current system is broken and doesn’t work and the more we tinker the worse it gets. We really need to go back to the basics.

      Will never happen with the hucksters running everything. They love the complicated mess they’ve created. Too easy to cheat.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 11:05 am #

        Election Day is a holiday. Schools are only open half a day, everybody celebrates our free and fair elections in America.

        Like it used to be.

      • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

        Yup, more complicated the better it is for the cheaters. I like the dipping finger in ink thing. Remember when they did that in Afghanistan? I think that photo made it to the cover of Time Magazine, a woman showing her ink stained finger.

        Everything in society tend to reach the complex end of the spectrum. The more computers, whistles, and doo-dads that are added to the workings of the machine, the more that can go wrong with it.

        Look at the current average American car. All computers and way too complicated to fix. Look at all the self check-outs at the grocery stores, no one to help you figure out the type of carrots or bok choy you have, so you may as well just skip the scan and walk out of the store with it!

      • SteveK9 July 10, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

        I’m on the Election Law Committee in my State Legislature, and here all Democrats and half the Republicans will not even consider it. They are moving toward voting by talking to your iPhone.

        • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 4:25 pm #

          Maybe we can vote by making TikTok dance videos. Suggest that to your committee.

        • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

          I reached out to my local elected State Representative. Told him in person my plan for a trustworthy election. He admitted that my plan had merit but the County clerks love the vote by mail system and as long as they love it nothing is going to change. He wasn’t willing to even consider a simple ID, paper ballot, ink finger election. All voting in Utah, a seriously red Republican state (except for Salt Lake City), is by mail in ballots.

          This is why I say the only way to fix anything is to have everything crash and burn first. There are too many, far too many people mentally entrenched in all the bullshit. Nothing will change until it is forced to.

          • SteveK9 July 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

            We had to fight like hell, make deals, complicated poison-pill amendments, just to kill a bill that would establish an ‘information portal’, which was really on-line voting with no identification … if you can believe. It may not actually be hopeless, but I agree that often it feels that way.

          • SteveK9 July 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

            I have also been told flat by the leadership, that hand-counted, paper ballots are ‘dead-on-arrival’.

          • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 8:11 pm #

            When this thing crashes and burns, it is going to be a controlled demolition. Just like 9/11.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

            @Blackbird: Like other civilizations?

      • aelpha July 12, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

        The vote counts would need to be done by every ideology seeking representation. Would deviations in vote counts invalidate the erroneous counting or demand discrimination charges? I could game that system with bot voters/real people co-opted into a subgroup that requires ideological representation in the Vote Count.

        I figure that if each voter, right after voting and following your protocols, then proceeds to a count room and counts (removes ballot from envelope, tallies, then puts ballot in new envelope, seals that initials over seal.) a box of maybe 100 ballots and fills out a tally form and seals that and tags and files that record. Each 100 ballot box is floated through the count room and recounted multiple times through the 24 hour voting day. Box tally record is compared to further tallying and discrepancies trigger additional counting.
        IMHO best practice is handwritten ballot. Blank watermarked sheet of paper. No choices. If you cannot write it you do not vote on it. “Yes on #” would be a sufficient vote cast in support of Proposal #. As would be, “‘Name’ for ‘office'”.

        • Soul Forensics July 12, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

          All these good suggestions should be downstream.

          First things first.

          To qualify to vote:

          1) show ID that shows you’re a legal citizen of good standing (no convictions) for the past 5 years.

          2) show passing results from a stringently overseen non-ideological (code: no allowances for the “lived truth” of minorities) nationally mandated IQ test.

          3) perform — and pass — a short but on-point history test of the region you live in, as well as the national scene over the past two hundred years.

          Voting has to be seen as a privilege and a responsibility, not a right.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 10:56 pm #

            Soul Crisps

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 11:03 pm #

            Voting is a fool’s errand.

  4. teddyboy46 July 10, 2023 at 9:56 am #

    Consider this. When people support & vote for Trump. It is an act of Rebellion against the Deep State. Because Trump is a rebel.

    • stonned July 10, 2023 at 10:00 am #

      Yeah, he’s a “rebel”.

      “A rebel withOUT a cause”.

      Cause if he had been hammering THE thugs who OWN this joint, he would have been dead a long time ago.

    • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      I personally admire DJT. He’s a man’s man and we need more men like him. However, DJT surrounded himself with enemies in his presidential cabinet. He may be a stout businessman but he was a lousy politician. He trusted his political enemies and they destroyed his Presidency and stole his second term. He also permitted the enemies in his cabinet to talk him into shutting down Americans roaring economy over a bad strain of the flu virus.

      DJT blew it. I’d love to see him get his duly earned second term. Question is would he surround himself with the enemies or would he rain justice down on them. That I don’t know.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 10:47 am #

      Trump is de facto Establishment. It’s his fatal flaw.

      Lindsey Graham got booed for three whole minutes at a campaign appearance with him.

      He doesn’t learn.

      • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        As a Republican, I don’t think he can exclude the little creep, certainly not in the creep’s own state. And of course it causes the people to lose faith – as well they should.

        He should have gone Third Party. He’s the only one who could have done this.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 11:35 am #

          The people doing the booing can be assumed to be Republicans, as they were Trump supporters.

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:43 am #

            Yes, drear. What’s your point?

          • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

            He can exclude the creep who is being booed in the creep’s own state if he wants to. He doesn’t want to.

            He cannot get enough of Miss Lindsey.

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            Ok, maybe. I tend to doubt it though. But Trump does have amazing flexibility on principles. A natural politician if ever there were.

        • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

          Won’t work, Jarek. The Uniparty wrote all the ballot access laws in the 50 states to keep other parties off the damn ballot.

          Only Ross Perot was able to partially overcome that in 1992 and he still only got 19% of the vote. (I voted for him.)

          So – been there and done that.

          We will not be voting our way out of Clown World. Sorry to have to break it to you.

          But I’ll vote nonetheless. I’d love to be proven wrong.

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            I assume you’re right. I haven’t studied the technical details that much. The Constitution Party won a few positions – but only in the rural, Northwest.

    • C.O.Jones July 10, 2023 at 11:17 am #

      If tRump was a rebel, he would not have appointed one deep-state swamp rat after another. He made exactly one appointment that was NOT deep state and that was his press secretary Kaleigh McEnany. She did an excellent job. Every single other appointment of his was in preparation for what the country is going thru now which is slow death. A look at his Rothschild Secretary of Commerce should be enough to tell you that.

      tRump is the definition of lousy sleight of hand. “Look everybody, I love this country so much that I’m draining the swamp” while authorizing and promoting death shots and turning the administrative duties over to his WEF Young Leaders graduate daughter.

      His apologists claim that by having the deep state run the country, tRump was playing 12-D chess or some other odious BS. He is as deep as deep state gets – a psy-op designed to make you think he is doing something about the very problem he was installed to perpetuate. Honestly – WAKE UP AND SMELL THE CAT POOP!

      The deep state genuinely despises Bobby Kennedy.

      • Night Owl July 10, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

        This post “feels” logical, meaning it is the product of emotion.

        The facts of the Trump presidency and what has happened since do not support your line of reasoning.

        • C.O.Jones July 10, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

          Night Owl – I cannot wrap my head around your statement that because a statement feels logical it must be emotional. Let’s play Logic vs. Emotion:

          Trump ran on “locking her up.” Logic or emotion?
          He never locked her up. Logic or emotion?
          Trump ran on draining the swamp. Logic or emotion?
          Trump appointed nothing but deep state swamp rats who opposed him. Logic or emotion? Think before you answer –
          Tillerson (head of Exxon) called Trump a “moron.” Logic or emotion? White House chief of staff John Kelly called Trump an “idiot ” Logic or emotion? Trump appointees Steve Mnuchin (treasury secretary) and another chief of staff Reince Priebus called Trump an idiot? Logic or emotion? The list includes everyone except the aforementioned spokesperson McEnany.
          Deep state Nancy Pelosi beat Trump like a drum. Logic or Emotion? Trump appointed Bill Barr to be attorney general, a role Barr filled in the administration of George Herbert Deep State Walker Bush. Logic or Emotion? The supreme court of which Trump appointed 3 justices refused to hear his valid case of election fraud because of “lack of standing.” Logic or emotion? Trump appointed the head of the FBI, Chris Wray and then accused him of conducting a witch hunt against him. Logic or emotion? Trump plays into the theater of being indicted for offenses for which the statute of limitations has expired. Logic or emotion? Trump claims to be the father of operation warp speed which “saved hundreds of millions of lives.” Logic or emotion? Trump authorized the constitution violating “lockdown” which served as the biggest transfer of wealth – from middle class to the already rich – in the history of planet earth. Logic or emotion?

          Yes, Trump kept many Obamanation deep state stooges in place but he appointed dozens of his own.

          So Night Owl, show me the flaw(s) in my logic.
          Show me, please, where I am being emotional.
          Show me what part of the situation I am not understanding, please.

          Trump has played his role in pretending to be anti deep state well enough to fool millions of people. He had me fooled long enough to vote for him twice. Not again.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:22 am #

            The flaw in your logic is that Trump is responsible for all of the ills you lay at his feet.

            You were not present in any meetings, and not a part of anything that happened. There have been many insiders who have discussed the network of traitors who worked against him.

            You also do not know if his family was threatened if he did not accept certain appoinments, etc. The conspiracy to destroy the West is global and the players deeply entrenched.

            Your post read like a cryfest from someone who is simply angry and looking for someone to blame. Trump failed in some ways, yes, but RFK will also fail in a variety of ways should he be elected.

            It is the people vs. the system now.

          • C.O.Jones July 11, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

            Night Owl – my post is not a “cryfest” as you put it. In doing so, you are making excuses for a man who does not have the testicular fortitude nor the brains to do what he promised the nation he would do. He can’t even keep the FBI out of his wife’s underwear drawer.

            Evidently we now live in a country where expecting responsibility for our actions is a “flaw in logic.” If we are not responsible for our actions, who is? Trump knew he was walking into a den of vipers. He claimed he was going to do something about it. He lied. He failed to drain the swamp and got his ass handed to him by an 80 year old woman. So what if his family was threatened? Was he not expecting that? If he wasn’t, it shows a keen lack of intellect and insight into just who he was dealing with. Do you suppose his WEF graduate daughter was threatened? You know – the one making the decisions?

            What would have happened if he went to the American people and said “My life and the lives of my family have been threatened by ________. This person does not want me to do the right thing but I’m going to do the right thing despite the threats made against me and my family. If anything happens to me, here’s who is responsible.” Trump would never take the threat away from his opponents like that because he doesn’t have the huevos.

            Your excuses are BS just as Trump’s claim that this time he really means it. Just elect him and he will get that swamp drained this time. Millions of people are going to swallow that but I refuse. There’s got to be someone better to lead this nation.

            Trump is ingratiating himself to his deep state masters by pretending to serve as a foil to their depredations. He is dumb enough to think serving as a deep state punching bag will secure him and his family a place in the deep state sanctuary. He doesn’t have a fraction of the balls or brains of Bobby Kennedy. Kennedy is not perfect but do you honestly think tRump would stand a chance in a debate with RFK Jr? I would pay money to watch!

            You are correct in your assertion that it is the people vs the system now. The people need a better leader than tRump.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 3:48 pm #

            You have done it again CO.

            Talking about testicular fortitude. Your list of things he should have done bears almost no relationship to reality. Reality is so much more complex than you seem to realize.

            No single president is turning this ship around.

      • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm #

        C.O. Spot on. It was almost as if Trump sabotaged his own Presidency by keeping Obama stooges in high ranking positions of power and then listening to that little rat Fauci and that whore Birch. Nothing has been the same ever since. We are still reeling from what Trump unleashed upon us.

        Like I said, I admire DJT but as things progress I am starting to learn that Trump was a symptom of a very sick system, not the cure for the very sick system.

        • Night Owl July 10, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

          Raw emotion.

          No understanding of the situation.

      • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:38 pm #

        Trump also grew the national debt by trillions. He didn’t cut a damned dime of spending. No different than his predecessors.

        He is a symptom of a rotten, diseased system, nothing more.

        • MaryQueen July 10, 2023 at 10:13 pm #

          He also authorized, championed and is still proud of Operation Warp Speed.

          That’s about all anyone needs to know, in addition to hiring people like John Bolton.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:24 am #

            I disagree. Perhaps it is all you need to know, but there are many things of equal importance that you no longer consider.

          • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 8:53 pm #

            Not really.

      • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

        Gen. Flynn was not Deep State either. But he knew where the Deep State bodies were buried….so they entrapped him and Trump, to his eternal shame, did not defend Gen. Flynn like he should have.

        • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 8:15 pm #

          He’s been rather silent on the January 6th protestors too.

  5. Disaffected July 10, 2023 at 9:59 am #

    You’ve laid out the roadmap very clearly here, Jim. This fall into winter looks to be a pivotal time for the entire western globalist project. But keep in mind the Blob is at its most dangerous as its power wanes. Will its thrashing about in terminal agony result in a global nuclear conflagration? We shall soon see, but as you noted above, yes, they are that fucking crazy.

    • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 10:43 am #

      Yeah yeah yeah. Been hearing that for 3 years now. Yet, nothing happens. We continue to muddle on. The debt grows. The Ukraine conflict continues. Justice never comes to the rebrobates in the Blob. This is a deliberate and slow destruction of the USA. It’s not going to happen in a month or two. The elite communists know exactly what they are doing.

      • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        The Elite Communists who are Capitalists and Bankers.

        Fixed it for ya. It’s one system, heads and tails.

        • aelpha July 12, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

          Even pawns have a large disparity in survival rates depending on where they were born on the board.

          Only the two before the K & Q have lowest survival rates and are lower than both Bishops and Knights.

          The six other pawns have a higher survival rate than any but the K. Those pawns on the flanks and side of K fare best.

          piece prob survival rates(%)
          Pawn 1:2 (24.5-73.9)
          Knight 1:8 (25.9-28.2)
          Bishop 1:8 (32.4-36.3)
          Rook 1:8 (54.8-55.6)
          Queen 1:16 (48.6-49.2)
          King 1:16 (0-100)

      • Disaffected July 10, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

        The “justice” will need to come from external sources this time. And this has been unfolding for a whole lot longer than three years.

        • messianicdruid July 10, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

          When was Obadiah written?

      • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

        I have to largely agree with you, Cankerpuss. The United States is just a pathetic giant slug….and the elites and their lackeys are pouring salt on the poor beast and giggling as they watch it slowly dissolve in agony.

  6. Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 10:05 am #

    Speaking of failures of honesty, decency, and integrity, I would put the so-called profession of journalism right at the pinnacle.

    The Atlantic, formerly a reputable publication, has run a vicious smear on RFK Jr. because he is gaining so much ground they can no longer ignore him.

    Since when does character assassination pass for analysis?

    This is the magazine that libeled Alex Berenson as the pandemic’s wrongest man, and now that Alex has been proven to be, when it comes to the vaxx, possibly the rightest man, I have yet to see any correction.

    THe New York Times has already been busy giving Bobby Jr. the going-over they gave Trump.

    Then there is Rolling Stone. The new film about international trafficking in children seems to rub them the wrong way. Why should that be?

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    • SpeedyBB July 10, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      I seem to recall reading recently that one of the big-wigs at The Atlantic (Editor?) is a veteran of an alphabet-intel agency. Probably CIA (don’t remember).

      They have their finger on ever publication. Conde Nasty, NYT, the blats – they have them all covered.

      • hmuller July 10, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        Anderson Cooper is a life long CIA asset, operating under the codename “the Heinous Anus”.

      • D from OR July 10, 2023 at 11:49 am #

        Atlantic is owned by Laurene Powell Jobs. Pretty easy to figure out. Yeah, that Jobs.

        Conde Nast is a publisher not a publication. Same with NYT.

        Why would any of them need someone with “their finger on” them?

        They publish the lies of the deep state willingly and with enthusiasm.

        Yes. The alphabet agencies are involved in the media (eye-roll) – thanks. No one has thought or noticed that.

        • Daddyotis July 10, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

          Yes, Speedy should have gotten your tacit permission before posting something so provincial and obvious as to upset your keen intellect. Clearly your intellectual dominance and righteous hubris was not appropriately stroked before he pressed “send” on his comment.

          In the future, please refrain from posting while being sodomized.

    • hmuller July 10, 2023 at 11:06 am #

      First they ignore you. Then they attack and smear you. When they reach the stage of negotiating for their continued existence and a piece of the pie, we’ll know we have won.

      This time no mercy, no compromises. Babylon and it’s whores must be crushed so they never come crawling back.

    • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 11:07 am #

      I believe Bezos ex now owns the Atlantic…..

      • GreenAlba July 11, 2023 at 6:11 am #

        It gets money from Gates too, as far as I know.

        • aelpha July 12, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

          So Gates, Bezos and Jobs’ ghost walk into a social construct and out comes subscription based everything.

          • GreenAlba July 12, 2023 at 7:39 pm #

            Apparently not Bezos …

    • Billy Hill July 10, 2023 at 11:08 am #

      “Even the so-called mainstream media is running scared. If they happened to turn in a desperate act of self-preservation, it will be all over for the Blob.”

      I submit their names must be added to The List. Aiding and abetting. They do not get a pass.

      Now back to my knitting….

    • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:10 am #

      Owned by the evil widow of Steve Jobs.

      • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

        Right you are. I stand corrected.

    • Islander July 10, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      Beryl, The Atlantic is the rag that ran the “Covid Amnesty” story by Emily Something from Brown U.

      Should have been titled “Covid Travesty.”

      The Atlantic is NOT what it once was.

      • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:35 am #

        It has many companions.

        Think, how many publications support MAGA?

        Scary.

      • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:29 am #

        Or you have simply realized what The Atlantic always was.

        • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:08 am #

          NO,
          What do you mean, “always was”?

          The Atlantic Monthly was founded in Boston in the 19th Century.

          “Early years
          James Russell Lowell, first editor

          In the autumn of 1857, the Boston publisher Moses Dresser Phillips created The Atlantic Monthly. This plan was launched in a dinner party, as described in a letter by Phillips:

          ‘I must tell you about a little dinner-party I gave about two weeks ago. It would be proper, perhaps, to state the origin of it was a desire to confer with my literary friends on a somewhat extensive literary project, the particulars of which I shall reserve till you come. But to the Party: My invitations included only R. W. Emerson, H. W. Longfellow, J. R. Lowell, Mr. Motley (the ‘Dutch Republic’ man), O. W. Holmes, Mr. Cabot, and Mr. Underwood, our literary man. Imagine your uncle as the head of such a table, with such guests. The above named were the only ones invited, and they were all present. We sat down at three P.M., and rose at eight. The time occupied was longer by about four hours and thirty minutes than I am in the habit of consuming in that kind of occupation, but it was the richest time intellectually by all odds that I have ever had. Leaving myself and ‘literary man’ out of the group, I think you will agree with me that it would be difficult to duplicate that number of such conceded scholarship in the whole country besides… Each one is known alike on both sides of the Atlantic, and is read beyond the limits of the English language.'[17]

          At that dinner he announced his idea for a magazine:

          Mr. Cabot is much wiser than I am. Dr. Holmes can write funnier verses than I can. Mr. Motley can write history better than I. Mr. Emerson is a philosopher and I am not. Mr. Lowell knows more of the old poets than I. But none of you knows the American people as well as I do.[17]

          The Atlantic’s first issue was published in November 1857, and quickly gained fame as one of the finest magazines in the English-speaking world. . . . ”
          +++++++++++++

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

            I was a bit hyperbolic, yes, but you know what I mean.

            When did it start going south? Just recently?

            I don’t think so.

          • Soul Forensics July 12, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

            Owl,

            I remember purchasing the Atlantic in the 90s. They had some excellent long-form articles on all sorts of cultural topics. They always leaned left, yes, but they weren’t strident or self-righteous, as I recall. A major reason is that they often dealt with politics obliquely, which I enjoyed.

            This century? A lost cause.

    • woe July 10, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

      The Atlantic Monthly has become a joke. Cancelled my many years subscription years ago. I pretty much avoid MSM altogether.

      • SteveK9 July 10, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

        Absolutely true, something really fine, turned into trash.

      • Islander July 10, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

        It is now The Atlantic.

        They dropped “Monthly.”

    • MaryQueen July 10, 2023 at 10:14 pm #

      Why are you continually surprised – after years of this behavior by the MSM – at what they do?

      • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:09 am #

        Oh, stop it.

        The Atlantic Monthly was not the MSM.

        • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 8:53 pm #

          Hahahahahaha!

          Oh, you’re serious?

          Even funnier.

        • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          Wow, yes – total tangent out of reality. Islander takes such vacations on a regular basis.

    • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

      No one likes having their favorite tea reaction or hobby dissed.

      • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

        No one likes having their favorite recreation or hobby dissed.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 11:42 pm #

          You can say that again.

