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      I’m already liking 2024. Consequence is itching to return to the American scene. Somewhere around 2016, cause and effect got a divorce. After that, things just happened or unhappened with no further orders of effect, like some brute existence without purpose, meaning, or even awareness, except for the feeling of the lash on your back.

     After a long journey through a dark place, treading ever-deeper into the unknown, knowing you are in the presence of demons from one footstep to the next, worrying incessantly that God has abandoned you. . . the alarm bell is ringing, the light is shining through, your eyes roll up like window-shades, and it’s time to get your mind right! Yes, even nations have bad dreams. Welcome to the Great Clarification.

     We are waking to the stupefying criminality of public life, to the immersive obvious bullshit of people in charge who don’t deserve your respect or compliance. How they got into these positions is only another feature of that totalistic criminality. What was hidden in plain sight will be revealed to those suffering mere hysterical blindness.

    It was fitting that the last extravagant political act of ’23 was Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows chucking Mr. Trump off the ballot there because. . . she felt like it. To save our democracy, you understand. That might be the terminal absurdity of the derangement we are leaving behind, the signature for much that has gone down in this country the past three years: women on the verge of a nervous breakdown throwing the crockery of law around the room at Daddy.

      All this accomplishes, of course, is to disgrace authority in general and to turn America into one big broken home, making us a population of frightened runaways clinging desperately to a few square feet of ground, alone under the freeway ramp in the rain. That is no way to live. The way to live is to make yourself useful to your fellow humans and to get paid for it, and to find some joy and meaning in that human fellowship based on fair, consensual transactions — a pretty simple formula that has been supplanted by the evil idea that life is nothing but a shakedown.

      The election of 2024, whether it is actually allowed to happen or not, will probably commence the extinction of the DC blob. This entity has made itself malignantly inimical to the proper functioning of self-governing people, and everybody knows it. The blob will die of irrelevance and impotence as the “trust horizon” devolves downward and we are thrust back into the awesome task of reconstructing our local communities. There is so much to do.

     I keep hearing figures in the public arena say they have a creepy feeling that something big is going to happen. Well, sure, something’s got to give. So much hyper-complexity has been heaped onto the apparatus of shakedown that just about nothing works in America anymore. The Internet is obviously a major part of that. We’ve allowed digital magic to invade every scrap of territory in our daily doings, to the degree that there is no longer enough for humans to do — but, alas, digital magic is only a pale simulacrum of real human magic. The virtual is not an adequate substitute for the authentic. Why do you think there are so many people barely alive in a haze of opiate drugs splayed on the sidewalks of San Francisco, the epicenter of Internet wealth and power?

     The “something big” could well be the Web-down crisis that is nervously tweeted about. If it went on for more than couple of weeks, most everything we depend on would cease to work, from food supplies to clean water to communications to what has been lately operating as “money.”  That would be a clarifying interlude for sure. Among the few things that would still work in the event of a massive attack on the Internet are human brains, human bodies, and firearms. That combo could be as much a recipe for order as for chaos. I believe in the fairly short term, most of us would opt for order. As far as I’m concerned, there’s already been enough chaos, just about every bit of it unnecessary.

   But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 2024 is on. It’s the time many of us have been waiting for. We’re in it. Stay alert. Make the right choices. Exercise situational awareness. Get ready to walk with consequence. It’s here, and it’s not “queer.”

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665 Responses to “The Great Clarification”

  1. Opie January 1, 2024 at 9:47 am #

    “We’re in it. Stay alert. Make the right choices. ”
    Plan too. And Happy New Year James!

    • Uncle Abraham January 1, 2024 at 9:51 am #

      Good advice and much appreciate the encouragement. Thank you, Jim.

    • oldandtired January 1, 2024 at 10:24 am #

      Avoid crowds. When you park your car? Remember where you parked it. Remember in which door you entered. Leave from that door, go directly back to your car. Look around as you leave the store. Look around before you get to your car. Situational awareness as JHK suggests.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 10:58 am #

        For women, don’t be embarrassed that you feel afraid in a particular situation, and get out of it.

        You matter more than the feelz of some random guy.

        Decent men will understand your fear and won’t be offended.

        • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 11:19 am #

          Decent men will ally your fears and offer to escort you wherever you’d like. The Proud Boys have done such during Antifa/BLM “mostly peaceful” protests – been there, saw that. Yet, they languish in jails.

          • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 11:20 am #

            *allay*

        • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 11:33 am #

          Right on, Beryl. When it comes to handling sexual situations, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

          Stay away from celebrities is number two, any advantage a woman might think she would have,

          Never happens. It is the Hugh Hefner syndrome. You could populate a small town with the women that have been discarded by the rich men and celebrities.

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:28 pm #

          Call the police on any man who makes you uncomfortable by glancing at you. And record him on the internet. Fight back! You may be able to get him put in jail or otherwise ruined.

          • hmuller January 1, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

            Sarcastic mockery? You haven’t changed a bit in 2024, Jarek.

          • happiface January 1, 2024 at 12:48 pm #

            geezuz jerkek–get help,you need it, seriously….

        • hmuller January 1, 2024 at 12:43 pm #

          It’s kind of ironic. Locking steering wheels were invented to cut down on car theft

          So now the thief confronts the driver to get the keys, often with great bodily violence. Women and the elderly make easier “marks”.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

            I’ve read that what they do now is just remove the steering wheel and put a new one on.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

            Know what else cuts down on car theft? A charge of Grand Theft Auto, with a stiff prison sentence.

            Fewer car thieves on the street.

          • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

            Or when in Florida, where concealed carry is legal without a permit, and where “stand your ground” is more than a rallying cry, a carjacker takes one in the coconut.

            Fewer car thieves in prison.

          • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2024 at 8:31 am #

            Only if the ladies are NOT packing heat. If you do not own a firearm, remedy that now…and if you do not know how to properly handle firearms go to the range and get trained by a certified instructor.

            Like the old saying goes: “ God created man. Samuel Colt made them equal!”

            That goes for the ladies too. Firearms are the great equalizer. No one will be relieving you of your keys, your purse, your virtue, or your life if you are properly armed, trained, and regularly exercising good situational awareness. It gives you way better odds than being a defenseless target or victim to be plundered.

        • Heartlander January 3, 2024 at 4:03 pm #

          Everyone needs to read Gavin de Becker’s book “The Gift of Fear.”

          We are all born with animal instinct, and it is a gift from God. But — especially in the age of “political correctness,” and especially among females, who are often trained to be “nice” — society tries to stomp the natural gift of instinct right out of us.

          Your subconscious is a giant supercomputer that has countless previous experiences stored in it as a database. In any given situation, your subconscious instantly registers signals, even the tiniest details, that your conscious mind may not even notice. These signals, interfacing with that giant database, are processed in a fraction of a second, far below the level of your conscious awareness.

          The result of that lightning-quick subconscious analysis is a “gut instinct,” or “just a feeling that I can’t explain.” You’d damn well better listen to it. As de Becker shows through numerous real-life examples, whether or not you heed those “gut feelings” can make the difference between your life and death.

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 11:18 pm #

            Heartlander – the fear you describe is rational fear – instinctive and employed (or should be) in the fight or flight response. This gift is why our ancestors weren’t all eaten by saber-tooth tigers.

            Irrational fear – which most suffer from (on purpose) is debilitating and immobilizes people (again, on purpose). This is what we’re subject to – always have been – it’s constant.

            All fear is a disease – rational or irrational. Once the disease of fear is overcome, when presented with a fight or flight situation, flight is not an option – the default response is immediate – fight. Fight becomes your trained instinct.

            Having not read de Becker’s book, I would bet that in some or many of his real-life examples, the immediate response to fight would save many lives as well.

            Predators expect flight, and many are taken by surprise and overcome by those willing to fight -especially immediately so.

            When it gets right down to it, he who hesitates is not only lost, but may not make it out alive.

            Thanks for the book reference – sounds very interesting.

      • liber8tor January 1, 2024 at 1:46 pm #

        100% O&T. Situational awareness.

        The latest scam in Florida, a nice young man approaches you at the gas station and offers to hang-up your gas nozzle. (Oh thank you)

        Only he doesn’t replace the nozzle all the way, the pump is still active on your credit card.

        As soon as you pull out, 5 cars belonging to his friends pull up and top off their tanks on your dime.

        Be safe out there. Use cash only and stay away from ATMs. Beware of people on bicycles camping out near ATMs. If you do get money from ATM, make sure you are not followed. A new crime called “Jugging” is when they follow you and take your recent cash withdrawal using gun, knife or strong-arm. (My neighbor lost $300 last week when he stopped to eat lunch and he left his ATM cash in the glove box) Ya, I hear you. Dumb move.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 2:23 pm #

          In Baltimore, there’s a new gig they’re doing with car jacking. They sandwich you between them in back of you and an accomplice in another car in front of you so you can’t back up or get away, and then they take your car, at gunpoint usually.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 2:28 pm #

            Were it not for the weapon, you could roll their head up in the window and take them for a ride down the interstate.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder January 2, 2024 at 9:36 am #

            They sandwich you between them in back of you and an accomplice in another car in front of you so you can’t back up or get away

            Again, situational awareness. I learned about 20 years ago (living in northside Mpls, oops) to always – *always* – leave a car length in front of you at any stop sign, stop light, drive-thru, etc. Sometimes you gotta be ready to jettison over a curb. People can suck.

          • Paula D January 4, 2024 at 2:08 pm #

            I learned that after being rear-ended in stopped traffic.
            The asshole pushed me into the car in front of me, totaling my car front and back.
            (At least I wasn’t killed. An upcoming young man in our community was killed when he stopped for traffic, and a truck rear-ended him.)

            Ever since then, I have kept a car length in front of me when I stop, so that if some asshole rear-ends me again, only the back of my car will be smashed.

            But the advantage in being able to get out of a dangerous situation is another factor to think about, thanks.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 2:27 pm #

          Bet he doesn’t do that again.

    • buckeyeman January 1, 2024 at 7:59 pm #

      What does JHK know that I don’t know? Or maybe I should be asking what is he smoking that I don’t smoke? He’s as chirpy as a chickadee in springtime… but why?

      What I see is four justices of the Colorado Supreme Court issuing a ruling so absurd, so UNLAWFUL, that three of their far left compatriots couldn’t even swallow it.

      What I see is a homely, unelected non-lawyer “interpreting” the Fourteenth Amendment such that she is compelled – COMPELLED – to singlehandedly remove the Republican front runner from the Maine ballot.

      What I see is a US Supreme Court that has proven itself so feckless and corrupt that there is only a fleeting chance that they will actually resolve this mess instead of “crafting” a ruling so “narrow” and convoluted that nobody will actually understand what they said.

      What I see is a leading presidential candidate that PROMISED us he would deal with the criminals that run our government but instead did…NOTHING. The result is an FBI that found “no irregularities” in the Georgia vote count when I saw Ruby Freeman run the same stack of ballots through the tabulator three times with my own eyes.

      What I DON’T see is any basis for JHK’s rosy optimism.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder January 2, 2024 at 9:39 am #

        I think JHK is looking forward to some fireworks…

      • ThorsHammer January 2, 2024 at 11:13 am #

        Buckyman
        The Solution is to keep your eyes Wide Shut at all times. Works for all the Woke, Demorats, Repugnants. and JHK’s New Year’s philosophy.

    • hortonz January 2, 2024 at 11:05 am #

      Best news for 2024: there is light at the end of the dark tunnel in the Middle East and the entire political Left looks like a bunch of dupes for supporting the Palestinian cause now that Israel has accomplished its’ goal of decapitating Hamas. For all the cries of “genocide” have been proven hollow now that the true nature of the Palestinian resistance has been exposed by Israel as a plan to ethnically cleanse the entire region of Jews and wage deadly holy war on the west. The pro-Palestinian protesters can’t claim the moral high ground when all the violence is coming from their side. Best of all, the DEI mafia has been exposed for the mendacious cowards they are and will destroy the political left for having the stupidity of kowtowing to them.

      • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 12:14 pm #

        The Israelis are genocidal killers. Just look at what they are doing in Gaza. And when they’re not killing Palestinians, they are controlling them using AI in an apartheid state in the West Bank.

        Not all Israelis of course. Many Israelis dissent–but they are a minority, and clearly too few to matter.

        We could say the same about the Germans: many disagreed to the harassment and extermination of the Jews, but not enough.

        Both in Israel and Germany, prominent officials spew hate and dehumanized the victims.

        In Palestine’s case, sometime the victims fight back.

        In the US, DEI is the “over-correction”, the slingshot effect, by which all kinds of victimhood, real and imagined, is used to manipulate and control the society.

        Now, if DEI is going to try to gain some legitimacy by railing against the crimes of Israel against the Palestinians, one can’t criticize the DEI movement for picking the right side, even if the DEI motives are nefarious.

        There are only TWO groups in the US that have ever deserved any “special treatment”: the Native Americans, who were cleared from the land by the settlers and the US government; and the Africans who were brought over as slaves. They were wrongfully abused.

        A lot of what the government did to help them (civil rights laws) was necessary. But beyond that, a lot of what the government did has not helped African Americans, and one could argue, has hurt them. Slavery is America’s unresolvable sin, and the starting point for DEI, which is one more ill be-deviling America.

        That’s what some of us think.

        Judging from @horton comment, Jim Crow was fine, since it was not nearly as bad as the lot of Palestinians today.

        • hortonz January 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm #

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP-CRXROorw

        • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 4:06 pm #

          I think America has more than made up for her “sin” of slavery. She made up for it in the Civil War. She has been making up for it with 60+ years of affirmative action. And now, lately, government sanctioned anti-white discrimination, where white people are the new niggers in America, and their children are being groomed to take their place as second-class citizens.

          • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 1:09 am #

            @Tuco22

            Believe it or not, I agree with you, we live in a nation where white Americans are now second-class citizens, and white males are now third-class citizens in corporate America, and Federal and State governments.

            Civil Rights and Affirmative action went from trying to raise up African Americans to knocking down white Americans.

            That is discrimination all over again. I disagree with it, but that’s the way it is.

            And this does cause resentment when less qualified people get the promotion and things don’t work out and more often than not, some underling has to cover for the boss, often a white male one.

            Why don’t we have white set-asides in the NBA?

            Believe it or not, that’s what I think.

            That said, I stand by my general comments at CFN that slavery was WRONG, a big evil, which is going to bedevil the US forever probably.

            It should never have been allowed. The slaves should have been freed in 1783 after the British agreed to leave. It would have saved this country a LOT of problems.

            Ironically, the first American casualty of the pre-Revolutionary War was Crispus Attucks, an African American, at the Boston Massacre in 1770.

          • Jarek January 3, 2024 at 1:08 pm #

            During the Irish riots, Blacks where breaking into stores and stealing things. The Irish should have stomped them. It wasn’t about that and they can’t let them give them a bad name like that.

            As for Crispus, was he a real rebel or just a Black thug hoping for loot and action?

    • kimmasad01 January 2, 2024 at 7:52 pm #

      Jim- is there a reason why you don’t want to about Gaza?

  2. Puffin January 1, 2024 at 9:51 am #

    Amen to that James! Happy New Year and many thanks for keeping at it with CFN.

    • sadlycdn January 1, 2024 at 12:36 pm #

      It’s 2024 with the blob knocking at the door

      Here it comes just yell fore

      So do we wait for their spike protein fever

      Sometimes it feels like it’s the only lever

      No way they let us win and I think we know it

      So they make it close and say it’s legit

      Waiting and hoping seems to be the plan

      Or head between the legs when the SHTF

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:29 pm #

      Hamstringing them would work, too.

  3. Nick Reynolds January 1, 2024 at 9:54 am #

    Never give up hope.

  4. tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 10:10 am #

    I wish everyone hopefully a good year. I can’t say Happy New Year because I don’t believe this year will be a happy one. My own prognostications are as follows: Biden will “win” the election in 2024. Those same brain-dead lemmings that voted for him in 2020 will do so again. They crow about it on all the web site comments. They think he’s just the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’ll get it for another four years because he’s got too much to accomplish yet, such as: CBCD’s, elimination of the 2nd amendment: in my opinion, a political assassination is coming which will spell the death knell for the 2nd amendment. They’ve tried every venue, haven’t they: schools, movie theaters, churches, and yet none of it has been enough to get rid of the 2nd amendment. The murder of a politician, and especially a popular one, will seal the deal.

    • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 10:21 am #

      …shall not be infringed.

    • thirdcoastlegend January 1, 2024 at 10:30 am #

      Uh, there is only one genuinely popular politician in the US.

      Martyring him would backfire enormously on the blob.

      • Alfred January 1, 2024 at 10:42 am #

        Yes, it cannot be anyone on the right, or anyone who supports the 2nd, as this would just galvanize that support. It would have to be someone on the left, someone wildly popular with the lemmings, yet at the same time all used up, ineffectual and only pretending…

        Someone the blob itself has finished consuming…

        That’s a tough one.

        • Alfred January 1, 2024 at 10:47 am #

          What is more…

          I hope nothing like that happens in America, ever again.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:43 am #

            Yeah, me, too, but they HAVE to get rid of the 2nd amendment before 2030. And it’s either that or some national catastrophe that’ll galvanize it, and since they can’t afford a national catastrophe just yet, I’m banking on door #1.

        • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 10:53 am #

          The one that comes to mind can probably be taken out by a slingshot.

          • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 11:47 am #

            The Orange Pinatas makes a brittle Capstone.

          • Anthea January 3, 2024 at 11:24 pm #

            I don’t you if you are interested to know this or not, but the sling can be a formidable weapon, and whole companies of slingers were used in acient warfare. (We’re talking about the ancient Greeks and Romans here.)

            Apparently, the sling enjoys a substantial range advantage over the bow and arrow. Greek armies used mounted slingers.

            If I were younger, I think I’d try to get good with a sling.

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 11:43 pm #

            Anthea – you’re exactly right. They are formidable and can be made easily from some leather cord and a simple patch for holding a stone or oversized marble. A ring on one end of cord helps to hold the sling, when releasing the projectile.

            You can get good with one at your age. It’s all centrifugal force, torque and timing your release. You don’t need to be big and strong to use one.

            I gather you’re handy, inventive and ambitious – you could make one in about fifteen minutes. Make one, practice and take out some Ozark squirrels or rabbits.

            You’ll be surprised how quickly you can take to it and learn to aim well.

            They’re relatively very silent, so hunting with them never betrays your location.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 5, 2024 at 12:10 am #

            Centrifugal force? A slingshot?

          • Ron Anselmo January 5, 2024 at 12:52 am #

            A sling, Zazzy, not a slingshot. Try to keep up.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 5, 2024 at 1:35 am #

            Ok thanks, that’s what I thought.

        • Deb January 1, 2024 at 1:52 pm #

          No, lefties don’t really care about the second amendment. Only reason they pretend to is because they can’t think for themselves… after years of being lectured to by equally moronic sanctimonious professors. The opposite of conservative is the best they can come up with but plenty own guns too

          That said, 2nd amendment only good in a me vs them confrontation. Did ZERO to prevent the coup or to stop millions from streaming across the border. Sure it’s better than being disarmed but its wishful thinking for conservatives to pretend it prevents crimes by the government or their fat cat masters.

          • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 2:30 pm #

            Deb – if by coup, you mean J6, they went unarmed. So, of course it did ZERO.

            If American citizens in CA, AZ, NM & TX started strafing the yumper de fenco’s that are invading our Southern Border, with legally owned automatic weapons, that would stop too.

            We could prevent all crimes by the government (and their fat cat masters) – we choose not to. That’s on us.

          • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 5:07 pm #

            Ron, I think the coup Deb mentioned was when we the people elected a Rotten rutabaga, knowing it was a rotten rutabaga, because we were terrified of a respiratory infection and stories that, unless we elected to rutabaga, we’d soon live under the Fourth Reich. We were also led to believe that a career criminal and drug addict’s death was justification for a months-long orgy of murder and mayhem in the name of “social justice,” and any doubts about the narrative — be it against the “peaceful protests,” the cause of the Wuhan Red Death, or what have you — resulted in being labeled a hater, a traitor, or a racist. Then came the Capitol Riot, brought on by a combination of Trump’s anger and arrogance, the frustration and fury of his voters, and the malevolence of the Washington Establishment. Since then, if you’re not a card-carrying Stalinist and advocate for wealth transfers from middle-class Americans to the countless hordes of Third Worlders invading America, you’re a target for liquidation in an American Chelmno.

    • C.O.Jones January 1, 2024 at 10:44 am #

      Yeah, tuco – the propaganda machine is getting cranked up.

      Yesterday’s Doonesbury stated that “Biden builds bridge to connect us to each other and a sustainable future.”

      The next panel said “Trump builds walls to divide people and keep out democracy and the rule of law.”

      I’m not a Trump fan but upon seeing that, I shook my head and said “they actually believe this?”

      My prediction is Trump gets 200 million votes but after vote counting is suspended in the middle of the night, Biden wins with 300 million votes and shortly thereafter the mighty warrior for the oppressed dies in his sleep. The severely medicated and usually drunk Kamala picks up where he left off.

      • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 11:26 am #

        The question your post begs for an answer is,

        How did the main stream media get so Left? Listening to MSNBC makes Sesame Street sound like adult fare.

        As long as the judiciary is under Deep State control, any opponent to the Dem. Will have to win by at least 5 percent to overcome the Dems manipulation. Hard to do today.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:40 am #

          I’m thinking maybe journalism school is not what we thought it was.

          Also I have read but not confirmed, that “journalists” today by and large attended private school.

          People think that the public schools are bad, because of the indoctrination?

        • C.O.Jones January 1, 2024 at 11:56 am #

          JohnAZ – money or control of money gives the illusion of power. Bill Gates has been buying media for decades. He’s not the only one paying but when the “media” accepts money for publishing lies that people accept as fact, the media has the illusion of power. The corporate media is owned lock stock and barrel by those willing to pay.

          Question: why has Trump – or RFK Jr. – not laid out a comprehensive election reform program? Trump can’t think. He’s mentally impotent relying on his 300 word vocabulary to get across the point that the election was indeed gamed. “Terrible, terrible, crooked…so crooked, rigged – I tell you it was rigged!”

          Great, Donny! How about some bullet point election reforms? Far too complex for him to grasp.
          Paper ballots counted same day with results announced same day. Voter ID. Extremely limited and overly vetted absentee ballots. Why can’t he bang that drum until he gets results?

          The judiciary isn’t going to go along with election reform because it would cost them their lucrative positions.

          The citizenry can expect more of the same because they are too busy masking up to realize they are being lied to.

          • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:21 pm #

            Very good points, all of them. Trump is a real estate developer, who has dealt with teams, hence his “Art of the Deal”. His methodology is direct, “I am the Boss”. That just does not fit well in the Ego ridden DC Deep State where it is every one out for themselves.

            That cost him dearly.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 12:30 pm #

            Don’t the states have the control over how they run their elections?

          • happiface January 1, 2024 at 1:00 pm #

            cojones–only a mentally un potent person would say what you said–they (neocon nit wits) said the same about R.Reagan because they did not like his policy to reduce gooooovermint(their fake jobs) –verbal skill means you have a great ability to talk BULLSHIT—trump has his values(America first) and principles (a person like you would dispute) that he lives by–low IQ people do not understand any of this–i have millions and a million times more power than a wal mart greeter has(you)

          • hmuller January 1, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

            Three things temper my support for orangeman.

            1) He appointed only swamp creatures to clean out the swamp. Gee, wonder why that failed.

            2) He supported and still supports a vaccine which is pure poison

            3) He puts Israel’s interests above American interests, which is probably why our host has grown to love him.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:19 pm #

            Muller, when did he put Israel’s interests ahead of ours?

            Did letting Jared have his peace deal idea harm us in some way?

            Mr. Kunstler had warmed to Trump before that.

          • Cankerpuss January 2, 2024 at 10:39 am #

            Spot on C.O. Election reform very simple.

            1. Proof of residency and citizenship.
            2. Finger dipped in ink.
            3. Paper ballot cast and deposited in ballot box.
            4. Chubby Republican and Democrat ladies count the precinct results under the watchful eyes of numerous observers.
            5. Send results to county where, under witness by many, votes are tabulated.
            6. County results sent to state where #5 is repeated.
            7. Election results tabulated by end of election day.

            This simple procedure is never discussed by the “leadership” among us on both sides of the aisle. Why? Because it would work, put them out of power and give authority back to the people.

            As such, will never happen. We live in America, the land of the scam and the home of the filthy.

          • C.O.Jones January 2, 2024 at 3:14 pm #

            Thanks Cankerpuss – we are on the same page election-wise. It’s an easy fix but will never happen.

            Now I need to get happiface to take the IQ challenge for $10 grand. Maybe we can find out who is “mentally un potent.”

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:35 pm #

          Here we go again. They write what they’re told to write and if they have any real intellectual deviance from the norm (smarts), they don’t get hired in the first place.

          Look into who owns and controls the media. There’s an amazing lack of ethnic diversity. The MSM reflects their interests and the ideas they want people to believe.

          • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 5:25 pm #

            Before anyone starts jumping on the “it’s those damn JOOS!!” bandwagon, it’s been known for years that Saudi, Russian, and especially Chinese interests have invested in corporations that have sway over American media companies, be they tv and radio networks, movie companies, or holding companies for “local news outlets.” Plus, leftists from Dr. Evil (WaPo), Warren Buffett (various newspapers and tv stations), and Citizen Gates (other media outlets) also stuck their money into media enterprises. The result has been deliberate misinformation of Americans by people who want them to destroy their own country so that somebody else — Islamists, communists, fascists, whoever wins really — can remake the place in their image while affording them the opportunity to sadistically ruin anyone who opposes them.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 6:20 pm #

            As Joe Sobran said, Their deal with journalists is: Portray as poor, put upon victims or we will destroy you.

        • cbeard January 3, 2024 at 12:24 pm #

          Just turned the tv off. Watched a few seconds of Chris (fat bastard) Christy on the view. They were having a ball denigrating Trump and right wing voters in general.

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:46 am #

        Yeah, CO Jones, they actually believe this. I’ve seen comments like that on a lot of sites.

      • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 4:17 pm #

        Hey, Uncle Bob, you’ve hit the nail right on its head.

    • elysianfield January 1, 2024 at 11:53 am #

      Tuco,

      Elimination of the 2nd Amendment?

      “people in charge who don’t deserve your respect or compliance”

      Compliance. “I got your compliance…RIGHT HERE!”

      Remember the memorable line of your namesake: “When you gotta shoot…shoot! Don’t talk”

      …Of course, I’ve already complied….

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 12:00 pm #

        I love that movie!

        • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 12:17 pm #

          Great movie. Cool theme music too – until you see it performed live, better just to listen.