  7. dilbert113 July 10, 2023 at 10:06 am #

    Will Russia win the war in Ukraine? Probably yes, IF Putin can avoid more coup attempts like the one recently mounted against him by the leader of the Wagner Group, that resulted in shots being fired and a literal large armed march on Moscow. If Russia wins, will that make the US and NATO look weak? Sure. Does that mean the dollar immediately collapses? No, and pretending that “well, there’s a foreign policy debacle, so the US instantly collapses” is literally insane. The US has weathered many similar storms (The Bay of Pigs fiasco, the Vietnam war, the Afghanistan cut-and-run disaster, and so on.)

    • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 10:13 am #

      The “large march on Moscow” was about 4000 men. Waiting for them were 30,000 men. Not a single regular army group went over to the rebel’s side.

      The whole thing was staged.

      • hmuller July 10, 2023 at 11:14 am #

        Staged to what end? I’m not doubting you. I just don’t understand what that whole Wagner Comic Opera performance was all about.

        • Alfred July 10, 2023 at 11:36 am #

          I believe Wagner and Putin thumbed their noses at the five I’s and took them for many billions of dollars in the process. It’s a classic con.

          A couple has a fight in the bar, where the intended slams her ring down on the bar. The distraught groom to be cries in his beer, accepts that it’s over, and sells the ring to an opportunistic observer.

          It’s a fugazie, and they bought it.

          • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

            I’m still puzzling over the march. At first I thought it was a labor dispute. If it was, they lost.
            But at least they are in Belarus now. Poland will have to think twice about that whole invasion thingie they are planning.

            But yeah, Pirozhgin was a master at conning the NATO idjits.

            “We have no ammo! We are sitting ducks!” one week
            and
            “We are the champions of the world. Bring it on, sissy Right Sector!” the next week.

            And UKR/NATO kept the conscripts coming, month after month.

            Actually, they are still barking around the outskirts of Artemovsk to this day, lol.
            “Any day now” they tell themselves.

          • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:10 am #

            There is plenty of pretty good info available.

            Check out John Helmer, Dances with Bears.

        • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:39 am #

          Wagner wanted attention from the Russian military elite. He above all the generals got results. The military treated his group like outsiders. His method of getting Putin focused on his complaints was to do what he did. As soon as Putin reacted, he backed off. Surprise.

          He is in Russia now. If Putin is as shrewd as I think he is, Wagner may become his US Grant.

          • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

            Grant, Sherman and Sheridan were the trinity of war. Angels of Death driving their men into the meatgrinder. Of the three, though, Sherman was the master.

            If Putin gets his Sherman, all of W. Europe will be lost to Russia.

    • Islander July 10, 2023 at 11:13 am #

      Dilbert:

      My AI diagnosis:

      Too much viewing of MSM.

      Get out for some fresh air.

    • Billy Hill July 10, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      The Mutiny has many explanations and I surmise the best that can be said is that it was “complicated”. Both the residents of Rostov as well as some of the “Justice” marchers were confused by what was taking place. If staged — other than maybe smoking out some fifth columnists I fail to see the longer benefit.

      Anyway the War has become existential — for the US Empire. Dollar supremacy has always relied on military strength and it is now clear that the FIRE economy and off-shoring cannot compete with domestic basic industry in support of “diplomacy by other means” (i.e., war). Further, all those game-changing weapons have amounted to zero effectiveness.

      There’s a lot of inertia in the dollar system that won’t dissipate overnight. But the Euro-Colonies are getting restless and the rest of the world may soon march to the beat of a different drummer.

    • SteveK9 July 10, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

      There is an internal power struggle inside Russia, which is not understood here at all. Basically most oligarchs would like to go back to their cozy relationship with the West. Kids go to Oxford, lunch in Paris, vacation in Venice, etc. A smaller group is ambivalent. No group of oligarchs are patriotic … maybe Prigozhin? There actually is a MRGA (Make Russia Great Again) group of right-wing populists in Russia, but they have even less power than the MAGA people here (I made up the MRGA, but it gives you the idea). This internal divide is why the ‘not-war’ goes on and on. Prigozhin wants to get rid of Shoigu (head of MoD), who he claims has betrayed Wagner over and over and gotten his men killed. Shoigu is scum and hated by everyone (he’s not even Russian), except Putin it seems. You have to realize Wagner is already a legend inside Russia and elsewhere. Bakhmut is a battle, where movies (or whatever we have then) will be made 100 years from now. Russians are understandably proud of the deadliest assault troops in the World.

      • Woodchuck July 10, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

        “There is an internal power struggle inside Russia, which is not understood here at all. Basically most oligarchs would like to go back to their cozy relationship with the West.”

        It’s not understood because what you are writing about doesn’t exist in the first place. Putin and the rest of Russia could care less about what oligarchs like. The cozy relationship has ended and it ain’t coming back.

        • Islander July 10, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

          Steve wishes . . .

      • Katerina July 10, 2023 at 9:57 pm #

        Go back to Israhell and stay there, you zhidovsky POS!

        • Katerina July 10, 2023 at 10:09 pm #

          This was a reply to SteveK9

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:30 am #

            You are glowing, broseph.

      • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:11 am #

        Steve, where are you getting this information?

    • Qwibqwib July 11, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

      The “march on moscow” was a multifaceted operation. There were several goals:

      1) Move combat forces to within ~100miles of Kiev and get the west to stand by and watch
      2) Obtain some of that sweet sweet zelensky/ukie grift money.
      3) Out those willing to betray moscow
      4) Obtain new, battle hardened soldiers to replace .gov losses

      There’s more, but let’s start with these bullet points…

  8. Paula D July 10, 2023 at 10:07 am #

    ”When you deny what is self-evident, you are at war with reality, and that never ends well.”

    They managed to convince a large portion of Americans that humans can change sex, that XX and XY is ”high school biology” and has been supplanted, that a man can be born with a woman’s brain accidentally grown in his skull, and that drugs and plastic surgery are needed for children to stop normal growth and development, so that they can be their ”true selves”.

    After that, convincing them that Trump was in cahoots with the evil Vladmir Putin to steal the election was a piece of cake. And the war against Russia was easy to sell to such people.

    The Blob seems to think that the American public is Too Stupid To Live.

    It’s difficult to argue with that assumption.

    • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 10:45 am #

      Look at California, Washington, Oregon, New York and Illinois. Yes, the Blob thinks Americans are too stupid to live because, well, they are.

      Give an American his daily dose of porn, sex, booze, drugs, tattoos, fast food and television and that’s all he cares about.

      This people are ripe for destruction.

      • D from OR July 10, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

        @Cankerpuss. You just love you some Blob attitude don’t you?

        Your delight in castigating all citizens in states run by left politicians as losers is simply ignorant and stupid. How original.

        Do you REALLY think that is how all Americans are?

        Hyperbole doesn’t count as contribution to discourse because it’s lazy.

        • Woodchuck July 10, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

          What does the OR mean? Oregon? A close friend left Portland a few years ago because she got tired of homeless people pooping in her nice yard with flowerbeds etc. And she was not living in the low rent part of town. The left coast of Oregon could benefit from a massive earthquake or tsunami that destroys the place and washes all the Oregon trash out to sea, giving the place a much needed cleaning.

          • Qwibqwib July 11, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

            Lice capital of the WORLD is Eugene, Oregon

        • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

          No, I don’t think ALL Americans are that way. As I have stated before, there are many Americans who know what is going on and despise all of it but they, like me, don’t know what to do about it.

          However, given the fact that there are still literally MILLIONS of Americans tuning into these useless time wasting TV shows, I’d say that yes, most Americans are like that.

          Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry in America today so yes, I’d say most Americans love their porn.

          Alcoholism is rampant, alcohol sales are multi-billion dollar industry in America so yes, I’d say most Americans love their booze.

          Unrecognizable tattoos are on most young people I see now, especially WOMEN. So yes, I’d say most Americans love their tats.

          I’ve literally sat and watched Americans come in and out of Walmart and counted the obese people against the thinner people. 80% of those counted were obese. So, yes, I’d say most Americans love their fast foods and are lazy.

          Private debt in America is $17 – 36 trillion dollars. So, yes, I’d say most Americans live well beyond their means acting like they own the cars they drive and the fancy homes they live in but they are so far in debt their children will never be able to pay it off. They own nothing.

          This isn’t hyperbole, D from OR. This is reality. Just look at the numbers.

          • jgalt July 11, 2023 at 11:43 am #

            Cank: Do not agree with your first post above, but like your dissection of the American culture and mindset above. I hope you and most posters on here are the same as I am, i.e., no debt and self-sufficient, with CC and training in the use of firearms. Morbidly obese for a large portion of our nation is unfortunately true, and only seems to be getting worse. Today a writer for MSNBC posted an article attacking those who work out in gyms and at home as fostering nazi ideals among other charges. Presumably, she is one of the morbidly obese. While I love my tv and computer, I also, like so many Americans, make sure I am in shape for whatever comes down the pike. Too many will be, and are, happy living on their knees, rather than as free citizens. You cannot fix stupid!

      • abbybwood July 10, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        You can add Michigan to that list.

        Whitmer has now made it a CRIME if someone “uses the wrong pronoun” with fines and jail!

        • Islander July 10, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

          I wonder would happen if someone, exhorted to call a “he” a “she,” simply said:

          “I cannot tell a lie. “

        • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 8:48 pm #

          “…punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or by a fine of not more than $10,000.”

          You’d be better off punching someone, than wrong-pronouning them.

          Michigan’s legislature has also approved a bill to make conversion therapy a crime.

          Gretchen is out to out-California without the aid of any out-of-Californians.

      • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 2:52 pm #

        Er….Cankerpuss….please don’t lump all Americans in with these trash. Some of us out here don’t do dope, alcohol, tobacco, loose women, porn, mindless TV, or toxic fast food.

        I also don’t have a single tat on me and I never will.

        But, yeah, only about 10% of the general population matches my demographic so…,yes….we are all doomed, as writer John Derbyshire proclaimed.

    • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      Thus Democracy is contraindicated. The peeps just aren’t up to it, not here, not there, not now, not then.

      • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:51 am #

        Not democracy, the Constitutional republic.

        The US failure is the failure of representative government. The Deep State has removed the people from the representative equation. That is what constitutes totalitarianism. All legal and by the book.

        According to the Deep State autocrats at least.

        • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

          Few people are up for voting. Thus few people should be allowed to vote in the Republic. Leisure is necessary to know what’s going on. So maybe mostly retired people who have done their duty. Needles to say, stringent testing to make sure people know what’s going on and to see if they are loyal.

          At the height of American prosperity, executives made four to seven times what their workers made. Now they make hundreds of times. Surely you see that any return to the good old days means reigning in the cancer of Capitalism? How can people who make hundreds of times what others make feel any kinship with them? Or the workers with those with the executives?

          • Q. Shtik July 10, 2023 at 4:11 pm #

            Needles – Jar

            ===========

            The plural of Needle

          • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:53 pm #

            I wasn’t alive then but when this Country was established only male owners of property were able to vote. The founders were on to something.

          • Wizard of the Saddle July 11, 2023 at 2:54 pm #

            You have a point there. The elite class lives like Caligula.

          • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 8:55 pm #

            We should have to take a test, in-person, before being allowed to vote, for each election. Much like the Civics test we should have been required to take to graduate high school.

          • aelpha July 12, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

            Blackbird- The ballot is the test. A writing and memory test. A blank, watermarked sheet of paper.

        • Cankerpuss July 10, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

          JohnAZ, you are correct but I would also add one other thing that has been removed and that is States’ Rights. Remember the Constitution of 1788 originated as a compromise between the Federalists and the States’ Rights crowd. The Presidency represented the Federalists. The Senate was established by the State Legislatures thus representing the States’ Rights crowd. The people controlled the House and the purse strings thus giving power to the people.

          Abraham Lincoln made war on States’ Rights and won and Woodrow Wilson finished the job when they turned the Senate into a Glorified House of Representatives.

          The Last few Presidents have made ware on the American people turning the House into nothing more than a brothel of moneywhores.

          The Federalists have won. They have the power. The States can’t come together to take back their power. The people are too divided on political party lines. The only victor are the Federalists.

  9. stonned July 10, 2023 at 10:09 am #

    “The American administrative Blob has not just lied about everything it does, but used the government machinery at hand to destroy everything it touches in a terminal-hysterical effort to cover up its misdeeds — including especially its crimes against its own people.”

    NEWS FLASH !

    This PSY OP has been going on now for at least 110 years (1913), and probably a lot longer then that.

    To recognize that HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people have lived and died NOT even having a clue as to how they were FOOKED is a mind blowing experience.

    The THUGS who OWN this joint, and who own YOU, are going to squeeze every last drop of profit out of the oxen they own, and before they let ANYBODY in on their game, YOU can be SURE of one thing….

    they will kill us all.

    • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 10:21 am #

      You are correct but it will go after the low hanging fruit and that is the cities and suburbs. The forest that backs up to my home goes on for hundreds of miles. It is hard to make demands of someone that has a forest to disappear into as the United States found out in Vietnam.

      Uncle Sugar just will not have the resources to go after people in rural areas. It will cost more in resources than they can get back out. Plus, all you have to do is take out a few bridges and entire regions around here become isolated.

      Those of you in the cities and suburbs – good luck!

      • lizharmon July 10, 2023 at 10:46 am #

        I think you’re right. Suburbs are the worst place to be. Urban folk have a taste of how bad things can get. Suburban residents are totally clueless. They’re also the most self absorbed people on the planet. I only figured this out after I left suburbia myself. They’ll be in denial until there are armored personnel carriers on the cul de sac and even then they’ll initially think the troops are there to preserve their quality of life.

        • Woodchuck July 10, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

          I can’t visualize armored personnel carriers on the cul de sac. What’s more likely to happen is the vehicles showing up in abandoned suburbia will be the scrappers and trucks and maybe horse or oxen drawn wagons hauling off building materials scavenged out of abandoned homes.

      • Ishabaka July 10, 2023 at 10:52 am #

        You might want to have a peek at what Russian drones have been doing to Ukrainian troops who thought they were safe hiding out in the forest.

        • NickelthroweR July 10, 2023 at 11:03 am #

          Ukraine doesn’t have forests like we have here. A thin copse of wood a few hundred yards thick is not the same as the rainforest that I live in that goes on for several hundred miles.

          Sorry to spoil your fantasy. You city and suburban folks are going to be on the receiving end of it. Us, not so much.

          Thanks for playing.

          • Islander July 10, 2023 at 11:17 am #

            Nickel:

            I recommend that you read the US Army’s document on how to start forest fires so that people cannot hide out in forests. Developed to deal with the Viet Cong, but actually developed in the USA. .

            Added to the total surveillance coverage of planet Earth, I think to effectively hide away in a forest you would need to be living in a large cave and never light a fire.

            It might make more sense to immigrate to Russia.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 11:44 am #

            Every time the media/law enforcement has told us tales of “an excellent woodman” hiding out in the forest primeval, we later find out they were hanging out in a garage and breaking into houses for food or something.

            Even Noah Rondeau lived in a building of sorts, and not year-round.

          • stelmosfire July 10, 2023 at 11:45 am #

            I don’t know. That fella who escaped from the prison with bedsheets ( what a cliche) is doing pretty well for now. Huge manhunt and from the article:

            “State police have used infrared technology, helicopters and drones to search for Burham through the densely wooded terrain.”

            Still on the loose.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

            No evidence that the bedsheet guy is living in the woods. When they do find him they may learn what dwellings he’s been in and where he stole his food from.

          • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            “Burham is a self-taught survivalist with military training and could potentially be holed up in a wooded area,” according to the release. “He is to be considered armed and dangerous and we are asking the public not to approach.”

            This is the type of guy our US military churns out now. Honestly, this Burham guy should be lauded as a hero. He doesn’t put up with the typical American bullshit and he knows how to survive.

          • Anthea July 10, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

            Seems to me I’ve read many stories of people who got lost in the mountains or forests, and I think even people whose small plane crashed in a wilderness area, who were never found.

  10. Dr. Coyote July 10, 2023 at 10:14 am #

    Just beware of The Blob sending out the equivalent of a “Nero Decree” (Hitler’s scorched earth policy of March 1945) when they know the jig is truly up and they have no remaining way out. I shudder to think of the destruction that could be done by these bastards.

  11. Amman July 10, 2023 at 10:15 am #

    “…the Permanent State lacks the courage to take hard decisions – to say to Moscow, ‘Let us put this unfortunate episode (Ukraine) behind us. Dig out those draft treaties you wrote in December 2021, and let’s see how we can work together, to restore some functionality again to Europe’.” — Alasdair Crooke

    This figures if this so-called “permanent”-“state” or “deep-state” is in fact a blob.

    • Katerina July 11, 2023 at 1:47 am #

      to Amman

      This state that controls you has other name – Zhidovsky Cabal. Zhids, in Russian, are murderous, greedy, psychopathic jews – JHK calls it “Blob” as he is, unfortunately, from same bloodline as them, only those are totally deranged psychopaths, to whom he does not relate to in any form or shape.He is an exceptionally smart, intelligent and clever man.
      He is one of the best and this world needs more like him.

      • Amman July 11, 2023 at 6:01 am #

        Maybe so.

      • Amman July 11, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

        But certainly more J. H. Kunstler is a good thing. : )

  12. reggiezz July 10, 2023 at 10:15 am #

    NATO is cracking. Macron announced on his visit to China about a month ago that France won’t be following the US policies toward China. Then just this week they vetoed adding Japan to NATO.

    I suspect those riots last weekend were amplified online by Soros operatives as punishment and warning. Didn’t work, as the veto happened after the riots.

    By fall, our allies will be: Poland, Finland, the Baltic States, UK, Japan, Taiwan, the Phillipines, New Guinea, Guatemala and Canada. That’s it.

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    • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 10:26 am #

      Poland, Finland, the Baltic States, UK, Japan, Taiwan, the Phillipines, New Guinea, Guatemala and Canada.

      In other words: The International Community.

      • reggiezz July 10, 2023 at 11:10 am #

        Our only allies in the western hemisphere are Guatelala and Canada. The other central and South American countries are alled with their largest trading partner, China. We recently lost the entire Middle east.

        • 4014HAMPHEDGE July 10, 2023 at 11:57 am #

          The Middle East is comprised of a “Johnny-Come-Lately” belief system, on Oil life support since end of WWI. The Saudis are following the Israeli example with agriculture and energy lening into renewable methodologies, but still with the oil cash flow base.

          Neither Israel nor Ukraine (or the USA) are going away quietly. There is that “Liberty” thing in play. Something over 1/2 US people know, and they know because the Bible tells them so, and they love the Holy Spirit inspired US Constitution, engraved on their hearts. Likewise, more of the new generation than anyone in these parts fathoms…

          When Lincoln passed one of his cabinet members said “Now he belongs to the ages”; not the least of Lincoln’s legacies, even has he preserved the Union, was his Bible savvy, seeing America in O.T. Daniel Chapter 4, with attention to verse 15, describing bands of Iron preserving the roots of the “Great Tree, sheltering many. Lincoln envisioned the Union of States bound together with Railways, and God inspired rail based economics delivered America into the 20th Century a “Lending Not A Borrowing Nation”.

          Do not bet against the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Lumps are coming, of that there is no doubt…

          • Woodchuck July 10, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

            Lincoln was the worst president in US history and basically put an end to the first version of the USA. He changed it into an empire of states held together only by military force, not by the actual will of the people as expressed through their representatives in the state legislatures. The real US died in 1865. What we have now is basically a bunch of garbage destined to fail and break apart. The only “glue” remaining that keeps the country functioning is the dollar – propped up by international fraud and US military force overseas. After the dollar fails it’s very like the the US will fail afterwards. With a dead dollar there will be basically no more reasons for the country to hold together.

            The Holy Spirit inspired the US Constitution? What the heck are you smoking? Look at the dollar bill. There’s the eye in the triangle atop a pyramid, and an inscription below in Latin that reads “New Secular Order”. Look that up some time and figure out what that actually means. We are a secular nation and always have been. When Putin a long time ago gave official state support to the Russian Orthodox Church he caused a big commotion here in the West most of us don’t know about. You see, we don’t believe in a state supported Church in the West, and we think Russia doesn’t have the right to have one either. So its time to launch yet another Crusade against Russia! This will be the last Crusade and we’re about to have our asses handed to us.

        • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

          What do you mean, “we”, Kimo Sabe?

          I have no allegiance to the ruling overlords who are destroying my country and its citizens, as well as the rest of the world.

          “We” lost the middle east means that the middle east is making peace with each other, and that infuriates Those Who Rule Us.

          I not only do not identify with those bloodthirsty maniacs, I delight in their anger.

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

            Paula identifies with Russia and is a “my country right or wrong” Russian patriot.

      • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

        Poland, Finland and the BalticStates border Russia and have long memories about the USSR. However, in face of hope we’ll NATO is doing, they will have to face the music and realize that Russia may be a better bedfellow than the US.

        Same with Japan, S. Korea, New Guinea, the Philippines and IMO, Australia. China is the power there. If China takes Taiwan, as it will do with the ballot box, the number of US Allie’s will dwindle in the Pacific.

        Watch the reactions of these “allies” in reaction to BRICS++. The world wants to knock the US off its vaunted mountain.