          But Eli Wallach always seemed out of place, a couple thousand miles out of place. What’s a New York Jew doing way out there in the Place with no Name?

          • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

            Eli Wallach was a versatile actor who appeared in quite a few westerns.

            I don’t know, do you consider The Misfits’ a western?

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:25 pm #

            There wasn’t anyone else who could’ve pulled off that role the way he did.

          • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:27 pm #

            Oh yeah, Eli was a talented actor, and I enjoyed the role he played in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But even as a nine year-old, I thought: “What’s a New York Jew doing out there?” He just didn’t seem Mexican to me, and I have some familiarity with both Mexicans and New York Jews.

            I’ve never seen The Misfits. I need to. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll render my verdict once I have watched it.

            But, I remember back in 5th grade a fellow student brought in a book he liked that had cowboys riding in pick-up trucks. He called it a “western”. I disagreed. However, my esthetic sensibilities have matured (I think…) and I now think I better understand what makes a western a western.

          • hmuller January 1, 2024 at 2:13 pm #

            Blackbird,

            “For the record, there were lots of Jewish cowboys. Big guys who spent money freely and were not overly fond of their mothers”.

            – The Simpsons, season 2, episode 19, first aired on April 19, 1991.

          • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2024 at 3:45 pm #

            I’ve seen ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ listed as the greatest Western of all time; yes, even better than ‘The Searchers’. Eli Wallach had a prominent role in it. He was also in another good western ‘The Magnificent Seven.’

    • neurodoc January 1, 2024 at 2:06 pm #

      Elimination of 2A will, without question, result in CW2 and split of former amerika into, at least, two separate countries, possibly 3 or 4. 100 Million Americans own 300 million guns. The vast majority (around 89%) of those guns are in red states. Do the math.

      • elysianfield January 1, 2024 at 7:32 pm #

        NDoc,
        Maffs is hard….

    • cedricward January 1, 2024 at 2:07 pm #

      @tuco22

      what now seems to be
      accepted for truth
      is what W Bush said
      to justify his actions:

      “The constitution
      is just a goddamned
      piece of paper?

      • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 5:34 pm #

        I’d believe he said that. He said he had to wreck the free market in order to save it, and advocated flooding the country with illegal aliens before The One and Biden perfected the operation.

  5. SomeoneInAsia January 1, 2024 at 10:22 am #

    Many are also anticipating major changes in China as well. People everywhere have basically just grown sick of the CCP and in particular the fat, ugly man on the Chinese throne for the endless misery they’ve inflicted on the Chinese populace. Many of the elite especially hate his guts for the threat he poses to their wealth and power, so it is seriously believed that he could be assassinated at any time now. Once he kicks the bucket the CCP is likely to crumble, and with its dead weight out of the way genuine change could finally come in the Middle Kingdom — though probably only after a long period of utter chaos.

    Happy New Year to everyone, by the way — the state of affairs our world is in notwithstanding…

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    • thirdcoastlegend January 1, 2024 at 10:41 am #

      SIA-

      Wasn’t crushing the Zemin and Jintao factions one of Xi’s main goals during the health hysteria?

      It seemed like he was able to do that.

      Have new factions arisen?

      I don’t disagree about the CCP. In many ways, their vision of the future is as dystopian and anti-human as anything put forth by the Davos gang.

      • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 11:35 am #

        Or Biden’s Mob!!!

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 12:18 pm #

        The CCP vision of the future is what is being put forth by the Davos gang.

    • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 11:14 am #

      Maybe, but all he has to do is point at Biden for comparison and he is in charge again. Taiwan will be decided this year, to CCP advantage, by a vote, not war.

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:32 pm #

        “Taiwan will be decided this year, to CCP advantage, by a vote, not war.”

        And that, I think, makes war more likely. The reunification of Taiwan with China seems inevitable to me. About half the people in Taiwan, if I the info is accurate, support reunification. China is already their biggest trading partner.

        We (the USSA) will conduct a false flag so that we can smash Taiwan’s semiconductor facilities, exacerbating the global connectivity crisis, and pounding yet another nail into the coffin of the global economy.

        • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 4:52 pm #

          The US goal is to move Taiwanese industry to the US.

          Arizona? Are you frigging kidding me? Scarce water used for semiconductor manufacture?
          Yes, because our ruling overlords are stupid idiots who deserve to be shot.

          Anyway, it’s the same as Germany. Blow up their pipelines, and then entice them to move to the US.
          Easier than trying to restart US manufacturing, that was destroyed all those many decades ago, in the 80s and beyond.

          The US is now cannibalizing its vassals, and while Germans may be too stupid or scared to stand up, the Taiwanese have seen what happened to Ukraine, and can hear the US talking about blowing up their factories, and they are going to vote for reunification.

          Then brace yourself for a tsunami of propaganda about a rigged election.
          There are 50 elections coming up in the next year, and the only one that I can guarantee the US will NOT claim is ”rigged” is the US one.
          You will be thrown in jail if you call that one rigged.

          But Serbia, Russia, Iran, Mexico, etc? Go for it, baby. At least if the unfavored candidate wins.

  6. Rowdypiglet January 1, 2024 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks, Jim, and Happy New Year! You have a way of engendering optimism by making me laugh at ominous things, a rare gift. Someone else comes to mind who also had that gift: Noel Coward. As we got up this morning, the random shuffling of our music collection greeted us with “There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner,” a hilarious celebration of Britain’s doom.

    I hope this mood lasts. Who can say? But I’m increasingly inclined to feel hopeful about 2024, as if I just heard good news. God is not dead nor doth He sleep, and He seems to have a wry sense of humor. I began to particularly notice that when the most persecutory of the vaxxers began dropping dead right in the midst of public rants about the glories of the vax and the hoped for removal of the rest of us to our new homes in the concentration camp.

    My personal 2023 has taught me that remarkably good things can come out of painfully bad things – a lesson I was taught before but needed to relearn. My New Year’s resolution is not to need that lesson ever again.

    Happy New Year to you, Jim, and all who comment here. May it be orders of magnitude better than you expect.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 10:40 am #

      I like the quote fromVivek leading the way. I was just thinking about him last night, when I watched a video of him at a town hall, I think he was in Iowa.

      It may have been where he uttered those lines above, I can’t remember.

      He was answering a question on the Civil War, from somebody who was likely a plant in the audience.

      For some reason the Republicans have chosen this time to re-fight that war, probably to distract from their awful present.

      What impressed me was how concise and spot-on his response was, even if it was rehearsed.

      If he (or his staffers) can come up with such unassailable excellence on short notice, it means there are still people out there who know (I would have put know in italics, except I can’t).

      I have also noticed he has a tremendous appeal to younger Americans, which means they can be reached.

      • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 10:49 am #

        Beryl

        Vivek is just what the country needs, no nonsense pride in the country, common sense, patriotic, fiscal integrity, and tough in foreign policy,

        Reality, that is why he does not have a chance, the people of this country do not even recognize those qualities any more.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:45 am #

          I am cautious about him.

          Based on what I know right now, I see him as first and foremost having ambition, and looking for a lofty goal on which to test himself.

          He sees the presidency as that goal, and has seen Donald Trump, with no experience in elected office, attain that goal.

          He has set his mind to figuring out what works, to achieve his goal.

          I think he does believe much of what he says.

          Things could change, though, I am only seeing the veneer.

          • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:22 pm #

            Agreed!

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

          He’s for hundreds of thousands of more of his people coming here to take our jobs. He’s a Globalist.

          He had his WEF affiliation scoured off of the internet but the first fact tells you all you need to know.

          Americans are fooled so easily.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:23 pm #

            There isn’t anybody running who isn’t for mass immigration from India and other non-Western countries.

            I should qualify that. Trump wants zillions of Indians, but he has expressed his disagreement with bringing in large numbes of castoffs from the Third World.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:32 pm #

            Yes, Trump is a Capitalist fool and tool.

            And halfway thru his term he said he wanted “all these people here because the economy is so good” – as in the Mexicans and Central Americans.

            A few good women excoriated him, Ann Coulter being one of them. The other, what’s her name on Fox.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 2:24 pm #

            Laura Ingraham. She told him right to his face that that’s not what he campaigned on.

        • cbeard January 3, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

          The next president must be a White male of European descent. Deportation should eclipse immigration to save the country. Vivek is pro immigration.

      • TPTB-USA January 1, 2024 at 3:43 pm #

        “Time for The Great Uprising to defeat The Great Reset. This isn’t just an R vs. D question in 2023. It’s a 1776 moment.” —Vivek Ramaswamy

        Disregarding the Globalist baggage, Vivek said “… on January 15th, I think we’re going to shock the world …”.

        Is Jim’s lead quote the “shock” that Vivek is talking about? Is 2024 going to be the year that the curtain is pulled back on the Globalist agenda, “the Great Clarification” as JHK puts it?

        Who stands against war? The majority have played their trump cards in favor of war. Will their position fold like a house of cards when “The Great Clarification”/”The Great Uprising” becomes the topic of the year?

        Will those with TDS start to wonder why they have never heard of The Great Reset?

        2024 could be a block buster. Stay tuned.

        • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 5:47 pm #

          Unfortunately, right now millions of Americans think The Great Reset is a conspiracy theory fomented by Glenn Beck rather than a plan for global dominion that’s supported by Klaus Schwab and his minions, including the leaders of both American parties, the West’s plutocrats, and our mass media outlets. By the time the useful idiots find out they were played, it’ll be too late to stop the bad guys.

          • TPTB-USA January 1, 2024 at 7:37 pm #

            “… right now millions of Americans think The Great Reset is a conspiracy theory …” ~ Uncle Bob

            I agree, but I think you need to think in terms of “Joe Biden” having set himself up for failure in this regard. How would you feel if “old uncle Joe” had deceived you, and your draft age offspring sets you straight?

            “I have also noticed he (Vivek) has a tremendous appeal to younger Americans, which means they can be reached.” ~ Beryl of Oyl

        • TPTB-USA January 1, 2024 at 8:13 pm #

          … and Vivek isn’t the only one that is stepping up on the stump. Doesn’t what Macgregor have to say, basically destroy Vivek’s competition?

          ‘Make Peace, You Fools!’ – With Special Guest Col. Douglas Macgregor (start at 22:24)
          youtube.com/watch?v=UH5duGy6gbY

          Who will have any credibility to engage in a discussion with Vivek or Macgregor?

          • TPTB-USA January 3, 2024 at 1:43 pm #

            It looks like the war is on … against the Deep State, and against all the lies.

            Douglas Macgregor: Daniel Davis – Deep Dive 1/2/2024
            youtube.com/watch?v=8u1dP1r2PQo

  7. Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 10:28 am #

    Magnificent piece today. What an auspicious start to the New Year, this first offering surpasses everything from the old year, and that is no small feat.

    • Dr. Coyote January 1, 2024 at 11:32 am #

      Yes, magnificent piece today. I feel like 2024 will be the make-or-break year for the insane woke left, where they have to go for it or lose any hope of a chance at power again – and they won’t have quite the mojo to pull it off. It’s going to be a bumpy year, but a good year, and I think that the future circa 2026 will be brighter.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:47 am #

        I see other people being optimistic, people who have been following events closely enough that I wouldn’t have thought they would be. That tends to give me a glimmer of hope.

  8. izzy January 1, 2024 at 10:32 am #

    And in a weird synchronicity with the New Year, Japan just got hammered with another quake and tsunami.
    Propitious or ominous? Events are not standing still.

    • thirdcoastlegend January 1, 2024 at 10:43 am #

      London kicked off 2024 with Ethiopians vs Eritreans vs police in the streets.

      • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 10:45 am #

        Who do you think the “protesters” are in the USA?

        • neurodoc January 1, 2024 at 4:08 pm #

          Savages will be savages. It’s a genetics thing. Happy New Year 🙂

      • BackRowHeckler January 1, 2024 at 11:38 am #

        Yes that was quite the battle; thank goodness the combatants deployed clubs & not machetes this time … plenty of cracked skulls and broken bones but at least no beheadings on the Streets of London.

        Legend has it that the City of London once billed itself as the Capital of Western Civilization. I know its hard to believe. A few weeks ago we watched tens of thousands of Arabs & Africans — displaying ISIS and Palestinian flags — vandalize historic British monuments. London police stood by and did nothing. However, when one lone White guy hoisted a St. George’s Cross banner the cops sprang into action & he was immediately arrested. Who did this Gentleman think he was, anyway? Obviously a racist & provocateur. Off to jail he went.

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:49 am #

          It might as well be something that happened here, for all the cops response.

        • malthuss January 1, 2024 at 12:13 pm #

          thanks

        • loosethedogs January 1, 2024 at 12:47 pm #

          BRH: Yawn! Wake me up when the “City of London” goes down, THEN we will know the “jig,is up”. Until then enjoy this theater for the masses; I wonder who is writing these scripts?…

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:49 am #

        Why oh why did England think they needed more Ethiopians and Eritreans?

        Of course, the people did try to vote to escape the globalists, but it didn’t work.

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:42 pm #

          To destroy the real England of course.

    • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 10:44 am #

      Uh-huh. Volcanoes erupting all over the globe, We know almost nothing about the core of our planet, what makes it tick. We live on the skin of an onion in the Lithosphere and it is just reacting to the rumblings of the core and mantle.

      BTW, this last year, the scientists discovered that a piece of the small planet that knocked the hell out of earth and created the moon, is still down there making the core asymmetric. As it spins around, it is not uniform and causes ripples on the “skin”. One thing as a consequence, maybe short order, is a reversal of the magnetic field. We have no idea what could happen as the relative position of the axis of the core and the rest of the planet may be reversing. There, that is one thing that could affect 2024. The earthquakes resulting from the reversal may make the election a mere bagatelle.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:50 am #

        Heck, John. No wonder you’ve been dizzy.

        • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:32 pm #

          Ha! BTW, update, Pertussis is just about gone, vertigo came back for a short time but it is leaving.

          I bring this stuff up to try to contribute to the immunity change discussions. I do believe the combination of getting Vaxxed, initially, then getting the disease 2 years later screwed up both my wife’s and my immune systems.

          Others, my daughter has developed scleroderma and a friend disclosed last night that she has developed Lupus. In all cases, the MDs signed up to the fact that it is Covid caused. Thanks to our government, we have little info on what is happening.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

            I’m sorry to hear that, about your daughter and the friend.

      • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 12:00 pm #

        Did the Moon spin off like a thick [ partially hollow ] pizza?

        • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:25 pm #

          Ha! Nope, Earth at one time had a ring that coalesced, caused by the collision.

          • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 1:52 pm #

            When it was a lot smaller?

          • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

            Before the Vapour Canopy?

      • neurodoc January 1, 2024 at 4:21 pm #

        Add to that the electro-magnetic disruptions from the distant passing of Sol’s binary twin (80% of known solar systems have two suns so this is not a galactic rarity). Things might just get really interesting in 2024 to 2025.

        The woke, B grade movie (D grade for musical score) ‘Leave the World Behind’ showed screen shots of the nemesis system 3-4 times and implied it was the cause of the catastrophe. Barry Soetoro was a co producer and advisor for the movie. Some think he was trying to make amends for failing to warn the populace. Putin, and several other presidents did announce warning a couple of months before the COX hoax/scare started here and in China (barry and ji chickened out and broke their pledge to warn).

        • neurodoc January 1, 2024 at 4:27 pm #

          Their pledge to warn was in 2015; Putin and others were late but they did give warnings, some rather luke warm, to their constituents.

  9. JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 10:35 am #

    The Left’s definition of Democracy is to allow as many people as possible to vote, to vote twice, to vote by mail and to stuff the box wherever necessary. The real untold secret of this country is that the demographics are what have been stuffed. The Left have promoted the influx of socialistic people from overseas, and indoctrinated so many of the really ignorant kids in the country just looking for an excuse to “sass” their parents and the establishment. It is the demographics that have changed this country, allowed the domination of the Deep State, and skewed the judiciary so far Left that the basic tenets of law and order no longer exist. Using Trump as an example, it is the judiciary that is fighting the political battle now.

    It is the DOJ trying to find any crack in the dam, any small item to throw at Trump. Impeaching him for the corruption of Biden in Ukraine, Hitting him for storing documents to “get”the Left, while pictures of Biden’s garage with the same kind of documents are in obvious view.

    Trying to get him for having lawyers that interpreted the tax laws to Trump’s advantage. Trying to get him for assaulting women that had no business being in the position they were in, if he assaulted them at all. A-s-s-a-u-l-t, one of the most stretched out words in the English language. Someone piss you off? Yell assault, the classic He v. She hidden accusation. It is so deadly, and so effective. Power motivation exists on both sides of the sexual aisle.

    The unveiling of the Left’s hypocrisy about Democracy is what I am waiting for to save the country.. Look at the election, the ridiculousness of what we are hoping will reverse the Leftist trends. Two candidates, viciously opposed, representing two completely different POV, spending billions trying to convince 5-10% of the 30% of the total independent voters to vote for them in 4-5 states. That is it, the future of our country based on probably less than 150000 votes.

    Could it be that democracy, the Leftist word, is a sham, that the country is so split, elections just do not work? Has the Deep State worked this angle for so long that it is too late? Optimists want this election to unify the country. Nah, the political wedge drivers have their sledges ready to tear this country apart this year,

    Once and for all.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 10:48 am #

      That pro-Hamas stuff was Marxist indoctrination. The young people didn’t know, because they didn’t know much about Marxism, Hamas, Palestine, or even Israel, for that matter.

      You don’t see anybody screaming about other atrocities, like the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, because they can’t be laid at the feet of The Joos.

      The elections did work, they kept someone with 75+ million votes out of the White House.

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:52 am #

        Beryl: if the 81 million lemmings that voted (supposedly) for Biden knew what he had in store for them, do you think they’d vote for him again? I think they would.

        • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:33 pm #

          Yup, your term lemming is a good one.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 12:35 pm #

          They probably would. They have been trained (as Andrew Tate has said) to utterly HATE Donald Trump, and they believe that Joe Biden is keeping them safe from that monster.

          If you look at the news they get on their phones, you get quite a different picture of Joe Biden.

          • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 6:07 pm #

            Exactly.

            Many of my coworkers despise Ice Cream Joe, but many other adore him for “protecting” them from the “fascist asshole” Trump.

          • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 4:26 pm #

            They’re so used to spineless politicians that when presented with someone who has the balls to say what he means, they think he’s a fascist.

    • kbird January 1, 2024 at 11:31 am #

      JohnAZ,

      Just shut up, seriously, this is getting old. The whining, weak, brittle, fragile, delicate, feeble, puny, victim mentality of the MAGA movement is one of the most transparently sad, snowflakey, and pitiful movements really in American history.

      “MAGAs strong hero is only doing one of two things. If what he says is true, that he is the most investigated and attacked man in history, how in the world could he be strong at all, given that while he actually was the most powerful man in the world, he couldn’t stop these forces or do anything about them. I’d have to believe that given the levers of power and his amazing strength inherent to his DNA, he should have crushed the evil forces already.
      Or maybe, he’s just a whining, weak, brittle crybaby who absolutely cannot operate without a group of people who likewise feel helpless, giving their power to him. This broken weak man, Donald Trump, leads an absolute movement of sheep who believe that in collectively complaining and belly-aching about everything out of their control, they somehow are strong. They are not.
      Strong and healthy people don’t willfully ignore truth. Weak victims do, because accepting lies is required for belonging, and belonging makes you feel better and safer.
      The GOP has had control of the House, the courts, and at one point every legislative and executive component of government, but still, MAGA believes their are helpless victims that only survive with Trump. Well, either he is completely incompetent to still be on the receiving end of every injustice, or maybe, just maybe, he’s a fraud.”

      • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 11:42 am #

        Hahahahahaha!!!

        You better hope that the people do not get too sick of the stupidity of your side, or Trump is a shoo-in. You will be outside looking in as Trump fixes the disasters the Dems have dropped on us as a nation.

        You call him a fraud? I guess from your point of view, anybody that supports equal rights instead of preferential treatment might be considered that way.

        • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:37 pm #

          “…Trump is a shoo-in”

          Maybe if we had honest elections. We don’t.

          If we have an election this year – my bet is “no” – it will be the crookedest ever.

          Trump will only be installed if the Puppet Masters want him installed.

        • neurodoc January 1, 2024 at 4:29 pm #

          AZ: this kbird moron is obviously a plant, or perhaps just a fool. Ignore it!! And, it will go away.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:51 am #

        You speak as if the GOP was behind Trump.

        • JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:37 pm #

          They have no choice, he controls too many voters.

          You refer to the RINOs, they are Deep Staters that will defend DC first. Trump is their enemy too.

          It is the Deep State against the people, that is the bottom line of what is at stake this fall.

          That includes the Congress too. Do not let those lazy SOBS off the hook.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:31 pm #

            I didn’t mean you John, I meant kbird.

            Even when Trump had all those bodies, he didn’t really have them, because the Republicans weren’t with him because they weren’t with us.

            Trump made a great many mistakes and bad decisions, but to act as if he had all this power because Republicans had the majority is misleading, at best.

            We just saw them expel someone over “ethics” to cut down on their majority.

      • benr January 1, 2024 at 4:01 pm #

        Look a kturd sighting.
        The seagull flew by and took a dump on the site.
        Nothing but crap slung from a crap opinion.

      • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 6:10 pm #

        Nice quote without a source.

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:51 am #

      It’s too bad the garage didn’t catch fire. It would be a shame if it did, with all the expensive cars in there and all.

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 12:08 pm #

        On the other hand, it would almost be better if it lasted until the 100-lb hailstones start to fall.

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 12:07 pm #

      The mechanisms for peaceful change given to us by the Founding Fathers no longer work.

  10. Uncle.Al January 1, 2024 at 10:41 am #

    West Asia was god and waiting for Godot. Greece lacked engineering, Rome exponentially lacked Central honesty. Europe suffocated in Monarchy (upside-down inside-out Anarchy).

    The US was unlimited territory moderated by Protestants (“wealth is good”) and the Age of Reason (50 states, 50 flavors of Assholism – find your favorite flavor, then live there). 
    *Central authority, local control* – a Militia.

    We have returned to State is God and people are meat.  Militia blood will flow. Our destination is undetermined, patriots suffering dilution with savages.

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    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 10:52 am #

      The Protestant Ethic is that hard work and thrift are good.

      In a healthy culture, those things tend to make a person “well-off”.

      • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 11:47 am #

        That is right. Yankee thrift lasted until after WW2, when rampant consumerism was encouraged by the Ad industry.

        “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” IS truly American.

        ‘To get rich is glorious’, on the other hand, is pure CPC, stated by Deng Xiaoping.

        Hilarious that an “anti-communist” would be quoting a communist with such approval.

        • Uncle Bob January 1, 2024 at 6:16 pm #

          You’re right, sad to say.

          And now everything is done using just-in-time inventories and planned obsolescence — with growing pressure to destroy perfectly good vehicles and appliances for lesser equivalents on the sake of “saving the planet.” Sounds rather like creative destruction of wealth, not to mention destroying the village in order to save it.

      • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:48 pm #

        Capitalism/Communism are one system. China is no longer purely Communist and has produced many billionaires.

        It all went as intended in this regard. But they didn’t want the Chinese to remember their racial and national pride. That’s why they backed Mao and now Chiang Kai Shek.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:33 pm #

          There were always relatively wealthy “friends of the party” under communism.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 2:02 pm #

            And massively wealthy Western backers – as in “Rothschilds”.

    • neurodoc January 1, 2024 at 4:34 pm #

      Uncle. Savages are relatively easy to exterminate due to their inherent stupidity; they are only dangerous in large groups (look at the big blue cities). I saw it in SE Asia and in Iraq.

  11. tom clark January 1, 2024 at 10:47 am #

    “The way to live is to make yourself useful to your fellow humans”…indeed. People in charge may no longer seem to deserve our respect or compliance, but if each of us had a little more self-respect and lived that way, the world would be a better place. Thank you, Jimbo, for an upbeat post on the heels of your 2024 prognostications. And all best to CFN in the new year.

  12. Mister Roboto January 1, 2024 at 10:48 am #

    That might be the terminal absurdity of the derangement we are leaving behind, the signature for much that has gone down in this country the past three years: women on the verge of a nervous breakdown throwing the crockery of law around the room at Daddy.

    As manifestly sexist as that image is, it is nonetheless too difficult for me not to find it funny!

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 10:55 am #

      He did qualify that, at least.

    • Rowdypiglet January 1, 2024 at 11:07 am #

      I find it strange and disturbing that stating what nearly everyone perceives as an obvious truth could be considered sexist. There is hardly a truth to be had that isn’t offensive to someone, with the offended quickly providing a fake label for the person who dares to offend. I’m inclined to list all the ways this has made honest discourse impossible, but I’ll go with just a few:

      -Publishing statistics that show the high level of black crime: racist.
      -Pointing out that biological men aren’t women: transphobic.
      -Pointing out the need for academic standards: white supremacy.

      . . . I could go on for a long time, since there is really no fact one could take note of that doesn’t now have a punishment associated with it. I know it was said lightly, Mr. Roboto, but we really have been trained and indoctrinated to make these absurd objections.

      • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 11:49 am #

        Throwing crockery at Daddy is a typical woman thing to do?

        I beg to differ.

        • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 12:27 pm #

          I agree Paula: Throwing crockery at Husband is a typical woman thing to do!

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 12:38 pm #

            On TV, circa 1959, it was.

          • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 1:32 pm #

            Right? Any normal woman would understand that if she breaks the dishes, she will have to clean them up.

            Also, buy new ones, thereby having less money for other things.

            On TV, that doesn’t matter. They have staff for that.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:45 pm #

            Normal women act irrationally under the stress of extreme emotion. So yes, they break things and may attack their “beloved”. The cops come and often arrest the man who was attacked.

          • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

            Dear ladies, have we left our sense of humor on the side of the road with the hazard lights on?

          • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 4:56 pm #

            What are you talking about, Blackbird?

            I thought that “they have staff for that” was funny.

          • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 9:00 pm #

            That happened in the movie, “The Godfather.” That was Michael Corleone’s sister Connie who did that. She was pregnant and in a troubled marriage where her husband Carlo was always beating her up and cheating on her.

            And so, the rival mob, knowing that her brother Sonny would hurry to her rescue if Carlo got violent, placed a fake phone call from a woman pretending to be Carlo’s side chick. Connie took the call. That was when she became hysterical and broke all the dishes. When Carlo started chasing her around with a belt shouting that he would kill her, she called her brother Sonny.

            This was just the reaction the rival mob was hoping for. When Sonny and some of his business associates were speeding across town to come to Connie’s aid, they came to a toll booth and were boxed in and machine-gunned down by the rival gang.

            Subsequently, Michael Corleone and his business associates paid Carlo a visit and escorted him to a waiting car, where one of the business associates garroted him.