    • Islander July 10, 2023 at 11:18 am #

      reggiezz,

      Could be.

      Check out the Alex Krainer piece linked in the prev. thread.

      • D from OR July 10, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        Yes. The Krainer piece but also read Tom Luongo’s new piece which integrates what his friend Krainer has laid out.

        • Islander July 10, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

          Read the Luongo piece.

          He should get Krainer to edit his writing.

          There always seem to be a few links missing in his chain of logic.

          For instance, this:
          “If so, then they are ready to call it a day in Ukraine and execute their plans to have Blackrock et.al. rebuild the country in Schwab’s Fourth Industrial Revolution image.”

          Does Luongo think that Blackrock is going to be calling the shots in Ukraine when the SMO is over? For Blackrock Russian troops are dying?

          Um, has he checked this idea with Putin, Shoigu, and Lavrov?

          What is Luongo smoking?

          There are a couple of other similar lacunae.

          • Islander July 10, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            I guess Luongo’s main idea is that Macron is Davos’s poodle.

            So the UK is meddling in France to weaken Macron/Davos.

            But the UK is also firmly in the Davos lap.

            Sooooo, what have I missed here?

  13. Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 10:20 am #

    Thirty years doesn’t seem that long in terms of nations, bu it’s just long enough to have a sizable number of people who were born and grew up in the new place and don’t remember anything else, mixed in with people who vividly remember what the communists did to them and their families.

    Putin is considerably older than Ukraine’s president, Putin was in place and feared by many Ukrainians for much longer than their new guy has been in charge.

    Those are just a couple of factors that complicate reaching any kind of peace settlement that isn’t going to leave a lot of average citizens unhappy one way or another.

    • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      For 30 years, the US has provided textbooks teaching hate to Ukrainian children. After the 2014 coup, they put Banderaists into power in Kiev. They also poisoned the minds of the children.

      ”’Let Moscow Lie in Ruins!’
      In 2017, the American TV network NBC aired a story about the Azovets children’s summer camp near Kiev. Children living in the Ukrainian capital and nearby districts spent their vacations there.
      At first glance, there was nothing “criminal” about the camp’s program: drills, military training, the reconstruction of battles, and survival skills. However, the main purpose of the program was to instil an aggressive ideological narrative among these young Ukrainian patriots. A video shot by an NBC journalist showed children chanting inspirationally:
      “What is our motto? We are the children of Ukraine! Let Moscow lie in ruins, we don’t care! We will conquer the whole world! Death to Russkies!”
      This was their motto. This is what their “big brothers”, instructors from the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, taught them.
      The purpose of their mission was clearly designated: to wage war on Russians, to destroy the Russians as their main and worst enemy. This is how they were indoctrinated with a sense of belonging to the “great cause”.
      NBC presented an interview with the camp instructors. They discuss their mission: “The children don’t know what war is, and we have to tell them what it is, because retaking Crimea and taking over Kuban are ahead of us.” Kuban is a historical and geographical region of Southern Russia located mostly in the Krasnodar region. Their plans were clearly outlined.
      “Their instructor gives advice: don’t think of your target as a person. Therefore, when these boys and girls shoot, they will shoot to kill. Most of them are teenagers, but some are as young as 8 years old. They are in a summer camp set up by one of Ukraine’s radical nationalist groups, hidden in a forest in the west of the country,” thus begins a piece by the Associated Press, whose journalists visited the Zakalka voli (Gart voli, Ukr.), a children’s military camp.
      “We never point weapons at people. But we don’t consider the Donetsk people, separatists, the Novorossians, the green men, and the Moscow occupants to be people. So we can and should aim at them,” instructor Yury “Chernota” Cherkashin instructs the children shamelessly on camera.
      Even the biased report by Radio Liberty (a media outlet functioning as a foreign agent) about Azovets and the facts presented in it leave no room for discussion. There is only one association that comes to mind, the Hitler-Jugend (Hitler Youth):
      “The morning in the camp begins with a roll call and a Ukrainian nationalist prayer. ‘Ukraine, holy mother of heroes, descend into my heart. Holy! Mighty! United! Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!’, the children yell in fervor. In this camp, those who have a cold are mockingly called ‘three-hundredth’ or ‘WIA’ (Cargo 300 is a military term for transporting a wounded soldier – ed. note Sputnik), and children often use call signs instead of names. At the beginning of the shift, each child is handed a wooden machine gun. The older children go to the island, where they receive mock-ups of ‘real’ guns. This sniper rifle shoots using a laser scope. This is the first such game for 13-year-old Vladimir. ‘I like quiet engagement, so I’m a sniper,’ the boy explains.”
      None of this is new. Here is a quote from German journalist and writer Guido Knopp on the education of youth in the Third Reich in the 1930s:
      “They (members of the Hitler-Jugend. – ed. note Sputnik) slept in tent camps and haystacks. Each year about 2,000 members of the Hitler Youth enthusiastically answered the call of Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Schirach: ‘We march towards the Führer. If he wishes, we will march for him.’”
      The Azov Battalion’s punishers are perfectly suited for the role of instructors to train the Ukrainian Hitler Youth. Dedicated Nazis form the backbone of the regiment, and their symbols and methods correspond to their beliefs. Torture, rape, murder, kidnapping and secret prisons where prisoners and dissidents were maimed – Azov has done it all.
      During the summer vacations, hundreds of Ukrainian children passed through the Azovets camp and were shaped into patriots charged with hatred.”

      • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 10:58 am #

        That TV show that was written by Zelensky features the deep prejudice against Russian Ukrainians in one of the episodes.

        That reminds me, The Atlantic wrote about the actor who played a president on TV becoming the president, as if it were playing the role that gave him the idea.

        They’ve been a miserable propaganda rag for a long time.

      • hmuller July 10, 2023 at 11:28 am #

        That reminds me of the macho Senator from South Carolina claiming money spent to kill Russians is money well spent.

        Watch out, Putin. Those little flailing fists of fury are coming for you and the horse you rode in on.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 11:49 am #

          Donnie Jr. goes on the attack against him, even as Senior is out campaigning with the guy.

        • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

          Insert photo of Putin riding horse here.

          I love “flailing fists of fury” as a description for Miss Lindsey. Perfect.

      • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 7:30 pm #

        Russian strikes are killing countless Ukrainian civilians. War is messy.

        Paula won’t acknowledge that any Ukrainian civilians are being killed. She’s one of those type people.

        • Katerina July 11, 2023 at 3:13 am #

          Jarek,

          The Russian strikes are killing countless ukie shite together with their nazies, NATO and CIA “advisers” , not to mention the stupid, f*cking “mercenaries” that arrived there in droves to kill themselves some “Russkies”!
          All of them are being exterminated “en masse”.
          Russia avoids civilian casualties as much as possible and the only victims are those that ukie use as a human shield – something they have learn from their american curators. So, before commenting on the subject, get your head out of your arse!

          • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 9:42 am #

            “As much as possible” – Yes, ok. But this does not jibe with “the only victimes are those that ukie use as human shield.

            War is messy.

            What do you think of Duginism? You realize that it’s insane, right? The real Russian people are White and they are being persecuted by Muslims and Central Asians in the military and elsewhere.

            The idea that all of the peoples of Asia are going to get along because “Russia” is nuts. The Chechens for example will obey as long as Russia is stronger – and not one second longer.

    • Katerina July 11, 2023 at 2:49 am #

      to Beryl of Oyl .

      “..people who vividly remember what the communists did to them and their families” – and what exactly was that Beryl?
      Ukraine was one of the most affluent republics of the Soviet Union as it had tons of money poured into it by the Soviet Government – to develop it’s industrial base as well as agriculture, since it had most fertile lands.
      Not knowing ANY history of Russia seems to be a common affliction for most americans and shows the pathetic level of the so-called “education”, where most of you don’t even know where Russia is on the world map! Your comment absolutely showcases this ignorance.
      For some strange reason I thought you are smarter than that. I was mistaken.

  14. lizharmon July 10, 2023 at 10:38 am #

    America’s military dominance has already ended. All we have left are stores of nuclear weapons we seem hellbent on using. The world knows this about us, even if we don’t know it about ourselves. The game is over and just as with the covid vax crime against humanity, look for the people who are responsbile to pretend it never happened. They will say “we wanted peace all along.” Fortunately, the world knows. America will know too. The die has already been cast.

    • D from OR July 10, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

      @lizharmon Do you believe that nuclear weapon are never used because “cooler heads” always prevail?

      Do you think that nuclear weapons are created and then stable, sitting waiting, to be used for 40 years or more?

      Do you ever wonder how Nagasaki and Hiroshima were rebuilt and lived in just after being bombed with “nuclear” weapons? No cases of weird cancers and so forth. Just a miracle I guess….

      Do you ever wonder why they had to fake all the photos in the 40’s of the army men viewing the nuclear blasts? Why they used models to show destruction (just this one time they decided not to…)?

      Do you always believe everything TPTB tell us?

      I don’t. So I don’t believe any of it.

      • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

        Having been spat on by the untouchables covered in white to hide their mutations in Nagasaki, now a walk through park to view the damage in allowable remediated areas,
        I beg to differ.

        Look up the 7 Jesuits that survived the blast.

        • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 9:43 am #

          They spat on you? That’s not very holy of them. Lepers are supposed to use their illness and isolation to make spiritual advancement.

      • Islander July 10, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

        D from OR: What are you smoking?

        • Amman July 11, 2023 at 6:03 am #

          LOL.

    • D from OR July 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

      All the U.S. domestic troubles will be cast in a new light when the cracking in the EU begins.

      One more rate-hike by Powell will be the likely trigger. It might take two.

      Europe will not be able to hold it together. Think France has internal issues? So does Germany. The WEF government in The Netherlands just fell.

      The UK is a sinking ship. They won’t be able to tame inflation and things will turn chaotic as all efforts will fail. More “leadership” turmoil.

      Likely we will avoid a major recession (lots of money will flow to the U.S. as it already has) but Europe won’t and it will be grim. This is why EU/WEF want war because they know this is happening and they have no counter to it.

      Say BRICS “gold back” currency all you want but it is concept not reality so with that fact in place all talk of it is moot.

      I say watch next week. The 17th is the New Moon in Cancer and the North Node moves into Aries. Without giving a horoscope/sky clock lesson just understand that these are points of big change.

      • Amman July 12, 2023 at 9:51 am #

        Barring Creative intervention of course. -__-

  15. mitchellc July 10, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    When an entire socio-economic system, comprised of actual production and credit based capital, is wholly dependent on resource surplus (energy, water, land) to drive ever expanding “growth”, what happens when liimits are reached, thus signalling the party is over?

    Pretty simple, right? So, while everyone was either kept ignorant about the financial system, misled about basic, fundamental physical facts, or intentionally distracted with bread and circuses, those who understood the truth quietly developed their plans.

    To make matters worse, the few, non inside people like JHK who well understood our collective “conundrum”, were so mind poisoned by fears of being criticized as a conspiracy theorist or other artfully contrived term to keep the hounds at bay, that they fell short in sounding the alarm.

    This is where I typically interject my rhetorical question, where is the (grudging) admiration for such a well executed plan? It’s so beautifully evil in concept and implementation.

    But, but, there’s always a hitch somewhere, right? And as history has shown over and over again, when a domestic populace provides no match for an organization claming a monopoly on violence, it falls on external actors not subject to all inclusive control to mount an effective challenge.

    And thus, the evil ones know that they have been dealt a defeat. The only realy question is, do they have enough faith in their ability to re-create (for perhaps the Nth time) their world in the new capitals, or do they commit collective suicide, taking all with them?

    • Night Owl July 10, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

      Mitch asks why you can’t just submit and admit to Klausi’s genius.

      Mitch almost appears to have an agenda.

      • GreenAlba July 11, 2023 at 10:23 am #

        Klaus is apparently unwell and therefore unable to attend the NATO summit, allegedly.

        One might be more interested in why such an individual would be at a NATO summit anyway, but that is another question.

        markcrispinmiller.substack.com/p/say-it-aint-so-klaus-schwab-wont

        • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 3:52 pm #

          I always forget about Mark. TY for reminding me.

          • GreenAlba July 12, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

            He’s just been on Jimmy Dore.

            First part about his own case, then about the Biden social media ruling.

            rumble.com/v2zcpes-nyu-professor-forbidden-from-teaching-about-covid-propaganda.html

            rumble.com/v2zcqui-judge-stops-biden-from-censoring-corporate-media-melts-down.html

  16. Ishabaka July 10, 2023 at 10:49 am #

    Extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, waterboarding, and now cluster bombs. The USA has been a beacon of light so far in the 21st. century.

    • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

      Shining city on a hill, they call it.

      Of course, that is just for foreign consumption.

      They tell the US population that we are a evil country born in racism and genocide which needs to wallow in perpetual guilt and self-flagellation. And reparations, of course.

      What cracks me up is when other countries throw the internal propaganda against the Nuland/Blinkens. “Don’t talk to us of human rights, you genocidal, racist, slave owners.”

      They get SO indignant. How dare they! How dare foreign countries recite the internal propaganda against them!

      You don’t see the EU poodles doing that, ever. Of course, they are told a version of the same internal propaganda, except theirs is based on the evils of colonialism instead, since Europe has a history of debt slaves among themselves, so the slave narrative might not fly.
      In any case, the EU politely ignores internal US propaganda, and joins in the chorus of external propaganda announcing the superiority of the US rules-based order to rule the world.

      • MaryQueen July 10, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

        Great points, Paula.

  17. Phineas July 10, 2023 at 10:52 am #

    You’ve got a way with words Mr. Kunstler.
    May they come to pass.

  18. sanspeur July 10, 2023 at 10:58 am #

    I’ll take TEOTWAWKI for 200, Alex.

    The most probable military decision considered by a corrupt/bankrupt/criminally negligent government when fully exposed to its citizens.

    What is Nuclear Exchange.

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  19. ATZ942 July 10, 2023 at 11:11 am #

    Jim, some of this one is gibberish. Do you need an editor? I’m a good one.

  20. anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 11:17 am #

    Brics just announced a gold backed currency. But I’ll bet the London fix will scupper any hope we might have, or they’ll just cancel real money.

    • JohnAZ July 10, 2023 at 11:45 am #

      Biden is meeting with Charles, III, and then meeting with NATO. Bad things a coming, IMHO.

      • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

        Bad things a comin’…..or just some really good gaffes where Biden says something stupid, falls on his face, or doesn’t know where to go. Ahhhh, the USA…..court jester to the rest of the world.

        • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

          That is another thing that the EU/NATO politely ignores, Biden’s clear dementia.

          They all pretend that he is a great and wise leader and truly an improvement over Trump.

    • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 11:46 am #

      When is nuke day again? I want to wish you happy nuke day on that day.

      • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

        Just get some water stored in your house prior to Oct. That particular priest has not been wrong Jar. Try to pray.

        • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

          Don’t forget to fill up the bathtub one last time, plug and fill your sinks, and drain the hot water heater. All good sources for last minute water stashes.

          • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

            Amen More Cowbell!

        • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

          Because Jar, if you actually tried prayer instead of your usual attacks, things might be mitigated, As You Well Know.

          • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

            It’s my fault your prophets have been wrong again and again? Oh ok…..

            This is classic “believer” stuff btw.

          • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            No global government, chip, communism for the non elite, euthanasia, assisted suicide, war, famine, sterilization, loss of freedom of speech????? Alrighty then.

          • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

            I forgot the Uiygar surveillance gulag for us too.

            And don’t forget ufos are demons per Bryan Melvin part 1 nde youtube where ‘Lizard Breath’ is the demon who takes souls to hell though they believe at first they’re in paradise. And father Rodrigues says same…., ufo = demons.

  21. messianicdruid July 10, 2023 at 11:47 am #

    “That outcome would force our country to turn inward and face its own stupendous failures of honor, decency, and integrity.”

    The answer to our leader’s [ which they offered ignorantly ] prayer – “God Bless America”…

    Bring It!

  22. neurodoc July 10, 2023 at 11:53 am #

    ‘…the US reduced in a few short years to a broke, socially disordered, marginalized power susceptible to its own political breakup.’

    The USCorp is now a basket case, bankrupt, third world cesspool, WITH NUKES. What could possibly go wrong? Thank cornered animal.

  23. Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

    So, is there a chance for the Dutch people to turn things around, or nah?

    • anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

      Here’s hopin Beryl, or it’s gonna be hunger games for old europa prrrrrronto.

    • JackStraw July 10, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      I highly doubt it. They’ll simply bring in some more compliant, and tyrannical replacements

      • Islander July 10, 2023 at 5:24 pm #

        This story is a bit out of date but does have some interesting info on Dutch parties. Looks like the BBB has thrown a wrench into the WEF anti-farm program.

        httpX://www.reuters.com/world/europe/farmers-protest-party-set-shake-up-dutch-political-landscape-2023-03-15/

  24. cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

    Cocainegate continues….

    Identification of cocaine culprit deemed unlikely
    Despite all this, an anonymous law enforcement official revealed to Politico that the culprit would likely not be identified.

    This incident has brought forth questions about the integrity of security protocols and has become a national concern.

    So basically, they know who brought the cocaine in but they are not going to tell us who this person is or even files charges against the person. How’s that rule of law working for everyone?!?!?!

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  25. Nigel Tufnel July 10, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

    Another great essay Mr. K. Thank you.
    “Even the so-called mainstream media is running scared. If they happened to turn in a desperate act of self-preservation, it will be all over for the Blob.”

    One can wish. But I doubt that the media will ever break from the Narrative. Their funding doesn’t come from the public, or sales of subscriptions to their rags, but from Big Pharma, Big Ag, and Big Gov. They don’t care about our views or opinions. As you’ve said before, they are just the propaganda wing of the blob.

    That leaves the question as to what will bring it all down. Entropy? The Brics just voted to go on a gold based currency.

    There is hope, but not for us.

    • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

      There is hope for us, if you are holing a lot of gold and other useful implements (i.e. coal, anvils, water, canned food, etc). Those that are left holding a bag of worthless US paper dollars, not so much.

  26. cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

    Once again, the hubris of the US astounds me. The US doesn’t like it when China sends balloons over our airspace (although we let them fly all over and fail to shoot them down). So what makes us think that North Korea should be any different?

    The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un alleged on Monday that the country’s warplanes repelled a U.S. spy plane that flew over its exclusive economic zone and warned of “shocking” consequences if the U.S. continues reconnaissance activities in the area.

    The U.S. and South Korean militaries did not immediately respond to the comments by Kim Yo Jong, one of her brother’s top foreign policy officials, which were published in state media Monday evening.

    Earlier Monday, North Korea’s Defense Ministry issued a statement accusing the U.S. of flying spy planes into its “inviolable airspace” and warning that approaching aircraft might be shot down.

    South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff responded by denying that the U.S. had flown spy planes into North Korean territory. Spokesperson Lee Sung Joon said at a briefing that the U.S. was conducting standard reconnaissance activities in coordination with South Korea’s military.

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/north-korean-leader-s-powerful-sister-says-warplanes-repelled-us-spy-plane/ar-AA1dFRBa

    • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

      So the US is taking on Russia, China, Syria, Iran, and now, North Korea.
      All at the same time. WTF?

      • Anthea July 10, 2023 at 6:27 pm #

        @ Paula D:

        Doesn’t it seem like, if the US is undertaking geopolitical moves that are clearly a losing proposition, that maybe it is the intention of the PTB that we lose?

        After all, our military has been gutted, and it appears that we’re several decades behind in the development of advanced weapons.The military is unable to attract recruits, so we’re not just poorly manned, but seriously undermanned. Our country has been invaded by millions of military-aged young men (Chinese among them), and some of these people have been observed to be heavily armed. It kind of looks like it is our government that is arming them. The Mexican drug cartels are, in a very real economic sense, employees of the Chinese. What’s the conclusion a person would be likely to reach, when you consider all this?

        • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 9:31 pm #

          I hate to say it, Anthea, but you might be onto something.

          Add on the covid bullshit and the mandated ”vaccines” to your depopulation scenario.

        • Woodchuck July 11, 2023 at 8:42 am #

          “The military is unable to attract recruits”

          Check out former assistant secretary of the treasury Dr. Paul Craig Robert’s blog. He’s just posted this:

          “Despite the drone of hostile propaganda against Russia, China, and Iran, The US armed forces cannot recruit. All sorts of false reasons are offered. For example, the American job market is too good, only 25% of Americans are fit enough to pass enlistment standards, which keep falling, and so on.

          The real reason for recruitment failure is the recruitment message to the white heterosexual males, essentially from the “racist” South who have always been the backbone of the military services:

          Join the military and be discriminated against. You will be required to take classes to learn that you have white privilege, that you are racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic. You will not be promoted. The US military has too many white officers. Your officers will be blacks, feminists, homosexuals, and transgendered freaks who have been taught to hate heterosexual white males as vicious and violent exploiters, and they will take their learned hatreds out on you. You will be psychologically tortured and made unsure of yourself. In fact, you and your despicable kind in the civilian population are the main enemy as seen by US Armed Forces………

          The US is far advanced in self-destruction. Russia and China will not need to resort to war in order to get rid of America. The woke US military, woke presstitutes, woke universities, woke public schools, woke entertainment, and woke Democrats are rapidly destroying America for them.”