            So, all’s well that ends well. Shame about the dishes.

          • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 9:41 am #

            Now that I think of it, my observation is that the men are more likely to smash things in a fit of pique, than it is the women.

          • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 10:54 am #

            Ant, I think you are correct. Physical violence is man country. You ladies should stick with psychological torture.

            Paula, ok “They have staff for that” was funny – I guess I overlooked that. I hope that’s not my sense of humor getting towed…

          • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 8:20 pm #

            @ Blackbird:

            I don’t have any real-life anecdotes to offer, when it comes to women throwing crockery at their husbands. But, when I was a kid, I used to spend a lot of time sitting on some of the higher branches of our apple tree. From there, I could see into the neighbors’ back yard.

            One day I saw the husband and wife arguing in the back yard. They were standing next to the hand pump, and the wife was holding a bucket of water (which she had just pumped up). Anyway, when things got heated, she threw the bucket of water on him.

          • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2024 at 1:51 pm #

            In the aftermath of a contentious argument my ex-wife once hurled a bar of soap, (that was shaped like an elephant), down a hallway and into the center of my back with the skill of a Major League Baseball pitcher.

            I’m still uncertain to this day as to whether or not she was also trying to make a political statement when she did that.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 5, 2024 at 12:38 am #

            I had a live-in ex girlfriend once smash a couple of plates against the kitchen floor. I was in an adjoining room with the door open but the smashes were enough to rattle me. She told me later that she didn’t really like the plates anyway.

            An hour or so before smashing the plates, I had hosed her with the hand-held shower head because she kept nagging me while I was washing my hair after I calmly told her to stop.
            Unsure you want to continue to nag a boyfriend in the washroom with a loaded hand-held shower head unless you don’t mind getting soaked in your good clothes.

            Maybe I’ll one day eat these words, but there is no way I would get involved with a type who actually threw dangerous projectiles at me. Water and broken plates in another room we can handle, and did.

            We ultimately broke up but it was an amicable breakup, with even the suggestion of an open door if I ever wanted to move to the other city to be with her. When I helped her move to it, on the way back, she ignored my request to pull in to the next rest stop and flew right by it, so after a threat that I would do it in the car, thanks to her, I had to do my business in the woods in July in a boggy area full of mosquitoes. When I got back to the car, we both agreed that I sustained a few hundred mosquito bites. If that’s what I had to do for her to feel avenged, I thought, then so be it.

        • Rowdypiglet January 1, 2024 at 3:16 pm #

          I understood throwing crockery at Daddy as a metaphor for irrational tantrums and the “you’re not the boss of me” attitude – that is, refusal to recognize any authority if it’s embodied in a man.

          I don’t understand why women who take note of the differences between women and men in other contexts won’t admit that we are also different in terms of emotion, rationality, social behavior, etc. When women act in ways that are offensive to reasonable people, they do so in ways that are characteristic of women. I see the whole trans thing, and the idiotic pride in having carved up their children, as deranged women acting out their neuroses – neuroses of a particularly womanish sort. Munchausen syndrome is a form of derangement that afflicts women, rarely men. That fact, I think, signifies a fundamental difference between the sexes. I’ve never personally known a man who wants this for a child, but I see women involved in the whole gender affirming thing all the time, pushing their kids into it and thinking they’re some sort of savior. I think we should own up to it, in the same way that we expected men to own up to things that are largely man-driven – like starting wars. We seem to be afraid of the mean girls, as if we were still in high school.

          • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm #

            Point taken. I would agree that women tend more to hysteria, or, as I would call it “flair in communicating”.

            I have a great meme that says, “Men. If your woman is upset, just tell her she’s acting irrationally. She’ll realize you’re right and calm right down.

            Follow me for more relationship tips.”

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 11:57 am #

        What offends me is that people keep using the actions of two or three women who were put in place because a man wanted them there, to extrapolate to all women. Next comes the “tee hee, titter titter, women should not have the vote”.

        Yes that does offend me, because it insults my intelligence, it insults my mother, who was a brilliant woman. It insults my grandmothers, my sisters.

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:03 pm #

          Not one woman in a hundred will ever understand that nations are born in blood. And it because of wars won that they have anything to their name. Because acknowledging that would mean revering the MEN to whom they owe all that they have and all that they are.

          No matter how intelligent, they cannot be made to understand this. Their pride won’t let them. And thus they vote for pacifist policies in education, policing, and foreign affairs that will doom any nation.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:39 pm #

            Women don’t have pride. We have vanity.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:46 pm #

            Modern women have both. Thus they have gone from bad to worse.

          • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 2:39 pm #

            Jeez Janos – getting no ass again in 2024, I see. Use “generally speaking” as a qualifier, at least it gives you an out.

          • hmuller January 1, 2024 at 2:48 pm #

            I heard they now have Ukrainian mail order brides who will put up with a lot of crap. LOL

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 3:09 pm #

            We call guys like this, “White Knights” because they always take this side of women against men. They play a role that helps them reproduce more, so there’s evolutionary value in it. But as the basis of Civilization is brotherhood, and they mitigate against it constantly, they must be classified as one of the enemy within.

          • WadeWaters January 1, 2024 at 3:42 pm #

            Not true in my experience. They look up to their man. They

            understand traditional roles in relationships and how men and

            women best complement each other.

            They love to cook and they do it well.

          • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 3:47 pm #

            I’m just trying to help – now I’m the enemy. No good deed goes unpunished.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 4:39 pm #

            Yes, trying to help them – whether they’re right or wrong. It’s a compulsion. I like to help women too, but not in their lies.

            Go ahead and ask them if War is bad or not. Get them to admit we have all that we have because their men conquered. I await the entertainment.

          • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 5:01 pm #

            He was trying to help you, Jarek, not us.

            He was thinking that you might want to get laid sometime in the future, and he was trying to help.

            He doesn’t understand that you have no interest in that.

          • Mister Roboto January 1, 2024 at 6:03 pm #

            @hmuller: I’ll bet there are a lot of mail-order Ukranian grooms who will put up with damn near anything to avoid being tossed into the meat-grinder! “Da, sure, I’ll give going gay a try!”

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 6:23 pm #

            You acting irrationally, Paula.

          • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 4:45 pm #

            Nice try, Jarek.

          • Ron Anselmo January 2, 2024 at 7:02 pm #

            Thank you, Paula. I could not have explained it any better myself.

        • Rowdypiglet January 1, 2024 at 3:34 pm #

          Beryl, it makes it difficult to debate when you exaggerate. “Two or three women” is, as you know, not the case at all. We see mini-armies of these women at school board meetings, on social media, in government, everywhere – most pushing the same deranged policies, and indulging themselves in temper tantrums and bizarre behavior when they don’t get their way.

          It seems you believe that every woman is controlled by a sinister unseen man, which says nothing good about women in general. If it were true, it would prove my point in ways I don’t think I need to detail.

          My female relatives, and close friends, are intelligent, well read, accomplished, and are good people in every respect. But the world is overfull right now of women who are out of control and out of contact with reality. Being a woman myself, I feel their behavior reflects on me and on all of us. I’m not inclined to tolerate them and their nonsense, or make excuses for it, or pretend it’s only a few, or that they can’t help it or are controlled by shadowy men. If anything insults our sisters and mothers and grandmothers, it’s this embarrassing, emotionally deranged behavior, but the defense of it from other women comes a close second.

        • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 4:17 pm #

          There are just as many liberal men in positions of power–behaving just as destructively–as there are women. Take Gavin Newsome, for example. There are more men than women in Congress, and, as far as I can tell, they are all traitors.

          Thus, by the logic that all women should be denied the vote, we can infer that all men should be hanged.

          • cbeard January 4, 2024 at 8:30 am #

            For certain. Congress. Traitors, every one of them.

      • JC Penny January 1, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

        Well done, Little Pig. PD & BO disproved the null hypothesis for you.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 12:48 pm #

          I didn’t prove or disprove anything I just stated what does offend me.

          Are there some mentally ill women acting out? Yes. Did that offend me to have this pointed out? No.

          Does the inevitable “women shouldn’t have the vote, this proves women should not hold elective office” that follows such remarks offend me?

          You betcha, for the reasons I have stated.

    • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

      Google the map of what America would look like if only men voted. A sea of Red. Women have played a major role in downing America. Our Communist turned Capitalist female comrades don’t want people to know this.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

        That just isn’t so and you know it, Jarek.

        BTW what good does “red” do the country? Did you see what Ohio’s MAN governor just did?

      • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 4:10 pm #

        I can’t remember who posted the statistics on whether women are more likely to vote liberal, but that post debunked Jarek’s argument. The liberal voters are the urban voters and the young (18-29) voters. While more women vote liberal than men, this is not because white women vote liberal, but because minority women vote liberal, by quite a large margin.

      • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 4:40 pm #

        It was an often confused guy named John Az.

        • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 9:23 pm #

          @ Jarek:

          That is, nevertheless, the data from Pew Research.

      • Jarek January 2, 2024 at 12:57 pm #

        Pew is Establishment. When did you start trusting the Establishment? Oh, because they say what you want them to say? They want you “guys” voting because they know that you lean heavily left and easy to fool.

        No thanks. I’ll go with the genius:

        Nathaniel Read Silver (born January 13, 1978) is an American statistician, writer, and poker player who analyzes baseball (see sabermetrics), basketball, and elections (see psephology). He is the founder of FiveThirtyEight, and held the position of editor-in-chief there, along with being a special correspondent for ABC News, until May 2023.[2]

        Silver was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time in 2009 after an election forecasting system he developed successfully predicted the outcomes in forty-nine of the fifty states in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[3] His subsequent election forecasting systems predicted the outcome of the 2012 and 2020 presidential elections with a high degree of accuracy. His polls-only model gave Donald Trump only a 28.6% chance of victory in the 2016 presidential election,[4] but this was higher than many other forecasting competitors.[5]

        Much of Silver’s approach can be characterized by using probabilistic and statistical modeling to try and understand complex social systems, such as professional sports, the popularity of political platforms, and elections.

        • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 8:12 pm #

          @ Jarek:

          I don’t believe you provided a citation for you claim.

          One issue that may incline women to vote Democrat–especially minority women–is abortion. It seems to me that minority women (especially black women) would be more likely to vote Democrat, based on the abortion issue alone. So many more black babies are aborted, relative to their population numbers, than white babies, that I often think that abortion is not even a “white woman” issue.

          Nevertheless, I have noticed that all the old white ladies (retired government employees) in the local book club are rabidly pro-abortion, even though they are manifestly no longer at risk of “needing” one. Maybe they figure on aborting some of their grandchildren.

          Karl Denninger has griped about this. He believes that Republicans’ uncompromising stance on abortion has contributed to their losses in some states. While I think there are a lot of men who are in favor of abortion, I’d doubt that they are single-issue voters who will absolutely not vote for an anti-abortion candidate.

          I’d have to see some very granular data on how the abortion issue influences the vote, in order to come to any conclusions about that.

          • Jarek January 3, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

            Yes I did. Look again: nymag.com. The map may take a minute to load. Or you can google it yourself and get it somewhere else. Others may have replicated his work as well.

            We’re not talking about abortion right now, though of course as you say, that may be one of the reasons many women vote left.

  13. Zoltar January 1, 2024 at 10:55 am #

    “The way to live is to make yourself useful to your fellow humans and to get paid for it, and to find some joy and meaning in that human fellowship based on fair, consensual transactions — a pretty simple formula that has been supplanted by the evil idea that life is nothing but a shakedown.”

    Thank you for these wise words, Jim, and for still being there to encourage us in the colossal pushback which must now begin.

  14. James Long Hale January 1, 2024 at 10:55 am #

    Guns, Gold, and Guts.

  15. BackRowHeckler January 1, 2024 at 11:20 am #

    But what if the Blob manages to maneuver Gov. Newsom into the Presidency? Then all bets are off I would expect. The filth, squalor & dysfunction that we see in San Francisco — which indeed seems to be a result of The Project– will metamaphize all thru out the country & spread like cancer.

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    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 11:56 am #

      The rest of the world is increasingly coming to view the US as a liability to world peace and stability. I think if Newsom got the presidency, someone would take it upon themselves to cleanse the country.

    • elysianfield January 1, 2024 at 4:51 pm #

      BRH,
      Newsome is a man I do not respect.
      Nothing the Kinetic would not correct,
      But I must obey…no anarchist me
      For Zaz will correct the damned SOB.

      For Zaz is is appalled at what prison does,
      Inhumanity and violence does not suit his cause,
      We’re delicate, refined…we’ll kill them with kindness,
      Zaz will retire because of his blindness

      Guy Fawkes is his father, Emma Goldman his wife
      Anarchy is cool, minus the strife,
      We’re like minded creatures, Young Newsome and he,
      Admiralty law not for you, but freedom for me!

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 11:27 pm #

        Immigration: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

        Of course you’re an anarchist.

        Bring in real anarchy, or I guess just let it happen as the State does its Mr. Dirp thing and declines/collapses like so many before, and we’ll see how fast your allegorical State prisoners are dealt with, if there are any or any left– are you kidding?

        This is to say nothing of the State’s rules they call laws that create and/or exacerbate the very conditions for the very crimes the State then tasks itself with treating. Conflict of interest, anyone?

        This is supposedly to ‘protect’ folks like elysianfield, so says their swallowed and regurgitated State propaganda.

        That’s like murderers, etc., being tasked with treating their own crimes.

        See also:

        kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-great-clarification/#comment-848435

        (January 1, 2024 at 10:25 pm)

        Immigration? Hey, don’t worry, be happy! It’s your Mommy/Daddy State, looking after your own best interests so you don’t have to!

        Don’t Worry Be Happy

        youtu.be/d-diB65scQU?si=9be1lAcftg-DErRu

        • elysianfield January 2, 2024 at 3:01 pm #

          “This is supposedly to ‘protect’ folks like elysianfield”

          Zaz,
          And who shall guard the gards?

          • elysianfield January 2, 2024 at 3:01 pm #

            guards….

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 2:41 pm #

            Anarchists of course. Under less layers.

            How many layers is the State?

            What does the Iron Law Of Oligarchy say? I wrote it here before?

            Or the Dunbar number.

            Statists have a LOT on their plate compare to anarchists.

            Who watches the watchman is a red herring.

            K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid.)

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 2:48 pm #

            Eating Their Layer Cakes & Having Them Too

            “The ‘something big’ could well be the Web-down crisis that is nervously tweeted about.” ~ JHK

            *mwah*

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 2:49 pm #

            One more time:

            I will get my relative anarchy one way or another.

          • elysianfield January 5, 2024 at 12:32 pm #

            “I will get my relative anarchy one way or another.”

            Zaz,
            Go to prison, and get it both ways…and often.

  16. xxzzy999 January 1, 2024 at 11:25 am #

    Whitney Webb is predicting a “government planned” cyber attack on a big bank in the near future. This will create enough panic enabling the government to enact the Cyber Act…. similar to the Patriot Act after 9/11 where Americans lost much of our freedoms and the surveillance state kicked off activities against average citizens.

    Resulting legislation will force everyone to get a government id in order to access the internet. They have captured education and the mass media…. controlling the internet is their next goal.

    By implementing a government required id to access the internet, they will be able to track all citizens’ financial transactions… you get the picture… paving the way for a CBCD.

    The WEF, the elites, big corporations and our own government is dragging the US into a Communist form of government. Remember the phrase “You will own nothing and be happy”… it’s the WEF’s manifesto. One main tenant of Communism is that there is no private ownership.

    • Rowdypiglet January 1, 2024 at 11:41 am #

      “Tenet” of Communism. Sorry, but that one really chafes my pelt.

      • tom clark January 1, 2024 at 12:29 pm #

        Q’s editing pen is alive and well.

        • Rowdypiglet January 1, 2024 at 3:41 pm #

          Someone has to do it.

          As for my pelt, I’m told that larger, bovine creatures have a hide. I myself have a skin, but I was actually quoting The Brain, who frequently makes this complaint to his friend, Pinky. Not being a mouse myself, I don’t feel qualified to comment on his description of himself.

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 12:32 pm #

        Thank you for picking up the banner dropped by the ‘Stick. Where oh where has our crotchety school marm disappeared to?

        (By the way, as a piglet, I think you actually have a “hide” rather than a pelt…)

      • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 12:47 pm #

        @ Rowdypiglet:

        Yup.

        The people posting here are really not so bad, but reading the comments on ZeroHedge can quickly convince you that half the people posting there are non-native speakers, and the other half are subliterate. It’s like reading a 7th-grade theme paper. You wouldn’t even know where to start, if you were to try to correct it, and you’re lucky if you can even tell what they’re trying to say.

      • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:54 pm #

        Linus Van Pelt is the greatest of the Peanuts gang.

        His sister, Lucy Van Pelt, is the worst.

    • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 11:41 am #

      What do you think the yield will be on the CBCD’s?

      • Ishabaka January 1, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

        Are you asking about the yield before or after the government deducts your “voluntary” reparations payment?

        • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

          What do you think they’ll do with the extorted reparations money?

    • Zoltar January 1, 2024 at 2:22 pm #

      xxyyetc.

      Webb is brilliant and< i think rigjht. We may well not have an election this year.

      • Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:17 pm #

        Zoltar, and anyone else who’s willing to risk it, I’m prepared to take large bets on the other side of this bullshit.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 11:56 pm #

      I wouldn’t put anything past part of an effort at ‘controlled demolition’. Covid-19 may have been just the warm-up and/or test-case scenario.

      State government– ‘Leviathan’ if you will– is most likely going to twist and writhe in its fight for survival, inevitably squishing yet more people under its weight and contortions.

  17. 4014HAMPHEDGE January 1, 2024 at 11:42 am #

    Act of US Congress July 1838 defines “All Railroads as ‘Post Roads’ in context of US Constitution 1st Amendment Article 8 clause 7… The mush maligned USPS cannot perform original necessary functions of binding the Union Of States until the inertial guideway genius of comprehensive national railway matrix is integral with communications & commerce.

    Removal of the -BLOB- as described in these proceedings requires enhanced railway network for assurance of Food Distribution. (Oh, paper ballot elections?) Repair and replacement of dormant US rail corridors linking urban areas with breadbasket districts is paramount. Recommissioned US Army RR Battalions on the Ft. Eustis VA template is a baby step. More details in past submissions. Interesting Scripture Daniel Chapter 4 V-15 RSV regarding the “Great Tree sheltering many” saved from destruction by ‘Bands Of Iron’… Hmmm.

    Disperse container handling tractors enroute current trunk & rebuilt rail branches to assure local capacity & reach for existing and rebuilt rail links. This writer is restating many railway mentions by webmeister J.H. Kunstler in his books and earlier editions of this page. Mr. Kunstler is able to pass on rail queries to yours truly.

    • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 12:34 pm #

      I’m pretty sure “Bands of Iron” refers to heavy metal.

      • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 2:04 pm #

        The Midland Valley used to run through the Cross Timbers despite the Osage claiming everything from the great river to the mountains.

        • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 2:12 pm #

          Is that a quote from Nostradamus?

          • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm #

            Mother Shipton towed him.

          • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 7:33 pm #

            I feel a haiku coming on.

  18. JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 11:52 am #

    Just a thought.

    The USA went through a Depression in the 30s. Every form of socialistic control was thrown at the problem, rightfully so. The Communist Party became somewhat powerful. The way the government was dictating just about everything, we were in fascist state.

    So what happened, Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo tried to use the same mechanisms to pull up their economies. We went to war to fight Fascism. It fixed our economy.

    Hmmm.

    • Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:15 pm #

      JohnAZ, despite your venerable age, you’re still dumb as a rock.

      • benr January 2, 2024 at 9:04 am #

        @ms

        More projection from the dim bulb.

  19. Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 12:05 pm #

    So Bobby Jr. qualified for the ballot in Utah Friday, despite the rumors of his team being in extreme disarray.

    What does this gain? I know that in actual voting in a primary, some people are swayed by not wanting to “waste their vote” on someone they heard was going to lose. I don’t understand how it could affect signature gathering, though.

    Maybe they just think it will keep small donations from trickling in?

    • malthuss January 1, 2024 at 12:16 pm #

      I dont trust Kennedies.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 12:56 pm #

        Bobby recently said how much of his support is not coming from people in his own age group, but from younger people.

        Maybe because the whole Kennedy thing is ancient history to them?

        There were people in love with the whole clan, and there were people who would not give a Kennedy the time of day. I think the Kennedy-lovers mostly clung to the Democrats, which as we’ve seen is unrecognizable as the party of JFK.

        A lot of either/or unaffiliated voters have gone to Trump.

        Junior sees his family through a different lens than we do.

        I think it was Ringo who said he was one of the four people who had never seen the Beatles.

        RFK Jr. is like that with the Kennedys. He’s on the inside looking out, and doesn’t see what we’ve seen.

        • messianicdruid January 1, 2024 at 3:47 pm #

          Does anyone still read [ collect ] George? I used to love looking for the icon.

  20. Sherwood January 1, 2024 at 12:05 pm #

    Nothing in the constitution limits the us to a single revolution, quite the contrary it encourages it if required. Talk is cheap but you have to ask yourself are you willing to sacrifice and die for your country?

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    • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 1:08 pm #

      Fuck that shit! What is a country? It’s not a life form, it’s a made-up concept by some group of people. And I’m supposed to sacrifice the most precious gift that God has ever created, just because another person says to?

      I’m willing to die to directly protect the people I love and that’s it. I’d bet God would approve. And I don’t want to hurt anyone.

      This so-called ‘country idea’ consists of many, many persons who seem to hate a whole group of people with African ancestry, or those of a certain sex or sexual orientation, or those of a certain religion, or those born in another country, or those of certain political leanings, or those who need to take mind altering substances to cope with everyday living, or those who don’t have enough financial resources. And I’m supposed to die for them? No fucking way!

      I’m not perfect – I don’t know if I’m a good person or suffer the same maladies as those I describe above.

      • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

        @ Beantownbill:

        I have to agree with you there–except for the part about not wanting to hurt anyone. But most of my old enemies are dead now, anyway. Maybe all of them. There are some cases where I figure somebody else has probably killed them by now.

        But if you get behind some political or revolutionary movement, what you’ll like find is that the new boss is the same as the old boss, and the real intent of the people pushing for a revolution was to grab power for themselves.

        • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 3:36 pm #

          @Anthea

          Yes, I agree about people grabbing power. I guess it’s an extremely strong addiction that we’re hard-wired for.

          • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 9:35 am #

            @ beantownbill:

            I used to think that the drive for money/power/control was purely defensive. Someone (I can’t remember who) once said that, “Every man must be either the hammer or the anvil,” meaning that if you weren’t the one exerting power over others, you were going to be one of those others–who are getting clobbered. Or, to put it another way, your only choice in life was whether to be the predator or the prey. (Mitchellc is of that opinion.)

            I think there is a third option (the “non-binary” one, if you will) to lead a life of detachment from either option.

          • TPTB-USA January 2, 2024 at 11:37 am #

            “I think there is a third option (the “non-binary” one, if you will) to lead a life of detachment from either option.” ~ Anthea

            The existing format for life is structured in such a manner that you either play the game, of lose by default.

            The illegal migration is a prime example.

          • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 7:29 pm #

            @ TPBT-USA:

            I think there are ways to live a modest life more or less, outside “the game.”

            I say this partly because I’ve known quite a few people who made a modest living honestly, who were largely detached from the predator/prey model–mostly independent contractors or blue-collar workers.

            In some cases, I guess you could say that some “lost” the game by default, because they didn’t make much money. Some, on the other hand, did rather well. Some lived very comfortably, some less so, and some (at least sometimes) rather precariously. Either way, all of them lived until they died.

            You have to ask yourself what the good things in life are, and whether “winning” the game has much to do with the goodness of a person’s life.

          • TPTB-USA January 2, 2024 at 8:57 pm #

            Anthea, I think many people would like to live a modest life more or less, outside “the game”, but within that setting, as you point out, there are still those that are the “hammer” and the “anvil”.

            Perseverance is helpful in a rural setting, but I suspect that seed money, luck, and how a person was “wired” would make the biggest difference; and those who would classify their life as having been a rewarding experience would be a small percent of the population.

            That which is sad, is that now they will have the addition of migrant inflow as their competition.

            Hopefully, an “anvil” can partner with a “hammer” to make a go of it.

          • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 12:28 am #

            @ TPTB-USA:

            How many people would classify their lives as being a rewarding experience?

            That’s an interesting question. It’s even more interesting to reflect on how one go about living their lives so that they could say life is/was a rewarding experience.

            I don’t think “winning” works for that. There are a lot of ways to “win”: climbing the corporate ladder, making a lot of money, owning an expensive house in a snooty neighborhood, having two expensive cars in the garage (with the others parked in the pole barn), expensive vacations, etc.

            That stuff doesn’t, in itself, make for a rewarding life–although success of that kind does not preclude having a rewarding life. Such people are often very talented and capable. You could say that they are just being who they are, and who they are, through no fault of their own, happens to be a chemical engineer or an investment banker.

            I think you can say you have/had a rewarding life if you lived it among people you loved. And also, as JHK says, if you made yourself useful to other people–and hopefully loved by them. In such cases, life is very good, even amid monetary woes, physical hardships, and even tragedy.

            At a certain level, though, living among people you love means that you have to make up your mind to love other people.

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

        I don’t mean to dump my used motor oil on your barbecue grill, but… You sound like an anarchist!* Welcome aboard!

        *Original meaning, not derived meaning.

  21. elysianfield January 1, 2024 at 12:08 pm #

    “ople in charge who don’t deserve your respect or compliance”

    Well, ladies and germs;

    It is a brand new morning in Illinois. The new law requiring permits for people to maintain ownership of their semi-automatic weapons has come into effect…the period of get-out-of-jail-free registration is over as of midnight last.

    Known weapons, weapons earlier counted, in Illinois is almost 3 million. Compliance grace period over…compliance rate, as reported by the Illinois State Police…less than .70 of a percentage point…that is point seven zero…less than one percent.

    Non compliance on a massive scale.

    What to do? How are we to save the children?

    • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 12:39 pm #

      That’s the way it’s done: noncompliance.

      • Wizard of the Saddle January 3, 2024 at 2:11 pm #

        Also known as the citizens giving a massive middle finger to their corpulent, billionaire, blob governor.

    • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 12:44 pm #

      And what about the whales, manatees & turtles? Who’ll save them?

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:45 pm #

        Step aside son, I’m a marine biologist.

        • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 2:46 pm #

          George Costanza, is that you?

          • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 3:01 pm #

            “Doh!”

          • elysianfield January 1, 2024 at 4:28 pm #

            …Is that a Titleist?

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 12:17 am #

            The genius of Seinfeld (the series) was the abrupt cuts back and forth to the three or four different storylines going on in each episode – it was innovative programming genius, I think.