        • jgalt July 11, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

          Athea: The Biden’s do nothing without bribes and grift. The cartels have likely given millions of $ for control of the border, which they most certainly have as they make billions of $ with drugs and human trafficking. The millions of military-aged men are, INHO, going to be armed by the deep state to attack American citizens, in conjunction with antifa and blm, the Demoncrap storm troopers. More troubling is why the Biden’s have not been arrested and charged with sedition, at a minimum, or treason, as they continue to destroy this once-great nation and openly favor China as a result of Chinese CCP bribes. Think about the rot and corruption that allows this destruction to continue. A totally corrupt FBI, CIA, Justice, and State Department, no longer protecting the American people, or following the rule of law or the Constitution. Better to die on your feet free than to live on your knees as a slave.

          • Magellan July 11, 2023 at 8:46 pm #

            Jeez! What is that diatribe supposed to demonstrate, besides your utter lack of rationality?

            You make such simplistic and sweeping assertions that it simply boggles the mind.

  27. geomo July 10, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

    That list to be perp-walked is a good one. Certainly an innocent oversight by our interlocutor, but how Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove, et. al. didn’t make the short list shows us how easily we tend to forget with each news cycle.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      TBF he did call it a start.

      The entire list would be more like an old-fashioned phone book and he’d have no roome for the reat of the article.

  28. cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

    Instead of cocaine, I bet if someone had left a “FJB” or “Let’s Go Brandon” sticker on the cubby in the White House, they would have the culprit identified in no time flat!

  29. cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

    Ohhh wow, this is a good one:

    The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Nevada has slammed the brakes on a license plate it believes has “defamed” everyone from California.

    The license plate reading GOBK2CA—thought to mean “go back to California”—was revoked by Nevada’s DMV in May, but the owner plans to appeal the decision this week, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

    The agency stepped in again in this case after receiving a complaint about the driver’s GOBK2CA license plate. The owner is now preparing for a hearing on Wednesday in which he will fight to have the unusual plate returned to their vehicle.

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nevada-license-plate-revoked-for-defaming-californians/ar-AA1dFKAV

    • Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

      Guy should have just gotten a bumper sticker.

    • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 10:01 pm #

      If he wants to invite some road rage, that’s his business., not the state’s.

  30. Beryl of Oyl July 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

    Sort of off topic, but not really.

    Identifying nutritional priorities for global health: time for a more PURE focus on protective foods

    https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/eurheartj/ehad325/7192538?utm_source=authortollfreelink&utm_campaign=eurheartj&utm_medium=email&guestAccessKey=ba932e4a-2bd8-4fe4-b30b-c903bbf7c47c&login=false

    The author of the linked article has this to say:

    “A new global study from PURE supports the basics of a healthy diet. Some key points: whole-fat dairy was fine, and either adding or avoiding red meat did not make much difference either way.

    Time for guidelines and policies to catch up to the science”.

    Michele Obama had a thing about whole milk, as you may recall. Her school lunch guidelines really had more to do with corporate interests than health, and for all I know she may have been unwittingly paving the way for the globalist bug diet too.

    A person who retweeted the article had this to say about it:

    “New: world’s largest observational study (PURE)–see below.
    Actually, red meat was also found to be protective, but meat was kept off the ‘healthy diet” list in deference to “consideration of a move towards a planetary diet,” say authors.”

    https://twitter.com/bigfatsurprise/status/1677756862068842496?s=20

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    • Islander July 10, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

      “but meat was kept off the ‘healthy diet” list in deference to “consideration of a move towards a planetary diet,” say authors.””

      A perfect example of what I call “agenda science.” I.e., not science.

      Let’s just hear the science, and people will come up with their own 2030 goals—based, probably, on what foods they like, and their budgets.

      A couple of nights ago I went to a potluck that turned out to be a vegan coven. It was a nice evening, but I needed a hamburger when I got home.

      • Jarek July 10, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

        I went to a poetry reading and it turned out to be a coven of Dianic witches. I wasn’t the only outsider there so it wasn’t too bad.

        • Woodchuck July 11, 2023 at 8:46 am #

          Something’s happened to Jarek, it seems he’s really jumped the track and come off the rails lately. Poetry readings and witches? Dude, you’re up in years and don’t have that much time left, just like myself. Don’t waste what time you have left on witches and poetry. Find something more constructive to do.

          • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:13 am #

            Poetry can be helpful . . .

          • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 9:54 am #

            Woody hates all that fag shit. His Christ rides a motorcycle and beats people up.

            Hard work is holy. The harder that better. Corporate types love people like Woody for spreading their gospel.

          • Soul Forensics July 12, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            Woodchuck thinks that poets can’t also be steel or construction workers that get by on thrift and good sense. I’m a living example he’s wrong, and I know of many others who do both.

            Also, so what if some great poets are limp-wristed tower-dwellers and society gossips (Rilke, Wilde)? They still entertain and instruct, and they’re more than balanced by ballsy fighters (Rimbaud, Milton, Byron).

            Chuck is becoming, or always was it now seems, a one-note Johnny — a sour, back-to-the-good-ole-days-that-never-were bicyclist railing against anything not rooted in hunkered down practicality.

  31. MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 10, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

    Americans are not ready for this attitude adjustment. Personal sacrifice is anathema to modern culture.

    I’m certainly not ready. I pretty much like things as they’ve been, but I know it’s unlikely to sustain through my lifetime. Kudos to the lucky souls, born and exited at the perfect hours of history. Those depicted in films made by Steve Martin and John Hughes. Those with the rules working for them instead of against them. Those who got to grow up, learn, give all to their family and then depart on easy terms after a glorious joyride (with sufficient funds safely squirreled to offer the same to the next generation).

    If this pending collapse is not all another big psyop (which is possible from any angle), we shall be anointed to watch the fall. We’ll get to try to explain it to our children, and worry about what straws they will be able to grasp at in their adult lives, especially after we have someday moved on to the great ether.

    No one actually believes it can happen, despite the endless warnings throughout history that “it can happen here, too”.

    I worry for my boy. And I hope to have him to a decent level of self-determinism by his teens…but for now I can’t yet bring myself to burst the American Dream bubble in his six-year-old mind. Everything is possible and amazing to him. For now. When he’s twelve, I hope to have hardened him a bit for what it likely coming. If it doesn’t come, bully for him, and bully for all. If it does, hopefully he won’t be lost in understanding the situation.

    Anyhow…

    Let’s go Brandon.

    • Anthea July 10, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

      @ MrMangoOnMyShoulder:

      It can seem like a century (or two) goes by, between the time a child is six and the age of 18 or 20. All kinds of unsuspected qualities of personality, temperament, and character emerge. It’s almost like they change from little waddling rubber duckies into men and women.

      With one of my daughters, the change seemed very abrupt. I went to pick her up at an arcade, which was the venue for a friend’s birthday party. I looked all the through the crowd, looking a little wild child with
      hair like a little fright-wig. When I saw her, she was sitting on a bench, demurely tying her shoe, with her hair neatly arranged–in every sense a little lady. It was so unexpected!

      Anyway, they turn into adults–taking on monumental tasks and demanding jobs, and writing up real estate sales agreements and translating them into Spanish. Then they buy a couple of goats, re-plumb and re-wire the house, and replace the clutch in the Honda. (Then your daughter teaches you how to replace your spark plugs and gives you a socket set for Mother’s Day.)

      Meanwhile, you dwindle into an old person.

      In other words, they’ll be fine. You’ll suffer, because you have to watch them wrestle alligators, suffer disappointments, and make tough decisions. Maybe you’ll avoid certain subjects because you don’t want to make them cry. Life is very hard, but it’s very good.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 10, 2023 at 9:59 pm #

        Anthea, thanks for the perspective. It shall be interesting, for sure. Despite how many times I heard it from my peers who procreated earlier, I didn’t really get the “perpetual worry” meme until it was living in my own home.

        But you are likely correct – I will dwindle into an old person.

        I just hope it will be an old person worth listening to.

        • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:35 am #

          Good posts from both of you. I am younger, but as a father who grew up in the 80s and 90s these are all thoughts, feelings, and perspectives that resonate.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 11, 2023 at 10:54 am #

            I may have a few years on you, but it appears I’m of the same generation (45 at the moment here, soon to “transition” to 46 a few weeks hence, to use the idiotic parlance of our times).

            Resonating is a good thing. We can pass “resonation” down, I believe. There is some hope.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

            I think I had a bit of Anthea’s post on the brain when I responded.

            Yes, we are nearly the same age, Mango.

      • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 9:57 am #

        Life is suffering – Buddha

        My Kingdom is not of this world – Christ

        Life is all seeds and skin – Ramakrishna

        Since everything is great (you “think”), then there is no reason to try and find anything more, thus religion is undercut at its knees.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 11, 2023 at 10:50 am #

          Okay.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 11, 2023 at 11:02 am #

          Religion is actively doing that to themselves.

          I would prefer they stay the same as they were when I was a kid, too. Nothing instills gravitas in a young boy like a bunch of Scandinavians staring at their feet, mumbling through a hymn at the lowest volume able to be produced by human vocal chords.

          I’m serious. I respect that, as a low-singing midwesterner. I’m not Scandinavian, but Slovak is close enough when it comes to Lutherans.

          That said, a large portion of the modern church is compromised, and are embracing the “ridiculosity” of the new wave of woke. See: The Sparkle Creed, read aloud in woke Edina, MN (our Beverly Hills) by an ELCA Lutheran minister a few weeks ago to recognize “pride” month. They are doing it to themselves. Not I, sir. Find another scapegoat.

          • Woodchuck July 11, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

            Nope, not waiting for moderation. What a bunch of BS! Moderating a you tube video? WTF?

            Xttps://youtu.be/7cjQBX49pRk

        • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 3:18 pm #

          I was talking to Anthea. I often talk to her about religion, with you, never. That could have been a clue I think. As was her pronouncement that “Life is good” which I specifically responded too. Sigh.

          • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 6:57 am #

            Well, if a person meditates on the rosary–the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries–you get an awareness of how these are intertwined and necessary to each other, at least in this earthy sphere.

            You also learn this from experience. When you look back on the tough times in your life, you often realize in retrospect that they were also some of the happiest times and most rewarding times. You also see how times of struggle are transforming. Look at any confident person who has an aura of authority about them. The reason you have a sense of their inner strength is because you can see that they’ve been through “the ordeal” and their mettle has been tested. In your own life, it’s the Sorrowful Mysteries that will make a man (or woman) of you.

            Also, you can gripe about religion all you want, but the time is likely to come when you’ll look back on some of your former doings and realize that there were many, many cases where exercising the standard religious virtues would have saved you from making some serious mistakes.

          • Jarek July 13, 2023 at 11:35 am #

            The Three Churches:

            The Church Militant: The Earth is the front line. A conquered land – conquered by Satan. Bethlehem was Normandy Beach, the locus of the counter-attack. You think this is a place of happiness? Lol. But yes, the happiness of the warrior is here. Heaven begins on Earth for such people. As does Hell for others.

            The Church Triumphant: “My Kingdom is not of this world”. Here is the happiness that you seek.

            The Church Suffering: The wounded. Those who fought and have fallen in battle. A place of joy and agony. But the joy is greater because they are as good as Home. Purgatory begins on Earth for most of us, eh?

        • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

          @ Jarek:

          “Since everything is great (you “think”), then there is no reason to try and find anything more, thus religion is undercut at its knees.”

          I find this objection to the idea that “life is good” (though it’s really, really hard) to be rather bizarre. It seems to me that it amounts to a hatred for life. If you don’t love life for what it is, you don’t love it at all. Recall that Christ’s love for us is infinite, and that we are God’s infinitely loved creation. The gift of life and existence is an immense honor. The way I see it, creation came about because God gave away his life and substance to create it. Then, later on, what with humans having in some measure rejected Him, he came into this world to give away his life again, to people who despised Him. (There was thus considerable suffering involved in this second act of creation.)

          Now, we are told that, with the Fall of Man, all creation also fell. That’s presumably why your Great Pyr ate up all those baby rabbits, when he found a rabbit’s nest, and why the raccoons keep eating your chickens. The reason for this (again, as I see it) is because of that quantum theory idea that whatever is looked at changes, depending on who’s doing the looking. Thus, the fallen man changes the world to a fallen world by looking at it.

          Now, the affirmation that “life is good” in no way denies that there are states that are better. Also the affirmation that “life is good” doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of suffering.

          The thing you have to remember about suffering is that, like life itself, suffering is a great honor. This is what we can do to be like God, especially in the person of Christ. And what proceeds from the Sorrowful Mysteries is the Glorious Mysteries. That’s just the way that works.

          I’m sorry to hear that Ramakrishna got all seeds and skin. Presumably the Japanese Beetles got the good stuff.

          • Jarek July 14, 2023 at 1:28 am #

            LIfe is good. Not life which is just the opposite of death, thus life/death. Life has no opposite, except pure evil perhaps.

            He came to deliver us from this world of death.

  32. Roundball Shaman July 10, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

    “When you deny what is self-evident, you are at war with reality…”

    We knew we were in trouble when a prominent member of the Deep State Swamp famously said, ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.’

    There is it… in all it’s gloriously sick hubris and shameless declaration of false godhood over The Whole Universe. And what anyone will quickly find out… you cannot reason with a madman. Or a group of mad individuals of whatever chosen flavor of gender-of-the-day they happen to be.

    “The American administrative Blob has not just lied about everything it does, but used the government machinery at hand to destroy everything it touches in a terminal-hysterical effort to cover up its misdeeds…”

    When you sell your soul to join with The Deep State Swamp… then what you end up with are countless thousands of people who all have already sold off their souls. So there is no shock or surprise that nothing good comes out of that great big Stinky Soul-less Swamp of Sickly Psychopaths.

    Garbage in… much bigger and smellier garbage out. Without end.

    “The weeks of summer 2023 are the fulcrum for a great public attitude adjustment.”

    People can’t seem to take their eyes off their mesmerizing little boxes of dancing pixels that spread nothing but Horse Leavings and other forms of propaganda and mind-numbing mental and spiritual cow manure. People have lost their ability to think, reason, and question. People are suffering from personal and cultural PTSD and just want everything to go away while safely in the not-so-loving arms of Big Daddy Gov who will dictate all aspects of their emptied, hurting lives. And none of that makes for much of a great public attitude adjustment in a positive direction.

    But maybe there’s still a Black Swan hiding in the clouds up there that can swoop down and yet surprise us. Let’s hope it’s just a Swan and another form of big flying thing coming at us fast from Those Across the Sea who are getting really pissed right now at what The Indispensable Nation is doing around — and to — the World.

  33. cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

    Biden appears to wobble as he greets King Charles, reviews UK troops at Windsor Castle

    Resident Biden’s European trip got off to an unsteady start Monday, as the 80-year-old commander-in-chief appeared to grab on to King Charles III for support seconds after arriving at Windsor Castle.

    Video of the greeting between the two men showed Biden punctuate his handshake with the 74-year-old Charles by reaching out to touch the British monarch’s right arm, causing the king to glance down in apparent surprise.

    At one point during the troop review, Biden paused to chat up one of the Welsh Guards, with the king standing helplessly off to one side and futilely gesturing for the president to follow him.

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/biden-appears-to-wobble-as-he-greets-king-charles-reviews-uk-troops-at-windsor-castle/ar-AA1dG9hH

  34. anmariwakaranai July 10, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

    https: //twitter.com/TheVirginiaGen1/status/1676613500473425920

    Coming september 2024, just in time for the election.

    The UN implements world government to override nations in case of global shock(s).

    • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

      Yep, I think the alleged “terrorists” on 9/11 chose the wrong buildings to hit that day in NYC. The UN building might have to be planned as a future target…..how dare they use valuable US soil and scarce NYC real estate for their evil agendas.

  35. patrickd July 10, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

    The commenters on Jim’s blog seem to be an accurate cross section of the US, a microcosm of the country’s people. I thought I’d comment on a few of the beliefs represented in today’s comments.
    1. The US is not a democracy. The people are not represented. Only the elites are represented. Our government could be described as a kakistocracy (government by the least qualified), and I’ve heard it said that it’s a plutocracy.
    2. There will be no “justice” for our criminal, grifter class in government. If anything, as we have seen, the justice department protects, rather than prosecutes, this grifter class, and prosecutes those who do positive things for the country, for example the whistleblowers. If justice will visit US war criminals, it will be in the form of Russian tribunals, after Russia has demilitarized the US. Everyone here who reads this will laugh at that thought. Put it in your pocket, though. There’s a logic to Russia’s SMO. Start with Ukraine, proceed to NATO, then proceed to the US. Unless the US leaves the chaos and lies strategy behind. If not, Russia will visit us. Yes, here, in the US mainland. Go ahead, have a good laugh.
    3. The US cannot continue to exist as the global terrorist. It is being challenged by Russia currently, with the rest of the Global South supporting her. The weaponized dollar is being dropped by the Global South (the majority of the planet’s population) and replacement currencies are presently being created.
    4. The US transferred its industrial base to other nations and is not capable of continental warfare. As Joe Biden said, “We’re out of ammo.” He failed to say that the weapons we have are inferior to the weapons of our peers, russia and China. The US has no answer to the hypersonic nukes and conventional missiles, as evidenced by the performance of the Patriot Missile systems the past 30 years, which are unable even to intersect the slow scuds.
    5. The US population, it was said here, is ignorant, and they are. They are also brainwashed, by fake history, fake narratives, fake news, evil ideologies. The education system disables critical thinking. There can be no power of the citizens to affect change without knowledge, and there is very little of it in this country. The citizens believe that the rest of the world is out to get us, when the opposite is the truth. The US elites are out to steal the resources of the rest of the world. The world is resisting now.
    6. The US citizenry needs to open up to listening to what the Global South is saying. They want to trade, have better lives, respect each others’s sovereignty, live by laws, cooperate, be fair in their dealings with everyone. The US wants to dominate, steal resources, and kill those who resist. The Global South news sources are real news, not propaganda, not fake, not delivered with evil intent. The evil is found in the US American elites, not the proclaimed “enemies” of the US.
    7. There’s more, but that’s the basics of what is misunderstood, in my opinion, by the majority of people I’ve met, and by the commenters here. A couple folks who comment here understand what i’m saying, However, I think most of you are actually going to vote, because you talk about it constantly. It’s really sad, to be so blind to the basic structure and goals of this government, which is basically to facilitate the looting of the planet, and that what the citizens want is irrelevant.

    One final note is that I don’t see a civil war happening, but I do see widespread criminal activities increasing. In the city where I presently live, there are shootings on my street every week, garbage just tossed or dropped on the sidewalks or fronts of the houses. It stinks when I walk the neighborhood. So far I’ve not been accosted, but I know that people sometimes look at me a little hard. It’s a black neighborhood, and there is plenty of fine weed being smoked, I can smell the quality every time I walk (I don’t partake, but used to). Generally the people, my neighbors do not look at me nor talk to me, and I respect that, and don’t try to engage them. It’s obvious they’re not interested and have some distrust of me being white. I don’t blame them. I try to be respectful and pleasant in my demeanor.

    • cowbell81 July 10, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

      Please be general , but what major metro area do you live in? I am curious, when you mention the majority Black residents in your neighborhood.

    • WadeWaters July 10, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

      “Man, Wass wrong witch yew???”

      If I were you I would take Scott Adams’ advice and live amongst my own kind. I lived in Oakland/Berkeley area a long time ago. Really glad I left. It’s far worse now with all the CRT and identity politics emphasis.

    • workingclasshero July 11, 2023 at 12:08 am #

      Patrickd, you describe myself when I was a liberal/progressive and thought it would be cool to live in the 50% black part of the city I grew up in. Very quick renters’ remorse on my part which was in the mid 80’s when things weren’t as tense as now. Move, quick or you’ll get played.

      • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 9:58 am #

        I grew up around them and I always knew they were very bad news.

        • elysianfield July 13, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

          Jarek,
          Remember the T-shirt that said; “I’m a good person, ’cause God don’t make no junk? Well, I would suggest that He made junk… made a butt-load of ’em….

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 11, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

        I was in the same mindset when I bought my first house…North Minneapolis. “Gentrifying”, the realtor said. “Neat”, I thought, as I had for some reason just voted for Al Gore four years prior and went to see Michael Moore speak at the U of M during the Bush/Kerry debates. A long time, and many budding sentient brain cells ago.

        By the way, my neighbors hated me, as was evidenced by the middle fingers and robberies. Glad I’m long out now. I tried being liberal when it comes to neighborhood…as a grown-up, I don’t recommend it. Live where it feels good. Not where you think people would be impressed by your living there. (Trust me, they aren’t)

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 11, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

        Also, lost my ass on the house when I sold, too.

        • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 7:09 pm #

          At the very least, you tried to walk the talk.