            In most episodes, some storylines were hilarious, while others, not so much.

            This specific episode, as I remember, was a writers’ grand slam – all four storylines were off-the-charts funny. Best episode ever in the Seinfeld series.

            Kramer driving golf balls out into the ocean…got a “hole-in-one” he was apparently unaware of…funny AF.

            Glad you guys picked up on it.

    • loosethedogs January 1, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

      Time to hire a task force of suicidal “gun collectors.”. Perhaps the “new arrivals” will sign up for the “enforcement task” thus solving two problems at once. Wait that would only solve “one problem” Oh well….

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:51 pm #

      Ah, yes, the children. Those who weren’t aborted at 8 weeks. What to do with this massive noncompliance? First, they’ll look up who’s getting benefits of some kind: social security, etc., that they can threaten to cut off. Don’t think they won’t do it. They’re murderous bloody bastards, every swinging dick. Then, knowing Illinois, they’ll persuade some city or state official to harass said noncompliant people with as many nickel and dime things as they can: license plate renewal payment? Sorry, didn’t get it. Taxes? Sorry, lost your return. Etc.

  22. Anthea January 1, 2024 at 12:37 pm #

    The actual reality–at present, anyway–is that most of us are pretty comfortable. Of course we’re angered by ever-increasing lawlessness. Of course, like Robert Burns, we say something like,

    “But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
    On prospects drear!
    An’ forward tho’ I canna see,
    I guess an’ fear!”

    And, no, future prospects do not look good. But in real life our decisions revolve around whether tonight’s dinner should be bruschetta or poke bowls, or if maybe we should roast some vegetables to go with the broiled salmon or eat the leftover pot roast.

    People have always lived through tough times. These are not tough times. It’s not the Hundred-Years War or the Great Siege of Malta, and we’re not living through Justinian’s Plague. We’re not like those Kikuyu villagers in Out of Arica, watching our cattle die of thirst during one of those years when the rains failed–a fairly regular occurrence.

    I think what gets us that we have such a huge compulsion to try to make out some kind of meaning in it all. We’re really–at least right now, when times are pretty good–tortured by the insoluble riddle of the thing: This is not the way it’s supposed to be.

    The thing is, things never have been the way their supposed to be.

    We–or at least many of us–will probably face some serious challenges in the near future. But when you come right down to it, they’ll be personal challenges. Will you succeed, as Jim says, in “making yourself useful to your fellow humans”? Will you do whatever needs to be done? Will you keep from losing your humanity? Ultimately, those are the things that rebuild civilization.

    • Ron Anselmo January 1, 2024 at 12:48 pm #

      Well said, Anthea.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:07 pm #

      That’s true, Anthea.

      How much can you stop living in the present, though, for fear of The Bad Thing (or even anticipation of The Good Thing) that may or may not happen, or even probably will, in the future?

      Look how long they have kept us from living our formerly normal lives, and accepting all sorts of bondage, out of fear stemming from the 9/11 attacks?

      They now have so many Americans born after 9/11, that they’ve had to come up with new big bad wolves we need to give up (fill in the blank) over.

      Maintaining a normal life as much as possible is in itself a form of resistance.

      That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant, but we have people running around with hankies on their face, still, over covid, and if more and more people just act like everything is normal, more and more people come to the realization that what they have been told on their phones just isn’t so.

      That’s why I appreciate Vivek even though I don’t trust him.

      He’s giving people a new voice over their phone.

      • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 1:22 pm #

        My wife has multiple myeloma and we have to wear masks to even get into her cancer treatment center. She can’t get infections without putting her life in danger as well. I wonder how many people you see wearing masks have to?

        Also, you know how I feel about politicians and voting. To my mind, trust is the most valuable trait for someone in power. Why possibly continue the same old, same old if you don’t trust someone?

        • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 1:40 pm #

          A mask will not protect your wife from infection, if she is in an enclosed space with a sick person.

          It’s not a magic potion, like garlic around the neck.

          The best way to keep her safe is for her to stay out of crowds.

          • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 3:32 pm #

            But Paula, it’s a requirement to wear them when we go to Dana Farber for chemo treatments or they won’t let us in to the facility.

            And the 2 food stores that we use are very crowded. Otherwise we don’t use masks. I know masks aren’t magic, but we’re dealing with someone who has a deadly cancer (but apparently manageable).

          • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 5:07 pm #

            I understand that the medical facility forces it on you. I don’t blame you for complying, but I would hope that they have a policy that sick employees stay home. That would do more than making you wear a mask. Maybe you should ask them about that.

            My point is that your wife shouldn’t go into crowded areas, although an in-and-out visit shouldn’t expose her to a dangerous load of virions.

            It’s being in an enclosed space for a prolonged time with a sick person that is dangerous. And a mask won’t help her with that.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 2:05 pm #

          None of the people I see wearing masks in the supermarket or the mall have to.

    • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 2:05 pm #

      “Of course, like Robert Burns, we say something like…”

      Spake far ye silf! Oy kid naught spake loyk Barrrns eef oy troyed. Bluddy Skawt.

      • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 12:32 am #

        I don’t think I would dare try to speak “Burnsese.” But I do understand it pretty well.

    • Itzybytz January 1, 2024 at 2:28 pm #

      Anthea, I so enjoyed your post. I agree with you, that most of the people that I personally know are not experiencing any discomforts in life. Except, that we have been experiencing an extraordinary amount of deaths and strokes in our group of friends, families and acquaintances. That could be that I’m 75 and that natural deaths and illness just happen more frequently or it could be from the vax?

      When we go out to eat, there is the same line up of people waiting to get seated. Leaves me always wondering, if the world is so terrible right now, how can all of these people afford eating here.

      I also read, John AZ’s post below yours, where he said that women are perhaps more suited to help in what’s ahead of us. And he also left the question of what our relationship was with our Father. Well, I was the firstborn and treated as the number 1 son (and he added for a bit of humor, “With indoor plumbing”.) I got to drive tractor, work in the garden, feed the chickens and catch the bales, to stack on the wagon. I was 18 years old and 115 lbs of muscle.
      Anyway. after being married for a year we found out within a month my husband had cancer, I was pregnant and my mother in law had breast cancer. And we had just gotten 25 milk cows. And my husband had absolutely no farming experience. I was working at 3M and was in a ride share, with about 40 miles to work. My farming training from my Father, came in handy. But at the same time I was put on lifting restrictions because of my pregnancy. So I rolled the hay bales instead of lifting. When I washed the cows I hid behind pole and pipes so I wouldn’t get kicked. My priorities changed to eat as naturally as we could, which involved making maple syrup, beekeeping, making ketchup and the list goes on and on. That was back in 1973 and going forward I tried to do as much as I could naturally. I think, whether you be man or woman you have the inner strength to pull yourselves up by the bootstraps and do what needs to be done to survive and help others. Sometimes, for myself I have a fear of doing something unfamiliar, but I can tell you that when your family’s life is on the line you shift gears into “I can do this”.
      My life at 75 stays the same as through the years. We cut and burn our own wood for our main heat. We can, preserve, dehydrate and freeze dry our food. We share with our family. My kids and my husband’s kids have followed in our footsteps.

      And my education continues, on finding natural cures for myself and my family.
      I wish for everyone to be positive, you will find your way, in this new world…

      • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 3:31 pm #

        @ Itzybytz:

        I’ve been through similar hard times. You realize (in retrospect) that they were the best times of your life, and you wouldn’t trade them for anything: heating with firewood, cutting firewood in the snow, hauling water, pulling up water out of the cistern with a bucket, rehabbing the old house, running gas lines, replacing the breaker box, etc.ng

        I was lucky in having so many people who were willing to teach me–mainly plumbing and carpentry–who were wonderful friends. I had to learn house wiring from a book. The one thing that I couldn’t/wouldn’t learn, beyond the minimum of replacing batteries and spark plugs, was auto mechanics–which gives me the horrors.

        I just turned 76, and moved to a little cabin that’s heated mainly with wood, though I no longer cut it. We have a big garden, and we canned or froze a massive amount of produce last summer, and I’m already excited about next summer’s garden. I’ve seeded two big trays of lisianthus so that, theoretically, I should have over 200 seedlings, which I plan on selling. Lisianthus is a choice cut flower, and many of the market gardeners sell lisianthus and other cut flowers–and fret that they can’t seem to grow them from seed. Mine have germinated. They are little microsopic things that grow very slowly, which is why you start the seeds in December.

        I’ve also started several brassicas already, as they seemed awfully slow-growing last year, and I’d like to get them in the ground and producing early enough to beat the whiteflies. (As an aside, I really liked the Ultra Blue Kale last year, and the Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage was a success until the whiteflies set in. We always grow Russian Red Kale and some collards.) We were overly blessed with eggplant and tomatoes–though it’s hard to have too many tomatoes. You can have too many eggplants.

        • Itzybytz January 1, 2024 at 4:10 pm #

          Anthea, you did go through your hard times, but as you said, they were the best times. I think marriages are made stronger when you are struggling to make a go of it.
          We had a drought this last summer and frankly I was worried about our aquifer running dry. The farmers irrigation systems didn’t run very often either. Maybe they were as concerned as I. I spot watered my tomatoes. And my production was way down.
          My 6 year old grandson, made me smile when he helped dig up the red potatoes. He said, “Why grandma, we got a good crop of potatoes.” And while I didn’t plant many, the amount of potatoes barely filled half of a grocery bag.
          Do you sell your brassicas at the farmer’s market too? Or do you can in soups and stews?
          I make sauerkraut, but I like to ferment and eat right after, because I believe the nutrients are better.

          Tell me, what do you have or use for storage?

          • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 10:01 pm #

            @ Itzybytz:

            I quit doing the farmers’ market in the early summer of 2022. I’m too old for all that. I sold soap and related products at several different farmers’ markets for about ten years–and loved it.

            Last year was a particularly bad year for our brassicas. We’ve always had trouble with white flies, but normally you get a decent crop before the white flies eat them up, and then another nice crop in the fall, after the white flies have died off. But last summer we got a double whammy: The white flies were followed by a plague of harlequin bugs. So this year, my plan is to finally succeed with brassicas, in a big way. We will be armed with diatomaceous earth, earthworm castings, and neem oil.

            One of my daughters used to be the garden manager at a big intentional community and is an expert gardener. She says that the solution to white flies is to got out and pick off the worms every day for a couple of weeks. I don’t think I can manage that.

            I blanch and freeze the kale and collards, but if they’re prepared properly they’re like crack. (My daughter refers to her kale recipe as “kale crack.”) Canning brassicas doesn’t work out well, as it gives them a strong flavor and an “off” color. We ate all the cabbages. (We only got about eight.) We’ve never had much success with potatoes.

            We only had a couple of hot, dry spells last summer, so I didn’t water much. Putting weed barrier between the rows is a BIG help with holding in moisture and solving the weed problem–a total game-changer.

            I think the main reason for last year’s productivity with the tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, and peppers was using the Dr. Earth fertilizer. I also put fish and seaweed emulsion in the planting holes for all the seedlings.

            For storage, we have two freezers, one at my house and another at my daughter’s house. Everything else is canned. (I highly recommend the NESCO electric canner.) I dehydrate some of the small tomatoes, but that’s about it.

          • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 10:15 pm #

            @ Itzybytz:

            Another project for this summer is that I plan to grow poke salat in the garden. I’ve always liked to forage for poke, but I’ve never tried growing it from seed. There are conflicting stories on how to do this (of course.) Some say you need to stratify the seeds for 2-3 months, some say to soak overnight in diluted white vinegar, some say to sand off a bit of the hard seed coat.

            It sounds like the germination rate falls to about 40% if you don’t stratify, and I’m okay with that.

            One reason I want to grow poke, besides the fact that I like it a lot, is that I have noticed that my blood sugar drops after eating it and seems to stay down for about 24 hours. I guess it could just be a coincidence, but I’d like to experiment with this some more–and I can’t find enough wild poke for this purpose.

            You used to be able to buy canned poke at some grocery stores, but apparently it has been discontinued.

        • Rulo Deschamps January 1, 2024 at 7:54 pm #

          Anthea,

          excellent comment. This may be the last of the Fat Years. Or not. But the Lean Years are ahead, no doubt. Resource scarcity is here, has been awhile, but it can’t be ignored anymore. More $ for less product, of lesser quality, across the board.

          Unless the cornucopians are right and precious resources will magically appear to keep the all you can eat places going another year or another decade…

          • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 12:48 am #

            @ Rulo Deschamps:

            My experience in life is that the future will be entirely unexpected, something I never dreamed could have happened. Like covid.

            I once told the old ladies in the book club that I liked the book, The Goldfinch, because everything in it was so wildly unexpected–just like real life: One day you’re with your rich friends in NYC; the next day you’re in Vegas.

            The old ladies unanimously responded that nothing like that had ever happened to them, and they had never found life to be wildly unexpected.

            So I guess things happen to me that don’t happen to other people, and if you don’t want a lot of surprises, you should stay away from me. A giant fissure will open up in the earth under your feet while you are pulling turnips.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 4, 2024 at 12:15 am #

      I often look out the window at the birds and even say hello to them sometimes in birdspeak. The crows are cool with it and answer back now.

      Recently, when I did this, my mind wandered over the case that the birds are outside in the elements. They are wild and are generally spending each day foraging. And then they go to sleep outside, or essentially so, such as if they have some sort of hole-in-the-tree.

      We are not wild anymore, aside from some pockets here and there.

      We are self-domesticated. That’s a precarious place to be.

      I have spent over a decade or so each summer casually learning my wild edibles. Because I’m not using my skills/knowledge, I have to periodically do an update/review just to remember and keep myself up-to-date.

      But if all grocery stores when down tomorrow, I should be able to survive at least where food is concerned.

      • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 12:53 am #

        That could be tough in the winter, or monotonous at best.

        In the little town where I used to live, there were blocks and blocks of wild parsnips along the roadsides. There were also some huge expanses of mud flats along parts of the lake, which were full of cattails. Wild parsnips are delicious, and should be dug in winter.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle January 4, 2024 at 9:26 am #

          Winter? Sweeter? Are wild parsnips also wild carrot or are they different?

          One needs to of course be careful about potential pollution, such as where cattails grow.

  23. cheryl January 1, 2024 at 12:48 pm #

    An armed society is a polite society. Buckle up.

  24. JohnAZ January 1, 2024 at 12:49 pm #

    Just a comment on the sexual split here.

    Women have an advantage over men, period.

    They communicate better.

    They own the piece of anatomy that makes the world go around. (Guys, they really pay for that too).

    They have men’s inborn sense of chivalry to their advantage.

    Men have erected obstacles throughout Man’s duration to protect their position in society, to give them the illusion they are in control. Hahaha!

    You Ladies know different.

    That “control” is breaking down, but the adventuresome manner of men and the home building aspect of women are still instilled by Nature. As always, life is using your talents, your strengths given by God to benefit yourself and your fellow Man.

    Food for thought.

    Why was Jesus a man and referred to His dad as Father?

    Ladies, how many of you have had a positive relationship with your fathers?

    • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 12:58 pm #

      Why would they even bother letting their daughters even know who their father was? You just said they were superior to men.

      They are more verbal than men and constant liars. The Truth is boring because it belongs to everyone. Lies are private property and interest bearing bonds.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:11 pm #

        Oh Jarek. You obviously didn’t get out and have some holiday pie.

        It would have done you a world of good.

        I personally didn’t avail myself of the McDonald’s Holiday Pie this season. I do regret having missed out.

        • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 1:42 pm #

          Ha, ha, Beryl, nice one. But he didn’t fall for it this time.

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:42 pm #

          At last you admit you eat at McDonald’s. It would have taken water boarding to get it out of you involuntarily. As in the old tale, the Sun defeats the Wind in making the man take off his coat.

          Thus Pleasure trumps Pain in a deep sense, engaging the subject themselves in an active sense.

          Therefore Brave New World tactics must trump 1984 types tactics in the Global State – but without eliminating for latter. They can be most useful.

          • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 2:13 pm #

            I have made no secret of having had McDonald’s pies before.

            That doesn’t equate to eating at McDonald’s.

            For some reason, there is a strange belief extant that there are such a thing as “fast carbs” extant, and if you consume any food from a fast food place you will instantly blow up like a balloon and cause yourself to become diabetic.

            As if food purchased anywhere else has ‘slow carbs’.

            The “fast carb” thing started after people started to realize that the salt and fat wasn’t going to kill you.

            The real reason for the singling out of McDonald’s is because they are the world’s biggest purveyor of beef.

            I don’t know why more people don’t see this, it seems so obvious to me.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 2:27 pm #

            So you don’t eat at McDonald’s? Where do you get the McDonald’s pies? So you take your food to go in other words?

            Born liars every last one of them – even the relatively good ones.

          • Paula D January 1, 2024 at 5:33 pm #

            I spoke too soon. He did fall for it.

            Nice job.

          • OG January 1, 2024 at 5:37 pm #

            McDonalds serves goy burgers. Do not eat there. Ever.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 6:25 pm #

            Soylent Green? For real?

          • OG January 1, 2024 at 6:56 pm #

            bitchuteXcom/video/EdHW4AhTjm7o/

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 4, 2024 at 12:26 am #

            @OG; ?

        • Anthea January 1, 2024 at 2:44 pm #

          @ Beryl of Oyl:

          I’d doubt that Jarek’s relatives allow him out in public any more than they can help. As for family gatherings where you can’t really exclude someone…. Well, I have a relative like that. My mom always seated him at the kids’ table.

          • OG January 2, 2024 at 12:27 pm #

            Ostracizing the mentally ill is the only acceptable ostracization remaining.

      • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:34 pm #

        In other words, let’s not talk too deeply. Love of the status quo is the mark of little people. Women love the status quo especially, it being now in their favor.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:47 pm #

          You think that was deep?

      • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

        I would say that women lie because that’s what the majority of men would rather hear.

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:58 pm #

          Yeah, he won’t like hearing about how many men she’s been with, so why tell him? (He might not marry her if he knows). And he definitely won’t like it or marry her if he knows she’s still looking around and sleeping with an ex even though they’re engaged.

          Keep talking tuco, you’re making my case for me.

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 2:04 pm #

            What about him and how many chicks he’s been with? or if she marries him and he’s stepping out on her?

          • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 2:07 pm #

            Guys seem to think it’s ok for them to sleep around.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 2:29 pm #

            Women cheat as much or more than men now. And it’s worse because it’s never just sex to them. If a women cheats on a man, she doesn’t respect him. And if she doesn’t respect him, she doesn’t love him.

            For men it can just be sex.

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2024 at 5:48 am #

            Because nothing says love and respect like shagging random strangers behind your wife’s back and saying ‘it was only sex’.

            To which the best answer is ‘and that’s only the front door’.

            Every woman dreams of a husband who thinks women other than his wife are just a set of orifices for his gratification. Said no-one, ever.

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2024 at 5:51 am #

            I recall the famously OCD (and therefore attentive to language) British comedian, John Richardson, saying in his autobiography, ‘never listen to a man who says “I didn’t mean to hurt you”. He knew he was going to hurt you. He thought about it. And he decided it didn’t matter to him as much as what he wanted.’

          • Jarek January 2, 2024 at 1:03 pm #

            I didn’t say it was right, just that it wasn’t terminal like female cheating.

            Not to even mention the danger of patrimony fraud when married women cheat.

            The sexes are different. Any culture that doesn’t acknowledge that is headed for extinction. And Universal morality (if it truly is universal) must come to terms with human differences, be it racial, cultural, or sexual.

          • GreenAlba January 2, 2024 at 1:47 pm #

            “I didn’t say it was right, just that it wasn’t terminal like female cheating.”

            Sorry, chum, but you don’t get to say if your own cheating is terminal. That’s for the cheated-on person to decide. Always.

            Patrimony fraud is reprehensible.

          • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 3:23 pm #

            Wow, Alba, that is SO right on.
            “He knew he was going to hurt you. He thought about it. And he decided it didn’t matter to him as much as what he wanted.”

            Reminds me of the men who smirk and say “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission”.
            Apparently they think that saying that makes them look cool, but it actually makes them look like a sociopath.

            And then there are the Top Sociopaths, like Fauci, who don’t ask for permission or forgiveness.

          • Jarek January 3, 2024 at 1:24 pm #

            Women have the right to not forgive and to divorce men.

            When women cheat, it’s over and to forgive them is folly.

          • GreenAlba January 3, 2024 at 4:51 pm #

            Maybe quit with the self-serving bollocks, Jarek,

            Everyone has the right to forgive and the right to say ‘no more, thanks’. Male or female.

            I know you’d like women not to be able to vote, so that men can make laws to allow themselves a complete lack of accountability ‘because we’re men and we can’t help it – and look, we build bridges too’. And to keep women tied to the stove so that they have no financial choice but to put up with whatever shit they’re dealt.

            No thanks.

            I’m not enamoured of self-serving women OR self-serving men. And it’s quite possible to forgive someone (we are absolutely obliged to, no less, since that’s the deal if we want to be forgiven – ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us‘. but forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to go on living with a cheat if you don’t want to. It’s a personal choice.

          • Jarek January 4, 2024 at 12:04 am #

            Perfect projection. That’s exactly what women have done. Well, we’re going to overthrow your tyrannical order.

            The sexes are different. Equal treatment of unequal people is tyranny.

            We are allowed to avoid evil people and things. That’s marriage at this point and many women as well. It only works if men are in charge and keep women in line.

          • GreenAlba January 4, 2024 at 10:02 am #

            Perfect counterprojection. Exactly what I expected.

            “We are allowed to avoid evil people and things.”

            Exactly. And that includes cheating and/or arrogant men.

            “It only works if men are in charge and keep women in line.”

            If you can’t even keep yourselves in line you should STFU until you can.

          • Jarek January 4, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

            Drooling or spitting, now spitting. Lock up yer documents.

          • GreenAlba January 4, 2024 at 2:31 pm #

            Projecting and gaslighting in one short post.

            No surprise, toadie.

  25. Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

    Hey Ron, you set me up. All I had to do was talk about it!

    I’m referring to our exchange two days ago regarding the hypnogogic state. (No internet yesterday: Hughesnet – Dial-Up Speeds at Broadband prices!)

    Following my ~6:30 PM response, I read the Wikipedia (I know, I know…) article on Emmanuel Swedenborg. Then I started reading about John C. Lilly (hard to find anything informative on the intertubes, fortunately I have a couple of his books).

    About 11 PM I felt my energy draining away. I started feeling what I call “acid jaw” – that feeling you get at the base of your tongue/lower mandible when the LSD (or mescaline or psilocybin) begins taking effect. Then I was gradually enveloped by a warm electric buzz.

    After going to bed I got smacked by the most intense attack of sleep paralysis I’ve had in years.

    Sleep paralysis I have found to be the best avenue available to me (I don’t have a sensory deprivation tank) to prolong my stay in Hypnogogia. This time I was too tired and lazy to make any real effort to do anything.

    Why Pink Floyd’s Meddle? I suspect that there is more to their music than meets the ears – if you know what I mean. The words are important. Words put to music are an incantation. Listen to Grantchester Meadows on Ummagumma. The lines “Misty morning whisperings and gentle stirring sounds, belie the deathly silence that they are around”, when played backwards say, “Paranoia is the acid effect”. I am a bit skeptical that back masking works, but it does appear they are trying to manipulate susceptible minds. Whatever the reason, Meddle almost always worked for me. My cheap, homemade transcendental meditation.

    Once you’ve learned to achieve sleep paralysis – if you haven’t already – I’ll let you know how I’ve been able to extend my stay in Hypnogogia. Read Center of the Cyclone by John C. Lilly. He went much further down this path than I ever have.

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    • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:38 pm #

      Obama’s, Yes we can, is said to be Praise Satan.

      Try Pathworking in Western Occultism. Some use tarot cards and “enter” the card. Others guided journeys from books. You could probably find recording someplace….

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 1:58 pm #

        You know what “Obama” is backwards?

        (All that’s missing is the “Y”.)

        I suspect that is a clue to Big Mike’s gender. (As if we needed any more clues.)

        • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 2:30 pm #

          amabo? What’s dat? Where da y go?

          • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 3:06 pm #

            Jeepers Jars. Mama gotta cut your pie into bite-sized pieces too? No wonder you’re missing your happy pie today.

            Am-a-bo(y). “Michelle” am a boy.

            Missing a “Y” – like in y-chromosome. Only it’s not really missing – it’s (results) are there for all to see.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 4:44 pm #

            You are a wizard. Like the Hopi shamans who tricked the Navajos who were crushing their young men’s heads. Ashamed (of being tricked not the crushing) they finally left as agreed, the ultimate bad guests.

            They continued to raid the Hopi of course.

          • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 8:03 pm #

            Someday you’ll have to go down the rabbit holes yourself Jars. Might wanna tie a string to your tail so I can pull you out if you get lost.

          • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 9:54 pm #

            Have you met the Dweller yet? On the Threshold? The Minotaur? Don’t let your golden threat get tangled….

          • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:09 pm #

            I have met the Minotaur, and it was me.

    • Rulo Deschamps January 1, 2024 at 8:02 pm #

      BB,

      Umberto Eco has this duo of heavily illustrated books, “On Beauty” (I still don’t have it) and “On Ugliness” (I study it often). In the latter, there’s a number of art and illustration, from different ages, about sleep paralysis, the incubi and succubi sitting on your chest, heavy and oppressive.

      My dreams are all less vivid lately, or fade away before I have a chance to grab my bedside dream journal. Too much noise I reckon. And I’m a guy doing heavy physical work every day, no TV, limited internet – still the gestaltic, systemic screeching noise is dulling my awareness and spirituality.

      Or maybe it’s what those planes are spraying. Or the 5G.

      • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 8:27 pm #

        Hey Rules, good of you to stop by.

        I rarely remember my dreams anymore, either. When I do, it’s just bits and pieces of nonsense. I constantly miss the cues that should make me aware it is a dream – like being unable to turn on the lights, or being unable to talk. Becoming aware that you are in a dream is the doorway to lucid dreaming – which I never mastered.

        I’d like to blame my environment, but I know it’s me, clinging to the carousel of samsara. I got halfway through Lilly’s Center of the Cyclone yesterday, thanks to HughesNet. Reminded me of what I have to do, and how – relatively – easy it should be to start down that road again.

        If I’d stayed the course some 40 years ago, I might be a Nagual by now. But Hypnogogia can be a terrifying place. I slammed the door shut so hard I’m not sure I can open it again.

        At least you are attempting to keep a dream journal. I haven’t even gone into the attic to wipe the dust off mine. Put it on my ever-growing to-do list I guess.

    • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 1:18 am #

      Bird – thanks for the reply and the wealth of information. Same here, I focus on the process for a while, then let it go for long periods of time.

      You’ve probably heard of “How to Change Your Mind”. by Michael Pollan.

      Have a longtime friend, at the highest level of local law enforcement who is personally a huge proponent of psychedelics and psilocybin for treating addiction and depression.

      He claims his jail is full of non-violent offenders that would be better served by treatment with the above, than incarceration. His contention is that it’s a net positive for taxpayers, and a better community outcome overall – a win-win.

      He has also had a long military career and swears that psychedelics and psilocybin are becoming the answer for vets who suffer from PTSD – most conventional medications aren’t helping them.

      He’s a very staunch conservative, but also very intelligent – enough so, that he’s open-minded to intelligent proven solutions – even seemingly unconventional or unorthodox solutions.

      I don’t see the process as an escape, so much as a window of perception that may help clarify complex current circumstances. We all process copious amounts of daily information on the conscious level, that sometimes crystallize in the subconscious.

      Give me a little time and I’ll let you know how my efforts are going – need some time to get back in the groove so to speak.

      • Blackbird January 3, 2024 at 12:57 pm #

        I’ve only known Michael Pollan as a foodie. He explained how the air pockets in bread are important to the flavor. That led to me finally understand why hard cheeses taste better if they are broken up into chunks rather than sliced – higher surface area-to-volume ratio, more breathing room.

        Entheogens – a more accurate term than psychedelics or hallucinogens – are powerful tools for personal change. I once cured myself of what I think was walking pneumonia via LSD. Three hits taken sequentially, one hour apart. My working hypothesis was that I had to swim down underneath the illness – as if it were a thick sheet of ice – and come up on the other side. It was an amazing trip.

        The other day I wrote that light switches not working is an opportunity to realize you are in a dream. Well guess what happened that night? Three switches in a row: kitchen (it was in the wrong place), foyer, livingroom. So I walked through the kitchen to the entryway door. Pushed it open – just a few inches. Someone on the other side was blocking it! Well, dream-me is a courageous bastard, so I slammed my body against the door – regretting that I hadn’t invested in a good concealed carry handgun. A strangled howl torn from my throat as I attempted to force the door open woke me up.

        My brother could cause a person to have a sleep paralysis attack just by describing one.

        I need to resume my psychonaut training. Whether I will or not is another issue. Way back in my adventurous days I thought that attempting to access the infinite/eternity/God via the subconscious/hypnogogia/the non-physical realm was the most important thing a human could do. I still think it is.

      • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 1:27 am #

        @ Ron Anselmo:

        I have a very high regard for the effects of LSD on the mind. Back in the day, I took countless “trips.” A few were profound, but most were just fun.

        @ Blackbird:

        I think that accessing “the infinite/eternity/God” probably has little to do with human volition, other than to dispose oneself to be open to revelations of that kind. I think that this is a grace that you can pray for. I also think that these doors of perception are only opened in “need to know” situations.

        The reason I say this is because I think that this terrible darkness is the human condition, and even a necessity of the human condition. I think this is because we are supposed to choose between right and wrong based on nothing whatsoever, other than we decided to do what’s right. I.e., not for either early or heavenly rewards.

        The thing that got me to thinking about this is I noticed in the scriptures that (for example) Mary was a bit flummoxed at the Annunciation. (“How can this be?”) When Jesus is presented in the temple and Simeon declares that he is the messiah, Mary and Joseph “marvelled.”

        So it seems like “eternity/infinity/God” is at least somewhat veiled, even for very holy people.

        I think another reason that we can only rarely (and generally never) access this stuff is because we couldn’t stand it, and/or we would have great difficulty living our lives after such an experience.

        When I say, “We couldn’t stand it,” I mean that such an experience would make our ordinary lives intolerable, and we’d spend a couple of months crying because we couldn’t stay in that other realm.

        • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 10:04 am #

          I think what I’m trying to say is that we have this “darkness” as a part of our mortality–like pain, sickness, and death–or the inability to see in the dark or to breathe underwater. We are not constituted to be able to “see.”

          The “dark night of the soul” that some of the saints have spoken of (notably, St. John of the Cross) is a spiritual “rite of passage” and I think probably a constitutional necessity. I think maybe it’s one form of being “refined by fire,” as they say.

          Is it proper for us to desire spiritual “consolations”? Maybe it’s as improper as the “prosperity theology” of some of the modern churches: “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.”

          I also think that maybe we should not focus on being able to do things like astral travel or bending spoons or foretelling the future–or at least realize that, while it may be amusing, from a spiritual standpoint, this stuff is trivial.

  26. BigJake January 1, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

    “We are hosting a public meet-up on Saturday, January 6, to organize an effort to get Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the ballot in New York state. The meet-up takes place from ten a.m. to noon at “Gather” (a storefront party space), 103 Main Street, Greenwich, New York, 12834.”

    So long as it helps Trump and hurts Biden. Then again, NY is lost for any R regardless so waste all the time you like. Josef Stolen probably wins NY no matter what.

    RFK Is a Demonrat. Your support of him is mind-numbingly stupid.

    Trump is the only hope for this Republic and even that is probably too little too late. Stolen elections have consequences.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 1, 2024 at 1:56 pm #

      Junior has left the Party.

      He’s also probably the last chance to get something done about the covid crimes against humanity, but I have my doubts he’s really going to follow through on that.

      Trump definitely won’t.

      OnTrump’s side, he stood up against the nonsense in the Paris Accord, and Junior still believes the sky is falling but gets that the mitigations proposed are an excuse for totalitarianism.

      That to me makes little sense, but at least he isn’t into banning gas stoves.

      They are both against all these military interventions.

      I didn’t understand when Trump firs ran, the extent to which his opposition to war would set just about everyone in government against him.

  27. dilbert113 January 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm #

    Chicken Little always says the sky is falling, but the sky never falls. Nothing will change, 2024 will be like 2023, and 2022, and 2021. Biden will run against Trump again, and lose badly, again, it will be very obvious, and the media and government will tell everyone that he won anyway, and if you say otherwise you’re an “election denier” and you belong in jail. More Electric Vehicles, more internet censorship, more taxes, more government regulation, even more illegal immigration, more ant-white anti-heterosexual anti-Christian/Catholic/Jewish persecution. More commercials on TV that refuse to feature any heterosexual white people (unless they are obviously married to a black person, usually white husband/black wife, a combination one very rarely sees outside of a TV screen). More and more inflation, of course. More of the same.

    • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 1:29 pm #

      I thought I was in a not-good mood today, but Jeez, dilbert, you got me beat. I’m now going back to bed with the pillow over my head. Unfortunately, you may be right.

      • dilbert113 January 1, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

        I hate to be a downer, but that’s how I see it. It would take something really big to wake people up, and I just don’t see that happening, not anytime soon.

        • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 12:38 pm #

          @dilbert113

          At some point, the real and self-made ills you describe will have big consequences for the vast majority of Americans (and probably the majority of CFNers too).

          And then it will be too late.

          That has happened yet. A lot of what was middle America has been sunk by the rising tide of an economy that doesn’t work–but a lot of it is still high and dry…

          Even as we “high and dry” complain about the cost of things (again), and find we work more than our parents did for essentially the same, or for a lot of stuff we see now we don’t need, or because housing in areas with lower-crime is so expensive…..

          It is too late now, as it is. The US system was conceived on the basis of shared values and a division of powers. It was also conceived before the industrial revolution, and it also had a big crack in the foundation, slavery, which the “American elites” (aka the “Founding Fathers”) were able to reach an understanding.

          That’s on the surface.

          Below the surface, big money/the establishment/the globalists, pick whichever term you want, have been playing the US system for over a hundred years.

          They’ve been “boiling the frog” for over a century. Slowly at first–the Federal Reserve and Income Tax, and over time the heat keeps accelerating with new issues.

          Just one example: The economy stopped working for many working Americans around 1973, for example. That means that Americans’ legitimate and unrealistic (thanks to mass marketing and advertisements) expectations could increasingly not be met with the jobs they had.

          Also, the rest of the Western world (Europe and Japan) was no longer bombed rubble, and could make more things better or for less.

          As Trump said, the US “defended them and paid to keep a large military to “defend” them from the supposed Soviet bogey-man, while they invested in R&D and new factories”.

          That was not a problem for US owners of BIG Capital, just for Americans who must trade their time for money (aka work).

          But somehow, despite our economic issues, the US can spend a trillion on “defense” this year, even though the US border remains lightly defended (and not defended enough).

          Somehow, the US can give Ukraine and Israel billions for wars that are not in the American people’s best interest.

          Somehow, we can have a summer of riots for George Floyd, but it seems no one even KNOWS Tyre Nichols name.

          Nothing happens by accident.

    • tuco22 January 1, 2024 at 2:01 pm #

      I think you’re right about everything, Dilbert. I know what you mean about the commercials. I try not to watch them every time they come on TV. They obviously do not represent “reality.”

    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 4:08 pm #

      Oh stop being so dreary, dilbert. The sky may not fall but it sure does change up a lot. Today I see a lot of wonderful cirrus clouds for example. And the other day it was simply beautiful and blue. Later this week it will be gray and filled with rain cloud lakes and rivers.

  28. Paula D January 1, 2024 at 1:54 pm #

    As I have pointed out before, the climate change scam is a bait-and-switch way to turn the normal human love for nature and desire to protect it, into a cap-and-trade scam to turn the environment over to Wall Street.

    And it works, very well. Not only with the self-identified left, who think that buying electric cars, and putting up windmills, but continuing to pave over the rest of the asphalt nation and having climate controlled indoor environments forever. Not to mention the way they protest for the “climate”, by defacing priceless art, and gluing themselves to various surfaces.

    Tut those who think they’re all smart because they have figured out it’s a lie, fall for the opposite narrative.

    Continue wasting energy, cause that’s how you stick it to The Man! And Greta, of course. Stick it to Greta!

    Drill, baby, drill, in the last pristine areas of our country, set off to protect endangered species. Dig pipelines. Empty aquifers to frack, dumping the contaminated water into the water supply.
    Make sure that the people living in the US right now use up every last drop of oil, even if a third of the people living here aren’t even citizens, and have no right to be here polluting with the rest of us. Solidarity with illegal aliens, when it comes to the Right To Waste. We’re all in this together baby, right now.

    Fuck the kids! We want it all Now.

    Not exactly the conservative look I remember. Conservation? Not when you’re sticking it to The Man!

    And The Man sits back and snickers, because having access to undestroyed land and water is exactly what he wants.

    • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 1:59 pm #

      Fuck the kids! Like in Palestine, right?

      Kesa not going to like you standing up for the kids. At least you’re against the Palestinian ones.

    • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 2:15 pm #

      We gotta out-China China!

    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 4:01 pm #

      Yes, it is as much of a scam as the climate change scam. And it is a false choice that is offered up to us by the overlords. They love to see the climate kooks and oil guzzlers at each others throats. The middle and moderate path is the best path. It sounds like something Buddha said so let’s go with it!

    • Rulo Deschamps January 1, 2024 at 8:07 pm #

      All or most of Paula’s comments are surgically accurate.

      Yes, global climate change as a muzzle to genuine environmental concerns.

      • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 1:10 pm #

        @Paula well said.

        But I don’t get the last line:

        if The Man wants access to undestroyed land and fresh water, why “drill in the last pristine areas”?

        I’m with Paula, Americans tend to be wasteful.

        BUT, I don’t think it is because Americans are innately by nature much more wasteful than Japanese, or Arabs, or Africans, or even Germans or Greeks.

        It’s because the US of A (and Canada and Russia to a lesser extent) was naturally blessed with relative abundance and (having cleared the Natives) a lot of land.

        Americans have, or had, the luxury of being able to have more “stuff”. That’s why. Since I grew up in the 70s/80s, in a suburban NYC subdivision built in the late 50s, the exurbs of the 90s in places like Allentown/Bethelehem PA, or Brentwood TN, or Dayton area OH, or metro Detroit, seemed excessive. Huge houses replaced what used to be small farms. They are farther away from jobs, shopping–but they are big!

        And not that inexpensive either.

        That was good land that can’t be used to grow things again (not without a lot of cost of tearing down the houses AND removing the foundations…good luck)

        I say this because my experience in Europe and Persian Gulf in general, and the US and Greece in particular, shows that, given the opportunity (more unfettered access to more natural resources), those people want to live like.. Americans!

        In Saudi, of course gasoline was cheap (30 years ago), LOTS of big GM cars and Suburbans then.

        In Athens area, Greece, even though gasoline costs 2-3x more per gallon depending on the year, and people make 1/3 of the US, people buy “cross-overs” which use more fuel. Newer homes are bigger built in areas that were considered unbuildable (the side of the mountain) and force a 2nd car because they are far away from mass transit (you have to DRIVE to a reliable bus station). The Europeans also drive bigger vehicles than they used to.

        The Europeans have limits though–they don’t have abundant, infinite land. So they have a lot less sprawl, smaller houses, less stuff. And that facilitates buses and trains.

        They don’t have oil, so they were always encouraged to use less by the high taxes Euro governments levied on motor fuels (the price of oil and gasoline is pretty uniform across the globe–it’s the TAXES that make fuel in Europe 2-3x as expensive as the US). They tend to avoid developing farmable land.

        In Canada, at least Ontario, which is “America lite”, taxes are a lot higher, so people have less disposable income, so they have less stuff. And real estate, at least in Toronto area, is very expensive. People have built out. The road network looks pretty, but the traffic is horribly slow.

        Everyone wants to live like Americans!

        • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 3:35 pm #

          We don’t disagree, Socrates. I have pointed out before that as soon as people cross the border, no matter how spartan their existence was wherever they came from, they immediately start living it up. That’s why they come here.
          So if our rulers were really worried about ”climate change”, why would they have open borders?
          Obviously, they are not really worried. They are lying.

          Yes, every one likes to live in luxury, but as you point out, it is the built environment here that sets us up to waste more than any other country on the planet.

          Change the zoning laws to prohibit urban sprawl into farmland, and it would solve a great deal of the problems.
          Why the hell should current residents of places in the country be forced to pay for the utility construction and roads for new “housing starts”?
          The whole thing is just a way to make the rich richer, because real estate construction is so heavily subsidized.

          When I said that they want access to pristine areas, I mean areas that were set aside by various governments to protect them. That is not just in the US, it is in many countries around the world.
          The Man wants the government to give him access to those areas so he can drill and steal whatever resources are there.
          The

  29. cedricward January 1, 2024 at 2:01 pm #

    @ Jarek,

    Please add /sarc
    to your posts
    as we can rarely
    tell the difference
    between what you
    really think
    versus when you
    are being sarcastic

    • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 2:31 pm #

      You just don’t know me well enough yet is all.

  30. socialisthater January 1, 2024 at 2:07 pm #

    The most dangerous thing about 2024 is that a large number of Americans–all the leftists and a fair number of the moderates are willing to vote for the Party of Chaos dictatorship and trade any freedoms that they have (along with everyone else’s freedoms) for empty promises of security, “equity”, leisure, and pleasure. Of course, under the Democrat Socialist dictatorship, they will enjoy none of those for very long. Socialism can never deliver on any of its promises and the Socialist elite will inevitably become genocidal in the attempt to hide those obvious truths.

    The only hope to save the American Republic will be a conservative landslide sweep of the 2024 election that will remove the Party of Chaos cabal from power forever. Six months ago I thought that there was no possibility of that happening. Today, I’m a bit more optimistic as the Democrats are so wrecking the U.S. that even many moderates are now noticing what conservatives have seen since about 2008. Still, I don’t expect the Democrat scum to go quietly. I fully expect that, should Trump actually look likely to win the “whole enchilada” in 2024, the Democrats will enlist some individual or group to try to assassinate him. They are that evil and ruthless. Were they to succeed, I believe that a violent all-out Civil War would be inevitable.

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    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 3:53 pm #

      I don’t think there is anything really socialist about the Democrat Party so I don’t know if we are necessarily sharing the same reality. See this is where things get dicey. So, the Democrat Party is in service to billionaire corporate donors. Their pretense of socialism they put on for public consumption is what may have you fooled? But they are not socialists in any way. And many of the conservatives serve the same exact people.

      • Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:23 pm #

        Far OUT! SSL – You’re utterly right. The MAGAts have been brainwashed into this irreality – among many others, of course. God on you for saying it out loud. I’m awaiting the vicious blowback you should expect soon.

        • Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:23 pm #

          (Good)

        • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 10:20 pm #

          It’s not just the MAGA people though. Many people believe in the Democrat/Republican paradigm. Like a lot of people on the left who believe they are fighting evil Republicans and MAGAts.

          • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2024 at 8:01 am #

            That’s because it’s all we have, SSL; 3rd party candidates typically go nowhere. Altho I have high hopes for RFK, jr.

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 1:24 am #

            You lost him.

      • Jarek January 1, 2024 at 9:53 pm #

        Of course it’s socialist. Socialism is the midpoint of the line between Communism and Capitalism. It’s all one system.

        But yes, they don’t like feeding the useless eaters thus the Cull, or campaign of global genocide via the Vax.

        In the Final Order, the midpoint won’t be necessary. It will just be the Lords and the peasants, or Capitalists and Communists – if any of that even applies any more. One will own everything and the other will own nothing and be made to be happy. The Owners and the Owned.

        • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 10:17 pm #

          And I wonder if the owners will even need the owned at that point?

          • Jarek January 2, 2024 at 12:11 am #

            I imagine they want someone to dominate. The truly wise might want to keep some humans who aren’t altered just as a reserve, but that may be assuming some good will that simply doesn’t exist.

            Or maybe they think they have enough just genetic variation just amongst themselves to keep the species viable. Or again, are they so crazy that they don’t even care? Still dreaming of being uploaded into robots?

          • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:38 pm #

            I think at least some of them are so crazy that they are thinking they can be totally uploaded into robot bodies or something similar to that. Its a way for them to stay immortal.

      • benr January 2, 2024 at 8:07 am #

        That is why they self label PROGRESSIVE.
        They are a hodgepodge of things one of which is Socialist.
        They are simply evil.

    • Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:30 pm #

      You’re a fool, socialisthater.

      Please spend some time listing all the ways in which the Dems “are so wrecking the U.S.”?

      Is it the inflation back to 3%, gas prices back to $3 a gallon? The GDP growth of 4.9% annually last quarter? Or perhaps it’s the 12 million jobs that have been created since 2021?

      Which of these things is wrecking the U.S?

      • Mac January 2, 2024 at 4:25 am #

        Only Mike would perceive inflation at 3% in a milieu of massive money printing, or point to GDP which includes government spending..

        • benr January 2, 2024 at 7:57 am #

          Amazing when the price of everything else is still through the roof!
          Three bags of groceries yesterday cost me $150 dollars in Virginia of all places.
          Two packages of ground turkey and no other meat and enough peanut butter to last a couple of days.

          Happy meal is still UP up Up uP from a couple of years ago and has not settled with the lowering of gas prices why is that?

          What was the price in 2000 $1.99 now up to $8 bucks.
          Diesel is still crazy expensive for it being the least processed form of fuel we put in a car.
          place.

          Why do they keep changing the metrics for what they consider inflation indicators?

          Inflation just 3% we all know that is rubbish just simply go out and start buying ANYTHING.

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:33 am #

            Reminds you of the 70s, doesn’t it?

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:34 am #

            That was caused by overspending under LBJ that succeeding administration failed to control.

            Good ol’ guns and butter.

      • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

        @Mike.

        IMO, both parties suck. 98% of Democrats are awful. 90% of Republicans are awful. This means a Republican is 5x more likely not to be awful, but it’s also irrelevant.

        Your numbers are reminiscent of the Carter Administration circa 1978, where “inflation and unemployment were coming down”.

        That was a mirage then (as it turned out). This is a mirage now (as it will turn out).

        But this is worse. Starting in the 1980s, the Federal Government started tweaking the numbers. Carter inflation and unemployment figures were more honest. Today’s are not. You need to go to shadowstat.org or some such place to compare.

        In any case, the Biden Administration has accelerated the demise of the the US economy. You’ll see.

        The US is going in the wrong direction on so many levels–but this helps the globalist/elite/PTB, at the expense of most of the 99%.

      • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 4:52 pm #

        Yes, when real inflation is 25% or higher in reality, a 3-point drop is something to crow about. Just like the “job creation” numbers. GDP growth is largely a result of financial gamesmanship and not a measure of true growth. The United States doesn’t produce anything anymore to contribute to the GDP except depravity and death. Gas prices back to $3/gal, when under Trump, before Joe signed the executive order on Jan 1, 2023, shutting down the pipeline it was under $3/gal.

      • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 10:06 am #

        @ Mike Sherman:

        Well, the Dems have accomplish one thing that is extraordinary: They’ve teleported you into a parallel universe.

    • Forced-to-subsist-on-small-game January 3, 2024 at 10:09 am #

      There is no hope for the American Republic. The problems you are experiencing are not political, for one thing. They are related to energy. The clusterfuck that politics everywhere has become is merely inevitable for the stage of the trajectory we (the world, not just the American Republic) are at. General overshoot. JHK used to write about these things in favor of the more surficial stuff, but that was before the subject became more or less exhausted. I mean, once you know what is occuring with regards to the end of this current model, there is nothing left to write. Other perhaps than, “Yup. Still happening,” once in awhile. Not much there to hold a readership. People whose lives depend on producing copy are forced to turn to something less relevant but more sensational. Something much faster moving than the grind of decline and fall, more sensational, more hysterical. John Michael Greer did it, Matt Savinar did it long ago (reading tea leaves i think) and JHK has done it. Politics it is here. Fortunately, a great many people think politics is the root.

      It’s sad to note the godlike powers so many ascribe to political leaders/parties. Although i suppose it makes perfect sense. Believing someone must be able to be in charge and turn things around if we just cast the right ballot is far more comforting than the reality. Being that the bus has no driver and our fate is in the hands of much larger larger forces. Forces that don’t even recognize our existence.

      • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 11:32 am #

        @Forced The “problems” we are experiencing are intractable, even though today many of us are doing pretty well.

        There is also a spiritual war going on between good and evil–for the time being. That is THE war, the root cause of strife.

        Evil refuses to submit, and until good subjugates it, evil will foment chaos, wars, and problems. Everything stems from that. The “powers that be” (the globalists, large capital, the people pulling the strings of the big “players” like the US President and most world leaders) in our current earthly world ARE the agents of evil.

        We (individually and collectively are being tested). The forces of darkness are constantly working to consolidate their grip on the world.

        Even absent organized resistance, controlling this world is a daunting task. Especially when God is not on evil’s side, even if He has not yet pulled the stops out to stop evil, as He can, and inevitably will.

        World control. That is what globalism is about. That’s what Gates, Soros (who are junior string pullers, or simply the among more prominent figures that we know who have their strings pulled)

        The “chaos” that many people here complain about (including me) is a result of the hidden hand of evil. We typically object or disagree with what we can see and understand that is wrong–things going on around us, or things we read about or see.

        As the clock runs out on evil, and that could be next month (very unlikely, IMO) or in a hundred years (also very unlikely, IMO), or in between (my bet–but I really cannot know. Only God knows), those of us still here will see more of the puzzle pieces and get a clearer picture of what is to be, of what the Bible prophesied. And chances are, it is not going to be what several people who profess to be “Christian” of one sort or the other expected or comport with THEIR interpretations of the Bible, many of which will probably be errant.

  31. SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 3:41 pm #

    I have feelings of concern surrounding this whole walk with consequence situation. For 2024 I don’t want to worry about things as much as I did in 2023. So I appreciate the positive take on possibilities in the new year. I’m super tired of the blob, and honestly the blob is redundant and boring at this point and time. But there is also that whole phenomenon about trading the devil you know for the devil you don’t know. Like, sometimes that can go bad. Real bad lol. So just like careful what you wish for and all. Happy New Year, Mr. K! Happy New Year CFN!

  32. beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 3:43 pm #

    @dilbert:

    I just woke up from sleeping after reading your post. Has anything changed yet?

    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 4:04 pm #

      So much has changed Bill, silly lol. For starters, the time changed and the position of the sun in the sky changed.

      • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 4:42 pm #

        That’s only because they want you to believe that in the master simulacrum. Their laboratory is quite impressive. Lol.

        • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 6:11 pm #

          Oh yeah? Who is they?

          • beantownbill. January 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm #

            Who ARE they? They are the universe makers who have the scientific knowledge to create universes in their laboratories. We are all just the result of their lab work. Someday we may develop that ability ourselves. The omniverse is infinite, so there’s enough room for the created to be creators, too.

          • Blackbird January 1, 2024 at 8:35 pm #

            I hope you’re being satirical, beans.

            If I remember my numerology correctly,
            one interpretation of “the Number of the Beast” is man (represented by the number 6) attempting to make himself God (represented by the number 3).

            I think we are dangerously close to that point now.

          • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 9:27 pm #

            Ok. So you believe we are living in a simulation? And there are multiple universes! This is interesting, Bill. Are we living many different lives in those multiple universes, sorta like copies or are all of the different universes completely different?

          • Ron Anselmo January 2, 2024 at 2:33 am #

            Dreamy – Edie Brickell knows. Listen to the lyrics in “The Wheel”, by Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians.

            She’s your namesake, you know?

            Always loved her music, but the first time I saw her perform – musical guest on SNL – I fell out. When she sings, she goes to some different place.

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:32 am #

            SSL

            Parallel universes allowing travel between them, Black Holes, White holes?

            Imagine what it would look like if a much superior race in another universe could travel here. Maybe a Tranfiguration? Or a Reserrection? On an Annunciation? Or an Ascension as they snap back into their Universe.

            Is our God and His angels a race from another Universe?

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:32 am #

            Oh, yeah, begs the question, who created that universe?

          • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:47 pm #

            Thanks Ron, I love that song. It does make a lot of sense. Maybe that is what the deja vu really is? Like when you feel like you were there before, said something the same before, or like that feeling when you truly feel you know someone that you don’t really know.

          • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:53 pm #

            John, could it be that the white and black holes are really just recycling space/time?

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 6:24 pm #

            Aha, SSL. Curiosity!

            Questions?

            How much matter can a Black holes take in, what happens when the singularity gets to “critical mass”, another Big Bang?

            How many universes exist? We say that our universe may be infinite in size, what if an infinite number of black holes have created an infinite number of universes each of infinite size?

            Then we have supermassive black holes at the center of most of the star galaxies. Are these black holes destroyers of matter in the galaxy or are they the source of the star matter in the galaxy. Are the galaxies spinning in or out?

            White holes are the back sides of black holes? Matter generators? Exhaust ports for black holes?

            Space time? Incomprehensible! Entering a black hole, time stands still? Time is a variable? Where are we? Is God and His Legions part of a universe that is running at a much slower speed, where 1 day equals 700 million years, our time?

            What exactly is Eternal Life?