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

            Lol. One mistake you’ll never make. I have the highest respect for your (often) unconscious survival instincts.

    • elysianfield July 11, 2023 at 11:46 am #

      Patrickd,
      You should change your handle to “futurevictim”.

      You don’t blame them? Well, that’s almost Christ-like.

      You must be one hell of a human being.

  36. devnickle July 10, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

    I had the same visceral response to Friday’s blog.

    “Good Lord”
    “What a shit show”

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  37. mitchellc July 10, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

    I don’t think your list really presents anything new to most readers.

    That is, what we have here is not a factual problem, but rather a psychological challenge for some facing long held beliefs.

    For many, it was a simple case of denial, deflection and hope (bargaining) regarding core concepts. For others, including our host, it was the disbelief in coordinated malevolent conspiracies.

    However, once one ‘moves on’ ie is honest and accepts the basic facts of our current predicament, then everything begins to make perfect logical sense.

    Of course you can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet, of course those with power and control will (attempt) to execute plans to maintain the status quo in an age of overshoot and scarcity, of course entire institutions would be corrupted in the service of these objectives.

    Duh.

    The real crux is to noodle through how things will shake out in a post dollar era with a dominant Russia/China regime leading the global south.

    Do you stay in the USA? If so, where? Which also depends on whether the unión is maintained. These are the kind of issues that emerge once one rejects the prior mental constraints so assiduously cultivated by the clever evil ones.

    • GreenAlba July 12, 2023 at 6:37 pm #

      “I don’t think your list really presents anything new to most readers.”

      Whereas your posts tell everyone things they had absolutely no idea about until you mentioned them!

      It’s so true that we recognise our own faults in other people …

  38. holdfastspike July 10, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

    although i like your writing and end of oil message i personally believe you are wrong on ukraine. the russian federation is a kleptocracy that has existed off the carcass of the former soviet union for decades and no longer functions as a proper industrial society on every level. yes they outnumber, but their second world fighting is being picked apart in the most fundamental way on the battlefield. you do realise that NATO and america have not lost a single soldier while russia has lost a generation of its professionals. just as in 89 everything will seem to be working and then it won’t and putin will be Nicolae Ceau?escued in red square while another group of drunken daring buccaneers will take his place.

    • elysianfield July 10, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

      Spike,
      Russia a kleptocracy? And our’s ain’t?

    • Woodchuck July 10, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

      Hey Q! If you had to correct this where would you start? It seems that this fellow’s shift key isn’t working half the time. Or maybe English just isn’t his native language?

    • Billy Hill July 10, 2023 at 8:58 pm #

      “their second world fighting is being picked apart in the most fundamental way on the battlefield.”

      You obviously have not seen the video of the great Ukie counteroffensive. Might want to expand your search criteria.

    • SteveK9 July 11, 2023 at 8:44 am #

      Everywhere it’s the same. Only difference is how disgusting your oligarchs are. America’s are the most revolting by far at this point in time.

  39. hustled enough July 10, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

    Hi JHK Admin,
    “Get this: there is no way that Ukraine can avoid defeat in its US-provoked struggle with Russia. Russia has every advantage. It is next door to Ukraine. It has robust arms production capacity. The terrain of the war is its own historic “borderland,” which it has controlled since the 18th century, except for the past thirty years when Ukraine functioned as Grift Central for US military contractors and their political enablers. Despite massive arms assistance from the US and grudging contributions from the NATO contingent in Europe, there is almost nothing left of the Ukrainian military in troops, equipment, and munitions.”

    There is so much to dispute here but I will touch on three points, 2 related to Ukraine first:

    1. Ukraine loses if the West does not keep up its supply of armaments and equipment. I agree with this assessment. But how do you get the claim at the end of this quote? Russian millbloggers and ultra-nationalist websites earnestly want Ukraine to fail and who have been predicting its demise from the first days of the war and have been claiming for quite some time that “here is almost nothing left of the Ukrainian military in troops, equipment, and munitions.” And yet, Ukraine has liberated half th territory the Russians claimed in the first months of the war. Let me give you an example: Scott Ritter, a Russian invasion apologist continued to make these kinds of claims throughout this war, culminating in his claim that the Ukrainians would lose the bulk of their army (upwards of 80000 troops in the cauldron of fire named Bakhmut). But this did not happen. It is true that significant numbers of Ukrainian soldiers were wounded and killed, but far more Russians faced that fate. And given Russian weakness concerning full mobilization, this manpower issue wears on BOTH sides. The Ukrainians launched a counter-offensive, which has been panned in the ultra nationalist and other more measured sites as a failure. For example, I have read Moon of Alabama and that site takes a decidedly pro-Russian stance under the guise of Realpolitik. The main thesis was that Ukrainian forces were insufficient and spread over too many points of attack. That may prove to be true, but MoA seems to forget something very important. Though Russia has many advantages, it is going to be hard to support the claim that the Russians know this territory better than those who have lived there for centuries (same goes for the Poles, I suppose). Second, the Ukrainians have access to a far more sophisticated surveillance network than the Russians have—the US Intelligence community that is actively helping give Ukraine granular real time data that can be used immediately. This offers a different strategy to the Battle of Kursk notion that MoA and others of its ilk offer. Kursk was a disaster for the Germans because they focused their forces and aimed right at the heart of a defensive position that had months to be prepared. The Ukrainians appear to have a different strategy based on asymmetric attrition. I do not know if this strategy will work, but, I believe that it is still too early to see if the Russians will be able to wrest the initiative away from the Ukrainians at this point given the small number of reserves that the Russians have. So, the point: You may turn out to be right, but when? And, so far, you have been batting 0 for whatever number you want to put forward for the efficacy and accuracy of your predictions, so far…

    2. You don’t mention the times that Russia got its butt kicked in the 20th Century. Why? It doesn’t fit the neat narrative you want to offer, I am guessing. The Germans crushed them in 1914-1917 and the Poles a few years later. Sure the Russians did it in WWII. Good! You also are pretty adroit at avoiding the fact that Russia has fallen apart twice in the last 100 odd years. That would imply that at times of great stress the federal shape of Russia acts against its long term stability and the survivability of its political system du jour. I will offer my own summation—the longer this war goes on the more that the Russian government (aka Putin) will need to increase the need for the repression of dissent—both in the centre and also in the Republics.

    3. “… now firmly documented to be true.” So many claims here. I am assuming that in your mind that “the stolen election” rises to this standard in your mind? If so, then I can feel quite confident that the same problems that bedevil the Right’s inability to make that election fraud case stick (e.g., having cases dismissed in Court for LACK of EVIDENCE and news organizations like FOX paying over 750 million dollars to stop being sued for its election coverage that it knew was untrue) are at the heart of the Right’s ongoing Biden Miasmic Bedevilment Syndrome (BMBS) as well. If you applied the same tools (e.g., accepting the arguments made by those who mistake correlation for causation) to the former President’s situation, you would be calling for his imprisonment as well. But his situation is just a witch-hunt, after all! I will await the case that Jack Smith will make. Can he make causative connections or is it all correlative hand-waving? As I have said before—let us see what Squirt does.

    • Woodchuck July 10, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

      You’ll keep getting hustled as long as you keep following lying mainstream news narratives. Haven’t you figured out yet that most people posting in this forum don’t use the same news sources that you do? Most of us here have decided we’ve been hustled enough, and it appears that you haven’t. If you insist on viewing everything through the filters given you by CNN you’ll find few people here taking you seriously. Repeating lies over and over just reveals how much hustling you have yet to shed.

      • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:37 am #

        Heh. The guy’s forum handle is too perfect.

        • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 9:07 am #

          Hi Night Owl,
          Yes it is.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 10:14 am #

            If you were smarter, perhaps you’d get hustled less.

          • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 10:53 am #

            Hi Night Owl,
            “If you were smarter, perhaps you’d get hustled less.”
            OK.

            And if you were an alpha with a smidgen of courage you would offer your own sustained analysis of the things you believe in on this site and take the possible heat.

            How likely is that?

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 3:47 pm #

            You couldn’t analyze the relationship of shit to an asshole.

            Your posts bring me great joy, however.

          • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

            I am glad that my posts bring you great joy, Night Owl!

          • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            @ hustled enough:

            If you would like to be informed about matters pertaining to objective reality, there are endless resources available to you, and–as JHK once reminded one of his readers–“I am not your graduate assistant.” Neither is Night Owl nor anyone else on here. Do your own work.

            No one here is going to write a book to try to correct your misapprehension of just about everything–particularly when it is willful. Nobody believes such a large volume of stupid shit, except out of a strong determination to believe stupid shit, regardless of any facts or argument anyone else can present. It is hence a waste of time to try to inform you.

          • hustled enough July 13, 2023 at 6:56 pm #

            Hi Anthea,
            The irony of your statement is that I read and interrogate the sources that you like and find them wanting. I do the same on the sources I like and do the same. But I like sources from historians etc; you like ultra-nationalist and Russian leaning sources. I use methodological heuristics as a sorting tool. You do not.

            You make the claim, that I ” believe such a large volume of stupid shit, except out of a strong determination to believe stupid shit, regardless of any facts or argument anyone else can present.” Well, Anthea, The folks who believe what you believe keep making predictions on this site BASED on the BELIEFS that you and others hold that have not panned out. That suggests that your views are not accurate. So who is believing “stupid shit” here?

      • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 9:07 am #

        Hi Woodchuck,
        Out of curiosity, why do you think the sources that you use–unvetted as they are, are the basis for forming your opinion? I read the sources you offer–they are sources that use the mainstream media to construct narratives that are more in keeping with your views. I am very suspicious of sites that like to use correlation in place of causation. And when I read those sites, that is what they do; they also suffer from difficulty in using statistical analysis correctly. Here is a question: Bucha–do you think there was a mass murder of Ukrainian civilians committed there by Russian troops or do you hold with Russian sources and ultra-nationalists that it was a “false flag” operation. I ask, because I read The NY Times analysis of it, and I was positively impressed by the work that they had done to uncover the timeline of events and the who did it.

        You call me naive, Woodchuck. However, the irony of the fact that you rely on the sources you disparage indirectly–the websites you follow “analyze” and “read the tea leaves” of what the MSM reports.

        Another question: At what point did you decide that the Russian offensive was a failure? Was it three days after it started, three weeks, or three months? Since Ukraine has taken back the same amount of territory in five weeks that the Russians managed in six months, would you say that the Ukrainians are doing better or worse than the Russians? How did you perceive the first Ukrainian offensive last year? A success or a failure? Or did it just get dismissed as an “aberration” of no lasting consequence? Or did you just think that “this time” the Ukrainians would disappear in a “cauldron of fire”? How many predictions have the people you have been reading been proven accurate since the start of this war? Why do you think I am the one being naive here?–After all, JHK Admin’s predictions have not passed into fact and have been EMPIRICALLY challenged time and time again. Again, who is being naive here? Who is getting the analysis wrong here? who is getting hustled here?

        And let me reiterate my point–one thing I do believe: As long as the West continues to supply Ukraine, Ukraine does not lose. Russia is getting half the revenue it has been used to getting from its oil production. So, its capacity to expand production is hampered. But recognize–de facto–that Ukraine’s production of armaments is increasing as well. Putin’s plan is to out-wait the West. He banks on fatigue. History shows us that Russia is not invincible; that is is subject to internal instability which Putin knows. Why else the ramping up of censorship, oppressive crackdowns, etc? I just wonder how long such a strategy can be successful.

        • Woodchuck July 11, 2023 at 9:47 am #

          “You call me naive, Woodchuck. However, the irony of the fact that you rely on the sources you disparage indirectly–the websites you follow “analyze” and “read the tea leaves” of what the MSM reports.”

          Uh, no. What the MSM reports is garbage thats made up out of thin air or pulled out of their butts. It’s no different from the situation some of my ancestors experienced in Nazi Germany. To get real news they had to listen to the BBC on a homemade short wave radio. They had to take some risks and do some work to get the truth – something I don’t think you would be willing to do. Our MSM is no different from what the Nazi radio news was. They are just repeating the lies and nonsense told them by compromised government sources that all have agendas. There are news sources out there and opinions unrelated in any way to the MSM. Why not check some of those out? I double dog dare ya! Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Col. Macgregor, or Mr. Ritter’s podcasts would be a good place to start.

          • jgalt July 11, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

            Woodchuck: No, the troll will not listen to those with knowledge that differs from his own prejudiced viewpoints fed to him by our MSM propagandists. He or she is likely a Demoncrap who is blind to the deliberate destruction of the U.S. by China/Cartel Joe and his minions, and suffering from TDS. Even rats know to leave a sinking ship, so what does that say about Biden supporters?

          • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

            Hi Woodchuck,
            These folks are commentators or talking heads who “analyze” the news not find and publish it. They purport to be able to tease out what the MSM will not say. So, they are akin to the magazines like New Republic, American Conservative, yada yada yada.

            Let us take one example you mentioned. I have listened to Mr. Ritter. You may have noticed that what I said about these commentators above in general applies to Mr. Ritter in particular. Earlier this year during the height of the Russian offensive, he made his prediction of the cauldron of fire in the cut off Bakhmut pocket that he made earlier this year along with the bullshit claim that 80000 Ukrainian soldiers were going to die when the Russians steamrollered their way into the city. This prediction, as so many, has not aged well. So, why not acknowledge this? JHK Admin has the same issue by the way–as do most ultra nationalists and Russia supporters. Rather than consider that the analysis might be premised on bad assumptions and a misreading of actual historical realities, commentators continue to double down on these kinds of failed prediction making time and again. Why. Woodchuck?

            I have asked on multiple occasions if there were any evidence that folks here would accept as pointing to this not being the war that they thought it was. Could anything? And the answer is “no.” “Russia will win. I predict this!” I read an interview with Mr. Ritter from November, in which he confidently states that Russian victory is inevitable. His reasoning has not aged well (e.g., you may be a petrol station for the world, but you are not the only one, and your revenue has dropped in half. Just to continue Mr. Ritter’s metaphor: How many businesses can survive that kind of impact?). Mr. Ritter does not show a historical sensitivity to Russia’s nationalist and expansionist tendencies vis a vis the impact on its neighbors.. Not a peep. Does he believe that Russia will stop with Ukraine if he is right? Or does he think that the Russian desire for a New Security Framework with Europe requires de-NATO-ing Poland, the Baltic States, et al is that they fall into the Russian sphere of influence? What do these states think of that? Or is their sense of agency just SOL? By the way, he is not alone in this. Many share the same coyness on that issue. So, that is something I dislike about Mr. Ritter’s point of view.

            From my perspective, Woodchuck, I find Mr. Ritter’s stance to also be confusing. On the one hand he wants to argue that Russia could crush Europe with a barrage of supersonic multiple warhead holding missiles against a helpless NATO that would be consigned to the dustbin of history, and on the other, he argues that Russia has clear security needs in relation to a NATO that it understands threatens it. So which is it? Doofus clown car NATO/Europe or threatening powerful NATO/Europe? I don’t think one can have a sane Russian foreign policy holding both beliefs simultaneously (hence Putin’s miscalculations). But he does. And I won’t grant him this.

            That is my take on Ritter.
            HE

          • Woodchuck July 11, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            “These folks are commentators or talking heads who “analyze” the news not find and publish it.”

            You seem to think there is some mysterious “news source” out there that presents the world with raw, unfiltered and unbiased information about current events. No such source of “finding news” exists. You seem to trust entirely whatever the Ukrainian gov’t or the US gov’t publishes about what’s going on. Then I notice you are getting your ideas and information from the NY Times – the “toilet paper of record”. You’ll have to do better than that if you wish to have any credibility around here. Two entire Ukrainian armies have been turned to dust by Russia, and the 3rd one is rapidly being destroyed. The reason the Wagner group has been so popular in Russia is due to their success in operating the Bakmut “meat grinder” that very likely has killed around 80,000 Ukrainian soldiers. That was the purpose of the entire operation – to create a big tarbaby that sucks those soldiers into a black and tarry hole.

            Somehow you still can’t understand that Russia today has nothing to do with the policies of former Soviet expansionism. Putin has no interest in reviving the former Soviet Union. Russia has no interest in owning or controlling Western Ukraine. There’s absolutely nothing in it for them but headaches. All Russia wants is Ukraine as a neutral buffer zone. You don’t seem to be able to understand that.

          • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 6:09 pm #

            Hi jgalt,
            “No, the troll will not listen to those with knowledge that differs from his own prejudiced viewpoints fed to him by our MSM propagandists.”

            So what do you call what you do, listening solely to a select group of self-amplifying voices? Also, the insults certainly add lustre to your viewpoint, together with not being able to actually engage the points I raise (as is the norm here) which also speaks to how “non-trollish” your behavior is, jgalt.

          • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

            Hi Woodchuck,
            What is your NEWS source–not commentary, but NEWS? Ritter is not news. I guess you think that Russia’s News is more believable than the ones here. Why? Especially since the Russian State has heavily punished and censored any news organization that does not follow the Kremlin’s line. What do you think of Medusa and why? I would like to understand why you believe that heavily censored state run media groups in Russia are more trustworthy than what we have here–as imperfect as it is. I mean, you are not going to have private companies suing the state media companies and getting $750 million dollars because they lied. Here you can. What are the constraints facing Russian state media outlets to tell nothing but the truth. You can’t even get reliable death tolls for Russian soldiers!

            As for the claim: “Two entire Ukrainian armies have been turned to dust by Russia, and the 3rd one is rapidly being destroyed. The reason the Wagner group has been so popular in Russia is due to their success in operating the Bakmut “meat grinder” that very likely has killed around 80,000 Ukrainian soldiers.” You would have to explain why a. Russia needs to rapidly replenish its depleted forces (no troops to stop the attempted coup attempt–evidence that does not square with your beliefs) and b. Why Ukraine is able to launch an offensive (again evidence that runs counter to your claims). Just because Mr. Ritter says it is so does not make it so. You have to ask if your claims make any sense given what we see happening. And I am sorry–your claims don’t make sense given what we see empirically.

            As for Putin being uninterested in re-expanding Russia’s borders–this goes against Putin’s own EXPLICITLY stated goals–to “return” Ukraine to Russia. This is not about denazification or bio-weapon labs. It is about expanding Russia to look more like what it did in the past.. You think this is OK. I do not

            Finally, you don’t think the NY Ties is a legit source. OK, What about its Bucha coverage? Do you believe that Russian soldiers murdered civilians in Bucha or that it is a false flag operation meant to defame Russia? Or something else? If you don’t think The NY Times makes a persuasive case in their 20 minute video–why not? You can assert that the US MSM is all about lies, but you like your news based on censoring authoritarian sources. How does that work to be any better than The NY Times? Me, I read a number of sources from left to right and apply methodological heuristics to sort out the bullshit. What do you do?

    • Billy Hill July 10, 2023 at 9:02 pm #

      See Jarek above on Democracy/Voting.

      • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 9:10 am #

        Hi Billy Hill,
        What do you want me to see there? What is it that you draw from Jarek that you think is relevant? What is your point of view?

    • Paula D July 10, 2023 at 9:33 pm #

      Why aren’t you at the NAFO meeting?

      I thought you’d be one of the top stars, if only for the sheer verbosity of your offerings.

      • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 8:46 am #

        Hi Paula,
        Thanks for commenting.

    • BackRowHeckler July 10, 2023 at 9:56 pm #

      Hustled, the axis armies did not crush Russia in their 1914-1918 war. It was a back & forth struggle with neither side able to get the upper hand until the Brusilov campaign in 1916 when the Russian army cut thru the Austro-German formations, driving them back toward Prussia. We are talking about battles involving millions of men, with casualties in the hundreds of thousands. The world had never seen anything like it, even during the Napoleonic Wars.

      • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 8:45 am #

        Hi BackRowHeckler,
        I am going to disagree with your version of WWI and Russia for two reasons.First, even as I grant that the Russians did better against the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Brusilov’s offensive gained a salient 40 miles deep and was not a knock-out blow), against the Germans–not so. After the Battles of Tannenburg and 1st Masurian Lakes, the Russian fight against the Germans falter. For the Germans, the Eastern Front was always secondary, so the Germans were “content” with the gains they had until the collapse of the Russian government and the mergence of the Bolsheviks (and with it the Brest-Litovsk Treaty). That is the second reason. I would be interested in your views BackRowHeckler–that collapse. Don’t you think that there are some marked similarities in the situations today in Ukraine and back in the day in 1917 – 1918 in WWI when considering Russia? Trench warfare, the reliance on artillery, the instability in Russia, etc? I am not saying that history will repeat itself, but I think that it could. Was Yevgeny Prigozhin’s revolt an aberration or a sign of things to come? The longer this war goes on, the greater the strain on Ukraine–obviously. But also, the greater the strain on Russia.

      • benr July 11, 2023 at 10:34 am #

        The Japanese did in fact crush Russia 1904 so badly Russia stopped its expansion into Asia.

        • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 10:55 am #

          Good point, benr.
          I was thinking Europe, but you are right;
          Hey, didn’t that defeat help feed the instability that led to the 1905 Revolution?
          Just thinking… 🙂
          HE

    • SteveK9 July 11, 2023 at 8:42 am #

      Russia can lose if it gives up. Urged on by the traitorous West-supporting oligarchs.

      • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 9:12 am #

        Hi SteveK9,
        Is it Russia “giving up” or Putin?
        An alternative reading–it is more complicated–there are those in the Russian elites who support Putin’s war because it opens up avenues for increasing personal profit for them as Putin supporters… what do you think?

    • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 7:12 pm #

      Wall of text by known poser: Pass ‘n’ scroll.

      • hustled enough July 11, 2023 at 9:14 pm #

        Hi MaryQueen,
        “Wall of text by known poser: Pass ‘n’ scroll.”
        No worries, MaryQueen; thank you!
        HE

  40. Anon1970 July 10, 2023 at 6:20 pm #

    Most Americans don’t seem to realize that the war in Ukraine was provoked by the US. Instead they blame Putin. One can go back to the 2014 Maidan Revolution which was encouraged by the members of the US State Department (such as Victoria Nuland) and by the CIA. If you want to go back further, try 1990 when Bush 41 refused to give Gorbachev written assurances that NATO would not be expanded into Warsaw Pact countries. Relative to the rest of the world, the US is a lot weaker than it was in 1945 or even 1990. I suspect that a two front war with China (over Taiwan) and Russia (over Ukraine) would quickly turn into a nuclear war.

    Most Americans know nothing about Crimea, which became part of the Russian Empire back in 1783.

    • mitchellc July 10, 2023 at 9:02 pm #

      Again, I think some drive by posters don’t quite realize that all of this information is widely known and understood by alt.media creators & readers.

      Ukraine won’t be settled by western narratives; rather, actual results in the battlefield space will establish a new multi-polar world order.

      So, no one here needs to be wasting time debating various pros & cons, invented or real. That ship already sailed long ago.

      Now the primary focus are the known and unknown unkowns, the real mental challenges that test ones ability to deal with facts – explicit or imputed – to draw out plausible future scenarios.

      Witness JHK again touching on whether a union state may actually survive. The dollar is the glue that holds the unión together. No uncle sugar printing and spreading muti trillions around, what use is he?

      But how much longer can the dollar survive when a bag of lettuce, four tomatoes and some juice costs $12? I mean, there’s the apparently inflation everyone sees, but then there are the indications of incipient hyper inflation just lurking in the shadows.

      • Billy Hill July 10, 2023 at 9:05 pm #

        Ok. Let’s have some plausible future scenarios and action points.

        Talk does not boil the rice.

      • SteveK9 July 11, 2023 at 8:41 am #

        Words don’t matter when people are already talking with steel.

      • elysianfield July 11, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        Mitch Two scenarios:

        1) Lettuce, tomatoes and juice costs $12. The products soon fly off the shelves, Or;

        2)Lettuce, tomatoes and juice costs $12, and the products remain on the shelves due to the average person being unable to afford them.

        Which scenario can be a cause of inflation? Which might be an indicator of impending deflation?

        3) As an added bonus, two trains, one from Chicago, one from Detroit are…

        • Woodchuck July 12, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

          When the average person is unable to afford lettuce and tomatoes we’ll see a huge uptick in interest in backyard veggie gardens. Then the bottleneck might consist of the average person unable to afford to puchase topsoil and composted mulch for use in making raised beds.

          • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

            @ Woodchuck:

            I don’t know what percentage of Americans have access to enough land to be able to grow quite a lot of their own food, but it has to be a pretty high percentage. Back in the day, John Jeavons developed a method for growing a huge amount of fruits and vegetables in very small spaces. Back then, he called it the Biodynamic French-Intensive method. For full directions, read Jeavons’s “How to Grow More Vegetables.”

            I have never understood why everyone doesn’t have at least a few tomato plants, if only so they can experience the taste of a real tomato for a few months out of the year. When my daughter and her husband first purchased their “farmette” and were planting fruit trees, I suggested they plant a peach tree. My daughter said that she didn’t like peaches, but they planted on anyway. The first time she tasted a tree-ripened peach, she realized that she really did like peaches. She’d just never had a real peach before.

            Our garden this year isn’t even very big (about 75′ X 75′) as my daughter and her husband were both working full-time this spring and a large garden area didn’t get tilled and planted. Nevertheless, we are absolutely drowning in fruits and vegetables that need to be canned or frozen. Luckily, my daughter quit her job and has spent the past week harvesting and canning. We have tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and peaches by the gallon. Every few days, I need to harvest about four big eggplants. (I haven’t even looked for the Long Purples lately, as there are so many they are just unmanagable.) Blackberries are ripening, the pear tree is groaning with pears this year–after only producing a couple of pears last year. The young apple tree is producing apples for the first time. My daughter just planted a 50′ row of carrots. If we had to, I think we could do without buying vegetables and fruits at the store and still have plenty, though we’d miss the out-of-season stuff.

            There’s such an abundance of land in the US, and such a need for wholesome food, that it’s hard to see why it’s not used.

            What we see in this area is that there has been a steady influx of people who are buying small acreages. They’ll be okay.

    • benr July 10, 2023 at 9:06 pm #

      I have said this before and will say this again Putin is not a good guy either.
      He has his fiefdom, and he wants regional power status he achieved his objective of not allowing Ukraine to kill Russians with impunity.
      He continues because he wants Ukraine, and he wants all the former soviet satellites back.
      The US is not the only want to be empire out there.
      China wants the orient.
      Russia wants its spere of influence as does Iran and most of all they all want their buffer from the now slowly rotting west and their insane woke agenda.

      • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:39 am #

        He already has Ukraine and always has. It is not just part of Russia, it is the cradle of Russian civ.

        No one running a nation is a good guy by the standard definition.

        And whether he is generally a good guy, whatever that means, is meaningless in this context.

        The way to keep belligerents at bay is a policy of mutually assured destruction. When one side violates standing agreements (here NATO), things are going to get messy.

        • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

          @ Night Owl:

          Comment about whether Putin is a “good guy” never cease to amaze me. Is there some expectation that he, or any other effective head of state, would be Mr. Rogers?

      • Woodchuck July 11, 2023 at 8:54 am #

        Whenever the USA does a war, it’s always against the bad guys. We are the good guys and anyone who disagrees with us is a bad guy. What could be more simple?

  41. Paula D July 10, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

    For more on how the minds of Ukrainians were poisoned. (h/t the same thing is being used on Americans, tailored for our circumstances, of course.)

    ://deborahlarmstrong.substack.com/p/from-nurseries-to-nazis-part-1

    • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:17 am #

      I wonder whether Americans and others wouild start to think twice about digital IDs if they were called DIGITAL TATTOOS (a la Auschwitz, in case anyone misses my point . . .)

      • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

        I bet if people were required to get such government mandated tattoos they would line up around the block, no questions asked. They did this for the Clot Shots after all.

  42. trypillian July 11, 2023 at 2:56 am #

    Revisionism is a fleeting grasp at straws to prove a lie is actually truth. JHK is a master of sleight of hand pontificating the ruscists [a combo with fascists] have rights to Donbas. Ukrainians have always been there, way back in history – 20,000 years or so [look it up]. Kiev was a peaceful advanced society with just government, education, religion, commerce, culture and military when Moscow was still a collection of shacks – ha ha! [pravda].

    Stalin murdered millions of Ukrainians by famine in the early 1930’s, many milions were living and farming in the region of the Donbas. The ruscists have never been there save for misguided imperialism by Catherine the not-so-great. She really liked horses though and everybody knows she died riding a stallion unconventionally. There were a few outposts there under the guise of Orthodox religion protection. No agricultural population either – nobody wanted to mess with the Tartars whose homeland is Crimea and points northerly and easterly some. Lenin in the 1917 revolution, promptly defined present day borders of Ukraine restoring the historic homeland of Ukrainians – ha ha! Crimea was given autonomy in relation to friendly Ukrainian oversight.

    Unfortunately for JHK, he is trying to indict a ham sandwich and nobo dy is buying it, at least in the civilized world.

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  43. tucsonspur July 11, 2023 at 6:27 am #

    It’s in the history books and all over the web. Russia’s claim to Ukraine is dubious at best.

    The corrupt Yanukovych, pressured by Putin, reneged on Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU and turned to Russia, pissing off the Ukrainian people and resulting in the Maidan uprising. He then fled to Russia. Totally torqued, Putin later annexed Crimea, with the US then stepping up its activities in Ukraine.

    The majority of Ukrainians do not want to live under Russian rule. Any trouble and Putin would simply ‘Stalinize’ them. What about that moral aspect of the war?

    Someone above said that the US is not a democracy. It’s more of a democracy than Russia or China or many other countries, last I looked.

    Stop talking about stolen elections and focus on the vulnerabilities of the Republican party. As it is now, they could roll Biden’s coffin in on a catafalque and he still might win.

    The dollar as a reserve currency isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Euro and the dollar make up about 80% of the world’s currency reserves. The Global South can go suck an egg. But yes, as Valery Giscard d’Estaing once said, the dollar has enjoyed ‘exorbitant privilege.’

    But we are in uncharted territory as they say. Hyperinflation, who knows? About fifteen years ago, with all of the bailouts and then all of the quantitative easing, many predicted that it would hit us like a thousand Weimar wheelbarrows. It still hasn’t happened.

    On the war, it is a dilemma. I certainly don’t support Biden and I’m tired of our MIC foreign entanglements, but in no way can I support Putin. So, I worked it out. My mind is against both Biden and Putin, but my heart is with the Ukrainian people.

    The blade is my first choice, but if not, I’ll settle for a Barrett M82 to take that putrid Putin piss pot out at long range. Stop his clock like he did so many others.

    • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 8:41 am #

      The neocon version of history.

      When your generation is gone, the world will be a better place, Slur.

    • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:18 am #

      If your heart is with the Ukrainian people, why don’t you go and fight with them?

      Your dispatches from the front might make more sense than these dispatches of yours from the back.

      • tucsonspur July 11, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

        Don’t be obtuse.

        Your heart is with Putin? Why don’t you go fight for him?

        A lame, senseless response from you.

        Your problem is that I make too much sense.

    • benr July 11, 2023 at 10:10 am #

      I agree with one thing in your statement there are three bad guys in this confrontation.
      Putin, Biden and Zelensky.
      The good guy would be coming out in favor of stopping this and forcing all parties to come to the table.
      Instead, we have serious escalation in progress.

      As far as the rotted edifice of the Republican party good riddance as a group they seem more invested in losing at this point than actually fighting back.
      I fear America is so far down the road of decay only an uncivil war will fix it.
      How do you get rid of 70+ million people diametrically opposed to everything the other 70+ million people want to do?
      There is almost zero in common between Democrats and Conservatives.

    • Qwibqwib July 11, 2023 at 6:45 pm #

      Tucsonspur: You made some typos. Please see corrections below…

      Crimea was not annexed. There was a vote, and the people of Crimea decided to go to Russia.

      Yanukovych, the duly elected leader of Ukraine, followed the will of those who elected him and cancelled Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU. The Ukrainian .gov then turned to Russia. This pissed off the US State Department who, in turn, instigated and funded the Maidan uprising. Yanukovych, beset with western funded assassins, then fled to Russia.

      • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 7:15 pm #

        Slur is not interested in facts.

      • benr July 12, 2023 at 7:19 am #

        Does anyone actually believe Russia has honest, fair and free elections?
        At this point I believe no country on earth has them.

      • Paula D July 12, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

        The Ukrainians voted for Yanukovych, who promised good relations with both the EU and Russia.
        The US did not accept that and overthrew his government, putting in their boy. “Yats, Yats is the guy”, said Cookies Nuland.

        Then they pushed Poroshenko on Ukraine. Poroshenko declared war on the eastern Ukrainians, and sent the military to kill them.
        The military rebelled in 2014, with whole units crossing over to the Donbass side.

        So the US/NATO remade the entire Ukrainian military, using Nazis to fill it out.
        //scheerpost.com/2022/04/09/former-nato-military-analyst-blows-the-whistle-on-wests-ukraine-invasion-narrative/

        Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for Zelensky, who ran on a Peace With Donbass platform.
        Unfortunately, once he got into office, he found out that he had no power. The power was held by the US, using neo-nazi enforcers to make their point.

        But the 3 stooges come on here week after week and confidently proclaim that “Ukrainians” want to destroy Donbass and Russia.
        It was the DPR, along with the Chechens, who liberated Mariupol.

        And ain’t they Ukrainians?

        (Technically, no, not any more, but the 3 stooges don’t acknowledge their referendum.)
        So they want it both ways. The people of eastern Ukraine are still Ukrainians in the msm narrative they regurgitate, but they are also Russians and should be killed.
        And they don’t count when stooge Spur proclaims “Ukrainians” don’t want to be part of Russia.

        12,000,000 Ukrainians already voted to be part of Russia, and have been admitted to the Federation. They are disappeared in the narrative.

        • MaryQueen July 13, 2023 at 10:26 pm #

          Don’t expect slur to learn anything from your factual account of the history, Paula.

          He’ll be back with more PDS (Putin Derangement Syndrome) soon enough.

  44. BackRowHeckler July 11, 2023 at 6:40 am #

    NATO summit starts today in Lithuania; President Biden has arrived in Vilnius. Clearly holding this meeting in a former eastern block country is a provocation to Moscow. Sweden apparently has the green light from Turkey to join up ~ must have been some serious arm twisting to allow this to happen. Zelensky is in attendance; one problem he has is he needs to show the west that the $250 billion donated to Ukraine so far has been money well spent with at least a few battlefield successes in his much heralded Spring (now summer) Counteroffensive; however, no battlefield successes have been achieved. Quite the contrary, Ukrainian forces have been ground up into fine dust by Russian minefields, airpower & artillery. No matter, just ignore the reality of the situation and pretend the war is going well. Who’s going to call them on it? CNN? BBC? DW? Wapo? Lol.

    • stelmosfire July 11, 2023 at 8:14 am #

      So 16 months into this war the Ukraine has fired off about 1 million USA 155mm shells. An average of 62,000 per month which of course changes on a daily basis. The USA manufactures about 14,000 shells a month. If not a single shell was fired again it will take 6 years to replenish our stockpiles and of course the shelling will not stop soon. Other countries are pressured to give up their ammo also which must be replaced. This is why we will send cluster shells. We’ve got lots of them,nobody wants them, and we will be happy to get rid of them. We’re told Ukraine will clean up the mess when this thing is over. Who’s paying for that since the Z-man doesn’t have a pot to piss in without Uncle Sugar’s support.

      • stelmosfire July 11, 2023 at 8:17 am #

        These shells all come out of a plant in “Scranton” Joes hometown.

        httpx://time.com/6252541/inside-the-us-army-plant-making-artillery-shells-for-ukraine/

        • BackRowHeckler July 11, 2023 at 8:45 am #

          I understand Russia has a massive stockpile of cluster munitions in it’s own arsenal; does Biden & Austin think that the use of this ordnance will work only one way? The Russian army at this point is well dug in and is fighting a defensive war, and cluster bombs favor those on the defense.

        • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 9:29 am #

          Of course they do! I best the Big Guy gets a kick back from every 100,000 bullets manufactured, and for every dead Russian solider on the front.

      • Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:20 am #

        But but but . .

        All of this ammo requires ENERGY and MINERALS (which must be mined and refined—more energy) to produce.

        We need to conserve those minerals for the solar panels and wind turbines and BATTERIES !!!

        • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 9:28 am #

          Hahahaha, good one….

      • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 9:38 am #

        Yeah, China Joe has certainly sold us down the creek. He drained our strategic petroleum reserves too. How are those ever going to get filled back to defensive levels at a reasonable price? Especially since China Joe is opposed to any domestic oil production, so may as well just buy it from our sworn enemies.

        China Joe and his handlers are the biggest prick of a dick this country has ever seen.

  45. Islander July 11, 2023 at 9:27 am #

    Maybe the EU blob is also starting to quiver . . .

    Orban socks it to the EU re migrants.

    httpX://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pm-orban-we-reject-eus-plan-create-migrant-ghettos-hungary

    WOW. Tale that, Brussels Nazis.

    • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 10:01 am #

      The Nazis were against the mass immigration of Third Worlders. Btw, they knew about the Kalergi Plan and knew that such a policy was in the works.

  46. Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    Big cache of Hunter Biden laptop photos here.

    https://thewashingtonstandard.com/corroborating-evidence-of-pedophilia-on-hunters-laptop-his-depravity-beggars-belief/

    Link to the nastier stuff in the article.

    • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      Effing sicko. Did you see the one with a little girl sucking on a pacifier? And what is with them all sticking their tongues out?

      Yeah, nothing turns my crank like a 6 year old girl…NOT!!! Geez, give me a 20-something co-ed any day!

      • messianicdruid July 11, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

        dEAR cOWbeLL,

        It is not about what is hard-wired. It [ alchemy ] is about expressing power through cruelty perverted [ converted ] into arousal via the powerless.

        • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 3:58 pm #

          Does it matter though?

  47. cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 10:23 am #

    A number of the greatest Russian authors were born in the Ukraine: Gogol, Bulgakov, and Chekhov for example. Without these writers, the pantheon of Russian literature would be that much poorer. Therefore, the Ukraine belongs to Russia always, now and forever!!!

  48. TSWabbit July 11, 2023 at 10:47 am #

    Over the target again. Thanks!

    If my research is concerned, many of those on your “long list” will go down in the escalating revelations regard the global child trafficking and misopedia (child hating) industry.

    Stay tuned.

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    • TSWabbit July 11, 2023 at 10:48 am #

      Confirmed, not “concerned.”

  49. snagglepuss July 11, 2023 at 10:53 am #

    Never mind what your US media tells you, here is the real deal:

    ‘The bottom line is that the Vilnius summit will sound the bugle to let the manor know that an orderly NATO pullback from Ukraine is in the cards. Unlike in Afghanistan, the US will no doubt keep the allies in the loop, since this primarily concerns European security — and importantly, it should not turn out to be another chaotic retreat that Kabul or Saigon witnessed in yesteryears. That, in turn, demands absolute NATO unity.

    Thus, Biden thoughtfully touched down in London en route to Vilnius to mollify the UK that Ukraine cannot be the battleground of its “Global-Britain” dream. King Charles stepped in to smoothen the ruffled feathers in the US-UK “special relationship.” Biden had earlier vetoed Britain’s recommendation of Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, an inveterate hawk on Russia, as NATO’s next secretary-general.

    Evidently, the nuts and bolts of an orderly withdrawal will need to be painstakingly worked out within the framework of a ceasefire in the war. This means engaging with Russia in a near future and discouraging it from pressing ahead forthwith with any major offensive to end the war conclusively in its favour.

    Meanwhile, according to the grapevine in Kiev, the commander-in-chief of armed forces General Valeri Zaluzhny has recommended to his president Zelensky that the current month-old Ukrainian military offensive is simply not sustainable against the overwhelmingly powerful Russian forces and should be called off. ‘

    • Islander July 11, 2023 at 11:30 am #

      “This means engaging with Russia in a near future and discouraging it from pressing ahead forthwith with any major offensive to end the war conclusively in its favour.

      Meanwhile, according to the grapevine in Kiev, the commander-in-chief of armed forces General Valeri Zaluzhny has recommended to his president Zelensky that the current month-old Ukrainian military offensive is simply not sustainable against the overwhelmingly powerful Russian forces and should be called off. ‘”

      Under the latter circumstances, it makes no sense for Russia to stop now. “Press ahead,” say I! The Ukes and Yanks and Limeys simply are not trustworthy. Not to mention, the Poles . . .

    • Q. Shtik July 11, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

      to smoothen the ruffled feathers – snagglepuss

      ==========

      I’m OK with smoothen but this is what Google has to say:

      “Is it smooth the process or smoothen the process?
      Smooth is the only correct spelling of the verb and adjective use of the word. Smoothe is a common misspelling, and despite some acceptance of both smoothe and smoothen, they are considered incorrect and awkward and should be avoided.”

      • SpeedyBB July 11, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

        “Smoothen” sounds like Texas German English.

        When we lived in New Braunfels we used to sprechen it to each other, for fun. But not to their faces.

        “You got dot store-boughten cheese?”

        • elysianfield July 11, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

          Speedy,
          Been to New Braunfels more than a few times. River was full of leeches. Trust me on this….

          • SpeedyBB July 13, 2023 at 7:51 am #

            Ah, the winding Guadalupe. My dad built or bought (I forget) a house right above it. I never swam in the river, come to think of it.

            We were living there when Canyon Dam was completed and Canyon Lake filled up. Imagine being trapped on one of those hillocks as the waters rose, and all the snakes were forced higher and higher, until the peaks were smothered in writhing, buzzing ropes of rattlesnakes, striking at random.

            Then they drowned.

      • snagglepuss July 11, 2023 at 10:36 pm #

        Not my quote, but from this reference. The entire post is interesting and relevant.

        indianpunchline.com

    • Blackbird July 11, 2023 at 11:20 pm #

      I think the real deal is that we are going to escalate the situation.