            Right now, the “expert” physicists just do not know, they are being blown away by the James Webb.

  33. Anon1970 January 1, 2024 at 4:58 pm #

    My financial wish for 2024 is that Amazon.com be sued for a large amount of money for opening Prime accounts for its customers who did not request them, did not give their permission to the company to open a Prime account and were charged the first month’s fee for the unwanted account on their credit card. Wasn’t Wells Fargo charged and convicted several years ago of opening accounts that were not requested by their customers? Since mid-October, this has happened three times to me.

    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 6:16 pm #

      Hmmm, maybe you’re clicking like a wrong a link or something? If you are successful you could get a kajillion from them lol.

    • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 9:47 am #

      @ Anon1970:

      That happend to me a couple of years ago. They actually mailed me a bill. So I had to waste a lot of time getting them to fix it.

  34. Roundball Shaman January 1, 2024 at 5:08 pm #

    “… worrying incessantly that God has abandoned you…”

    Fortunately, God never abandons us. But what can and does abandon the human family is sanity and reason. And ‘Itself’ allows this to happen to give we humans a chance for us to learn amongst ourselves where we have effed up… and to give us a chance to put the train back on the right track. In short, a reclaiming of a state of mind we never should have left in the first place.

    Or, in God’s Earthly Train Station, we all got on the wrong train at the wrong Track Number and have headed ourselves in the Wrong Direction. With plenty of conductors on board wearing sickly smiles and punching our tickets and faces while losing our luggage and encouraging us to continue to move away from what our true destination should be. And in today’s Indispensable Nation… an Engineer wearing a uniform of Woke Blue who knows not who or what he is or where he is headed but yet was handed the steering wheel of the Train of State… or at least the appearance of holding on to it.

    “The election of 2024, whether it is actually allowed to happen or not, will probably commence the extinction of the DC blob.”

    William Shakespeare famously told us, “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    Well, all one has to do is switch out a couple of words and this is what you get:

    “Politics is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets its hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: Politicians are idiots, and politics is full of sound and fury but signifying nothing.”

    And that is about the most accurate and succinct description of politics in human life that you will ever find.

    As for the ‘election’… have one or have one not. It doesn’t matter. Either way, the Dark State will stay hidden and in full control while laughing at all those millions of well-intentioned souls who dutifully line up in 2024 to cast votes that will not being tallied in black-box software that’s already pre-programmed to select the best lackies for service of the Deep State Masters.

    Trump will yell and scream. Nikki will pander. Ron will ask where things all went wrong. Gavin will stroke his ‘perfect’ hair and wait for that call. The Resident will look for more pudding and pre-schools. RFK Jr. will pretend that America still has a functioning system of elections. And the American people will grow more angry and frustrated.

    “2024 is on. It’s the time many of us have been waiting for.”

    Spoiler alert headline of the future: ‘2025 is on. It’s the time many of us have been waiting for. Don’t let everything that’s happened to us in 2024 break your spirit’.

    Too cynical? Like some folks say about paranoia… you might not be cynical enough.

    But have a good year ahead, anyway. Pisses the hell out of Them.

    And be careful about where the train you’re riding is headed.

    • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:27 am #

      Yeah, blame it on God. The old blame game.

      Got a mirror?

  35. SaHiB January 1, 2024 at 6:05 pm #

    In declaring secession, I hope Shenna Bellows is prepared to pay Maine’s share of the national debt.

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    • Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:04 pm #

      That would be fuck-all, with 1.4 million citizens, they represent 0.00425% of the population. In any case, who declared secession?

      • stelmosfire January 2, 2024 at 9:49 am #

        Mike your decimal poit is off by 2 zeros. .425% would be more like it.

        • stelmosfire January 2, 2024 at 9:50 am #

          Poit? WTF is a poit?

          • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:27 pm #

            POINT

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 1:32 am #

            Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, Maya Angelou?

        • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:27 pm #

          Thanks

    • SpeedyBB January 1, 2024 at 10:20 pm #

      Looking up a list of the GIMME states, I was honestly surprised to see that Maine (along with Vermont) is a net liability – among all those God-fearing stuck-in-the-mud Southern states, obviously, sucking on “Uncle’s tit” through their CongressCritters who refuse to die (or retire).

      “According to a report by MoneyGeek, which analyzed the return on taxes sent to the federal government and the percent of each state’s revenue provided by the federal government, the following states were found to be the most dependent on federal aid in 2022 ¹:

      1. New Mexico
      2. West Virginia
      3. Mississippi
      4. Alaska
      5. Kentucky
      6. Vermont
      7. Montana
      8. Arizona
      9. Maine
      10. Alabama
      11. Louisiana

      “The report also found that seven of the ten states most dependent on the federal government were Republican-voting, with the average red state receiving $1.05 per dollar spent.”

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 2, 2024 at 12:07 am #

        That list could also be the list of ‘States Least Likely To Secede‘.

        Secession might be a perceived way to transcend the possible feds’ controlled-chaos premise behind over-immigration.

        • BackRowHeckler January 2, 2024 at 7:49 am #

          Altho, Vermont had a pretty strong secession movement around 2006, which mostly seemed to be a reaction against the Iraqi War. Not really sure how serious it was as it quickly faded after Obama’s election in 2008.

          Drive around the rural back country in Vermont, or Maine 20 miles inland from the coast, and you will see signs of poverty.

          • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:31 pm #

            poverty in vermont?? wtf.

            I am familiar [1970s] with the area north of Albany NY
            and saw poverty, are you familiar with the kidnapping case?

            NICK KOLLIAS went to a dodgy part of town…
            Ill take ‘guess the perps race for $10’

            ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Six people accused of abducting and torturing two University of Rochester students until a SWAT team stormed in have been charged in a 32-count indictment that adds charges of sexual assault and weapons counts

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2024 at 7:36 am #

            Vt not that far from Hartford & Boston; black dealers & pimps finding fertile ground amongst young naifs from there. It just a short drive up I-91 really. Vt state troopers trying to keep them out is criticized as Profiling & Racist.

            Thousands of hippies moved there from Boston & NYC in the 70s & it is they who control the political apparatus of Vt. to this day.

            The thing about distressed cities & towns in Vt is they are still mostly White so, unlike cities like Baltimore & St. Louis, they are not violent & unsafe. You can walk around in them without being shot in the face. Altho, last summer a young Vt girl was chopped up with an axe by a Somali ‘Migrant.’ They covered that up fast.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 2:56 pm #

            So-called poverty is kind of relative, like anything I suppose. I mean, what does it mean? I even cover it in one of my scenarios with the hypothetical kid asking the dad about rich people. “You mean rich like in spirit?” Remember that? I can dig it up for you if you’d like.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 3:04 pm #

            @BackRowHeckler:

            A problem with seeing the world through a lens like ‘White’ is probably as problematic as the so-called ‘Woke’ seeing the world through a lens like ‘White’.

      • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:26 am #

        You will find that all of the states you listed are listed in the areas that are very poor, their populations are poor. Gee, maybe part of that reason IS they vote against the Deep State over and over and do not receive the gimme goood status and all the welfare that goes with it. Poor people, especially immigrants makeup big parts of this group and in the case of Arizona, it is Native Americans, New Mexico too. They are all underdeveloped economically as their voting record makes it hard to get all that infrastructure money to build up their economies. Take a look at Briggs on You Tube and his discussions on the poorest states in the country with the worst futures, you will see your list there. Bottom line, the Feds cause it all anyway.

        • Anthea January 2, 2024 at 9:56 am #

          @ JohnAZ:

          Yes, and I don’t think you could come to many conclusions about this data without more information; i.e., how and where the money is spent. My bet is that most of it goes to the blue cities, for various kinds of social services: welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, and health care. Probably a very large chunk of it goes for health care.

          • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:32 pm #

            immigrants new un americans.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 3:07 pm #

            The Cooksonia Hypothesis

  36. getsome January 1, 2024 at 8:57 pm #

    James Howard: Your ability to identify social/political/moral and oftentimes spiritual themes, then, with amazing lucidity, imparting your projected probable outcome and the then effect on future events still has me re-reading your prose several times to grasp it fully. Your writing is the one constant in an ever changing blogging landscape. Thank You for being you.
    Situational awareness is the poorer half of the equation. You discern a group of thugs a good distance away and re route your movement away. Good. Now have said group appear twenty yards away. Situational awareness informs you that you’re fucked. Combine awareness with situational CONTROL. Concealed or open carry 357 mag revolver. Allow them to approach and even with them angling in, pick one and put one round to the head. If they’re behind/next to they’ll get hit with bone-brain-grisle and vanish. To the side no shower but seeing someone’s head explode will have them disappear as if you dreamed them there. No shell casing. Go home. Nuff Said.
    .

    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 9:36 pm #

      This is an interesting post. I’m not sure what to make of it but it is important to know what’s going on.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 2, 2024 at 12:11 am #

      Is this part of a b-movie script?

    • Paddys Lament January 2, 2024 at 4:20 pm #

      I’m keeping my Colt Python handy. Just in case.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 3:08 pm #

        You and everybody else. Let’s hope American gun owners are like Swiss gun owners.

  37. Mike Sherman January 1, 2024 at 9:00 pm #

    When a Commentator has to stoop to quoting the deluded jabberfest disaster that is Vivek Ramaswamy, his last shred of credibility goes up like a puff of smoke. Unbelievable.

    And to accuse the Maine SoS of “chucking Mr. Trump off the ballot there because. . . she felt like it.” then he has crossed yet another line in the Disinformation Clusterfuck. As I understand it, JHK holds himself out as a serious journalist, right? So I’d really like to know what research he undertook before writing this distasteful line of utter bullshit.

    For the instruction of his many like-minded followers, I refer them all to the Constitution of the Great State of Maine, which explains that the SoS cannot ‘do what she likes’ but has to have a complaint lodged (there were three, all lodged by Republicans). She is required to investigate it, take arguments from both sides and arrive at a legally sound determination.

    This is the problem now. The MAGAt ‘right’ (which seems to me to be universally ‘wrong’) simply cannot countenance any decision against their Orange Jesus, resorting to the predictably inevitable “political witch hunt” or “election interference” screams of impotence.

    It is most disturbing to watch interviews with these MAGAt morons who are clueless whenever their Drumpf talking points are challenged:

    youtube.com/watch?v=L_ZNGA0C94w

    • Mac January 2, 2024 at 4:33 am #

      Mike- And what would your reaction be if another SOS went through his state’s legal process and threw Biden off the ballot because he perceives Biden has broken immigration laws?

      • OG January 2, 2024 at 12:47 pm #

        Or treason, for that matter.

      • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

        It’s the job of Congress to fix immigration.

        • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 6:40 pm #

          It is the job of Congress to create and fund all actions of the federal government. Not a damn thing has been accomplished by Congress in a long time. They cannot even produce a budget that is meaningful.

          The president’s job is to execute what Congress creates.

          What you are seeing is the reversal of those roles being caused by a Deep State that wants to become totalitarian in nature. The uniparty wants control. Almost all the folks we vote on want uniparty control.

          Congress will NOT fix immigration, period. So here comes the President and the Mob just opening the border. Understand they want tens of millions of future socialists in the country, they want illicit criminal activity to pay the freight for the US Treasury and the IMF, they used the open border to spread Covid and other diseases into the body of the country. Get it? The government goes broke without the cartels and the open border selling poison and slavery to the people of the USA.

          The Deep State’s prime directive is protection of the Deep State. Acknowledge that and what is happening becomes much more understandable.

          Your statement is as faux as the Deep State itself. The country is going to go into chaos before the jerks in DC do anything.

    • benr January 2, 2024 at 7:33 am #

      You say the same bullshit every post.
      Did it ever occur to you that you might be the deluded clueless moron?
      That everything you think is true has been spoon fed lies that you gobble up and regurgitate?
      If you are actually capable of independent thought think on it.

      • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:14 am #

        Whoever MS is, he is a deluded fool an ultimate gimme or gimme supporter. His statements are so totally bullshit, he wants Amerika so badly, maybe he should move to Venezuela where his views would fit right in.

        Anyone who thinks that the judiciary or biased state government official should rule who is on a federal ballot is a traitor to the Constitution.

        We need a CW to rid of Bozos like this guy.

        • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:15 am #

          I hate name calling but oh, such fertile ground.

    • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 1:22 pm #

      Uh-oh MS, you’ve pissed off the mindless morons here at CFN. It’s always funny to watch the ‘fuck your feelings’ crowd get in a yank when someone shows up to disrupt their safe space.

      • benr January 2, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

        Yet another sock puppet responding to its own posts.

  38. Jarek January 1, 2024 at 9:00 pm #

    John Bell – 2013 – Gates Foundation, GAVI researcher whose interests include DNA mutation, on the UK Vaccine Task Force, who stated in an interview that “These [COVID-19] vaccines are unlikely to completely sterilise a population. They’re very likely to have an effect which works in a percentage. Say, 60% or 70%.”

    Jarek: 70% of those that take it? Or 70% of the population – the approximate number that took it? Other factors, the placebo batches and/or damaged vaccines.

    • SoftStarLight January 1, 2024 at 10:09 pm #

      I watched that video on bitchute after I found it. I can’t tell for sure if his comment was just a slip of the tongue or an actual Freudian slip. It truly is a dilemma. You can tell that the person who put up the video believes it was a Freudian slip. I’m not sure. He might have meant that the shot would effectively vaccinate 70% who took it. But we would have to have a trial to find out if that is what he meant.

      • Jarek January 2, 2024 at 12:08 am #

        Bill Gates made a similar slip but predicted far less dire results in terms of fertility. They’re getting better at this, perhaps.

        Probably worse case is when both partners are vaccinated.

        • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 11:05 am #

          I think these “slips” are intentional. They make us paranoid conspiracy theorists point and say, “Hey, listen to what he said!” Then the Mike Shermans of this world can say, “Oh my god, you’re so stupid! That’s totally impossible!!”

          It strengthens the allegiance of the puppets to their puppet masters and marginalizes those of us who are paying attention.

          • OG January 2, 2024 at 12:42 pm #

            Plus it deliciously tickles their funny bone.

          • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:57 pm #

            And we do know how serious they are about satiating the whims of their funny bones

          • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:11 pm #

            …and their less-than-funny bones.

    • Ron Anselmo January 2, 2024 at 2:19 am #

      Deagel 2014 Projections say:

      Estimated US Population 2017 = 327MM
      Estimated US Population 2025 = 100MM

      70% Reduction in US Population

      What was the vax uptake target we heard ad infinitum? How many times did we hear it? From how many experts? Over and over and over – you guessed it – 70%. What was the vax uptake ~ 70%.

      Make of this what you will.

      • stelmosfire January 2, 2024 at 10:00 am #

        The Yogi say, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

      • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 1:19 pm #

        You actually believe this nonsense?

        • Ron Anselmo January 2, 2024 at 1:56 pm #

          Does this mean you don’t?

          • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 2:59 pm #

            Only if my brain fell out of my head….

        • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:15 pm #

          Seems to me that Ron is just citing readily available information, (i.e., the Deagle report and the percent vaxxed) and suggesting that we, “Make of this what you will”.

          But yeah: “Every day in every way, things are getting better and better!”

      • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 4:43 pm #

        2014 was when the Obama administration really ramped up the provocations to Russia.
        There was no censorship back then, and I remember reading about the atrocities to my father, who was fading away.

        I thought, but didn’t say out loud “Hang on, Dad, and we’ll all go together”. That’s how convinced I was that Russia would respond with violence.

        But Putin’s cool head prevailed and we have all gotten an extra 10 years of life out of it.

        But now they’re ramping it up again, especially the US and the UK. The atrocities they are committing in Russia, and also the pushing of Ukrainians into Novorossiya to die will surely push Russia into a stronger response sooner or later.

        What if this is suicide by cop? Maybe it isn’t the GMO injectable at all, it is provoking Russia and/or China, into using nuclear weapons on the two most lawless countries on the planet.
        Because doesn’t the UK lose a lot of people as well, in those projections?

        • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 1:52 am #

          Oliver Stone made an excellent documentary in 2015/16

          “Ukraine on Fire”

          It’s free on Rumble.

          It is excellent, very informative.

          All the facts that the US mainstream media conveniently leaves out of the narrative.

      • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 4:57 pm #

        It won’t be just the vaxxes. I think there’ll be a cutoff of prescription medication from where our elected representatives have sent its shipment.

      • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:34 pm #

        bowie–1972–we have 5 years

        dee–we have 23 months.

    • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 9:08 am #

      Jarek

      Ever read “The Inferno” by Dan Brown.

      You might find it interesting.

    • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 8:07 pm #

      From the CDC:
      “Sterilizing immunity protects the individual and prevents transmission to new hosts, thereby contributing to protection at a population level.”

      Nothing to do with fertility.

      Actually, also nothing to do with the GMO injectable, which doesn’t provide any immunity, actually making people more susceptible to illness.

  39. edpell January 1, 2024 at 9:28 pm #

    I expect an election with one name on the ballot Joe Biden. Dear leader will be re-elected with 110% of the vote.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 11:39 pm #

      It’s been said that it’s a one-party State anyway, masquerading as something else. So if it’s going to be that, might as well be honest about it.

    • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 4:58 pm #

      Yep, that’s what I expect, too.

    • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 5:07 pm #

      And the lemmings will be just fine with that.

  40. The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 10:25 pm #

    Controlled Demolition? Chapter ?

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy
    armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/civil-unrest/the-cloward-and-piven-strategy/

    “COMMENT: Your reporting on the Red Cross and other organizations that facilitate the mass importation of illegals into America is well done. But its purpose is about more than just a move to import a bunch of Biden voters to help secure a second term.
    Are you aware of the Cloward and Piven strategy? These were two communist professors who devised a plan to take down the capitalist structure of the United States through mass illegal migration that overwhelms U.S. social safety net programs and local governments. It is an intentional plan to collapse the U.S. and bring in a new (global) regime that will issue ‘guaranteed basic income’ to all.
    I’ve never seen you comment on Cloward and Piven, would you care to share whether Socrates shows their plan will be successful?

    REPLY:
    The four steps of the Cloward-Piven Strategy:
    1. Overload and Break the Welfare System
    2. Have Chaos Ensue
    3. Take Control in the Chaos
    4. Implement Socialism and Communism through Government Force

    Overburden the bureaucracy to break the system, create controlled chaos, usurp power as civil unrest peaks, and offer government aid as the only solution. This was the basis behind the Cloward-Piven strategy created by sociologists Frances Fox Piven and her husband, Richard Cloward. The couple published their theory in The Nation Magazine on May 2, 1966, entitled ‘The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty.’ ”

    —-

    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

    youtu.be/sySlY1XKlhM?si=1qSj2UZJivCUrl9F

    “Because I’m free
    Nothing’s worrying me…”

    —-

    LOL

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    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 10:28 pm #

      Your Government

      “Yes that was quite the battle; thank goodness the combatants deployed clubs & not machetes this time … plenty of cracked skulls and broken bones but at least no beheadings on the Streets of London.

      Legend has it that the City of London once billed itself as the Capital of Western Civilization. I know its hard to believe. A few weeks ago we watched tens of thousands of Arabs & Africans — displaying ISIS and Palestinian flags — vandalize historic British monuments. London police stood by and did nothing. However, when one lone White guy hoisted a St. George’s Cross banner the cops sprang into action & he was immediately arrested. Who did this Gentleman think he was, anyway? Obviously a racist & provocateur. Off to jail he went.” ~ BackRowHeckler, upthread

      It’s all good.

      😀

    • TPTB-USA January 2, 2024 at 11:23 am #

      “So, the country is in the toilet and it is our job in 2024 to make sure it doesn’t get flushed all the way down the pipe.” ~ JHK

      The odds of preventing the final flush are on the order of winning the powerball megabucks.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 4, 2024 at 7:42 am #

        Up here in so-called Canada, we are joined at the hip, but I’m on a peninsula– Nova Scotia– so it might not be as bad.

  41. The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 10:33 pm #

    Call the police on any man who makes you uncomfortable by glancing at you. And record him on the internet. Fight back! You may be able to get him put in jail or otherwise ruined.” ~ Jarek

    ‘The more things change, the more they remain the same.’

    Happy Newtron Bomb, Jar (gives Jarek an affectionate peck on the cheek).

    *Mwwah!*

    ‘If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be sweet and have a seat.’

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 11:35 pm #

      More seriously, though, Jarek, this seems more like what girls do, rather than women. Your perspective may be stunted.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm #

        You can put a couple of single quotes like this around ‘girls’ and ‘women’ if you wish.

  42. The Man They Call Zazelle January 1, 2024 at 11:37 pm #

    “We may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely—those against private citizens or those against itself? The gravest crimes in the State’s lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment, for example, treason, desertion of a soldier to the enemy, failure to register for the draft, subversion and subversive conspiracy, assassination of rulers and such economic crimes against the State as counterfeiting its money or evasion of its income tax. Or compare the degree of zeal devoted to pursuing the man who assaults a policeman, with the attention that the State pays to the assault of an ordinary citizen. Yet, curiously, the State’s openly assigned priority to its own defense against the public strikes few people as inconsistent with its presumed raison d’etre.” ~ The Anatomy of the State, Murray Rothbard

  43. The Man They Call Zazelle January 2, 2024 at 1:54 am #

    Can a Libertarian Find Hope in Prison? Maybe
    Drew Henry, Mises.org

    “Inmates are humans just like everyone else (and in the feds, where most crimes are drug crimes, most inmates are about as humane as any person ought to be). When they are confronted with problems, they attempt to solve them. When they interact with each other they tend to be respectful and expect a minimum amount of respect in return. They have conceptions of morality and social norms that they live by (although these conceptions differ somewhat from those that exist outside of prison).

    Most importantly, however, inmates can live together harmoniously (or at least as harmoniously as people outside of prison, perhaps more so) despite living together because they have been deemed dangers to society. In fact, I have felt a stronger sense of community in my four years detained than I ever have outside of prison.

    Yes, there are fights, and once in a while there is a homicide (pretrial facilities have really high security and house low-security inmates—my intention is not to utopianize prison), just as there are outside of prison. There are also birthday parties and Christmas parties; the whole unit claps when someone gets bail or gets released. The last four years of my life have been difficult, but not because of the people I have been forced to live with. With or without a monolithic government, people will continue interacting and finding ways to get along and prosper. Although I was a libertarian before I was arrested, prison actually has given me more hope for humanity.”

    • elysianfield January 2, 2024 at 2:59 pm #

      Zaz,
      With all respect, Drew Henry, and anyone that believes what you just posted is;

      1) Lacking in direct experience.

      2) Enjoying a life experience that does not mimic reality.

      3) Disingenuous

      I am beginning to believe that your feigned ignorance is a result of AI generated content.

      “Although I was a libertarian before I was arrested, prison actually has given me more hope for humanity.”

      And…no doubt, a more fulfilling sex life.

      On a personal note, I reject, in it’s entirety, your ridiculous post of late.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 3:24 pm #

        Perhaps ending up in prison, at least for most, is like a dead cat bounce, only with a live cat. 😀

        • elysianfield January 5, 2024 at 12:30 pm #

          Zaz,
          Your metaphor is weak. I can guarantee you that it would be a black Schwanz event.

    • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 3:02 pm #

      I feel like this is a real message that has been coming through the ether for a while now. Like that show Orange is the New Black and since then. Like the way to find yourself is to be imprisoned. It does make you wonder about who is trying to control your mind and thoughts.

      • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 2:45 pm #

        Dreamy, we’re all imprisoned. We’re in concentric prison fences. From the time we’re born – everyone trying to contain us. Parents build a prison fence around us. Then friends and family. Next, it’s the schools Then the churches, synagogues, temples & mosques. Then employers. Then our spouses.

        The most damning though, is the prison we put ourselves in, because when we’ve imprisoned ourselves, we can’t possibly disassemble the prison fences others are building around us.

        “Like the way to find yourself is to be imprisoned.” ~ SoftStarLight

        Already self-imprisoned, we can – and must – find ourselves. It’s the only way to free ourselves, so we can go over, under and around the fences others have put up around us, so we can at last run free.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 3:18 pm #

          +10

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 4:01 pm #

            Thanks, Zazzy.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 5:59 pm #

            The Matrix & Plato

            youtu.be/dgxHOmvn-iU?si=anfRzsZCmP4dbeEv

  44. messianicdruid January 2, 2024 at 11:34 am #

    New auctioneers are taught that Clarity is the main thing. People will not bid if they don’t know what number they are signing up for.

    Define or be defined. Run with it. Write it up, then sign it. You ain’t Lysander.

  45. beantownbill. January 2, 2024 at 12:27 pm #

    @benr:

    Funny thing. I went to Whole Paycheck yesterday. I had 3 bags and it cost me $150. The inflation rate is such a scam. The gov’t decides what goes into the index. Their list doesn’t reflect purchases of a typical American family or individual. Would you trust anything the gov’t puts out?

    I’ve noticed food prices are way up. What cost me $100 last year now costs about $140. Everything else I buy seems to be up even more. Inflation rate under 15%? Not in this life.

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    • OG January 2, 2024 at 12:38 pm #

      Not only do they make phoney bologna baskets of goods to doctor up phoney bologna headline inflation rates, they also play bs like the following:

      “Last year you could buy the iPhone X for $800. This year. the iPhone XX is $800. The XX is 25% better than the X was. Therefore, this is a negative inflation item in your basket. This dubious improved functionality on a device that you’ll never even touch statistically offsets the price increases in ground beef and eggs and cheese that you deal with week in and week out.”

      • Paddys Lament January 2, 2024 at 7:53 pm #

        Nothing speaks to the integrity of measurement quite like the CPI’s “hedonic quality adjustment.” Which leads to the question, “How do you quantify hedonism?”

    • GreenAlba January 2, 2024 at 1:04 pm #

      Don’t you have ‘shrinkflation’ over there too? Same price, smaller package.

      • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:29 pm #

        Yes. Most definitely have noticed this.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 4, 2024 at 5:27 am #

        I’ve shifted brands and, in one case off the top of my head (probably other cases too), I’ve managed not only to get a better deal than even before my previous brand’s price increase, but a better product as well.

        I was aware of the better product before but hadn’t really done the math until the price change forced me to. It is doubtful that I will be doing this sort of thing for too long, though, if prices keep increasing.

        • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 10:27 am #

          @ The Man They Call Zazelle:

          We have a similar approach here. My daughter buys a lot of stuff at Sam’s Club or Costco. Sometimes this means you have to buy rather large quantities, but this is a money-saver, if you can afford to do it. (I could never afford to, for most of my life.)

          Yesterday I asked her to pick up a pork tenderloin for me, and the smallest package was of four pork tenderloins, which I think she said was $13. So now I’m overly blessed with pork tenderloins.

          Awhile back, I splurged on a beef tenderloin, which my daughter converted into a whole bunch of very fancy steaks. It is painful to buy in that kind of quantity, but it’s super worth it, if you can.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle January 5, 2024 at 1:29 am #

          Sure, the bulk savings approach. I tried that with icing sugar once and still have a bag that has been sitting in my fridge, pre-covid, so for the past four or five years.

    • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 2:18 pm #

      On this, I agree with @beantownbill! And the rest of you.

      His inflation indicator is a lot closer to my experience, I estimate 30-50%

      (the only pleasant surprise is Walnuts at Costco. 3lb bag is $9, used to be $11-13. About 4-6 years ago, some kind of walnut disease crimped supply, maybe they planted new trees, for time being they are a bargain. And a handful a day is good for you.)

      @OG is right about the CPI. They play games with the inflation index (and unemployment). OG knowledge of the US is impressive, even by Canadian standards (the average Canadian knows a more about the US than vice versa).

      And @GreenAlba, the downsizing appears to be universal. That was going on even BEFORE the COVID price inflation. OJ used to be 64oz. Then 59.8. Now, some brands are 52oz.

      The only items spared so far are things like pasta (1 lb box) or butter (1 lb box), which will cause lots of aggravation if they go to 14oz a package (for recipes).

      • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 10:31 am #

        @ Socrates-Detroit:

        I don’t care much for English walnuts, but I don’t know where you’d have to go to get black walnuts. We do have at least one black walnut tree here, but shelling them is a huge PITA.

    • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 2:58 pm #

      Quit yer whining and go to the Grocery Outlet.

      • benr January 2, 2024 at 3:24 pm #

        Spoken like a true believer and useful idiot.

      • Anthea January 4, 2024 at 10:45 am #

        Let them eat grits!

    • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 5:00 pm #

      No, Shadowstats says it’s more like 25%. I tend to agree.

      • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 1:43 am #

        Also check out the Chapwood Index – simple, no BS calculation of true inflation. Read it and weep.

    • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:28 pm #

      beans, ya gotta remember that interest and penalties paid are additions to the economy. The more interest and penalties paid, the better off we are. I fall behind in my payments just to help the rest of you.

      That, and ya gotta believe that whatever our masters tell us is true. Are you smarter than them? Ha!!

      Listen to Jack-O: “Every day, in every way, life is getting better and better”.

      • beantownbill. January 2, 2024 at 6:36 pm #

        Falling behind in your payments is good. My suggestion is to send them to me instead. I’ll take them to the casino where I’ll be able to double or triple them. I’ll give all my winnings to the gov’t and tell them it was from you. The media will make you a national hero. Why, that may result in you being nominated as the Republican presidential candidate in November after Trump is removed from all state ballots.

        • Blackbird January 3, 2024 at 1:02 pm #

          “I’ll take them to the casino where I’ll be able to double or triple them.”

          What’s your game? Obviously not Black Jack – based on my personal experience…

          • beantownbill. January 3, 2024 at 6:40 pm #

            My game is craps. Everything else is too slow

    • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:43 pm #

      I’ve noticed food prices are way up.

      DUH

      I went to local store..u know what herb pharm tinctures are?

      One bottle herb $16
      4 pears $5
      tofu $5
      salad 8 ounces $6
      so what i could fit in hands cost about $32.

  46. jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

    Ooh…..I love a new year forecast of doom and foreboding from JHK, which is just another rinse and repeat that he’s been copy and pasting for years now. BTW, is the man ever correct??
    More evidence that our fearless host has lost his mind: he bookends his post w a ridiculous quote from the annoying and whiny Swamy and then finishes w an endorsement of RFK. Man, James….maybe your new year’s resolution should be to terminate this blog and move on to tending the garden.

    • Rowdypiglet January 2, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

      @jackrabbit, Maybe your New Year’s resolution should be to stop reading this blog which so offends you, and move on to stocking your local elementary school library with queer books, or finding white supremacy in the local birdwatching group, or whatever you do when you’re not whining about a blog that you apparently find irresistible.

      • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:26 pm #

        Class is about much more than money. Some people, whether they have money or not, have a poverty of class. Don’t hate me for noticing.

      • tuco22 January 2, 2024 at 5:04 pm #

        🙂

      • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:32 pm #

        Anybody here spend any time on leftist blogs?

        Are they being trolled by non-leftists?

        Serious question, not my usual sarcasm.

        • benr January 3, 2024 at 2:52 pm #

          When I first started reading this blog Jim was what I considered a rational leftist.
          Most of his views ran contrary to mine but I read them because he could make a rational argument as to why he might be correct.
          Flash forward over a decade and he now has many views that I no are contrary to what I understand to be the truth and not just someones opinion.

          Most of the “left” is now irrational and so far out in left field to be utterly alien.

          • benr January 3, 2024 at 2:54 pm #

            Flash forward over a decade and he now has many views that I no longer consider contrary to what I understand to be the truth and not just someones opinion.

      • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 6:51 pm #

        Wow, original talking points RP. You come up with that on your own? Doubt it.

      • malthuss January 2, 2024 at 7:44 pm #

        the bird watchers..of course..old white supremacist..female.

  47. Jarek January 2, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

    Is Nicki Hailey rising in the polls? Almost no one liked her before, but then the drums started beating her name over and over again. She has to be good, right? Otherwise why would they keep talking about her?

    It’s like scratching a dog’s belly. By applying the effect, the dog thinks that it has to apply the cause and starts trying to scratch himself. For many people, “voting” is on the level of a dog trying to scratch himself.

    In a sense, a similar technique was used with the Vax, reversing the cause and effect in terms of sequence. Cause is supposed to come first, but the Vax or remedy is actually the cause or reason for the creating of covid, be it an actual disease or just a meme.

    • SoftStarLight January 2, 2024 at 2:21 pm #

      Nikki Haley (hooray you got your wish :-)) is bloodthirsty, deranged and she will shut down the internet if she is installed. I should go to the polls in November if there is an election and tell those people y’all need to stop treatin people like animals. It would be fun to look at the reactions lol.

      • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 2:57 pm #

        ‘Shut down the internet…’ JFC.

        • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 3:06 pm #

          what is JFC?

          • Socrates-Detroit January 2, 2024 at 3:08 pm #

            Never mind the JFC. I just saw who wrote it — Tekapo II aka jackrabbit

          • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:35 pm #

            Jesus Fitzgerald Christ

      • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 3:47 pm #

        Nikki Haley is a deranged war monger. And yes, she wants people to have to register with a government issued ID in order to access the internet.
        Same as Obama, and many more.

        They want to end anonymity, so that they can track and trace and monitor and control everyone more efficiently.

        Obama likens it to a “driver’s license for the internet”, but of course that is a bullshit comparison.

        A driver’s license does not give the government access to monitor everywhere you go, or who you visit, or how long you stay in any place.

        This is Big Brother on steroids, so if Jarek is noticing an uptick in pro-Haley propaganda, I’m guessing that she will be placed into the White House next year. You know, in a “triumph of democracy”, showing the world how free and fair elections work.

        That will get dumbass Republicans who just stick with their team, all excited, (“We won!”) and it will stir up the Dems, who will once again complain about a rigged election (but they won’t get thrown into jail for it.)

        On the other hand, both the war mongering Dems and Reps will get more war.
        With any luck, they’ll get a nuclear war!

        Good times.

        • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 3:50 pm #

          And at the same time they are pushing for more monitoring of the internet, they are also pushing for everything to be done on the internet.

          Banking, medical care, education, shopping…..everything.

          You will have to have access to the internet to function in society, and they will force you to get an ID, and that is the next step in total control of everyone in society.

          • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 6:09 pm #

            Paula, what you described is what I see in my headlights. Not a matter of “if” but “how” – and that’s quickly becoming clearer – and especially “when” it is implemented.

            I expect the gated internet to arrive this year – before the election: 11/5. Digital ID, CBDC, UBI, “I have no privacy. I own nothing. And I have never been happier!” follow like dominoes.

            So, if we’re here next year at this time – punch me in the face!

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:16 pm #

            Is the internet, including AI, the Anti-Christ, the entity assigning numbers to everyone. I expect the “area code” of the ID number to be 666. Remember that the Anti-Christ will be worshipped by the vast majority of humans with their humanistic philosophy. Think social media, what a perfect description.

            Remember when the “experts” on Wall Street brought in computer trading with no human intervention? The market collapsed one afternoon because movement was in standouts with no foresight. Brakes were installed very quickly. Well, the same thing is starting to happen across the board. Stupid people are starting to buy that really smart people know everything and so does the Internet.

            Sky-Net, here we come. I wonder if Satan will be its logo?

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:20 pm #

            Paula

            Remember the “travel ID” with TSA, the gold star on your driver’s license? The gold star that allows you to travel on any air flight? Or use your passport, another Federal ID.

            So travel is accessed by a federal ID right now.

          • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 8:14 pm #

            Blackbird, if we are wrong, I’ll give you a hug of relief, not a punch in the face.

            John, the increased repression of flying is one of the many reasons I switched to Amtrak after 2001.
            I didn’t appreciate being treated like a criminal for traveling.

            But you missed my point. While the Real ID was a big step towards repression, as I talked about a couple of weeks ago, about how I told a bunch of immigrants they were being used by the media, in their May Day 2006 march, to push the ID, a driver’s license that you use to drive your car (not fly), doesn’t give the government the ability to monitor when you drive, where you drive, or what you do when you get there.

            A government issued internet ID, on the other hand, gives them real-time data of EVERYTHING you do online.

            And they are pushing to have everything done online, to boot.

          • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 1:32 am #

            I read the Chinese have a social credit system: If you complain, you may not be able to buy a train ticket.

            If you want to see how a controlled society works in practice in the 2020s, just look the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Google terms like

            Red Wolf facial recognition

            that Israel has been using to monitor and control Palestinians in the West Bank.

            I found an informative shocking article, but apparently didn’t save it. The link below is not as good, but still shocking.

            In the West Bank, Palestinians need permission to travel from one town to another.

            During Jim Crow, African Americans could generally travel from the black part of town A to the black part of town B as long as they had a driver’s license and were deferential. They didn’t have clear checkpoints.

            ww.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2023/05/israel-opt-israeli-authorities-are-using-facial-recognition-technology-to-entrench-apartheid/

          • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 1:47 am #

            Or, in a lot of Europe during COVID, they had the vax passports.

            Here is how it worked in Greece in Nov 2021:

            In Greece, Greek residents downloaded the app on their phone with your health system ID number, as I understood (your National Healthcare System number is different from your Tax ID number there).

            When you got the shot, the provider updated your Health ID number in the national health system as “Vaccinated”.

            Then when you went to a store, your Vax App showed a QR code. The merchant had an app on their phone that “read” your app’s QR code to see if you were vaxxed.

            If so, the merchant’s phone generated a green checkmark and you could proceed. If not, the merchant’s smart phone generated a RED X. You could not proceed.

            This was November 2021. Shortly before the vaxx mandate went into effect, the same system was used for “COVID tests” (at your expense). A negative test would get a green mark.

            Most everyone under the age of 65 has a smartphone.

            For those who did not have a smartphone (typically many elderly) or for tourists or non-residents, the testing site or vaccination center would print a QR code on paper with your Health ID (or passport number).

            One evening, I was not allowed to enter a restaurant; the same place where the night before they scanned my sheet and I got a green checkmark.

            “But I tested negative!”, I protested.

            “Sorry, your code was rejected. The fine is 1500 euros if you are caught in here”. So we left. But later, I realized, my test was at 4pm two days prior, and it was 8pm, which was over 48 hours. Hence I got the Red X. I didn’t like it.

          • Blackbird January 3, 2024 at 1:21 pm #

            Hey JAZ, are you familiar with Microsoft’s patent for a “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data”, US patent number W02020060606?

            Read all about it here:

            patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020060606

            Now of course those who believe what they are told to believe will say, “That’s just a coincidence. Besides, it’s not ‘666’, it’s ‘060606’. Duh, you retards are so retarded. I don’t know why I come here.”

            Yup, coincidence. Six digits, ten variables per digit – literally a one-in-a-million coincidence. A lot of highly improbable coincidences lately, especially since coincidence-heavy “9/11”.

          • Mike Sherman January 3, 2024 at 10:22 pm #

            Soc-Det said: ‘During Jim Crow, African Americans could generally travel from the black part of town A to the black part of town B as long as they had a driver’s license and were deferential. They didn’t have clear checkpoints.

            For fuck’s sake…you give the vibe that that was a great way to run a society. What a racist asshole you turn out to be…

            Every police car was a ‘checkpoint’, you pitiles, ignorant tosser.

          • Paula D January 4, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

            Pointing out that the repression they are setting up is even worse than Jim Crow makes someone a racist?

            No, deliberately missing the point in order to hurl “You’re a racist” at someone, makes you a Woke Totalitarian.

          • Socrates-Detroit January 4, 2024 at 4:33 pm #

            @Mike Sherman

            Before calling people names, take a look in the mirror. And don’t be presumptuous.

            My POINT was, and has been, that the Palestinians have had it MUCH worse than blacks under Jim Crow.

            And I think Jim Crow was wrong. Very wrong. Very hypocritical. Slavery was wrong. And hypocritical.

            I make that POINT because our host decided a few weeks ago that American Jews deserved much or most of the credit for the Civil Rights movement and the changes in laws and attitudes that ended Jim Crow, in his quest to justify Israeli slaughter of the Palestinians several weeks (and many thousands of lives) ago.

            That said, let’s not split hairs over police cars on patrol.

            During Jim Crow, every police car was a POTENTIAL checkpoint. I’m quite certain that not every cop stopped every Negro; further, I bet that not every cop who stopped Negroes harassed them.

            In the occupied West Bank, the native Palestinians must literally go through one checkpoint to leave on area, and literally go through another checkpoint to enter another.

            The Israeli guards can detain the indefinitely, with no cause or charge.

            ALWAYS. So there.

            Jim Crow as terrible. It was legalized discrimination AND subjugation.

            There was “separate” but no “equal”.

            So, when people here cherry pick the facts and say “Hamas started it”, I say, “no, the Palestinians have been abused for decades”.

            Since you seem to be so politcally correct, and quite obviously YOU are not a racist, you’re just a name-caller.

            I wonder, which victim group do you identify with in the current internal Democrat/Libtard wars between the “DEI complex” and the “Anti-Semitism complex”, which side is right?

            They seem to be clashing all of a sudden. A lot of liberal Jews who purport to be staunch opponents of racism against not just blacks, but every real and imagined group out there (as long as they don’t profess to be Christian, of course), apparently they don’t like it when like-minded academics don’t come out forcefully to support Israel’s racist campaign against Palestinians.

            Even academics of color must comply.

            If you like to “win”, I hope you realize which of the two sides has the money and power and connections. Do you?

    • Blackbird January 2, 2024 at 5:40 pm #

      More of this Jaros. More Jaros’ analysis. Less Jaros’ copy/pasting.

      Too bad you’re not a prognosticator – we could spar on my ground.

    • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm #

      How about the scheme that both were created at the same time?

      Covid has been described as an enhanced strain of coronavirus. To do that, the “scientists” had to know what the structure of the virus they created was, and the ability to manipulate that structure to “enhance” its infect ability AND virulence.

      Fauci declared that the purpose of the bio labs is to create new strains and invent vaccines to control what may be coming in the future. Exactly how close is that to creating a Bioweapon? Who exactly is paying for all this “benevolent” work?

      So they built Covid and they built the s protein structure at the same time, learning how to get human cells to produce s proteins, ie the mRNA. At the same time. The mRNA tech people were ecstatic. Here was a chance for the technology to prove itself across millions of people, so they sold the Bioweapon customers how wonderful the concept of a Vaxx was going to be . About at the same time the virus “escaped”.

      Trump was absolutely entranced by all the bullshit he was hearing from these “experts”’ Birx and Fauci. His thoughts? My administration is saved!!!!

      Uh-huh. He did not understand squat about what was happening. He made a deal, and we all paid for it.

      The real answer to this debacle and most of the others we discuss is removal of the cast of characters in the Deep State right now and creation of a new government, younger and more dedicated to the Constitution. Two weeks after finishing the wall.

      • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:03 pm #

        Do not bother asking me about criticizing Trump in 2024, he was a fool the way he handled Covid because he was ignorant.

        My dedication to him is based on the fact that we will get an opposing total idiot whose function is to destroy the country for the globalists. Like Mike Sherman or jackrabbit clones for the enemies of America.

        • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 9:37 pm #

          Trump…man of the people…lmao!

        • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 9:53 pm #

          JAZ…do you have a single original thought rattling around in your skull? You spend 24/7 watching Bannon/Jones etc? ‘Globalists!’ ‘Fauci!’ ‘Anti-christ!’

  48. Forced-to-subsist-on-small-game January 2, 2024 at 6:27 pm #

    Interesting this rhetoric about an election “being allowed to happen” or not in the USA, which i recall first doing the rounds in 2008. Worries over Dubya declaring martial law being the buzz then. Warranted?

    No, the only one who has proven to be anything beyond just a hypothetical threat to the democratic process in our times has been Donald Trump from who victory was ‘stolen’. (Any victory a megolomaniac fails to secure having been stolen from them, obviously.) I suspect he’ll land his second term this year. The country is just that far gone.

    • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:08 pm #

      Wrong!!!

      The crime was the lack of investigation of a very suspect election process in spite of loads of evidence that fraud was evident, especially in the cities.

      So your position is that the American people just sign up to the lies the Deep State tells us without challenging potential corruption?

      You will make a great lemming for Amerika.

      • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 8:43 pm #

        Wrong again JAZ…..but it’s nice to see your delusional consistency.

      • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 11:12 pm #

        Google ‘Ken Block’ big boy.

    • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 8:03 pm #

      Talk about cancelling elections is ridiculous, imo.

      The elections are the biggest circus they have going, keeping Americans distracted, divided and at each other’s throats.

      Why would they stop them?

      But contesting a stolen election is nothing like cancelling elections.
      That should be a no-brainer.

      Hilarybots have spent the last 7 years screaming that the 2016 election was stolen.
      Why is that fine, but people pointing out obvious irregularities in the 2020 election are cancelled, silenced, or rotting in jail?

      • Blackbird January 3, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

        “The elections are the biggest circus they have going, keeping Americans distracted, divided and at each other’s throats.”

        Good point.

        But think about how a cancelled election would divide the country and set us at each other’s throats.

        I’m still betting on “cancelled election”. If I’m wrong, well, that’s 2 hugs – or smacks in the face – you owe me.

        • Paula D January 4, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

          We’ll find out in a couple of months.

          I forgot that the elections are a way of buying media compliance.

          The billions spent on ads have the same effect that Big Pharma buying billions of ads has- no matter the crime of the duopoly, they media sees nothing, hears nothing, and says nothing.

          Of course the ads don’t actually influence people, either who to vote for or what drugs they ingest, but they influence the media Big Time.
          Pricless.

          • benr January 4, 2024 at 12:31 pm #

            Notice the other huge tell elections are coming.
            Gas prices are creeping down, and the shit stirrers are crowing about it.
            They ignore they huge price leaps cursing the American people just 12 short months ago.
            If they steal another election for the Democrat gang gas prices will rocket back up over five everywhere and probably over seven in California.
            Won’t that be nice?

          • Mike Sherman January 9, 2024 at 9:49 pm #

            What a fuck-witted remark, benr. Your usual style…

  49. King of Comedy January 2, 2024 at 7:28 pm #

    In news that could have far-reaching implications in both the world of academia and in geopolitics, Claudine Gay has announced that she is resigning her current position as the president of Harvard to take up her new role as the head of Hamas. A Hamas insider who wished to remain anonymous said that Ms. Gay “checked all the boxes”. “This is a person who will take all the bullshit we make up, change a word or two and put it out there for the world as something new and fresh.” The insider said further that this new approach would bring “the one or two remaining useful idiots in the West still on the sidelines into the Hamas fold.”

    The appointment of Ms. Gay was however not universally praised by the Hamas rank and file, a reality addressed by the insider. “Sure, in normal times we would throw a person like Claudine Gay off a building, “ he said, “and we normally limit the roles available to women to either baby factory or third-class citizen.” “But,” he added, “we (Hamas) have been taking an ass-kicking in both the real world and in the metaverse and a change of course was overdue.” Hamas hopes that Ms. Gay will be able to convince non-morons in the West of the justification for and legality of the Hamas cause but the jury remains out if that is just wishful thinking or will turn out to be a master stroke. Ms. Gay has reportedly hit the ground running, consulting multiple thesauruses to come up with new ways to say “genocide” and “settler colonialism.”

    In related news, the Harvard Corporation appears to have settled on Louis Farrakhan as the front runner to replace Ms. Gay. An announcement is expected later in the week.

    • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm #

      King of Comedy

      Hmm, not too funny.

    • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 7:55 pm #

      I think it’s funny.

    • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2024 at 7:10 am #

      KoC, I’m a little surprised at Ms. Gay’s promotion to head of Hamas; what does she really know about issues on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea? Also, apparently Ms. Gay gets to keep her $900,000 per year Harvard salary & I doubt she would give that up, altho Hamas leadership does live large off UN & International largesse in Paris, London & Qatar. No, Ms. Gay’s specialty is ‘Racism’. She wrote all of 11 academic papers in her career, and every one was about ‘Racism’, which doesn’t equip her to run Hamas. (I read part of one of her papers, which sounded like it was written by a 10th grader at Marcus Garvey HS in Chicago).Gay’s knowledge is theoretical, not practical. What is her expertise, for example, in key terror techniques like the application of C-4 explosives at bus stations, stripping down & cleaning Kalashnikov rifles or kidnapping young Israeli girls off Jerusalem streets? Gay knows one thing! “Whitey be Ray-ciss” & that’s about it, which was enough to get her appointed President of Harvard University.

      • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 12:13 pm #

        Gay was OK, while American cities burned in 2020 and a few people were killed in the process (per google, 19 died during the “unrest”).

        But because she did not sufficiently demonstrate her fealty to Israel, where at the time X thousand people had killed as Israel has bombed the place to bits, she was targeted and removed from her position.

        That tells you who runs the US.

        • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2024 at 12:32 pm #

          If Hamas was capable, do you think they’d be bombing Tel Aviv to bits? Hamas has sent plenty of rockets into Israel, which resemble the old V-1 rockets the Germans were hitting London with in 1944.

        • beantownbill. January 3, 2024 at 12:36 pm #

          And how did she end up still on the faculty with an annual salary of $900,000? As you know, it’s all about the money, and Jews supposedly love money more than anything else. That I don’t understand. She will have earned another million by early next year. I should have such a punishment.

          • Islander January 3, 2024 at 6:29 pm #

            ” She will have earned another million by early next year. I should have such a punishment.”

            but having been booted out of the president’s office she won’t have access to the same types of Wall Street perks as, say, Drew Faust, who joined the board of Goldman Sachs after stepping down (but not basically being fired) as Harvard president.

            But, of course, GS might offer Gay something similar just to keep her “on board,” so to speak.

        • Socrates-Detroit January 3, 2024 at 7:13 pm #

          I erred by saying “Gay was OK while American cities burned…”

          I don’t know that for a fact. My comment was made due to MY INCORRECT assumption Ms. Gay was Harvard’s President in the summer of 2020.

          She was not. She became President in summer of 2022.

          My apologies for my error. I’m a little surprised, and disappointed, no one called me out on it.

          I heard on NPR this evening on the drive home (I listen to it to get a feel for what the supposedly “informed and sophisticated” folks are hearing) that this would have been Gay’s second semester. This prompted me to google her and verify my error.

          Here is something I did not know: per Wiki, she is NOT an African-American.

          Sure, she may look African-American. However, per Wiki, both her parents were immigrants from Haiti who met in NYC.

          I strive to be factually correct in all my comments here. Again, I apologize for my error and take full responsibility.

          • Jarek January 3, 2024 at 11:57 pm #

            Do your prefer to be drawn and quartered or keelhauled?

          • Paula D January 4, 2024 at 12:18 pm #

            The riots continued until the election. They stopped when Biden was elected.
            I guess because then “racism” was no longer a problem requiring burning down cities.

        • King of Comedy January 4, 2024 at 12:34 am #

          Yes, she was a victim of those crafty Yids who deviously got her to commit, in the immortal words of the bootlickers supposedly investigating the allegations, (at least) 50 instances of “duplicative language”. That said crafty Yids got her to do this about 20 years ago all the while waiting to spring this trap on her at this precise moment speaks to the Protocols of Zion level master plan that the Jews have deployed to bring highly qualified decolonialists to heel. The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity, indeed.

          Bear in mind that plagiarism in the world of academia is almost the metaphorical equivalent of child molestation buts yes, it was those pesky Jews again. The more I read your deep thoughts, the more I am in favor of the mass deportation of Greeks.

      • King of Comedy January 4, 2024 at 1:05 am #

        Gay was not qualified to run Harvard so why quibble over qualifications at this late stage vis-a-vis Hamas? And let’s face it, Hamas’s “ leadership” is not exactly evoking Marcus Aurelius in anybody’s mind. So why not Hamas? They’re the under .500 team (under .200?) looking to shake things up with a manager change.

        Gay is “oppressed” and that’s all that matters. It’s why the low-wattage Hamas fanboys and girls on here prefer the George Floyds of the ME to a productive culture (a Palestine from the river to the sea would make South Africa looks like Xanadu). All the fainting couch arguments aside, it comes down in the end to the simple fact that the low-watts just can’t quit the fuck-ups. On a macro level, the apotheosis of the fuck-up is the one and only true thing in all Marxist systems. All the other bullshit (settler colonialism, anyone?) is just window dressing to obscure that essential truth.

  50. JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 7:29 pm #

    GA

    Did you see my question about pertussis in the UK? I have read that it is being called an epidemic there.

    My wife and I are just getting over it, after catching it in Inverness in September.

    We will soon be getting our DPT vaccine, as I am advising all my friends to do. DPT may have been keeping Pertussis at bay for generations, but has the much ado about Covid allowed group immunity to run low on Whooping Cough?

    Saw an article this morning that it may have crossed the Pond and is showing up in New York.

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    • GreenAlba January 2, 2024 at 7:38 pm #

      Sorry, JohnAZ. I didn’t get round to replying. I haven’t heard anything about it, but I don’t watch the news or read the papers. I used to see a whole spread of ‘news’ stories every time I opened a new tab on my laptop, but now that my VPN has bizarrely started routing through Japan instead of the Netherlands, I just get pages of incomprehensible Japanese.

      Here’s an interesting pertussis story for you, though. PCR providing 100% wrong diagnoses of pertussis about 18 years ago in some US hospitals.

      jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/209382

      • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 8:00 pm #

        I’m guessing that open borders have a lot to do with the return of diseases long gone in the US.