      The real objective of this war is not a handful of oblasts in the eastern Ukraine. It is the economic crippling of western Europe. When sufficiently broken, Europe will crawl meekly to the protection of their new overlord.

      Once our gang deserts us, the Plutocrats will suck what is left of the life (measured in economic terms for them) from this country, then our shriveled carcass will be tossed into the meat grinder with the rest of them.

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

        A chess master potentially does more than one thing with most moves. What he actually does it largely determined by his opponent’s response. Tactics are very flexible, strategy less so, goals not at all.

        Yes, to the crippling of Western Europe. And yes, to the attempt at overthrowing Russia. If Russia hadn’t attacked, then they would have happily begun to transform Ukraine into a multicultural showcase, and would have driven the Russians out with severe persecution and ultimately an attack on the Donbass.

        If Russia still didn’t respond, they would have begun the internal attack again – probably successfully since Putin would have been revealed as a paper tiger by his lack of response.

        People think Hitler had a choice too. No, he didn’t. No more than Putin does.

  50. cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

    U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was blasted on social media Monday after worrying about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will affect climate change.

    “Lots of parts of the world are exacerbating the problem right now but when you have bombs going off and you have damage to septic tanks or to power centers etcetera, you have an enormous release of greenhouse gas, methane, all of the family of greenhouse gasses and the result is it’s adding to the problem,” Kerry said Monday on MSNBC.

    Kerry said the war in Ukraine is a fight “we have to make” but there are “ancillary impacts as a result.”

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kerry-blasted-for-fretting-over-climate-change-effects-of-ukraine-war-can-t-make-this-stuff-up/ar-AA1dIQO8

    • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

      Here’s an idea…STOP THE WAR!!! America is the aggressor here. Can you imagine how much oil, gas, etc. would be saved if these stupid wars simply ended and the materials were used for civilian purposes?

    • Paula D July 11, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

      Did he mention the Nordstream pipelines?

      I thought not.

    • Disaffected July 11, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

      “The haircut in search of a brain” is still at it! He and Al Gore have to be the two biggest clowns the Dems ever trotted out.

  51. cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

    Welcome to the GOod Ol’ Boys Club Z, well almost….

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday upended a summit of NATO leaders discussing his country’s potential membership, blasting an agreement for its lack of a concrete timeline for Kyiv to join the alliance as well as the “absurd” process by which it was drafted.

    In a fiery tweet, Zelensky frustrated Ukrainian advocates inside the alliance who believed they had secured a win for Kyiv by pushing the United States, Germany and other reluctant countries to consent to “issue an invitation for Ukraine to join NATO when the allies agree and conditions are met.” The language was read out by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the agreement among NATO’s 31 leaders was made.

    Ukraine has demanded a concrete timeline for NATO membership, pushing members to commit to specific steps for making that happen. But many NATO countries are cautious about risking direct war with Russia, and they are searching for a way to balance Ukraine’s hopes with pragmatic security calculations.

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/zelensky-slams-nato-over-no-clear-path-to-membership-despite-biden-unity-pitch/ar-AA1dIIsX

    • BackRowHeckler July 11, 2023 at 2:56 pm #

      Zelenskey reminds me of a mob associate whose main goal in life is to become a ‘Made Member’ of one of the 5 Mafia families in NY C, and will do whatever is necessary to get sworn in. Usually, that means being a good ‘earner’ (bringing $$$ into to the higher-ups in the family) or carrying out mob hits. Whacking a mark for the Consegliere is the quickest way to get ‘get your button.’ Z wants to get made into NATO in the worst way, and will sacrifice any number of Ukrainian soldiers to get in. If he’s successful, then he thinks he’s on easy street. Alas, some mobsters, whatever they do, never get made ~ they remain perpetual associates, carrying water for the higher ups, doing the dirty work for whatever scraps are thrown their way. I think Z & Ukraine fall into this category. Having said that, NATO has no problem stringing Z along.

      • Disaffected July 11, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

        That’s it exactly!

  52. Jason Wemyss July 11, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

    “What are NATO’s alternatives now?”

    I think the U.S. is surprised that the Ukrainian field army is holding out for so long. The plan was always to first make conquering Ukraine as difficult and painful as possible, then to arm, train, and fund resistance groups inside Ukraine (like we did during the Soviet war in Afghanistan), who will wage a perpetual guerilla war.

    The Westernmost fragment of Ukraine will likely remain as a rump state which will be massively armed and reinforced, thus forcing Russia to maintain expensive army formations in that part of the country which they do control.

    In other words, the plan is that Russia doesn’t get to buy Ukraine: they get to *rent* it at a very high annual cost.

    • BackRowHeckler July 11, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

      What the point of bringing Sweden into the fold? OK, surround European Russia, give Russia that hemmed in feeling, like in 1941 when Finland joined the Wehrmacht & attacked Russia from the north in the ‘Continuation War’. Is this such a good Idea? Russia may feel ‘hemmed in’ to the point of paranoia, and begin to lash out … with thermo nuclear weapons. Has NATO forgot about Russia’s 6000 nuke warheads? I occurs to me — a mere amateur & dilettante who’s on his 5th beer this warm summer afternoon — that some sort of reapproachment should be reached with Russia … as soon as possible, before this thing really gets out of hand.

      Who’s with me?

      • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

        Yes, if the Western powers had any sense at all they would try to negotiate some kind of truce, a peace treaty, with Putin. I know that Putin is a very sane and logical statesman, I certainly think he would be open to bringing this entire fiasco to a beneficial conclusion.

        This will never happen. The West has a hard on for seeing Russia destroyed, and the West has too much of a financial stake in seeing the fighting continue in the Ukraine indefinitely.

        • BackRowHeckler July 11, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

          I see some pundits on reputable networks claim that Russia’s nuclear weapons are obsolete, they don’t work, they’re cold war junk, they’re not up to date … well, that might be true … but what if 10% work just fine? That’s still 600 nuclear detonations! How many cities in western Europe & N America have populations over 100,000? Probably not 600, which means some cities, probably larger cities like NY, Paris & London would get special treatment with more than one bomb.

          Special treatment, my friends.

          • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 11:47 am #

            Call me sentimental, but I think DC, NYC, and London should get all 600.

          • Paula D July 12, 2023 at 4:14 pm #

            Don’t forget Brussels. They deserve their share.

          • Paula D July 12, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

            But if our overlords believe that Russia has only duds, we are in even deeper shit than we thought.

            They think they can win, so they are pushing for the nukes.

            They want the wealth of Russia, and they aren’t going to stop until they get it.

      • Islander July 11, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

        BRH,

        One thing:

        Sweden is full of Nazis. Swedish Nazis. The kind who sympathized with the “real” Nazis.

        Sweden has the nice “peaceful” outward look, but if you lift the cover the country is crawling with Nazis and Nazi lovers.

        They must be gnashing their teeth that the country has become overrun with migrants.

        Anyhow, for what it is worth, Swedish Nazi sympathy is probably part of the Sweden/NATO mix (now in the UKR context).

        • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 4:00 pm #

          Yes, that’s what that novel “The Girl Who Played with Fire” alleged. In fact, Sweden is run Leftist females, hysterics who put on hijabs and visit Mosques as they turn Sweden into a third worlds shithole.

        • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

          Is this true? I have not heard this before.

          • cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

            I read somewhere that all the libs in Sweden and Norway in the big cities down south want to mandate everyone drive electric vehicles. This caused all the residents of the remote northern cities to tell them to go take a flying fuck at the moon. Battery powered vehicles do not perform well in the combination of extreme cold, ice, and snow.

            Too many femi-Nazis out there, not enough good solid men to get them back into line.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

            That I could belive. Sweden is a very highly managed society and economy.

            Very expensive. Some say quality of life is very high, but I would not want to live there.

            There is much less emphasis on ownership, and that is a major reason (I suspect) why the real ownership class gives them good press.

            Other Nordics are bad, too. Tiny apartment life for most people, and car ownership is incredibly expensive. Basically anything that would pull you out of semi-serfdom is too expensive to obtain for many.

          • Islander July 11, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

            “Tiny apartment life for most people,’

            Do I detect a Yankee lens here??

            Many Scandinavians have a little cottage of some kind on a lake, where they go in the summer, and live close to nature, savoring the long, light “nights.”

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 6:45 pm #

            Many Americans who do not live in Europe have no clue what it takes to get a middle class lifestyle even here in Germany.

            A 100ish sq. meter house in a niceish neighborhood goes for around 700k in any places worth living, with a 90% downpayment on purchase.

            Most people here will never own property. This has been one of the greatest eye-opening aspects of living in Europe.

            Germany is the land of “Neider” for anyone who has anything more than a VW Polo and a rented apartment.

            Scandanavia is Germany on steroids.

          • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 7:02 pm #

            That 90 should have been a 30.

            Regardless, out of reach for all but the upper rungs of society.

          • Jarek July 11, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

            Real Nazis wouldn’t have put up with the Femis or Ukrainian Demis.

          • Islander July 12, 2023 at 12:00 am #

            Home ownership has never been the basic thing—goal in life—in Europe that it is here. Especially for new middle classes.

            You are applying a middle=class American standard to a very different country.
            I am surprised, considering how long you have lived in Germany, that you view home ownership as a basic metric.

            The bottom line is that there is not the space in many, many regions of Europe, within reach of jobs, for each family to have a house and yard and garage.

            Most people expect to be long-term renters.

            At least, that was the situ when I lived in Bavaria. Other parts of Germany ahve less open space than Bavaria and are more densely populated. It was a very big thing for a young couple to decide to purchase land and then buy/build a house. My best friend’s husband was bent on doing so.She didn’t want to have anything to do with it. She went alogn with it, but they were not happy there anyhow, and he left .. . Other good friends made a project of building a house in Aichach—but they did not plan to have children, and did not do so. Their friends came out from Munich, Augsburg, etc. to help them on the weekends.

            In Germany is a totally different situ with home ownership. Same in the NL. Many people simply prefer to own a condo, or rent. Let the landlord take care of things. I think the Europeans are far less DIYers than Americans. The former prefer to take holidays and go out to eat and the theater and spend the afternoon in a Biergarten and the evening in a Kneipe rather than spend time building or fixing up their house.

            Many Germans are content to rent all their lives—live all of their adult lives in one flat—but invest in real estate, including residential. Let the profis do the grunt work of taking care of property.

          • Night Owl July 12, 2023 at 3:31 am #

            That is not true, Islander.

            Most would buy “Betongold” if they could afford it.

            They rent because they cannot afford it.

            There are major structural class differences in the United States and Europe.

          • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

            @ Night Owl:

            That’s real eye-opener, re Germany and Scandanavia. In the US, people look down on a young family that lives in a trailer on an acre of land or the single guy who lives in a trailer on two or three large lots. And, perhaps to give some perspective on why, the two young families I’ve known bought their trailers on an acre of land $3,500 and $4,500, respectively, about 15 years ago. Now, the price for such an abode has skyrocketed up to about $20,000–though, even now, that’s mostly if they’re owner-financed. Up until about 5 years ago, a modest stick-built house (needing work) could be had for $9.000-10,000 (cash). But you had to be in the right place at the right time to snag a deal like that. A few years ago, one of my (similarly ancient) friends bought her daughter quite a nice house for $32.500. It used to be lake-front, before the lake silted up.

            But people who live in dinky apartments, or who have lived, along with their spouse and kids, with their parents for ten years, will refuse to consider the degrading lifestyle of a trailer at “the lake.” I have always maintained that most New Yorkers would get lost in a trailer.

      • Islander July 11, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

        BRH,

        RE “some sort of reapproachment should be reached with Russia”

        ‘I’m waiting for Z to cry “Uncle!”

        Let’s see, I think in Russian that would be “Dyadya!” (:-))

    • TPTB-USA July 12, 2023 at 11:07 am #

      “The Westernmost fragment of Ukraine will likely remain as a rump state which will be massively armed and reinforced, thus forcing Russia to maintain expensive army formations in that part of the country which they do control.

      In other words, the plan is that Russia doesn’t get to buy Ukraine: they get to *rent* it at a very high annual cost.” ~ Jason Wemyss

      The charts of USDRUB and DXY suggest that your assessment is spot on.

  53. Ed Haskell July 11, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

    Mr Kunstler,

    This particular article is an excellent example of a primary reason I very much enjoy your blog. Good ‘ol incisive perspective.

    Cheers

  54. cowbell81 July 11, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

    So question here…Can he qualify as a Black man to collect on those sweet reparations that are coming in California?

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/i-spent-96k-getting-tattoos-on-96-of-my-body-i-may-never-be-finished/ar-AA1dIYIk

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  55. Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 5:37 pm #

    So NATO has abandoned Ukraine and declined its membership applicaton.

    Russia has the fat dancer surrounded.

    What is the Tucson Slur’s take?

    😀

    • BackRowHeckler July 11, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

      Yea, and Zelensky is not happy about it.

      He doesn’t seem at all grateful for the $250 billion he’s already received.

      • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

        He can always go back to soft-core gay porn–if his NATO masters don’t suicide him first.

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

        I read that one thing that did work for them were old time, hand held, Stinger missiles. Now almost gone. The problem: No one knows how to make them now. The knowledge wasn’t passed on. Yes, they could use computers to create a replica, but the certification would take over a year.

        The solution: Raytheon is asking old guys in their seventies to come back to work to make some in the old fashioned way from blue prints.

      • Paula D July 12, 2023 at 4:28 pm #

        Huh, so telling people that they are victims of oppression and giving them money doesn’t make them grateful?

        Who coulda guessed?

    • tucsonspur July 11, 2023 at 6:54 pm #

      Now is certainly not the time for Ukrainian NATO membership, night gnat. Too great a provocation. Also,

      ‘To meet one of the three main criteria for entry into NATO, a European nation must demonstrate a commitment to democracy, individual liberty and support for the rule of law. While Ukrainian leaders say they have met that threshold, some American and European officials argue otherwise.

      In a 2020 analysis, Transparency International, an anticorruption watchdog, ranked Ukraine 117th out of 180 countries on its corruption index, lower than any NATO nation.’

      Biden said that it was ‘premature’ for Ukrainian entry. Other countries agree. ‘Abandoned’? Not necessarily.

      • Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 7:00 pm #

        You promised so much, my neocon friend.

        • tucsonspur July 11, 2023 at 7:39 pm #

          Neocon. Again, a false appellation.

          • Night Owl July 12, 2023 at 3:29 am #

            Remember when the walls were closing in?

            What was that, two weeks ago?

            You are a master strategist and deep thinker.

      • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

        LOL!!

      • Anthea July 13, 2023 at 6:07 pm #

        @ tucsonspur:

        I haven’t read your comments with any great attention, but it seems that you are both rooting for “The Blob” and willing to believe “The Blob’s” account of itself. Is there some reason for this?

        • MaryQueen July 13, 2023 at 10:27 pm #

          He’s not very politically savvy.

    • Disaffected July 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm #

      Wouldn’t that be inconvenient if Ukraine were admitted to NATO and then Russia finished them off and absorbed them into the motherland? Would that mean Russia is then part of NATO? Oops! Even now, what parts would qualify as “Ukraine” in the first place? Certainly nowhere that Russia is occupying.

  56. Night Owl July 11, 2023 at 7:07 pm #

    First they got LaGarde to admit the plan for digital enslavement, and now they got everyone’s favorite war criminal to give up the fat dancer posing as the president of Ukraine:

    “The notorious Russian prankster duo Vovan and Lexus have duped veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger in their latest stunt. In a phone call, the now 100-year old former Secretary of State believed he was speaking directly to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

    The fake “Zelensky” at one point in the call began saying revealing things about the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage, which initially was widely blamed on Russia, but increasingly evidence points to either Kiev or Western intelligence being behind the Sept. 26, 2022 explosion. And then Kissinger revealed his views on who was behind the Nord Stream blasts…

    Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger admits during a Vovan and Lexus prank call that he thought “Zelensky” was responsible for destroying Nord Stream 2. pic.twitter.com/5eIHDfWwtI

    — Blackrussian (@Blackrussiantv) July 11, 2023″

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-russian-pranksters-posing-zelensky-dupe-kissinger

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        • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 5:45 pm #

          Yep, the market for geriatric sex slaves certainly ain’t what it used to be. What’s this world coming to, Ely?

    • MaryQueen July 11, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

      Hilarious!

  57. tucsonspur July 11, 2023 at 7:36 pm #

    A follower of Charles Manson, Leslie Van Houten, was just released from prison after 53 years. Tex Watson handed her a knife and told her to do something, so she stabbed Mrs. La Bianca in the back more than a dozen times.

    Nineteen y/o at the time. She still has some good years ahead of her. Did she pay the price? Seeing her in an interview one time, I think she has, considering her age at the time, drugs, etc.

    We never did get Charlie’s race war. Or did we?

    • SoftStarLight July 11, 2023 at 11:47 pm #

      I’ve been watching different interviews after I saw the news earlier. You can see a certain progression in them that is kinda bizarre I guess. In an interview in 1977 Leslie said that there was a time that she believed that Charlie was Jesus. In a 1991 interview she said that she would read the Bible to Charlie while he was lounging in the bathtub. She was a runaway when she joined the family. And of course they were dropping acid all the time. It seems like after all this time, 53 years!, she is no longer a danger to society. She will probably be supervised in some way for the rest of her life in reality anyway. She was referred for parole four times previously too because she is perceived as a very low risk to the community. I think its the lore of Manson that kept all of these ladies in prison for so long when other people have been let out earlier for similar crimes. In her younger days she had an uncanny resemblance to a younger Selma Blair. In a weird way too she sort of reminds me of my mom. I think its the cadence of her voice.

      • tucsonspur July 12, 2023 at 5:47 am #

        It is really amazing how young, alienated women, and men, can be so susceptible to extreme behavior.

        How in hell do you believe that Manson is a manifestation of Christ? I guess the lsd helps.

        The aura of Manson evil certainly didn’t help her.

        Reading the bible to Charlie in the bathtub, what a sight! I wonder if she washed his feet?

        • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          Well, I think it was sort of a full service stop if you kinda know what I mean. But yeah, it seems like a lot of the family were troubled teenagers and young adults. Manson was definitely crazy but the lsd certainly had to magnify that many times. Especially because they were literally tripping like every day all day. So at a certain point their thinking had to be really screwed up. I wonder if they were all part of some kind of government experiment honestly.

        • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

          Yes, no doubt drying them with her hair like the Magdalene.

          Her sins were forgiven because of her love for Christ.

    • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

      Helter Skelter is coming, a greater prophet named Thomas Jefferson predicted it.

      • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 5:43 pm #

        Yeah, but you have to play Revolution 9 backward at about half of the normal 33 1/3 RPM to find out exactly when. And oh yeah, you need to be “tripping balls” while you’re listening too.

  58. Night Owl July 12, 2023 at 3:28 am #

    Albert Bourla explains to you why he did not need to take his own clot-shot product to protect himself and others from “Covid-19”

    Just like Biontec bro told us a few years back.

    I wonder why?

    https://twitter.com/PaulHut91434196/status/1678524170118877184

    Just kidding, the reason why is that it kills you.

    • dorn July 12, 2023 at 8:29 am #

      Bourla  is a veterinarian, reminiscent of Dr. Hackenbush, in the Marx Bros. “Day at the Races.”

    • MaryQueen July 12, 2023 at 11:25 am #

      They’ve done this all along, and those of us who paid attention got it right away. The mouthbreathers and tiny brains will watch this now and still believe that the vaccines saved their lives (as they suffer through “long covid” aka immunity attacks brought on by the clotshots).

      There is no teaching the programmed.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

        Large-scale (over-)complex societies/civilizations would appear to require specialized lobotimizations and/or obsessive compulsive disorders some of us call work/jobs/professions/careers.

        Top-hat monocled man (TMM): “Hey there little Johnny… Whatcha want to be when you grow up?”

        J: (in a Butthead sort of voice) “I wanna be a meat-cutter!”

        TMM: “Thaaat’s the idea! You can work for me! 80-20!”

        J: “…Maybe at some point on your mass-production assembly lines, some of us can lose it and start cutting the wrong kinds of meat.”

        TMM: “Well then you can just go direct to jail and not collect your severance pay.”

        TMM: “Hey there little Missy… Whatcha wanna be when you grow up?

        M: “What? How should I know? I’m just a relative kid… Live off the land? In a local village setting? In a real, rather than fake community? Raise my own kids, maybe most of my own food and not be stuck for 7.5 hours in an office cubicle? That kind of thing?”

        TMM: “Hahaha! Good luck with that! But sure, since I own all the land, you can be my tenant-cum-sharecropper! 80-20!”

        M: “Pareto would approve, but I don’t.”

        TMM: “Hahaha– didn’t think you would, but you see, I have the State on my side– cops, private security and military!”

        M: “Didn’t Castro and Chavez redistribute land? Land reform? South Africa too maybe? Other places?”

        TMM: “That’s communism!”

        M: “What begets it?”

        TMM: “I think we’ve chatted enough for today!”

  59. SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 3:37 am #

    I sympathize intellectually with Russia

    I sympathize emotionally with Ukraine

    I sympathize somatically with America

    And so the blob..