        Actually, I’m not guessing. That is the truth. Even TB is making a comeback.

        • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 8:41 pm #

          No, you’re wrong…..diseases are making a comeback thanks to the anti-vax brigade and their disinformation that plagues the internet.

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 8:50 pm #

            Jack rabbit

            Why don’t you discuss something you know about? Your ignorance amazes even me.

            Paula is right on, immigration without disease control is criminal. TB has been coming through the border for years and years.

            I will use your dumb argument against you. If disease crossing the border is not an issue, how come your folks are using the spread of disease as a climate change issue.

            The anti-vaxx brigade is mostly aimed at the Covid vaccine which is finally now being identified as the most dangerous drug the CDC and government has ever foisted on the public. mRNA is toxic, s proteins are toxic. Things are being proven now around the world, your disinformation liberal BS is being found out.

            Go ahead and believe the bullshit this government tells you without question, lemming.

        • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 8:48 pm #

          There are no ‘open borders.’

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 8:52 pm #

            You just lost me. I will not even address our stupidity any more, lemming.

            Only 306000 new socialists in the last month, and those are the legal ones.

            Where the hell do you live anyway, your ignorance is incredible about the border.

          • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 8:54 pm #

            JAZ….do you even know what ‘liberal’ means? My gawd, your ignorance is astounding and you’re a ridiculous human being…you clearly know nothing about disease transmission and epidemiology. I mean, in a post above you blather on about satan, the anti-christ and 666. You’re not a serious human.

          • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 8:59 pm #

            Well, JAZ, it’s easy to lose someone that isn’t very sharp. There hasn’t been an open borders policy since the 20’s. Expulsions and arrests are at all-time high. “Open Borders” is just a lazy rhetorical device that get the rubes like you all riled up. Is the border a problem? Without a doubt, and I support strong enforcement.

          • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 8:59 pm #

            Good, I pissed you off, Oh Ignorant One.

            BTW, how many years did you spend in the medical community?

            Put me down for 17, so just desistabout stuff you know nothing about

          • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 9:00 pm #

            “Socialists?” So dumb.

          • jackrabbit January 2, 2024 at 9:04 pm #

            Not really JAZ…my wife and were having a good laugh at your posts. Sigh….the uneducated post with such certainty displaying their ignorance for all to see.
            17 years? Cleaning up puke and blood? LOL….easy with the chubby fingers on the phone as it looks like you’re having trouble spelling.

        • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2024 at 8:09 am #

          Inside LA, SF Portland & Seattle street encampments & refugee ”Communities’ in Chi & NYC, infectious diseases are running rampant. Meningitis, influenza, polio, scabies, & every filthy virus festering in Central American barrios & fetid jungles even bubonic plague spread by flea infested rats feeding off human feces dumped on city sidewalks has emerged.

          For this we can than Gov Newsom, President Biden, & Sec. Mayorkas.

          Let’s give them all a big THANK YOU!

          • jackrabbit January 3, 2024 at 12:39 pm #

            Newsom is the guv of WA,Oregon, NY, and Illinois…?guy has more superpowers than I thought.

          • jackrabbit January 3, 2024 at 12:44 pm #

            BRH….rampant? The plague? JFC….

          • Ron Anselmo January 3, 2024 at 2:59 pm #

            Newsome is governor of a border state, boner. See how that works?

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2024 at 6:10 pm #

            Nothing torques off jackrabbit more than when you shine the light on illegal aliens, who arrived last month at 10,000 per day. Were they all examined by physicians at the border, given physicals & inoculations? None of them were carrying infectious diseases into the country? All 5 million people who have entered the US illegally under Bedpan Biden’s watch, arriving from some of the worst sh#tholes on earth, are perfectly healthy specimens?

      • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 8:55 pm #

        Our pertussis was detected by its antibody presence and its clinical presentation. Hope nobody gets it, it is a bitch coughing your head off for twelve weeks.

        Also, if it gets diagnosed quickly, within four weeks, a Z pack or Bactrim is useful. Otherwise, not so much.

        • Rowdypiglet January 3, 2024 at 10:10 am #

          Having vented my spleen at jackrabbit, I’m now feeling better and suggest that henceforth we all ignore him/her/it/they. It will soon depart for someplace where someone cares what it says.

          • Blackbird January 3, 2024 at 1:33 pm #

            Yes, please:

            Don’t feed the animals!

    • Paula D January 2, 2024 at 7:57 pm #

      Why would you get a vaccine for a disease you’ve already had and recovered from, John?

      Did you forget about natural immunity?

      And the DPT was only given to children, not adults, until about a decade ago, so no, vaccination didn’t hold it “at bay.”

      • JohnAZ January 2, 2024 at 8:42 pm #

        Wrong!

        Yes I have natural immunity now.

        However, I have slipped my ten year schedule on the other two D and T. Recommended schedule for DPT is ten years for all age groups and Pertussis is actually only fully effective for five. DPT is not a lifetime vaccine. If You cannot remember your last dose, Pertussis may be heading our way.

        • Paula D January 3, 2024 at 11:10 am #

          I do remember my last dose. I only wanted the DT, but my friend messed up and gave me the DPT.

          At that time, when they first started giving DPT to adults, we gave it ONCE, and then we told the person to let any further medical professional know that they had already had their adult dose.

          If they have changed it since then, I’m not surprised, but I remember the protocol then very clearly.

          You don’t need the DPT.

          • JohnAZ January 3, 2024 at 1:46 pm #

            FYI

            CDC guidelines for TDaP, the new name
            For adults

            Kids 11 to 12, get the vaccine the first time

            Adults who haven’t got the shot, get it with Pertussis.

            Booster every ten years.

            The T and D component lasts ten years, the pertussis component five to ten years.

            Having Pertussis gets you seven to twenty years of protection.

            This year it is much more common than last and has been growing every year.

            And yes a TD shot exists which we will probably get.

          • JohnAZ January 3, 2024 at 1:48 pm #

            And Paula, you do NOT want to get it, it is miserable.

          • GreenAlba January 3, 2024 at 4:58 pm #

            I’m not taking any vaccines for anything. Ever again. They are planning to make them all mRNA. Because they got away with it.

          • Blackbird January 3, 2024 at 7:53 pm #

            Same here Greenie. I have lost all confidence in the medical establishment – and that cup was never more than half full anyway.

            Even before “Covid” some of the most dogmatic, and flat-out stupid, people I’ve known were doctors, more concerned with status, their own omniscience, and making the mortgage payments on their million dollar McMansion.

      • Mike Sherman January 3, 2024 at 10:15 pm #

        Color me bemused, JohnAZ.

        You’re now quoting the AUTHORITY of the CDC in this case?

        Have you not, along with the rest of the howling pack of delusional anti-vaxers around here, condemned outright the CDC, along with Redfield, Fauci & Birx, since 2022, because ‘they lie to us’?

        It’s typical of the lower IQ-endowed to miss their own cognitive dissonance, I guess.

        Like the MAGAt morons who will happily state publicly that they “don’t read the news or watch TV anymore because it’s all lies” yet are happy to read some bullshit Facebook post from an unqualified nobody and hawk that as ‘the troof’ because ‘the Lamesteam Media won’t report on it’, that *factoid* being its greatest claim to relevancy. Fucking morons everywhere…

        • Night Owl January 4, 2024 at 6:53 pm #

          Your post is full of basic grammatical errors, Maj.

          • Mike Sherman January 9, 2024 at 9:42 pm #

            As if I could give any fucks for your opinion on anything, Night Gnat.

        • jackrabbit January 6, 2024 at 5:35 pm #

          Nice work MS…these folks can’t handle the truth.

  51. Jarek January 3, 2024 at 3:01 am #

    Nicolas Gomez Davila

    “In an age in which the media broadcast countless pieces of foolishness, the educated man is defined not by what he knows, but by what he doesn’t know.”

    “Hierarchies are celestial. In hell all are equal.”

    “Swimming against the current is not idiotic if the waters are racing toward a waterfall.”

    “Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies.”

    “Violence is not necessary to destroy a civilization. Each civilization dies from
    indifference toward the unique values which created it.”

    “I distrust every idea that doesn’t seem obsolete and grotesque to my contemporaries.”

    “Liberty is not an end, but a means. Whoever mistakes it for an end does not know what to do once he attains it.”

    “Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems.”

    “The anarchy that threatens a degrading society is not its punishment, but its remedy.”
    ? Nicolás Gómez Dávila

    “Many love humanity only in order to forget God with a clear conscience.”

    “In a century where the media publish endless stupidities, the cultured man is defined not by what he knows but by what he ignores.”
    ? Nicolás Gómez Dávila
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    “Conformism and non-conformism are symmetrical expressions of a lack of originality.”
    ? Nicolás Gómez Dávila
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    “Modern man is a prisoner who thinks he is free because he refrains from touching the walls of his dungeon.”

    “Relativism is the solution of one who is incapable of putting things in order.”

    “The taste of the masses is characterized not by their antipathy to the excellent, but by the passivity with which they enjoy equally the good, the mediocre, and the bad.

    The masses do not have bad taste. They simply do not have taste.”

    “Poetry rescues things by reconciling matter and spirit in the metaphor.”

    “When nothing in society deserves respect, we should fashion for ourselves in solitude new silent loyalties.”

    Jarek: A very fine aphorist, amazingly up to date even though he lived generations ago. Negatively, our problems have been coming for a while now. Positively, Truth never changes.

    What his says about Liberty hits home. Americans still haven’t learned that freedom isn’t a thing by itself. It can be used well or poorly and thus has to be used well. In other words, by a higher standard than mere individual whim, greed, or lust for things.

    The anarchism one? I assume he means that anarchism will finish off a dying society, the way pneumonia or something will finish off someone dying of cancer. He was a Catholic so I don’t think he could have believed anything else in this regard.

    • gustafson.robert.22 January 3, 2024 at 9:13 am #

      “The anarchism one? I assume he means that anarchism will finish off a dying society, the way pneumonia or something will finish off someone dying of cancer.”

      Yes. The free-flowing work of the social immune system, not needed during social health, immediately needed when social disease occurs. Maybe this is a better concept of what anarchism is.

    • Rowdypiglet January 3, 2024 at 11:54 am #

      Jarek, why have I never heard of this man? A result, no doubt, of having no formal education. Lots of gems in there, and this especially speaks to me:

      “Relativism is the solution of one who is incapable of putting things in order.”

      Putting things in order used to be one of the primary characteristics of a good housewife. My grandmother was one of those. I think if you’d dropped her in the middle of the primeval jungle, she’d have soon had the laundry clean and hanging on a line and dinner simmering in a pot, having made the pot in her spare time. That, of course, is a different sort of order, but – to my way of thinking – the necessary basis for higher kinds of order. I wish it wasn’t held in disrepute, as if it had no value.

      • Jarek January 3, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

        He’s been unknown, at least in my lifetime. Traditional Catholics have resurrected him.

        I laid out the concentric circles of a well ordered society to Slugoon, starting with the individual and who they should value. I said at the end that a person could even love or value individuals of a different race and culture beyond one’s own.

        He ignored everything I said except that, blurting out, “I like minorities”.

        • Rowdypiglet January 3, 2024 at 2:34 pm #

          Well, thanks for resurrecting him here. Just when I thought I was fairly well read . . .

    • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2024 at 6:14 pm #

      I like this Gomez Davila chap. He looks like a real Spaniard too, the kind you see in Hermosa, or Laredo.

      Some Spaniards in Latin America have kept their pure blood; they are the Ruling Class.

  52. beantownbill. January 3, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

    FYI: I’ve been saying here for many years that a solution to our energy problems could be from solar power satellites. Well, Caltech (probably the best technical school in the country) announced that their satellite has beamed down energy after being gathered from the sun’s rays and converted to electricity, thus proving the concept works, both physically and financially.

    The only issue is whether we can last long enough to get the project off the ground, so to speak.

    • JohnAZ January 3, 2024 at 1:50 pm #

      That works until it runs into another piece of space junk out there.

      • OG January 3, 2024 at 3:31 pm #

        A week ago you were pro-Space Junk, JAZ.

    • OG January 3, 2024 at 3:35 pm #

      … their satellite has beamed down energy after being gathered from the sun’s rays and converted to electricity, thus proving the concept works, both physically and financially.

      Elmo: “Doubts.”

      • stelmosfire January 3, 2024 at 3:50 pm #

        OG, now, now.. I said there were directed energy weapons. Just not on the scale that you seem to believe. Your theory that the feds are using them on the people is laughable. Get a grip man. Then again that foil hat of yours will come in handy when the tracking goes off on the orbital solar generator. One thing I don’t understand is how aluminum from chemtrails is bad for you but aluminum on your head is a good. Well I’m not sure if that hat will protect ya. I read on the internet that dews can melt alloy wheels and auto glass

    • stelmosfire January 3, 2024 at 3:38 pm #

      So where do we get our electricity at night? or are these giant solar collectors 23,000 miles out in a geosynchronous orbit? It’s way too crowded in leo for what would have to be yuge collectors and then no juice at night. The collectors on the ground would also take up some serious territory. I’ve read the collectors would be similar to window screening and you could farm underneath. Works good until the first hailstorm, tornado blizzard comes along. Ain’t never gonna happen. I’ll take fusion for $1000 Alex.

      • beantownbill. January 3, 2024 at 7:23 pm #

        @stelmosfire:

        Electricity from orbit to the ground ends up in rectennas, where they are transported to battery storage areas. The SPSs would not be in LEO, I’d guess. But remember that electricity is EM radiation, which travels at the speed of light, so orbital height is not a factor. What is, however, is beam diffusion through the entire atmosphere. Tight beam transmission would have to be developed, if it hasn’t yet. Shouldn’t be a problem. And the collection areas would be in the desert where population density is pretty low. Yeah, security is alway an issue no matter the energy source, as well as damage from the environment.

        So,I’ll call your $1,000, Alex, and raise you another $1,000.

        BTW, I agree with you about fusion for energy, but we don’t know how long it will take to successfully get it, although we appear to be getting closer.

  53. beantownbill. January 3, 2024 at 1:09 pm #

    Re Cal Tech:

    When I was in college in the early sixties, the California Institute of Technology was hands down the best technical school in the country, and maybe the world.

    To me it was legendary. Sometime in my early college years it converted to a graduate school only. They only accepted 150 students per year, and half of them had to be California residents, so only 75 others from across the country could get in. The competition was beyond intense. I knew one person who attempted to apply. Before he could, the school told him not to send an application if he ever got less than an ‘A’ in any class. It was that tough.

    I don’t know how it is now. I’m talking about almost 60 years ago.

  54. Jarek January 3, 2024 at 2:15 pm #

    They loved putting a Black, anti-White, dyke presenting wahman in as president of Harvard. It’s only the oldest and most prestigious of our universities. It wasn’t enough that non-Jewish White males were the most under-represented group per capita. They wanted an even bigger and more obvious fuck you.

    Glad it blew up in their faces. Even the slightly wise can discern what it means as Soc-Det revealed above.

  55. JohnAZ January 3, 2024 at 3:21 pm #

    GM had its best sales year since 2019, prior to Covid. 2.6 million units sold, mostly Buicks.

    That is the good news. The “bad” news is that EVs only accounted for 2.9%, mostly Chevy Bolts, which has been discontinued.

    California with its elimination of gas models by 2035(?) may look like Cuba ten years later with everyone keeping their equivalents of the 57 Chevy.

    Stuff it Kerry and Biden, you are fighting a losing battle.

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    • stelmosfire January 3, 2024 at 3:58 pm #

      The Chinese love Buicks.

      • stelmosfire January 3, 2024 at 4:04 pm #

        motorbiscuit.com/buick-dying-america-china-loves-buick-why/

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 11:53 pm #

      I can distill my own moonshine and internal combustion engines can run on it (ethanol). It’s got to be quite pure, though, but it’s still feasible in one’s own kitchen.

      Unsure about electric cars, though– haven’t really thought about it– and how comparatively-easy it would be to respond if the infrastructures behind their form of fuel began having problems.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 3, 2024 at 11:57 pm #

      Also, with a working internal combustion engine in your car, you effectively have a physical and electric generator, such as for (emergency, etc.) heat, lights and work.

      Again, unsure how owning an electric car (and its batteries) instead would comparatively fare in the above scenarios.

    • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2024 at 8:50 am #

      Announced yesterday: Ford Lighting F-150`EV price being raised $10,000. Even the basic sh#tbox, golfcart model starts at $75,000 out the door… and goes up from there.

      Remember when we were told that the price of EVs would be coming down as time went on?

  56. tom clark January 3, 2024 at 9:45 pm #

    A Buick with portholes is even better.

  57. Jarek January 3, 2024 at 10:55 pm #

    English, What’s Left of It, & Its Management
    Fred Reed

    Recently I took part in a discussion of writing and how to do it on Counter-Currents. This being a topic of some importance to me, I decided to throw together a few thoughts in a form more coherent that I could do in a podcast. A danger in doing this is that readers will joyfully point out instances in which I have failed to follow my own suggestions. To these sins I confess in advance. Anyway:

    This is not a golden age of writing. For one thing, few today have the grasp of English grammar that long ago we had learned by the fifth grade, or any idea why it might be important. Nor, I suspect, have many read much in the best authors in English, and so have not acquired an ingrained feel for what is good and what isn’t. I may be wrong. I hope so.

    For another, good writing is elitist, and must be. Elitism means a preference for the better to the worse. In an intellectual climate resembling that of an urban bus station, in which the lower cultural orders seek to drag standards to the bottom, few will prefer good writing to bad, or know the difference.

    Further, when people are in constant communication via telephones, garbling and semi-literacy are less important than they were when poor communication demanded clarity. In the following we will pretend that it is 1955 and that I am speaking to young people who want to write well.

    To begin, my advice to the aspiring writer is to forget “creativity.” Writing is first a craft, involving rules and principles and things to which the student should learn to pay attention. Later, perhaps, writing is an art. You have to learn the notes before playing a concerto. Accepting this is important.

    Also important, crucial I would say, is the habit of paying attention to language itself, not just its content. By this I mean the structure of sentences, choice of words, turn of phrase. If you read a piece and think it good, read it again and ask why it is good. If an analytical piece, is the analysis clear and compelling? The phrasing fresh and devoid of cliché? The vocabulary extensive and correct in use?

    To again use a comparison to music, the listener doesn’t have to know music theory, but the musician does.

    Here are some brief notes on grammar, a maligned field. Pardon me if I am didactic, but these things are worth knowing.

    A language consists of its grammar and vocabulary. Grammar is the structure that allows words to convey meaning with respect to each other. Americans imbibe with their mother’s milk a close approximation of the structure of English, but a writer needs better.

    All European languages of which I am aware (Basque is a mystery to me) have similar structures. Knowing English grammar has benefits beyond being able to write well. If you know the six-part present-tense structure of an English verb, first-person singular and plural, second-person, etc., then learning Spanish verbs is just a matter of plugging new words into a familiar pattern. Otherwise, you have problems. My wife Violeta, Mexican, who for years made her living teaching Spanish to gringos, despaired of students who did not grasp the structure of their own language. They were essentially unteachable.

    So, to the aspiring writer I would say: If you don’t know English grammar, learn it. It can be daunting. Tenses, compound tenses, indicative voice, subjunctive mood, appositives, participles, gerunds, linking verbs, prepositions, dependent clauses, and so on. If we could do it by the fifth grade, certainly you can do it. If nothing else, it will inculcate an awareness of the mechanics of English.

    Why? Knowledge gives you an entirely different understanding of things. (You saw it here first.) I can watch a soccer game and get a kick out of all the players running in all directions. Violeta, being a Mexican, whose national game it is, sees strategy, tactics, calculated moves, and the goal is not the random result of randomly kicking the ball but the product of cooperating players who know exactly what they are doing. So with writing. People who know what is going on see a different game.

    Let us consider some rules of composition which, in conjunction, make all the difference. They can be broken to good effect at times, but these times should be few. I have not invented them. A half-century ago, they were known to all competent writers.

    Follow a long, complex sentence with a short, crispy one. Long sentences following long sentences tire the reader, who is likely to decide to read something else.

    Omit unnecessary words. Don’t say “adverse weather conditions.” Say “bad weather.” Don’t say that an airplane “has the capability to fly long distances.” Say that it “can fly long distances,” or that it has a long range. Especially bad is “the process,” as in “the repair process.” Just say “repair.”

    A useful exercise is to go through newspaper stories and see how many words can be crossed out without loss. or how many of the foregoing rules have been infelicitously broken.

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    Don’t use the same word too near itself. Why this reads badly I don’t know, but it does.

    The verb agrees with the subject of the sentence, not the object of the nearest preposition. Wrong: “The statues in the house, near the big bay window, was the clue that gave John away.”

    Avoid clichés as you would a rabid dog. They make the sensitive reader want to get a drink, or play tennis, or do anything but keep reading. Never, ever say “the tip of the iceberg.” Or, please, please, “the American dream,” or “the American people.” Or “the love of my life.” Or “the beginning of the end.” Certain words amount to clichés by overuse. “Incredibly” is one. The inexperienced writer uses it with abandon in an attempt to give force to a sentence that doesn’t have any.

    Learn to handle the subjunctive. “It is important that you not smoke” and “It is important that you don’t smoke” mean different things.

    Fresh similes and metaphors may require an imagination that not everyone has, but are worth seeking. Readers of Raymond Chandler probably remember his phraseology after they have forgotten the plots of his books. “He had a nose like a straphanger’s elbow.” Or, “She was a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”

    In fiction, avoid sex scenes. You can’t compete with PornHub. In more puritanical times, such described couplings may have been titillating. Today they are just embarrassing.

    Bad language, both obscenity and profanity, have their place but should be used with exceeding infrequency, as they quickly become merely crass. They are more admissible in the dialog of characters of coarse background, but even here restraint is advisable.

    Avoid mixed metaphors. They are often ridiculous and jar the sensitive reader, making him wonder what and whether the writer was thinking. “The octopus of Nazism has sung its swan song.”

    Use the words “very” and “significant” sparingly. These are used by poor or inexperienced writers attempting to give force to statements. They usually do the opposite. Of the two, “significant” is the more discardable. “The stock market rose significantly.” If it rose insignificantly, the reader will think, why would you tell him about it?

    Be careful not to confuse similar words. As was said in newspapering, a “burro” is an ass. A “burrow” is a hole in the ground. A writer should know the difference. “Sensuous” means “appealing to the senses,” as in, “The queen wore a sensuous green dress.” “Sensual” means “pertaining to the sexual.” “His thoughts were sensual as he approached the naked cheerleader doing her pole dance.” “Bellicose” means “aggressive, inclined to fight.” “Belligerent,” from the Latin gerund, means, “engaged in fighting.” “The bellicosity of the Japanese led to war, in which they and the Chinese were the chief belligerents.” These latter two are now often used interchangeably, diminishing the clarity of language.

    Pay attention to what words actually mean. Few today do, in universities or anywhere else, but to literate readers, they matter. For example, “impact” means a physical blow. It is not a verb. Such horrors as “losing the game impacted very significantly on his self-worth” probably justify hanging. Psychobabble like “self-worth” should be strenuously avoided.

    Here we come to the vexed matter of grammatical gender. In the past, the masculine “he” included women: “If a traveler comes to New York, he will marvel at the tall buildings.” In ages in which men were more dominant than they now are, this sort of thing was tolerable, or at least tolerated. This is not uniquely a difficulty in English. In Spanish, niños, literally “little boys,” is used to mean children of both sexes.

    This has led to both awkwardness and absurdity. “If someone comes into the gym, tell him or her to put his or her dress in his or her locker.” Or, If someone comes into the women’s gym, tell them to put on their sports bra.” The workaround embedding itself in the culture is to use “them,” “they,” and “their” as indefinite pronouns. This is I think necessary, though objectionable, and one day will cease to jar the literate, if there be any. Today they just sound uneducated.

    Having written your short story or magazine piece, read it aloud to yourself. Does it sound natural? Don’t say, “Mary said to the cop, ‘I saw Jane ascending the stairs with her cold dark eyes full of hatred and her hand running along the elaborately carved French Revival banister with the brass ornamentation.” Nobody talks that way. It is called exposition in dialog. You should have the detective who is the narrative voice in your story do the describing. Exposition in dialog is bad because it gives the story, or book, a phoniness that the reader may not be able to shake.

    Now a few thoughts on the management of editors, the assumption here being that you want to write political commentary.

    First, you should adopt some point on the Left-Right political spectrum, it doesn’t matter which, and never, ever stray from it. Neither readers nor editors are forgiving. If you are the most flaming liberal, slanted to the point of being vertical, and then write a column in favor of gun rights, it may be your last. If you are the most thunderous conservative, way out on the Right wing where the feathers grow thin and giddy space beckons, and then you write in favor of reparations to blacks, you will need another job.

    Second, from columnists most editors want predictability, not thought or originality. A newspaper editor does not want to wake up mornings and think, “Oh God, what has Fred written now, and how many advertisers will jump ship?” They want slot columnists: the black male conservative, the housebroken white conservative, the moderate male liberal, and so on. These never make waves, never do anything unexpected, so the editor can worry instead about the many other things that worry editors.

    Third, your job as a columnist is to tell your readers what they already believe in engaging prose. They want confirmation, not information. The farther to the Right or Left they are, the less they will tolerate any disturbance to the tranquil certainties they espouse.

    They do like seeing the infidels smashed. Years back I read of a columnist, I forget where, I think in the Thirties, who was wildly liberal to the point of being goofy. He apparently overdid it, because another writer, far to the Right, began attacking him savagely. For years the controversy raged, until it was discovered that they were the same guy. Outrage erupted. Was this not unprincipled?

    No, the guy responded. He said his job was to affirm the beliefs, or delusions, of his readers, and he was doing so in both cases. What was the problem?

    Them’s my thoughts, for whatever they may be worth.

    Jarek: I don’t know about some of this. What about passion, Fred? You conflate good writing and making a living as a writer in a dying civilization – which means being a zombie. If you never use an exclamation mark, are you truly alive? If you never feel indignation, why bother writing? If you can’t yell, curse, or praise just shut the fuck up.

    Some of the technical stuff is alright in the above. A deep knowledge of grammar would be useful, but it is no guarantee of logic outside of the craft of writing. It may just increase your ability to lie well. It all depends on the purity of the person. Is the point of their pentagram aright?

    But has the Octopus of Nazism sung its swan song? Our seminaries are full of postulants. Our writers are so many squids shooting ink at our enemies. Our limbs regrow in the darkness of the deep. Lovecraft wrote well of us. His spirit will rise from the grave and the world will know that he was wright. Did he not say, I am Providence?

    Christianity doesn’t understand Providence. God has provided for all men, all races, nations, and culture. God doesn’t just ha