    Pour a little salt, a dash of baking soda, a skosh of battery acid, and pinch of acetone on that blob each and every day and before you know it voila no more problemo

    • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 9:35 am #

      What? No silver bullets to the head followed by a stake through the heart?

      • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

        Lol, well, the blob does definitely have vampiric qualities. But it is different than a humanoid vampire so basically the silver bullets and stake through the heart don’t quite work in the same way.

        • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

          I see. I haven’t kept up with the literature.

    • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

      Heard on the news that they’re going to make an AI movie about the relationship between Forest Gump and Jenny. Tom Hanks and his co-star okayed the use of their images.

      What do you think? Yay or nay? Might be fun in this case, but the fall from Reality is perilous in the extreme.

      • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        Oh wow! I just looked it up. That is very exciting and seems like it will be interesting. It is definitely a movie that is needed. It sounds like the AI is going to be used to make them appear the way they did in the original movie. So they are calling it de-aging, which is pretty interesting. That would be nice generally I guess lol. But, i’m not really sure. I see what you mean though. Like in this case it may just be a fun thing but then it opens the doors to more use of AI for similar things and then who knows really where it will go and how far away from the original it will get.

        • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

          The misuse of this will be mind blowing. And of course it will be misused. Wait until scammers get ahold of the voice technology. Imagine the damage they can do over the phone with it.

          Many questions remain about Forest and Jenny. Hopefully the movie will clear them up.

          • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

            Yep that is a very scary thought. The voice technology and then eventually deep fake videos. They’ll just be able to make anything up about you if they want and how can you defend yourself when it is completely convincing!

            Yeah, ultimately that is why I am excited about the movie. Really they could have done it differently too without the AI. I already have ideas lol. But it is exciting from the story standpoint.

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

            Oh, you mean make it as if she didn’t die? It was just another trick on Forest so she could just skip out for a few decades?

            She already pulled some serious shit. They’re going to have to explain why she didn’t tell Forest about their child before she got mortally sick.

          • dorn July 12, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

            Jenny was trash.

          • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

            Well, I mean it could be a change in the story too where Jenny doesn’t die so soon That would make the story interesting. Jenny didn’t tell Forrest about Forrest Jr. at first because she didn’t think he was ready given some of his challenges. And she didn’t want to be like a big burden for him. In the rush of everything it was just hard to think clearly and so it didn’t really line up the way it should have you know. But she did come back and let him know and he was real happy so it did all come together in the end.

          • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

            Jenny’s dad abused her and that ended up sending her into a spiral of bad relationships with men. She was looking for a good Dad figure. That was the base psychological plot going on behind the scenes with her character. I think that hurtful condemnations are counterproductive to healing so you need to really think about that, dorn.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 8:51 pm #

            “Jenny’s dad abused her and that ended up sending her into a spiral of bad relationships with men. She was looking for a good Dad figure. That was the base psychological plot going on behind the scenes with her character. I think that hurtful condemnations are counterproductive to healing so you need to really think about that, dorn.” ~ Jarek

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

            “Jenny’s dad abused her and that ended up sending her into a spiral of bad relationships with men. She was looking for a good Dad figure. That was the base psychological plot going on behind the scenes with her character. I think that hurtful condemnations are counterproductive to healing so you need to really think about that, dorn.” ~ Zazelle

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 11:48 pm #

            “Jenny’s dad abused her and that ended up sending her into a spiral of bad relationships with men. She was looking for a good Dad figure. That was the base psychological plot going on behind the scenes with her character. I think that hurtful condemnations are counterproductive to healing so you need to really think about that, dorn.” ~ Team Sockpuppet

          • SoftStarLight July 13, 2023 at 3:11 am #

            You’re just jealous of our connection Zaz. Isn’t it time to move on? Healing is an all encompassing thing and you need it sweetie. It’s not healthy for you to continue to insinuate yourself into situations in which you have been kindly asked to demure from. If you have a different take on the movie characters being discussed please do share. Otherwise A B C ya.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 13, 2023 at 10:09 am #

            Who’s not moving on? You’re still on about it. Follow your own advice.

            Jarek/Vlad/Janos/etc. are known ‘sockpuppets’, while the most recent Jarek version admitted to being kicked off this site previously of course.

            Speaking of ‘moving on’, this appears an over 10-year issue.

            The Jarek version seems to be making some efforts in their comments in these most recent threads, what with some buttery comments, but we’ll see if they’re genuine and lasting or if the women-bashing and/or Black-bashing returns with a vengeance.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 13, 2023 at 10:27 am #

            See also here: July 13, 2023 at 10:21 am

          • Jarek July 13, 2023 at 11:41 am #

            So demure. I love it. The mailed fist beneath the velvet glove.

  60. SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 3:46 am #

    Madonna was revived with an injection of narcan. Have you seen the photo of Mr. Zelensky standing alone on that crowded stage in Vilnius? i don’t think narcan can bring that thing back but let me know.

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    • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 9:36 am #

      Over work, supposedly. Yeah right. She’s got Michael Jackson and Elvis disease. Too much fame will do that to ya.

    • MaryQueen July 12, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

      How many bacterial infections require revival with Narcan?

      Hmmmm.

      • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

        Well, it can be used if someone is having very severe breathing issues in which they have stopped breathing. But, from everything I’ve seen which is admittedly just online basically narcan is specifically used to reverse opioid overdoses. Interestingly enough it looks like all the stories about Madonna’s incident are pretty aggressive in saying that it was not due to an overdose. So definitely makes you go hmmm.

        • MaryQueen July 12, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

          All I know is, the handlers of the famous lie through their teeth.

        • Paula D July 12, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

          It is only for opioid overdoses. “Severe breathing issues” caused by too much heroin or other opioid, (stopping breathing), is the only issue that narcan can cure.

          It doesn’t even work on other drugs, like benzodiazepines. It’s pretty specific.

        • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

          I mean basically those things are true, but they do actually make a narcan nasal spray too from what I see for kids. It is in case there is any bad reaction to prescription opioids though so yeah I mean it does center around that. But of course they are saying it was used to just revive Madonna because she wasn’t breathing basically.

  61. Islander July 12, 2023 at 8:37 am #

    An excellent SITREP of the current deadlock in USA/NATO/EU-land that is in the comment thread for Tom Luongo’s piece published today at ZeroHedge:

    “Gone are all those airy puff pieces talking about Ukranazistan’s inevitable victory, as gone as those ten years ago predicting the “imminent and inevitable” fall of Assad. Gone is the triumphant air of imminent control of the world. The increasingly desperate tone is that Ukranazistan cannot be allowed to lose because that would be a disaster for the “world”. The “world”, in this case, means the Wall Street warmongers, their political puppets, and the Europistani slaves, naturally. And yet the only way that Ukranazistan’s defeat can be staved off is an open NATO intervention, but they can’t risk that because Russia has been pushed to the point that it can’t and won’t back down. And yet Ukranazistan’s defeat will mean the economic ruination of Europistan, which thought it could recoup its losses from looting Ukranazistan and from “war reparations” from Russia. It is a conundrum that can’t be solved without kicking out Uncle Sam, but kicking out Uncle Sam is impossible because in order to spite Russia Europistan has sold itself to him as slaves and chattels even more completely than ever before. “

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

      Thanks Islander, but geez those ‘istan’ suffixes…

    • Paula D July 12, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

      And now they have given Turks the EU schengen, in return for Sweden being part of NATO. What will that do to Europe?

      Too Stupid To Live.

  62. Amman July 12, 2023 at 10:03 am #

    Madame Pen

    Xhttps://youtu.be/lbLRy25KlUg

    • JackStraw July 12, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      The left in France is so deeply entrenched in their suicidal insanity, that I just don’t see the country ever recovering.

      When the invader is holding them by their throats, they will cluck about how they’re on their side.

      • Amman July 12, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

        Invader?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

      Angry parasites angry at their fellow parasites? ‘Come on your bed bugs, stop sucking people’s blood! But if you’re going to, at least make sure your hosts are happily at home, ideally sleeping, and not out in the night looting and burning important stuff!’

      Notice the men all there in the image have the same suit? What’s up with that? They might as well create some self-congratulatory pins and badges to affix on them for their next sessions.

      In any case, I wouldn’t worry about Europe, America, China, India, Iran or whatever else because, in the grand scheme of things, they will prove to be as relatively-ephemeral as our own lives. Like those mayflies or whatever that fly around for a day and then are dead by the end of it.

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

        What about Israel? Same?

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

          Israel may prove a sitting duck in the middle of wolves as things slide downward.

          I never thought it was a good idea for it or for States for that matter. Come on Jarek. You already know I’m an anarchist.

          Some people confuse/conflate Judaism with the State and the State with people in it. Like Nazi Germany, some Jews bailed before it got worse and if I was living in Israel, I’d start to make plans to bail.

          There. You got it first from me. Exclusive to CFN.

          Oh and, as an embellishment, to quote The Fight Club film, ‘You are not your job.’.

          BTW, I find a disproportionate number of Jewish women hot.

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

            Just think, they were offered Madagascar. The Muslims have the power of the womb! Islander wants a one state solution. Now that’s hatred, eh?

            Not I! The elder brother are our guides. We must learn to love ourselves even as they love themselves.

            As Pat said, Likud is pure National Socialism.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

            Mother Earth doesn’t do too well to having herself carved into neat little figments of imagination called States, rather like people don’t do too well having themselves and their traditions and cultures and so on carved into and out by self-selected sets of sociopaths.

            Territories and States are two very different concepts. They are as different as a lover and a sex-slave, respectively.

            If you want to invoke the word, love, then know it, feel it and embrace it, otherwise, you risk tokenism/token pontification. You and all your ‘bibles’.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

          Jewish Princess

          youtu.be/BJd6zcLnuBs

          • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 10:29 pm #

            Speaking of which, Sir Frank must have been of Arabic or other ME descent, no? That’s one prominent honker and dark complexion he was sporting there. He’d be considered very handsome in today’s world. Back then, not so much. A little too dark and foreboding.

            I think he missed his true calling by sticking to semi-popular music. Today, I think he’d be more of a celeb and/or provocative movie/multi-media star. Think Leonard Cohen mixed with Sacha Baron Cohen.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 13, 2023 at 12:02 am #

            Yes, I seem to recall hearing about Zappa having some sort of Middle East descent. Unsure who Sacha Baron Cohen is, but might know of him by image. Unsure what Zappa would have done these days or if he would have lived longer but if he had the same sort of attitude, he might have suffered from a lot of deplatforming.

  63. benr July 12, 2023 at 10:14 am #

    Wow the insanity is arriving fullscale.
    The line that stands out to me the most…
    The incident happened across the street from San Diego Police Department’s Mid-City Division.

    SAN DIEGO — A 63-year-old woman was scalped with a sword at a park in the City Heights neighborhood early Tuesday, and police are still searching for the assailant, authorities said.

    Authorities said the attack happened around 1:30 a.m. at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park. The woman walked about a block to a Starbucks with a 24-hour drive-thru, where people saw her and called 911. The victim described the sword as several feet in length.

    “Obviously very concerned if this is a random and unprovoked attack, very concerning to us, and I’m sure the community is concerned as well,” Lt. Adam Sharki with the San Diego Police Department said.

    “Anybody driving by who might’ve seen something, anybody in the neighborhood with a Ring camera, anybody who knows anything at all — it’s an assault with a deadly weapon, potentially an attempted murder investigation, so we need to get to the bottom of that and get somebody who is dangerous off the streets,” Sharki said.

    “The best description we have of the suspect at this point is a younger Black male, 35-ish years old, tall, thin build, wearing blue jeans and waving some kind of a sword,” Sharki added.

    She walked to the Starbucks down the street and not to the POLICE station across the street?
    Brothers be like scalping people with swords now.

    • cowbell81 July 12, 2023 at 11:01 am #

      Yep, taking a page out of the old Native American manual there.

      Coming soon: all swords and sharp edged/pointy metallic object in excess of 12 inches will be outlawed.

    • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

      Points for creativity, eh? It’s so nice to see our burgeoning criminal class find new forms of self-expression. I wonder if there’s a checkbox for “scalping” on the police incident report? Might be time for an update.

      Also, scalping with a large sword is no small feat, what with swords usually being most effective when swung. That’s some pretty good aim. A small dagger of some sort would seem to be more appropriate. As the wood shop teacher used to say: “Right tool for the job every time yields the best results.”

      • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

        I wonder if this might have been an attempted decapitation (sometimes referred to as a “decap” or a “lopping”) gone wrong? In that case the youngster needs to work on his aim. Watermelons or smaller hung from a tree branch would be his best bet.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      I wonder it it might be possible to electrify clothing that can be quickly activated like some sort of body taser against anyone who touches someone wrongly.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

        …like an electric eel.

      • Islander July 12, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

        I’ll take pepper spray . . .

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

          So no electric eel then?

          • Islander July 12, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

            Can you aim an eel?

            It might zap the wrong person—like, me!

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

            😀

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

        Good creative thinking. Must we go back to armor worn underneath clothing as Dethenor had worn for twenty years so that he might not become soft?

        One remembers the glorious “Red Wedding” scene in Game of Thrones. The mother brushed up against one of the conspirators and then felt the armor, lifting his sleeve to confirm it. She knew that her family was in deep trouble at that point.

        But any response would hurt the wearer as well, unless they were wearing rubber (yuck). We need force fields, damn it. I’m just a country doctor. Get on it, Jim.

    • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

      holy crap!!

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

        Nice day for a red wedding
        Nice day to start again.

  64. mitchellc July 12, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    Duh?

    It seems like you might be slowly moving from denial to bargaining. Like BTB, this stage exhibits surprise, sarcasm and other attempts to highlight current affairs as denial quickly fades.

    Lets fast forward to complete acceptance, the stage where a comprehensive understanding and resulting clarity gives one somewhat of an advantage navigating the emerging post surplus world.

    My personal monitoring index is comprised of three factors: crime, retail sales and foreign exchange.

    Crime of course is both urban, black wilding, but also increasing levels of pretty, random economic and personal attacks.

    Retail is obvious and inter-related to urban, black crime.

    I keep telling people to watch the peso::dollar exchange rate. The MX central bank has been directly intervening each morning to suppress the peso running away.

    Even so, the peso has slowly marched to 17:1 (putting the dollar down 15% from 20:1 that was literally the gold standard for all transactions) over the last 6 months.

    But this morning someone was either asleep or the CB relaxed to observe the results. Well, as of right now, it’s 16.84, a complete freefall for the dollar and escalator ride for the peso.

    As I keep saying, people should really move on past covid/Vax, biden/Trump, or even nato/Ukraine. Events are now occurring such whichare pushing our fearless leaders ability to manage outcomes.

    Imagine bring an airline passenger thinking the crew has it under control. But then you make it to the cockpit and see through the windshield in real time; no more filters.

    That’s where we’re at – you don’t need someone to explain, surmise and/or advise. All the info is available for you to know exactly what is actually happening.

    • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 11:20 am #

      Is “duh” making a comeback now? Back in the day (late 60’s, I think) it was “dee-duh!” said with additional stupid face for added emphasis. Verbal shorthand for “you’re an idiot.” Could be fighting words if said to the wrong kid. Many a kid got thrashed down at the bike racks after school for an inopportune “dee-duh!”

      • cowbell81 July 12, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

        Stephen Lynch and “Special Ed”…..

        httpsXX://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=special+fred&docid=603524947587903881&mid=EBD55B9878DA0262997BEBD55B9878DA0262997B&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

      • MaryQueen July 12, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        In the 1970s where I grew up, it was “Duh-hoy!”

        Funny stuff.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        Duh, or d’uh, has become a classic. It will come and go maybe, like aran sweaters/jumpers or blue jeans/dungarees (or both as a fine ensemble), but will always be there.

        • Islander July 12, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

          Duh will always be with us because the stupid will always be with us.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

            When some niches or ecosystems collapse, decline and/or change, some types that were very successful in them can suddenly become vulnerable.

            It’s possible that our current lifestyle has helped along some forms to the point of a large surplus that may not do so well going forward.

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

        Duh had become Doh for awhile, but that seems to have died out. The classic has withstood the challenger!

        • benr July 12, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

          Now it seems to be derp derp.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 8:32 pm #

            Enough generations from now, if our species survives, all its current languages may be unrecognizable. Derpderp could be something that people with very fine hair, apparently like Trump’s, put in their hair to give it some body.

    • stelmosfire July 12, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

      ” Well, as of right now, it’s 16.84, a complete freefall for the dollar and escalator ride for the peso”

      Ten years ago it was 13 pesos to a dollar so what is this supposed to mean. Last time I was in Mexico it was a 10 pesos to a buck. Covid drove the peso down almost 35% and it’s coming back. Big deal.

    • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

      I like saying omg duh lol. I even say it to myself sometimes when I’m doing stuff and I forget something or whatever.

      • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

        That lol “proves” that you’re me or that you’re Anglin or that Anglin and/or I are you. It’s at the end of the sentence and shit, right?

        Proof!

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

          Oh hey there, Juicy Jarek! Looks like that bee I stuck under your bonnet sure has some staying power, ay? 😀

          A-bzzb-bzzb-bzz, a-bzzb-bzzb-bzz… XD

          • Jarek July 12, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

            You said it. I mock it. Fess up, it was a ridiculous thing to say.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 5:26 pm #

            If it’s so ridiculous, then why are you much ado about nothing?

            Here’s a mop, Juicy Jarek! Just watch the carpet! 😀

        • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

          lol, does it? That’s funny.

    • jim July 12, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

      How do you view the apparent arrival of our digital capacity (AI) to create a technological simulation of human consciousness?

  65. Islander July 12, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

    Another one bites the dust!!

    httpX://twitter.com/_aussie17/status/1678032232521564160

    (See death notice on right. There IS a god!)

    • cowbell81 July 12, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

      Oh boo hoo, what a shame this poor worthless sap is dead. No one will ever miss that worthless sack of shit. Hopefully he burns in hell for all eternity like he deserves.

    • SoftStarLight July 12, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      I wonder if it was because of a jab related turbo cancer?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

      Another one bites the dust!!” ~ Islander

      youtu.be/rY0WxgSXdEE

      I’ve always like the reverse piano on that track.

      I once had a dream along time ago where I remembered half-jokingly threatening someone in a subway that I’d ‘clobber them with my [portable] keyboard’.

      Fortunately, with some people, we don’t have to.

      • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

        Queen really had it going on there for a few years in the 80’s. The “I Want to be Free” video with Freddie and Roger in drag was hilarious. Alas, sexual freak Freddie totally outdid himself. Perhaps the tranny freaks today should take a lesson, miracle drugs or no.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle July 12, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

          Was it? Unfamiliar with the video and never got into Queen, so only know a few of their tunes. Maybe I’d like some more of them if I checked out their catalogue but there’s just too much out there and I’m trying to compose music myself again.
          Nevertheless, I did like that one and their Bohemian Rhapsody’s a classic. There’s probably another song or more, but I can’t recall at the moment.

          When reading women’s online profiles that said the cliched ‘I’m a lady in the streets and a freak in the sheets.’, incidentally, we have to wonder what they meant by freak. I mean, is her freak mine, or yours? Or is our freaks, their vanillas? What about Hunter? Is he really just a lamer made to look all freaky or what?

          • Islander July 12, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

            Never a big Queen fan myself.

            But the Mercury biopic was pretty good.

          • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

            They were dressed up as working class housewives, if memory serves correct. Their music pretty much followed the trajectory of Mercury’s failing health, which went downhill pretty fast.

        • Magellan July 12, 2023 at 8:21 pm #

          Dis, it’s “I Want to Break Free”

          • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 10:19 pm #

            Yes, you are correct. I stand corrected. Catchy little tune and humorous tongue in cheek video.

    • MaryQueen July 12, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

      Now that is satisfying, indeed.

  66. Jarek July 12, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

    RT

    Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger said he wouldn’t criticize Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky for blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines, according to a video published by a pair of Russian pranksters. The centenarian thought he was talking to the Ukrainian leader himself.

    The duo, who go by stage names Vovan and Lexus, posed as the Ukrainian leader during a video conference with Kissinger, they claimed on Monday. A full hour-long episode of their show, which was based on the prank, was released on social media the next day.

    According to one of the shown clips, at one point they asked Kissinger whether he believed Moscow blew up its own undersea energy links with Germany last September. At first the centennial former US official seemed hesitant to respond, but the fake Zelensky insisted.

    “I, frankly, have thought it was you,” Kissinger finally said, according to the dubbed over translation of the exchange.

    Jarek: You? You mean he went down and attached the explosives? Don’t you mean it was the people behind the Zelensky – like those who control the US navy?

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    • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

      Ol’ Henry has reached that lovely “too old to give a damn” or “too old to even know if he gives a damn” stage of life, with Ol’ SloJo rounding the bend and coming up fast just behind him.

      • cowbell81 July 12, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

        Do you think Old Man Kissinger can still even get his pecker up in the morning?

        • Disaffected July 12, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

          I don’t think he can even see his pecker to tell what’s going on with it anymore.